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Building a Legacy to Thrive Regular people working together can achieve incredible things Editor’s note: Thrive 2055 requested an opportunity to respond to recent comments in a “Shades of Green” column.
How can we preserve our quality of life while seizing economic opportunities?”
A lot can happen in 40 years. During the 1970s, Chattanooga was struggling to overcome the stigma of its designation as the “Dirtiest City in America.” Today, we’re the “Gig City,” attracting a wave of individuals and families seeking prosperity of mind, body and wallet. This would not have been achieved without the actions of people who shared a passion, organized together, and dreamed big. Thrive 2055 has built on that lesson, bringing together people from 16 counties to work together to address the
common issues that potentially threaten our future prosperity, this time as a region. When it launched in 2012, Thrive 2055 and its volunteers didn’t know what those issues would be. What they knew was that the area had seen $4 billion in new investments since 2008; that the region was forecasted to grow by nearly 400,000 new people; and that if we didn’t start talking about the change on the horizon, we would be reactMAGGIE NEFF ing, rather than innovating. And so came the question: How can we preserve our quality of life while seizing economic opportunities? Sheriffs from the 16 counties, meeting together for the first time ever, said the best way to improve public safety was to help kids to read and to create more jobs. “That’s one less jail cell we have to open,” one said. During public input opportunities, communities across the region affirmed that education and jobs were priorities. So, Education and Training and Regional Economic Development became two of the four initiatives of Thrive 2055. In addition, people expressed concern about conditions that make traveling around the region for work, school and leisure difficult. They also revealed that some of the most appealing aspects of living here are scenic beauty, access to outdoor recreation and pristine natural features. “We don’t want to ‘love’ to death the land that that gives us not only pleasure but also sustenance,” someone commented. So, Regional Transportation and Natural
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Treasures became the other two initiatives of Thrive 2055. Volunteers from across the 16-county region are working together to pursue solutions to those concerns. Some of these include bringing about a firsttime regional transportation vision, creating a brand to successfully market our entire region to job creators, equipping students with the skills they need to get good jobs, and prioritizing special outdoor places that we should protect. These are big ideas that require not only time but also the voices and hands of many. In today’s world, where change is inevitable, collaborating with our neighbors to preserve our common values, and to dream—and act—BIG is not only beneficial; it is a necessity. To learn more about Thrive 2055, visit www.thrive2055.com Thrive 2055 is a local, citizendriven, volunteer-led initiative funded by private businesses, foundations, and local governments. The 16 counties of the project are Jackson and DeKalb in Alabama; Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Murray and Whitfield in Georgia; and Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie in Tennessee.
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Vote for your favorite low impact civic design “Stormwater” may not be the sexiest word in the lexicon—but effectively dealing with stormwater is a challenge for Chattanooga and is, in fact, affecting the bottom line for residents and businesses. On Thursday night, July 10, green|spaces sponsors the LID (Low Impact Development) Competition Finale, in which 13 teams will show off designs that incorporate better places for all of us while reducing the impact of stormwater. The event is open to the public. The winning team receives a $10,000 cash prize ($3,000 to second place winners and $1,000 for third place). One finalist will
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Marc T. Michael Marc T. Michael covers the local music scene for The Pulse, and from an early age had two passions in life: music and writing. Noticeably self-taught at one and educated at the University of Kentucky for the other, Marc moved to Chattanooga in the fall of 1993.
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be selected as People’s Choice Winner with a prize of $2,000. After listening to all the presentations, the audience will select their favorite via a live voting system. Local developers and leaders will be part of the audience, and the hope is that some of the projects will go on to be incorporated into a “green infrastructure.” The event schedule is: 5 p.m. cocktails, 5:30-8 p.m. presentations, 8:30 p.m. winners announced. Location: Loose Cannon, 1800 Rossville Ave. For more information on the competition, visit greenspaceschattanooga.com/lid-competition — Staff
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Matt Jones When not playing with local Irish group the Molly Maguires, Marc can be found hosting trivia matches throughout the city as the regional manager for Challenge Entertainment. An avid supporter of Chattanooga’s burgeoning music scene, he currently resides in Red Bank with his wife Bryanna, his daughter Libby and two cats who, truth be told, are actually in charge of everything.
Longtime crossword creator Matt Jones' first crossword appeared in the New York Times two decades ago, all the way back in 1994, making him one of the first teens published by Will Shortz. Since then, his puzzles have appeared in print and online, and he has
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Get Ready to Engage Why a “warp drive” isn’t just science fiction anymore
The trick, it seems, is instead of a warp bubble, you construct your ship with two warp rings. One at the front to compress space, and one at the back to expand it.”
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In the past few weeks, you may have seen reports that a NASA scientist (Harold White) is conducting some preliminary experiments to see if it may be possible to, one day in the future, build an actual Warp Drive. In fact, he’s even collaborated with artist Mark Rademaker to create some absolutely stunning images of what a Warp Drive-enabled ship might look like. While the STEVEN W. images are lovely, and the drive itself is mathematically possible, you Captain Kirk wannabees won’t be chatting up any triple-breasted, green-skinned ladies in the near future. (At least, not outside of DragonCon.) But, to see why, let’s start at the beginning, with the idea itself. In 1994, a physicist named Miguel Alcubierre wrote a nifty paper that suggested that it might be possible to get around the light-speed barrier (299,792,428 meters/sec) by encasing a vehicle in a “warp bubble.” The space inside the bubble itself wouldn’t move,
but the space in front of the bubble would contract, and the space behind the bubble would expand. The net effect being that the bubble would be moved through space at any speed you’d like, up to and beyond the speed of light itself. Inside the bubble, you’d basically be just sitting there, not feeling any acceleration or other effects of the journey. (Note that DISBROW this is actually different from the warp drive used in “Star Trek.” In the show, the drive actually propels the ship itself through space. This drive would move a chunk of space though space. The ship would just be along for the ride.) Mathematically, it’s beautiful. Practically, however, it’s a bit of a nightmare. For a start, it requires the use of something called “negative energy,” which may or may not exist. Plus, when you get to where you’re going, there would be an energy burst in front of your vehicle that would most likely obliterate the interstellar pleasure
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dome orphanage, that you were trying to visit. Finally, the mass required to create the needed negative energy was something along the lines of -1064kg. Which, in addition to being negative matter (which might not actually exist), is an amount that’s a few times larger than the total mass of the observable universe. Pesky details indeed. But the math? Lovely stuff there. Fortunately, lovely math is all you really need to keep the interest of theoretical physicists and mathematicians. So, over the years, others have taken up the equations and refined them significantly. In 2012, Harold White (who’s taken the lead in all this) announced that he and his collaborators had brought the negative mass/energy requirements down to around -700kg. The trick, it seems, is instead of a warp bubble, you construct your ship with two warp rings. One at the front to compress space, and one at the back to expand it. (Which is the design that Mark Rademaker’s amazing images are based on.) Even more astounding than this mathematical feat is the fact that Prof. White has devised an experiment to test (in very small scale) our ability to warp space! The basic idea of the experiment is this: A laser beam is split and directed at two targets an equal distance away. Along
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one path a “space warping” device is inserted. If, when the device is turned on, that laser beam takes a longer (or shorter) amount of time to reach its destination than the other beam, that’s a pretty good indication that space has been warped a tiny amount. It’s actually a fairly simple and ingenious experiment, which will allow them to test a variety of ways to warp space. But, at this point in time, the results of all their experiments have been inconclusive. Unfortunately, like space itself, facts are cold and harsh. As much fun as Mr. Rademaker’s images are to look at, and as much as I’d love to board the first warp transport to Kepler186f (one of the most Earth-like planets yet found), the technical challenges are immense (negative matter, remember?), so it’s probably not going to happen in our lifetime. But, that’s OK. I don’t have to travel to the stars just yet, and neither do you. But, one day, humanity as a species must make the leap out to the stars. Fortunately, its the nature of science to keep pushing forward and solving what today might seem to be impossible problems. That’s good for us as a species, because otherwise we’ll eventually share the same fate as the dinosaurs: wiped out by time and random chance.
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nytime is a good time for music—but summer-through-fall is definitely festival season. There’s nothing quite like spreading a blanket on the ground, reaching in to the cooler for a tasty beverage and settling in to enjoy some of your favorite tunes with anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand of your closest friends. Whether you are day tripping or rolling out the tent and sleeping bags for an extended stay, these next few months offer the best variety of music and entertainment possibilities all year. Bonnaroo and Riverbend are wrapped up for another year, but the upcoming season will feature a multitude of concerts, festivals, hootenannies and shindigs in and around the area for your listening pleasure. This is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list, but is submitted for your approval as a look at some perennial favorites, as well as some newcomers you might not have heard of yet. For 26 years, Chattanooga’s Nightfall series has paired top-notch regional and national
talent with some of the best local talent Chattanooga has to offer. The free, familyfriendly Friday night concert series continues to be a Chattanooga favorite, and with eight performances left this summer, combining a diverse field of entertainers from across the country with Chattanooga favorites (most of whom have been or will soon be featured in this very paper), there is something to suit everyone’s taste. nightfallchattanooga.com One could hardly mention Nightfall with-
The next few months will feature a multitude of concerts, festivals, hootenannies and shindigs in and around the area for your listening pleasure.”
out a tip of the hat to the Chattanooga Market where music is as much a part of the festivities as the farms and food trucks. From April to October, twice a week, attendees are treated to local and regional acts encompassing a broad and diverse range of musical styles and backgrounds helping to earn the designation as one of the top ten public markets in the U.S. Their long summer of music and art culminates in the annual favorite Culture Fest on Oct. 5. chattanoogamarket.com The Secret Stages festival takes place in Birmingham Aug. 1-2 and features 60 up-and-coming Southeastern acts from Louisville to Little Rock, Memphis to Mobile. Chattanooga’s very own Gold Plated Gold will be taking the stage there this year. Described as a “walking, pubcrawl-style festival” Secret Stages endeavors to introduce festivalgoers to as broad a range of musical acts as possible to—and the clincher? Advance tickets are $25 ($35 at the gate), making this one of the biggest bangs for your buck you’re likely to find anywhere. secretstages.net Cherokee Farms remains one of the best-kept secrets in the region—if such a busy and popular venue can be considered a secret. Located in the rolling hills of LaFayette, Ga., the farm features beautiful scenery, on-site primitive camping with bath facilities, a pond for “swimmin’ and fishin’” and is remote enough to be private, but >> P.11
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close enough to town so that any of the dozen things you forgot to bring can be obtained with a 15-minute drive. The placement of the main stage in relation to the surrounding hills makes for nearperfect acoustics. Too late to go this year, but Chattanooga’s own home-grown festival Roots Fest is held at the farm every May and this powerhouse of local talent, featuring jam bands, bluegrass, blues, hip hop, EDM, folk, rock and just about any other genre you can think of is certainly one of the bigger and better bashes in the area. roots-fest.com Truth is, Cherokee Farms hosts so much music and so many festivals, an entire guide could be written about this single location. Perusal of the Jam Base website reveals that Cherokee Farms has hot music action going more or less every weekend in perpetuity, but for the sake of brevity here’s an update on the latest and greatest going on down in LaFayette. The second annual Fly Free Festival celebrating music and the arts will be held at the farm on Oct. 10-12. The festival will sport 20-plus regional acts covering all genres. Several bands from Chattanooga will appear at the event. Additionally there will be live art, workshops, yoga, kids’ entertainment and vendors from across the Southeast. fly-
freefest.com Later that month, The Kingdom Music and Hearts festival comes to the farm. Running from Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and boasting seven stages featuring over 50 headliners and more than a hundred additional acts, KMH is arguably the largest EDM festival in the region. ticketfly. com/event/496419-kingdom-music-heartslafayette/ Local music venue JJ’s Bohemia might not seem like it ought to be on a festival list, but the venue, the crowd, the acts and the back porch all conspire to bring a festival feel to a brick-and-mortar building. John and company have a host of upcoming events worthy of any festival. The ever-popular SoCro is throwing his CD release party at JJ’s on July 12. The genre-defying All Them Witches (are they blues? Metal? Southern rock? Psychedelica? At the very least…) comes to JJ’s July 31. The big, breaking news (remember you read it here first, kids) is that the legendary Man or Astroman will take the stage at JJ’s on Aug. 8. Tickets are a ridiculously low $15 and if you want one, better get it now, as this show is guaranteed to sell out well in advance. August will round out with appearances by Jonny Fritz, lady punk band The Coathangers, the comedy of Duncan Trussell and
“Truth is, Cherokee Farms hosts so much music and so many festivals, an entire guide could be written about this single location.”
“...true passion on a plate.” — The Pulse Magazine the always-lovely Birdcloud. jjsbohemia. com In a similar vein, our larger local venue Track 29 has a lengthy list of big names coming to town. Atlanta metal legends Sevendust kick off August with a scream and a bang. Other acts of note coming in August and September include Chevelle, Justin Townes Earl, Reliant K, and St. Paul and The Broken Bones. They'll all headline the Southside’s favorite venue. track29.co What summer would be complete without Chattanooga’s own Southern Brewers Festival? The two-day festival scheduled for Aug. 22-23 features an incredible selection of microbrews, craft beers and music from such wellknown and beloved acts as Gov’t Mule and jam-band favorite moe. southernbrewersfestival.org The 20th annual Wine Over Water event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27. Although the schedule of musical performers hasn’t been released yet, it’s a sure bet that this will be another “can’t miss” event. wineoverwater.org The annual RiverRocks event isn’t a music festival per se, but live entertainment has always been a large part of the
festivities and this year the fun kicks off on Oct. 3 (riverrockschattanooga.com), followed by the seventh annual 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 4-5 at Ross’s Landing. The lineup is a who’s who of bluegrass music in the region, including the legendary Dismembered Tennesseans. 3sistersbluegrass.com The cultural renaissance of the last two decades has resulted in a full itinerary for our fair city and the surrounding areas. There is literally ALWAYS something going on, with new events and festivals cropping faster every week. Quite frankly, if you are bored it’s because you aren’t paying attention. With Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Huntsville, Birmingham, Asheville and Murphy all a relatively short driving distance from Chattanooga, there is a never-ending stream of music and art to suit all ages and tastes. Just remember to stay hydrated, bring sunscreen and maybe stash away a packet of wet naps (you’ll know why when you need them). With beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and an unbelievable concentration of talent, music in Chattanooga is one of Tennessee’s modern treasures.
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Movies in the Park After Dark 12th annual free summer movie series starts off a bit chilly One of the surest signs that summer is well and truly upon us (aside from the thermometer) is the return of the Movies in the Park film series. The 12th annual family-friendly event, presented by First Things First in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, kicks off this Saturday evening at Coolidge Park on the North Shore. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and strollers for a fun day in the park followed by a great family movie at sundown on a giant inflatable screen. An interesting (and amusing) tradition of Movies in the Park is the legal
inability to actually tell anyone in advance what they will be screening. However, they are able to give out some subtle (or not-so) hints. For the kick-off screening, “a young girl and her friends must help her sister ‘let go’ of winter.” H’mm...that’s a tough one. Whether or not you can figure out what the film is, showtime is at 8:30 p.m. Remember: All kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent after 6 p.m. in the park. For more info on the film series, and upcoming clues, visit firstthings.org
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A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of war. Director: Matt Reeves Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Four people meet on New Year's Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, who has seen past novels High Fidelity and About A Boy get the Hollywood treatment as well. Director: Pascal Chaumeil Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul
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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here Comes “We Are the Best” Swedish film is funny, charming, real
he more Swedish film I watch, the more I want to see. American film has a movie star problem. It’s hard for an actor to disappear into a role when their face is plastered across every form of media at the studio’s disposal. It’s long been the iar face. tradition in the Amer“We Are the Best” ican cinema for movtells the story of three ies to be sold based young girls from on the popularity of Stockholm in 1982. JOHN DEVORE actors. Pretty faces Outcasts, the trio are sell tickets. And while desperate to identify I can appreciate this from a certain themselves in a homogenous sociperspective (Brad Pitt is really an exety. Like many youth at that time, ceptional actor), the foreknowledge these three find solace in punk muof how an actor behaves onscreen sic. They are fascinated by the rebelwill always damage the authenticlious attitude, rightly disgusted by ity of a performance. It takes great the popularity of disco, and genertalent to for a performer to be truly ally ostracized at their school. This convincing in the movie-star-driven story isn’t one of sadness and depresenvironment. sion, however. Instead, “We Are the However, I don’t know any SwedBest” is a celebration of childhood ish film stars. Foreign language movself-discovery and budding adolesies have a distinct advantage in this cence. Our three heroines are punks regard. Take for example Mise En in name only; they are dipping their Scenester’s latest film “We Are The toes into the waters of political revoBest.” It is likely the most authenlution without having the ability to tic and endearing film I’ve seen this swim openly in its depth. They hayear. Every actor, every performance rass fast-food workers into giving is highly skilled, and because I’ve them free fries by arguing that feednever seen the actors in anything ing the hungry is “political” and anyelse, my ability to suspend my disbeone that would deny their mild cravlief is enhanced and the experience ings is “conservative.” They have is far more genuine. This isn’t to say conversations about Christianity that foreign film is inherently better and atheism without understanding than American; that’s clearly not the either. They form their own punk case. But sometimes you want more band, having no musical ability to distance from the subject than can speak of, in order to sing songs about be achieved when staring at a familthe tyranny of their gym teacher. All
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in all, the film is exquisitely adorable. The themes on display in most punk music are anti-authoritarian and anticonformity. Often, it serves as a shelter for kids that find themselves on the outside looking in. “We Are the Best” takes this insecurity and shines a light on it. Klara (Mira Grosin) is the leader of the group and most likely the one who introduced the mousy and awkward Bobo (Mira Barkhammer) to punk music. The relationship between Klara and Bobo is the focus of the film, wading into the subtle politics of female friendship and unspoken influence. The third wheel is Hedvig (Liv Lemoyne), a talented classical guitar player from a Christian family, who is soon to be corrupted by the influence of punk rock. These corruptions are tame, however, mostly involving wild haircuts and train trips to see boys. If anything “We Are the Best” reminds us of how we were—awkward, experimental, emotional and confused. There is an enormous amount of joy of the story. Anyone who’s ever played in a rock band remembers those early days, when the thrill of making music outweighed the embarrassment of sounding terrible. The band is an excuse to hang out and work towards a common
goal. It’s something every child should experience at least once in their life. Not enough can be said about the performances of the girls. These are some of the best and most natural child actors I’ve seen in a film. Granted, this could also be related to the language of the film. I am far too aware of the cadence of English and it takes time for an actor to effectively deliver lines without sounding stilted or jumpy. Not knowing Swedish may have kept me from noticing any irregularities in the performance. Regardless, I felt as if I was watching real friends react in real situations. There are many films that never achieve this level of realism. “We Are the Best” is a joy to watch. It is a heartfelt and quiet film that should connect with any audience willing to give it a chance. MES continues to bring quality independent movies for Chattanooga. This one is absolutely worth checking out.
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“They form their own punk band, having no musical ability to speak of, in order to sing songs about the tyranny of their gym teacher. All in all, the film is exquisitely adorable.”
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Blues By Way of Israel and Memphis The Ori Naftaly Band proves the worldwide appeal of the genre on Friday at Rhythm & Brews
ROWING UP IN MEMPHIS AS THE DAUGHTER OF A MUSIcian meant rhythm and blues, soul and rock and roll were always playing. Whether it was the Beatles or anyone produced by Motown Records, my house was never silent.
It’s SoCro, SoGo Don’t miss the CD release party Saturday at JJ’s What’s Croatian for “really looking forward to this, dude”? Saturday night at JJ’s Bohemia is SoCro’s CD release party. This dedicated wordsmith has been preparing for the release of his official debut album for three years, and thanks to a relentless touring schedule and a successful Kickstarter campaign, the time is at hand. Originally hailing from Croatia, SoCro has taken the Chattanooga hip hop scene by storm. With an on-stage presence guaranteed to incite excitement and easyto-recall choruses, he has built a rabid fanbase that is foaming at the mouth for an official album
release. After last year’s show-stealing opening slot for Big Boi at Track 29, SoCro’s fame has spread and his rocket is ready to launch. Adding fuel for what is sure to be a rowdy crowd, local rock n’ roll heavyweights Behold the Brave and Chattanooga’s favorite hip hop duo, Stoop Kidz, will be opening on this soon-to-be historic night. The show starts at 10 p.m, so be there on time and make sure to grab a CD from the merchandise stand and a beer from the bar. JJ’s Bohemia this Saturday night is guaranteed to be packed! — Christopher Armstrong
(guitar), Eleanor Tsaig (voMy dad has played bass cals) Eran Szendri (bass), Yam since childhood, and though Regev (drums), Niv Hovav music isn’t his career, the (hammond), and Ofir Ventime and dedication he puts tura (harmonica), the band into playing has made me apMADELINE has toured the globe, gatherpreciate the working musiCHAMBLISS ing fans in Israel, the United cian. From the calluses on his States, Holland, Germany hands, to the arrangements he and India. They’ve appeared in several blues plays, to the number of bass guitars he owns, competitions and reached the semi-finals in to hauling his upright bass in and out of the the International Blues Challenge Competicar multiple times a week, he’s taught me tion, competing against 200 blues acts from that musicians are serious when it comes to around the world. They’ve released two live their craft. studio albums: “A True Friend (Is Hard to But playing full time on tour brings a Find)” and “Happy for Good,” and will renew definition to hard work. I talked to Ori lease a third this year. Naftaly on a busy Monday, a day most of us Naftaly’s musicality and experiences as an wouldn’t necessarily call busy. He and his artist are what drew me in. He mentioned band members had spent all day in the stuold-school musicians like Muddy Waters and dio recording their upcoming album. But he made time to talk with me for a few minutes Jimi Hendrix as early influences that led him about his music. to play the blues. The blues, he said, was the Described as playing a “mix of styles ingenre he felt most comfortable with. (Fans cluding electric blues, funk, rock, and soul,” might be surprised to know that besides playing music, Naftaly worked for six years the Ori Naftaly Band is an Israeli blues band as an assistant engineer for a high-tech combased in Memphis. Consisting of Ori Naftaly
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pany.) Though he started the band in 2011, Naftaly has played music since childhood. He grew up with lead vocalist Eleanor Tsaig in Israel and has known her since he was 11. Tsaig, who sings rock, folk, blues, and soul, was the first person Naftaly asked to sing in his band. Bringing a unique sound, she sings several songs on “Happy for Good” and two songs on “A True Friend (Is Hard to Find).” On the latter album’s title song, Tsaig sings a cappella for the first minute and a half before the band joins, creating a blues sound like no other. What’s interesting is how touring in the U.S. has influenced Naftaly’s music and how audiences here differ from audiences in Israel. Having toured the U.S. many times, Naftaly credits people he’s listened to and shared the stage with as influences. The audiences, however, are a big difference. Audiences here, he said, are often more respectful toward musicians, specifically in regard to music being their job. Audience members also buy more
CDs and come to support the artist’s music, no matter the genre. “People know what to expect and how to treat us,” Naftaly said. The situation is different in Israel. “Where I come from, it’s a lot worse.” Naftaly said. He explained that the situation for musicians in Israel isn’t bad, just different. In the U.S., he feels, musicians are respected more for their hard work, whereas in Israel, musicians are often treated as “Class B.” The band’s supporters won’t have to wait until the release of the upcoming album to hear new songs. The Ori Naftaly Band will play some new material at Rhythm & Brews on Friday. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about musicians, it’s that the ones to make history are the ones with talent, dream, and drive. Listening to any song by the Ori Naftaly Band will tell you that we’ve only heard the opening chords in a great music collaboration. The Ori Naftaly Band, 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com
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Mitch Rossell Band 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
friday7.11 Magic & Music at the Incline Noon Incline Railway 3917 St. Elmo Ave. ridetheincline.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. elmesonrestaurant.com River City Sessions 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Jimmy Harris on the Baby Grand 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com
Pulse pick: Decibella It's a double birthday bash as vocalist/trumpeter Bexy Ribeiro turns 30 while saxophonist Jon Elliott is just a year behind. Plus they'll release their brandnew EP “In Denial”. Decibella: Bexy’s Birthday Bash Thursday, 9 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com
Bronze Radio Return, The Iscariots 7 p.m. Nightfall Concert Series Miller Plaza 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com The Watkins Family, Mountain Cove 7:30 p.m. Ringgold Depot Depot St. at Hwy. 41 Ringgold, Ga. facebook.com/ringgolddepot Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Courtney Daly Band 9 p.m. The Office (inside City Café) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Mad Margritt
10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Fly By Radio 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com The Iscariots, Backup Planet, Shabti 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
saturday7.12 The Old Time Travelers 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout Mountain, Ga. seerockcity.com Magic & Music at the Incline Noon Incline Railway 3917 St. Elmo Ave. ridetheincline.com Brian Ashley Jones 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com/ Opry in the Park 2 p.m. Soddy Daisy Veteran’s Park (423) 255-9844 Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. (423) 894-8726 Jimmy Harris on the Baby Grand 7 p.m.
Hank 3 The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com An Evening with Matt Cordell 7 p.m. Alhambra Shrine Temple 1000 Alhambra Dr. (423) 892-0223 Alia Hollback CD Release Show, Isobel Ward 7:30 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. thechattanooganhotel.com Rosedale Remedy 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Mitch Rossell Band 9 p.m. Rhytm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Mad Margritt 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Crunk Bone Jones 10 p.m. The Office (inside City Café) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 SRO Band 10 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs 507 Broad St. sugarschattanooga.com SoCro CD Release Show
10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd., jjsbohemia.com Soul Survivor 10 p.m The Big Chill 103 Cherokee Blvd. thebigchillandgrill.com
sunday7.13 The Old Time Travelers 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. Lookout Mountain, Ga. seerockcity.com Butch Ross 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. chattanoogarivermarket.com Brian Ashley Jones 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com The Scarlet Love Conspiracy 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market First Tennessee Pavilion 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com 9th Street Stompers 7 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Sunday Jam 7 p.m. Ziggy’s 607 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 265-8711
Blind Draw 9:30 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com
monday7.14 Channing Wilson 6:30 p.m. Lake Winnepesaukah 1730 Lakeview Dr. Rossville, Ga. lakewinnie.com Big Band Night 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Old School 7 p.m. J & J Restaurant and Lounge 2208 Glass St. (423) 622-3579 Southside Casual Classics 7:30 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com
tuesday7.15 Pierce Pettis 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Wendell Matthews Acoustic 7 p.m. North Chatt Cat 346 Frazier Ave. (423) 266-9466 Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike
tremonttavern.com Hank 3 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Folk Killer, Faux Ferocious, Concord America, Bohannons (acoustic) 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
wednesday7.16 Julie Gribble 5 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com And the Giraffe 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Jesse James & AJ 7 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Hayes Carll, Travis Linville 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Preston Parris 9 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@ chattanoogapulse.com
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f NYC guitarist and banjoist Brandon Seabrook was paid by the note, he’d be a billionaire. Seabrook is known for his manic, machine-gun-with-endless-ammo playing style that brings to mind some unholy union of speed metal, Dick Dale’s version of “Miserlou” and “Flight of the Bumblebee,” with a total devotion to discordance a la The Diagram Brothers. It’s almost as if his compositions are written simply as a channel for this huge amount of energy that already exists and must be expended. Seabrook’s new solo album Sylphid Vitalizers, available on vinyl and as a digital download, screams from the start with “Ballad of Newfangled Vicissitudes,” with a barrage of notes and an unrepentantly artificial drum machine; things quickly turn from frantic to eerie, with Seabrook playing his banjo with
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Noura Mint Seymali Tzenni (Glitterbeat) a bow seemingly made from a bundle of nerves, and an askew bluegrass banjo pattern emerges like a furious swarm of bees. “Selfodomized Poltergeists” uses guitar slashes and industrial screeches and squeaks and features some full-on shredding; Seabrook will lock into a pattern and then mix it up before the listener gets too familiar with it, with piercing, spark-spitting, metal-on-metal contact and machinery slams. “Mucoidal Woolgathering” is the aural equivalent of a hailstorm, with a banjo frenzy of key-less patterns, selected for an abrasive effect, and delirious violin-like bowing with ominous background tones. A little relief from the constant sonic assault arrives on “Cabeza Spasms & Aural Championships,” which begins like a jackhammer with a permanently engaged clutch; however, the power seems to
drop out, leaving some wailing notes and then an abundance of space between the non-obvious pitch-shifted chords. Not for the faint-of-heart, Seabrook’s superb, demented solo album is invigorating and punishing, with the sound of millions of pieces of shrapnel violently tearing through a sonic fabric.
auritanian singer and musician Noura Mint Seymali comes from a legendary musical family, drawing from Moorish music and updating it with a rock fusion along the lines of western African Saharan desert guitar rock. On her latest album Tzenni (“to spin”), which takes its name from a whirling dance, Seymali lays out a charged, personalized approach that pairs her bustling ardine (a 9-string harp played only by women) playing with psychedelic guitar lines from her husband, Jeiche
Ould Chighaly. While technically a harp, the ardine doesn’t sound like the sweeping dream-inducing instrument one might think it would sound like, sounding more like a lute here, with quick, energetic and tense plucks. Chighaly uses a slow phaser effect on his electric guitar, with incredibly fluid playing that’s in line with Saharan rock contemporaries. While Seymali cites certain western-world blues and rock influences for the group, including Etta James and Jimi Hendrix, plus Indian classical and Jamaican inspiration, those elements don’t often manifest themselves in obvious ways; if anything, the drum kit beat patterns are perhaps the most “normal” rock-sounding parts of the album. The propulsive bass lines drift between joining in with the melodic threads and melding with the drums, and actually, this writer was expecting the rhythms to be a little more complex and interesting, apart from the appealing funk leanings. As a singer, Seymali projects fiercely, practically shoving her notes out without shouting and conveying an ardent attitude. More variation on the album would have been welcome, as the songs become less distinctive toward the second half. What’s most entrancing at play on Tzenni is the fascinating interplay between Seymali’s ardine playing (which unfortunately is too low in the mix) and her husband’s smooth and soaring phaser-guitar melodies, enhanced by Seymali’s uniquely passionate voice.
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Talus Bar & Grill: Lovely Setting, Service—and Food A perfect meal can be found right on Lookout Mountain New American cuisine is as diverse and as eclectic as America itself. It’s a fusion of the best flavors, techniques and ingredients from Latin America, Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. These are all assimilated into a unified menu of dishes that pays homage to classic American favorites, with innovative interpretations and inventive twists on dishes we typically refer to as MICHAEL American. Many local restaurants have planted their flags in the spirit of New American cuisine, but few embrace this innovative fusion with the success and enthusiasm of Talus Bar and Grill. Located at the top of Lookout Mountain, this beautiful restaurant offers a modern twist on American classics with something for everyone, from the hard-to-please tween to the finicky foodie. The restaurant is spacious, but welcoming; contemporary, but warm. The bar is separate from the main dining area and sports a very nice pool table, darts and leather appointments that are comfortable with a modern flair. Chef/ owner Erick Wood hosts live music from local jazz and bluegrass groups, book readings and other events in the space on select evenings as well. When we walked in the door, we were welcomed by a friendly server as well as some of Chattanooga’s best lo-
cal art adorning the restaurant’s walls. While Wood is an avid art lover, his passion for food was evident as soon as we began to peruse the menu, which was divided into deceptively simple and typical sections such as appetizers, salads, burgers and entrées. A quick glance at the menu descriptions, THOMAS however, revealed there was nothing typical about the food at Talus. We decided to start our meal off with a drink and appetizer. Our server recommended Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whiskey, an all-Speyside vatted whisky that earns its description as a “triple malt” by blending malts from its neighboring distilleries, Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie. I paired the malty, smoky essence of the Monkey Shoulder with a baker’s dozen of oysters on the half shell, while my partner had the “Talus Mule” (New Amsterdam vodka, lime and ginger beer) with Blue Crab Cakes. The house-made crab cakes with bacon-corn relish and remoulade could not have been a better match for the citrus bite
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of her cocktail and my oysters were bright, briny and a perfect start to the meal. I had been told that any trip to Talus must involve eating their fish tacos. Like the classic Baja fish taco, Chef Wood dips thick-cut mild whitefish (they were using basa this particular evening) in a local beer batter and fries it to crispy perfection before placing it into a flour tortilla and topping it with finely shredded white cabbage, mexican crema, fresh avocado and house-made salsa fresca. I am a fish taco connoisseur and these were some of the best fish tacos I have ever eaten. The fish was crispy and not at all greasy, the crunch of the cabbage, the creaminess of the crema and avocado, and the sweet bite of the salsa provided a beautiful stage for the mild, white fish. There were three of these beauties nestled in a convenient serving tray and I could have easily ordered another round, but my partner reminded me of the flatbread that was on its way for me to sample. While she sat munching on
This beautiful restaurant offers a modern twist on American classics with something for everyone, from the hard-toplease tween to the finicky foodie.”
her beautifully cooked, medium-rare, Double Bacon “Lucy” burger with its aged cheddar and American cheeses, smoked applewood bacon and bacon jam (yes, you get both bacon AND bacon jam) I was still preoccupied with my fish tacos and didn’t notice the flatbread that was making its way to our table. I had assumed a flatbread on naan would be a dainty addition
to our meal, but this was a 15inch house-made naan, cooked crispy and topped with generous portions of sliced New York Strip, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, horseradish aioli and drizzled with aged balsamic. This was a meal unto itself but we somehow managed to dispatch this savory, steakhouse-flavored flatbread in record time. As we finished our entrées, the server came and offered a salted-caramel milkshake, basil cheesecake, or vanilla bean crème brûlée for dessert. In spite of our near gluttonous dinner display, we chose the vanilla bean crème brûlée because I can never turn down crème brûlée. It was creamy, sweet (but not cloying) and could not have been a better finishing touch to this wonderful meal. As my partner and I made our way down Ochs Highway, long shadows sprawled across the valley and we silently enjoyed the view, contemplating our next visit to Talus. We will see you there again soon—very soon.
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Danger, Danger, Mark A. Ritch!
Local illustrator works with bands, dreams of planes, makes a statement with T-shirts
Les Huzzahs for “Les Miz” Hotly anticipated musical opens at the CTC The show many Chattanooga Theatre Centre fans have been awaiting opens this Friday: “Les Miserables”—or as it is affectionately known, “Les Miz.” Based on the Victor Hugo novel, the mega-musical has been a popular hit since its English-language premiere in London in 1985. The CTC’s version features both long-time local favorites such as Greg Glover (as Javert) and Kendra Gross (as Fantine), as well as a number of newcomers to the ranks. It’s not at all unlikely that a show this anticipated will sell out, so our advice: Book early for the performance you want, and while you’re at it, consider doing the CTC’s
“Dinner and a Show,” which is a great deal. For $35, you can choose a preshow dinner at FoodWorks, Terra Nostra or Porter’s Steakhouse—and get your admission to “Les Miz.” (This must be booked 48 hours in advance through the CTC’s box office). Allons, enfants! Time to storm the barricades for “One Day More.” — Staff “Les Miserables” July 11-27 Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com
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ANY WANDERING EYES HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY THE colorful and whimsical illustrations of Mark A. Ritch. He’s the guy responsible for the cartoon-surrealist show posters and T-shirts that are spicing up Chattanooga.
Mark has done work for many local bands, including Opposite Box, Milele Roots, Smooth Dialects, Afro, Machines Are People TONY Too, The Average, New Planet, Soul Mechanic, Shabti and Space Capone. He’s currently working with Ballyhoo Productions on art for the creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for an upcoming documentary, and has three published comic books, “SKABS 1 & 2” and “Barbarian Women #3”. His style is a ton of fun, just like this interview was:
family members and my favorite cartoons. I was fascinated with “Archie” comics because I really liked the way they drew MRAZ the girls. I’ve been drawing them that way ever since. I loved the way they drew Betty and Veronica…and Sabrina the Teenage Witch— I had a big crush on her. Still do. Not the ’90s version—she was cute, but not as cute as the original cartoon. TP: Who are some artists that influenced you? MAR: ’60s underground artists like R.Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Jay Ward, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and Robert Williams. TP: How did you get into doing show posters? MAR: I started doing them a long time ago in the San Francisco Bay Area and San Jose. I did a lot of punk rock show posters for bands like The Gits, The Vandals, The Dwarves, Fang, The By-Products and a bunch of bands you’ve never heard
The Pulse: What are your earliest memories of making art? Mark A. Ritch: What kick-started me was watching a TV show when I was really young. I think it was the “Lost in Space” robot. I asked my mom to draw me a robot and she gave me a blue ballpoint pen and a brown paper bag and said, “You draw it!” I just haven’t stopped. I loved to draw my
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• Clean, smoke-free, gathering place • Located in one of the fastest growing areas of our beautiful city at the corner of Houston & 11th. • In-store we serve Craft & Imported Beer flights, pints, pitchers, bottles & bombers, plus growlers & 6-packs to go of. I’d trade for beers and get my hand stamped, because there’s no money in punk rock. I love it to death, it’s my favorite music in the whole world, but it is what it is because it will always be in the gutter, and I love it for that. Doing art for the punk bands, getting to meet all the musicians and club owners, really got the ball rolling, really got me jazzed. People were getting excited about my art and I was getting excited about their art, and somehow it all meshed together. Then when I moved to Chattanooga, I found a niche here where people are interested in my illustrations. TP: How long have you been in Chattanooga? MAR: Eight years. People are always asking why I moved from the Bay Area to here, and it’s like when you’re living in the middle of Disneyland, you wonder what’s on the outside. What’s over the mountain? Chattanooga is as interesting as the Bay Area and the stuff here is just as good. It’s more spaced out, not as concentrated and intense or insane as California is, but everything is still here. Things are spread out evenly where you can make sense of them. It is sensory overload out there.
TP: What else are you up to besides show posters? MAR: I sell commissioned work all over the country. I just sold a piece in Washington State to an aircraft enthusiast of a B-17 bomber with a hot cartoon girl in uniform marching in front of it. I’m doing surfboard designs and skateboard designs, too. I like long boards. I buy the naked boards and prepare them, then I paint them and throw the trucks and wheels on ’em. I’m also doing design work for Kaleidoscope Apparel on Frazier. They do really high-quality laser-printed shirts. I just finished a mural for them. I have some album covers coming up, and I’d like to start painting the backs of leather jackets and maybe a bus. My dream is to paint on the side of an old World War II airplane. That’s when I can be like, “OK, God, you can take me. I’m done. I can die now.” TP: Do you have any advice for artists? MAR: I have a sign in my studio with a line from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” that says, “Don’t dream it—Be it”, and it’s so true!
“I asked my mom to draw me a robot and she gave me a blue ballpoint pen and a brown paper bag and said, ‘You draw it!’”
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friday7.11 Fiber Art Fridays 3 p.m. Eastgate Public Library 5705 Marlin Rd., Ste. 1500 (423) 855-2689 chattlibrary.org Exhibit Opening: “Abstract Expressions: The Paintings of James Mckissic and Larry Young” 5 p.m. Graffiti 505 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 400-9797 hillcityart.com Exhibit Opening: “Constant Motion” 6:30 p.m. River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 river-gallery.com Canoe to Nickajack Bat Cave 7 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga 200 River St. (423) 643-6888 outdoorchattanoooga.com Killer Beaz 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
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(423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Crafts for Kids 3 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org Killer Beaz 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Paddling by Moonlight 8 p.m. Lookout Creek (423) 821-1160 chattanooganaturecenter.org “The King and I” 8 p.m. Signal Mountain Playhouse 1104 James Blvd. (423) 886-5243 smph.org Movies In The Park 2014 8 p.m. Coolidge Park 200 River St. (423) 267-5383 firstthings.org MES Presents: “We Are The Best!” 8:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 mesfilmclub.com
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When we think of cognac, cocktails like the Sidecar or producers like Courvoisier, Hennessy and Remy Martin may come to mind. As these last names suggest, cognac originates in France, specifically in the region surrounding the town for which this distinct style of brandy is named. In order for a liquor to be considered cognac, certain qualifications must be met: specific types of grapes must be used, it must be distilled twice in copper stills, and must age for a minimum of two years in French oak barrels. Cognac has been around for centuries, but its popularity seems to be making a comeback. Traditionally, sophisticated cognac has been more requested among “those of a certain age”—but that may be changing as well. I talked with Laura Kelton, manager at Easy Bistro & Bar, who has noticed a pattern among customers. “More often than not if someone is sipping on cognac neat, it is not anyone in the younger crowd. However, as the renaissance of classic cocktails reaches us in Chattanooga, it is a younger dynamic ordering cognac-based classics and specialty drinks,” says Kelton. Easy Bistro offers several exclusive cognac-based specialty drinks. In addition to making traditional cocktails that use cognac, like the Vieux Carre, Sidecar, and a cognac-based version of
the French 75, Easy Bistro makes two special cocktails: the “Saison,” and the “Antebellum Julep.” Made with cognac, apricot liqueur, peach bitters, Angostura, and sparkling wine, the Saison is described by Kelton as “a really fun cocktail, because while most sparkling cocktails are light and refreshing, this one is rich and robust.” The mint julep is a bourbon-based drink today, but it was originally a brandy-based beverage. Easy Bistro’s “Antebellum Julep” pays homage to the original julep by using cognac as the
base, but makes the cocktail unique to Easy Bistro by adding Branca Menta, crushed ice and mint. “It was really fun to dig into the roots of the drink and give it our own spin,” says Kelton. Easy Bistro offers two cognacs on their drinks menu: a Petite Champagne Cognac from Maison Surrene, and their Tonneau No. 1. They also offer brandy: the Germain Robin XO and VSOP. “I don’t think it [cognac] will hit its peak for the next few years, but as we get more products imported to us here and bartender education is on the rise, I think it will continue to gain momentum,” says Kelton. The timeless appeal of classic cognac is once again ready for its close-up.
Consider This with Dr. Rick by Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib, Ph.D. “What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” — Gautama Buddha Our thoughts lead to our words. Our words lead to our actions. Our actions create our character. And our character determines the quality of our life. Have you noticed that people with a positive attitude tend to hang out together and people with a negative attitude hang out together? Like attracts like. Positive folks face the same challenges as negative folks, except that negative people have their thoughts and energies focused on the problems and their consequences, while the positive people focus their thoughts and energies on succeeding despite the problems. Having a positive attitude makes a significant difference not only in a person’s level of success, but also in their enjoyment of life. Is it always easy to keep a positive outlook on life? Of course not. But reducing the negative influences in your life, and embracing positive ones, makes all the difference. Remember this: If YOU don’t decide what goes in your head, then someone else will. chattanoogapulse.com • July 10-16, 2014 • The Pulse • 27
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rob brezsny ing to thoroughly discuss certain important issues with a loved one or ally, but haven’t found a way to do so? If so, a breakthrough is potentially imminent. All of life will be conspiring for you to speak and hear the words that have not yet been spoken and heard but very much need to be.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Since 1981, Chinese law has stipulated that every healthy person between the ages of 11 and 60 should plant three to five trees per year. This would be a favorable week for Chinese Cancerians to carry out that duty. For that matter, now is an excellent time for all of you Cancerians, regardless of where you live, to plant trees, sow seeds, launch projects, or do anything that animates your fertility and creativity. You now have more power than you can imagine to initiate long-term growth. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The weeks preceding your birthday are often an excellent time to engage the services of an exorcist. But there’s no need to hire a pricey priest with dubious credentials. I can offer you my expert demon-banishing skills free of charge. Let’s begin. I call on the spirits of the smart heroes you love best to be here with us right now. With the help of their inspirational power, I hereby dissolve any curse or spell that was ever placed on you, even if it was done inadvertently, and even if it was cast by yourself. Furthermore, the holy laughter I unleash as I carry out this purification serves to expunge any useless feelings, delusional desires, bad ideas, or irrelevant dreams you may have grown attached to. Make it so! Amen and hallelujah! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You know what it’s like to get your mind blown. And I’m sure that on more than one occasion you have had your heart stolen. But I am curious, Virgo, about whether you have ever had your mind stolen or your heart blown. And I also wonder if two rare events like that have ever happened around the same time. I’m predicting a comparable milestone sometime in the next three weeks. Have no fear! The changes these epiphanies set in motion will ultimately bring you blessings. Odd and unexpected blessings, probably, but blessings nonetheless. P.S.: I’m sure you are familiar with the tingling sensation that wells up in your elbow when you hit your funny bone. Well, imagine a phenomena like that rippling through your soul. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Since 2008, Marvel Studios has pro-
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duced nine movies based on characters from Marvel Comics. They’re doing well. The Avengers earned $1.5 billion, making it the third-highest-grossing film of all time. Iron Man 3 brought in over a billion dollars, too, and Thor: The Dark World grossed $644 million. Now Marvel executives are on schedule to release two movies every year through 2028. I’d love to see you be inspired by their example, Libra. Sound fun? To get started, dream and scheme about what you want to be doing in both the near future and the far future. Then formulate a flexible, invigorating master plan for the next 14 years. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): While in Chicago to do a series of shows, comedian Groucho Marx was invited to participate in a séance. He decided to attend even though he was skeptical of the proceedings. Incense was burning. The lights were dim. The trance medium worked herself into a supernatural state until finally she announced, “I am in touch with the Other Side. Does anyone have a question?” Groucho wasn’t shy. “What is the capital of North Dakota?” he asked. As amusing as his irreverence might be, I want to use it as an example of how you should NOT proceed in the coming week. If you get a chance to converse with higher powers or mysterious forces, I hope you seek information you would truly like to know. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In one of her poems, Adrienne Rich addresses her lover: “That conversation we were always on the edge / of having, runs on in my head.” Is there a similar phenomenon in your own life, Sagittarius? Have you been long-
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): This would be a fun time for you to brainstorm about everything you have never been and will never be. I encourage you to fantasize freely about the goals you don’t want to accomplish and the qualities you will not cultivate and the kind of people you will never seek out as allies. I believe this exercise will have a healthy effect on your future development. It will discipline your willpower and hone your motivation as it eliminates extraneous desires. It will imprint your deep self with a passionate clarification of pursuits that are wastes of your precious energy and valuable time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Expect nothing even as you ask for everything. Rebel against tradition with witty compassion, not cynical rage. Is there a personal taboo that no longer needs to remain taboo? Break it with tender glee. Do something playful, even prankish, in a building that has felt oppressive to you. Everywhere you go, carry gifts with you just in case you encounter beautiful souls who aren’t lost in their own fantasies. You know that old niche you got stuck in as a way to preserve the peace? Escape it. At least for now, live without experts and without leaders—with no teachers other than what life brings you moment by moment. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Every year, the U.S. government spends $25,455 per capita on programs for senior citizens. Meanwhile, it allocates $3,822 for programs to help children. That’s only 15 percent as much as what the elders receive. In the coming weeks, Pisces, I believe your priorities should be reversed. Give the majority of your energy and time and money to the young and innocent parts of your life. Devote less attention to the older and more mature aspects. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you need to care intently for what’s growing most vigorously.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): What are the sources that heal and nourish you? Where do you go to renew yourself? Who are the people and animals that treat you the best and are most likely to boost your energy? I suggest that in the coming week you give special attention to these founts of love and beauty. Treat them with the respect and reverence they deserve. Express your gratitude and bestow blessings on them. It’s the perfect time for you to summon an outpouring of generosity as you feed what feeds you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Why do birds fly? First, that’s how they look for and procure food. Second, when seasons change and the weather grows cooler, they may migrate to warmer areas where there’s more to eat. Third, zipping around in mid-air is how birds locate the materials they need to build nests. Fourth, it’s quite helpful in avoiding predators. But ornithologists believe there is yet another reason: Birds fly because it’s fun. In fact, up to 30 percent of the time, that’s their main motivation. In accordance with the astrological omens, Taurus, I invite you to match the birds’ standard in the coming weeks. See if you can play and enjoy yourself and have a good time at least 30 percent of the time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Is there an important resource you don’t have in sufficient abundance? Are you suffering from the lack of an essential fuel or tool? I’m not talking about a luxury it would be pleasant to have or a status symbol that would titillate your ego. Rather, I’m referring to an indispensable asset you need to create the next chapter of your life story. Identify what this crucial treasure is, Gemini. Make or obtain an image of it, and put that image on a shrine in your sanctuary. Pray for it. Vividly visualize it for a few minutes several times a day. Sing little songs about it. The time has arrived for to become much more serious and frisky about getting that valuable thing in your possession. Homework: The media love bad news. They think it’s more interesting than good news. Is it? Send your interesting good news to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Interaction with the Lost Officer Alex asks for help before more kids are beyond it
Suspected killer and convicted armed robber or not, I am genuinely upset that he was raised vacant of any moral center. This is something that isn’t easily fixed by a counselor’s hug or arrest.” When officer Alexander D. Teach is not patrolling our fair city on the heels of the criminal element, he spends his spare time volunteering for the Boehm Birth Defects Center. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/alexteach
“Yo man, you gonna dust me off right? I got this grass all over me,” Client #1 stated from his prone position on the ground in front of me where he was taken down and cuffed. Grass on his clothing. That was his concern. Not the .45 pointed at him before being cuffed, not the .45 he was sitting on in a park with two young boys playing on a slide 50 feet away, not the heroin ALEX and masks and gloves in the knapsack that was behind him. Not the Glock in the trashcan his buddy was at least wise enough to hide before we found the (loaded) gun he’d been sitting on while we approached and began talking to him after witnesses called in two suspicious persons openly carrying pistols in a neighborhood park in an area known for low rent and even lower expectations. A suspect in murders in both Chattanooga and Knoxville by gang affiliation. Two armed robberies and God knows what else he hadn’t been caught doing, and he’d only turned 18 two months earlier. This is what
we’re dealing with, folks. I’d tattoo “sociopath” on his forehead as quickly as he’d have killed me were he given the chance. This particular column reminds me of why I started writing about The Job in the first place so many years ago… the cathartic actions of such that relieve the pressure of the frustration, the futility of what we do—and by “we”, I mean TEACH all 120,000 of my co-workers across the country. All the training, all the equipment, all the good intentions and all the grant money in the world comes down to dealing with Client #1 face-to-face and his own 5.85 million convicted felon co-workers. I used to get mad at people calling 911 to address problems with their cable television service, or at being badmouthed for writing a ticket to someone for what they called “revenue generation” (when in reality it was to teach them not to drive 85 miles per hour in a 55 MPH zone because it’s stupid and pretty damn dangerous).
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Now? Those are some pretty great things to be upset about after having to flex my hand a few times to get the rigid feeling out of it after nearly squeezing the trigger on a kid that was considering ending my life or someone else’s. Because, my “glass half full” readers, that is what a “kid” is thinking when walking around with a loaded pistol, a sack full of robbery equipment and drugs, and a rap sheet that reads like he’s interviewing to be a demon someday. This coupled with knowing if he’d pulled that pistol on me, even if I beat him to the shot, I’d be publicly excoriated by some as a baby-killing racist that should have instead found “some other way of helping that poor young man out” despite the madness of such a thought under that situation. Letting him shoot me first, I suppose, so I can reach out to him with a blank job resume or a card for a counselor to repair his damaged childhood before my final breath passed, because that would be more fair, wouldn’t it? Only God loves a critic, I suppose.Well, God and a news editor or producer. Yes. You are reading frustration here in case you haven’t picked up on it…but the frustration isn’t born from worrying about public opinion. It is genuinely about how to deal
with this mind set. Suspected killer and convicted armed robber or not, I am genuinely upset that he was raised vacant of any moral center. This is something that isn’t easily fixed by a counselor’s hug or arrest, and that futility just pisses me off. Dads out there? WHERE WERE YOU? Moms out there? Pregnancy is generally predictable. PLAN it. Politicians? These kids need places to go, and caring souls to man them. Churches? Same thing. Atheists? Leave the churches alone unless you’re willing to step up, too. (Pause. Breathe.) In one hour, I’m going to put my armor back on and head back out there, and I’m going to do this again as I’ve done somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 shifts before this. Five thousand shifts…hundreds of shootings, hundreds of deaths. I think I’ve earned being “frustrated” if any of you are penning a complaint at this point. What I’d really appreciate is your help, though. Let’s fix these kids, or at least break the cycle that’s putting them in gun sights from both my co-workers and theirs. There is already a plan moving forward on Amnicola Highway for us to get behind, but suggestions and volunteers are always welcome.
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