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MIXOLOGY: National Tequila Day DIVERSIONS FREE WILL ASTROLOGY JONESIN' CROSSWORD
THE CONVULSIVE BLUES Davey Williams combines free-improv playing with humor By Ernie Paik
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Op-Ed: Beyond the Backslapping Will the whole community benefit from VW’s investment?
For Tennessee and America’s plutocracy, lowwage jobs are the path to their prosperity.”
On July 16, the celebration of Volkswagen’s decision to expand car production in Chattanooga became a love fest for plutocrats. Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, and Bill Haslam engaged in a public festival of self-promotion. Self-congratulatory rhetoric flowed like ketchup on a bun. Corker stated that Haslam had been his friend for 40 years and that he (Corker) “…had never been prouder of him.” Sen. Corker went on to add that Alexander is “the father of the auto industry in Tennessee.” To reciprocate, Alexander and Haslam both said, “We would not be standing here today if not for Bob Corker.” It’s a wonder that they did not injure themselves with all the backslapping
and high-fiving. Based on this excess, one would think that these masters of the universe had invented automobiles. Meanwhile, back in the real world in which we commoners live, Tennessee remains one of the poorest states in the union. The state ranks 45th on median income and 39th on per capita income. The higher ranking of the later is attributable to the gross level of income inequality. The TERRY STULCE richest five percent of Tennesseans make an average of $252,600 a year— and the poorest 20 percent make an average of $18,800 a year. Tennessee leads the nation in the percentage of minimum-wage jobs. Our rate is nearly twice the national rate and one out of four jobs are classified as “low wage”. The poverty rate is 17.9 percent and the asset poverty rate (based on durable assets that could be liquidated to sustain a family for three months) is 25.2 percent. There is nothing to cheer about in these numbers. However, for Tennessee and America’s plutocracy, low-wage jobs are the path to their prosperity. We learned in the struggle for a union at VW that the superrich and their bought-and-paid-for politicians will spare no expense to deny workers a seat at the table or a living wage. There was an attempt to bribe VW with 300 million in taxpayer dollars and a campaign of serial lies to cover it up. Then the Tennessee legislature, led by the dumb and dumber, refused to investigate the crime.
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These local yokels teamed with uber-plutocrats, David and Charles Koch, through their sycophant, Grover Norquist, and their nefarious and sweetly named front groups to mount a campaign of propaganda, lies, and deception that has not been seen in Tennessee since the Scopes trial. This massive disinformation war resulted in a temporary defeat of the union at VW—but proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the architects of that campaign do not represent the needs of Tennesseans. Instead, they are the willing servants of America’s superrich and powerful corporate interests. As for the union: The UAW has already risen from the dead and established a local chapter. The plutocrats have held sway in Tennessee and America for too long. I wish the UAW “God’s speed” in their struggle against the forces of greed for better wages and more employee power over their own destinies—which are our destinies, too. Terry Stulce hass been a longtime political activist. A family counselor by profession, he is a decorated U.S. Army Ranger who served in the 101st Airborne and is a proud combat veteran of the Vietnam War.
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Better Early Than Never Early voting open now for those who can't wait While the politicking is still going full-speed ahead, to the point where it’s hard to find your regular mail under all the campaign literature overflowing your mailbox, those that have either already made up their minds or can’t be in town on Election Day can get out and vote now. Early voting is currently underway and will stay open in Hamilton County through Saturday, August 2.
Democrats and Republicans will nominate their candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, and the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (among other primary races), while all voters will decide on a variety of county and city races. Also of interest on the ballot for Chattanooga city voters is the controversial “domestic partnership” ordinance. Passed earlier by the city council, a petition drive
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Dr. Clark "Deacon Bluz" White This week's cover story is by Dr. Clark White, better known around town as "Deacon Bluz". An artist, educator, historian and performer of the blues, Dr. White has been an intergral part of keeping alive the history and heritage of African American music, culture, and its
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gathered enough signatures to bring it directly to voters. Registered voters have four locations to choose from: the Brainerd Rec Center at 1010 N. Moore Rd., Eastwood Church at 4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd., Northgate Mall in Hixson, and at the Election Commission offices at 700 River Terminal Rd. Get complete voting hours and sample ballots online at elect.hamiltontn.gov
impact on the city for decades. Along the way, he has picked up degrees from Morehouse College, a Ph.D from Michigan State University and done postdoctoral work at Harvard University. He has taught at Michigan State, Temple University, Northeastern University, Brown University, Morehouse and Spelman College, and now, though semi-retired, is an adjunct faculty member at UTC.
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Teach. “Nightmares, like The Pulse, are free. Both should be shared with everyone.” His columns have attracted the attention of mayors and U.S. senators, though only when readers are attempting to have him fired. Officer Teach is also an avid bicyclist and passionate recreational boater, whose likes include short walks, rum, and volunteering at the Boehm Birth Defects Center.
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Longing for the exciting VW BlueHamster “
Your name means People’s Car. You make cheap, wonderful, fun transportation. You go your own way.”
David Traver Adolphus is a freelance automotive researcher who recently quit his full time job writing about old cars to pursue his lifelong dream of writing about old AND new cars. He welcomes the inevitable and probably richly deserved kvetching about Airbag and anything else on Twitter as @proscriptus.
Challenging VW to take a risk and make a classic Any way you look at it, CrossBlue haven’t been re2,000 jobs is incredible news. leased yet, but we’ve all seen Not just manufacturing jobs, the photos of a Generic Midbut the downtown buildsize Crossover with a Passat ing (which, why? but good), grille. As they’ve made an a whole US R&D center official announcement, the and more than $600 million final shape is probably set in in construction. And not in stone, and VW 2018, either, has undoubtbut now, this edly spent the fall. last 36 months I literally with focus DAVID TRAVER have trouble groups, market ADOLPHUS believing it— research and if Chattanooga benchmark(officially) has about 16,000 ing competitors to produce people unemployed and all a car, as VW USA President the new jobs come out of Michael Horn said, “[fulfills] there (which they won’t, but the wishes of our dealer netstill), that would cut the unwork.” Inspirational words. employment rate from 6.2 Even with the millions of percent to 5.4 percent, not hours and billions of dollars even counting the construcof development work already tion. done, there’s still time for The final details of the VW to screw it up. Because
what the world absolutely does not need is another one of the cars that VW dealers want. One Toyota Venza or Chevy Equinox is more than enough. You know how many aircooled VW meets there are in an average summer month? I stopped counting listings at thesamba.com at 20 in August, and I was only up to August 6 (hit print and it would take 61 pages). When was the last time you saw an “I’m OK, I saved a Santa Fe!” sticker? How many $100,000 Toyota RAV4s are there at auction? None— because there’s zero magic in those cars. Think about the great Volkswagens of all time. The Beetle has to be #1, then probably the Transporter, and then some lesser-known but still terrific cars, early GTIs, Sirocco, Squareback, Synchro van, even the Eurovan. They
all shared the classic VW mix of practicality and fun, even if they were being sold for next to nothing (the Eurovan excepted). The Beetle didn’t have to be that shape; a square probably would have been cheaper to stamp out. Why on earth would you put 21 windows into a van? It’s hard to come up with an answer that doesn’t involve saying, “... plus it just looked cool.” The CrossBlue will be none of those things, starting with the name. Admittedly, VW didn’t originally use Beetle or Samba, but they sure came around and embraced them in time. For people really deeply in tune with German cars, “Blue” denotes a diesel, so great. But VWs are supposed to be friendly and approachable, not sound like a fitness regimen. Some friendly and approachable names include
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Hamster, Pot Pie, Sandal, Toddler, Sunbeam, Teapot, Pillow, and Mist. They can add Blue to one of those. My vote is for Hamster. We all know the diesel is expensive to make, reportedly something approaching $7,000 for the engine. The BlueHampster’s hybrid diesel is not going to be cheap, but the car needs to be. Remember the Phaeton. Great car. Amazing car, in fact. Everyone said, who’s going to buy a luxury VW? They were right, because the answer was, “No one.” You’re Volkswagen. Your name means People’s Car. You make cheap, wonderful, fun transportation. You go your own way. You put the engines in the back, you lift the inside wheel in corners and you make people happy. My mother just bought a new six-speed Mazda CX-5. No hybrid, no diesel, cost next to nothing, gets 35 mpg and for the first time in years she gets out of her car with a smile on her face every time. The CrossBlue may make people satisfied, but it won’t make people fall in love.
Lastly, and this is going to be hard for you to swallow, VW, throw the current design away. It’s nice enough and has the new family grille, but—and this is probably what Mr. Horn’s dealers wanted—it is completely anonymous. There’s nothing there. Is it a Highlander? A CR-V? Sorrento? Who knows. The BlueHamster should be instantly recognizable from any angle, not just from studying the grille. This is the 65th anniversary of the VW Beetle in America, by some measures the best-selling car in history. It was in production for 65 years, more than half the total time that cars have been sold to the public, period. That is Volkswagen, the perfect car for two generations of people throughout the world, not a niche vehicle to capture sales and fill in a gap in the lineup. Have the courage to build a car for people to love, not for dealers to sell. Build a Volkswagen.
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Chattanooga’s Black Churches: Then and Now Can today’s churches regain the power they once held? By Dr. Clark "Deacon Bluz" White Photography courtesy of the Chattanooga African American Museum and the Library of Congress
eligious practices have always been a part of the Black experience. Since the first enslaved African arrived in America, they and their descendants have practiced some form of worship. There are learned beliefs considered sacred in Black society that determine the values and morals for living.
The story of Black religion and the power of the Black church is a narrative that includes the history of Black migration, self-determination, social class and urbanization. From the early 1800s, Chattanooga became the destination of Black rural peasants from the surrounding areas. They viewed the city as a place of freedom and opportunity. They were attracted to the city by the potential for work, free public education and a “better life” for their children. They were escaping anti-Black violence, lynchings, poverty and exploitation, and they maintained the “faith” through their proscribed religious practices.
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They became urban proletariats, living side-by-side with other arriving ethnic groups including the ScotchIrish, Jews, Lebanese, Irish and Germans. Living, working and worshiping were common activities among all the ethnic immigrants. But the color line separated people in all aspects of social life, even church membership. Oddly enough at one time before the Civil War, African Americans in Chattanooga were given access to white sanctuaries such as Cumberland Presbyterian to use as a place of worship. While the order of service followed a basic Christion doctrine, there was also the “shouting” and convulsing in the spirit or “getting happy”. The early preachers tended to be more emotional than intellectual. Like the old blues song used to say, “Oh I think I get religion, I think I’ll join the Baptist Church, then I can become a preacher and I won’t have to work”. The urban migrants brought the memories of the rural-based “invisible underground church” and the “praise house” with them. The invisible underground church that had existed through slavery up until the end of the Civil War was clandestine in nature. In most slave-holding states there were conduct laws which prohibited free Black and enslaved Africans from gathering. The early form of church provided them with an outlet to come together and fellowship. In most cases, the religious ceremonies followed the doctrines of Christianity. There was a form of syncretism that occurred when traditional religious beliefs were merged with Christianity. From this resulted various forms of voodoo, hoodoo, and con-
domble. This was based on a Yoruban cosmology which was polytheistic. Interestingly enough, our city was always known for its share of Blacks who were palm readers, root doctors, and fortune tellers. Evidence of this is found in local Black folklore and superstitions. As they became acculturated to urban living, Blacks began to organize their own Christian churches. At first they had patronage from white Methodists and Baptists. A few white Southern congregations welcomed them into their midst as equals as brothers and sisters in Christ. Because urban life was more complex, Black religious people also had to adjust some of the moral codes. By the early 20th century, most Black Baptist and Methodist congregations had dropped their ban on dancing, socializing, card playing and some sports. Slowly, the Black church also added social programs and social services for its members. In some cases, Black churches and ministers got involved in campaigns to end lynching and segregation. The music of the Black church also became more secularized with the marriage of the spirituals and the blues—which gave birth to “gospel music”. Like all American ethnic groups, African Americans in Chattanooga recognized the importance of organized religion. Not only was it a place to get “salvation”, it could also be a place to build economic cooperation, education and enter the arena of politics. Black organized religion enabled people to build their own churches and form their own “mutual aid societies”. It was inside the Black church that some of the first independent Black schools were set up to teach basic literacy, mathematics—and of course, religion.
Historically, the majority of African Americans worshiping in Chattanooga have been either Methodist or Baptist. There were also very small congregations of “salvation cults” such as the Moorish Science Temple and the Nation of Islam. Salvation cults seek salvation through not being identified as Christian and/or Western influenced. The founder of the Black Hebrew Nation, Prophet F.S. Cherry, started The Church of the Living God, the Pillar of Truth of all Nations in Chattanooga in 1886. Soon after its start, Prophet Cherry migrated to Philadelphia where he continued to grow his congregation. At the end of the Civil War, the number of African Americans living in the city continued to increase. Former enslaved Africans and free Blacks pooled their talents and skills in order to build church sanctuaries. One of the earliest Black churches to be organized in the city was Rock Baptist
levard near Central Avenue. After moving into the Fort Wood community, it became Chattanooga City College in the mid-1960s and later was merged with the University of Chattanooga. The Black church has always played an active and pivotal role in Black politics. Without the Black Church and its resources, there would not have been a modernday civil rights movement. In the 1960s, a number of Black ministers and churches got involved in the civil rights movement. The Rev. Paul McDaniel of Second Baptist Church made history in front of the U.S. Supreme Court when he sucessefully challenged a ruling that attempted to prevent clergy in Tennessee from serving in elected office. He went on to serve several terms as a Hamilton County commissioner along with fellow clergyman and attorney Rev. Rhuebin Taylor. One of the most outspoken ministers in modern time in the city
Not only was it a place to get ‘salvation’, it could also be a place to build economic cooperation, education and enter the arena of politics.”
Church in 1866. It later became known as Shiloh Baptist Church, and by 1885 it was known as First Baptist Church on East Eightth Street. (The church today is recognized as a historical landmark by the federal government. Ironically, this same congregation rejected Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as its pastor in the mid-1950s. The majority of its members thought that he was too young to shoulder the responsibilities of pastor.) In 1867, the First Congregational Church was founded. Between 1880 and 1890, Blacks in Chattanooga founded Grace Memorial Church, St. James Church, Monumental Baptist Church, Leonard Street Church and Warren Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was at Warren Chapel in 1901 where a rare interracial program of service was held. At one time, Chattanooga was the location of Zion College. Zion had a department of religious studies and was located on what is now Martin Luther King Bou-
was the Rev. John Edwards, Sr. of Cosmopolitan Community Church. Before he went on to become well known for his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. King, Rev. C.T. Vivian was very active in the local movements for social and economic justice in Chattanooga. Sadly, today membership in traditional Christian Black churches is declining. There is also the problem of escapism, religious fanaticism and materialism. The emerging mega-churches with their message of “prosperity” have ignored the realities of racism, sexism and class inequality. It is time for the Black church to get off its knees and back into the freedom struggle. Homelessness, mass incarceration, residential segregation, poverty and a host of other problems will not end by simply praying and hoping for prosperity. Any successful strategy for liberation will have to come from a well-thought-out and pragmatic view of the situation—which includes social action. chattanoogapulse.com • July 24-30, 2014 • The Pulse • 9
An Antidote to More Things Blowing Up We've obscured the identities of the stars of the movie, so as to not give anything away.
A Boy And His (Genius) Dog Movies In The Park returns this Saturday Fresh off a nearly packed house (park?), First Things First and the City of Chattanooga get back in the cinematic spirit with the second (of three) free movies nights at Coolidge Park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and strollers for a fun afternoon in the park, followed by a great family movie at sundown on a giant inflatable screen. And, as always, they can’t actually tell anyone in advance what they will be screening. However, they are able to give out some subtle (or not-so) hints. This week’s hint: “A genius dog and his boy must travel back in time to rewrite history.”
H’mm...another tough one. I guess we’ll have to fire up the Wayback Machine to figure out this movie. Whether or not you can figure out what the film is, showtime is set for 8:30 p.m. Remember: All kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent after 6 p.m. in the park.
Hercules Having endured his legendary twelve labors, the Greek demigod has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Director: Brett Ratner Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes
Lucy A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic in this scifi action thriller. Director: Luc Besson Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Analeigh Tipton, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi
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’VE NEVER SEEN DIRECTOR JAMES CARNEY’S FILM “Once”, nor have I seen the musical based on it. This, apparently, is a plus for those interested in seeing his current film, “Begin Again,” since a lot of its negative criticism has been centered on its being too much like the first movie—only with movie stars.
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“Begin Again” has recycled but beguiling charm, led by the amazing Mark Ruffalo
Ruffalo takes a character played a thousand times and makes you care about him and root for him even as all his self-centered flaws are on full view.”
“Once” may well be a wonderful film, but “Begin Again” also has considerable charm, and that is coming from someone who doesn’t like either Keira Knightley or Adam Levine, who are both in this movie. But let’s start at the beginning. “Begin Again” tells a slightly off-kilter version of the old “A Star Is Born” story: young, talented artiste meets older, jaded has-been to the at least temporary benefit of both. In this case, the artiste is a singer/songwriter, Gretta, (Knightley) and the has-been is a record company exec who’s backed a long string of losers and is now being booted from the company he co-founded. That is Dan, played by Mark Ruffalo, who can do no wrong as an actor as far as I am concerned and is the reason I saw the film in the first place. Gretta has come to New York with her singer boyfriend Dave (Levine), who is headed for rock stardom based on the gushing reception to a track of his that made it into (a little too-obvious irony here) a movie. No surprise when his rising fame also causes his asshole quotient to rocket and Gretta moves out, holing up with a fellow Brit pal, Steve (James Corden), who’s been bus-
king on the streets. Steve convinces her to come with him to an open mic night, where Dan, who’s wandered in in search of an extra-large bourbon, sees and hears her and is enchanted by what might be. If this is already causing you to shake your head, don’t bother with the film. If, on the other hand, you’re interested to see what a talented director can do with what is admittedly not daisy-fresh material, read on. Strong performances are what make “Begin Again”. Knightley uses her own singing voice, and holds her own in that small, breathy, indie way. (The songs themselves, it has been extensively pointed out, are nothing to write home about, but in my non-singer/
“Strong performances are what make ‘Begin Again’. Knightley uses her own singing voice, and holds her own in that small, breathy, indie way.” songwriter view, are adequate for the story.) I am very bored with what by now are the standard Knightley facial expressions: the sideways smile, the widened eyes—but she gives those enough of a miss, especially in her scenes with Ruffalo, that it works. Levine surprised me. He does not overact…much…and especially in the first, relationship-establishing scene with Gretta, has a rather endearing, natural quality. James Corden, an actor I was not familiar with before this movie, is
delightful as Steve, who’s drawn into Gretta’s widening prospects and just goes for it. The scene in which a tipsy Steve encourages an equally tipsy Gretta to write a revenge song on the spot and then sing it onto Dave’s phone messages has an improvised, irresistible feel. The always-solid Catherine Keener plays Dan’s estranged wife, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld plays their daughter, managing to avoid almost all of the sullen teen clichés and emerge as an actor to watch.
But Mark Ruffalo. I mean, c’mon, folks, this is one of the best actors working today, and he takes a character played a thousand times and makes you care about him and root for him even as all his self-centered flaws are on full view. Dan must have something inside, since former-discovery-now-star Troublegum (Cee Lo Green) is still loyal and still willing to back a man who has nothing he wants anymore. The other star of this film is New York itself, photographed like the grand old dame she is. “Begin Again” is the kind of small movie that will lure you in, if you let it. If not, it’s summer, and the blockbusters are thundering right next door.
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Inventing the Convulsive Blues Davey Williams comes to AVA with freeimprov guitar playing and humor Carl Thomas
Watch the Next Star Shine Ultimate Music Showcase raises money for music in schools Raise your hands if you want to save music. Recent tax cuts have rocked public schools and arts and music departments are taking the biggest hit. Thus, from the ashes of canceled music programs rises the “Ultimate Music Showcase,” an event dedicated to preserving musical education in public schools. This one-of-a-kind event kicks off a 16-city tour this Saturday night at the Memorial Auditorium. Musicians, comedians and dancers from all genres and all over the nation will be performing for a chance to advance to the main showcase in Atlanta, where they will be competing for the grand prize of $100,000, awarded to the school districts in the winning artist’s home town.
Everyone performing at the “Ultimate Music Showcase” is an unsigned talent looking to become a star. Carl Thomas, Revelation (cousin to the late and great Tupac) and other major label executives will be on hand to serve as special guests and celebrity judges. If you are unable to attend the event, audiences are encouraged to watch the special online and vote for their favorite performer at theultimatemusicshowcase.com. — Christopher Armstrong Ultimate Music Showcase Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m. $16 advance, $21 day of show Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. etix.com
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One of the most creative ongoing showcases in town, featuring the best and brightest of Chattanooga's singersongwriter talent. Come early and a get a good seat. 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com
Arguably one of the busiest musicians in town, Jonathan takes a break from Milele Roots to get up-close-andpersonal with an intimate solo performance. 9 p.m. The Office (inside City Cafe) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191
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No headliner, no opening act: everyone gets their name pulled from a hat to see in what order they take the stage for a full set. 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com
OR FOUR DECADES, THE BIRMINGHAM, ALA. GUITARist Davey Williams has taken the blues into radical and wild territories, so that it’s unrecognizable as blues anymore. Alongside Henry Kaiser and Eugene Chadbourne, Williams is considered to be one of the “three founding fathers of American free improvisational guitar”— which is improvised playing that avoids any particular genre—and is the subject of an in-production documentary film entitled “Convulsive Blues”, which takes its name from the unique style that Williams invented.
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The best device I ever used was the motorized baseball glove, which I wore (unmotorized) in Little League, and which was a far better musician than me.”
Williams began his tutelage as a 19-yearold with the blues master Johnny Shines— who learned from and toured with Robert Johnson—and in the ’70s, he began to explore the free-improv world with violinist/violist LaDonna Smith; the two were co-founders of Trans Museq—both a performing group and record label—and the journal the improvisor. Williams made a splash in the downtown NYC avant-jazz scene in the ’80s as a member of the band Curlew and was an early collaborator with composer, saxophonist and MacArthur grant recipient John Zorn. With an appropriately playful attitude, Williams penned the book “Solo Gig: Essential Curiosities in Musical Free Improvisation”, an insightful and humorous collection of essays, which appeared in an early form in Zorn’s Arcana book series. Williams answered questions for The Pulse via email in advance of his performance and book reading at AVA on July 25. The Pulse: Playing free improv involves not falling back on habits. What do you do to avoid habits? Davey Williams: Actually it’s more like the habits fall back on me. Don’t recognize them until I’m already repeating myself in some way. In varying degrees, I catch
myself red-handed approximately every two minutes. Habits ride on “feel-good” moments and recur kind of unconsciously, and so are an inherent challenge to “clear transmission” and in-the-moment interactions. In any case it’s mostly about paying attention to the playing, trying to be aware of deja-vu-type patterns, scanning for the revelatory anomaly, not getting too settled into any sonic area. Remaining leery of “favorites.” One thing that seems to help me avoid habits is trying to play types of music that I don’t really know much about playing. Jazz standards chord charts, R&B hits, etc. make the fingers have to move out of the familiar. However, in doing this it’s important to not try to actually get “good” at playing jazz standards, of course. Not reading music is a big help here. Anyway, when it comes to misusing swing, say, you’ve got to stay on your toes. TP: What is your favorite device you’ve used in your guitar playing? DW: The best device I ever used was the motorized baseball glove, which I wore (unmotorized) in Little League, and which was a far better musician than me. TP: In your essay “An Unlikely Crisis” you mention how free improv is working its way into formal music study. What are your thoughts on this? DW: On the one hand, free improvisation as a method of composing is rightly (finally) beginning to be taken seriously as a formal music study subject, and not just in situations where experienced improvisers get teaching jobs.
“Ideally, free improvisation perhaps should be a requisite course for degrees in sociology, psychology, political science, etc., since it involves all these areas, as well as sound production.” The way it could become detrimentally codified would be when it is being taught by people who haven’t actually “gotten it.” When the inherent eccentricity of free improvising is not internalized as [a] vital component, when the
most “famous” improvisers are regarded as legitimate and improvisation as a “folk music” is marginalized as a “nonprofessional” endeavor. Ideally, free improvisation perhaps should be a requisite course for degrees
in sociology, psychology, political science, etc., since it involves all these areas, as well as sound production. And hey, come to think of it, maybe it could also get tied into athletic scholarships or something. Quantum research, veterinary certification. TP: I feel like sometimes a sense of humor pervades your music. What are your thoughts on conveying humor in music? DW: I don’t know about conveying it, but humor is the great unifier. Laughing together is one of the only times when people are in complete intellectual agreement, with a shared experience of something communally funny. However, humor has a mind of its own. Unlike comedy (jokes, routines, etc.) humor “self-occurs,” so to speak. If I try to have anything to do with its occurrence, embarrassment follows. For me at least, consciously trying to “make funny” is very dangerous territory. Humor is a wild animal; try to rope it in and instead of deer in the backyard you wind up with a bear going though your refrigerator. Even worse scenario: sock drawer. AVA and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present: Davey Williams with Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner July 25, 7:30 p.m., $10 ($8 for ages 25 and under) AVA 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 avarts.org
local and regional shows
Adron with Tab Spencer & Bad scout [$5] Nick Lutsko with Rick Rushing & Groove Kid [$5]
Thu, July 24 Sat, July 26
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Full food menu serving lunch and dinner. 11am-2am, 7 days a week. 35 Patten Parkway * 423.468.4192 thehonestpint.com * facebook.com/TheHonestPint
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thursday7.24 All American Summer Series: SoCRO 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View huntermuseum.org Live Jazz 6 p.m. The Meeting Place 1278 Market St. stjohnsrestaurant.com Live Bluegrass 6:30 p.m. Whole Foods Market 301 Manufacturers Rd. (423) 702-7300 Songwriter Shootout 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Drivin’ N Cryin’, Left Foot Messiah 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Adron, Tab Spencer, Bad Scout 9 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office (inside City Cafe) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191
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friday7.25 Summer Music Weekends 11 a.m. Rock City Gardens 1400 Patten Rd. seerockcity.com Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. choochoo.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. elmesonrestaurant.com Function, Roger Alan Wade & Sparkle Motion 7 p.m. Miller Plaza 850 Market St. nightfallchattanooga.com Chattanooga Acoustic Showcase
Pulse pick: Dana Rogers A jazz-influenced fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter, Dana has long been entertaining folks around town and the country with her energetic style and memorable tunes. Dana Rogers Wed., July 30, 5 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com
7 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffehouse 105 McBrien Rd. christunity.org Bobby Bare Jr. (special early show) 7 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Angel Snow, Ryan Oyer, Tiffany Taylor 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Davey Williams 7:30 p.m. AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. avarts.org Mountain Opry
8 p.m. Walden’s Ridge Civic Center 2501 Fairmount Pk. (423) 866-3252 Logan Murrell 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. chattanooganhotel.com Jonathan Wimpee 9 p.m. The Office (inside City Cafe) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Roughwork 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Scenic, Whoabear, Lightspeed Heart 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com Breakfast Club 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com
saturday7.26 Screamin’ Eagle Performance Party Noon Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson 7720 Lee Hwy. (423) 892-4888 Magic & Music at the Incline Noon Incline Railway 3917 St. Elmo Ave. ridetheincline.com Jeff Miller 12:30 p.m.
Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. chattanoogamarket.com Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. choochoo.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. elmesonrestaurant.com Tom Cordell Jazz Quintet 6:30 p.m. Mocha Restaurant & Music Lounge 511 Broad St. mochajazz.net Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Drowning Olsyn, Edward & Jane 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com The Ultimate Music Showcase 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium 299 McCallie Ave. (423) 642-8497 Logan Murrell 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 Broad St. (423) 424-3775 Jordan Hallquist & The Outfit, Amber Fults, Soul Mechanic 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com
Nick Lutsko, Rick Rushing, Groovekid 9 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Hap Henninger 10 p.m. The Office (inside City Cafe) 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Roughwork 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Soul Survivor 10 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown 507 Broad St. sugarschattanooga.com Dead Testaments, After Dark Amusement Park 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
sunday7.27 Songs from “Shrek: The Musical!” 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Jeff Miller 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. chattanoogamarket.com Sabrina 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com
Roughwork, The Band Raven, Ragdoll 2 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Molly Maguires 7 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. thehonestpint.com Blind Draw 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. budssportsbar.com Swoon, Triathalon, Charliework 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
monday7.28 Kinslee Melhorn 6 p.m. Lake Winnepesaukah 1730 Lakeview Dr. lakewinnie.com Old School 7 p.m. J & J Restaurant and Lounge 2208 Glass St. (423) 622-3579
tuesday7.29 Wendell Matthews Acoustic 7 p.m. The North Chatt Cat 346 Frazier Ave. (423) 266-9466 Tim Starnes, Davey Smith 7 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown
507 Broad St. sugarschattanooga.com
901 Carter St (Inside City Cafe) 423-634-9191 Thursday, July 24: 9pm Open Mic with Hap Henninger Friday, July 25: 9pm Jonathan Wimpee Saturday, July 26: 10pm Hap Henninger Tuesday, July 29: 7pm
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wednesday7.30 Dana Rogers 5 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. chattanoogamarket.com Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson Hixson 248 Northgate Mall elmesonrestaurant.com Drew Gibson 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. thecamphouse.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. thepalmsathamilton.com Dan Sheffield 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown 507 Broad St. sugarschattanooga.com Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe 8 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com Kids From Across the Street 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. jjsbohemia.com
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Heading to the Sunset, Heading for the Sunrise Hiatt’s well-won blues, SoCro’s new world order
Thu, July 24 • 2:15 PM vs. Montgomery Biscuits
Fri, July 25 • 7:15 PM vs. Montgomery Biscuits
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John Hiatt Terms of My Surrender New West Records
ohn Hiatt’s 22nd studio album emerges in sync with the life of the singer/songwriter. As Hiatt approaches the senior years of his life, the musician has been struck with a case of the blues. The 61-year-old musician’s voice is slightly raspier and his lyrics a bit more morbid, but all in all, the superb songwriting on Terms of My Surrender is still the Hiatt we’ve come to know and love. With the strong rhythm of the drums and a blues guitar complemented by the occasional screeching harmonica, these songs reveal what’s troubling the old man. Songs like “Face of God”, “Nothin’ I Love”, and “Here to Stay” set the tone for this blues-influenced album. Lyrics from “Face of God” like “They say God is the devil until you look him in the eye,” (inspired by a Kenneth Patchen poem) uncover the suffering Hiatt reveals in this album. The storytelling in the song “Nobody Knew His Name” will draw you into the world of a Vietnam soldier killed when his rifle
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SoCro Eurotrash Meets Southern Class (socro.bigcartel.com) jams. The harmony of Hiatt and backup vocalists is bone-chilling as you listen to this tragic tale. Though Hiatt takes a somber approach to Terms of My Surrender, the album does not stubbornly stick to pessimistic blues throughout. Rather, Hiatt sprinkles in a few lighthearted tracks, strategically placed to serve as beams of light shining between two ominous blues numbers. Songs like “Marlene” and “Baby’s Gonna Kick” take an upbeat approach to a failed relationship. In the title track, “Terms of My Surrender”, Hiatt marries the humorous songwriter to his newly found darker style to sum up his albums in one love song. He reflects on old age in the song “Old People”. This track is a sardonic way to explain the psychosis of the elderly, with lyrics so funny you’ll think you’re listening to a parody. Though you might consider Hiatt to have stepped out of the limelight in recent years, he has been consistently putting out re-
cords since he dropped the major labels in1997. The eight albums he’s released since 2000 have not been the commercial successes his previous ones were—but the freedom of being on indie labels has given Hiatt back a voice all his own, and nothing is held back in his latest work. — Jake Bacon
orn in Croatia and raised in Chattanooga, SoCro is a hiphop anomaly who has been bringing energetic live shows to the Gig City for the past few years. After a successful Kickstarter project, “Eurotrash Meets Southern Class” has arrived with a steady diet of Schlitz beer, Chattanooga and a dream of a party that refuses to end. “Hit Me Up” starts the album, and this song begs to be played on a Friday night as you cross the Market Street Bridge after the Lookouts have won and fireworks are filling the air. This is the song to be played when you’re driving downtown, ready for a night full
of friends and dancing. A gang of motorcycles revving their engines begins “Chattanooga,” and this song is SoCro’s catchiest effort. The chorus seems impossible to escape, and dares to forever change the way our city’s name is pronounced. This song strives for anthem-like status, and it sounds as if it is attempting to replace “Chattanooga Choo Choo” as the Scenic City’s post-MTV generation’s song of choice. “Summer Time” is the third track and one of the artist’s best songs. This song perfectly captures the meaning of summer living in Chattanooga. SoCro has a beer in his hand and he is surrounded by tanned women. He drives slowly with his windows down, plays Marco Polo at the local pool and sometimes he drifts down the Hiwassee River. With the subject content and song title, this track could be written off as a one-season wonder, but at Clyde’s Auto Glass during Mainx24, SoCro performed this song amid freezing rain and subzero temperatures. When the chorus dropped, the crowd expanded and the overall energy reached a frenetic peak. It was the defining song of the set, and everyone at that moment realized that “Summer Time” isn’t about one particular season; it’s about a feeling that’s within us all. “Summer Time” is about freeing yourself from all worries and enjoying life, no matter what weather is beating down from the skies. The ten tracks from “Eurotrash Meets Southern Class” latch onto your memory and refuse to relinquish their grip. On the last track, SoCro repeats “goodbye” over and over as if he’s indicating that this album will be his first and last. But with songs this memorable, we are going to want to buy many more albums from this unforgettable star. — Christopher Armstrong
The Other Other Red Meat Other cultures love goat. Why we should too.
Goat is one of the most beautiful and leanest meats available, with bison, turkey breast, and codfish being the only meats lower in fat calories.”
Longtime food writer and professional chef Mike McJunkin is a native Chattanoogan who has trained chefs, owned and operated restaurants, and singlehandedly increased Chattanooga’s meat consumption statistics for three consecutive years. Join him on Facebook at facebook.com/SushiAndBiscuits
Who doesn’t love goats? exotic-sounding names cabriThey’re cute, they do a really to, chevre, or chevon. While this good Taylor Swift impresmay seem like mere semansion and they eat our mortal tics, try telling dinner guests botanical enemy: kudzu. If it you are serving “dead cow” weren’t for the humble capra rather than “beef” and see aegagrus hircus, we wouldn’t how powerful these labels be able to browse rows of are when it comes to the food goat milk candles and goat we eat. Goat’s new and more milk soap at the Chattanooga pleasant-sounding monikers Market, and we would be dehave helped, but America is prived of the greatest thing still far behind the rest of the to ever come world in goat out of a goat’s consumption. teat—deliThe probcious, delilem with eatcious goat ing goat may cheese. also stem from Travel outthe fact that MIKE McJUNKIN side the bormost Ameriders of the US cans are cuand you’ll find plenty of goat linary cowards. We love to fans, but they will be eyewatch Andrew Zimmern paing little Gabby the Goat’s rade his bald head around the chops and loins rather than world eating every creature the fruits of her udders. Maytoo slow to escape his hungry be it’s because Oscar Meyer maw, but when it comes to hasn’t started making goat eating anything that doesn’t bacon yet, but Americans still come beautifully packaged haven’t caught on to the idea and pristinely cleaned of evof eating goat meat, in spite ery bone, sinew and hunk of of the fact that it is the most fat, the vast majority of Amerwidely consumed meat in the icans turn up their noses and world, accounting for about run for the nearest bright red 70 percent of global red meat Tyson logo. consumption. In truth, however, goat is Americans view eating one of the most beautiful goat with a high “ick” facand leanest meats available, tor. This likely comes from with bison, turkey breast, and decades of associating the codfish being the only meats word “goat” with tin-canlower in fat calories. And let’s eating cartoons, half-human be honest, if Mickey D’s sold “Island of Dr. Moreau” mua Double McChevre with tations and psyche-scarring cheese, nicely packaged in a childhood encounters with little clamshell box implorbutt-pellet-spraying goats at ing you to start “lovin’ it,” the petting zoo. One step in my comments about how the attempt to help goat’s PR delicious the little bearded problem was to start referring ruminants would look slowly to goat meat with the more roasting over a fire wouldn’t
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get me kicked out of the local petting zoo every, single time. So everyone in the world eats it, and it’s really healthy, but how does goat taste? The first time I tasted goat was in Jamaica. Caribbean cultures generally prefer older bucks that are stronger-tasting, less tender and chock-full of that pungent barnyard aroma. This particular goat also seemed to have been butchered with a wood chipper, which turned the experience into an unpleasant treasure hunt for slivers of chewy, gamey meat. Thankfully I wasn’t deterred. Now I stick to eating goat from younger animals that have been carefully butchered and thoughtfully prepared. The flavor is like listening to a new song from your favorite band—it’s familiar, but new. It’s tempting to take a descriptive shortcut and say that goat tastes like lamb, but that’s like saying rabbit tastes like chicken, which is equally untrue. Goat is equidistant to lamb and beef, but has a clean, grassy, herbal flavor that is sweeter and less greasy than beef. In Chattanooga, your choic-
es for goat are limited, but there are a few farms around, such as Sheerlark Farms, Bonnie Blue Farms and Fall Creek Farms, that offer goat meat for sale, as well as most of the latin carnicerias around town. If you buy your meat from one of these latter locations, I would recommend calling early and being very specific with your order. Otherwise, you may end up with a pile of bones, fat and not much meat. I always ask for a thigh, cut up small, and I ask for lean meat, which I usually have to pay a little extra for. I’m sure there are other hidden gems that serve goat dishes, but my favorites are Curry Pot and Mrs. B’s Reggae Café. The Curry Pot serves up a traditional Indian goat curry that is brimming with flavor and sweet, tender chunks of goat (expect bones). Mrs. B’s Reggae Café offers a traditional Jamaican curry on the weekends that is more like a stew, packed with carrot, onion, sweet pepper, garlic and potato. Get it with a side of callaloo, festivals and a Red Stripe for a real Caribbean vacation flashback. The bottom line is simple. Eat more goat!
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Time Again to Put Some Jig in Your Art
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Toes Ballet Tennessee summer programs present free event Point your toe shoes toward the UTC Fine Arts Center on Friday, July 25, as Ballet Tennessee presents a free performance featuring students from two of its summer programs, the Summer Intensive and Dance Alive. Dance students audition in the spring for the three-week Summer Intensive, which brings in instructors from regional and national companies. One of those visiting instructors, Jere Hunt of Rioult Dance New York, is also the lead teacher for Dance Alive, a two-week introductory program. Now in its 18th year, Dance Alive is a partnership between Ballet Tennessee and the Department of Youth and Family Development. Students from
city rec centers are transported to the John A. Patten Recreational Center in Lookout Valley for two hours of dance and choreography each morning. Many of the Dance Alive students go on to continue to study dance, professionally or for fun. What’s more fun than kids enjoying dance on stage? Support their dance dreams by turning out for this performance. Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive/ Dance Alive performance Friday, July 25, 6 p.m., UTC Fine Arts Center, Vine & Palmetto Sts. ballettennessee.org
TELLING A STORY
MAIN STREET FUN
BBQ AND BEER
Discovery Mobile STEAM Story Time
Q n’ Brew at the Zoo
Formerly Last Fridays on Main, the "Southside Stroll" celebrates the artists, photographers, craftsmen, chefs, roasters, stylists, galleries, businesses, hostels, and neighborhoods in the Southside historic district of Chattanooga. 5 p.m. Main Street Southside District facebook.com/ southsidestroll
Looking for something fun and different? Old and young alike can come and taste the best BBQ the city has to offer while also enjoying the Zoo. Tasty beer and a great bluegrass band will be around to keep folks rocking. 4:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322 chattzoo.org
Combining story time with a science lesson just makes sense. A special story time that includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) activities for young children. 10:30 a.m. Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 757-2143 cdmfun.org
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Upcoming Southern Lit Alliance’s annual arts event features 57 local artists
HEN ANNA CARLL WAS GROWING UP AND GOING TO church with her family, rather than finding inspiration from the sermons, she found her attention focused elsewhere. “Instead of paying attention to mass and church, I was staring at the stained glass windows,” Carll says, “so that super-saturated color really affects me and how I work.”
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The Alliance hosts the Celebration of Southern Literature, as well as programs to directly affect and enrich the writing culture in Chattanooga.”
This attention to color and the inspiration drawn from stained glass is very much evident in her contribution to this year’s Art-a-ma-jig event, a fundraiser for The Southern Lit Alliance. Fifty-seven artists have contributed more than 60 works. On Carll’s part, contributing to the event was a chance to really explore this year’s theme: “Stories”. Drawing inspiration from the timeless tale of Dante and his muse, Beatrice, her piece tells the story of Dante’s courtly romance; of a love that never was. The two protagonists’ faces overlap, an idea Carll got from randomly picking up Southern novelist David Morrell’s book “Double Image” and liking the idea of two images intertwined. “I really took the theme and ran with it. It was really fun to do,” she says. Dana Shavin has been involved with the fundraiser (now in its twelfth incarnation) for a number of years, and says she was thrilled to be chosen to be a part of it. “It’s a high-quality, high-class event. It’s the thing to do,” she says. Plus, as an artist, “I love the fact that they use themes…[and seeing] how artists interpret the themes.” For her contribution, Shavin had little problem coming up with a piece to fit this year’s theme—because she already had it.
“When the theme came out, I had just done this painting of this woman sitting in a room by herself reading a book. You can’t tell what the book is or what the room is and you don’t know what her story is, so it’s sort of a story within the story. I think it was kind of perfect for the theme.” Both Carll and Shavin agree that Art-ama-jig event is an extremely worthy, and exciting, event to be a part of. Shavin notes that she is an artist and a writer as well, making this particular event the perfect juxtaposition of her passions. Plus, the Southern Lit Alliance, she says, “is just such a great organization, doing so many things. They’re supportive of the arts, obviously, and very supportive of the artists. They have enrich-
“Not only is it a great evening of art, which can be bid on during the silent auction, food, wine and great company, it’s a chance to support the community.” ment programs for kids and the writer residency…they have so many creative programs. And how do you not support that?” Carll agrees, and adds, “They just put on a great party!” Not to mention, she points out, it’s a great place to meet and mingle with some wonderful local artists and writers. “It is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of a bunch of great artists in one place,” she says. “It’s great for the artists too, to mingle with other artists and art patrons.” The Southern Lit Alliance (formerly the Arts & Education Council) cel-
ebrates Southern writers and readers through community education and innovative literary arts experiences. The Alliance hosts the Celebration of Southern Literature, as well as programs to directly affect and enrich the writing culture in Chattanooga, such as Young Southern Student Writers, Writers in Classrooms (residencies), Creative Writing Workshops for Teachers and Dramas for Youth. Art-a-ma-jig, which SLA Executive Director Susan Robinson explains got its name from a board member who during planning referred to it as an “Art-a-ma-
jig-y thingy” (and the name stuck), is the Alliance’s only annual fundraiser for the year. Not only is it a fabulous evening of art, which can be bid on during the silent auction, food, wine and great company, it’s a chance to support the community. “Art makes our community a vibrant place to live. [Supporting] this event helps our community become more vibrant,” Robinson says. This year’s event is catered and sponsored by The Grocery Bar (formerly Enzo’s Market). The food will be paired with select wine from sponsor Riverside Wine & Spirits. Tickets are $75. The silent auction of original artwork begins at 6 p.m. Art-a-ma-jig, 6-9 p.m. July 31, The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave. (423) 267-1218, southernlitalliance.org
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Discovery Mobile STEAM Story Time 10:30 a.m. Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 757-2143 cdmfun.org “Sustainable Growing, Heirloom Seeds, and Protecting Our Pollinators” 7 p.m. University Center UTC 642 E. 5th St. tennesseevalley.wildones.org “Les Miserables” 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Dale Jones 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com “La Cage Aux Folles” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com “The King and I” 8 p.m. Signal Mountain Playhouse 1104 James Blvd. (423) 886-5243 smph.org
friday7.25 She: An Expo for Women 11 a.m.
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Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St, (423) 756-0001 timesfreepressevents.com Southside Stroll 5 p.m. Main Street facebook.com/southsidestroll Ballet Tennessee’s “Dance Alive” 6 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center Vine & Palmetto Sts. (423) 821-2055 ballettennessee.org Davey Williams 7:30 p.m. Association for Visual Arts 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 910-9729 shakingray.com Dale Jones 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233
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thecomedycatch.com “La Cage Aux Folles” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com “Les Miserables” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com “The King and I” 8 p.m. Signal Mountain Playhouse 1104 James Blvd. (423) 886-5243 smph.org
saturday7.26 Move 4 the “Health” of It! 5K Run & 1-mile Fun Walk 8 a.m.
Tennessee Riverpark 4301 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 544-2843 active.com Chattanooga River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 chattanoogarivermarket.com Saturday Morning Handicrafts 10:30 a.m. Northgate Public Library 278 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 870-0635 chattlibrary.org She: An Expo for Women 11 a.m. Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St, (423) 756-0001 timesfreepressevents.com Honey Harvest Noon Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 757-2143 cdmfun.org Screamin’ Eagle Performance Party Noon Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson (423) 892-4888 thundercreekharley.com 90-Second Movie Makeover: “The Giver” 2 p.m. Eastgate Public Library 5705 Marlin Road. Ste. 1500 (423) 855-2689 chattlibrary.org “Les Miserables” 2:30, 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534
theatrecentre.com Crafts for Kids 3 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org Q n’ Brew at the Zoo 4:30 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. (423) 697-1322 chattzoo.org “La Cage Aux Folles” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com Dale Jones 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com “The King and I” 8 p.m. Signal Mountain Playhouse 1104 James Blvd. (423) 886-5243 smph.org Movies In The Park 8:30 p.m. Coolidge Park 200 River St. (423) 267-5383 firstthings.org
sunday7.27 Chattanooga Sunday Market: Tomato Festival 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041
chattanoogamarket.com She: An Expo for Women Noon Chattanooga Convention Center 1100 Carter St, (423) 756-0001 timesfreepressevents.com “La Cage Aux Folles” 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com “Les Miserables” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Dale Jones 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com
monday7.28 Sizzlin Summer Meet-and-Greet 1 p.m. Artcrafters 1356 Market St. (423) 775-1401 artcraftersdayton.com Living the 5 Elements: A Creative Exploration 6 p.m. Center for Mindful Living 1212 McCallie Ave. (423) 486-1279 centermindfulliving.org Sierra Club Picnic and Wilderness Presentation 6 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga
200 River St. (423) 693-4729 outdoorchattanooga.com
tuesday7.29 The Chattery’s Party with the Past: History of Classic Cocktails 6 p.m. Kitchen at Union Square 2 Union Square (423) 413-8978 thechattery.org
wednesday7.30 Let’s Make Terrariums! 1 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. 423) 757-5310 chattlibrary.org Wednesday Market 4 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9957 chattanoogamarket.com Main Street Farmers Market 4 p.m. Southside Chattanooga 325 E. Main St. mainstfarmersmarket.com
ongoing “Open 24 Hours” The Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org “Constant Motion” River Gallery 400 E. Second St.
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(423) 265-5033 river-gallery.com “Fire and Steel: The Metal sculpture of Turry Lindstrom” Graffiti 505 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 400-9797 hillcityart.com “Magnificent Minis” In-Town Gallery 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 intowngallery.com “FRESH: Emerging Artists” AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282 avarts.org “Abstract and Contemporary” Reflection Gallery 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 267-9214 reflectionsgallerytn.com “Hunter Invitational III” Hunter Museum of Art 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968 huntermuseum.org Dirt Track History Races Museum Center at 5ive Points 200 Inman Street East. (423) 339-5745 museumcenter.org “The Wizard of Oz” Creative Discovery Museum 321 Chestnut St. (423) 756-2738 cdmfun.org “Sizzlin’ Summer” Artcrafters 1356 Market St. (423) 775-1401 artcraftersdayton.com Map these locations on chattanoogapulse.com. Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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July is rapidly coming to a close and you need an excuse to celebrate the summer. National Tequila Day is at hand, and what better way to appreciate a great spirit from South of the Border? Though the origin of this wonderful Mexican libation has been lost in translation, this does not mean the sweet nectar extracted from the blue agave plant is not worthy of a party. So this Thursday, July 24, remember to cruise down to your local Mexican restaurant or stop by your neighborhood liquor store and pay tribute to tequila. In your pursuit of tequila heaven, you will notice there are two major categories of tequila: 100 percent Blue Agave and Tequila Mixto. Blue Agave tequilas will usually be advertised as “silver” or “white” tequila and can be easily identified, as they are completely clear in color. Blue Agave tequila is usually unaged to enhance the intensity and bring out the natural sweetness of the spirit. A Tequila Mixto, on the other hand, contains a minimum of 51 percent Blue Agave. The remaining 49 percent comes from other sugars. The sugars flavor the tequila and change the color into either a gold, amber or mahogany color. Tequila is then grouped further into differ-
ent types that can be either 100 percent Blue Agave or Mixto, such as Joven, Reposado or Anejo. Vickie Hurley, owner of Riley’s Wine & Spirits in Hixson, says that Cuervo Tradicional is the best-selling bottle of tequila sold at Riley’s, but that they are also seeing Don Julio 1942 and Patron Silver fly off the racks this summer. For a top-shelf bottle, try Cabo Wabo (also available at Riley’s), which usually ranges from $35-50 per bottle. Hurley believes that no matter what drink you’re concocting for the holiday, stick to 100 percent Blue Agave tequila. “The better the quality of the spirit, the better your drink will be,” explains Hurley. Whether you’re shooting the classic tequila shot with a chase of salt and lime or sipping a margarita on the rocks, going all out and starting the day off with the tart taste of a Tequila Sunrise, or adventuring off the beaten path with a Paloma or Tequini, the important thing is you’re not letting this great excuse for a good time go to waste. This Thursday, kick back and appreciate the fact that we are privileged enough to have tequila—and live in a country that has a day to appreciate it.
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“Forgiveness is not easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered. And yet, there is no peace without it.” — Marianne Williamson Forgiveness is a tough one, isn’t it? We may tell ourselves that we forgive this person, or that action, or those consequences— only to discover that we’re still harboring resentment. Those lasting tentacles of ill will have a way of reaching out and strangling us, sometimes as an occasional annoyance, sometimes as an all-encompassing obsession. And that’s exactly the point: Being unforgiving hurts us. The object of our disdain may not even know what’s going on, but we sure do. And this is why forgiveness brings peace…to us. I came across a great philosophy recently: If you cannot forgive all the wrongs someone did to you, just forgive the part you can forgive right now. One piece at a time. One peace at a time. chattanoogapulse.com • July 24-30, 2014 • The Pulse • 23
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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): According to the legends about Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table, the boy who would ultimately become King Arthur didn’t know he was heir to the throne while he was growing up. His future destiny was hidden from him. The wizard Merlin trained him but made sure he never found out he was special. When the old King Uther Pendragon died, a tournament was staged to find a replacement. The winner would be whoever was able to withdraw the enchanted sword that was embedded in a large stone. Quite by accident, our hero got a chance to make an attempt. Success! I have reminded you of the broad outlines of this tale, Leo, because at least one of its elements resembles your destiny in the next 11 months. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When a crocodile slams its jaws shut, the energy it summons is powerful. But when the beast opens its jaws, the force it exerts is weak. That’s because the muscles used to close are much more robust than the muscles used to open. I’m wondering if an analogous story might be told about you these days, Virgo. Are you more prone to close down than to open up? Is it easier for you to resist, avoid, and say no than it is to be receptive, extend a welcome, and say yes? If so, please consider cultivating a better balance. You need both capacities running at full strength in the coming days. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the latter part of the 18th century, American rebels and rabble-rousers used to gather regularly in the basement of the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. There they plotted the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, and other dissident adventures that opposed British Rule. That’s why the Green Dragon became known as the “Headquarters of the Revolution.” I think you and your cohorts need a place like that, Libra. It’s high time for you to scheme and dream about taking coordinated actions that will spur teamwork and foster liberation.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “When one has not had a good father, one must create one,” said philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. What does that mean? How might you go about “creating” a good father? Well, you could develop a relationship with an admirable older man who is an inspiring role model. You could read books by men whose work stirs you to actualize your own potentials. If you have a vigorous inner life, you could build a fantasy dad in your imagination. Here’s another possibility: Cultivate in yourself the qualities you think a good father should have. And even if you actually had a pretty decent father, Scorpio, I’m sure he wasn’t perfect. So it still might be interesting to try out some of these ideas. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to get more of the fathering energy you would thrive on. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “If I seem free, it’s because I’m always running.” So said Sagittarian musician Jimi Hendrix, widely regarded as one of the most inventive and electrifying guitarists who ever lived. Does that prospect have any appeal to you, Sagittarius? I don’t, of course, recommend that you keep running for the rest of your long life. After a while, it will be wise to rest and ruminate. But I do think it might be illuminating to try this brazen approach for a week or two. If it feels right, you might also want to mix in some dancing and skipping and leaping with your running. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the next 11 months, Capricorn, you will be given some choice riddles about the art of togetherness. To solve them, you will have to learn much more about the arts of intimacy—or else! It’s up to you: Either work your ass off as you strengthen your important relationships, or else risk watching them unravel. But don’t take this as a grim, sobering assignment. On the contrary! Play hard. Experiment freely. Be open to unexpected inspiration. Have fun deepening your emotional intelligence. That approach will work best.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Hypothesis: The exciting qualities that attract you to someone in the first place will probably drive you a bit crazy if you go on to develop a longterm relationship. That doesn’t mean you should avoid seeking connections with intriguing people who captivate your imagination. It does suggest you should have no illusions about what you are getting yourself into. It also implies that you should cultivate a sense of humor about how the experiences that rouse your passion often bring you the best tests and trials. And why am I discussing these eccentric truths with you right now? Because I suspect you will be living proof of them in the months to come. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 1961, Paul Cezanne’s painting “The Artist’s Sister” was on display at a museum in Aix-en-Provence, France. Then a lucky event occurred: It was stolen. When it was finally recovered months later, it had been ripped out of its frame. An art restorer who was commissioned to repair it discovered that there was a previously unknown Cezanne painting on the back of the canvas. As a result, the appraisal of the original piece rose $75,000. Now both sides are on view at the St. Louis City Art Museum. I foresee a comparable progression in your life, Pisces. An apparent setback will ultimately increase your value. ARIES (March 21-April 19): A report in the prestigious British medical journal BMJ says that almost one percent of young pregnant women in the U.S. claim to be virgins. They testify that they have conceived a fetus without the benefit of sex. That’s impossible, right? Technically, yes. But if there could ever be a loophole in natural law, it would happen for you Aries sometime in the coming weeks. You will be so exceptionally fertile, so prone to hatching new life, that almost anything could incite germination. A vivid dream or captivating idea or thrilling adventure or exotic encounter might be enough to do the trick.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As you weave your way through the next chapter of your story, I suggest you take inspiration from the turtle. You may even want to imagine that the turtle is your animal ally, a guide that helps you access the gradual and deliberate kind of intelligence you will need. Moving quickly will not be appropriate for the leisurely lessons that are coming your way. The point is to be deep and thorough about a few things rather than half-knowledgeable about a lot of things. There’s one other turtle-like quality I hope you will cultivate, too: the ability to feel at home wherever you are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): America’s biggest winery is E & J Gallo. It sells more wine than any other company, and has been named the planet’s “Most Powerful Wine Brand” four different years. Ernest and Julio Gallo launched the enterprise in 1933 after studying the art of winemaking in pamphlets they found in the basement of a public library in Modesto, California. I foresee a less spectacular but metaphorically similar arc for you, Gemini. Sometime soon—maybe it has already happened—information or inspiration you come across in a modest setting will launch you on the path to future success. There is one caveat: You must take seriously the spark you encounter, and not underestimate it because it appears in humble circumstances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Diamonds are not rare. They are so numerous that if they were evenly distributed, you and me and everyone else on the planet could each have a cupful of them. And if you are ever in your lifetime going to get your personal cupful, it may happen in the next 11 months. That’s because your hard work and special talent are more likely than usual to be rewarded with tangible assets. Strokes of luck will tend to manifest in the form of money and treasure and valuable things you can really use. Be alert for the clues, Cancerian. One may appear momentarily.
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ACROSS 1 Type of garden with rocks 4 The Good Witch from “The Wizard of Oz” 10 ___ de mer 13 Get better, maybe 14 Tell on 15 She plays Liz on “30 Rock” 16 Chew toy on Batman’s utility belt? 18 MIT grad, maybe 19 Sportscaster Dick 20 Like screwball comedies 21 System with paddles and a joystick 24 Explorer Juan Ponce ___ 25 “Arrested Development” narrator Howard 26 Fish served in filets 31 Mad scientist who is the enemy of Action Man 32 Prof’s admission that someone’s helping
him temporarily? 35 Soul great Redding 36 Swear like a sailor 37 Pulls a heist on 40 Halloween costume that includes big ears, dark clothing and a bunch of charts? 43 Digital camera variety, for short 45 They’ll help serve your Earl Grey 46 ___ Hill (R&B group) 47 Container for stirfried vegetables? 49 ___ Lateef of jazz 51 Get the engine humming 52 Takes more Time? 56 PG&E opponent Brockovich 57 Visit Vancouver, say? 61 Grub 62 Fill with passion 63 Put a spell on 64 Porker’s pad 65 Raptor’s grabbers 66 Wonder
DOWN 1 Turn sharply 2 Driving force 3 Paycheck line 4 Semi-frozen drink similar to an Italian ice 5 Petting zoo critter 6 “Let ___” 7 Widow of King Hussein 8 Manure 9 Ending for emir 10 Spoke indirectly 11 ___ Wat (Cambodian temple) 12 Voice box 15 Blue-green shade 17 That girl 20 Take a baby off the bottle 21 Jason’s ship 22 Car horn noise 23 Like some sci-fi boots 24 In the most desperate way 27 Tended to a scratch 28 She came between Hillary and Michelle 29 Dos that get
picked out 30 Backup group 33 Spicy General on a menu 34 Raw metal source 38 Dull person 39 Double-___ (Oreos variety) 41 Type of convertible 42 Uses of mentallybased propaganda, in CIA-speak 43 Shopping binges 44 Give a good staredown (not!) 48 Groan-inducing jokes 50 Ensign’s org. 52 Novelist Jaffe 53 List-ending abbr. 54 Pitcher Hideo 55 Bernanke subj. 57 “___ Smart” (like you, if you solve this puzzle?) 58 “Now I see” 59 “Do the ___” (soft drink ad phrase) 60 Double-bladed weapon
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New Jersey, Old Stupidity Officer Alex points out the folly of making a hero out of a criminal
Rather than robbing the store, he told witnesses to, ‘Watch the news later, I’m going to be famous!’ and then lay in wait as officers responded.”
Lawrence Campbell was a good man, said people who knew him, because he’d been to jail but had turned over a new leaf since leaving prison in January. He was married the next month and was only under investigation for one murder since then when he entered a Walgreens in Jersey City, New Jersey, faked a question to a 58-year-old security guard, then stabbed him and took his gun. ALEX Rather than robbing the store, he told witnesses to, “Watch the news later, I’m going to be famous!” and then lay in wait as officers responded. When the first cruiser pulled onto the lot, he fired more than a dozen shots into the windshield and killed 23-yearold Officer Melvin Santiago, whose one-year anniversary would have been this last Tuesday. Santiago never left the car, much less threatened Campbell. Additional responding officers continued Campbell’s gunfight and concluded it with his death, just outside the car
where Ofc. Santiago lay. All of which makes this the cops’ fault, of course, and resulting in what local Jersey reporters are calling potential race riots in the city. “He was a good man,” said a neighbor of Campbell (about the suspect, not the cop, mind you). “He looked out for everybody on the block.” And so his impromptu memorial grew larger than that of the cop who TEACH was murdered in his car for responding to Campbell’s initiated crime. “Thug in Peace” one touching note said, honorary balloons and (empty) liquor bottles adorning the site. (The memorial was taken down by order of the mayor.) There is actually more to the story (rival Crip gang members are offering to ride along with Jersey cops due to threats of Blood gang member retaliations against police, citing “the enemy of their enemy is their friend”), but let’s just stop at this prior point. Local residents are gathering to build a second memorial
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to Campbell and to continue to praise him. (You know, the suspected murderer who executed a cop after stabbing an 58-yearold and taking his gun. This is the “good man” to which they refer.) What I like about The Pulse is that at this point I can say what is being left out of most published pieces on the subject: That “shit is seriously wrong” with people who can, for any reason, mourn the death of a criminal more than the cop sent to stop him—the cop who never so much as opened his car door. I even get to pose the question, “What the shit is the matter with you people?” The statement is a standalone and the question is rhetorical, but after all my research it’s finally nice to see those words, even if it’s only because I am the only one to publish them thus far. A local story that’s been told in these pages before is one in which a witness to a burglary in progress calls 911 and police are sent to what turns out to in fact be a robbery that was about to occur. The bad guy sees the uniformed cop approaching (on foot this time) and fires, byGod striking the copper in the chest. The vest caught it and the cop had time to return fire
after being shot, his own bullets finding the bad guy’s neck and calf, killing him. And the cop’s new label? “Racially motivated murderer.” The cop was a “racist” for shooting the black man…who had just shot him in the chest. As in Jersey City, this crime was re-manufactured despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The cop was shot first, and still made out to be the bad guy. America, Planet Earth? If you listen closely, you can actually listen to us getting dumber and dumber by the second. “Idiocracy” is on the rise. Screw climate change, screw passenger planes being rocketed in the Ukraine… These changes could wind up as permanent. Let me help you: Officer Santiago dreamed of being a cop, and was on the force living that dream for just under a year. HE is the one that responded to the criminal who was stabbing people, and HE is the one you should be praising, not his dimwitted executioner. And for just having to type something so obvious? Now I’m dumber too as a result of having to compose it. Thanks. Accountability, folks. We can’t keep making it an option. (Rest in peace, Officer.)
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