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Managing Editor Gary Poole

BEGINNINGS: The state of the arts

Contributing Editor Janis Hashe Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny • John DeVore Janis Hashe • Matt Jones • Josh Lang Sandra Kurtz • Louis Lee • Marc T. Michael Ernie Paik • Rick Pimental-Habib • Alex Teach


Editorial Interns Christopher Armstrong • Jake Bacon Madeline Chambliss

Features ARTS: Inside AVA’s new exhibits

Cartoonists & Illustrators Rick Baldwin • Max Cannon Jen Sorenson • Tom Tomorrow Founded 2003 by Zachary Cooper & Michael Kull


Director of Sales Mike Baskin Account Executives Chee Chee Brown • Julie Brown • Rick Leavell Leif Sawyer • Stacey Tyler

MUSIC: Gunpowder & Pearls


State of the Arts 2014 — Special 40-page pullout section

SCREEN: Exciting year for the city TECH: And the children shall lead


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SANDRA KURTZ: Business Forward event highlights green investment ALEX TEACH: Alex recalls good times with his sweet, sweet Caprice

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The State of the (All Kinds of) Arts Our annual State of the Arts issue focuses on our changing venues

To do our coverage justice, we had to go well beyond our normal presentation.”

If this issue of The Pulse seems a tad bit larger than you are accustomed to, there’s a simple reason: it’s our annual State of the Arts issue. Every year, we take a longer look at some aspect of the arts community in Chattanooga, and this year we are looking at the changing face of the venues housing the arts. Specifically, we are doing our best to keep up with the rapidly changing arts venue landscape. The past few weeks have seen a flurry of new—and very exciting—announcements that we have done our best to cover for you within these pages. But to do this subject justice, we

had to go well beyond our normal coverage. Hence, with the support of our many advertisers, we are able to present a very in-depth look at not only what is happening in the city, but find out the “why” from the forces behind the venues. But that is just part of what makes State of the Arts such a GARY POOLE special issue for us. This year, we had three of Chattanooga’s best artists develop unique pieces of art specifically for this issue. On the cover, longtime Pulse editorial cartoonist Rick Baldwin presents his own whimsical take on the wide variety of Chattanoogans who go out to see performances. On the cover of the State of the Arts pullout section, artist Mark A. Ritch, whom we profiled in our July 10 issue, creates a more provocative look at our theme of “Visions & Venues”. And on the pullout contents page, photographic artist and muralist David Ruiz, whom we profiled in our June 26 issue, inserts himself into an exuberant celebration of being a part of the crowd. I would also be remiss if I did not extend my appreciation to the amazing pool of talented writers who came together to complete our coverage this week. No alternative weekly newspaper can exist in a vacuum; if it weren’t for the devoted writers who share their skill and expertise with us every week,


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we simply would not exist. Led by Contributing Editor Janis Hashe (a talented writer on her own), our State of the Arts cover stories are by Rich Bailey, Jennifer Crutchfield, Hayley Graham, Tony Mraz and Stephanie Smith. And let’s not forget our regular feature writers and columnists who keep things interesting every week: Marc T. Michael, Michael Crumb, Ernie Paik, John DeVore, Sandra Kurtz, Mike McJunkin, Mike Dobbs, Louis Lee, Rob Brezsny, Matt Jones, Steven Disbrow, David Travers Adolphus, Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib, and the inimitable Alex Teach. I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the contributions of our summer interns—Christopher Armstrong, Jake Bacon and Madeline Chambliss—and wish them well as they complete their internships with this issue. But most of all, I want to thank you for being a loyal reader of The Pulse. Here’s a virtual toast to the continuing growth of the arts in Chattanooga. Cheers!




by Rick Baldwin



Somewhere, He’s Making ’Em Laugh As this is The Pulse’s State of the Arts issue, we would like to pay tribute to a man who contributed vastly to the American arts community: Robin Williams. Williams was a man who cared deeply about the arts, an intelligent, perceptive person who in his standup, stage or film and TV roles was never willing to stay inside any box, the mark of a true artist. His force-of-nature genius could so inhabit an animated genie that he made the role his own for all time. He could also pierce an audience’s heart

with lines such as these from “Dead Poets Society”, “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” Amen, brother. If anyone seized the day, you did. You will be imitated many times, but you will never be replaced. — The Pulse


Gary Poole Overseeing the largest issue in our history is Managing Editor Gary Poole. A multiple award-winning journalist, Gary has been involved with The Pulse for most of its existence in a variety of roles: writer, columnist, art director and editor. He is also known for his time in talk




Janis Hashe radio here in Chattanooga, part of a more than quartercentury broadcasting and journalism career. In addition to his work with The Pulse, he is also a consulting editor with science fiction publishing house Baen Books and has an anthology of zombie stories coming out next Spring, In his spare time, he volunteers with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society and enjoys spending time in his home music studio.

Coordinating and writing some of this week’s State of the Arts coverage is Contributing Editor Janis Hashe. Janis has been both a staff editor and a freelance writer/editor for more than 25 years. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta

Journal-Constitution, AmericanStyle magazine, Sunset magazine, and the international magazine Monocle, among many other outlets. She has a master’s degree in theatre arts, is the founder of Shakespeare Chattanooga and a member of the Chattanooga Zen Group. Her novel “The Ex-Club Tong Pang” was published in December 2013 (we think it’s a great novel, but we may be just a wee bit biased).

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Think Green to Make Green Recent Business Forward event highlighted green investment opportunities

All businesses can go green to help both their bottom lines and the environment. Look for ideas at the American Council for Efficient Energy Economy.” Sandra Kurt is an environmental community activist and is presently working through the Urban Century Institute. Visit her website at

Green is good for business! That was the mantra repeated several times at the White House Business Council luncheon hosted recently at 212 Market Restaurant by Business Forward. Business Forward, a naSANDRA tional organization, brings business leaders from across America to advise Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate our economic recovery. Among other issues, the organization focuses on business solutions to ameliorate climate change. Mayor Andy Berke welcomed participants and declared the city’s support for businesses that recognized economic and community values embedded in making green investments. We met Erik Schmidt, the new director of sustainability. Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger was also in attendance. Speaker Heather Toney,

EPA Southeast Regional Administrator, touted the value of lowering our national carbon footprint. She urged the support of EPA’s Clean Power Plan that will require states to come up with ways to reduce KURTZ carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. “If you know an asthmatic child struggling to breathe, you want your state to work for cleaner air,” she said. She noted Chattanooga’s positive spirit and expressed pleasure at hearing our stories of green innovation. Those stories included 212 Market owner Sally Moses telling about risking a downtown location, supporting local farmers, using environmentally friendly products, recycling, and adding solar panels before being green was cool. We heard about EPB’s office LEED renovation and providing employee access to locally grown food. The Tennessee

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Aquarium conducts research and educates visitors about the need to save our native watery ecosystems. Michael Walton of green|spaces advised businesses to take climate change seriously and invest accordingly. In a green context, business success mostly means moving away from use of air-polluting energy, primarily electricity produced from burning coal with its health risks. The federal rules are now out for comments by Oct. 16 before expected enactment this December ( In fact, Ms. Toney headed back to Atlanta for public hearings, during which several hundred citizens gave their opinions and advice in five-minute segments before an EPA panel. Outside, several more hundred people marched in support of the rules. Inside, a few coal industry supporters lamented the economic tribulations they envisioned such rules would cause (and, could it be, the loss of their own jobs?). All businesses can go green to help both their bottom lines and the environment. Look for ideas at the American Council for Efficient Energy Economy ( Energy efficiency holds out the promise of getting the biggest bang for your

buck. There are many ways to do it: Trees strategically planted can reduce air conditioning costs while also sucking up extra carbon and stormwater. Use of task lighting or daylighting plus switching over to LED lights is advantageous. Put solar panels and/or green plants on your roof. Think about ways to reduce waste; waste/inefficiency is a hidden tax on any business. Buy locally where possible as this reduces air and water pollution associated with transportation. Use environmentally friendly cleaners. Recycle everything possible, including electronics. Purchase recyclable items. Make it possible for employees to bike to work. Chattanooga has a cuttingedge start on this Business Forward idea, but it requires long-term thinking. Our encouragement of entrepreneurial innovation, such as the recent Low Impact Development (LID) Challenge contest, the use of green or reused building materials in new urban development, or the upswing in local farmers markets are all signs that green is good for business. Let’s lead the way. Be There: The Chattanooga Climate Festival, Saturday, Aug. 16, 4-9 p.m. at the Crash Pad, 29 Johnson St.













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Big Red Shoes, Big Red Hearts The Big Tymerz Clown Posse is funny, fabulous—and caring

Art, Life not Black-and-White ETC’s “Keely & Du” tackles polarizing issue All props to Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga for producing a play that, in its New York debut 20 years ago, was the most talked–about and controversial show in town. “Keely & Du” concerns a pregnant rape victim, Keely, who wakes up tied to a bed in a basement. She sees Du, an older woman who is part of a right-to-life group taking extreme measures to prevent Keely from having an abortion. Clearly, this is not the show for people who want to walk out humming a happy tune. But art is not all happy tunes. Sometimes it’s angry—and thought-provoking. “The first time I read “Keely and Du”, it made me incredibly angry,” says director Casey Keelen. “The

more I thought about it, though, I started to realize that it isn’t just a play about abortion or right-to-life activists. It looks at the people dealing with the issue, as opposed to just looking at the issue itself. We would rather put the actual people aside and deal with an idea than look deeper. It is easier to disagree with an idea than it is to put yourself into someone’s shoes.” — Janis Hashe “Keely & Du” Aug. 14-24 Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga 5600 Brainerd Rd. (inside Eastgate Town Center) (423) 602-8640,







The Opening Shots along the River of Death: A Canoe Tour of West Chickamauga Creek

Chattanooga Music Club Benefit Music Sale

The Chattanooga Mud Run

The entire music collection of the late Dr. James Greasby has been gifted to the CMC to benefit their support of local music and musicians. 9 a.m. Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 529-0315

Time to get down and dirty and run for great cause: Habitat for Humanity. Sure, you’ll need a long shower afterwards, but it’s fun! 8:30 a.m. Greenway Farm 3010 Hamill Rd. (423) 756-0507

6 p.m. Chickamauga and Chattanoga National Military Park LaFayette Rd. and Battlefield Pkwy. (423) 752-5213

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ole Porter famously proclaimed, “Be a clown, be a clown/All the world loves a clown.” And only the most extreme sufferers of coulrophobia (fear of clowns) don’t immediately fall in love with the 18 members of the Big Tymerz Clown Posse of Hyksos Temple #123 Prince Hall Shriners A.E.A.O.N.M.S., Inc.


He had to be talked into the makeup and big shoes, but ‘once you see that first child smile, it’s all over.’”

Because they are not only adorable but larger than life. And the biggest parts of their big personas are their hearts. Tony Lewis (“Funny Bone”) is the Chief Jester of the unit. He explains that the original clown unit, formed in the ’70s, had almost disbanded as members became too old for extended clowning around. “But we decided to bring it back,” he says, and now members of the Big Tymerz Clown Posse are frequent visitors at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, the sickle cell anemia project at Erlanger, Palate to Palette, and schools for special-needs kids around town. Vinson Kilgore Jr. (“Bo-Dacious”) adds that the Posse also puts on several important events each year, its Memorial Day Weekend Charity Clown Cruise aboard the Southern Belle, and their annual Charity Ball (coming up Nov. 22 this year), which raises thousands of dollars and a whole lot of canned food for the Chattanooga Food Bank and academic scholarships. Lest you think, however, that all is deadly serious with the Posse, Kilgore admits, “Most of us were clowns long before joining the unit.” In his case, he had to be talked into the makeup and big shoes, but “once you see that first child smile, it’s all over,” he says.

Lewis, who is an expert makeup artist, sometimes varies Funny Bone’s face, but “it’s always all about laughter,” he says. Though he had to do most of the members’ makeup initially, they have now all mastered doing their own. Their unique (and fabulous) costumes are designed by local seamstress Gloria (“Miss Gloria”) Coleman. The Big Tymerz Clown Posse is nationally acclaimed. They have placed first three times in the national Prince Hall Shriners competition and have been in the top three five times, Kilgore says proudly. Asked what the unit is judged on, he lists “makeup, wardrobe, skits, props—and how we look in the parade.” A quote from New Orleans prior to one of the national conventions adds: “There are also opportunities for the felt-capped conventioneers to compete in line-dancing, biking and zooming around in tiny cars (they call it ‘motor patrol’).” With all this, you may well be asking: “How is it possible I’ve never known these guys are right here in Chattanooga?” “We don’t seek publicity for the things that we do,” says Lewis. “But we practice the be-

liefs of the Shriners for public service.” Kilgore remembers a memorable Clown Posse moment. “We were in Charlotte, North Carolina, the first year our unit took first place. We were in the arena, and a special-needs school was visiting. I had about 30 kids chasing me around the arena and I was spraying them with silly string…” He grins. ’Nuf sed. The other members of the Big Tymerz Clown Posse are Charles Ragland (“Rag”), Lee Mosley Jr. (“Sonny”), Romond Pace (“Tipsy”), William Gibbs (“Cho Cho”), Clarence T. Daniel Jr. (“Crazy”), Derrick Jordan (“D-Love”), Robert L. Pace III (“Jiggles”), Levan Gardner (“Van”), Antonio Fields (“Showstopper”), George Ervin (“Lil Willie”), Anton G. Burch (“You Can’t Win), Demond Henderson (“Big Silly”), Schuyler L. Austin (“Sugar Bear”). Lacy Word (“Giggle Box”) and James McKamey Sr. (“Mac the Clown”). For more information on the unit, contact them at Hyksos Temple #123 A.E.A.O.N.M.S., INC. Big Tymerz Clown Posse, P. O. Box 864, Hixson, TN 37343-0864

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Ballet • Pointe • Modern • Jazz • TAP—New this year!

Floor-to-Ceiling Expression AVA’s new “All Member” and “Traces” shows are better than ever


uring the rest of August, Chattanoogans and visitors will probably have no better opportunity to explore the state of the arts here than to spend some time at AVA Gallery. The “All Member Salon Show” and “Traces” (associates students’ show) feature more than 50 works that span the stylistic spectrum.

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Lauren Goforth has proven exceptionally competent at housing so many pieces in this gallery’s limited space, with an eye to sub-grouping members’ efforts in related styles.”

Lauren Goforth has proven exceptionally competent at housing so many pieces in this gallery’s limited space, with an eye to sub-grouping members’ efforts in related styles. The art/business dichotomy treads among “aesthetic” works that seek new stylistic expressions, more purely decorative or traditional fine arts pieces, and efforts that manage a happy confluence of both. Some innovative painting styles that stand out right away include pieces by Devon Kronenberg (“Alton Park”), Mary Beth Demeter (“Arise”), Jake Kelly, [“Medusa (After Caravaggio)”], and Renel Plouffe (“Cote”). Actually, Demeter and Plouffe share a kind of common motif in that both show a “reflective” line across the surface with quasi-symmetrical images above and below this line. Demeter’s approach presents an impasto landscape in such a variety of vibrant colors that the “landscape” itself becomes a virtual abstraction. Viewers’ attention is likely engaged by the dynamism of paint and color. Plouffe brings a cityscape reflected and his use of color is quite busy, suggesting the intensity of city life. Also, background strokes for sky and water are both intricate and differentiated. This very engaging painting has something else in common with Demeter; how an impressionist impulse emerges as an expressionist product. Their subjects emphasize geometric abstraction, and their very imaginative use of paint brings attention much more

to the execution of the medium than ostensible subjects. These works show the essence of the expressionist impulse. Devon Kronenberg subtly engages with this expressionist impulse in his black-and-white portrayal of a water tower, which appears to be black, white, and gray—but this “gray” is actually developed from tiny black-andwhite dots that together manage to present an “illusion” of gray. Also, his background looks black, but this is nuanced with fine white lines, suggesting a rectilinear geometric abstract. Kronenberg is becoming known for his subtle and adventurous approach to painting. Jake Kelly’s “Medusa” uses resin to distribute the intense colors of printer’s ink over a cut-out aluminum form. Again, execution tends to overshadow subject, though his subject is not without interest. Viewers tend to appreciate the medium, and they later refer to Caravaggio. Four sculptors present a variety of subjects, all with excellent technique. Roses Taylor’s “Feeling Frisky” (bronzed horse), Eric Davidson’s “Barn Owl” (Tennessee marble), Turry Lindstrum’s “Complexity” (helical steel plate) and Marise Fransolino’s “Untitled” (raku) can happily occupy museum

space. They all participate in what have b e c o m e various traditions, with each presenting impressive execution that folks will strive to buy. There are simply too many works to discuss in detail, but all this surely promises more to viewers who can plan to spend some time at AVA. “The Venus of Chattanooga,” this show’s sole nude, by Daniel AJ Swanger (oil on canvas) appears fairly voluptuous and attractively rendered with an interesting palette. She holds a hand mirror, but this mirror’s surface is directed outward through her window to the “aquarium” background. This lends an allegorical quality to this presentation. There is also an ambiguity as to whether this gesture may also be ironic: “esprit de Chattanooga?”

Jake Kelly’s “Medusa”

Alan Shuptrine has developed a signature style. His watercolor landscape “Spring House,” with a handmade frame, both accurate and evocative, brings a recognition that rural scenes still engage. Of the photographs on view, Catherine Stetson’s “A Sittin’ and a Chillin’” drew admiration from one of Chattanooga’s most prominent art lovers. There is a piece of prose text concern-

ing San Francisco’s summers, but this appears layered with both urban and industrial forms into a complex, seamless image. Another innovative piece by Marc Boyson (mostly ink), “I’ve Never Been Here Before”, presents a minutely intricate geometrical typography. Beware of eyestrain! Surreal works also appear announced in “surrealism” by Littia Thompson, a fun piece collecting surreal forms that also has the expressionist quality of naming itself at the risk of an ironic typicality. Another form of surrealism may be found in Holly Van Winkle’s “Iconic Recollection”, a mixedmedia portrait that achieves an archetypal quality. This shows brilliant student work, one of the leading pieces in “Traces.” Altogether, “Traces” features some very interesting works. A real standout (very tall), Mercedes Llanos’ “Marith”,

is a complex, textured figure with background imbued with a mysterious quality, prompting questions of both subject and method (mixed media). This work reaches a sublime strangeness, again, a sense of the archetypal. Ann Marie Miller’s “Lapse,” a hundred-second video explores our awareness. Connie Millsaps’ two-parter “Connie’s” consists of a mattress pad and an expressive poem that invests this object with memory. However personal or archetypal, these works embrace surreal methods with telling affect. An interesting surreal example in the Salon Show may be found in Chester Martin’s “For the Love of Chocolate.” An inscribed message “to Arcania” emerges from this flying labyrinth, with other elements that promote archetypal contemplation. Speaking of contemplation, Laura Cleary’s “Untitled” (mixed media) develops an interesting abstraction. Also, Jan Burleson presents an ambitious abstract. There’s a lot of good work here. Take the time to look closely. AVA Gallery 30 Frazier Ave. (423) 265-4282

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Chattanooga Music Club Benefit Music Sale 9 a.m. Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 529-0315 Opening Reception: “Wings” 5:30 p.m. Jewish Cultural Center 5461 N. Terrace (423) 493-0270, ext. 13 Art + Issues: The Beats of Inspiration 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 The Opening Shots along the River of Death: A Canoe Tour of West Chickamauga Creek 6 p.m. Chickamauga and Chattanoga National Military Park LaFayette Rd. and Battlefield Pkwy (423) 752-5213 “Keely & Du” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 “Off The Chain Live” with Rodney Perry 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch

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3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 RiffTrax Live: “Godzilla” 8 p.m. East Ridge 18 5080 N. Terrace, East Ridge

friday8.15 Chattanooga Music Club Benefit Music Sale 9 a.m. Memorial Auditorium 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 529-0315 Sunset Concert Series 7 p.m. North River Civic Center 1009 Executive Dr. (423) 870-8924

Pulse pick: Rodney Perry Funnyman Rodney Perry hosts Bounce TV’s original stand up comedy show Off The Chain, featuring some of the freshest new faces of comedy. Off The Chain Live This weekend The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. “Keely & Du” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 “Shrek the Musical!” 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 “The Savannah Disputation” 7:30 p.m. Ripple Theatre 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242 “Off The Chain Live” with Rodney Perry 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd.

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saturday8.16 The Chattanooga Mud Run 8:30 a.m. Greenway Farm 3010 Hamill Rd. (423) 756-0507 Yoga In The Outfield 9 a.m. AT&T Field 201 Power Alley (423) 267-2208 Brainerd Farmers’ Market 10 a.m. Grace Episcopal Church 20 Belvoir Ave. (423) 698-0330 Saturday Morning Handicrafts 10:30 a.m. Northgate Public Library 278 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 870-0635 Gateway in Union Hands: A Walking Tour of Civil War Chattanooga 1:30 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga 200 River St. (423) 752-5213 “Shrek the Musical!” 2. 7:30 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 90-Second Movie

Makeover: “The Giver” 2 p.m. Eastgate Public Library 5705 Marlin Rd. Ste 1500 Saturday Movie at Northgate Library: “Divergent” 2:30 p.m. Northgate Public Library 278 Northgate Mall Dr. (423) 870-0635 Crafts for Kids 3 p.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 Climate Chattanooga Festival 4 p.m. Crash Pad 29 Johnson St. (423) 648-8393 Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour 6 p.m. Chickamauga and Chattanoga National Military Park LaFayette Rd. and Battlefield Pkwy. (423) 752-5213 “Off The Chain Live” with Rodney Perry 7:30, 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233 “Keely & Du” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd.

(423) 602-8640 “The Savannah Disputation” 7:30 p.m. Ripple Theatre 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242

sunday8.17 Chattanooga Market: Live United 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 648-2496 UTC Football Meet the Mocs 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 “Shrek the Musical!” 2 p.m. Tivoli Theatre 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 “Keely & Du” 2:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 602-8640 “The Savannah Disputation” 3 p.m. Ripple Theatre 3264 Brainerd Rd. (423) 600-9242

G.R Goodwin and Friends 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch 3224 Brainerd Rd. (423) 629-2233

monday8.18 Tweentastic: Creations 4:30 p.m. Eastgate Public Library 5705 Marlin Rd., Ste. 1500

tuesday8.19 Friends of the Library Sale 11 a.m. Downtown Public Library 1001 Broad St. (423) 757-5310 Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding 5:30 p.m. Warner Park 1100 McCallie Ave. (423) 643-6064 RiffTrax Live: “Godzilla” 7:30 p.m. East Ridge 18 5080 N. Terrace, East Ridge

wednesday8.20 Wednesday Art Table 3 p.m. Northgate Public Library 278 Northgate Mall Dr.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

(423) 870-0635 Chattanooga Wednesday Market 4 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9957

ongoing “Abstract Expressions” Grafitti Gallery 505 Cherokee Blvd. (423) 400-9797 “Immortalized “ River Gallery 400 E. Second St. (423) 265-5033 “August ’14: Summertime and…” The In-Town Gallery 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214 “Hunter Invitational III” The Hunter Museum of American Art 10 Bluff View (423) 267-0968 “Abstract and Contemporary” Reflection Gallery 5600 Brainerd Rd. (423) 267-9214 Map these locations on Send event listings at least 10 days in advance to:

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Multiple Influences, Powerful Melding

Caillat Helps Reach for the Stars Siskin StarNight features the Grammy Award winner Stars are falling on Chattanooga. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Colbie Caillat will be the special guest headliner at the Siskin Children’s Institute StarNight 2014 on Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Her first single, “Bubbly”, skyrocketed to number five on the US Billboard charts, and her debut album, Coco, achieved double-platinum status. The very next year, she recorded a duet with Jason Mraz, “Lucky,” which won the songbird her first Grammy. Her next album was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and although she didn’t win in that category, Colbie ended up receiving a Grammy that night for her work as songwriter and

background vocalist on Taylor Swift’s Fearless album. To date, Colbie has sold more than six million copies of her albums, and more than ten million singles worldwide. Everything Colbie touches turns to gold. Don’t imagine that Colbie Caillat is just another pretty face with a strong voice. This girl is a musician. Not only does she write all her lyrics, but she also plays acoustic guitar. The event is entering its 52nd year, and benefits children with special needs. This popular Chattanooga fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. with a formal dinner, and afterwards Colbie Caillat will take the stage. For tickets, visit docs/142/siskin-special-events — Christopher Armstrong







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The Bohannons are back and bring along some topnotch musical friends in one of the more intimate settings in town. Up close and personal rock-n-roll. 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

No rivers, and no clan fighting (we hope). Just killer country music from two up-and-coming bands, perfect for a Saturday night downtown. 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St.

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Gunpowder and Pearls’ music is a combination of haunting and kick-ass


ell, kids, today I want to tell you about the band Gunpowder and Pearls—but first I want to get a little chatty and talk about an aspect of my process for writing about bands. I assure you, it will be germane to the task at hand.


The vocals are strong, plaintive one moment, then sliding in to an extended glissando that is damn near operatic the next.”

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: I go to great lengths to avoid making direct comparisons of bands. It’s lazy and dishonest. I DO like to try and pick out specific influences in a band’s style, and at the end of the day musicians largely are a collection of influences, with the interpretation of those influences giving the band its unique voice. So…knowing where they came from musically can be a powerful insight into what they’re doing now. For that reason I always begin by listening. No bios, no social media, no press kit, no nothing but music. Frankly, if hearing the artist doesn’t trigger some kind of inspiration, the rest of those things aren’t going to help. That’s why I sat down to listen to Gunpowder and Pearls this morning before I knew anything at all about the band. My brain started lighting up immediately. “That’s an interesting chord voicing! I hear some of this! I hear some of that! I bet at least one person in the band is a big fan of that one guy from that place. With the guitar.” I was delighted for two reasons. First, I really enjoyed what I was hearing and second, I thought, “I hear so many great influences this article will write itself!” Then I read the band bio. Shall I tell you of the overtones of Townes Van Zandt (one of the greatest songwriters of a generation) in their music? No need, they come right out and say

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it on the webpage. OK, cool, at least it confirms that I heard what I thought I heard. How about John Prine? There’s a definite John Prine vibe going here, I can talk about that! Yeah, they mention Prine right after Townes. Fair enough. Hey, here’s a curveball! Deelectrify the Drive-By Truckers and you have a feeling of what G&P is up to! Oh good…they mention Drive-By Truckers by name. Susan Tedeschi ,too. Well, I can at least reference a subtle jazz influence under what is essentially some kick-ass folk music and how that…huh. Jazz guitarist in the band, you say. It seems as though there is little I can tell you about the band that they don’t just come out and tell you about themselves—but that only confirms one of the more

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endearing qualities of the band: They are as down-to-earth and honest as it gets, a refreshing approach in an industry predicated on gimmicks, shticks, egos and pretense. I can tell you that this foursome features guitar, banjo and two vocalists and that they make hauntingly beautiful music. “Crow’s Feet” in particular captivates me, a remorseless look at aging, the fading of youthful beauty and the acquisition of the more lasting beauty of wisdom. “It’s taken this many years to realize that bein’ young ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Once you’re no longer easy on the eyes you’d better have a brain and some personality.” The vocals are strong, plaintive one moment, then sliding in to an extended glissando that is

damn near operatic the next. It is the voice of a woman proclaiming hard-won truth. Back the voice with a subtle guitar and a phantom banjo plucking minor chords (the aural equivalent of watching a spider weave a web) and there you have it: Appalachian Soul music. It’s folk music all right, but it’s fiery folk music, passionate folk music. Sometimes hopeful, sometime mournful, sometimes dangerous, the music is damn near spiritual in its execution and effect. Gunpowder and Pearls has an album coming out in November and, make no mistake, you will read it about here when it drops. In the meantime, drop by to hear their tunes and check their schedule for upcoming gigs. It’ll make a bad day good and a good day better.

This Thursday, Aug. 14, at 9 p.m., The Honest Pint is proud to present a Fly Free Fest preview featuring the music of Danimal Planet, Teaspoon Sun and New Planet. There is a minimal $5 cover charge, a negligible sum to see ANY of these acts, a ridiculously negligible sum to see all three. Danimal Planet is another project of wunderkind Danimal Pinson, previously featured in this publication, who is hands down one of the most thought-provoking, respected and accomplished artists in the region. Teaspoon Sun, self-described as “Southern Acid Blues Rock” is boasting a combination of elements that, based on the band’s reputation and the popular response to their spate of recent shows, is clearly a winner. New Planet rounds out the bill with their explorations of electronica and hip-hop, a fitting analog to the ethereal sounds of the other two acts. In fact, all three groups could be seen as different faces or aspects of the same musical deity, a Jungian combination of performers. The three acts will be showcasing their considerable musical prowess in order to promote Fly Free Fest, the fall music festival that is rapidly proving to be one of the biggest and most exciting festivals of the year. Fly Free Fest takes place October 10-12 at Cherokee Farms, the area’s most beloved outdoor venue. For more information on the Festival, direct yourself to or better still, show up Thursday night at the Pint and ask the fellas on stage! — MTM

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thursday8.14 Live Jazz 6 p.m. The Meeting Place 1278 Market St. 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. Danimal Planet, Teaspoon Sun, Now Planet 9 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. Soul Mechanic, Roots of a Rebellion, Sun Dried Vibes 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. Open Mic with Hap Henninger 9 p.m. The Office @ City Café 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 The Average, Spacetrain, Lines in the Sky 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

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friday8.15 Jason Thomas & the Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. Sunset Concert Series: Ralph Miller Quartet with India Galyean 7 p.m. North River Civic Center 1009 Executive Dr., Hixson. (423) 870-8924 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, SoCro 7 p.m.

Pulse pick: Jeff Miller A degree from Berklee, a move back home to Pittsburgh, a move to Nashville, four solo albums (and an EP) later, Jeff Miller is still playing music. Jeff Miller Sunday, 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Market St.

Miller Plaza 850 Market St. Abbey Road Live! 8 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. Passerine 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s 105 McBrien Rd. Mountain Opry 8 p.m. Walden’s Ridge Civic Center 2501 Fairmount Pk. (423) 899-3252 Priscilla & Lil’ Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 South Broad St. Mark Andrew

9 p.m. The Office @ City Café 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Aunt Betty 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. The Wrong Way: A Tribute to Sublime 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. Johnny Fritz, Bohannons, izaak opatz 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd.

saturday8.16 Charles Butler & Associates 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Jason Thomas & The Mean-Eyed Cats 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo 1400 Market St. Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 2204 Hamilton Place Blvd. Colbie Caillat 6 p.m.


Chevelle StarNight 2014 Chattanooga Convention Center 1 Carter Plaza (423) 756-0001 Salute to Disney’s Favorite Songs 7 p.m. Girls Preparatory School 205 Island Ave. (423) 634-7600 George Wothmore 8 p.m. Charles & Myrtle’s 105 McBrien Rd. Priscilla & Lil’ Rickee 8:30 p.m. The Foundry 1201 South Broad St. Sean Rivers Band, Paul Hadfield & The McCoys 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews 221 Market St. Luke Summins, Gunpowder & Pearl 10 p.m. The Office @ City Café 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Aunt Betty 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. Steadfast Soul, Jetsome the Noose, Dr. Bishop and the Elements 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK Blvd. Dagger Blue 10 p.m. The Big Chill 103 Cherokee Blvd.

sunday8.17 Charles Butler & Associates 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. Slim Pickins Bluegrass 12:30 p.m. Chattanooga River Market Tennessee Aquarium Plaza 1 Broad St. Jeff Miller 2 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. John Lathim & Company 7 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. Blind Draw 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd.

monday8.18 Big Band Night 8 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton 6925 Shallowford Rd. Jessica Pavone, Dark Tips, Orthodox Hell, Pukelust 8 p.m. Artifact 1080 Duncan Ave.

tuesday8.19 The Bird and the Bear 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. Wendell Matthews Acoustic 7 p.m. The North Chatt Cat 346 Frazier Ave. (423) 266-9466 Tim Starnes, Davy Smith 7 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown 507 Broad St. Chevelle 7:30 p.m. Track 29 1400 Market St. Open Mic with Mike McDade 8 p.m. Tremont Tavern 1203 Hixson Pike Stonecutters, Lost Limbs, Secret Guilt 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK. Blvd.

wednesday8.20 Jeff Miller 5 p.m. Chattanooga Market 1829 Carter St. Eddie Pontiac 5:30 p.m. El Meson 248 Northgate Park (423) 710-1201 Tim & Reece 7 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar 5751 Brainerd Rd. Dr. Paul 7 p.m. The Camp House 1427 Williams St. Dan Sheffield 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Downtown 507 Broad St. Open Mic with Ryan Oyer 8 p.m. The Honest Pint 35 Patten Pkwy. 9th Street Stompers, Bumper Jackson 10 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia 231 E. MLK. Blvd.

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M.I.T. physicist Alan Lightman wrote in his essay “Time Travel and Papa Joe’s Pipe” about the reasons that time travel is impossible but also described an alternate method for mentally conjuring such an experience: smoking the pipe of his late great-grandfather. Similarly, the country folk duo The Old Time Travelers ( aims to transport listeners 100-plus years into the past with its take on traditional music centered on the Appalachian South. Matt Downer, on fiddle and banjo, is the organizer behind the annual Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention and has channeled the spirit of Alan Lomax as the compiler of SlowTime Field Recordings from 2011, and guitarist Clark Williams is also known as the fellow behind the off-kilter folk outfit Big Kitty. The Old Time Travelers’ latest release is Volume 3, which was recorded live at the Honest Pint using a single microphone, and the two romp through numbers with a delivery that is simultaneously lighthearted yet sincere with a genuine reverence. Remarkably, the duo manages to transform the ubiquitous “Dixie” and “Camptown Races” from tired public-domain standards into context-free curiosities, and the duo infuses ample charm into its surefooted performances, from the somber “Miss the Mississippi” with faux yodeling to the swift “Red Hot Break-

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down” with falsetto harmonizing. Tony Levi a.k.a. Secret Guilt ( has been exploring the extremities of punishing noise for over a halfdecade, and his latest offering, Historic Denial, features a generous helping of miscellaneous tracks from the past few years. In the tracks are horror soundwalls, disturbing samples, metallic-dungeon-beats and disquieting, echoing shouts. With Secret Guilt’s all-or-nothing approach, a listener would likely either feel completely drained or charged with power after listening to a typical track. The album’s centerpiece is the 20-minute “Give Holiness Unto Fear” which uses vocals that are distorted beyond recognition and sounds that abruptly cut in and out. The buzzing, electronic moans of “You’ll Never Get Out Alive” could rip speakers apart, and “Revenant” is the figurative sound of an electrified mattressspring torture device during a lightning storm, with helicopter blades slicing through the sonic fabric. Sound sculptor and instrument inventor Jamie Dawson is the man behind the electronic project Subconscious Colours (subconsciouscolours.bandcamp. com), which offers on its minialbum Somber Eventide an aural take on Thomas Edison’s semiconscious “twilight state” for an uncrowded space where thoughts levitate and drift among artificial ambiance.

Favoring texture more than melodic complexity, numbers like “Barely Hovering” counterbalance clear electric guitar notes with piercing, agitated alarm-like ringing. Non-traditional monologues and dialogs seem to be present, like the malfunctioning robot chatter of “Conveyor Belt” or the gentle call-and-response between two creatures speaking abstract sound-languages on “Hold On.” Imagine the musical equivalent of the flotsam of a destroyed high-tech battleship coming in with the tide to a dissolving sunset. To r s c h l u s s p a n i k ( is the one-woman project of Luna Mitchell, recent Chattanooga transplant from Columbia, S.C., whose most recent release is the Lung Hole EP, a single 21-minute track that is a complicated vortex of wounded sounds and abrasive synthetic cries. With the use of a formidable arsenal of effects and electronics, the track goes through patterned cycles, each slightly more oppressive than the last through each iteration; after a six-minute warm-up, the android pulse of beats enters, plus an interrupting insect swarm like a storm of capacitors. The piece gradually moves toward harsh noise territory, with spontaneous frequencyrange EQ stalagmites, and the cool-down period finally comes at the 19-minute mark, with the

tenacious beat leading to a dubious resolution with a micro-tonal melody and rattlings of a piece of metal, bridging the physical with the wired. This writer stumbled upon Groucho (grouchomarxism. deep in the bottomless digital well that is Bandcamp and was pleased to find an aesthetic at work that was far outside the typical Chattanooga fare. The three-track Cosmic Trigger release seems to barely exist, with loop snippets that are like pages from a sketchbook and not fully formed songs; however, the mood and sound contours are what’s key here. “Lord Hole” combines modern-sounding beats with thick reverb with wah-wah flourishes, suggesting some kind of ’70s noir-avant-funk-mind-movie; “Slugger” offers an ambient bed with scampering synth disorder, and “Temptress” paints a picture of a space drama scene. According to Facebook, the man behind Groucho is G. W. Pickens (gwpickens.bandcamp. com) whose odd, dirty Fast Tactics EP serves up lo-fi home recording experimentation, darting from post-punk to what could pass as Indonesian reggae to a weird take on lounge crooning. Googling reveals Pickens to be a member of the better-known outfit Gorgeous, but even if that mystery is solved, there are plenty of others in his unusual sound-world.



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enues with visions stand the test of time, and the Chattanooga Choo Choo is living proof. Built in 1908 from the winning design for an American railroad station, the Terminal Station combined artistic and architectural elements that continue to inspire, in a venue that now will be at the heart of the city’s newly proposed entertainment district. Adam and Monica Kinsey traveled the Southeast, visiting venues of all sizes, exploring and learning about what makes a venue work. Along the way they learned about what went into growing a city’s entertainment and music market. They applied those lessons to Track 29 and, three years later, that 1,000-to-1,700-person venue has been a success, hosting 90 to 100 shows per year. The Kinseys also learned that in order to grow the market, a city Chattanooga’s size would need

more 100-person venues like JJ’s and, more importantly, a 500-person music venue. Adam grew up with the Chattanooga Choo Choo. His father, Jon Kinsey, was a part of the investment group that saved the historic site from destruction and is now pumping $8 million into the renovation of the complex, which will include two new venues. When Adam was growing up, the “Choo Choo was in a bad part of town,” he says. “Now the Southside is a vibrant place to live and play and the Chattanooga Choo Choo is opening back up to its original roots.”

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Construction started at the beginning of August. The new expansion is expected to be complete by spring 2015, just in time for the Comedy Catch to open and celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Comedy Catch, which is moving from Brainerd, and the new music venue, not named yet, are expected to bring more than 100,000 people per year to the Southside district. “Just as the Tennessee Aquarium brought traffic to the riverfront, these venues will grow the entertainment market by bringing more traffic to the Southside,” says Kinsey.

SAM’S All American Sports Bar and Grill, voted “best sports bar” repeatedly by readers of the Nashville Scene, will open onto Market Street and into the newly renovated lobby. The Blue Fish Oyster Bar, a four-star seafood restaurant with an extensive menu, will open onto Market Street and 14th Street. The Comedy Catch and the new music venue will both open on to 14th Street, and additional retail space will be available in the renovated Choo Choo complex. The music venue is expected >> P. 24

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artifacts. Our goal is to share the contributions made and to engage the entire community with the presentation of African American culture.  The organization has been located in the current building on Martin Lu>> P. 24

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hattanoogans are very fortunate to have a cultural institution that is, in fact, famous nationwide: The Bessie Smith Cultural Center, African American Museum & Performance Hall, located in Bessie Smith Hall at 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. I spoke with Executive Director Rose Martin about the place most of us just call “The Bessie.”

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feature performances by local, regional, time. We have an extensive collection ther King Blvd. since 1996. and national artists.  We pair local artof African art and artifacts; our museum TP: What are you doing to educate ists with regional and national artists to is the hub for the preservation of Afrithe community about African American connect our local resources with national can American culture in Chattanooga, culture? ones, preserving the musical legacy educational activities for youth, tours RM: We have a variety of outreach of the 9th Street District. programs, summer camps that are offered around “We are currently exploring ways to revitalize Many nationally and inthe city, and events such ternationally recognized the 9th Street Business District; we want to as Heritage Day where we names came from this area recapture the lost history and preserve the have classes for children in during that time, like our schools. We partner with namesake, Bessie Smith. heritage of this important cultural corridor.” various corporations and TP: What are your plans by schools and by people from all over organizations to curate exhibits outside for the future of the Bessie Smith Culthe world, and events such as family reof our location, especially during African tural Center? unions and private parties. American History Month.   RM: We are currently exploring ways We have diverse offerings; a multiWe use African American culture as to revitalize the 9th Street Business disciplined musical program including a a resource for education, and we have District; we want to recapture the lost performing series and music education, nationally acclaimed rotating exhibits history and preserve the heritage of this art exhibitions, and museum shows. We that are featured for long periods of important cultural corridor. We’re aware

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that the business environment is constantly changing and developing, and we want to foster change that will benefit the African American community. We are creating a comprehensive plan to accomplish this. This area has so much rich history and cultural significance—we want to further the art, the music, the food, and the dancing! TP: Do you have any advice for people who are interested in learning more about African American culture? RM: Come visit the Bessie Smith Cultural Center! We encourage students, teachers, and families to join us for

free enrichment. This place is an incredible resource with information that you will not find anywhere else. Human beings are all different, but we all have shared interests and so many similarities.  I think that the main thing is, in terms of any culture, the more you know, the more comfortable you are. The BSCC is featuring the exhibition “Bright Ideas: African American Inventors” from now until Aug. 30.  On Sept. 5, an exhibition by the Zuri Quilting Guild opens, with a gallery talk with the quilters on Sept. 11.  For more information, visit • STATE OF THE ARTS 2014 • The Pulse • 29

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Mark Your Art Calendars Visual art pleasures abound...take your pick By Jake Bacon Editor’s note: There is so much going on with museums and galleries around town that this is by no means a comprehensive list... instead, it’s a sampler. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of the visual arts scene. At the ever-fabulous Hunter Museum, look for the “Hunter Invitational III” show of regional artists through Oct. 19, the “Twenty Original American Etchings” exhibit through the end of summer, and you have until Mar. 8, 2015 to explore “Open 24 Hours”, the exhibit showcasing public art...Look for coverage of the Hunter’s 2015 season very shortly... Our friends at AVA always have so much going on we’ll just hit a few of their upcoming shows and projects...on Sept. 6, everyone’s favorite, The Gallery Hop (check with avarts. org for details)...”Needle & Thread” coming to AVA in September, celebrating the art of quiltmaking...In November, the “Member Solo Exhibit: Shadow May” featuring the ceramic art of this talented local...and of course, Apr. 10-12, 4Bridges Arts

Festival returns to the Tennessee Pavilion, featuring more than 150 artists... At River Gallery, a full, exciting season has been announced...Visit them at for a full schedule, but look for these exhibits coming up soon... In September, “True to Nature” will feature the works of Christina Goodman, an acrylic painter known for her Italian Renaissance style, D. Langford Kuhn, displaying her hand-painted porcelain pots, and oil painter Eleanor Miller…In October, “Connections” will display artists such as Nancy Jacobsohn and Lisa Klakulak, who depict their connections with figures that encompass their surroundings…In November, look for a wide array of works from three very different artists. Patrick Dougherty will showcase his ceramic works while David Kidd and Jenifer Utterback both

will display abstract paintings; Kidd with his botanical paintings and Utterback paintings with surface texture… Signal MACC Sept. 13-Oct. 18 features the work of Signal Mountain watercolor artist Carolyn H. Wright... The work of the MAGI, the Mountain Arts Guild, is up during the months of November and December. The Mountain Arts Guild is based at the Bachman Community Center in Walden on Signal Mountain. The co-operative features locally popular artists who work together and display their work for pleasure and sale… Currently showing at Grafitti (soon to be known as the Northshore Gallery of Contemporary Art) is “Abstract Expressions: The Paintings of James McKis-

in November... The Cress Gallery at UTC kicks off the Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series Sept. 16 with Keetra Dean Dixon and J.K. Keller as they display their graphic design works in the exhibition “We Keep Having This Conversation.”… Every Tuesday from Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 Durinda Cheek will be teaching a class on oil painting Gaby Calorca - “You Didn’t Say Anything” at AVA at the Townsend Atelier. Beginning sic and Larry Young”, running until Sept. 3 and also Oil Painting is perfect for featuring paintings from those new to the art of workmany other artists, plus 3-D ing in oil... Coming Aug. 28 through assemblage art by Ken Herrin, woodturnings by Eddie Oct. 23 at Reflections GalGraham, and sculptures by lery is “Literary Art”. This exhibit will feature local art Maria Willison… Visit the Chattanooga with altered books, sculpWorkspace Sept. 10-13 for ture, painting, photography this year’s AQS Quilt Week... and more used to illustrate At In-Town Gallery, look the world of the bibliofor the “All Member Show” phile…

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ince the summer of 2010, a warm and intimate space on the Southside has become one of Chattanooga’s favorite small music…and readings… and business birthing…and general hanging-out venues. So when the word on the street was that the Camp House was going to have to move, a lot of people got grumpy. But Matt Busby, the Camp House’s director, says he’s known for a year that artist (and landlord) Cessna Decosimo needed to reclaim the studio space he had given up to create the Camp House. “We immediately began putting it out there to everyone we knew that we were looking for

somewhere to move,” Busby says. “And several people told us it would be a good idea to contact Sen. [Bob] Corker.” The senator, as most people are aware, also owns numerous properties within the city. And on July 31, Busby was able to release the information that “the Mission Chattanooga and U.S. Senator Bob Corker have forged an agreement to >> P. 35

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said. “It’s been ideal for connection and collaboration. But we will do our best to keep the ambiance. Beauty is not something we are willing to abandon.” The new Camp House will continue to house Mission Chattanooga church services and also continue as a coffee bar, restaurant and music venue. A new outdoor patio space is planned as the former bottom floor of a parking garage is reimagined. The site is also included

in the city’s plans for an “entertainment zone”. Busby notes that the bigger venue will enable the Camp House to book bands and musicians whose audience exceeds around 150 or so—and that he will looking to book those bands as they come through Chattanooga. He points to singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen as an example. Gundersen played the Camp >> P. 36


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The new location will more than double the current Camp House seating capacity, taking it up to 500. House two years ago, before his career took off, and Busby thinks he might well be able to book him again in the larger space. He’s also enthusiastic about the prospect of welcoming back organizations and events that, in some cases, evolved in the Camp House space, but have outgrown it. “LAUNCH, Co.Lab, green|spaces… we’ll be able to host events for them again.”

In fact, Busby reveals, part of LAUNCH 6 will be a project that “honors the current space. We’ll be asking people, ‘How has the Camp House affected you? Tell us your story.’” So, no need to panic, Camp House lovers. Your hangout will not be history—just bigger, and soon, even closer to the heart of downtown. Keep your mugs warm.

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Live Theatre Blossoms Anew in Brainerd Ripple Productions opens full season in renovated theate By Stephanie Smith

One of our highest priorities is building bridges, and bringing people together. There are few mediums that accomplish this goal better than theater arts.”

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f you’ve driven through the MissionARY Ridge tunnel heading east on Brainerd Road recently, you may have noticed that the space that once housed the Backstage Dinner Theatre, then the Encore Theatre, is back in business.

The Pulse sat down with Thomas Goddard, President of Ripple Productions, which owns the newly renewed theater space, now called the Ripple Theater. In 2008, the company purchased the Encore Theatre and began producing shows to great acclaim. But in 2010, the company suffered a massive setback with flood damage to the theatre. After nearly five years of renovation, the company is finally re-opening with a full season in a freshly rebuilt space, and a drive to make a positive stamp on the Chattanooga arts scene and on the community itself. The Pulse: What is the mission of the Ripple Theater? Thomas Goddard: Ripple Theater is a nonprofit organized theater that challenges its audience to explore the human experience from a Christian point of view. Ripple is com-

mitted to the highest quality storytelling—selecting stories that are relevant, engaging, and uplifting, or hopeful. Using both classical and contemporary work, Ripple strives to use theater and education programs to enrich the community. TP: How does the new space nurture that mission? TG: The new space is such a blessing to have. Roughly 8,000 feet of the 10,000-squarefoot building have undergone renovation and in some cases, a complete rebuild. The new space is designed to accommodate both theater and other live programming, film presentation, as well as classroom opportunities and other events. The hope is to occupy the space as often as possible with events and programs that will team with other aspects of county and city leadership to help our great city get even better.


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Othello to Sharknado…Really No one will bored in Chattanooga’s theatres this season By Madeline Chambliss In Shakespeare’s time, men played both male and female roles. While these rules, thankfully, no longer apply, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s Garry Lee Posey is giving a twist to the Shakespearean tradition by directing an all-female cast production of “Othello”, running September 4-14… In other ETC season news: Running Oct. 16-25 is the world premiere of Aleksey Scherbak’s “Colonel Pilate”, which invites the audience to hear a war story that’s never been heard before…Featuring original works premiering for the first time, ETC’s “Brave New Works Festival” showcases a new play each weekend in November… If you’re in the mood for a Broadway musical, don’t miss the production of Terrance McNally’s “Ragtime”, running Jan. 1525, 2015. This Tony Awardwinning musical tells a story of three groups of people living in the United States in the early 20th century… Meanwhile, across town at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, the 91st season looks to be a doozy…Opening in

Oct. is “Of Mice and Men”, and we are VERY much looking forward to the adventurous choices of Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” and Christopher Durang’s riff on Chekhov, “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike”…the Youth Theatre also has some fun stuff coming up in “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Miss Nelson is Missing”… What happens when you combine a story about Adam & Eve, Lilith, The Serpent of the Garden of Eden, and the “Nameless Second Eve,” with nine singers, a live, musical ensemble, and multimedia technology? Check out Tim Hinck’s opera/musical, “Eve Apart”, which runs September 4-7 at the CTC to find out… You go, CTC! Sounds like season tickets time… Shakespeare Chattanooga reports that they are honored to be guesting with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera for the CSO’s Oct. 9 evening, “Shakespeare in Love”. SC will present scenes from “Romeo & Juliet” and their recent production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”… We often spend the holidays

celebrating old traditions with family and friends, and one holiday classic is Ballet Tennessee’s performance of “The Nutcracker”, running December 19-21 at UTC’s Fine Arts Center. With beautiful dancing, colorful costumes, a journey to the land of sweets, and a memorable story, this timeless production is perfect for the whole family to enjoy… BT will present their Spring Repertory Performance on May 15, 2015 at UTC’s Fine Arts Center. These short performances gives audience a chance to see a variety of the talent BT dancers have… Of course, we’re privileged to have two companies presenting “The Nutcracker” each year, and Chattanooga Ballet’s version will play Dec. 9-14. CB’s Spring Concert will be May 8-9 at the Fine Arts Center… Comedy shows, murder mysteries, and plays sometimes include cocktails or dinner, but dance performances usually don’t. Ann Law’s

“Come On In My Kitchen,” which runs from Nov. 20-22 at Barking Legs Theater, is one dance performance that does…It’s back after overwhelming audience appreciation last year…Speaking of Ann and the soon-to-reopen BLT, Ann’s dance performance “Caroling into the Unconscious,” will be a holiday special for sure. The show only runs Dec. 12-13 at Barking Legs Theater, so mark your calendars now for what’s described as “an evening of

unexplainable sensations”…We’re reserving seats right now… Dancers Bernadette and Travis Upton’s dance company WEAVE is one to watch. Combining multiple styles of hip-hop with contemporary funk, upcoming performances include their “Christmas Show” at Barking Legs Theater (Dec. 18-21) and the “Fred Astaire Showcase” at UTC’s Fine Arts Center (Jan. 30, 2015)… Last but truly not least, if you haven’t gotten the word yet, Carmike Cinemas are often presenting special events at either the Majestic 12 downtown or the East Ridge 18. Ballet, opera, live and taped versions of Broadway plays and symphonic concerts are just some of the offerings… But lest we get too high-hat, on Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at East Rdge, you can see “Sharknado 2: The Second One” on the big screen…C’mon, you know you want to…check out “Events” on… See you at the theatre!

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The Once and Future Barking (Legs) Treasure of Dodds Ave. renovating—but still the Legs By Rich Bailey

We can accommodate a lot more possibilities and open the imagination for other artists to come up with a wide range of experiences that could happen in this place.”

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he legs are silent. For now. Barking Legs Theater went dark a few weeks ago for renovations. The iconic green legs that sprouted from the ceiling like dancing stalactites have been stored for safekeeping. Barking Legs cofounder Ann Law toured me through the future space that is for the moment marked only by tape on the floor and demolition debris.

Except for the wall creating a passage behind the stage and the ones between bathrooms, every interior wall is gone and very few new ones will replace them. Visitors will first see a smaller ticket area just inside the front door and a much larger open area to the left that can be used for the pre- and postshow chatting. Law also plans to make it available for meetings of book clubs, neighborhood associations and community activists. This area, including a new handicap-accessible bathroom, is separated from the theater space by one of the few new walls, running floor to ceiling and completely closing the performance area off from the noise of Dodds Avenue. Inside, the raised dance floor will be the same, but seating

will be reconfigured. The main seating area on risers will be pulled away from the back wall and split by a center aisle. A new walkway behind the seating will mean no one will need to walk between audience and performers to reach the lobby or bathrooms. Walls that once defined the on-the-side backstage area are gone, to be replaced by curtains that can be closed off to create a backstage or be opened up to provide more space for seating or performance. The same kind of flexible seating area also will be on the other side of the stage, and a new system of curtains will mean that extra seating can be opened up easily if needed for larger shows, or the stage area can be reduced for more intimate shows. >> P. 46

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Mark Your Musical Calendars Patten Performances, River City Sessions and the CSO are all all that By Christopher Armstrong Some quick news bites about don’t-miss events coming up this season: In this year’s Patten Performance series at UTC: Ramsey Lewis on Sept. 9. The legendary jazz composer and threetime Grammy winner has recorded more than 80 albums and has seven gold records... Rioult Dance on Oct. 14, Patten Performances. This New York-based choreographed dance troupe will wow the audience with their perfect timing and flawless moves...Dave Mason on Nov. 5. Best known for his guitar shredding in the band Traffic, Mason has jammed with members of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson...Mummenschanz on Feb. 17. The Swiss mask theater troupe found fame with their wild masks and unpredictable props...Rory Block on Feb 24. This female guitar slayer has been playing since the ’60s and has mastered the country blues rock n’ roll...“The Great Gatsby” on Mar. 10. The Great American novel is coming to Chattanooga, complete with decadence, idealism and fabulous parties. Patten Unplugged: Count This Penny on Sept. 20. This up-and coming-band recently

appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion” and their music recalls legends such as Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris... Cello Fury on Mar. 7. Brings together progressive rock and classical music for an unheardof concert series. Coming at River City Sessions: Jeremy Moore will bring Americana to RCS on Sept. 9, having just released his first EP...Jess Goggans and the Magnetics will be performing their “funky folk” to RCS on Sept. 28...Dana Shavin will be speaking about her new book on Oct. 26, a memoir about her battle with anorexia. New season at the CSO: The season opens on Sept. 11 with Beethoven’s 9th, one of the world’s most well-known pieces of music...Celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, look for “Shakespare in Love” on Oct. 9. Tchaikovsky Mendelssohn— and some “West Side Story” with guest artist Shakespeare C h a t t a n o o g a . . . S c h u b e r t ’s 4th, known as the “Tragic” Symphony,this masterpiece of music includes Beethoven’s infamous Leonore Overture Nov. 3 on Nov. 6...the CSO goes happy feet with Brahms’ Hungarian-based dance tunes

and Mendelssohn’s Italy-inspired symphony on Jan. 29 (the bill also inlcudes Helene Rasquier’s “Samsara”...Tchaikovsky’s 6th comes alive on Mar. 12...Schumann’s 2nd on Apr. 9 is a powerful piece of music was written while Schumann was battling a terrible sickness... The finale of Barnett & Company Masterworks Series will showcase Rachmaninoff’s 2nd at the Tivoli on Apr. 30. Luken Holdings Pops Series: A Salute to Arthur Fiedler and John Williams. Bob Bernhardt conducts the CSO on Oct. 25...Home for the Holidays, classic Christmas piecesn on Dec. 20 and 21...Big Band Fever means grab your partner and find the dance floor on Feb. 13 and 14...Hooray for Hollywood on Feb. 28 salutes Hollywood with songs from from some of the greatest movies ever filmed...Broadway’s Golden Age and Beyond on Mar. 28 digs into the songbook and perform Broadway favorites from composers such as Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Lloyd Weber and many more.

includes St. Paul’s Suite, Elegy, and the Water Music Suite. Volkswagen Series: Classical’s Top Hits on Nov. 9. The public wanted it and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera is providing it. The CSO will once again perform a greatest hits concert at the Volkswagen Conference Center...All Aboard: Coast to Coast on Feb. 1. Hop aboard the musical train for a symphonic meditation of life across America...Opera Faves and Raves on Mar. 15. Artisti Affamati will join the CSO to reimagine some of opera’s most iconic pieces...All Mozart on Apr. 12. The Volkswagen Conference Center is the place to be as the CSO presents Mozart’s greatest compositions. Special Events: Yo-Yo Ma Gala Event on Oct. 2. Living legend Yo-Yo Ma joins the Chattanooga at the Tivoli. This once-in-a-lifetime event will showcase the great cellist and the CSO performing Dvorak’s cello concerto...“The Pirates of Penzance” on Nov. 15. The swashbuckling G&S operetta is soundtracked by the CSO.

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hose of us in the arts community have seen it time and time again in cities across the country: Artists move in to decaying neighborhoods because of cheap rents for plentiful studio/rehearsal space, help renew those neighborhoods—and are then driven out by gentrification and rising costs.

But Artspace, the Minneapolis-based nonprofit now working with Chattanooga’s ArtsBuild, has a decades-old track record of helping artists, and the cities they enliven, avoid that scenario. Since 1979, Artspace has completed 35 major projects

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and Lyndhurst foundations, we are now working with them to develop an affordable live/ work project.” The first two phases of the evaluation project, the feasibility study and the survey of local artists, have been completed. The feasibility study included visits to a number of potential sites around the city, noting positive and negatives of each. The study states, “Most artists want to be part of the urban core,” so possibilities included the Chattanooga Bank Building on Broad Street, the Fleetwood/Coffee Company Building on King Street and 11th— and the parking lot on

E. MLK Blvd., among many others. Artspace usually rehabs old buildings into mixed-use space, Bowers explains, but also can build from the ground up, if that is the best solution. Artspace also looked at and admired the Chattanooga Workspace development on 6th Street downtown, but noted that it is designed to be studio space only, not living accommodations. One key component of the process is that Artspace owns the buildings it rehabs or creates, and will not sell them in a few years to be converted to costly condos. Artists have to qualify for what is essentially >> P. 52

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The Theatre Lights Are Back On Upstairs Community Theatre at the Memorial renewed and ready By Hayley Graham

Funding from the city council and a grant from former mayor, the late Robert Kirk Walker, gave new life to this beautiful 700seat theatre.”

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pon moving to Chattanooga many moons ago, I was struck most by the arts culture here and knew that I wanted to be a part of it. Fortunately for me, I quickly auditioned for and was cast in a local production. I was soon immersed in a world of beautifully unique, passionate, creative and wildly talented people. The theatre community became my first home in this town and for that, I will always be deeply grateful.

As the years have gone by, I’ve watched this theatre community that I so love grow by leaps and bounds, not only in size and scope, but creatively, as new companies with fresh

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tion in the 1980s, funding from the city council and a grant from former mayor, the late Robert Kirk Walker, gave new life to this beautiful 700-seat theatre. “This was [Walker’s] dream, to finish up this piece and really have a strong community theatre presence, where schools and arts groups and civic meetings, you name it, could meet,” says Melissa Turner, civic facilities and marketing coordinator. Among the major renovations completed in the space are new carpeting, seating, plasterwork, paint, curtains and a >> P. 56 • STATE OF THE ARTS 2014 • The Pulse • 55

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for performances, but also to host recitby a variety of arts groups in Chatnew orchestra pit beneath the prosceals, rehearsals, classes, special events tanooga, including Jazzanooga, which nium stage. Also added were new restand civic meetings. She hopes to see hosted events and classes in the space, rooms, an elevator and chair lift, making the space utilized as much as possible and Closed Door Entertainment, which the theatre totally self-contained and and to have this true community theatre will utilize the theatre again September ADA compliant. The space also offers become a home to many a generous lobby area with groups, enriching the expea functional concession “The venue is ready for local groups to take rience of community-based area (great for receptions). advantage of a space Turner calls very arts events. Despite needing another affordable and accessible. It is truly Turner hopes to offer a two-to-three phases of rentour of the space for arts ovation to get the theatre a ‘community’ theatre.” groups within the next more technologically uptwo months to showcase the space, but 19-20 for its production of “Chicago”. dated with new lighting and sound, the in the meantime, more information on Turner says the space has been very venue is ready for local groups to take technical specs, rental rates and bookwell received by groups who have taken advantage of a space Turner calls, “very ing can be found at chattanoogaonstage. advantage of the theatre so far. “We affordable and accessible. It is truly a com/venues/robert-kirk-walker-commuwant to reach out to people who need ‘community’ theatre.” nity-theatre/. an affordable space,” she says, not only As of now, the space has been used

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Fresh, Impressive, Out-of-the-Ordinary The Kitchen at Union Square is well worth the finding It can be a little tricky finding Kitchen at Union Square. But if you’re walking along Martin Luther King Boulevard, and passing by the Tallan Building, you’ll notice some cafe tables and a staircase that goes down. That’s where you’ll find a unique and exciting dining experience. After walkLOUIS ing down the stairs, you are flanked by rows of flowers planted along the side of the walkway. And mixed in with the flowers are various herbs. Those were all planted by Kitchen’s General Manager, Eve Markowicz. And, yes, those herbs may very well end up on your plate or in your mojito. It’s only the first sign that this restaurant goes above and beyond to use locally grown, organic and sustainable ingredients. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Kitchen at Union Square yet. They’ve only been open since November of last year—and as I said, they’re a little out of the way. There are very few things about Kitchen that one could consider “ordinary.” Not the least of which is their association with Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College. Wherever VC has a culinary curriculum, a restaurant is opened

with the name “Kitchen on (fill in the blank)”, where the blank is usually the street on which the restaurant is located. Students can intern, extern and do graduate work at the restaurant, getting m u c h needed real-world LEE experience in a busy commercial kitchen. Markowicz says it’s a delicate balancing act between professional and student kitchen staff. “You don’t want the chefs to take all the control,” Markowicz says, “and you don’t want to leave it all up to someone more novice.” She explains that the students get hands-on training in a “learning lab,” working closely with Executive Chef David Gauthier. The Boston native loves the opportunity to help mold the future of the culinary arts by working in such an environment. Chef Gauthier is proud of Kitchen’s “farm-to-table” practice, using as much locally produced food as he can acquire. “I’m working with Everett Heritage Farm

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Film Is Busting Out All Over 2013-14 has been a banner year for filmlovers here in Chattanooga

Here Leezard, Leezard, Leezard East Ridge 18 plays host to live skewering of “Godzilla” An entire generation learned the fine art of appreciating truly bad movies with the help of the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, in which a human being was trapped on a spaceship along with two robots and forced to watch the worst output of Hollywood. And crack jokes. Lots of jokes. Now, all generations can come together to experience the thrill of being in the same spacehip (although it looks a lot like a modern movie theater) as the stars of “MST:3K”—Kevin, Mike and Bill—bring their unique


brand of humor to a live theatrical simulcast. Where they plan to skewer the biggest monster in film history: Godzilla. And not the most recent, fairly decent one, either. No, the dreadful one with Matthew Broderick and an egg-laying dinosaur with a fondness for Madison Square Garden. Prepare for a ”roaring” good time. RiffTrax Live: “Godzilla” 8 p.m. East Ridge 18 5080 N. Terrace, East Ridge


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he year since the last State of the Arts issue has been an exceptional time for film in Chattanooga. More than ever, there are unique and varied opportunities for film fans and filmmakers alike.


If this film renaissance has taught me anything, it’s that passionate leaders can fan the flames of an underground scene and make it grow into something truly special.”

It hasn’t been this way for long. Just a few years ago, film was very much an art placed on the back burner, lagging far behind some very significant forward steps for artists in other mediums. If this film renaissance has taught me anything, it’s that passionate leaders can fan the flames of an underground scene and make it grow into something truly special. There were always film fans here; it just took someone (or several someones) to give them a reason to gather in one place. What has happened with film in Chattanooga is something of a model for other mediums—currently, live comedy is experiencing its own explosion in popularity, through the leadership of Joel Ruiz and Evatt and Bloom. All it takes is for someone to organize quality, fun events for likeminded individuals. Good things will then follow. Of the successful film events of the past year, the 1st Annual Chattanooga Film Festival is likely the most important. Despite naysayers who claimed that Chattanooga didn’t want and would never support a film festival, the event made back its money in pre-sales and was noticeably well attended for a first-year event. This wasn’t a fly-by-night festival with wellworn and previously released material— instead, it featured premier films by wellknown filmmakers like Michael Gondry. The success of the first year only sets the stage for expansion in the second. One of the much-hyped plans for CFF Year Two is the beginning of the CFF Institute. According to Festival Director Chris Dortch,

the CFF Institute features “a model that will allow us to do what huge world class fests like Sundance and Tribeca do [by helping] great films actually get made and released and not just [being] professional appreciators.” Dortch says that the institute will begin by producing a feature film and a short, with the help of some wellknown professionals. The second Chattanooga Film Festival will happen April 2-5, 2015 and will be bigger and better than the exciting prospect to be sure. While the CFF is expanding its role as professional filmmakers, Chattanooga State continues preparing students for real jobs in the film industry. As important as the CFF is, the Chatt State program may be more practical. Tennessee is poised on the edge of having a real presence in the film production world. As we wait for the state’s politicans to understand how incentives for filmmaking would be a giant boost for the state economy, students are learning how to become the next generation of filmmakers. According to Prof. Chris Willis, big strides have been made during the hands-on, reality-based program. He says: “We calculated that Chattanooga State students have worked on about 45 film projects, either produced or supported other projects, in the last five years. This summer, we completed four projects that show our best work yet. Students are learning every aspect of independent film production in a

very short time.” Even if the state government doesn’t get its act together in a reasonable amount of time, Atlanta is only a few miles down the road. Chattanooga State students are being well prepared for a future that needs highly skilled professionals. Finally, Mise En Scenesters, the group that started it all for film fans in Chattanooga, is still going strong, bringing films to the area that are unlikely to been seen in a major multiplex. The group suffered a slight setback when Barking Legs Theater closed for renovations, but Rhythm & Brews has generously offered to house some future events, like the showing of “Life Itself,” the highly acclaimed documentary about film critic Roger Ebert. Additionally, the Frightening Ass Film Fest returns in October (on Halloween this year), and is guaranteed to thrill Chattanooga horror fans. Films have not yet been announced, but if past years are any indication, it will be a unique event for the Scenic City. The film scene in Chattanooga has never been better and there is much more in store. We are still waiting for news on the Scenic Arthouse Movie Theater, which is progressing as expected. Hopefully, the city will soon have its own arthouse movie theater and all of the above events will have a home. But until then, know that there are competent people working hard for Chattanooga film and they need your support.


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with all things Thiel—Foundation, Fellowships, Network and maybe a future Summit—began a couple years ago when Nick Arnett, Thiel’s Summit Community Development Manager, met Tiffany Robinson, now with Lamp Post Group’s WayPaver talent development initiative. The two bonded over their BAILEY mutual interest in entrepreneurial ecosystems. At Arnett’s invitation, Robinson and two other people with Lamp Post startups attended a Thiel Summit last year and were accepted into the Thiel Network. The conversation continued when Arnett brought a Thiel group to Chattanooga for a round of startup tours, conversations about entrepreneurship and some sampling of Chattanooga’s quality of life, including paddleboarding on the Tennessee River. “The 20 people who joined us on that fell in love with this place,” says Arnett. “We had some that were looking for places to build their next startup and places to hire people or set up an office that suddenly...were seriously considering either moving to Chattanooga or having some sort of standing

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district. By age 18, he was heading up communications for them and he had realized he was more interested in connecting resources and people than the details of design. He left and went to work for a regional economic development group in northeast Indiana. On the side, he started another nonprofit called the 12 Cities Project that traveled across the country studying how cities—including Chattanooga—catalyzed their entrepreneurial ecosystems. He applied for a Thiel Fellowship, didn’t recieve it, but stayed in touch with the Thiel staff, and in 2012 was hired to take the lead in building the Thiel Network community around the country. This fall he’s moving to Chattanooga, working remotely for the San Francisco-based Thiel Foundation. Why actually move to Chattanooga? “It’s not because of the riverfront, it’s not because of the amenities downtown and access to the mountains, although I love all of that and it’s awesome,” he says. “It’s because of the people here. I love the community that you see developing here organically, groups of people who are really dedicated to thinking boldly and thinking big. I find more likeminded people here than I found in the past 21 years I’ve spent in Indiana. That’s the reason I’m moving here. It makes me feel at home, weirdly enough, even though I’ve never lived here in my life.”

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Bienvenue to New Antiques Venue Mostly French adds a bit of savoir faire to the Southside There’s a really big metal Eiffel Tower in the window of a little shop at the corner of Central and East Main Street. That should tell you plenty about what you may find inside, but it’s really only the faintest of hints. Inside “Mostly French” at the gateway to the Southside, shoppers and browsers alike can find LOUIS an eclectic collection of new and old French furniture, artwork, dishware and, dare we say, bric-abrac. The store has been open for only four months and is nestled next door to Griffin’s Hot Dogs (sacré bleu!) yet owner Helen Warrender says she’s been pleased with the reception in the neighborhood. It was her friends at next-door neighbor business, Mainly Antiques, who suggested she open here because she had run out of room at her booth at Southside Antiques. Warrender has been preparing for this stage of her life...well, for her whole life. “I’ve always been into antiques,” she explains. “As a little girl I used to go ‘junk’ shopping with my mother.” It wasn’t always “junk” they found, though. “I got my first antique doll when I was, like, six and I just started collecting things.”

The San Francisco native says she initially came to Chattanooga to work for Brach’s, but after getting laid off, decided to do what she does best: shop. That shopping has taken her across the country and around the world looking LEE for unique items to bring back and sell. Warrender looks at this venture as something she can do for many years to come. “Really, I kind of consider this my retirement job,” she confides, “Something I can do for the next ten or 15 years before I get too old to do it...and make a little money.” She doesn’t expect to get rich. She enjoys personally shopping for her items, which means lots of travel. Most recently, Warrender and her partner, Duffy Hudson, traveled to France for about a month. “In the countryside, you can still find some deals,” Warrender boasts. “The people were amazingly nice.” The pair spent hour upon hour wandering through little shops

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in places like Lyons and Nice, finding objets d’art. Often their perseverance was rewarded with an especially good deal, like the art book with a price tag of 59 francs that was given to them by the shop owner. Spending time in Paris’s flea markets was another grand experience. Warrender marveled at the presentation of these tiny shops along their route. “The French know how to display things,” she exclaims. “Every little stall— they wash their windows, everything’s dusted— beautifully displayed.” She has emulated that same attention to detail in Mostly French. Great attention to detail is evident in the displays around her shop. Just like in French cuisine, presentation is extremely important. The mirror on the wall is surrounded by watercolors from the 1920s, while a

table below is adorned with fine ceramics. Next to the table is a wingback chair with needlepoint upholstery. And on another wall is a tapestry. Not everything in Mostly French is antique. But just about everything is unique, at least here in the Tennessee Valley. “We wanted to find things that you didn’t normally find in Chattanooga,” says Warrender. “We didn’t want to be like anybody else.” So in their quest to be different, they scour shop and markets in cities and towns like Huntsville, Charleston, Savannah and Atlanta. The pair are planning a trip to Denver in September and they go to the D.C. area several times a year. And,

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tracked down many previously unknown varieties of wild cacao plants. What that means is that there are exotic kinds of chocolate that you and I have never dreamed of, and they will be commercially available within a few years. As delicious as your Chocolove XOXOX Extra Strong Dark candy bar may taste to you now, you will eventually journey further into a new frontier of ecstatic delectability. I propose that we use this theme as a metaphor for the work you have ahead of you right now. It is time for you to make good things even better—to take fun diversions and transform them into experiences that engender transcendent bliss. Turn “yes” into “YESSSS!!!!” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): At your next meal, imagine that the food you are eating is filled with special nutrients that enhance your courage. During the meal after that, fantasize that you are ingesting ingredients that will boost your perceptiveness. The next time you snack, visualize your food as being infused with elements that will augment the amount of trust you have in yourself. Then you will be ready to carry out your assignment for the coming weeks: Use your imagination to pump up your courage and perceptiveness as you carry out smart adventures that you haven’t trusted yourself enough to try before now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The leaves and berries of the deadly nightshade plant are highly poisonous. If ingested, they cause delirium and death. On the other hand, a drug obtained from the same plant is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It’s helpful in treating many illnesses, from gastrointestinal and heart problems to Parkinson’s. Is there a metaphorical equivalent in your life, Gemini? An influence that can either be sickening or healing, depending on various factors? I suspect that now is one of those times when you should be very focused on ensuring that the healing effect predominates. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A New York doctor offers a service he calls Pokertox. Jack Berdy injects Botox into poker players’ faces so as to make their expressions hard to read. With their facial muscles paralyzed, they are in no danger of betraying subtle emotional signals that might help their opponents guess their strategy. I understand there might sometimes be value in adopting a poker face when you are in the midst of trying to win at poker or other games. But for the foreseeable future, Cancerian, I recommend the opposite approach. You’re most likely to be successful if you reveal everything you’re feeling. Let your face and eyes be as eloquent as they can be.

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Love Poem to My Batmobile Alex recalls good times with his sweet, sweet Caprice

To call it ‘mine’ isn’t even accurate since I shared it with at least four other cops, but for these eight hours we were pretty tight, my Caprice and I.”

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A 1989 Chevy Caprice. It should have been arrested for placing 350 cubic inches of engine and all of its 190 horsepower in the hands of a 21-year-old idiot, but it didn’t do a minute of time because this wasn’t a matter of choice. There was no intent on its behalf, you see; it wasn’t a party to who slid in behind its airbagless steering wheel, something as unALEX heard of in this day and age as a black-and-white television, yet they both existed at one time, I can assure you. The Caprice was a victim as much as the rest of us, only sleeker looking. There it usually was, waiting on me silently, the prior shift normally having left it running at the curb of the now-defunct Eastgate Mall precinct. This was a practice known as “hot seating”, in which the car actually ran 24 hours a day, with cops driving it nonstop as they came in for their shifts, thrice daily, and I was lucky

enough to be its third-shift recipient. It was a custom job, of course. I’m not talking about any modifications (or even stickers, really), but more specifically the stainless steel floorboard you don’t find in most models…because the floorboard actually started its life as a stop sign in this fair city, and was now ending its life of usefulness as TEACH the floorboard of the aforementioned Caprice, riveted in place with care by the professionals that inhabited the warrens of the Fire & Police Shop. Some said it made the car look like a “cheap piece of shit”, but I always disagreed; it simply made it “custom”. It was beautiful…and when the rivets gave way, besides an interesting carbon monoxide high, it gave me a place to throw my trash, which was always awesome. Until it rained. This was my first police car, and to call it “mine” isn’t even

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accurate since I shared it with at least four other cops, but for these eight hours we were pretty tight, my Caprice and I. It had both kinds of blue lights: The kind that turned on AND off. No computer, not even any switches for those lights, just horrific pull-rods that had no actual caps, just serrated metal rods where they once had caps that now left slits on your fingers when you pulled them down or pushed them up. This was my car. There were several others like it, but this one was mine and I loved it so. On this night, I waited at the curb with my gear bag sitting nearby, a shotgun propped at a 45-degree angle on top of it, the blank paperwork inside waiting to be filled out from one call to the next, a large flashlight sitting inside next to its car charger. What more could I need—except perhaps a raincoat, extra clipboards for witness statements, and a driver with any sense or experience? I saw my Caprice round the curve from Brainerd Road onto the lot of Eastgate Mall, the Krispy Kreme neon ironically backlighting it as it pulled in towards me. A smile crested my cheeks

as I thought, “Come to Daddy,” and it did. It rolled up, stopped at the sidewalk—and my second-shift counterpart turned it off and almost simultaneously threw me the keys (which I deftly caught in mid-air) and began withdrawing his own gear (a.k.a. “Bag of Death”). I slid in behind that airbagless steel wheel, marveling at my catch yet again, and turned the keys in the ignition, only to find this antiquated 250,000 mile piece of shit wouldn’t start again for the 62nd time this calendar year. Gosh…. Dammit. The nostalgia washed away like a footprint on a Gulf of Mexico beach, but this was the way of Line Cars, and no matter my love affair, this is exactly what it was. A nostalgic affair with a piece of shit. That was then. Times (and OSHA) had changed, and I was a new man with a new car. Beginning a new shift nearly two decades later, I smiled at my current model, missing paint here and there, and smiled to myself at where I had started so long ago. I turned the ignition key to find it would not start. Gosh…Dammit. (Welcome to Police Work, for the uninitiated.)

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