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April 12-18, 2012

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Publisher Zachary Cooper Creative Director Bill Ramsey Contributors Rich Bailey • Rob Brezsny Chuck Crowder • Michael Crumb • John DeVore Randall Gray • Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib Paul Hatcher • Janis Hashe • Matt Jones • Chris Kelly D.E. Langley • Mike McJunkin • David Morton Ernie Paik • Alex Teach • Richard Winham Cartoonists Rick Baldwin • Max Cannon Jesse Reklaw • Richard Rice • Tom Tomorrow Photography Jason Dunn • Josh Lang Lesha Patterson Interns Britton Catignani • Kinsey Elliott Molly Farrell • Rachel Saunders

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• A plethora of plays crack open during the first HATCH Festival. Janis Hashe tracks the menu of theatre pieces set to open before fans of live performance. » 21

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HATCH’d A festival whose time has come—quickly things often seem to transpire at a frustratingly slow pace in Chattanooga. Good ideas and best intentions are held in suspension within the confines of established modes, banishing them to the list of “maybe one day.” There are also periods when good ideas come to fruition at amazing speeds in this city, such as HATCH, the new 10day festival that begins Thursday with a kick-off event at the Hunter Museum. The event brings exhibits, performances and installations from all facets of art and culture, with more 170 “happenings” taking place across downtown. HATCH was just an idea about four months ago and now it’s poised to have a significant impact in its inaugural year. There were already major milestones within the 10 days for arts in our community. The 4 Bridges

“ Arts Festival, The MidSouth Sculpture Alliance and the Festival of New Plays. These served as the foundation from which HATCH was born. By building on this foundation, the idea was to establish an annual, largescale collaborative arts and cultural showcase. With Daniel Stetson, executive director of the Hunter Museum of American Art, serving as head of the HATCH steering committee, the

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work began. Organizing partners were coordinated, foundation and corporate support was secured and solid event planning began to take shape. Over the last month or so, the amount of events and exhibits has exploded. This all happened in the span of about 3 months. MakeWorks’ 10x10 is a great example of the scale and breadth of HATCH. The installation will establish 100 creative works of art within a 10-by-10 city block area with it all culminating in an exhibition, food, performance and music event on Friday, April 20, at Patten Parkway. And that’s just one example of the creativity being unleashed here. Having just been birthed, HATCH has all the hallmarks of a young child: Bright-eyed, full of energy and curiosity. Ideas and productions rapidly bubbled to the surface as planning progressed. As is expected with new events on this scale, I imagine that HATCH will become more refined in the coming years. Editing the focus, maturing in its offerings and becoming more established as a connection to the foundation upon which it was built. But being in the middle of things as HATCH emerges has been exciting. The first step in what, hopefully, will be a journey for years to come has now been taken. Some years ago, Pulse contributor Rich Bailey wrote about the idea of establishing a Spoleto-type art and culture festival here in Chattanooga. He expressed how the leadership and vision that have made that Charleston, S.C., festival such a crown jewel for the region and the country could happen here. Rich’s editorial speculated about this within the context of Riverbend, its history and the prospect a dramatic change in Riverbend’s direction. HATCH’s development has been much more organic than this and that’s a good thing, as I suspect Rich might agree. That notion is exactly the type of opportunity we have before us. The plans have now been finalized and the trajectory set for HATCH 2012. It has successfully engaged the creative community, establishing collaborative projects that span multiple days across multiple city blocks. As we take part in this newly minted festival as patrons, onlookers, practicing artists, vendors, merchants and supporters, now is the time to make the mental notes and imagine just a bit further ahead. I, for one, am looking forward to HATCH 2013. —Zachary Cooper


On the Beat

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Resolution vs. Revolution as one who has made a profession of bringing order to chaos, of making peace amidst conflict, I admit that when it comes to self-proclaimed “activists” I am biased. My go-to method in conflict resolution as a cop is to discover the source, if possible, and resolve it. “Boom.” That’s what the word “resolution” actually boils down to; it’s not complicated, and thank goodness for that because this is being carried out by a very simple group of people (more on that later). Discover the problem, identify its source, and resolve it as peacefully as you are allowed. (Oh ... and “Boom.”) That’s what cops do: Solve problems. But there are other kinds of problemsolvers out there, ones who don’t deal with individual problems per se, but rather sociological ones. And one of those groups refers to themselves as “activists.” Addressing these problems requires a whole different set of tools. I get it. But in my opinion (something I am, as a cop, generally frowned upon for having) I’ve noticed activists using not so much “resolution” as “revolution.” Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? They will agree. In fact, they will put that on a cleverly designed sign from a corporate (more on that later, too) graphics suite and use images borrowed from the glory days of socialist and communist countries. Let’s take something simple like, say, “race.” Who doesn’t love to talk about it, besides my newspaper, politicians, government workers and “white people” in general. But an activist? That’s like a hit of sweet crack cocaine to them because it vaults them into the spotlight. A bad one, granted, but many actually believe that bit about any press being good press. The Bessie Smith Strut. Here are some recent Facebook comments on the debacle, first from Perrin Lance on Facebook: “The attempted closing of the Bessie Smith Strut is a direct attack on the black community of Chattanooga. It is a racist policy decision that strikes at the heart of communities of color in Chattanooga while Mayor Littlefield and land developer types attempt to destroy what little public housing is left, they seem ready to kill the cultural heart of the black community.” And now an excerpt from a simulated letter to the late Bessie Smith by Marcus

Ellsworth, who said “Chattanooga is trying to put an end to a celebration that was named for you, one of this city’s black queer legends, by co-opting it into a toxic money making scheme with second-hand headliners that is known as Riverbend.” I’m a cop who has been present at 13 of the 32 events held prior to this year. Folks, I’m a safety expert and the fact is that it’s the most dangerous three hours of the year for this city. While I’m not sure it’s the call I would have made, it’s a call I don’t blame the Mayor for making. But “a racist policy decision that strikes at the heart of communities of color” by people “ready to kill the cultural heart of the black community?” The Strut being moved, not cancelled … Really? And (per Mr. Ellsworth) this move is designed to “co-opt it into a toxic money making scheme?” Co-opted? Do you even realize that this event was founded and paid for by that same Friends of the Festival who provide the artists, the permits, volunteers, and who don’t charge vendors or patrons? But suddenly, they are the assholes here, despite not being the ones who made the move? What I hear is that you believe the merchants of that area who profit from it are incapable of getting a permit to host their own event(s) in their names. Are you saying the black community that you believe revolves around this one central point of the year (since this is the “cultural heart” of it) is incapable of booking their own acts, or getting security for an event like anyone else does every weekend of the year? Are you implying that the local Harley-Davidson dealership that throws

musical events requiring cops present is a greater organizing entity than the entire black community, whose heart is apparently based on blocking off 10 street blocks for three hours a year? What an insult. Then there is the irony that this event was implemented and paid for by one of your dirty, horrible sinister Corporate Entities. But now you think the indigenous people of the greater M.L. King area are incapable of doing so for themselves—or are at least incapable of paying for it themselves—that it needs to be done for them, handed to them. Who sounds racist now? By all means, inflame racial tensions to a boiling point. Create a revolution. But if blood flows because of the change of venue of a Riverbend event, be prepared for your own revolt. Local Activists, Chattanooga doesn’t have a “change of venue crisis.” Quit protesting out-of-state tragedies and focusing on in-town festival moves of all damn things, and have the courage to march and protest real problems. Young black men are shooting each other in this town in astronomical numbers. A three-hour music event is moved and you want a racewar. Christ. The black community in Chattanooga does have problems, but at the very bottom of that damn list is where “The Bessie Smith Strut” is being held. Shame on you and your cowardly sense of priorities. Alex Teach is a full-time police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/alex.teach.

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East Chattanooga

Reflections & Revival on Glass Street “

By Rich Bailey what’s the saying about people who live in glass houses? Well, if throwing stones is out, how about throwing a party? Glass House Collective—a new initiative founded by three staffers of the late, great CreateHere—is throwing a block party with a big agenda on Glass Street. On April 22 as part of the 10-day HATCH Chattanooga festival, Glass Street Live will be the coming-out party for Glass House Collective, a new effort to revitalize the neglected Glass Farms area of East Chattanooga. The day-long block party begins at Hardy Elementary with “Touch a Truck,” where kids can get up close and personal with fire trucks, recycling trucks and other large vehicles. Storefronts on Glass Street that are empty (for now anyway) will be covered by paint-by-number sketches by artist Kevin Bate, whose portraits of technology pioneers adorn a wall on Frazier Avenue, and colored by Hardy Elementary students. Other activities at and around the intersection of Glass Street and North Chamberlain include a rooftop DJ, crafts, youth basketball, gardening demos, food and health vendors, Civil War walking tours and historic train rides with the

We’re trying to connect all these organizations that are focused on East Chattanooga. That’s why the party on April 22 is huge, because it really does communicate a lot of what we are trying to do.” Katherine Currin

Artist Kevin Bate creates paint-by-numbers canvases imaging what used to be in the vacant buildings on Glass Street for the Glass House Live event to be held on April 22. Children from Hardy Elementary will color the canvases prior to the event and will greet visitors. Photo • Teal Thibaud

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Glass House Collective’s mission—“to bring life back to Glass Street and bring Glass Street back to life”—sprang from the work of CreateHere. First, a 2010 brainstorming charrette looking at how to connect Chattanooga’s downtown with the high-growth area around the new Volkswagen plant brought attention to Glass Street because it lies directly on the route from downtown to Enterprise

South. Then, as CreateHere’s community visioning initiative was shifting from surveying the community to creating action plans, the future founders of Glass House Collective tried to develop a small creative place-making initiative on Glass Street. The idea was to work with school children to put temporary activities in vacant storefronts. “We found out the community is tired of having folks come in and do a project and then leave,” said Teal Thibaud, communications and outreach coordinator for Glass House Collective. “The more we talked to residents and the neighborhood association and started building those relationships, we were more committed than we ever thought we would be. At that point we all turned to each other and said all right we need a flag in the ground and we need to prove to this community that we are committed. And that means setting up shop there. Who are we to come in and say we want to help and then not even be there.” The idea for Glass House Collective developed quickly, receiving start-up funding at the end of 2011 and opening its doors on Jan. 1, following CreateHere’s planned sun-setting that it called “supernova” on Dec. 31.


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“We are committed for the long term. That’s why we have that building,” said Katherine Currin, executive director of Glass House Collective. The third founding team member is Garth Brown, an architect who serves as design/build coordinator. The group is renovating a two-story building at 2523 Glass St. to serve as its headquarters and as a hub for coordinating residents and community service agencies working in the area. Glass Street Live is just the first step in their planned community revitalization. As with CreateHere’s revitalization activities on Main Street, the arts are seen as a way to make tangible changes quickly and to bring people together. “We’re trying to connect all these organizations that are focused on East Chattanooga,” said Currin. “That’s why the party on April 22 is huge, because it really does communicate a lot of what we are trying to do.” The group is a finalist for a $450,000 “creative place-making” grant from ArtPlace America, which it plans to use to commission artists to create light fixtures, benches and trash receptacles, as well as signage for businesses, facade enhancements for buildings, temporary animations and further renovations on their headquarters building. Beyond using artists’ work to enliven the area, Glass House wants to engage the artists themselves to participate in community-based problem solving. “We believe that creativity is a resource to bring people together, to help them approach the challenges in a new way, to help broaden their thinking about the assets that surround them,” said Currin. “Artist are experts in repurposing assets, shedding light on what they can be in a creative way. So we’re asking individuals and organizations we’re partnering with to put artists at the center of the work they’re doing, so that creativity is embedded in this process because we know it is powerful.” Later this year, Glass House is partnering with Launch and East Chattanooga Improvement to offer a series of business planning courses for residents and an economic development roundtable “to help build a road map of the types of businesses that would benefit the community but also be sustained here,” according to Currin. What ties everything together—engaging people, working with artists, economic development—is a focus on place, said Currin. “We’re working to bring life back to the street because it’s something that keeps coming up in our conversations with residents. They want to see Glass Street brought back to life.”

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The Flavor of 4 Bridges The artists are the stars at the annual festival, but the show derives its distinct flavor each year from an ever-changing jury who selects the work featured. During one weekend last December, three jurors examined 2,600 images from 650 artists to create this year’s festival. Rich Bailey talks to the judges about their choices and the anatomy of an arts festival. the stars of ava’s 4 bridges arts festival are the artists. But just as movie stars have producers, directors and screenwriters (not to mention a small army of littleknown helpers from stunt coordinators and composers to key grips and best boys), the artists of 4 Bridges owe their place in the festival to some behind-the-scenes talents. In one hectic weekend last December, three jurors examined 2,600 images of art from 650 artists. Each artist submitted four images of their work and one shot of an exhibit booth from a previous festival. After two days of viewing, voting, discussing and sometimes advocating for their personal preferences, the jury reached a verdict and the festival’s final lineup of 170 artists was set. According to Laura Linz, AVA’s new 4 Bridges director, the flavor of the festival is determined by the judges’ choices. And with new judges every year, 4 Bridges is never the same. “No three people would ever pick the same show,” she said.

“The flavor of the show begins with the jury selection before they ever even sit down. Their whole background is going to affect it.” This year’s judges include a journalist, an artist and a museum director. Sylvie Fortin is an independent curator, art historian, critic and editor, who has worked internationally since 1991. She is editor-in-chief of Art Papers, a highly regarded magazine published in Atlanta. “She is right there with what is going on. That is her job, to be aware of the trends and styles,” said Linz. Amy Pleasant is a painter based in Birmingham. She has

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had solo and group shows in galleries around the country, and her work is in several museum collections. As a working artist, “she has to keep herself growing or she won’t have a job. She is constantly absorbing the world around her,” said Linz. Daniel Stetson became the director of the Hunter Museum almost a year ago after leading the Polk Museum in Lakeland, Fla., for 15 years. “Even though he works for a museum and those pieces have been around a long time, he’s got to reinvent them all the time. If he doesn’t keep them fresh no one is going to come see them,” said Linz. These unique and varied backgrounds are key to the ultimate character of this year’s 4 Bridges festival, Linz said. “The three of them coming together couldn’t help but create a really new and fresh show,” she said.

Sylvie Fortin “There is a large number of people who never go to a museum but will go to an event like a festival,” said Sylvie Fortin. “We have a strong responsibility to present the highest quality of work, so people might feel empowered to buy some affordable but really great work.” Fortin was not aiming at creating a specific effect in her selections, as she would in curating an exhibition. “A festival is a very different thing,” she explained. “It wasn’t so much about putting our stamp on it as it was about teasing out the best work, presenting as broad a range of practices

We have a strong responsibility to present the highest quality of work, so people might feel empowered to buy some affordable but really great work.” Sylvie Fortin as possible. Contemporary art is more diverse than any time in history so it’s very important to share that diversity with the public.” Choosing from the 650 artists who applied to show their work at 4 Bridges, Fortin said she was drawn to “the works that I could tell did not have any kind of compromise and that deal with contemporary issues ... that’s what excellent work is today. It’s not doing stuff that was done 50 years ago. It talks about what it is to be in the world today.”

Amy Pleasant “All three of us had the same kind of vision,” said Birmingham-based artist Amy Pleasant. “I had to look at it like a gigantic exhibition of a lot of artists from a lot of places. Because they come from so many different disciplines, it’s about creating the strongest body of work you can find from the ap-

plicants.” At the same time, 4 Bridges is unlike an exhibition in that there is no overarching theme. “Each artist is there to present their own individual work regardless of who they are next to,” said Pleasant. “It really is about the unique strength of the individual’s work. To me, that’s the strength of any artist: their own unique language. I think people like to come to festivals and find something totally unexpected.” Pleasant said she was looking for the strongest work in terms of technique and invention. “To me those are the two most important things,” she said. “I want to see an artist whose work is really strong but also unique and innovative.”

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Daniel Stetson “We were pretty aligned,” said the Hunter Musuem’s Dan Stetson. “There were subtleties, maybe, of different tastes, but in the search for quality and to make a broad show I think we all got along really well as jurors.” Quality is a hard thing to describe, but Stetson offered his own definition in terms of art. “It can be the sense of construction in that it was well assembled, whether it’s a painting, a construction, a sculpture, a ceramic piece. I know that’s one thing we all were looking for. We were looking at the things themselves and how they were made,” he said. “Artists are the first judges, in a way,” he added. »P10 chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 12-18, 2012 • The Pulse • 9


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“They picked everything we were looking at. Whatever they show you is all you have. It’s up to them how good the work is. They’re trying to show you representative examples, not their whole body of work.” 170 Artists, One Show After the jurors made their selections, there is still much more to be done. “The big picture, once the jurors make their selections, is shaped by which artists end up accepting and by the layout and structure of the show,” said festival director Linz, who takes a lot of time and energy to create the layout of 4 Bridges. “It is all calculated,” she said. “That’s a little festival secret. When you come to a festival you don’t necessarily think about it, but the artists have been strategically placed.” Each artist who applies to 4 Bridges is required to submit a booth shot, as well as images of their art. “That is so important, because somebody may make good work but they haven’t figured out how to present it well yet,” said Pleasant. “And the last thing you want in a festival is to feel like it falls apart in certain places. You want the whole experience to be

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Some festivals have a much more traditional flavor. A lot of that has to do with the city they are in, what people there are looking for. I think Chattanooga wants some fresh new innovative things, and that’s what we’re giving them. Laura Linz really strong and tight and professional.” “We talk about composition in a work of art, certain rules of balance and repetition,” said Linz. “The booth is that on a grander scale, and the festival is that on an even bigger scale. It all builds up to the full experience.” Between the judging and the festival weekend, Linz considers artist’s location requests, gives returning artists first crack at their familiar slots, and takes into account how artistic neighbors might complement or conflict. Taste the Flavor The final result? Before the festival begins, it’s hard to say exactly what the flavor is. It’s like cooking an exotic delicacy. You can choose the best ingredi-

ents, but until the dish is on the table, you can’t really be sure how it will taste. None of the judges volunteered a characterization of 4 Bridges’ flavor, but some intriguing traits emerged. “One of the things I was struck by is a lot of the multi-media artists who are here, people who do collage and constructions that could involve painting or wood or ceramic,” said Stetson. “I found that to be very contemporary, very much about our time.” “I was surprised at the low number of painters the judges accepted, compared to applications taken, but they picked some great ones,” said Linz. Painting is a difficult medium at festivals, she said, because higher-end painters tend to shy away from them. “But this is not your typical


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street festival. This is a true fine art festival. You can find high-quality art that you could find in galleries all across the United States.” “Contemporary artists—for a long time, but more in the last decade or so—have been working more and more outside the gallery,” said Fortin. “The tip of the iceberg is the stuff you see in the magazines, the big auction houses, that kind of stuff,” said Stetson. “Just below the surface it’s a really wide, wide piece of ice. This is some of the best stuff being made, some of the most creative, freeing work.” In the end, it was very clear to Laura Linz that the judges were not looking for traditional artists. “Luckily for us, they were looking for something new and exciting,” she said. “Some festivals have a much more traditional flavor. A lot of that has to do with the city they are in, what people there are looking for. I think Chattanooga wants some fresh new innovative things, and that’s what we’re giving them.”

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EVENT HATCH CHATT • Chattanooga’s first large-scale arts and creative culture festival kicks off at locations all over town, lasting 10 days through April 22. See our HATCH Highlights on Page 14. Daily • • Downtown and at select locations all over Chattanooga • hatchchatt.org

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earthly delights.” That’s all you need to know.

Dance Suites • Bela Bartok Les Preludes • Franz Liszt Concerto for Banjo • Bela Fleck

Shpongle presents The Masquerade $20 advance • $22 (18+ show, 18-20 year-olds: $3 cash fee collected at the door) 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12 Track 29 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929 track29.co chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 12-18, 2012 • The Pulse • 13


HATCHHIGHLIGHTS HATCH CHATT— History. Art. Technology. Culture. Happenings.—is a new 10-day showcase of all facets of creative culture in Chattanooga. From nationally recognized artists to local performers, all will be represented during this celebration of artistry and creative works. We’ve collected some highlights from each day of the festival, but there are almost 200 events happening, so visit hatchchatt.org to view the entire calendar. APRIL 12

Art + Issues: Tasting and Seeing Chattanooga 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View • Part of the in-gallery dialogues, this event features Jeff Pfitzer of Gaining Ground who will be joined by local farmers to discuss farming in our community and the relevance of “Dorothea Lange’s America.” Lange’s exhibit has been on display at the museum since December. APRIL 13

Art Car Caravan 9 a.m. Main Street • The Scenic City Art Car Weekend is a free public celebration of art and creative expression that brings together artists, schools, organizations, and the community. The Art Car Caravan is a moving display of cars that were created by the artists involved in the event. Funds raised during the weekend-long event are put toward educational workshops for students. APRIL 14

Palate 2 Palette 5 p.m. Featured galleries and Track 29,

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The Art Car Caravan parades down Main Street on Friday, April 13. 1400 Market St. • This evening event begins with a gallery stroll through Chattanooga’s historic Southside district art galleries. Enjoy wine and local cuisine while you take in the city’s visual talent. The gallery walk ends at Track 29’s after-party, “Bubbles and Sweets,” complete with champagne and delectable deserts from a local eatery. Dance the night away to the tunes of Willie Kitchens.

• Established and emerging artists explore our relationship with technology in this inventive installation. APRIL 16

“Site Unseen” Public Art Exhibition All-Day Event, Downtown Chattanooga • “Site Unseen” is a

groundbreaking augmented reality outdoor exhibition complete with sculpture and 2-D media that interact with cloud-based software in your smart phone or tablet. The exhibit unites technology, art and design guided by QR codes and offers a unique interaction with the art on display.

APRIL 15

Synchrony: Contemporary Video 12 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View

“Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore,” 2007, Mary Ellen Strom and Ann Carlson, part of Synchrony: Contemporary Video at The Hunter Museum.


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APRIL 17

Young Southern Student Writers 6 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. • The Arts and Education Council celebrates the winners of its 14th annual writing contest by awarding participants and their teachers for exceptional writing. More than 5,000 students from area schools submitted work to be reviewed by the UTC English department and only 472 pieces of writing were chosen. Help us honor and support these gifted young writers.

201 High St. • This event promises free live bluegrass from the Houston’s front lawn and a discounted museum entrance fee along with extended exhibit hours. Museum entrance fee is $5 per person for those 18 and over. APRIL 20

CSO: The Piano Man 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. • Last Pops concert of the 2011-12 season! Pianist extraordinaire Jim Witter will perform hits from piano greats Billy Joel and Elton John.

DRAWING CLASSES • DESIGN & COMPOSITION

Experience a New Way of Expressing Yourself

APRIL 20-22 Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Sculpture Conference 2012 • Bringing together sculptors, visual artists, art educators, students, art gallery owners and sculpture lovers for three days of learning, inspiration, and networking. The conference will play an integral role in the HATCH Festival and features panel discussions, demonstrations and seminars, gallery and studio tours, as well as juried professional and student sculpture exhibitions.

2100 Glass St. • Glass House Collective has partnered with businesses and supporters of Chattanooga’s East Side for an exciting day of family fun. The party begins at Hardy Elementary where kids can experience the city’s biggest and baddest machines at the “Toucha-Truck” exhibit. The day is filled with live music, crafts for kids, walking tours, a basketball tournament and much more. APRIL 22

See Rock City Earth Dayz Jim Witter performs hits by Billy Joel and Elton John at the Tivoli on Friday, April 20. APRIL 18

APRIL 21

Colonel Bruce Hampton & Two Mama 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. • Hampton is a legendary 1970s rocker collaborating with Dennis Palmer and Davey Williams for a can’t-miss rock showdown.

Glass Street Block Party 10 a.m. Hardy Elementary,

11 a.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd. Join Rock City Gardens’ Earth Day celebration for a day of outdoor fun. Learn how to rock climb at Lovers Leap, make-and-take unique projects from recycled materials or build your own rain barrel.

Rock climbing at Rock City Earth Dayz begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 22.

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Colonel Bruce Hampton at Barking Legs on Wednesday, April 18.


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richard winham

Jeff Coffin

A Sweet, Wicked Groove on friday, jeff coffin’s mu’tet is coming to barking Legs. What is a mu’tet? In short, it’s whatever Coffin decides it is for a given gig. On the live album released last year, it’s a seven-piece ensemble drawing in equal measure from Miles Davis, Weather Report and James Brown’s groundbreaking 1970s funk band. Caught live in 2010 and 2011, Kofi Burbridge and Chris Walters’ loose, airy keyboards evoke early Weather Report. And while Bill Fanning and Coffin’s punchy brass lines mix Miles and Brown, Felix Pastorious’ liquidly serpentine bass keeps it all in the family. If there’s ever been a reason to make your way to the 120seat Barking Legs venue, the opportunity to hear Pastorious in his prime is it. His rubbery leads leave no doubt that he’s the son of the legendary

Jaco Pastorious, the man responsible for transforming the role of the bass from support to lead. On the live album’s opening track, “Tag,” the younger Pastorious’ prodding, pulsing lines are (in every sense) an

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aggressively electric counterpoint to Coffin’s furious tenor. The fact that drummer Jeff Sipe, no slouch himself, spends much of the tune darting in and around Pastorious, testifies to the young bass player’s inexorable drive. He has Bootsy Collins’ big funky tone, along with his father’s elastic flexibility. It sounds like Weather Report

meets Funkadelic. The second tune on the live album, “Al’s Greens,” a track from Coffin’s last studio album, is here stretched to twice its original length. It opens with slinky, tinkly, electric keys playing a Zawinul-ish “Bitches Brew” wash over Sipe’s gentle percussion and Pastorious’ fleshy throb. Steady as a ticking clock, they develop a sense of tense anticipation broken by Burbridge, who creeps into the mix, playing short, Roland Kirk-ish, chickenpecking phrases on his flute as Coffin scribbles behind him on the tenor. The two ride the rolling rhythm like—well, like Al Green. It’s sweet, with a wicked groove. By the time they hit the third tune in the set they are rolling. Like Bela Fleck’s Flecktones (with whom Coffin played from 1997 until 2010), the bass leads. With Pastorious providing a dependably agile anchor, Sipe is free to roam. The result is a heady, punchy sound, with Sipe’s powerful Clyde Stubblefield-style stick work providing a powerful updraft that lifts the horns and keys into spiraling free flight. When he’s not playing with the Mu’tet, Coffin plays sax in the Dave Matthews Band, whose funky, free-wheeling drive has been absorbed by the Mu’tet. Coffin initially played with DMB in 2008 as a substitute for LeRoi Moore, who was injured in an accident in the summer of 2008. Following Moore’s death, Coffin joined the band full-time. In a 2010 interview on the Cold Jazz blog, he talked about his experience

as a player in two very different bands—the Flecktones and DMB. “I’ve learned a lot from being around two great leaders … being around Bela and also being around Dave,  ” he said. “They both lead by sort of not leading, which is an interesting way to do things, and very effective obviously, by trusting the musicians and allowing the musicians to be creative and feel like they’re an enormous part of what’s going on, because they are.” Listening to Coffin’s work on the live album underscores his democratic approach. It doesn’t sound like Coffin with his band, but Coffin in his band, just one voice among equals. The term “Mu’tet” is derived from mutation, a reflection of Coffin’s belief that music must evolve and grow. The band’s shifting cast of musicians further reflects that philosophy. The Mu’tet coming to Barking Legs on Friday is a slightly smaller version of the band on the live album. Featuring Coffin with Pastorious, Fanning, Walters, and drummer Derico Watson, this mu’tet will be hot. Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet $12 advance/$15 door Friday, April 13 Barking Legs Theatre 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Richard Winham is the host and producer of WUTC-FM’s afternoon music program and has observed the Chattanooga music scene for more than 25 years.


Music

CHATTANOOGA LIVE

Thur 04.12 Rosedale Remedy 8 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road (423) 499-5055 thepalmsathamilton.com Shpongle presents The Masquerade 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 5212929. track29.co Shovels and Rope, Jonny Corndawg, Andrew Combs 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 4684192. thehonestpint.com Robosapian, Deep Machine 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400

Fri 04.13 Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Kathy Tugman 8 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 424-3775 Moon Slew 8 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com Bastards of Fate, The Tammys 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Brian Collins Band 9 p.m. Raw, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 Soul Survivor 9 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 5088956. sugarsribs.com Joshua Songs 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 WTM Blues Band, Rick Bowers Band 9 p.m Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com One Night Stand 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com

Sat 04.14 Kathy Tugman 8 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 424-3775 Gene Hodge: Elvis Tribute Show 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Milele Roots 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Planet 9 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065 ringgoldacoustic.com Jon Kirkendoll 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Soul Survivor 9 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 5088956. sugarsribs.com Mad River Rising 9 p.m. Southside Saloon & Bistro, 1301 Chestnut St. (423) 757-4730 southsidesaloonandbistro.com Nikkey Talley 10 p.m. Market Street Tavern, 850 Market St. (423) 634-0260 marketstreettavern.com One Night Stand 10 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com ZOSO 10 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com

Sun 04.15 Olta 7 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 4684192. thehonestpint.com Hope for Agoldensummer, HuDost, Lacy Jo 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org The Missing Cats 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com

Terry Malts, Night Beats, Eight Knives 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400

Mon 04.16 Rick Rushing 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 5088956. sugarsribs.com

Tue 04.17 Galactic, Corey Glover, Corey Henry 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 5212929. track29.co Cutthroat Shamrock 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400

Wed 04.18 David Sheffield 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 5088956 sugarsribs.com Colonel Bruce Hampton, Two Mama 8 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 barkinglegs.org Prime Cut Trio 8 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road (423) 499-5055 thepalmsathamilton.com Uncle Touchy, Saturnine Tales 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 4684192. thehonestpint.com Channing Wilson 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 budssportsbar.com Eroc’s DJ Party 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Zach Deputy, Arpetrio 9 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. rhythm-brews.com

Map these locations on chattanoogapulse. com. Send live music listings at least 10 days in advance to: calendar@ chattanoogapulse.com.

Wednesday • April 11

Husky Burnette • Jonny Monster Band

Thursday • April 12

Robosapian • Deep Machine

Friday • April 13

The Tammys • Bastards of Fate

Saturday • April 14 Milele Roots

Sunday • April 15

Terry Malts • Night Beats • Eight Knives

Tuesday • April 17 Cutthroat Shamrock

Wednesday • April 18 Eroc’s DJ Party

Thursday • April 19

Blockcrusher • Opportunities

Friday • April 20

Smooth Dialects • Capt Midnight Soul Mechanic • I.R.E.

LIVE MUSIC CHATTANOOGA APRIL

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Thursdays Open Mic: Mark Holder 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. • (423) 634-9191 Thursday Night Fever with DJ Barry 7 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 • sugarsribs.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road • (423) 499-5055 thepalmsathamilton.com

Fridays Johnny Cash Tribute Band 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000 • choochoo.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road • (423) 499-5055 • thepalmsathamilton.com Bluegrass Night 8 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 • thecamphouse.com amilton.com

Saturdays

Johnny Cash Tribute Band 5 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-5000 • choochoo.com Jimmy Harris 7 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road • (423) 499-5055 • thepalmsathamilton.com

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Live Classical Music 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 • thecamphouse.com Big Band Night 8 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road • (423) 499-5055 • thepalmsathamilton.com

Tuesdays Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839 • funnydinner.com

Wednesdays Jimmy Harris 6:30 p.m. The Palms at Hamilton, 6925 Shallowford Road (423) 499-5055 thepalmsathamilton.com Ben Friberg Trio 6:30 p.m. Market Street Tavern, 850 Market St. • (423) 634-0260 marketstreettavern.com Folk School of Chattanooga Old Time Jam 6:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. • (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com Open Mic Night 7 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065 ringgoldacoustic.com

Between the Sleeves ERNIE PAIK

Odd Sincerity loneliness drove willis earl beal— compulsive artist and worker of menial jobs—to hang up carefully drawn flyers in Albuquerque, N.M., a few years ago, presenting himself as an eligible bachelor. One such flyer made the cover of Found Magazine, featuring a self-portrait of him in a suit with a bow Willis Earl Beal tie and matching hand“Acousmatic kerchief, with stateSorcery” (XL ments like “I like oatRecordings) meal” and a request for bachelorettes to “Call me right now … if you are a nice, pretty girl.” Regarding this, Beal told Chicago Reader, “People really understood it, because there was humor and there was sincerity.” That quote is the key to grasping Beal’s music, which is often considered to be in the category of outsider music, where there can be a detachment between how the listener gets enjoyment from the music and the creator’s intentions. Beal, who is also driven to get his art out, is perhaps not as naive as he might initially appear; he’s been on the national-TV talent show “The X Factor,” and recently, XL Recordings has reissued Beal’s album “Acousmatic Sorcery,” previously released by Found Magazine as a 17-track limited edition package, as an abridged 11-track wide release. Beal is a self-taught musician, which is apparent on these low-fidelity home recordings, which use very simple arrangements featuring tarnished-halo guitar plinks, messy beats and occasional cheap keyboard notes. The album wanders from the spiritual pondering of “Cosmic Queries,” which includes lines such as, “Tasers in the field of dreams / Shock those who wander, it seems” to the gentle, nearly monotonic “Evening’s Kiss” and the distorted-beat quasi-hiphop of “Ghost Robot.” However, the most memorable tracks are the ones with ardent emotions and gospel and soul impressions, such as “Take Me Away,” with outbursts like “Right now!” and “If you believe!” On “Away My Silent Lover,” Beal even seems to be on the verge of crying. This is hardly some underground masterpiece, but Beal does have an affecting vocal delivery; just about every discussion of Beal’s music involves his tangled backstory, so it’s up to the listener to decide if she’s listening to the music or the musician.


Arts

THEATRE

A Nest Full of Theatre Pieces By Janis Hashe

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among the more than 170 events happening during the first HATCH Chatt festival, April 12-22, are a nest full of theatre pieces. Not since, well, early March, when SETC was in town, have you had the chance to see this much theatre in this short a time span. Here are your options, in chronological order (additional performances will be listed with the first date).

Friday, April 13 “Mr. and Mrs. M” Perfect night to open this dark and twisted take on one of Shakespear’s most dark and twisted stories. Conceived and directed by Scott Dunlap. 7 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. show. $30 (April 13 only); other shows $18-25. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Main Stage, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534, theatrecentre.com. “Beside Yourself” Comedy by Nick Hall, performed by graduating students of the Chattanooga State Professional Actors Training Program, about four sets of twins played by four actors. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation (Chatt State students free). Other performances 2 p.m. April 14; 6:30 p.m. April 15 ETC at St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union St. (423) 987-5141, ensembletheatreofchattanooga. com. “No Loitering” Staged reading of one of the winners in the CTC’s 7th Biennial Festival of New Plays. Playwright Hunter Rodgers asks what happens when only three people are left in the world. 8 p.m. $10. Other perfor-

Thursday, April 12 HATCH Chatt Scramble The opening event of the festival presents all kinds of performing art inside the Hunter, including spoken word and music, alongside a presentation of pieces inspired by works in the Hunter collection by the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s teen project, Theatre Quest, and a “Scramble Edition” version of “Whose Bard Is It Anyway?”, a compilation of Shakespeare and improv by Shakespeare Chattanooga. • 8:15 p.m. Theatre Quest, Depression-era Gallery • 10 p.m. “Whose Bard Is It Anyway?” Scramble Edition 8 p.m., $20 advance, $25 at door. Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, hunter-

Nick Hall’s “Beside Yourself” opens Friday, April 13.

mance 8 p.m. April 14. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Circle Stage, 400 River St. (423) 2678534, theatrecentre.com. Wednesday, April 18 “The Leopold Project Workshop” Storyteller Jim Pfitzer workshops his one-man show about conservationist and ecologist Aldo Leopold. 8 p.m. $10. Other performance 8 p.m. April 19. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Circle Stage, 400 River St. (423) 2678534, theatrecentre.com. Friday, April 20 “Return to Vaudeville” “Be a clown, be a clown/ All the world/Loves a clown.” Clowning, dancing, singing

and more with Over The Counter Production’s take on New Vaudeville. 11 a.m. $5. Salvation Army ReCreate Café, 800 McCallie Ave. (423) 756-1023, ext. 136, csarmy.org. “These Shining Lives” Women painting glow-inthe-dark watch faces in factories in the ’20s don’t realize the radium in the paint is killing them. Based on a true story. Performed by graduating students of the Chattanooga State Professional Actors Training Program. 7:30 p.m. $10. suggested donation (Chatt State students free). Other performances 2 p.m. April 21; 6:30 p.m. April 22. ETC at St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union St. (423) 987-5141,

ensembletheatreofchattanooga. com. “Mr. Mundoo” Second in the series of staged readings of winners in the CTC’s 7th Biennial Festival of New Plays. As envisioned by playwright T.J. Carson, a man walks into a police station— and then confesses to multiple murders. 8 p.m. $10. Other performance 8 p.m. April 21. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, Circle Stage, 400 River St. (423) 2678534, theatrecentre.com Sunday, April 22 “Whose Bard Is It Anyway?” After deciding to create something specifically for HATCH Chatt, Shakespeare Chattanooga combines scenes from Shakespeare, chosen by audience members out of a hat, with “styles” for the scenes, also chosen by audience members. 2:30 p.m. $9.95 adults, $4.95 ages 3-17, includes day’s admission to the Hunter Museum, noon-5 p.m. Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View. (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org. For more information about all the events happening during HATCH Chatt, visit hatchchatt.org.

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UTC Senior Thesis Exhibit I All Day. Cress Gallery, UTC Fine Arts Center, 725 Vine St. (423) 425-4601 utc.edu/cressgallery “Jazz Crossing Borders” Exhibit 10 a.m. Creative Underground, 730 MLK Blvd. (423) 653-9434 Art & Issues: Tasting and Seeing Chattanooga 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. (423) 266-0944 huntermuseum.org “Mr. & Mrs. M” 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Writers@Work with Terry Kay 7 p.m. Chattanooga State, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. (423) 697-3207 chattanoogastate.edu Felecia Michaels 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerdroad (423) 629-2233 thecomedycatch.com Native American Music Concert 7:30 p.m. Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Cr. Collegedale, TN. (423) 236-2000 southern.edu “Whose Bard Is It Anyway?” 10 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. (423) 266-0944 huntermuseum.org

Fri 04.13 Faux Bridges Festival All Day. Northshore and Winder Binder Gallery, 40 Frazier Ave. (423) 413-8999 winderbinder.wordpress.com “Site Unseen” Public Art Display All Day. Downtown Chattanooga The Traveling Paints Coffee Talk & Plein

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Air Painting with Brett Weaver 10 a.m. Shuptrine Fine Art Group, 2646 Broad St. (423) 266-4453 shuptrinefineartgroup.com Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Indoor Exhibition 11 a.m. Warehouse Row, 1110 Market S. (423) 267-1111 warehouserow.net The Art O Mat 1 p.m. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. (800) 854-0675 seerockcity.com Orchestrate 5 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 thecamphouse.com 4 Bridges Patron Party 6:30 p.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 Andrew Peterson Benefit Concert 6:30 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road (423) 648-2436. Palate 2 Palette Youth Gallery Reception 7 p.m. Hills Floral Bldg., 100 W. Main St. (423) 778-9191 “Beside Yourself” 7:30 p.m. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 1918 Union Ave. (423) 987-5141 ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com Dance Inc. Ballroom Lessons 7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. 1-800-872-2529 choochoo.com Festival of New Plays 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com “The Play’s the Thing” 8 p.m. Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Hwy., Lookout Mountain,

Ga. (888) 451-2683 ballettennessee.org. Vince Morris 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839 funnydinner.com

Sat 04.14 10x10 Installation Showcase All Day. Downtown Chattanooga Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 9 a.m. Coolidge Park, 150 River St. The Scenic City Tailgate Party & Parade 9 a.m. Southside Touring Kayak Trip to Sale Creek 9:30 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 tnaqua.org 4 Bridges Arts Festival 10 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. (423) 266-4041 4bridgesartsfestival.org Tour du Jour 10 a.m. Junior League of Chattanooga, 622 E. 4th St. (423) 267-5053. Leapin’ Lizards 10:30 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496 tnaqua.org The Art of Bicycle Transit 11 a.m. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. (423) 643-6889 Acro Yoga 11 a.m. Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 648-2496. Cleveland Woodwind Trio 11 a.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View (423) 266-0944 huntermuseum.org Dino Day Noon. Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. (423) 648-6043 cdmfun.org Alison Lebovitz 1 p.m. The Public Library, 1001


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Mon 04.16 “My Perestroika” 6:30 p.m. Loose Cannon Gallery, 2601 Broad St. (423) 648-0992. “Lunch Line” 7 p.m. Loose Cannon Gallery, 2601 Broad St. (423) 648-0992

Tue 04.17 Young Southern Writers 6 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 chattanooga.gov CSO String & Wind Quintet 6:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8534 theatrecentre.com Michael Pollan 7 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 757-5050 chattanooga.gov

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Wed 04.18 Odyssey 2012 Noon. Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. (423) 756-0001. “Food Stamped” 6 p.m. Gaining Ground, 55 E Main St. UTC Ensemble Jazz Band 7:30 p.m. UTC Fine Arts Center, Roland Hayes Hall, 725 Vine St. (423) 425-4601 • utc.edu/music

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Sushi & Biscuits

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Single? Get Small arise o sleeping giant. awaken from your peaceful slumber and reclaim what has been so seductively taken from you in the name of convenience and expense. Resist the lure of the Bertolli frozen dinner. Rebuff the comforting bosom of Marie Callender. Turn your eye from the artful packaging of Michael Angelo. Arise single people of America! Crisp greens, fresh seafood and even the finest meats can be yours again without waste or shame. We’re single, we’re hungry—and we’re not taking it anymore! Even though there are currently more than 31 million single-person households in the U.S., a trip to the grocery store makes it seem like every customer is either shopping for a family of four or eating like Val Kilmer after he saw the reviews for “Island of Dr Moreau.” It’s easy to find single-serving, pre-cooked “food” in the frozen section, but so is finding pork rinds at the gas station. Just because it’s convenient doesn’t mean it’s worth it, and convenience comes at a price, both in dollars and nutrition. The challenge for many single people is shopping for fresh, quality ingredients and then cooking for one person without excessive waste or signing your home over to Greenlife. The secret to cooking good meals for one has been carefully guarded for centuries by the dark lords of the supermarkets and the manufacturers whose products they ply. At great risk to my own safety I will tell you the two secrets to shopping and cooking for one: Buy smaller portions and cook smaller portions. I understand that I may now qualify to be promoted from Lieutenant Obvious to Captain Obvious, but even though this is a simple concept, if you’ve ever tried to buy one ham-

burger bun at your local Bi-Mart you understand that it’s not always easy to follow. Shopping for one means you have to be a Fresh Foods Aisle Rebel. You have to be James Dean with a shopping cart and possess a blatant disregard for the conformities of packaging. Produce priced by the pound is typically bundled by the pound. But unless you’re Chaucer’s “Summoner,” what single person really needs a pound of leeks? Pull one leek from the bundle, smile and ignore the stares of the Stepford Wives who will be shocked at your devil-may-care attitude about packaging. Spring mix makes a great salad, but I get tired of buying a $4 bag of the stuff only to have most of it turn to green liquid in the bottom of my “crisper” drawer. Instead, I buy a single handful of spring mix off of the Greenlife food bar for about 50 cents. The meat aisle requires a slightly different approach. If you start tearing open packages of pork chops, store security is not going to be sympathetic to your chants of “fight the power.” Rather than buying a lifetime supply of pork chops, eating one now and throwing the rest in the freezer to get freezer burn and dry

out, just ask the butcher to repackage a single cut from a larger package for you. If the store won’t do that or they don’t have a butcher, you probably shouldn’t be buying meat there anyway (I’m looking at you Walmart). Cooking for one is primarily a matter of basic math skills, but if you spent your entire college career in the humanities building then you can break out your trusty calculator or use an online recipe conversion calculator such as fruitforwashington.com for some of the trickier division. For example, if a recipe makes four servings and you plan on eating one, divide all the ingredients by four and get to cooking! Since you’ll be using smaller pots and pans, you may also need to drop your cooking temperatures and times just a bit as well. Now arise singles of Chattanooga and reclaim the kitchen! Stand up and take back the grocery store. Shout it from the rooftops, you warriors of the kitchen: “We’re single, we cook—get used to it!” Mike McJunkin cooks better than you and eats quite a bit of once forbidden food. Visit his Facebook page (Sushi and Biscuits) for updates and recipes. You’ll thank us. chattanoogapulse.com • APRIL 12-18, 2012 • The Pulse • 25


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Free Will Astrology ARIES

(March 21-April 19): Some people misunderstand the do-it-now fervor of the Aries tribe, thinking it must inevitably lead to carelessness. Please prove them wrong in the coming weeks. Launch into the interesting new possibilities with all your exuberance unfurled. Refuse to allow the natural energy to get hemmed in by theories and concepts. But also be sure not to mistake rash impatience for intuitive guidance. Consider the likelihood that your original vision of the future might need to be tinkered with a bit as you translate it into the concrete details.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20): There is a possibility that a pot of gold sits at the end of the rainbow. The likelihood is small, true, but it’s not zero. On the other hand, the rainbow is definitely here and available for you to enjoy. Of course, you would have to do some more work on yourself in order to gather in the fullness of that enjoyment. Here’s the potential problem: You may be under the impression that the rainbow is less valuable than the pot of gold. So let me ask you: What if the rainbow’s the real prize?

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20): “It’s eternity in a person that turns the crank handle,” said Franz Kafka. At least that should be the case, I would add. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that a lot of people let other, lesser things turn the crank handle—like the compulsive yearning for money, power, and love, for example. I challenge you to check in with yourself sometime soon and determine what exactly has been turning your crank handle. If it ain’t eternity, or whatever serves as eternity in your world view, get yourself adjusted. In the coming months, it’s crucial that you’re running on the cleanest, purest fuel.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): For a white guy from 19th-century England, David Livingstone was unusually egalitarian. As he traveled in Africa, he referred to what were then called “witch doctors” as “my professional 28 • The Pulse • APRIL 12-18, 2012 • chattanoogapulse.com

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colleagues.” In the coming weeks, Cancerian, I encourage you to be inspired by Livingstone as you expand your notion of who your allies are. For example, consider people to be your colleagues if they simply try to influence the world in the same ways you do, even if they work in different jobs or spheres. What might be your version of Livingstone’s witch doctors? Go outside of your usual network as you scout around for confederates who might connect you to exotic new perspectives and resources you never imagined you could use.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The flag of California features the image of a grizzly bear, and the huge carnivore is the state’s official animal. And yet grizzly bears have been extinct in California since 1922, when the last one was shot and killed. Is there any discrepancy like that in your own life, Leo? Do you continue to act as if a particular symbol or icon is important to you even though it has no practical presence in your life? If so, this would be a good time to update your attitude. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The cartoon character Felix the Cat made his debut in 1919. He was a movie star in the era of silent films, and eventually appeared in his own comic strip and TV show. But it wasn’t until 1953, when he was 34 years old, that he first got his Magic Bag of Tricks, which allowed him to do many things he wasn’t able to do before. I bring this up, Virgo, because I believe you’re close to acquiring a magic bag of tricks that wasn’t on your radar until you had matured to the point where you are now. To ensure that you get that bag, though, you will have to ripen even a bit more. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I

have one child, a daughter, and raising her conscientiously has been one of the great privileges and joys of my life. Bonus: She has turned out to be a stellar human being. Every now and then, though, I get a bit envious of parents who’ve created bigger families. If bringing up

one kid is so rewarding, maybe more would be even better. I asked an acquaintance of mine, a man with six kids, how he had managed to pull off that difficult feat. He told me quite candidly, “My secret is that I’m not a good father; I’m very neglectful.” I offer up this story as a way to encourage you, at this juncture in your development, to favor quality over quantity.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): I expect there’ll be some curious goings-on this week. A seemingly uninspired idea could save you from a dumb decision, for example. An obvious secret may be the key to defeating a covert enemy. And a messy inconvenience might show up just in time to help you do the slightly uncool but eminently right thing. Can you deal with this much irony, Scorpio? Can you handle such big doses of the old flippety-flop and oopsie-loopsie? For extra credit, here are two additional odd blessings you could capitalize on: a humble teaching from an unlikely expert and a surge of motivation from an embarrassing excitement. SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Some of our pagan forbears imagined they had a duty to assist with nature’s revival every spring by performing fertility rituals. And wouldn’t it be fun if it were even slightly true that you could help the crops germinate and bloom by making sweet love in the fields? At the very least, carrying out such a ceremony might stimulate your own personal creativity. In accordance with the astrological omens, I invite you to slip away to a secluded outdoor spot, either by yourself or with a romantic companion. On a piece of paper, write down a project you’d like to make thrive in the coming months. Bury the note in the good earth, then enjoy an act of love right on top of it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): Once upon a time, I fell in love with a brilliant businesswoman named Loreen. I pursued her with all my wiles, hoping to win her amorous affec-

tion. After playing hard to get for two months, she shocked me with a brazen invitation: Would I like to accompany her on a whirlwind vacation to Paris? “I think I can swing it,” I told her. But there was a problem: I was flat broke. What to do? I decided to raise the funds by selling off a precious heirloom from childhood, my collection of 6,000 vintage baseball cards. Maybe this story will inspire you to do something comparable, Capricorn: Sacrifice an outmoded attachment or juvenile treasure or youthful fantasy so as to empower the future of love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): We all know that spiders are talented little creatures. Spiders’ silk is as strong as steel, and their precisely geometric webs are engineering marvels. But even though they have admirable qualities I admire, I don’t expect to have an intimate connection with a spider any time soon. A similar situation is at work in the human realm. I know certain people who are amazing creators and leaders but don’t have the personal integrity or relationship skills that would make them trustworthy enough to seek out as close allies. Their beauty is best appreciated from afar. Consider the possibility that the ideas I’m articulating here would be good for you to meditate on right now, Aquarius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? It feels weird for a short time, but leaves no lasting damage. I’m expecting that you will experience a form of that phenomenon sometime soon. Metaphorically speaking, the wind will get knocked out of you. But wait—before you jump to conclusions and curse me out for predicting this, listen to the rest of my message. The wind that will get knocked out of you will be a wind that needed to be knocked out—a wind that was causing confusion in your gutlevel intuition. In other words, you’ll be lucky to get that wind knocked out of you. You’ll feel much better afterwards, and you will see things more clearly.


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4. Sweet breakfast 5. Billboard’s 2010 Artist of the Year 6. God who sounds like a zodiac sign 7. Preferred term instead of “Gypsy” 8. “Famous” cookie guy 9. Like a bat out of hell 10. Surface for a pot of boiling water 11. Occupied 12. Guest commenter Roger on the 70th Anniversary DVD edition of “Casablanca” 13. Alan of “Suburgatory” 21. Favorite Brian of crossword writers 23. JFK alternative 27. They support sleepers 28. Slowpoke’s home 29. Muscleman’s asset 30. Cirque du Soleil

show with eggs 31. Pouty actress Renee 33. Rechargeable battery type 35. Savannah-based TV chef 36. Planetoid 37. “The Legend of Zelda” console, for short 42. Shrill cries 44. Dos times tres 48. Matt stuck to Greg Kinnear in a Farrelly Brothers movie 49. Word after zinc or iron 50. Song for a diva 51. Car deodorizer scent 52. Light purple shade 53. Glide on a pond 59. ___-cone 61. Code at an ATM 62. “___ Nuff” (Black Crowes set)

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Life in the Noog

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Ladies and Gents, Please Welcome… chattanooga has never really been known as a prime destination for live music—whether as a “must stop” on a band’s tour or a mecca for music fans wanting to see the latest and greatest live. However, nowadays it seems that by amping up (no pun) our selection of venues and getting people off the couch more often with the great acts they book we’ve turned our former sleepy town into “Chatta-nooga, rock-city!” Ah, that bad Kiss reference reminds me of growing up here in the 1970s and going to see the occasional rock show at Memorial Auditorium. Maybe two or three times a year we’d have the opportunity to catch Atlanta Rhythm Section, Ted Nugent, former members of Deep Purple, The Captain & Tennille or maybe, just maybe, a jewel like Foghat play to the 2,000 screaming fans smoking pot and spilling beers all over the venue’s sticky floors and disgusting upholstered seats. Those were the days. In the ’80s The Roundhouse was built and, just because we had a venue that could hold 10,000 people, Chattanooga was on the regular rotation of arena tours rolling through the Southeast. As a teenager, I remember going to any show there just to see some live music. I mean, there were the ones we camped out for—Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Styx, Elton John, Kiss—and then the shows we

went to just for the sake of seeing a show—Billy Squire, Loverboy, Heart/Kansas (double bill!), Tina Turner. We’d even flex the fake IDs at Scrappy’s up the street before and after shows just to make it seem more rock ‘n’ roll. By the late ’80s there was a decent local music scene in Chattanooga. Lots of great bands and shows every weekend in rogue venues such as abandoned buildings, pool halls in the hood, parking lots, basements—anywhere an extension cord would reach. We even had a club called the Nucleus, whose sketchy owner was determined to book those soon-to-be-hot bands touring in broken down

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It’s just been in the last five or 10 years that I’ve felt like we’ve again established the vibrant local music scene we had in the late 1980s. vans across the country. And, having seen Black Flag and the Red Hot Chili Peppers there, I’d say he succeeded at the time. It’s just been in the last five or 10 years that I’ve felt like we’ve again established the vibrant local music scene we had back then. We’ve got tremendously talented local bands that are being courted by music executives far from the Hamilton County line, or even U.S. borders. In addition to their determination, I also credit those who’ve hung a shingle as a music venue and haven’t been afraid to take financial chances booking up and comers much like the Nucleus did. Rhythm & Brews, JJ’s Bohemia, Barking Legs, Nightfall, Riverbend (yes, there have been some good shows there), Trem-

ont Tavern, Market Street Tavern, The Honest Pint, Sluggo’s and of course our new, smaller version of The Roundhouse, Track 29, have had their moments of awesome shows. I remember seeing Graham Parker, Warren Zevon, John Entwistle, Glen Tillbrook, Kate Pierson (B-52’s) and The Whigs play Rhythm & Brews. JJ’s has hosted a wealth of up-and-comers who eventually made it big, bands like Alabama Shakes, Cloud Nothings and Girl In A Coma, to name a few. Barking Legs continually gets great acts, as does Nightfall, where I’ve seen too many greats, notably The Black Keys, Of Montreal, Marshall Crenshaw, NRBQ and Dawes in recent years. And, Track 29 has delivered acts that normally play larger venues like Jake Owen, Avett Brothers, Lucinda Williams, and Drive By Truckers, as well as the firstever solo performance of Jack White, a coup for sure. In addition to obvious efforts to remain competitive, it seems these venues have recently ramped up the quality of their bookings to fill the unquenchable public demand for more current talent—the kind that we now don’t have to travel to Atlanta or Nashville to see. Chattanooga has never been known as a town to

draw a crowd, but naysayers be damned—our wealth of local venues have been able to do so with tremendous success. But in order to make visiting each a more pleasurable experience I’ve found there are some basic unwritten rules of thumb to keep in mind. Track 29 and Nightfall shows start precisely at the time advertised, while Rhythm & Brews and JJ’s Bohemia maintain more of a “when we say 9 p.m., we really mean 10:30 p.m.” policy. Barking Legs has limited seating, so advance ticket purchase is suggested. And, I’ve found from experience that JJ’s regularly places the out-oftown “headliner” second in the three-band lineup in order to maximize attendance during the peak hours of 11:30 p.m.1:30 a.m. Once you’ve discovered the groove of these venues, be sure to visit often and enjoy the awesome music scene happening in the Noog—for we now ROCK! Chuck Crowder is a local writer and general man about town. His opinions are just that. Everything expressed is loosely based on fact and crap he hears people talking about. Take what you read with a grain of salt, but let it pepper your thoughts.


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