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• “Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah” (2010) by Mel Bochner, one of many works from local collectors on display at the Hunter Museum’s “Chattanooga Gems III” exhibit. ACE » 18 On the cover: J. Backlund Design’s JBD-100.

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Pop-up businesses pop up on Chestnut a slate of new downtown retailers are opening in a sliver of once empty storefronts on Chestnut Street. The businesses are part of River City Company’s Project: PopUp, a retail incubator program in partnership with Berry & Hunt, managers of the CitiPark retail strip at 800 Chestnut St., intended to animate the dormant storefronts and create a cluster of retail activity. Celebrating a grand opening from 4 to 9 p.m. during a block party on Friday, Sept. 21, are: • Go Bagel, a quick stop for breakfast, a leisurely lunch or a mid-day break, offering bagels, pastries, espresso, soup and salad. • Iron Labs, an interactive gaming expe-

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rience that allows gamers to become immersed through a unique environment, extreme hardware and an “unmatched” gaming experience. • Sewn to the Sky, a gift and textiles shop featuring an eclectic mix of hand-made goods by local and regional artists and craftspersons with a selection of modern designer fabrics and vintage décor. • O.C. Buckels & Co., which offers a selection of finely crafted goods from independent designers across the country, and a unique post-consumer art and craft supply market with pay-as-you-wish pricing and a MakerSpace with equipment not often found in the casual craft room. O.C. Buckels & Co. is also home to Chatty Crafty, Chattanooga’s first handmade and vintage market. • Tasty Daylight Donuts, a bakery creating custom donuts fresh daily. “Studies show that city streets are activated by lively retail. This is the very rea-

son retail recruitment is a major focus area for River City Company,” Kim White, president and CEO of River City Company, said. “Retail is a critical component of a healthy and vibrant downtown and contributes significantly to economic development.” For more information, visit facebook. com/projectpopup. —Staff


Sculpture Fields names director sculpture fields at montague park, a new development in the Southside arts district, recently named Donyale Grove as executive director. “I feel honored to have been chosen as the first leader of Sculpture Fields,” Grove said. “Chattanooga is heartily embracing the arts, and the time is right for a sculpture park with the scope and magnitude of Sculpture Fields.” Grove said she plans for Sculpture Park to not only serve as an outdoor sculpture gallery, but also become a venue for concerts and theatre performances as well. The 25-acre park is already home to more than a dozen sculptures, including the latest, “River City Queen,” by New York sculptor Doug Schatz, and is expecting four German sculptures within the month. The 40-foot-tall Schatz sculpture became the first piece made specifically for the park. According to Grove, the first phase of the park should be complete by the end of this fall, when it will officially open to the public. —Staff


Natives behind lens of nat’l film projects three chattanooga natives are behind the cameras of new full-length and short films opening in theaters and around the country at film festivals. • Darren Moorman is co-producer of “Unconditional,” starring Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins and opening nation-

wide on Friday, Sept. 21. Moorman has produced more than a dozen feature-length films and documentaries with major studios and networks, working with such top actors as Denzel Washington, Danny Devito and John Goodman. • John Henry Summerour is the writer and director of the narrative feature “SAHKANAGA,” (pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) meaning “Great Blue Hills of God in Cherokee.” Inspired by the Tri-State Crematory scandal, the film imagines this event from the perspective of a teenager who stumbles upon the first body. After an traveling to film festivals all over the world and winning several awards, “SAHKANAGA” is coming home for a week-long run at Chattanooga’s Carmike Majestic 12 beginning Oct. 12 and running through the Oct. 18. • Reaves Avery Washburn, who won the Jefferson Drama Award in his senior year at the Baylor School, is writer and director of “Knocked Down,” a short film about a former boxer struggling to find redemption. The film will be shown at the upcoming Boston International Film Festival. The film won best picture and best actor at the Playhouse West Film Festival in Hollywood this year and has also been selected for the Ojai Film Festival in California and Cincinnati Film Festival. Washburn was most recently production coordinator for “1000 Ways to Die,” the popular Spike network docufiction anthology series and is currently production coordinator for “American Hoggers,” a reality series from the creators of “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers.” —Bill Ramsey

mistakes were made during the pulse’s weekly Intern Beer Pong Party, at which most of this and other sections of the paper are compiled and edited, “things”—as

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Mitt’s Local Money Grab even casual political observers know tennessee is so reliably Red on the Electoral Map that neither Mitt Romney nor President Obama plan on spending much, if any, time or money here at all. But that didn’t stop Mitt from dispatching his wife, Ann, to Chattanooga to scoop up tens of thousands during a fundraising dinner last week at the home of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. For a mere $10,000, supporters were treated to dinner with Ann Romney, Corker and other ranking Tennessee Republicans. Toss in another $5,000 and you could have your photo taken with Ann. The cheap seats—sans dinner or photos—were $1,000 or $2,000 per couple. Because such an event clearly defines income disparity, we wonder how many takers there were for this opportunity to rub shoulders with a potential first lady in low-key Chattanooga. If a local power couple can cough up $17,000 for a night at Corker’s home for chicken, drinks, a handshake and photo, things aren’t half as bad in the Scenic City as the proletariat would have us believe. with the rise of the tea Party, Republican candidates on a national level have long since abandoned Ronald Reagan’s commandment that Republicans should not attack one another. Just a brief look back at the most recent crop, each proclaiming their superiority over the other while trashing their brethren at the same time, signals a breach of

modern conservative politics. On a local level, the trend seems to be win the primary, keep your head down and let the clock run out until Election Day. Even in states with deep Red tentacles such as Tennessee, it’s dangerous for such incumbents as Chuck Fleischmann to submit to a debate, lest his incompetence and ties to his party’s masters be exposed in a public forum not of his own making. At least that’s the stand of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, whose standard-bearers, including congressional candidate Dr. Mary Headrick and state senate candidate Andraé McGary, are taking in calling out their GOP opponents for failure to appear. “[Todd] Gardenhire wimps out and won’t debate—he’s a lousy candidate,” reads a recent post on the party’s Facebook page. Meanwhile, the Headrick campaign is clamoring for a debate with Fleischmann, who seemed reluctant to accept until last week when the congressman agreed to appear at a forum “in the same room” on

“things” often do here—got a little out of hand. Mistakes were made. Last week, we mistakenly placed The Enchanted Maize, the haunted field at Blowing Springs Farm created by Rock City, at the foot of Lookout

Mountain. In fact, the haunted farm is located at 271 Old Chattanooga Valley Road in Flinstone, Ga. For this, we apologize and also note the Maize, and it’s new Bagby’s Critter Coral, are now open Thursdays through Sundays

Oct. 8 at the Bradley County Public Library. Just before we went to press, Fleischmann agreed to debate Headrick in the hugely Republican county. “As a physician, I have not spent much of my professional career debating in public, but I expect that a lawyer like Mr. Fleischmann should be willing and able to engage in public debate,” Headrick said in a statement. our favorite titaniumlensed conservative TFP editorial page editor is on the defensive after his “shocking” commentary on openly gay city council candidate Chris Anderson’s coming out. Such orientation is the depth of depravity and should be condemned, in the view of many who read the paper’s right-wing Free Press-side editorials. But Drew Johnson didn’t “commend” Anderson, as many misguided readers believed, but rather rightly applauded his coming out as a landmark moment in Chattanooga politics. Still, Drew will surely burn in the fiery depths of hell for such imagined heresy and for openly suggesting Republicans ditch Romney and lay in wait for 2016. Drew—who mentioned that he is a lifelong teetotaler who’s never had a drink—apparently writes all this crazy stuff while sober. We’ll drink to that!

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so i’m having dinner with guests, and the topic comes up about this guy who gets stabbed to death on the Southside a few nights ago. Since it’s about crime there is this pause and everyone looks at me, and while I am only thinking of the mouthful of asparagus that I am trying to contend with at the moment, I realize the spotlight is on me and I decide to say something appropriate, because that’s what I do. “Yeah, crap, that’s awful,” I said. Hey, am I a genius or what? As it turns out, I’m not. For whatever reason, these people assume I should have some type of serious response to this despite years of apathy that has built up like plaque on the inside of a toilet bowl, because that’s exactly what I’ve become.   Silence prevailing, I looked around for a few seconds more and tried to think of something more palatable to say. “I mean, he had his whole life to live,” I said, not knowing how old he was or anything else about him, for that matter. The people at the table began to look around at one another, satisfied with this answer. Thank God, I thought. It’s not that I’m a bad person, or that I don’t have a heart for the tragedies that befall the youth and adults of our local populace. It’s just that I’ve seen a lot of it, and I know that in my mind at least 90 percent of it is preventable. In order to deal with it, you have to place it in the correct container. And when it comes to my brain, there are a lot of containers. Some are new, some are very, very old— most look as if they have been left out in the sun too long and have gotten weak and thin with age. I’m the one that has to contend with them crack-

ing open and spilling out, not the guests at a dinner table. So what should I have to apologize for when it comes to scaling down the dramatics of their contents? Until I realize that I’m dealing with normal people, however. What a drag. As it turns out, that’s not what prompted this column. One of our columnists last week discussed his feelings when it came to removing someone from his friends list or his cell phone when they passed away. It was only then that I realized that Sept. 11 had come and gone, and that I hadn’t discussed it in what would normally be an understandable forum such as this. The fact that I overlooked it struck me as odd. So here I am now, typing this into my favorite laptop and wondering how I missed it in the first place, like so many other landmarks in my life. The truth? I drove to work this last Tuesday, another Sept. 11, just like the original in 2001. Eleven years had passed. I had to let it go as far as I was concerned. Another

horrible landmark in the history of mankind, even if it was more poignant to one in my profession as opposed to most others. And as it turns, I thought I had let it go, until I listened to the standard replay of the sequence of events that happened around 9 a.m. that morning so long ago. Before I knew it, I was choking back a tear, the first in many years that anniversary. I found myself sitting in my parking space behind the same parking lot I drove to at breakneck speed the morning that happened. Moving beyond something is healthy. How could I ever deny that? But to forget it is to doom yourself to repeat it, and that would be worse. For that reason, I never want to let it go. I am annoyed that it took a local radio station to remind me of how sad I really was without my knowing it, but it did. And it worked. Never let those feelings go, never really forget. It’s a small favor, but a small favor to those that can’t remember anything anymore. And to those in the future that will never know unless you tell them.  Alex Teach is a full-time police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at teach.

Nashville may have Gibson, but Chattanooga is home to J. Backlund Design and nearby Warrior Guitars. And these awesome instruments are giving the city a repuation as

GuitarTown By Chris Kelly


ince their conception in the early 1950s, basic solid body electric guitar design has remained more or less the same. Leo Fender and Les Paul were pioneers in guitar design, bringing about the two most popular designs the rock ‘n’ roll world would ever lay its hands on: the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul. The Les Paul gave us wicked distortion and sustaining notes through its chunky, heavy body and its humbucking pickups, while the seductive, womanly curves of the Stratocaster and its triple single-lace pickup configuration gave rise to the phrase “twang” and added the concept of the tremolo bar, as well as producing some sonic distortion. Cut to the late ’70s and early ’80s. The rise of hair metal brought about some radical new sounds, and the design of the guitars made by newer companies like Jackson, Charvel, ESP and Ibanez got wilder. But with few exceptions, most were obviously based on Gibson’s and Fender’s timeless creations. Enter Chattanooga. While Nashville is home to the famed Gibson Guitar Company, the Scenic City can lay claim to at least two custom guitar makers—Warrior Instruments in nearby Rossville and the newer J. Backlund Design on the North Shore—each producing quality, high-end guitars that are attracting attention from

I’ve dedicated a lot of time in the engineering of these instruments. I want the same quality that was found in a 1959 Les Paul. Bruce Bennett Co-founder and guitar craftsman at J. Backlund Design

aficionados and celebrity endorsers brandishing these custom axes. At J. Backlund Design, Chattanooga native Bruce Bennett has brought to life some retrofuturistic guitars that are sure to have players turning their Marshall half-stacks up to 11. With designs reminiscent of »P8

The J. Backlund Design showroom on Cherokee Boulevard. Photo • Jason Dunn for The Pulse • SEPT. 20-26, 2012 • The Pulse • 7

the something one might have seen on “The Jetsons,” these guitars have rock ‘n’ roll written all over them—and they’ve even been purchased by the likes of The Eagle’s Joe Walsh as well The Car’s head axe-man, Elliot Easton. In his early years, Bennett said Christian music was all he was ever exposed to in his home. “Apart from the music I heard in my head,” Bennett added with a laugh. His whole life changed, however, during a shopping trip with his mother. “She took me out and bought me a pair of Sedgefield Jeans,” Bennett recalled, “and with those jeans came a record of blues artists like Elmore James, and that’s where everything changed.” Already a budding guitarist at the time of this epiphany, he had a whole new world to explore. His love of playing six strings led him to begin building guitars. “I spent a lot of my time on Internet blogs that dealt with guitars and guitar building like Harmony Central,” he said. “There I found a blog entitled ‘Doodle of the Day’ by a Rapid City, South Dakota artist named John Backlund. He drew these guitars with these incredible, radical designs. From these pictures and working with Backlund, I developed these designs. I could not let his talent go unseen and wasted.” Along with entrepreneur Kevin Maxfield

and Steve Lewis, formerly of Litespeed Bicycles, the JBD Guitar Shop was formed in 2007. “I’m in an all-or-nothing situation,” Bennett said. “In 10 years I’ll either be making a lot of guitars and this company will be big or not in existence at all.” Using colorful components and even chrome, these retro-futuristic guitars are fully loaded. Utilizing the most modern pickups, state-of-the-art bridges and buttery and fast action on the custom-made necks, the axes not only look hot, but they also are built for playing. “I’ve dedicated a lot of time in the engineering of these instruments,” Bennett said. “I want the same quality that was found in a 1959 Les Paul.” “These guitars will definitely be major collector’s items in 20 to 25 years,” he added. “It’s getting harder and harder to find a good American-made, hand-crafted instrument. These guitars play better than they look and look better than they play. They stay in tune and play in tune!” To get a closer look, check them out online at or visit the company’s showroom at 100 Cherokee Blvd. If you want to buy one, be prepared to pay about the same as you would for a new American Les Paul. Like anything else built well, these guitars are well worth it.

Warrior’s ‘wicked-cool’ axes south of the border, down Rossville way, lies the realm of Warrior Guitar. From the wooded hills of Northern Georgia come beautiful, custom guitars, painstakingly crafted from the rarest and most exotic woods into the most wicked-cool axes imaginable. Drawing interest from such legendary guitarists as Rick “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” Derringere, these instruments have the ferocity of a weapon and the style, grace and sexuality of a gorgeous woman. Building acoustic guitars as well as basses, Warrior has developed a solid reputation for quality. From the distinctly curvaceous and darkly beautiful Koa wood designs of the Queen Anna Acoustic, to the sleek, powerful lines of the solid-body electric, The Texan, these guitars are aesthetically

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MUSIC Arrested Development • A one-time-only reunion, all the hits. 9 p.m. • Track 29 • 1400 Market St. (423) 521-2929 •

EVENT Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Conference • Three-day event kicks off today. 8 a.m. • Fall Creek Falls • 2009 Village Camp Road •

FRI09.21 MUSIC Matt Bohanon • Solo performance in an intimate setting. 9 p.m. • The Office • 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191

• Bob Bernhardt, music director emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony, will be interviewed by the Jewish Federation’s Communications Director Rachel Schulson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Jewish Cultural Center. Listen to stories about Bernhardt’s early days in Rochester, N.Y.

Hear about his favorite rock bands. Learn what he has been doing since retiring from the CSO. Bernhardt has been a guest conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, among others, and has conducted staged productions of such classic operas as “Don

SEPTEMBER 21-22 Giovanni,” “La Traviata” and  “La Bohème.” Out of his tux, Bernhardt is known for his love of baseball and his dedication to promoting symphonic music throughout the community. The Jewish Federation and its programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation. An Evening with Freewheelin’ Bob Bernhardt 7 p.m. • $3 Thursday, Sept. 20 Jewish Cultural Center 5461 North Terrace (423) 493-0270 ext. 10

EVENT Park(ing) Day • Pop-up parks in parking spaces. 9 a.m. • Main Street • Broad Street Frazier Avenue • Market Street • North Shore Southside • (423) 400-1687 •

SAT09.22 MUSIC Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Nim Nims, Tammys, Monocots • Rock and roll party, all night. 8 p.m. • JJ’s Bohemia • 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 •

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Actor Sean Astin at FTF Feté • Actor Sean Astin will be in Chattanooga for one night as the guest of First Thing’s First’s 15th Anniversary Celebration at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The Academy Awardnominated actor is the son of actress Patty Duke, and has built a career with leading roles in such films as “Goonies,” “Rudy” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Astin is also a passionate advocate for children and families who has

ing the National Center for Family Literacy. A longtime committed husband and business partner to Christine (his wife of 17 years), Astin is also the father of three daughters, Alexandria, Elizabeth and Isabella. served on George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army during the Clinton administration. He has also served on several nonprofit boards, includ-

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there’s something liberating about listening to music that flaunts all the accepted formulae—that invites you, as John Lennon put it long ago, to “turn off your mind, relax and float downstream.” That’s probably the best way to appreciate Vox Arcana, the Chicago-based jazz trio coming to Chattanooga to play a single show on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Barking Legs on Dodds Avenue. Another way to listen to the trio of world-class musicians—Tim Daisy on drums (and marimba), clarinetist James Falzone and cellist Fred Lomberg-Holm—is to engage not just emotionally with their work, but intellectually. All three musicians have spent countless hours learning to punch way above their weight. Take Falzone. Attempting to capture all he does musically in just a few sentences, Chicago music critic Matthew Lurie seemed at a loss for words: “The only way to sum up the style of Chicago clarinetist and composer James Falzone is to say that it can’t be done,” he wrote in the Chicago edition of Time Out. Falzone is equally at home playing world music, classical and straight jazz (he recently recorded an album-length

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tribute to Benny Goodman with his own band, KLANG, a quartet with Daisy on drums). He also writes regularly for a church choir and plays in a band specializing in dance music from Brittany, on the northern coast of France. It was the celebrated clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre who originally inspired Falzone to pick up the clarinet. At age 10, Falzone was listening to recordings of Giuffre experimenting with free-jazz improvisation in the early 1960s. Giuffre and his trio eschewed the volume and aggression

of other free jazz players in favor of a chamber group approach—combining the discipline of The Modern Jazz Quartet with the free blowing of Ayler and Shepp. Vox Arcana’s performances are a similarly subtle blend of the gentle swing of chamber jazz and the squawking, rambunctious swagger of formless, free improvisation. Each player explores the tonality and timbre of his instrument in much the same way that abstract expressionist painters like Robert Rauschenberg focus on the elements that make up their medium: line, color and form. Talking with guitarist Dave Miller about Vox Arcana’s music, Daisy defined it as much by what it isn’t as by what it is. “As I’m assembling these pieces in different ways, some of them have a through line narrative and some of them don’t. Some of them are assembled somewhat randomly,” he said. Similarly, in a YouTube interview, cellist LombergHolm said of his coloringoutside-the-lines approach, “I don’t really spend any time on my own thinking about how what I’m doing now relates to what I do otherwise. That’s a general principle with me, and as a result I‘ve done a lot of totally disparate things that probably have nothing to do with each other.” All three musicians are as much interested in the possibilities of their collaboration as they are in results. “Piece #1,” for instance, recorded at a performance in The Columbia Museum of Art in 2009, begins with Daisy playing long, rippling lines on the marimba while Falzone interjects short, stabbing squawks with his clarinet. Within less than

a minute, Lomberg-Holm joins them, playing a straightahead walking bass line, and the piece shifts into a languid swing with Falzone playing Benny Goodman-like lines over Daisy’s gently ticking rhythm. Then, within the next minute, the train leaves the tracks, and everyone blows free. But just as suddenly, the other two players stop dead, and Daisy takes over, playing intricate circular patterns on his stripped-down drum kit— just a snare, two floor toms and a couple of cymbals. In lesser hands such a cavalier approach would likely result in something akin to cacophony. But when these three conservatory-trained improvisationists come together, it’s often transcendent. Writing about one of their performances in DownBeat, Michael Jackson noted: “The chamber-like osmosis is astonishingly good, only possible given the subtle vibrations and empathetic, versatile talent.” It’s a relatively quiet week for music in Chattanooga, but even on the busiest week of the year it would be a mistake to overlook these guys. You’ve likely never seen or heard anything quite like Vox Arcana. Vox Arcana $10 advance; $12 door 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 Barking Legs Theater 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347

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.



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Preston Parris with Tim Starnes 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 Arrested Development with Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers 9 p.m. Track 29, 1400 Market St. (423) 266-4323 Corbitt Brothers 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533 Leaving Miss Blue and The Mickie Finn 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 Open Mic with Mark Holder 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Black Pistol Fire with Sidecar Special 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St.

fri 09.21 One Night Stand Band 7:30 p.m. Jack A’s Chop Shop Saloon, 742 Ashland Terr. (423) 710-8739

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Hannah Miller 7:30 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 Wick-It the Instigator 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 Priscilla & Lil Ricky 8:30 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400 Matt Bohannon 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Soul Survivor 9 p.m. Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road (423) 499-9878 Buckner Brothers 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 Paul Thorn with Noah Collins 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. Stereotype 10 p.m. Raw Sushi Bar, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919 Nathan Farrow 10 p.m. T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St. (423) 266-4240

sat 09.22 CSO Opening Night: “Heroes: Napoleon to Superman” 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 642-TIXS Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Nim Nims, Tammys, Monocots 8 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400 6 String Suga Daddy 8 p.m. Acoustic Café, 61 RBC Dr., Ringgold, Ga. (706) 965-2065 Priscilla & Lil Ricky 8:30 p.m. The Foundry, 1201 Broad St. (423) 756-3400 Crunk Bones Jones 9 p.m. The Office, 901 Carter St. (423) 634-9191 Shades of Gray 9 p.m. SkyZoo, 5709 Lee Hwy. (423) 468-4533 Buckner Brothers 9:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 Stereotype 10 p.m. Raw Sushi Bar, 409 Market St. (423) 756-1919

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sun 09.23 CSO Opening Night: “Heroes: Napoleon to Superman” 3 p.m. Volkswagen Conference Center, 8001 Volkswagen Dr. (423) 642-TIXS Songbook: Jill Scott 6 p.m. Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. MLKg Blvd. (423) 266-8658 Wet Nurse, Burning Itch 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400

mon 09.24 Songs & Stories featuring Noah Collins & John Truitt 7 p.m. The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. (423) 702-8081 Old Tyme Players 8 p.m. Market Street Tavern, 809 Market St. (423) 634-0260

tue 09.25 Courtney Smith Daly with Ivan Wilson 8 p.m. Southside Saloon & Bistro, 1301 Chestnut St. (423) 757-4730

wed 09.26 Dan Sheffield 7:30 p.m. Sugar’s Ribs, 507 Broad St. (423) 508-8956 Vox Arcana 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 The Paranormals with Crass Mammoth & Gnarly Charlies 9 p.m. The Honest Pint, 35 Patten Pkwy. (423) 468-4192 Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen 9:30 p.m. Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St. Guilty Pleasures Dance Party 9 p.m. JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400

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Epic Craigslist rant damns local bands it is now an age-old truism that when one turns to Craigslist community forums to post one’s screed, one is surely well down the path to a mental meltdown. That said, we cheer on these anonymous critics for the sheer entertainment value of their posts— particularly when said posts deal with the local music scene, as did a Sept. 9 outburst that begins: “Just wanted to speak on behalf of the music fans and soun [sic] guys in Chattanooga. Thanks for screwing the fucking pooch for the past ten years. A number of bands that will remain unnamed will now have their attitudes and actions called out by the venues they play and genre’s they represent. So many of you have fucked it up for the rest of us, now it’s your turn to take whats coming to you.” Following that savory opening salvo, our Angry Local Sound Guy takes aim at bands in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton, with an epic condemnation so full of foul-mouthed vitriol, it’s a shame we could not print the entire post here. Some highlights from the anonymous critics’s awesome post: • Metal bands: “Here’s a round of applause for acting like you’re in Pantera and sounding like Seven Under Suicide. It’s time to quit ... What the fuck do you have to be angry about? Going to school? Working at McDonalds? Seriously, it’s time to stop ... Everyone and their little brother plays fucking metal. Oh you can sweep? Here’s my tits. Oh you can chug? Take my honey pot. Oh you can two handed tap?

Put it in my turd clipper! Shit the bed guys.” • Punk Bands: “Oh boy oh boy! Or should I say Oi boys Oi boys! Let’s go ahead and address two very important items. It’s hard to buy your schtick of sticking it to the man when 95% of you smoke and drink beer ... How can any of you say down with the man when you’re trying to impress the underage chick who snuck in to Sluggo’s?” • Southern Rock bands: “You’re new genre is titled Dad Rock. Why? You’re all fucking old. Go play Riverbend, anywhere off hwy 58, or at some shit bar in Soddy Daisy ... So you’re over 30, have a goatee and a few 100 extra pounds, but damn do you know how to rock.” • Cover Bands: “Bud Lightning... enough said. But not nearly enough. YOU HAVE A SOUTHERN ACCENT, QUIT TRYING TO SOUND LIKE ROBERT PLANT. This is Chattanooga, we are original material only. Get the fucking hint. Most of you are in the same category as Dad Rock. What do I read in the paper that makes me want to get out and spend my money. It sure isn’t the word COVER BAND ... Put down the cocaine and realize it’s over, and has been since they invented the internet. Fuck you Jay.” Well played, Angry Local Sound Guy, well played. And a “Good fucking Day” to you, sir! Now put down the Steel Reserve and get some rest. Your next gig awaits. —Your Fans

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Private Reserve “Modiste” (1910) Theodore Earl Butler Oil on canvas From a private collection

By Rich Bailey like blockbuster movies, art sometimes gets more attention for its price tag than for its intrinsic value. The Hunter Museum’s “Chattanooga Gems III” exhibit puts a spotlight on art works drawn from private collections in Chattanooga. They may not have the star power or headline-grabbing price tag of star art—like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which sold for $120 million last year at Sotheby’s New York—but these pieces and the Chattanoogans who own them show that there’s more to collecting art than investing in blockbusters. The exhibition—on display through Oct. 14 as part of the Hunter’s 60th anniversary celebration—showcases art works from the early 20th century to today, ranging from figurative artists like Regi-

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nald Marsh, Birge Harrison and Richard Estes, to works by abstract expressionists and modernists like Kenneth Noland, Robert Motherwell and Richard Serra. “There are people here that have ambitious collections. There are pieces in private collections that we’d love to have in our permanent collection,” Dan Stetson, executive director of the Hunter Museum, said. Pieces were borrowed from 17 art collectors in the Chattanooga area, including James McKissic, vice president and chief operating officer for the Chattanooga Urban League. Pieces loaned include prints by John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett and Alice Neel. “Gems”

has two pieces by Alice Neel side by side: McKissic’s black and white print of an artist friend of Neel’s and a painting of two children. “She lived in Harlem. She had friends of all races and backgrounds, and she spent the majority of her life painting them,” McKissic said. Though Alice Neel is white, McKissic’s collection focuses primarily on African-American artists. He owns about 50 pieces, mostly paintings, prints and some sculpture, ranging from nationally known artists such as Catlett and Neel to Chattanooga artists such as Isaac Duncan and Rondell Crier. Collecting for him is such a consuming passion that he sacrifices to buy art. “There’s something special about being able to come home and be surrounded by artists and artwork that you love,” McKissic said. “I have driven a raggedy car or cut back on groceries to purchase something I like. I’m proof that you can build a very nice collection on a modest income. You don’t have to be Donald Trump or Bill Gates to do it.” Another collector with pieces in the Gems exhibit is Chattanooga sculptor Verina Baxter, who shares McKissic’s occasional preference for art over food. “I think if you’re a collector it’s like being an artist,” she said. “You might eat beans instead of steak so you can buy an artwork. You just can’t help yourself.” The “Gems” exhibit includes

four pieces from her personal collection: a photograph by William Christianberry, a wood sculpture by Robyn Horn and two lithographs by Leonard Baskin. She and her husband are opportunistic collectors. “We don’t have a specific group of works or artists we’re trying to collect. We have bought a lot of work when we travel,” she said. Their collection includes traditional arts from Peru, Botswana and Panama, as well as many pieces bought at the Hunter’s annual Spectrum fundraising auction, including the Christianberry and Horn pieces in the Gems show. For collector Brenda Brickhouse, vice president of environmental permits and compliance at TVA, many of the pieces on loan to the Gems exhibit have stories attached. One is a print by Bob Stackhouse, the sculptor who created “Place In The Woods” in Renaissance Park with his partner Carol Mickett. Before Brickhouse and her husband, artist Wade Brickhouse, moved to Chattanooga, they befriended the artists in Florida. When she got a job offer from TVA, she called them for the lowdown on Chattanooga. “Bob and Carol had been here working on that piece,” Brickhouse said. “My husband called and said, ‘Tell me about this place.’ Bob was really high on us coming here and that made the difference.” The Brickhouses’ art collection—mostly fine craft and prints—is integral to their day-to-day environment. “I guess we have our fair share of pedestals,” she said, “but it’s everywhere—on the dresser, the kitchen counter ... everywhere.”


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Odd (Family) Fare strangely enough, a child springing from the ground with leaves on his ankles wasn’t the most unbelievable thing about “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The film is like a painting, beautifully crafted and visually pleasing, using forced perspective to simulate depth. It’s a nice film, one that families can enjoy together, so long as no one thinks too hard. That said, there is nothing objectionable in the film, nothing that creates an overwhelming amount of tension. It moves from one place to another, without asking questions or requiring explanation. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most family audiences want to use movies as an event rather than an experience, and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” delivers on that end. Good things happen to the characters in the film, and when they don’t, the bad things aren’t really that bad. I tend to like films that ask a little more of me, but then I’m not the intended audience. Jim (Joel Edgerton) and Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) want a child. They’ve been told that it’s impossible. So they decide to put their dream behind them by writing down the characteristics of their ideal child and burying it in the garden in the backyard. It rains during the night and a little boy named Timothy appears from a hole in the ground and delights everyone he meets. No one really asks where he came from and the ones that do don’t really listen to the answers. Friends and family accept this little boy, despite his overnight appearance. No one wonders how a child comes into the possession of a previously childless couple desperate for kids. Where I might ask much

harder questions, the community just accepts Timothy because it’s so nice. This is the type of town that exists nowhere in America. It has a pencil factory, where Jim works, and a pencil museum, where Cindy works. The landscape is Rockwell Americana, with nice local businesses, nice churches and nice schools. Despite the threat of the pencil factory shutting down, people are generally happy and friendly. There isn’t a title loan or check-cashing shop in sight. There are no fast food restaurants or strip malls. No one watches TV unless they are depressed. I found the location so unlikely, the people so accepting, the situations so nonthreatening, that a little boy that appears to be part plant was easier to accept as real. Jim and Cindy take to being overbearing helicopter parents with gusto. Given that no one in the

film acts like a real person, their behavior is mostly excusable. They cheer for him at soccer, give him weird advice, and rip off a dance number from a much better family film, “Little Miss Sunshine.” Timothy is one of those kids who are both wise and friendly, without a lick of fear or anger. I’ve never met a 10-year-old like him, which is probably why he is perceived as somewhat off. There are attempts at making statements about fathers and sons, jealousy, the out-of-touch wealthy. These could all be worthwhile in the context of the film, but without effective development they exist only on the surface. The performances are all good, but the actors don’t have a lot to work with. For some reason, this movie is rated PG. I don’t know what types of children could be negatively affected by the film without parental guidance. I suspect the warning exists for parents like the Greens. The scariest person in the movie is Common, and that’s just because I’ve seen him stab a man to death on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.” I remain unimpressed with the MPAA. I would recommend this film to parents who want a simple movie to see with their kids. I know mine would enjoy it. For everyone else, just wait until it’s played ad infinitum on ABC Family.

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Arts & Entertainment Thu 09.20 Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Conference 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fall Creek Falls, 2009 Village Camp Road Street Food Thursdays 11 a.m. Motor Court at Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. Film Screening and Artist Panel Discussion: “PressPausePlay: Creativity in the Age of Technology” 6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View (423) 266-0944 Meet the Composer: Michael Daugherty 6:30 p.m. (RSVP required) Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad Street. (423) 267-8583 “Cabaret” 7 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 Dancing in Raw States 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 Interview with Bob Bernhardt 7 p.m. Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road (423) 493-0270 Jasper Redd 8 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233

fri 09.21 Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Conference 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Thru Sun.) Fall Creek Falls, 2009 Village Camp Road Park(ing) Day 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Main Street, Broad Street, Frazier Avenue, Market Street, North Shore, Southside (423) 400-1587 Fresh on Fridays 11 a.m. Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. (423) 265-3700 Overture Luncheon with Maestra Kayoko Dan and Michael Daugherty Noon. (RSVP required) Waldon Club, 633 Chestnut St. (423) 267-8583 Orange Grove Center’s Jackie Tyber Memorial Golf Tournament (Registration at 11 a.m.) 1 p.m. Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, 8919 Harrison Bay Road Project: PopUp Block Party 4 p.m. CitiPark, 841 Chestnut St. (423) 265-3700 facebook/projectpopup Dancing in Raw States 7 p.m. Barking Legs Theatre, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 Orpheus and Euridice 7:30 p.m. UTC Roland Hayes Concert Hall, 615 McCallie Ave. (423)425-4601 Jasper Redd 7:30 & 10 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233 “Cabaret” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 “The 39 Steps” Opening Night 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538

Dave Waite 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839

sat 09.22 2012 Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Championship 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley (770) 751-3882 River Market 10 a.m. Tennessee Aquarium Plaza, 1 Broad St. (423) 402-9960 Jasper Redd 7:30 & 10 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233 ChattaMovies: Open Screen Night 7:30 p.m. Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road (423) 855-9474 “Cabaret” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 “The 39 Steps” 8 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 CSO Opening Night: “Heroes: Napoleon to Superman” 8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. (423) 267-8583 Movies at the 700 Block: “Urbanized,” “Back to the Future” 8:45 p.m. 728 Market St. (423) 265-3700 Dave Waite 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville Café, 138 Market St. (423) 517-1839

sun 09.23 Autumn Fest 2012 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Coolidge Park, 150 River St. (423) 322-9615 Chattanooga Market: Cast-Iron Cook-off 11 a.m. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. (423) 402-9960 “Cabaret” 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. (423) 267-8538 Jasper Redd 8 p.m. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road (423) 629-2233

mon 09.24 Adaptive Cycling 6 p.m. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. (423) 643-6888

tue 09.25 Susan G. Komen Chattanooga: Survivor Breakfast 7 a.m. (RSVP requested) (423) 499-9155 “Sister Act” 7:30 p.m. Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 642-8497

wed 09.26 Vox Arcana 7:30 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. (423) 624-5347 “Sister Act” 7:30 p.m. Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. (423) 642-8497

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CSO opens new season with ‘Heroes’ the chattanooga symphony & Opera will open its 2012-13 season with “Heroes: Napoleon to Superman!” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Tivoli Theatre. Maestra Kayoko Dan returns for her second season to conduct selections from Michael Daugherty’s Superman-inspired “Metropolis Symphony” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, the “Eroica” symphony. The Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of “Metropolis Symphony” and “Dues ex Machina” won three Grammy Awards in 2011, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and admittedly, upon first listen to the recordings I was left with a lingering sense of superpower. While the delusion eventually wore off and I didn’t actually jump from the nearest building in lieu of taking the elevator, with piece names like “Oh, Lois!” and “Red Cape Tango,” it’s obvious that this won’t be your stiff great aunt’s symphony performance. “Red Cape Tango” was named not only as an allusion to the obvious but also to compare the conductor to a matador during the rousing 13-minute score leading up to Superman’s death by killing machine, Doomsday. “You will hear a lot of descriptive sounds and melodies throughout as you would be reading the comics. Daugherty is known to combine popular

culture and traditional instrumental or vocal works, and ‘Metropolis Symphony’ is a great example of his style,” Dan said in a news release. Those with reservations have an opportunity to attend the “Meet the Composer Forum” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Tivoli Center followed by a viewing of the “Metropolis Symphony” dress rehearsal in the Tivoli Theatre. Daugherty will be in Chattanooga throughout the concert week speaking with local students and musicians about his career and composing process. He is the CSO’s featured composer during the 2012-13 Masterworks season, so symphony buffs have much more to look forward to. Also featured on the bill is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, which was initially titled “Bonaparte Symphony.” Beethoven composed it as a tribute to his then hero, Napoleon Bonaparte. However, once Beethoven caught wind that Napoleon had ohso-egomaniacally crowned himself emperor he trashed the former title and changed it to “Eroica” (Italian for “heroic”). If you miss the opening, there will be a repeat concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Volkswagen Conference Center. For tickets or more information, visit chattanoogasymphony. org. —Erin McFarland

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Winery wins medals, offers Rock City Red georgia winery, georgia’s first farm winery located in Ringgold, has been awarded bronze, silver and gold medals in the “French-American Rosé” and “Naturally Flavored” categories during the recent Indy International Wine Competition, held in West Lafayette, Ind., billed as the largest “scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States.” Winos and writers flocked to the town to sample some 3,000 entries from wineries worldwide, and those awarded are highly regarded by wine consumers, a news release claimed. Judging is based on appearance, taste and aftertaste. Georgia Winery’s Lem-

on Drop brought home a bronze medal in the “Naturally Flavored” category, while Southern Sangria earned the silver. But the winery’s new star is the Chattanooga Blush, which now proudly sports gold in the “French-American Rosé” category. On the heels of the competition, and flush from bringing home its medals, the winery announced its latest brand, Rock City Red, in partnership with Rock City. The sweet red wine, which is made up of the winery’s Tailgate Red, features a special Rock City label and red bottle and is offered at a tasting booth at

the famed Chattanooga attraction as well as at Georgia Winery. Plans are in the works for the winery to release a Rock City White and a Rock City Blush in 2013. We’re all about branding the city’s tourist attractions and look forward to such wines as Confederama Red, White & Blue. Meantime, if you happen to note some more-than-normally happy gnomes on the mountain, let’s just say we told you so. For more information, visit —Staff


Texas town inspired by city’s restaurants 212 market restaurant plays a starring role in a recent article published in the Corpus Christi Caller Times as that beleaguered Texas city looks to Our Town for inspiration in revitalizing its own downtown. Like Chattanooga, Corpus Christi is built on a waterfront, which is as key to its revitalization efforts as was the redevelopment of the 21st Century Waterfront was to Chattanooga’s revival. The article focuses heavily on 212 Market, which opened downtown six month before the Tennessee Aquarium opened in 1992, spurring the downtown revival.

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“People thought we were crazy,” Sally Moses, who along with sister Susan and mother Maggie, own and operate the restaurant, said. “I didn’t think it would be this vibrant. We are just thrilled.” The article goes on to paint downtown Chattanooga as a thriving area of restaurants and businesses, with nods to the city’s economic initiatives that drew such businesses as Volkswagen and Amazon to the city, as well as an increased focus on tourism. All those people need somewhere to eat, drink and play, of course, and the city’s restaurant and bar scene met that challenge. But Chattanooga

was not revitalized strictly on tourist dollars. “Part of the genius has been that they didn’t build a tourist attraction,” J. Ed. Marston, vice president of marketing for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, told the paper. “They built something locals would enjoy. It’s figuring out how to leverage what you’re doing in many different ways.” It should be both congratulatory and humbling that other mid-size cities across America pay so much attention to Chattanooga’s renaissance, but it takes true believers such as the Moses to realize those dreams. —Bill Ramsey


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Free Will Astrology VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Want

to submit a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the influential Washington Post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential New York Times. The Post has a much smaller circulation, so your thoughts there won’t have as wide an impact. But you will still be read by many people. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re in a phase when you should be quite content to shoot for a spot in the Post. Please apply that same principle to everything you do.










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(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was an iconoclast who relished exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of conventional morality. While working on one of his plays, he kept a pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk. “Now and again,” he testified, “when the creature was wilting, I would drop into the glass a piece of fruit, which it would seize upon in a frenzy and inject with its poison. It would then revive. Are not we poets like that?” Keep these details in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You will probably have some venom that needs to be expelled. I hope you’ll do it like Ibsen writing his brilliantly scathing plays or the scorpion stinging some fruit. (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,” said French artist Henri Matisse, “because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” I’d love to expand this principle so that it applies to everything you do in the coming week. Whatever adventures you seek, Sagittarius, prepare for them by forgetting all the adventures you have ever had. That way


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(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to the Asian spiritual traditions of Tantra and Taoism, it’s unhealthy for a man to have too many ejaculatory orgasms. But medical researchers in the West have come to the exact opposite conclusion: The more climaxes men have, the better. So who to believe? Here’s what I think: Every man should find out for himself by conducting his own experiments. As a general rule, I recommend the empirical approach for many other questions as well—and especially right now for Libran people of all genders. Rather than trusting anyone’s theories about anything, find out for yourself.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Where do you belong? Not where you used to belong and not where you will belong in the future, but where do you belong right now? The answer to that question might have been murky lately, but the time is ripe to get clear. First, decide what experiences you will need in order to feel loved and nurtured between now and your birthday. Second, determine the two goals that are most important for you to accomplish between now and your birthday. And third, summon a specific vision of how you can best express your generosity between now and your birthday. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Are you excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. To get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. To preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. It’s OK to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. Never take them off in mid-flight.


(Feb. 19-March 20): You know that leap of faith you’re considering? Now would be a good time to rehearse it, but not do it. How about that big experiment you’ve been mulling over? Imagine in detail what it would be like to go ahead, but don’t actually go ahead. Think deeply about how it would change your life. But don’t make a dramatic dive into foreverness. Not yet, at least. This is your time to practice, play, and pretend.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): For every trillion dollars the U.S. government spends on the military, it creates about 11,000 jobs. That same expenditure, if directed toward education, creates 27,000 jobs. Personally, I’d rather have the taxes I pay go to teachers than soldiers—especially in light of the fact that the U.S. spends almost as much money on its military as all the other nations in the world combined spend on theirs. I suggest that in the coming months you make a metaphorically similar move, Aries. Devote more of your time and energy and resources to learning, and less to fighting. As you get more training and wisdom, you’ll become more skilled at avoiding unnecessary conflicts.


(April 20-May 20): Now is an excellent time to cull, prune, and winnow. I urge you to look for opportunities to pare down and refine. On the other hand, don’t go too far. Be careful that you don’t truncate, desecrate, or annihilate. It’s not an easy assignment, Taurus. You will have to be skeptical about any temptation you might have to go overboard with your skepticism. You will have to be cautious not to allow your judicious discernment to devolve into destructive distrust.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Why did people start drinking coffee? Who figured out that roasting and boiling the bitter beans of a certain shrub produced a stimulating beverage? Historians don’t know for sure. One old tale proposes that a ninth-century Ethiopian shepherd discovered the secret. After his goats nibbled on the beans of the coffee bush, they danced and cavorted with unnatural vigor. I urge you to be as alert and watchful as that shepherd, Gemini. A new source of vibrant energy may soon be revealed to you, perhaps in an unexpected way.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Hello Dear One: My name is Lorita. I am a beautiful heartfelt woman from Libya. I was browsing online through the long night when I came across your shiny dark power, and I am quite sure you and I can circle together like sun and moon. I await your reply so I can give you my secret sweetness. —Your Surprise Soulmate.” Dear Soulmate: Thank you for your warm inquiry. However, I must turn you down. Because I was born under the sign of Cancer the Crab, I have to be very careful to maintain proper boundaries. We Crabs need to be extra discriminating about what influences we allow into our spheres. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Will the monkey on your back jump off, at least for a while? Will the sign of the zodiac that you understand least become an X-factor in the unfolding plot? Will a cute distraction launch you on what seems to be a wild goose chase—until it leads you to a clue you didn’t even know you were looking for? Will a tryst in an unsacred space result in an odd boost to your long-term fortunes? The answers to riddles like these will be headed your way in the coming weeks. You’re at the beginning of a phase that will specialize in alluring twists and brainteasing turns.

Jonesin’ Crossword

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“Whacked-Out Wordage”—no theme, no sweat. Across

1) Loud event 12) Mauna ___ 15) She drinks Go-Go Juice and showed her belly to the judges 16) Furthermore 17) Tudor symbol 18) General who’s an enemy of Superman 19) Keep a ship from leaving port, maybe 20) On the line 22) Headwear banned by the NFL 24) Words that can precede a proverb 25) Robert who played A.J. Soprano 27) Word in wedding notices 28) Big name in skydiving? 32) Brown eraser variety 36) Banned apple spray 37) Had a yearning 39) Unit of loudness 40) JPEG alternative 42) Home to some lifers 44) Inseparable 45) Give off, like charm

46) Actress Nicollette 50) Romanian composer George of the opera “Oedipe” 55) It goes from box to pan 56) Garfunkel and ___ (female comedy-folk duo) 57) Folk rocker DiFranco 58) Chip slogan 62) Metta World Peace’s former first name 63) Stocking expert 64) Fruit in some cookies 65) Check alternatives


1) Freudian concept 2) They brought you the Popeil Pocket Fisherman 3) The Hulk’s catalyst 4) Late “Queen of Salsa” ___ Cruz 5) Making a segue (to) 6) Docs for women only 7) “Ruh-___!” (ScoobyDoo phrase) 8) “Un momento, ___ favor” 9) German WWII craft 10) Utterly befuddled

11) “Guys and Dolls” composer/lyricist Frank 12) Former filesharing site 13) Mushroom used in Japanese cooking 14) Threw in 21) African parasite 23) Put on, like comfier clothes 24) Affixes T-shirt designs 26) Pink Floyd label 28) Chatter 29) Pharmaceutical company ___ Lilly 30) Snitch 31) At least 33) Democrats’ rivals 34) Article in the Montreal Gazette? 35) Dudes 38) Eisenhower’s command, for short 41) Belief in hidden spiritual creatures 43) Woodworker, when doing some joining 46) Cold-weather wear 47) Former capital of French Indochina

48) ___ out (managing) 49) Musician Hoyt ___ (who also appeared in “Gremlins”) 51) Alleviated 52) Singer on “Shiny Happy People” 53) One who gives up 54) Site visitors 59) Before, before 60) “Law,” on a bilingual workroom poster 61) When doubled, a 1965 Dixie Cups song

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Life in the Noog

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Give Me a (Coffee) Break!

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of all the popular restaurant concepts out there, the one that never ceases to amaze me is the coffee shop. Not since the dawn of the bookstore (with coffee stand) has there been a business model based on customers just hanging out, taking up space with little if any intention of significant purchase.

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Think about it. You go in and pay upwards of $2 for a cup of drip coffee, or four to five bucks for some fancy iced coffee, latte or cappuccino. Then you doctor your java with all of these free condiments—Half & Half or soy milk, sweetener (artificial or “sugar in the raw”), and cinnamon or some other enhancement—before sitting down to enjoy it for an hour or three with all of your caffiends (friends who share the same penchant for coffee. And yes, I just now made up that term). After about 100 tiny sips, the contents of your eightounce mug will eventually disappear and it will be time for more. But wait. Free refills for drip? Awesome! I get it to some extent. The actual “cost” of a cup of coffee in a reusable mug is pennies on the dollar, making for one of the highest profit margins known to man. However, this profit diminishes exponentially with every half hour someone camps at a table where a fresh customer might sit. That’s why most traditional restaurants focus on how many times they can turn a table during the course of a day. Why do you think they keep the temperature near sub-zero and leave the check when you refuse leave? You could argue that a bar is a business model where hanging out is not only tolerated, but also highly encouraged. That’s because bar patrons are

The Noog offers a wealth of great coffee houses in which to kill a lot of time. likely to order another costly beverage about every 45 minutes—or leave. Alcohol does have a way of intoxicating customers towards a natural end to the bar visit. Coffee, on the other hand, has the opposite effect it seems. Like alcohol, coffee has very social aspects to its consumption. “Having coffee” is the perfect excuse to meet up with friends, co-workers, clients and potential persons of interest prior to the decision of asking them out on a proper date. In fact, in this day and age of the “virtual office,” coffee shops offer an exceptional middle ground for pitching ideas and sealing business deals. That is, unless you abuse this “virtually free” meeting space. I’m referring to those freelancers and other independent worker bees who use the coffee shop as their office. They come in, order a cup of coffee and milk the privilege of sitting

at a table by spending their entire work day hunkered down over a laptop with earphones, tuning out the same ambiance intended for normal patrons. Personally, I blame WiFi. Free Internet has a way of creating freeloaders. Then there are those artsy types who feel the coffee shop is the perfect venue for writing their screenplay, sketching people who aren’t even there, editing videos for YouTube and performing other activities they’d never be caught dead doing in another type of restaurant or bar. Coffee house campers are an interesting breed of intelligent but slightly pretentious folk who seem to feel like the world, or at least the coffee shop, owes them a lot more than $2 they paid in. Lucky for us, the Noog offers a wealth of great coffee houses in which to kill a lot of time. Greyfriar’s, Stone Cup, Toast and Rembrandt’s offer awardwinning java roasted and brewed by local, in-house coffee artisans. Even the shops that serve signature blends of our own local Velo brand—like my favorite coffee house, Mean Mug— offer pleasant alternatives to Starbuck’s. So please, visit all of these places, sit for a spell and enjoy a good cup of Joe. Just don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. Chuck Crowder is a local writer and general man about town. His opinions are his own. • SEPT. 20-26, 2012 • The Pulse • 23

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