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Valentine’s Day Events Wise, Witty and Real; A Truly Southern Story Barter Theatre premieres a Southern story guaranteed to warm your heart. “Walking Across Egypt” begins on February 14 at Barter Main Stage, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Written by Catherine Bush and based on the best‐selling novel by Southern writer Clyde Edgerton, this wise and witty story stars Barter audience favorite Mary Lucy Bivins and is directed by Eugene Wolf. The story follows Mattie Rigsbee (Mary Lucy Bivins), an older Southern woman with a deeply held faith and a habit of taking care of others. Lately, she feels like no one needs her and that she might be slowing down. Her world is turned upside down when she harbors a sullen and rebellious juvenile delinquent, and then, of all things, brings him to church with her! Mattie is going to do her best to woo the young man to the side of good, if only she can keep out of trouble, herself. Director Eugene Wolf knows that audiences will see their own !"#$%$&'( )&*%&+,&-( $.( ,/&( +/")"+,&)'( in the play. Mattie reminds him of his own grandmothers. “This book was the *$)',(,$#&(0(/"-(&.+12.,&)&-("(+/")"+,&)( ,/",( '1( +%1'&%3( #$))1)&-( '1#&1.&( 0( 4"'( +%1'&( ,15( 63( 14.( 7%11-5( 0( !&%,( %$8&( 0( 4"'( home while reading it,” Wolf says. North Carolina author Clyde Edgerton named his book after a Southern hymn, and although the show is not a musical, the world of the play is made richer by having a live church choir on stage. Hymns like “Walking Across Egypt,” “Amazing Grace,” “This Little Light of Mine” and “Softly and Tenderly” as arranged by Eugene Wolf add depth to the story. “The integration of some music was important for us because music is such a large part of the Appalachian culture and the story is set in a small town in North Carolina,” said Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose. Husband and wife team Barter Resident Actors Nicholas and Wendy Piper play Mattie’s nosy neighbors. They are going to protect her whether
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she likes it or not. Mattie’s grown son is played by Michael Poisson. The cast is rounded out by David Alford, Sean Michael Flattery, Rick McVey and Justin Tyler Lewis. Last year, “Walking Across Egypt” received its world premiere in a mini‐ production presented as part of Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Audience response was overwhelmingly positive, and Barter realized that this uplifting story deserved a full production in 2013. Sponsors for “Walking Across Egypt” ")&(9,)1.:4&%%;(<7$.:-1.(=11*$.:;(>?@A;( Fun Things to Do in the Mountains and WBEJ. Barter season sponsors are Alpha Natural Resources, BVU, Eastman Credit Union, Mountain States Health Alliance and the United Company. Barter Theatre is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. “Mattie is an independent Southern woman just trying to do the right thing. Little does she know a simple, but delicious pan of cornbread could change the world,” said Rose. “This sincere, yet frequently funny story will restore your !"$,/( $.( #".8$.-5( 0,( B2',( C)1D&'( ,/",( you’re never too old to be needed and you’re never too lost to be found.” For tickets and more information, call (272) 628‐3991 or visit BarterTheatre. com. Photo: Sean Michael Flattery and Mary Lucy Bivins star in Barter Theatre’s “Walking Across Egypt”
Get ready for an evening of fatal fun as Murder Mystery Caravan unveils a mystery dinner show that spoofs TV chefs, old‐time detectives, art lovers, and chocoholics! Penned by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the show, Sam Club Private Eye in The Case of The Malted Falcon takes place at the Gallery of Amazingly Great Art (GAGA) in New @1)8( ?$,35( (9"#( ?%27( 4"'( /$)&-(,1( :2")-( the priceless chocolate sculputure, The Malted Falcon, during the train ride from E%$F"7&,/,1.;(GH(,1(H&4(@1)85((A2,(1.(,/&( way, someone hit him over the head and ',1%&(,/&('+2%C,2)&5((H14(9"#(#2',(*$.-( the thief and save the sculpture and his reputation as a private eye. @12I%%( #&&,( "( +"',( 1!( F".3( +/")"+,&)';( including Sam’s ditzy secretary Velma Vavoomsky; TV chef Rachel Raven; heir to the chocolate sculputure Robin Hawkins; bird activist Abigail Nightingale; engineer
Casey Stourbridge; fake falconer Harvey Featherby; and amateur sleuth Nancy Dru. Keep your eyes and ears open because one of these characters will be ruthlessly murdered, and it’s up to the audience to solve the crime! The shows are on Thursday, February 14, 2013 and Sunday, February 2013 at The Smokehouse BBQ 1941 Milligan Hwy, Elizabethton, TN. What can you expect from an audience participation murder mystery? Fun the minute you walk in the door! Seating is at 6:00PM, when you’ll get a chance to mingle with the cast as they drop hints about themselves and the show and give you a chance to ask questions. The dinner show starts at 6:30PM. Tickets for the dinner and show are $25.00 per person (includes meal, show and tax). For information and reservations, call The Smokehouse BBQ at 423‐547‐7427.
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Brightest Star in Guitar One of Les Paul’s Favorites to Bring “Mastery” to ETSU Pop. Bop. Jazz. Blues. Swing. Rock. Classical. 0,( -1&'.I,( #",,&)( what genre, guitarist Frank Vignola plays it, or shreds it – with lightning speed and a dose of humor. Jazzchicago.net calls his technique “clean and blazing fast.” The Washington Post terms it “jaw‐dropping.” Intermission Magazine lauds his ?total mastery of a musical instrument.” The New York Times dubs him “one of the brightest … stars of the guitar.” This luminary of the guitar will perform a wide‐ranging program, “An Evening with Frank Vignola,” on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in ETSU’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium, sponsored by Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Rhythm guitarist Glenn Tosto will join Vignola in the performance. J0( 8.14( 4&( /"D&( "( %1,( 1!( musicians and artists in the area who love guitar, a lot of guitarists,” says School of the Arts Director Anita DeAngelis. “This is a great opportunity to see an artist who has worked with Madonna, Ringo Starr, Wynton Marsalis, the Boston Pops and Les Paul. His résumé is pretty extensive and pretty incredible.” His repertoire is as extensive as his range. Gershwin ballads, Beethoven symphonies, Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes, Lennon‐McCartney love songs and Django Reinhardt riffs all share equal billing in Vignola’s programs. This virtuosity, range and his unique gypsy technique earned him a spot on legendary guitarist Les Paul’s list of Top 5 Guitarists in the world. “One of the unique things about him is the man has no limits,” says Jeremy Fritts, guitar instructor for Bluegrass, Old‐Time and Country Music at ETSU. “He’s thought of as a jazz guitar player … and he has
this style that is rooted in the gypsy jazz style of playing, but he brings that style to classical and rock, and he collaborates with people known as bluegrass musicians like David Grisman. He can just grab something and put it in his style … J0( *$)',( 7&+"#&( "4")&( 1!( Frank Vignola through his collaborations with Mark KI?1..1)5(0(4"'($.',".,%3(7%14.( away by his lyricism, technical virtuosity and his high‐energy approach to the music. Since ,/&.;( 0( /"D&( -&*$.$,&%3( 7&+1#&( a fan. What impresses me most about Frank Vignola is his boundless imagination: his ability to take elements of gypsy jazz into the 21st century and his ability to interpret works from practically any genre (Gershwin to Beethoven to rock ’n’ roll standards) and make them his own.” DeAngelis had a similar experience upon seeing Vignola at a presenters’ conference. “When Frank performed, the house went crazy and this was a rather jaded crowd,” she says. “Everyone was talking about how wonderful he was, what a great musician he is. So we are looking at a performance that is going to be very high energy and high quality.” Vignola, a native of Long 0'%".-;( H5@5;( 4"';( 73( ,/&( LMNO'( well known as a sideman to
such performers as Madonna, Starr and P&1.( =&-71.&5( 0.( 1988, he came into his own as a bandleader and his Hot Club of France tribute was hailed in the New York Times as one of the Top 10 acts in the city. Since then he has performed regularly with Les Paul, made appearances on records with stars including O’Connor, Marsalis and Queen Latifah and recorded a number of his own CDs, solo and with musicians such as guitarist/ singer Tommy Emmanuel and mandolin player Grisman. Nowadays, he often tours with guitarists Vinny Raniolo and Glenn Tosto and offers clinics and master classes at major universities and colleges throughout the world, including Juilliard and Boston University. J0,( $'( "%4"3'( &Q+$,$.:( ,1( see musicians of this caliber D$'$,$.:( EG9R;S( T)$,,'( '"3'5( J0( am certain that students of all %&D&%'( +".( 7&.&*$,( :)&",%3( !)1#( experiencing Mr. Vignola’s 2.$U2&( "CC)1"+/( *$)',/".-5(( For the aspiring guitarist, this … presents a remarkable opportunity … but there won’t be anyone in the community who won’t leave thrilled.” Tickets are $5 for all area ',2-&.,'(4$,/("(D"%$-(',2-&.,(0V;( $20 general admission and $15 for seniors 60 and over. Group discounts are available for general admission and senior tickets. For more information on Vignola, please visit http:// frankvignola.com. For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, call 423‐439‐TKTS (8587) or visit www.etsu.edu/ cas/arts. “Like” ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts on Facebook and Follow it on Twitter at TheArtsAtETSU.
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Valentine’s Contra Dance You’ll Feel the Love! February 16th
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a Valentine’s Contra Dance on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Performing
!1)( ,/&( -".+&( 4$%%( 7&( J@&%%14( Goats Beard” from Durham, NC with caller Valerie Helbert. A class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. Every dancer is encouraged to attend the class to become familiar with dance ',&C';(!1)#",$1.'(".-(*%145 The evening will begin with a family dance at 5:30pm where caller Helbert will lead parents or grandparents and children in a series of fun and simple dances with music performed by students from the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music program. Our dance will celebrate Valentine’s Day two days late. Valerie Helbert will call such Dances as “Heartbeat Contra”, “Sharie’s Valentine”, “Roll in the Hey”, “The Rendezvous” “The Hussy Bride” and the “Flirtation Reel” in hopes of sparking )1#".+&( 1.( ,/&( -".+&( *%11)5( Dancers are encouraged to wear something Red, White or Pink. 9#$%$.:;(&3&(+1.,"+,(".-(*%$),",$1.( are part of the fun of contra -".+$.:5(0.("--$,$1.;(,/&)&(4$%%(7&( a series of “Sadie Hawkins” style dances where the ladies get to
choose their gentlemen partners. A committee of volunteers will decorate the hall with pink and red streamers and Valentine cards. At the 9:00pm break, members 4$%%( C)1D$-&( ,"',3( *$.:&)( !11-( such as chocolate fondue, ,)2!*%&';( +"8&';( !2-:&;( +".-3( ".-( other chocolate and red colored delicacies. Every lady who comes to the dance will receive a long‐ stem red rose as a gift from one of our supporters. “Our dancers are really getting the hang of it and the skill level is really getting better”, states event organizer David Wiley. Our dance is for all ages. “For some )&"'1.;( 0( /&")( !1%8'( '"3$.:( ,/",( they think our contra dance is geared to the older crowd. We have dancers of all ages from 8 to eighty. Plus, you don’t have to have a partner.” The best way to learn contra dance is by asking a more experienced partner to -".+&5( ( 0,( $'( C&)!&+,%3( "++&C,"7%&( for ladies to ask gentlemen to dance. Admission to the dance is $7 for (yet‐to‐be members), $5 for HJDS members and full‐time
students get in for $5. A Family Package offer allows parents and as many children in their core family to get in for only $15. Valerie Helbert, along with ,/&( @&%%14( W1",'( A&")-( 7".-;( comes to Jonesborough for the *$)',( ,$#&5( X"%&)$&( /"$%'( !)1#( Harrisonburg VA, and has been calling community and regional contra dances since January 2010. She was a featured caller at the Catapult Showcase last May in Atlanta and loves to put together programs that are both accessible to beginners and interesting for advanced dancers. One of her favorite things about calling is to see the huge smile on a new dancer’s face when they *$."%%3(Y:&,I(/14(,/$.:'(41)85((Z&)( favorite vegetable is Spinach. @&%%14( W1",'( A&")-( $'( V"..3(
A%1'&( 1.( *$--%&( ".-( #".-1%$.;( and David Prins on keyboard. Based in Raleigh‐Durham, NC, they have been playing for local and regional contra dances since December 2010. They bring energy and creativity to their dance arrangements, with a fresh interpretation of both traditional and modern tunes. Their ultimate goal is to thrill the dancers and warm their hearts with foot stomping music. They pose the question to any who would attend: Are you ready to rumble? For more information, contact event organizer David Wiley at 423‐534‐8879 or visit www.historicjonesborough dancesociety.org on the web and on FACEBOOK.
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Love Can Be Murder at the Blue Moon The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre C)&'&.,'( ,/&$)( .&4( 0.,&)"+,$D&( murder mystery, Death by Valentine by Paula Hilton. This comedic show pokes fun at love, lies and “who done it’s”. Playing live on stage Friday and Saturday nights now through February 23rd with a special showing on Thursday the 14 for Valentines
Day. The Theatre is located at 215 East Main Street in Downtown Johnson City. Hart Breaker is trying to throw the perfect Valentine’s Day party for her daughter, Candy. She just can’t get any cooperation from her “other” daughter, Coco Puff, her “current” husband, Drew Blood, her “friend,” Bill Willkill, or her “brother,” Rock Bottoms. Candy isn’t impressed with anyone on the guest list and wants to go hang out with her friends instead, but gifts keep arriving from a secret admirer ".-('/&(+".I,(*$:2)&(12,("(4"3(,1( make her escape. Something has to be done to save this Valentine’s Day party... but who will save Candy Valentine? The cast includes the talents of Linda Wakely, Clayton Van Huss, Edward Beese, Sean Read, Kathryn Patterson, and Marianne Steffey.. “Our murder mysteries are lots of fun,” Says Artistic Director
E-4")-( A)&&'&5( J0,I'( %$8&( "( 7$:( game of clue and we give the audience a chance to guess who done it.” The Blue Moon has been doing Murder Mystery shows for over 3 years and each show is different. Enjoy a full night of entertainment all in one place: a delicious meal followed by a fun show. Dinner begins with Star crossed lovers tomato bisque, followed by a broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken breast served with a baked potato and lemon pepper green beans. Dessert is served at the intermission at which time the wait staff pours coffee, refreshes drinks and hands out our chocolate cake topped with fresh made whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle over the top. Tickets are just $39.99 plus tax and can be purchased by going online to www. bluemoondinnertheatre.com or 73( +"%%$.:( ,/&( 71Q( 1!*$+&( ",( 423‐ 232‐1350. Meal upgrades and vegetarian options are available with a 24 hour notice. The Blue 611.($'("(A@KA(!"+$%$,35
Applications Being Accepted for JC101
The City of Johnson City is accepting a p p l i c a t i o n s for the spring 2013 class of JC101, an adult e d u c a t i o n a l program designed to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of government’s role in the community. This eight‐week program on the basics of government includes presentations, tours, and question‐and‐answer periods. Classes will meet at various locations throughout the City from 6 until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 5. Class size is limited, and registration is :)".,&-( 1.( "( *$)',[+1#&;( *$)',[ served basis. Applications are available at the Municipal and Safety Building, by calling 434‐ 6022 and can be downloaded at www.johnsoncitytn.org/cr/ jc101.
“JC101 not only gives our citizens a comprehensive overview of how their government works, but it is the perfect way to really get involved in the community, whether you are a lifetime resident or a newcomer,” said Community Relations Director Becky Hilbert. “The course has become increasingly popular with couples, and some of our participants have gone on to serve the public on various boards and committees.” For more information, call the Community Relations Department at 434‐6021. Accommodations will be made for citizens with disabilities. Please notify us in advance of any meeting, program or activity with special accommodation/assistance requests.
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Carousel Fine Craft Show March 22-24
G/&( ?$,3( 1!( \$.:'C1),( K!*$+&( 1!( ?2%,2)"%( <),' is pleased to announce the Carousel Fine Craft Show5( ( 0.( +&%&7)",$1.( 1!( ,/&( "#"F$.:( +1##2.$,3( project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project we present Kingsport’s new premier juried, high
U2"%$,3;( *$.&( "),'( ".-( +)"!,'( '/145( G/$'( B2)$&-( '/14( 1!( ]^O( U2"%$,3( &Q/$7$,1)'( 4$%%( !&",2)&( *$.&( artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers. The show will be juried by Kingsport Artisan Walt Turpening and will take place at the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. All work in the show 4$%%(7&(1)$:$."%(/".-[#"-&(41)8'(1!(*$.&(+)"!,_"),5( NO commercial items for resale, kits, imported or consigned goods will be accepted. Carousel animals and paintings in progress will be prominently displayed. The public will be encouraged to visit the show to see the progress of the Carousel Project and to interact with the carvers, painters and other volunteers as well as taking part in the Fine Craft Show. The future site of the Kingsport Carousel will be in the vicinity of the Kingsport Farmer’s Market. Applications for Exhibitors ")&( "D"$%"7%&( ,/)12:/( ,/&( K!*$+&( of Cultural Arts or online at w w w. A r t s . K i n g s p o r t T N . g o v POSTMARK DEADLINE: Feb 28, 2013 The show will be opened up with a Gala Event on Friday March 22 from 6‐9 pm. This will be a special fundraiser for the Carousel Project. More information on the Gala will become available soon. Gala Event: Friday March 22 6 pm – 9 pm Show hours: Saturday March 23 10 am – 5 pm Sunday March 24 10 am – 5 pm Tickets available now at www. EngageKingsport.com or use the QR below.
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• Gala Event is $35.00 ((((0.+%2-&'(&.,)3(C"''(,1('/14(!1)("%%(-"3'5(Gala Event will include food /drinks & beer/wine for sale, with exclusive access to the Fine Craft Show as well as Carousel Project volunteers along with the carousel animals, paintings & carving demonstrations. Tickets to Fine Craft Show are $5.00 for 1 day, $7.00 for 2 day pass.
The Carousel Project:
0,(',"),&-("'(1.&(#".I'(-)&"#(,1(/"D&("(+")12'&%( for the Kingsport community. He talked a few fellow Kiwanis members into investigating the idea and the Four Horsemen took charge. Now Kingsport has a carousel carving studio at the Lynn View Community Center where the carvers can be !12.-(41)8$.:(1.(,/&$)(".$#"%'5((0,($'(1C&.(,1(,/&( public M‐F from 10 am – 5 pm. Volunteer painters are also hard at work painting the hand‐carved animals. Another set of volunteer painters are painting Kingsport scenes on Rounding Boards for the Carousel. Mechanics, merchants, fund raisers and enthusiasts are urged to get involved in this legacy project for Kingsport. The work continues until the 1956 vintage Herschel frame is in its own round house connected to the Farmers’ Market and all animals have a place on the carousel with children of all ages riding. Completion date is set for spring 2014 so there is a lot of work to be done and a great way to get to know great people!
About the City of !"#$%&'()*+,-"./*',*012)1(32* Arts & Engage Kingsport: 45/*0")6*',*!"#$%&'()*+,-"./*',*012)1(32*7()%, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community. 0,( 1C&)",&'( "( C27%$+( "),( C)1:)"#;( +1.+&),( ".-( theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad
range of support to the area’s arts organizations. They work in tandem with Engage Kingsport, a C)$D",&( `OLa+bc( .1.[C)1*$,( 1):".$F",$1.;( $.( 1)-&)( to facilitate their ambitious and broad agenda. The Carousel Project’s dream of having a hand‐ carved menagerie style carousel is getting closer all the time. Built by a group of nearly 100 volunteers, the Carousel will become a treasure for families of the region for many years to come. 0.( "--$,$1.( ,1( ,/&( ?")12'&%( d)1B&+,;( E.:":&( Kingsport’s goals are to collaborate with a variety of arts organizations as well as non‐ arts organizations, with the aim of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists, new markets emerge for the creations of these artists. 8/.'9/*3*-"#3#."32*%1&&'()/( of the Carousel Project– supporters at all levels are needed to make the project a success. Tax‐deductible donations should be made payable to Engage Kingsport, 1200 E. Center St. Kingsport, TN 37660. Engage \$.:'C1),($'("(`OLa+bc(H1.[d)1*$,(1):".$F",$1.5(( Donations can be made through PayPal on www. EngageKingsport.com. Donations of any amount are welcomed.
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Benjamin Walls Launches “Tiger Now, Tiger Never” The entire effort hinges on his February campaign to boost sales and raise funds for his planned tiger '"!")$(,1(0.-$"(,/$'( May. 0.-$"( ( /1%-I'( the majority of the remaining wild
Bristol native, Benjamin Walls, who has photographed wild animals such as Lions, Leopards, Grizzly Bears, Lynx, and Black Bears, is launching JG0WE=(HK>;(G0WE=(HEXE=;S(".( effort to photograph the critically endangered wild Bengal Tiger of 0.-$"5((>"%%'(C%".'(,1('/")&(,/1'&( images in Bristol’s Benjamin Walls Gallery and other gallery exhibits over the course of his career in order to raise awareness about the critically endangered cat.
tiger population, approximately 1,400. Recent surges in poaching, loss of habitat, and controversial #1D&'(73(,/&(0.-$".(:1D&).#&.,( point to an uncertain future for the apex predator. A February 9th cocktail reception dubbed “Tyger! Tyger!” will kick off the campaign for the $.,&).",$1."%%3( "++%"$#&-( *$.&( art photographer. The campaign will include a “never before/
never again” discount of up to 20% off retail, and products for as little at $25, including a chance to pre‐buy images from the trip. The party runs from 6–9 p.m. Cocktail attire. $5 admission. All are welcome. @12( +".( 4",+/( Ben’s Tiger Video that gives full details about his trip on the homepage of BenjaminWalls.com. 0.("--$,$1.;(>"%%'(4$%%( be leading an online campaign via a crowd funding website called \$+8',"),&)5+1#5( ( @12( can contribute there for as little as $5 by visiting Kickstarter. com and searching !1)( AEHe<60H( ><PP9( !)1#( February 6th‐March 2nd. Walls, who’s traveled to every continent except Antarctica, says “This is the biggest trip 1!( #3( +")&&)5( ( 0,I'( :1$.:( ,1( 7&( a dangerous, expensive, yet vital trip. My life’s mission is sharing the natural world with #3( "2-$&.+&5( ( @12)( '2CC1),( 4$%%(
allow me to capture images of this elusive cat while its still C1''$7%&(,1(*$.-(,/&#($.(,/&(4$%-5S For information contact: Benjamin Walls Gallery 701 State St. Bristol VA 24201 or BenjaminWalls.com 877‐989‐ 2557. Open Tuesday – Sat 11AM ‐ 6PM.
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Johnson City Symphony Guest ArtistViolinist Bella Hristova
The Johnson City Symphony and their guest artist, violinist Bella Hristova, on February 16 for a night of all Beethoven music. Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Robert J. Seebacher, the JCSO presents Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale,” and the Violin Concerto. This concert is sponsored by Fred and Roberta Simerly & Ralph and Deborah Van Brocklin. Bella Hristova was born in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1985 and began violin studies at the age of six. <,(Lc;('/&(#1D&-(,1(,/&(R.$,&-(9,",&'5(0.(^OOc;( 6'5(Z)$',1D"(&.,&)&-(G/&(?2),$'(0.',$,2,&;(4/&)&( '/&( 41)8&-( 4$,/( 0-"( \"D"*$".( ".-( ',2-$&-( chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo at 0.-$"."R.$D&)'$,3( $.( ^OLO5( ( 6'5( Z)$',1D"( #"-&( /&)( -&72,( $.( ,/&( @12.:( ?1.+&),( <),$','( 9&)$&'( during the 2009‐10 season at Merkin Concert Z"%%($.(H&4(@1)8;(".-(",(,/&(\&..&-3(?&.,&)($.( Washington, D.C. At the Auditions, she was the *$)',( )&+$C$&.,( 1!( ,/&( Z&%&.( <)#',)1.:( X$1%$.( Fellowship, was honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson and the Ruth Laredo Memorial Awards, and won the Candlelight Concert Society Concert and the Lied Center of Kansas Concert Prizes. Ms. Hristova has had solo appearances in the UK, Mexico, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. Critics have remarked on her “commanding stage presence,” her “impressive power and control,” and her “expressive nuance.” The concert begins with Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72. Fidelio is the story of Florestan and his wife, Leonore. Floristan has been imprisoned and Leonore has disguised herself as a young man, Fidelio, so she can work in the prison. The head of the prison gets a warning
that his superior, Don Fernando, is coming to discuss prisoners who have been unjustly jailed, a category ,/",(T%1)$',".(*$,'($.,15(G/&(B"$%&);(d$F"))1;(-&+$-&'(,1(8$%%( Florestan and dispose of the body. Leonore saves the day by shooting Pizarro, and since her husband and Don Fernando are old friends, Pizarro is arrested and Leonore is celebrated for her bravery. This is actually the fourth overture Beethoven wrote for his only opera, and was written for an 1814 version of Fidelio. The February 16 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. The conductor will hold a pre‐concert talk in
%14&)(9&&:&)(",(fgcO(C5#5((0.-$D$-2"%(+1.+&),(,$+8&,'(")&( $30, $25 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students. Season tickets are still available online at www.jcsymphony. +1#(1)(73(+"%%$.:(,/&('3#C/1.3(1!*$+&(",(h^c[M^f[Nih^5( Tickets for the entire season range from $70 to $120. The symphony accepts Master Card, Visa, and Discover. Free bus service is available from Colonial Hill, leaving at 6:15 p.m.; Maplecrest and Appalachian Christian Village, at 6:30; and City Hall, at 6:45 p.m. Concerts are partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Duty Free Bluegrass Band Carter Family Memorial Music Center February 16th
Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert of bluegrass music by the Duty Free Band. Admission to the concert is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free. Duty Free is a bluegrass band based in Bristol, Tennessee. Members of the band are Bobby Love, Charlie Powers, Rick Powers, Hal Boyd, and Tim Laughlin. Bobby plays mandiolin and demonstrates his versatility as a musician by singing both lead and harmony. He’s a songwriter as well who has written several tunes performed by the group. Charlie plays both lead and rhythm guitar and sings lead and harmony. Rick plays banjo in the traditional Scruggs
style and also lends his vocal talent to the band. Hal Boyd anchors the group’s rhythm with his double bass playing and provides the baritone harmony ‐ as well as lead and bass vocals ‐ on many of Duty Free’s tunes. Tim Laughlin, long noted in bluegrass circles for his #2'$+"%( ,"%&.,;( C%"3'( *$--%&( !1)( the band. Duty Free was formed a few years ago to provide music for a local restaurant. From that humble beginning, friendships and a bluegrass band resulted. Duty Free has opened for Seldom Scene, Barry Scott and Second Wind, the Warrior River Boys, and the John Cowan Band. They have performed at worship services throughout the Tri‐Cities area, local festivals,
Rhythm and Roots, and the Barter Theatre. Known for their traditional bluegrass style, they always include bluegrass gospel in their shows. They have also come to be known for their tight harmony and versatile style. For more information, go to www. dutyfreebluegrassband.com. 0!(,)"-$,$1."%(7%2&:)"''($'(312)( favorite, don’t miss Duty Free at the Carter Family Fold! Bring along your friends and your dancing shoes and get ready for ".( &D&.$.:( 1!( !2.[*$%%&-;( !"#$%3( entertainment. The Fold is one of the few places where folks of every age group come together to celebrate our region’s musical heritage. Carter Family Memorial 62'$+( ?&.,&);( 0.+1)C1)",&-;( $'( "( .1.C)1*$,;()2)"%("),'(1):".$F",$1.( established to preserve traditional, acoustic, mountain music. For further information on the center, go to http://www. carterfamilyfold.org. Shows from the Carter Family Fold can be accessed on the internet at http://www.carterfoldshow.com. Carter Music Center is part of the Crooked Road: VirginiaLs Heritage Music Trail.( ( @12( +".( D$'$,( ,/&( Crooked Road Music Trail site at http://thecrookedroad.org. Partial funding for programs at the center is provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. For recorded information on shows coming up at the Fold, call 276‐386‐6054.
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ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Faculty Down Home, February 13th
The faculty of East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies will perform at Down Home on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Among the 20‐plus performers will be nine‐time 0.,&).",$1."%( A%2&:)"''( 62'$+( Association mandolin player of ,/&( 3&")( ".-( *$D&[,$#&( W)"##3( Award‐winner Adam Steffey; Merlefest banjo champions Will Parsons and Brandon
Green; United States National Scottish Fiddling champion Jane MacMorran; and 2013 SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) T$--%&(d%"3&)(1!(,/&(@&")(Z2.,&)( Berry. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission at the door is $10 for adults and $6 for students 4$,/('+/11%(0V5((G/&(V14.(Z1#&( kitchen will be open and serving dinner.
Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies is part of the Department of Appalachian Studies in the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences and offers the 41)%-I'( *$)',( 7"+/&%1)( 1!( "),'( degree in bluegrass, old time and country music. For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music 9,2-$&'(1!*$+&(",(ah^cb(hcM[iOi^5
Celebrate Black History Month with the American Red Cross February is Black History Month. African‐Americans have played a critical role in the history of the American Red Cross. Dr. Charles Drew, an innovative medical researcher, 4"'(,/&(-$)&+,1)(1!(,/&(*$)',(=&-( ?)1''(7%11-(7".8($.(H&4(@1)8($.( 1941. Drew’s groundbreaking research into banking blood became the foundation for today’s modern blood donation programs. Upcoming Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities Tuesday, Feb 12 Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, 9:15 ‐ 2:45 American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Dr., Johnson City 2:30 – 7:00 Wednesday, Feb 13 American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Dr. Johnson City 8:00 – 1:00 Saturday, Feb 16 American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Dr. Johnson City 8:30 – 1:00 Monday, Feb 18 Jones Hardware, 3514 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi,1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, call Linda Plemmons at 743‐9261 Call 1‐800‐RED CROSS (1‐800‐733‐2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. To schedule a blood drive at your location, contact Gwen Hunter 423‐202‐ 5619.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or ,41(1,/&)(!1)#'(1!($-&.,$*$+",$1.;( are required at check‐in. “About 70 percent of African‐ Americans have type O or type B 7%11-5( G/&'&( ")&( 1!,&.( ,/&( *$)',( blood types to reach critically low levels during a shortage,” said Gwen Hunter, Donor Recruitment Representative in East Tennessee. “African‐ American blood donors play
a critical role in meeting the constant need for blood.” The contributions African‐ Americans have made to blood banking over the years go beyond donating blood. The world‐ renowned Holland Research Laboratory in Rockville, Md., bears the name of educator and U.S. Ambassador Jerome Holland who streamlined the growth of Red Cross laboratories in the early 1980s. “The Red Cross encourages donors to help make history and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Charles Drew, Jerome Holland and African‐American blood donors across the nation 73( :$D$.:( ,/&( YW$!,( 1!( P$!&I( ,/$'( February,” added Hunter.
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Shivering Timbers !"#$%&'"()#*++,#$%+ February 19th S h i v e r i n g Timbers has a unique story, beginning with !"#$% &'()*% discovered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach when married couple/ band leaders Sarah and Jayson Benn played at Auerbach’s birthday party, songs they’d written for their infant daughter. +,'("% !"#$% -.&/0% was subsequently recorded at Auerbach’s studio, a collection of homespun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales.
One year later, Shivering Timbers met and hit it off with Brian Olive (Greenhornes, Dr. John). Pretty soon the band was at his Cincinnati studio recording their second album, “Sing Sing”, a much more accomplished and complex album. The album was released August 14, 2012, and the band is touring the US in support of it’s release, with their 5year old daughter in tow! (who also plays toy piano when on tour). In November, Shivering Timbers traipsed across the Midwest playing the supporting slot on a twoweek tour with up andcomers Shovels & Rope. “Utilizing disparate elements like scorching Indie Rock, rough cut Blues, raw Punk, sprightly Pop, tent revival Gospel and dark Folk, Shivering Timbers has crafted a sound that is
both hauntingly appealing and a raucous bitchslap.” – Cincinnati City Beat Sarah is a captivating singer part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline, while the nuanced howl of Jayson’s guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry 123-.#4%%5,-$6#%02"'%7(8!3/.$%$2% describe is the mood they create, which can, at times, entrance
and haunt the audience, while in the next breath, invite them into a whimsical, footstomping play land. Shivering Timbers has toured with, or been direct support for: Shovels & Rope, Kenny 92**()#:% ;'##(3-% 9'-% <-=!'.7:% Tav Falco, Frontier Ruckus, O’Death, David Wax Museum, and many more great bands...
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Mars Hill Professor to Lead Mexico Trip
A limited number of reservations are available on a trip organized by Dr. Greg Clemons, Mars Hill College Professor of Spanish, to visit one of Asheville’s Sister Cities, San Cristóbal de las Casas, May 15 ‐ 25, 2013. San Cristobal de las Casas is a city located in the central highlands region of the southernmost Mexican state of Chiapas. Among the sites on the planned itinerary are the modern cities of Chiapa de Corzo and Comitán, and well as the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán and the Mayan archeological '$,&'( 1!( d&%&.U2&;( @"Q+/$%".( ".-( Bonampak. Other destinations include the Zoomat city zoo, the beautiful Sumidero Canyon and ,/&( #":.$*$+&.,( 4",&)!"%%'( 1!( Agua Azul, Misol Ha, and Velo de Novia. San Cristobal is one of six cities throughout the world that have been named “sister cities”
through Asheville Sister Cities 0.,&).",$1."%5((<'/&D$%%&I'(J'$',&)( cities” are chosen based on similar population, geography and cultural interests. ( J0( ,/$.8( C&1C%&( 4$%%( 7&( amazed how much Chiapas looks like western North Carolina,” ?%.'( '"$-5( ( J0,I'( "( 7&"2,$!2%( mountainous area full of wonderful, welcoming people whose cultural interests include folk music, as well as arts and crafts, like weaving and pottery ‐‐ even liquor making!” Clemons, who has led several such trips, said Chiapas is an especially good location in which to experience Mexico because it is not as popular with visitors as some better‐known locations. “This is a very personal, U2"$.,(,)$C;(,/",(0(C%"..&-(#3'&%!5( ?/$"C"'( $'( "( C%"+&( ,/",( 0( "%4"3'( enjoy returning to,” Clemons said. J0( ,/$.8( &QC&)$&.+$.:( ".1,/&)( culture is a very important thing for college students as well as adults. And because Chiapas is
Y1!!( ,/&( 7&",&.( C",/;I( ,/1'&( 4/1( do come are able to get a glimpse of a different concept of Mexican culture.” Students from Mars Hill College, as well as representatives from Asheville Sister Cities will be part of the trip, but several additional slots are available. Trip participants need not speak Spanish. Clemons and an additional bi‐lingual guide will will provide interpreting and cultural input. The trip cost of approximately $1800 per person covers lodging, airfare, entrance to all sites on the 1!*$+$"%( $,$.&)")3;( ".-( 1.&( #&"%( per day. Participants will be responsible for additional meals and spending money. For more information,
please contact Dr. Greg Clemons at email@example.com. A refundable $50 deposit is necessary to hold your spot in the group. A check made out to Beacon Travel or cash are welcome as the deposit. Please mail your deposit to: Dr. Greg Clemons, Mars Hill College, 100 Athletic St., Mars Hill, NC 28754. Mars Hill College is a private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees and one graduate degree in elementary education. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina. www.mhc.edu
L[Nff[6Z?[h[@KR5 Photo: The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, in the community of San Juan Chamula, is one of many breathtaking stops planned for visitors to Chiapas.
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Jazz Phenomenon Perpetuum Jazzile Set to Perform in the Paramount One thing about Bristol, we tend to be music connoisseurs. Bristolians like all types of music as long as it is good and done well. Walk around the music venues and festivals, and you’ll hear old time country, bluegrass, today’s country, old rock and roll, Celtic, jazz, hip hop, reggae, show tunes, classical, and pop all being played and enjoyed by huge crowds. Bristol is about to be witness to a group that has never performed in the region before and are here for one night one performance only. The XL vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile is currently the biggest Slovenian pop and jazz vocal ensemble. The performance is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the historic Paramount Center for the Arts. The repertoire offers an attractive selection of vocal jazz and pop, Brazilian bossa nova, gospel, close harmony style and funk and is mostly sung a cappella, yet sometimes also accompanied by remarkable jazz instrumentalists. The listener is given an alluring combination of vocal jazz harmonies and extraordinary rhythms, touched with spectacular soloists, ease and glowing youth. “We are most
privileged to have such an amazing group come to Bristol. When our staff heard them, we couldn’t believe what we heard.
The harmony, the jazz sound, it was just extraordinary,” said Darlene Cole from her X$8$.:( Z"%%( 1!*$+&;( /12)'( "!,&)( +1.*$)#$.:( ,/&( :)12CI'( March date. “We have worked with their U.S. management company for almost two years trying to set the date in their R595( ,12)( '+/&-2%&( ".-( *$."%%3( it came together. We are so excited.” Tickets are on sale now at the Paramount and Viking Z"%%( A1Q( K!*$+&;( 1)( 312( #"3( order tickets by phone at 423‐ 274‐8920 or 423‐764‐0188 or on‐line at www.etix.com. For more information contact Darlene Cole, Venues Manager at 423‐764‐4171 or at dcole@ bristoltn.org.
Bristol Recovery Road for Women Announces Purchase of Home for Recovery “This is a wonderful step in faith that BRRW volunteers have been working towards for several years,” says board president Marjorie Tester. “We have been so blessed to have found a home for this much needed program that will serve women in our community.” BRRW is a faith based residential program for women established to provide a safe and healthy facility for women referred to the program. BRRW seeks to give women a new beginning with the needed skills and support to break the cycle faced by women who face addiction or life controlling issues. BRRW is a 501(c)3 organization established in March 2008 by local women who felt the need to help women in a faith based healing environment. Women in the program can earn their GED, learn about better nutrition for their families, and gain skills needed to become employable. Once a woman is accepted into the program, they will live in the home, learn to care for themselves, and participate in parenting classes. Recovery counseling and support will be a part of their daily routine. The economic impact BRRW will have in our community $'( 2.%$#$,&-5( 0,( ,"8&'( 1D&)( j^`;OOO( "( 3&")( ,1( /12'&( "( 41#".( $.( ,/&( 92%%$D".( ?12.,3( e"$%5( 0!( 4&( ")&( '&)D$.:( `( women in the program, this creates an immediate relief of $125,000 annually off the tax payers. When the women are employed and paying taxes, we now have a positive impact in our local economy. As the women start living a healthier lifestyle, their health care costs decrease and they are no longer as dependent on the free services provided by local clinics and hospitals. Our next fundraising event is our Spring Gala, scheduled for Monday April 8 at 6:00. The semi‐formal event is hosted by The Troutdale Kitchens at The Troutdale Dining Room on 6th Street in Bristol TN. Scotch and cigar tasting on the patio kick off this event with entertainment and food and fun. Some of the items in the live and silent auctions include art by local artists, jewelry and a bathroom granite countertop. A reverse auction with items needed at the new home will also be available for purchase and donation back to BRRW. 0!( 312( ")&( $.,&)&',&-( $.( D1%2.,&&)$.:( ",( ,/&( /1#&( 1)( providing transportation for the women to work or want to make a monetary donation, you can contact Marjorie Tester at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 743, Bristol, GH(cif^L5((@12(+".("%'1(&#"$%(!1)(#1)&($.!1)#",$1.("712,( the program for someone you love.
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My New Favorites Performing At Down Home February 21st
Local Americana favorites My New Favorites will be bringing their eclectic sound to Down Home on Thursday, February 21. Doors open at 6:00 and the music begins at 8:00. The band will be celebrating the release of their debut CD, My New Favorites, which will be available for sale
!1)(,/&(*$)',(,$#&5( My New Favorites is the union of four talented musicians with radically different musical backgrounds. Two of them are classically trained. Two of them never learned to read a single .1,&5( 0.-$D$-2"%%3;( ,/&3( C%"3( 1%-( time, bluegrass, Americana, )1+8;( :1'C&%;( 0)$'/( ".-( +%"''$+"%5( Together, somehow, they are a fusion of all those styles. Their new CD, My New T"D1)$,&';( )&*%&+,'( ,/",( !2'$1.5( “Got To Have That Giving”, shows how piano, organ and claw hammer banjo can happily groove together on the same track. And the rock and roll accordion solo on “Go” is kind of like Chuck Berry gone Cajun.
The four part harmonies on the soulful J6&&,(6&(0.(G/&( Water” and the gospel number “Long White Robe” showcase the band’s vocal abilities. And they show their sense of humor with the girl power anthem “Man Among Men”, and “Splitsville”, which is happy‐go‐ lucky divorce song. With strong songwriting, singing and storytelling, My New Favorites have been entertaining audiences across the mountain
south. My New Favorites are songwriters as well as performing musicians. They write about 95% of the music they play. Jeff Benedict is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar and banjo in the band. He writes most of the band’s songs. Linda Waltner is a classically trained violinist, but doesn’t let that get in the way of being a *$)',[)",&( *$--%&)5( =$:/,( ",( /1#&( with Mozart or Mumford, she can also do old‐time and Celtic.
Amy Benedict, “the little girl with the great big bass,” is a veteran performer on the old time scene. A lifelong singer and dancer, she brings strong melodies and harmonies to the band’s vocal mix. Tracy Johnson plays the keyboards and the accordion for us, and does a great job singing. She’s the only one in the band to play Carnegie Hall! Her strong musical style helps drive the music forward through every performance.
College of Nursing Faculty Member Leads VA Project Dr. Sue Grover, a faculty member with the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing, has been awarded funding from the R595( V&C"),#&.,( 1!( X&,&)".'( <!!"$)'( aX<b( K!*$+&( 1!( =2)"%( Z&"%,/( !1)( a project designed to train and empower VA staff to improve care to veterans living in rural areas. Grover’s grant project speaks to the strong history of rural health care training at ETSU and the collaborative process between the university and the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center (VAMC) at Mountain Home. Throughout 2013, the funding will provide further, focused rural health training events consisting of on‐site “Train the Trainer” sessions and online experiential and interactive learning. G/&(!2.-$.:("#12.,($'(jfNM;c`^(1D&)(*$D&(3&")'5 Grover, along with Daryl Visser, is co‐director of the Rural Health d)1!&''$1.'( 0.',$,2,&( a=Zd0b;( 4/$+/( ,/&( X<( K!*$+&( 1!( =2)"%( Z&"%,/( established in 2009 to provide experiential and interactive learning for VA staff. An interprofessional focus enhances this collaborative effort between ETSU and the James H. Quillen VAMC, from the design of the curriculum to assessment. The College of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Research is administering the grant and will work to provide the training and conduct follow‐up interviews with participating VA team leaders who – as a result of the training – develop process improvement projects. The college will then evaluate and propose ,/&(7&',(1!(,/1'&(C)1B&+,'(,1(,/&(=Zd0(!1)($.+%2'$1.("'(J7&',(C)"+,$+&'S( topics to be used in published or conference form. Grover has an extensive record of research and scholarship on various topics that focus on interprofessional health professions education. Her work has been published in journals that include Journal of Rural Health, Journal of Professional Nursing and Academic Medicine.
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Alumni, Current Students of ETSU’s College of Business and Technology Invited to Career Fair East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology (CBAT) will hold Career Fair 2013 on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m.‐2 p.m., in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom. The free event is open to current CBAT students and alumni seeking career opportunities. Participants should dress in professional attire and bring current résumés for entry. Last year, 42 employers and 225 job seekers attended the event. For further information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Melinda LaPrade, CBAT’s coordinator of career services, at email@example.com, or Kristy Buchanan at buchanankd@ etsu.edu or (423) 439‐5300.
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February Fourteenth 0( '/12%-( /"D&( 8.14.( something was going to be off on that particular Valentine’s Day, when it began with the discovery of a dead pigeon in my 1D&.5(0.(,/",(&")%3(C1',['%&&C(!1:( of morning, you’re never quite sure of what is going on till that *$)',(+2C(1!(+1!!&&(8$+8'($.5(91("'( 0( ',11-( ,/&)&;( %118$.:( $.,1( #3( 1D&.;(0(+12%-.I,(/&%C(72,(41.-&)( if the dead bird inside was real 1)( .1,5( 0( +%1'&-( ,/&( -11);( '/118( #3(/&"-;(".-(1C&.&-($,(":"$.5(0,( was real alright, and resting on a rack in the upper third of my oven. 0( '",( -14.( ",( #3( 8$,+/&.( table, and tried to wrap my head around what could have transpired that would result in "(-&"-(C$:&1.($.(#3(1D&.5(0(/"-( not been out the night before, .1)(-$-(0(14.(".3(C&,(7$)-'5(G/&( cat’s birthday was still a few #1.,/'( "4"3;( ".-( 0( -127,( ,/",( any doors or windows would have been open long enough for a pigeon to make it’s way into my /1#&5( 0( +"%%&-( #3( !)$&.-( ?"'&3;( he is something of a bird expert. Birds, and video games, are his two passions. He combined the two beautifully into the famous book A Few Facts About Birds,
and By the Way, RSuper Mario BrothersL is Pretty FrigginL Great, Right? Casey came over, walked into my home wearing his “Zelda was a bird man” t‐shirt, and went straight to the oven. He opened the door, and with a pair of latex gloves on, removed the bird from the rack. Casey examined ,/&( 7$)-( 4$,/( /$'( /".-'5( J0,I'( ".( alpine squab, common, easily acquired. Have you wronged anyone lately?” Startled by that %"',( U2&',$1.;( 0( ,118( "( #1#&.,( ".-( ,1%-( ?"'&3;( J0( -1.I,( 8&&C( "( B12)."%( 1!( C&1C%&( 0ID&( 4)1.:&-;( '1(0(+".I,()&"%%3('"35S Casey left to dispose of ,/&( 7$)-5( 0( '",( ",( #3( -&'8( ".-( pondered what could be going on, given that my mind tends ,1( :&,( "( %$,,%&k!")( !&,+/&-k0( came up with a list of three possibilities. One, someone is trying to “gaslight” me. Two, someone is trying take out some form of revenge on me in a Hitchcockian manner. Three, my oven is a harbinger of plague. With the obvious fact that there 4"'("(-&"-(".$#"%($.(#3(1D&.;(0( decided to get out of the house for Breakfast. 0( -&+$-&-( ,1( :1( ,/&( .&4(
popular coffee shop, Le Oiseau. 0(1)-&)&-("(%",,&(".-("(7)&"8!"',( '".-4$+/5( 0( '",( -14.( ",( ,/&( table and did what all twenty‐ somethings with smart phones do. Obsessively check Twitter and Facebook till my food "))$D&'5( @&,;( '1#&,/$.:( 4"'( amiss when my food did arrive. Perched next to the plate of tasty bacon, and eggs on toast, was a blue canary night light. This restaurant was not in the custom of giving everyone night lights that reference songs by They Might Be Giants. So again, 0(7&:".(,1(%118(")12.-5(91#&1.&( was continuing the bird motif to my day, and this person knew that one of my favorite songs is JA$)-/12'&($.(@12)(912%5S My phone rang, it was Casey. >/&.( 0( ".'4&)&-( $,;( 0( /&")-( the sounds of sirens in the background. “The bird exploded.” Casey said, in his very calm #"..&)5(J>/",lmS(0(&Q+%"$#&-;($.( #3('%$:/,%3(/3',&)$+"%(#"..&)5(J0( was going to toss the bird away, ".-("'('11.("'(0(-$-;($,(&QC%1-&-5S( This situation had quickly turned from puzzling, to downright fowl. Casey had phoned the police about this, and our mutual friend Detective Hawk was coming by ,/&( /12'&( ,1( *$:2)&( ,/$'( 12,5( 0( dashed off back home in order to tidy the place up a bit before /&("))$D&-;(72,("'(0(7&:".(,1(1C&.( #3( !)1.,( -11);( 0( !12.-( "( ,$.3( C"+8":&( 1.( ,/&( -11)',&C5( 0,( 4"'( unmarked, in plain brown paper. 0.'$-&(4"'("(VXV(1!(The Maltese Falcon. Detective Hawk arrived at my house with plenty of gear. Dusting kit, laptops, tablets, 7%"+8( %$:/,'5( 0I%%( 'C")&( 312( ,/&( details of what he found with the black lights, but houses aren’t as clean as you think they are. We began poring over who, outside of Casey, in my life is obsessed with birds. There had to be some connection to something from my past, or current life, that was causing this feathery bash to be happening. Soon my living room was *$%%&-( 4$,/( &%&+,)1.$+( -&D$+&';( all scanning, measuring, and processing ideas as to who, or what, could be conjuring this +1.2.-)2#5( <'( 0( ',11-( ",( ,/&( large bay window in the dining room looking out, there was a loud crashing sound, followed by pain. Someone had thrown a Continued on page 21
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rock with note tied to it through the window, and it had hit me in the leg. The note was written on simple notebook paper, and all it said was “421 West Plot Development Street, 10:00 PM.” 0( 8.&4( ,/&( ")&"( 4&%%( [( $,( 4"'( down by the docks, the old 4")&/12'&( -$',)$+,5( 0( 41)8&-( with Detective Hawk, and Casey, to set up an ambush that night. Clearly, whoever was behind this, would reveal themselves to #&5( 0( 4"'( #&"'2)&-( ".-( *$,,&-( for a wire and hidden camera. While all the happy couples were out having rich meals and getting +1F3;(0(4"'($.(,/&(7"+8(1!("('4",( team van, having a battery pack shoved down my pants. Naturally, the warehouse in question was an abandoned one, and as time ticked closer to ten, the building was under 17'&)D",$1.5( 0,( 4"'( "712,( "( quarter till time came for me to walk into the warehouse. How did 0( 8.14( 4/&)&( ,/&( entrance was? There was a trail of birdseed to the correct door, .",2)"%%35( 0( ',11-( outside the van with Detective Hawk, and Casey soon arrived. Casey walked over wearing a costume of the Hanna Barbera character, Birdman. Needles to say, this was one way to make an entrance, ".-( 1--%3( *$,,$.:( ,1( the day. “Why are you dressed like A$)-#".mS( 0( "'8&-( him, and in his calm and easy manner, ?"'&3('"$-;(J0(/"-(,/&( costume, and since ,/$'( $'( ".( "#72'/;( 0( ,/12:/,(Y4/3(.1,mIS The clock hit ten, it was time to go in. After a last double check that all the gear strapped to me 4"'( ,)".'#$,,$.:;( 0( 4&.,( $.5( 0,( was cold inside, the windows had holes in them, broken long ago by bored teenagers with rocks. The hanging lamps were on. Those industrial kind that you sometimes see in trendy restaurants. They were dirty, and they burned a slightly dim 3&%%14(%$:/,5(>$,/(,/&(&")C$&+&;(0( could hear all the activity going
February 12, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 21 1.( $.( ,/&( D".5( 0( /&")-( Z"48( '"3( “The Eagle is in the nest”. 0( /&")-( ,/&( '12.-( 1!( "( )",,%&;( then a door at the back of the massive space opened. Slowly, someone walked towards me. 0,( 4"'( -")8( $.( ,/",( C"),( 1!( ,/&( 4")&/12'&;( ".-( /")-( ,1( '&&5( 0( heard a voice say “Hello, Andy”, ".-(0()&+1:.$F&-($,($##&-$",&%3;( it was one of my exes. “Anita A$)-4&%%lS( 0( &Q+%"$#&-5( 0( +12%-( hear commotion on my ear C$&+&;(,/&('12.-(1!('/2!*%$.:(".-( Casey saying “Anita Birdwell!? Away!” followed by Hawk asking “Where’d he go!?” J<.$,";(/14(%1.:("'($,(7&&.mS(0( pondered. “Eight years!, Eight years since we were together. Eight lonely, miserable, years.” “But, aren’t you a big CEO at a solar panel company? Live in a nice penthouse apartment?” JG/",I'(7&'$-&'(,/&(C1$.,l(@12( put an end to our love, and now 0I#(:1$.:(,1(C2,(".(&.-(,1(312lS(
Anita pulled a gun. At this C1$.,;( 0( )&"%$F&-( '1#&,/$.:5( @12( never watch the movie Fatal Attraction thinking it’s gonna be training for something later on in life, but this day proved that wrong. The more you know, kids. The more you know. My brain :1,(7"+8(,1(,/&(,/)&",(",(/".-5(0( pondered how to get out of this '$,2",$1.;( 0( 4"'( ,)3$.:( ,1( +1#&( up with a witty retort, but my brain was concentrating more on not wetting myself. Just as Anita stood poised ,1( *$)&;( ,/&)&( 4"'( ,/&( '12.-( of breaking glass coming in from above. Casey zip lined in from above, calling out “Biiiiirrrrrrdddddddman!!!!!” He knocked Antia down, took her gun, and turned to me. “Looks like this bird’s been caged!” he said, as he put on a pair of '2.:%"''&';( ".-( 0( +12%-( /"D&( '41).( 0( /&")-( =1:&)( V"%,)3( '+)&"#$.:(J@&"/llllllS((G/&(C1%$+&( swooped in, and took Anita into custody. As they led her by me, she stopped, turned to me and said “Will we "%4"3'(/"D&(d")$'mS(0('"$-( “Sure kid, we’ll always have Paris.” 0,( 4"'( +)&&C$.:( +%1'&( ,1( #$-.$:/,( "'( 0( #"-&( #3( 4"3( /1#&5( 0( -$-.I,( do anything else to mark ,/$'( -"3;( 0( B2',( -)".8( "( six pack of Fiji water, and watched episodes of “Dark Shadows” on H&,*%$Q( a0( 8.14;( 0( 8.145( 0( gotta stop this hard living before it catches up with #&b5( 0,( 4"'( 1.&( ,/&( #1)&( eventful Valentine’s Days 0ID&( &QC&)$&.+&-( 1.( ,/$'( &"),/;( ".-( 1.&( 0( /1C&( to not repeat anytime soon. See you next week, follow me on Twitter @ ThatAndyRoss.
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INCOMING! Cosmic Debris Headed Our Way
P$8&( +2C$-I'( "))14'( *%3$.:( to a heady destination, cosmic missiles are in‐coming to our friendly Solar System. The day after kissing your sweetie for a red hot Valentine’s Day, things are heating up in the Earth’s network of satellites as an asteroid buzzes by inside the orbit of those man‐made machines broadcasting our television shows. Have no fear, though this close
shave is just another reminder that we are only one good cosmic whack away from a terrible catastrophe on Earth. The invasion of 200‐foot‐ wide asteroid designated “DA 14” inside our earthly comfort zone will happen Feb. 15 at 2:30 pm EST. The closest approach of this 130,000‐ ton space rock half ,/&('$F&(1!("(!11,7"%%(*$&%-(4$%%(7&( 17,200 miles above the sleeping population of Europe, well inside
the orbits of geosynchronous satellites. And you can actually watch the closest approaching of this moving piece of rock by %1::$.:( 1.( ,/&( 0.,&).&,( ,1( 9%11/( Space Camera for a live feed of the passing space rock. Astronomers say this close '/"D&( 1!( ,/&( "',&)1$-( *%3$.:( 73( Earth at 20,000 mph‐‐eight ,$#&'(,/&('C&&-(1!("()$*%&(72%%&,[ ‐is unprecedented in the history of skywatching for Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHA). There are many telescopes around the world dedicated
,1( *$.-$.:( 'C"+&( -&7)$'( ,/",( threatens Earth. First seen in 2012, DA 14 is such an asteroid, and though close, it has no chance of hitting Earth‐‐this time at least! When the space rock swings back by Earth in 30 years, that might be a different story. 0!(,/$'()",/&)('#"%%('C"+&()1+8( did hit Earth, it might leave a three‐quarter‐mile‐wide crater, like out in the Arizona desert north of Phoenix. Astronomers predict that an impact with Earth by an object the size of DA 14 is a likely event every 1,200
years or so. As for other Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) being tracked by a network of space watchers funded by NASA, well, there are currently 1,380 or so 300 feet in size or larger being closely watched. Astronomers *$:2)&( ,/",( #$:/,( 7&( LO( C&)+&.,( of the threatening asteroid they can see! There is a possibility that skywatchers with binoculars and telescopes will see DA 14 in the night skies of Eastern E2)1C&;( <'$"( ".-( <2',)"%$"5( ( 0,( will move across the sky from southwest to northeast just below the visibility of the human eye, covering an amazing half a degree of sky a minute‐‐the size of the Full Moon. Large telescopes have been providing images of DA 14 for months. The three‐hour journey in Earth’ neighborhood by asteroid DA 14 will go through a region that has very few satellites, and pose no threat. The 17,000 mile distance is just below the 22,000 mile height of the communication satellites, and Continued on page 23
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way above the 200 mile high -1#"$.( 1!( ,/&( 0.,&).",$1."%( Space Station. 0.+)&-$7%3;( LOO( ,1.'( 1!( 'C"+&( debris smashes into the Earth’s atmosphere every day! Mostly in the form of cosmic particles the size of grains of sand and usually .1,(%"):&)(,/".("(/2#".(*$',;(,/&( space junk is leftovers of comets, smashed asteroids and even ejecta from the rocky planets. The Feb. 15 asteroid event is just one of several amazing events in 2013 that will turn the heads of Joe and Jane America skyward. Right now, astronomers are closely watching three comets streaking through the Solar System. By March 6th, you will start to see the faintly glowing tail of Comet PanStarrs as it comes from behind the Sun to put on a show for two weeks in our twilight evenings. 0.( H1D&)( ".-( V&+&);( predictions are for another comet to become a tremendous long‐tailed sight in the winter mornings—maybe shining
February 12, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 23 brighter than the Moon and D$'$7%&( $.( -"3%$:/,l( ( ?1#&,( 09KH( is about to cross the orbit of Jupiter some 800 million miles from the Sun. And Southern Hemisphere stargazers are currently watching a greenish comet in their telescopes called Lemon, which will appear in our night skies in late March with maybe the brightness of the stars in the Big Dipper. Pulled by the tremendous gravity of the Sun that keeps the planets and everything around it in a predictable orbit, comets are thought to be the pristine leftovers of the Solar System’s birth. Astronomers have recently understood that starting with Pluto, 4 billion miles away, is a section of frozen spheres and rubble called the Kuiper Belt. The objects, the largest being Pluto, are now called “dwarf planets,” and there are at least a half dozen that rival the former 9th planet in size. When a NASA spacecraft called New Horizons passes by Pluto on July 14, 2015, it will continue through the Kuiper Belt. This valuable data will mold a new
concept of this newly discovered feature of our Solar System. Another new concept for our family of planets, moons and asteroids is a doughnut‐ like torus called the Oort Cloud. Ringing the Solar system at radius beginning at 10 billion miles from the Sun, this is the reservoir for billions and billions of comets. Theorized by Danish
astronomer Jan Oort in 1950, the existence is still inferred as sunlight is so feeble that even the Hubble Telescope can’t pick 12,(!&",2)&'5((0,($'(7&%$&D&-(,/",("( passing star or unknown object near the Oort Cloud disturbs the gravity equilibrium and sends thousands of primordial comets toward the reaching gravity of the Sun. The last naked‐eye visible
comets in the Northern Hemisphere, Comet Hyakutake in 1995 and Comet Hale‐Bopp $.( LMMf;( 4&)&( "%'1( *$)',( ,$#&( visitors from the Oort Cloud to the inner Solar System. Maybe we are entering an era of gravity disturbed comets heading our way as they are drawn to the gravity of the Sun like a magnet. Only time will tell.
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Celestial events in the skies for the week of Feb. 12-18, 2013, as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette.
Sat. Feb. 16
The moon dance of our nearest celestial neighbor takes place in our evening skies as the crescent turns into a half‐lit globe. The amount of daylight is increasing by two minutes each day as we get closer to the March 20 Spring EU2$.1Q( 4/&.( ,/&( "#12.,( 1!( -"3,$#&( *$."%%3( 1D&),"8&'( ,/&( "#12.,( 1!( .$:/,5( Compare how much brighter planet Jupiter is, directly overhead, to the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, rising in the east. Tues Feb. 12
The very bright Procyon is way above Sirius to the left, and it in the small dog, Canis Minor. Look way to the right of Procyon, and there is the red star of Orion’s shoulder‐‐Betelgeuse. Anchored at the bottom by Sirius, a “Winter Triangle” with Procyon and Betelgeuse is formed. Amateur astronomers call ,/&'&(2.1!*$+$"%(',")(C",,&).'(J"',&)$'#'5S((G/&(A$:(V$CC&)($'(".1,/&)("',&)$'#;("'( a part of the larger constellation Ursa Major, the Big Bear.
The crescent Moon spends three days moving 36 degrees across the constellation Pisces before entering Aries on Friday and Saturday, then Taurus on Sunday, Monday and next Tuesday.
First Quarter Moon is today at 3:31 pm, directly south at sunset and half lit on the right side and dark on the left side. That dividing line is called the “terminator.”
Sun. Feb. 17
Mon. Feb. 18 Wed. Feb. 13 Sirius is the brightest star in all of the sky, and at 7 pm it is above the eastern /1)$F1.( $.( ,/&( &")%3( &D&.$.:( -")8.&''5( ( 0.( ,/&( +1.',&%%",$1.( ?".$'( 6"B1);( ,/&( C",,&).(1!(!&4(',")'(%118'(%$8&("(',$+8(*$:2)&(#".(4$,/(9$)$2'(",($,'(/&"-5((9,$%%;( many ancient cultures saw this group of stars as one of two dogs following Orion the Hunter. Thurs. Feb. 14 Planetary astronomers will always have a special place in their hearts for the asteroid named Eros, as on this date in 2000 the NASA spacecraft called NEAR began orbiting the potato‐shaped, 18‐mile‐long space rock. Eros is the Greek goddess of love. When the year‐long mission ended, space scientists unexpectedly set the NEAR spacecraft down on the surface of Eros‐‐where it remains. Fri. Feb. 15 K.(,/$'(L`fh(-",&($.('C"+&(/$',1)3;(,/&(0,"%$".(=&."$''".+&(#".(W"%$%&1(W"%$%&$( 4"'(71).($.(d$'"5((>/&.(/&(-$&-(ii(3&")'(%",&);(/$'('+$&.,$*$+(&QC&)$#&.,'(".-( *$)',( 2'&( 1!( "( ,&%&'+1C&( 1.( ,/&( .$:/,( '83( +1#C%&,&%3( )&D1%2,$1.$F&-( #".8$.-I'( understanding of our place in the Universe.
Jupiter is in conjunction with the Moon, the two paired up in Taurus the Bull, The Pleiades star cluster nearby. A good photo opportunity, as well as easy targets to enjoy in any kind of telescope. Start at low power and work up to the higher #":.$*$+",$1.'(1!(312)(,&%&'+1C&(&3&C$&+&'5
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Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza Bigger and Better This year
Organizers of the 2013 Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza say this year will surprise attendees with the variety and uniqueness 1!( ,/&( +)"!,( 7)&4'( "D"$%"7%&5( 0.( it’s second year, the beer lover’s event will offer more than 120 rare beers to attendees from breweries around the region. Breweries coming to this year’s event include amazing breweries rarely seen in east Tennessee, including Highland Brewing, Moccasin Bend
Brewing, Oscar Blues Brewery, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Calf Killer Brewing Company, Green Man Brewery, Studio Brew, Wolf Hills Brewing Company, Saw Works Brewing Company and Smokey Mountain Brewery. “This year’s list of breweries is like a meeting of the “who’s who” in brewing in this region. The brewers at our event are leading the way in southern brew styles and quality,” said Stephanie Carson, event organizer. This year’s guest brewery is
the new Wicked Weed Brewery out of Asheville. The brewery opened in December and has already generated buzz around the region for their Belgian brews and sour beers. They’ll also be bringing their signature JT)&"8(V127%&(0d<S(,/",I'(U2$+8%3( becoming one of the most sought after beer for “hop heads.” 0.( "--$,$1.( ,1( >$+8&-( >&&-;( ,/$'( 4$%%( #")8( ,/&( *$)',( ,$#&( K'+")( A%2&';( ?"%*8$%%&)( A)&4&)3( and Greenman Brewery will be in east Tennessee. The Thirsty Orange will also offer live music from local bands >$'&( K%-( =$D&);( V.( >"!*%&( ".-( P"',( 0.( P$.&5( ?")'1.( '"3'( they do their best to support local musicians and showcase the talent the region offers. “Northeast Tennessee has a rich history of music styles from country to bluegrass. We’re thrilled that our attendees will
enjoy great brew and listen the awesome music at the same time,” said Carson. New this year, the “People’s Pint Glass Swap, a glass roots movement.” People are invited to bring their unwanted pint glasses to the event and trade them with other beer lovers. Organizers say it’s a great way to swap stories, exchange pint glasses and meet new friends. “Most beer lovers have a cabinet of pint glasses from their beer adventures. This is a chance to get rid of what you don’t want, and collect a few unique pieces you’d like to have in your kitchen,” said Carson. Returning from last year, the free Beer Booth, where folks are invited to get their picture made with their friends using funny props. Also returning, the 0)1.( A)&4&)( ?/"%%&.:&;( 4/&)&( brewers from Louisville to Atlanta will be competing for the ,$,%&( 1!( G&..&''&&( 0)1.( A)&4&)5( Fun for brewers, but also fun for
attendees, who will be invited to taste their creations. Hula hoopers from around the region are invited to attend as well. Tickets go on sale February L`,/5( @12( +".( C2)+/"'&( ,/&#( at www.thirstyorange.com or at the Johnson City Mellow Mushroom locations. Proceeds !)1#( ,/&( G/$)',3( K)".:&( 7&.&*$,( ,/&( .1.[C)1*$,;( W$)%'( 1.( ,/&( =2.( in northeast Tennessee. There are three types of tickets for sale. General admission ,$+8&,'(")&(jc^5`O5(X0d(,$+8&,'(")&( $52.50 and will allow entrants to gain access to the festival and hour and a half early to sample special cask tappings and enjoy great food provided by Mellow Mushroom. Some of the special 7&&)'( !1)( ,/&( X0d( ,$+8&,( /1%-&)'( include Apple Pie Ale and Peanut Butter and Jelly Brew. Designated driver tickets are available for $12.50. Rootbeer will be provided to them. Photo credit: Wiselyn Photography
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G/&( *$)',( #1D$&( #2'$+"%( 0( can remember seeing was “The Sound of Music”, which my mom took me to see, and we waited in a long line outside the theater. The movie made a big impression on ,/&( 312.:( %"-( $.( ,/",( %$.&;( ".-( 0( am to this day a fan of the story of the trials and tribulations of the nun/nanny who frequently
broke into song. Through the years, 0( /"D&( "%'1( &.B13&-( many additional musicals including “Rent”, “Chicago”, and “Hairspray” just to name a few. The latest musical 0("--(,1(#3(%$',($'(JP&'( Miserables”, based on the Broadway musical which was adapted from the 1862 novel of the '"#&(."#&5(G/&(*$%#( has been nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and after viewing the *$%#( 0( +".( +&),"$.%3( see why. G/&( *$%#( !1%%14'( the story of Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a convict in France who is released on parole by a prison guard named Javert (Russell Crowe), and taken in by as Bishop. During his stay with the Bishop, Valjean is accused of a theft, and as a result, incurs the wrath of Javert, who promises to bring the convict to justice. While
on the run, Valjean has vowed to help others, and soon does so under a new identity. G/&( *$%#( ,/&.( B2#C'( &$:/,( 3&")'( "/&"-;( ".-( *$.-'( X"%B&".( running a factory in and being the major of Montreuil‐sur‐Mer, T)".+&5( 0.( X"%B&".I'( !"+,1)3( 4&( meet Fantine (Anne Hathaway), who is soon dismissed from her job after the foreman discovers she has been sending money to an unscrupulous couple who are caring for her illegitimate daughter Cosette. The action of the foreman results in Fantine being forced into the world of prostitution in order to provide money for her daughter. Her new “job” is short‐lived however, as Javert arrests Fantine, but just as she is about to be taken away, Valjean comes to the rescue. Due to a devastating end for Fantine, Valjean soon comes to take Cosette under his wing to be raised as his daughter. G/&( *$%#( ":"$.( #1D&'( !1)4")-( in time, with Cosette now a young adult living in a world where the poor are being treated so badly, revolution is in the air. One of the leaders in the coming revolution in student activist Marius (Eddie Redmayne), who becomes the love interest of Cosette, but all is not easy for the star‐crossed couple. Many are killed in what is know as the June Rebellion of France, but Valjean manages to save the life of Marius. So, as you can imagine, there is much drama ".-( '"-.&''( $.( ,/$'( *$%#;( 72,( there are rays of light as well, all conveyed in 51(!) songs. K.&( 1!( ,/&( "'C&+,'( 1!( ,/&( *$%#( 0( !12.-( "#"F$.:( $'( ,/&( !"+,( "%%( the vocals were recorded live on set, as apposed to prerecording the vocals and then having the actors lip‐sync, thus the crying 4/$%&('$.:$.:($.(,/$'(*$%#(4"'(D&)3( impressive. The actors are all wonderful, ".-(4/$%&(0(/"-(/&")-(e"+8#".I'( D1+"%( C)14&''( 7&!1)&;( 0( +12%-( not say the same for Crowe or Hathaway, but the two certainly impressed me with their singing. Combined with wonderful sets, superb acting and singing, it’s &"'3(,1('&&(4/3(,/&(*$%#(:").&)&-( ",,&.,$1.( !)1#( 1%&( K'+")5( 0!( 312( enjoy musicals, or like myself, &.B13( U2"%$,3( *$%#'( 1!( ".3( :&.)&;( then “Les Miserables” hits the right note. (Rated PG‐13) A
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Abraham Lincoln, Celebrity Hunter
This week marks the two hundred and fourth birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the larger‐ than‐life President who has become a true American celebrity and the subject of much recent attention. Already the most studied and written about person in American history, he is now more popular than ever, thanks to two disparate sources— Steven Spielberg’s new movie, based on the bestselling book by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and the intriguing revelation by author Seth Grahame‐Smith that not only was Lincoln our sixteenth President, but was also a highly‐ motivated vampire hunter as well. Given my obsessions with C1C(+2%,2)&;(0(.",2)"%%3(C)&!&)(,/&( vampire image, but as a historian 0( '2CC1'&( 0( '/12%-( ",( %&"',( acknowledge the “seriousness” of the Spielberg‐Goodwin version. All this goes to show that Lincoln can be practically anyone (or anything) you want him to be. The truth of this observation is documented in a most enjoyable and controversial way by Bradley University professor Jackie Hogan in her delightful book, Lincoln, Inc.: Selling The Sixteenth President In Contemporary America(a=14#".(".-(P$,,%&*$&%-;( ^OLLb5( 0!( 312I)&( %118$.:( !1)( 3&,( another biography of the man !)1#(0%%$.1$';(,/$'($'(.1,(,/&(7118( for you, but if you’re interested in discovering how Lincoln has morphed into an enduring pop culture icon, your search is over. 0.(#".3(4"3'(,/$'($'("(+1#C".$1.( piece to Merrill Peterson’s 1994 study Lincoln in American Memory, but Hogan is a better storyteller than Peterson and is far more interested in Lincoln as a marketable consumer item than is Peterson. As Hogan tells us from the outset, “this is a book about the ways Abraham Lincoln
is packaged and sold in the marketplace of American ideas.” Also, she is “less interested in proving or disproving the man’s greatness than in understanding why we see Lincoln the way we do.” Of course, the picture of the Abraham Lincoln bobblehead *$:2)$.&(1.(,/&(7118I'(!)1.,(+1D&)( should tip you off that this is no ordinary biography. Hogan’s book covers a lot of ground in its brief 205 pages (a page, very conveniently, for every year since Honest Abe’s birth), and it analyzes most of the topics 4&( '/12%-( &QC&+,( ,1( *$.-( $.( "( book like this (not that there are many books just like this). Hogan takes a look at a wide range of topics, from Lincoln’s image as a marketing and tourism tool to his portrayal in literature, television, ".-( *$%#5( 9/&( "%'1( &QC%"$.'( /14( Lincoln has become a staple of American political discourse, polite and otherwise; can you, for instance, think of a campaign in which his name wasn’t invoked to make some inane points by both liberals and +1.'&)D",$D&'m( 0.( 1.&( of her more interesting chapters, she takes us on a tour of the countless Lincoln exhibits in museums across the country and wonders why we are so obsessed with cataloging such a vast array of memorabilia, from autographs to locks of hair. At the heart of Logan’s immensely entertaining books are four principles that are revealed by a study of Lincoln as pop culture icon. Each one demonstrates how Lincoln, and other famous and much‐ $-&"%$F&-( *$:2)&'( !)1#(
American history, holds up a mirror to our national self‐ image. She sets these principles in the context of what social commentator Benedict Anderson calls “imagined communities,” highlighting that we have remade Lincoln in our own image several times since his tragic assassination in 1865. These often competing images form “discourses of national identity,” and can manifest themselves as uplifting political speeches or "'( 7177%&/&"-'( ".-( *$%#'( "712,( vampire hunters. Perhaps the best way we can envision Lincoln is as a shapeshifter rather than as a vampire hunter.
G/&( *$)',( C)$.+$C%&( -$'+2''&-( by Logan is that “discourses of national identity are not hard to *$.-5S( e2',( %118( ")12.-( ".-( 312( will see Lincoln’s face staring back at you from the pages of textbooks, from automobile logos, city limit signs, Lincoln Logs containers, and university memorabilia. Lincoln’s name is invoked, no pun intended, at the drop of a hat. Second, “in any given nation, different groups imagine the nation differently, so there are always multiple and competing discourses of national identity, and those discourses change over time in response to social conditions.” Third, “discourses of national identity often carry implicit, or even explicit, messages about such things as gender, race, ethnicity, class, religion, and sexuality.” Just name your agenda, and Abe will be by your side with a handy platform. And, fourth, “discourses of .",$1."%( $-&.,$,3( )&*%&+,;( reinforce, and occasionally challenge social /$&)")+/$&'5S( 0.( 1,/&)( words, Abraham Lincoln has been and apparently will continue to be the poster child for any cause you wish to name. We can therefore see our stories about Abraham Lincoln as J$-&"%$F&-( )&*%&+,$1.'( 1!( the nation. They tell us who we think we are, and who we want to be.” History,
after all, is rarely a story about “what really happened, but is most often a tale involving wish‐ !2%*$%%#&.,(".-('&%![)&*%&+,$1.5 After reading Hogan’s book, 0( )&"%$F&-( ,/",( ,/&( #".( 4/1( presided over a divided nation when he was alive has now, in death, become a unifying force. Although we can disagree, often violently, about what image of Lincoln we want to adopt, we can at least agree about our need to see ourselves in that craggy and bearded face. We turn to Lincoln for advice, which is nearly always taken radically out of context, and we transform him into a vehicle for entertainment. We can sip our Starbucks and debate who makes the most convincing Lincoln—Gregory Peck or Daniel Day‐Lewis?—or which director captured the real man—D.W. W)$!*$,/( 1)( 9,&D&.( 9C$&%7&):m(( “What Would Lincoln Do?” has become our mantra and our +1#!1),5(0.(!"+,;(#&(#$:/,(7&('"!&( in saying that Lincoln was our *$)',(.",$1."%(+&%&7)$,3k"%,/12:/( we would be hard‐pressed to ignore the star power generated earlier by George Washington, ,/&(#".(0(%$8&(,1(+"%%(,/&(JE%D$'(K!( The Eighteenth Century.” 0( 4$%%( %&"D&( 312( ,1( commemorate Lincoln’s birthday in your own personal way, but, regardless of what that might be, 0(/1C&(312(4$%%(,"8&(e"+8$&(Z1:".( along as your tour guide. See you next week as we catch "(*%&&,$.:(:%$#C'&(1!(,/&($.D$'$7%&( gorilla.
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