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Volume 27 Issue #39


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Tri Cities Bridal Show September 8th Holiday Inn Bristol Conference Center

suppliers  from   East   Tennessee   and  Southwest  Virginia  who  are   available   to   assist   in   planning   and   executing   every   aspect   of   their   wedding   -­â€?   from   ceremony   sites   to   photographers   to   masters  of  ceremonies  and  more   -­â€?  with  a  local,  personal  touch  and   the   region’s   Best   Destination   Wedding   Travel   Specialists   will   be   on   hand   to   help   you   put   together   that   amazing   wedding   anywhere   in   the   world   or   your   dream   honeymoon!   The   ƒ”‡ƒ•  ƒÂ?†ƒŽ• ‡”–‹Ď?‹‡† Weddingmoon   Specialist   will   be   there   to   answer   your   questions   about  a  Sandals  wedding  and/or   Honeymoon.    

Join  us   for   the   kickoff   of   the   29th   Season   of   the   Tri   Cities   Bridal   Show   and   the   FIRST   TIME   EVER   in   Bristol,   Virginia!   Our   bridal   show   features   the   top   wedding   professionals   including   photographers,   caterers,   DJs,   venues,   entertainment,   travel,   gowns,   formal  wear  and  more! It’s   time   to   shine   up   those   rings   and   gather   your   bridal   entourage.  It’s  time  again;  the  Tri   Cities  Bridal  Show  is  this  Sunday,   September   8!   This   will   be   the   best   opportunity   you’ll   have   to   plan,   dream   and   chat   it   up   with  Regional  wedding  industry   professionals,   this   is   a   must-­� attend   event!   Pre-­�Registered   brides  and  grooms  can  purchase   HALF   PRICE   TICKETS   and   are  

eligible  to   win   ONE   of   TWO   Grand   Prize   Cruises   provided   by   Summit   Travel   and   Cruise   Planners!      You  MUST  be  present   to  win! Our   mannequin   modeling   and   runway   fashion   shows   will   feature   the   latest   in   Bridal   Gowns   and   Mens   Formal   Wear   provided   by   LaLonde’s   Bridal   Boutique   and   Princess   Diaries.   The   fashion   shows   will   be   at   2:30PM   and   3:30PM   on   the   Main   Stage   of   the   Holiday   Inn   Ballroom  E!    Mannequin  models   will   be   featured   throughout   the   show  and  entry  area! The  show  will  provide  brides,   grooms   and   their   families   with   an   opportunity   to   meet   with   THE   premier   professional  

Parking  is   free   for   all   and   half   price   admission   is   available   to   pre-­â€?registered   couples,   otherwise   admission   is   $8   in   advance   at   www.   or   $10   at  the  door. There   will   be   food   &   cake   •ƒÂ?’Ž‡•ǥ ”ƒˆĎ?Ž‡• ƒÂ?† ƒ––‡Â?†‡‡ bags.   There   will   be   many   hourly   door   prizes   and   more!     It’s   a   special   day   designed   to   help   make   your   wedding   day   positively  perfect. Meet   the   area’s   top   bridal   professionals   at   the   Tri   Cities   Bridal  Show,  over  50  professional   businesses   will   be   on   hand.   We   are   the   Tri   Cities   original,   Longest  Running  and  Best  Bridal   Shows  every  year! For   more   information   call   423.612.3758   or   visit   www.

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NC Transportation Museum Offers Fall Day Trip Excursions to Charlottesville, VA, and Asheville, NC The   N.C.   Transportation   Museum   Foundation   and   the   Watauga   Valley   Railroad   Historical   Society   and   Museum   are   again   sponsoring   Autumn   Train   Excursions,   day   trips  by  rail  to  two  great   destinations.    This  year’s   excursions  will  return  to   some  of  the  most  popular   past   destinations.     The   “Virginia   Autumn   Special”   departs   for   Charlottesville,   Va.,   Saturday,   Oct.   12.     The  “Blue  Ridge  Special”   will   head   to   Asheville,   N.C.,   Sunday,   Oct.   13.     Providing   amazing   views   of   the   changing   leaves  and  a  rare  journey   by   rail,   getting   there   is   truly  half  the  fun. Departing  Spencer  at  7   a.m.,  Saturday’s  “Virginia  

Autumn Special”   will   offer   a   second   passenger   pick-­‐up   at   the   Greensboro   Amtrak   Station   at   8   a.m.,   allowing   those   living   in   the   Triad   a   more   convenient   boarding  opportunity.     Passing   through   the   North   Carolina   cities   of   Thomasville,   High   Point   and   Reidsville,   and   the   Virginia   cities   of   Danville,   Lynchburg   and   Oak   Ridge,   passengers   will   experience   beautiful   views   of   the   Piedmont   and  rolling  hills  of  North  Carolina   and   the   western   part   of   Central   Virginia. In   Charlottesville,   travelers   will   have   nearly   three   hours   to   explore   the   historic   downtown   area.   It   is   a   short   walk   to   the   downtown   outdoor   mall,   considered   one   of   the   ϐ‹‡•– —”„ƒ ’ƒ”• ‹ –Š‡ country.   Unique   shopping   and   dining   opportunities   can   be   found   in   boutiques,   specialty   Continued  on  page  7 Continued from  page  6

wine, coffee   and   tea   shops   and   outdoor   dining   spots.   Travelers   may   also   enjoy   relaxing   walks   under  a  lush,  leafy  tree  canopy.   Departing   Charlottesville   at   3  p.m.,  the  train  will  arrive  back   in   Greensboro   at   7   p.m.   and   in   Spencer  at  8  p.m.     The   “Blue   Ridge   Special”   will   travel  through  the  western  North   Carolina   Piedmont,   into   the   foothills  and  on  to  the  Blue  Ridge   Mountains.  Departing  Spencer  at   7   a.m.,   the   train   will   roll   through   the   cities   of   Statesville,   Hickory,   Morganton,   Marion,   Black   Mountain  and  Swannanoa  before   climbing  the  famed  “loops”  of  the   Blue  Ridge  Mountains.    The  train   will  pass  through  several  tunnels   and  pass  by  the  Andrews  Geyser,   a   spectacular   sight,   before   arriving  in  Asheville  at  noon.   Passengers   will   have   nearly   three   hours   for   an   outing   at   Biltmore   Village.   Established   in   the   late   1890s   as   a   planned   community   near   the   entrance   of   the   Biltmore   estate,   Biltmore   Village   offers   shopping   in   unique,  locally-­‐owned  boutiques.  

September 3, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 7 Passengers can   dine   in   restaurants  and  walk  along  brick   sidewalks  that  parallel  tree-­‐lined   streets.  All  of  this  will  be  enjoyed   alongside   spectacular   views   of   the  North  Carolina  mountains. Departing   Asheville   at   3   p.m.,   the   “Blue   Ridge   Special”   will   return  to  Spencer  at  8  p.m. Four   seating   classes   are   offered   for   these   Autumn   Train   Excursions.     Tourist   class   features   the   convenience   and   comforts   of   modern   Amtrak   cars.   Each   car   has   a   center   aisle   with   two   adjustable   seats   and   a   wide  window  on  each  side.  This   seating  area  provides  convenient   access   to   the   souvenir   and   cafe   cars.  Tourist  class  seating  is  $150   per  person. Deluxe   coach   seating   will   be   offered   in   vintage   and   Amtrak   cars,   featuring   spacious   seating   with   adjustable   seat   backs   and   leg  rests,  as  well  as  large  windows   for   better   viewing.   Lunch   will   be   served  in  classic  table  and  dining   cars.   Light   snacks   and   beverages   are  also  provided.    Deluxe  coach   seating  is  $190  per  person First   class   passengers   will  

be seated   in   restored,   vintage   lounge   or   parlor   cars.   Each   car   ‹• …‘ϐ‹‰—”‡† †‹ˆˆ‡”‡–Ž› ™‹–Š a   variety   of   seating   options.     Compartment   seating   may   be   requested   for   small   groups   but   is   not   guaranteed.     Fare   includes   continental   breakfast,   newspapers,   light   snacks   and   dinner.     First   Class   seating   is   $265  per  person. Dome   cars,   featuring   two   levels,   offer   the   best   views   of   the   passing   scenery.   Windows   stretch   across   the   walls   and   ceiling   on   the   second   level,   providing   a   panoramic   view   of   the   entire   ride.     A   continental   breakfast   and   newspapers   are   included   on   the   journey   to   our   destination,   plus   dinner   on   the   return   trip   in   vintage   table   and   dining   cars.   Dome   car   seating   is   $295  per  person. Additional  amenities  available   to   travelers   include   a   gourmet   boxed   lunch.   Delivered   to   your   seat,   passengers   can   save   time   for   shopping   and   sightseeing.   Served   in   a   souvenir   tote,   the   meal  includes  a  half  turkey  wrap,   pasta   salad,   tortilla   chips   and  

salsa, a   cookie   and   drink.   This   option   is   $15   per   person   and   available   only   in   advance   with   ticket  purchase. Travelers   can   also   take   home   a   souvenir   T-­‐shirt.     Featuring   the   “Autumn   Rails”   logo,   these   T-­‐shirts   will   be   distributed   with   passenger   boarding   passes.     T-­‐shirts   are   $20   each   and   are   available  in  green  or  rust.  Photos   of  the  T-­‐shirt  design  are  available   at   Travelers   wishing   to   expand   their   journey   into   an   entire   weekend  can  also  take  advantage   of   packages   that   include   the   Autumn   Train   Excursion   and   Historic   Salisbury   Foundation’s   Annual   OctoberTour   of   Historic   Homes.     OctoberTour,   taking   place  in  Salisbury,  just  three  miles   from   the   N.C.   Transportation   Museum,  provides  a  close  up  look   at   Salisbury’s   private,   historic   buildings   and   allows   visitors   to   experience   the   city’s   charm   in   a   few  of  the  ten  districts  listed  on   the  National  Register  of  Historic   Places. Trolley   rides,   living   history   encampments,   food,   artists  

and music   make   this   an   event   not   to   miss.   As   an   added   „‘—•ǡ –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ʹͲͲ ’‡‘’Ž‡ to   purchase   OctoberTour   and   Excursion   tickets   will   receive   free  Downtown  Dollars  to  spend   at   participating   downtown   Salisbury  stores. Excursion   passengers   can   experience   OctoberTour   at   a   special   rate   of   $18   per   person,   when   adding   OctoberTour   to   their  Excursion  ticket  purchase. OctoberTour   and   the   Autumn   Train   Excursions,   due   to   scheduling,   cannot   be   experienced   on   the   same   day.   Those   traveling   on   the   Charlottesville   excursion   can   purchase   tickets   to   the   Sunday,   Oct   13   OctoberTour,   while   those   traveling   on   the   Asheville   excursion   will   purchase  tickets  to  the  Saturday,   Oct.   12   OctoberTour.   Please   note   that  those  buying  ticket  packages   will  be  responsible  for  their  own   overnight  accommodations. Tickets   are   on   sale   and   now   can  be  purchased  by  calling  704-­‐ 636-­‐2889   ext.   237   or   visiting   online  at

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Slippery When Wet

The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Bristol Downtown Center September 5th, 7pm

Slippery When   Wet   -­‐   The   Ultimate   Bon   Jovi   Tribute   is   coming   to   Bristol’s   Downtown   Center   on   Thursday,   September   5,   2013.   The   show   will   begin   at   7:00PM  and  as  always  it  is  free  to   the  public.   Slippery   When   Wet   was   formed   in   2003   by   Jason   Morey   after   answering   many   inquiries   of   “Are   you   Jon   Bon   Jovi?”.   Most   notably   comedian   Dave   Chappelle   invited   Jason   backstage   following   one   of   his   comedy   shows   thinking   that   he   was   the   New   Jersey   icon.   It   was   then   that   Jason   knew   he   had   to   take   advantage   of   the   resemblance.   Slippery   When   Wet   has   played   to   many   packed   houses  throughout  the  Southeast   and   has   quickly   become   the   top   draw   at   many   of   their   regularly   scheduled   shows.   The   band’s   shows  are  the  most  attended  and   highest   grossing   of   any   Bon   Jovi   Tribute  in  the  country.   In   2007   the   band   was   ‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽŽ› ƒ—–Š‘”‹œ‡† „› ‘ Jovi   to   perform   their   highly   entertaining   show.   “Their   drive,   musical   ability,   showmanship  

and dedication  to  duplicating  the   Bon   Jovi   live   experience   simply   cannot  be  outdone,”  said  Darlene   Cole,   Venue   Manager   for   the   city.   The   Downtown   Center   is   located   at  810  State  Street,  in  the  heart  of   historic  downtown  Bristol.  “Over   1,000   chairs   are   available   for   seating,  but  if  you  want  to  bring   your  own  chair  you  can.  Just  get   there   early.   We   are   expecting   a   full   house.   We   had   people   showing   up   at   the   last   tribute   series   at   4:30,”   continued   Cole.   Vendors  will  be  on  site  along  with   the  usual   concessions  as  well   as   bathroom  accommodations. The  Slippery  When  Wet  show   is   the   last   of   the   Full   Moon   Jam   Tribute   Series   for   the   season.   The   Jam   will   continue   through   the   end   of   October.   For   more   information   contact   Darlene   Cole   at   423-­‐764-­‐4171   or   e-­‐mail The   Full   Moon   Jam   Concert   series   hosts   over   40   shows   a   year   at   the   Downtown   Center   ˆ‡ƒ–—”‹‰ϐ‹˜‡–”‹„—–‡„ƒ†•ǤŠ‡ series   runs   from   May   through   October.

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Bonsai Exhibit

General Shale Natural History Museum September 7th & 8th The  Mid-­�Appalachian   Bonsai   Kai   (MABK)   Invitational   Bonsai   Exhibit   will   again   be   displayed   at   the   East   Tennessee   State   University   and   General   Shale   Natural   History   Museum   and   Visitor   Center   at   the   Gray   Fossil   Site.  The  ninth  annual  exhibition   will   be   shown   Saturday   and   Sunday,   Sept.   7-­�8,   from   9   a.m.-­�5   p.m.   in   the   museum’s   Education   Center.     On  Saturday,  Sept.  7,  at  10  a.m.,   bonsai   artist   Owens   Reich   will   lead  a  workshop  for  experienced   bonsai   workers.   Attendees   must   bring   their   own   trees.   The   cost   of  the  workshop  is  $75.  At  2  p.m.,   he   will   demonstrate   the   art   of   bonsai  styling.    Reich  completed  a   formal,   two-­�year   apprenticeship   in   Japan   at   the   Fujikawa   Kouka-­� en  Nursery  in  Ikeda  City.  

Reich  will   critique   entriesand   present   awards   on   Sunday,   Sept.   8.    Awards  include  “Best  in  Show,�   “Best   Shohin�   (small),   “Best   Chuuhin�   (medium)   and   “Best   Ogata�   (large).     Visitors   to   the   gallery  will  have  the  opportunity   to   vote   for   their   favorite   tree   to   win  the  “People’s  Choice�  award.     A   “Peers’   Choice�   award,   voted   upon   by   show   participants,   will   also  be  given. Dr.   Karl   Joplin,   associate   professor   in   ETSU’s   Department   of   Biological   Sciences   and   bonsai   event   organizer,   encourages   the   community   to   come   out   for   this   special  weekend  exhibition.     “The   MABK   bonsai   show   is   one   of   several   held   in   the   region,  but   due  to  the  museum’s   excellent  facilities  and  the  quality   of   the   trees,   the   public   has   the  

opportunity  to   see   some   truly   outstanding   examples   of   the   many  facets  involved  in  the  art  of   bonsai,â€?  Joplin  said.   Essential   bonsai   supplies,   trees  and  pottery  will  be  offered   by  vendors  for  those  who  wish  to   begin  pursuing  the  hobby.    A  silent   auction   that   includes   various   bonsai   and   garden-­â€?related   items   will   be   held   during   the   exhibit   and  will  close  on  Sunday  at  2  p.m.     ”‘…‡‡†• ™‹ŽŽ „‡Â?‡Ď?‹– –Š‡ ÇĄ and  all  winners  must  be  present. Admission   is   $6   for   adults   and   $3   for   children.   The   museum   is   located   1.8   miles   from   exit   13   on   Interstate   26.     The   museum   will   return   to   a   winter   schedule   after  Labor  Day,  9  a.m.  to  5  p.m.,   Tuesday   through   Saturday.     For   more   information,   or   special   assistance   for   those   with   disabilities,  call  toll-­â€?free  at  (866)   202-­â€?6223  or  visit naturalhistorymuseum. Additional   information   on   the   exhibit   or   local   bonsai   groups   is   available   by   contacting   Joplin   at   (423)   439-­â€?6921   or   joplin@etsu. edu.

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How to Make Movies at Home Mary B. Martin School of the Arts September 9th, 7pm Your  New  Favorite  Movie  is  the One  You’re  About  to  Make    ϔ‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”• ˆƒ…‡ ‘ˆˆ ™‹–Š ‘ŽŽ›™‘‘†‹Â?ˆ”‡‡‹Â?†‹‡ϔ‹ŽÂ? Mary   B.   Martin   School   of   the   ”–• ’”‡•‡Â?–• –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ? ‘™ –‘ ƒÂ?‡ ‘˜‹‡• ƒ– ‘Â?‡   Monday,   ‡’–ǤÍťƒ–Íš’ǤÂ?Ǥ™‹–ŠĎ?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡” Morgan   Nichols   as   part   of   the   South  Arts  Southern  Circuit  Tour   of   Independent   Filmmakers.   ‘™ –‘ ƒÂ?‡ ‘˜‹‡• ƒ– ‘Â?‡   is   –Š‡ Ď?‹”•– ‹Â? –Š‡ …Š‘‘Žǯ• ʹͲͳ;nj 14   series   of   six   South   Arts   ‹Â?†‡’‡Â?†‡Â?– Ď?‹ŽÂ?•ǥ –Š”‡‡ ‹Â? ˆƒŽŽ and  three  in  spring. After   the   free   screening   of   –Š‡Ď?‹ŽÂ?‹Â?ǯ•ƒ”–Šƒ–”‡‡– Culp   Auditorium,   Nichols   and   the   audience   will   engage   in   a   †‹•…—••‹‘Â?ƒ„‘—––Š‡Ď?‹ŽÂ?ƒÂ?†Š‹• ™‘”Â?ĥƒĎ?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”Ǥ”‡…‡’–‹‘Â? will   follow.   Film   and   reception   are  free  and  open  to  the  public. “It   sounds   like   it’s   an   instructional   movie   but   it’s   actually   a   narrative,â€?   says   Mary  

B.  Martin  School  of  the  Arts   Director   Anita   DeAngelis.   “It’s  kind  of  a  lighthearted,   more  comic  approach.â€? The   “micro-­â€?budget,   crowd-­â€?funded   DIY   cinematic   event   of   a   generationâ€?  pits  a  group  of   Â†Â‘ÇŚÂ‹Â–ÇŚÂ›Â‘Â—Â”Â•Â‡ÂŽÂˆ Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”• against  the  professionals  of   Hollywood   with   dramatic   and   humorous   results.   “The   wall   between   ‘pro’   and   ‘am’   has   crumbled   to   the  ground  and  a  new  wave   of  folk  cinema  is  rolling  in,â€?   –Š‡Ď?‹ŽÂ?™‡„•‹–‡•ƒ›•Ǥ

Â?–Š‡Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ ‘Â?ƒŠƒÂ?†Š‡” „ƒÂ?†‘ˆŽ‘…ƒŽ Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”• are  threatened   when   a   Hollywood   team   comes   to   sign   Hillport,   Maine,   as   a   location  for  a  big  TV  show.  Jonah   goes  to  war  with  Hollywood,  but   her   real   problem   might   be   with   her  best  friend,  who  has  designs   on   the   Hollywood   producer’s   girlfriend.   With   practical   lessons   on   cinema   craft   woven   throughout,   ‘™–‘ƒÂ?‡‘˜‹‡•ƒ– ‘Â?‡   is   a   wild,  infectious  celebration  of  the   DIY  world  and  a  proud  instigator   of   a   new   value   system   in   the   world  of  movies. Dz ‘™–‘ƒÂ?‡‘˜‹‡•ƒ– ‘Â?‡   was   shot   in   the   part   of   Maine   many   of   us   grew   up   in,   and   is   about   the   incredible   rewards   of   being   part   of   an   underground   creative  tribe.  A  story  very  close   to  home,â€?  the  website  says.

Filmmaker  Morgan   Nichols’   Ď?‹”•– ÂˆÂ‡ÂƒÂ–Â—Â”Â‡ÇĄ ‡•—• ”‡ƒÂ?,   premiered   at   The   Los   Angeles   Film   Festival   in   2003,   and   won   the   Milagro   Award   -­â€?   Best   Southwest   Film   at   the   Santa   Fe   Film   Festival.   Š‡ ‹––Ž‡ ‡ƒ–Š   followed   in   2006,   premiering   as   –Š‡…Ž‘•‹Â?‰Â?‹‰Š–‰ƒŽƒ Ď?‹ŽÂ?ƒ– –Š‡ Atlanta  Film  Festival  and  going  on   to   garner   awards   for   best   actor,   best   actress,   best   screenplay   and   best   cinematography   as   it   traveled   the   festival   circuit.   In   addition  to  his  large  body  of  work   ĥƒ–”—‡‹Â?†‡’‡Â?†‡Â?–Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”ǥ Nichols   has   worked   for   various   subsidiaries   of   Viacom,   Warner   Bros.   and   Disney.   He   holds   an   M.F.A.   in   Cinema   from   The  

University  of   Southern   California  and  a  bachelor’s   degree   in   Theater   Arts   from  Brandeis  University. For   more   information   ‘Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹ŽÂ?ÇĄ ˜‹•‹– ™™™Ǥ Š‘™–‘Â?ƒÂ?‡Â?‘˜‹‡•ƒ–Š‘Â?‡Ǥ …‘Â?Ǥ The   Southern   Circuit   Tour   of   Independent   Filmmakers  is  a  program  of   South  Arts.  Southern  Circuit   screenings   are   funded   in   part  by  a  grant  from  South   Arts   in   partnership   with   the   National   Endowment   for  the  Arts.   ‘—–Š ”–•ǥ ƒ Â?‘Â?’”‘Ď?‹– regional   arts   organization,   was   founded   in   1975   to   build  on  the  South’s  unique   heritage   and   enhance   the   public   value   of   the   arts.   South   Arts’   work   responds   to   the   arts   environment  and  cultural  trends   with  a  regional  perspective.  South   Arts  offers  an  annual  portfolio  of   activities  designed  to  address  the   role   of   the   arts   in   impacting   the   issues   important   to   our   region   and   to   link   the   South   with   the   nation  and  the  world  through  the   arts.   For   more   information,   visit For   information   about   the   ETSU   Mary   B.   Martin   School   of   the   Arts,   call   423-­â€?439-­â€?TKTS   (8587)   or   visit martin.   “Likeâ€?   ETSU   Mary   B.   Martin   School   of   the   Arts   on   Facebook  and  follow  it  on  Twitter   at  TheArtsAtETSU.

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Great and Small: The Tradition of Diminutive Furniture in Our Region Opening Celebration Sept. 5th 6pm William King   Museum   is   excited   to   announce   its   newest   exhibition   ”‡ƒ– ƒ† ƒŽŽǣ –Š‡ ”ƒ†‹–‹‘‘ˆ‹‹—–‹˜‡ —”‹–—”‡ in   Our   Region   opened   on   Friday,   August   30.   This   exhibition   is   sponsored   by   Highlands   Union   Bank. The   tradition   of   making   diminutive   furniture,   or   miniature   furniture,   has   origins   in   Europe   and   was   brought   to   this   region   through   our   early   American  ancestors. This  exhibition  brings  together   a  sampling  of  nineteenth-­‐century   diminutive   furniture   primarily   from   Southwest   Virginia   and   Northeast   Tennessee.   Commonplace   furnishings   such   as   desks,   chests,   pie   safes,   and   chairs   were   made   on   occasion   –   some   with   simple   materials   and   ingenuity   while   others   ϐ‹‡ –‹„‡” ƒ† …ƒ”’‡–”› skill.   Today,   these   diminutive   pieces   are   considered   rare,   and   therefore   greatly   admired   when   discovered.   Other   pieces   such   as   pottery,   baskets,   and   small   portraits   will   offer   a   full   view   of  

historic life  on  a  miniature  scale. The   exhibition   opened   to   the   public   in   the   Price-­‐Strongwell   Galleries   on   August   30   and   runs   through   January   12,   2014.   William   King   Museum   will   celebrate   the   opening   of   this   exhibition  on  September  5,  2013  

from 6-­‐8   p.m.   in   conjunction   with   the   opening   reception   for   —”‘’‡ƒ‘†‡”ǣƒ•–‡””–‹•–• ˆ”‘ –Š‡ ‹”‰‹‹ƒ —•‡— ‘ˆ ‹‡ ”–•.   Select   lenders   to   this   exhibition  will  be  present  at  the   opening. For  more  information  on  this   and  all  other  exhibitions,  please   visit   us   on   the   web   at   www.   or   call   276-­‐628-­‐5005. William   King   Museum   is   located   at   415   Academy   Drive,   off   West   Main   Street   or   Russell   Road,  in  Abingdon.  The  Museum   ˆ‡ƒ–—”‡•ϐ‹˜‡‡šŠ‹„‹–‹‘‰ƒŽŽ‡”‹‡•ǡ artist   studios   and   outdoor   sculpture   garden.   Educational   programs   in   the   visual   arts   are   offered   year-­‐round   for   both   children   and   adults,   and   school   audiences   are   served   by   in-­‐house   and   outreach   programs.   Accredited   by   the   American   Alliance   of   Museums,   the   William   King   Museum   is   a   partner   of   the   Virginia   Museum   of   Fine   Arts,   a   member   of   the   Virginia  Association  of  Museums   and   is   funded   in   part   by   the   Virginia  Commission  for  the  Arts   and  the  National  Endowment  for   the  Arts.

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Song of the Mountains September 7th, 7pm

 ˜‡”› †‹˜‡”•‹Ď?‹‡† Ž‹Â?‡—’ ‘ˆ musicians  will   take   the   stage   at   the   Lincoln   Theatre   in   Marion,   Virginia   on   Saturday,   September   7th  at  7:00  pm  for  another  public   television   taping   of   the   award   winning  “Song  of  the  Mountainsâ€?   concert  series. Bluegrass   enthusiasts   will  

enjoy  the   music   of   Lorraine   Jordan  and  Carolina  Road  as  well   as   the   music   of   Randy   Waller.   Randy   is   the   son   of   the   late   and   legendary   Charlie   Waller   who   was   an   icon   in   bluegrass   music   for   decades   with   the   Country  Gentlemen  band.  Randy   continues  his  father’s  legacy  with  

his  own   unique   style   and   voice.   Randy   himself   is   a   veteran   in   the   bluegrass  world. Lorraine   Jordan   and   Carolina   Road  are  favorites  on  the  national   bluegrass   circuit   also   and   will   provide   traditional   as   well   as   original  tunes  at  the  Song  of  the   Mountains   taping   on   September  


7th. The  concert   will   also   feature   some   Americana   artists   also.   Clinton   Collins   and   the   Creekboys   present   a   unique   blend  of  Americana  music,  using   traditional   musical   instruments,   along   with   original,   creative   songwriting.   Their   musical   journey  guides  us  through  places   and  to  people  that  seem  familiar   and  stories  that  resonate  with  us   all.  From  the  rural  backroads,  to   the  places  of  the  heart;  melodies   ƒ”‡ Ď?‹ŽŽ‡† ™‹–Š Š—Â?‘” ƒ„‘—– relationships,  faith  and  everyday   living.

of  the   Mountains   on   September   7th. This   Song   of   the   Mountains   concert   on   September   7th   begins   at   7:00   pm.   Tickets   and   information  is  available  at  www.   or   by   calling  276-­�783-­�6093. Song   of   the   Mountains   is   underwritten   for   public   television   by   TEDS,   the   General   Francis   Marion   Hotel   in   Marion,   VA,   The   Appalachian   Cultural   Music   Association   and   the   Mountain   Music   Museum   in   Bristol,   TN,   Blue   Ridge   Country   98.1   fm,   The   Bank   of   Marion,  

‹�†•ƒ›‘—ƒ�†–Š‡ Žƒ–„‡ŽŽ›•

Young  “rootsgrass�   band   Lindsay   Lou   &   The   Flatbellys   has   jumped   into   the   forefront   of   today’s   progressive   roots   music   movement.   Distinct   vocals,   tight   harmonies,   instrumental   expertise,   and   creative   arrangements   are   all   essential   characteristics   of   their   unique   sound.   Instrumentally,   they   can   turn   on   a   dime,   their   arrangements   showing   a   well-­� developed  taste  in  music  -­�  based   on   bluegrass   traditions   but   frequently   dipping   into   swing   jazz  and  popular  song  craft  –  and   their   sound   is   deftly   guided   by   the   clarion   vocals   of   lead   singer   Lindsay  Lou.     The   Swing   Shieks   will   also   provide   some   “swing-­� Americana�  sounds  to  round  out   this   wonderful   concert   for   Song  

Morehead  State   University,   Bryant   Label   Co.   of   Blountville,   TN.   Special   support   from   the   Town   of   Marion,   VA.   Also   Song   of   the   Mountains   appreciates   all   the   support   received   from   their   faithful   supporters   who   contribute   dollars   to   keep   this   concert   series   funded   and   on   public  television  across  America. Memberships   and   Song   of   the   Mountains   merchandise   are   available   at   the   website   and   your  purchases  help  support  the   concert   series.   Donations   are   accepted   at   the   website   as   well.   Underwriting   opportunities   are   available   by   contacting   Song   of   the   Mountains   through   our   website. Song   of   the   Mountains/The   ‹Â?…‘ŽÂ? Š‡ƒ–”‡ ‹• ƒ Â?‘Â?nj’”‘Ď?‹– organization.

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“Velocipede” Performs Jonesborough Contra Dance September 7th

The Historic   Jonesborough   Dance  Society  will  hold  a  contra   dance   on   Saturday,   September   7,   2013   at   the   Jonesborough   Visitors   Center,   117   Boone   Street.  Admission  to  the  dance  is   $7,  $5  for  HJDS  members  and  $5   for   full   time   students.     A   family   package  allows  parents  to  bring   all   of   their   own   children   for   a   total  of  $15.    All  dances  are  smoke   and   alcohol   free.     No   partner   is   necessary.    Families  and  children   are  welcome!  A  30-­‐minute  class   for   beginners   will   be   held   at   7:00pm.     The   dance   will   run   from  7:30-­‐10:30pm. At   the   9:00pm   waltz   break,   again   Klondike   Ice   Cream   Bars,   –Š‡ ‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ ˆ”‘œ‡ –”‡ƒ– ‘ˆ –Š‡ Historic   Jonesborough   Dance   Society,   will   be   offered   to   all   dancers  courtesy  of  the  Historic   Jonesborough  Dance  Society. Performing  for  this  event  will   be  duo,  Velocipede,  from  Maine.     The   caller   will   be   Hank   Morris   from  Asheville. —Ž‹ƒŽ—„ȋϐ‹††Ž‡ǡ˜‹‘Žƒǡˆ‘‘– percussion)   and   Baron   Collins-­‐ Hill   (mandolin,   tenor   guitar)   ‡– ƒ– ϐ‹††Ž‡ …ƒ’ ‹ ƒ‹‡ ‹ 2008.     Once   they   began   playing   –‘‰‡–Š‡”ǡ–Š‡–—‡•…ƒ‡ϐŽ‘‘†‹‰ uncontrollably   out   of   their   ϐ‹‰‡”•ǤŠ‡›Šƒ˜‡„‡‡’Žƒ›‹‰ together   ever   since.       Hailing   from   Maine,   Velocipede   plays   original   and   traditional   tunes   from   New   England,   Quebec,   Appalachia,   Scandinavia   and   the   British   Isles.     They   play   with   a   tight,   close   sound   staying   true   to  the  tunes  and  bolstering  them   with   driving   dance   rhythms   and  sweet  harmonies.    Julia  and   Baron   are   capable   of   delivering   a   ripping   set   of   reels   for   contra   dance   and   will   be   sure   to   catch   listener’s   ears   and   set   toes   tapping.   For   more   information,   visit The   WETS-­‐FM   listening   audience   will   be   able   to   hear   interviews   and   music   from   Velocipede   on   Studio   One   live   on   Saturday   September   7th.     “I   asked   Dave   Carter,   Studio   One   host,  if  we  could  invite  them  on  

the air   that   day   and   he   got   very   excited   to   feature   these   New   England   musicians”   offered   HJDS   President   David   Wiley.     The   program   airs   at   1:00pm   on   Saturday. Many  returning  students  from   area   colleges   such   as   Virginia   Intermont,   Milligan,   King   and   ETSU   and   Immanuel   have   rejoined   our   dance   community.   In   addition,   “We   are   seeing  

more high   school   students   and   early   teens   come   to   learn   how   to   contra   dance”,   states   event   organizer,  David  Wiley.     For   more   information,   contact   event   organizer,   David   Wiley,   at   423-­‐534-­‐8879   or   visit   w w w. h i s to r i c j o n e s b o ro u gh   or   the   Historic   Jonesborough   Dance   Society   on   Facebook.

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Citizen Kane Capone’s September 7th

Citizen  Kane  will  play  at  Capone’s,  227  E.  Main   Street,  on  Saturday,  September  7th.  Tickets  are  $5   at   the   door.   Doors   open   at   8pm   and   show   starts   at   10:30pm.  Ages  are  18  and  up.   Citizen  Kane  is  a  local  rock  band  from  Johnson   City   that   was   formed   in   the   summer   of   1998   by   lead   singer,   James   Salyers   and   drummer   Myron   Steffey.   After   a   two-­�year   break   to   work   on   side   projects,  the  band  has  been  reformed  with  two  new   members  and  is  out  on  the  road  doing  a  “13  for  13�  

tour,  where   they   are   playing   13   shows   in   2013   in   honor  of  the  band’s  15-­â€?year  anniversary. ‹–‹œ‡Â? ƒÂ?‡ …Žƒ••‹Ď?‹‡• –Š‡‹” •‘—Â?† ĥ ’”‘‰”‡••‹˜‡ Â?‡–ƒŽ Šƒ”† ”‘…Â? ƒÂ?† ™ƒ• ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?…‡† by  great  bands  such  as  Metallica  and  Soundgarden.   They   originally   started   out   as   a   cover   band   but   after   much   success   they   eventually   started   ™”‹–‹Â?‰–Š‡‹”‘™Â?Â?—•‹…ƒÂ?†”‡Ž‡ƒ•‡†–Š‡‹”Ď?‹”•– full-­â€?length   album   in   2005.   The   bands   set   list   still  includes  cover  songs  but  now  has  a  mixture   of   original   rock   tunes   they   can   call   their   own.   Something  that  sets  this  band  apart  from  others   ‹•–Š‡ˆƒ…––Š‡›’Žƒ›…‘˜‡”•‘Â?‰•–Šƒ–ƒ”‡†‹ˆĎ?‹…—Ž– to   duplicate;   songs   from   bands   like   Avenged   Sevenfold  that  not  everyone  can  do.  Lead  singer,   James   Salyers   says,   “We   push   ourselves   to   the   limits   to   play   something   that   no   one   else   can,   something  that  will  bring  the  best  out  of  us.â€? Over   the   years   Citizen   Kane   has   developed   a   huge   fan   base   called   the   “Kanecrew.â€?   These   fans   come   from   a   wide   variety   of   places   and   range   from   basic   music   lovers,   hard   core   metal   fans,  bikers,  and  anyone  that  loves  rock  music.   This   loyal   following   is   a   big   reason   the   band   reformed;   after   receiving   many   requests   from   fans   and   clubs   the   guys   decided   it   was   time   to   bring   Citizen   Kane   back   to   life.   Salyers   says   “We   love   people   who   love   live   entertainment.   And   the   one   thing   we   want   our   fans   to   take   away  from  one  of  our  shows  is  that  they  come   Ď?‹”•–Ǥdz ‡ Â•ÂƒÂ›Â•ÇĄ Dz ”‹†ƒ› Â?‹‰Š– ‹•Â?ǯ– ƒ „ƒ” Â?‹‰Š–ǥ it’s  a  party.  We  want  people  to  feel  like  they’re   coming   to   a   party   and   their   ticket   is   their   personal  invitation.â€?     Exclusive   news   that   James   Salyers   shared   only   with   us;   the   band   will   record   their   second   full-­â€?length  album  in  January  2014  and  it  will  be   released  later  that  fall. Band   members   are:   James   Salyers:   Lead   vocals  &  Rhythm  guitar,  Myron  Steffey:  Drums   &  vocals,  and  new  members  Don  Alexander  on   Lead  guitar  and  Tim  McKinney  on  Bass  guitar.

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Seniors In Action Offering Area Musicians Celebrate University of Tennessee Women Composers Football Games Tickets St. John’s Episcopal Church Its football  time  in  Tennessee!  What   better   way   to   celebrate   the   fall   season   than   seeing   a   Tennessee   football   game   with  friends?    There’s  only  one  way—  to   be  chauffeured  to  the  game,  park  right   beside   the   stadium,   and   participate   in   an  arrival  tailgate  party.    Well,  Bristol’s   Parks  and  Recreation’s  Seniors  in  Action   program   has   you   covered!     Anyone   50   years  old  or  older  may  participate. Six   games   are   scheduled   for   seniors   in   the   area,   but   seating   is   limited   to   only  24.    You  can  choose  to  attend  one   game   or   all   six.     The   cost   is   $53   per   game,   including   transportation   or   you   may   choose   the   season   pass   that   will  

include all  games  except  the  October  5th   Georgia  game  which  is  already  sold  out.     At  each  game  there  is  exclusive  parking   available   for   the   group   right   beside   the   stadium   and   there   is   always   a   free   tailgate  party  for  everyone  upon  arrival.     How  exciting  is  that? Bring   a   jacket   or   light   throw   and   bring   a   friend,   it   is   the   most   fun   you   will  have  all  fall  long.      Ladies  bring  your   pom-­‐poms   and   “scream   for   the   team”   the  Tennessee  Volunteers! For  more  information  please  contact   Mallory   Cross   at   423-­‐764-­‐4023   or

September 8th, 3pm

Area musicians   Elisa   Wardeska   and   Joy   ƒ‰› ™‹ŽŽ ’”‡•‡– ƒ ϐŽ—–‡ ƒ† ’‹ƒ‘ ”‡…‹–ƒŽ featuring   women   composers   on   Sunday,   September  8,  2013  at  3:00  pm  at  St.  John’s   Episcopal   Church,   500   N.   Roan   Street,   Johnson  City,  TN.    Included  in  the  program   will   be   works   by   Cecile   Chaminade,   Lili   Boulanger,   Katherine   Hoover,   and   the   Tri-­‐ Cities’  own  Evelyn  Pursley-­‐Kopitzke.     ƒ”†‡•ƒ‹•ƒ’”‹˜ƒ–‡ϐŽ—–‡‹•–”—…–‘”ƒ† freelance   performer   who   lives   in   her   native   Johnson  City,  Tennessee.     She   is   a   current   member   of   Cambia   Flute  Ensemble  and  The   Civic   Chorale   and   is   a   Staff  Sergeant   in  the  Air   National  Guard  Band  of   the   Smoky   Mountains,   based  in  Knoxville,  TN. Nagy   is   a   freelance   musician   in   the   Tri-­‐ Cities  area,  and  is  active  

in many   local   theatres,   most   recently     in   ‡šǯ• š‡•   at   Johnson   City   Community   Theatre,   and   ‡š– –‘ ‘”ƒŽ   with   Glasgow   Theatre  Company.    She  is  a  member  of  The   Civic  Chorale,  and  has  served  as  a  studio  and   recital  accompanist  at  East  Tennessee  State   University   and   for   other   concert   events   throughout  the  region.       The  recital  is  free  and  open  to  the  public.  

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“In The House”

Arts Array Film Series Abingdon Cinemall September 9th & 10th

The Arts   Array   Film   Series   presented   by   Virginia   Highlands   Community  College  is  in  its  43rd   ›‡ƒ”Ǥ  ŽŽ ϐ‹Ž• ƒ”‡ ’”‡•‡–‡† at   the   Abingdon   Cinemall   on   Mondays  and  Tuesdays  at  4  p.m.   and  again  at  7:30  pm.     “In  the  House”  (September  9   and  10) A   sixteen-­‐year-­‐old   boy  

ingratiates himself   into   the   home   of   a   fellow   student   from   his   literature   class   and   writes   about   it   in   essays   for   his   French   teacher.   Faced   with   this   gifted   and   unusual   pupil,   the   teacher   rediscovers   his   enthusiasm   for   his  work,  but  the  boy’s  intrusive   behavior   unleashes   a   series   of   uncontrollable   events.     Based   on  the  play  “The  Boy  in  the  Last   ‘™dz „› —ƒ ƒ›‘”‰ƒǡ –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž features   award-­‐winning   actress   Kristin  Scott  Thomas.   The   Arts   Array   Film   Series   is   part   of   the   comprehensive   cultural   outreach   program   of   Virginia   Highlands   Community  

College.   The   series   is   co-­‐ sponsored   by   the   Abingdon   Cinemall,    the  Southwest  Virginia   Higher   Education   Center,   Emory&   Henry   College,   Virginia   Intermont   College,   and   King   University. †‹••‹‘ –‘ –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž• ‹• ˆ”‡‡ for   the   faculties   and   students   at   the   supporting   institutions.     Member   s   of   the   general   community  may  attend  for  $7.50.   For   a   brochure   on   the   series   or   more   information,   please  contact  Tommy  Bryant  at   276-­‐739-­‐2451   or   email   him   at

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Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

Abingdon Market Pavilion September 5th, 6:30pm On September  5,  2013,  Ruby   Velle  and  the  Soulphonics  will   take   the   stage   at   the   Abingdon   Market  Pavilion.  Their  roots  are   embedded   in   the   rich   sound   and   history   of   Georgia   soul,   beginning   with   the   early   50’s   and   60’s   R&B   that   became   so   well   known   around   the   world.   Having   performed   countless   gigs  since  2005,  and  with  a  slew   of  45rpm  singles  already  under   their  belts,  the  band  has  already   contributed   heavily   to   the   steadily   increasing   awareness   of   genuine   rhythm   and   blues   music   that   exists   today.   They   pack   clubs   and   festivals   with   their   original   brand   of   soul,   all   of  which  is  written  and  recorded   in  Atlanta. “It’s   About   Time,”   the   full-­‐ length  debut  album  from  Atlanta’s   Ruby  Velle  &  the  Soulphonics,  has   quickly   made   waves   around   the   globe  since  its  recent  September   2012   release.   Billboard   has   recently  ranked  the  album  in  the   top  30  on  the  Heatseeker  charts,  a   chart  devoted  to  emerging  artists. The   Town   of   Abingdon   has  

created a  Thursday  Jams  concert   series  for  the  summer  as  part  of   the   Abingdon   Music   Experience.   Starting  May  16th  until  September   19th,   there   will   be   nationally   recognized   bands   showcased   at   the   Abingdon   Market   Pavilion   each   Thursday.   Each   concert   will   start   at   6:30pm   and   will   be   FREE   to   the   public.     Attendees   can   bring   their   own   lawn   chairs   and  blankets.  There  will  be  food   and   beverage   vendors   serving   BBQ,   Hamburgers   and   Pizza.   No   coolers  are  allowed.    The  events   will  be  held  rain  or  shine.     For   more   information   on   the   concerts,   please   call   276-­‐676-­‐2282   or   visitwww. This   event   is   made   possible   because   of   its   sponsors:   Walling   Distributing   Company,   BVU   Authority,   Capo’s   Music   Store,   Charter   Media,   Comfort   Inn   of   Abingdon,   Eastman   Credit   Union,   Johnston   Memorial   Hospital,   Steel   Fab,   Thompson   and   Litton   and   Virginia   Tourism   Corporation.

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Exploring the Roan

Jeffery Stoner Photography

Johnson City Area Arts Council Gallery September 6th, 6pm The Johnson   City   Area   Arts   Council   welcomes   all   to   the   art   opening   and   reception   of   “š’Ž‘”‹‰ –Š‡ ‘ƒǡ”   photography  by  Jeffrey  Stoner  on   First   Friday,   September   6th   from   6  to  8p.m.  The  artist  will  also  give   a   talk   entitled,   “Š‘–‘‰”ƒ’Š‹‰ –Š‡‘ƒ,”  prior  to  the  reception   from  5-­‐6p.m.  sharing  the  stories   behind  the  images. Jeffrey   Stoner   is   known   for   making   photographs   that   capture  the  essence  ‘ˆ’Žƒ…‡.    His   passion  lies  in   capturing   images   of   the   beauty   and   wonder   that   surrounds  us.  From  the  mystery   of  a  trail  leading  through  the  fog,   to   the   beauty   of   rhododendron   ϐŽ‘™‡”• Š‹‰ŠŽ‹‰Š–‡† „› –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– rays   of   dawn,   his   images   tell  

a story   that   touch   the   spirit.   In   2012,   he   released   his   book   titled   “The   Meaning   in   Trees”   which   showcases   his   favorite   tree   images   from   the   Highland   mountains  to  the  low  country  of   South  Carolina.     He   is   especially   known   for   his   Goats   of   Roan   series   and   his   landscape   and   wildlife   images   have   been   featured   in   international,   national,   and   regional   publications.   It   will   be   impossible   for   viewers   of   the   exhibit   to   escape   overwhelming   “warm   fuzzies”   and   a   deep   appreciation   for   our   nearby   Roan   Mountain   Highlands   when   engaged  by  this  body  of  work.   All   are   invited   to   attend   the   opening   held   at   the   Johnson   City  

Area Arts  Council  Gallery  at  300   East   Main   Street   in   downtown   Johnson   City.   The   JCAAC   gallery   is   also   regularly   open   from   9   a.m.   –   4   p.m.   weekdays.   The   Johnson   City   Area   Arts   Council   is  a  designated  local  arts  agency   supported  in  part  by  grants  from  

the Tennessee  Arts  Commission   and   others,   and   contributions   by  members  and  businesses.  For   more   information   about   this   organization  



events, please   call   423-­‐928-­‐ 8229  or  visit

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Native American Lecture Series

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Begins September 5th

A month-­‐long  lecture  series  on   Native   American   life   and   culture   in   the   central   Appalachian   area   during   the   colonial   era   will   begin   Thursday,   September   5,   with   a   lecture,   “11,500   years   of   Native   American   Occupation,”     delivered   by   Williamsburg   historian   Wallace   Gusler.     The   lecture   will   be   held   at   7:30   p.m.   in  the  Executive  Auditorium  of   the   Southwest   Virginia   Higher   Education  Center.   Wallace   Gusler   in   an   illustrated   lecture   will   give   an   overview   of   the   “Indian”   in   Southwest   Virginia   from   when   the   area   was   grasslands   between  snow-­‐capped   mountains   to   when   the   Indians   came   in   contact     with   Europeans.     He   will   trace   the   earliest   hunters   of     mammoth,   mastadon   and   other   extinct   species   through   millennia   of   evolving   hunter-­‐gatherer   cultures  to  the  climax  of  settled   villages  of  the  corn  culture. Some   of   the   effects   on   Southwest   Virginia   populations   of   large   cultural   developments   in   the   central   and   southern   parts   of     North   America   will   be   discussed   and   illustrated.     Gusler   is   an   American   historian,   best   known   as   the   retired   Master   Gunsmith   at   Colonial  Williamsburg. The   second   lecture   on   Sept.   12   will   be   on   Dz‡”‹…ƒ †‹ƒ‘ϐŽ‹…– with   Europeans   on   the   Southewest   Virginia  

Frontier, 1567-­‐1781.”     Warfare,   ϐ‹‰Š–‹‰ǡ ƒ† ‹ŽŽ‹‰ ™‡”‡ commonplace   throughout   the   colonial   period   in   Southwest   Virginia.     This   illustrated   lecture   by   area   historian   Jim   Glanville   will  survey     events   across   two-­‐and-­‐a-­‐quarter   centuries   „‡–™‡‡ –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ƒ””‹˜ƒŽ ‘ˆ –Š‡ Spanish            soldiers  in  the  region   in   1567   and   the   1781   campaigns   by   Colonel   Arthur   Campbell     of   Marion   against   the   Cherokee   Indian   towns   in   the   Tennessee   River  Valley. Gold,  deerskins,  and  eventually   land  were  the  principal  objectives   of   the   European   Americans.     In   the   end,   superior   weaponry   and   the   sheer   weight   of   numbers   forced   most   American   Indians   from  the  region.  The  presentation   will  take  as  its  theme     colonial   Southwest   Virginia   as   –Š‡ •…‡‡ ‘ˆ ”‡’‡ƒ–‡† …‘ϐŽ‹…–• and   describe   some   of     the   more   notable   and   lamentable   episodes   from  the  period.

The third  lecture  on  September   19   will   be   “Walking   in   Balance:   Roles   of   Men   and   Women   in   18th   Century   Cherokee   Society,”   presented   by   Mark   and   Sherry   Finchum.     These   Cherokee   educators   will   use   numerous   artifacts   and                           photos   to   describe   the   roles   of   Cherokee   women  and  men  in  18th  century   Cherokee   society.   This   was   a   time   when   men   were   known   as   the   hunters   and   warriors,   both   occupations   involving   death;   women  were  responsible  for  the   gardens  and  families,  two  aspects   of  society  associated  with  life. Among   the   items   they   will   display   and   discuss   will   be   rivercane   baskets,   pottery,   ϐ‹‰‡”Ǧ™‘˜‡ „‡Ž–•ǡ †‡‡” ƒ† buffalo  hides,   tomahawks,   and   a   blowgun.   The   Finchums   travel   the   United   States,   presenting     p r o g r a m s   for   teacher   workshops,   schools,   historic  sites  and  museums.

 –Š‡ ϐ‹ƒŽ ’”‡•‡–ƒ–‹‘ ‘ September 26,   Robert   Rambo   will   portray   “The   Life   of   Attakullakulla—Cherokee   Peace   Chief”   and   discuss   18th-­‐century   Cherokee   history   and   culture.     Attakullakulla   (also   known   as   “Little  Carpenter)  was  the  Peace   Chief   of   the   powerful   Cherokee   nation   for   decades   during   many   of  its  most  pivotal  events. He   went   to   London   to   meet   King   George   II   and   was   called   “the   most   important   Indian   of   his   day”   during   his   lifetime   in   the   18th   century.     Rambo   has   researched,   studied,   and   portrayed   Attakullakulla   for   over   twenty   years     and   has   presented   hundreds   of   performances   to   teach   about   Attakullakulla   as   he   led   the   largest   tribe   in   North   America   while   they  struggled  to  survive   in  a  changing  world. This   lecture   series   is   sponsored   by   the   Arts   Array   cultural   outreach   series   at   Virginia   Highlands   Community   College   and   is   free   of   charge.   For   more   information,   contact   Ben   Jennings   at   276-­‐ 628-­‐5960.

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Sol Driven Train Damascus Inn September 6th

Š‘–‘„›‹ƒ•ƒ„‹ƒ” Sol Driven   Train   heads   back   out   on   the   road   for   a   mix   of   city   festival   and   club   show   dates   across   the   East   Coast   this  

summer. The   5-­‐piece   horn-­‐ infused   ‘Low   Country   Roots   Rock   Band’   had   a   busy   spring   with   a   heavy   touring   schedule  

and the   release   of   Underdog,   an   album   that   has   spent   many   weeks  at  the  top  of  the  Jambands   radio   chart.   While   on   tour,   vocalist/   saxophonist   Russell   Clarke   used   his   rich   baritone   and  magnanimous  beard  to  sway   a  group  of  American  Idol  judges   and   qualify   for   a   succeeding   round,   however,   Idol   dreams   were  crushed  when  Clarke  found   out  he  was  ‘too  old’  for  the  show. ƒ• …ƒ ϐ‹† —••‡ŽŽ ƒ† –Š‡ rest   of   Sol   Driven   Train   on   July   19th   and   20th   hosting   their   3rd   annual   Sol   Slam   event   at   the   Windjammer   on   Isle   of   Palms,   SC.   The   event   will   feature   nine   bands  performing  on  two  stages   including   an   outdoor   stage   overlooking   the   Atlantic   Ocean.   The   2013   musical   lineup   includes   a   cast   of   Charleston   based   talent   with   p e r f o r m a n c e s   by   hosts   Sol   Driven   Train,    ƒ  ‰ ‡ ”  — ˆ ϐ ‹  ,   YARN,   Fowler’s   Mustache,   Royal   Tinfoil   and   more.   Tickets   are   currently   on   sale   and   can   be   purchased   at   the   ˜‡—‡ „‘š ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ and   online   at   www. solslam   or   www.the-­‐ I   hope   all   is   going   well   with   you   both,   I   wanted   to   reach  

out about   Sol   Driven   Train’s   upcoming     show,   September   6th,   at   Old   Mill   Inn.   Any   way   you  can  give  the  show  a  calendar   listing   and   spotlight?   I’m   happy   to   set   up   an   interview   with   the   band  or  send  a  high  res  photo.   The  live  version  of  their  song   “Watermelon”   just   got   added   at   Sirius   XM’s   show   Jam   On,   and   ƒ„ƒ•‡†‡„—–‡†–Š‡‡™‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ video  for  the  song  this  week.    Sol   Driven   Train’s   performances   combine   upbeat   melodies   and   afro-­‐caribbean   rhythms   with   observational   humor   and   a   smokin’   horn   section.   Featuring   rotating  lead  vocalists  and  multi-­‐ instrumentalists,   Sol   Driven   Train   enjoy   a   unique   musical   identity.   In   2011,   they   were  

named “Rock   Band   of   the   Year”   by   Šƒ”Ž‡•–‘ ‹–› ƒ’‡”,   and   earlier   this   year,   ‡Ž‹š ƒ‰ƒœ‹‡   called   them   an   artist   “On   The   Verge.”  One  of  the  band  members   ƒŽ•‘ “—ƒŽ‹ϐ‹‡† ˆ‘” American   Idol   this   spring   ...   then   got   †‹•“—ƒŽ‹ϐ‹‡†ˆ‘”ƒ‰‡ǣȌ ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽ ˜‹†‡‘ ˆ‘” “Watermelon”   -­‐   http://www. Exclusive-­‐Premiere-­‐Sol-­‐Driven-­‐ Train-­‐Unveil-­‐Watermelon-­‐Video Here’s  a  Studio  B  performance   at   WNCW   for   their   song   “Orangeburg”   -­‐   http://www. yo u t u b e . c o m / wa tc h ? v = y C 0 6h5JquTw&list=UUJeT00_ RUsCyJgFIRqpnvxg   And   more   info   here   -­‐   http://

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My Brother the Bear Acoustic Coffeehouse September 4th, 10pm

My Brother   the   Bear’s   music   ƒ””‹˜‡•™‹–ŠƒϐŽ‘—”‹•Šƒ†ƒϐŽƒ‹” and  touch  of  whimsy. Songwriter   Daniel   Bayer   takes  the  carousel  of  adventures   that   is   his   life   story   and   shapes   them   into   memorable,   melody   driven   songs   at   home   both   in   large   auditoriums   and   country  

back porches.   After   the   release   ‘ˆ Š‹• ϐ‹”•– ƒŽ„— ‹˜‡”•‡ ‹ 2003,   Bayer   took   his   music   to   the   streets   of   his   home   town   Cincinnati,  Ohio.  After  two  years   of   varied   success,   Bayer   became   †‹••ƒ–‹•ϐ‹‡† ™‹–Š Š‹• †‹”‡…–‹‘ and  opted  to  create  major  change   in  his  writing.

ring around the moon

In 2005   Bayer   embarked   on   one  of  the  most  unusual  cures  for   writer’s  block  ever  fashioned,  he   joined   the   US   Army.   Inspired   by   his  favorite  authors  in  literature,   Bayer  left  his  home  and  saw  the   world  from  the  eyes  of  a  soldier.   After   six   years   of   service,   Bayer   ϐ‹ƒŽŽ› •‡––Ž‡† ‹ —–•˜‹ŽŽ‡ǡ Alabama   and   began   to   write   songs   about   his   experiences   during  his  time  in  the  south  and   parts  overseas. Emotionally   driven   lyrics   and   low-­‐country   inspired   melodies   drive   Bayer’s   songwriting   to   new   heights   of   interest   and   accessibility.  Currently  based  out   of  Cincinnati,  OH,  Bayer  presents   his   music   as   a   “one   man   show.”   He  performs  his  songs  on  guitar,   while   pounding   out   rhythms   on   ƒ•ƒŽŽͳͺᦢԣˆ‘‘–†”—Ǥ‘—’Ž‡† with   his   eloquent   and   honest   vocals   and   roaring   harmonica,   Bayer’s   new   direction   is   both   riveting  and  intimate. In   2012   My   Brother   the   Bear   released   his   6   song   self-­‐titled   EP   to   great   response   and   is   ϐ‹ƒŽ‹œ‹‰ ƒ ˆ—ŽŽ Ž‡‰–Š ƒŽ„— entitled   “Ring   Around   the   Moon”   due  for  release  in  August  2013.

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Autumn Comes Early After Rainy Summer Š‹•ϐ‹”•–ˆ—ŽŽ™‡‡‘ˆ‡’–‡„‡”’—–• us just   a   couple   weeks   away   from   the   ‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒŽƒ—–—ƒŽ‡“—‹‘š‘–Š‡ʹʹnd— but   the   animal   and   plant   world   are   already  way  ahead  of  us.     Sometimes   the   plant   and   animal   world  seems  more  in  tune  to  the  rhythm   of  the  earthly  seasons—and  they  are. Notice   the   falling   leaves   in   your   driveway   and   yard?   And   the   sound   of   insects  in  the  night  air  and  web-­‐weaving   spiders  covering  the  bushes? Meteorologists   tell   us   that   the   extra   rainy   Summer   has   deprived   the   vegetation   from   sunlight,   and   the   now   diminishing   minutes   of   the   Sun’s   rays   have   tricked   plant   life   into   thinking   it’s   the  end  of  September,  not  the  beginning.     And   my   browning   Maple   trees   and   leaves  already  piling  up  on  the  yard  are   proof  of  that! Š‡‡ƒ”Ž›ƒ—–—•‹‰•ƒ”‡ƒ•…‹‡–‹ϐ‹… proof   that   our   most   precious   star—the   Sun—has   a   profound   effect   in   today’s   modern  world  just  as  it  has  for  hundreds   of  millions  of  years.     Starlight   is   the   source   of   life   on   this,   and  certainly  any  planet  in  the  Universe.   And   behind   it   is   the   photosynthetic   process   that   makes   vegetation   go   through   its   annual   cycle   from   lushness   to  dormancy. In   photosynthesis,   the   Sun’s   energy,   in   the   form   of   wavelengths   of   light,   is   captured   and   turned   into   food.     Plants   use   carbon   dioxide,   water   and   sunlight   to   produce   oxygen,   water   and   sugar.   All   of   which   is   consumable   to   humans,   animals   and   insects   for   energy.     Not   limited  to  just  plant  life,  photosynthesis   also   includes   some   bacteria,   algae   and   a   select   group   of   single   celled   animals   called  protists.   Sunlight   is   absorbed   in   plants   by   chlorophyll,   a   green   pigment   located   in   plant  cell  structures  called  chloroplasts,   where  photosynthesis  occurs.    There  is  a   complex  chemical  equation  that  explains   what   is   going   on.     Putting   it   simply:   six   molecules   of   carbon   dioxide   and   12  

molecules of   water   are   consumed,   while   glucose   (sugar),   six   molecules   of   oxygen   and  six  molecules  of  water  are  produced.     Increasing   sunlight   in   Spring   and   Summer  makes  trees  and  other  plant  life   thrive   as   they   manufacture   the   air   we   breathe,   store   the   sugar   and   add   small   amounts   of   moisture   to   the   air.   In   the   fall,   when   there   is   less   sunlight,   there   is   less   chlorophyll   produced,   and   a   leaf’s   green   color   begins   to   fade.   The   chemical   process   changes   and   that   plays   a   part   in   the  colors  of  the  leaves.    A  season  of  lots   of   sunlight   can   make   leaves   vibrant   and   colorful.     When   there   are   overcast   days,   it   can   lead   to   more   yellows   and   browns— and  the  early  dropping  of  leaves  from  the   supporting  plant  branches.     We’ve  had  a  very  wet  year  with  lots  of   rain   in   the   Summer   of   2013   creating   the   gray   skies   of   June,   July   and   August.     At   the  end  of  August,  the  total  rainfall  at  the   Tri-­‐Cities   Airport   totaled   45   inches—an   amazing   15   inches   above   normal.     And   ‘™–Š‡Ž‘••‘ˆ†ƒ›Ž‹‰Š–‹–Š‡ϐ‹”•–™‡‡• of   September   has   triggered   an   early   shutdown   of   the   photosynthesis   process   and  leaves  are  turning  brown  and  covering   the  ground  a  little  earlier  than  normal.     If   the   Earth   were   not   tilted   on   its   spinning   axis   and   instead   rotated   straight   up   and   down,   our   global   weather   would   be  much  different.    Instead  of  a  distinctive   difference   in   four   seasons,   where   you   live  would  pretty  much  be  the  same  type   of   weather   all   year   long.   That’s   why   the   closer  you  are  to  the  equator  the  more  the   weather   stays   the   same   as   sunlight   over,   say,   northern   South   America   and   North   Africa   stays   the   same   year-­‐round.     When   you   get   closer   to   the   poles,   the   amount   of  sunlight  begins  to  vary  drastically,  and   that  creates  different  climate  conditions. One   fact   that   is   hard   for   Joe   and   Jane   America   to   grasp   is   that   the   heat   energy   on   the   Earth   has   nothing   to   do   with   our   distance   from   the   Sun.     In   fact,   Earth   is   closest   to   the   Sun   in   January   (about   91   Continued  on  page  23

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million miles)   and   farthest   in   June  (about  95  million  miles). What   does   make   a   difference   is   the   angle   sunlight   is   striking   the   Earth’s   surface.     The   more   direct,  or  up  and  down,  the  rays   of  sunlight,  the  hotter.    The  more   angled   those   sunrays,   the   less   intense  the  heat.     ‘— …ƒ ϐ‹‰—”‡ –Š‹• ‘—– ˆ‘” yourself   when   sunbathing.     At   10   am,   or   5   pm,   when   the   Sun   is   low   in   the   sky,   you   don’t   feel   the   warmth   of   the   Sun   on   your   skin.    But  when  our  favorite  star   is   directly   overhead   from   noon   to   3   pm,   you   feel   the   heat,   and   can  even  get  burned  by  the  more   intense  heat  from  the  direct  rays   of  light.     The  same  principle  applies  to   the   Earth’s   globe.     And   because   ‘—” ’Žƒ‡–ǯ• •—”ˆƒ…‡ ‹• ‘– ϐŽƒ– but   curved,   the   closer   to   the   poles   sunlight   strikes,   the   less   intense   the   heat—no   matter   what   season.     That’s   why   90   degree   heat   is   very   common   in   the   Florida   summertime,   but   rare  in  Canada.   Here’s   where   the   Earth’s   24.5   degree   tilt   from   straight   up   and   down   comes   in.     In   the   summertime,  Earth  is  in  its  part   of   its   300-­‐million-­‐mile   elliptical   orbit   around   the   Sun   that   has   our   Northern   Hemisphere   tilted   toward   our   star,   while   in   the   winter   months,   we   are   tilted  


away.   The   more   direct   sunlight   in   the   summer   is   hotter   than   the   indirect   rays   of   winter.     Keep   in   mind   that   just   the   opposite   happens   in   the   Southern   Hemisphere,   where   Summer   in   Australia   is   in   January   and   Winter  in  June.     Just   how   hot   or   cold   the   seasons   are   depends   on   your   latitude   on   Earth.     Just   a   matter   of   500   miles   can   make   a   huge   difference.    Have  you  ever  heard   of  friends  in  Florida  saying  they   miss   the   change   of   seasons?   Meanwhile   in   our   Mountain   Empire   just   a   few   states   ‘”–Š™ƒ”† –Š‡”‡ ‹• ƒ †‡ϐ‹‹–‡ difference  in  seasonal  changes.     Our   everyday   lives   heed   little   notice   to   the   Sun,   but   if   you   take   time   to   observe,   you’ll   see   how   that   solar   arc   across   the   daytime   sky   changes   position.     In   the   summertime,   the   Sun   moves   higher   overhead   than   in   the   Winter.     Actually,   Earth’s   eastward  rotation  is  moving  the   Sun   from   east   to   west,   but   our   hemisphere   is   leaning   forward   into  the  Sun’s  rays.   The   Summer   Solstice   is   the   date,  around  June  21st,  when  the   Sun   reaches   its   highest   point   in   the   daytime   sky—the   longest   days   of   the   year.   Sunrise   was   at   5:52   am   and   sunset   at   8:11   pm   on   that   date   for   almost   16   hours  

of daylight,   counting   twilight.     But  by  August,  the  Sun’s  motion   has   moved   farther   south,   and   days   are   shorter.   Sunrise   on   Sept.1   was   6:34   am   and   sunset   at  7:26  pm  for  less  than  14  hours   of   sunlight.   You   might   notice   the  change  as  sun  catchers  and   prisms   in   southward   windows   begin  to  throw  rainbows  in  our   rooms   in   September,   when   the   Sun  was  too  high  to  throw  direct   light  into  those  windows  in  the   summer  months. The   Autumn   or   Spring   equinoxes   have   our   Earth   in   a   position   of   its   orbit   where   sunlight   equals   darkness,   thus   the  term  “equinox,”  for  equal  day   and  night. That   arc   of   the   Sun   reaches   its   furthest   point   south   on   the   Winter   Solstice   around   December  21st  when  we  have  the   shortest  periods  of  daylight,  and   longest   nights.     And   the   cycle   repeats   over   and   over,   just   like   it   has   hundreds   of   millions   of   years.         So   we   are   in   the   midst   of   an   early   fall   season.     Which   could   lead   to   a   harsher   Winter—at   least   that’s   what   the   classic   Farmer’s   Almanac   is   predicting.     Let’s   hope   that   prediction   is   wrong.     Meanwhile,   anybody   know   a   good   deal   on   a   leaf   blower?

Page 24, The Loafer • September 3, 2013 ‡Ž‡•–‹ƒŽ‡˜‡Â?–•‹Â?–Š‡•Â?‹‡•ˆ‘”–Š‡™‡‡Â?‘ˆ‡’–Ǥ͚njͿǥ͸͚͜͡ǥĥ…‘Â?’‹Ž‡†ˆ‘”Š‡‘ƒˆ‡” „›ƒ”Â?Ǥƒ”“—‡––‡Ǥ Tues.  Sept.  3   On  this  1976  date  in  space  history,  America’s  Viking  2  spacecraft  soft  landed  on  the   planet  Mars,  following  its  twin,  Viking  1,  which  landed  July  4th.  These  large,  immo-­â€? „‹Ž‡ŽƒÂ?†‡”•Šƒ†ƒ•…‹‡Â?–‹Ď?‹…Žƒ„–‘Ž‘‘Â?ˆ‘”Ž‹ˆ‡‹Â?•…‘‘’•‘ˆƒ”–‹ƒÂ?•‘‹ŽǥƒÂ?†‰‘–ƒ positive  reading  that  was  determined  to  be  a  chemical,  not  biological  analysis.  Today   scurrying  about  the  surface  of  Mars  and    searching  for  signs  of  life  are  two  NASA   spacecraft:  Curiosity,  in  its  second  year,  and  Opportunity,  in  its  10th.  Check  out  their   astonishing  images  and  progress  at  

September 3, 2013 • The Loafer, Page 25 Wed.  Sept.  4   The  Milky  Way  is  directly  overhead,  with  the  three  bright  stars  of  the  “Summer   Triangleâ€?  asterism  straddling  the  starry  realm.    Cygnus  the  Swan  is  also  called  the   “Northern  Crossâ€?,  with  Deneb  at  the  top.    Vega  is  the  brightest  of  the  trio,  in  Lyra  the   Harp,  with  its  parallelogram  of  four  brightest  stars.    And  Altair  is  to  the  south,  at  the   head  of  another  min-­â€?cross  in  Aquila  the  Eagle. Thurs.  Sept.  5   New  Moon  is  today  at  7:38  am,  our  natural  satellite  invisible  in  the  daytime  sky   below  the  Sun.    Look  for  the  thin  crescent  after  sunset  on  Saturday.  Looking  in  the   western  twilight,  the  bright  planet  Venus  is  right  beside  the  bright  star  Spica  in  Virgo   the  Virgin. Fri.  Sept.  6   Moonlight  isn’t  bright  enough  to  wash  out  the  Milky  Way  until  next  week,  so  look  to   the  south  and  see  the  dense  concentration  of  stars  in  the  center  of  our  Galaxy.  This  is   the  region  of  Sagittarius  the  Archer,  which  looks  exactly  like  a  dot-­â€?to-­â€?dot  teapot. Sat.  Sept.  7   The  constellation  Scorpius  the  Scorpion  is  directly  south  at  dark,  looking  like  a  giant   Ď?‹•ŠŠ‘‘Â?•Â?ƒ‰‰‹Â?‰–”‡‡•ƒŽ‘Â?‰–Š‡Š‘”‹œ‘Â?ǤŠ‡Š‡ƒ”–‘ˆ–Š‡•…‘”’‹‘Â?‹•–Š‡”‡†•–ƒ” Antares.       Sun.  Sept.  8   A  beautifully  dramatic  scene  in  the  western  twi-­â€? Ž‹‰Š–ĥ–Š‡…”‡•…‡Â?–‘‘Â?‹•Ď?ŽƒÂ?Â?‡†„›‡Â?—•‘Â? the  right  and  Spica  on  the  right.  It’s  a  great  photo   opportunity  with  a  camera  on  a  tripod  and  long   exposures  capturing  this  conjunction  of  celestial   objects.   Mon.  Sept.  9   It  is  planet  Saturn’s  turn  to  be  next  to  the  cres-­â€? cent  Moon  tonight  in  Virgo.    Any  telescope  will   show  the  rings.  And  the  craters  on  the  Moon   bathed  in  morning  shadows  are  a  dramatic  scene   and  worth  the  effort  to  haul  out  that  long-­â€?ne-­â€? glected  telescope. Š‡Ž‘™‡”•Ž‘’‡•‘ˆ‘—Â?–Šƒ”’ƒ’’‡ƒ”ƒ––Š‡ –‘’‘ˆ–Š‹•‹Â?ƒ‰‡–ƒÂ?‡Â?„›–Š‡”‹‰Š–ƒ˜‹‰ƒ–‹‘Â? ƒÂ?‡”ƒČ‹ƒ˜…ƒÂ?ČŒ‘ˆǯ•ƒ”•”‘˜‡”—”‹‘•‹–› †—”‹Â?‰–Š‡͚͸Ϳ–Šƒ”–‹ƒÂ?Â†ÂƒÂ›ÇĄ‘”•‘Žǥ‘ˆ–Š‡Â”Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ• ™‘”Â?‘Â?ƒ”•Č‹ —Ž›ͿǥÍ¸ÍśÍˇÍšČŒÇ¤ Š‡–—””‡–‘ˆ–‘‘Ž•ƒ––Š‡‡Â?†‘ˆ—”‹‘•‹–›ǯ•”‘„‘–‹… ƒ”Â?‹•‹Â?–Š‡ˆ‘”‡‰”‘—Â?†ǥ™‹–Š–Š‡Â”Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”ÇŻÂ•”‘…Â?ÇŚ •ƒÂ?’Ž‹Â?‰†”‹ŽŽ‹Â?–Š‡Ž‘™‡”Ž‡ˆ–…‘”Â?‡”‘ˆ–Š‡‹Â?ƒ‰‡Ǥ

Â?ƒ‰‡…”‡†‹–ǣČ€ ÇŚƒŽ–‡…Š

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I really  don’t  care  for  the  title  of   the  movie  I  will  be  discussing  this   week:   “The   Mortal   Instruments:   City   of   Bones”.   The   title   seems   a   little   busy,   but   I   suppose   since   a   popular   novel   is   the   source   ƒ–‡”‹ƒŽǡ–Šƒ–™‹ŽŽ•—ˆϐ‹…‡Ǥ For   a   movie   based   on   a   hit   novel,   I   saw   precious   little   ’—„Ž‹…‹–› ‘ –Š‡ ϐ‹Žǡ ƒ†  ‡˜‡ DzŽ‹‡†dz –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž• ƒ…‡„‘‘ ’ƒ‰‡Ǥ Š‡ —†‡” ’”‘‘–‡† ϐ‹Ž features   half-­‐angels,   vampires,   werewolves,  and  demons  among   other   creatures.   You   know,   just   another  day  in  New  York  City,  the   •‡––‹‰ˆ‘”–Š‡ϐ‹ŽǤ – –Š‡ „‡‰‹‹‰ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž we   are   introduced   to   Clary   Fray   (Lily   Collins),   a   teen   in   NYC   who   strange   symbols   which   eventually  connect  to  her  mother   Jocelyn   (Lena   Headey),   and  

her mom’s   friend   Luke   (Aidan   Turner).   The   symbols   lead   Clary   and   her   friend   Simon(Robert   Sheehan)   into   a   nightclub   that   has  the  symbol  she  is  seeing  on  a   sign  outside  the  entrance.   Once   they   enter   the   goth   club,   Jocelyn   sees   a   murder   committed.   What   she   is   actually   seeing  is  half-­‐angel  Jace  Wayland   (Jamie   Campbell   Bower)   slaying  a  demon  in  human  form.   Eventually   Jace   and   Clary   meet   after  Clary  is  attacked  by  a  demon   and  rescued  by  the  half-­‐angel.   Jace   is   actually   a   “Shadowhunter”,   a   warrior   trained   to   slay   demons   hidden   on  Earth.  Jace  reveals  to  Clary  the   existence   of   a   huge   castle-­‐style   house   were   the   Shadowhunters   and   their   leader   live.   After   a   horrible   accident   involving  

Clary’s mom,  she  moves  into   the  Shadowhunter  house.   Clary,   who   discovers   her   mom   was   a   Shadowhunter   as   well,   has   inherited   her   abilities   in   addition   to   being  able  to  read  runes  (an   ancient   alphabet).   Despite   her   newly   discovered   talents,  Clary  is  dealing  with   her   lovelorn   friend   Simon,   the   disappearance   of   her   mom,  and  the  battle  between   the   Shadowhunters,   and   those  who  covet  the  Mortal   Cup,   one   of   three   mortal   instruments   given   to   the   ϐ‹”•– Šƒ†‘™Š—–‡” „› –Š‡ Angel   Raziel.   The   cup   and   instruments   allow   humans   to  become  half-­‐angel,  so  you  can   see  why  the  cup  is  popular.   Adding   to   Clary’s   problem’s   is   the   sudden   appearance   of   Valentine   Morgenstern(Jonathan   Rhys   Meyers),   who   wants   the   cup   so   he   can   completely   control   demons  and  the  Shadowhunters.   Valentine   also   reveals   a   secret   to   Clary   that   turns   her   budding   romance  with  Jace  upside-­‐down.   After   many   battles   between   all   of   the   aforementioned   …”‡ƒ–—”‡•ǡ –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž ‡†• ™‹–Š

the hopes   of   a   continuation   of   the  story  featuring  Clary  and  the   Shadowhunters   (great   name   for   a  rock  band!).   Š‡”‡ƒ”‡ƒ›‡š…‹–‹‰ϐ‹‰Š–• ‹ –Š‡ ϐ‹Žǡ ƒ† ‘‡ ‘‡– ”‡‹‹•…‡–‘ˆ–Š‡ϐ‹‰Š–„‡–™‡‡ Darth   Vader   and   Luke   Skywalker   ˆ”‘–Š‡ Dz–ƒ” ƒ”•dz ϐ‹Ž•Ǥ Š‡ special  effects  are  wonderful  and   all   the   creatures   look   great.   The   ƒ…–‹‰ ‹• ϐ‹‡ ˆ‘” –Š‹• ϐ‹Ž ‰‡”‡ǡ and   Rhys   Meyers   appears   to   be   using   the   role   as   a   warm   up   for  

his new   role   as   Dracula   in   the   forthcoming  television  series.   I  have  never  read  any  the  novels   in   “The   Mortal   Instruments”   •‡”‹‡•ǡ•‘ …ƒ‡‹–‘–Š‡ϐ‹Ž™‹–Š zero   knowledge   on   the   subject   and   no   expectations   of   what   to   expect.  Thus,  I  sat  back  with  my   popcorn   and   entered   the   world   as   presented   by   “The   Mortal   Instruments:   City   of   Bones”,   and   Ž‡ˆ– Š‘’‹‰ ˆ‘” ƒ •‡…‘† ϐ‹Ž ‹ the  series.  (Rated  PG-­‐13)  B

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Ten Years Later

The other   day   I   received   an   invitation   to   my   ten   year   high   school   reunion,   and   I   have   no   desire   to   go.   I   didn’t   enjoy   high   school,   though   there   were   good   times   during   that   four   year   period,   overall   when   I   think   back   to   that   time   I’m   reminded   of   huge   waves   of   awkwardness,   depression,   and   anxiety   that   I   see   no   reason   to   revisit   or   celebrate.   People   who   knew   me   then   are   usually   surprised   to   learn  that  I  was  unhappy  during   that   four   year   period,   that’s   because   I   became   good   at   hiding   my   emotions   (Also,   driving   to   school   in   the   mornings   blasting   “The  Best  of  The  Who”  helped  as   well).  

Most people  thought  of  me  as   ƒ™‡‹”†‘ǡƒ† ™ƒ•ϐ‹‡™‹–Š–Šƒ–Ǥ I   wasn’t   really   anti-­‐social,   but   I   was   rarely   invited   to   anything.   Football   games   didn’t   strike   my   fancy   as   an   idea   of   a   good   time,   so   I   usually   spent   of   my   Friday  nights  in  watching  Alfred   Hitchcock   movies   and   British   comedies   on   BBC   America.   Looking   back   on   it   now,   I’m   OK   with   the   fact   that   I   was   that   way.   I’m  an  introvert  anyway,  though  I   didn’t  know  it  at  the  time.   So   much   of   high   school   is   being   pressured   to   go   along   with   this   conception   of   “the   norm”.   You   go   THESE   games,   you   listen   to   THIS   music,   you   see   THESE   movies.   Add   on   top   of  this  the  horror  stories  of  “oh,   you’re   a   Freshman,   the   Seniors   are   gonna   treat   you   like   crap!”   or   the   constant   reminder   from   some   of   “These   are   the   best   four   years   of   your   life,   cherish   them!”   That   last   statement   really   led   me   to   become   even   more   inside   myself   during   my   Sophomore  

year, when   I   was   at   my   most   miserable.   Freshman   year   was   actually   ‹†ƒ ‹…‡ǡ  ™ƒ• Šƒ˜‹‰ ƒ ϐ‹‡ time   overall,   and   was   hanging   with   some   of   the   Seniors   which   was  a  big  deal  to  others  for  some   reason.  Not  to  mention  the  day  a   rather   attractive   female   Senior   kissed   me   in   the   hallway,   which   was   nice.   Sophomore?   Ugh,   I   barely  recall  any  of  it.  I  do  recall   that   I   was   a   rabid   fan   of   Monty   Python,   and   my   friends   and   I   were  desperately  trying  to  write   things   that   came   close   to   being   as   good   as   they   were.   Even   then,   I   always   had   this   urge   to   be   creative. Come   Junior   year   I   was   beginning   to   become   more   …‘ϐ‹†‡–ƒ†Šƒ’’›™‹–Š›•‡ŽˆǤ Senior  year  I  was  just  angry  and   ready   to   move   on,   though   I   did   have  some  great  teachers  during   those   four   years   that   made   it   worthwhile—I’m   still   in   touch   with   most   of   them.   There’s   also   the  fact  that  Senior  year  I  was  on   the   school   paper,   writing   a   VERY   rudimentary   version   of   this   column.   How   did   I   survive?   You   ϐ‹†™Šƒ–™‘”•ˆ‘”›‘—Ǥ ‘”‡‹– was  endless  episodes  of  ›•–‡”› …‹‡…‡Š‡ƒ–‡”͹ͶͶͶ.  Why  that?  

Because to  this  day  it  makes  me   laugh   incredibly   hard,   and   back   then  I  would  watch  it  thinking  to   myself   “I   get   this.   Other   people   get   this.   I   can’t   be   alone   in   the   way  my  brain  works.”   Come   Senior   year   when   my   tastes   in   music   were   really   starting   to   boom,   I   had   a   lot   of   friends,   and   even   one   teacher   giving   me   suggestions   for   what   to   listen   to.   I   was   discovering   Jazz,  and  Frank  Sinatra.  Then  one   day  a  friends  hands  you  a  CD  with   nothing  but  a  pop  art  banana  on   the  cover  and  you  discover  “The   Velvet   Underground   and   Nico”.   One   day   you’re   talking   with   an   English  teacher,  and  they  ask  you   “Have   you   ever   heard   anything   by   Frank   Zappa?”   The   day   I   left   high   school   I   actually   drove   off   campus   blasting   “I’m   Free”   by   The   Who,   because   I   thought   that’s   what   you   do   when   you’re   18.   I   hope   those   who   go   to   the   reunion  do  have  a  good  time,  and  

I wish  no  ill  will  towards  anyone.   But  will  I  be  going?  No.  Because,  I   honestly  don’t  care.  It’s  ten  years   later,   and   I   don’t   need   to   worry   about   a   four   year   period   of   my   life.   If   you’re   someone   reading   this   who   is   in   high   school,   and   ˆ‡‡Ž•ƒ‹•ϐ‹–ƒ†ƒ™‡‹”†‘ǡ–Šƒ–ǯ• ’‡”ˆ‡…–Ž› ϐ‹‡Ǥ ‡…ƒ—•‡ ›‘— –‘‘ will  discover  that  being  a  weirdo   is   like   having   a   super   awesome   secret   power   that   will   take   you   to  amazing  places  later  on  in  life.   So  if  anyone  tells  you  high  school   is  the  four  best  years  of  your  life,   it   means   it   was   for   them,   and   that  does  not  apply  to  you.  Also,   maybe  you  should  start  listening   to  The  Ramones,  because  they’re   The  Ramones.   Ten  years  later,  I  still  march  to   the  beat  of  my  own  drum,  and  live   in  my  own  lovely  weird  world.  I   wouldn’t   have   it   any   other   way.   See   you   next   week,   follow   me   on   Twitter  @ThatAndyRoss.

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As I   write   this   column   I   have   the   lyrics   of   the   very   sappy   1968   Bee  Gees’  song  “Words”  bouncing   around  in  my  head  like  some  sort   of  infection  (“It’s  only  words,  and   words   are   all   I   have   to   take   you   heart  away”).  That’s  because  the   subject   of   this   week’s   column   is   words.  Without  words,  of  course,   this  column  wouldn’t  exist,  so  I’m   sure   this   is   quite   an   important   topic. Each   year   at   this   time,   I   eagerly   await   the   Oxford   Online   Dictionary’s   (formerly   The   Oxford   English   Dictionary’s)   list   of   newly-­‐adopted   words.   These  lists  function  as  a  cultural   barometer,   speaking   volumes   about   our   place   in   space   and   time.  And  this  year’s  list,  the  most   interesting   one   in   quite   a   while,   is  no  exception.  So  let’s  begin  our   etymological  tour. So   many   interesting   and   revealing   words.   It’s   hard   to   know   where   to   start,   so   let’s   take   a   look   at   “BYOD.”   This   is   a   new  buzzword  used  in  education   and   indicating   the   current   and   very   controversial   trend   of   having   students   “bringing   their   own   devices”   to   the   classroom   instead   of   the   school   having   to   fork   over   thousands   of   dollars   for   new   computers.   I   heartedly   endorse  this  trend  and  regularly  

encourage my   students   to   use   their  smartphones  in  class.  After   all,   their   devices   are   often   more   powerful   than   the   computers   found   in   their   classrooms,   and   I   refuse  to  demonize  these  devices   (along   with   the   so-­‐called   Devil’s   Dictionary,  aka  Wikipedia). It   is   no   surprise   that   “buzzworthy”   appears   on   the   list,   signifying   something   “likely   to   arouse   the   interest   and   attention   of   the   public,   either   by   media   coverage   or   word   of   mouth.”   Of   course,   this   could   describe   almost   anything   in   the   twitterverse   we   live   in.   Keep   in   mind   that   when   everything   is   buzzworthy,   nothing   is   buzzworthy.  This  term,  along  with   the   aforementioned   BYOD,   might   „‡ …Žƒ••‹ϐ‹‡† ƒ• Dz‰‡‡ …Š‹…ǡdz Dz–Š‡ dress,   appearance,   and   culture   associated   with   computing   and   technology  enthusiasts,  regarded   as  stylish  or  fashionable.” One   linguistic   trend   as   ”‡ϐŽ‡…–‡†‹–Š‡‹•–”—…ƒ–‡† words,   such   as   guac   (for   guacamole),  srsly  (for  seriously),   apols   (for   apologies),   grats   (for,   you   guessed   it,   congratulations),   and   vom   (for   vomit).   Be   on   the   lookout   for   other   examples   in   months  to  come—such  as  lis  (for   listen),   wa   (for   walk),   and   even   using   one   letter   to   stand   for   a  

whole word,  as  in  s  (for  see)  and  e   (for  eat).  Appears  that  text-­‐speak   is   beginning   to   have   an   impact   on   our   language   system,   doesn’t   it?   Not   that   we   didn’t   know   that   already. Two   D   words   are   news   to   me,   since   I   have   never   seen   them   before.   “Dappy”   means   “silly,   disorganized,   or   lacking   concentration”  and  “Derp”  refers   to   speech   being   “meaningless   or   stupid”   (surely   this   was   invented  as  a  description  of  most   lawmakers.   Wonder   if   we   can   combine   the   two   to   create   the   phrase   “dappy   derp”?   Sounds   good,  regardless  of  how  it  might   be  used. I   have   written   recent   columns   about   “digital   detox”   (a   therapeutic   vacation   away   from   digital   devices),   “emoji”   (a   digital   icon   that   expresses   an   emotion   or   idea—my   column   was   about   the   appearance   of   a   version   of   ‘„› ‹…   written   using   only   emoji   language),   “omnishambles”   (“a   situation   that   has   been   comprehensively   mismanaged,   characterized   by   a   string   of   blunders   and   miscalculations,”   the   “Internet   of   things”   (“a   proposed   development   of   the   Internet   in   which   everyday   objects   have   network   connectivity,   allowing  

them to  send  and  receive  data”).   So,   I   feel   like   I’m   ahead   of   the   curve  on  these  hot  new  items. “Alphabet   soup”   describes   the   category   for   our   next   new   word   inclusions.   “A/W”   stands   for   autumn/winter   and   is   used   by   the   fashion   industry   to   denote   new   seasonal   offerings.   I’ve   already  mentioned  BYOD,  but  we   can   add   “FIL”   to   the   list   (father-­‐ in-­‐law),   “LDR”   (long   distance   relationship),   “TL;   DR”   (“too   long,  didn’t  read,”  a  description  I   hope   doesn’t   apply   to   my   weekly   columns),   “MOOC”   (massive   open   online   course),   which   I   will   mention  again  before  this  column   comes  to  an  end,  and  my  personal   favorite,  “FOMO”   (fear  of  missing   out,   the   uncomfortable   feeling   that   you   might   not   be   aware   of   yet   another   trivial   and   largely   meaningless   trend,   update,   posting,   or   friend   request   on   social  media). For  all  the  many  self-­‐absorbed   individuals  out  there,  there  is  “me   time,”  described  in  the  dictionary   as   “time   spent   relaxing   on   one’s   own   as   opposed   to   working   or   doing   things   for   others,   seen   as   an   opportunity   to   reduce   stress   or   restore   energy.”   Nothing   like   a   little   narcissism   to   make   the   world   a   better   place.   Right?   One   of   the   most   over-­‐done   new  


™‘”†•ǡDz‡Žϐ‹‡ǡdz‹•—•‡†–‘†‡‘–‡ the irritating  trend  of  taking  your   own  picture  and  posting  it,  and  it   is   closely   related   to   the   concept   of  “me  time,”  in  that  both  of  these   terms  envision  a  universe  where   the   most   important   value   is   “Me.”  I  believe  the  folks  at  Oxford   should   add   a   related   new   term   “WC”  for  “Who  cares?”  to  apply  to   individuals  who  believe  they  are   important  and/or  special. My  nominees  for  the  two  most   •‹‰‹ϐ‹…ƒ– ƒ† –‡ŽŽ‹‰ ™‘”†• in   the   new   dictionary   are   the   already-­‐noted   term   “MOOC”   and   “twerk.”   For   many   enthusiasts,   MOOCs   hold   the   promise   of   revolutioning   education,   although   I   suspect   they   are   just   another   name   for   the   outdated   lecture   method   that   has   bored   students   out   of   their   mind   for   years—with   MOOCs,   however,   we   have   the   exciting   potential   of   boring   tens   of   thousands   of   students   out   of   their   minds   at   the   same   time.   The   jury   is   still   out   on   this   updated   version   of   1920s   correspondence   courses,   so   we   will   wait   until   this   time   next   year   to   make   an   updated   assessment.   If   you   didn’t   know   „‡ˆ‘”‡ǡ ›‘— •Š‘—Ž† †‡ϐ‹‹–‡Ž› know   by   now   what   “twerking”   is,   thanks   in   large   part   to   Miley   Cyrus’   virtuoso   (and   very   clumsy)   demonstration   during   last   week’s   music   video   awards.   To   paraphrase   the   Bard   himself,   “To   twerk,   or   not   to   twerk,   that   is   the   question.”   Perhaps   Miley   shouldn’t   have   asked   the   question   last   week,   because   I   am   certain   very   few   members   of   her   audience   wanted   to   know   the   answer. I   wonder   how   many   of   these   new   ODO   words   can   be   used   in   a  single  sentence?  Here’s  a  start:   “Call   me   dappy   and   in   need   of   digital   detox,   but   I   would   srsly   rather  be  twerking  than  doing  my   MOOC  homework  on  my  phablet   (a  mobile  device  that  has  a  screen   too   large   for   a   smartphone   but   smaller   than   a   tablet);   however,   my   FOMO   …‘’‡Ž• ‡ –‘ ϐ‹‹•Š my  homework,  lest  I  get  sick  and   vom,  because  my  life  has  been  an   onmishambles   lately   despite   the   hundreds  of  •‡Žϐ‹‡•  I  snapped  last   week.” Many  apols  for  presenting  you   with  a  much-­‐too-­‐lengthy  column   today,   and   one   that   is   probably   too   full   of   derp.   See   you   next   week   for   another   word-­‐infested   yet  buzzworthy  column.

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