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The Northeast State Community College !"#$%&'("$)*(+,-)./) Because of You Campaign
Last year’ Because of You campaign raised more than $56,000 for student scholarships.
Foundation Scholars students representing the Because of You campaign.
The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign this month to raise money for scholarships. The week of Sept. 24‐ 28 launches a campaign’s fundraising efforts by the 20 academic programs and administrative departments participating in the campaign this fall. The week’s fundraising events include a !hili !ookoff by College Access, the )*+, 5. /un/,alk by the Honors Program, a concert by the 45irit of 4oul 8ance Band sponsored by the Foundation, and much, much more! Heather Cook, executive director of the Northeast State Foundation, said the campaign’s goal to reach $100,000 for 2012‐13. “Our staff and faculty
contribute mightily every day to our students through their time and dedication,” Cook said. !"#$%&'#( )*( +)&( ,#-.#$/'( /0%/( spirit and gives the campus the freedom to get creative with their fundraising ideas to support our students.” Cook initiated Because of You campaign last year. The campaign generated a tremendous response from faculty and staff raising more than $50,000 for new and existing scholarships. The campaign features a friendly competition between participating departments for their fundraising efforts. The campaign hosts a daily contest through the week based on social media interactions about their fundraising. The most Facebook likes or posts earn the tops three programs additional dollars towards their overall goal.
Spirit of Soul Dance Band Northeast State Sept. 27th If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear one of the area’s hottest dance bands you can on Sept. 27 when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band plays Northeast State Community College in Blountville. Spirit of Soul will be playing favorite dance songs of the 60’s, 70’s and more. Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the College’s main campus, adjacent to Tri‐Cities Regional Airport. The eleven‐piece Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music. From the 60’s best songs to favorites in the 70’s, 80’s and more including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag. You can hear favorite tunes by Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Natalie Cole and more. The group features three dynamic male and female lead vocalists supported A6+ 7+ ,"-*.$"*<*+ #)6&)1+ 5*<&"%=+ $0:5+ &)#**+ &*##","<+ )%#=+ $076*#5'+ The Spirit of Soul performers are Fred Goodwin, Don Nickell, Howard Bloom, Tom Huddleston, Sam Huddleston, Robin Williams, Jeff Williams, Norman Gray, Mary Duke McCartt, Bill Derby and Chuck Gordon. “When we formed our group we wanted to make sure we selected songs that were the classics of that era and each one had to be danceable. We’ve added numerous new songs over the past year and will play some of them at this fantastic venue,” said Mary Duke McCartt, one of the band’s vocalists. “Most of the venues we play for are private galas, weddings, corporate and charity events. Many people have not had the opportunity to hear the great tunes we play. We are passionate about the songs we select and work hard to make sure they are close to the original sound as possible,” she said. To reserve tickets contact &)*+B%#&)*75&+C&7&*+D%E+F@,"<*+7&+ 423.354.5173.
Night Race! Sign up for the GLOW Run at Northeast State Sept. 26
Get your glow sticks, glow‐ paint, and anything to light up the night when Northeast State Community College hosts the GLOW Run on Sept. 26 at the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri‐Cities Regional !"#$%#&'()*+ ,"-*./"0%1*&*#+ 23'4. mile) GLOW Run starting time is 8:00 p.m. The race course is 1%5&06+ ,07&+ 8"&)+ 5%1*+ 1*9":1+ hills. Participants can register now at http://www.active. com/running/blountville‐tn/ northeast‐state‐honors‐glow‐ run‐2012 Runners can do late registration and get entry packets
on the day of race between 5:30‐ 7:30 p.m. ;7#&"<"$7=&5+ 8"00+ >*&+ ,"&&*9+ with electronic B‐tag result timers provided by We Run Events. The race registration fee is $20 before Sept. 25 and $25 on the day of race. All runners registering before race day receive an event T‐shirt. The GLOW Run highlights the Honors Program’s participation in the Northeast State Foundation’s Because of You campaign designed to raise money for student scholarships at the ?%00*>*'++!00+*=+@**5+A*=*,"&+&)*+ Northeast State Honors Program. Come on out and enjoy a night run at this awesome new race! For more information, contact jbhoneycutt@NortheastState. edu or 423.354.2596.
If you’re looking for Chinese food in my home town of Kingsport, there’s never been any lack of options for you to choose from. If you ask people in my family, they’ll tell you that the best place was Joe Gong’s, but he closed up shop when I was but a young lad. He was a jolly little man, and a bit of a local personality. My grandfather ran into him at the grocery store and, recognizing him, said, “Hello, Joe!” Joe did not recognize him, so he responded with his standard, “Hello, baby!” What this goes to show is that for the most part, amongst a backdrop of largely similar food, my family prefers to go to the Chinese place that has the most character. After a while, we found Ming Garden, a homey little place run by Dan Continued on page 7
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and Emily Wong. We’d visit them just about every Sunday ‐ and several days in between, truth be told ‐ in their end‐cap store of the Food City shopping center. They’d always make us feel welcome, and it was always a pleasure to visit them. Well, that shopping center got torn down to make way for a shiny new Food City, but thankfully that wasn’t the end of Ming Garden; they got a shiny new building too,
/$01$23$-%&4'%&56&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%] 8"&)+7A%:&+9%:A0*+&)*+,0%%#+5$7<*'+ I’m not sure who the decorator of the family is, but you can tell they enjoyed putting together the restaurant’s new look. Keeping with the theme of their name, the place is done up like an Oriental $707<*+7=9+5$#:<*9+,0%%#+&%+<*"0"=>+ with decorative plants. Now, I’m not going to promise you that they’ll treat you like family, like they do with me and mine. My parents moved to Kentucky a while back, and I’ve lived in Johnson City for several
years and haven’t had the time to get back to see the Wongs and their friendly staff as much as I’d like to have. But even after a several‐year hiatus, the waitress that has always taken care of us was there and asking how my family was doing, and, of course, why they hadn’t been in for so long. It’s a responsibility to be a regular at a place, and we let them down, unfortunately! So I’m here to make things right by telling you what all they’ve got to offer, and hoping my readers in Kingsport will choose to dine with them. When it comes to meats, Ming Garden is my personal favorite. From slivers of barbecue to sweet little ribs on the bone to their chicken teriyaki, they’ve got the best buffet‐style meat options around. Their meat on a stick comes in both chicken and beef varieties, for a fun variation on the buffet standard. And for those of you that like a little showmanship with your food, their Mongolian grill has a wide variety of options to choose from, seared in front of your very eyes by someone who will make his little spatulas go *ting‐ting* for reasons that must remain mysterious to we, the
customers. The rest of the fare is hard to do a variation on ‐ after all, there’s only so many ways to fry some rice ‐ so I’ll skip ahead to the dessert bar. Ming Garden always has a great selection of little square cakes, that range from fruity and fabulous to deep, dark chocolate. You never know what kind of cake will be up for grabs. When I was there, I had an orange‐colored mango cake that was bursting 8"&)+,07-%#'
If you’re not a fan of buffets, they’ve got a full menu you can order from, which you might ,"=9+ :5*@:0+ "@+ 6%:+ 87=&+ &%+ >*&+ something on the go ‐ but do stop in and sit down a while, when you have the chance. It’s hard to leave G"=>+ H7#9*=+ :=57&"5,"*9I+ 7=9+ J+ hope you’ll have as comfortable a time there as my family and I always have. Relax, soak in the atmosphere, and have a good meal. I always do.
Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale Jonesborough Library September 27-29. You’ve lost your
last excuse for not clearing out those books that you’ve read and loved but just don’t have room for any more. Clean them out, box or bag them up and bring them to the Jonesborough or Gray Library. Our sale will be September 27‐29 in the Storytelling tent in the Jonesborough Library parking lot: Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The storage shed is chock‐a‐block with donations but we want more to make this our biggest sale ever! And don’t think that these are all old books some are nearly new. We also have magazines, VCR tapes, etc. Members receive a discount of 10% off their entire purchase. The Friends are also looking for volunteers to assist in sorting the books, setting up for the sale, and 5&7@,"=>+&)*+570*+"&5*0@'++?700+%#+ come by the Jonesborough or Gray Library to volunteer 753‐ 1800 or 477‐1550. This is one of the larger fund raisers for the Friends group each year. The Friends raise funds that A*=*,"&+&)*+0"A#7#6+"=+5%+17=6+ ways. Through the years they have purchased equipment, helped with renovations, and purchased furnishings. They
are our sole support for our programs: the Teen Advisory Group, teen programs, children’s story time, Tuesday Night @ the Movies, the Summer Reading Programs for all ages, just to name a few. So bring in your donations of books. Sign up to help with the sale. And while you’re at it, join the Friends of the Library.
Molly Walling speaks in Abingdon. Author of “Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Family Secret”
Applications are now being accepted for Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival. The
GFWC of TN Elizabethton K%17=L5+?0:AI+7+=%=.$#%,"&+ organization, is sponsoring the Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival, which was formerly held every November at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton. The year 2012 will see some big changes to this annual show, including a new location for the event. This year’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov.16‐17, from 9 to 6 p.m. each day at the National Guard Armory, 128 Judge Don Lewis Blvd., Elizabethton. For applications for the show, please call Chairman Brenda Holdren 7&+2MN3O+PM3.4QMR+%#+S%+T%">&+7&+ 2MN3O+PMN.U4QU'
hosted by the Friends of the Library. Molly will speak at the Martha Washington Hotel and Spa in Abingdon, Va., Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. Growing up, Walling could not fathom the source of the dark and intense discomfort in her family home. In 2006, she discovered her father’s, Jay Fields, complicity in the murder of two black men in Aguilla, deep in the Mississippi Delta. This book Continued on page 9
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is the story of her search for the truth behind a closely held, 60‐year‐old family secret. She starts by interviewing family members whom all want the past‐‐and its scars and tragedies‐‐to stay buried in the past. She travels to Mississippi to research grand jury records, FBI archives, and any government records that might provide clues. She discovers that after a hearing before an all‐white grand jury, her father’s case was never brought to trial. Through interviews with family members of the black victims and eye witnesses she gets 5$*<","<5+7A%:&+&)*+<75*'+J=+<%=K&+&%+)*#+%8=+ family, the black community wants to confront the truth. The book moves chronologically through Walling’s investigations, but interspersed are her own Fields family memoirs, stories of life on the Mississippi cotton plantation in the 19th and early 20th centuries and lots of details of Walling’s life, her relationship with her parents, and her adolescent years growing up in Bristol, Va., in the 1960s. The event is free and open to the public. A book sale/signing will follow the presentation. For information, visit www.wcpl.net or 276‐676‐6222. The Washington County Public Library is located at 205 Oak Hill St., Abingdon, Va. Its four branches are located in Damascus, Glade Spring, Hayters Gap and Mendota.
Haunted Appalachian Caverns “Cave Hill Asylum” Friday & Saturday nights located at
420 Cave Hill Rd. Blountville, T.N. Haunted Appalachian Caverns will open Friday and Saturday nights 7pm‐Midnight September 28th‐ Nov. 3rd. Our staff consists of local high school and college students. A big part of that group will be the patchwork players from ETSU. Many local booster clubs will sell concessions throughout the event. October 12th and 13th is military weekend, where any active duty or veteran of any branch of military will get in free; thanks for their service to this country! Appalachian Caverns has a long history of getting screams whether from real ghosts that lurk on the property to the haunted attraction in October. While Appalachian Caverns has been around for a very long time, Haunted Appalachian Caverns is celebrating its 8th season in Tri‐Cities and strives to provide the best Halloween experience of the season. For more information, contact: Rob Metcalfe Director at 2MN3O3N3.N33V
Qi Gong Workshop October 6,4-6pm Shakti in the Mountains 409 East Unaka Avenue, JC.
Experience the ancient art of energy cultivation. Join Julia Thie, L.Ac., licensed acupuncturist, to learn simple methods to affect physical and emotional well‐being. This will be a fun *=-"#%=1*=&+5:"&7A0*+@%#+700+,"&=*55+0*-*05'+WNP+ in advance, $30 day of workshop. register online 7&+888'X:0"7&)"*'<%1+2MN3O+N3U.VQMM+%#+888' 5)7/&""=&)*1%:=&7"=5'<%1+2MN3O+NQN.MMVN'
Join Us! With Northeast State College Book Signing “A Sentimental Journey” by Elizabeth Joanne Shupe is
signing her book Tuesday, September 25, 3 p.m. Kingsport Center for Higher Education 300 West Market St. Kingsport. A percentage of all book sales go to the Elizabeth Joanne Shupe Endowed Scholarship for single parent nursing students at the Regional Center for Health Professions in the Kingsport Academic Village! Elizabeth Shupe attended the old Lee School for Nursing while a 5"=>0*+$7#*=&+"=+)*#+,"@&"*5+7=9+9"9=L&+#*&"#*+:=&"0+ age 75! Buy book locally at: Korner‐Copia 200 East Center St. Downtown Kingsport and Haggle Shop Antiques 147 Broad St. Downtown Kingsport. Larger donations are encouraged during this event and will be matched! For more information, contact Dr. Melissa D. Webb at 423.354.5108.
Arts, Galleries and Film
Southwest Virginia Museum Invites Artists to Submit Artwork for the True Art Showcase and Children’s Contest. The annual
True Art Showcase and Children’s Contest is September 30th through October 21st, celebrating the works of area artists. True Art, named in )%=%#+%@+S71*5+(#:*I+&)*+,"#5&+ curator of the Museum, features the works of today’s local artists in a show that celebrates the creativity and talents of our friends and neighbors. Works in a variety of mediums will be on display throughout the Museum from September 30th through October 21st. Regular admission rates apply. The deadline for submitting art for the showcase is Tuesday, September 25th; due to limited presentation space, please limit submission to four pieces per artist. Participation forms are available from the Museum during regular operating hours. The showcase includes a student art competition #*,0*<&"=>+&)"5+6*7#L5+&)*1*I+ “Sounds of Southwest Virginia,” grades K‐12. Entries should portray some aspect of Southwest Virginia’s rich culture, history, and/or natural surroundings. Drawings and paintings are welcome. We request a maximum size of
11”x17” and welcome smaller submissions. All entries include student’s name, school name, and grade. Winning entries will be on display in the Museum from September 30th to October 21st. Winners in each group will receive prizes at a reception held at the Museum on Sunday, October 7th. Depending upon space, we may accept artwork for display after the deadline. For more information, call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276‐523‐ 1322.
Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts hosts a Beaux Arts Festival on Sunday,
September 30 from 3‐5 p.m. in the galleries. Featuring artists in
action, light appetizers and live music from the Hayes School of Music, admission is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All proceeds will A*=*,"&+&)*+(:#<)"=+?*=&*#+7=9+ support access to the arts for the community. Local artists, Wes Waugh and Tunde Afolayan will be painting on site with &)*"#+,"="5)*9+$#%9:<&5+&%+A*+ auctioned off at the conclusion of the evening. Live music provided by faculty musicians in the Hayes School of Music: Dr. Harold McKinney, trombone; Dr. Rob Falvo, percussion; Dr. Elizabeth Rose, french horn; Ted Ulick, keyboard and Christy Clavio, African instruments. Attendees can participate in other activities such as a caricature artist, a roaming magician and more! A children’s 8%#/5)%$+2@%#+7>*5+R.4NO+8"00+ be held in the Turchin Center’s classroom, room 3200 from 3‐4 p.m. For more information or questions, call 828‐262‐3017 or visit www.tcva.org.
Grayson Highlands Fall Festival Sept. 29-30 at Grayson
Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson Virginia. Sponsored by the Rugby Rescue Squad and Ladies Auxiliary, the festival celebrates Virginia’s unique, traditional mountain heritage and is among the Virginia State Parks’ longest running and most popular festivals. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. $6 parking fee. The festival features a host of artists and crafters who demonstrate their craft and sell their wares.
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Many provide a taste of what life was like for the pioneers who settled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia hundreds of years ago. A sale of wild ponies who roam the park and surrounding area will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The sale is sponsored by the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association. Traditional blue grass and mountain music is also a highlight of the festival with local acts performing throughout both days of the festival. The BBQ chicken dinners and home‐made fried pies sold by the rescue squad and ladies auxiliary are festival favorites. With portions of the park reaching a mile above sea level, Grayson Highlands offers true alpine scenery. The park features campgrounds, an equestrian campground, visitor center and miles of trails featuring scenic overlooks. For more information on the festival or other park offerings, email firstname.lastname@example.org. >%-+%#+<700+&)*+$7#/+7&+2NVRO+ 579‐7092.
Johnson City Community Concert Band invites new members JCCB rehearses
every Monday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Heritage Baptist Church, 1512 John Exum Pkwy, J.C. The Band is open to anyone that has experience in playing a band instrument, even if you haven’t played in a formal group for some time. For more information about attending rehearsals please contact one of &)*+D7=9+%@,"<*#5+0"5&*9+%=+&)*+ Band Members page or come to a rehearsal and talk to our Band Director. September 29, 1983, members of the Johnson City community realized their vision of forming a community concert band that
would perform for community events and would provide adult citizens an opportunity to practice and perform music as a community service. October 3#9+875+&)*+,"#5&+#*)*7#570+%@+ the Johnson City Civic Band, now known as the Johnson City Community Concert Band 2S???DO'+F-*#+&)*+6*7#5+&)*+ band has had several directors, assistant directors and has rehearsed in several locations in the Johnson City area. Joe Y*#17==+875+&)*+D7=9L5+,"#5&+ director and was one of the task force members that helped form the band. Today the band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have a diverse background in music, from professional band directors to non music professionals of all ages that just want to continue the joy of playing music and performing. The band has several associate 1*1A*#5+2:=9*#+4ZO+&)7&+7#*+ interested in playing challenging
music. The Band’s conductor is Roxanne Haskill. The Fall concert is scheduled Sunday, October 28 3:00 pm. http:// www.jcccband.com/
Robin Swaby at the Arts Depot.
The next juried artist on display in the Arts Depot’s Spotlight Gallery is Robin Swaby. Her oil and pastel exhibit, titled “The Appalachian Landscape” opens Saturday, September 29th and continues through Saturday, November 17. There will be a special evening ;eet-the=rtist rece5tion on 4aturdayA 4e5tember 29thA from 5-7 5m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeurves will be served. Robin Swaby is an award winning artist and is best known for her realistic and sensitive pastels, oils and watercolor %@+=7&:#70+5<*=*#6I+,0%#7+7=9+ fauna. She teaches extensively both here and abroad, and is the Continued on page 12
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director for the ATELIER: Academy of Fine Art and Design and featured instructor at The Bascom Art Center, Highlands NC. She is an avid Plein Air painter, and a member of numerous art associations including International Plein Air Painters. Her work has been featured in various articles and as cover art on numerous publications. Her highly sought‐after work is in numerous collections worldwide. “My greatest joy is that I have the opportunity to live and paint in beautiful mountain
settings, where I can embrace nature, and enjoy the lifestyle I love the best. It offers me spectacular as well as peaceful scenery to enjoy and paint..” Robin spends her time between the North American mountains of Appalachia and the high sierra Andes of Ecuador. Her paintings range from scenic mountain vistas and local market scenes to close up portraits of trees 7=9+8"09,0%8*#5'+()*+>700*#6+ and artists studios are open for viewing and art purchasing Thursday thru Saturday through December 10‐4 pm, January through March 11‐3 or by appointment. There is no
admission charge. For further "=@%#17&"%=I++2NVRO+RNZ.UQU4I+ or e‐mail abingdonartsdepot@ eva.org, or visit www. abingdonartsdepot.org..
Tuesday Night @ the Movies Jonesborough Library October 2, 5:30 p.m.Begin
your celebrations of a spooky October with Frank Capra’s 4UMM+,"01+797$&7&"%=+%@+&)*+ Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace. Blend a Halloween marriage, Cary Grant, two sweet
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Edward Everett Horton. Tuesday Night @ the Movies is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Washington County Library. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. For more information, please call the Jonesborough Library at 753‐1800.
Weizenblatt Gallery Features Daniel Kariko Photography, in the
Moore Building on the campus of Mars Hill College, will host an exhibit through October 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 am until 5 pm. The artist will be available for meeting students and the public in the gallery for a discussion time on October 8, 1:30 pm. Daniel Kariko was born in 1976 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, now Northern Serbia. He moved to the US in 1994 for political reasons. Many of Kariko’s images investigate the idea of disappearing and changing landscape. He has worked on several long‐term photographic projects in his homeland of Serbia, recording the aftermath of the war in Balkans. Since 1999, Kariko documented the endangered wetlands and dramatic changes in the landscape in South Louisiana. His latest projects deal with the issue of land use in Florida, and documentation of the oil spill in Louisiana wetlands. Ken Gregory, assistant professor of 7#&+7I+57"9+&)*+*E)"A"&+#*,0*<&5+ the artist’s unique perspective as he examines American problems through the lens of an immigrant from Serbia. “From his experience with devastation in Serbia, he moves into a photographic examination of the 1#'/,&$/2)3()*(-23%3$2%.(1,#%4'( and eroding geography, which is as real and impacting as war,” Gregory said. The exhibit grips viewers with its economic and political implications but also its two very different photographic approaches. Kariko’s images show strong visual compositions of incomplete and abandoned housing developments. The other series presents a stark, black‐and‐white documentary
of the environmental consequences currently facing Louisiana. “We walk through these photographs feeling like we’re remembering something now lost. We see what may have been and question why,” Gregory said. “One cannot help but
become involved in the scenes and think about the economy and environment that we now live in and how fragile both can be. We see in this exhibition real consequences of our actions and we’re compelled to consider our part in larger outcomes.”
Zombies Invade Downtown Johnson City! The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre Friday & Saturday nights
The Blue Moon Dinner Theatre presents the Tennessee Premiere of Mitch Brian’s zombie comedy Maul Of The Dead, playing live on stage Fridays and Saturdays now through October 13th at 215 East Main Street in
Downtown Johnson City. “Zombies are such a phenomenon in today’s society and we were looking for a show that was different” Says Artistic Director Edward Breese “This show has a little bit of everything....
action, comedy, and some scary thrills. Even though it’s a zombie show, its a story about the living and how they respond to one another in intense situations.” It’s 1978 and zombies in polyester walk the earth. A pair %@+ CK!(+ %@,"<*#5+ &7/*+ #*@:>*+ with a perfume counter girl in a zombie‐infested shopping mall. Hiding out in JC Penney’s, they’re soon joined by a TV weather girl, )*#+ @,"<+ #*$%#&*#+ A*7:I+ 7=9+ 7+ suburban punk chick who is still in love with the boy from the record store … now a zombie! As ravenous hoards attack the
frail security gate separating the living from the walking dead, the survivors make a desperate bid for weapons and supplies, eventually forming a makeshift family amidst the consumer trappings of the 1970’s. But paradise is short‐ lived as betrayal, false identities and infection from a zombie bite threaten the belief that “there’s got to be a morning after.” Danger lurks behind every mannequin in a play that blends horror, satire and melodrama with punk rock and disco music into “a whirlwind of zombie mayhem.”
Dinner begins with our house raspberry vinaigrette salad, followed by stuffed 3 cheese ravioli severed in a red sauce with sausage and meatballs all followed by a chocolate chip cookie a la mode topped with a caramel drizzle. Tickets are just $39.99 plus tax and can be purchased by going online to www.bluemoondinnertheatre. <%1+2K)*=+%#9*#"=>+%=0"=*+*=&*#+ the coupon code “Brains” for a 5 dollar discount per ticket) or A6+ <700"=>+ &)*+ A%E+ %@,"<*+ 7&+ MN3. 232‐1350. Meal upgrades and vegetarian options are available with a 24 hour notice. The Blue Moon is a BYOB facility.
Black Wolf HarleyDavidson Hosts “Couldn’t 0/"1%)2'#13(-45)6&1'7 September 29th Black Wolf Harley‐Davidson is hosting their annual “Couldn’t Afford Sturgis!” party Saturday, Sept 29th from 12‐10 pm at the dealership off I‐81 Exit 5. Three hot rock n roll bands and a bikini contest will highlight the days evenss that will go on
rain or shine. “Couldn’t Afford Sturgis!” at Black Wolf is like a spinoff of the actual Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota, which celebrated their 72nd Sturgis this year on August 6th – 12th. Think of it like a mini Sturgis. The
event will consist of Swimsuit USA Model Search contest and models for a meet and greet/calendar signing, as well as a bikini bike wash. This event will have both the 1%9*05+ 7=9+ 0%<70+ >"#05+ @%#+ &)*+ ,"=705+ "=+ Cancun, Mexico. We have Sacred Ink coming to do tattoos
7=9+$"*#<"=>5+%=+5"&*+7=9+&%+#7@,0*+5%1*+"=/+ giveaways. We have Anger Management stunter ROWDY Rodney coming to do tricks on his highly sponsored sport bikes with some fellow stunters. Our Black Wolf H.O.G. Chapter will be Grillin’ for Donations after 4pm where all proceeds go directly to Angel Tree Foundation for less fortunate children on Christmas. Most of all we have three groups of musicians performing. This will bring some thunder to the valley. One of the bands is called Gypsum with a female lead and instrumentals will amaze you. Another band is LORE whose music will knock your socks off then mellow you out with a touch of blues rock. During the day we will have Smokin’ Maxx, who got his name from burnin’ up a guitar like no other! Check all their bands out on line.
Edgar Meyer Symphony of the Mountains “Reach for '89)2'&1-5)29&-"$)*(+,-)./)29:'9;<91)=>'8 Edgar Meyer may be a local boy from Oak Ridge, T.N. but he’s made it to the top to become the most celebrated dou‐ ble bass player and com‐ poser in the world. Sym‐ phony of the Mountains is kicking off its 66th sea‐ son themed “Reach for the Stars” and is deliver‐ ing on that theme. In demand as both a performer and a
composer, Edgar Meyer has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by the New Yorker as “...the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument,” Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness "=+ &)*+ ,"*09+ 875+ #*<%>="[*9+ A6+ 7+
MacArthur Award in 2002. In collaboration with Yo‐Yo Ma and Mark O’Conner, Appalachian Journey won a Grammy Award for “Best Crossover Classical Album.” “Symphony of the Mountains will present an exciting season -2..#1( 52/0( 6#)6.#( 50)( ,#%$0( *),( the stars through music. Edgar Meyer was raised in the little town of Oak Ridge, TN and is now the world’s most famous double bass player.” said Symphony of the Mountains Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth. The evening’s repertoire will include pieces such as John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” Bottesini’s “Concerto
for Double Bass, No.2, B minor,” “Symphony No. 5 in C‐sharp minor: Adagietto” by Gustav Mahler and Meyer’s own composition entitled “Concerto for D for Double Bass and Orchestra.” The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. September 29 with the Pre‐ Concert Chat slated for 6:30 with Cornelia Laemmli Orth and Ed‐ gar Meyer. Tickets are only $32 and may be purchased by calling the Symphony of the Mountains’ D%E+ F@,"<*+ 7&+ 2MN3O+ 3UN.ZMN3+ or on the Symphony website at SymphonyOfTheMountains.org. Students are admitted free with "9*=&","<7&"%='
“ Tarzan: The Stage Musical ” Barter Theatre
Get ready to swing into fall as Barter Theatre takes audiences on a jungle adventure uniting two worlds into one family with “Tarzan: The Stage Musical”. The 5&%#6+"5+A75*9+%=+&)*+\"5=*6+,"01I+ features music by Phil Collins and stars Sean Campos as Tarzan and Holly Williams as Jane; both from Barter’s 2008 mega‐hit, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”. “Barter Theatre takes a fun and fascinating look at what it means to be family,” said Lori Hester, director of patron services. “This show proves that it isn’t always blood that makes you family, but love can absolutely bring people together. Your family, no matter who they are, will always remember the extraordinary experience of this Barter Theatre production.” Follow along as a young orphan boy is adopted by Kala, a loving ape mother. Kala only sees the similarities she and Tarzan share. Tarzan’s ape father, Kercheck, can only see the differences. As Kala, Tarzan’s best friend Terk and the rest of the apes teach Tarzan how to survive, Tarzan can’t help but long for the acceptance of Kercheck. When a group of humans enter the world of the apes as part of a research expedition, Tarzan meets Jane, a kind and caring woman. Trouble ensues as Tarzan 5&#:>>0*5+&%+,"=9+)"5+&#:*+$07<*+"=+ the world. Does he belong with his kind, the humans, and the woman he loves? Or does he stay with his real family: the mother who loves him, his friend Terk and the rest of his ape tribe? Will
the humans reject the instincts to dominate, take captive and destroy that which is beautiful? With almost the entire Barter Theatre Resident Acting Company in the show, you’ll see some of your favorite actors like you’ve never seen them before. Sean Campos steps into the role of Tarzan. Hannah Ingram, plays the ape mother, Kala. Nick Koesters plays Kercheck, the ape father. Holly Williams is cast as Jane, and Stephen Scott Wormley portrays Tarzan’s best friend and mentor, Terk. Alex VanBuren, a seventh grader from Johnson City is cast as Young Tarzan for his Barter Theatre debut. Teddy Pillion, a second grader from Abingdon, 7=9+ H"==6+ F5A%#=*+ 2M&)+ >#79*OI+ 7=9+ T"#>"="7+ ;"00"%=+ 27>*+ 4QO+ round out the youth ensemble. Howard Tsvi Kaplan steps in as a guest costume designer. Kaplan "5+ "=+ )"5+ ,"@&**=&)+ 5*75%=+ 75+ &)*+ resident costume designer for Sarasota Opera and of recent, he designed “Man of La Mancha” at the Olney Theatre, which was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Steve Sensenig serves as the music director with Amanda Aldridge choreographing. The orchestra consists of Jerry C. Greene, Lee Harris and Steve Sensenig. A complete cast list, $0:5+ $)%&%5+ 7=9+ -"9*%5+ 275+ &)*6+ become available) can be found at BarterTheatre.com. Youth tickets are $17 and group and senior discounts are available. Call Barter Theatre’s Box F@,"<*+ 7&+ NVR'RNZ'3UU4+ %#+ -"5"&+ BarterTheatre.com.
Fall Folk Arts Festival Exchange Place Living History Farm September 29th & 30th
For the 40th consecutive year, the Exchange Place Living History Farm hosts the Fall Folk Arts Festival on the picturesque grounds in Kingsport. An annual celebration of the beautiful and colorful season of autumn, takes place Saturday, September 29 from 10 am‐ 5 pm, and Sunday, September 30 from noon ‐5 pm. Admission prices just $1.00 for adults and 50¢ for children under the age of 12. Passing on the crafts of yesteryear to the next generation is always an important focus of the weekend, and scattered about the farmstead will be numerous “create your own” crafts and 1850’s “chores” such as turning wood or making knives or beeswax. As far back as the 13th century, guilds – associations of craftsmen – were formed to share knowledge and skill, and we continue that tradition with such artisans as the Overmountain Weavers Guild, basket makers, broom makers, a cabinet maker, and a blacksmith. We will have handmade jewelry, home‐made note cards, and
three local authors including Kingsport native JS Moore. In addition, the Friends of the Fire will be hard at work in the hearth kitchen, demonstrating Native !1*#"<7=+ <:0"=7#6+ "=,0:*=<*5'++ And weather permitting; we will have a few of the artists involved in Kingsport’s Carousel Project, and their handiwork. The grounds are always alive with music, such as Ken Watson, who plays Native American tunes %=+&)*+,0:&*]+$*==68)"5&0*+175&*#+
Martha Egan; the Line Sisters; the Renaissance Strings and the Bays Mountain Dulcimer Society, two groups that always draw a crowd. Other volunteer and community groups offer a glimpse of the past with living history, children’s activities such as pony #"9*5+ 2C7&:#976+ %=06O+ 7=9+ interacting with many of the animals who make Exchange Place their home, and a variety of hands‐on participation. Harvest market fresh fall produce, items for your autumn garden, and many other useful things will be available from vendors who will be found all over the farm, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All ages can create a wreath, and strong‐armed stirrers are always needed around the kettle to help make apple butter. Lunch will be available, as well as kettle corn, funnel cakes, baked goods and “old‐timey” snacks. The Scarecrow Challenge, put on by the 4‐H Club, is always a popular event at the Fall Folk Arts Festival, as it encourages individuals, groups and families to continue the tradition of making a scarecrow and being creative at the same time. People interested in having their scarecrow judged should deliver it to the barn nearest to the parking lot between noon on Friday and noon on Saturday, and the winners will be announced at 3 pm on Sunday. One of Exchange Place’s most popular events every year is Witches Wynd, a Halloween‐ based storytelling adventure, Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Store. For more information, call 423‐288‐6071, or email@ exchangeplace.info.
ETSU Bluegrass Band student album,Testing Tradition. Students
in Bluegrass, Old‐Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU worked for countless hours in the ETSU Recording Lab to complete what will be another milestone in the program’s history. ETSU Bluegrass Band released its newest student album, “Testing Tradition,” The album, produced by Boner and engineered by recording lab manager Ben Bateson, features 12 original compositions by students of the program. Thirty‐ one student performers in all
contributed their energy and talent to create “masterful arrangements, tight harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals.” Many of the students may be heard not only with the ETSU Bluegrass Band, but also with professional bands touring the bluegrass circuit. “These young students come to ETSU from %$,)''(/0#(7.)8#('6#$2-2$%..9(/)( study in our program,” Boner explains. “Track 12 on the album was co‐written by Norwegian bluegrass student Signe Salvesen. Such wide geographic and cultural separation creates a vast 12**#,#3$#()*(23-.$#(%4)37(/0#( student artists.” Founded in 1982 by Jack Tottle, Bluegrass, Old‐
Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU is the oldest established program of its kind at any four‐ year institution and boasts the 8%#09L5+,"#5&+A7<)*0%#+%@+7#&5+ degree in Bluegrass, Old‐Time and Country Music Studies. For more information, contact the $#%>#71+%@,"<*+7&+2MN3O+M3U. 7072 or email@example.com. The program’s website is www. etsu.edu/das/bluegrass.
Over With You, Steve Forbert.
The album is a focused song cycle featuring an earnest account of the often‐mixed emotions involved in personal relationships. The ten new compositions combine the plainspoken honesty and insightful contemplations into this topic that perhaps only a man from Mississippi, the home state of both Jimmie Rodgers and Tennessee Williams, could provide. And these songs make the case that Forbert should be <%=5"9*#*9+"=+&)*+,"#5&+#7=/+%@+ American songwriters. From the ,"#5&+5%=>I+All I Asked of You, with its “sore‐tailed cat” and its “one‐ armed man,” Over With You takes the lyrical brilliance of Forbert, practiced in capturing the essence of human interactions, and pairs it with a cast of accomplished young musicians who add a layer of supple, empathetic support. The result is a rich musical landscape where the emotional depth of the lyrics, 7=9+&)*+7@,"="&6+%@+&)*+1:5"<"7=5+ supporting them, is palpable. “This album is very personal,” Continued on page 20
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Forbert says. “The songs are about what people feel in deep relationships — mainly love and friction.” There is no bass on some tracks, for example, creating a haunting vibe on the song. Forbert calls “Sugarcane Plum Fairy,” the last song on Over With You, “a return to ‘Goin’ Down to Laurel’,” one of the most beloved cuts on Alive on Arrival. He says it’s about returning to a relationship a year or so later 7=9+,"=9"=>+*-*#6&)"=>+%:&+%@+
place and the magic completely gone. As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk‐rock hit, “Romeo’s Tune,” during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. Now, 34
6*7#5+7@&*#+)"5+,"#5&+70A:1I+C&*-*+ Forbert is releasing an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. “This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make,” explains Forbert. “You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them.”
LiveWire’s debut Way Out West Records’ “LIVIN’”,October 30. The 10‐track CD,
produced by Justin Woods, challenges the status quo with music that puts the band right in the mix with the best of today’s artists. A six‐piece group based in Joplin, Missouri, LiveWire features lead vocalist Andy Eutsler, lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, drummer Adam Y7>*#17=I+,"990*+$076*#+?%#6+ Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe. ^#%1+&)*+,"#5&+=%&*+%@+&)*+9"5<L5+ opening track, “Don’t Nothin’ Take My Breath,” it’s evident that LiveWire is a serious contender in today’s market. Brimming with a Southern Rock vibe, excitement and enormous energy interplay equally with tender moments throughout this breakout disc. Strong lead vocals and soaring harmonies shine, while each band member brings ,0780*55+1:5"<70+ execution, adding their %8=+5">=7&:#*+,07"#+ to the project. The group’s current single, “Lies” was written by Eutsler and has been a fan favorite in live concerts 5"=<*+&)*+>#%:$+,"#5&+ started performing it several years ago. A passionate vocal tells the tale of life and love from the wild days of youth to the more settled times of parenthood and steady jobs. Channeling Southern
Rock greatness 2&)"=/+_6=6#9+ Skynyrd or CDB), the group ups the ante with the darkly‐challenging “I’ll Go To Prison.” C):0&[L5+,"990*+ and Rolfe’s bass both interplay dramatically throughout this edgy track, which leaves nothing to the imagination. Chuck Dauphin 2G:5"<+B*85+ Nashville) says, “There are a lot of bad‐ass wannabes out there, but LiveWire isn’t making a statement. They’re just standing up for what’s right.” This homegrown talent has taken the members across America opening for Country superstars including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio and Kix Brooks. LiveWire released a self‐titled EP in 2011 which included the group’s debut radio single, “Tater Fed,” a stirring backwoods rocker that quickly became the band’s anthem.
Luke Mitchem will release his fourth LP Winter Kissing on Spring October 23. The
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Nevada, MO, has constructed his most cohesive and evolved album to date with Winter Kissing on Spring. True to the form of his previous works, Mitchem weaves poetic and epic tales with his lyrical talent, telling of triumphs and tragedies smoothly and succinctly with each song. With Winter Kissing on Spring, Mitchem has added many layers of depth to his sound through the liberal use of new instruments on the recording of the album. The vibrant energy of sounds abundant in Winter Kissing on Spring emanated naturally from the bucolic and pastoral setting of the Great North Sound Society "=+;7#5%=5,"*09I+G7"=*I+&)*+5$%&+ specially picked by Mitchem months before the recording process ensued. Fans of Luke Mitchem will easily gravitate to the typically moody and undulating tracks on Winter Kissing on Spring, but Mitchem is most excited about the up‐ tempo songs on his latest work, as they add an element of energy and catchiness that he was ready to unveil.
Save The City Records announces debut project from the new duo, Stomptown Revival.
The duo is comprised of Gabe Martinez, front man for the critically acclaimed band Circleslide, and Brandon Bee, a solo artist/producer with over 80 production credits. Together they bring their own indie rock and folksy blues sound which is driven by acoustic and slide guitars, a harmonica, and a stomp box, a percussion instrument pioneered by early bluesmen. “We wrote two songs that sounded like Americana bluesy music,” explains Bee. Martinez adds. “We were just writing for the sheer joy of it. It was spontaneous and organic, with a sense of friendship and community, like we’re hanging %,)&31(/0#($%46-2,#(/)7#/0#,:; Martinez and Bee hooked up in 2004 at a music retreat and when a Circleslide guitarist injured his hand, Bee became the substitute player. They remained close friends who
/$01$23$-%&4'%&56&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%&6 started writing songs together and then discovered their mutual interest in American Blues music. It was at that point when StompTown Revival was born. The new EP kicks‐off with the rowdy new single, Guiding Me Home, which immediately grabs the listener and makes them hold on tight to the rockin’ new sound that is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons and Civil Wars. Anthem Of Love was &)*+,"#5&+5%=>+8#"&&*=+@%#+&)*+ project and then Martinez and Bee cover the traditional and well‐known hymn, Leaning On
The Everlasting Arms, with a new Appalachian sound that enhanced the early southern gospel spirituals. The Sun Will Find A Way is a modern hymn, while Waiting On The Man is a mythology for the bluesman, and Born Again centers on keeping spiritual beliefs active during our busy lives. To check out the latest updates on StompTown Revival visit www.stomptownrevival. com, www.facebook.com/ StompTownRevival and on Twitter @strevival.
Rover Curiosity Turned Loose on Mars No news is usually good news, and that’s the case in the perfect mission of NASA $1 bil‐ lion robot explorer on Mars. You are more likely to hear
in the general media about any troubles Mars rover Curiosity is having than the technical re‐ ports that that show everything is working as planned on man‐
kind’s latest assault on an alien world 100 million miles away. Planetary scientists have permanent grins on their faces as they shakedown the rover Curi‐
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osity that has been problem‐free since its dramatic Aug. 6 landing on the Red Planet via a rocket pack lowering the car‐sized ve‐ hicle with a sky crane. What makes this Mars mis‐ sion extra exciting is the three spacecraft orbiting 100 miles
above the surface that are send‐ ing back photos of the exact loca‐ tion and movement of Curiosity. The powerful, telescopic cam‐ eras aboard the Mars Reconnais‐ 57=<*+F#A"&*#+2G`FO+<7=+5**+&)*+ tracks of Curiosity’s six wheels on the surface. And the Mars Observer and Europe’s Mars Ex‐ press can detect the mineral de‐ posits that will be poked around with Curiosity’s long foot arm that will scoop Martian soil into laboratories designed to detect the chemical traces of ancient life. To accomplish the mission goals, Curiosity will start dig‐ ging up Martian soil and put it in one of two analyzing cham‐ bers aboard the nuclear‐pow‐ ered rover technically called Mars Science Laboratory. Curiosity has an elaborate arm that is equipped at its *=9+ 8"&)+ 7=+ 7##76+ %@+ 5<"*=&","<+ instruments, including a spec‐ trum analyzer, microscopic lenses, brushes and rock grind‐ ers. The Martian surface is cov‐ ered with iron oxides mixed in the soil and it coats the rocks. That’s where the Red Planets gets its hue. This coating has come from the half‐dozen mam‐ moth volcanoes that belched out of the planet’s insides hun‐ dreds of millions of years ago. To really see what a Martian rock is made of, this global pol‐ lution from the volcanoes has to be scrapped off with a wire A#:5)+%#+>#"=9*#'++()"5+875+,"#5&+ discovered by the toy‐like rover called Sojourner that landed in 1997. And the up‐close analysis of the alien surface continued with the two successful Mars Continued on page 23
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aE<:#5"%=+ `%-*#5+ 2Ga`O+ C$"#"&+ and Opportunity. They have mesmerized planetary scien‐ tists with their discoveries and durability since landing in Janu‐ ary 2004. Spirit succumbed to a power failure after seven years, and Opportunity keeps working into its ninth year. Both golf cart‐ sized rovers were contracted for a 90‐day mission! Curiosity’s primary mission is scheduled for two years, one complete orbit of the Sun by Mars. The rover will inventory <%,'(=&,2)'2/9(-2,'/(/,%$>'(*,)4(<?@( Aug 12
/$01$23$-%&4'%&56&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%&= the organic carbon compounds "=+&)*+5%"0'+J&+8"00+705%++&%+,"=9+ the chemical building blocks of life in the soil and indentify fea‐ tures that may be evidence of bi‐ ological processes. Just how the rocks were formed and how the cycle of ancient water and wind have shaped the landscape will be studied; as well as the intense surface radiation that is deadly 7=9+ :=,"0&*#*9+ &)#%:>)+ G7#5L+ thin atmosphere. ()*+ 5<"*=&","<+ 7#1+ 7=9+ &)*+ Mars Science Laboratory’s ar‐ ray of 10 experiments and 17 cameras are the major tools at Curiosity’s disposal. On a six foot mast in the center of the rover
7#*+ &8%+ )">)+ 9*,"‐ nition cameras and two low resolution imagers. So far they have sent back tantalizing photos of the prime target of Curiosity—the foothills of three‐ mile high Mt. Sharp. Looking like the walls of America’s Grand Canyon with striated layers of rock laid down by some sort of water process, the incred‐ ible images are just a tease as to discov‐ eries ahead when the rover gets into the rollicking hills sometime next summer. Moving at a high speed of only two inches a minute, the sure steps of Curiosity across the once water‐drenched basin of 96‐mile‐wide Gale Crater are meticulously planned. A long day’s drive is maybe a 50 yards, just half the length of a football ,"*09'+ + b5"=>+ 517#&+ "=&*00">*=<*+ to automatically drive around
rocks, the path of each rover’s journey is carefully plotted by the engineers at the Jet Propul‐ 5"%=+_7A+2S;_OI+)*79c:7#&*#5+@%#+ many planetary missions in Pas‐ adena, Calif. The success of Curiosity means permanent jobs for the 400 space engineers and plane‐ tary scientists who have already spent years on the development
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and mission planning. Now their hard work is coming to fruition in an exciting mission that is squarely looking for the answer to the universal question: Is there life on Mars? And one day, Curiosity may astound the world with the an‐ swer.
77781)$9+",$-+:9;:$8<+2 Celestial events in the skies for the week of Sept. 25‐Oct. 1, 2012, as compiled for The Loafer by Mark D. Marquette. This is the Full Moon week of autumn, the celebrated Harvest Moon. The light of &)*+G%%=+"5+#*,0*<&*9+@#%1+&)*+C:=I+7=9+8)*=+"&+,0%85+9%8=+%=&%+&)*+a7#&)I+%:#+ landscape is illuminated with an eerie glow. This was important to any agricultural society who used the extra light to harvest crops. Today’s advanced machinery has dramatically cut the time for reaping the rewards of a long summer’s growth of wheat, corn and soy beans. But the moonlight we enjoy in an ethereal way was a valuable tool to farmers as well has hunters for the vast majority of civilized man’s time on this Earth. Hues. 4e5t. 25 On this 2008 date in space history, China launched the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft with &)#**+d&7"/%=7:&5e+%=+A%7#9'++()*6+$*#@%#1*9+&)*+<%:=L5+,"#5&+5$7<*+870/I+$7-"=>+ &)*+876+@%#+&)*+,"#5&+5$7<*+5&7&"%=+"=+NQ44+&)7&+875+-"5"&*9+@%#+&)#**+8**/5+A6+&)*+ <#*8+%@+C)*=[)%:+UI+"=<0:9"=>+&)*+,"#5&+?)"=*5*+8%17=I+"=+S:=*+NQ4N' ,ed. 4e5t. 26 In dark skies at 9 pm, look to the northwest and see the long, curving arm of three stars that make up the Big Dipper’s handle. Follow that curve to the bright star, Arcturus, just above the western horizon. Hhurs. 4e5t. 27 (%%+@7"=&+&%+5**I+6%:+<7=+"17>"=*+&)7&+&)*+075&+$07=*&I+B*$&:=*+"5+7A%:&+,"-*+9*>#**5+ below the beautiful gibbous Moon tonight in the constellation Aquarius. Neptune is the eighth and last planet, nearly 2 billion miles from the Sun and takes 165 years to make one orbit. Jri. 4e5t. 28 ()*+1%#="=>+5/6+"5+,"00*9+8"&)+&)*+<%=5&*007&"%=5+%@+%:#+1"9.8"=&*#+=">)&5'+S:$"&*#+ is bright and in the horns of Taurus the Bull, with the red eye of the bull, Aldebaran to the planet’s right. And above the horizon after 5 pm is brilliant second planet, Venus.
/$01$23$-%&4'%&56&%.%()$%*+",$-'%!"#$%&4 4at. 4e5t. 29 Full Moon is at 11:19 pm in the constellation Pisces the Fishes. This is the Harvest Moon, a name given by ancient cultures because of the valuable extra time harvest crops in the moonlight. 4un. 4e5t. 30 Uranus is unseen to the naked eye below the Moon tonight, both celestial worlds in the constellation Pisces. This seventh planet is around 1 billion miles from the Sun and takes 84 years to orbit the Sun once. That means Uranus spends around 7 years in each of the 12 constellations of the Zodiac. ;on. +ct. 1 Happy 64th birthday, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. NASA was founded on this date in 1958 as instructed by Congress, being organized out of its $7#*=&+%#>7="[7&"%=I+&)*+B7&"%=70+!9-"5%#6+?%11"&&**+@%#+!*#%=7:&"<5+2B!?!O'+ Thought of mostly as the America’s space agency, the aeronautics division has made our commercial airlines and private piloted aircraft extremely safe.
Resident Evil: Retribution
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in a suburban home with a husband and a child. Alice soon discovers all is not as it appears to be, as zombies soon begin attacking the family and the neighborhood. Alice manages to escape, but is later attacked and awakens again, this time in an Umberlla base. Here Alice is interrogated in an effort to make her reveal her true identity. For the uninitiated, Alice used to be a security operative working for the Unbrella Corporation, but is now an enemy of the Continued on page 27
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corporation, and is a major threat. While she is being held, a power failure occurs, allowing Alice to escape, and attempt to make her way out of the base. K)"0*+7&&*1$&"=>+&%+,0**I+ !0"<*+#:=5+7<#%55+!97+K%=>+2_"+ Bingbing), who tells her she no longer works for the UC, and will help her escape the base. However, all is not easy, as the duo are thrown many obstacles in their way, “courtesy” of ()*+`*9+g:**=I+7=+7#&","<"70+ intelligence that helps protect the UC. The base the two are attempting to escape from is underwater, and the duo, along with some male cohorts who have made their way to the base from above ground, must face everything The Red Queen throws in their path. The Red Queen attacks the crew with UC agents, Russian zombies, giant human hybrids, and a very unpleasant monster that would
make Godzilla squirm. ()*+,"01+@*7&:#*5+17=6+ exciting battles, and enough [%1A"*5+&%+,"00+7=+*=&"#*+5*75%=+ of “The Walking Dead”. Jovoich, along with her fellow actors, do a wonderful job in conveying the right emotions for this type %@+,"01'+_*&L5+A*+)%=*5&I+"=+&)"5+ &6$*+%@+,"01+6%:+X:5&+=**9+&%+ A*+7A0*+&%+,"#*+7+8*7$%=I+,">)&I+ run, and express looks of terror at the appropriate moments. I really enjoyed the action 7=9+&)#"005+"=+&)"5+,"01I+7=9+@%#+ %=<*I+&)*+3\+@%#17&+2&)*+,"#5&+ in the series), was perfect for 7+0"-*+7<&"%=+,"01'+J=+@7<&I+7&+&)*+ A*>"=="=>+%@+&)*+,"01+J+X:1$*9+ in my seat several times, nearly <7:5"=>+16+3\+>0755*5+&%+,06+%@@+ my face. The ending begs for a sequel, so I am sure there will be another cinema adventure for Alice and company. “Resident Evil: Retribution” makes you feel as if you are in a video game, so let your inner geek escape and *=X%6'+2`7&*9+`O+Dh
Facebook Distractions or Waiting for Godot to Accept my Friend Request I intended this week to bring you a column about the Facebooks that the young people all seem to enjoy. The idea was something a rant discussing my deep annoyance at couples who document every single aspect of their relationship on said social media site. Now, I’m not against these moments on special occasions, I understand that emotion you humans call love is really quite something. However, when you log in every day and see couples talking about how great it is to be in love with each other, and pictures of them going at it like dogs in heat, it’s a bit much. Why does that bother me? For one thing, I’m a little bitter about dating—but this is a discussion not to be had here, but with my analyst, and by “analyst” I mean “cat”. That morning which was set aside for some serious writin’ work, quickly fell into a mass distraction. Distractions all caused by shenanigans on— wait for it—Facebook. It began when my lovely friend Angie and I began a run of fake food products inspired by the songs of Nick Lowe. The best of which was Angie’s ideas for “Half a Boy and Half a Mango Iced Tea” and my favorite, the “Marie Provost \%>+^%%9e+2i%:L#*+=%&+>%==7+>*&+ these if you’re not fans of Nick Lowe, I’m sorry party people, that’s just the way it’s got to be). After that my reliable friend Jason and I got into one of our dail, runs of randomness. This morning’s particular run ended up with me being named “Andy Stardust” a la David Bowie— bolstered by the fact that I share
a birthday with Bowie. Some mornings I just get distracted with myself, sharing random weirdness for the world to enjoy, and sometimes getting bombarded with questions from people who want to share in the depths of my knowledge.
I have a friend who is in the process of opening up a chocolates shop. She sought my marketing advice in how to entice people to buy her wares, and how to get the most bang for her buck. I explained one of the great mysteries of the chocolates
world, that of the difference between “Cream” and “Creme”. Let’s say for example you have for sale a pound of chocolates ,"00*9+ 8"&)+ -7="007+ <#*71I+ 6%:+ may charge $10 for that pound of chocolates. Let’s say that right next to those, you have a pound %@+%#7=>*+<#j1*+,"00*9+<)%<%07&*5I+ you may charge $25 for them. ;#%,"&+7=9+&75&*+7A%:=95k Then there are the lucky mornings when you get a type of Facebook Synergy going, it can be spurred by quoting a movie that the participants really love, and wind up in amazingly creative venues. A great example is that of what took place about a week ago. I clicked the “like” button on a friend’s post about having NFL Sunday Ticket on his DirecTV, friends asked my me why, as it’s known that I’m not the world’s biggest supporter of the ball o’ foot. This post then led to talking about the 1960 movie “The Hypnotic Eye”, a movie that I might be offering a few words on very soon. The end result of this Facebook Synergy is that a monthly tradition has been born, of watching weird old, low budget movies. Feels good. There I have now managed to show how just one single incident can change an entire outlook for the day. Amazing how these things come together, much better than when I thought it was a great investment to buy stock in yak butter—that just ended in a lot of litigation. See you next week, follow me on Twitter @ThatAndyRoss
Art Without Art: A Backto-School Meditation
Before we get down to the subject at hand, I must note that I am writing this column on the 30th anniversary of the Emoticon. Thirty years ago today, on September 19, 1982, Scott Fahlman, a computer scientist from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, sent a message to his colleagues urging them to use the now‐familiar smiley/ frown‐face emoticons that he had just “discovered”; of course, they were there all along, but I guess no one had ever noticed. So, please use plenty of :‐) emoticons this week, and thank Scott for making our lives a little more interesting, despite that fact that his little discoveries are perhaps a bit overused thirty years later. Now, let’s take a look at a topic that is appropriate for this back‐to‐school time of year, and particularly relevant to this week’s “Because Of You” student scholarship campaign at Northeast State Community ?%00*>*+ 25**+ &)"5+ "55:*L5+ <%-*#+ article). What we’re talking about are overpriced textbooks, particularly those without pictures. And, even more particularly, art textbooks without art. Yes, you read that 075&+5*=&*=<*+<%##*<&06'+l.2
The next time you complain about the high cost of textbooks, remember the poor students at &)*+ F=&7#"%+ 2?7=797O+ ?%00*>*+ %@+ Art and Design who are required &%+ $:#<)75*+ 7+ W4ZQ'QQ+ 2W4ZN'QQ+ in US dollars) textbook called Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800. I am a fan of material culture and spend time discussing it in my history and humanities classes. ()*+ ,"*09+ )75+ &%+ 9%+ 8"&)+ &)*+ study of non‐written sources of information—i.e. architecture, clothing, objects, tools, etc.—and is an essential part of history and the humanities. Textbooks "=+ &)"5+ ,"*09+ &*=9+ &%+ A*+ 07-"5)06+ illustrated and chock‐full of pictures, graphs, and other visual aids. Textbooks in this ,"*09+7#*+705%+c:"&*+8*">)&6m7=9+ I’m not talking just about their intellectual content but about their physical weight as well Imagine the surprise—and anger—felt by an OCAD student when he or she, upon removing the shrink wrap from the cover of the text, searches in vain for pictures of the artwork discussed by the book’s authors. Yes, what he or she will quickly discover is that his or her text has plenty of writing but no pictures. An art book, in short, that has no art. How can this be? Read on. It appears that the school’s art department, in an effort to be 1%#*+ *@,"<"*=&I+ 9*<"9*9+ &%+ 79%$&+ a custom text that combined two previously‐adopted texts into one big book. Not a bad idea, of course, but the problem came when the publisher, Pearson, announced that the price of the
text would skyrocket—from just under $200.00 to nearly $800.00—if pictures of artwork were included. This cost had something to do with licensing fees involved with the adoption of a custom text. Never mind that most art history books contained many of the same pictures, some of them in public domain. When students open the book, they should expect to see a fairly conventional textbook layout with written narrative and informed analysis sandwiched in between full‐color pictures of painting, sculpture, and architecture. However, 8)*=+ #*70"&6+ 5*&5+ "=I+ &)*6+ + ,"=9+ themselves staring blankly at text sandwiched between black and white squares and rectangles ,"00*9+ 8"&)+ "=5&#:<&"%=5+ 7A%:&+ how to access an online database containing the full color pictures that were supposed to be visible
inside the boxes; one such box tells the student that “To view this image [in this case a picture of a French cave painting], please go to page xiii of the Art History, Fourth Edition by Marilyn Stokstad ebook.” And all this after the textbook authors boldly proclaim in their introduction, “This book contains much more than paintings and textiles. Within these pages you will also encounter sculpture, vessels, books, jewelry, tombs, chairs, photographs, architecture, and more.” Looks like the “more” referred to by the authors are those blank boxes that were supposed to frame color pictures of the aforementioned subjects. One hundred and eighty bucks sounds like a pretty price to pay for a bunch of empty square and rectangular place holders, doesn’t it? This strange, but somehow not so unexpected, little episode "=-"&*5+#*,0*<&"%=+7A%:&+&)*+5&7&*+ of education in a world of mobile technology and instantaneous access to information. Hopefully you should be asking why students should pay so much for so little? Why is a textbook like this needed at all? It doesn’t &7/*+ &%%+ 1:<)+ #*,0*<&"%=+ &%+ realize that most, if not all, the content students are asked to 7<<*55+ @#%1+ 7=%&)*#+ A%%/+ 27=+ e‐book at that) is available free on numerous websites and image galleries, all accessible from numerous mobile devices. And the commentary accompanying the pictures can be just as easily obtained in perhaps richer and more thought‐provoking form. And why can’t the students
create their own textbooks in the form of a Wiki or some other collaborative format? After all, many studies show that the 1%5&+ *@,"<"*=&+ 7=9+ 8%#&)8)"0*+ way to learn is from each other in a collaborative, inquiry‐based environment. We are witnessing the emergence of student‐centered learning amid the ruins of lecture halls and traditional textbooks that do little to challenge and provoke—and even less to encourage students to become lifelong learners who are not textbook‐dependent. The real challenge of classrooms should not be dispensing information but collaboratively working on solutions to problems and imagining new worlds that don’t yet exist. Just think how exciting art history courses could be if students were encouraged to treat the classroom as a learning laboratory instead of a place where they take lecture notes and leaf through textbooks that are priced by the pound. They should, in short, be encouraged to create their own content inside those empty rectangles and squares. So, as we get settled back into school, let’s see what we can learn from our story about those students in Ontario who are lugging around an art book without art. Start by imagining )%8+ 6%:+ 8%:09+ ,"00+ &)%5*+ *1$&6+ spaces. See you next week. And please thank our editor, Sandi Williams, for making sure my text is surrounded by art each week :‐) :‐) :‐)