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ETSU to Participate in Release of ‘Johnson City Sessions’ Box Set music,   and   documented   the   music   repertoires   and   styles   of   numerous   talented   semi-­‐ professional   and   amateur   musicians   from   across   the   region.     The   new   box   set   from   Bear  Family  Records  will  include   all   the   extant   recordings   from   the   1928   and   1929   Johnson   City   Sessions—100   recordings   on  4  CDs  by  such  acts  as  Charlie   Bowman,   Clarence   “Tom”   Ashley,  the  Grant  Brothers,  and   the   Roane   County   Ramblers— and  a  136-­‐page  hardcover  book   about   those   sessions   authored   by  Olson  and  Russell.   During  the  reception,  Dr.  Ted   Olson,  an  ETSU  faculty  member   in   Appalachian   Studies,   will   introduce   Tony   Russell,   his   collaborator   on   both   “The   Johnson  City  Sessions”  and  “The   Bristol   Sessions”   CD   box   sets.   Olson   and   Russell   received   a   Grammy   nomination   in   2011   for   Best   Album   Notes   for   their   co-­‐authorship   of   the   book   accompanying   “The   Bristol   Sessions.”   That   box   set   also  

This  ad  appeared  in  October  1928   in  the  Johnson  City  Chronicle East   Tennessee   State   University   will   participate   in   the   worldwide   release   of   Bear   Family   Records’   box   set   of   “The   Johnson   City   Sessions   1928-­‐ 1929:  Can  You  Sing  or  Play  Old-­‐ Time   Music?”   with   a   reception   on  Thursday,  Oct.  17,  from  4:30-­‐ 6  p.m.  in  the  Reece  Museum. The  event  is  free  and  open  to   the   public.   Call   (423)   439-­‐4392   for  further  information. The   Johnson   City   Sessions   followed   on   the   heels   of   the   1927-­‐1928   Bristol   Sessions,   often   called   “The   Big   Bang   of   Country   Music.”   The   Bristol   Sessions   were   responsible   for   launching   the   careers   of   two   famous   musical   acts,   Jimmie   Rodgers   and   the   Carter   Family,   as   well   as   increasing   interest   in   the  musical  style  that  came  to  be   called  country  music. Under   the   watchful   eyes   of   legendary   Columbia   Records   scout   Frank   B.   Walker,   the   Johnson   City   Sessions   represented   a   fascinating   and   eclectic   range   of   Appalachian  

Charlie  Bowman  -­‐   photo  courtesy  of   Dave  Freeman

Roane  County  Ramblers  -­‐  photo  courtesy  of  Dave  Freeman received   a   Grammy   nomination   in   2011   for   Best   Historical   Recording. Russell   is   a   British   historian   of   American   vernacular   music   ƒ† ƒ ’”‘Ž‹ϐ‹… ™”‹–‡” ‘ –Š‡ subject.   He   will   relate   how   he   became   involved   in   researching   American   music   and   will   share   details   of   his   experiences   in   what   he   calls   “old-­‐time   music   archaeology.” The   ETSU   Old   Time   Pride   Band,  led  by  Assistant  Professor   Roy   Andrade,   will   perform   a   sampler   of   music   from   the   “Johnson   City   Sessions”   recordings. Also   attending   will   be   Tom   McCarroll,   son   of   Uncle   Jimmy   McCarroll,  who  led  Sessions  stars   The  Roane  County  Ramblers. Other  events  surrounding  the   launching   of   the   CD   include   an   appearance  by  Russell  and  Olson,   as   well   as   Richard   Weize   of   Bear   Family   Records,   on   the   “Studio   One”   live   radio   show   on   WETS-­‐ FM   (89.5   FM),   ETSU’s   public   ”ƒ†‹‘ ƒˆϐ‹Ž‹ƒ–‡ǡ ‘ ƒ–—”†ƒ›ǡ Oct.   19,   at   1   p.m.The   ETSU   Old   Time   Pride   Band   will   perform   selections   from   the   Johnson   City   Sessions  on  the  show. Also,   at   7   p.m.   that   day,   there   will   be   a   Johnson   City   Sessions   Box   Set   Release   Party   at   the   Down   Home   with   performances   of   1920s-­‐era   Appalachian   music   by   Hello   Stranger,   the   Corklickers,   the   ETSU   Old   Time  

Pride   Band   and   the   ETSU   Blues   Band.   Tickets   for   the   event   are   $20. On  Sunday,  Oct.  20,  beginning   at  5  p.m.,  there  will  be  a  special   V.I.P.   gala   event   at   The   Venue   featuring   a   gathering   of   family   members  of  the  original  Johnson   City   Sessions   musicians.     This   event   is   open   to   the   public   and   will   feature   music   by   the   Bowman   Family   and   the   ETSU   Blues  Band. At   7   p.m.   that   evening,   a   recording   of   the   syndicated   “Mountain   Stage”   radio   show   will   be   held   in   the   Martha   Street   Culp   auditorium   in   ETSU’s   D.P.   Culp  University  Center.  Featured   performers   include   Tim   O’Brien,   Darrell   Scott,   Sarah   Jarosz,   Old   Man   Luedecke,   The   Deadly   Gentlemen   and   the   ETSU   Old   Time   Pride   Band.   Tickets   are   $30   in   advance   or   $35   at   the   door.   Call   (423)   439-­‐8587   for   ticket  information  for  both  of  the   Sunday  events. Individuals   who   have   questions   concerning   access   or   who   wish   to   request   disability   accommodations,   such   as   accessible   seating,   alternative   formats   for   materials   or   sign   language   interpreters   should   contact   ETSU   Disability   Services   at   (423)   439-­‐8346   by   Wednesday,   Oct.   9.   Attempts   ™‹ŽŽ„‡ƒ†‡–‘ϐ‹ŽŽŽƒ–‡”‡“—‡•–•Ǣ Continued  on  page  5


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however,   requests   made   after   Oct.  9  are  not  guaranteed. Copies   of   the   Johnson   City   Sessions  box  set  will  be  available   for   purchase   at   the   above-­‐

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 Byrd  Moore  and  His  Hot  Shots  (left  to  right,  are  Byrd  Moore,  Clarence   Greene,  Clarence  Ashley)  photo  Courtesy  of  the  Charles  K.  Wolfe  Collection

described  events,  and  copies  can   also  be  purchased  at  Nelson  Fine   Art  Center  in  downtown  Johnson   City,  at  the  Birthplace  of  Country  

—•‹… ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ ‹ †‘™–‘™ Bristol,   and   via   various   on-­‐line   retail  outlets.


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Legion Street Pool Annual Fishout October 12th Legion   Street   Pool   will   be   –”ƒ•ˆ‘”‡† ‹–‘ ƒ ϐ‹•Š‹‰ Š‘Ž‡ on   Saturday,   Oct.   12,   with   2,000   rainbow   trout   up   for   grabs   in   Johnson   City’s   annual   “Say   YES   to   Fishing,   Say   NO   to   Drugs”  

ϐ‹•Š‘—–Ǥ Š‹Ž†”‡ ƒ‰‡• ͵ǦͳͶ ƒ”‡ invited  to  participate  from  9  a.m.   until   4   p.m.   in   this   free   event.   Poles   and   bait   will   be   provided,   and   hundreds   of   prizes   will   be   given.   Volunteers   will   clean   the   ϐ‹•Š…ƒ—‰Š–„››‘—–Š•‘–Š‡›…ƒ take  them  home  to  cook! Then,   on   Sunday,   Oct.   13,   the   rest  of  the  community  is  invited   –‘ ϐ‹•Š ˆ‘” –Š‡ ”‡ƒ‹‹‰ –”‘—– for   a   donation   of   $10   per   hour  

ȋ’”‘…‡‡†• ‰‘ –‘ –Š‡ ϐ‹•Š‘—– program).  Fishing  will  take  place   from  noon  until  5  p.m.                

“Say   YES   to   Fishing,   Say   NO   to   Drugs”  was  started  in  1989  as  a   way   to   get   area   youths   involved  

in  a  fun,  wholesome  activity.   “We   want   to   encourage   young   people’s   interest   in   the   positive   things   life   has   to   offer,   and   to   discourage   involvement   with   drugs,”   said   Johnson   City   Police   Chief  Mark  Sirois. The  program  has  seen  broad-­‐ based   community   support   ever   since.   Area   sponsors   provide   prizes,   exhibits   and   activities   for   participants.   Local   volunteers   donate   their   time   to   work   the   event,  along  with  representatives   from   the   Johnson   City   Police   and   Fire   departments,   Johnson   City   Parks   and   Recreation   Department,  Washington  County   Š‡”‹ˆˆǯ• ˆϐ‹…‡ǡ ƒ† ”› National  Guard. For   more   information,   contact   the   Johnson   City   Police   Department  at  (423)434-­‐6122.


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16th Annual Wildlife Weekend October 11 & 12 Steele Creek Park

The  16th  Annual  Wildlife  Weekend  has   been   scheduled   for   October   11   and   12,   2013.    The  City  of  Bristol  Tennessee  along   with   the   Friends   of   Steele   Creek   Nature   Center   and   Park   are   the   sponsors   of   the   jam-­‐packed  weekend.   The   event   begins   on   Friday   evening   at   6:30   PM   at   the   Lodge   located   within   Steele   Creek   Park   with   a   talk   by   John   Pickering   of   Discover   Life   organization.     Mr.  Pickering  is  also  associated  with  the   University   of   Georgia.     The   annual   Art   and  Photography  Show  will  be  awarding   prizes  to  the  winners  of  the  show  during   a   reception,   sponsored   by   the   Friends   group.     The   day   will   end   with   a   Moth   Party   hosted   by   Mr.   Pickering.     The   entire   Weekend’s   activities   are   free   to   the  public.     On   Saturday   morning   the   program   will   begin   with   an   Early   Bird   Walk   and   Bird  Banding,  other  walks  will  be  taken   †—”‹‰–Š‡†ƒ›ˆ‡ƒ–—”‹‰ˆƒŽŽ™‹Ž†ϐŽ‘™‡”•ǡ fungi,  animal  tracking  and  the  creek.    A   Geology   Hike   and   Cave   Crawl   will   be   hosted   mid-­‐afternoon   by   Jeremy   Stout,   the  parks’  Naturalist.    Space  is  limited  for   this  program  requiring  pre-­‐registration. There   will   be   ongoing   exhibits   and   activities  from  10  AM  to  2  PM.    Some  of   those  activities  include  Skins  and  Skulls   with   the   Gray   Fossil   Site,   Fossil   Casing   ™‹–Š‹…Š‹–‡Žƒ™ǡƒ‘ƒ”…Š—––‡”ϐŽ› display   with   Nancy   Barrigar,   Birds   of   Prey   with   Bays   Mountain   hosts,   Hands   on   Museum,   Nature   Crafts   and   Fossils   with  J.R.  Arnold.  Check  in  for  all  activities  

are  at  the  Steele  Creek  Park  Lodge. Call   423-­‐989-­‐5616   or   visit   the   Nature   Center   for   more   information.   Bring   your   own   lunch   and   enjoy   the   beauty   of   Bristol’s  Steele  Creek  Park.


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Bear Grass Acoustic Coffeehouse October 9th, 10pm

Troy,   NY-­â€?based   indie   quartet   Bear   Grass   has   announced   the   pre-­â€?release   of   their   full-­â€?length   album   Stories   in   Books.     The   album   will   be   available   from   their   Bandcamp   page.     The   lead   single   “Lazy   Makeâ€?   is   currently   available   for   free   download.     Bear   Grass   blends   elements   of   folk,   rock,  and  homespun  trip-­â€?hop  to  add  new  texture   to  the  quirky  artistry  of  Katie  Hammon.  Drawing   ‘Â? ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?…‡• Ž‹Â?‡ ƒ—”ƒ ‡‹”• ƒÂ?† ›‡ ƒÂ?ÇĄ –Š‡ music   is   sometimes   dark,   but   always   captivating   and  melodic. Stories   in   Books   is   not   a   debut   album,   but   it   feels   like   one   to   the   band.     Katie   Hammon   has  

been  writing  music  as  Bear  Grass,  mostly  as  a  solo   act,   since   2007.     She   is   well   known   around   the   Capitol  Region  music  scene  for  her  bands  Slender   Shoulders   and   Bear   Grass,   and   as   a   founding   member  of  the  Albany  Music  Coalition.  Hammon   also   has   a   long   history   of   collaboration   with   Matthew   Carefully,   where   she   met   bassist   Mitch   Masterson  and  drummer  Ian  White.    She  enlisted   Stephen   Stanley   on   guitar   and   Tommy   Krebs   on   backing   vocals,   synth,   and   percussion   and   made   Bear  Grass  a  band.    Quickly  grabbing  a  few  coveted   local  gigs,  the  group  recently  played  alongside  the   likes   of   Man   Man   and   Sgt.   Dunbar   and   the   Hobo   Banned  at  the  Capital  Region’s  Annual  Restoration   Festival.     The   new   line-­â€?up   also   comprised   the   backing  band  for  Matthew  Carefully’s  contribution   to   the   well-­â€?received   If   You   Wait   Long   Enough   „‡Â?‡Ď?‹–…‘Â?’‹Žƒ–‹‘Â?ˆ‘”‹ŽŽ–”ƒ––‘Â?Ǥ‡ƒ” ”ƒ•• ‹• “—‹‡–Ž› …‘Â?Ď?‹†‡Â?– ƒ„‘—– –Š‡ ”‡…‡’–‹‘Â? ‘ˆ –Š‡‹” latest  work,  Stories  in  Books. Find  more  information  at  www.beargrasssongs. com,   beargrass.bandcamp.com,   and   www. facebook.com/beargrassband.

The Blue Moon Presents

A Castaway Murder Mystery The   Blue   Moon   Dinner   Theatre   presents   an   original   comedic   murder   mystery,   MULLIGAN’S   ISLAND   AND   THE   LAGOON   OF   DOOM,   playing   live   on   stage   Fridays   and   Saturdays   now   through   October  19th    at  215  East  Main  Street  in  Downtown   Johnson  City.     One  fateful  day  several  years  ago  the  S.S.  Anchovy   was   lost   at   sea   with   all   hands.   Today   a   Luxury   time   share   company   is   scouting   what   appears   to   be   a   deserted   jungle   island   but   when   they   discover   signs   of   life   they   scheme   to   get   the   island   to   –Š‡Â?•‡Ž˜‡•Ǥ ‘Â?‡ Œ‘‹Â? –Š‡ Ž‘˜‡ƒ„Ž‡ „—Â?„Ž‹Â?‰ Ď?‹”•– mate  Mulligan,  the  Short  tempered  Captain  and  the   rest   of   the   Castaways   in   Mulligan’s   Island   and   the   Lagoon  of  Doom! “Our   themed   menu   of   roasted   pork   with   a   Polynesian  sauce  and  a  dessert  of  banana  cream  pie   set  the  mood  for  the  showâ€?  Say’s  Blue  Moon  Artistic   Director  Edward  Breese  “  While  the  trivia  and  crime   solving  make  it  a  wonderful  interactive  experience   for  the  the  whole  family.â€?         The   Mulligan’s   Island   Cast   includes   Clayton   Van   Huss   as   the   Captain,   Edward   Breese   as   the   Billionaire,  Nancy  Hope  Major  as  Dovie,  Stephanie   Sherwood   as   Virgina,   Ashley   May   King   as   Carrie   Anne,   Sean   Read   as   The   Doc,   Dave   Carter   as   the   yacht  skipper,  Katie  Runciman  as  Miss  Hooper  and   Dan  Ott  as  Mulligan.  

Enjoy   a   full   night   of   entertainment   all   in   one   place.  A  delicious  meal  followed  by  a  fun  show,                     Tickets  are  just  39.99  plus  tax  and  can  be  purchased   by   going   online   to   www.bluemoondinnertheatre. …‘Â?‘” „› …ƒŽŽ‹Â?‰ –Š‡ „‘š ‘ˆĎ?‹…‡ ƒ– ͜ʹ;njʹ;ʹnjͳ;͡ͲǤ Meal  upgrades  and  vegetarian  options  are  available   with  a  24  hour  notice.  The  Blue  Moon  is  currently  a   BYOB  facility.


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Michael McDonald

Niswonger Performing Arts Center October 8th, 7:30pm

Multi-­‐talented   music   entertainer   Michael   McDonald   will   appear   Tuesday,   October   8th  at  7:30pm  at  the  Niswonger   Performing   Arts   Center   in   Greeneville,  TN. Two   notes.     That’s   all   it   takes   to  recognize  the  voice  of  Michael   McDonald.     From   ‘70s-­‐era   Doobie   Brothers   classics   such   as   “What   A   Fool   Believes”   and   solo  hits  like  “I  Keep  Forgettin’”   through   highly-­‐acclaimed   ‘–‘™ …‘˜‡”•ǡ –Š‡ ϐ‹˜‡Ǧ–‹‡ Grammy-­‐winning   McDonald   is   that  rare  thing  in  contemporary   pop…   an   artist   whose   work   is   both  timeless  and  ever  evolving. With   his   husky   soulful   baritone   voice,   Michael   McDonald   became   one   of   the   most   distinctive   and   popular   vocalists   to   emerge   from   the   laid-­‐back   California   pop/ rock   scene   of   the   late   ‘70s.     McDonald   found   the   middle   ground  between  blue-­‐eyed  soul  

and   smooth   soft   rock,   a   sound   that   made   him   a   star.     Add   his   formidable   songwriting   and   keyboard  skills,  and  you  have  an   artist   who   has   been   a   singular   musical   presence   for   four   decades. After   singing   backup   on   several   Steely   Dan   albums   in   the   mid-­‐’70s,   Michael   McDonald   joined   the   Doobie   Brothers   in   1977.  He  was  largely  responsible   for  moving  the  group  away  from   boogie  rock  and  toward  polished,   jazzy   blue-­‐eyed   soul.     As   a   member   of   the   Doobie   Brothers   he   recorded   some   of   his   best-­‐ known  songs  such  as  “Real  Love”,   “Takin’   It   to   the   Streets”,   “Little   Darling”,   “It   Keeps   You   Runnin’”,   “Minute   by   Minute”   and   “What   a   Fool   Believes”   (which   became   a   number   one   single   in   the   U.S.   and  earned  him  a  1980  Grammy   Award  for  Song  of  the  Year  along   with   co-­‐writer   Kenny   Loggins).     At  the  same  time  he  appeared  as  

a  session  singer  and  piano  player   for   artists   such   as   Christopher   Cross,   Stephen   Bishop,   Bonnie   Raitt,   the   rock   band   Toto   and   Kenny   Loggins.     McDonald   co-­‐ wrote   “You   Belong   to   Me”   with   Carly   Simon   which   appeared   on   the   album   “Livin’   on   the   Fault   Line”. McDonald   disbanded   the   group   in   1982   to   pursue   a   solo   career,   which   was   very   successful.     He   released   his   solo   debut,   “If   That’s   What   It   Takes”,   in   1982.     The   record   climbed   to   number   six   on   the   strength   of   the   number   four   single   “I   Keep   Forgettin’   (Every   Time   You’re   Near),”   which   also   crossed   over   into   the   R&B   Top   Ten.   In   1983,   he   had   another   Top   20   pop   hit   (and  a  Top  Ten  R&B  hit)  with  his   duet   with   James   Ingram,   “Yah   Mo  B  There.” During   the   next   two   decades   he   continued   to   perform   and   collaborate   with   other   artists.     In   2003   he   began   releasing   a   hugely   popular   series   of   recordings   devoted   to   the   Motown  catalog,  beginning  with   2003’s   “Motown”.     “Motown   Two”  and  “Soul  Speak”  followed   in  2004  and  2008  respectively. Michael   McDonald   will   perform   at   Niswonger   Performing   Arts   Center   (NPAC)   in   historic   downtown   Greeneville,   TN   on   Tuesday,   October  8th  at  7:30pm.    Tickets   are   $60   for   orchestra   and   mezzanine  level  seating  and  $50   for   balcony   seats.     Tickets   may   be   purchased   online   at   www. npacgreeneville.com,   in   person   ƒ– –Š‡  „‘š ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ǡ ‘” „› calling   423-­‐638-­‐1679.     NPAC   offers   online   seat   selection   and   ‘Ǧˆ‡‡ –‹…‡–‹‰Ǥ  Š‡ „‘š ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ hours   are   Monday   through   Friday,  10am  until  5pm. The   1130   seat   performing   arts  center  is  located  adjacent  to   the   campus   of   Greeneville   High   School  in  Greeneville,  TN. For   venue   information,   and   to   purchase   tickets,   please   visit   www.npacgreeneville.com


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Cellist Cherylonda Fitzgerald Johnson City Symphony October 12th With   a   theme   of   Dreams   and   Inspirations   the   Johnson   City   Symphony   opens   its   44th   season   on   October   12.   Opening   Night:   Tragedy   to   Triumph   features   cellist   Cherylonda   Fitzgerald.   Under   the   direction   of   Music   Director   and   Conductor   Robert   J.   Seebacher,   the   JCSO   will   present   music   by   Antonin   Dvorak   and   Jean   Sibelius.   The   concert   is   sponsored   by   Mountain   States   Health  Alliance. Cherylonda   Fitzgerald,   principal  cellist  for  the  JCSO,  also   performs   with   the   Kingsport   Symphony  of  the  Mountains  and   the   Asheville   Symphony.   She   teaches   at   ETSU   and   Milligan  

College,  as  well  as  giving  private   lessons.   She   is   also   a   founding   member   of   The   Paramount   Chamber   Players,   a   group   of   musicians   dedicated   to   sharing   chamber   music   with   local   audiences. Antonin   Dvorak,   considered   one  of  the  great  Czech  composers,   wrote  two  cello  concerti,  but  the   Concerto   for   Cello   in   B   minor   is   the  most  well-­‐known.  One  of  the   themes  of  this  concerto  suggests   ƒ Ž‘˜‡ •–‘”›Ǣ –Š‡ …‘…‡”–‘ ‹• ƒ memorial   to   Dvorak’s   sister-­‐in-­‐ law,  who  apparently  was  the  real   love  of  his  life  and  who  died  while   Dvorak  was  in  America.  There  is   love  and  longing  in  this  piece  as  

well  as  anguish  for  her  loss. Jean   Sibelius,   as   is   Dvorak,   is   inextricably   tied   to   his   country   of   origin,   Finland.   Even   though   his   Symphony   No.   2   in   D   Major   was   written   while   Sibelius   was   living   in   Italy,   this   piece   was   quickly   perceived   by   Finns   as   a   protest   against   the   incursions   of   neighboring   Russia.   There   is   another   interesting   parallel   between   the   two   composers   and   their   music   in   this   concert:   ˜‘➍ ‘—”‡† –Š‡ †‡ƒ–Š ‘ˆ his  sister-­‐in-­‐law,  and—according   to   his   wife—Sibelius’   theme   was   his   response   to   the   suicide   of   his   sister-­‐in-­‐law.   The   two   works   show   us   both   tragedy  

and   triumph,   the   theme   of   the   upcoming  concert. The  October  12  concert  begins   at  7:30  p.m.  at  the  Mary  B.  Martin   Auditorium   of   Seeger   Chapel   at   Milligan   College.   Individual   concert   tickets   are   $35,   $30   for   seniors   (65+),   and   $10   for   students.   Season   tickets   are   still   available   online   at   www. jcsymphony.com   or   by   calling   –Š‡ •›’Š‘› ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ ƒ– Ͷʹ͵Ǧ 926-­‐8742.   Tickets   for   the   entire  

season  range  from  $70  to  $150.   The   symphony   accepts   Master   Card,   Visa,   and   Discover.   Free   bus   service   is   available   from   Colonial   Hill,   leaving   ƒ– ͸ǣͳͷ ’ǤǤǢ ƒ’Ž‡…”‡•– ƒ† Appalachian   Christian   Village,   ƒ– ͸ǣ͵ͲǢ ƒ† ‹–› ƒŽŽǡ ƒ–͸ǣͶͷ p.m.   Concerts   are   partially   funded   under   an   agreement   with   the   Tennessee   Arts   Commission   and   the   National   Endowment  for  the  Arts.


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Dylan Jane

Acoustic Coffeehouse October 11th Philadelphia,   Pennsylvania— Singer-­‐songwriter   Dylan   Jane   tours   the   South   in   support   of   her   new   record.   A   rising   favorite   in   parts   of   Pennsylvania,   she   hopes   to   extend   her  audience  further. Although   Dylan   worked   on   her   ϐ‹”•–”‡…‘”†™‹–ŠƒŽƒ”‰‡…‘ŽŽ‡…–‹˜‡‘ˆ musicians   to   get   a   full   rock   sound,   what’s   struck   a   chord   with   most   people   is   the   stripped-­‐down   folk   approach  she  aimed  to  capture  with   her  most  recent  release.  “Songbook   Chapter   One”   is   immediately   available   for   digital   download   through  the  host  site  Bandcamp.    It   features   eleven   acoustic   tracks   and   some  of  her  best  work  to  date. Her   tour   will   showcase   her   songwriting   even   up   to   her   current   works   in   progress,   taking   her   through   seven   states   from   West   Virginia   to   Louisiana.   For   a   full   bio   and  links  to  all  her  music  please  visit   DylanJaneMusic.com

33 Years

Acoustic Coffeehouse October 13th, 10pm

33   Years   is   an   Alternative   Country   duo   featuring   Paula   &   Kevin   Tolly.  After  passionately  pursuing  their   solo   careers,   we   found   a   beautiful   and   energetic   new   sound   as   they   blended   their   visions   and   voices   to   create   33  

Years.  Paula’s  smooth  voice   is  complimented  by  Kevin’s   charismatic  guitar  riffs  and   the  duo  is  brand  new  to  the   South  Florida  music  scene!   In  addition  to  their  original   songs,   expect   33   Years   to   cover  some  of  your  favorite   artists   including   Miranda   Lambert,   Little   Big   Town,   The   Band   Perry   and   many   similar  artists.   “My   songs   talk   about   real   things,”   says   Paula   Tolly.   “Things   that   I’ve   been   through   or   I’ve   witnessed   through   my   friends   and   family   –   even   current  events  in  the  world   today.  If  I  feel  it,  I  can  sing   it  and  make  anyone  believe   it.”   As   a   singer   -­‐   songwriter   team,   the   duo   is   currently   working   on   a   catalog   with   a   top   Nashville   producer.   Come  on  out  and  experience  a  little  33   Years!


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Abingdon Marketplace

Cash Mob October 12th, 3pm Abingdon   Main   Street   is   sponsoring   Abingdon’s   second  Cash  Mob  on  Saturday,  October  12,  at3:00   p.m.     The   business   to   be   mobbed   is   Abingdon   Marketplace  located  at  280  W  Main  Street.    A  cash   ‘„‹•ƒ–ƒ‡Ǧ‘ˆˆ‘–Š‡’‘’—Žƒ”ϐŽƒ•Š‘„™Š‡”‡ people  gather  in  a  public  place  and  dance  or  sing   in   a   spontaneous   fashion.     Instead   of   dancing   or   singing,   a   cash   mob   crowd   gathers   to   spend   at   least  $20  at  a  locally  owned  business.    According   to  Abingdon  Main  Street  Director,  Susan  Howard,   cash  mobs  were  initiated  to  help  small  businesses   ‹‡‡†‘ˆ…ƒ•ŠϐŽ‘™ǤDz‡‘™–Š‹•‡…‘‘›Šƒ• been  tough  on  a  lot  of  our  local  businesses.    This   is   a   way   to   show   the   Marketplace   that   we   value  

them   as   one   of   our   local   businesses.”     Anyone   who   wishes   to   participate   in   the   cash   mob   should   meet   at   the   Marketplace   front   door   just   before   3   p.m.   on   October   27.     “You   can   spend   more   if   you   want,”  says  Howard,  “but  we  ask  that  you  spend  at   least  $20.    In  addition  to  spending  a  little  money,   participants   should   introduce   themselves   to   at   least   three   people   they   didn’t   know   before   the   event.    We  want  this  to  be  fun!”    After  the  cash  mob,   Abingdon   Main   Street   encourages   shoppers   to   eat   dinner  at  one  of  the  local  restaurants  nearby. For   more   information,   please   contact   Abingdon   Main   Street   at   276.492.2237   or   by   email   atadvance@abingdon-­‐va.gov.

Local Entertainer to Play at WWII Memorial October 11th A   local   entertainer   and   his   band   will   travel   to   Washington,   DC   on   October   11   to   honor   our   country’s   veterans.   Jerry   Pierce   &   The   Nightlife   Band   will   be   aboard   the   Northeast   Tennessee   Honor   Flight   bus   along   with   26   war   veterans.   The   group   will   stop   in   Bedford,   Virginia   to   tour   the   D   Day   Memorial   on   their   way   to   Fairfax,   Virginia.   On   October   12   the   ˜‡–‡”ƒ• ƒ† ‰—ƒ”†‹ƒ• ™‹ŽŽ –‘—” –Š‡ ‡‘”‹ƒŽ•Ǣ at   the   WWII   memorial   Pierce   is   scheduled   to   play   Taps   in   memory   of   Tennessee   military  

members   who   are   deceased   and   for   those   who   are   MIA.   Saturday   night   the   traveling   veterans   and   guardians   will   join   the   members   of   the   American   Legion   Post   177   to   enjoy   an   evening   of   entertainment  by  Jerry  Pierce  &  The  Nightlife  Band.     When   asked   for   a   comment   Pierce   stated   he   considers   it   a   great   honor   to   have   been   chosen   to   participate   in   such   a   wonderful   program.   “Our   veterans   gave   so   much   to   our   country,   to   us.   It’s   great  to  be  able  to  give  something  back”.


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Harvest of Souls II LampLight Theatre

Are  you  ready  to  enter  the  Mortality   Room  and  come  face  to  face  with  fear?   This   Halloween   season   debuts   yet   another  new  Mortality  Room  production   at   LampLight   Theatre.   The   Fall   brings   great   harvest   festivals   to   many   small   towns.  But  to  Kingsport,  it  brings  terror   to   the   characters   in   “Harvest   of   Souls   II.”   This   production   sheds   some   light   on   the   history   of   “All   Hallows   Eve”   steeped  in  pagan  customs.  Tattie  Bogal   (An   evil   scarecrow)   will   introduce   you   to  Samhain  (Demon  of  the  Dead),  a  host   of   Demon   Scarecrows,   and   of   course,   Muck  Olla  (The  Boogey  Man  –  Reaper  of   Souls).   Beware   of   other   creatures   that   go  “bump  in  the  night.”   Scarecrows   are   somewhat   whimsical   and  are  known  for  chasing  crows  away.   They   are   traditionally   symbols   of   protection.   This   is   not   the   case   for   our   menacing,   ghoulish   creatures   in   this   ’”‘†—…–‹‘ǤŠ‡•‡†‡‘‹…”ƒ‰ƒ—ˆϐ‹• love   to   intimidate   audience   members   and   those   who   enter   the   Mortality   Room. “Harvest   of   Souls   II”   is   not   a   show   for   the   weak   at   heart.   What   you   see   isn’t   necessarily   reality.   When   you   step   into   the  Halloween  expose,  Tattie  Bogal  will   entice   you   to   enter   her   twisted   world.   If   you   aren’t   careful,   Muck   Olla   will   deceive   you   into   believing   his   lies   as  

he   unleashes   his   plethora   of   demonic   spirits.   When   this   hellish   troupe   comes   to   town   for   the   second   year,   several   teenagers   who   have   forgotten   the   aftermath   of   the   previous   year’s   festival  are  hoodwinked  by  the  power   of   The   Boogey   Man   who   is   out   to   reap  their  souls.  Some  fall  prey  to  his   traps.   Little   do  they  know   the   eternal   impact   that   this   encounter   will   have   on  their  mortal  lives.  Their  destiny  in   the  “after-­‐life”  hangs  in  the  balance  as   …Š‘‹…‡•ƒ”‡ƒ†‡—†‡”–Š‡‹ϐŽ—‡…‡ of  principalities  and  dark  forces. Mortality   Room’s   “Harvest   of   Souls   II”  is  NOT  for  everyone.  Due  to  its  true-­‐ to-­‐life  situations  and  scary  images,  this   show   is   rated   PG-­‐13.   Performances   will   be   October   11-­‐13,   October   18-­‐ 20,   October   25-­‐27,   and   October   29-­‐ 31.   There   will   be   shows   nightly   at   6:30   p.m.,   and   two   shows   on   Fridays   &   Saturdays   at   6:30   p.m.   and   9:00   p.m.   The   show’s   seating   is   general   admission   with   a   suggested   donation   of   $8.   No   reservations   are   necessary,   however   they   are   recommended   in   order  to  guarantee  times  and  seating.   For   Reservations   and   information   please   contact   the   LampLight   box   ‘ˆϐ‹…‡ ƒ– ȋͶʹ͵Ȍ ͵Ͷ͵Ǧͳ͹͸͸ǡ ‘†ƒ› through  Friday  from  9  a.m.  to  5  p.m.  or   visit  www.lamplighttheatre.com.


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Blessing of the Animals Virginia Intermont College October 9th, 12:15pm

Virginia   Intermont   College   will   host   a   “Blessing   of   the   Animals”   on   Weds.,   Oct.   9   to   commemorate  the  Feast  of  Saint   Francis,   the   Patron   Saint   of   animals   and   the   environment.     Rev.  Christina  Patterson,  College   …Šƒ’Žƒ‹ǡ ™‹ŽŽ ‘ˆϐ‹…‹ƒ–‡ ™‹–Š –™‘ short   biblical   readings   and   a   blessing.   The   short   ceremony   begins  at  12:15  p.m.  in  the  Quad.     The   VI   community   and   the   public  are  invited  to  bring  their   furry,  feathered  or  scaly  friends. “This   is   our   second   year   of   the   tradition   on   campus,   but   the   blessing   of   animals   is   an   ancient   practice   of   the   church   and   remains   popular   among   liturgical   congregations   such   as   the   Catholic,   Episcopal   and   Lutheran   churches,”   said   Patterson.  “It  is  a  tradition   of   Christians   honoring   the   gifts   in   our   lives   and   celebrating  God’s  creatures   who   serve   as   companions   and   friends   to   us.   This   event   is   part   of   VI’s   quest   –‘ ƒˆϐ‹” ƒŽŽ ˆƒ‹–Š• ƒ† to   introduce   students   to   different   expressions   of   those  faiths.” Patterson   also   noted   that  the  new  Pope  admires   Saint  Francis  so  much  that   he   took   his   name   when   he   became   Pope.   “Pope  

Francis   says   he   admires   Saint   Francis  because  he  spent  his  life   advocating   for   the   poor   and   for   animals.” Last   year,   VI’s   Blessing   of   the   Animals  drew  many  canines  and   a   few   felines   among   pet   owners   from   the   College   community.     Some   students   even   served   as   surrogate  handlers  for  the  pets  of   friends   and   faculty   who   couldn’t   attend.   Everyone   enjoyed   the   chorus   of   barks   and   meows   as   some   pets   stayed   with   their   owners  throughout  the  day. This   year’s   event   is   sure   to  

make   for   another   engaging   and   festive  day  with  our  furry  friends   on   campus.     Everyone   is   invited   and   those   without   pets   are   welcome  to  come  out  and  watch. Founded   in   1884,   Virginia   Intermont  College  is  a  private,   coeducational   college   in   Bristol,  Va.,  with  a  longstanding   commitment   to   the   liberal   arts   education.   Accredited   by   the   Southern  Association  of  Colleges   and   Schools   Commission   on   Colleges,   VI   offers   bachelor’s   degrees   in   more   than   40   academic  concentrations.


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Elvis Extravaganza

Kingsport Renaissance Center October 12th, 7pm R&M   Tribute   Entertainment   presents   the   4th   Annual   Elvis   š–”ƒ˜ƒ‰ƒÂ?œƒ Č‹‡Â?‡Ď?‹– for   Veterans)   at   the   Renaissance   Center   in   Kingsport,   Tennessee   on   Saturday,   October   12   at   7:00   PM.   The   show   will   feature   four   of   the   top   Elvis   Presley   Tribute   Artists  in  the  world.  Each  tribute  artist   will   perform   for   30   minutes   in   a   stage   show   style   performance   piece   as   The   King  of  Rock  n  Roll. Location  for  the  event  is  the  Kingsport   Renaissance   Center,   1200   East   Center   Street,  Kingsport,  TN  37660. The   Kingsport   Renaissance   Center   is   a   facility   which   serves   the   community   as   a   center   for   the   arts   and   senior   citizen’s   activities,   and   as   a   facility   for   business   meetings,   parties,   receptions,   classes,  showers,  and  day  long  seminars   with  breakout  rooms.  It  is  managed  by   the  City  of  Kingsport’s  Cultural  Services   Division  as  part  of  Parks  and  Recreation.  

The   facility   includes   a   350-­â€?seat   theatre,   three-­â€? story   sky   lit   atrium,   art   gallery,   gymnasium,   meeting   rooms   and   ‘ˆĎ?‹…‡•Ǥ Š‡ ‹Â?‰•’‘”– Renaissance   Center,   formerly   the   John   Sevier   School,   was   renovated   in   1991   and   now   stands   as   one   of   Kingsport’s   most   prominent  landmarks. ETA   Ronnie   Miller   from   Maryville,   TN   will   be   hosting   and   co-­â€?hosting   will   be  Kingsport,  TN’s  own  ETA  Jim  Fields.   Also   starring   in   person   as   Elvis   Presley,   with   a   full   concert   style   show,   will   be   Doug   Thompson   from   Pigeon   Forge,   TN  and  Terry  Turner  from  Lincoln,  AL.   A   great   portion   of   the   proceeds   from   –Š‹• •Š‘™ ™‹ŽŽ ‰‘ –‘ „‡Â?‡Ď?‹– –Š‡ ƒ•– Tennessee   Veterans   Association.   Last   year   over   $2,000   was   raised   for   the   Veteran’s.   For   more   information   call   Missy   Miller   ~   865-­â€?684-­â€?6082   or   Mary   Sue   Fields   ~   423-­â€?863-­â€?6843   or   email:   tribute.entertainment@yahoo.com

Trapt

Capones’s

October 9th Trapt   will   perform   at   Capone’s,   227   E.   Main   Street,   on   Wednesday,   October   9th.   Tickets   are   $12   in   advance   and   can   be   purchased   online   at   www. caponesjohnsoncity.com.   Doors   open   at   7pm   and   show   starts   at   9:00pm.   Ages   are   18  and  up.  

Trapt   is   a   rock   band   from   Los   Gatos,   California  that  was  formed  in  August  1997,   while   the   band   members   were   still   in   high   school.   In   1998,   after   much   success   at   playing   local   venues,   the   band   opened   for  other  up  and  coming  acts  such  as  Papa   Roach. Š‡›”‡Ž‡ƒ•‡†–Š‡‹”Ď?‹”•–…†‹Â?ͳ͝͝͝ƒÂ?† followed   with   two   more   albums   which   landed   them   a   record   deal   with   Warner   Brothers  Records.  The  band  released  a  self-­â€? titled   album   on   November   5,   2002   which   produced  three  singles  including  their  best   known  hit  “Headstrong.â€?  Their  latest  album   “Rebornâ€?  was  released  on  January  22,  2013.


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Benefit Concert for Isaiah Vahzant WoodStone Deli October 11th

‡‡ϐ‹–‘…‡”– ‘” •ƒ‹ƒŠ Vanzant October  11,  2013 3500   Fort   Henry   Drive,   Kingsport,  TN  37664 LIVE  MUSIC  (starts  at  9:00   pm)  BY  Elijiah  FeelGood

We   are   honored   that   Elijiah   FeelGood   is   playing   –Š‹•„‡‡ϐ‹–…‘…‡”–Ƭ‰‹˜‹‰ what  would  have  been  their   ’”‘ϐ‹–†‹”‡…–Ž›–‘–Š‡ƒœƒ– family.     Please   come   out   to   help   raise  money  for  the  Vanzant   family.     All   proceeds   at   the   door   go   directly   to   the   family. Donations   can   also   be   given  at  the  deli.   We   will   have   door   prizes!!! Brandon   and   Brandy   Vanzant   live   in   Piney  

Flats,   TN.   They   recently   received   the   worse   possible   news   for   their   seven  year  old  son,  Isaiah.   He  has  leukemia  and  they   had   to   go   immediately   to   St.   Jude’s   Children’s   Research   Hospital   in   Memphis,   TN.   He   has   had   two   surgeries   and   received   chemo   in   the   •’‹‡Ǥ Š‡ ϐ‹”•– ”‘—† of   chemo   didn’t   work   and   now   they   have   to   treat   more   aggressively.     Although   they   never   receive   any   bill   from   St.   Jude’s   for   Isaiah’s   treatment,  their  other  daily  bills  continue  to  come  in.  We  want  to  help   ™‹–Šϐ‹ƒ…‡••‘„‘–Š’ƒ”‡–•…ƒ•–ƒ›‹‡’Š‹•ƒ•Ž‘‰ƒ•‡‡†‡†Ǥ Their   son   needs   their   support   and   they   need   to   focus   on   their   sick   child,  not  to  be  worried  about  how  their  bills  at  home  are  being  paid.


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Stories from the Pumpkin Patch

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site October 12th, 4-8pm

As   the   October   days   become   shorter  and  the  evening  shadows   become   longer,   Tipton-­‐Haynes   State   Historic   Site   is   preparing   for  the  19th  annual  Stories  from   the   Pumpkin   Patch   on   Saturday,   October   12   from   4   to   8   p.m.     As   always,   the   festival   promises   delights   and   frights   for   guests   of  all  ages.    During  the  daylight   hours,  children  can  enjoy  small   crafts   and   carnival   games   as   well   as   light   and   friendly   tales   in  the  corn  crib  and.  Once  night   falls   the   festivities   continue   with   historical   interpretation,   •’‘‘› •–‘”‹‡•ǡ ϐ‹††Ž‡ —•‹…ǡ and   candlelight   cave   tours.     Throughout   the   entire   evening   families   can   enjoy   tractor-­‐ pulled  hayrides,  a  hotdog  roast   ‘˜‡” –Š‡ ‘’‡ ϐ‹”‡ǡ ƒ† Š‘‡ cooked  treats  the  cabin.     The   2013   festival   lineup   features  a  variety  of  vibrant  and   innovative   storytellers   from   around   the   region   including  

Carolina   Quiroga-­‐Hurtado   and   Libby   Tipton   of   the   ETSU   TaleTellers.   During   the   daylight   hours   Carolina   and   Libby   will   enthrall   younger   guestswith   their   interactive   and   engaging   stories   and   after   dark   they   will   captivate   older   children   and   adults   with   tales   of   ghosts   and   mysteries   in   the   candlelit   cave.   Civil   War   interpreter   Wes   Spurgeon  will  welcome  guests  to   the  historic  house  where  he  will   be   recounting   stories   based   on   –Š‡Ž‹ˆ‡‘„‡”– ƒ›‡•ǡ‘ˆϐ‹…‡”‹ the  Confederate  Army  and  eldest   son   of   Landon   Carter   Haynes.   Other   storytellers   include   local   musician   and   interpreter   Tim   Pharis  and  writer  Emily  Katt.   Admission   is   $5.00   for   adults   and  $2.50  for  twelve  and  under.     This   price   will   include   all   activities   and   a   hot   dog   roast   with   all   the   trimmings.     For   additional   information,   please   call  423-­‐926-­‐3631.


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ArtShare 2013 TCPC Photo Contest

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Viking Hall October 12 & 13

ArtShare   2013   “Celebrating   the   Spirit   of   Artists�   is   an   inaugural   event   at   Viking   Hall,   Bristol,   Tennessee,   that   will   feature   many   regional   artists   as   well   as   the   6th   Annual   Twin   City   Photo   Club   Contest   and   its   200-­� plus  entries. One   of   the   featured   artist   is   Stuart   Engel   from   the   ZaPow!   Gallery   in   Asheville,   NC,   He   has   been   painting   and   drawing   all   of   his   life.   He   grew   up   in   the   Washington,  DC  area,  and  moved   to   Boulder,   Colorado   in   the   late   1970s,  where  he  began  his  career   as  a  professional  artist.     “I   am   inspired   by   music,   color,   and   the   search   to   capture   the   movement   and   feeling   of   the   moment,�   Engle   said.   “I   mostly   paint   in   oils,   but   use   other   mediums   when   the   mood   strikes.�  “Music  is  incredibly  important   to   me,�   said   Engle,   who   has   a   passion   for   rock   and   roll   artists.   A   highlight   of   his   career   is   meeting   and   having   artwork   signed   by   Led   Zeppelin’s   Robert   Plant.     Other   works   of   rock   icons   include   Bob   Dylan,   Jerry   Garcia,   Neil  Young  and  Pink  Floyd. “My   compositions   and   subjects  are  quite  eclectic,�  Engle   said.  “I’ve  never  been  one  to  stick   to   one   theme.   I’m   excited   to   sit   in   front   of   a   blank   canvas   and   not   know   exactly   what   will   be   coming.� Another   featured   artist   will   be     pottery   artist   Eloise   Collier,   featured   at   Woolworth   Walk   in   Asheville,  NC.     “What   drives   me   is   being   totally   present   in   the   here   and   now,�   said   Collier,   who   has   studied   sculpture,   ceramics,  

painting   and   photography.     “When   I   am   working   on   a   piece   of   art,   everything   else   fades   and   I   exist   only   in   the   moment   of   creation.� At   the   moment   she   is   concentrating   on   three-­� dimensional   tiles,   painting   up   to   20   layers   of   latex   rubber   onto  the  model  of  durable   stone   compound.     She   layers   paint,   glaze,   metal   leaf,   stain   and   even   wax   to   bring   out   each   piece’s  

own  distinct  personality. Another  unique  artist  will  be   Lisa  Shell  of  Kingsport,  TN,  who   uses   only   reclaimed   materials   in  her  creations  she  calls  “New   Life   Art.â€?   She   uses   materials   such   as   newspaper,   dirt,   can   lids,   coffee   grinds,   plastic   bags   and   even   junk   mail,   and   her   creations   are   in   repurposed   frames  rescued  from  dumpsters   and  yard  sales.   Some   of   the   other   artists   include   multi-­â€?media   master   ƒ– ‡••‡‡‘ˆ„‹Â?‰†‘Â?ÇĄ‹”‰‹Â?Â‹ÂƒÇ˘ woodworker   Kenneth   Jones   ‘ˆ ‹Â?‰•’‘”–ǥ Ǣ ‘„ ‡˜‡”Ž› of   Star   Trails   Downtown   Art  

ÂƒÂŽÂŽÂ‡Â”Â›ÇĄ‹Â?‰•’‘”–ǥǢƒÂ?†Â?‘”‡Ǥ Vendor   space   is   still   available   for   this  inaugural  event.     Check   out   some   of   the   artists   work  at  Facebook  ArtShare  2013.


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Woman In Black

Johnson City Community Theatre Beginning October 11

The   Woman   in   Black,   a   Ghost   Play,  will  be  the  next  production   offered   at   the   Johnson   City   Community   Theatre   (JCCT).     Adapted   by   Stephen   Mallatratt   from   the   novella   The   Woman   in   Black   by   Susan   Hill.     Proud   and   solitary,   Eel   Marsh   House   surveys   the   windswept   reaches   of  the  salt  marshes  beyond  Nine   Lives   Causeway.   Arthur   Kipps,   a   junior   solicitor,   is   summoned   to   attend   the   funeral   of   Mrs   Alice   Drablow,   the   house’s   sole   inhabitant,  unaware  of  the  tragic   secrets  which  lie  hidden  behind   the  shuttered  windows.  It  is  not   until  he  glimpses  a  wasted  young   woman   dressed   all   in   black   at   the  funeral  that  a  creeping  sense   of   unease   begins   to   take   hold.     This   feeling   is   deepened   by   the   reluctance   of   the   locals   to   talk   of   the   woman   in   black   –   and   her   terrible   purpose.   Years   later,   as   an   old   man,   he   recounts   his  

experiences   to   an   actor   in   a   desperate   attempt   to   exorcise   the   ghosts   of   the   past.   The   play   unfolds   around   the   conversations   of  these  two  characters  as   they   act   out   the   solicitor’s   experiences   on   Eel   Marsh   all  those  years  ago. The   Woman   in   Black   plays   for   three   weekends   on   Fridays   and   Saturdays   from   October   11   to   October   26   at   8   pm   with   one   matinee   on   Sunday,   October   20   at   2   pm.     Reservations   can   be   made   by   going   online   to   www.jcct. info   or   calling   423-­‐926-­‐2542.     The   Woman   in   Black   ‹• –Š‡ ϐ‹ˆ–Š production   in   JCCT’s   101st   season,  making   JCCT  the  longest   continuously   running   theatre   organization   in   the   state   of   Tennessee  and  one  of  the  longest   running   theatrical   organizations   ‹–Š‡ǤǤ ǯ•ϐ‹”•–’”‘†—…–‹‘ was  in  1885,  and  has  an  unbroken   record   of   continuous   seasons   of   produced   plays   and   musicals   since  1912.   The   Woman   in   Black   has   the   distinction   of   being   the   second   longest  running  play  in  London’s   West   End   and   is   celebrating   its   25th   year   playing   there.   Over   7   million   people   have   lived   to   tell   the   tale   of   one   of   the   most   exciting,   gripping   and   successful   theatre   events   ever   staged.   Unanimously   acclaimed,   The   Woman   in   Black   combines   the   power   and   intensity   of   live  

theatre   with   a   cinematic   quality   ‹•’‹”‡†„›–Š‡™‘”Ž†‘ˆϐ‹Ž‘‹”Ǥ It   gives   audiences   an   evening   of   unremitting   drama   as   they   are   transported  into  a  terrifying  and   ghostly  world. JCCT’s   production   of   The   Woman   in   Black   is   headed   by   director   Lindy   Ley.     “I   think   one   of  the  things  that’s  really  special   about   this   show   is   that   it’s   performed   by   just   two   actors,”   Ley   said   of   the   JCCT   production   in   rehearsal,   “   It   gives   the   show   this   really   great   intimate   energy   -­‐   it’s   easy   to   feel   connected   to   the  actors  on  stage.  The  two  men   doing  the  show,  Larry  Bunton  and   †›‘„„Ž‡ǡƒ”‡Œ—•–ƒ‰‹ϐ‹…‡– actors,   and   they   have   a   really   wonderful   dynamic   together.   And   the   writing   is   absolutely   incredible.   Every   day   while   we   rehearse  -­‐  even  very  early  in  the   process   -­‐   we   all   get   chills.”     The   cast  features  veteran  actors  Larry   Bunton   and   Andy   Cobble   as   the   two   man   team   under   Ms.   Ley’s  

direction.    They  are  understudied   by   Richard   Lura   and   Richard   Nave.     Supporting   Ms.   Ley   on   her   directing   team   are   assistant   director/stage   manager   Richard   Nave,   lighting   designer   Sabra   Hayden,   costume   and   makeup   designer  Derek  Smithpeters,  and   sound  designer  Adam  Honeycutt.     “We   have   a   great   team   assembled   for   both   onstage   and   off,”   added   JCCT   Artistic   Director   Thomas   Townsend,   “All   of   them   are   very   talented   and   bring  some  very  innovative  ideas   to   JCCT.     The   Woman   in   Black   is   the   scariest   play   I   have   ever   read.    And,  it  is  scary  in  the  way   a   good   ghost   story   should   be,   with   suspense,   chills,   and   much   spine  tingling.  The  whole  theatre   is   energized   with   the   idea   of   bringing  this  modern  gothic  tale   to  life.    Personally,  I  can’t  wait  for   the  audience  to  jump  out  of  their   skins.” The   Woman   in   Black   is   made   possible,  in  part,  by  support  from  

the   Tennessee   Arts   Commission,   the  Arts  Builds  Community  Grant,   and   the   Johnson   City   Area   Arts   Council.    JCCT  is  a  proud  member   of   the   Johnson   City   Area   Arts   Council   and   the   Johnson   City/ Washington   County   Chamber   of   Commerce. Mountain   States   Health   Alliance   is   a   proud   sponsor   of   JCCT’s   101st   Season.     The   Woman   in   Black   is   sponsored  in  part  by  Celebrate. JCCT   will   hold   performances   of   The   Woman   in   Black   on   October  11,  12,  18,  19,  25,  and  26   at  8:00  p.m.,  and  Sunday,  October   20   at   2:00   p.m.     Ticket   prices   are   $12.00,  with  discounted  tickets  of   $10  for  students  (with  a  valid  id),   seniors   (55   and   up),   and   active   military.     For   more   information   on   JCCT   performance   dates,   tickets,   auditions,   or   volunteer   opportunities,  please  go  online  to   www.jcct.info  or  call  JCCT  at  423-­‐ 926-­‐2542.  Reservations  can  also   be  made  online  by  clicking  on  the   reservations  link.  


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Swaptober Fest

Art Swap in Historic Downtown Bristol October 12th 9am to noon On   Saturday,   October   12,   from   9   a.m   to   12   noon,   Believe   in   Bristol’s   Arts   &   Entertainment   District   and   Arts   Alliance   Mountain   Empire   will   be   hosting   Swaptober   Fest,   a   fun   swap   meet   for   artists  of  all  types!   “Art   swaps   are   a   great   way   for   local   artists   to   meet   each   other,   to   talk   about   art   and   the   arts   scene   here   in   Bristol,   and  most  importantly  to  barter  for  some   great   art!”   says   René   Rodgers,   Associate   Director   of   Believe   in   Bristol.   “We   had   ‘—” ϐ‹”•– ƒ”–•Ǧ”‡Žƒ–‡† •™ƒ’ ‡‡– ‹ —‡ during   State   of   the   Arts   Weekend,   where   people   both   traded   and   bought   art,   and   we’d  like  to  build  on  that  experience  with   this  Swaptober  Fest.” At   this   event,   you   can   swap   paintings,   photographs,   or   sculptures,   along   with   any   unneeded   tools   or   art   supplies.   But   you   don’t   have   to   stop   there   –   the   swap   is  

also  for  the  whole  range  of  the  arts,  so  it   …‘—Ž†‹…Ž—†‡ϐ‹„‡”ƒ”–•ǡ…‡”ƒ‹…•ǡ’‘––‡”›ǡ jewelry,  and  much  more.  We  want  you  to   be  creative  in  what  you  offer  to  trade! And   more   good   news!     There   will   be   no   registration   charge,   though   space   is   limited  so  please  do  register  your   interest  with  Believe  in  Bristol.   You  will  just  need  to  bring  your   own   table   and   chairs   so   that   you  have  space  to  display  your   art  or  supplies.  Swaptober  Fest   will   also   be   open   to   the   public,   so  don’t  be  afraid  to  barter! What   else   do   you   need   to   know?     We   will   be   setting   up   at   the   Country   Music   Mural   Stage   at   the   Farmers’   Market,   810   State   Street,   in   Historic   Downtown  Bristol.  Set-­‐up  time   on  Saturday,  October  12  will  be   from  8  a.m  to  9  a.m.,  and  clean-­‐ up/pack-­‐up   from   12   noon   to   1:00   p.m.   Please   be   aware   that   the   Farmers’   Market   will   already   be   up   and   running   by   8  a.m.,  and  therefore  there  may   not  be  space  to  pull  up  in  front   of   the   Country   Music   Mural   stage.   Alternate   unloading   zones  include  the  area  behind   the   market   where   the   transit   buses   come   and   go,   or   you   can   park   on   State   Street,   where   you  can  unload  and  then  bring   your   table   and   swap   items   to   the  stage.   For   more   information   or   to   register,   please   contact   René   Rodgers  of  Believe  in  Bristol  at   276-­‐644-­‐9700   or   rrodgers@ believeinbristol.org.


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Quilt Trail Open House October 12th The   Quilt   Trail   is   celebrating   10  years  and  over  100  sites  along   the   clothesline   of   quilt   barns   in   Carter,  Greene,   Johnson,  Sullivan,   Unicoi,  and  Washington  Counties.   Tickets   are   now   on   sale   for   an   anniversary   Open   House   along   the   Trail,   Saturday   October   12.     During  the  Open  House,  30  quilt   sites  will  host  a  regional  heritage   festival,   opening   their   doors   to   show   off   their   farms,   quilts,   historic   homes,   and   local   goods.   Online   information,   schedule,   and   day   pass   purchasing   at   —‹Ž–”ƒ‹ŽǤ‘”‰Ǣ ‹ ƒ•Š‹‰–‘ County,   day   passes   ($10)   are   available  at  Tennessee  Quilts. This   September   the �� Quilt   Trail   welcomed   its   110th   site,   Cleek   Farms   in   Kingsport.   “I   did   not   dream   it   would   be   anything   like   this,”  says  Settle.  “We  thought  this   would  be  something  for  locals  to   drive  around  and  see  on  a  Sunday   afternoon.”   The   latest   extension   of   the   organization’s   promotional   efforts  was  deployed  to  the  Apple  

app   store   this   summer:   Follow   the  Quilt  Trail  mobile  app  is  now   available   for   free   download   on   iPhone  or  iPad. Whether   you   learn   about   the   Trail   from   a   map   or   from   an   app,   ›‘— ™‹ŽŽ ϐ‹† –Šƒ– ƒ•Š‹‰–‘ County   is   host   to   twenty-­‐four   quilt  sites. How   do   you   plan   your   Open   House   visit?   Day   passes   ($10)   for   the   Open   House   come   in   the   form   of   a   commemorative   Passport,   complete   with   pages   to   get   stamped   during   the   Open   House.   The   Passport   contains   the   schedule   of   events   at   participating   sites,   which   runs   from   10:00am   to   3:00pm.     Along   the   way   visitors   will   discover   historic   home   tours,   local   fall   goods   for   sale,   antique   quilt   shows,   old   timey   demonstrations,   Tennessee   Fainting   Goats,   refreshments,   and   much   more.     Visitors   are   encouraged   to   purchase   the   Passport   and   plan   their   day   in   advance.   AmericInn   is   the   local  

accommodation  sponsor,  offering   a  special  overnight  rate  for  Open   House  ticket  holders. The   Open   House   will   be   preceded   by   a   Farm-­‐to-­‐Table   Dinner   and   Fundraiser   for   the   Quilt   Trail   and   the   Appalachian   RC&D  Council  on  Friday  Oct.  11,   at   the   historic   Embree   House   &   Farm   in   Telford.     Dishes   will   showcase   farm   ingredients   from   the   6-­‐counties   that   host   the  Quilt  Trail,  such  as  Shell  Mill   (Jonesborough)   grits   and   apple   chutney   from   Unicoi   County.   The   suggested   $75   donation   will  ensure  that  the  Appalachian   RC&D   Council   can   continue   to   promote  agriculture  and  heritage   in   Washington   County   and   through  out  the  region.   The   founder   of   the   original   Quilt   Trail   in   Ohio,   Donna   Sue   Groves,   will   be   the   special   guest   of   honor   that   weekend   of   the   11th   and   12th   of   October.   She   will   give   the   evening  

address  on  October  11th.    During   the  Open  House  on  the  Quilt  Trail   she  will  be  signing  copies  of  her   co-­‐authored   book,   Barn   Quilts   and   the   American   Quilt   Trail   Movement   (with   Suzi   Parron,   2012,   Ohio   University   Press)   at   Tennessee  Quilts.     Tennessee  Quilts,   Farm   Credit   Mid-­‐America,  First  Bank  &  Trust  

Company   are   lead   sponsors   of   the   anniversary   celebration   weekend.   All   ticket   proceeds,   as   well   as   all   donations,   go   to   the   Appalachian   RC&D   Council’s   tax-­‐deductible   programs   that   improve   rural   economy   while   protecting   natural   and   cultural   resources.  www.ARCD.org


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Unusual Week of Spaceflights Decades Apart

This   week   marks   the   dates   when   a   half-­‐dozen   manned   •’ƒ…‡ϐŽ‹‰Š–• –Šƒ– ™‡”‡ Žƒ—…Š‡† †‡…ƒ†‡•ƒ’ƒ”–‹ϐŽ—‡…‡†–‘†ƒ›ǯ• direction  of  the  Space  Age. From   the   space   propaganda   ploys   that   the   Soviet   Union   used   to   garner   world-­‐wide   support   for   the   supremacy   of   Socialism,   –‘‡”‹…ƒǯ•ϐ‹”•–Žƒ—…Š‘ˆ–Š‡‹” moonship  Apollo,  to  the  baptism   of   a   third   country   in   outer   space,   manned   spacecraft   made   headlines   this   week   from   the   1960s  to  2005.   Each   manned   space   mission  

is   full   of   danger   and   executed   by   fearless   men   and   women.   You   could  even  call  crazy  a  few  of  the   space  stunts  pulled  by  the  Soviet   ‹‘†—”‹‰–Š‡ϐ‹˜‡†‡…ƒ†‡•‘ˆ manned  space  travel. The  Cold  War  rivalry  between   the   USSR   and   USA   included   an   undeclared   Moon   Race   that   America  waged  openly  while  the   Soviet   Union   worked   under   the   cloak  of  secrecy. When  the  moon  lander  named   Eagle   settled   on   the   solid   lava   Sea   of   Tranquility   on   July   20,   1969,   the   ceremonial   planting  

of  the  American  Flag  by  the  two   ƒ•–”‘ƒ—–• ™ƒ• –Š‡ ϐ‹ƒŽ „Ž‘™ to   the   Soviets   and   their   inferior   space  program.   Though   the   Soviet   Union   denied   the   Moon   was   their   goal   when   Apollo   11   grabbed   the   world’s   attention,   they   failed   only   because   their   gigantic   N-­‐1   moon   rocket   didn’t   work   and   NASA’s  Saturn  V  rocket  did. The   world   knew   little   about   the   Soviet   Space   program   until   the   political   changes   in   the   USSR   in   the   1990s   that   lead   to   American   astronauts   and   Russian   cosmonauts   sharing   Space   Shuttle   rides   to   the   MIR   Space  Station. And   when   the   truth   was   told,   the   Soviet   Union   covered   up   many   failures,   exaggerated   accomplishments   and   deceived   NASA   in   pioneering   areas   of   space   that   could   have   cost   American  lives.   In   the   1960s,   Soviet   Premier   Nikita   Khrushchev   used   the   space   program   as   his   own   toy,   demanding   certain   attempts   ƒ– •’ƒ…‡ Dzϐ‹”•–•dz –‘ ˆ—‡Ž –Š‡ propaganda   machine   of   the   superiority   of   Communism   to   the  rest  of  the  world.   No   mission   in   space   history   may  have  been  more  dangerous  

’‘ŽŽ‘ͽ†—”‹‰–Š‡ϔ‹”•–Ž‹˜‡–‡Ž‡˜‹•‹‘ transmission  from  space

‘” …”ƒœ‹‡” –Šƒ –Š‡ ϐ‹”•– –Š”‡‡Ǧ man  spacecraft  Voskhod  1.  After   six   successful   missions   from   1961-­‐63  of  the  single  seat  Vostok   •’ƒ…‡…”ƒˆ– „› ϐ‹˜‡ ‡ ƒ† ‘‡ famous   woman,   Khrushchev   wanted   to   beat   America   to   the   ϐ‹”•–—Ž–‹’Ž‡…”‡™ǤŠ‡‘•Š‘† spaceship   was   enlarged   for   two   cosmonauts,   but   America’s   Apollo   was   a   three-­‐man   moonship,   and   Khrushchev   ™ƒ–‡†–Š‡ϐ‹”•–•’ƒ…‡–”‹‘–‘„‡ Russian.     So   dangerously,   spacesuits   were   abandoned   and   three   seats   were   crammed   into   a  

space   the   size   of   a   car   front.     The  cosmonaut  pilot  was  joined   by   the   spacecraft   designer   and   a   doctor,   who   constantly   monitored  their  health.  The  trio   of   cosmonauts   walked   to   their   Voskhod   1spacecraft   in   woolen   workout   sweats   and   soft   shoes,   openly   smiling,   waving   and   acting   like   it   was   business   as   usual-­‐-­‐but  inside  they  had  to  be   scared  to  death. The   Oct.   12,   1964   launch   of   Voskhod   1   and   three   space   travelers   was   hailed   around   Continued  on  page  23


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the   world   as   proof   the   Russians   had   the   fast   track   to   the   Moon.     After   24   hours   the   spaceship   successfully   landed   with   special   retro   rockets   that   braced   the   impact  on  solid  ground.    The  six   previous  Vostok  cosmonauts  had   ejected   from   their   spacecraft   during   descent   and   parachuted   to   the   ground   separate   from   their  capsule.  (This  was  a  secret   kept   from   the   world   until   the   1980s!)   So   it   was   somewhat   of   ƒÂ?‹”ƒ…Ž‡–Šƒ––Š‡Ď?‹”•–ƒ––‡Â?’–ƒ manned   landing   of   a   spacecraft   ™‘”Â?‡†Ď?Žƒ™Ž‡••Ž›Ǥ But   the   three   cosmonauts   were   later   shocked   to   return   to   ƒ”–Š ƒÂ?† Ď?‹Â?† –Šƒ– Š”—•Š…Š‡˜ had   been   deposed   on   a   silent   coup!   They   were   later   feted   in   Moscow  by  new  Premier  Leonid   Brezhnev  and  his  Alexi  Kosygin,   both   future   players   in   world   affairs.   Another  Soviet  spectacular  in   October   1969   showed   that   the   Soviets   were   indeed   eyeing   a   Moon   landing   after   the   success   of   Apollo   11   in   July   that   year.     ‘”–Š‡Ď?‹”•––‹Â?‡–Š‡›Ď?Ž‡™–Š”‡‡ spacecraft   in   orbit   at   the   same   time.   Soyuz   6   was   launched   Oct   11   with   two   cosmonauts,   probably  to  observe  the  docking   of   Soyuz   7,   launched   Oct.   12   with   three   cosmonauts,   and   Soyuz   8,   launched   Oct   13   with   two  more  spacemen.       Space   insiders   could   tell   something   wasn’t   right   when   none   of   the   Soyuz   docked   with   each   other,   considered   a   necessary   step   to   logistics  

ISS  in  2000 of   a   Moon   voyage.     But   when   the   spacecrafts   returned   to     Earth   on   separate   days,   the   Soviet’s   Tass   News   Agency   simply  reported  that  rendezvous   maneuvers  had  been  performed   and   the   space   spectacular   of   three   spacecrafts   and   seven   cosmonauts   were   world   Ď?‹”•–•ǥ •Š‘™‹Â?‰ –Š‡ ’”‘‰”‡•• ‘ˆ Socialism.   What  really  happened  was  the   failure   of   docking   mechanisms   to   work   on   Soyuz   7   and   8.     But   there   was   no   tunnel   in   the   docking  colar,  it  merely  held  the   spacecraft  together.    Cosmonauts   were   to   practice   spacewalk   transfers   between   the   two   docked   Soyuz   spacecraft,   with   Soyuz   6   watching   and   possibly   docking   later.     This   was   the   technique   to   be   used   for   the   trip   to   the   Moon.     A   cosmonaut   blasting  off  the  Moon  would  leave   his   moonship   and   spacewalk   to   the   lunar   orbiting   Soyuz   with   one   or   two   cosmonauts   inside.   The   Soviets   had   successfully   transferred   two   crew   members   from   Soyuz   5   to   Soyuz   4   in  

January   1969.     But   those   plans   never   came   to   fruition   in   lunar   orbit.     Once  beaten  in  the  Moon  Race,   the   Soviets   professed   that   they   never   intended   to   go   there,   but   instead   wanted   to   occupy   Earth   orbit   with   space   stations.     And   they   spent   the   1970s   orbiting     a   series   of   space   stations   called   Salyut,  followed  in  the  1980s  by   the  legendary  Mir    Space  Station. Â?Â‡Â”Â‹Â…ÂƒÇŻÂ• •’ƒ…‡Ď?Ž‹‰Š–• –Š‹• week   of   October   include   the   Â?ƒ‹†‡Â? Ď?Ž‹‰Š– ‘ˆ –Š‡ ’‘ŽŽ‘ Command   Module,   the   mother   ship  of  America’s  moon  program.   Following   the   fatal   Apollo   1   Ď?‹”‡ –Šƒ– Â?‹ŽŽ‡† –Š”‡‡ ƒ•–”‘Â?ƒ—–• in  January  1967  during  a  launch   pad   test,   18   months   passed   before   the   improved   Apollo   7   was   launched   on   October   11,   1968.     The   spacecraft   performed   Â?‡ƒ” Ď?ÂŽÂƒÂ™ÂŽÂ‡Â•Â•ÂŽÂ›ÇĄ ƒÂ?† –Š‡ three   astronauts   were   world   celebrities   as   they   sent   back   –Š‡ Ď?‹”•– ÂŽÂ‹Â˜Â‡ÇĄ …‘Ž‘” ‹Â?ƒ‰‡• ˆ”‘Â? a   spaceship   orbiting   Earth.     But   a  cold  bug  had  bit  the  crew,  and  

during   the   last   days   of   their   ÍłÍ˛ÇŚÂ†ÂƒÂ› Ď?Ž‹‰Š– ˜‡–‡”ƒÂ? ‡”…—”› and   Gemini   commander   Wally   Schirra   became   irritable   and   combative  with  mission  control,   as  did  his  space  colleagues  Walt   Cunningham   and   Don   Eisele.     ‘Â?‡‘ˆ–Š‡Â?‡˜‡”Ď?Ž‡™‹Â?•’ƒ…‡ again.   The   International   Space   Station  orbits  the  Earth  17  times   a  day  from  a  height  of  about  250   miles,  and  has  been  continuously   occupied   by   at   least   two   people   for  since  2001.  It  was  on  October   11,   2000   that   a   construction   mission   of   a   Space   Shuttle   undocked   from   the   ISS   without   leaving  someone  behind. Atlantis   was   the   Shuttle   that   Ď?Ž‡™ƒÂ?‹Â?’‘”–ƒÂ?––”—••„‡ƒÂ?–‘ the  American  Unity  and  Russian   Zarya   modules   that   made   up   the   Ď?‹”•– •‡‰Â?‡Â?–• ‘ˆ –Š‡ Ď?Ž‡†‰‹Â?‰ ISS.    Seven  astronauts  on  Atlantis   took  part  in  two  spacewalks  and   several   excursions   inside   the   two   modules   to   ready   the   ISS   for  permanent  occupancy.    Once   bitter   rivals   in   space,   America   and   Russia   were   now   the   major   partners  of  a  17-­â€?nation  effort  to   build  and  maintain  the  ISS. Finally   in   our   look   back   at   manned  space  history  this  week,   on   Oct.   11,   2005,   a   third   player   in   the   manned   space   scene   emerged   as   a   serious   one   as   China   launched   two   men   aboard   their  Shenzhou  7  spaceship.    The   “taikonautsâ€?   performed   tests   on   their   new   spaceship,   and   had   few   problems   during   the   very   •—……‡••ˆ—ŽĎ?‹˜‡†ƒ›•‹Â?‘”„‹–Ǥ China   has   vowed   to   be   a  

major   factor   in   manned   space   endeavors,  announcing  plans  for   permanent   space   stations   like   the  ISS  as  well  as  their  intent  to   go   to   the   Moon.     Methodically   China   has   placed   one,   two,   than   three   taikonauts   in   space,   and   recently   completed   a   second   visit  to  their  small,   box-­â€?car  sized   space  station.  China  has  included   –™‘ ˆ‡Â?ƒŽ‡• ‹Â? –Š‡ Ď?‹”•– Â?‹Â?‡ people  it  has  sent  to  space. While  once  rivals  America  and   Russia   have   laid   their   political   differences   aside   to   build   together   the   ISS   and   explore   space,  the  Chinese  are  in  alliance   with  nobody.   The  second  decade  of  the  21st   Century  has  America  in  a  strange   predicament.     With   the   Space   Š—––Ž‡ Ď?Ž‡‡– Â?Â‘Â–ÂŠÂ„ÂƒÂŽÂŽÂ‡Â†ÇĄ  has   no   spacecraft   as   the   new   4-­â€?man   Orion   is   in   development   maybe   until   2017.     Americans   travel  to  the  ISS  via  a  $50  million   seat   aboard   the   three-­â€?man   Russian   tried-­â€?and-­â€?true   Soyuz   spacecraft.     China   copied   the   Soyuz   design   in   their   Shenzhou   spacecraft,   but   relied   in   their   own   technology   to   build   the   Long   March   rocket   booster   for   manned  mission.   As   China   gains   more   experience   in   space,   it   is   gathering   a   toe-­â€?hold   for   future   dominance   in   Earth   orbit—a   stated   goal   by   it   leaders.     Just   what   military   implications   that   might  have  is  anybody’s  guess.     But   one   thing   is   for   certain,   once   a   world   leader,   America   is   sadly  lagging  in  its  commitment   to  human  space  exploration.


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Celestial  events  in  the  skies  for  the  week  of  Oct.  8-­â€?14,   2013,  as  compiled  for  The  Loafer  by  Mark  D.  Marquette. This  week  is  for  some  moon  gazing  as  our  natural   satellite  begins  its  monthly  movement  across  our   evening  skies.    Turn  those  binoculars  you  use  for   sports  events  or  bird  watching  upward  to  our  Moon,   and  be  amazed.    And  in  any  telescope,  there  is  so  much   more  to  see.    The  line  between  daylight  and  night  on   the  Moon  is  called  the  “terminator,â€?—and  on  Earth  it’s   twilight.  Here  is  where  the  longest  shadows  are  cast,   giving  the  greatest  amount  of  detail.    You  might  see   a  mountain  peak  catching  sunlight  in  the  black  side   of  the  terminator,  and  two  hours  later  see  the  whole   mountain  as  daylight  progresses  quickly  on  the  Moon. Tues.  Oct.  8 Venus  is  below  the  crescent  Moon,  a  celestial   conjunction  that  is  a  good  photo  opportunity.    Put  a   tree  or  building  in  the  foreground  to  make  the  scene   more  interesting.  A  high  ISO  (like  1,000  or  more)  and   long  exposure  (like  30  seconds)  on  a  tripod  is  a  good  place  to  start—just  experiment   as  you  can  see  your  digital  results  and  shoot  for  free! Wed.  Oct.  9 Â?–Š‹•ʹͲͲ͝†ƒ–‡‹Â?•’ƒ…‡Š‹•–‘”›ǥǯ•‘‘Â?nj‘”„‹–‹Â?‰•ƒ–‡ŽŽ‹–‡…‘Â?Ď?‹”Â?• the  existence  of  huge  reservoirs  of  ice  inside  craters  at  the  north  and  south  poles.   These  craters  never  see  sunlight  and  are  minus-­â€?200  below  zero  all  the  time,  so   ice  might  be  laying  on  the  surface.    But  most  of  the  lunar  ice  is  buried  beneath   –Š‡•—”ˆƒ…‡‘ˆĎ?Ž—ˆˆ›•‘‹Žǥ…ƒŽŽ‡†”‡‰‘Ž‹–ŠǢ„‡ƒ––‘†‡ƒ–Š„›Â?‹ŽŽ‹‘Â?•‘ˆ›‡ƒ”•‘ˆ bombardment  by  micrometeorites. Thurs.  Oct.  10 If  you  see  some  meteors  streaking  through  the  night,  they  might  just  be  some  cosmic   debris  from  the  Southern  Taurid  Meteor  Shower.    These  swift  and  bright  meteors  are   remains  of  a  comet  called  Encke,  and  with  the  gibbous  Moon  setting  before  midnight,   the  mid-­â€?morning  peak  is  a  favorable  one  with  up  to  10  meteors  an  hour  expected. Fri.  Oct.  11 The  Moon  is  at  First  Quarter  today  at  7:02  pm,  making  an  exact  right  angle  with  the   Earth  and  Sun,  directly  south  in  our  early  evening  sky.  This  date  is  also  important   ‹Â?•’ƒ…‡Š‹•–‘”›ˆ‘”ˆ‘—”Â?ƒŒ‘”‡˜‡Â?–•‹Â?Â?ƒÂ?Â?‡†•’ƒ…‡Ď?Ž‹‰Š–ǣ‹Â?ͳ͝͸ͺÂ?‡”‹…ƒ Žƒ—Â?…Š‡†–Š‡–Š”‡‡njÂ?ƒÂ?’‘ŽŽ‘Íš‘Â?‹–•‹Â?ƒ—‰—”ƒŽĎ?Ž‹‰Š–‘ˆ–Š‡Â?‘–Š‡”•Š‹’ˆ‘”–Š‡ Ď?Ž‹‰Š––‘–Š‡‘‘Â?Ǣ‹Â?ͳ͝͸͝–Š‡‘˜‹‡–Â?‹‘Â?Šƒ†–Š”‡‡•’ƒ…‡…”ƒˆ–‹Â?‘”„‹–ƒ–‘Â?…‡ǥ ‘›—œ͸ǥ͚Əͺ™‹–Š•‡˜‡Â?…‘•Â?‘Â?ƒ—–•Â–Â‘Â–ÂƒÂŽÇ˘‹Â?ʹͲͲͲǥ’ƒ…‡Š—––Ž‡‹•…‘˜‡”›™‹–Š seven  astronauts  was  launched  as  the  last  construction  mission  without  occupants   ‹Â?–Š‡ Â?–‡”Â?ƒ–‹‘Â?ƒŽ’ƒ…‡–ƒ–‹‘Â?ǢƒÂ?†ʹͲͲ͡ǥŠ‹Â?ƒŽƒ—Â?…Š‡†Š‡Â?œŠ‘—͸™‹–Š–™‘

cosmonauts  performing  a  spacewalk  on  just  the   nation’s  second  manned  foray  into  space.  That’s   19  different  space  travelers  on  this  day  in  history. Sat.  Oct.  12 On  this  1964  date  in  space  history,  the  Soviet   Â?‹‘Â?Žƒ—Â?…Š‡†–Š‡Ď?‹”•––Š”‡‡njÂ?ƒÂ?…”‡™‹Â?–‘ orbit.    Built  for  two  cosmonauts,  the  chief   designer  of  Voskhod  1  was  crammed  inside   like  a  sardine  to  perform  a  propaganda  stunt,   making  the  world  think  the  Soviets  were  ahead   of  America  in  the  Moon  Race. Sun.  Oct.  13 On  this  1968  date  in  space  history,  Apollo  7   „”‘ƒ†…ƒ•––Š‡Ď?‹”•–Ž‹˜‡–‡Ž‡˜‹•‹‘Â?‹Â?ƒ‰‡•ˆ”‘Â? ‘—–‡”•’ƒ…‡ǤŠ‡–Š”‡‡ƒ•–”‘Â?ƒ—–•Ď?Ž‘ƒ–‡†‘„Œ‡…–• in  weightlessness,  cut  up  and  turned  the  camera   back  on  the  Earth. Mon.  Oct.  14 The  Moon  is  a  gibbous  phase  entering  the   constellation  Aquarius,  who  carries  water   across  the  sky.    Full  Moon  on  Oct.  18th  will  be  the   Hunter’s  Moon.


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Rush

Director   Ron   Howard   brings   the   world   of   Formula   1   racing   –‘–Š‡„‹‰•…”‡‡‹–Š‡‡™ϐ‹Ž “Rush”,  and  I  will  say  right  away   –Š‡ϐ‹Ž‹•ǣŽ‘—†Ǥ –ǯ•‘–Ž‹‡ ™ƒ• ‡š’‡…–‹‰–Š‡ϐ‹Ž–‘„‡Ž‘™‡›ǡ but   when   the   speakers   nearly   blow   off   the   theater   walls,   you   know  the  volume  is  high.   If   Howard   was   going   for   the   “you   are   in   the   middle   of   the   action”  feeling,  he  has  succeeded.   “Rush”   stars   “Thor”   actor   Chris   Hemsworth   as   James   Hunt,   a   British  Formula  1  driver  who  was   considered  a  sex  symbol  in  1976,   –Š‡ ›‡ƒ” –Š‡ ϐ‹Ž ‹• •‡–Ǥ ƒ‹‡Ž Bruhl)  stars  as  the  main  rival  of   James,   Niki   Lauda,   an   Austrian   from  a  wealthy  family,  who  is  no   glamour  and  all  business.   Š‡ ϐ‹Ž ‹• „ƒ•‡† ‘ –Š‡ ”‡ƒŽ

life   racers,   and   after   seeing   photos  of  the  real  Hunt  and  Bruhl,   –Š‡ …ƒ•–‹‰ ‹• •’‘– ‘Ǥ Š‡ ϐ‹Ž follows   the   two   drivers   during   the   1976   season   when   both   are   willing   to   risk   everything   to   become  world  champion.   The   road   to   the   1976   race   season   was   interesting   for   both   Hunt  and  Bruhl,  as  both  men  had   many   challenges   to   overcome.   Bruhl   actually   comes   into   the   1976  season  as  world  champion   out   to   defend   his   title   against   rival  Hunt.   During  a  race  Bruhl  wanted  to   cancel   due   to   horrible   weather,   the   reigning   champion   crashes   and   nearly   dies.   Bruhl   is   badly   burned,  and  after  being  sidelined   for  6  weeks,  he  shocks  everyone   by  returning  to  the  track  for  the  

ϐ‹ƒŽ”ƒ…‡‘ˆ–Š‡›‡ƒ” so   he   can   hold   off   Hunt,   who   has   been   gaining   points   on   him.   The   showdown   race   results   in   a   surprise   ending,   and   Hunt   and   Bruhl   are   both   let   with   satisfying   results.   The   main   actors   are   both   wonderful   in   their   roles,   and   are   never   upstaged   by   the   racing,   even   though   lesser   actors   may  have  been  left  in   the   rubber   burns   of   the  action.   Š‡ …‘ϐŽ‹…– „‡–™‡‡ —– and   Bruhl   is   as   entertaining   as   the   actual   racing,   and   the   real   story   here   is   the   love/hate   relationship   between   the   two   rivals.  The  two  kept  each  other  in   their  best  form  during  their  drive   to  succeed.  

Ž‘˜‡†–Š‡ˆƒ…––Š‡ϐ‹Ž‹•„ƒ•‡† on  a  true  story,  and  even  though   I  am  not  a  Formula  1  racing  fan,   ‘”ƒ”ƒ…‡ˆƒ’‡”‹‘†ǡ–Š‡ϐ‹Ž™ƒ• wonderfully   entertaining.   The   real   life   Hunt   passed   away   at   the   age  of  45,  but  Bruhl  is  very  much  

alive  at  the  age  of  64.   It’s  a  shame  Hunt  is  not  able  to   see   this   part   of   his   life   depicted   ‘ •…”‡‡ǡ Š‘™‡˜‡” —ϐŽƒ––‡”‹‰ it  was  at  times.  Ron  Howard  has  

†‡Ž‹˜‡”‡† ƒ ϐ‹Ž ™‹–Š ƒ• —…Š emotional   impact   as   thrilling   action,   and   as   a   result   “Rush”   ϐ‹‹•Š‡• ™‹–Š ƒ ™‹‹‰ –‹‡Ǥ (Rated  R)  B+  


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Twenty Years of Very Dangerous Days

One   of   the   most   important   lessons  I  ever  learned  as  a  kid,  was   that  both  laundry  day,  and  garbage   day,   are   very   dangerous   days.   If   you’re   of   a   certain   generation,   you’ve  picked  up  on  what  the  above   is   a   reference   to.   A   line   repeated   by   Rocko,   the   main   character   on   the  1990s  animated  series  Rocko’s   Modern   Life,   which   celebrated   its   20th   anniversary   this   past   month.   If  you’ve  read  my  column  for  any   long  amount  of  time,  you’ve  heard   me   mention   this   series   before.   It’s   one   of   my   favorites,   and   my   absolute   favorite   cartoon   series.   Considering   it’s   from   that   golden   age   of   TV   cartoons   that   was   the   90s,  the  fact  that  20  years  later  the   series   is   starting   to   get   it’s   due   is   high  praise  indeed.   For   the   uninitiated   Rocko’s   Modern   Life   is   about   the   daily   adventures   and   life   experiences   of   Rocko,   a   wallaby   who   just   immigrated   from   Australia   to   the   city   of   O-­Town.   Alongside   Rocko,   there’s   his   dog,   Spunky,   and   his   two   best   friends.   Heffer,   an   overweight   steer   that   was   adopted   by   a   family   of   wolves,   and  Filburt—Woody  Allen  in  turtle   form   (who   would   later   go   on   to  

marry  a  cat  with  a  hook  for  a  hand,   named   Dr.   Hutchinson).   Rocko’s   next  door  neighbors,  a  pair  of  toads   named  Ed  and  Bev  Bighead,  have   a   mixed   relationship   with   their   young   friend.   Mrs.   Bighead   likes   Rocko.   Mr.   Bighead,   however,   despises  him.   Rocko’s   Modern   Life   was   unique  in  the  sense  that  most  of  it’s   humor   came   from   surreal   parody   and   satire.   The   satirical   elements   focusing   on   cultural   commentary.   A   running   target   being   the   LQĂ€XHQFHRIFRUSRUDWH$PHULFDRQ the   world.   Mr   Bighead   works   at   Congolm-­O,   a   company   with   no   obvious   purpose,   whose   logo   is   the  world  as  the  olive  in  a  martini   glass,   with   the   motto   “We   own   youâ€?.  Also,  somewhat  notorious,  is   the  series  use  of  adult  humor.  Jokes   that  went  over  our  heads  when  we   ZHUH NLGV QRZ ODQG ÂżUPO\ LQ WKH middle  of  our  faces.  A  smart  series,   with  a  moderate  bit  of  edge  for  the   time,  most  of  which  still  holds  up.   One  of  the  most  popular  episodes   of   the   series,   is   the   third   season’s   “Wacky   Dellyâ€?.   The   episode   not   only   stands   out   as   one   of   Rocko’s   ÂżQHVW EXW DOVR DV RQH RI WKH ÂżQHU episode   of   the   era,   as   it’s   a   direct  

satire  on  the  industry  of  television   animation.   In   the   universe   of   O-­Town,  Ed  and  Bev  Bighead  have   a   son,   who   they   initially   disown,   Ralph   Bighead.   Ralph   rejected   his   father’s   corporate   work   life,   and   headed   out   to   Hollowood   to   become   a   cartoonist,   creating   the   wildly   popular   animated   series   “The  Fatheadsâ€?  (to  add  to  the  meta   elements  of  it  all,  Ralph  Bighead  is   voiced  by  Rocko  series  creator,  Joe   Murray).   “Wacky   Dellyâ€?   begins   with   5DOSK ÂżQDOO\ DW WKH HQG RI KLV contract   for   “The   Fatheadsâ€?,   and   looking   forward   to   having   the   freedom   to   go   out   and   create   real   art.   However,   his   contract   with   the   network   states   he   owes   them   another  series.  Instead  of  spending   his   time   tied   down   to   another   long  running  series,  Ralph  invites   Rocko,   Heffer,   and   Filburt—the   biggest   fans   “The   Fatheadsâ€?   have—out   to   Hollowood   to   create  his  next  TV  series  for  him,   thinking  it  will  be  such  a  disaster,   the   network   will   have   no   choice   but   to   cancel   the   series,   freeing   him  from  his  contract.   In  a  true  “Springtime  for  Hitlerâ€?   moment,   the   show—which   is   all   about   deli   meats—becomes   a   massive  hit.  Ralph,  shocked  by  his   throw  away  series  sudden  success,   does   all   he   can   to   sabotage   production.   Over   exposing   negatives,  and  at  one  point  telling   the  boys  to  just  run  a  half  hour  shot   of  a  jar  of  mayonnaise.  Each  time,   the   moves   are   viewed   as   genius   works   of   television,   the   shot   of   mayo   being   declared   “a   powerful   Warholian   tributeâ€?.   When   the   last   time  you  saw  a  reference  to  Andy   Warhol  in  a  children’s  cartoon?   Therein   lines   the   genius   of   Rocko’s   Modern   Life.   It   was   a   show  that  was  not  concerned  with   “how  to  keep  kids  captured  for  half   an  hourâ€?,  but  rather  a  show  where   the   brilliant   creative   team   were   trying   to   make   each   other   laugh.   Joe  Murray  assembled  an  amazing   team   of   creative   talents   to   helm   this  series.  This  is  why  we’re  still   celebrating  the  show  twenty  years   DIWHU LW ÂżUVW JUDFHG RXU VFUHHQV Unlike   some   shows   we   watch   as   kids,   that   we   later   shudder   at   as   adults,   Rocko’s   Modern   Life   still   entertains   us.   In   an   era   in   which   children’s   TV   animation   was   an   embarrassment   of   riches,   people   DUH ÂżQDOO\ VWDUWHG WR UHDOL]H ZKDW a   gem   Rocko’s   Modern   Life   was.   See  you  next  week,  follow  me  on   Twitter  @ThatAndyRoss.


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Halloween Horrors, Part Two: I Am Legend: Remembering Richard Matheson Š‡™‘”Ž†‘ˆŠ‘””‘”Ď?‹…–‹‘Â?ƒÂ?† Ď?‹ŽÂ?™‘—Ž†„‡ƒˆƒ”†‹ˆˆ‡”‡Â?–’Žƒ…‡ were   it   not   for   the   considerable   contributions   made   by   Richard   Matheson   during   his   productive   63-­â€?year  career.  When  he  died  this   past   June   at   age   87,   horror   and   •…‹‡Â?…‡njĎ?‹…–‹‘Â? ˆƒÂ?• Ž‘•– ‘Â?‡ ‘ˆ their   best   friends.   So,   for   this   installment   of   “Halloween   Horrors,â€?   let’s   spend   a   little   time   remembering   Matheson’s  legacy. The   shadow   cast   by   Matheson   over   horror   is   so   large   it’s   hard   to   know   where   to  begin  in  recounting   Š‹• ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?…‡Ǥ ‘” starters,   consider   that   he   wrote   sixteen   episodes   of   the   iconic   “Twilight   Zoneâ€?   TV   series,   as   well   as   most   of   the   memorable   opening   and   closing   monologues   spoken   by   Rod   Serling   for   each  episode.  Six  of  his   novels   were   adapted   as   now-­â€?classic   horror   Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â•Č„ÂƒÂ?†ǥ ‘ˆ …‘—”•‡ǥ the  novels  themselves   are   classics   in   the   Ď?‹‡Ž†Ǥ ‡ ‹• ’ƒ”–‹ƒŽŽ› responsible   for   launching   the   career   of   Steven   Spielberg,   and   countless   horror   writers   and   Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”•ǥ ˆ”‘Â? Stephen   King   to   Rob   ‘Â?„‹‡ǥŠƒ˜‡–‡•–‹Ď?‹‡† –‘ –Š‡ ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?…‡ ‘ˆ Matheson   on   their  

work.  And,  his  legacy  lives  on  in   his   family,   particularly   in   his   son   Richard  Christian  Matheson,  who   ‹• ƒ ’”‘Ž‹Ď?‹… ÂƒÂ—Â–ÂŠÂ‘Â”ÇĄ Ď?‹ŽÂ?Â?ƒÂ?‡”ǥ and   musician   who   regularly   plays   rock’n’roll   with   Stephen   King  and  Dave  Barry  in  the  “Rock   Bottom   Remainders.â€?   One   of   my  

favorite   horror   novels,   a   scary   reworking   of   the   Frankenstein   story,   is   his   Created   By,   and   I   recommend  you  read  it  too. Most   horror   movie   and   literature   historians   trace   the   beginnings   of   the   modern   zombie   image   to   George   Romero’s   infamous   1968   movie   “Night   Of  The  Living  Dead.â€?   According   to   no   less   authority   than   Romero   himself,   he   got   his   ideas   from   reading   Matheson’s   ground-­â€?breaking   1954   novel   I   Am   Legend,   which   was   given   the   movie   treatment   several   –‹Â?‡•ǥ Ď?‹”•– ‹Â? DzŠ‡ Last  Man  On  Earthâ€?   (1964),   featuring   one   of   the   very   best   Vincent   Price   p e r f o r m a n c e s ,   then   in   1971’s   “The   Omega   Man,â€?   starring   Charlton   Heston,   and   most   recently   in   the   lame   Will   Smith   version,   “I   Am   Legendâ€?   (2007).   So,   considering   the   phenomenal   popularity   of   zombies  in  the  past   few   years,   we   all   owe   a   very   large   debt   to   Matheson’s   pioneering   efforts   in   creating   our   modern   image   of   the  walking  dead.

One   of   my   favorite   “guilty   pleasuresâ€?   is   a   delightful   1974   made-­â€?for-­â€?TV   movie,   “Trilogy   of   Terror,â€?   starring   Karen   Black   and  directed  by  Dan  Curtis.  This   trilogy   features   Black   playing   four   roles   in   stories   based   on   Matheson   short   stories.   Š‹Ž‡ –Š‡ Ď?‹”•– –™‘ ƒ”‡ ƒ Ž‹––Ž‡ lackluster,   yet   very   entertaining   and   diversionary,   it   is   the   last   one   that   is   most   remembered   and  discussed.  Matheson’s  short   story   “Prey,â€?   is   about   a   single   woman  who  buys  a  Zuni  warrior   doll   for   her   anthropologist   Ď?‹ƒÂ?Â…Âą ƒÂ?† Â†Â‹Â•Â…Â‘Â˜Â‡Â”Â•ÇĄ Â?—…Š –‘ her   displeasure,   that   the   doll   is   possessed  and  very  much  wants   her   dead.   In   the   TV   adaptation,   “Amelia,â€?   we   are   treated   to   a   bravura   performance   by   Black   (the   only   human   actor   in   the   sketch),   who   is   chased   around   her   apartment   by   the   deadly   †‘ŽŽǥ …—ŽÂ?‹Â?ƒ–‹Â?‰ ‹Â? ƒ Ď?‹Â?ƒŽ confrontation   that   features   one   of  the  most  chilling  scenes  in  the   horror  genre.   Also   on   my   list   of   favorite   Matheson   adaptations   is   “Duel,â€?   another   made-­â€?for-­â€?TV   movie   starring   Dennis   Weaver   (of   “Gunsmokeâ€?   and   “McCloudâ€?   fame),   playing   David   Mann,   an   electronic   salesman   who   is   terrorized   on   a   road   trip   by   a   monster   truck   driven   by   an   unseen,   yet   very   demonic   driver.   Like   “Trilogy   of   Terror,â€?   this   mini-­â€?masterpiece   features   a   minimal   cast,   with   more   than   95%   of   it   consisting   of   Weaver,   his   Plymouth   Valiant   and   the   omnipresent   truck.   This   little   1971   gem   was   directed   by   a   rookie   named   Steven   Spielberg,   who   claimed   this   terrifying   road   movie   was   the   inspiration   for   his   1975   blockbuster   “Jawsâ€?   (just   replace   the   monster   truck   with   a   monster   shark,   and   the   rest   is   history).   “Duelâ€?   is   often   —•‡† ‹Â? Ď?‹ŽÂ? •–—†‹‡• …Žƒ••‡• as   a   demonstration   of   how   to   effectively   use   cuts   and   unique   camera   angles   to   produce   genuine   suspense   and   terror.   A   must-­â€?see   for   any   horror   and   thriller  fan. Needless   to   say,   Matheson’s   Â?‘•– •‹‰Â?‹Ď?‹…ƒÂ?– …‘Â?–”‹„—–‹‘Â? to   television   was   his   sixteen   “Twilight   Zoneâ€?   episodes,   the   ‹Â?Ď?Ž—‡Â?–‹ƒŽ •‡”‹‡• –Šƒ– ”ƒÂ? ˆ”‘Â? 1960-­â€?1965   and   now   available   24/7   on   a   screen   near   you   Č‹Â–ÂŠÂƒÂ?Â?•–‘‡–Ď?Ž‹šǥ‘——„‡ǥƒÂ?† other  sources).  Although  they  are  

all   worthwhile,   my   Matheson-­â€? penned  episodes  are  “Nightmare   at   20,000   Feet,â€?   perhaps   the   most   famous   of   all   episodes,   starring   William   Shatner   as   a   –‡””‹Ď?‹‡†ƒ‹”’ŽƒÂ?‡’ƒ••‡Â?‰‡”™Š‘ sees  something  a  little  weird  on   –Š‡ ™‹Â?‰ ‘ˆ –Š‡ ’ŽƒÂ?‡Ǣ Dz ‘”Ž† Of   Difference,â€?   my   personal   favorite,   starring   Howard   Duff   who   makes   the   alarming   discovery   that   his   “realâ€?   world   is   nothing   more   than   a   movie   •‡–ǢDz‹––Ž‡ ‹”Ž‘•–ǥdz–Š‡‡’‹•‘†‡ that   inspired   “Poltergeist,â€?   the   1982   movie   produced   by   Spielberg   and   directed   by   Tobe   ‘‘’‡”ǢDz‘”Ž†‘ˆ ‹•™Â?ÇĄÇłƒ humorously  terrifying  little  story   about   a   man   (Keenan   Wynn)   who   discovers   that   whatever   he   dictates   into   a   machine   become   ÂƒÂŽÂŽÇŚÂ–Â‘Â‘ÇŚÂ”Â‡ÂƒÂŽÇ˘ ƒÂ?† DzŠ‡ Â?Â˜ÂƒÂ†Â‡Â”Â•ÇĄÇł a   neat   little   companion   to   the   aforementioned   “Amelia,â€?   featuring   Agnes   Moorehead   as   its   only   actor,   a   woman   who,   without   dialogue,   confronts   what   she   perceives   as   an   alien   invasion   of   her   home.   Without   fear   of   contradiction,   we   can   perhaps   say   that   Rod   Serling’s   little  series  inspired  more  horror   writers   and   directors   than   any   other   pop   culture   phenomenon   before   or   since.   And   Richard   Matheson   was   in   many   ways   the   glue   that   held   the   series   together,   particularly   in   light   of   the   fact,   mentioned   previously,   that   he   wrote   Serling’s   opening   and   closing   monologues   for   nearly   every   episode.   While   Serling   wrote   the   majority   of   the   episodes   themselves,   it   was   writers   like   Matheson   and   Charles   Beaumont   that   helped   shape  the  series  and  gave  it  such   a   unique   vibe   that   resonates   to   this  day. I   could   devote   the   remaining   three   columns   in   this   series   to   Richard   Matheson’s   other   accomplishments,   such   as   “The   Amazing   Shrinking   Manâ€?   and   “The   Legend   of   Hell   House,â€?   but   I   will   let   you   do   your   own   investigating.   I   certainly   hope   you   will   take   some   time   this   week   to   watch   or   read   some   of   Matheson’s  work.  There  is,  after   all,  no  excuse  not  to  see  some  of   it,   because   you’re   carrying   much   of  it  around  in  your  pocket  right   now.  So  do  a  little  less  texting  and   a   little   more   Richard   Matheson   viewing. See   you   next   week   with   Part   Three.


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