Arts & Culture http://wutc.org en Nerd Wars Becomes Geek Noosphere http://wutc.org/post/nerd-wars-becomes-geek-noosphere <p>Ravelry.com is a website for fiber enthusiasts and within the forums and discussion groups of this world wide network there are many competitions.&nbsp; Nerd Wars: Geek Noosphere is a quarterly tournament that gathers teams of fiber enthusiasts to compete in a series of challenges.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 40124 at http://wutc.org Nerd Wars Becomes Geek Noosphere Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin http://wutc.org/post/book-news-treasure-thrilling-westerns-tim-champlin <p></p><p>Chattanooga-area author <a href="https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Tarbaby">Tim Champlin's</a> first few novels were published in the early 1980s.&nbsp; Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.&nbsp; In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.&nbsp; Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:36:43 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40646 at http://wutc.org Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity http://wutc.org/post/janisse-ray-s-seed-underground-explains-startling-loss-seed-diversity <p></p><p>“[I]n the last one hundred years,” <a href="http://janisseray.weebly.com/">Janisse Ray</a> writes in <em>The Seed Underground</em><em>: A Growing Revolution to Save Food</em>, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”</p><p>Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:11:06 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40439 at http://wutc.org Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series http://wutc.org/post/supernatural-suspense-young-shapeshifters-island-fog-series <p></p><p><a href="http://www.unearthlytales.com/">Keith Robinson's <em>Island of Fog</em> series</a> first launched in 2009.&nbsp; Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.</p><p>The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.&nbsp; Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:48:31 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40285 at http://wutc.org Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children http://wutc.org/post/wiggy-wanda-book-helps-explain-cancer-children <p>Children’s books delight and entertain but sometimes they serve a more serious purpose.&nbsp; Some of the books written by children’s author Kathy Mashburn have valuable lessons embedded in their colorful pages.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:04:00 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39993 at http://wutc.org Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video http://wutc.org/post/almost-complete-new-choo-choo-music-video <p>Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on <a href="http://chattachoochoo.weebly.com/">an ambitious project:</a> they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.&nbsp; Last year, they sought<a href="http://wutc.org/post/support-sought-new-chattanooga-choo-choo"> Kickstarter funding</a> for the project.&nbsp; They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording.&nbsp;</p><p>Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:36:00 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40056 at http://wutc.org Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak http://wutc.org/post/city-chattanooga-pipe-band-winning-streak <p>The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the <a href="http://www.chattanoogapipeband.org/">City of Chattanooga Pipe Band</a> have won all three competitions they've entered this year.&nbsp; Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:36:34 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 40003 at http://wutc.org City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak 911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt http://wutc.org/post/911-cracked-end-all-magic-conversation-author-jeff-hewitt <p></p><p> Former 911 dispatcher <a href="http://www.jeffhewitt.net/">Jeff Hewitt </a>writes fiction, humor, horror and more.&nbsp; He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.&nbsp; Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:30:08 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39703 at http://wutc.org 911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt Hunter Invitational III Features Contemporary Art By Regional Artists http://wutc.org/post/hunter-invitational-iii-features-contemporary-art-regional-artists <p>The <a href="http://www.huntermuseum.org/" target="_blank">Hunter Museum of American Art</a> opened a temporary exhibit featuring local and regional artists on June 20, 2104.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:34:53 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39597 at http://wutc.org Hunter Invitational III Features Contemporary Art By Regional Artists The Wizard of Oz Lands at the Creative Discovery Museum http://wutc.org/post/wizard-oz-lands-creative-discovery-museum <p>Each summer the Creative Discovery museum welcomes a visiting exhibit and this summer we visit the Land of Oz.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:15:15 +0000 Rabbit Zielke 39594 at http://wutc.org The Wizard of Oz Lands at the Creative Discovery Museum These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth http://wutc.org/post/these-urban-heroes-bring-arts-education-incarcerated-hamilton-county-youth <p>Chattanooga artists <a href="http://studioeverything.org/">Rondell Crier</a> and<a href="http://olgadeklein.com/"> Olga de Klein</a> join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.alliedartschattanooga.org/site/pages/home.php">ArtsBuild</a> Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.&nbsp; From an ArtsBuild media release:</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:57:18 +0000 Michael Edward Miller 39499 at http://wutc.org Roman Gods & Sicilian Beaches Inspire Painter/Potter Bob Fazio http://wutc.org/post/roman-gods-sicilian-beaches-inspire-painterpotter-bob-fazio <p>Since 2009, the stores, restaurants and galleries on the Southside have been inviting everybody down for a stroll though the neighborhood around Main Street on the final Friday of the summer months.&nbsp; Among the special events planned for this month’s stroll starting 5/27 at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the local painter, potter and sculptor <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/346749065477336/">Bob Fazio in Area 61 </a>on Main Street.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:58:21 +0000 Richard Winham 39476 at http://wutc.org Barking Legs Theater Is Raising Funds and Rebuilding http://wutc.org/post/barking-legs-theater-raising-funds-and-rebuilding <p><a href="http://barkinglegs.org/"> Barking Legs Theater </a>was originally intended to be a dance workshop and performance space. Ann Law had already had a long career as a dancer when she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Kaplan, moved to Chattanooga in the early 1990’s. But within a few years Bruce and his partner, George Bright, began using the theater for acoustic music concerts. Since then it has become a showcase for all forms of music, dance and theater. But the aging building had some problems and so they decided to try and raise some money to repair some of the more pressing problems. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:44:36 +0000 Richard Winham 39329 at http://wutc.org Charles Wright: The Contemplative Poet Laureate http://wutc.org/post/charles-wright-contemplative-poet-laureate Our next poet laureate may end up speaking on behalf of the more private duties of the poet — contemplation, wisdom, searching — rather than public ones. In one of his first public statements after learning of his new post, Charles Wright said that, as laureate, "I'll probably stay here at home and think about things." He also told NPR, "I will not be an activist laureate, I don't think, the way Natasha [Trethewey] was ... and certainly not the way Billy Collins was, or Bob Hass, or Rita Dove, or Robert Pinsky; you know, they had programs. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:12:32 +0000 Craig Morgan Teicher 38949 at http://wutc.org 'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View http://wutc.org/post/walk-my-shoes-tells-homeless-mans-story-his-point-view <p></p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRHqvYb7Ei8"><em>Walk In My Shoes</em></a> is a six-minute film about a homeless man called Lee. The film is a documentary about a stage play featuring actors recounting&nbsp; the stories about their lives told to them by homeless people in Chattanooga. Staged in the salvation Army’s recreate café, the play was conceived by the café’s artistic director, Tenika Dye.</p><p>This segment features Tenika Dye, as well as Leif Ramsey, the film’s director, and Rodney Van Walkenburg from Arts Build Chattanooga. Arts Build funded the play and the film with a Community Cultural Connections grant.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:47:05 +0000 Richard Winham 38853 at http://wutc.org 'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View