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1:38pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Riverbend 2015

The Dead Deads Bring a Hard Rock/Metal/Grunge Dance Party to Riverbend

Leticia "Meta Dead" Wolf sings in the video for "Organ P."
Credit YouTube

Nashville band The Dead Deads will perform Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU during Riverbend.  A high-energy mix of grunge, rock, their music is both aggressive and fun.

From their Web site:

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1:03pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Community

Chattanooga Sports Ministries Benefit from Soccer Tournaments at Highland Park Commons

Soccer at Highland Park Commons.
Credit Highland Park Commons

Chattanooga Sports Ministries has been teaching the sport of soccer to Chattanooga youth for a decade. 

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12:44pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Arts & Culture

Coffee and Conversation with Artist Michael McCamish at Studio Space Junk

Artist Michael McCamish is featured in the gallery at Studio Space Junk.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

Michael McCamish provides a glimpse of the world through the lens of his camera at the gallery of Studio Space Junk on Frazier Avenue. 

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12:28pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Community

Law and Order Provides Focus for Speaker Series at Jewish Cultural Center

Law and Order: Secular and Religious is the focus of the summer speaker series at the Jewish Cultural Center.

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11:54am

Wed June 10, 2015
Riverbend 2015

With 7 Million YouTube Hits, Kawehi is a Viral Music Star

A screenshot from the video for Kawehi's song "I'd Never Tell."
Credit YouTube

Hawaiian-born electronic musician Kawehi will give one of the more unusual performances at this year's Riverbend Festival. 

Using a microphone, loopers and digital effects, she alters her voice to sound like a guitar, a bass, and drums.  Her cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" went viral last year, winning praise from Courtney Love, who called Kawehi's work "genius."  Now her YouTube channel has around seven millions hits.

Her live shows are a mix of cover songs and originals.  Check out her Nirvana cover below, and catch her at 9:15 p.m. on the TVFCU stage during Riverbend on Thursday evening.

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7:05pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Community

Chattanooga Seniors Hope to Break Ground by the End of the Year on Collaborative Housing Project

Four years ago a group of Chattanooga seniors had an idea—let’s build a mutually supportive community. They bought a piece of land on the south side of Chattanooga and they are now almost ready to begin building. The plan is to build individual homes around a large, communally shared space—in effect a small village. The only thing holding them back is they are four people short of the number they need to realize their vision for an interactive, mutually supportive community of seniors.

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1:35pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Riverbend 2015

Deacon Bluz Pays Tribute to B.B. King at the Strut

At the 2015 Bessie Smith Strut, Deacon Bluz and the Holy Smoke Band's performance was cut short by a thunderstorm.  Before the rain and lightning came, Bluz gave tribute to B.B. King, who passed away recently at the age of 89.  See a clip of the performance in the video below.

12:24pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Theater

Tony Winner 'Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike' Runs 'til 6/28 at CTC

Masha (Kristina Montauge), Vanya (Greg Rambin, Sr.), and Sonia (Julie Van Valkenburg) prepare to attend a costume party
Credit Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.

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12:10pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Riverbend 2015

Listen: Highlights from This Year's Riverbend (So Far)

Members of Chattanooga’s Soul Survivor perform during Riverbend 2015.
Credit Cleveland Carlson

The 2015 Riverbend Festival began on June 5th and continues through June 13th.  Here are a few highlights Cleveland Carlson brought us from the festival's first few days.  Keep checking wutc.org for more highlights and artist interviews.

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4:33pm

Mon June 8, 2015
Riverbend 2015

In-Studio Interview: Bessie Smith Strut Performer Jarekus Singleton

Jarekus Singleton stopped by WUTC in advance of his show at the Bessie Smith Strut.

Mississippi bluesman Jarekus Singleton stopped by WUTC's studios to chat with afternoon music host Richard Winham.  Singleton will perform this evening at 7:15 p.m. on the Champy's Chicken Stage during the Bessie Smith Strut.  Hear the conversation and selections from Singelton's debut album Refuse to Lose.

From Singleton's bio at Alligator Records:

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1:23pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Start It Up!

Start It Up Episode 26: Engajer Creates Better Video Mousetrap

According to Michael Castellano the problem with linear video presentations is...well...that they're linear.  What if you could make them more interactive and responsive to viewers' needs? What if you could replicate your best sales person on his or her best day for every sales presentation?  Well, that's exactly what Castellano set out to do, and (as they say) the rest is history.  Menlo Park, CA based Engajer was born.

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12:01pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Happenings

Southern Lit Alliance Hosts “Books & Brews” Book Swap Event

Back by popular demand, the Southern Lit Alliance will host “Books & Brews,” on Tuesday,
June 9 th at 6 PM at Heaven & Ale.

For this book swap event, guests are asked to bring a copy of a book they have read to be
traded with that of another guest. This is a fun, casual event to support the outreach programs
of the Southern Lit Alliance. Drinks will be available for purchase at Heaven & Ale. Guests
should remember to bring a valid state ID for the purchase of alcohol.

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11:49am

Fri June 5, 2015
Riverbend 2015

Riverbend Festival: 5 Can't-Miss Acts During Opening Weekend

Here are five of the bands and musicians to check out during the Riverbend Festival's opening weekend:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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6:09am

Fri June 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Listen: Steve Inskeep Discusses 'Jacksonland' and Chief John Ross with WUTC

History buffs in other parts of the country may know Chattanooga only for its importance during the Civil War.  However, a new book by NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounts a lesser-known regional conflict, and it's a story that deserves to be heard and remembered.

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12:42pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Community

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Hosting 2015 Summer Mini Camps

The Hamilton County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting several mini camps this summer with a focus on reading and the great outdoors.  

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