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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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12:19pm

Thu June 4, 2015
Riverbend 2015

So What Is 'Chamberfolk'? A Conversation with Harpeth Rising's Rebecca Reed-Lunn

From left to right: Rebecca Reed-Lunn, Jordana Greenberg and Maria Di Meglio are Harpeth Rising.
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The trio of string players who founded Harpeth Rising are all classically trained, but they have eclectic tastes in music.  Their songs are a blend of bluegrass, folk, rock and classical.  They call what they do “chambergrass” or “chamberfolk.“

Banjo and viola player Rebecca Reed-Lunn joins us to talk about the band.  They'll perform at the Riverbend Festival on Thursday, June 11th at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU stage.

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12:18pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Community

CNE Hosts Homeownership Fair

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise is hosting a free homeownership fair open to the public on Saturday, June 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at 1500 Chestnut Street, Suite 102. 

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11:32am

Tue June 2, 2015
Around the Region

UAB Reinstates Football Program But With A Financial Caveat

In December, the president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham shocked people in the state's largest city when he canceled the football program, saying it wasn't economically feasible.

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11:30am

Tue June 2, 2015
Around the Region

In Rural Alabama, Limited Access To Obstetrics Care

Only 17 of 54 of Alabama's rural counties have hospitals that offer obstetrics services. It's one of the state's greatest healthcare challenges. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates speaks with journalist Anna Claire Vollers of AL.com and Dale Quinney of the Alabama Rural Health Association.

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5:49pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Southern Dialogues' Documentary Series: Filmmaker Invites Public Input on Chattanooga's Future

"In all of my work, I go out to listen and to learn," documentary filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow says. "I have the stories I feel like I can approach, and then I just ask people what their experience is, what they think is most important."

Traveling around the South, working on a shoestring budget, Winslow has created about a dozen films as part of the Southern Dialogues series, including the feature-length Chattanooga Story.

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5:46pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Happenings

Brainerd United Methodist Church Hosts Tabernacle Concert 6/7

From a media release:

The Tabernacle Symphony of Praise Orchestra (SOP) will be giving their summer concert in the sanctuary of Brainerd United Methodist Church in Chattanooga, TN on Sunday, June 7 at 5:00 PM. The concert will feature a variety of classical, contemporary Christian, and other orchestral works, including Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances, Michael W. Smith's Prayer for Taylor, and music from the 1950's documentary Victory at Sea.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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