Around and About Chattanooga

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Chattanooga is transforming into one of the nation's most progressive, vibrant cities. Guests on the Around and About program discuss the cultural events, art communities, environmental initiatives and other creative forces that are helping continue this transformation.

The concert calendar airs every Thursday with a look at what's happening around town in the music scene.

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Volkswagen unveiled the redesigned 2016 Passat in September, and a VW spokesperson confirmed the 2016 models are already in production at the Chattanooga plant.  

However, the company has no plans to actually sell the 2016 TDI diesel Passat (or other 2016 diesel Volkswagen vehicles) anytime soon, according to remarks Michael Horn, the President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, delivered during a Congressional hearing.

  In this segment, we visit the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga to meet the kitties and Dr. Marcia Toumayan, the clinic's founder.  We also hear about The Art’s Meow, a fundraiser featuring cat-themed artwork.

From a press release:

               “The Art’s Meow: 3rd Annual Celebration of Cats,” a fund-raising and educational event, is Sunday, Oct. 11, noon to 4 p.m., at Uptown Art, 115 Frazier Ave.

Closed Door Entertainment is performing a musical version of The Addams Family at the Tivoli October 16th - 18th.  In this segment, we get a preview of the show.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us with a musical preview of the upcoming Body and Soul III Concert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on October 9th.  She is a piano player/teacher and the founder of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. 

From a press release:

Several  leading  regional  musical  organizations  will  collaborate  in  a  unique  chamber

music  concert  taking  place  at  the  Roland  Hayes  concert  hall  on  the  campus  of  UTC

  David Liebe Hart can be weird and hilarious.  He's an actor/comedian/musician/puppeteer who has done stand-up and appeared on television as a regular on the Adult Swim network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  (In a sketch titled “Bad Cop, Worse Cop,” he played a police officer who used a ventriloquist’s dummy to smack around a suspect.)  He's also appeared in films, including the campy, low-budget comedy White Cop.

Jack Zielke

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding is hosting a competition September 25 - 27 for beginner hang gliders. 

The documentary Jerusalem 3D is currently showing at the IMax Theater through September 27th and will return November 27th through December 31st. 

  In a new book on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” David Orr, the poetry critic for The New York Times, contends that it’s a poem “everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong.” WUTC's Richard Winham talked to David Orr about Robert Frost and found that the poet, like his poetry, was almost often misunderstood and, equally, underestimated.  

  Chattanooga Theatre Centre Executive Director George Quick joins us to discuss two of their upcoming productions.    Sister Act: A Divine Musical is based on the 1992 hit comedy.  The Broadway version was nominated for five Tony Awards.  It starts September 18th at the CTC and runs through October 4th.

On July 16, 2015 five lives were ended by a lone gunman at a military facility near the Tennessee River Park in Chattanooga.  This is the story of what happened from the prospective of a mother visiting the park with her children.

Sword and Pen is a creative writing group at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that offers military veterans and their dependents a chance to get together and write. 

Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health founder Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us to discuss why she calls our current healthcare system "sickcare," and how she's offering her patients an new membership-based "fitcare" payment model, a pay-as-you-go model, and transparent pricing.

Rabbit Zielke

The Southeast Conservation Corps partnered with the National Park Service to rebuild the historic Blue Blazes Trail at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park this summer. 

Caroline Johnson, one of GoFest's organizers, joins us to talk about the free annual event, which drew a crowd of more than eleven thousand people last year to the Chattanooga Zoo.  This year's crowd could be even bigger, so the city is offering a free shuttle from a parking lot at Engel Stadium.