Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About Chattanooga is a local weekday radio program with interviews, feature news stories and information about the Tennessee Valley.

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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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Mon March 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chris Dortch Previews the Chattanooga Film Festival

The second annual Chattanooga Film Festival will happen April 2nd through April 5th.  Chris Dortch, the festival's founder and executive director, joins us to discuss some of the highlights, which include film screenings and live events with actors/filmmakers Bob Goldthwait,

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Thu March 12, 2015

Dancing the Neural Tango: Dr. Summa-Chadwick Talks Music & Neurological Therapy

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick is a concert pianist and Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc.  She joins us today to talk about ways music and rhythm can be used to help patients with Parkinson's disease and autism.  MTGIC has a free concert, Tales of the Neural Tango, coming up March 22nd, and so Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us how neurological disorders affected classical composers Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen.

From a press release about the concert:

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Thu March 12, 2015

Money School Helps Plan For Financial Future

Credit Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) is working with local organizations and agencies to provide information on financial management. 

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Wed March 11, 2015
Southern Lit

Ron Rash on 'Serena,' 'The World Made Straight' and Knowing When to End a Story

Ron Rash lives in North Carolina and teaches at Western Carolina University.
Credit Contributed/Ulf Andersen

Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature.  Today Ron Rash joins us.  Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.

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Tue March 10, 2015

National Poison Prevention Week Is March 15 - 21

The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is poison.  The Tennessee Poison Center is working to raise awareness of the dangers of poison and encourage Tennesseans to call the hot line if you suspect someone has been exposed to poison.                 1-800-222-1222

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Tue March 10, 2015

'Barefoot in the Park' Opens at the Colonnade Theater March 20th

Credit Back Alley Productions

Back Alley Productions presents Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 in Ringgold GA. 

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Tue March 10, 2015

Baby Alligators Move Into the Bayou at the Tennessee Aquarium

Young American Alligators Make Themselves at Home at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Credit Tennessee Aquarium

The Delta Bayou Exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium has undergone renovations and will soon be home to a congregation of American Alligators when the exhibit opens March 14th. 

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Tue March 10, 2015

The Songs of Humpback Whales Heard at the IMax

Humpback Whales 3D is the new movie showing at the IMax theater downtown Chattanooga.  

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Tue March 10, 2015

The Vienna Boys Choir Will Perform at the Tivoli

The Vienna Boys Choir will perform at the Tivoli March 13th at 7:30 pm. 

The American Guild of Organist are hosting the choir.  My guests are Sheryl Horton from the American Guild of Organists and Michael Devine, artistic director of the Choral Arts of Chattanooga.

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Tue March 10, 2015

Women Groundbreakers are Telling Their Stories in Chattanooga Library 3/10

Deborah Levine, a Harvard-trained cultural anthropologist, has spent her life trying to help people feel comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics. One of the ways she’s found for people to address awkward and difficult topics is through story-telling. This evening (Tuesday March 10, 2015) in the auditorium in the Chattanooga Public Library downtown, Dr. Levine is sponsoring a presentation by a group of women who have made successful careers in Science Technology and Math. The so-called STEM fields are still largely dominated by men, but Dr.

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Mon March 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Dorothy Parker Would Not Approve' Is Stacy Chapman's Prize-Winning Debut Play

Last year, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre put out a call for scripts from new playwrights in the region.  They were looking for original, unpublished scripts for The Festival of New Plays.

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Thu March 5, 2015
Volunteer State

Community Match Connects Students with Service Opportunities

Community Match is online at

Robin Howe, creator of the Community Match Web site, joins us.  Community Match connects high school and college students with volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga.

From the Web site:

Community Match helps high school and college students in the Chattanooga area find service opportunities according to their time and needs. We aim to help guidance counselors with their workload and small non-profits and charitable businesses let their needs be known.

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Wed March 4, 2015

ArtsBuild Honors Mai Bell Hurley on 3/10

Dan Bowers and Mary Kilbride join us to talk about the 2015 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award honoring Mai Bell Hurley.  Dan Bowers is the President of ArtsBuild, and Mary Kilbride is one of the people chairing the event on March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Hunter Museum.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

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Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

Photography & Persuasion: A Conversation with Billy Weeks, Doug Strickland and Dr. Michael Friedman

Credit Billy Weeks

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but can we believe what we see? Like writers, photographers almost always have a point of view and so while we may think we know what we are seeing we can’t always be sure.

Billy Weeks has worked as a photographer for all of his professional life. He was a staff photographer at the Chattanooga Times before becoming the Director of Photography for both the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He works as a free-lance International documentary photographer these days, but he also teaches a class on photography at UTC.

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Mon March 2, 2015

UTC Partners With Zoo, Other Organizations to Help Animals

Last year, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy helped create a new prairie dog exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Now more partnerships that will enrich animals' lives and gather research data are continuing and expanding.  Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, this year's projects will involve the zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

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  • Monday, March 23, 2015 12:00am
    Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature. Today Ron Rash joins us. Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00am
    From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene. But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group, Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores. Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here joins us
  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00am
    The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck .
  • Friday, February 20, 2015 12:00am
    In Berryhill's urban-fantasy version of Chattanooga, monsters hide beneath the streets and in lurk dark corners.
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles. While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool Kids. Now that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.