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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Metro Ideas Project

  A new Chattanooga nonprofit, the Metro Ideas Project, hopes to bring big changes to our city’s education system.  The Metro Ideas Project is a research team made up of academics, policy-makers, and journalists who are focused on making midsize cities like Chattanooga work better for their citizens. 

  In a follow-up to last week’s conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

  It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it’s finally coming to the Scenic City. It’s called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21.  The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC’s Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

  It’s being called the most disruptive nonprofit of our day. In this interview, we’ll find out why. A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga provides free, long-term, reversible birth control to local women. Today I’m speaking with Rachel Schulson, Executive Director, A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga, as well as Nicole, who is one of the organization's clients.

  We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

Globally this year, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, over 1,150,000 refugees are hoping to be resettled.

This is the first time in the 30 years for which the U.N. has kept records that the number of refugees hoping for resettlement is more than one million people—many of them women and children.

  According to Scott Dunlap, who conceived and is now directing the Chattanooga Theater Center’s revival of the musical, Camelot, the show’s lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, went to school with John F. Kennedy. As Scott Dunlap sees it, Lerner was using the tales of king Arthur and his knights of the round table as a metaphor for the ideals espoused by then-presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy.

  On Sunday evening, local Christians, Muslims and others came together for an interfaith service at First Christian Church to honor the victims of the nation's latest and deadliest mass shooting. In Florida, a lone gunman killed nearly 50 people and wounded even more, targeting gays and lesbians at an Orlando nightclub. The shooter had pledged his allegiance to the radical extremist Islamic State.

Wheelhouse Unveiling Features Art, Architecture

Jun 8, 2016
Natasha Romanova

  The Wheelhouse is the new Main Street home to Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Set In Stone, and other Chattanooga businesses. In this story, we explore the connections between art and architecture and hear about the grand opening on Friday, June 10th.

  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

Noted painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan is in Chattanooga for an exhibition of her work in the River Gallery and the Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Arts District, adjacent to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Mia Kaplan who told him that she will be finishing two of her sculptures in the garden prior to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 3.

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

  Welcome Home, a new Chattanooga nonprofit, has the answer. They provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.  Executive Director Sherry Campbell joins us to talk about the unique, vital service they provide to the community.

Wacker Chemical Corporation

Wacker Chemie recently celebrated the opening of their newest polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee.

The Safety Coalition was established by the Mayor's Office in Chattanooga to offer opportunities for people to get involved for a positive change in our communities. 

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