Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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Chattanooga’s first festival of Black Arts and Ideas starts Thursday and continues through Tuesday, June 19t h— the day known as Juneteenth, the anniversary of African American Emancipation. Over six days the festival will celebrate Black Americans’ contribution to theater, film, and music—concluding with a dramatic reading of the emancipation proclamation on the steps of City Hall. Richard Winham talked to the festival’s organizer, Ricardo Morris.

The Chattanooga area has already produced one Idol finalist. In 2011, a fifteen-year-old girl from Rossville, Georgia auditioned for the American Idol judges:

Lauren Alaina made it all the way to the end of the show's tenth season, finishing in second place overall, which launched her chart-topping county career. 

Why is Ernest Hemingway still so well-known decades after his death, but not his friend/contemporary John Dos Passos?

In this interview, James McGrath Morris, author of the biography The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War, joins us to talk about it.

There’s a new special exhibition at the Hunter Museum of American Art. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to the artist, Karen Lamonte, about her process.

The Rise of the Rest seed fund team stopped in Chattanooga and invited eight local startups to compete for a $100,000 investment. Led by AOL co-founder Steve Case, Rise of the Rest seeks to help businesses rise up in areas outside of Silicon Valley.

Since 2011, the Muse of Fire project has been giving kids between 10 and 12 years old to opportunity to write their own play. For 10 weeks they work with a group of teachers and actors who help them figure out what they want to say and how to say it. At the end of the 10 week session a group of adult actors perform the play in the McCallie School Theater. Everyone is invited.

The downtown branch of the Chattanooga library features a new, 1000-square-foot recording studio with professional software and hardware for recording bands and podcasts. Library card holders can book a 3-hour session with Charles Allison, studio instructor/engineer, and record a project or learn about the art and science of working in a studio.

 The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in Barking Legs Theatre on Dodds Avenue on Friday May 18th at 7:30. Richard Winham talked to the director, Garry Posey, and two members of the cast, Kashun Parks and Normand Caissie, all of whom agreed the play presents a unique set of challenges.

 

Nancy Woods Daniel and Robert DeCarlo are two of the painters whose work is represented in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. The two painters are both very sensitive to color and they are both attracted to rural landscapes, but as Richard Winham discovered when he visited the gallery to talk to them last week their paintings are very much a reflection of their personalities.

 

The 6th annual Elizabeth’s Outrun Melanoma 5K and Walk takes place May 12 at Enterprise South Nature Park. Proceeds of the event benefit the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Fund at CHI Memorial, which supports the awareness and prevention of melanoma cancer. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to two people about the event: melanoma survivor Eddie Grant and Dr. Deanna Brown.

E.M.Forster’s A Room with a View was first published in 1908. Almost 80 years later Merchant –Ivory made an Oscar-winning film based on the book. More recently it has been staged as a musical and as a play. The adaptation, written for the stage by Chicago-based actor and playwright Christina Calvit, opens in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, April 27th. Richard winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap and Rodney Van Valkenberg who plays The Reverend Eager in the play.

 

Welcome Home of Chattanooga's second annual Demystifying Death and Dying is coming up Friday, April 27. Open to both caregivers and the general public, the conference features Dr. Martha Jo Atkins (author of Signposts of Dying: What You Need to Know) as the keynote speaker. She and Welcome Home Executive Director Sherry Campbell join us for an interview about the conference and caring for loved ones in their final days and weeks.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's annual State of the City Address will happen Thursday, April 19 at 5:30 pm, and the public is invited. Berke speaks with WUTC about what's coming up.

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival is happening this weekend. It’s Chattanooga's popular visual and fine arts festival, and it brings together art lovers and buyers. WUTC’s Will Davis introduces us to two local artists participating in this year’s festival.

Free Low Vision Expo 4/6 Features Technology

Apr 5, 2018

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE: 

The Low Vision Network will host an expo on Friday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Hixson. The FREE low vision expo will feature the latest technology and optical magnifiers for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Over 20 vendors and service providers will be on hand with 200 attendees expected to attend.

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