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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Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold compares Clinica Medicos to Doctors Without Borders—the organization that goes on medical missions around the world.

"I commonly joke with my friends that we don’t need airfare to do the work that we’re doing here," she says.  "We have found and identified mission work to be done in an urban landscape."

Local poet, playwright and social activist Peggy Douglas has written a play
centering on the impact of the sweeping social changes of the 1960’s on
three distinct communities in Chattanooga. Called “After Work,” the play
centers on the white “townies” and “mill people” and the African American
community living on and around 9th street. In a series of monologs, the
characters in the play talk about their lives and their dreams. Richard
Winham talked to the play’s director, Rebecca Rouse and one of the actors in
the play, Erin Skelley.

The Notable Trees Program encourages property owners to register trees of distinction with Take Root and the Chattanooga Tree Commission. 

Rabbit Zielke

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga participates in an exchange experience with their partner city in Israel, Hadera Eiron. 

The stage at the Mountain Arts Community Center became the home of Fat Shirley's Trailer Park, a small community with very close ties. 

In this interview, we're finding out why a new Chattanooga restaurant is partnering with a local nonprofit that’s protecting the Tennessee River Gorge.  We're speaking with Miguel Morales, one of the co-owners of the Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  Located on the Southside, it opened August 4th.  We’ve also speaking with Sarah Quattrochi, the Outreach and Development Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

This year marks the ninth year of concerts in the Riverfront Nights series. As in previous years, six shows were scheduled this year. This week’s concert featuring the Whisky Gentry is the third in this year’s line-up. Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. It was Jeff Styles’s idea to create a Nightfall —style concert series on the waterfront, but this year marks his last. He booked the bands again this year, but he’s no longer running the show.

ArtsBuild is accepting applications for the 2015 Holmberg Leadership Institute.  Today we're joined by Rodney Van Valkenburg, Director of Grants & Initiatives for ArtsBuild, and Rick Morris, a graduate of the Institute.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

ArtsBuild is seeking candidates for the 2015 Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, an eight-part series designed to fully engage participants in the arts community. The deadline for applications is August 14, 2015.

Local musician Bruce Livolsi is a one-man band known as A Man Called Bruce. He joins us to talk about his new album LIVE in the Studio.

From his Web site:

Musical director Terry Sanford and actor Christopher Cooper join us to talk about Closed Door Entertainment's production of Next to Normal.

From the CDE Web site:

When:  July 31 & August 1 @ 730p; August 1 & 2 @ 2p

Where:  Memorial Auditorium's Robert K. Walker Theatre;  399 McCallie Avenue  |  Chattanooga, TN 37402mori


Michael Edward Miller

The last of the funerals for the five Chattanooga shooting victims happened on Tuesday.  U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith was interred in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, where soldiers and sailors have been buried for about 150 years.  It’s the same cemetery where another victim of the shootings, Marine Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, was laid to rest last Friday.

Shakespeare Chattanooga Presents Two Gentlemen of Verona on 7/30

Jul 29, 2015

This Thursday July 30, Shakespeare Chattanooga is presenting a staged reading of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” by William Shakespeare. It is his first play and according to Janis Hashe, the play’s director, it shows. “Dorky” is one of the words she used to describe the play when she talked to Richard Winham.

For the next couple of months Reflections gallery on Lee Highway here in Chattanooga is celebrating The Rural South. Two of the twenty-five artists whose work is featured in the exhibition talked to WUTC's Richard Winham about their work.  One is Matt Welch, a self- taught photo realist painter who grew up in Texas. The other is Renel Plouffe, an abstract painter originally from Gatineau City in Western Quebec.

The family of the gunman who allegedly killed five military personnel in Tennessee are extending their sympathy toward the victims’ families, and saying the gunman suffered from depression.  The family of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez released the following statement Saturday:

Two shooting incidents at Chattanooga military facilities killed four Marines, injured three other military personnel and injured one police officer.  The alleged gunman, 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, also died.  Officials are not yet revealing whether police or military personnel killed Abulazeez or whether he committed suicide.