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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10:22am

Fri March 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Opera Theater presents 'The Gondoliers'

The Opera Theater Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers March 29 through 31 at the Roland Hays Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center.  The Thursday March 29th dress rehearsal performance provides a special discount for students to attend this working rehearsal.  All performances begin at 7:30 pm.  Tickets available at the door or by calling 423-425-4269.

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1:22pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Art Exhibit

Local Homeless Art Exhibit at Chatt State Library

From now until April 13th, you can visit the Augusta R. Kolwyck Library at Chattanooga State Community College and view a local homeless art exhibit. It features charcoal and oil portraits, fine knitting, and hand-made jewelry. The exhibit comes from Hart Gallery Tennessee, a local nonprofit gallery dedicated to homeless and non-traditional artists.

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11:48am

Thu March 22, 2012
Books

Novelist Chad Prevost Delays 'Happiness'

This is a story about writing--a story that involves bigger questions about the current e-book revolution and the future of publishing.  It's a story about the way that writing can go off in unexpected directions.

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3:01pm

Wed March 21, 2012
Showtime

Local Indie Filmmakers to Showcase Work at 'Open Screen Night'

The independent film group, Chattamovies, is hosting an open screen night. Independent filmmakers in the area will have a chance to show short films at the event on March 31 at the Heritage House in Chattanooga.

The event is free and open to the public. It will last about an hour and a half. Chattamovies is no longer taking submissions for this open screen night, but the group plans to host two more this year.

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2:39pm

Wed March 21, 2012
A Good Night's Sleep

Study Shows Transport Workers Don't Sleep Enough

About a quarter of train operators and pilots say that sleepiness impacts their job performance at least once a week, says a new study out from the National Sleep Foundation. 

Dr. Anuj Chandra, a Chattanooga sleep specialist, discusses the study's findings and gives tips for sleeping well.

 

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10:31am

Wed March 21, 2012
Community

Catholic Charities to Hold 30th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Catholic Charities is hosting its 30th annual fundraising dinner on March 29 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Christine Willingham, the site coordinator with Catholic Charities, talks about the event and what the organization does in the Chattanooga area.

 

 

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9:47am

Wed March 21, 2012
Education

Keeper Kids Makes Connecting With Nature Fun

The Tennessee Aquarium Spring Break Keeper Kids program provides enrichment activities that take children behind the scenes to learn how to care for some of the animals at the aquarium.  The National Wildlife Federation is working with the Tennessee Aquarium to promote awareness and programming that will connect kids with nature.  The Keeper Kids activities are provided at no additional charge with the price of admission.  Children and their parents can sign up f

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11:39am

Tue March 20, 2012
Community

What Do A Bar, A Bank And A Church Have In Common? They'll All Walk At 'Strides'

The 17th annual Strides Of March walk will happen Sunday, March 25, 2012 in downtown Chattanooga, starting at Renaissance Park.  It's a fundraiser for Chattanooga CARES, and the event brings together diverse teams of walkers--people from Chuck's/SCC, Suntrust and Grace Episcopal are among the top fundraisers.

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11:03am

Tue March 20, 2012
Red Cross Month

For Two Red Cross Volunteers, Tuesday is Forever 'Alexian Day'

At Alexian Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on Signal Mountain, Tuesday is known as Red Cross Day, because it's the day when Red Cross volunteers come each week. Two of the volunteers, Winnie Rose and Grace Cantey, have been coming every week since the 1970's, and they've become close friends over the year

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9:34am

Tue March 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

3D chalk artist to visit Chattanooga

The Craniofacial Foundation of America is hosting the 5th annual Palate 2 Palate gallery stroll and art celebration on Saturday April 14, 2012.  The event includes a gallery stroll through art galleries on the Southside of Chattanooga with fine wines and local culinary art to sample.  A special performance of street art will feature internationally known 3D chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum at the Loose Cannon Studio and the evening will wrap up with Bubbles and Sweets, a champa

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12:08pm

Sun March 18, 2012
Arts & Culture

'Living Newspaper' Premieres at ETC

This genre of theatre began in the 1930's through the Work Progress Administration.  It's a dramatic storytelling form that uses fictional characters to talk about real issues.  Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga is employing this form for a new play written by cast and crew and ripped from newspaper headlines of today.  'Living Newspaper' runs from March 23rd through April 1st at the St. Andrew's Center.

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10:44am

Fri March 16, 2012
Pet Party

McKamey's 'Yappy Meower' Series Benefits Homeless Cats and Pups

Beavis Cuddlesworth is one of thousands of kittens adopted from McKamey.

McKamey Animal Center on North Access Road gives medical care and shelter to animals without homes.  Executive Director Karen Walsh talks about a new, recurring fundraiser series called "Yappy Meower."  Future dates and locations include Sticky Fingers on March 19, Mia Cucina on April 6th and The Blue Plate on May 1st.  Mary Helen Miller visited McKamey to find out more about the services -- some of them quite quirky -- that McKamey offers  its animals.

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12:18pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Garage Punk

Jay Reatard Documentary Coming to Chattanooga

On Saturday, March 24th, the Mise En Scenesters Film Club will be screening the documentary Better than Something at Collective Clothing Warehouse. The film's subject is Memphis musician Jay Reatard who tragically passed away in 2010.

The directors of Better than Something, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, talk about the film. Chris Dortch and Zach Zacharias, the co-founders of the Mise En Scenesters, also discuss what makes Jay Reatard's music unique.

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12:06pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Demons In Dixie

Demons Invade Atlanta; Riley Blackthorne Gets Busy

The Demon Trapper's Daughter, by Jana Oliver. Book I of the Demon Trappers Series

Set in a future Atlanta, the Demon Trappers books combine a bleak, bankrupt future with elements of urban fantasy--demons, magic and the walking dead.  The premise sounds dark, but the series is actually a fun, fast-paced read starring seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne, whose job involves hunting and trapping demonic pests.  The series is marketed as young adult, but it's winning many adult readers.

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11:43am

Wed March 14, 2012
Community

'Design Girl' Spring Break Camp to Teach Girls About Fashion

Spring break is coming up for Hamilton County schools, and Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is running a camp for girls.  The manager of elementary age programs at Girls Inc., Toccora Johnson, talks about the upcoming camp.

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Podcasts

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    This soccer coach from Sewanee has attended World Cup soccer games in every series since the mid-1980's. In this interview, Johnston talks about his incredible dedication to the sport.
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    Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009. Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.
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