Arts & Culture

Bennett Miller

  In 1998, author Sarah Vowell went on a road trip and followed the Trail of Tears.  Vowell grew up in Oklahoma; her ancestors were Cherokee.  She visited Chattanooga and North Georgia, seeking the trail’s beginnings, then followed it to the West and created an hour-long episode of This American Life about her journey.

The trip changed her.  

  The exhibition now up at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway in Chattanooga is called Trees and Skies. Among the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Carol Hobbs and Mike Ivey. Richard Winham went over to the gallery to see their paintings and to talk to them about their work.

About 10,000 people are expected at the third annual Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration, which will take place at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

  This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In this segment, we discuss the cut film's history and speak with members of The Scarlet Love Conspiracy, a Chattanooga band who will perform at a special screening Friday, October 30th at the Revelry Room.  Doors open at 8 pm and the film starts at 9 pm.  A special cut of the film will be screened with the audio muted during most of the musical numbers; the band will play and sing live during those scenes.

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  Renowned composer Daniel Asia is coming to Chattanooga for a series of free performances and lectures in early November.  In this interview, we discuss the ways Judaism inspires and informs his compositions, his use of Paul Pines poems as lyrics, and a Huffington post article he wrote that caused a stir in the classical music world.

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  Russian-born artist Timur Akhriev created a series of 17 painting about his friend and cousin Ray Kronenberg.  The series is called Drifter, and it’s a series about the millennial generation.  The opening reception will take place Friday, October 23rd, 6 - 9p, at Feminology, which is located at 1405 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405.  The reception is free and open to the public.

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Closed Door Entertainment is performing a musical version of The Addams Family at the Tivoli October 16th - 18th.  In this segment, we get a preview of the show.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us with a musical preview of the upcoming Body and Soul III Concert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on October 9th.  She is a piano player/teacher and the founder of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. 

From a press release:

Several  leading  regional  musical  organizations  will  collaborate  in  a  unique  chamber

music  concert  taking  place  at  the  Roland  Hayes  concert  hall  on  the  campus  of  UTC

The documentary Jerusalem 3D is currently showing at the IMax Theater through September 27th and will return November 27th through December 31st. 

  In a new book on Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” David Orr, the poetry critic for The New York Times, contends that it’s a poem “everyone loves and almost everyone gets wrong.” WUTC's Richard Winham talked to David Orr about Robert Frost and found that the poet, like his poetry, was almost often misunderstood and, equally, underestimated.  

  Chattanooga Theatre Centre Executive Director George Quick joins us to discuss two of their upcoming productions.    Sister Act: A Divine Musical is based on the 1992 hit comedy.  The Broadway version was nominated for five Tony Awards.  It starts September 18th at the CTC and runs through October 4th.

Hunter Museum of American Art

The  next speaker in the Art Wise Distinguished Speaker Series  at the Hunter Museum of American Art is art historian and scholar Sarah Burns, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. 

The Ensemble Nagata Shachu, a group of five musicians from Toronto, is coming to Chattanooga to play in the Patten Performance Series on Tuesday, September 15. The music they play fuses centuries old Japanese folk music with contemporary rock, jazz and minimalism. The group’s leader and principal composer, Kyoshi Nagata, talked to Richard Winham.  

Hunter Museum of American Art

Monet and American Impressionism at the Hunter Museum of American Art will be on display until September 20th.  Dulce Roman, the curator for the exhibit and chief curator for the Harn Museum of Art, was in Chattanooga for the ArtWise speaker series at the Hunter. 

Mike Wann

After the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina photographer Mike Wann sifted through more than 20 years worth of photographs and mementos from his career as a press photographer.  What could be salvaged now resides in a few storage boxes which he brought to Studio Space Junk for display during AVA's Gallery Hop on September 12th from 2 to 8 PM.