Arts & Culture

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.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

A new art exhibit at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga looks at how artists use modern tools to make work that comments on our relationship to technology. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to the show’s curator.

Dancing at Loughnasa is a semi-autobiographical play by the Irish playwright, Brian Friel. It tells the story of five sisters living in the country in Southern Ireland just before the Second World War. Told through the eyes of the 7 year old son of the youngest sister, Chris, it’s a memory play about a pivotal moment in all their lives. The play is a production of The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

 The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is mounting a new production of Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie. Directed by Todd Olson, the new executive director of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, it was the playwright’s first big success in New York in the period immediately following the Second World War. Richard Winham talked to Todd Olson and Rob Inman, who plays the lead role of Tom Wingfield.

Singer/songwriter IMAJ and Cam Busch join us to talk about the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  

From a media release:

CHI Memorial Foundation and the Hunter Museum of American Art are co-presenting the 18th annual Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series.  This year’s event will be Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  IMAJ is the featured guest.  The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by IMAJ’s presentation at 6 p.m.

This season’s production at the Signal Mountain Playhouse is “Dearly Departed,” a comedy written by two playwrights from Kentucky, David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Set “in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt,” it tells the story of the Turpin family and their attempts to overcome their differences at the funeral of the family patriarch, Bud Turpin. Richard Winham talked to Michelle Ford who plays Bud Turpin’s wife Raynelle and Tim Forsythe who plays her son Ray-Bud.

Award-winning actress Mimi Kennedy and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt will star in a special one-night-only performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on 2/10/18. They join us to talk about the play and their careers--Kennedy as an actress who currently stars in the hit CBS sitcom Mom, and Bernhardt as a conductor who has performed with orchestras around the nation.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Her novels have sold over 2 billion copies and have been translated into over 100 languages.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us to discuss the sometimes-surprising way music affects brains and bodies, and how biomedical music techniques can be used to help people with neurological challenges. She and other musicians are participating in a free concert on February 2nd at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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