Arts & Culture

4:51pm

Tue December 16, 2014
History Makers

The Impressions Are Still Singing, Still Recording in their 80's

This Youtube video shows The Impressions performing in 1963.
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When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”

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11:45am

Mon December 15, 2014
Books

'Project Keepsake' Collects Life Stories

Project Keepsake is both a book and a Web site that collects stories about special objects--family heirlooms, old cookware, antique musical instruments, toys and other things people save.  Dozens of area writers, both professionals and amateurs, have participated in the project.  Many of the stories are poignant tales about significant life events or family members who have passed on. 

The book contains 55 stories, many from members of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild.

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11:21am

Wed December 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Non-Verbal & Non-Linear, Jill Burton’s Singing Creates Spontaneous Soundscapes

In this Youtube video, Jill Burton performs at the Highwire Gallery in Philadelphia in 2013.
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Jill Burton has been active as a free, improvisational vocalist and dancer for more than 30 years.  In the 1980's, she lived in New York and was part of the experimental music, dance and performance art scene.  She's collaborated with many avant-garde musicians, including Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, and David First.  She’s performed in Chattanooga several times at events curated by the Shaking Ray Levi Society.

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11:00am

Thu December 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

'A Christmas Story, The Musical' Adds New Depth to Beloved Characters

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is performing A Christmas Story, The Musical from December 5th to December 23rd.  CTC Executive Director George Quick and Youth Theatre Director Scott Dunlap (who is directing this show) join us to discuss how the musical compares to the classic 1983 film A Christmas Story.  The musical gives expanded roles and new depth to some of the film's characters, such as Ralphie Parker's mother.

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9:55am

Wed November 26, 2014
Perspectives

Music News & Views: ‘When I Became Obsessed With K-Pop, I Was A Little Thrown’

K-pop boy-band MBLAQ stars in the fifth season of "Hello Baby," a reality show where small children are loaned to K-pop stars, so the stars can see what it’s like to be parents. Shows like "Hello Baby" are an example of how different the South Korean music industry can be, compared to mainstream American music stardom.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC.  She’s also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is the best-known example of K-pop, but it turns out there’s a lot more to the genre. In this story, Blum explains why K-pop appeals to her, even though she lives about seven thousand miles away from South Korea and doesn’t speak the language that most of the lyrics are sung in. “Believe me, Blum says, “when I became obsessed with K-pop I was a little thrown, too.”

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11:35am

Thu November 20, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: James McPherson Takes a New Look at an ‘Embattled Rebel’

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  In this extended interview, McPherson also talks about historical preservation and the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

From the publisher:

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4:56pm

Tue November 11, 2014
Documentary Film

I Married a Serial Killer

Joy Krause has just finished making her first documentary film. She was inspired to make a film herself after taking a class on documentary films here at UTC. She’d come back to school after having spent most of her life running her own business. She had no intention of becoming a filmmaker when she first enrolled here, but after seeing a film in which a woman began a relationship with—and eventually married—a man on death row, she was intrigued.

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11:18am

Tue November 4, 2014
Books

Author Interview: John Dos Passos Coggin on ‘Walkin’ Lawton’ and the Dos Passos Legacy

John Dos Passos Coggin joins us today.  Coggin is an author and political strategist, and he's written a biography, Walkin’ Lawton, about Lawton Chiles, who was one of Florida’s most beloved politicians.  As a candidate, Chiles walked across the Sunshine State and earned his nickname.  In this interview, we discuss why so many Floridians loved Chiles.

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1:17pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Painter Alan Shuptrine Plans to Walk and Paint Along the Appalachian Trail

Alan Shuptrine is an acclaimed and award-winning watercolorist whose work has been displayed in museums across the South. In the 1970’s, his father, Hubert Shuptrine, a celebrated watercolorist known as “the painter of the South,”was commissioned, together with the writer, James Dickey, to create a series of portraits of the South. The resulting coffee table book was a huge success and now Alan Shuptrine wants to create a similar series of stories and paintings celebrating Appalachia.

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11:16am

Wed October 29, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: Kerry Howley on ‘Thrown’

Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she’s written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic.  Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.

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1:23pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Storytellers Series

By Asking ‘Impossible Questions,’ A Traveler Creates Oral History

Corianna Moffatt poses with the niece of one of her interviewees from Cuba, NY at their family farm.
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In 2013, Corianna Moffatt quit her job and hit the road.  She was twenty-five years old and working as the Catering Manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“It was with good people in Boston, a city that I loved," she says.  "But I was unhappy very unhappy, and it was time.”

In this audio documentary, she explains why she was unhappy and what motivated her to spend four months traveling around the country, meeting strangers and recording interviews with them.  She also reveals the "impossible" questions she asked to spur conversation. 

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4:51pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sculptor John Henry Plans 33-Acre Sculpture Garden on Chattanooga's Southside

John Henry is a sculptor with an international reputation. He has placed more than 2000 sculptures all over the world. His sculptures are large scale pieces designed to be placed outdoors. Examples of his work are on display in Chattanooga outside the Hunter Museum of Art and in the  Outdoor Museum of Art at Chattanooga State Community College. When Richard Winham talked to John Henry recently he began by asking him how he conceives such huge pieces.

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10:06am

Thu September 18, 2014
Books

In ‘Tennesseans at War,’ The Volunteer State Earns Its Nickname

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.

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3:15pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Books

'The Postmortal' Paints a Terrifyingly Realistic Picture of Immortality

Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.

In this dystopian sci-fi story, governments initially outlaw the cure; many people obtain it and use it anyway, and the world soon faces overcrowding and increasing tensions between immortals and "organics" who remain mortal.

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11:07am

Thu September 11, 2014
Books

'Dollface' Sets A Serial Killer Loose In The Scenic City

Alabama-based The Ardent Writer Press recently published Dollface, a crime thriller set in Chattanooga.  The novel centers on Moses Palmer, a cop who runs afoul of his boss and the city's political powers as he tracks a serial killer.  Dollface is J.D. Frost's first novel, and he joins us for a conversation about it.

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