Arts & Culture

  It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it’s finally coming to the Scenic City. It’s called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21.  The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC’s Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

  We forced WUTC's Victoria to go begging at Riverbend. How much free food and how many free trinkets could she score? Festivals can be pretty expensive, after all, so we wondered how she'd fare on a budget of nothing (except the admission cost, of course). Hear about her haul in this story.

  According to Scott Dunlap, who conceived and is now directing the Chattanooga Theater Center’s revival of the musical, Camelot, the show’s lyricist, Alan Jay Lerner, went to school with John F. Kennedy. As Scott Dunlap sees it, Lerner was using the tales of king Arthur and his knights of the round table as a metaphor for the ideals espoused by then-presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy.

Wheelhouse Unveiling Features Art, Architecture

Jun 8, 2016
Natasha Romanova

  The Wheelhouse is the new Main Street home to Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Set In Stone, and other Chattanooga businesses. In this story, we explore the connections between art and architecture and hear about the grand opening on Friday, June 10th.

  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

Noted painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan is in Chattanooga for an exhibition of her work in the River Gallery and the Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Arts District, adjacent to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Mia Kaplan who told him that she will be finishing two of her sculptures in the garden prior to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 3.

  

Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

  Closed Door Entertainment is performing Ghost, The Musical at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga May 13 - 15. CDE Founding Director J.C. Smith and cast member Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the show.

 

Renel Plouffe and Meredith Burns are two of the artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. When WUTC's Richard Winham visited the gallery to talk to the two artists, he discovered that they already knew each other, so rather than pose questions, he sat with them and listened as they talked to each other about their work.

  Bob Boilen, the host and producer for NPR’s All Songs Considered as well as the popular Tiny Desk Concerts, has put together Your Song Changed My Life, a printed collection of some of the many interviews he has conducted with musicians in the nearly thirty years he has worked at NPR. He talked to WUTC's Richard Winham.

The nonprofit organization SoundCorps will hold auditions this weekend for the Sidewalk Stages performance series. Stratton Tingle, the Executive Director of SoundCorps, joins us for an interview. The registration deadline is April 21 at 5 p.m.

From a media release:

  Claire Vaye Watkins won two major literary prizes for her 2012 debut Battleborn, a collection of short stories rich with details of desert life in her home state of Nevada.

  WUTC made history at the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival with our first ever live remote, and that wasn't the only connection between WUTC 88.1 FM and the 4-day extravaganza.

Festival Director Chris Dortch and his father Chris Dortch Sr. host Connect The Dots, which airs the second Sunday of every month on WUTC, and Nooga.com journalist Josh Pickard, who joined us live, co-hosts Please Be Quiet Please, which airs every Saturday at 8 p.m.

   Former NPR journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty joins us to talk about the myths and mystery of midlife: how prevalent is the so-called "midlife crisis," really? What can you do to ensure midlife is the best part of your life, even when facing job loss, divorce or other disruptive events? What factor is the biggest predictor of happiness in midlife? She researched all these topics for her latest book, Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife.

  You may remember James Mahon as the Irish reporter who used to be on WDEF, Chattanooga's News Channel 12.  Mahon's first book, Through Irish Eyes, chronicles his journey from an adoptee from communist Romania to being an Irish newsman in the Scenic City and more.

Here's an excerpt from his LinkedIn page:

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