Arts & Culture

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.

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway, who plays Lady Gwendolyn, and Marcus Ellsworth, who plays Aleistaire Rook, join us to talk about their upcoming live, interactive Gold Digger's Revenge event. It takes place February 17 on the Southern Belle Riverboat and features a Western/steampunk/horror theme, with dinner, music, a costume contest, and more. The cutoff for tickets is February 6.

On 11/24/16, his birthday, noted Chattanooga drummer Josh Green went into his home studio to record a set of short drum tracks. The plan: do the same thing for the next 364 days. And in the process, he would create a huge library of short drum and percussion tracks meant for other artists to sample.

While the idea was simple enough, the execution proved to be almost overwhelming. He talked about it with WUTC's Richard Winham.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for 1/16, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now take place 1/22 at 7:30 pm at UTC.

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE:

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, now in its 6th year in Chattanooga, is “committed to showcasing wild places and the people they inspire.” Richard Winham talked to the festival’s director, Andy Johns, who told him their goal is to show the kinds of stories that, he hopes, will inspire all of us to live more in the moment. The festival takes place January 18 - 21.

When Nashville native Ryan Taylor served in Iraq, he says, he was alert constantly.

"You hear that mortar rounds just went off. How close was it.... you start staying awake at night, and so to drown out the sounds, we would start, you know, tapping on our foot lockers. And we would start just like freestyle rapping. Some of us, all of a sudden, was like, 'Hey, you know, we're making some pretty good songs here.' I mean, we would just sit back and write music at night till four, five, six o'clock in the morning."

Dave Connis's young adult novel The Temptation of Adam is about a boy recovering from a type of addiction rarely seen in books for teens, something that’s uncomfortable to acknowledge. So the protagonist, 16-year-old Adam Hawthorne, starts the story in denial.

Adam is addicted to pornography.

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