Arts & Culture

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.

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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.

For the past six years, Muse of Fire has been taking plays written by 10 – 12 year old budding playwrights and staging them with a repertory group of adult actors. Richard Winham talked to some of the playwrights and the actors about the newest batch of plays they will be performing in the McCallie School Theatre this weekend.

Southern author Janie Dempsey Watts has written two novels: Moon Over Taylor's Ridge​ and Return to Taylor's Crossing. Both were set in North Georgia, the area where she resides. But she’s also spent decades in California and traveled globally. Her newest work is a collection of short stories, Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers​, and the collection is divided, geographically, into three sections: stories set in the South, stories set in California, and stories in Europe.

This Saturday, Chattanooga will have its first all day Hip Hop Festival featuring music, an open-air market, a sneaker expo and a range of classes covering everything from the history of hip hop to music production and a hip hop dance class. Hip Hop Cha, the organizers of the festival, have been in Chattanooga for less than a year. Headed by Cameron Williams, their goal, he told Richard Winham, is to bring everyone in the Chattanooga Hip Hop Community together for a day long showcase.

This Friday October 20th, Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is hosting a reception for four of the artists whose work is currently on display in the gallery. Richard Winham stopped by last week to talk to one of the artists, Melissa Gates, whose work has already been widely acclaimed.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s current production is Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Crimes of the Heart. A Southern gothic comedy set in the small town of Hazlehurst in Mississippi in the late 1970’s, it centers on the three McGrath sisters, Lenny, Beth and Babe.

In his review of the play, The New York Times’ theatre critic, Charles Isherwood, described the play as “a little bit Chekhov and a little bit Eudora Welty.”

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