Arts & Culture

12:18pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Arts & Culture

City of Chattanooga Hosts Screening of Bessie!

Bessie Smith

HBO and the City of Chattanooga are bringing a TV movie about Bessie Smith to the big screen at the Tivoli Theater on May 21, 2015. 

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11:26am

Mon May 18, 2015
Arts & Culture

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:16 pm

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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10:46am

Mon May 18, 2015
Arts & Culture

Beach Blanket Movies and Summer Nights Are Upon Us

Beach Blanket Movie Night at Chester Frost Park.

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department are hosting movies at Chester Frost Park with Beach Blanket Movie Nights. 

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1:07pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

Listen: CDE's Mary Poppins - The Musical

Mary Beth Torgerson stars in Mary Poppins - The Musical.
Credit Closed Door Entertainment

In this segment, we've got excerpts from Closed Door Entertainment's production of  Mary Poppins - The Musical.  It features new songs as well as many classics from the 1964 Disney film.  We're also speaking with Mary Beth Torgerson, who plays the lead role of Mary Poppins, and Johnny Krause, who plays George Banks.

Performances will be May 22nd & 23rd at 7:30 pm and May 23rd & 24th at 2 pm at the Memorial Auditorium.

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5:29pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

WEAVE Dance Company Presents 2nd Annual Showcase May 15, 16 & 17

WEAVE dancers perform in a promotional video for their 2015 Spring Showcase.

Bernadette and Travis Upton, founders of WEAVE Dance Company, join us to talk about their nontraditional approach to teaching dance classes and performing as a dance company.  Described as a "creative entanglement of fearless movement," WEAVE has classes such as Abnormal Ballet, Abnormal Barre, Hip-Hop and more.

From their Web site:

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2:10pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Arts & Culture

Touring the Temporary Exhibit at the Hunter Museum of American Art

Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Tête de Fillette, circa 1904, oil on canvas, The Alice E. and Joseph H. Davenport, Jr. Collection, L.2015.3
Credit Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum of American Art is currently featuring three different collections in their temporary exhibit hall. 

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11:25am

Wed May 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Jewish Film Series Features Two Documentaries, A Comedy & A Thriller

Screenshot from The Green Prince trailer, which screens on May 27.

The 8th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series began in April and continues every Wednesday in May.  Films will be shown at 7pm at the Jewish Cultural Center.  Sanford Winer, Chair of the Film Series, and Ann Treadwell, Program Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, join us to discuss the films.

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5:32pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Anna Carll Hopes Her Paintings 'Punch You in the Face'

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is called Mixed Media, Contemporary and Abstract. The exhibition features the work of thirty local artists, one of whom is Anna Carll. While her work in the exhibition is all abstracts, Anna Carll first developed her reputation as an illustrator and later as a figurative painter.

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3:35pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Arts & Culture

Choral Arts of Chattanooga to Perform 'Requiem for the Living'

Michael Devine previews Dan Forrest's 'Requiem for the Living,' a 40-minute, 5-movement work that's a very modern take on the traditional idea of requiem music.  Devine is the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which will perform the piece on May 2nd from 7 to 9 pm at First Baptist Church.

More information & ticket info is here.

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6:02pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Art Fusion Creates Pop-Up Galleries in Chattanooga

Artwork by Antonio Snipes Jr., Rebecca Love, Mia Hansford, R. Josiah Golson and other artists is on display at City Hall in Chattanooga.
Credit WUTC

Rebecca Love joins us.  She's the creator of Art Fusion Collaborations, which is helping new and emerging visual artists get publicity and sales through pop-up galleries around town.  They currently have an exhibit on the third floor of City Hall, and they'll be displaying art during Jazzanooga on April 25th and 26th.

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5:29pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

Hear Highlights of the Celebration of Southern Literature

(From left to right) Chris Dortch, Charles Frazier, Allan Gurganus and Ron Rash talk about what Hollywood gets right and gets wrong during a panel on books and film.

Hundreds of fans and more than 40 esteemed Southern authors participated in the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature, hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance at the Tivoli Theatre.  In this segment, we're looking back at a few of the highlights, including a panel discussion about adapting books to with with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus and Chris Dortch; a musical performance from Clyde Edgerton & The Rank Strangers; and a poetry reading from Terran

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11:44am

Thu April 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Muse of Fire: Ten Original Short Plays Written by Kids, Acted by Adults

Stevie Ray Dalimore and Kate Forbes Dalimore have been described as a “Chattanooga power couple.” They are both actors who have worked in movies and television as well as the theater in New York. After moving to Chattanooga several years ago, Stevie Ray became the Director of the Theater Program at McCallie School while Kate continued working in the theater and they both still work regularly work in television and movies.

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11:11am

Wed April 15, 2015

10:14am

Wed April 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:27 am

The Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, comes out April 21.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

In the six years I've lived in the region, I've developed a mantra: Southern freaks are the best freaks. For me, the word "freak" can be both positive and downright spiritual. It describes serious individualists who are tolerant of others whose own paths may diverge from their own; people whose ways of thinking connect to form an antidote to the deep conventionality that often surrounds them.

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2:31pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Arts & Culture

Celebration of Southern Literature: A Chat with 'The Joker' Himself, Andrew Hudgins

This is part of a series of interviews conducted with writers who will attend the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature April 16-18.  (Previously, WUTC has interviewed Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and several others.)  More than 40 writers will be at the Celebration, taking part in discussion panels and other events, as well as meeting fans and signing autographs.  The public is invited.  The schedule and ticket information can be found here.

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