Arts & Culture

2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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9:48am

Wed July 16, 2014
Books

Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series

Keith Robinson shows off several of the Island of Fog books.

Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009.  Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.

The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.  Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.

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10:04am

Fri July 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

Wiggy Wanda: A Book That Helps Explain Cancer to Children

Credit Kathy Washburn

Children’s books delight and entertain but sometimes they serve a more serious purpose.  Some of the books written by children’s author Kathy Mashburn have valuable lessons embedded in their colorful pages. 

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12:36pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video

Behind-the-scenes footage for the Choo Choo video is available on Youtube.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HVFqCqCRWyU

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on an ambitious project: they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.  Last year, they sought Kickstarter funding for the project.  They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording. 

Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.

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12:36pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak

In this Youtube video, the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band competes at the Loch Norman Highland Games.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfkxz3Y5YAQ

The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band have won all three competitions they've entered this year.  Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.

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1:30pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Books

911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt

Former 911 dispatcher Jeff Hewitt writes fiction, humor, horror and more.  He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.  Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.

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1:34pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hunter Invitational III Features Contemporary Art By Regional Artists

RED VEIL by Jan Chenoweth currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art.
Credit Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum of American Art opened a temporary exhibit featuring local and regional artists on June 20, 2104. 

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1:15pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Wizard of Oz Lands at the Creative Discovery Museum

Credit Creative Discovery Museum

Each summer the Creative Discovery museum welcomes a visiting exhibit and this summer we visit the Land of Oz. 

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1:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth

Chattanooga artists Rondell Crier and Olga de Klein join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.

An ArtsBuild Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.  From an ArtsBuild media release:

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5:58pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

Roman Gods & Sicilian Beaches Inspire Painter/Potter Bob Fazio

Since 2009, the stores, restaurants and galleries on the Southside have been inviting everybody down for a stroll though the neighborhood around Main Street on the final Friday of the summer months.  Among the special events planned for this month’s stroll starting 5/27 at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the local painter, potter and sculptor Bob Fazio in Area 61 on Main Street.

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12:44pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Barking Legs Theater Is Raising Funds and Rebuilding

Barking Legs Theater was originally intended to be a dance workshop and performance space. Ann Law had already had a long career as a dancer when she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Kaplan, moved to Chattanooga in the early 1990’s. But within a few years Bruce and his partner, George Bright, began using the theater for acoustic music concerts. Since then it has become a showcase for all forms of music, dance and theater. But the aging building had some problems and so they decided to try and raise some money to repair some of the more pressing problems.

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12:12pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Books

Charles Wright: The Contemplative Poet Laureate

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:27 pm

Our next poet laureate may end up speaking on behalf of the more private duties of the poet — contemplation, wisdom, searching — rather than public ones. In one of his first public statements after learning of his new post, Charles Wright said that, as laureate, "I'll probably stay here at home and think about things." He also told NPR, "I will not be an activist laureate, I don't think, the way Natasha [Trethewey] was ... and certainly not the way Billy Collins was, or Bob Hass, or Rita Dove, or Robert Pinsky; you know, they had programs. I have no program."

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3:47pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View

The documentary 'Walk in my Shoes' is available on YouTube. It centers on a homeless man named Lee and a theatrical production about homelessness in Chattanooga.

Walk In My Shoes is a six-minute film about a homeless man called Lee. The film is a documentary about a stage play featuring actors recounting  the stories about their lives told to them by homeless people in Chattanooga. Staged in the salvation Army’s recreate café, the play was conceived by the café’s artistic director, Tenika Dye.

This segment features Tenika Dye, as well as Leif Ramsey, the film’s director, and Rodney Van Walkenburg from Arts Build Chattanooga. Arts Build funded the play and the film with a Community Cultural Connections grant.

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3:17pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Mark Making Is On the Move

Frances McDonald, Executive Director of Mark Making, joins us to discuss how the organization helps underserved populations and creates large-scale public art projects that give a voice to people who are often ignored or marginalized.  Long housed on the North Shore, the organization is now moving to the Glass Street area, which will allow it to grow and further its mission.

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11:45am

Thu June 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Open Spaces Brings Interactive Art to the City Center

Credit River City Company

The River City Company is calling for proposals to turn empty storefronts in the City Center in to interactive animated Open Spaces

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