Arts & Culture

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick nerds out about the power music has to affect the quality of life. She is the Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. She joins us today to talk about how music is an ancient language that can help patients suffering from autism, PTSD, and Parkinson's disease. MTGIC has a free concert, Quartet for the End of Time, coming up November 18th, and Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us composer Oliver Messiaen had a neurological disorder, synesthesia, and composed the quartet while being held captive as a POW during World War II.

The Library, a play by Scott Burns, now at the Chattanooga Theatre Center in the Circle Theater, looks at the aftermath of a school shooting, the shattered lives of the survivors, and the sometimes conflicting stories they tell. Richard Winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap.  

Hugh Hamrick

When he's not writing bestselling books like When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, or reading essays on NPR, David Sedaris is walking alongside roads in England, picking up cans and candy bar wrappers and trash. Nobody asks him to do it, and nobody pays him--he's simply obsessed with picking up litter. In this interview, he explains how that obsession inspired the title of his next book, Theft By Finding. 

In The Hidden Brain, NPR's Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to unearth patterns, biases, and triggers that drive human behavior. He is speaking with us about the new season of the podcast and what illuminating topics listeners can anticipate. The new season includes a series exploring issues on the minds of voters during the political season; specifically, a nuanced and surprising discussion about immigration and how immigrants who've been settled in the United States for twenty years can be wary of new comers.

Leslie Jordan, a Chattanooga native and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, won an Emmy in 2006 for his role on Will & Grace. He's also appeared on Desperate HousewivesBoston Legal and American Horror Story.

Guy Raz hosts two popular NPR podcasts: the TED Radio Hour, which launched in 2012, and How I Built This, a new one focusing on entrepreneurship. Both are very high on the iTunes charts right now. He joins us to explain why he started this new one, some of his favorite podcasts, and why he believes NPR produces so many of the best podcasts.  

Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway features the work of local artists here in Chattanooga. Two of the artists whose work is part of the current exhibition talked to Richard Winham about their work.  

Thanks to the Arts Move Chattanooga program, which invited noted artists to move to Chattanooga offering them a $15,000 break on their mortgage, Chattanooga is now home to a host of painters, musicians, writers and sculptors. One of the sculptors who accepted the city’s invitation is Roger Halligan, who is also the Vice president of The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. The Sculpture Alliance was formed by the noted sculptor, John henry, a decade ago. For their 10th anniversary the Alliance plans to spend a day celebrating John Henry.

The Sculpture Fields in Montague Park on Chattanooga’s South Side is a “world class sculpture garden,” according to the website—and that’s not hyperbole. John Henry, the sculptor behind the gardens, has spent more than fifty years creating large scale sculptures that are now in museums and galleries across the country as well as in public spaces across and Europe and Asia. The work on display in the garden represents his peers from around the world.

Steely Bruno

   You’re never too young to learn about jazz, and Steely Bruno (a trumpet player/composer whose real name is Antoine Williamson) introduces schoolchildren to legends like Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, and teaches kids to play a few tunes themselves. He's on the roster of the Tennessee Arts Commission teaching artists.

AVA, Chattanooga’s Association for the Visual Arts, has scheduled this year’s gallery hop for Saturday September 10th.  The 10th annual gallery hop includes stops at 24 galleries and artists’ studios as well as five pop-up galleries set up just for the hop. Richard Winham talked to Lauren Goforth the organizer for this year’s hop.  

  The first Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Fair hosted by The City of Chattanooga will be in Chattanooga’s City Hall on 11th street this Saturday, August 27th, from 10 until 3. The fair will include several panels including one on Creative Non-Fiction. Richard Winham talked to one of the writers on that panel, Linda Murray Bullard.

The Choo Choo Chorus has a concert of barbershop harmony singing set for this Saturday evening, August 27th, at 7 in the GPS auditorium. Richard Winham talked to the Chattanooguys, one of the groups who will be singing on Saturday night.  

(Audio) Portrait of the Artist: Sculptor John McLeod

Aug 17, 2016

  In a studio up a winding hilly road in Red Bank, John McLeod creates sculptures that are featured at several Chattanooga locations including Rock City Gardens and the Sun Trust building on Market Street.

McLeod’s new work "Accord" is featured at the lululemon entrance of Warehouse Row. Two pieces made out of metal bars that have been bent and painted sit on either side of the entrance.

McLeod is an avid rock climber as well as an artist.  He says that with "Accord" he hoped to express the sense of wholeness and spirituality that he gets from climbing.

  Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students is currently on display at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. Stephanie Plunkett is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum, one of the organizations that created the exhibit, and she joins us to talk about Harvey Dunn's life and legacy.

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