Arts & Culture

6:59pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga-Created Audio Documentary Is a Finalist for an International Award

Chattanooga potter and independent radio producer John-Michael Forman created the three-minute satirical audio piece What Could be Bad About This?  It's the first one he's produced, and impressively enough, it's up for an international award--it's a finalist for the People's ShortDoc Award in Third Coast International's 2015 ShortDocs Challenge.  His was chosen from more tha

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12:44pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Arts & Culture

Coffee and Conversation with Artist Michael McCamish at Studio Space Junk

Artist Michael McCamish is featured in the gallery at Studio Space Junk.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

Michael McCamish provides a glimpse of the world through the lens of his camera at the gallery of Studio Space Junk on Frazier Avenue. 

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12:24pm

Tue June 9, 2015
Theater

Tony Winner 'Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike' Runs 'til 6/28 at CTC

Masha (Kristina Montauge), Vanya (Greg Rambin, Sr.), and Sonia (Julie Van Valkenburg) prepare to attend a costume party
Credit Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.

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1:18pm

Fri June 5, 2015
Books

A 'Pinch' Of Magic Seasons This Half-Fantastical Neighborhood History

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 7:03 am

Lydia Thompson NPR

You may have read about an imaginary Southern piece of turf where the past presses on the present with such force that characters find themselves transformed with the pressure of it, where the landscape comes alive, where human beings seem sometimes like gods and sometimes like devils, and the language of the story lights up your mind: William Faulkner's half-historical, half-fabulized Yoknapatawpha County, yes?

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6:09am

Fri June 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Listen: Steve Inskeep Discusses 'Jacksonland' and Chief John Ross with WUTC

History buffs in other parts of the country may know Chattanooga only for its importance during the Civil War.  However, a new book by NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounts a lesser-known regional conflict, and it's a story that deserves to be heard and remembered.

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5:49pm

Mon June 1, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Southern Dialogues' Documentary Series: Filmmaker Invites Public Input on Chattanooga's Future

"In all of my work, I go out to listen and to learn," documentary filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow says. "I have the stories I feel like I can approach, and then I just ask people what their experience is, what they think is most important."

Traveling around the South, working on a shoestring budget, Winslow has created about a dozen films as part of the Southern Dialogues series, including the feature-length Chattanooga Story.

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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.

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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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