Arts & Culture

12:03pm

Wed June 24, 2015
Skyglow

Chasing the Last Dark Skies

Wupatki by Harun Mehmedinovic.
Credit Harun Mehmedinovic

Astrophotographer Harun Mehmedinovic is visiting the last places in North America where you can still see the Milky Way simply by looking at the night sky. 

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12:40pm

Thu June 18, 2015
Arts & Culture

So Lit Book Club discusses 'Bringing It to the Table' by Wendell Berry

The Southern Lit Alliance and Harvested Here Food Hub will host a So Lit Book Club discussion on Bringing It To the Table, a collection of essays by renowned agrarian writer Wendell Berry. The conversation will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 212 Market.

An urban farmer, a local chef, and a booklover will lead this fascinating discussion on the farm-to-table movement, its role in Chattanooga, and the significance of agrarian literature. Participants are encouraged to read Wendell Berry’s collection and join us in the conversation.

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11:56pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Portraits of Appalachia in Words and Watercolor

Alan Shuptrine is a realist painter, a watercolorist, fascinated with Appalachia. For the past two years he has walked along sections of the Appalachian Trail, frequently leaving the trail to hike into the isolated towns and hamlets deep in the mountains off the trail. In addition to painting the people he’s met and the places he’s seen, he is collaborating with a writer on a coffee table book which will combine his paintings with stories about Appalachian people, their culture and their long history.

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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.

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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