Arts & Culture

6:29pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Books

Celebration of Southern Literature: Jill McCorkle on 'Life After Life' And Death

"I do believe there is a kind of good death," Jill McCorkle says in this interview.  Her most recent novel, Life After Life, addresses a subject many people find uncomfortable--conversations about death.  (The novel was initially inspired by her own father's passing, and she spent more than a decade working on this book.)  Set in a North Carolina retirement home, the novel is written from multiple points of view, and it contrasts the way the dyi

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1:03pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Poetry

Coleman Barks, Interpreter of Sufi Poet Rumi, Is Coming (Back) To Chattanooga

Coleman Barks is a poet, but he is best known both in the English-speaking world and the Middle East for his “translations” of the poetry written by the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi. Barks does not speak or read Persian so his work is not a literal translation, but rather a poetic re-working of literal translations by Islamic scholars.

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3:45pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chris Dortch Previews the Chattanooga Film Festival

The second annual Chattanooga Film Festival will happen April 2nd through April 5th.  Chris Dortch, the festival's founder and executive director, joins us to discuss some of the highlights, which include film screenings and live events with actors/filmmakers Bob Goldthwait,

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5:19pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Southern Lit

Ron Rash on 'Serena,' 'The World Made Straight' and Knowing When to End a Story

Ron Rash lives in North Carolina and teaches at Western Carolina University.
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Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature.  Today Ron Rash joins us.  Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.

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5:03pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Dorothy Parker Would Not Approve' Is Stacy Chapman's Prize-Winning Debut Play

Last year, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre put out a call for scripts from new playwrights in the region.  They were looking for original, unpublished scripts for The Festival of New Plays.

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5:02pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Arts & Culture

Photography & Persuasion: A Conversation with Billy Weeks, Doug Strickland and Dr. Michael Friedman

Credit Billy Weeks

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but can we believe what we see? Like writers, photographers almost always have a point of view and so while we may think we know what we are seeing we can’t always be sure.

Billy Weeks has worked as a photographer for all of his professional life. He was a staff photographer at the Chattanooga Times before becoming the Director of Photography for both the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He works as a free-lance International documentary photographer these days, but he also teaches a class on photography at UTC.

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12:34pm

Thu February 19, 2015
Arts & Culture

Into The Woods Entertains Audience at Chattanooga Theatre Centre

Kim Jackson plays the witch in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre production of Into The Woods through March 1, 2015.
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The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck . 

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11:43am

Wed February 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

Seen And Heard: ‘Dark Princess Theatre’ Voice Actors Host Live Events, Too

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway and Marcus Ellsworth.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

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6:39pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Awesome Songs for Cool Kids' Wins Adult Fans, Too

Awesome Songs for Cool Kids was released in 2014.

Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles.  While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool KidsNow that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.

Volz has fans in both Chattanooga and Los Angeles.

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5:45pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Arts & Culture

New Reflections Gallery Exhibition Features Favorite Pieces by 30 Chattanooga Artists

  Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway has a new exhibition called “Artist’s Favorites.” Representing thirty different artists working in watercolor, wood and oil, the exhibition is a collection of each artists’ personal favorites. Richard Winham stopped by the gallery to talk to Margaret Park and Burney Thompkins, two of the artists whose work is in the exhibition.

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11:50am

Mon January 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

'The Future West' Film Team Seeks Crowdfunding for Sequel

Wally (Chris Schulz, left) and Sugar Baby (Geoff James, right) are two lifelong friends lost in the wilderness in Cindicate's 'The Future West.'

Southern dramatic short The Future West premiered at last year's Chattanooga Film Festival. Cindicate Productions created the  22-minute film about two friends lost in the Georgia wilderness, seeking direction--both literally and metaphorically.  Being lost together forces them to have deep, honest conversation about their lives.

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4:53pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Harping In Harmony: Beverly Inman-Ebel Previews Free CHE Concerts

For decades, Beverly Inman-Ebel longed to play the harp, but never got around to learning it.  In this interview, she tells us what motivated her to finally take lessons and become a proficient player.  She’s now active in the local harp community—she is president of the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Fund, and she performs with the Chattanooga Harp Ensemble, which is giving two free concerts at the end of the month.

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4:29pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Best New Read

Berryhill Gets His ‘Mojo’ Working in New Novel

In this version of Chattanooga, monsters hide beneath the streets and in lurk dark corners.

Shane Berryhill’s Bad Mojo features vampires—called “vipers” by the locals—who dwell in underground Chattanooga.  Zombies attack people in alleys near the Terminal Brewhouse.  Legendary dive bar the Stone Lion is still open for business, an enchanted, magically-protected haven for humans and supernatural creatures alike.

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2:38pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

Ogya Band Debuts Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Ogya African Music Band of Chattanooga has recorded a musical tribute to Nelson Mandela.  Ogya's Kofi Mawuko, who is originally from Ghana, joins WUTC's Richard Winham to discuss the tribute.

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11:25am

Mon January 12, 2015
Arts & Culture

You Know Exactly What These 6 Country Songs Have In Common

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:54 am

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Maybe you've noticed that many hit country songs sound the same. Nashville songwriter Greg Todd heard similar melodies, music beds and solos in six "bro country" songs — by Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Parmalee, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice — and mashed them up with some pitch- and tempo-shifting.

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