Arts & Culture


Wed February 20, 2013
By The Numbers

The Case For Chattanooga Arts: Thousands of Jobs, $106 Million Economic Impact

Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans For The Arts, discusses the positive economic impact from art and nonprofit arts organizations.  Lynch will be a keynote speaker at the February 21st fundraising kickoff event for ArtsBuild.  (Lynch will also participate in the Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series on February 21st.)

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Wed February 20, 2013
Behind the Lens

Everyone Sees Through a Frame: A Conversation with Gregg Segal

A portrait of Gregg Segal

Photographer Gregg Segal's work has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. His subjects include professional cosplayers, senior Olympians, and actors such as Louis CK, Steve-O, and Forest Whitaker.

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Thu February 14, 2013
Happy Valentine's Day

StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Talks About Love Stories

All There Is: Love Stories From StoryCorps came out in paperback in December 2012.


   Dave Isay from StoryCorps talked to WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about the appeal of hearing couples' how-they-met stories.  Such tales are collected in the book All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps.

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Mon February 11, 2013
Arts & Culture

Tennessee's Poet Laureate Coming To Chattanooga Feb. 12

Tennessee’s official Poet Laureate, Margaret Britton Vaughn, will speak at a Chattanooga Writer's Guild meeting at the Downtown Public Library in Chattanooga on February 12th from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Fri February 1, 2013
Live At Tivoli Feb 9

'Screwtape' Speaks

Max McLean originated the role of Screwtape in a new live version of C.S. Lewis's novel.

A live, theatrical version of The Screwtape Letters is coming to the Tivoli in Chattanooga on February 9th.  In this interview, actor/director Max McLean talks about us about adapting C.S. Lewis's novel for the stage.

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Tue January 29, 2013
Arts & Culture

Sweeney Todd at UTC

The Stephen Sondheim production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be performed in February by the combined departments of Opera and Theater at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

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Fri January 18, 2013
Local Lit & Lore

‘Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge’ Quickly Became Bestseller

Moon Over Taylor's Ridge by Janie Dempsey Watts, published by Little Creek Books (2012)

Janie Dempsey Watts’s debut novel Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge hit the shelves of the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in Chattanooga last fall and became one of the store’s bestselling local books.  In this interview, Watts talks about the North Georgia legends and true history that inspired her.

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Fri January 11, 2013
Funniest Musical Ever?

‘Avenue Q’ Has Singing Teddy Bears, But Ignore Their Advice

Emma Wiseman and Eric Wyatt are the voices of Kate Monster and a Bad Idea Bear.

Ensemble Theater of Chattanooga is staging the musical Avenue Q starting January 11th.  Like an adult version of Sesame Street (think of a South Park + Muppets mash-up), the show features puppets who give advice on careers, sex and finding meaning in life.  But don’t listen to the Bad Idea Bear.

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Thu December 13, 2012
I want your...I need your...

To Clean a Skull: Beetles, Bones, and Business

Matt Nooga holding the skull of a bobcat
Credit Garrett Crowe

One might say Matt Nooga from Rossville, Georgia has a sticky job. He cleans animal skulls for a living. And if you think cleaning skulls for money is unusual, wait until you learn about his method.

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Tue December 11, 2012
Jazz Special On WUTC

Dryden's Tribute To Dave Brubeck Airs Wednesday Evening

Dave Brubeck plays piano at the 1992 Charlotte Jazz Festival
Credit Ken Dryden

'Dziekuje, Dave' will air at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12.  WUTC's Ken Dryden is producing the two-hour special, named after a Brubeck composition honoring Chopin.  Dryden will include rare recordings from his personal collection.  

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Fri December 7, 2012

Shane Berryhill’s ‘The Long Silent Night’ Is A Holiday Mashup

Shane Berryhill, a Chattanooga, TN resident and author of the Chance Fortune young-adult series, has a new novel intended for all ages.  The Long Silent Night is a Christmas noir tale starring a North Pole detective named Jack Frost.

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Thu December 6, 2012

Addiction & Recovery Recounted In ‘Hooked’

A new book tells the true story of a Chattanooga woman who got so hooked on hydrocodone that she took between 30 and 40 pills a day. 

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Mon November 26, 2012
No Shipping, No Waiting

Holiday Gift Idea: Give Apps

Lifehacker's 2012 Gift Guide recommends giving apps.

Whitson Gordon, Deputy Editor at, talks about reasons to give people apps and digital subscriptions as gifts instead of physical presents.  Lifehacker recently published a 2012 gift guide.

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Wed November 21, 2012

'Santaland Diaries': A Sardonic Elf Takes Center Stage

Judy LaMance and Joshua Harrell star in 'Season's Greetings' and 'The Santaland Diaries.'
Credit Cansler Photography

In this segment, we hear how David Sedaris's sardonic monologue about being a Macy's elf became a classic holiday play, and we talk to the cast and director of the Chattanooga Theatre Center's The Santaland Diaries (plus Season's Greetings.)  It runs November 23rd through December 8th.

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Wed November 21, 2012
Comedy As A Career

They Quit Their Day Jobs. You May Laugh.

The Quit Your Day Job comedy tour is coming to J.J.'s Bohemia in Chattanooga on November 27th.  In this segment, we talk to three comedians: Grady Ray, who is a former cop; Matt Ward, who is the tour organizer; and J.C. Ratliff, who says he has more fun when his jokes bomb.

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