Arts & Culture


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  They were looking for original, unpublished scripts for The Festival of New Plays.

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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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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.
Credit Cansler Photography

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre presents Into the Woods through March 1st directed by George Quick with musical director Tim Hinck . 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sun January 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:36 am

The Nashville country quartet Little Big Town recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.
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Sun January 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Selma' Stirs Powerful Memories In Its Namesake Town

Selma residents, many with firsthand connections to the city's civil rights movement, file into the Walton Theater for a free screening of Selma.
Andrew Yeager NPR

It's a half-hour until showtime in Selma, Ala., and the majority of the auditorium seats are already taken.

Paramount Pictures is offering free screenings of Selma, the film depicting the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery marches which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In the movie's namesake town, the audience is excited.

In the front row, in the far left seat, is George Sallie, 85. He's black, grew up near Selma and was drafted as young man.

"Went to Korea fighting for someone else's freedom, and really I didn't have freedom myself," Sallie says.

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Mon December 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 3:54 pm

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been supporting indigent musicians like Boo Hanks (left), who recently released a collaborative album with fellow roots musician Dom Flemons.
Peter Breslow NPR


Wed December 17, 2014
Arts & Culture

12/19 - 21, WEAVE's Christmas Dance Show Features Funk, Hip Hop, Ballet & More

WEAVE dancers rehearse for their holiday show in this YouTube video.
Credit Youtube

When WEAVE Dance Company performs their Christmas show at Barking Legs on December 19th, 20th & 21st, it won't be a typical Nutcracker ballet.  WEAVE blends eclectic dance styles: Contemporary-Funk, Abnormal Ballet, Hip Hop and more.  Shows are at 7:30 pm on the 19th and 20th  and at 2:30 pm on the 21st.  Tickets are available here.

The company also offers classes for amateur and professional dancers, ages 8 and up.

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