One hundred works of African-American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s to the turn of the last century are on display in the Hunter Museum of Art here in Chattanooga until the end of May. All of the paintings, photographs and sculpture in the exhibition are on loan from the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
The documentary Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered takes a close look at events in a small village on the outskirts of Chicago when holocaust survivors and their families stood against the neo-Nazi organization, the National Socialist Party of America.
The cover art of Dolly Parton's latest album looks like an airbrushed T-shirt design you might find in a souvenir shop at Dollywood. Both her flawless, beaming close-up and the mountainous skyline behind are her ringed in artist-rendered ribbons of mist, and the rising sun has a painterly, paradisiacal look to it. What gives her Smoky Mountain theme park its character is a combination of rural resilience, commercial sheen and aspirational sensibility.
WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Atlanta author Alvin Townley. His latest book is Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned. It recounts the true story of 11 American soldiers who were imprisoned under especially harsh conditions, and it explains how their wives founded the POW/MIA movement to help free them.
Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide. In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.
The inaugural Chattanooga Film Festival kicked off with a music documentary, "A Life in the Death of Joe Meek." WUTC's Rachel Smith attended the film's premiere and a Q&A with producer Howard S. Berger. In this segment, Smith explains why the film was a perfect choice for the first-ever major film festival to happen in the Scenic City.
On March 11, ArtsBuild Chattanooga will present Ruth Holmberg with their first Arts Leadership Award. Holmberg was the publisher of the Chattanooga Times from 1964 until 1992. She’s also chaired the boards of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera association and the Hunter Museum, and is a founding member of the Tennessee Arts Commission. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to the president of ArtsBuild, Dan Bowers, and Chair of the Board Patti Frierson.
MEET THE AUTHOR: Bill Dedman will be in Chattanooga on Tuesday, March 11th to sign books and give a presentation at the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild Meeting. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place 6:30pm – 8pm at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown.
Frank Tavares is a fiction writer, college professor and former NPR announcer.
Credit Richard Glinka
For three decades, Frank Tavares was one of the most-heard voices on NPR stations. He’s the one who voiced NPR’s underwriting credits—those short “Support comes from….” statements that appear during shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered.