Arts & Culture


Wed May 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Jewish Film Series Features Two Documentaries, A Comedy & A Thriller

Screenshot from The Green Prince trailer, which screens on May 27.

The 8th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series began in April and continues every Wednesday in May.  Films will be shown at 7pm at the Jewish Cultural Center.  Sanford Winer, Chair of the Film Series, and Ann Treadwell, Program Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, join us to discuss the films.

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Tue May 5, 2015
Arts & Culture

Anna Carll Hopes Her Paintings 'Punch You in the Face'

The current exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway is called Mixed Media, Contemporary and Abstract. The exhibition features the work of thirty local artists, one of whom is Anna Carll. While her work in the exhibition is all abstracts, Anna Carll first developed her reputation as an illustrator and later as a figurative painter.

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Thu April 30, 2015
Arts & Culture

Choral Arts of Chattanooga to Perform 'Requiem for the Living'

Michael Devine previews Dan Forrest's 'Requiem for the Living,' a 40-minute, 5-movement work that's a very modern take on the traditional idea of requiem music.  Devine is the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which will perform the piece on May 2nd from 7 to 9 pm at First Baptist Church.

More information & ticket info is here.

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Wed April 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Art Fusion Creates Pop-Up Galleries in Chattanooga

Artwork by Antonio Snipes Jr., Rebecca Love, Mia Hansford, R. Josiah Golson and other artists is on display at City Hall in Chattanooga.
Credit WUTC

Rebecca Love joins us.  She's the creator of Art Fusion Collaborations, which is helping new and emerging visual artists get publicity and sales through pop-up galleries around town.  They currently have an exhibit on the third floor of City Hall, and they'll be displaying art during Jazzanooga on April 25th and 26th.

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Tue April 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

Hear Highlights of the Celebration of Southern Literature

(From left to right) Chris Dortch, Charles Frazier, Allan Gurganus and Ron Rash talk about what Hollywood gets right and gets wrong during a panel on books and film.

Hundreds of fans and more than 40 esteemed Southern authors participated in the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature, hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance at the Tivoli Theatre.  In this segment, we're looking back at a few of the highlights, including a panel discussion about adapting books to with with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus and Chris Dortch; a musical performance from Clyde Edgerton & The Rank Strangers; and a poetry reading from Terran

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Thu April 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Muse of Fire: Ten Original Short Plays Written by Kids, Acted by Adults

Stevie Ray Dalimore and Kate Forbes Dalimore have been described as a “Chattanooga power couple.” They are both actors who have worked in movies and television as well as the theater in New York. After moving to Chattanooga several years ago, Stevie Ray became the Director of the Theater Program at McCallie School while Kate continued working in the theater and they both still work regularly work in television and movies.

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Wed April 15, 2015


Wed April 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 11:27 am

The Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, comes out April 21.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

In the six years I've lived in the region, I've developed a mantra: Southern freaks are the best freaks. For me, the word "freak" can be both positive and downright spiritual. It describes serious individualists who are tolerant of others whose own paths may diverge from their own; people whose ways of thinking connect to form an antidote to the deep conventionality that often surrounds them.

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Fri April 10, 2015
Arts & Culture

Celebration of Southern Literature: A Chat with 'The Joker' Himself, Andrew Hudgins

This is part of a series of interviews conducted with writers who will attend the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature April 16-18.  (Previously, WUTC has interviewed Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and several others.)  More than 40 writers will be at the Celebration, taking part in discussion panels and other events, as well as meeting fans and signing autographs.  The public is invited.  The schedule and ticket information can be found here.

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Wed April 8, 2015

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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Tue April 7, 2015

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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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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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.
Credit Contributed/Ulf Andersen

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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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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