Arts & Culture

1:15pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Wizard of Oz Lands at the Creative Discovery Museum

Credit Creative Discovery Museum

Each summer the Creative Discovery museum welcomes a visiting exhibit and this summer we visit the Land of Oz. 

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1:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth

Chattanooga artists Rondell Crier and Olga de Klein join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.

An ArtsBuild Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.  From an ArtsBuild media release:

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5:58pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Arts & Culture

Roman Gods & Sicilian Beaches Inspire Painter/Potter Bob Fazio

Since 2009, the stores, restaurants and galleries on the Southside have been inviting everybody down for a stroll though the neighborhood around Main Street on the final Friday of the summer months.  Among the special events planned for this month’s stroll starting 5/27 at 5 p.m. is the opening reception for an exhibition of work by the local painter, potter and sculptor Bob Fazio in Area 61 on Main Street.

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12:44pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Arts & Culture

Barking Legs Theater Is Raising Funds and Rebuilding

Barking Legs Theater was originally intended to be a dance workshop and performance space. Ann Law had already had a long career as a dancer when she and her husband, Dr. Bruce Kaplan, moved to Chattanooga in the early 1990’s. But within a few years Bruce and his partner, George Bright, began using the theater for acoustic music concerts. Since then it has become a showcase for all forms of music, dance and theater. But the aging building had some problems and so they decided to try and raise some money to repair some of the more pressing problems.

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12:12pm

Mon June 16, 2014
Books

Charles Wright: The Contemplative Poet Laureate

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 8:27 pm

Our next poet laureate may end up speaking on behalf of the more private duties of the poet — contemplation, wisdom, searching — rather than public ones. In one of his first public statements after learning of his new post, Charles Wright said that, as laureate, "I'll probably stay here at home and think about things." He also told NPR, "I will not be an activist laureate, I don't think, the way Natasha [Trethewey] was ... and certainly not the way Billy Collins was, or Bob Hass, or Rita Dove, or Robert Pinsky; you know, they had programs. I have no program."

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3:47pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

'Walk In My Shoes' Tells a Homeless Man's Story From His Point of View

The documentary 'Walk in my Shoes' is available on YouTube. It centers on a homeless man named Lee and a theatrical production about homelessness in Chattanooga.

Walk In My Shoes is a six-minute film about a homeless man called Lee. The film is a documentary about a stage play featuring actors recounting  the stories about their lives told to them by homeless people in Chattanooga. Staged in the salvation Army’s recreate café, the play was conceived by the café’s artistic director, Tenika Dye.

This segment features Tenika Dye, as well as Leif Ramsey, the film’s director, and Rodney Van Walkenburg from Arts Build Chattanooga. Arts Build funded the play and the film with a Community Cultural Connections grant.

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3:17pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Mark Making Is On the Move

Frances McDonald, Executive Director of Mark Making, joins us to discuss how the organization helps underserved populations and creates large-scale public art projects that give a voice to people who are often ignored or marginalized.  Long housed on the North Shore, the organization is now moving to the Glass Street area, which will allow it to grow and further its mission.

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11:45am

Thu June 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

Open Spaces Brings Interactive Art to the City Center

Credit River City Company

The River City Company is calling for proposals to turn empty storefronts in the City Center in to interactive animated Open Spaces

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2:31pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Reflections Gallery's Upcoming Exhibition Features Abstract and Contemporary Paintings

The Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway specializes in original work by local artists. Their next exhibition, which opens on Thursday, June 12, is a collection of abstract and contemporary paintings by thirty local artists. In this segment, two artists are featured: Jake Kelley and Miki Boni, whose work is in the exhibition.

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12:16pm

Mon June 9, 2014
Books

3 Chattanooga Authors Offer Free Audiobooks This Month

In this interview, Chattanooga authors Becky Wooley and Michael W. Gardner and Chattanooga audiobook narrator George Taylor explain how to get free downloads of their work--available in June only.

From a media release:

THREE CHATTANOOGA AUTHORS, ONE CHATTANOOGA NARRATOR

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12:33pm

Wed June 4, 2014
Best New Read

Shaara’s ‘The Smoke At Dawn: A Novel Of The Civil War’ Dramatizes Chattanooga Battles

Jeff Shaara's "The Smoke At Dawn" takes place in 1863 and dramatizes Chattanooga-area battles.

“There’s a lot that happened [in Chattanooga] that people are not aware of,” acclaimed Civil War author Jeff Shaara says of the battles that took place in 1863, when Union forces controlled the city and Confederates cut off supply lines.  Shaara’s new novel The Smoke At Dawn dramatizes what happened, including conflicts such as the Battle of Lookout Mountain and the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

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3:03pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Artists are Creating a Drive-by Gallery on McCallie Avenue

Ali Kay, one of five artists involved in the project, created this mural.
Credit Kevin Bate

11:56am

Tue June 3, 2014
Arts & Culture

Art Outside the Bag at the Creative Discovery Museum

Baggs McKelvey Creating Art From Recycled Bags.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

The Creative Discovery Museum has started a new installation art project that will bring temporary art projects inside and outside of the museum spaces. 

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5:41pm

Mon June 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

Cleveland Museum Center Hosts Dirt Track Exhibit, Film Screening

Photographs, a trophy, a racer's uniform and a restored hot rod are part of the Museum Center's dirt-track exhibit.

Cleveland's Museum Center at 5ive Points has a lot to offer racing fans this summer.  The exhibit In the Dirt: The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing will be on display until August 16th, and the documentary film It’s a Dirt Track Life: Memories of Dirt Track Racing from Dawsonville to Gatlinburg will be screened on June 5th at 7:30 p.m.  Created by Cleveland historians Ron and Debbie Moore, the film explores the world of dirt-track racing in Tennessee and Georgia.

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5:30pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Arts & Culture

At the Hunter: Moroccan Photographer Challenges Stereotypes of Islamic Women

Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956), Les Femmes Du Maroc: La Grande Odalisque, 2008, 43 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches (110.5 x 138.4 cm), photographic print, edition of 10, Museum purchase, 2011.1

Lalla Essaydi is a painter and photographer whose work hangs in galleries all over the country, as well as in England, Japan and Syria and a number of other countries around the world. Born in Morocco, she’s lived here in the U.S. for the past 18 years. She recently visited Chattanooga to talk about her work. One of her photographs is part of the permanent collection at the Hunter Museum of American Art here in Chattanooga. While she was here, Essaydi sat down to talk about her work.

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