Arts & Culture

3:35pm

Thu May 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Ensemble Theatre's 'Lunch Money' Teaches Bullying Awareness

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production Lunch Money  is based on children's real experiences with bullying, and is intended to open a dialogue among children.  Eleven Ooltewah Middle School students recently performed it.  In this segment, Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Garry Lee Posey, Ooltewah Middle theater teacher Chris Cooper and student Ryan Cain talk about the play's impact and where it may next be seen.  The play can be customized for different schools--it can be re-written to reflect the specific expe

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11:15pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Books

100+ Blue Ridge Recipes Featured in New Tupelo Honey Cookbook

Two authors co-wrote the latest Tupelo cookbook: Elizabeth Sims, who is a food writer, and Brian Sonoskus, the executive chef at the original Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, N.C.  The book centers on food from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it explains how such recipes can differ from the usual Southern fare.  In this interview, the authors speak with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The cookbook is available at Tupelo Honey's

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12:05pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

How Music Can Be Medicine: A Conversation with Robert Gupta

Robert Gupta performs during a 2012 Ted Talk.

When Robert Gupta was only 17 years old, he graduated college with a degree in pre-med.  However, in graduate school, he went in a different direction, earning a master's in music from Yale University.  At 19 years old, he became a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In this interview with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller, Gupta talks about the positive effects music can have on the brain.  Gupta will be in Chattanooga May 9th for the Cam Busch Lecture Series.

From a media release:

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5:02pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Books

For the Love of Kaiju

The anthology Kaiju Rising features a short story by Chattanooga author Shane Berryhill.

Every few years, giant monsters rise from the ocean and smash cities--at least, in Hollywood movies and in fiction.  Last year, Pacific Rim presented a new twist on the theme, and this summer, yet another Godzilla remake will be released.

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11:46am

Fri May 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

Singer T. Graham Brown Shares Story of Recovery, Talks About New Album

Nashville singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown had a string of hits in the 1980s, but his career faltered as he struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder.  He stopped drinking, and his song "Wine into Water" came from the experience.  In this interview, Brown talks about it, and reveals details about the gospel album he's currently recording, which will feature guest stars such as Vince Gill and Leon Russell.

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12:08pm

Thu May 1, 2014
Books

Chattanooga Author’s Creation Debuts on Free Comic Book Day

Shane Berryhill’s new comic book series Sherwood, Texas will debut on Free Comic Book Day, which is Saturday, May 3rd.  WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Berryhill about the series, which is a modern re-imagining of the Robin Hood story.

The publisher, 12 Gague Comics, describes it like this:

A story older than all of us, told now for the first time!

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4:56pm

Tue April 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Major Exhibition of African-American Art Is In The Hunter Museum For One More Month

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.

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11:39am

Tue April 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Documentary Delves into 1977 Events in Skokie Illinois

Credit Illinois Holocaust Museum

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.

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1:18pm

Mon April 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

First Listen: Dolly Parton, 'Blue Smoke'

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:31 pm

Dolly Parton's new album, Blue Smoke, comes out May 13.
Courtesy of the artist

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.

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11:34am

Thu April 24, 2014
Books

Townley’s ‘Defiant’ Uncovers History of POW/MIA Movement

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.

From the publisher:

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1:29pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Museum Center at 5ive Points Gains Smithsonian Affiliation Status

Cleveland's Museum Center at 5ive Points has been invited to join the Smithsonian Affiliations by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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3:30pm

Fri April 11, 2014
Books

‘We Are a Country of Cults’: A Conversation with Jonestown Survivor Laura Kohl

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.

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12:24am

Fri April 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

A Look at 'A Life,' as Chattanooga's First Major Film Festival Begins

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.

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1:56pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Here Are 5 Must-See Movies at the Chattanooga Film Fest

Chris Dortch, director of the first-ever Chattanooga Film Festival, joins us to discuss a few highlights among the 50+ films being screened between April 3rd and April 6th.

Here are five must-see movies mentioned in the interview:

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10:08am

Tue March 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Celebrate the Month of April with Jazzanooga

Credit Jazzanooga

Jazzanooga is Chattanooga's annual Jazz Festival and will be celebrated with several events scheduled all through the month of April. 

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