Six months before her wedding, Kjerstin Gruys decided to do something that surprised her friends and family: she vowed to quit looking at herself in the mirror. For a year, she avoided her own reflection… and even on her wedding day, getting ready, she wouldn’t look at herself. By avoiding her reflection, she challenged her ideas and society's ideas about beauty.
She blogged about the experience, which garnered national attention, and then wrote a book.
“Ninety percent of our existence is tangents. So tangents are actually the real plot. But even more importantly, if you avoid a tangent you normally would have taken, you could create a rip in the quantum fabric of the universe”. –Serge Storms
Note: Due to inclement weather, the performance for 2/13 has been canceled.
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, is being brought out once again for UTC's 6th consecutive production. The production documents and celebrates the unique, funny, and even sad experiences concerned with the struggles of being a woman. The production will take place February 14th and 15th. WUTC's Virginia Daniels talked with Harley Milligan, the production director, and Sara Peters, director of the Women's Center at UTC.
Charles McNair's first novel, Land O' Goshen, was published in 1994 and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. McNair spent nearly two decades writing and rewriting his next book, Pickett's Charge.
Nominated for a 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction, Pickett's Charge is the story of 114-year-old Civil War veteran Threadgill Pickett, who escapes from an Alabama nursing home and embarks on a wild, absurd, tragic quest for vengeance.
One of the portraits included in the Face to Face Mural
What better way to understand a neighborhood than to see the faces of its community? This is the theme of the latest mural from Mark Making, an organization that brings art to underserved communities in Chattanooga.
Mark Making unveiled their newest mural on Martin Luther King Day. It’s called FACE to FACE and features abstract portraits of several East Chattanooga teenagers. The mural also tackles subjects such as violence, pollution, and poverty.
The new Members Exhibition at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway will feature the work of more than 30 Chattanooga area artists. WUTC's Richard Winham stopped by the gallery to talk to two of the painters whose work is included in the exhibition, which opens on Thursday, January 23. It will be on display until March 20th.
The company seeks writers and actors for its 2014 season. Auditions will happen January 20th at 7 p.m. at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center in East Brainerd. People unable to attend the live auditions can send video submissions instead. Writers should send sample scripts to EvattBloom@gmail.com with 'Writer Application' as the subject line.
Chattanooga's In-Town Gallery boasts that it is one of the oldest cooperative galleries in the United States. The gallery, currently located on the North Shore, opened in 1974 and has occupied several different spaces throughout its history. Members are celebrating with special exhibits and events throughout the year. WUTC's Mark Colbert visited the gallery to talk with artists.
Chattanooga has a vibrant, expanding arts community. Painters, writers and musicians have moved here, attracted by the support for the arts from both the city and the community. But that support isn’t widely reflected in city and county middle and high schools.
Voice of Cherokee Women, edited by Carolyn Ross Johnston. John F. Blair, Publisher.
Carolyn Ross Johnston edited Voices of Cherokee Women, which recounts hundreds of years of Cherokee history through primary documents such as letters, diary entries, oral history transcriptions and newspaper articles. These documents vividly demonstrate how events such as the arrival of European missionaries, the Trail of Tears and the Civil War affected Cherokee women.