Arts & Culture

10:55am

Thu June 27, 2013
Arts & Culture

Take a Stroll for the Arts on the Southside

An interview with Justin Burd of Set in Stone and Max Poppel of the Crash Pad about the Southside ArtStroll

The south side of Chattanooga is home to artists, art galleries, restaurants, stylists, and even a hostel. In an attempt to celebrate the culture of the area, the Southside ArtStroll happens every last Friday of the month until September.

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11:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
8 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox

Chattanooga's Beth Kirby Could Be the Next MasterChef

Beth Kirby competes on the weekly cooking show MasterChef.

Beth Kirby, a food blogger and amateur chef who lives in Chattanooga, is a weekly contestant on MasterChef.  Gordon Ramsay hosts the cooking competition, which airs Wednesday evenings on Fox. In this interview, Kirby tells WUTC what it's like to be on the show, and she talks about her blog, Local Milk.

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3:54pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Forward Into The Past

Tweeting ‘Medieval Awesomeness’: A Conversation with @SCASocial

A screenshot of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Twitter page.

An interview with Avery Krouse.

It might seem unexpected—a group of medieval re-enactors has a Twitter feed?  But they do, and in this interview, Avery Krouse talks live-tweeting medieval combat.  He’s the social media director for the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international living-history organization with around 30,000 members.  “We like to spread medieval awesome all over the place,” said a recent tweet.

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3:58pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Best New Read

‘Bullets and Bread’ Serves Up WWII Memories, Chow Trivia

Kent Whitaker, a culinary author who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has collected dozens of anecdotes, historical facts, humorous stories and first-person accounts in his new book Bullets and Bread: The Story of the Sacrifice in American Homes to Feed Troops in World War II.  He joins WUTC for an interview.

4:47pm

Wed June 12, 2013
Don't Go in Room 237

See What's Really Behind Kubrick's 'The Shining' in New Documentary

Room 237 Chattanooga Screening Poster

An interview with Rodney Ascher, director of Room 237

If you're a fan of Stanley Kubrick, you might be interested in a documentary that's screening at the Barking Legs Theater this Friday. It's called Room 237.

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12:47pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Hands in the Mix

Sculpting with Untraditional Concrete

Justin Burd on his love for concrete

When you think of concrete, you may think about the material needed for sidewalks and cinder-blocks. But for Justin Burd, the material is used for sculptural and artistic purposes. 

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2:58pm

Tue June 4, 2013
A Guide For Would-Be Rock Stars

Svenonius’s ‘Supernatural Strategies’ Involve Spaghetti-Slinging Specters & Marxist Music Musings

Ian Svenonius's book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group was published in 2013.
Credit Akashic Books

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews author/musician Ian Svenonius.

Ian Svenonius is a singer who fronted  Weird War, The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses and other Washington, D.C. hardcore and indie groups. Yet he claims his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group doesn't draw on his own personal knowledge. Instead, the book contains advice from the Great Beyond. Ghosts communicate with him in bizarre ways, such as tossing spaghetti against a wall, and share unconventional, Marxist interpretations of popular music's evolution. In this interview, Svenonius and WUTC's Michael Edward Miller talk about the book (and play and discuss several of his songs.)

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1:44pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

3rd Annual New Dischord Features Noted Composer Malcolm Goldstein

WUTC previews the third annual New Dischord Festival with participants Tim Hinck, Ann Law and Marcus Ellsworth.

   The third annual New Dischord Festival will take place June 6th – 9th, 2013 in various Chattanooga locations.  Originally, the festival focused primarily on experimental and improvised music.  Now it includes art collaborations, with local and national poets, musicians, dancers and other artists working together.  Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist/composer active in experimental music since the 1960s, will perform on Thursday and Saturday. 

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2:47pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Arts & Culture

‘Into The Woods’ Cast Members Join WUTC For A Preview

    Closed Door Entertainment is performing the fractured fairy-tale musical Into The Woods on May 31st, June 1st and June 2nd at the Memorial Auditorium’s Community Theatre in Chattanooga.  Cast members sing and talk about the show in this segment.

4:58pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Iconic Images

‘I Go Deeper and Deeper into the Holler’: Photojournalist Don Dudenbostel’s Appalachian Adventures

Legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton sits on his front porch.
Don Dudenbostel/River Gallery

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Don Dudenbostel.

Don Dudenbostel’s photographs are featured this May in the River Gallery's exhibition Defining Roots.  Dudenbostel's photos document disappearing, hidden and infamous aspects of Appalachian culture.  Throughout the past few decades, he has photographed snake handlers, moonshiners (particularly legendary moonshiner Popcorn Sutton), cockfighters, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis.  “I try never to influence my images with personal feelings,” he says in this interview.

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9:43am

Thu May 16, 2013
Rewind or Fast Forward

Documentary on VHS Culture Screening in Chattanooga

Rewind This! official poster

A conversation with Rewind This! director Josh Johnson and Mise En Scenesters creator Chris Dortch

A new documentary called Rewind This! explores the rise and fall of VHS and the nostalgia of the format in the 21st century. The film will be screened at Barking Legs Theater Friday night. 

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12:13pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Plot Thickens

Chattanooga Podcast ‘Another Story’ Delivers Compelling, True Tales

Another Story is available for free through the iTunes store.

Ben Schnell, creator and host of Another Story, joins WUTC for an interview.  Schnell’s podcast features local people telling true, personal stories.  Schnell culls some of the stories from a monthly storytelling competition at The Camp House.  Other stories come from interviews Schnell conducts.  The free podcast is available through iTunes, and Schnell has also created a Soundcloud page.

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3:41pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Southern Lit

Rambles With Roy: One Of NPR’s Funniest Southern Voices Cuts Loose

Roy Blount, Jr., photographed at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Credit © 2007 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a prolific Southern author and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Often funny, occasionally cantankerous, he joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for a loose, meandering chat.  Blount discusses his books, being a Southern expat and participating in the Celebration Of Southern Literature.

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11:07am

Wed May 8, 2013
Book Signing

Punk Musician/Author Ian Svenonius Visits Chattanooga May 10

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group (Akashic Books, 2013)

Ian Svenonius is coming to the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in downtown Chattanooga on Friday, May 10th, to promote his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.  The book is a music-industry satire.  The publisher says, “Pretending to be a ‘how-to" guide for aspiring rock stars, this book fuses a meticulously researched sociopolitical examination of the history of rock and roll music with the author's trademark humor and cutting wit.”

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1:30pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Book Talk

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Ecological Author Speaking At UTC May 3rd

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature, by David George Haskell

David George Haskell, a University of the South biology professor and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated ecological memoir The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch In Nature, will speak at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Benwood auditorium.  WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviewed Haskell last year about his book:

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviewed David George Haskell in 2012.

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