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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Around and About is gearing up for an upcoming storyteller project. Do you have a story to tell? Or a knack for storytelling in general? We're searching for those interesting and authentic stories from people in our region.
What's a story? It has a beginning, middle, and end (not necessarily in that order). It has character, plot, tension, and climax. If you have a nonfiction story with these components, we want to put it on the radio.