Chattanooga

Metro Ideas Project

  A new Chattanooga nonprofit, the Metro Ideas Project, hopes to bring big changes to our city’s education system.  The Metro Ideas Project is a research team made up of academics, policy-makers, and journalists who are focused on making midsize cities like Chattanooga work better for their citizens. 

  In a follow-up to last week’s conversation with Marina Peshtarianu, the associate director of the Bridge Refugee Center here in Chattanooga, Richard Winham has a conversation with Michael Rice, a.k.a. 'The Mad Priest', who seeks crowdfunding to help employ refugees who have been re-settled here in Chattanooga.

  It started in France more than 30 years ago, and it’s finally coming to the Scenic City. It’s called Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music on June 21.  The free festival will take place in more than 700 cities. The performances in Chattanooga kick off at noon on the 21st. WUTC’s Victoria Glover is speaking with Tayrn Balwinski, the Chattanooga Make Music Day organizer.

  On Sunday evening, local Christians, Muslims and others came together for an interfaith service at First Christian Church to honor the victims of the nation's latest and deadliest mass shooting. In Florida, a lone gunman killed nearly 50 people and wounded even more, targeting gays and lesbians at an Orlando nightclub. The shooter had pledged his allegiance to the radical extremist Islamic State.

Wheelhouse Unveiling Features Art, Architecture

Jun 8, 2016
Natasha Romanova

  The Wheelhouse is the new Main Street home to Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, Set In Stone, and other Chattanooga businesses. In this story, we explore the connections between art and architecture and hear about the grand opening on Friday, June 10th.

  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

Noted painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan is in Chattanooga for an exhibition of her work in the River Gallery and the Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Arts District, adjacent to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Mia Kaplan who told him that she will be finishing two of her sculptures in the garden prior to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 3.

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

  Welcome Home, a new Chattanooga nonprofit, has the answer. They provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.  Executive Director Sherry Campbell joins us to talk about the unique, vital service they provide to the community.

The Safety Coalition was established by the Mayor's Office in Chattanooga to offer opportunities for people to get involved for a positive change in our communities. 

  

Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

  Closed Door Entertainment is performing Ghost, The Musical at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga May 13 - 15. CDE Founding Director J.C. Smith and cast member Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the show.

 

Renel Plouffe and Meredith Burns are two of the artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. When WUTC's Richard Winham visited the gallery to talk to the two artists, he discovered that they already knew each other, so rather than pose questions, he sat with them and listened as they talked to each other about their work.

  Veteran Nashville songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean come down to Chattanooga every Wednesday to meet with a group of veterans in a counseling session called Operation Song. The songwriters listen to the veterans talk about their experiences in a war zone and then they distil their experiences into a song. This song, called “I Fought A Battle,” tells the story of Joe Engle, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his wife Kayla who faced equally devastating challenges of her own at home.  

The nonprofit organization SoundCorps will hold auditions this weekend for the Sidewalk Stages performance series. Stratton Tingle, the Executive Director of SoundCorps, joins us for an interview. The registration deadline is April 21 at 5 p.m.

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