Chattanooga

Four years ago a group of Chattanooga seniors had an idea—let’s build a mutually supportive community. They bought a piece of land on the south side of Chattanooga and they are now almost ready to begin building. The plan is to build individual homes around a large, communally shared space—in effect a small village. The only thing holding them back is they are four people short of the number they need to realize their vision for an interactive, mutually supportive community of seniors.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.

Here are five of the bands and musicians to check out during the Riverbend Festival's opening weekend:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

History buffs in other parts of the country may know Chattanooga only for its importance during the Civil War.  However, a new book by NPR’s Steve Inskeep recounts a lesser-known regional conflict, and it's a story that deserves to be heard and remembered.

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The trio of string players who founded Harpeth Rising are all classically trained, but they have eclectic tastes in music.  Their songs are a blend of bluegrass, folk, rock and classical.  They call what they do “chambergrass” or “chamberfolk.“

Banjo and viola player Rebecca Reed-Lunn joins us to talk about the band.  They'll perform at the Riverbend Festival on Thursday, June 11th at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU stage.

"In all of my work, I go out to listen and to learn," documentary filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow says. "I have the stories I feel like I can approach, and then I just ask people what their experience is, what they think is most important."

Traveling around the South, working on a shoestring budget, Winslow has created about a dozen films as part of the Southern Dialogues series, including the feature-length Chattanooga Story.

CEO and Co-Founder Tim McClure is bringing Chattanooga's largest organic and health food supermarket to Hixson.  Harvest Grocery will contain more than 35,000 square feet of healthy food offerings plus the largest wellness center of any store in the South.

Tim and Marketing Director Jon Moss join us on this episode to talk about their June 12th grand opening festivities and their local, down-home approach to business.  Find out what it takes to start a company with so many moving parts and strong, established competitors like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

Chattanooga is among the top eight contenders for Outside Magazine's Best Town Ever 2015 Award.  Online voting will determine the winners, and at the time of this posting, Chattanooga is ahead of Boone, N.C. with 51.83% of the votes.

From the site:

You can vote on our current matchups once every round. Come back daily to see how your town stacks up. Votes are tallied and displayed in real time. 

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The Southern Lit Alliance and Theology on Tap will host a panel discussion of Flannery O’Connor’s A Prayer Journal on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 PM at the Camp House.

President Obama has declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month, and says this year "approximately one in five American adults... will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress."

Still, Obama says, millions of Americans still do not receive the care they need, and there is still considerable stigma associated with mental health treatment.

The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British — and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

Steve Inskeep is best known as the host of NPR's Morning Edition, but he's also an author.  His new work of nonfiction is JACKSONLAND: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab.   It centers on Jackson and Ross's twenty-year battle over ownership of Cherokee lands, a battle that "seems at once distant and familiar," according to the publisher.

Originally scheduled for April 18th and delayed due to inclement weather, the Little Owl Festival will take place Saturday, May 23rd from 11 am to 6 pm at Audubon Acres in East Brainerd.  Proceeds benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society, and board member Ray Zimmerman joins us to talk about the festival.  We also hear several of the musical acts scheduled to perform.

Closed Door Entertainment

In this segment, we've got excerpts from Closed Door Entertainment's production of  Mary Poppins - The Musical.  It features new songs as well as many classics from the 1964 Disney film.  We're also speaking with Mary Beth Torgerson, who plays the lead role of Mary Poppins, and Johnny Krause, who plays George Banks.

Performances will be May 22nd & 23rd at 7:30 pm and May 23rd & 24th at 2 pm at the Memorial Auditorium.

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Pundits are already talking about the 2016 Presidential election, and the Tennessee primaries are less than a year off. 

Looking to get more informed as the election season ramps up?

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