The Choo Choo Chorus is a group of 45 local barbershop harmony singers who sing together and in individual quartets. On August 16th the full Choo Choo Chorus as well as a number of the quartets will be in concert singing songs from Disney movies. Richard Winham talked to the one of the quartets –The Chattanooguys—Marcellus Scott, Bo Christian, David Fleury and Wally Edmondson.
Chattanooga Organized for Action is working to reduce poverty in the area with a new campaign, Poverty-Free Chattanooga. The group wants community input and seeks to work with city and county officials on social inequality. Twenty-seven percent of residents live below the poverty line, and 42% of children live in poverty, which is twice the national average, according to a report cited by Perrin Lance, the group's leader. Lance joins us for an interview. In early August, the group began having monthly meetings with the public.
This year’s Southern Brewer’s Festival has been expanded to two nights—Friday August 22nd and Saturday August 23rd. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the festival. Richard Winham talked to George Parker—he’s been booking the music for the festival since its inception—he told him this year may be the best yet.
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August 7th will feature both Democratic and Republican primaries and will give Hamilton County residents a chance to vote on state and local judges, the Hamilton County Mayor, and more. The ballot has so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Here's how to get informed:
This YouTube video shows children participating in a SPLASH workshop in February.
Credit YouTube/SPLASH Youth Arts
It's three p.m. on a sunny July afternoon, and even though it’s summer, the children inside the old James A. Henry school building look thrilled to be inside a classroom. Some of them are grinning as if they were on a trip to Disneyworld.
Grace Kling, who plays Princess Fiona, and Johnny Krause, who plays Shrek, discuss Shrek The Musical. Closed Door Entertainment is performing it at the Tivoli on August 15th, 16th, and 17th. More information is at CDE's Web site.
Siskin StarNight co-chairs Charles and Betty Lebovitz join us to talk about the event, which features singer Colbie Callat and benefits Siskin Children's Institute. It will take place August 16th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
David Crewe was trained as a mechanical engineer. He spent over a decade building and installing boilers until he got bored with it. At that point he went back to the small woodworking shop he and his father spent 20 years building on a scrap of land on Signal Mountain. He makes furniture in the same Queen Anne style his dad adored, but his passion is for designing and building high end loudspeakers. In this interview, David Crewe explains how he builds the fanciful speakers he sells in the Area 61 Art gallery on Main Street.
Patrick Johnston is a self-described “soccer junkie.” A soccer coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, he has been to every World Cup since Mexico in 1986 and wrote the book The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie about his experiences. He was our guest on Around and About a few weeks ago to talk about his book detailing his adventures in pursuit of tickets and a place to sleep wherever the World Cup has been played in the past 25 years.
"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.
Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s. Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books. In this extended interview, he discusses his long career. Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.
'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.
“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”
Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.
Velo Coffee Roasters has been on Chattanooga's Main Street for almost five years, selling coffee by the cup and delivering bags of beans by bike to businesses across the city. Their original business plan was for slow but steady growth, but now they’re ready to take a big step forward. The coffee roaster they’ve been using is too small and they’d like to replace it.