Archive for September, 2009

Photos from the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Juried Student Sculpture Exhibition

September 25, 2009
Forearm/Hand by Lark Allen III

Forearm/Hand by Lark Allen III

Reach by Claire Lewis Evans

Reach by Claire Lewis Evans

Dominoes by Sonja Turner

Dominoes by Sonja Turner

Waxology by Kenneth Hawkom Thomas

Waxology by Kenneth Hawkom Thomas

Untitled by Carlin McRae

Untitled by Carlin McRae

Recently, we covered the The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Juried Student Sculpture Exhibition.

Listen to the story.

The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Juried Student Sculpture Exhibition is on display at the University Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Photographs by Rachel Smith.

Crazy Legs Conti: Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating

September 24, 2009

Crazy Legs Conti is a top ranked Pro Eater with the International Federation of Competitive Eating. He holds world titles in String Beans, Pancakes and Bacon, Beef Brisket, and Twinkies. He has eaten 20 dozen New Orleans oysters in ten minutes, and 30 Maine Lobster in twelve minutes.

We interviewed him last year as he prepared to enter the Krystal Square-Off World Hamburger Eating Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Juried Student Sculpture Exhibition

September 23, 2009

The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Juried Student Sculpture Exhibition will open Friday, September 18, at 4 p.m., with a public reception in the UTC University Center Atrium. The public is welcome. Partners include Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA), the UTC Department of Art, and the UTC Cress Gallery of Art and the event is hosted by the UTC University Center. The exhibition will run through October 16.

David Magee, author of “The Education of Mr. Mayfield”

September 16, 2009

David Magee is the author of The Education of Mr. Mayfield: An Unusual Story of Social Change at Ole Miss. He will sign copies of his book at Rock Point Books in Chattanooga on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 7 p.m.

About the Book…

In 1949, soon after arriving in Oxford, Mississippi, as the school’s first Art Department chairman, Stuart Purser was driving through the nearby countryside when he spied some interesting sculptures on the front porch of a small farmhouse near Ecru. When Purser stopped to speak with the African-American artist, his longtime friendship with M.B. Mayfield began.

That fall, Purser offered Mayfield a job as custodian for the Art Department and caretaker for the newly opened student art gallery. This was a time when the University of Mississippi was completely segregated. What few outside the Art Department knew was that Purser also gave Mayfield one-on-one instruction and arranged for classroom doors to be left open so Mayfield could listen to lectures while sitting in the nearby broom closet. Later, Purser took Mayfield on his lecture trips, passing Mayfield off as an assistant who carted equipment and set up the projector.

The Education of Mr. Mayfield tells the story of how M.B. Mayfield overcame many of the obstacles placed in his way due to racism, but it also tells of the quiet acts of courage displayed by some white Southerners who found ways to defy the injustices of the time and place.

About the Author…

David Magee is the author of twelve books. His book Turnaround, about Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan was published in seven languages and has sold almost 100,000 copies worldwide. In 1996, Magee became the youngest-ever elected member of the Oxford, Mississippi, city council. He is also a co-owner of Rock Point Books and the founder of Jefferson Press. He lives on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

Ethan Gilsdorf – Author

September 10, 2009

Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of “Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks,” an Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms .

We interviewed him when he stopped in Chattanooga for a book signing and reading at Rock Point Books.

Around and About is a production of…

September 10, 2009

Around and About is a production of WUTC 88.1 FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in Chattanooga, TN.

This half-hour long feature-news and interview show focuses on events, people and places in Chattanooga and across the South. It airs at 10 a.m. and repeats at 2 p.m. weekdays on 88.1 FM in Chattanooga, Tennessee.