Archive for November, 2009

Interview with children’s book author Telmeko Ransom-Smith

November 25, 2009

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Telmeko Ransom Smith’s book is called “Through Pumpkin’s Eyes… It’s a Wonderful Life.”  The protagonist is named Pumpkin and has cerebral palsy.  The story explains how she interacts with the world.

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Comic Books As Literature, Culture at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

November 18, 2009

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Many people in the academic world are starting to take comic books and graphic novels seriously as literature, as art and as culture.

Today on Around and About, Dr. Thomas Balazs joins us.  He is a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.   And he is teaching a class on that subject.

An Interview With Flamenco Dancer John Jaramillo

November 17, 2009

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What do the blues and flamenco have in common?

In this part of the show, we will find out.  We have an interview with John Jaramillo.  He’s a flamenco dancer and instructor.  We heard a few words from him previously during a segment on Culturefest.  Today… we will pick up with him and hear the complete interview.


More information can be found at John Jaramillo’s Web site.


The Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression begins

November 11, 2009

Information on the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression is available here, including a complete conference program.

Listen to an interview with Dr. David Sachsman about this conference.


The annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression begins this evening and continues through the weekend here in Chattanooga.  The conference is free and open to the public.  It’s been going on every year since 1993.  The conference was created by Dr. David Sachsman, Dr. Kittrel Rushing, and other members of faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and other faculty at other institutions.

Dr. Sachsman joins us on Around and About to talk about the conference.

Chattanooga Film Visioning Forum on 11/12/09

November 10, 2009

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Presented by EleaBlake

TOPIC:  A Public Film Visioning Forum facilitated by Eleanor Cooper

WHEN:  Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6pm

WHERE: EPBBuilding, 7th floor, downtown Chattanoogaat MLK & Market. Parking on nearby streets or paid parking in garage

Have you ever wondered why cities like Austin, Seattle, Bostonand Savannahare known as film friendly towns?  Can Chattanoogajoin this elite list?  Please join us for an audience-participation “visioning’ event where the question will be asked “How can we build and sustain a viable film culture in Chattanooga?” During the course of the evening, every person in attendance will be given an opportunity to help answer the question. Eleanor Cooper, a leader in Chattanooga’s popular visioning process of the last

25 years will be facilitating the evening. The goal of the event is to prioritize and guide our combined efforts to grow the film culture in Chattanooga. The event will be open to the public and we encourage film lovers, students and film/tv professionals to attend. Non-AFFT members are welcome and it is our hope that a broad, cross-section of city residents join us. The only qualifier is that attendees be lovers of film and realize the potential for what a vibrant film culture can do for our region.

You will not want to miss this event!

AFFT, The Association for the Future of Film and Television, is Tennessee’s first statewide trade organization for members of the film and television industries. The purposes of AFFT/Tennessee are:

1.      To affect legislation in the State of Tennesseethat benefits the film,

television and video production industries and those associated with it.

2.      To inform and educate those in the film, television and

video production industries about proposed, active or unsuccessful legislation affecting the industries.

3.      To promote the common interests of

the industries at the legislative level.

Non-AFFT members are welcome but are encouraged to join AFFT at this link:

For more information, please contact Dave Porfiri, 423-894-8927

Special: Thanks to our other event sponsors: BrianGilbertSound, Wallace Braud Production Services, Kimbrough Video Services and Land Stryder Productions.

An Interview with Robert Bernhardt, Music Director and Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera

November 4, 2009

How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

That’s how Robert Bernhardt, the Music Director and Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera,  jokingly describes his current situation.  Although he is stepping down as the full-time conductor, he plans to stay in Chattanooga and stay on as music director emeritus.  He says he loves it here and wants to stay connected.

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Listen to the second part.