Archive for February, 2011

“Crooked,” a play by Catherine Trieschmann onstage in the Studio theater of the Fine Arts Center

February 28, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Samuel French says about “Crooked”:

Dramatic Comedy

Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.


Laney Waters – 14, has dystonia, which causes one of her shoulders to draw up, as though she has a slightly hunched back.
Elise Waters – 40s, Laney’s mother
Maribel Purdy – 16, Laney’s friend, chubby and radiant

“Crooked” premiered in London at the Bush Theatre in 2006.    The Guardian wrote about this production:

‘Trieschmann shows a precise understanding of the female heart…A play of immense psychological shrewdness.’

“Crooked” will run March 4th and 5th in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Center on the UTC Campus at 7:30pm.     This play is co-produced by the UTC Department of Theatre and Speech and the UTC Womens’ Studies Department.

Here’s more about the playwright from Womens’

Catherine Trieschmann – Playwright Catherine’s plays include The BridegroomCatherine of Blowing Rock (recipient of the L. Arnod Weissberger award), Before the Fire, crooked, The World of Others and Hot Georgia Sunday. Her work has been produced and/or developed at the Bush Theatre (London), the Summer Play Festival, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Theatre in the Square (Atlanta), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, LARK, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and LAByrinth, among others. It is published by Samuel French, Methuen, and Smith & Kraus. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she received her M.F.A. from the University of Georgia, but currently resides in a small town in western Kansas, where she’s working on a commission for South Coast Repertory Theatre and a screenplay adaptation of the novel Angel’s Crest for Process Media.

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Grow Healthy Together Chattanooga

February 28, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Rosemary Porter has lived most of her life in the Alton Park community of Chattanooga.  Once a thriving community housing the families of blue-collar workers at several local manufacturing plants, this neighborhood is now an inner city wasteland with the abandoned buildings of former plants now littering the landscape.  According to a recent study, 71% of the residents in the East and South side communities of Chattanooga are obese.  In a neighborhood with no safe place to play, the children get very little exercise.  Grow Healthy Together Chattanooga is an initiative that encourages community action to improve conditions and help prevent childhood obesity.  Rosemary Porter serves on the Leadership Advisory Council for her community.  She is involved in working to make a difference and change Alton Park into a more safe and healthy community.  Working with the Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Department, the Grow Healthy Together Chattanooga Initiative is part of the national program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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This Ain’t Yo Momma’s Wedding

February 25, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

DIY!  Hand Made! Home Made!  This is all the rage today.  Whether it is because you are looking to cut costs or just want your event to reflect your own personal touch, many people are moving toward a do-it-yourself approach to party and wedding planning.  On March 13th at Warehouse Row, the expo will feature just these types of hand-made touches to round out the event.  Co-owners of Homespun Parties Kelly Brown and Ayesha Reynold provided a short demonstration of some of the DIY projects.


Kelly Brown demonstrates how to decorate a paper lantern.

Ayesha Reynolds demonstrates a puffed yarn flower.


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February 24, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is hosting TASTE, an evening of good food and good times in support of the Kidney Foundation.  Teaming up with Chattanooga Presents!, TASTE brings the 23-year-old annual Taste of Chattanooga to a new level.  TASTE has become an evening event and your ticket purchase will provide you with unlimited tastes of all of the participating restaurants.  There will be live music, displays of local art, live models from area boutiques and plenty of food.  New to the event this year is a chef competition pitting 5 local chefs against each other to prepare an entrée with a secret ingredient.

TASTE will be held at Warehouse Row on March 3rd, kicking off National Kidney Health Month. Tickets are $35 at the door and $30 if purchased in advance.  There will be a limited number of tickets available so get your reservations in early.

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Chattanooga Physician Prepares For Iditarod Run

February 23, 2011


A Chattanooga doctor is getting ready to compete in the Iditarod.  He says only one other person from Tennessee has ever done this.  The Iditarod takes place in Alaska each year, and during the race, competitors lead dog teams over a thousand miles of extreme terrain.  They go across ice and snow… through blizzards and temperatures of -50 degrees or more.  It’s been called “The Last Great Race on Earth.”

Dr. James Bardoner is an emergency physician at Erlanger Health System.  In this interview, he discusses why he’s competing, how he’s preparing for it and what some of the dangers may be.


You can read more about Dr. Bardoner at his blog. When the race begins on March 5th, you can track his progress on the official Iditarod Web site.


UTC Arboretum Certification Ceremony

February 23, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will be celebrating the official designation as an Arboretum on March 1st, 2011.  The certification is awarded by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.  UTC will be designated a level 2 arboretum which requires at least 60 different species of trees and shrubs to be identified and labeled along with a pamphlet or map showing the locations of the trees for self guided tours.  UTC achieved this designation based on the work of environmental science graduate student Jillian Koss.  Koss identified nearly 2000 trees on the 120 acre campus listing more than 60 unique species.

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GPS Events Benefit UNICEF Flood Relief, Tap Project

February 22, 2011

Students at Girls Preparatory School are organizing a couple of events to make the world a better place.  On March 3rd, from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm at GPS, they’ll have an art auction that will benefit UNICEF’s Pakastani Flood Relief program.  And on March 19th, from 9:00 am to noon, they’ll have a Walk for Water, to help eliminate water-related illnesses around the world.  They’re also coordinating with local restaurants to raise money for the Tap Project, which takes place from March 20th to March 26th.

Emily Rice, a GPS senior, and Kaycee Ensign, a GPS junior, join me to talk about how and why they are organizing these events.

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“Chattanooga Forest Hills Cemetery” Book by Gay Morgan Moore

February 22, 2011


Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Author, Gay Morgan Moore just completed her fourth book, this one focusing on the stories of about 200 of the 45,000 people interred at the Forest Hills Cemetery in St. Elmo.      The book is the 2nd this author has had published by Arcadia Publishing.

Community leaders chartered the Forest Hills Cemetery in the late 1870’s.       The book includes numerous vintage photographs of people and places, many of which Moore obtained through the Chattanooga Bicentennial Library Regional History Collection and some which family members provided.

Zerelda Ellis Webster is one of the people who is highlighted in Moore’s book.   Seen in this photo with her son Billy, Webster was a single mother who ran the Kosmos Cottage Boarding House on East 37th Street from 1916-1939, which “catered to many young women who worked in various businesses in the city,” according to Moore.     Webster raised Pekingese Dogs after retirement and lived from 1884-1963.


Here’s a photo of Mamie Martin who ran the Martin Hotel on 9th street until 1985.   Many great African American entertainers and athletes graced the halls of the Martin Hotel at a time when Chattanooga was still segregated.

“Chattanooga Forest Hills Cemetery” also highlights the work of Sheila Dixon, known to many as the “Mayor of Alton Park.”      And the three ladies in the photo below are the founders of Girl’s Preparatory School in Chattanooga.

Mayor Edward Bass, pictured below was Mayor of Chattanooga from 1927 to 1947, through the Depression.       There’s a short biography of Mayor Bass published here which includes the following:

Elected mayor in 1927, Edward David Bass became only the second mayor to have been born in Chattanooga. Unlike the other, Hugh Whiteside, Bass’s family was not a family of great wealth.  Orphaned at the age of eleven, Bass left school to begin work along the production line at the D.M. Stewart Manufacturing Plant.  By 1900, Bass had saved enough money to follow in his father’s footsteps and open a grocery on the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue.

Arcadia Publishing gives the following description of “Chattanooga’s Forest Hills Cemetery”:

Within 20 years of the end of the Civil War, Chattanooga was becoming the “Dynamo of Dixie.” Entrepreneurs and capital from the North were welcomed to the city. New railroads made the area a transportation hub. Fortunes were made in finance, industry, and tourism. Located at the foot of Lookout Mountain, St. Elmo was Chattanooga’s first suburb. The founder of the then-independent town, A. M. Johnson and other community leaders chartered the Forest Hills Cemetery in the late 1870s. Many Chattanooga-area families obtained sites within the cemetery, now on the National Register of Historic Places. A rarity for the Reconstruction South, these families included a number of African Americans. From the famous to the infamous, from the remembered to the nearly forgotten, Images of America: Chattanooga’s Forest Hills Cemetery highlights a number of Chattanoogans interred in this picturesque historic cemetery.

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Dr. Wayne Patterson Shared What Hath WikiLeaks Wrought?

February 21, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Guest speaker Dr. Wayne Patterson spoke to the Computer Science Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga about events surrounding and following the WikiLeaks release of classified documents in late 2010.  Much of his presentation centered on the impact of distributed denial of service attacks that resulted in knocking PayPal, Master Card, and other corporate websites temporarily off-line.  Dr. Patterson is the Director of the Howard University Cybersecurity Research Center.

This presentation was the first in a series of guest speakers hosted by the Computer Science Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Coming up Friday, February 25th Dr. Idris Rai will be discussing Size-based Scheduling in Internet Systems.

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“The Diary of Anne Frank” presented on the mainstage at CTC

February 21, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

“The Diary of Anne Frank,” newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman will be performed from February 18 – March 6, 2011 on the Mainstage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

Beth Gumnick teaches Drama to 7th and 8th graders at Baylor School and suggested that CTC produce this play partly for the benefit of students whose 8th grade curriculum includes Holocaust studies.     Gumnick is directing this production.

Sylvia Wygoda works for the Georgia Commission of the Holocaust.    The Commission has loaned CTC the Anne Frank traveling exhibit to display in the lobby during the run of this production.    Wygoda is the daughter of Herman Wygoda, Holocaust survivor and author of a book based on his first hand accounts called, “In the Shadow of the Swastika.”      Here’s more about the book from the University of Illinois Press:

The memoir of a defiant Polish Jew who commanded Italian resistance fighters during the Holocaust

He was known first as a Warsaw ghetto smuggler, then as Comandante Enrico. He traveled under false identity papers and worked at a German border patrol station. Throughout the years of the Holocaust, Hermann Wygoda lived a life of narrow escapes, daring masquerades, and battles that almost defy reason.

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