Mise en Scenesters film club has been showing independent films in Chattanooga for two years. MES is, “Dedicated to Screening Obscure, Classic, Arthouse and Genre Films.” Chris Dortch programs for MES. The next two pop-up movie nights will be held at Barking Legs Theatre. August 25th, MES will screen the undistributed, Indy film called The Color Wheel. September 4th, MES will feature the film, A Swedish Love Story followed by a live band performance by Useless Eaters.
Mise en Scenesters has teamed up with the Chattanooga Film Society to screen Reel Old School by local film makers John Cotton and Brady Effler on August 13th, 2012 at the Downtown YMCA. Chris Dortch is a board member of and programmer for The Chattanooga Film Society. He envisions a future film festival and an art house theater in Chattanooga for fans of independent films.
Upon returning from his 27-day, stand-up comedy gig at The Fringe Festival in Edin borough, Scotland, Hannibal Buress begins his South eastern U.S. tour. On August 30th, this Chicago-born comedian will headline at the Vaudeville Cafe in Chattanooga. Buress’ style of comedy is steeped in commentary on every day life.
Brent and Elizabeth Haley of Revolution Works have written and and produced an adult-themed but family friendly play called ‘Mystic Town’. This play features Bigfoot, an alien and the Loch Ness Monster meeting up in the world of humans. The Haleys have mostly produced film works in their almost 5 years in business in Chattanooga. But the two decided that with it’s fantastical creatures, ‘Mystic Town’ might be more easily produced as a staged work as live theatre lends itself more readily to the idea of suspension of dis-belief. The Haley’s discuss their work with plays and films in the audio linked below.
Revolution Works Production also has plans to shoot a full length movie in September which will be based on their script called ‘Not Quite a True Story’. The Haley’s will be holding closed-call auditions for this film. They can be reached at the link above.
Two weeks ago, Katie Whipple won the Silver Medal in the non-handicap division of beginner women’s kate at the Karate National Championships. Whipple is a 33 year old woman from Dunlap, Tennessee who is legally blind. Sensei Corey Green began teaching Whipple just 7 months ago. She is not the first person with special needs to train with Green, nor is she the first of his students to make karate history. But, she is the first blind person to qualify and then win 2nd place in traditional karate at the national level. For more about the work of Sensei Green, click here.
There’s gangsters, stock brokers, a debutante and her high society fiance, a missionary, a night club evangelist and her tap dancing angels on board the SS American ship across the trans-Atlantic in ‘Anything Goes’. CTC’s George Quick directs this production of the Cole Porter musical from the 1930’s. The show opens Friday night, July 13th on the Main Stage in Chattanooga’s theatre by the river. Here’s more from the press release:
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Anything Goes is a shining example of classic musical theater, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and eminently hummable songs like “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and “Anything Goes,” courtesy of the unforgettable score by Cole Porter.
Here’s the video preview of CTC’s ‘Anything Goes’ by Wadell and Associates:
Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Listen to the story with CTC Executive Director George Quick:
J.C. Smith, Founder and Producing Director of Closed Door Entertainment began producing musicals in and around Chattanooga 6 years ago. ‘The Music Man’ will be CDE’s first production at the Tivoli theatre. With a cast of 24 and an orchestra of 20, Smith promises that this production will be very different from the one people remember seeing in high school.
CTC opens Hair on the Circle stage on June 15th, 2012. The following is from the press release:
Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Music by Galt MacDermot
Meet The Tribe, a group of politically active hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting the draft in the rock-musical, Hair. The show grew out of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the musical’s profanity, its sexuality, and its irreverence caused controversy when it debuted off-Broadway in 1967. After moving to Broadway the following year, it ran for 1,750 performances and its songs became anthems of the peace movement. A Broadway revival opened in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for best revival of a musical. Age has not lessened the powerful impact of this four-decades-old musical, as Time magazine reports: “Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”
Hair, the theatrical love-in is one of a kind. The play came out of the Greenwich Village theater scene in the late 60’s and rose quickly to the Broadway stage with its experimental art forms and rock songs that became top 40 hits. Hair was banned from debuting in Chattanooga in the early 1970’s for what Memorial Auditorium board members believed were obscene acts within the play. The musical had been banned by other cities, including Boston. Lawsuits were filed in both cities and both worked their way to the Supreme Court. It was ruled in the Chattanooga case that that the Auditorium Board had shown unlawful prior restraint. To read more about the case, click here.
45 years later, this tribal rock musical is more popular than ever. CTC’s Artistic Director Scott Dunlap calls ‘Hair’ a, “Perfect little time capsule,” of the late 1960’s with it’s many and varied references from the perspective of the Hippie culture rising out of the ashes of the Vietnam War. This musical revival may be a kind of euphoric lament in 2012, having found no utopic,”Age of Aquarius,” to speak of.
Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Listen to the interview with CTC’s Artistic Director Scott Dunlap and Musical Director Andrew Chauncey about Hair:
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga Director Garry Posey came across the concept album that this musical is based on many years ago. To his delight, the songs from Jeremy Schonfeld have been used in the making of a musical with lyrics and music by Schonfeld and the book by Craig Pospisil. ‘Drift’ was given a good review when it premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2006. ETC will be one of the first Regional Theatres to mount a production of this, “New, edge rock musical,” says Posey. He says that ‘Drift’ contains very little dialog, instead relying on songs, staging and theatricality to tell the story of it’s protagonist David who is going through a divorce. The play opened this weekend on the Black Box stage of the St. Andrew’s Center.
Here’s more about this production from the ETC website:
June 1 – 17
“Jeremy Shonfeld, the writer, is insistent about the story being told through the music, there is very little dialogue in the 90 minute show,” says director Garry Lee Posey. “A component from a previous production utilized videography, something that I believe could really enhance the story telling, so we are using that convention as well. To help us direct the use of this convention in the most effective way possible, we are focusing on music videos for inspiration.”
Drift marks the 25th production that Garry Posey has directed with ETC. “To me, Drift is a musical that finds its protagonist trying to survive in two different worlds- fantasy and reality. In the musical, recently divorced David lives (and sings about what is) in his mind. His ex, Laura conversely finds herself trying to pull David back into reality. Ironically, the plot of DRIFT and my tenure thus far with ETC are almost mirror images of the other.”
Drift is directed by Garry Posey. Cast members include Maggie Bradshaw, Damon Buxton, Dana Colagiovanni, Kyle Dagnan, Ryan Laskowski, Ellen Poole, Justin Wahlne and Jeremy Wilkins. The stage manager is Casey Keelen.
Jim Pfitzer spent the night in Aldo Leopold’s shack last October. This was part of his research on forest ranger, naturalist and author of, “A Sand County Almanac,” published in 1949. Pfitzer has built a partial replica of that shack for his one-man play about the life work of the author. Hanging on the wall are old tools, like a two-man hand cut saw. There is a cast iron pot on the floor and a bench that looks like the one that Aldo Leopold built for his cabin in the woods.
Pfitzer has created an hour-long play based on the work of Aldo Leopold. Pfitzer will perform his play on Thursday, May 31st at Barking Legs Theatre. Chattanooga favorite Butch Ross will open the show with an acoustic set of new songs from his forth coming CD. Pfitzer will also travel to Bonaroo Festival for two performances the following weekend.
Aldo Leopold– A Standard of Change
A New One-man Show by Jim Pfitzer
with Special Guest Butch Ross THURS, May 31 @ 7 pm
$10 at the door
Don’t miss the final performance of Jim’s new show before it hits Bonnaroo!
Jim Pfitzer is best known for his personal storytelling that has been called “old fashioned and avant-garde at the same time.” Tonight’s play, Aldo Leopold – A Standard of Change , takes Pfitzer out of his usual role, casting him as the lone character in his first endeavor as playwright. Set in one evening in and around his famous Wisconsin Shack, Aldo Leopold–A Standard of Change explores the influences and challenges that led Leopold to penning his beloved book A Sand County Almanac.
Special guest Butch Ross, accompanied by an acoustic band, will be previewing selections from his forthcoming album “People, Places, Things.” Long before Butch was well-known in folk and dulcimer communities for his innovation and virtuosity on the Mountain Dulcimer, he was being compared to Woody Guthrie and James McMurtry for his wistful and richly detailed songs. Butch’s new work showcases his immense talent as a storytelling songwriter.
1940 U.S. Census Released
To highlight the extensive Internet genealogy resources made accessible through the Chattanooga Public Library, the Local History and Genealogy Department is holding a series of free workshops. To the delight of genealogists, the eagerly awaited 1940 U.S. Census has been released. Because many of the 1940 records have not yet been indexed, Mary Helms, Head of the Local History Department, will guide participants through step-by step search methods.
Subscriptions to leading genealogical databases have been purchased by the Chattanooga Public Library for use by library patrons. These include Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online, Fold3, World Vital Records, American Ancestors by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the Tennessee Sanborn Maps. The use of these and other Internet resources will be covered in the workshop.
Downtown Library: Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. (423) 757-5317
Eastgate Branch: Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. (423) 855-2685
Northgate Branch: Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. (423) 870-0636
Pre-registration is required. To reserve your place, please call the branch where you will attend or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to receive the workshop handouts electronically, please give your email address.
Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil
Listen to the Story with Head of the History and Genealogy Department of the Chattanooga Public Library Mary Helms: