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.
This comedy competition has attracted upwards of 60 comedians from the Tennessee Valley and beyond, reports Vaudeville Manager Sandra Moses. Each Tuesday night 9-10 comedians will be given 7 minutes of stage time to show what their made of. Comics will be judged based on originality of material, stage presence and timing. Three judges will give scores between 1 and 25 points for each act. Three comics from each night will advance to the semi-finals. And finalists will compete for cash and future bookings with Funny Business Comic Agency.
Listen to the story with comedians Kristine Kinsey and Chad Rosser and Vaudeville Cafe Manager Sandra Moses:
Rylan Steele has created a series of photographs that cause viewers to take a closer look at ordinary workspaces–the clutter and the cleanliness of offices, warehouses and other spaces we inhabit every day but rarely think about.
Amanda Brazier‘s paintings are vivid, geometric, often abstract works of art. However, like Steele’s photos, they examine the way humans interact with and modify their environment. Steele, a professor at Columbus State University, and Brazier, a Chattanooga artist, are the featured artists at the AVA Gallery’s Re: Structure exhibit, which opens March 2nd and runs through April 28th. An opening reception will take place March 2nd at AVA.
Tucked away off of Main Street is a warehouse that has been converted to a coffee house and music venue with an intimate setting and multi-track recording. In fact the facility was originally designed to double as a music recording space for the Mission Chattanooga. Now it is home to a coffee house and cafe with a different type of music performance each day of the week. The music schedule includes:
Mondays – Southside Casual Classics
Tuesdays – Songs & Stories
Wednesdays – Chattanooga Folk School
Thursdays – Open Mic
Fridays* – Bluegrass
Saturdays – various events
*First Friday of every month is College Band night
Combining avant-garde music, modern dance and multimedia, Rebecca Furiosa is the newest production from writer/composer Tim Hinck. It will be staged at Barking Legs Theater Feb. 25th-28th. It’s being presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society, the Theatre for the New South and the New Dischord Ensemble.
From Barking Legs’ Web site:
Tim Hinck’s Rebecca Furiosa
Sat, Feb 25 through Tues, Feb 28
8 pm¨nightly, $10 adv/door
18+ audience, adult content
Members of the Chattanooga Symphony, UTC faculty, Chattanooga Dance Projects, Theater for the New South’s director Blake Harris, and filmmaker Megan Hollenbeck join forces to bring Tim Hinck’s work to life on stage. This riveting production blends a live quintet of woodwinds, strings, and electric guitar, with dancers and multimedia projections. Employing Brechtian theater, performance art, and experimental music, Rebecca Furiosa explores the power of religion in the cultural landscape of the United States. The ferocity of our religious fervor finds personification in the character Rebecca. This snapshot of her coming-of-age mirrors, in many ways, the coming-of-age of the American nation. The nightly performances of this 50-minute production will be followed by a panel Q&A with the composer, members of the production team, and performers.
The 38th Annual Houston Museum Antiques Show and Sale is coming up February 24th-26th at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Caroline Cavett joins us for this segment. She’s a both a volunteer and a board member at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts. She talks about the fascinating history behind the museum’s enormous collection of glassware and antiques. She also explains how the annual antiques show raises funds for the museum. For tickets or more information, call at 423-267-7176 or email email@example.com.
For the last couple of years, the Planet Altered Gallery on Chattanooga’s Southside has held fundraising events called CAFE Grant Suppers. At these events, people pay $12 for dinner. During the dinner, artists and creative people who could use extra money to fund their work give pitches. People listen to the pitches, vote, and then the winning artist receives most of the money people paid for dinner–often several hundred dollars total. It’s a way for the Southside community to gather, enjoy food and fun, and support a local artist.
On February 12th, the CAFE Grant series did something different–instead of artists, teachers competed for the grant money. Mary Helen Miller spoke to the teachers and several other people present at the event.
“I don’t ever talk to anybody who’s older than me,” John Flansburgh says in this interview with WUTC 88.1 FM’s Richard Winham. Both Flansburgh and Winham have been in the music business for decades. Winham, the host of WUTC’s afternoon music show, started his radio career in 1972. Flansburgh’s music career began in 1982, when he and John Linnell founded the band They Might Be Giants. In this extended, informal conversation, Winham doesn’t exactly interview Flansburgh–instead, these two music-industry veterans wind up interviewing each other, comparing their musical tastes and contrasting their perspectives on rock, punk and pop.
Winham interviewed Flansburgh in advance of They Might Be Giants’ Chattanooga show at Track 29 on February 12th, 2012.
Jonathan Coulton used to write computer programs. Now he writes about programmers–his songs like Code Monkey are funny, occasionally melancholy ballads about geek culture: burnt-out code warriors, zombie office workers and mournful, lonely sea monsters.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers continues with The Toe Tactic on February 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Michael Edward Miller spoke with Emily Hubley, the writer/director/animator who created the film. It’s a mixture of comedy and drama, of live action and animation. It’s unlikely you’ve ever seen a film quite like The Toe Tactic.