Tucked away off Main Street, The Camp House is a warehouse that has been converted to a coffee house and music venue. It features 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's home to a local blend of coffee and different music performances each day of the week.
Chattanooga is well on its way to becoming the first city in America with its own unique typeface. Chatype is being developed through the grass-roots efforts of DJ Trischler and Jonathan Mansfield combined with the design creativity of Robbie de Villiers and Jeremy Dooley. Chatype is currently in beta and when it is complete it will be a gift to the people of Chattanooga. The hope is that the typeface will be used to help brand and promote the city as well as celebrate the rich history and exciting future.
Miki Boni and Tom Paulsin put a lot of work into transforming an old house in the Southside District into a contemporary, comfortable art gallery. Now when visitors come, they hope they’ll enjoy the art and stay awhile. A long while. Maybe overnight or for the weekend.
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.
“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 contrastin
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.
Some stories are meant to be heard out loud. Particularly, stories from oral traditions, such as the Jack Tales, which originated in Europe. Immigrants brought Jack Tales to Appalachia, and more than sixty years ago, folklorist Richard Chase collected these tales and published them in print form.
Ron E. Ott finds mugshots taken in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and he renders the photographs into colorful comic-book styled portraits. He stopped by our studios recently and discussed what inspired him to start using mugshots as the basis for fine art. He calls his project Chattanooga Mugshots.
Thomas P. Balázs, fiction writer and UTC professor, will publish his first collection of stories in late January. The book is titled Omicron Ceti III. NecessaryFiction.com calls Balázs “an inspired and inventive writer resourceful enough to also draw on many diverse sources, cultural and pop-cultural.” Kevin Wilson, the author of The Family Fang, claims Omicron Ceti III is a “dazzling collection [that] boldly goes into unknown territory.” Garrett Crowe spoke with Thomas Balázs about his debut book.
The Association for Visual Arts already has an impact on Chattanooga--they are one of the city's largest arts organizations, with around 600 members. But now AVA is doing even more to connect with the community. Anne Willson, the new executive director, joins us to discuss new partnerships between AVA and nonprofits. Also, Willson discusses a new magazine AVA is producing called The Bridge.