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Casey Phillips

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There are few events in Chattanooga, or elsewhere, at which the phrase "of course there will be robot battles" generally won't even elicit a raised eyebrow.

"Tbl brings 8 mo. old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no, but."

If they were to suddenly find themselves transported 100,000 years into the past, Whiskers and Rover would probably be confounded by their ancestors' eating habits.

Ruth Glover has curated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Cress Gallery for about 15 years and, as she sifts every December through the submissions to the annual student art exhibition, she’s consistently taken aback by the strength of the art program.

In 4.5 seconds, a driver with his foot to the floor in a Ferrari 512 won’t have accelerated to 60 miles per hour; a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building will still be hundreds of feet off the ground.

When it comes to musical homages, few bands pose as monumental a challenge to emulate accurately as Pink Floyd, but a Queen tribute is hardly a walk in the park.

When it comes to entertainment in Chattanooga, the first few weeks of the year historically have been a bit lifeless, but the times they are a-changin'.

When it comes to the state of his career, Of Montreal lead singer Kevin Barnes doesn’t mince words.

To some parents, putting a hammer in a child's hands sounds like the prelude to a destructive nightmare, but if they are properly supervised, helping youngsters learn to use tools safely has its upside.

Bubble gum. Sugary. Popcorn. Danceable. There are many words people use to describe pop music, but every once in a while, a song climbs the charts whose underlying message belies its upbeat trappings.

For about a decade, Beatles tribute artist Abbey Road Live! has performed note-for-note Fab Four covers several times a year at Rhythm & Brews. On Saturday, Jan. 11, the musicians are changing things up with their first show at Track 29.

Last year, local bluesman Lon Eldridge released an album with harmonicist Ed Huey, embarked on a five-week European tour, began studying gypsy jazz guitar and founded a new swing band, the 9th Street Stompers.

Bubble gum. Sugary. Popcorn. Danceable. There are many words people use to describe pop music, but every once in a while, a song climbs the charts whose underlying message belies its upbeat trappings.

There are just over 17,000 words in Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. F. Scott Fitzgerald's magnum opus, "The Great Gatsby," barely squeaks past 47,000. Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse Five" doesn't even crest 50,000.

Writing a column is a bit of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I get to spout off my opinions about whatever is bothering me. On the other hand, being an open-minded human being, my opinions sometimes do an about-face.

Despite its seemingly scatterbrained appearance, there’s a kind of artistic asymmetry to the confused jumble of patches on a crazy quilt that somehow works despite itself.

For two years, local music tribute collective The Communicators has made a name for itself through tight re-creations of well-known albums, from Beck’s “Odelay” to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”

Given that Christmas just ended, many of you are probably just now emerging, bleary-eyed, from the traditional yuletide gift coma.

Like many scientists discussing their work, Anjali Chandra can rattle off a stream of technical terminology that could give ancient Greek a run for its money in sheer incomprehensibility to the layperson.

For many Chattanoogans, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s annual “Home for the Holidays” performance is a yuletide tradition, and this year, first-year producer Joel D. Scribner is hoping to bring even more people into the fold.

Howlin’ Wolf. Robert Johnson. Ramblin’ Thomas. To many people, these are just bolded names on the timeline of blues music, but guitarist Paul Geremia has spent more than 45 years studying them and absorbing their music. To him, they’re more like mentors.

Normally, by this time of year, I’m putting the finishing touches on my list of best albums, but I’m having trouble filling it out.

Facebook users are a pretty supportive bunch. According to the social network's statistics, each of its 1.2 billion users click the thumbs-up "like" button an average of four times every day.

The artists may be related, but River Gallery's latest exhibit featuring works by John, Lynn and Marty Whipple shows that sharing a name doesn't equate to sharing artistic impulses.

As the term implies, B-films are Hollywood's second-stringers, the low-budget afterthoughts that are beloved mostly because of their often-glaring rough edges. They aren't supposed to be in the spotlight.

By the time the holiday season arrives, most bands are worn out from a busy fall touring season and are looking for a place to hang their stockings. The Infamous Stringdusters, on the other hand, are gearing up for a busy first half of 2014.

In 2010, after a lifetime of nomadic moves around the country — Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City — Greg Tardy landed in Knoxville to teach jazz at the University of Tennessee. A globetrotting saxophonist with international performing experience, Tardy says his musical approach is impacted by every place he lands.

In the 1850s, California was the site of a mad scrabble to pull a fortune from the ground with a pickax, a metal pan and maybe a donkey or two. The last five years have seen an equivalent to that frenzy, but instead of Sutter's Mill and the Sierra Nevada, the 21st-century gold rush is taking place online on Google Play and the App Store.

The problem with being a member of an all-star musical ensemble is that getting out from under its shadow can be a trial.

About two months ago, I fulfilled my childhood dream to be a hero by rescuing someone from peril, and for once, it wasn’t in a video game.

It might take its name from Main Street, but in the seven years since the inaugural MainX24, the all-day community festival has become a celebration of the entire Southside community, from Track 29 to First Tennessee Pavilion, Jefferson Heights to Central Avenue.

Having it your way isn't just a proven way to sell $5 burgers. It works just as well for dream homes.

When it comes to bassists, some would argue that it’s pretty much Victor Wooten and then everybody else.

Assuming people survive a starch-induced Thanksgiving coma and the Black Friday shopping gauntlet, local singer/songwriter Ryan Oyer is hoping a little music will revive their holiday pep this weekend.

Every year, the party animals at Oxford University Press sift through the newest terms to glom onto the ever-changing slime that is the English language and select one as the Word of the Year.

With new consumer technology coming down the pike in a seemingly neverending flood, finding the right device for gadget hounds can turn the holidays into a nightmare of confusing acronyms and ominous glowing lights. But it doesn’t have to be.

Most of the time, people dread visiting the doctor. But for millions around the world, there’s one doctor they would drop everything to see.

A few weeks ago, I met one of my girlfriend’s sisters for the first time, and the experience left me dumbfounded.

For most of the year, the all-but-endless views from atop Lookout Mountain are enough to draw visitors in the tens of thousands up the twisting curves of Ochs Highway to the gates of Rock City.

After more than 20 years of putting on a live radio show, Bill McCallie has learned an important lesson about his audience. Honey may be irresistible to flies, and ducks might go gaga for junebugs, but fans of bluegrass and Western music are suckers for biscuits. Really big ones.

To get the full effect of the Parisian theme to Tour d’Art, In-Town Gallery’s all-member fall exhibition, Helen Burton recommends starting with a stroll across the river.

To get the full effect of the Parisian theme to Tour d’Art, In-Town Gallery’s all-member fall exhibition, Helen Burton recommends starting with a stroll across the river.

As a teenager growing up in North Chattanooga, Trevor Slayton shared his walks home from school with a veritable who’s who of literary characters, from Jean Valjean and the Pevensie children to Holden Caufield and Ender Wiggin.

Despite the booming bombast of the literary character after which it is named, folk-pop band Bombadil has learned recently that a hush can fall over a crowd like a thunderclap.

If there's one lesson singer/songwriter Lee Bains III has taken away from his experience this year, it's that he doesn't have to hold his music to an impossible standard.

Just shy of 11 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong went for a stroll on the moon, and in utter defiance of his Boy Scout training -- he was an Eagle Scout -- he left something behind: a boot print. (Also, several tons of other equipment.)

On its own, a single blueberry barely counts as a bite. But four gallons of them? That presents more of a culinary conundrum.

If you’ve lived below the Mason-Dixon Line for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced the Southern concert tradition of someone requesting that the band play “Free Bird.” Usually, they’re drunk. And loud.

With national recognition for his instrumental skills and collaborations with the likes of The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, David Mayfield's career has hit plenty of high notes.

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