Shawn Ryan (Reporter)

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Shawn Ryan is the features editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Mind Coffee: No time for concerts? Then grab a live album

Published Jun. 22 2017

For anyone who loves music, going to concerts is a given when you're growing up. In fact, you go to...

With some films, no need to think too much

Published Jun. 15 2017

"Wonder Woman" opens, crushes the competition in an Amazonian embrace and adds another brick in the small wall of the...

Mind Coffee: If I could fix one thing about Riverbend ...

Published Jun. 8 2017

I like Riverbend. I can't stand the Coke Stage.

Mind Coffee: Remembering Gregg Allman, the man, the music

Published Jun. 1 2017

It was 1994 and Gregg Allman sat on a bench in front of a baby grand piano in Birmingham, Ala.

Mind Coffee: Portable music scratches listener's itch

Published May. 25 2017

When you think about it, a smartphone is just a fancy version of a transistor radio.

Mind Coffee: How far is too far to travel for a concert?

Published May. 18 2017

How far would you go to see a concert?

Mind Coffee: Fame can be a heavy load to bear

Published May. 11 2017

Bands and musicians who quit after landing their biggest hit are out there in healthy numbers; seems like fame can...

Mind Coffee: Cable TV testing the limits on ratings

Published Apr. 27 2017

I doubt that I'm the only one who has noticed, but has anyone observed the drift toward R ratings on...

Mind Coffee: Will Starz shoot new miniseries at Rock City?

Published Apr. 20 2017

In 2001, "American Gods" won the Hugo and Nebula awards as the best science-fiction novel of the year, as well...

Mind Coffee: 'Logan' is grim, raunchy, bloody ... and quite good [trailer]

Published Mar. 30 2017

The last time I saw Charles Xavier, he was being blown into his individual atoms. Literally.

Mind Coffee: Avoid regrets later -- don't pass on a favorite band now

Published Mar. 23 2017

I read a list the other day that ran down the Top 10 things you'll regret when you get older.

Mind Coffee: Too much attention deficit for binge-watching

Published Mar. 16 2017

About once a week, some of my Facebook friends will post that they've just binge-watched (insert a TV show name...

A guide to the do's and don'ts of St. Patrick's Day (plus a few facts about the man himself)

Published Mar. 14 2017

They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Nonprofit Breast Cancer Support Services celebrates 25 years of helping women undergoing treatment

Published Mar. 10 2017

Early in January 1989, Elaine Hill was told she had breast cancer. A couple of weeks later, she had surgery...

Mind Coffee: Newsflash! Parents may not be as unhip as previously believed

Published Mar. 9 2017

The room was packed with sixth- and seventh-graders, black lights transforming clothes, hats, pants, shoes and teeth into vibrant shades...

First classic by Dr. Seuss turns 60 -- and still charms both kids and adults

Published Mar. 5 2017

Cheryl Haynes remembers loving to read Dr. Seuss' 'The Cat in the Hat' as a child and that love carried...

Mind Coffee: Horror shows at the Oscars through the years

Published Mar. 2 2017

And the winner of Best Picture is: 'La La Land.'

In the zone: Find out which plants will thrive in the Chattanooga area

Published Feb. 28 2017

'Oh my gosh that's a beautiful plant! Won't it look great in my yard?'

Chattanooga chapter of the Junior League celebrates its 100th anniversary

Published Feb. 26 2017

The Oscar-nominated movie from 2011, taken from the 2009 bestseller, focused on two black maids facing racism and condescension while...

Mind Coffee: Whatever happened to the movie musical?

Published Feb. 23 2017

For decades, movie musicals were the bee's knees, hitting the screen as comedies and dramas, as fantasies and sometimes as...