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  • Q&A With Comedian and Director Bob Goldthwait Published 10/27/2010 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments

    Fifteen years of lucidity might sound like a career-ending proposition for a comedian best known for his nigh-incomprehensible standup act and his role as a twitchy gangleader-turned-cop in the Police Academy films, but Bobcat Goldthwait has parleyed sanity into a ...

  • William Mahaffey, filmmaker and founder of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival Published 10/20/2010 at 5:13 p.m. 0 comments

    William Mahaffey is a local filmmaker and movie buff who founded the Knoxville Horror Film Festival, which will celebrate its second year this weekend (and will also have a premiere screening of Mahaffey’s newest short, “Sick”). Mahaffey, a University of ...

  • Lisa Soland, playwright of 'Meet Cute' Published 10/14/2010 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments

    Lisa Soland is a playwright who moved to Knoxville after beginning a successful career in Los Angeles. Her evening of short plays, Meet Cute, will premiere at Pellissippi State. Performances are October 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8pm and October ...

  • Marge Piercy Talks About Poetry, Activism, and Judaism Published 10/13/2010 at 11:06 a.m. 0 comments

    Marge Piercy has written 15 novels and 17 books of poetry—many of them concerned with feminism, politics, and Judaism—during her 50-year writing career. The 74-year-old Piercy will be in Knoxville this weekend for poetry readings at the University of Tennessee ...

  • Amy Greene Discusses Her Debut Novel "Bloodroot" Published 10/6/2010 at 9:27 a.m. 0 comments

    Amy Greene’s nationally acclaimed first novel, Bloodroot, spans three generations in and around a small fictional East Tennessee hamlet called Millertown, a thinly veiled version of Morristown, where the 35-year-old Greene has lived all her life.

  • Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, filmmakers Published 9/29/2010 at 2:23 p.m. 0 comments

    Raised in West Knoxville, Paul Harrill got some national attention in 2001 when his Knoxville-shot film, Gina, an Actress, Age 29 won the Jury Prize for short filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, he has made a second ...

  • A Conversation With Tony Cedeño, Director of Oak Ridge Playhouse's "Doubt" Published 9/9/2010 at 3:42 p.m. 0 comments

    Over the next couple of weeks, the Oak Ridge Playhouse is taking on Doubt, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play about suspicion, conflict, and repression in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. The play’s director, Tony Cedeño, ...

  • Larsen Jay, Local Entrepreneur and Producer of 'That Evening Sun' Published 9/1/2010 at 9:33 a.m. 0 comments

    Head of DoubleJay Creative, which does high-tech PR and video work, Larsen Jay was once famous for spearheading Market Square’s holiday skating rink. But he turned motion-picture producer with last year’s release of That Evening Sun.

  • Libby Sherrill, Executive Producer, 'Beyond the Myth,' a Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination Published 8/25/2010 at 11:45 a.m. 4 comments

    Libby Sherrill first decided to tackle a film about pit bulls as a grad student at the University of Tennessee. Three years later, her theme has been honed to reveal the perils of breed-specific legislation as carried out in three ...

  • A Conversation With George Barris, Creator of the Batmobile Published 6/30/2010 at 9:16 a.m. 0 comments

    George Barris and his brother Sam pretty much invented the business of customizing cars, back in 1940s Los Angeles. Nowadays, it’s an industry unto itself, as well as mass entertainment on all too many cable TV shows. But Barris still ...

  • C. Martin Croker: The Man Behind 'Space Ghost' Villain Zorak Published 6/23/2010 at 9:45 a.m. 0 comments

    Designer, voice actor, and producer C. Martin Croker knew quite a bit about the ’60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon Space Ghost. The show debuted when Croker was 4 years old, and it was one of the first shows he made a point ...

  • Black Atticus Discusses the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam Published 6/2/2010 at 9:28 a.m. 0 comments

    Black Atticus, aka Joseph Woods, has been performing as a slam and spoken-word poet competitively and professionally for about 10 years. He and Rhea “Sunshine” Carmon began Black Sunshine Arts-N-Entertainment in 2002. Along with hosting the Knoxville Poetry Slam for ...

  • Wendy Williams: A Porn Star With a Difference Published 5/5/2010 at 9:38 a.m. 0 comments

    In recent years, with help from the Internet, transsexual performers have moved closer to the pornography mainstream. Wendy Williams, who lives as a woman but is anatomically male from the waist down, is something of a trailblazer in that evolution. ...

  • Laura Bell, Former Sheepherder and Author of 'Claiming Ground' Published 3/24/2010 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Nashville native Laura Bell works with the Nature Conservancy in Wyoming. Bell’s just-published memoir, Claiming Ground, is her first book.

  • Gary Paulsen, Newbery Honor-winning adventure writer Published 3/2/2010 at 6:39 p.m. 0 comments

    Long a favorite of reluctant and dormant readers, Gary Paulsen’s fiction for young people often takes the theme of surviving harsh wilderness—and sometimes harsher family life. His no-frills, tautly paced books are unmistakably written from the voice of experience.