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Chris Barrett

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  • Alejandro Escovedo's Camino Real Published 01/20/2009 at 4:49 p.m.

    Even if you don’t partake, you’ve probably been trapped in arena-rock show gridlock. Alejandro Escovedo was en route to one of Bruce Springsteen’s Houston shows last spring, to the extent that you can be on your way to anything in ...

  • Glimmerglass Published 01/14/2009 at 2:42 p.m.

    In the title essay of his book Vermeer in Bosnia: Cultural Comedies and Political Tragedies, Lawrence Weschler details the days of a Bosnian war crimes tribunal judge who keeps his sanity by daily visiting the Vermeers at the Hague’s Mauritshuis ...

  • Donald Brown compiles a lively, loving collection Published 01/07/2009 at 10:44 a.m.

    "Fast Forward to the Past:" The title pretty much says it all. These 10 new compositions and well-chosen covers play like a scrapbook of pianist/composer Brown’s favorite sounds.

  • Knoxville's Green House Effect Published 12/17/2008 at 12:36 p.m. 2 Comments

    Green living these days is what the Internet was in 1995: profitable and practically essential as an element if you’re trying to sell something. Call it a necessary trend. Energy and money are both in short supply, so anything that ...

  • Mark Farina: Knoxville, Tennessee, Represent Represent Published 12/10/2008 at 5 p.m.

    House music—that bass-heavy dance music engineered specifically to make you restless, capable of being overheard through brick walls and over great distances—is actually rich in subtle nuances and subliminal pleasures. It’s also rich in history. One of the form’s progenitors, ...

  • David Byrne and Brian Eno Published 12/03/2008 at 5 p.m.

    This is not a sequel to the ground-breaking 1981 album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. But that’s OK—the last thing anybody needs or wants is these two incredibly bright and originally creative lights pretending to be something they’re ...

  • David Byrne Published 12/03/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Film music is often meaningful to a limited audience, though perhaps less so these days than before the advent of soundtrack compilations of broad-spectrum passé rock songs. Even if the next Preisner or Rota or Raben is out there somewhere, ...

  • Women and Children First Published 11/26/2008 at 9:45 a.m.

    Knox County Health Department’s Women-Infant-Children (WIC) clinic is experiencing increasing demand for its nutritional counseling and food voucher program.

  • Home Economics Published 11/26/2008 at 9:37 a.m.

    The economy sucks. But you knew that, because you’re bombarded with panic-mongering headlines and statistics at every turn. What you may not know is how the recession of 2008 is affecting your neighbors and all of the ways it may ...

  • Trail Tags Published 11/19/2008 at 6 p.m.

    In June, the state of Tennessee passed legislation allowing Appalachian Trail supporters to test the popularity and feasibility of a specialty license plate touting the AT. Supporters—primarily the Appalachian Trail Conference, which has a regional office in Asheville, N.C., and ...

  • A Better Place Published 11/19/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Marcia Goldenstein has been teaching painting and watercolor at the University of Tennessee for more than 30 years. Her aerie office studio on the fourth floor of the school’s Art and Architecture building has a pleasant, lived-in feel. She stores ...

  • The Lindy Local Published 11/19/2008 at 2:41 p.m.

    In a large community room beneath Church Street United Methodist Church, one hears music from a different hymnal. Dinah Shore pipes, “Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy, makes your eyes light up, and your tummy say ‘Howdy.’”

  • Respect Is a Two-Way Street Published 11/12/2008 at 6 p.m.

    Whether it’s because of the recent surge in gas prices or Lance Armstrong’s popularity, there are more bicycles and bicyclists on Knoxville’s streets than in years past. The trend is difficult to quantify, because they’re not registered, and many of ...

  • Dancing About Architecture Published 11/12/2008 at 5 p.m.

    One of the lessons to be learned from the example of Pilobolus, the esteemed Connecticut-based dance company, might be to think long and hard about the possible consequences of your youthful larks and distractions. Four decades later you might find ...

  • Eye on the Scene: Stage Directions Published 11/05/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Long time no hear from Actors Co-op, Knoxville’s favorite vagabond theater company. Marat/Sade, the company’s most recent production, drew respectable crowds back in May at Ironwood Studios.

  • Effective Immediately Published 10/29/2008 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment

    Wednesday, Oct. 22. Noon. United Campus Workers and the Progressive Student Alliance have organized a rally protesting budget cuts at the University of Tennessee. Insult added to injury—after losing $11.1 million earlier in the year, UTK lost $6 million more ...

  • CD Review: Bob Dylan Published 10/22/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Tell Tale Signs is 27 alternate takes and demos, previously unreleased songs, and live cuts of material from 1989 (Oh Mercy) through 2006 (Modern Times). Regardless of which Dylan subcult you belong to, it’s hard not to acknowledge that this ...

  • CD Review: Lucinda Williams Published 10/22/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Little Honey suggests that if and when Lucinda Williams does settle down, there’s no real reason to think that her music will. Who the hell knows what’s really going on with her? But recent recordings have captured her singing about ...

  • Uncommon Ground Published 10/22/2008 at 5 p.m.

    As part of a program called Growing Tennessee: Rural Youth Cultivate Common Ground, young people whose families come to Tennessee as seasonal laborers were given digital cameras and access to ceramics materials and were mentored by accomplished local artists. The ...

  • Home Stretch? Published 10/15/2008 at 6 p.m. 1 Comment

    During 2008, the grassrootsy Knox Charter Petition group mobilized hundreds of volunteer and paid petitioneers and fired a steady salvo of press releases and media opportunities in its effort to amend the Knox County Charter. One mission accomplished: The proposed ...

  • Banjos Without Borders Published 10/15/2008 at 5 p.m.

    The people and governments of the United States and China have finally found something they can agree upon: Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet. With the full support of both governments, and even financial backing from the United States, this ...

  • A Few Words in Defense of Randy Newman Published 10/08/2008 at 5 p.m.

    So how do you make living writing songs that point out people’s flaws? Make ’em laugh. And that’s what singularly American songwriter Randy Newman has done for some 40 years now with his acerbic portraits. Chris Barrett finds out where ...

  • Talk About the Passion Published 09/17/2008 at 5 p.m. 1 Comment

    With the pending sale of the property it leases, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg faces an uncertain future. Chris Barrett talks to officials at Arrowmont and nearby Penland School of Crafts, and ponders the value of keeping ...

  • A Joyful Noise Published 11/07/1996 at 8:25 p.m.

    "GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING, KNOXVILLE!" pipes Brother Louis Thompson across three counties every weekday morning at 5 a.m. From the small cinder block bunker of a studio that houses WKGN-AM, he sends out what may be the most ...

  • Whole Lives Published 10/03/1996 at 8:15 p.m.

    In the wee hours of July 11, 1994, members of the eco-terrorist group EARTH FIRST! and others locked themselves to barriers blocking the road that provides access to the Watts Bar nuclear power plant. A ruckus was raised, attracting national ...

  • For Arts' Sake Published 09/26/1996 at 8:14 p.m.

    Artists are a curious lot. And art, as a subject of conversation, is often more dreaded than religion or politics in these parts. Still, Knoxville remains home to a handful of some of America's finest artists--both successful and those aspiring ...

  • Get Hip to Local Treasure Donald Brown Published 05/31/1994 at 2 p.m.

    In Japan, an artist or performer who is making a contribution to society that no one else could possibly make is given the title of "National Treasure." Along with the title comes an honorary stipend and some heavyweight status. Such ...