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Coury Turczyn

Title: Editor

Recent Work

  • Ex-WNFX DJ J LaLonde Brings His Comedy Act Back to Knoxville Published 09/26/2012 at 3:27 p.m.

    A little more than a year ago, former WNFX 94.3 morning jock J LaLonde decided to take his act on the road and pursue the life of a stand-up comic. So far, he’s survived—and he’ll be coming back to Knoxville ...

  • KGIS' New Online Map for Knoxville Published 09/26/2012 at 11:31 a.m.

    The Knoxville, Knox County, Knoxville Utilities Board Geographic Information System (KGIS) may not have the most exciting name, but the municipal geographic information resource does have a pretty nifty new online map.

  • 'Minecraft'’s Endless Creative Possibilities Make for a Good Kids’ Game—Maybe Published 09/26/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 2 Comments

    This is going to be one of those first-person parental columns about children and video games. Only it’s not going to include the usual self-reassuring conclusion about my parenting skills—I have no idea if I’ve made the right choices, or ...

  • Secret City Film Festival: Not So Secret Anymore Published 09/12/2012 at 1:44 p.m.

    Entering its ninth year, the annual Secret City Film Festival is hitting the highway and relocating to Knoxville.

  • A Plea For Salt-Brine Fermentation Chile Sauce Published 09/12/2012 at 11:14 a.m.

    So, does the world need a new line of salt-brine fermentation chile sauces? Perhaps so when it’s created by Jim Smith of Rushy Springs Farm in Talbott.

  • A Full-Service Local Comedy Blog Published 08/29/2012 at 11:10 a.m.

    Knoxville Blog of the Month:

  • Beware of Companies Selling "Best of Knoxville" Awards Published 08/29/2012 at 10:37 a.m.

    We’ve been getting press releases lately from local businesses proudly announcing their Best of Knoxville awards. But they're not the real ones.

  • Zombie Cliches Plague Master Storyteller Gilbert Hernandez's New Comic, 'Fatima' Published 08/29/2012 at 9:41 a.m.

    Gilbert’s no stranger to tackling money-making projects or B-movie tributes, but if Fatima is intended as a shameless glomming onto a pop-culture trend already on its way out, then it’s an odd one.

  • Sharing Knoxville Memorabilia Published 08/22/2012 at 10:26 a.m.

    While its title may sound like the invitation for a series of bad jokes, this Facebook page is actually an ever-growing collection of local memorabilia and anecdotes.

  • A Humble Plea for Knox Comedy Published 08/01/2012 at 10:20 a.m.

    Sean Riccio describes himself as a “hot young geek comedian,” and who are we to argue?

  • Finding Knoxville's Lost Buildings Published 07/25/2012 at 12:12 p.m.

    Knox Blog of the Week: Knoxville Lost and Found

  • Local Performers Revitalize '60s City Jingle "Knoxville, That's My Hometown!" Published 07/25/2012 at 11:20 a.m.

    Instead of just covering “Knoxville, That’s My Hometown!” WBIR's former director of marketing, Jules Morris, and former senior producer Carson Hunt (now at JAO Productions) asked local musicians to reinterpret the song with their own lyrics.

  • Knoxville's Tiki Torchbearer: Tim “Swanky” Glazner Updated 07/13/2012 at 2:03 p.m.

    Tim “Swanky” Glazner is obsessed with tiki—not just as a pop-culture phenomenon that peaked in the early ’60s, but as a way of life right now. Through his tiki projects both big and small, he’s been helping keep the tiki ...

  • Knoxville’s Other Tiki Oases Published 07/11/2012 at 4 p.m.

    Knoxville's tiki followers express their tiki love with full-on bars in their own homes.

  • Ed. Note: New Knox Arrival Published 06/20/2012 at 5:45 p.m.

    We welcome a new staff writer to our ranks.

  • Raven Records' Move to Happy Holler Benefits WUTK Published 06/06/2012 at 11:28 a.m.

    WUTK and Raven Records and Rarities are joining forces to create a multimedia happening in the ever-evolving Happy Holler neighborhood. The June 16 event is ostensibly meant to mark the grand opening of the newest location for the venerable Raven, ...

  • 'Dark Shadows' May Not Satisfy Fans, But It’s Better Than the Usual Burton-Depp Shtick Published 05/16/2012 at 11:33 a.m.

    Although Dark Shadows is not nearly the laff riot portrayed in the trailer, it doesn’t take its source material very seriously. But for those seeking a cool respite from the summer-movie season of explosive bombast, it’s a pleasant bit of ...

  • Bigger and Better 24 Hour Film Festival Returns in June Published 05/16/2012 at 11:22 a.m.

    Last year, the second edition of the Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival was in a do-or-die situation. The competition, which pits movie-making teams against one another to complete a short film in one day’s time, lacked financial sponsorships, and festival ...

  • 2nd Annual Knoxville Design Week Sets Schedule Published 05/09/2012 at 12:14 p.m.

    The Knoxville chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists is organizing Knoxville’s Second Annual Design Week, May 14-18, with special events to “engage, inspire, educate and spotlight Knoxville’s thriving design community.”

  • Forever Moebius: The Legacy of French Illustrator Jean Giraud Published 04/25/2012 at 1:35 p.m.

    No matter how fanciful or surreal they may be, Moebius' comics come to life with simple, direct lines that make you believe in the intricate details they reveal. Surely, you think, he must have seen these things he recorded. Moebius ...

  • Metro Pulse Wins Some Golden Press Card Awards Published 04/25/2012 at 11:16 a.m.

    At the Golden Press Card Awards, conducted by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, Metro Pulse squeezed out a few wins in competition with “large” circulation (over 25,000) daily newspapers for stories published in 2011.

  • Record Store Day 2012: All You Need to Know Published 04/18/2012 at 11:39 a.m.

    Meant to remind consumers that record stores still exist (and to send collectors into paroxysms of credit-card agony), Record Store Day does more than just provide record-store exclusives and limited editions you can’t find anywhere else—it’s a day to rejoin ...

  • Studio Ghibli’s 'The Secret World of Arrietty' Reminds Us of the Wonders of Hand-Drawn Animation Published 02/22/2012 at 11:27 a.m.

    Despite the odds, two-dimensional drawings of cute little critters scampering across a movie screen are not a dead art form. They’re just not a very American one anymore.

  • Filmmaker Keith McDaniel Steps in Front of the Camera for New TV Show Published 01/04/2012 at 12:07 p.m.

    This Sunday at 3 p.m. on East Tennessee PBS, Keith McDaniel—the auteur behind Oak Ridge’s annual Secret City Film Festival—will debut his new monthly talk show featuring Tennessee filmmakers.

  • New 54-Hour Film Contest Gives Filmmakers Just Enough Time Published 01/04/2012 at 12:02 p.m.

    Have you ever competed in one of the annual Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festivals and thought, “What I really need is 30 more hours.”? Well, your filmmaking contest has arrived.

  • 2011's Most Popular Stories at Published 12/28/2011 at noon

    What do our readers feel are our most interesting stories? Well, that’s easy enough to determine at our website by generating a most-popular pages report for the past year. Here are the individual articles that got the most page views ...

  • Fare Thee Well Published 12/14/2011 at 10:51 a.m.

    Some notable departures from our staff.

  • Saving Harriman's Princess Theater Published 11/23/2011 at 11:07 a.m.

    Over a decade ago, Harriman electrician Gary Baker teamed up with Hollywood character actor Muse Watson on a project both were passionate about: to save the town’s art deco jewel, the Princess Theater. They bought it with the idea of ...

  • 10 REALLY Scary Things About Knoxville Published 10/26/2011 at 11:33 a.m.

    Knoxville can be a terrifying place, and not just during home games. Yes, we have the Body Farm and tides of unbridled coal ash, but those are just the scary things we all know and expect. Meanwhile, there are aspects ...

  • Local CD Review: The V-Roys' 'Sooner Or Later' Published 10/12/2011 at 10:41 a.m.

    Were the V-Roys as good as we remember? Yeah. Damn it.

  • The Ultimate Battle for Knoxville Musical Dominion Published 10/12/2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    Suddenly, Knoxville’s music scene is swarming with band battles.

  • On the Road With Ex-WNFX Morning Jock J LaLonde Published 09/21/2011 at 9:25 a.m.

    Back in July, when popular morning jock J LaLonde was replaced after two-and-a-half years at WNFX 94.3 by the syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show, he didn’t dwell on the reasons why—after all, that’s just the way the ...

  • The Aerial Art of Knoxville's Wing Project Published 08/09/2011 at 1:50 p.m.

    It’s pretty safe to say that the Wing Project is unlike any other arts collaboration in town. That’s because it’s a unique fusion of modern dance, live music, and a low-flying trapeze. Yes, that’s right—just like the kind you see ...

  • A High Point for Midpoint Published 07/27/2011 at 4 p.m.

    Stephanie Piper's Midpoint column earned a second-place showing in the 2011 Alt Weekly Awards.

  • Talent Show: Introducing Our New Columnists Published 07/13/2011 at 2:42 p.m.

    For the past few months we’ve been running an open call for new contributors. This has resulted in an onslaught of submissions that has left my inbox dazed and sometimes confused. Although I’m still working my way through them all ...

  • Pixar Phones It in With the Unnecessary Sequel 'Cars 2' Published 06/29/2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    Technically proficient with its highly detailed settings and carefully rendered characters, Cars 2 nevertheless lacks the storytelling prowess that has been Pixar’s true ace in the hole—it’s entirely lacking in the emotional resonance of its predecessors.

  • Taking Pride in PrideFest Published 06/29/2011 at 9:50 a.m.

    On its surface, Knoxville isn’t exactly a town brimming with diversity. (See this issue’s report on census results.) But beneath its placid exterior are communities within communities that often go about their business unnoticed—until they take the time to show ...

  • The Dirty Brass Band's Bebop-Brass Fusion Still Inspires New Orleans Music Published 05/18/2011 at 11:40 a.m.

    From the first huffing bass notes from Kirk Joseph’s sousaphone tuba on the very first cut off the first album by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, you know you’re about to be entranced for a lifetime.

  • 'Hobo With a Shotgun' Gives Overdue Screen Time to Rutger Hauer Published 05/18/2011 at 11:36 a.m.

    The extermination of B-movies from theaters has long been lamented by exploitation aficionados; ever since Jaws came out in 1975, all the major studios realized they could profit from making their own big-budget gore flicks.

  • Metro Pulse Wins 11 SPJ Awards Competing Against Large Daily Papers Published 05/04/2011 at 1:08 p.m. 1 Comment

    Last Friday night, Knoxville’s media elite gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Awards. Which is to say, awards were doled out for the best regional reporting of 2010 among ...

  • 'Cedar Rapids' Makes a Case for Ordinary Hijinks Published 03/16/2011 at 10:27 a.m.

    em>Cedar Rapids is about a bland, normal-looking guy who discovers his secret wild streak at a convention of insurance agents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No way this is going to be sincere, right?

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Bring the Soul Back to R&B Published 03/09/2011 at 9:54 a.m.

    The last few years have been a wild rush of success for a band that sounds like it might have recorded for Stax or Motown 40 years ago.

  • Meet Your New Homelessness Task Force Published 03/02/2011 at 10:34 a.m.

    Our new homelessness task force meets for the first time.

  • Q&A: 'United Tastes of America' Host Jeffrey Saad Published 03/02/2011 at 10:15 a.m.

    Jeffrey Saad has one of those jobs that we all fantasize about. As host of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America—produced by upstart Knoxville television studio Lusid Media—he gets to travel the country and eat both the best versions ...

  • Live Out Your 'School of Rock' Fantasies With the Joy of Music School Published 03/02/2011 at 10:04 a.m.

    Okay, local musicians—now’s your chance to live out those School of Rock fantasies wherein you inspire a group of loveable kids to take up instruments and rock out (or play jazz, or classical, or other genres).

  • Vacationist League: 'Algorithm and Blues' Published 02/23/2011 at 12:56 p.m.

    For local-music aficionados, John Tilson is one of the heroes of high-top rock; as co-leader of the Swamis, he helped define the Knoxville sound of sardonic/silly garage-rock that flourished here for much of the ’90s.

  • Raven Records' Resurrection Published 02/16/2011 at 11:40 a.m.

    The locally iconic Raven Records returns after 16 years, now renamed Raven Records & Rarities and stocking not just vinyl records but also a wide array of "oddball, weird, cool stuff."

  • WDVX Named Best Bluegrass Station Again Published 02/09/2011 at 12:53 p.m.

    Can WDVX be any more beloved? Well, yes it can—by winning its seventh Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year award last weekend at the 37th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards.

  • Waynestock Benefit Planned for Bledsoe Family Published 01/12/2011 at 12:38 p.m.

    Wayne Bledsoe has been writing about the Knoxville music scene at the News Sentinel almost as long as there’s been something called “the Knoxville music scene.” And in the wake of his 23-year-old son Andrew’s death last month, that scene ...

  • Readers' Picks: The Year’s Most Popular Stories at Published 12/29/2010 at noon

    In our Year In Review issue, we excerpted stories that we either liked a lot or that we felt reflected some of the big issues Knoxville faced in 2010. But what did our readers feel were our most interesting stories? ...