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Coury Turczyn

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Recent Work

  • "Colin" Attacks Our Zombified Culture Head-On Published 10/20/2010 at 11:45 a.m.

    As we all know, a zombie apocalypse is imminent, and there’s really no use in asking why. Some day quite soon, we’ll wake up to a world of flesh-eating former humans shuffling along urban streets in search of fresh, non-zombie ...

  • Alan Sherrod Recognized by National Endowment for the Arts Published 10/06/2010 at 12:38 p.m.

    Alan Sherrod, our fine-arts writer, has been awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts to enter their Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.

  • The Official Insider's Guide to Knoxville, Vol. 2 Published 09/08/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    Knoxville: It’s a tough town. And if you don’t learn the ropes fast, you’re liable to get bruised. But don’t worry—we’re going to make life easier for you. All you have to do is read our second volume of tips, ...

  • Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete" Revisits ’70s-style Exploitation for Both Laughs and Gross-Outs Published 09/07/2010 at 5:38 p.m.

    Machete is what it is: A revenge/conspiracy/action flick laced with political satire and ’70s-style goofiness. And why not?

  • Knoxville Films Premieres 24-Hour Film Festival Published 08/18/2010 at 9:16 a.m.

    This Friday, Knoxvillians will once again witness teams of sweaty filmmakers scrambling around downtown to make short films in a short amount of time. But the competition won’t be the familiar Marble City 10-Hour Film Festival, which dissolved after five ...

  • Jay Roach Serves Up the Summer's Most Irritating Comedy in 'Dinner for Schmucks' Published 08/04/2010 at 10:02 a.m.

    Okay. So the only way to really pull this scenario off without being seriously distasteful is to make it a dark social comedy, not unlike its French inspiration, The Dinner Game by Francis Veber. Right? Turn the tables and reveal ...

  • Three is the Magic Number Published 07/21/2010 at 9:11 a.m.

    Last weekend, at the annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Metro Pulse picked up three 2010 AltWeekly Awards. These awards are especially important to us because they honor the best writing and reporting from alt weeklies across the ...

  • AC Entertainment Announces MoogFest in Asheville Published 07/14/2010 at 10:02 a.m.

    As the name indicates, MoogFest is intended as a celebration of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog and his technological achievements in electronic music. Which brings us to the headliners for this little shindig: Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, and MGMT.

  • 'Despicable Me' and 'Predators' Offer Hope During a Dismal Movie Summer Published 07/14/2010 at 9:50 a.m.

    More than ever before, summer movies are all about the money—and watching the interstudio combat at has become more fun than watching the movies themselves. But let us pause now amid the financial carnage to congratulate two champions of ...

  • A Conversation With George Barris, Creator of the Batmobile Published 06/30/2010 at 9:16 a.m.

    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 ...

  • Janelle Monáe Goes Over the Top With Ambitious Sci-Fi R&B Concept Album 'The ArchAndroid' Published 06/23/2010 at 1:32 p.m.

    For her first full-length CD—co-produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, of all people—Janelle Monáe’s chosen to create a science-fiction concept album about robots, inspired by Fritz Lang’s silent epic Metropolis. It’s completely over the top—but in creative ways.

  • The Mysterious Case of John Mayer Published 06/09/2010 at 1:25 p.m.

    John Mayer may be our most unique living Knoxvillian who’s yet unknown by other Knoxvillians. He’s been a falcon hacker, a theme park designer, an animator, a mailman, and a comic strip artist, among many other occupations. This summer, a ...

  • In the Hollywood Lexicon, There's One Term for Supreme Success: "Bruckheimer" Published 06/02/2010 at 9:38 a.m.

    Jerry Bruckheimer wields unlimited power to make any movie he wants, and that typically means one with a big chase scene, several explosions, and a wisecracking hero. From this unremarkable aesthetic, he has captivated a nation and accumulated unimaginable wealth. ...

  • Hey Hey, My My: Knoxville Musicians, Artists, and Writers Comment on Neil Young Published 05/26/2010 at 9:13 a.m. 1 Comment

    Neil Young’s best performances can be blissful (“Like a Hurricane”) or harrowing (almost anything from Tonight’s the Night or On the Beach), and a few songs have become so deeply ingrained that they resist commentary (“Cinnamon Girl”). He’s been on ...

  • Best Italian: Naples Italian Restaurant Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Naples also offers the kind of Italian restaurant atmosphere that you usually only see in movies set in Italian restaurants.

  • Best Chef: Bruce Bogartz Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    While his Southern-style flavors are huge, his restaurant location for RouXbarb is what you’d call “intimate.”

  • Best Asian: Taste Of Thai Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Taste of Thai is not fancy, chic, or expensive. But its flavors are the most sophisticated in town.

  • Best Store We Wish Was From Knoxville: Mast General Store Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Surely, you think, this Knoxville institution must have occupied its Gay Street address since the turn of the century. (The previous one.) Mast General Store is as Knoxvillian as the Dogwood Arts Festival, or Market Square, or the Sunsphere.

  • Best Sushi: Nama Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Who knew that Knoxville by way of Nama would become such an innovator in the sushi arts?

  • Best Local Website: Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    We’re going to assume you’re just being polite, voting for the site that was hosting this very same readers’ poll.

  • Best Bakery: Magpies Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    In the field of cupcake experimentation, it’s difficult to resist Magpies.

  • Best Ribs: Calhoun’s Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The challengers are multiplying, but Calhoun's stays on top.

  • Best Yoga Studio: The Glowing Body Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    With its world-class studio, its Round-Rug concert series, and its Glowing Bowl food service, the Glowing Body yoga studio has very quickly become a community fixture, drawing the yoga faithful from all over town to the Happy Holler environs.

  • Best Ice Cream/Smoothie Shop: Marble Slab Creamery* Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    There can be no substitute—Marble Slab Creamery is the place.

  • Best Place To Tie The Knot: Gatlinburg Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    No, Gatlinburg is not in Knoxville. But we just can’t compete!

  • Best Hair Salon & Best Nail Salon: Salon Visage Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    f there’s one hair salon that put Knoxville on the beauty map, it’s Frank and Belinda Gambuzza’s Salon Visage and its ever-growing number of locations and services. Innovative without being too chi-chi, it’s the go-to salon for Knoxvillians who want ...

  • Best Use Of Lane Kiffin Memorabilia: Toilet Paper Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Oh, dear. How the once-slavish fans turn on you once you completely reject them (after one short year) in order to further a dubious career built on acting like a self-entitled dork with few actual results on the playing field.

  • Best Book Store: McKay Used Books, CDs, Movies & More Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Just try to get a parking space on a Saturday at McKay, then prepare yourself to enter the Old Media Thunderdome as combatants vie for deals on books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.

  • Best Restaurant: Tomato Head Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Tomato Head is the all-time winningest Best of Knoxville champion, scooping up multiple awards every year we’ve run the contest since 1996. And with good reason: Owners Mahasti Vafaie and Scott Partin are setting the bar for local businesses.

  • Seva David Ball Races Against Time (and Mold) to Save the Earliest Recordings of the Moog Synthesizer Published 05/05/2010 at 2:20 p.m. 5 Comments

    In January, longtime local radio and music figure Seva David Ball embarked on his most unusual assignment as an audio professional: to rescue the earliest recordings of one his personal heroes before they disintegrated from an onslaught of mold and ...

  • Dealing With Tough Times Published 01/28/2010 at 10:22 a.m.

    Last year was lousy for the motorcycle industry. Sales took a steep plunge after the economy cratered and people started spending less and less on leisure-time activities or hobbies. Although East Tennessee is a motorcycling haven, it's not immune to ...

  • From the Editor: Comings and Goings Published 01/20/2010 at 9:51 a.m.

    It is with no small displeasure that we must announce the departure of staff writer Chris Barrett. But we're also happy to announce that Jesse Fox Mayshark is returning to the fold.

  • Support Your Local Motorcycle Shops Published 12/02/2009 at 10:12 a.m.

    For anyone who’s been paying attention to current events, the motorcycle industry has had an incredibly difficult year. According to’s compilation of motorcycle sales stats for the U.S. in the third quarter, “...motorcycle sales totaled just 434,370 so far ...

  • We Knew Him When Published 11/04/2009 at 9:52 a.m.

    We’re proud to announce that Metro Pulse theater critic Kieron Barry has been named a Norman Mailer Fellow, an award granted by the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, which was established after Mailer’s death in 2007 to recognize and assist emerging, ...

  • The Economics of Riding: Buell Motorcycles Published 10/22/2009 at 10:47 a.m.

    Riding a motorcycle is generally an escape—from your worries, from your bills, from whatever you left behind after hitting the starter button. But lately, it’s been getting harder to avoid bad news about the economic downturn and how it’s affecting ...

  • James Agee Film Festival Uncovers Obscure Titles Published 10/21/2009 at 2:53 p.m.

    We are not talking now of summer evenings. We are talking of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see numerous rarely screened—and rare in most other terms—films that include the words, voice, or visage of one James Agee. From ...

  • Metro Pulse Bartender Awards Published 10/07/2009 at 12:30 p.m. 2 Comments

    Last month, we ran an online survey asking you to vote for your favorite local bartenders. Who are Knoxville’s best pourers of alcoholic libations? Here are the results.

  • Correction Published 09/30/2009 at 10:35 a.m.

    In Frank Cagle’s column last week [“Strong Message,” Frank Talk], he wrote that Speaker Kent Williams had donated money to legislative candidate Pat Marsh from his Speaker’s PAC. The paperwork for the Speaker’s PAC is still being prepared. The money ...

  • Honda Hawk GT: The Cult Bike That Almost Got Away Updated 10/09/2009 at 9:44 a.m.

    Every rider is convinced that there is one magical motorcycle in this world that will bring ultimate satisfaction. And it’s usually just outside of our reach—too rare, too expensive, or too dangerous to actually own. But we keep our eyes ...

  • Getting Involved With Handlebars Published 09/22/2009 at 5:11 p.m.

    As much as we like putting together Handlebars, we’d like your help to make it an even better monthly read. And we’ve got a couple of options for you.

  • Defensive Riding Published 08/27/2009 at 10:49 a.m.

    As motorcycle enthusiasts, we usually stay focused on the idealized aspects of the sport: freedom of the open road, kinship with other riders, and a sense of individuality in an increasingly homogenized world. And then there’s our appreciation for all ...

  • Joel Trussell Teams Up With Rick Rubin and the Gossip for Music Video Published 07/22/2009 at 3:53 p.m.

    West Knoxvillian and internationally known animator Joel Trussell has made music videos for acts like Morcheeba and Jakob Dylan, but his most recent gig is also his biggest to date: a video for Portland, Ore., group the Gossip, visualizing a ...

  • Mutual Support Published 07/17/2009 at 1:13 p.m.

    So, do you like having a free monthly motorcycle magazine that focuses on the huge variety of riding and riders in the East Tennessee region? That’s what we’ve been hoping. When we took on Handlebars back in January, there was ...

  • Graphic Artist Q&A: Chris Echols (art) and Jordan Taylor (words) Published 07/08/2009 at 4:01 p.m. 1 Comment

    Q: How did Sapceman come to life? A (Taylor): Obviously, we take Sapceman straight from the original source (and the Sapceman serial that ran along with newsreels from 1933-1949, including the classic Sapceman vs. the Nazis episode “Sapcetime for Hitler”), ...

  • Graphic Artist Q&A: Daniel Maw Published 07/08/2009 at 3:54 p.m. 1 Comment

    Q: What do you find appealing/fulfilling about this medium as opposed to the usual art-school options? A:The greatest appeal for me is the accessibility of the medium. From my own experience engaging comics at a relatively early age, I can ...

  • Graphic Artist Q&A: Michael Giles Published 07/08/2009 at 3:51 p.m.

    Q: Are there any comic artists who are particularly important to you? A: Early on I was a big fan of the big superhero comics, particularly Jim Lee and his work on X-Men. But this kind of work draws much ...

  • Desperate Times Published 07/08/2009 at 1:01 p.m.

    A man approached two police officers in the Old City and told them he was beaten and robbed on June 22 at about 3 p.m. at the Greyhound Bus station nearby. The man said he was just hanging out at ...

  • How They Chose “” Published 07/01/2009 at 4:40 p.m.

    The right name and URL can make the difference between an Internet hit or a quickly forgotten miss. When TJ McNamara and Scott Scheinbaum wrestled with what to call their online bartering site, they went through hundreds of names—“and out ...

  • Knoxville-Based Wants Your Stuff Published 07/01/2009 at 4:26 p.m. 12 Comments

    The idea came to him during Super Bowl XLII—Giants-Patriots—and just wouldn’t go away. Thomas “TJ” McNamara had settled into the living room of his plush suburban home in far West Knoxville to watch the game with about 30 of his ...

  • Knoxville’s Best Alternative Published 07/01/2009 at 3:49 p.m.

    When E.W. Scripps purchased Metro Pulse in June of 2007, the reaction among longtime readers was decidedly unfavorable. Which is easy to understand since the combination of a large, national media corporation and a local, independent paper that often chided ...