John Mark Wiggers: "It Is About Trust.”
Updated 12/21/2011 at 10:21 p.m.
John Mark Wiggers, who is 40, has shaggy hair, a trim beard, and an amiable manner that helps explain why many of his parishioners know him as Father Dude. Sitting at Java in the Old City, which he calls his ...
Considering 'Tintin' in the 21st Century
Published 12/21/2011 at 10:56 a.m.
The world Tintin inhabits and represents, seen from a modern adult perspective, seems cramped and problematic. But I read them when I was 8 or 9 years old, when finding a realm of endless adventure—of sunken ships and spy rings ...
Published 12/14/2011 at 4:28 p.m.
While we still drink plenty of toasts, we have somewhat lost the art of toast-making. It used to be a popular form of verse and entertainment, with partygoers competing to top each other in puns and rhymes. These days, apart ...
Kate Bush: '50 Words for Snow'
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:42 a.m.
It may be true, as one British critic sniffed, that Bush no longer knows how to write pop songs. More to the point, I’d say that the 53-year-old singer no longer cares.
Carolina Chocolate Drops Add a Beatboxer and a Cellist, But Keep Playing That Old-Time Music
Published 12/07/2011 at 10:57 a.m.
Most bands who win the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album do not turn around and hire a beatboxer as their newest member. And most bands who top the Billboard Bluegrass chart for seven straight weeks are not likely to ...
'The Descendants' Finds Glumness in Paradise
Published 12/07/2011 at 10:41 a.m.
Another Alexander Payne movie, another befuddled male protagonist.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Dec. 8 to Tue., Dec. 13
Published 12/07/2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Dec. 8 to Tue., Dec. 13
Local Credit Unions Benefit From Recent Anti-Bank Sentiments
Published 11/30/2011 at 12:58 p.m.
When several national banks instituted new fees on ATM cards—making you pay for the privilege of spending your own money—many consumers revolted. But they didn’t just send angry e-mails—they moved their accounts to local credit unions. Jesse Fox Mayshark takes ...
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Dec. 1 to Wed., Dec. 7
Published 11/30/2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Dec. 1 to Wed., Dec. 7
'The Skin I Live In' Turns Almodóvar’s Talents Toward Horror
Published 11/23/2011 at 1:52 p.m.
As a whole, The Skin I Live In is too inventive and well-made to dismiss outright, and much too flawed to admire.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Nov. 24 to Tuesday, Nov. 29
Published 11/23/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Nov. 24 to Tuesday, Nov. 29
Too Many Organisms, Not Enough Scientists
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:34 p.m.
One persistent challenge for the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the Great Smoky Mountains has been finding people to do the basic counting. The expertise to correctly identify dozens of species of a particular organism, or to recognize a new ...
17,000 Species in the Great Smoky Mountains. And Counting.
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:31 p.m. 1 Comment
More than a decade ago, scientists in the Great Smoky Mountains set themselves a daunting task: Count every kind of plant and creature living in the national park. Since then, the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has nearly doubled the number ...
Another Obstacle for the Hillside Plan?
Published 11/16/2011 at 3:24 p.m. 2 Comments
As of this Thursday, it has been 344 days since the Metropolitan Planning Commissioned approved a plan to protect local hillsides and ridgetops. In that time, governments have toppled across North Africa, Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, Wall ...
Knoxville Elections Roundup
Published 11/09/2011 at 9:02 a.m.
In the end, it turned out like everyone expected. Madeline Rogero entered the race for Knoxville mayor late last year as the presumptive front-runner, and nothing that happened all year shook the sense that she was headed for victory. Here's ...
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Nov. 3 to Tuesday, Nov. 8
Published 11/02/2011 at 11:13 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Nov. 3 to Tuesday, Nov. 8
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 ...
6th District Senatorial Candidate Gloria Johnson Aims to Revitalize Knox County Democratic Party
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:50 a.m. 2 Comments
Gloria Johnson knows the numbers are against her in her campaign for the 6th District state Senate seat. The district is heavily Republican, and she’s running against a member of a local political dynasty. But Johnson wants to do more ...
Emilion Estevez Loses 'The Way' in Tepid Travelogue
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:37 a.m.
The Way is a pile of hokum, full of maudlin clichés and cheap jokes.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Nov. 2
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:30 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Oct. 27 to Wednesday, Nov. 2
As Chamber's Proposal Dies, Compromise Seems Near on Hillside Plan
Published 10/19/2011 at 1:44 p.m. 3 Comments
After the Knoxville Chamber presented its alternative to the embattled Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan on Sept. 29, members of County Commission and City Council asked the Metropolitan Planning Commission to give it a look and report back. MPC Executive ...
V-Roys' New Year's Eve Show Moves to Tennessee Theatre
Published 10/19/2011 at 11:58 a.m.
When the late, great V-Roys announced their one-off New Year’s Eve reunion show a little while back, there were two widespread reactions: 1.) Awesome!, and 2.) Why at the Bijou Theatre instead of the Tennessee Theatre?
The Jayhawks: 'Mockingbird Time'
Published 10/19/2011 at 11:31 a.m.
There are a lot of nice tunes here, and a lot of lyrics that bear the imprint of mid-life reckoning with love, death, failure, and the small joys of life.
A Quick Primer to Social Etiquette on the Trail
Published 10/12/2011 at 11:40 a.m.
Even in the wilderness, etiquette is required. Here are some social do's and don'ts to remember on the trail.
Padgett and Rogero’s Spirited Post-Primary Week
Published 10/05/2011 at 1 p.m.
After months of mostly polite campaigning, including dozens of forums, debates, and dutifully filled-out questionnaires, the two remaining Knoxville mayoral candidates turned feisty in the week after the Sept. 27 primary.
Kate Beaton Makes Comics About Pirates, Nancy Drew, Brahms, and Canada
Published 10/05/2011 at 10:43 a.m.
Beaton combines a relentlessly nerdy interest in historical figures and literary characters with a flowing but precise pen-and-ink style.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Oct. 6 through Wednesday, Oct. 12
Published 10/05/2011 at 10:29 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Oct. 6 through Wednesday, Oct. 12
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 29 through Wednesday, Oct. 5
Published 09/28/2011 at 9:47 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 29 through Wednesday, Oct. 5
Close Calls: Notes From a Nail-Bitten Primary Election Night
Published 09/28/2011 at 9:09 a.m. 4 Comments
Sixteen votes. That’s what Madeline Rogero needed Tuesday night to put her over the 50 percent mark in the race for Knoxville mayor. Instead, she finished with 8,235 out of the 16,500 ballots cast in the primary—which comes out to ...
HoLa Festival Celebrates Knoxville’s Latin American Communities
Published 09/21/2011 at 12:24 p.m.
This year's HoLa Festival promises to be Knoxville's biggest celebration of the area's Latin American communities yet.
Four Bartenders Who Are Bringing the Art of Mixology to Knoxville
Published 09/21/2011 at 12:19 p.m.
We talk to four Knoxville bartenders who are elevating the cocktail to a work of art.
Bar Tales: The Anxiety of Trying to Catch the Bartender’s Eye
Published 09/21/2011 at 12:06 p.m.
During my years of legal drinking, which now make up half my life, I have come to a few conclusions about the complex metrics of bartender-patron relations. One is that there is some kind of secret talent for catching a ...
State of the Boozin’
Published 09/21/2011 at 11:17 a.m.
It might not be a great time to be an American, but it is a very, very good time to be a drinking American. Whether you’re a wine sipper or a beer guzzler, a Scotch snob or a cocktail connoisseur, ...
New Conference Supports People With Disabilities
Published 09/21/2011 at 10:55 a.m.
This Saturday will be the first East Tennessee Disability Conference, which aims to support people with disabilities. Jesse Fox Mayshark gives us a preview.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 22 through Tuesday, Sept. 27
Published 09/21/2011 at 10:23 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 22 through Tuesday, Sept. 27
Boy Scouts' School Recruiting Garners Complaints
Published 09/14/2011 at 10:49 a.m.
With another school year under way, representatives of the Boy Scouts of America are recruiting new members in Knox County classrooms. Jesse Fox Mayshark asks whether such a religious organization should be allowed to use public school time.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 15 through Tuesday, Sept. 20
Published 09/14/2011 at 10:15 a.m.
Event highlights for Thursday, Sept. 15 through Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Knoxville Elections '11: Is There a Vision?
Published 09/07/2011 at 2:17 p.m.
A lot of what we want a mayor to do is pretty mundane. We want our streets to be safe, clean, and well maintained. We want someone to pick up the trash. We want our creeks not to flood, and ...
Elizabeth Cook Seeks a Niche for Her Funny, Painful, Honest Songs
Published 09/07/2011 at 11:19 a.m.
Since making her debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 2000, Cook has released five albums that have shown her maturing from a promising young talent, through a brief, unsatisfying major-label fling, into an idiosyncratic, often surprising voice.
Will Oakwood Elementary Survive its Storm Damage?
Published 09/07/2011 at 11:15 a.m. 1 Comment
It was not exactly a surprise that after two days of heavy rain over the Labor Day weekend, portions of the roof and floors of the building at 232 E. Churchwell Ave. collapsed Monday night.
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 13
Published 09/07/2011 at 10:58 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 13
Published 09/07/2011 at 10:36 a.m.
High-energy burners like “Blossom Quarter” and “Rapid Racer” have a sort of molten mania about them, surging along on an aural flying carpet of breakneck beats and cascading keyboards, chimes, and strings. But even at his most frenetic, Lone seems ...
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5
Published 08/31/2011 at 11:19 a.m.
Knox Event Highlights for Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Aug. 25 through Tuesday, Aug. 30
Published 08/24/2011 at 11:46 a.m.
Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, Aug. 25 through Tuesday, Aug. 30.
Hard Cider That's Not Too Sweet
Published 08/17/2011 at 1:40 p.m.
Even as hard cider has become a more common commodity in grocery store coolers here, it has tended toward the syrupy. But cider is slowly overcoming its reputation as—not to put too fine a point on it—a sort of sugary, ...
City Council Seat B: The Challengers in Brief
Published 08/17/2011 at 1:16 p.m.
Quick facts about candidates Buck Cochran, Bill Owen, Marshall Stair.
Grace Adele Follows Her Dreams From Radio City to Music City
Published 08/10/2011 at 11:51 a.m.
Originally, Grace Adele was going to be a Rockette. She was drawn to the old-school theatricality of the fabled Radio City high-kickers, but after a while, the round trips to New York from Adele’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, got expensive. ...
Weekly Plan-It: Knox Event Highlights for Thursday, Aug. 11 through Monday, Aug. 15
Published 08/10/2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Civic meetings and noteworthy entertainment events for Thursday, Aug. 11 through Monday, Aug. 15.
City Council At-Large Seat A: The Challengers in Brief
Published 08/03/2011 at 4:15 p.m.
A quick look at who's running for City Council At-Large Seat A.
In the Running: Meet the Candidates for City Council Seat A
Published 08/03/2011 at 4:12 p.m.
Talking about neighborhoods, development, and the Hillside Plan with George Wallace, John Stancil, Michael McBath, and Paul Berney.