Eye on the Scene: ...With a Cherry on Top

...With a Cherry on Top

For now, the "Internet" part of Cherries Internet Cafe takes precedence over the "Cafe" part. The new high-tech gathering place at 17 Market Square, located under the offices of the Knoxville Chamber, opened on Sept. 25 after several months of delay, but won't start serving lunch and hot drinks until later this month.

But the Internet is a significant part of the cafe, which includes computers at every booth and charging stations for laptops, cellphones, and iPods. And the biggest deal is already underway: live Web broadcasts of shows shot in Cherries' 500-square-foot glass-walled studio. So far it's a limited schedule—Gwen Parisi and Michael Lott host the self-help program The LifeLine Show from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays, followed by Cherries owner Ingrid Gee and Mark Atnip's talk show Cherries for Life from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., EvaMag Live from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and BusinessBusiness at 5 p.m.—but more programs are expected to launch this month.

All the Cherries Internet Cafe programming can be seen at cherriesinternetcafe.com or heard at AM 850. (Matthew Everett)

Left of the Dial

WUTK is in good company. The University of Tennessee's student-run radio station at 90.3 FM has been nominated for the Best Campus Radio Station in the 2008 MTVu Woodie Awards. WUTK is among 20 finalists for the award. Student-run stations at the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, Georgia State, the University of North Carolina, and St. Louis University were also nominated. The nominations were drawn from the CMJ College Radio Awards, the Princeton Review, and record labels, and represent "pioneering college campus radio stations committed to bringing students the latest indie and emerging music," according to a press release from MTVu, MTV's college television outlet. "Lauded for championing artists before they achieve mainstream success, these student-run radio stations represent the new music vanguard long since abandoned by traditional FM radio." (M.E.)

Score One for the Locals

Phil Fuson, a motorcycle racing enthusiast and guitarist with too many bands to count over the years, is frequently seen running the stage at the Time Warp Tea Room these days. But he's also a photographer and tech wiz, and scored the music for the locally produced nine-minute film Bluff Point, showing at this year's Secret City Film Festival, opening on Oct. 9 at Oak Ridge Playhouse.

Fuson created all the music for the noir-ish psychodrama with a combination of digital and analog instruments. When asked to elucidate: "Macbook Pro, Apogee Duet interface, Logic Pro 8, Midi Controller, ‘62 Fender Telecaster, ‘54 Fender doubleneck, non-pedal steel guitar. All other instruments, amplifiers, signal processing (EQ, FX, etc.), yadda yadda exist in the computer. Yadda yadda."

Bluff Point was directed by Scott W. Lee, who likes hanging around Knoxville hard rockers The American Plague. The film was written by Metro Pulse contributor Kieron Barry and produced by Barry's wife, Britten Barry, all members of local film production company 35DegreesNorth. It stars a character actor whose name you may not recognize but whose face you will—Joel McKinnon Miller (Big Love, Nip/Tuck, Deadwood)—as well as Julie McNiven (Mad Men). Bluff Point will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. (Jack Rentfro)