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The Garden: Growing the (Dancing) Beloved Community

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

While a Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, Katharine Slowburn developed a theory and practice of embodied sacrality utilizing dance. Upon graduation in 2013, Katharine returned to Knoxville, building a different type of beloved community through dance. After choreographing single pieces in several companies, she launched her own group in 2017 - The Katharine Slowburn Experience - and her first full-length production, “The Garden,” using her unique approach of dance-making and dancing as tools for healing and transforming.
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It All Makes Cents

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Christinea Beane was once accused of stepping over a dollar to pick up a penny. This was intended to be an insult, suggesting that she only cares about the little things, or things that do not matter to other people. However, Christinea saw this as an opportunity.
Christinea believes that a penny is a metaphor for everything in life, and like you, every penny has its story. That story should be heard. While she is connecting with people as a sales representative for a Nashville based brewery, Christinea is collecting stories as inspiration and for the jewelry that she creates.
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Paris Woodhull Illustrations

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Paris Woodhull is a young, female entrepreneur who shares her story of starting her own illustration business. To growing up in the inner city of Knoxville to dealing with the new found pressure of the current presidency, see how she deals with her truth through art.
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@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Using a book project on contemporary American urbanism as his backdrop, Jason Young shares some embodied knowledge of the so-called suburban frontier of sprawl.
Such territories are known in their negative images by most people actually thinking about the built environment. Despite the learned inertia to remain in the city, young skirmishes with the post-city landscapes of entropy and horizontal fluidity brings back a series of explorations into the deep structure of our commercial democracy. Big Box Logic should not be confused with the shitty architecture of sprawl, as it is almost inseparable from who Americans are as a people.
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The American Outlaws

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Kyle Clark goes in depth about who The American Outlaws are and how they became the premier (and unofficial) supporter organization for United States Men and Womens soccer. He presents how they support on a national and local level, with an emphasis on how Knoxville is involved.
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Cuba With Love: The Tangled Tale of the Daiquiri

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Casey talks about how one of the great joys of cocktail culture is learning the stories behind the many classic drinks in the canon. The Daiquiri is a drink that many people know in its modern incarnation as a frozen beverage served by the pitcher. But its
history is deep and complicated, entwined with Spanish colonial ambitions, American empire - building, and the complex experience of Cuba in the 20th century. By telling the tale of the Daiquiri, the founders of Libacious cocktail catering illustrate how much history can be contained in a single, delicious drink.
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An Architect's Own Home

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Chad Boetger explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in modern residential design. He explains from first-hand experiences of an architect designing and building a home for him and his family. 
Chad explores in his discussion issues of lifestyle, home size, materiality, energy efficiency, and construction cost in his projects and how those choices impacted the design of a modern residence overlooking the Holston River in Knoxville, Tennessee. 
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Knoxville is #1

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Most people love their city and think it’s awesome. But can you prove it?  Knoxville can. Kenneth Herring shares 20 reasons why Knoxville, Tennessee is the #1 city in America to live. 
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The Birth, Death, and Rebirth of Tiki

@ VOL 25 ON NOV 16, 2017

Tim "Swanky" Glazner brings awareness to the distinctive tiki bar style. The Tiki bar was born during the Prohibition and reached its zenith in the 50's and 60's, with bars and restaurants in every major city in America. It has put its style stamp on everything from motels to bowling alleys.
Due in part to the high levels of secrecy around its original cocktail recipes and the changing times, by the turn of the century it had nearly vanished. Today, thanks to a fervent band of urban archeologists, new Tiki bars in the vein of the mid-century originals are opening every month.
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Don’t Put Off Today, What You Might Not Be Around For Tomorrow

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

On August 10th, 2014 Matt Pfeiffer’s life was changed forever, when in the span of 24 hours, he lost both his father and his grandfather to cancer. In the months that followed, his grief and depression were almost more than he could bare until he came up with an idea to honor his late father while at the same time, help fulfill a list of lifelong ambitions. This is the story of how he, along with his father’s ashes, went to the four highest (and sometimes lowest) points in the US, and helped make the entire country a resting place for his beloved father in the process.

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Why Knoxville Needs Central Cinema

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Knoxville has grown into an incredibly cool city over the last few years, and a one screen indie theater could be the perfect addition to the growing list of awesome things to do in our city. The mainstream movie going experience has become less and less desirable over the years, and William Mahaffey informs how Central Cinema can become a hub for all of the film lovers seeking a better cinema experience here. We will also provide a fitting home for the many film festivals that have sprung up here over the years. On top of that, it will help with the growth of the North Knoxville/Happy Holler commercial area and make it an even more desirable hot spot for the Knoxville community.  

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The Bittersweet life of an Alternative Weekly Newspaper

@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Two and a half years ago, the former editors of the Metro Pulse along with a few kindred spirits set out to launch a newspaper. Yes, in the 21st century. Tricia Bateman, art director of the Knoxville Mercury, will walk you through what it was like and what they learned starting, maintaining, and ultimately closing a local weekly newspaper.