The Pulse Chattanooga's Weekly Alternative Newspaper since 2003 en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:41:22 GMT Crossword Solution for October 9, 2014 “The Big Picture” -- you, your time, and your place.

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Meet The Real Ricotta A few years ago, if you had asked me what I thought of ricotta cheese, I would have responded with the same enthusiasm I typically reserve for things such as khakis, unseasoned pasta or watching golf on television.

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EdiToon: October 16, 2014 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT Finding Autumn In A Glass To be honest, I am more than a little skeptical when it comes to the pumpkin spice craze. From coffee to muffins to ice cream, it seems like everything comes in a pumpkin spice flavor during the month of October.

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Paper vs. Plastic: Is This The End? In my youth, those long-ago days of the 1970s, the only plastic you ever used at the grocery store was a MasterCharge or BankAmerica Card.

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“All Dolled Up” Offers A Special Night Out Whether it’s getting dolled up for a special occasion or treating yourself to a little pick-me-up, every now and then we all need a day of relaxation and pampering to take the stress away.

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How To Get Stars In Your Eyes When I was a wee lad, I was fascinated by astronomy. It might have had something to do with the fact that during my pre-teen years, America was becoming the world’s preeminent space-faring nation...

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This Time Round’s The Wicked One Kids, I am excited. This week’s piece is something of a homecoming for me. Fifteen years ago, I covered the music beat for a local weekly alternative paper (seems familiar somehow…).

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Electronica Extravaganza Electronic duo Big Gigantic is coming to Track 29 this weekend, and I invite you to come shake and dance the night away. Big Gigantic puts on excellent, energetic live performances.

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“Dammit, Janet” with The Scarlett Love Conspiracy It’s not Thanksgiving without a turkey, it isn’t Christmas without a tree, and it isn’t Halloween without the “Great Pumpkin” and the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

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Pulse Picks: Judah & The Lion and more... Mandolin Orange at Rhythm & Brews, Dead Testaments at JJ's Bohemia, The Rough & Tumble at The Honest Pint, and Judah & The Lion at Rhythm & Brews.

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Get Onboard For Family Fun Perhaps intense frights and ghoulish delights aren’t your cup of tea. Maybe you’re looking for something more family-fun friendly. If so, hop on down to the Halloween Eerie Express at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Grand Junction Station...

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Protecting Your Braaaaaains Have you ever felt that enough is enough? It’s time to stand up to the zombie masses and fight back! Well, now you can at the Redneck Zombie Paintball at Gutherie Pumpkin Farm.

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The Monster Inside Him During this scary season, be sure to stop by the Colonnade Performing Arts Theatre in Ringgold, GA to see a performance of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

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Pulse Pick: Karlous Miller & more... Karlous Miller at The Comedy Catch, Boo in the Zoo at the Zoo, “Improv-A-Lot” at the Ensemble Theatre, and Oktoberfest at the Chattanooga Market.

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Your Honor, We Object To Movie Clichés Clichés exist for a reason. They are essentially repetitions of themes, of esthetically pleasing ideas and phrases that were at one time wise and powerful observations of the human condition.

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Who’s Playing The Organ? With the Halloween season well upon us (in spite of all the Christmas displays at the various retail outlets), one of the most intriguing events has nothing to do with trick-or-treating, costume parties, or even zombies.

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Consider This: October 16, 2014 “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — Steve Jobs

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Free Will Astrology: October 16, 2014 Homework: Fantasize about ways you could make money from doing what you love to do. Report results!

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Trunkajunk, Cop Version Officer Alex’s cop car is a rollling collection of...well, just about everything imaginable. Just don’t let me get to my trunk. Not a threat. Just a statement of fact...

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Supernatural Fiddling, Spooky Fantasy Jessica Pavone morphs, Bob Drake surprises.

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Stories That Inspire And Enlighten My father volunteered weekly for Room at the Inn. I would sometimes come along in to help feed those who came to share in a hot meal. I remember that, even as a child, I felt a great sense of sympathy ...

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The Flying Feathers of Chickenmageddon “The Ridgecut.” Such a simple name for such a horrible stretch of Interstate, but that’s where we were because that’s the place a semi-truck hauling enough live chickens to feed Cuba on a Saturday night jackknifed ...

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Crossword Solution for October 2, 2014 “The Short Version” -- saving a few letters.

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Free Will Astrology: October 9, 2014 Homework: What’s the most amazing feat you ever pulled off? What will you do for your next amazing feat?

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Consider This: October 9, 2014 “You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.” — Unknown

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Pushing Pumpkins into Pints Autumn has finally swept the summer away with falling leaves and breezy days. People are starting to trade sweat for sweaters, and, with the beginning of October, Halloween is right around the corner.

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Prepare To Be Terrified...Again Along with the crisp air and frost-covered grass, Chattanooga’s best film club and Chattanooga Film Festival partner Mise En Scenesters is returning for year four of the Frightening Ass Film Fest …

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Macbeth Meets The Met The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions returns to cinemas across the United States this fall with the ninth season of The Met: Live in HD.

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Pulse Picks: Hypnotist Gary Conrad & more... Hypnotist Gary Conrad at The Comedy Catch, the CSO & Shakespeare at the Tivoli, "Of Mice and Men" at the Theatre Centre, and Banana Ball at the Zoo.

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The Art of Learning As You Teach If the art world were a republic like the one in “Star Wars”, then Mike Holsomback would definitely be a Jedi Master.

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Modern and Musical Dance Yet another reason why Chattanooga is fortunate to have the Patten Performance series (now in its 35th season) is the program’s commitment to world-class dance events.

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Fall Feats Repeat Every October, any naturalist worth their salt must be able to explain why and how leaves turn color and fall off trees. The label “naturalist” is used loosely here for this writer, but here goes.

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For A Piercingly Good Time... If you like your Halloween decorations a bit more personal and permanent, check out Dead Girlz Tattoo & Piercing Studio.

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Sonic Transparencies, Sweet, Sweet Harmonies Bitchin Bajas bubble, Margo Guryan remains unspoiled

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Pulse Picks: Dana Rogers & more... Dana Rogers at the Market, Endelouz and Friends at the Honest Pint, The Secret Sisters at Rhythm & Brews, and Thee Hobo Gobbelins at Sluggo's North.

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Beautiful and Foreboding Sometimes I am called on to write about an act whose style is not necessarily my cup of tea. That’s perfectly fine. Whether a band is “good” or not has nothing to do with my personal taste.

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Flying Free As A Bird Now Better clear your calendar for the weekend because the Fly Free Fest is back and the 2014 lineup is spectacular. Not only do we get to see locals like Opposite Box, Danimal Planet, and Smooth Dialects ...

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If You Can Make It Here... What the heck is a Maker Faire? I’d call it the blissfully happy marriage of geekdom, shop class, the arts, and good old-fashioned crafts.

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EditToon: October 9, 2014 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:44:00 GMT Rooftop Hop is Top of the Eco-Pops Looking for a unique way to enjoy a night of live music, delicious food, specialty drinks and a panoramic view of the Scenic City? Consider hopping your way up to the rooftop of the Carta Garage above “The Block,” on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Get Informed For November If you’re like many people, you’re postponing dealing with the November election until you absolutely have to. And you may not even know what the four proposed amendments to Tennessee’s state constitution are.

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Throwing Us Under The Bus. Again. Sorry, kids, but no stories this week. The truth? I prefer them myself, but on occasion I can’t think of awkward anecdotes because I’m too annoyed to focus on telling stories ...

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Crossword Solution for September 25, 2014 “From Z to A” -- such a short trip.

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Free Will Astrology for October 2, 2014 Homework: Make nonsense noises for a minute straight every day this week. Report results to

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Consider This with Dr. Rick: October 2, 2014 Asking “Why is this happening?” can only disempower you. Asking “What do I want to make of this?” does exactly the opposite. — Neale Donald Walsch

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A Glass of Wine, A Sprig of Mint, And Thou Though the wine list at Kitchen at Union Square may seem intimidating at first glance, the staff is knowledgeable, approachable, and ready to answer any questions you have.

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Coo Coo Ca Choo, Kevin Smith Kevin Smith’s latest film “Tusk” asks a very simple question: “Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?” The answer is unequivocally, “No.”

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Cool Camp Chair Cinema Outdoor Chattanooga and the Lookout Wild Film Festival team up once again to present a night of cinema under the stars Thursday at the Circle Amphitheater (on river level west of the picnic area) at the Northshore’s Renaissance Park.

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The Little Art Space That Could If you walk into Townsend Atelier when a class is in session, you won’t be able to stop yourself from lingering in the doorway for a few moments to admire your surroundings.

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