Stephanie Smith

Susan Cresswell has art running through her veins. It’s a part of her makeup; it’s just, as she tells me, who she is and she’s proud of her work and where she is today as an artist. “My art background is I’m just a fourth generation artist ... more »

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Cover Story

Fire up the grill and get out the smoker—it’s grilling time in Chattanooga! But what makes for a good grilling/barbeque experience? We sat down with four local backyard chefs to find out their secrets ... more »

Jun 29, 2016 11:11 AM Cover Story

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival comes to the First Tennessee Pavilion this weekend, and for the past thirteen years has been sponsoring emerging artists. “The Emerging Artist program is an opportunity for ... more »

Apr 13, 2016 2:02 PM Cover Story

Angelia Stinnett hated politics. Public speaking was never her strong suit. About three years ago she decided to overcome her fear and take an acting class. She fell in love with the craft and never looked back. more »

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM Features

In 2009, photographer Amy Elkins found a website where death row inmates requested pen pals. Fascinated, she set up a postal box and between 2009 and 2014 carried on correspondence with seven death row inmates ... more »

Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM Features

“My biscuits are burnin’! Great horny toads! That smarts!” The image of Yosemite Sam being lit on fire was the first visual that came to mind when assigned the task of writing about spicy liquors. more »

Jan 20, 2016 12:03 PM , Mixology

At the beginning of this exhibit at the Hunter, “Seeking the Spiritual: The Visionary Art of Elliott Daingerfield,” my eyes were immediately drawn to the intense brush strokes and wash of blue in one particular ... more »

Jan 20, 2016 12:03 PM Features

As the clock soundtrack on the speakers struck twelve, Grace Potter burst onto the stage awash in backlight, her arms in victory pose, signaling the triumphant debut of her winter tour in Chattanooga. more »

Jan 15, 2016 3:59 PM News & Notes

The city of Chattanooga will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through service on Monday. “A Day On, Not a Day Off” will focus on service projects throughout the historic MLK Neighborhood in honor of Dr. King ... more »

Jan 13, 2016 3:08 PM The Bowl

The Dismembered Tennesseans have been playing good music together for a long time—for 70 years, in fact! Back in 1945, some McCallie students got together and began singing and playing bluegrass music. more »

Jan 13, 2016 3:00 PM News & Notes

James Bond may have had it wrong. Mixing drinks can be more messy business than classy presentation depending on whether you’re on a turbulent flight, in a bar fight, or dining with a beautiful would-be assassin. more »

Jan 13, 2016 2:56 PM Mixology

If you’re looking for a special activity to get the kids out of the house and involved in some art, something fun is brewing at the Hunter this Saturday. String Theory and the Hunter Museum will be presenting a unique family ... more »

Jan 13, 2016 2:54 PM News & Notes

The Metropolitan Opera brings “The Pearl Fishers” to the stage for the first time since its original production in 1916. This is the classic tale of two men who fall in love with the same woman, a development that tests... more »

Jan 13, 2016 2:51 PM News & Notes

Visions of nature can be calm and soothing. Photographs and paintings of flowers and trees evoke a sense of calm in the chaotic daily grind. At least, that is the theme of the latest exhibit to grace the River Gallery. more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM News & Notes

If you like your eggs with a side of spiritual, you’ll want to attend the Brunch on the Bluff series this Sunday at the Hunter Museum of American Art, you can enjoy a catered brunch by Dipped Fresh as you experience live music ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM The Bowl

So the ball dropped. The new year has begun. You survived both the toasts and the hangovers. Now it’s time to move into 2016 with some new drink ideas to start off fresh. The problem is you have booze to spare ... more »

Jan 6, 2016 12:32 PM Mixology

There are many singer-songwriter venues throughout Chattanooga; on practically any day of the week you can grab a cup of joe, pull up a barstool and listen to the latest ditty by your favorite local warbler. more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM News & Notes

When I tried to dig up the dirt on Here Come the Mummies, I was met with an interesting challenge. While the band does indeed have a Facebook page with some basic information, true fans know you have to experience ... more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM News & Notes

Your Christmas tree was beautiful this year. All of your traditional hopes for the season shone through the twinkle lights and family ornaments, and the star on top was like the cherry on your holiday Sundae. more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM The Bowl

New Year’s Eve. Everybody drinks something. Even if you don’t partake of alcoholic beverages, you’re the shopper in the grocery buying the sparkling cider. It’s a time of celebration—watching the ball drop ... more »

Dec 30, 2015 12:14 PM Mixology