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WDVX 89.9 FM brings its annual Blue Plate Special to the Clayton Center

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One of Knoxville’s little treasures is the Blue Plate Special hosted by WDVX (89.9 FM), and on Feb. 17 Maryville College was a part of that treasure. Broadcasted live, the Blue Plate Special is a Monday through Saturday music performance, hosted by the WDVX station at noon. Usually held at the Knoxville Visitor Center, the Clayton Center for the Arts was able to host this event as part of the Blue Plate Special Road Show. While the Visitor Center is being renovated, the Blue Plate Special moved to a variety of venues across Knox and Blount counties. Hosting the event in Clayton’s Grand Foyer “was a great opportunity for us to work with WDVX on a different kind of event in a different venue,” said David Rasnake, CCA Technical Director. “WDVX has brought their ‘World Class Bluegrass’ to the...

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La La Land is both heartbreaking and surreal

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“I’m still trying to figure out [La La Land]. I think that’s the sign of a good movie; I’m probably not ever going to think about “50 Shades of Grey” ever again,” said my wife Sarahbeth Walker. This quote sums up “La La Land” well, I think. We saw the movie around Valentine’s Day, and it’s still toying with our feelings. Once the final scene ended I was stuck in my theater seat for at least five minutes, all the way through the credits and some after. Honestly, my soul was destroyed. “La La Land” is a movie that focuses around the lives of Mia, an aspiring actress played by Emma Stone, and Sebastian, a cynical jazz musician who fits Ryan Gosling perfectly. The whole of the film takes place in modern day Hollywood where Mia struggles to live...

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Go out and see “Get Out” for a frightful take on racism in America

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Shortly after its premiere, I got the chance to see “Get Out.” Little did I know, it is one of the most frightening and fascinating movies of the last few years. In addition, it has an impressive 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is written and directed by “Key & Peele’s” Jordan Peele, but promises to be a horror film and not a comedy like their popular sketch show. While this is Peele’s first dip into the horror genre, his sketch show features the same razor-sharp social satire the film does. While there were elements of humor, Peele still crafted a thriller that had me holding onto my seat from the terror of it. What starts as a simple story quickly develops into a fast-paced thrill ride. A young black man in NYC goes upstate with his white...

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2017 brings many firsts to the Academy Awards

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On Feb. 26 the 89th annual Academy Awards were held. The majority of movies nominated for Oscars are not happy films. They are ones of pain, endurance, change and the grueling reality of what it means to be human. It’s rare you see happiness and comedy in the films represented at the Oscars. This year’s ceremony had a lot of expectations to overcome, being that it was the first of the Trump presidency and the follow up to last year’s #oscarssowhite uproar. The Academy was very proud of itself for how many people of color were nominated this year. The Academy does not have an algorithm for picking the winners, it is up to their voter’s preference, and oftentimes that does not echo the choices of the global audience. In the 89 ceremonies the Academy has held, only 17...

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Raising Hell: A Comic Series by Brandi Payne

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A little help from my friends: Saint Paul and the Broken Bones

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Blue velvet curtains covered the front of the stage and the silver slide of a trombone snaked its way through the curtain. The audience was crawling with anticipation. The curtain opened and the band entered the stage followed by the Saint Paul. He was cloaked in an iridescent robe with a studded lapel; the site was almost spiritual. When he began to sing a silence fell across the room. You could feel the power and soul in his voice from the floor to the tips of your fingers. He opened with his original, “Back to The Future,” which set the stage for the rest of the show featuring his second studio album, “Sea of Noise.” He owned the audience. His audacious nature held my attention with the way he commanded of the stage. The audience, which to my surprise,...

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