It is heartening to see continued innovation from Barking Legs Theater. They recently moved a dance performance outdoors with Drive in Dances. Richard Winham of WUTC 88.1 FM broadcast music for the Drive in Dances program so the audience could listen from their vehicles as their headlights illuminated the performance. He has also been airing recorded presentations of Wednesday Night Jazz.
Also from Barking Legs Theater, Marcus Patrick Ellsworth’s show, The Floor is Yours will resume online presentations Friday, May 22. Wednesday Night Jazz continues with online programming.
Arts and Letters is now accepting entries for their Unclassifiable Contest. This is a chance for authors to submit entries that do not fit the traditional genres of prose and poetry.
The Sun magazine has opened their archives and full access to the current issue during the pandemic
The Tennessee River Gorge Trust will present a virtual experience of Another Gorgeous Evening, July 13 and 20. In their own words, these two events will feature mixology lessons from our cocktail experts along with a food tutorial and online silent auction. Then, enjoy your cocktail and dinner while listening to live music from Ben Friberg and Dave Schwab. We hope you will join us for a fun evening while also learning more about TRGT’s amazing work in the Tennessee River Gorge!
Laura Marsh will give another online presentation of her Bird Watching from your Couch program through The Chattery on May 23. This time, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society.
Bees on a Bicycle, Chattanooga’s southside gardening center has announced summer hours, 1 - 4 PM Friday
through Sunday. They will also continue to offer online shopping and curbside pickup.
A spring cleanup of Chickamauga Mound will take place Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 PM. The mound is the last vestige of a large prehistoric site near Amnicola Highway in Chattanooga. Bring water and come prepared to work.
The Tennessee Aquarium continues to offer virtual experiences of their exhibits.
National Geographic has a virtual tour of the Great Barrier Reef.
There is still time to enter the Chattanooga Audubon Society’s 2020 photography contest. Twelve nature photographs will be featured in a specially produced calendar and the Grand Prize winner receives a cash award.
The spring contest of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild offers cash prizes in six categories. Early Bird entry fees remain in effect through the end of May.
Winter constellations are leaving the sky as the summer triangle returns. The triangle includes Deneb in Cygnus (The Swan), Altair in Aquila (The Eagle), and Vega in Lyra (The Harp of Orpheus). Get daily updates on the Night Sky from the Earth and Sky newsletter. The StarDate podcast also offers daily astronomy information. If astronomical photographs are more interesting, check out the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Local information is available from the Barnard Astronomical Society.
The Chattanooga Pulse updates their online edition daily, Check back regularly for news, arts, and a calendar of events.
American Diversity Report has released their most recent issue with articles and poetry, including a recent article on prospects for reopening.
For outdoor adventure opportunities, look at Get Out Chattanooga, a magazine from the Chattanooga Times-Free Press and now available as an email newsletter.
Kennedy Creek Resort near Helen, Georgia will offer a writing retreat on June 25-28.
The Chattanooga Public Library offers online programming on their Facebook page.
Shameless Self Promotion
Two of Ray Zimmerman’s works appear in the current issue of Catalpa magazine. One is a poem titled “Driving to New Hope.” The other is a hard to classify piece titled “Late August Collage.”
This edition also includes a feature on Chattanooga artist Jody Harris, interviewed by Cynthia Robinson Young. Many other fine features and poems appear in Catalpa.
Bright Wings by Billy Collins (Editor) and David Allen Sibley (Illustrator)
This book could not help but be a lovely addition to my personal library, with editing by a former Poet Laureate of the United States and Illustrations by the author of one of America’s most popular birding guides. Collins has worked hard to popularize poetry, especially during his two-year tenure as Poet Laureate. He is also a birdwatcher, judging from his poem “Osprey” (published elsewhere).
The order of poems and illustrations follows the order in Sibley’s guide, beginning with Common Loon, and ending with three poems about the American Goldfinch. The collection does not include every bird seen in North America, but each illustration has a brief descriptive paragraph by Sibley, as well as one or more poems. The illustrations show primarily male birds in breeding plumage, though the Belted Kingfisher has the bright red belly band of a female bird. Notably, the Belted Kingfisher is one of the few bird species in which the female is more colorful than the male.
I would not attempt to use the book as a field guide, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable read, potentially introducing novices to birds and new readers to poetry.