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Footcandle Films 5: Sarah’s Key

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In this month's episode, the Footcandle guys discuss the film adapation of the novel "Sarah's Key", dealing with the persecution of Jewish people in France during World War II. (To all of our book club member listeners out there, we'll go ahead and break the bad news to you: they didn't care for it very much.) Besides that review, Alan and Chris also discuss some movie news and give their "picks of the month" recommendations — one dealing with time travel on a budget, the other dealing with chaining people to radiators. Enjoy! Read More »

I’m With the Band: The Belfast Boys

I’m With the Band: The Belfast Boys

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The Belfast Boys are Alyn Mearns (guitar & vocals) and Adrian Rice (mandolin, bodhran & vocals). Mearns and Rice both hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mearns has lived in the States since his late teens, but Rice only settled in Hickory (NC) in 2005, having come to Lenoir-Rhyne College as their Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Both men have been happily ‘captured’ by lovely American brides. Join them as they have a conversation with Chad about their music, their influences, and their newest CD "Songs For Crying Out Loud". And speaking of their new album, they are having a party to celebrate! Their newest CD is entitled “Songs For Crying Out Loud” and the party will be held on October 21, at The Main Cellar City Club, behind Market on Main in Hickory, North Carolina. The party will be held from 8-11, and admission is free. There will be a cash bar. Read More »

I’m With the Band: Carpal Tullar

I’m With the Band: Carpal Tullar

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Chris Tullar - who performs with a band under the name Carpal Tullar - joins show host Chad Austin in this month's episode to talk about his music, recording style, and influences, as well as play a couple of tunes in the studio. Chris has not only produced several albums of his own original music, composed music for a Beatles-influenced stage performance, had a musical produced about his original songs, but also performs some of the original theme music featured on other MESH shows. Take a listen to the talented Chris Tullar in this month's "I'm With the Band". Read More »

Chick Chat 2: September 2011

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Reality shows, social media etiquette, having an automobile accident involving a famous celebrity, and using mosquito spray as a replacement for mace. All of these topics, and more, are yours for the listening in the latest episode of Chick Chat! Mary Margaret assembles a new roundtable of girls to talk about the latest "guilty pleasures". You know you want to listen... Read More »

Footcandle Films 4: Midnight in Paris

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Alan and Chris get together to discuss their latest film society screening, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". After an in-depth discussion of that film, they turn their attention to some of the latest movie news with the theme being "directors taking on unexpected projects". Each gives their "pick of the month" for a film that listeners should check out; Chris goes the documentary route, while Alan sings a little Irish ditty about his pick. Oh, and they through a little challenge out to their friends at "Chick Chat". Running Time: 52 minutes. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Original theme music by Chris Tullar. Read More »

People You Should Know: Jeff and Carol Anne Hartman

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Hal Row spends some time with Jeff and Carol Anne Hartman, two individuals very involved in the arts, music, and theater community here in the Catawba Valley. Jeff is a musician (www.jshartman.com), Carol Anne is a photographer (www.cahartman.com), they have a band together called Hartman, they both are involved in many local theater productions, and they are creating the Hickory Creative & Performing Arts Center (www.hickoryarts.com). There's a lot to talk about... and they even have time to play a song for us! Read More »

I’m With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

I’m With the Band: Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators

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Chad interviews Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators in this month's episode. Katharine was a founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and has been produced albums ranging from jazz standards to avant-pop ever since. She describes her latest album, "Madly Love", as a "blend of Irish blues and Southern-tinged rock". The album is set to release in late September 2011, but we are privileged to have a conversation with Katharine and her band as well as hear some of the tracks from the forth-coming album. To learn more about Katharine Whalen & Her Fascinators, links for her new album, or to see tour dates, visit her web site at http://katharinewhalenmusic.com. Read More »

Chick Chat 1: August 2011

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Mary-Margaret welcomes Jennifer, Marie and Cathy to the microphones for this, the first episode of Chick Chat. Listen in as they discuss the hot topics of entertainment and the even hotter men of upcoming movies. Is Cathy voting Lady Gaga for president? Is Jennifer buying some expensive concert tickets? And can Marie really go the whole episode without checking her smartphone? Tune in and listen in as these chicks chat it up. Read More »

Footcandle Films 3: The Tree of Life

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Love it or hate it, "The Tree of Life" is a film worth talking about. And the Footcandle guys do just that for a good portion of this month's show, examining their personal thoughts on the film as well as some of the larger issues it tackles. Following the extended review the hosts discuss some current film news, and then wrap it up with their film recommendations. Warning: Alan recommends a 3-hour Indian movie about a man who receives super powers from an alien puppet and likes to break into spontaneous song and dance. Hosts: Alan Jackson and Chris Frye. Special thanks to Chris Tullar for the theme music. Read More »