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Location

1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408
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Hours

Wayne-O-Rama is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Wayne-O-Rama will be open until September 30 2017.

Free admission (donations welcome)

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Wayne White with Magic Lookout Mountain

Our
Mission

The Emmy-winning artist and Chattanooga native Wayne White will astound and inspire with Wayne-O-Rama, a unique yearlong indoor Southside funhouse of Chattanooga history, presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space.

Wayne-O-Rama playfully and vividly recreates scenes and pays tribute to notable figures from centuries of Chattanooga’s rich history with incredible interactive sculptures, giant puppets, immersive sound design and much more. Imagine Pee-wee’s Playhouse crossed with the Smithsonian – that’s the vision for Wayne-O-Rama, which serves as a hub of cultural and educational activity for art, music and history by hosting events, performances, workshops and more.

This project encompasses much more than an installation and involves a wide variety of art, storytelling and animation workshops led by Wayne White and local artists. Collaborative events at Wayne-O-Rama include giant puppet parades, music and dance performances, and art showcases, involving numerous local and regional organizations.

Wayne has saved his most personal, meaningful ideas for Wayne-O-Rama with several goals in mind. He wants to bring a sense of play to art, to pay tribute to his Southern roots and to inspire and stimulate the imagination of a new breed of Tennessee artists – from the youngest to the oldest – and encourage and foster creativity in everyone.

  • “Magic” Lookout Mountain
  • Bessie Smith
  • The Bob Brandy Show
  • Chief Dragging Canoe

About
Wayne White

Wayne White was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Originally White built his reputation as a world-class illustrator, animator, puppeteer, cartoonist and art director in New York and Los Angeles. He is most well-known as the Emmy-award-winning set and puppet designer of the seminal and influential 1980s children’s TV show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.” In the last 16 years, White’s reputation in the art world has been firmly established with his masterfully created word paintings and for his rollicking, site-specific installations. The critically-acclaimed 2012 documentary “Beauty is Embarrassing” is a chronicle of his life and times.

• Winner of three Emmy awards for art direction on “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse” television show
• Winner of a fourth Emmy for his artwork for the Disney Channel short “The Time I…Got 322 Pairs of Shoes for My Birthday”
• Winner of the Billboard award for best art direction on Peter Gabriel’s “Big Time” music video
• MTV Music Video Award winner for set design on Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight”
• Production and set designer for “Shining Time Station,” “Riders in the Sky” and “Beakman’s World”
• Illustrator for the New York Times, The Village Voice, Raw Magazine and many other publications
• Subject of the 2009 382-page monograph, “Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve,” by noted designer Todd Oldham
• Subject of the 2012 acclaimed documentary film “Beauty is Embarrassing,” called “one of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I’ve had this year” by Leonard Maltin
• Creator of acclaimed word paintings, with 3-D text painted on vintage landscape reproductions, including ones made for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, the Nashville country band Lambchop’s album covers, and the online magazine The Bitter Southerner
• Called “one of the most exciting artists in America” by Esquire Magazine

All of these talents are reflected in his current project, Wayne-O-Rama, a self-described “history funhouse.” White’s passion for history is brought to bear in his oversized, colorful puppets and busts of Confederate and Union generals, and of representations of prominent figures from local history, ranging from Cherokee leader Sequoyah to New York Times founder Adolph Ochs to actor Samuel L. Jackson. Looming large in White’s imagination is his homage to Lookout Mountain, which dominates both the local landscape and history. From decisive Civil War battles to tourist attractions like Rock City and Ruby Falls, White’s dazzling model of this “magic mountain” includes an interactive Incline Railway, pre-history Native Americans, spelunkers, ghost soldiers, critters and motels. With a desire to both inspire and honor the city that helped to shape him into the artist he is today, he says, “Wayne-O-Rama is a wonderland, straight from my imagination to yours. It is a funhouse for all ages that tells the story of Chattanooga and the South. It’s the Smithsonian Museum meets Goony Golf. It’s a celebration of the culture that shaped me, and a gift to my hometown.”

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Wanye White with Chief Dragging Canoe - Wayne-O-Rama

Our Sponsors

Wayne-O-Rama is sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. and presented by The Shaking Ray Levi Society at the Tenn Arts space, with generous support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation.

Wayne-O-Rama is administered by the Shaking Ray Levi Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts education organization founded in 1986 to nurture and support non-traditional arts to help nourish the cultural growth of Chattanooga. The Shaking Ray Levi Society is a funded agency of ArtsBuild of Chattanooga.

Wayne White with Bob Brandy - Wayne-O-Rama

Our Partners

Is your organization interested in opportunities to partner with Wayne-O-Rama? Contact us!

Wayne-O-Rama on Glass St.

Events

NOV 19

GRAND OPENING! Nov 19, 2016

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

The Shaking Ray Levi Society and Tenn Arts announce the grand opening of Wayne-O-Rama on Saturday, November 19th 2016 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM. This yearlong installation by 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White will astound and amaze as guests experience a Chattanooga history funhouse. Sponsored by See Rock City, Inc. with support from the Benwood Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation and the McKenzie Foundation, these larger-than-life puppets and installations depict Lookout Mountain, Chief Dragging Canoe, Bessie Smith, Chattanooga broadcasting legend Bob Brandy and a host of notable Chattanooga figures.

The Grand Opening celebration is free and open to the public. It will include a ribbon-cutting, the presentation of a joint City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County proclamation declaring the day “Wayne White Day of Art and Education,” and remarks by public officials, corporate sponsors and Wayne White.

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DEC 03

MAINX24 WAYNE-O-RAMA OPEN HOUSE

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Dec. 3, 2016. Visit Wayne-O-Rama and the working studio in the Love Gallery for a fun open house event. Tour the studio and talk with team members about the yearlong installation.

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DEC 16

Jeff Crompton Trio, Robert Fleitz (Toy Piano Virtuoso)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

December 16, 2016 8:00 pm, $12 adults, $8 students

WAYNE-O-RAMA CONCERT SERIES PREMIERE EVENT!

This unique show features the dynamic sax/bass/drums jazz outfit Jeff Crompton Trio (Atlanta/Chattanooga) and the toy piano virtuoso Robert Fleitz (NYC).

No mere novelty, the toy piano is an instrument that has been used in compositions by noted 20th century composers John Cage and George Crumb, and Fleitz will demonstrate its versatility, playing selections by Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe, Puerto Rican-born composer Angélica Negrón, Molly Joyce, Monica Pearce, Olivia Kieffer and Andrew Krahn, and he will perform the world premiere of Jeff Crompton's "Sonatina for Toy Piano."

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JAN 22

Provocative Percussion: Tim Feeney, Erik Gehrke with special guests David D. Dunn and Evan Lipson

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

January 22, 2017, 6:30 pm (doors 6 pm), $12 ($8 students) at door

The Wayne-O-Rama Concert Series continues its momentum of bringing absolutely unique and unusual music performances with its second concert, featuring a pair of adventurous percussionists, Tim Feeney and Erik Gehrke, with singular, visionary drum explorations that go beyond tradition in astounding ways.

Set 1: Erik Gehrke’s solo drum arrangement of his original composition “November 25, 1863,” commissioned for the
Sherman Reservation dedication, expressing “the carnage and pathos of warfare.”
Set 2: Tim Feeney solo percussion performance
Set 3: Tim Feeney, David D. Dunn (bass clarinet) and Evan Lipson (double bass) playing an improvised set

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FEB 24

Col. Bruce Hampton

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, 8:00 pm (doors at 7:30)
$17 at door, $15 advance
Order advance tickets here
NOTE: no paper tickets issued - your name will be on a list at the door
LIMITED SEATING, first come, first served (advance tickets do not guarantee seating)

The surrealist American musician Bruce Hampton began his career with an unprecedented six figure record deal in 1970. The Hampton Grease Band's first album, Music to Eat, is said to have been the second worst selling album in the history of Columbia Records (A yoga record was the worst selling album.) He made a brave decision and continued his musical career, devoting himself to creating pure art rather than attempt any commercial success.

The result has been an amazing, influential 50 year catalog of music and philosophy, including acclaimed bodies of work with The Late Bronze Age, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers and The Quark Alliance. On Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Hampton was the voice of a potted shrubbery named Warren, and in the film Sling Blade, he played the role of the band manager Morris. In 2012, the documentary Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret. was released. Dubbed the father of the Jam Band music scene, he is a guru to many a celeb, with many ardent fans, including Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Buck, Derek Trucks and Phish.

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MAR 30

Permanent Record Drum Night

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 | 6:30 pm | Free admission ($10 suggested donation)

With 25 years of percussion experience, Joshua C. Green has become one of Chattanooga's most celebrated and versatile drummers and can be heard with artists including Infradig, The Distribution, Josh Garrels and Summer Dregs. His latest project Permanent Record is his personal sonic evolution: utilizing many, many different drumsets, percussion items, and found objects, a new drum loop and accompanying fills will be released every day for one year. Each will be free for download for three days, then archived for sale at the Permanent Record website.

This "night of drumming chicanery" will feature:
* Short film about Permanent Record made by Kelly Lacy of Make Beautiful
* Monstrous drum jam featuring Green, Carl Cadwell (DJ) and Matt Skudlarek (drums) with visual projection
* Live sample pack recording session and explanation of process
* Improvisational drumming piece with dancers from dance company Weave with visual projection
* Q/A session

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APR 07

"Beauty Is Embarrassing" with Wayne White intro & Q/A (Chattanooga Film Festival)

Neural Alley
721 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN

Friday, Apr. 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm | This free screening is now SOLD OUT

Sponsored by Maclellan Apartments, join the Chattanooga Film Festival and River City Company for a special free screening of Beauty is Embarrassing: The Story of One of the Visual Masterminds Behind "Pee-Wee's Playhouse." This documentary explores the story of artist Wayne White's creative journey which has included work published in The New York Times, The Village Voice and set and puppet design for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse in which he has won three Emmy awards.

Wayne will be on hand to introduce the movie and have a special Q&A at the conclusion of the film.

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APR 08

"Sullivan's Travels" with Wayne White intro (Chattanooga Film Festival)

Carmike Majestic 12, Auditorium 4
311 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Friday, Apr. 8, 2017 | 1:00 pm

Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan, disguised as a hobo, hits the road. En route to enlightenment, he encounters a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of. This comic masterpiece by director Preston Sturges is among the finest Hollywood satires, and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

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APR 08

Mind on Heaven (Dennis Palmer tribute)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3:00 pm

Admission is free for students and "Pay what you can" for non-students

A hybrid performance – part documentary, part conjuring, part performance art – MIND ON HEAVEN explores the boundaries of memory and embodiment. Using live audio and video mixes, original animation, archival texts, storytelling, and dance, two performers tune in to the vibrations of the late Dennis Palmer, a self-taught, avant-garde musician (The Shaking Ray Levis), painter of the American South, and a co-founder of the non-profit organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society.

Sound designer Ben Williams and filmmaker Brian Cagle perform their own special ritual with MIND ON HEAVEN: a serious meditation on death, a humorous exploration of an artist’s identity, a nostalgic and bittersweet exploration of stereotypes and cultural tropes of the American South from 1950-1990, and an attempt to channel a very personal feeling associated with a close friend – a spirit of creation, generosity, and originality.

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APR 09

Mind on Heaven (Dennis Palmer tribute)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3:00 pm

Admission is free for students and "Pay what you can" for non-students

A hybrid performance – part documentary, part conjuring, part performance art – MIND ON HEAVEN explores the boundaries of memory and embodiment. Using live audio and video mixes, original animation, archival texts, storytelling, and dance, two performers tune in to the vibrations of the late Dennis Palmer, a self-taught, avant-garde musician (The Shaking Ray Levis), painter of the American South, and a co-founder of the non-profit organization The Shaking Ray Levi Society.

Sound designer Ben Williams and filmmaker Brian Cagle perform their own special ritual with MIND ON HEAVEN: a serious meditation on death, a humorous exploration of an artist’s identity, a nostalgic and bittersweet exploration of stereotypes and cultural tropes of the American South from 1950-1990, and an attempt to channel a very personal feeling associated with a close friend – a spirit of creation, generosity, and originality.

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APR 14

New Madrid

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00 pm
$15 at door, $12 advance

The Athens, GA quartet NEW MADRID is rightfully considered one of the brightest groups emerging from Athens' storied scene, with compelling music that mixes elements of post-punk, psychedelic rock, pop and grunge, all with a Southern sensibility. Drawing heavy influence from alt-country and noise-rock alike, these four young performers create captivating soundscapes that are simultaneously dense and expansive. With reverb-drenched vocal harmonies that soar over a lush and textured musical patchwork, New Madrid evolved seamlessly from bedroom project to polished product, exploring the depths of psychedelia and noise.

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MAY 27

Cherries Jubilee featuring The Cherry Blossoms, Josephine Foster and Wu Fei

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:00 pm
$20 advance/door

CHERRIES JUBILEE is a one-of-a-kind event at the otherworldly venue Wayne-O-Rama, Chattanooga’s history funhouse, featuring three acclaimed, world-class headlining acts: The Cherry Blossoms, Josephine Foster and Wu Fei. This mini music festival will also celebrate the release of the new Cherry Blossoms album The Hank Tapes featuring early songs from 1996 recorded when the late Marc Trovillion (a Chattanoogan and an original member of Lambchop) was the band’s bassist.

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JUN 03

Cilla Vee, Evan Lipson, Davey Williams w/ Bob Stagner

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:00 pm
$10 door

"Who's Your Daddy?" is an intriguing showcase of music, movement, mischief and madness which promises unexpected sounds and sensations delivered by three seasoned improvisers: Cilla Vee (movement) from Asheville, N.C., Davey Williams (electric guitar) from Birmingham, AL and Evan Lipson (double bass) from Chattanooga, with special guest percussionist Bob Stagner (Shaking Ray Levis).

“Beguiling...When it's summer in the city, people do weird things. Performers especially." - New York Times, on Cilla Vee

“Time after time [Davey Williams’] solos on electric guitar are just unbelievable: absolutely inventive, absolutely off the wall, absolutely smart and wise, absolutely well put together.” - All Things Considered (NPR)

"Lipson easily stands among the best bassists I've heard lately, his terrifically strapping tone epitomizing the decision to really learn how an instrument works." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

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JUN 12

Bessie Smith Strut @ Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Bessie Smith Cultural Center
200 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 374038

Monday, June 12, 2017, 4:30 - 11 pm
$10/$5 with Riverbend Wristband

It wouldn't be the Bessie Smith Strut without Bessie! Wayne-O-Rama's own giant Bessie Smith puppet will be there to smile upon the festivities! Come out, enjoy the music, have a giant smoked turkey leg and dance up a storm at one of Chattanooga's most beloved street festivals!

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JUN 22

Shane Parish (of Ahleuchatistas) - WEEK OF WAYNE

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:30 pm
$10 door

We at Wayne-O-Rama are celebrating Wayne's exhibition at the Hunter Museum (opening Jun 30) with a series of events called "WEEK OF WAYNE"! This is WEEK OF WAYNE Show 1!

American guitarist Shane Parish released his second instrumental solo acoustic album, Undertaker Please Drive Slow, late in 2016 on Tzadik Records. The music for this album was conceived in a single night of inspiration in February 2016 when Parish freely interpreted several Appalachian, folk, blues, gospel, and old English tunes into his tape recorder, allowing all of his background in classical guitar, country blues, jazz, and free improvisation to blend into a seamless and effortless flow. This demo caught the ears of the legendary NYC saxophonist and composer John Zorn, who immediately offered to produce the album. When guitar maestro Marc Ribot heard these recordings he said, “Shane Parish is one of the most interesting new guitar voices to come out of the country blues tradition of Mississippi John Hurt, Lightin Hopkins…” Having long established his creative voice as a radical electric guitarist in his long-running band Ahleuchatistas, Parish is now revealing a more elaborate and intimate inner world with his solo acoustic performances of whimsy, passion and virtuosity.

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JUN 24

What Cheer? Brigade - WEEK OF WAYNE

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 pm
$10 advance/$12 door

We at Wayne-O-Rama are celebrating Wayne's exhibition at the Hunter Museum (opening Jun 30) with a series of events called "WEEK OF WAYNE"! This is WEEK OF WAYNE Show 2!

The WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE from Providence, RI is a 19-piece mobile party, like a marching band on an atomic fireball sugar rush that darts from New Orleans brass band tunes to Bollywood dance numbers to whirlwind Balkan folk to bombastic hip-hop, with a ton of surprises along the way. It has been four years since the SRLS brought their merry insanity to Chattanooga, and their return will guarantee to deliver an unforgettable dance 'splosion.

“Thrillingly competent, with undimmable energy…an explosion of good cheer.” - The New York Times

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JUN 30

Frank Pahl, Bill Brovold, Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, Wayne-O-Rama All Stars - WEEK OF WAYNE

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:00 pm

We at Wayne-O-Rama are celebrating Wayne White's exhibition at the Hunter Museum (opening June 30) with a series of events called "WEEK OF WAYNE"! This is WEEK OF WAYNE Show 3: the Wayne-O-Rama version of a variety show, with an incredible assortment of unique acts from across the country, including:

* Frank Pahl (Michigan), the award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, instrument inventor and creator of automated sound sculptures, also known as a member of the avant-folk outfit Only a Mother and Little Bang Theory which only uses toy instruments.

* Bill Brovold (Detroit/NYC), the guitarist, composer and visual artist who was a fixture on the downtown NYC scene in the '80s and worked closely with sonic pioneer Rhys Chatham before founding the visionary, Detroit-based rock incubator, Larval.

* Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel (Atlanta), the 10-plus-year strong duo that creates hypnotic pulses and dreamy drones that weave together to form a kaleidoscope of sounds and moods, like a long-lost soundtrack to a deep-sea documentary.

* Wayne-O-Rama All Stars, led by Wayne White (on banjo) himself, will put a new shine on classic tunes with an overflowing cauldron of local talent including Bryan Dyer, Eric Fairchild, Randy Fairchild, Joe Lance, Bob Stagner and Barry Wilde.

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JUN 30

Thrill After Thrill: 30 Years of Wayne White @ Hunter Museum

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Come explore the exuberant world of artist Wayne White! Populated by larger than life puppets, wildly vivid paintings and fantastical sculptures, this summer exhibition promises to be fun, entertaining and engaging for children of all ages. Characterized by a playfully satirical take on the art world, Wayne’s paintings and sculptures also draw on his nostalgia for his Southern roots.

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JUL 07

Jack Wright/Evan Lipson + "Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound" Documentary

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

"CHANGING LIVES SINCE 1979"
Friday, July 7, 2017, 8:00 pm
$15 door - ticket price includes music concert and film screening

Alto and soprano saxophonist Jack Wright is a sax titan with a career that spans five decades in the world of free improvisation. With a command of the sax that is at the top of his field with a passionate, kinetic playing style and a huge sound vocabulary, he has been called “the most indispensable musician of his generation” and “the reference par excellence for all the generations who have followed.” (Jazzosphere).

“In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king” - Washington Post

Evan Lipson has operated as a musician since adolescence—intuitively seeking the liminal zones in which intellect and instinct, history and myth, and creative and destructive force intersect.

"Lipson easily stands among the best bassists I've heard lately, his terrifically strapping tone epitomizing the decision to really learn how an instrument works." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

"Borbetomagus: A Pollock of Sound" is the first feature-length documentary about the legendary improv / noise group Borbetomagus. Filmmaker Jef Mertens brings a raw, urgent, and unpolished vision focusing on a band that has spent almost four decades defining and redefining not just their music, but the boundaries of music itself. Band members Don Dietrich, Donald Miller, and Jim Sauter tell their story with the help of artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers that include noted critic Byron Coley, drummer Chris Corsano, guitarist Thurston Moore, groundbreaking Japanese noise unit Hijokaidan, and Switzerland's masters of "cracked electronics," Voice Crack. Includes never-before-seen archival footage, amazing photographic finds, and previously unreleased recordings.

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JUL 13

Thrill After Thrill: Local Artists Inspired by Wayne White

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6 pm
Regular admission ($15 adults, Free to members and children 17 and under with paying adult).

Explore Wayne White’s work through the eyes of a cooperative of local artists. The artists will first take us into the exhibit to show a work that inspired them and then invite us into the lobby to participate in creating a kinetic and interactive work of art inspired by Wayne White himself.

Music from Old Time Traveler - Matt Downer and a cash bar will be available to inspire guests as they create.

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AUG 04

Cardboard Coverall Dreams at errSpace: Opening Reception

errSpace Gallery @ Palace Picture House Theater
818 Georgia Ave, Unit 118
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Free admission
Exhibition open from Aug 4 to Aug 28.

Lead and envisioned by Wayne White, Wayne-O-Rama couldn't have happened without the support and creativity of Chattanooga's art community. For several weeks, local artists donated time, materials, skills, and sanity to make the funhouse of history a reality. Join us as we celebrate 13 artists' work, sharing insight into their creative process, inspiration, and the impact of working with Wayne White.

Artists in the show: Amy Royale, Brad Rader, Clint Daniel, David Gabbard, Elliot Cowan, James Bruneau, Jason Doan, Matthew Dutton, Mari Morton, Megan Hovany, Myles Freeman, Randy Fairchild, Stephen Michael Haas

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AUG 05

Leaky Sockets Festival

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 6:00 pm - midnight
$10 door

Curated by Jerry Reed (of the bands Lacing and Rough Rope and the label guru behind Failed Recordings) in its fifth and final year, Leaky Sockets promises an evening of uncompromising, bleeding-edge music from a diverse assortment of artists from across the nation.

See the Facebook event page for more details on the performers: https://www.facebook.com/events/558456937876111/

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AUG 06

abandoned ships Puppet and Shadow Show

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 6:30 pm (doors 6:00 pm)
Free admission, limited seating (kids are welcome to bring a floor mat)

abandoned ships is geographer, teaching artist, storyteller and puppeteer Milissa Orzolek. She fell into the world of puppetry in 2010 as a puppeteer with a production of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in New Orleans. Since that time, she has puppeteered in the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the New Orleans Giant Puppet Festival, Potpourri at the National Puppetry Festival in Hartford and Puppet Slamwich in Baltimore. In 2016, abandoned ships received a Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant for the original production "What Keeps Us."

abandoned ships will be performing two pieces at Wayne-O-Rama: "The Egg" and "What's Next?" "The Egg" is a short, funny shadow show inspired by the works of Richard Bradshaw. "What's Next?" is about a puppet who values the building blocks of society and becomes distraught when the blocks are stolen and no one else seems to care. The show combines rodded and stringed marionettes and paper puppets in a large, toy-theatre style stage to explore ideas of apathy, collective action and social responsibility.

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AUG 18

David Greenberger and Prime Lens (Show 1)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:00 pm (door opens at 7:30 pm)
$10 advance, $15 door
Order advance tickets here: http://www.shakingray.com/news.shtml#greenberger

David Greenberger and Prime Lens will present a live experience featuring the Duplex Planet publisher and NPR contributor narrating written pieces to the interpretive sounds of long time collaborator Bob Stagner, double bassist Evan Lipson and keyboardist Tyson Rogers, to celebrate the release of the new CD "My Thoughts Approximately."

Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis died quietly in his sleep, succumbing to heart problems that had been shadowing him for a couple decades. Working with co-founder and drummer Bob Stagner, and David Greenberger, they had just completed a new album, "Tramps That Go Think in the Night" on the tenth anniversary of their first collaboration, "Mayor of the Tennessee River." As part of a two-night concert event celebrating Palmer’s life and work in 2013, David and Bob were joined by bassist Evan Lipson and keyboardist Tyson Rogers for a performance. They debuted their new ensemble, David Greenberger and Prime Lens, at the Big Ears Festival in 2014 (festival founder Ashley Capps dedicated the three day event to the memory of Palmer and Lou Reed). Since it was Dennis who had brought them together in the first place, “and Prime Lens” is an anagram of “Dennis Palmer.” "My Thoughts Approximately" draws on four decades of conversations David Greenberger has had with elderly in various cities and circumstances, which are the starting point for the thirty emotionally, rich, character driven monologues.

For two decades artist David Greenberger (best known for 32 years of his periodical, The Duplex Planet) has been exploring the ways in which music can be wedded to spoken monologues. His conversations with old people are the basis for the text he develops. He presents characters who still find pleasure in the company of others, and who open up, sometimes in very small ways, to someone taking an interest in them. This is Greenberger’s art: eschewing oral history, abstracting dialogues by shaping them into works that resonate with shared humanity. Over the years he has worked with a range of musical collaborators, among them Terry Adams (NRBQ), David Hidalgo & Louie Perez (Los Lobos), Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano, Robyn Hitchcock, Wreckless Eric, 3 Leg Torso, Paul Cebar, and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

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AUG 19

David Greenberger and Prime Lens (Show 2)

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 8:00 pm (door opens at 7:30 pm)
$10 advance, $15 door
Order advance tickets here: http://www.shakingray.com/news.shtml#greenberger

David Greenberger and Prime Lens will present a live experience featuring the Duplex Planet publisher and NPR contributor narrating written pieces to the interpretive sounds of long time collaborator Bob Stagner, double bassist Evan Lipson and keyboardist Tyson Rogers, to celebrate the release of the new CD "My Thoughts Approximately."

Dennis Palmer of the Shaking Ray Levis died quietly in his sleep, succumbing to heart problems that had been shadowing him for a couple decades. Working with co-founder and drummer Bob Stagner, and David Greenberger, they had just completed a new album, "Tramps That Go Think in the Night" on the tenth anniversary of their first collaboration, "Mayor of the Tennessee River." As part of a two-night concert event celebrating Palmer’s life and work in 2013, David and Bob were joined by bassist Evan Lipson and keyboardist Tyson Rogers for a performance. They debuted their new ensemble, David Greenberger and Prime Lens, at the Big Ears Festival in 2014 (festival founder Ashley Capps dedicated the three day event to the memory of Palmer and Lou Reed). Since it was Dennis who had brought them together in the first place, “and Prime Lens” is an anagram of “Dennis Palmer.” "My Thoughts Approximately" draws on four decades of conversations David Greenberger has had with elderly in various cities and circumstances, which are the starting point for the thirty emotionally, rich, character driven monologues.

For two decades artist David Greenberger (best known for 32 years of his periodical, The Duplex Planet) has been exploring the ways in which music can be wedded to spoken monologues. His conversations with old people are the basis for the text he develops. He presents characters who still find pleasure in the company of others, and who open up, sometimes in very small ways, to someone taking an interest in them. This is Greenberger’s art: eschewing oral history, abstracting dialogues by shaping them into works that resonate with shared humanity. Over the years he has worked with a range of musical collaborators, among them Terry Adams (NRBQ), David Hidalgo & Louie Perez (Los Lobos), Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano, Robyn Hitchcock, Wreckless Eric, 3 Leg Torso, Paul Cebar, and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

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AUG 23

Mimi Pond book signing for "The Customer Is Always Wrong"

Wayne-O-Rama
1800 Rossville Avenue, #108
Chattanooga, TN 37408

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 7:30 pm
Free admission

Told in the same brash yet earnest style as her previous memoir "Over Easy," "The Customer is Always Wrong" is the saga of a young naïve artist named Madge working in a restaurant of charming drunks, junkies, thieves, and creeps. Taking place in Oakland in the late seventies, Pond’s story details the trials and tribulations of Madge’s daily grind as a waitress at the Imperial Cafe.

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

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AUG 24

Art Wise: Distinguished Speakers at the Hunter Presents Wayne White

Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Guests will experience Wayne White's exhibit "Thrill After Thrill" through the artist's eyes and enjoy an entertaining and memorable night in the world of Wayne White.

This program is open to the public with regular admission ($15 adults, free for children 17 and under with paying adult and for members). Seating is limited and may be reserved using this link: https://47964.blackbaudhosting.com/47964/Pre-Sale--ArtWise-Wayne-White-82417

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AUG 25

Cardboard Coverall Dreams at errSpace: Artists Talk

errSpace Gallery @ Palace Picture House Theater
818 Georgia Ave, Unit 118
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Artists Talk: Friday, August 25, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Free admission
Exhibition open from Aug 4 to Aug 28.

Lead and envisioned by Wayne White, Wayne-O-Rama couldn't have happened without the support and creativity of Chattanooga's art community. For several weeks, local artists donated time, materials, skills, and sanity to make the funhouse of history a reality. Join us as we celebrate 13 artists' work, sharing insight into their creative process, inspiration, and the impact of working with Wayne White.

Artists in the show: Amy Royale, Brad Rader, Clint Daniel, David Gabbard, Elliot Cowan, James Bruneau, Jason Doan, Matthew Dutton, Mari Morton, Megan Hovany, Myles Freeman, Randy Fairchild, Stephen Michael Haas

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Wayne-O-Rama on Glass St.
Howard High School students working with Wayne White on Magic Lookout Mountain

Art Exploration Days

Art Exploration Days are available this year at Wayne-O-Rama! Hamilton County teachers can sign up for this unique field trip experience for their students. Please contact us for scheduling information.

Some of the features of the field trip include:

  • 1.5 Hours
  • Studio Tour
  • Discussion of how the sculptures are created
  • Discussion of art & history connection through sculptures of Bessie Smith, Lookout Mountain, Bob Brandy, and Chief Dragging Canoe
  • LIVE Skype Chat with 4-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White
  • Art Lessons/Activities

Shaking Ray Levi Society Events

During this yearlong installation project many of the events hosted by the Shaking Ray Levi Society will take place at Wayne-O-Rama. Visit the Shaking Ray Levi Society website for more info!

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