This Week In The Arts

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This week in the Arts:

Special Events

Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday with a first seating at 8:30 a.m. and the second seating at 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at The Chattanoogan. A complete menu of holiday fun features strolling characters and entertainment from the Creative Discovery Museum Science Theatre and a lively musical performance by Singing Santa. Visit or call 265-0771 to purchase tickets.

Mainx24, the 24 hour long neighborhood festival supporting the Southside, will be held Saturday, Dec.

3. Scheduled events include a pancake breakfast, showings and open houses by Southside artists and galleries, a parade and a tacky Christmas sweater party, among others. Visit or for more information.

The Craft Artists of Southern Tennessee's annual Holiday Studio Tour will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CST and Sunday, Dec. 4, 12-5 p.m. CST in Monteagle and Sewanee. Visit for more information.

The Market Park Art Fair continues Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Market Park Pavilion in downtown Athens, Tn. For more information, call 745-8781 or visit

The Downtown Library will host Winter Holiday Craft Day in the Children's Department on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 757-5310 for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance

The Chattanooga Girls Choir will perform their holiday concert, Winter Celebrations, on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgedale Baptist Church. For more information, please call 296-1006 or visit

The Youth Theatre's production of Emperor's New Clothes begins Friday, Dec. 2, and continues each weekend through Dec. 18 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit for more information.

The CSO Chamber Series season begins with A Chamber Noel on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Read House. Tickets may be purchased by calling 267-8583 or visiting

The Gem Players will present their production of It's a Wonderful Life Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Gem Theater in Etowah, Tn. Call 263-3270or visit for ticket information.

The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble will perform a Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church.

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will be presented at the Center for Creative Arts Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of their original, experimental theatre piece Have a Seat will be presented Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Andrews Center. For more information, visit or call 987-5141.

Oak Street Playhouse will present The Royal Family by George Kaufman and Edna Ferber as its annual holiday dinner production Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3, at 6:30 p.m. Call 756-2428 or visit to make reservations and for ticket information.

Visual Art & Film

The submission deadline for the 2011 AVA Juried Members Exhibition is Friday, Nov. 30. For more information, contact Lauren Goforth at or 265-4282 ext. 105.

The AEC Fall Independent Film Series continues with the showing of Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene beginning Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Majestic 12 Theater. For more information, visit

River Gallery will host an open house and holiday sale on Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit

Public Art Chattanooga will host a presentation and input session with nationally recognized muralist Meg Saligman on Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center for her upcoming project located in downtown Chattanooga. Visit for more information.

An art show and holiday sale will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Reflections Gallery. Visit for additional information.

Shuptrine Fine Art Group/Gold Leaf Designs will host Sketch Nights every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 266-4453 or visit

An open figure drawing session is held each Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information.

The opening reception for "Natural Instincts," an exhibit featuring the work of potters Ted Reeder and Roger Harvey, woodturner Jim Roche, and painters Marie Miller and Victoria Pearmain, will take place Friday, Dec. 2, from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. For more information, call 267-9214 or visit

Sewanee's University Art Gallery will host the opening reception for Bryan LeBoeuf's "Fight and Flight" exhibit on Friday, Dec. 2, at 4:15 p.m. For more information, visit

Writing, Literature & Poetry

Books as Gifts will be held at Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. Local authors Finn Bille, Ray Zimmerman, Christian Collier, Bruce Majors, Marsha Matthews and Helga Kidder will recite their works. For more information, email Ray Zimmerman at

River Gallery Has New December Exhibit

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Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

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