This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

This week in the Arts:

Special Events

Chattanooga Gas Free Family Night will take place Thursday, Jan. 12 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., and opening of the "Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China" exhibit will be held Saturday, January 14 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Creative Discovery Museum. Call (423) 756-2738 or visit for more information.

The CSO Overture Luncheon Series hosted by Kayoko Dan featuring CSO Guest Artists will continue Friday, January 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Walden Club. For reservation information, visit

The Urban Design Challenge continues with a presentation on Patten Parkway on Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Visit or for more information.

The Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival will be held Saturday - Sunday, January 14 - 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, TN. Special programs will be held throughout the day at the Birchwood School and Cherokee Removal Memorial. Visit for more information.

The community orientation for ACTSO (Afro Academic Technological Scientific Cultural Olympics) will take place on Saturday, January 21 at the Center for Creative Arts. Email for more information.

The Jewish Cultural Center will host a Havdallah, a ceremony that marks the symbolic end of the Sabbath and/or religious holidays, as well as a community dinner and an interfaith panel discussion on life and the afterlife on Saturday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. Call (423) 493-0270 ext. 10 for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance

The CSO will perform a concert featuring the works of Maurice Ravel, with guest pianist Inon Barnatan, on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Call (423) 267-8583 or visit to purchase tickets.

The String Theory at the Hunter concert series continues Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a performance by violinist Jaime Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Gloria Chien. A pre-concert conversation with the artists will begin at 6:00 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will host a performance by Thollem McDonas on Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. at Easy Lemon. Call (423) 910-9729 or visit for additional information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Josh Miller and Widow's Grain on Friday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (423) 365-PLAY or visit

The MANIFEST arts series continues Friday, January 13 at The Camp House with a performance by Dana Rogers and Noah Collins beginning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Christian J. Collier at

Audtions for the Lee University Children's Chorale will be held Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Monday, January 16 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Lee University. For more information, please call (423) 614-8256.

The Cool Nights Concert Series continues at the Jewish Cultural Center with a performance by the Tee Bumpass Band on Saturday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. For additional information, please call (423)493-0270.

Elvis Lives! will be performed at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Monday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Monroe Crossing on Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. Call (423) 624-5347 or visit for more information.

The Athens Area Council for the Arts' Black Box Concert Series continues with a performance by Eilen Jewell on Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at The Arts Center in Athens, TN. Visit to purchase tickets.

The River City Clarinet Winter Festival, co-hosted by The UTC Department of Music and the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, will be held on Saturday, January 21 and will close with a community concert at 4:00 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Contact Jan Wilkinson at for additional information.

Visual Art & Film

A Slowtime Field Productions screening of a new film featuring traditional musicians of the region will be held Thursday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m., and the opening reception for the "Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller" exhibit will be held for museum members on Friday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Visit for more information.

Planet Altered will host "Patterns, The Hefferlin Family Art Exhibit," featuring eleven members of a family of artists, with varied and innovative art works, all reflecting patterns in architectural designs, quilts, paintings or molecular charts, through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Visit for more information.

Laurel Leaf Studio will host a quilt top class on Saturday, January 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Call (931) 692-3879 for more information or to register.

A sculpture workshop with instructor Elizabeth Rogers will take place Saturday - Sunday, January 14 - 15 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and The Art of the Tin Can workshops with instructor Karen Rudolph will take place Saturday - Sunday, January 21 - 22 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m at Townsend Atelier. To register or for more information, visit

The opening reception for the "Bain Butcher: Paintings" exhibit will be held Friday, January 20 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at The Arts Center. The exhibit continues through Friday, February 24. For more information, call (423) 745-8781 or visit

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The Eastgate PageTurners book club will meet at the Eastgate Library on Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For more information, please call (423) 757-5310 or visit

In celebration of Black History Month, the Chattanooga Public Library will host storyteller Vincent Phipps as he presents a collection of African-American stories on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Library auditorium. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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Weekly Road Construction Report

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Father Killed By Train Just After Pushing Daugter To Safety In East Brainerd

A 31-year-old man was killed just after he pushed his 10-year-old daughter to safety in an encounter with a train on a trestle in East Brainerd on Thursday afternoon. Police said two pedestrians were walking on the train tracks on a trestle at Audubon Acres when a train came around a bend and struck one of them. Justin McCary was struck by the train as he pushed ... (click for more)

Debate Blocked On Bill That Includes Funding To Restart Work On Chickamauga Lock

A bill by Senator Lamar Alexander that includes funding to restart Chickamauga Lock was halted on Thursday. Setting what Senator Alexander called a "dangerous precedent" for the Senate, he said Senate Democrats blocked deba te on th e bipartisan Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. Senator Alexander said on the floor, “You don't start the process at the ... (click for more)

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Roy Exum: An Unfortunate Sentence

There was a most unfortunate line in a recent email written to me and, in retrospect, I should not have included it in some examples of the huge response regarding the bicycle lanes now being installed on Broad Street. I’ll admit I misread the line because I feel certain I know what the writer was trying to convey. As a matter of fact, I received enough of an outcry I want to clarify ... (click for more)