This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 8, 2012

This week in the arts:

Special Events 

Chattanooga Gas Free Family Night will take place Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Creative Discovery Museum. During this month's free night the museum will be doing special activities focusing on nanotechnology. Call (423) 756-2738 or visit for more information.

WTCI and Creative Discovery Museum will host "Sid the Science Kid Day" on Saturday, March 10 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the museum. Visit for more information.

The CSO Overture Luncheon Series continues on Wednesday, March 14 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at the Walden Club. Reservations are required by Friday, March 9.  Please visit for more information.

TASTE, a fundraiser hosted by The Kidney Foundation offering samplings of local cuisine from many of Chattanooga's finest restaurants, will be held Thursday, March 8 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Warehouse Row. Visit for more info.

The H*Art Gallery will host a fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. which will benefit the gallery's mission to offer homeless and other non-traditional artists an opportunity to create and sell their artwork and to work with other non-profits to bring art to those that might not otherwise have access to it. Call (423) 521-4707 or email to make a reservation.

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, the Chattanooga Public Library will host a "Steampunk and Robots" bash on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call (423) 757-5310 or visit for more information. 

The Urban Design Challenge continues with the Elemi team sharing their ideas for the 4th St. Corridor on Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carmike Majestic 12 Theater. For more information, visit

The Chattanooga Music Club's St. Patrick's Purse Fundraising Dinner will be held Saturday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Bessie Smith Hall. Reservations are required. Contact Linda Thompson at (423) 899-9818 or or Clark Gross at (423) 821-6040 or to reserve tickets.

Theatre, Music & Dance

The Southeastern Theatre Conference Community Theatre Festival will be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Thursday - Saturday, March 8 - 10. Visit or for more information.

The String Theory at the Hunter concert series continues Thursday, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a performance by the Miró String Quartet and pianist Gloria Chien. Visit to purchase tickets.

The CSO will perform Carmina Burana Thursday - Friday, March 15 - 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre as part of the Masterworks series. Tickets may be purchased by calling (423) 267-8583 or visiting

The CSO String Quintet will perform a concert on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Northgate Library as part the Out & About program series. Visit for more information.

Performances of Little Women will be held Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m. at The Colonnade Performing Arts Theater. For information, contact Jonathan Humble at (423) 362-9210 or

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of Falsettos will be take place Friday - Sunday, March 9 - 11 at the St. Andrews Center. Visit or call (423) 987-5141 for ticket information.

The Wintersong Songwriter Workshop, an intensive workshop for aspiring and experienced songwriters, will be held Saturday, March 10 at the Mountain Arts Community Center. Following the workshop, the Wintersong Songwriter Concert will feature originals by Louisa Branscomb, Kathy Reed, Earl Brackin, and workshop participants. For more information about the workshop or concert, visit

Jericho Brass will perform Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Trenton United Methodist Church. Visit for more information.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Roxie Watson with Michelle Malone on Saturday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m. as well as a performance by Wah! on Sunday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. Call (423) 624-5347 or visit for more information.

The Ballet in Cinema Series continues with the showing of LeCorsaire on Sunday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and La Boheme will be shown Tuesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. as part of the Opera in Cinema Series at the Majestic 12 Theater.  Call (423) 826-2375 for more information.

The Southside Casual Classics chamber music recital series continues on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by classical guitarist Brent Bassham. Please contact Cindy Solfest-Wallis at (423) 505-6688 for more information.

Lee University will present the Saxophone Ensemble concert on Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall. The concert will feature Lee's senior saxophone students, along with Dr. Brenda Moye and Assistant Professor of Music Alan Wyatt. For more information, please call (423) 614-8240.

McKay's Road to Nightfall, a competition which gives the opportunity to one local band to play as a headliner of the Nightfall concert series, will be held Wednesday - Thursday, March 14 - 15 at Rhythm & Brews. Visit for more information.

The Orange Grove Dancers will perform "Around the World!" on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Guest performers include Chattanooga Ballet, Center for Creative Arts' Project Motion, and the Orange Grove Chorus. For ticket information, call (423) 425-4269.

Smoke on the Mountain will be presented by The Gem Players Friday - Saturday, March 16 - 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gem Theater in Etowah, TN. For more information, call (423) 263-3270 or visit

Lee University's Squires Hall Series presents the Petar Jankovic Ensemble on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall. For more information, call (423) 614-8343.

The Black Box Concert Series continues on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by The Gypsy Hombres at The Arts Center in Athens, TN.  Call (423) 745-8781 or visit for more information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present NewFound Road with Josh Miller on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Call (423) 365-PLAY or visit to purchase tickets.

Comedian Tommy Davidson & the All-Stars of Comedy will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

Country music legend Don Williams will appear in concert on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling (423) 642-TIXS.

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The opening reception for "Re: Structure" will be held in the AVA Gallery on Friday, March 9 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. The AVA Media Lab will host a free Photoshop Basics tutorial on Friday, March 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

In-Town Gallery will host the opening reception for the "Brushstrokes & Bracelets" exhibit, featuring watercolor paintings by Helen Burton and fine jewelry by Mary Clor, on Friday, March 9 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (423) 267-9214 or visit

The opening reception for the Photographic Society of Chattanooga's Spring Photography Exhibition will be held at the Blackwell Automotive Building on Friday, March 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The show continues through Thursday, June 28. Visit for more information.

The Chattanooga Film Society's Southern Circuit Independent Film Series continues on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of A Good Man at Loose Cannon Arts and Events. Director Gordon Quinn will be in attendance for a meet and greet session beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at

5 Day Figure Painting Workshop with instructor Casey Baugh will take place at Townsend Atelier Monday - Friday, March 12 - 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit for more information and to register.

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, March 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Visit for more information.

The submission deadline for artists wishing to participate in the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga's Jazz Appreciation Month exhibit is Friday, March 16. For more information, visit

A mixed media workshop will be held at ArtCreations Saturday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Visit to register.

Artist Margaret Dyer will give a pastel demonstration on Saturday, March 17 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at River Gallery. Visit for more information.

The Chattanooga Book Arts Collaborative will meet at the Jewish Cultural Center on Sunday, March 18 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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The Chattanooga Public Library, in partnership with Best Buy and Friends of the Library, will conduct an eReader workshop to teach patrons how to download library eBooks onto their devices on Saturday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Northgate Library. Reservations may be made in person at the library branch or by calling (423) 757-5310.

The Chattanooga Writers Guild will meet Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Dr. Susan Hickman will discuss "Tips for Building Creativity." Visit for more information.

The Page Turners Book Club will meet at the Eastgate Library on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz. For more information, call (423) 757-5310.


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The chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, hosted the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, met Monday evening at the Brainerd Mission Cemetery.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance for the event.   Marti Rutherford introduced Hamilton County Historian Linda Mines who presented a historical program on the ... (click for more)

October League Of Women Voters Meeting Features Stewart Clifton

The Chattanooga members-at-large unit of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee will continue its schedule of programs on Monday, 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room, Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd, with Stewart Clifton, speaking on  “Issues Facing the Next TN General Assembly—and How You Can Have A Voice”.  The meeting is free, and open to all interested ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

Bullets Ring Out Near Alton Park School Bus Stop Sending Students Scrambling; Vehicle Used Had Been Carjacked In Knoxville

Bullets rang out near an Alton Park school bus stop on Tuesday morning, sending students scrambling for cover. Police took two suspects into custody. The incident happened on W. 38th Street across from the Bethlehem Center and was believed to be gang related. Crime tape quickly went up at the shooting scene, and W. 38th Street was temporarily blocked. There were five ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)