This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The CSO Chamber Series continues with performances of favorites by the CSO Principal players on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Read House's Silver Ballroom. To purchase tickets, call 267-8583 or visit

The Red Badge of Courage opens on the Chattanooga Theatre Centre MainStage on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and continues each weekend through Sunday, Feb. 10. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 267-8534.

The CSO will perform along with guest pianist Qing Jiang at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in a concert featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as well works by Tchaikovsky and Elgar. Visit or call 267-8583 for ticket information.

Lee University School of Music faculty Doug Warner, John Wykoff, and Loralee Songer will perform individual recitals on Thursday, Tuesday, and Tuesday, Feb. 5, respectively, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 614-8240 or email

The UTC Music Department will present a performance by the Alexander-Soares Duo, featuring violinist James Alexander and pianist Luciana Soares, in the Cadek Recital Hall on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Please call 425-4601 or visit for more information.

The Luther College Nordic Choir will perform on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center at Lee University. For more information, call 614-8240 or email
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of Avenue Q Friday - Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in their new theatre space at Eastgate Town Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling 987-5141 or visiting
Covenant College visiting music professors Dr. Rosella Ewing and David Tahere will present a faculty recital on Friday at 8 p.m. in the college's chapel. For more information, please contact the music department at  (706)419-1453.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Freakwater on Friday at 8 p.m. and the John Cowan Trio on Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

"The History of the Harp: A Musical Journey," a concert featuring 13 harps, bells, cello, flute and percussion, will be presented by the Chattanooga Harp Ensemble on Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Marks Church Northshore and Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit

Actor Bill Oberst will present A Tribute to Lewis Grizzard - In His Own Words at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 642-TIXS. 

The Performing Arts League will host the 18th annual Vocal Competition, featuring 11 high school juniors and seniors performing two selections from the classical repertoire before a professional panel of judges, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, please contact Pat Starke at 756-2256.

Auditions for the Lee University Children's Chorale will be held Monday from 5-5:30 p.m. in the school's Humanities Building. No appointment is necessary to audition. For more information, contact Joy Gibbons at 

"60x60," featuring 60 miniature musical compositions lasting no more than one minute each created by musicians from around the world and presented back-to-back, will take place Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, call Jonathan McNair at 425-4679 or visit

Journalist and teacher Janis Hashe will offer a series of classes entitled "Oscar Wilde: Nothing Except My Genius" at The English Rose Tea Room each Tuesday through Feb. 22, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register and for more information, call 622-2862 or email

Baylor School's dance company Verve' will perform their annual winter concert on Wednesday - Friday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Roddy Theater. Visit for more information.

The UTC Symphony Orchestra and Student Concerto Competition Winners Concert will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, visit or call 425-4601. 

Visual Art & Film 

The Hunter Museum of American Art will present "Sound and Image in the Jazz Age: An Exploration of Music and Art" on Thursday at 6 p.m. To learn more, visit or call 267-0968.

The "(In)direct Correlation: Selections from the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance Member Show" exhibit continues through Friday, Feb. 22, and an Introduction to Digital Photography workshop will take place Saturday and Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at AVA. Applications are currently being accepted for "I Guess You Had To Be There: An Installation Art Exhibition" with the submission deadline being Monday, Feb. 11. For more information, visit

A Wheel Throwing for Beginners pottery workshop will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 21, from 6-9 p.m. at the EAC Pottery Studio. For more information, contact David Chambers at

The closing reception for Cessna Decosimo's "Sacred and Profane" exhibit will take place Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tanner-Hill Gallery. Visit for more information. 

River Gallery will host an oil paint making demonstration from artist Amanda Brazier on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For additional information, call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

An artist reception and workshop with instructor Karen K. Brown will be held Saturday from 12- 4 p.m. at Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs. For more information or to register, call 266-4453 or visit

"The Traveling Paints," a group of local artists who share a common interest in painting 'en plein air,' will exhibit their paintings for the month of February at In-Town Gallery. The opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for more information.

The Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture and the Chattanooga SE Tennessee Film Commission will launch the first annual Gig City Film Festival, "A Season for Nonviolence," at Heritage House Arts & Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For a complete film schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue; Benson Critical In Another Of New Wave of Chattanooga Shootings

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Then, early Friday morning, 34-year-old Desmond Benson was shot, leaving him in critical condition. as a wave of new Chattanooga shootings continued over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)