This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 3, 2013


This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

"Celebrate Winter" Kids' Days Out for children in grades K - 5 will take place at the Creative Discovery Museum Friday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.

m.-3:30 p.m. Call 756-2738 or visit for more information.

Glass House Collective will host a Better Block Prep Meeting at 2523 Glass St. on Monday at 6 p.m. to help plan for their Better Block project event to be held on Saturday, Feb. 23. Visit for more information.

To help raise awareness for the arts for elementary aged students, middle schoolers from The Center for Creative Artswill host Art N U, a festival for children to explore the arts through dance, acting, painting, puppetry, instruments, singing and more, on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page "Chattanooga Art N U."

Planet Altered will host CAFE, a Community Arts Funding Event, on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 6-8 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit


Theatre, Music & Dance


The CSO Masterworks Series continues with the performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Call 267-8583 or visit to purchase tickets.


New classes, including Introduction to Mandolin, Intermediate Bluegrass Guitar, and Introduction to Clawhammer Banjo, as well as classes for children, begin at Folk School of Chattanooga the week of Jan. 7. In addition, private lessons are available in guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, piano, fiddle, dobro, pedal steel, bass, banjo, singing, and ukulele. To register or for more information, visit or call 827-8906.


The Athens Community Theater will hold auditions for Evening With the Stars X, a Community Showcase of Talent, on Monday at 7 p.m. at The Arts Center in Athens. Visit or call 745-8781 for more information.


The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of Avenue Q Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2:30 p.m. in their new theatre space at Eastgate Town Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling 987-5141 or visiting


The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Divas and Gents, four professionally trained singers who will perform selections of opera, operetta, and Broadway, on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 365-PLAY or visit

Visual Art & Film


AVA will host the opening reception for an exhibit showcasing selections from Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance Member Show on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, visit


The opening reception for "Lucky 13," an exhibit featuring works in paint, photography, glass, clay, wood, fabric, metal and jewelry, will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. For more information, call 267-9214 or visit


River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Vivid Interpretations" on Friday rom 6:30-8 p.m. Artists Mike Berry, Algar Dole and David Swanagin will be present to discuss their works. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for additional information.


Townsend Atelier will offer painting classes in watercolor  for beginning and advanced students Mondays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18, beginning oil and impressionist landscape on Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 19, and self portrait on Tuesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 12. For more information or to register, visit


An Architectural Photography workshop with instructor Stephanie Valencia will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2-6 p.m. at Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs. Call 266-4453 to make a reservation.

Dog Training Classes Registration Begins Sunday, Oct. 25

The Obedience Club of Chattanooga will begin its next 6-week session of obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Monday, Oct. 26, at its training facility 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga. Registration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. at the training facility.  During registration, various OCC dog/handler teams ... (click for more)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga Presents The Tennessee Valley’s Largest And Longest Children’s Festival

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga’s 25th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival will be held at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Hwy. on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 1-5 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. RMHC will be raising money for operational costs for the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald ... (click for more)

Attorney Patrick Says Chattanooga Is "Most Logical Place" For Consolidating Volkswagen Lawsuits; Hearing Set Dec. 3

Attorney Gary Patrick said Chattanooga is "the most logical place for consolidating the Volkswagen litigation because it is the only location in the country where VW vehicles are being produced." Attorney Patrick, of the local firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman and Jacoway, said a hearing is set Dec. 3 in New Orleans on the issue. A host of lawsuits seeking class action status ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)