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.

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Chattanooga Fire Department Has Halloween Open House

The Chattanooga Fire Department will open all 19 fire stations in Chattanooga from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Halloween, to give trick-or-treaters an up-close look inside a fire station. While there, children can look at the fire engines, talk with the firefighters, and get candy from the fire department, while supplies last.  Here are Halloween safety tips from the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

Judge Finds Young Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Fatal Wreck On Highway 58

Judge Tom Greenholtz on Wednesday found William Henry Young guilty of a lesser charge in a fatal traffic accident on Highway 58. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, ruled the 56-year-old former TVA employee guilty of criminally negligent homicide. He had been charged with vehicular homicide. Sentencing will be in December. Judge Greenholtz dismissed charges ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)