This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will host Le Chatt Noir, their second annual cabaret fundraiser, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

WTCI-PBS KIDS Movie Extravaganza, featuring a fun day of movies, hands-on activities and door prizes at WTCI's production studios, will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit or call 702-7822 for more information.

Planet Altered will host CAFE, a Community Arts Funding Event, on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 6-8 p.m. This month's event is dedicated to schools and education based organizations, both public and private. For more information, please visit 

Theatre, Music & Dance

The Red Badge of Courage opens on the Chattanooga Theatre Centre MainStage on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the production of A Doll's House opens Friday, Feb. 8, beginning with an opening night reception at 7 p.m. Auditions for the Youth Theatre production of How I Became a Pirate will be held Monday-Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The CSO will perform along with guest pianist Qing Jiang at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday 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.

Bryan College's Hilltop Players will present their production of The Spitfire Grill, a musical exploration of redemption and renewal in a small rural town, on Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school's Rudd Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling 775-7271.
"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 Thursday at 7 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Visit for more information.
Baylor School's dance company Verve' will perform their annual winter concert on Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 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 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, visit or call 425-4601.

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

The Center for Creative Arts' student dancers will present a concert featuring their own choreography on Friday at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

Lee University School of Music faculty member Loralee Songer will perform a recital on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 614-8240 or email

Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by The California Guitar Trio on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 624-5347 or visit for more information.

Afrocize!, a six-week dance class focusing on localized movements of West African and Caribbean traditional and contemporary styles, will be held with instructor Rebekah Mawuko beginning Tuesday at the St. Andrews Center. For more information, visit 

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie Friday - Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY (7529) or visit 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of The Pillowman will take place Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information. 

C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters will be presented at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting

Visual Art & Film

The Hunter Museum of American Art and the Chattanooga Downtown Library will present "Createch: The Amazing World of Cell Phone Photography" on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter. 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 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 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 from 5-8 p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for more information.

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Inner Thoughts," an exhibit featuring the works of Jan Kransberger, Iantha Newton and Carol Pelletier, on Friday from 6:30-8p.m. For additional information, call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

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 from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For a complete film schedule and to purchase tickets, visit 
The opening reception for "Universe Space," a photography exhibit documenting Mark Making's latest mural project with Hamilton County Jail inmates, will take place Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the Hamilton County-Chattanooga Courts Building Lobby. The exhibit will remain open until Friday, May 3. For more information, contact Frances McDonald at 605-5257 or

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host a Pink Open House on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 266-4453 or visit for more information.

A Classical Pen & Ink Drawing class with instructor James Courtenay James will take place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild will present their eighteenth annual Ocoee Story Fest with featured storyteller Megan Hicks on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points. For more information, contact Judy Baker at or 479-7887.

The MANIFEST series continues with The No Ordinary Love Poetry Show on Saturday, February 9, at 9 p.m. at The Camp House. The night will feature performances by Christian J. Collier, Jody Harris, La-Tesia Poole, and Marcus Ellsworth. Email for more information.  

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Tennessee Women's Political Caucus Endorses Wilkinson For State Senate

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A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  District Attorney Neal Pinkston said Mr. Stone was not read his Miranda rights and the arrest was based on his statement. He also cited the involvement in the arrest by the mayor's office with Chief of Staff Stacy Richardson going to the ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Commercial Fire In Alton Park

The Chattanooga Fire Department on Thursday responded to a fire at Metalcasting Minerals Technologies at 3406 Alton Park Blvd. with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Ashley May said a hopper was full of combustible materials and a small area was on fire. Firefighters opened the hopper's hatch and applied large amounts of water and foam to the burning coal dust-type material. ... (click for more)

Literacy Is Critical

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Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

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