This Week In The Arts

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events

Free Family Night at the Creative Discovery Museum will be held Thursday from 5:30- 8 p.m. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.

FACES UnMasked, a fundraising event featuring masks created by local and national artists, and community members to benefit FACES, will take place on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, please visit www.facesunmasked.org.

The Art's Meow will take place Sunday with an art show from 12-4 p.m. and a painting party at 4 p.m. at Uptown Art. Proceeds from the event will go to Wally's Friends. Visit www.facebook.com/artsmeow for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance

String Theory at the Hunter will open its fifth season on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a concert featuring the Brentano String Quartet and Gloria Chien, String Theory Founder. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera continues its Masterworks Series at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance of Copland's Lincoln Portrait, narrated by city of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. The CSO will also hold auditions for children ages 6-14 on Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Tivoli Center for their Home for the Holidays performances in December. For more information, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org or call 267-8583.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society's Old-Timey Avant-Garde Series continues at the Barking Legs Theater with a celebration of Dennis Palmer's birthday Friday-Sunday featuring performances by Konk Pack and Nief-Norf Project as well as the screenings of Dennis Palmer Date Night Movies. In addition, The Home of Easy Credit will perform Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Visit www.barkinglegs.org for ticket information.

The Chattanooga Boys Choir will host its fifth biennial Community Hymn Festival on Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Church choirs or individual singers interested in participating in the festival choir should call 634-2299 or e-mail info@cbchoir.org. For more information, visit www.chattanoogaboyschoir.org.

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit will be performed at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre beginning Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. and continue each weekend through Sunday, Nov. 3. Call 267-8534 or visit www.theatrecentre.com to purchase tickets.

Bessie Smith Cultural Center's Songbook series continues with a performance by the Joe Johnson band and jazz vocalist Kevin Whalum on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in the Bessie Smith Performance Hall. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information.

The Performing Arts Series continues at Lee University with a performance by JoAnne Stephenson, mezzo soprano, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall, and the Lee University Chorale's fall concert will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Chapel. For more information, call 614-8240.

The Lee University Theatre Department will present Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap Thursday-Monday in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre. For show times and other information, please call 614-8343 or visit www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre.

Covenant College will begin their 2013-14 theater season with Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to be performed Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 706.419-1051 or emailing boxoffice@covenant.edu.

Comedian Gary Owen will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com.

The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at St. Martins Episcopal Church. For more information, please visit www.chattanoogaharpensemble.org.

Cleveland State Community College will host Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Judy Carmichael on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Theater. To order tickets, visit www.clevelandstatecc.edu/events.

The Chattanooga Music Club's October concert will feature the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera String Quintet on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal. Visit www.chattanoogamusicclub.org for more information.

The UTC Department of Music will present clarinetist and UTC alumnus Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick in a guest artist recital at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Sunday at 3 p.m. Please call 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music for more information.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday at 8 p.m. at The Camp House and will feature clarinet students of Nicholas Hartline, some of whom are auditioning for From the Top which will broadcast live from the Tivoli Theatre in January 2014. For more information, please visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

Closed Door Entertainment will present its production of Les Miserables at the Tivoli Theatre Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.chattanoogaonstage.com or by calling 642-TIXS.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will open their production of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and continue each weekend through Sunday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com.

The Tennessee Association of Dance will host the annual Tennessee Dance Festival, a weekend of dance activities and events that include master classes in numerous dance techniques, and performances by professional, pre-professional, and university dance ensembles, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20. Visit www.tennesseedance.org for a complete schedule of events and locations.

Visual Art & Film

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host "For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights," a National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibition, through Saturday, Oct. 19. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for additional information.

 AVA is currently accepting applications for the 2014 4 Bridges Arts Festival to be held April 11-13 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. The entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. Visit www.avarts.org for more information.

Warehouse Row's Crafted by Southern Hands series will conclude on Friday with a screening of Southern Foodways Alliance's latest documentary, Pride & Joy, at 8 p.m. and Southern-crafted delectables from Tupelo Honey Cafe beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.craftedbysouthernhands.com.

The Lee University Arts & Culture Series will begin with a film lecture from Jeffrey Overstreet, film critic and author, entitled "Through a Screen Darkly: A Testimony of Transformation and Dangerous Moviegoing" on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact Dr. Mary McCampbell at 614-8353 or mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu for more information.

 The UTC Cress Gallery of Art will host a lecture and exhibition opening by artist Michael Scoggins on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center as part of the Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series. The exhibition will continue through Friday, Dec. 6. Visit www.cressgallery.org for more information.

The Civic Arts League, Inc. will host the opening reception for "Images Across America" at Ringgold Art and Frame on Thursday. The exhibition will continue through Friday, Nov. 15.

 The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Fine art photographer Byron Jorjorian will be the guest speaker. Visit www.chattanoogaphoto.org for more information.

Planet Altered will host "Skies Unlimited," an art exhibit by the North Georgia Sky Painters Society, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Call 400-4100 for more information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The River City Sessions will take place Friday at The Camp House at 7:30 p.m. and will feature performances by Cluster Pluck, songwriter Greg Lauderman, poet Kemmer Anderson and writer Dana Shavin. Visit http://therivercitysessions.weebly.com/october-2013-lineup.html for more information.

"The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle," a four-week class taught by Janis Hashe combining discussions of the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with readings of some of the most famous stories, concludes Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The English Tea Room. To register and for more information, please call 622-2862 or email jhashe@epbfi.com.


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