This Week In The Arts

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 
The Creative Discovery Museum will host Chemistry Fun Day on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Spectrum 2013 Gala & Art Auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Additional events include a Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m. and a brunch hosted by Avant-art on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit for ticket information. 

The Friends of Moccasin Bend Lecture Series continues Monday at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Aquarium auditorium with a presentation by Big John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. For more information, call 490-9170 or visit

City Share will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The Camp House and feature a presentation by Julie Campoli entitled "Rethinking Density." For more information or to make a reservation, email 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit will continue at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Thursday-Friday and Sunday, and a Halloween Costume Crisis Clinic with instructor Deanna Prather will take place Tuesday. Call 267-8534 or visit for more information. 

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera opens its Pops Series with The Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre and continues the Volkswagen Series with Classical's Top Hits on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. Visit or call 267-8583 for ticket information. 

Lee University's Choral Union will present its fall concert, "My Song in the Night," on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Chapel. For ticket information, call 614-8343 or email 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will continue their production of Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano on Friday at 7:30 p.m. lasting through early Sunday morning, in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for longest dramatic performance. For more information, visit

The UTC Department of Music will present the piano duo recital "From Russia with Love," featuring Drs. Chih-Long Hu and Sin-Hsing Tsai, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Call 425-4601 or visit for additional information. 

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with a performance by Ballet Hispanico on Monday at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 425-4269. 

The Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, featuring soloists Nicholas Hartline and Ajay Makwana, will perform at Southern Adventist University's Ackmerman Auditorium on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Lee University Theatre season continues with a performance of 33 Variations Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, in the Dixon Center. For showtimes and other information, call 614-8343 or email 

The UTC Department of Music and Opera Theater will present "An Evening of Opera Scenes" at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.  Call 425-4601 or visit for additional information. 

West Side Story will be performed Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at 8 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting  

Visual Art & Film  

AVA is currently accepting applications for the 2014 4 Bridges Arts Festival to be held April 11-13 at the First Tennessee Pavilion until Friday, Nov. 1. The opening reception for "Some of them are dead. Most of them are not. All of them are living. Works by John Stone will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., and the Hunter Museum of American Art will present "Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: The Fate of World War II Stolen Art," a lecture by attorney Raymond J. Dowd of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, New York, on Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Hunter Museum. Visit for more information. 

River Gallery will host an artist demonstration by Cynthia Tollefsrud on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Visit for additional information. 

Townsend Atelier will host an Advanced Watercolor Class Mondays, Oct. 28-Dec. 2, from 1-4 p.m.; Beginning Oil Painting on Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Intermediate/Advanced Oil Painting on Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 3, from 1-4 p.m.; In Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop Saturday - Sunday, Nov. 2-3, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit for more information or to register. 

The opening reception for "Tour d'Art," a Holiday Open House featuring works from gallery members, will be held at In-Town Gallery on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-8 p.m.  Call 267-9214 or visit for additional information. 

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The New Chattanooga Story Telling Circle will meet on Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Northgate Library. This month's program is Scary Stories for All Ages. For more information, contact Steve Daugherty at or 779-4466.

Special Event Street Closures For Oct. 26 - 31

Here are upcoming street closures for Chattanooga: Wednesday, Oct. 26 First Centenary Fall Festival : Oak St. will be closed between Houston St. and Lindsay St. from  4pm to 8:30pm  for this event  that will include a free dinner (donations accepted), face painting, inflatable games for children of all ages, corn hole, and a Trunk-or-Treat. ... (click for more)

Citizen Safety Coalition Workshop Is Saturday

The Citizen Safety Coalition Workshop will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Center, behind the Urban League, at 730 E. M L King Blvd . The workshop will engage Coalition members through breakout groups and will focus on volunteer recruitment and committee formation.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  For more information and ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)