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.

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Whitfield "Counts" On Roberts In Finance Department

When it comes to numbers, Carol Roberts knows her stuff. In her first year as a member of the Whitfield County Finance Department, she compiled the budget book that went on to receive the prestigious Government Finance Officers Association Excellence in Budgeting Award in 2014. “She prepared and improved the 2014 budget book in her first year of employment with very little ... (click for more)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and Planning Professional ... (click for more)

Commissioner Graham Chides Chairman Bankston For Shredding Arts Cigarette Tax Letter; Says Sunshine Law Violated

County Commissioner Joe Graham on Wednesday chided Chairman Chester Bankston for shredding a letter related to the proposed cigarette tax to aid the arts. "Have you shredded any other county legal documents?" he demanded. Chairman Bankston replied, "No, I have not done that." He said the letter did not get the necessary six signatures to forward to the Legislature. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)