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.

Weekly Road Construction Report

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Corker Slams Massive $1.4 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

In remarks on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Thursday slammed the massive $1.4 trillion “omnibus” spending bill, calling it one of the most “grotesque” pieces of legislation he can remember during his two terms in the Senate. Excerpts of his remarks follow.  “I came to the United States Senate almost 12 years ago. I have ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)