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.

Historical Meeting Held At The Brainerd Mission Cemetery

The chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, hosted the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, met Monday evening at the Brainerd Mission Cemetery.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance for the event.   Marti Rutherford introduced Hamilton County Historian Linda Mines who presented a historical program on the ... (click for more)

October League Of Women Voters Meeting Features Stewart Clifton

The Chattanooga members-at-large unit of the League of Women Voters of Tennessee will continue its schedule of programs on Monday, 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room, Business Development Center, 100 Cherokee Blvd, with Stewart Clifton, speaking on  “Issues Facing the Next TN General Assembly—and How You Can Have A Voice”.  The meeting is free, and open to all interested ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

Bullets Ring Out Near Alton Park School Bus Stop Sending Students Scrambling; Vehicle Used Had Been Carjacked In Knoxville

Bullets rang out near an Alton Park school bus stop on Tuesday morning, sending students scrambling for cover. Police took two suspects into custody. The incident happened on W. 38th Street across from the Bethlehem Center and was believed to be gang related. Crime tape quickly went up at the shooting scene, and W. 38th Street was temporarily blocked. There were five ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)