This Week In The Arts

Thursday, October 3, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

The 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival will take place Friday-Saturday at Ross' Landing. Performers include the Dismembered Tennesseans, The Greenbriars, Balsam Range, Sam Bush, Bluetastic Fangrass, Lone Mountain Band, Berklee College of Music Fiddlers, Chatham County Line, Keller & The Keels, Nashville Bluegrass Band and the Travelin' McCourys. For more information, visit or call 265-0771. 

FACES UnMasked, a fundraising event featuring masks created by local and national artists, and community members to benefit FACES, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, please visit

The Art's Meow will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, 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 for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of Wiley and the Hairy Man will continue Friday-Sunday. Auditions for A Christmas Story, The Musical will be held Monday-Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for young actors and 7:30 p.m. for adults. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Shaking Ray Levi Society's Old-Timey Avant-Garde Series begins Thursday at 9 p.m. with a performance by The Molecules, Korybantes and Red Okra King at the Barking Legs Theater. A celebration of Dennis Palmer's birthday will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, and feature performances by Konk Pack and Nief-Norf Project as well as the screenings of Dennis Palmer Date Night Movies. Visit for ticket information.

String Theory at the Hunter will open its fifth season on Thursday, Oct. 10, 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

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera continues its Masterworks Series at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. featuring a performance of Copland's Lincoln Portrait, narrated by city of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 267-8583.

The Chattanooga Boys Choir will host its fifth biennial Community Hymn Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, 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 For more information, visit

Theater for the New South will present James Kerr's acclaimed translation of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Plow Building. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.  

The UTC Orchestra will perform a concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius and Bizet at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  Call 425-4601 or visit for additional information.

Covenant College will begin their 2013-14 theater season with Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to be performed Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 706.419-1051 or emailing

The Mountain Arts Community Center will present a performance by the Uptown Big Band and special guest artist Tekelia Kelly on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Please call 886-1959 for more information. 

A Bassoon Quartet, featuring CSO musicians Eric Anderson and Rachel Young, Larisa Westmoreland, Katherine Philp with pianist Jeanell Brown, will perform Sunday at 4 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd.

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with a performance of Fahrenheit 451 on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or by call 425-4269. 

The Lee University Theatre Department will present Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap Thursday-Monday, Oct. 10-14, in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre. For show times and other information, please call 614-8343 or visit

Comedian Gary Owen will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

The Chattanooga Harp Ensemble will perform Saturday, Oct. 12, 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, visit

Cleveland State Community College will host Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Judy Carmichael on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center Theater. To order tickets, visit

The Chattanooga Music Club's October concert will feature the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera String Quintet on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal. Visit for more information.

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 for additional information.

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host "Exploring Whitfield Lovell and Our History" with Dr. Clark White, sociologist, historian, musician and "bluesologist," on Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

A portrait drawing workshop with instructor Angela Cunningham will be held Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., a figure drawing class with Daud Akhriev will take place Monday-Tuesday from 6-9 p.m., and a still life painting workshop with Melissa Hefferlin will be held Tuesday-Wednesday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit or call 266-2712 to register.

The opening reception for "Texture and Glaze," a compilation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art by Maddin Corey and Ellen Franklin, will take place at In-Town Gallery on Friday from 5-8  p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for more information.

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Narrative Gestures," an exhibition featuring works by Kirsten Stingle and Cynthia Tollefsrud, on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. An artist talk with Kirsten Stingle will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. For additional information, call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

The Civic Arts League will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Visitors are welcome to come to the meeting. Please visit for additional information.

Warehouse Row's Crafted by Southern Hands series will conclude on Friday, Oct. 11, 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

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 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, continues Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The English Tea Room. To register and for more information, please call 622-2862 or email

Dog Training Classes Registration Begins Sunday, Oct. 25

The Obedience Club of Chattanooga will begin its next 6-week session of obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Monday, Oct. 26, at its training facility 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga. Registration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. at the training facility.  During registration, various OCC dog/handler teams ... (click for more)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga Presents The Tennessee Valley’s Largest And Longest Children’s Festival

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga’s 25th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival will be held at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Hwy. on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 1-5 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. RMHC will be raising money for operational costs for the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald ... (click for more)

Man, 25, Shot While Riding In Car In Brainerd On Friday Night

A 25-year-old man was shot while riding in a car in Brainerd on Friday night. Police said Anthony Amey had non-life threatening injuries. At approximately 9:20 p.m., Chattanooga Police were notified of a gunshot wound victim being treated at a local hospital. Of ficers found that the shooting occurred at 500 South Germantown Road. T he victim stated he ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Voice In Memphis

Tennessee got quite a peek at its political barometer Thursday night in Memphis when A.C. Wharton, a once-popular black leader who has been Mayor since 2009, was thoroughly trounced by Jim Strickland, currently on the City Council. Strickland, a white Democrat, may be the first step in bringing the now much-maligned West Tennessee city back to hope and reality. What no one can believe ... (click for more)