This Week In The Arts

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events  

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.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit will continue at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Thursday -Sunday and Raggedy Ann & Andy will be performed on the MainStage beginning Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and continuing each weekend through Sunday, Nov. 17. TheatreQuest will present The J Play: Around the World in 30 Js on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. Call 267-8534 or visit for more information. 

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera continues the Volkswagen Series with Classical's Top Hits on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. Visit or call 267-8583 for ticket information.

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Thollem McDonas on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information. 

The Chattanooga Boys Choir, along with noted music historian Bobby Horton, will perform a program entitled The Blue and the Gray: Songs and Stories of the Civil War on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts auditorium. Call 634-2299 or visit for more information. 

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, the Barking Legs Theater will host Wide Open Floor on Friday at 5 and 8 p.m., a concert by The Helen Highwater Stringband on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and performances of Come On In My Kitchen Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 7-9, at 9 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

The Lee University Theatre season continues with a performance of 33 Variations Friday-Saturday and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9, in the Dixon Center. For show times 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 at 7:30 p.m.; the UTC Trumpet Ensemble in the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.; and the students of Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai in a Piano Studio Recital on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Please call 425-4601 or visit for additional information. 

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

The Covenant College Music Department will present a Hymn Festival on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel. For more information, visit or call 706.820-1560.

The Barenaked Ladies will appear in concert at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets. 

The Lee University School of Music will present its annual Music Festival on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Conn Center; a "Program of Sacred Songs" on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Lee Chapel; the Lee University Jazz Ensemble in its fall concert on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center; and a concert by The Lee University Chamber Strings on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee Chapel.  For more information, call 614-8240 or email

The MacDowell Music Club will meet on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, followed by a musical program by club members Nellie Makansi, Bobbie Howell, and Isaac Hinchman. The musical program will open to the public at no charge. 

Xanadu, the Broadway Musical, will be presented by the Chattanooga State Theatre and Music Departments Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10, in Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. Please call 697-3246 for ticket information.

Visual Art & Film  

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 beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the Hunter Museum. Visit for more information. 

AVA is currently accepting applications until Friday for the 2014 4 Bridges Arts Festival to be held April 11-13 at the First Tennessee Pavilion. 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 from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Meditations," an exhibit featuring works by Scott Hill and Steve Olszewski, on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit for additional information. 

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 from 5-8 p.m.  Call 267-9214 or visit for additional information. 

Townsend Atelier will host an In Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop Saturday-Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. as well as an Introduction to Oil Painting Class on Mondays, Nov. 4-25, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. A Basic Perspective Drawing Workshop with James Courtenay James will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit for more information or to register. 

Reflections Gallery will host the opening reception for "Landscapes" on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit continues through Friday, January 3. For additional information, please call 892-3072 or visit

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at The Camp House. Scheduled performers include Red Shoes & Rosin, Peggy Douglas and Patti Wilbanks, Taylor Stein, and Michael Gray. Visit for more information.

Kiwanis Club Fund Raiser Will Be Held Oct. 18

The Hixson Kiwanis Club’s Fall Scholarship Dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hixson Middle School.   The dinner features baked ham or chicken, veggies, bread and desserts and the cost is $10 per person, 6 and under are free.   The proceeds are used by the club to support two scholarships at Hixson High School each year in memory of long ... (click for more)

Zoo Hosts Annual Banana Ball Saturday

The Chattanooga Zoo will present its annual Banana Ball on Saturday.   Banana Split, just for kids will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m.  Jack Hanna is visiting the Chattanooga Zoo and he's hosting a special presentation.  Guests will hear about Jack's adventures and visit with some of his animal friends. The Banana Split event will include animal encounters, ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW’s Primer In Disaster

Volkswagen America has gotten into a real bad “tight,” causing their red-faced leaders to huddle with spin doctors, crisis consultants and countless priests in confessional booths. Conversely, I suspect I have found a solution that would get them out of the mud and hasten their return as one of the top automotive providers in the world. You see, on Aug. 14, 1979, the playbook on ... (click for more)