This Week In The Arts

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events 

Free Family Night will be held at the Creative Discovery Museum on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

The 2013 Friends of Moccasin Bend Lecture Series continues Monday at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Aquarium auditorium with a presentation by National Park Historian James H. Ogden III and archaeologist Lawrence Alexander. For more information, please call 490-9170 or visit

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The CSO will continue its Barnett & Company Masterworks Series with a performance of Mozart's Requiem on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, and Bob's Bootcamp, a lecture series with Bob Bernhardt that takes an in-depth look at composers and their music, will be held Saturday at the Tivoli Center. Visit for ticket information.

Raggedy Ann & Andy will be performed on the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's MainStage through Sunday and TheatreQuest will present The J Play: Around the World in 30 Js on Saturday, Nov. 16 and 23, at 10:30 a.m. Call 267-8534 or visit for more information.

The CSO Youth Orchestras will open their season with a performance on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church. Call 267-9011 for more information.

Scene Study, a 5-week course in the Yale Dramatic Technique for actors, writers, directors and artists with Jamie Lawrence, will be held Thursdays, Nov. 14-Dec. 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Workspace. For additional information, call 280-4642.

Theater for the New South will present Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the South Chattanooga Recreation Center. For more information, visit

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration, the Barking Legs Theater will host a concert by Rahsaan Barber and Everyday Magic on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Rising Fawn String Ensemble on Friday at 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

Artisti Affamati will present "Opera in the Dark," a technologically enhanced operatic experience, on Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Four Squares Business Center. Performances include The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti, Gallantry by Douglas Moore, A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber, and Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein. Visit for ticket information. 

The UTC Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers will present their fall concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday at 7:30 p.m; the UTC Orchestra will perform at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.; the Flute Ensemble will present a Studio Recital, directed by Dr. Heather Ann Small, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. in Cadek Recital Hall. Please call 425-4601 or visit for additional information.

The East Brainerd Community Theater will present their production of The Importance of Being Earnest Friday-Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Barbara Bailey Hutchison will perform at the Tennessee Valley Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling 365-PLAY or visiting

Bombadil and Birds With Fleas will perform at the Barking Legs Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will present their fall concert featuring works by women composers on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

A Rekindled Flame will be performed by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga Thursday - Saturday, Nov. 21-23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit

The Folk School of Chattanooga will host a Sacred Harp singing on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Elmo Fire Hall. Visit for more information.

The Chattanooga Music Club will present its second annual Holiday Spectacular at Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Guest artist Brett Valliant will play the Austin organ, and the program will also include holiday music by The Metropolitan Bells and Voices of Lee. Visit for more information.     

Visual Art & Film  

"Pictures Tell the Story," an exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Ernest C. Withers, will be on display at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center through Saturday, March 1. Visit for more information.

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with former city councilwoman and community leader Deborah Scott using a work by Thomas Sully to explore the complex issue of Nature vs. Nurture. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.   

The opening reception for Lain York's "Selections from the National Gallery" exhibit will be held on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Sewanee's Convocation Hall. For more informaion, visit

River Gallery will host a demonstration by glass artist Jeff McKinley on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit for additional information.

Mise En Scenesters will host a showing of Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary that traces the impact of the popular comic strip Calvin & Hobbes, at the Barking Legs Theater on Sunday at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Nature photographer Bill Lea will be the guest speaker. For more information, visit

A Painting the Costumed Figure workshop with instructor James Courtenay James will take place Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild will hold its annual Telebration on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Cleveland Presbyterian Church. Featured tellers this year are Judy Baker, Maurine Olin, Bruce Hopson, Bobbye Schroeder, John McFarlane, Steve Daugherty, and Pete Vanderpool. Admission is free, and the material is family friendly. For more information, email

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)