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

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Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes National Drug Take Back Initiative

In efforts to prevent drugged-impaired driving statewide, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office encourages Tennesseans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative on Saturday. THSO asks residents to dispose of unused and/or outdated prescription drugs to help prevent the illegal use and abuse of prescription drugs by ... (click for more)

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The City Council is set to take action on first reading on Tuesday night on a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. The second and final reading is set for the following Tuesday. The final version comes after several public hearings and extensive discussion by the City Council and staff. Short term vacation rentals will be allowed in residences with ... (click for more)

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Please, No Short Term Vacation Rentals In My Neighborhood

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