This Week In The Arts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Let Beauty Awaken, a performing and visual arts collaboration to raise funds and awareness for underfunded arts programs in Hamilton County schools, will hold a CD launch party and benefit concert on Thursday from 7-10 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/let-beauty-awaken-benefit-concert-tickets-7317864931 to purchase tickets.

The Lighted Boat Parade will take place Friday, Nov. 29, from 7-8 p.m. on the Tennessee River in Downtown Chattanooga followed by a fireworks finale and the illumination of 130+ downtown buildings, bridges and parks for the winter season. For more information, please visit www.chattanoogapresents.com/lightedboatparade.

A Song for the Children, featuring Vince Gill with opening act Dale Ann Bradley, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre to benefit The Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County. Call 266-6918 or visit www.cachc.org for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

TheatreQuest will present The J Play: Around the World in 30 Js on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Call 267-8534 or visit www.theatrecentre.com for more information. 

The CSO Youth Orchestras will continue their season on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Auditorium with a concert performed by the Prelude and Etude Orchestras. Call 267-9011 for more information.

The UTC Flute Ensemble will present a Studio Recital, directed by Dr. Heather Ann Small, on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Cadek Recital Hall, and the Women's Chorale and Men's Chorus concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Please call 425-4601 or visit www.utc.edu/music/projects/performances.php for additional 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. 21-Dec. 19, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Workspace. For additional information, please call 280-4642.

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

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

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

The Chattanooga Music Club will present its second annual Holiday Spectacular at Memorial Auditorium on Friday 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 www.chattanoogamusicclub.org for more information. 

Lee University's Opera Theatre will present Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors Saturday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Church Street Annex. For more information, please call 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

The Chattanooga Bach Choir will present a concert entitled "Music in Honor of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War" on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Visit www.chattanoogabachchoir.org 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 www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information. 

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with designers DJ Trischler and Megan Deal exploring risk in design as inspired by the work of Thornton Dial. For more information, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968.

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

A Painting the Costumed Figure class with instructor James Courtenay James will take place Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register.

River Gallery will host a Fiber Trunk Show with artist Lisa Klakulak on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. as well as a Holiday Open House on Friday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.river-gallery.com for additional information.

A Holiday Open House will take place at Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.shuptrines.com or call 266-4453.


Priceless Pets Continues Saturday at the Walker County Animal Shelter

The Walker County Animal Shelter had 124 people visit the shelter and adopt 12 dogs and 14 cats on their first day of the free adoption promotion "Priceless Pets." "Among those adopted was the longest resident in the shelter, a dog that had been with us since December.  We still have plenty of dogs for the second day of our event, but will only have a few kittens," ... (click for more)

YMCA Mobile Fit: Food And Fun Meal Program Feeds Kids, Fuels Potential Throughout Southeast Tennessee And Northwest Georgia

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is offering the Summer Food and Fun Program with support from the Walmart Foundation to "help kids stay healthy, succeed in school, and reach their full potential."   "Combining educational and physical activity, the program keeps kids’ minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy breakfast and lunch to kids who may otherwise ... (click for more)

Reworked Miller Park, Connections To Cost Up To $8.4 Million

A reworked Miller Park with improved connections to Patten Parkway and MLK Boulevard will cost $7.6 million. With contingencies, the price tag is tabbed at $8.4 million. The city only had two bidders on the major downtown project. Thomas Brothers Construction had the low bid of $7,637,413. Dillard Construction was just behind at $7,768,113. The city lists the "total project ... (click for more)

Dionne Upton Named New Principal At Woodmore Elementary School

Hamilton County Department of Education Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly announced Friday the appointment of Dionne Upton to serve as principal at Woodmore Elementary School. Ms. Upton has 21 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal.  Along with her various educational experiences, she has also participated in the Leadership Fellows ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)