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.


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