This Week In The Arts

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Special Events 

The Lighted Boat Parade will take place Friday, November 29 from 7:00 - 8:00 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, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre to benefit The Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County. Call (423) 266-6918 or visit www.cachc.org for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance 

A Christmas Story, The Musical! will open at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m. and continue each weekend through December 22. An opening night gala will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Visit www.theatrecentre.com or call (423) 267-8534 for ticket information.

The Chattanooga Boys Choir Singing Christmas Tree will be presented Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Special guests include the Orange Grove Center Chorus, Ballet Tennessee and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra. To purchase tickets, please call (423) 642-8497 or visit www.chattanogaonstage.com. 

The Greater Cleveland Community Band will perform "Christmas in Our Home Town," a concert featuring renditions of favorite Christmas songs from inspirational hymns to pop classics, on Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lee University Conn Center. Email gccbands@gmail.com for additional information.

The Lee University Theatre season continues with a performance by Shenanigans, Lee's Improv team, on Tuesday, December 3. For showtimes and other information, please call (423) 614-8343 or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu.

A Holiday Concert will be held Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre and feature performances of John Leavitt's Festival of Lessons and Carols, Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, Corelli's Christmas Concerto, and choral selections that celebrate Hanukkah. For more information, please call (423) 697-3383.

The Nutcracker Christmas Carol: A Holiday Musical will be performed Friday - Saturday, December 6 - 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. Call (423) 697-3246 for further 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.
  

River Gallery will host a Holiday Open House on Friday, November 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and the opening reception for the "Tripple Whipple" exhibition on Friday, December 6 from 6:30 - 8:00 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, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.shuptrines.com or call (423) 266-4453.
  
The opening reception for "Baubles, Bangles & Beads," jewelry artist Eleanor Goodson's annual trunk show, will be held Friday, December 6 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. Call (423) 267-9214 or visit www.intowngallery.com.
  
The Holiday CAST Studio Tour will take place Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (CST) in galleries throughout Sewanee & Monteagle, TN. Visit www.cast-taca.org for more information and a list of participating galleries.
  
The entry deadline for the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville's National Juried Exhibition is Sunday, December 8 at midnight. Visit www.knoxalliance.com/juried.html for application information.
  
Writing, Literature & Poetry
  
No event listings this week.

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