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

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 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 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 

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 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

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 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 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 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
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 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 for application information.
Writing, Literature & Poetry
No event listings this week.

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Christina Strickland, 35, Shot On Thursday

Christina Strickland, 35, was shot on Thursday.  Chattanooga Police were informed that a shooting victim had arrived by personal vehicle at a local hospital. A Violent Crimes investigator responded and interviewed her. She  suffered a single non-life threatening injury to the ankle. She  was unable to provide any information about her location when she was injured ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)