This week in the Arts:
Free Family Night will be held at the Creative Discovery Museum on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. In addition, the museum will offer Free Days on Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.
The Holiday Starlight Parade will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Downtown Chattanooga. The parade route will follow Market Street from M.L. King to 3rd Street before disbanding at Broad. For more information, please visit www.chattanoogapresents.com/holidaystarlightparade.
Theatre, Music & Dance
A Christmas Story, The Musical! continues at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Thursday-Sunday and auditions for the Youth Theatre's production of Go, Dog. Go! will be held Monday-Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Visit www.theatrecentre.com or call 267-8534 for more information.
Chattanooga Ballet will present its production of The Nutcracker with the CSO Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.chattanoogaonstage.com or calling 642-TIXS.
The CSO and the Creative Discovery Museum will present PopTots, a series that uses musical performance and instruction to help young children develop cognitive and fine motor skills by providing them the opportunity to play more than 20 rhythm instruments, on Saturday at 12 p.m. For more information, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org.
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host "Song-book - Divas of the 80s," a tribute to the ladies who ruled the airwaves in the 80s, on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information.
The Nutcracker will be presented by Ballet Tennessee Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at 2 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. To purchase tickets, call 425-4269 or visit www.utc.edu/finearts.
The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present its annual holiday concert, Home for the Holidays, on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or by calling 267-8583.
The Oak Street Playhouse will present their production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner Thursday-Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Call 756-2428 or email email@example.com for more information.
Covenant College will present its annual Christmas concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a ticketed Madrigal dessert reception. For more information, please visit
www.covenant.edu/celebratechristmas or call 706.419-1453.
Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of A Christmas Carol - The Whole Story Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Abba's House Theater. For more information, call 290-8515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christmas That Came Too Soon will be performed Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center. For more information, call 886-1959.
Tennessee Valley Theatre will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call 365-7529 or visit www.tennesseevalleytheatre.com.
The Nutcracker Christmas Carol: A Holiday Musical will be performed Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. Call 697-3246 for further information.
The Barking Legs Theater will host performances by the Boling/Brown/Holloway Trio on Friday at 8 p.m. and acoustic blues guitarist Paul Geremia on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. Visit www.barkinglegs.org for more information or to purchase tickets.
Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. featuring the sanctuary choir and soloists, bells, orchestra, and the Westminster Singers. For more information, please visit www.signalpres.org.
Choral Arts will hold auditions during the month of December or on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for their performance of the Missa Gaia by jazz composer Paul Winter in April 2014. Singers who are interested in auditioning to participate should contact artistic director Keith Reas at email@example.com.
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.
An art business workshop will be held at AVA on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. with instructor Tony Roland. Visit www.avarts.org for additional information.
River Gallery will host a jenny threads trunk show, featuring clothing styles by artist Jen Swearington, Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information, call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit www.river-gallery.com.
A Figure Painting Marathon with instructor Mia Bergeron will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register.
Writing, Literature & Poetry
The River City Sessions will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Performers include Robinson Renard, Ben Schnell, Kemmer Anderson, Donyale Grove, Michael Gray, Robin Burk, Pattee Wilbanks, Robert Lovitt and Robert Cyphers. Visit http://therivercitysessions.weebly.com/ for more information.