This Week In The Arts

Thursday, December 26, 2013

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Creative Discovery Museum's New Year's at Noon celebration will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities include a parade, apple juice toast, a confetti drop and a kazoo rendition of Auld Layne Syne. The museum will also offer Holiday Kids' Days Out for grades K-5 Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3, and Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 6-7, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The New Year's Eve Party on the Bluff will take place Tuesday from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. For ticket information, please call 267-0968 or visit    

Theatre, Music & Dance 

Auditions for The Taming of the Shrew will be held Monday - Tuesday, Jan. 6-7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, please visit

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform Beethoven's 7th Symphony on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Additional works to be performed are Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto by violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Golijov's Last Round for String Nonet. Tickets are available at or by calling 267-8583.

Jim Avett, Mandi Rae, and The Goodbye Girls will perform on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Tickets may be purchased online at

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 should contact artistic director Keith Reas at 

Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of Les Miserables Thursday-Friday, Jan. 9-10, at 7:30 p.m. at Abba's House. For more information, call 290-8515 or email     

Registration for winter classes at the Folk School of Chattanooga is currently being held. Offerings include mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar, folk music theory and fiddle, among others. For more information or to regsiter, visit

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Free First Sunday, a free day of gallery exploration, crafts for the kids and an opportunity to see the "Go Figure! Selections from the Permanent Collection" exhibition, on Jan. 5 from 12-4:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the "Reform: A Habitat for Humanity Exhibition" at AVA is Friday, Jan. 10. For more information, visit

"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.

The Jewish Cultural Center is currently hosting "Wrapped in Tradition," an exhibit of contemporary and traditional Jewish prayer shawls from the community, around the country, and Israel, through Wednesday, Jan. 15. For more information, please email or call 493-0270 ext. 13.

In-Town Gallery will host the opening reception for "Celebrate Art!," an exhibit representing works in every medium involved in the original work of their 34 artists, on Friday, Jan. 3, from 5-8 p.m. For additional information, please visit

The opening reception for the "Contemporary Arts & Craft Show," featuring works by artists working in metalsmithing, clay, wood, and printmaking, will be held at River Gallery on Friday, Jan. 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information.  

Chattanooga Girl Scouts Earn Highest National Honor

Two Chattanooga teens have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. It is the most difficult to achieve, and only a Girl Scout Senior (grades 9-10) or a Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11-12) may earn the award. "It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for girls to engage in a rigorous process that calls for leadership at the highest level," officials said.  "Girls must work individually to ... (click for more)

Legacy Village Of Cleveland Partners With Hope For Appalachia To Prepare ‘Hope Boxes’ For Disadvantaged Children

Legacy Village of Cleveland partnered with its sister facility, Renaissance Assisted Living of Greene County, in Stanardsville, Va., in support of Hope for Appalachia, by sending “Hope Boxes” to the poverty-stricken areas of Southeastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia. Hope for Appalachia is a collaborative group of churches, businesses and individuals that deliver boxes ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)