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 www.cdmfun.org 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 www.huntermuseum.org.    

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 www.theatrecentre.com

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 www.chattanoogasymphony.org 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 www.artfront.com.

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 reas@stpaulschatt.org. 

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 closeddoorentertainment@gmail.com.     

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 www.chattanoogafolk.com.

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 www.huntermuseum.org 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 www.avarts.org/artist-resources/call-to-artists/

"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 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 atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com 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 www.intowngallery.com

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 www.river-gallery.com for more information.  


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