This Week In The Arts

Thursday, December 05, 2013

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Holidays at the Hunter on Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m. Activities include music from the Old Time Travelers and the Voices of Lee, children's crafts, decorative trees, holiday snacks, museum store discounts and a chance to get a picture with Hunter Claus. Visit for additional information.

Mainx24, the 24 hour long neighborhood festival supporting the Southside, will be held Saturday. Scheduled events include a pancake breakfast, showings and open houses by Southside artists and galleries, a parade, a Big Wheel Championship, a bad art release hosted by AVA and a Midnight in Paris party at Townsend Atelier, among others. Visit for more information. 

The Holiday Starlight Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 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  

Theatre, Music & Dance  

A Christmas Story, The Musical! will open at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday at 8 p.m. and continue each weekend through Dec. 22. An opening night gala will begin at 7 p.m. Visit or call 267-8534 for ticket information.

The Chattanooga Boys Choir Singing Christmas Tree will be presented Saturday at 2 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 642-8497 or visit   

Chattanooga Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will be held Friday-Saturday, Dec. 13-14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by visiting 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, Dec.14, at 12 p.m. For more information, visit

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, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Oak Street Playhouse will present their production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner Friday-Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Call 756-2428 or email for more information.  

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Captivating Keyboards will perform on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 365-7529 or visit

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 Chattanooga Firefighters Benefit Concert featuring Tracy Lawrence will take place at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. Call 899-4990 for ticket information. 

The Barking Legs Theater will host performances by the Ron Block Trio on Saturday at 8 p.m., the David Walters Quartet on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and Boling/Brown/Holloway Trio on Friday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Lee University's annual "A Classic Christmas" concert will be performed Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center. Tickets are required due to limited seating. Please call 614-8343 for ticket information. 

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues at The Camp House on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a performance by Voci Virili Men's Consort. Please visit for more information.

Voices of Lee will present its annual Sounds of Christmas concert, featuring both sacred and secular Christmas selections, on Tuesday at 7 and 8:30 p.m. in the Lee University Chapel. To reserve tickets, please call 614-8320. 

Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of A Christmas Carol - The Whole Story Thursday-Friday, Dec. 12-13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Abba's House Theater. For more information, call 290-8515 or email 

Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. featuring the sanctuary choir and soloists, bells, orchestra, and the Westminster Singers. For more information, please visit

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.

AVA's Annual Juried Members Exhibition will open Friday with an opening reception from 5:30-8 p.m., and an art business workshop will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1-2:30 p.m. with instructor Tony Roland. Visit for additional information.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a showing of La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

The opening reception for "Baubles, Bangles & Beads," jewelry artist Eleanor Goodson's annual trunk show, will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. Call 267-9214 or visit  

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Tripple Whipple," an exhibit featuring works by John Whipple, Lynn Whipple and Marty Whipple, on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, please visit

The Holiday CAST Studio Tour will take place Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. (CST) in galleries throughout Sewanee & Monteagle. 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 at midnight. Visit for application information.

A Figure Painting Marathon with instructor Mia Bergeron will take place Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register. 

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The Chattanooga Writers Guild will host a Pot Luck Dinner and Writer Celebration on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Ridge Church of Christ. For more information, please contact Rosemary Walch at

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, Dec. 13, 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 for more information.

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Huey And Cobra Rides Delayed

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Man Shot On Cannon Avenue Early Saturday Morning

A man was shot early Saturday morning on Cannon Avenue. At approximately 5:30 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2300 Cannon Ave. for shots fired.  Shortly after receiving the call, officers learned that a victim arrived at a local hospital.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and is undergoing treatment. The injury is not considered to be life-threatening.  ... (click for more)

Child Playing With Cigarette Lighter Starts $25,000 Mobile Home Fire

A child playing with a cigarette lighter started a mobile home fire on Saturday morning. At 9 a.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 6561 Cassie Lane. It took four fire companies about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. The fire was contained to one bedroom. No injuries were reported. Damage to the home is around $25,000. (click for more)

When The City Was Silent - And Response

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