This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 28, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will present the first annual Southeast Film Music Symposium, featuring Artistic Advisor George S. Clinton, as well as presentations by other notable film composers, a movie screening, concert rehearsals and performances, Friday-Sunday. Visit for a complete schedule of events or to register.

Tickets are now on sale for St. Patrick's Purse, the Chattanooga Music Club's annual fundraiser featuring musical entertainment, a silent auction and a seated dinner catered by Dish T'Pass. The event will take place Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in Stratton Hall. Advanced reservations are necessary, and tickets may be obtained by calling Linda Thompson at 899-9818.  

Taste, Chattanooga's premier food event benefiting The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area, will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 5-9 p.m. at Stratton Hall. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Little Owl Festival Fairy School will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Audubon Acres in preparation for the Little Owl Festival to be held on Saturday, March 23. Costumed volunteers and performers will get special training in dance, acting and movement improv, costuming, face painting, and leading kids' activities. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit  

Theatre, Music & Dance

The CSO Pops series continues with a live film concert of The Matrix at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. as well as a Hooray for Hollywood! performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. as part of the Southeast Film Music Symposium. To purchase tickets, call 267-8583 or visit

Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present Vest Fest 2013, featuring Id M Theft Able, Lazy Magnet, and Secret Boyfriend, on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more additional information.
Ballet Tennessee will host a master class with Aesha Ash on Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the VanCura Ballet Conservatory. Call 821-2055 to make a reservation.

Comedian Brian Regan will peform at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting

The Lee University Wind Ensemble will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, please call 614-8240.
The Gem Players will perform their production of Frank W. Wicke's Soldier, Come Home Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Gem Theater. Visit for more information.

The UTC Music Department will present "The Clarinet in the New World 4.0: Dances Across the Americas," a faculty concert featuring clarinetist Nikolasa Tejero and pianist Tim Hinck, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. as well as "An Evening With Debussy," featuring pianist Dr. Joe Chapman, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Visit for more information. 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of Scraps, the Ragtime Girl of Oz will be performed Saturday at 10 a.m. For ticket information, visit

The Paul Belcher Gospel Concert will take place at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Visit or call 642-TIXS to purchase tickets.

Divas and Drinks, an open mic night for operatic and classical singers, will be held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at The Foundry in The Chattanoogan Hotel. Please email Sara Snider Schone at to make arrangements to sing or for more information.

Afrocize!, a six-week dance class focusing on localized movements of West African and Caribbean traditional and contemporary styles, continues with instructor Rebekah Mawuko through Tuesday, March 12, at the St. Andrews Center. For more information, visit

"Cellobration: From Russia with Love," featuring cellist I-Bei Lin and pianist Sin-Hsing Tsai, will be performed at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Please call 425-4601 or visit for additional information.

Closed Door Entertainment's production of The Foreigner will be presented at Memorial Auditorium's Community Theatre on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 642-TIXS.

The Black Box Concert Series concludes with a performance by Harpeth Rising on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater at The Arts Center in Athens, Tn. Call 745-8781 or visit for ticket information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will hold auditions for Twinderella, the Musical Monday-Tuesday March 11-12, from 3-6 p.m. For additional information, contact director Karen Slikker at 834-2499 or

The Southside Casual Classics series continues with a collaborative recital with Dr. Alan Nichols, who will be performing with Dr. Jennifer Arbogast, Gordon James, Nicholas Hartline and Cindy Solfest-Wallis on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. For more information, please visit

Visual Art & Film
ArtWise, a speaker series that brings world-renowned art world figures to the Hunter Museum, will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. with a presentation by artist Paul Stankard. To learn more, visit or call 267-0968.

The opening reception for "I Guess You Had To Be There: An Installation Exhibition" will be held Friday from 5-7:30 p.m. at AVA. The exhibit will continue through Saturday, April 27. Tickets are now on sale at AVA for the 4 Bridges Arts Festival Preview Party to be held Friday, April 12, from 6:30-10 p.m. For more information, visit

The opening reception for the "Foundations" exhibit, featuring works by artists Lisa Ernst and Karen Linduska, will be held Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. A demonstration by copper artist Robert Taylor will take place Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit

In-Town Gallery will host the opening reception for its "Fire & Salt" exhibit, which includes new salt-glazed stoneware by Roger Harvey, on Friday from 5-8 p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for additional information.

The opening reception for the "High School Student Art Exhibit," featuring works from this year's art classes at McMinn County and McMinn Central High Schools, will be held on Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. at The Arts Center. The center will also host the opening reception for "With a Little Help From My Friends," produced by Sisters with Artistic Attitude, a sub group of the Village Quilters Guild of Loudon County, Tn., on Friday, March 8, from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, please call 745-8781 or visit

A Figurative Sculpture Workshop with Brian Booth Craig will take place Monday-Friday, March 11-15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. For more information or to register, visit

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The submission deadline for the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is Sunday, March 31. The contest is open to students in Kindergarten through third grade, and each author will receive a certificate of achievement and winning stories will be featured on WTCI. For more information, visit

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Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Receives $76,000 RIDD Grant

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An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

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Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

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