This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 7, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

WTCI-PBS KIDS Movie Extravaganza, featuring a fun day of movies, hands-on activities and door prizes at WTCI's production studios, will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit or call 702-7822 for more information. 

Planet Altered will host CAFE, a Community Arts Funding Event, on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. This month's event is dedicated to schools and education-based organizations, both public and private. For more information, please visit

The Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra's Mardi Gras Masquerade Celebration will take place on Monday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Walden Club. A pre-Mardi Gras party will be held at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Read House, followed by a parade to the Walden Club with New Orleans-style accompaniment by the River City Red Hots. To purchase tickets, call 877-9767 or visit 

City Share will feature a presentation by Alan Williams, Senior Community Manager for Neighborland, a social media tool for citizens to connect and improve their neighborhoods, on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at green|spaces. Email for more information or to make a reservation.

The "Possibilities: Siskin Hospital Celebrates Life Beyond Disability" Luncheon will be held on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center and will feature guest speaker Trisha Meili. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Sandy Howell by phone at 634-1208 or by email at 

Theatre, Music & Dance

The Red Badge of Courage continues on the Chattanooga Theatre Centre MainStage Friday-Sunday and the production of A Doll's House opens Friday beginning with an opening night reception at 7 p.m. Auditions for Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour will be held on Monday-Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  

The Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University will host String Theory at the Hunter on Thursday, Feb. 14, with a concert featuring performances by Wu Han and David Finckel, along with Philip Setzer, violinist for the Emerson String Quartet. To purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit 

The CSO Pops series continues with Big Band Fever! to be performed Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Doc Severinsen, former band leader of the Tonight Show, will be the special guest. Call 267-8583 or for ticket information.

The Lee University School of Music will host a special performance by vocalist Serena Hill-LaRoche, flautist Tabitha Easley, and pianist Catherine Garner on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall. For more information, call 614-8240 or email

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie Friday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY (7529) or visit  

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of The Pillowman will take place Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information. 

C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters will be presented at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting

The annual Honor Choir concert featuring approximately 100 high school students will take place at Lee University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Conn Center. In addition to the Honor Choir, the Lee University Choral Union and an ensemble from Lee's Opera Theatre will also perform. For more information, contact LuAnn Holden at or 614-8259. 

The Southside Casual Classics Concert series continues Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Triptych Winds. For more information, please visit

Journalist and teacher Janis Hashe will offer a series of classes entitled "Oscar Wilde: Nothing Except My Genius" at The English Rose Tea Room each Tuesday through Feb. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register and for more information, call 622-2862 or email

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

Lord of the Dance Created by Michael Flatley will be performed at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 642-TIXS.

Merle Haggard will appear in concert on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Call 642-TIXS or visit for ticket information. 

Lessons, an original theatre production written by Dan Buck and Lee University theatre students, will be presented Thursday-Monday, Feb. 14-18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre. For more information, call 614-8343 or visit

Students at the Center for Creative Arts will present their production of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16, at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door.

My Funny Valentine Comedy Jam will be presented at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Violinist Sooyoung Yoon and pianist Ji Neyng You will be in concert at Covenant College on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. performing works by Bach, Beethoven, LeClair, and Saint-Sa?ns. For more information, visit or call 706.820-1453.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be presented by UTC's Music Department and the Department of Theatre and Speech on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. To purchase tickets, call 425-4269 or visit

The Chattanooga Music Club will present pianist Dr. Sigrid Luther, clarinetist Jay Craven, soprano Kimberly Keck,  and mezzo soprano Kelly Stultz in concert on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. For additional information, visit

The Chattanooga Bach Choir and Orchestra will perform a concert featuring music by Pelestrina, Monteverdi, Gabrielli and others on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. For more information, visit

Little Country Giants will perform along with Tiffany Taylor on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit to purchase tickets.    

Visual Art & Film 

The Hunter Museum of American Art will present a program on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. in celebration of the exhibit "African American Art: Selections from the Carnetta and Norm Davis Collection" with a talk by special guests Carnetta and Norm Davis. In addition, Cherita and Michael Adams of Blue Orleans will offer a demonstration of the tastes of the upcoming Mardi Gras festival. To learn more, visit or call 267-0968.

The "(In)direct Correlation: Selections from the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance Member Show" exhibit continues through Friday, Feb. 22, and applications are currently being accepted for "I Guess You Had To Be There: An Installation Art Exhibition" with the submission deadline being Monday at AVA. For more information, visit

A Wheel Throwing for Beginners pottery workshop will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the EAC Pottery Studio. For more information, contact David Chambers at

The opening reception for "Beautifully Boring," an exhibition featuring works by Holly Farrell, Samantha French, Leah Giberson, and Mark Bradley Shoup, will be held Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tanner-Hill Gallery. Visit for more information.

A Classical Pen & Ink Drawing class with instructor James Courtenay James will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and a Figure Painting Marathon will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, from  9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host a Pink Open House on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and a Late Night Thursday event on Feb. 14 until 7 p.m. Call 266-4453 or visit for more information.

Mise En Scenesters will present a salute to the films of Dave Markey with the showing of Slog the Movie and a screening of My Career as a Jerk on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, visit

The UTC Cress Gallery of Art will host a lecture by and "Few and Far Between" exhibition opening for artist Summer Wheat on Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center as part of the Diane Marek Visiting Artist Series. For more information, visit

The Chattanooga Public Library will screen Guilty Pleasures, a PBS Point of View documentary about romance writers and their work, on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library auditorium. Call 757-5310 for more information. 

Townsend Atelier will host an art sale preview featuring works by over 50 local artists to be sold to benefit the arts programs at Girls Preparatory School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. For additional information, call 634-3475.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The Cleveland Storytelling Guild will present their eighteenth annual Ocoee Story Fest with featured storyteller Megan Hicks on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Museum Center at Five Points. For more information, contact Judy Baker at or 479-7887.

The MANIFEST series continues with The No Ordinary Love Poetry Show on Saturday at 9 p.m. at The Camp House. The night will feature performances by Christian J. Collier, Jody Harris, La-Tesia Poole, and Marcus Ellsworth. Email for more information.

The Chattanooga Writers' Guild will meet Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library. For more information, visit 

The Page Turners book club will meet Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Eastgate Library to discuss Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts, Jr. Call 855-2689 for more information.

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

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Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

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Christina Strickland, 35, Shot On Thursday

Christina Strickland, 35, was shot on Thursday.  Chattanooga Police were informed that a shooting victim had arrived by personal vehicle at a local hospital. A Violent Crimes investigator responded and interviewed her. She  suffered a single non-life threatening injury to the ankle. She  was unable to provide any information about her location when she was injured ... (click for more)

Man, 56, Stabbed At The Corner Of North Market, Frazier Avenue

A 56-year-old man was stabbed at the corner of North Market Street and Frazier Avenue on Wednesday night. Chattanooga Police were advised of the altercation at 7 p.m. Police located a single victim, Danny Henderson, suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.  T he victim was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. ... (click for more)

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