This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 07, 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 www.wtcitv.org 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 www.planetaltered.com.

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 www.chattanoogabachchoir.org. 

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 info@glasshousecollective.org 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 showell@siskinrehab.org. 

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 www.theatrecentre.com.  

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 www.stringtheorymusic.org. 

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 www.chattanoogasymphony.org 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 music@leeuniversity.edu.

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 www.tennesseevalleytheatre.com/reservation.  

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 www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com 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 www.chattanogaonstage.com.

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 lholden@leeuniversity.edu 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 www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

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 jhashe@epbfi.com.

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 www.africandancechattanooga.com.

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 www.chattanoogaonstage.com 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 www.chattanoogaonstage.com 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 www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre.

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 www.chattanoogaonstage.com 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 www.covenant.edu 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 www.tickettracks.com.

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 www.chattanoogamusicclub.org.

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 www.chattanoogabachchoir.org.

Little Country Giants will perform along with Tiffany Taylor on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit www.artfront.com 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 www.huntermuseum.org 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 www.avarts.org.

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 chambers_d@chattanooga.gov.

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 www.tannerhillgallery.com 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 www.townsendatelier.com 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 www.shuptrines.com 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 www.mesfilmclub.com.

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 www.cressgallery.org.

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 tellone@bellsouth.net 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 thespeakeasypoetry@gmail.com 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 www.chattanoogawritersguild.org. 

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.


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Hunter Invitational III Panel Discussion Is Aug. 28

There will be a panel discussion with several of the Hunter Invitational III artists on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum.   Artists participating include Jiha Moon, Martha Whittington, Jered Sprecher and Alicia Henry.  They will speak about their inspirations and process.   Regular museum admission applies, $9.95 for the general public ... (click for more)

Boy, 16, To Face Murder Charges In Criminal Court On Triple Lookout Valley Slayings

A Lookout Valley youth who was 15 at the time of his alleged involvement in a massacre in the valley will stand trial as an adult. Jacob Allison, who is now 16, was taken by the sheriff's office to the Hamilton County Jail after a transfer hearing in Juvenile Court on Friday morning. Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said under state law he has jurisdiction over rehabilitation ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)