This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Free Family Night will take place Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Spring Break Camp will be held at the Creative Discovery Museum Monday-Friday, March 25-29, from 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. for children in Kindergarten - 5th grade. Visit for more information.

The CSO Overture Luncheon series continues Friday from 12-1 p.m. at The Walden Club. Call 267-8583 or visit for more information.

The Friends of African American Art will host Bessie's Juke Joint, the second annual FAAA Purchase Party featuring a great evening of art, music by The Jazz Collective, food and drinks, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased by calling 266-8658. 

The Chattanooga Performing Arts League will host a fashion show with Orange Blossom Boutique of Cleveland on Thursday at 12 p.m. at Heritage Landing. Contact Ann Allen at or 605-6584 for more information.

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, will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in Stratton Hall. Advanced reservations are required, and tickets may be obtained by calling Linda Thompson at 899-9818. 

The Chattanooga Public Library in partnership with CO.LAB will present Maker Day: Thinking In 3D, an event showcasing the art and science of 3D printing, on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on The 4th Floor of the Downtown Branch. For more information, visit

City Share will be held on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at green|spaces and feature a presentation by Neal Morris, Harvard Loeb Fellow and developer of award-winning housing in the historic areas of post-Katrina New Orleans. For more information, email  

Barger Academy of Fine Arts in partnership with the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and The 35.85 Guild will discuss their project CommuniCREATE, a creative documentary in the making sharing community stories about the creative processes that shape who we are as thinkers and communicators, on Tuesday at The Camp House from 6-8 p.m. Barger Academy will host an evening that will help unleash your inner creativity on Thursday, March 21, from 6-8 p.m. Visit or call 425-5242 for more information.

The Little Owl Music & Arts Festival will be held Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Audubon Acres. For more information, please visit

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University will host String Theory at the Hunter on Thursday with a concert featuring performances by violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and pianist Gloria Chien. To purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit

Where's the Line?, TheatreQuest's Short Play Festival, will take place Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit for more information.

The CSO Masterworks series continues with a performance of Verdi Requiem at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 267-8583 or visit

McKay's Road to Nightfall, a competition giving the opportunity to one local band to play as an opening act at Nightfall, concludes at Rhythm & Brews Friday. Visit for more information.

Theater for the New South will present Ingmar Bergman's adaptation Nora, based on A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Friday-Saturday and Thursday-Sunday, March 21-24, at 7:30 p.m. at the former Niko's Southside Grill. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of Sight For Sore Eyes will continue each weekend through Sunday, March 24. Auditions for upcoming productions of The Tempest, Jekyll and Hyde and The Bald Soprano will be held Monday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Lee University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Lee University's Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, please call 614-8240 or email

The Lee University School of Music will host "Day of Percussion," featuring percussion clinics with guest artists Lalo Davila and John Riley, on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Andy Harnsberger at 

Jim Hurst & Rob Ickes will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater as will Stephane Wrembel and His Band on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Call 624-5347 or visit to purchase tickets.

Open auditions for several lead roles in the Shakespeare Chattanooga/Grace Players production of All's Well That Ends Well will be held Sunday-Monday from 6-9 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. For more information, contact Janis Hashe at 622-2862 or

The Folk School of Chattanooga host an "Open & Free" Day on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. featuring an acoustic Jazz jam. Call 827-8906 or visit for additional information.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 642-TIXS or visit   

Closed Door Entertainment, a community theatre group from North Georgia, will present their production of The Sound of Music at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call 642-TIXS or visit

The UTC Orchestra, directed by Jooyong Ahn and featuring guest pianist Salome Jordania and guest conductor Giorgi Jordania, will perform on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. and the 2013 Piano Festival, featuring guest performers Chih-Long Hu, Miroslav Hristov, Salome Jordania, Johan Sentana and the Students of Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, will be held Friday-Saturday, March 22-23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For additional information, call 425-4601 or visit

George Jones will appear in concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or at

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail will present the Cumberland Trail Suite Appalachian Music Festival at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be hosted by Grammy Award winners Tim O'Brien and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and feature a variety of musical performances from Cumberland Plateau musicians. For ticket information, visit

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will host a performance by The K-town Americana Show on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Chattanooga Music Club's young musicians scholarship competition will be held on Sunday, March 24, at 1:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Those auditioning are high school seniors within the Chattanooga area, and awards will be announced at the end of the program. For additional information, contact Beth Foster Long at 706.935-3343.

Auditions for Front Page News, the new play depicting the Scopes Evolution Trial and surrounding events, will take place Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, from 2-4 p.m. in the Rhea County Courthouse circuit court room. Contact Morgan Robbins at 667-2732 or for more information.

Visual Art & Film 

"I Guess You Had To Be There," an exhibition made up entirely of installation art by Ashley Hamilton, Tim Hinck, Baggs McKelvey and James O'Donnell, will continue at AVA through Saturday, April 27. AVA needs volunteers for the 2013 4 Bridges Arts Festival to be held April 13-14. For more information, please visit

A Wheel Throwing for Beginners pottery workshop will be held each Tuesday and Thursday through April 13 from 6-9 p.m. at the EAC Pottery Studio. For more information, contact David Chambers at

Film Chattanooga will hold a meeting and professional seminar entitled "Gripology: 101" on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Chattanooga YMCA and a Happy Hour Event, an opportunity to mix, mingle, and network for industry professionals and film lovers, on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at 212 Market Restaurant. For more information, visit

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host a Gilded Arts Workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as well as a Twisted Night event on Thursday, March 21, from 5-7:30 p.m. Call 266-4453 or visit for more information.

"Film Noir Third Thursdays" will take place on March 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Heritage House with the showing of The Hitch-Hiker and The Bigamist. For more information, visit

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet on Thursday, March 21, beginning at 6 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. A program will be presented by Paul Hassell at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

The opening reception for the "FaithMarks" exhibit, a unique art display featuring photographs of spiritual tattoos, will be held on Friday, March 22, from 6-8 p.m. at Lindsay Street Hall. The exhibit is an initiative of St. Marks Church in North Chattanooga. For additional information, visit

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, created to showcase wild places and filmmaking in the Southeast and around the world, will be held Friday-Sunday, March 22-24, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, with an outdoor screening at Ross's Landing on March 23 in conjunction with the Chattanooga Challenge adventure race. Please visit for more information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

Journalist and teacher Janis Hashe will offer a series of classes entitled "Shakespeare for the Elizabethan Impaired" at The English Rose Tea Room each Tuesday through April 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register and for more information, call 622-2862 or email

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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