This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Spark April 11-21. Spark is a multi-day showcase of all facets of creative culture. From nationally recognized artists to local performers, all will be represented during this celebration of artistry and creative works.  Spark events include: the Local Hero Mini-Film Festival, Scenic City Roots, 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Celebration of Southern Literature and more.

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 www.cdmfun.org for more information.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will host The Ever-Loving Astral Etheric Weekend for Dennis Palmer, a memorial tribute to Dennis through music, dance, poetry, art and film, on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.shakingray.com.

Barger Academy of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts and The 35.85 Guild, will host an evening that will help unleash your inner creativity on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. as part of their CommuniCREATE project. Visit www.utc.edu/scea or call 425-5242 for more information.

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

A meet and greet for the Rise Up Chattanooga project will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. at Glass House Collective. The event will be the last time to meet artist Charlie Brouwer before he disassembles the sculpture and returns the ladders. Visit www.riseupchattanooga.org for more information.    

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's Youth Theatre production of How I Became A Pirate will open on Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. and continue each weekend through Sunday, April 7. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.theatrecentre.com.

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

Stephane Wrembel and His Band will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Call 624-5347 or visit www.barkinglegs.org to purchase tickets.

The Folk School of Chattanooga will host a shape note singing workshop on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. as well as an "Open & Free" Day on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. featuring an acoustic blues jam. Sacred Harp singing school with David Ivey will be held Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 827-8906 or visit www.chattanoogafolk.com for additional information.

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 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 642-TIXS or visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com.

The UTC Orchestra, directed by Jooyong Ahn and featuring guest pianist Salome Jordania and guest conductor Giorgi Jordania, will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the 2013 Piano Festival will be held Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For additional information, call 425-4601 or visit www.utc.edu/music

Ladies of Lee, Lee University's women's ensemble, will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee University Chapel. For more information, call 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of Sight For Sore Eyes will continue Friday-Sunday. Visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com for more information. 

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

The Friends of the Cumberland Trail will present the Cumberland Trail Suite Appalachian Music Festival at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday 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 www.chattanoogaonstage.com.

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

The Chattanooga Music Club's young musicians scholarship competition will be held on Sunday 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 from 2-4 p.m. in the Rhea County Courthouse circuit court room. Contact Morgan Robbins at 667-2732 or morgan_ayn@yahoo.com for more information. 

The UTC Music Department will present the "UTC Chamber Singers European Tour Homecoming Concert" at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the Campus Composers Concert, showcasing compositions by young and talented musicians of UTC, at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.utc.edu/music for more information.

A faculty recital featuring mezzo-soprano Jennifer Arbogast, pianist Alan Nichols, tenor Jeffrey Parker, soprano Keisha Cook, and students Paige Salter and Robert Burkich, will take place Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. A student recital featuring the voice students of Dr. Jennifer Arbogast presenting vocal solos, duets, and chamber music will be held Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. For further information, call 697-3383.

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 www.avarts.org

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

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 chambers_d@chattanooga.gov. 

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host a Twisted Night event on Thursday from 5-7:30 p.m. The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the Scenic City Paint Out is Saturday, March 30. Call 266-4453 or visit www.shuptrines.com for more information.

"Film Noir Third Thursdays" will take place on Thursday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Heritage House with the showing of The Hitch-Hiker and The Bigamist. Visit www.chattanooga.gov/education-arts-and-culture/heritage-house for more information.

The opening reception for "mARTch MADNESS," featuring works by William Engerson, Ayda Castro, Holly Livengood, Tom Deranek, and Ellen Zahorec, will take place at the H*Art Gallery on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Visit www.hartgallerytn.com for additional information. 

The opening reception for the "FaithMarks" exhibit, a unique art display featuring photographs of spiritual tattoos, will be held on Friday 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 www.ourfaithmarks.com.

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

Mise En Scenesters will present a showing of John Dies At the End on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, email Chris Dortch at miseenscenesters@gmail.com. 

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 jhashe@epbfi.com.

The New Chattanooga Story Telling Circle will meet on Thursday, March 28, at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Public Library. All tellers and listeners of all ages are welcome. Contact Steve Daugherty at stevedaugherty48@att.net for more information..

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 www.wtcitv.org.


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