This Week In The Arts

Thursday, April 18, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

AmuseUm 2013, the party for grown-ups that benefits kids, will take place Saturday from 7-11 p.m. at the Creative Discovery Museum. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.

"Taking It Outside," a program that brings together theatre, visual arts, and audience interaction in a multi-generation context, will be presented by the Hunter Museum of American Art and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Hunter. Visit www.huntermuseum.org or www.theatrecentre.com for additional information. 

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host The Spark of Intergenerational Voices, a concert featuring Voci Virili,  Chattanooga's Classical Men's Vocal Ensemble, and the Grace Moore Singers of the Chattanooga Girls Choir, on Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968. 

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of The Children's Hour continues each weekend through Sunday, April 28. A staged reading of Laura Marks' Bethany, followed by a talk back, reception and fireworks, will be held Saturday, April 20. Call 267-8534 or visit www.theatrecentre.com for more information.

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform A German Requiem, A Requiem For All People by Johannes Brahms on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd and on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.choralartsofchattanooga.org or www.facebook.com/choralarts.

Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a concert featuring Jason Lescalleet and Aether Jag on Thursday, April 25, at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Call 910-9729 or visit www.shakingray.com for more information.

The CSO season will conclude on Saturday, April 27, with a performance of Elvis & Mahler at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Guest artists Michael Daugherty and Benjamin Kamins will join the symphony for performances of Daugherty's Motown Metal and Dead Elvis, and Mahler's dramatic Symphony No. 5 will cap off the concert. To purchase tickets, call 267-8583 or visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org.

A flute studio recital featuring the students of Dr. Heather Small will take place at Cadek Recital Hall on Thursday at 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.utc.edu/music

Lee University's School of Music will present the Small Jazz Combos concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center. For more information, call 614-8387.

The Chattanooga State Opera Theatre and Concert Choir will present Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This semi-staged production will also feature members of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. For further information, call 697-3383. 

The Roland Carter Gala Concert, celebrating Roland Carter's career and honoring his retirement, will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church and will feature performances by soprano Gayle Robinson-Oturo, UTC's Men's Chorus, Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers, the Hampton University Concert Choir, Morehouse College Men's Glee Club, and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African-American Song. Call 425-4601 or visit www.utc.edu/music to purchase tickets.

Graduates of Chattanooga State's Professional Actor Training Program will present Some Girl(s) Friday-Sunday, as well as And Baby Makes Seven Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. For further information, call 697-3246.

Celtic Woman will appear in concert at Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com or call 642-TIXS for ticket information. 

The Salvation Army's ReCreate Cafe will present Psalms of the City, an art festival seeking to promote hope and unity in Chattanooga by using the Psalms as inpiration for visual and performance art and open to any person, regardless of economic status, housing situation, education, or age, on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. In addition, The Mailboxes and John Tibbs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.csarmy.org for more information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Roane Choral Society's Turn Your Radio On at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and the Carib Sounds Steel Drum Band will perform on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit www.tennesseevalleytheatre.com.

The Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, please contact the School of Music at 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

The Chattanooga Music Club scholarship competition winners will be featured in a recital on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The performers will include Wesley Carroll, John Burton, Jonathan Lau, Hannah Porter, Hollis Neel, Hannah Kuhn, Aaron Smith, Abigail Hinchman and Aaron Hairston. For additional information, visit www.chattanoogamusicclub.org

General auditions for 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 jhashe@epbfi.com.

Rock of Ages will be performed at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 642-TIXS or visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com.

The Greater Cleveland Concert Band will perform a concert entitled Broadway, Just off Broad Street at the Lee University Conn Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, email gccbands@gmail.com. 

The Center for Creative Arts Dance Department will present Suite Moves, an evening of original choreography in modern, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop featuring the Project Motion Dance Ensemble, Thursday-Friday, April 25-26, at 7 p.m. in the CCA Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. 

The Chattanooga State Opera Theatre will present Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, Trial by Jury, on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. For further information, please call 697-3383.

Visual Art & Film  

Artist Courtenay James will demonstrate his oil painting techniques during "Glass Menagerie on the Bluff" on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at River Gallery. Visit www.river-gallery.com for more information.

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host the opening reception for "Plein Air - The Art of Outdoor Paintings" on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 266-4453 or visit www.shuptrines.com.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The Southern Lit Alliance's Celebration of Southern Literature will take place Thursday-Saturday. This year's schedule includes such literary greats as Richard Bausch, Ron Rash, and Roy Blount, Jr., a keynote address by award-winning playwright Beth Henley, and a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. For more information and to register, visit www.southernlitalliance.org.

The Chattanooga Writers Guild will host Local Authors Night on Monday at 6 p.m. at The Camp House. The book signing will include KB Ballentine, Poppy Johnson, Daniel Swanger, Judith Nembhard, Grant Fetters, Becky Wooley, Ray Zimmerman, and others, and a small group will give readings from the stage at 7 p.m. Visit www.chattanoogawritersguild.org for more information. 

A fiction writing workshop with instructor Susan Gregg Gilmore will take place Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. The workshop is designed for beginning and intermediate writers and those interested in short fiction and memoir. Visit www.townsendatelier.com to register.



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