This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This week in the arts:

Special Events 

Blues on the Bluff, featuring performances by the WTM Blues Band and the Power Players Show Band, will be held at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (423) 267-0968 or visiting

The Trenton Arts Council will present Appalachian Renaissance, showcasing multiple art forms ranging from paintings and sculpture to music and poetry with an opportunity for attendees to produce a community driven art piece, at the Trenton Civic Center on Saturday, May 4 from 3:30 - 9:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the Fans of Trenton Arts Council Facebook page.

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras conclude their season on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre featuring all four orchestras and featured soloists Jay Craven and Thomas West. Call(423) 267-9011 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Auditions for Legally Blonde, the musical comedy based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, will be held Monday - Tuesday, May 13 - 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, or call (423) 267-8534.

Beastie's Birthday Party will be presented Thurday, May 2 - 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center. For more information, call (423) 886-1959.

An Evening of Dance will be held on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. at East Hamilton Middle High School and feature performances by the High School Dance 2 class as well as Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Christian School dance students. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

The Choo Choo Jazz Fest, featuring Dixieland jazz by four traditional jazz bands including The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band, the Wolverine Jazz Band, and the Frisco Jazz Band, will take place Friday - Sunday, May 3 - 5 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling (423) 596-1388.

Country legend Gene Watson will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Call (423) 642-TIXS or for more information.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present its production of All in the Timing by David Ives Friday - Saturday, May 3 - 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.comfor ticket information.

An Evening of Ten Minute Plays performed by the first year students of Chattanooga State's Professional Actor Training Program will be held Monday - Tuesday, May 6 - 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. For further information, call (423) 697-3246.

Ukulele classes for kids will begin Wednesday, May 8 and meet each week until May 29 at the Folk School of Chattanooga. for more information or to register.

Hinton Battle's Love Lies will be performed at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling (423) 642-TIXS.

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will host a performance by NewFound Road with Josh Miller on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Call (423) 365-7529 or visit for ticket information.

A mandolin workshop with instructor Matt Flinner, a fiddle workshop with John Boulware, a Roy Curry guitar workshop, Jim Pankey banjo workshop and an upright bass workshop with Gordy Nichol will all take place Saturday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Folk School of Chattanooga. The day of workshops will culminate in a Bluegrass Learning Fest & Music Party at 3:30 p.m. For more information,

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues on Monday, May 13 with performances by The St. Nicholas Recorder Consort at 7:00 p.m. and Dr. Amanda Hyberger and Dr. Ken Cardillo at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. For more information, please visit

Visual Art & Film 

Noted artist Albert Paley will speak at the Hunter Museum of American Art as part of the Art Wise speaker series on Thursday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m. Works by Albert Paley in our city include the Hunter Museum Fence and the sculpture "Moment," installed at the corner of West Main and Broad streets. For more information, visit or call (423) 267-0968.
The Association for Visual Arts will host a solo exhibition of work by multi-media artist Michael Murphy entitled "Wave of Mutilation" beginning Friday, May 3 with an opening reception from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. A lecture by the artist will be held Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the GPS auditorium. Visit for more information.
Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society present theMatthew Shipp Trio on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information.
AFFT and Film Chattanooga will present "The State of the Film Industry in Chattanooga" on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at EPB. for more information.
Townsend Atelier will host a watercolor painting workshop with instructor Iain Stewart Friday - Sunday, May 3 - 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. as well as an oil painting workshop with James Courtenay James on  Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visit www.townsendatelier.comfor more information and to register.
The opening reception for the "fresh stART" exhibition will be held Friday, May 3 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. For more information, call(423) 267-9214 or visit
River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Defining Roots," an exhibit featuring works by Don Dudenbostel and Mark Russell, on Friday, May 3 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Visit for additional information.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga will host a dessert reception and screening of the acclaimed documentary From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center. Please call (423) 493-0270 ext. 10 or email rsvp@jewishchattanooga.comfor more information.   
A Wheel Throwing for Beginners pottery workshop will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 7 - June 13 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the EAC Pottery Studio. For more information, contact David Chambers
Stacey, a documentary about a student who struggles with autism, will premier at the Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. and shown again at the Signal Mountain High School Theater on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. The film was conceptualized, written, shot and edited by a group of students from Signal Mountain High School and produced through the Association for Visual Arts' Reel Stories Documentary Program. Visit for more information.
The North River Civic Center is hosting an exhibit by the North Georgia Sky Painters Society entitled "Sky Rhythms" through Thursday, May 30. For more information, visit

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