This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 30, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Registration for Summer Camp at the Creative Discovery Museum is currently being held. Camps include Fairy Tales for ages 4-5, Castles, Kings, and Other Things for Kindergarten-2nd grade, and Creative Concoctions: Fun in the Kitchen for 3rd-5th grades, among others. The museum will also offer Friends' Discovery Camp, an inclusive camp designed for children with autism and their typically developing peers. Visit for more information and to register. 

The Mountain Arts Community Center is holding Summer Camp registration for camps taking place in June and July for children and adults. Offerings include drama, beginning classical guitar, painting, puppets, film, recycled art and cooking, among others. For additional information or to register, call 886-1959 or visit  

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will host Summer Academy, theatre workshops for rising Kindergarten-12th grades plus dance and performance training, beginning Monday and continuing through Friday, Aug. 2. For a list of classes or to register, visit

The 3rd New Dischord Festival will feature guest artist Malcolm Goldstein on Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of solo violin and duo pieces with dancer Ann Law. He will direct the New Dischord Ensemble, as the culmination of a weeklong workshop, on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information.

Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of Into the Woods Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium Community Theatre. Visit for ticket information.

The Family Stone will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m. in a concert to benefit the Chattanooga Firefighter's Association. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 899-4990.

Missy Raines & the New Hip will appear in concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Slim Pickins and Nathan Bell will also perform. Visit for ticket information. 

The Folk School of Chattanooga will hold its first acoustic songwriter's open mic on Monday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. hosted by Emily Kate Boyd. A "Folk School Favorite" will be announced and that lucky person will be rewarded with a free session to record their original song. Visit for more information.

The Tennessee Chamber Chorus will perform Atlantic Crossings, a concert of choral music from both the United Kingdom and the United States, on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. For more information, visit

The River City Sessions will take place Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Musicians Erin Rae, Lon Eldridge and McCall Waldrop will perform and author Janie Dempsey Watts will read from her collection of fiction and non-fiction works. Visit for more information.

Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of Jekyll & Hyde Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 987-5141, or by visiting

Registration is being held for the Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre Conference to be held at The Salvation Army's ReCreate Café Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29. The conference includes hands-on training for the theatre novice or professional in the Applied Theatre techniques of "Forum Theatre" and "Playback Theatre" that can be used to help marginalized populations gain a voice. Visit for more information or to register. 

Chattanooga Filmmaker/Comedian Joel Ruiz is seeking to cast for Outpatient, a new web-based comedy series revolving around an outpatient rehab program and the bizarre and frequently funny cast of characters forced to attend. Email for more information.

Visual Art & Film  

Michael Murphy's "Damage" is currently on display in the AVA Main Gallery until Saturday, June 29, at AVA. Visit for more information or to register.

"A Tour of Tattoos: An Exploration of Body Art" will be presented at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.  

AVA's Art Camp and Film Institute, week long, in-depth classes led by professional artists that cover a range of topics in 2-D art, 3-D art, and filmmaking for ages 4-17, is currently holding registration. Register online at or contact Lauren Goforth at or 265-4282 ext. 105 for more information.

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

The opening reception for "Inside & Out," an exhibition featuring the works of artist Russell Whiting, will be held on Saturday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. Visit for more information.

Mise En Scenesters will present a showing of Upstream Color on Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, email Chris Dortch at

Townsend Atelier will host a Drawing & Painting Drapery workshop with James Courtenay James Tuesdays, June 4-25, from 6-9 p.m. Visit for more information and to register.

The Jewish Cultural Center will continue their annual Jewish Film Series on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the showing of The World is Funny. Visit for additional information.

In-Town Gallery will host the opening reception for "Water Lovers," an exhibit featuring Linda White's colorful art quilts, on Friday, June 7, from 5-8 p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for more information.

"Mixing Oil and Water," an open house for classes of Durinda Cheek featuring works in oil and watercolor, will take place at Townsend Atelier on Friday, June 7, from 5-7 p.m. Email for more information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

Registration for the children's summer reading program, "Dig into Reading,"  continues at the Chattanooga Public Library through Saturday, July 13. Visit to register or for more information.

Zoo Hosts Annual Banana Ball Saturday

The Chattanooga Zoo will present its annual Banana Ball on Saturday.   Banana Split, just for kids will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m.  Jack Hanna is visiting the Chattanooga Zoo and he's hosting a special presentation.  Guests will hear about Jack's adventures and visit with some of his animal friends. The Banana Split event will include animal encounters, ... (click for more)

New Sculpture To Be Installed At River Gallery Sculpture Garden

The River Gallery Sculpture Garden will have a new installation by Mark Chatterley of Michigan on Oct. 15.  Star Gazers will be removed and the new sculpture, Big Hair, will be installed.  The River Gallery Sculpture Garden is at 400 E. Second St. Mr. Chatterley started throwing pots over 30 years ago. Feeling limited by the shapes he could form on the wheel, ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)