This Week In The Arts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This week in the Arts:

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

The Lookout Mountain Conservancy's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" fundraising event will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 6-10 p.m. at The Crash Pad. Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host an open house before the event from 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit or

The 25th Annual Scopes Festival will be held Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, at the Rhea County Courthouse and will include performances of Front Page News, telling the story of how the Scopes trial came to be held in Dayton, and And on the Eighth Day..., featuring an imaginary conversation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow some time after the trial. Additional activities include music on the courthouse lawn, crafts, a demonstration of the Charleston dance, and a series of interviews with descendants of trial participants. For more information, visit or call 775-9847. 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The All-American Summer concert series at the Hunter Museum of American Art continues Thursday at 6 p.m. and will feature a performance by Shark Week. Visit for more information.

Ballet Tennessee invites community dancers to attend evening classes taught by acclaimed national and regional guest artists as part of the Summer Intensive. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout July from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, call 821-2055 or email 

The CSO will perform in Video Games Live, an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. For ticket information, visit

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson will be performed in the Circle Theatre Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Legally Blonde opens in the Main Theatre Friday at 8 p.m. with an opening night reception beginning at 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, visit

The Folklife Summer Music Series will continue at the Creative Discovery Museum on Saturday, July 20, from 2-4 p.m. with a performance by The Tennessee Schmaltz Klezmer Band. Visit for more information. 

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present David Carroll & Friends on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Local authors Bill Thedford, Roxie Gibson, Ken Emel and Rich Everitt will also participate in the program. For more information, visit

An Open Improv Jam presented by Chattanooga Improvisors Collective will be held at the Barking Legs Theater on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Chris Schlarb will perform at the theater on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Glee-T-C camp, a week-long day camp consisting of training in dance, acting and singing, will take place Monday-Friday, July 15-19, at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. Register by calling 987-5141 or visiting   

Closed Door Entertainment will present its production of Spring Awakening Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium Community Theatre. For ticket information, call 642-TIXS or visit

Visual Art & Film  

AVA Art Camp will be held Monday-Friday, July 15-19 for ages 8-9 and July 22-26 for ages 6-7 at Baylor School. Register online at or contact Lauren Goforth at or 265-4282 ext. 105 for more information. 

The Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Creative Arts Guild are currently accepting entries for their inaugural The Art of Giving contest and exhibit, an art contest with a cash award of $1,000 and an invitation for a 2014 exhibition. The application submission deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. For more information, visit  

The UTC Cress Gallery of Art is hosting a summer exhibition offering a selection of seldom seen art from the UTC Permanent Collection, including drawings, original artist's prints, installation, and video.  For more information, visit

Glass House Collective will host summer camps during the month of July for youth and adults. Activities include learning how to paint, making self-portraits and clay pots, and learning basic drawing and construction skills with local architects. Please email or call 402-0565 for more information or to make a reservation. 

The Civic Arts League, Inc. of Chattanooga will showcase an art exhibit entitled "Art-Naturally," featuring paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media, through Sunday, Dec. 1, at The Terrace at Mountain Creek. 

Reflections Gallery will host the opening reception for "Iconic Chattanooga," a fine art and photography show, on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Aug. 30. For additional information, visit or call 892-3072. 

The deadline to register for Anatomy of the Human Figure with Roberto Osti at Townsend Atelier is Friday, July 12. The workshop will take place Friday-Sunday, July 25-28.  Visit for more information. 

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, July 18, at St. John United Methodist Church beginning at 6 p.m. Photographer Colby McLamore will present "What Makes a Winning Image" at 7 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

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

The River City Sessions will take place Saturday, July 13, at The Camp House at 7:30 p.m. and will feature performances by Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers, Ginnie Sams, Donyale Gibbs Grove, and Breeze in the Valley. Visit for more information.

Hamilton County Sherffi's Office Receives $125,000 Safe Journey Grant

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond announces the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has been officially awarded a $125,000 Safe Journey Grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.  The HCSO “Safe Journey” Program addresses occupant protection and the correct use of child passenger safety devices (car seats) through public and professional education and awareness.   ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Receives $76,000 RIDD Grant

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond announces the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has officially been awarded a 2016-2017 RIDD Grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for $76,000.  The RIID Grant, (Remove Impaired-Intoxicated Drivers), allows the HCSO the opportunity to use additional federal funds to support traffic enforcement operations for the sole purpose of ... (click for more)

2 Witnesses To A Murder Refuse To Testify At Jury Trial

Two men who prosecutors say witnessed a murder in Hixson on Jan. 31, 2014, on Wednesday refused to tell their story to a jury. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ordered Andrew Biro and Jacob Tyler "T.Y." Keel to answer questions from prosecutor Lance Pope, but they both refused. Biro had said during testimony in General Sessions Court that Christopher Levi Parker threatened ... (click for more)

PETA And Humane Educational Society Offer Reward For Torture-Killing Of Dog After Envelope Mailed From Chattanooga

An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)