This Week In The Arts

Thursday, July 18, 2013
This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

The Southern Lit Alliance will host the 11th annual, a celebration of culinary and fine arts featuring local chefs, artists and community members, on Thursday, July 25 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Tanner-Hill Gallery. To purchase tickets, please call (423) 267-1218.

The Lookout Mountain Conservancy's "Hot Fun in the Summertime" fundraising event will be held on Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at The Crash Pad. Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host an open house before the event from 4:00 - 6:00 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 (423) 775-9847.

The Southside Stroll, celebrating our artists, musicians, photographers, craftsmen, chefs, roasters, stylists, galleries, businesses, hostels, and neighborhoods, will be held Friday, July 26 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Visit for more information.
Theatre, Music & Dance 

The All-American Summer concert series at the Hunter Museum of American Art continues Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature performances by DJ Emcee and Christian Collier. 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 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot in the class, please call (423) 821-2055 or email

Performances of Legally Blonde continue each weekend through Sunday, July 28 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. A Youth Theatre open forum to discuss production lineup, audition information, rehearsal schedules, volunteers, and all other matters pertaining to the Youth Theatre's 2013 - 2014 season will take place on Thursday, July 18 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Circle Theatre. Parents and actors are encouraged to attend. Call (423) 267-8534 for more information or visit to purchase tickets.

The Folklife Summer Music Series will continue at the Creative Discovery Museum on Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. with a performance by The Tennessee Schmaltz Klezmer Band. Visit for more information.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will host ARS Supernova featuring Davey Williams on Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater as well as the What Cheer? Brigade at 10:00 p.m. at Sluggo's North. For ticket information, visit

Balconies will be performed Thursday - Saturday, July 18 - 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. For more information, visit or

The Signal Mountain Playhouse will present their production of The Wizard of Oz Thursday - Saturday, July 18 - 20 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. For information, visit or call (423) 886-5243.

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, visit or call (423) 642-TIXS.

The Jan Pennington Gray Harp Scholarship Fund will host harp camp with instructors Angi Bemiss and Lorinda Jones Tuesday - Thursday, July 23 - 28. For more information or to register, call (423) 877-1695 or visit

The Scenic City Chorus will perform on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center on  Signal Mountain. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by visiting

Visual Art & Film 

A Digital Fine Art Printing class with instructor Tom Griscom will be held Saturdays, July 20 - August 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at AVA. Visit to register or for more information.
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 (423) 402-0565 for more information or to make a reservation.
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, August 9. For more information, visit
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, December 1 at The Terrace at Mountain Creek.
The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, July 18 at St. John United Methodist Church beginning at 6:00 p.m. Photographer Colby McLamore will present "What Makes a Winning Image" at 7:00 p.m. Visit for more information.
The entry deadline for artists wishing to participate in a nation-wide exhibition project called "Women Painting Women: (R)evolution 2013," a juried show featuring artwork of women by women, is Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. Visit, call (423) 266-2712 or email for more information.
As part of its Crafted by Southern Hands event series, Warehouse Row will bring world-renowned fashion designer Natalie Chanin and her Alabama Chanin design team to Chattanooga Thursday - Saturday, July 25 - 27. An opening reception on July 25 will feature an exclusive exhibition of Chanin's rare collection of barbecue-smoked, couture wedding dresses, and additional events include a trunk show and a sewing workshop. For more information, visit
River Gallery will host an acrylic painting demonstration by artist James Conner on Saturday, July 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

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An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

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