This Week In The Arts

Thursday, August 22, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will host their second annual Bizarre Bazaar fundraiser on Saturday at Eastgate Town Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. Daytime events include a Middle Eastern-style marketplace, story time with the Eastgate Library story lady, roving street performances, face painting, and balloon animals, and a masked ball, performances and a silent auction will be held during the evening. For more information, visit

The Southside Stroll, celebrating our artists, musicians, photographers, craftsmen, chefs, roasters, stylists, galleries, businesses, hostels, and neighborhoods, will be held Friday, Aug. 30, from 5-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present T.J. Borden, Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner in concert on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Visit for more information.

Dr. Andy Harnsberger will perform a marimba recital on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lee University Squires Recital Hall. For more information, please call 614-8240. 

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present their production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner Friday-Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit

The UTC Department of Music will host "Chamber Music for Body and Soul," a concert designed to highlight the therapeutic as well as artistic elements of music and featuring musicians from the UTC Department of Music, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, and Music Therapy Gateway In Communications, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. A 7 p.m. lecture will precede the performance to explain how music affects the brain, and how it can be intentionally directed for therapeutic use in motor, speech, and cognition afflictions. Visit for more information.

Chattanooga Bach Choir auditions for the 2013 - 2014 season will take place the week of Aug. 25. Contact Dabney Carden at 240-2123 or for more information.

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will hold auditions for new singers Monday-Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. To schedule an audition, please email or call 706.398-3557.

The Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series continues at the 21st Century Waterfront on Saturday, Aug. 31, with a performance by Ana Popovic at 8 p.m. Opening act Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers will perform at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Tim Hinck, composer and creative innovator, using work by Beverly Semmes to discuss experimentation in life, art, and planning. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.

Townsend Atelier will host a Narrative Potential of the Torso Workshop Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and a Silk Painting Workshop with instructor Claire Vassort Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. For more information or to register, visit

The UTC Cress Gallery of Art will host the opening reception for the 2013 UTC Department of Art Faculty Exhibition on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 4. For more information, visit

The early submission deadline for the Lookout Wild Film Festival is Sunday, Sept. 1. Visit to submit a film or for more information.

An exhibit highlighting front pages of The Shofar, Chattanooga's monthly Jewish newspaper, will be on display at the Jewish Cultural Center through Friday, Oct. 4. For additional information, visit

Writing, Literature & Poetry
The New Chattanooga Story Telling Circle will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. All tellers and listeners are welcome, and material is family friendly. Contact Steve Daugherty at 779-4466 for more information.

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