This Week In The Arts

Thursday, August 29, 2013

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events 

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

City Share will be held on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at green|spaces and feature a presentation by Anatasia Mileham, vice president of Communications for 3CDC in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information or to make a reservation, please email 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will begin their 90th season with a production of The Secret Garden on Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. An opening night gala will take place at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present storyteller Bill Landry in a benefit for Safe Haven Light House on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The LeConte Jug Band will also perform. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit

The Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series continues at the 21st Century Waterfront on Saturday 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.

Cinematters will present Jim Pfitzer as Aldo Leopold in A Standard of Change on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Tickets will be available at the door. Visit for more information.

Auditions for the Lee University Children's Chorale will be held Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. at Lee University. No appointment is necessary to audition. For more information, call 614-8240 or email Joy Gibbons at 

Enda Scahill & We Banjo 3 will perform at the Barking Legs Theater on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of The Tempest on Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Call 987-5141 or visit for ticket information.

The UTC Department of Music, in collaboration with the UTC Theatre and Art Departments, will present "FAÇADE: An Entertainment," featuring the poetry of Dame Edith Sitwell set to music by Sir William Walton, at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 425-4601 or visit

Black Jacket Symphony will perform The Rolling Stones' Some Girls on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, Sept. 9, with a performance by The Artisti Affamati Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. For more information, please visit

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist David Cook and rapper/anti-violence advocate Mike "Big Mike Mic" Kelly using works from the Whitfield Lovell exhibition to lead a discussion on the ways race is experienced in Chattanooga. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.

The seventh annual AVA Gallery Hop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2-8 p.m. Participating galleries and artist studios include Area 61, Art at the INCubator, Art Connections, Artifact, Atelier 18, AVA, Chattanooga Workspace, Gallery 1401, Gannon Art Center, Graffiti, H*ART Gallery, Ignis Glass Studio & Gallery, In-Town Gallery, Miki Boni Studio, Open Press, Plum Nelly, River Gallery, Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs, Tanner Hill Gallery, Townsend Atelier, UTC Cress Gallery of Art, Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore. Visit for more information.

Townsend Atelier will host a silk painting workshop with instructor Claire Vassort Saturday-Sunday. For more information or to register, visit

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

The Civic Arts League will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Visitors are welcome to come to the meeting. Please visit for additional information.

The opening reception for "Flavor of the Market," an exhibit featuring works by Jennie Kirkpatrick, will be held Friday, Sept.6, from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. Visit for more information.

Music and Movies at Center Park begins Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. with a performance by The Power Players and showing of The Sandlot at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host "Icons in Transformation," a 180-piece traveling art exhibit featuring the contemporary icons of abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska, beginning with a grand opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Special events will be scheduled throughout the two month exhibit, including Sacred Space Hours, Musical Concerts, Icon Art Day for Children, and a Speaker Series. For more information, please contact Cheryl Gaillard at 602-5663 or

Mask kits are currently available at H*Art Gallery for artists and community members wishing to participate in FACES UnMasked, FACES' fundraising event featuring masks created by local and national artists, and community members. Completed works may be returned to the gallery beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11. For more information, visit

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

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Whitfield "Counts" On Roberts In Finance Department

When it comes to numbers, Carol Roberts knows her stuff. In her first year as a member of the Whitfield County Finance Department, she compiled the budget book that went on to receive the prestigious Government Finance Officers Association Excellence in Budgeting Award in 2014. “She prepared and improved the 2014 budget book in her first year of employment with very little ... (click for more)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and Planning Professional ... (click for more)

Commissioner Graham Chides Chairman Bankston For Shredding Arts Cigarette Tax Letter; Says Sunshine Law Violated

County Commissioner Joe Graham on Wednesday chided Chairman Chester Bankston for shredding a letter related to the proposed cigarette tax to aid the arts. "Have you shredded any other county legal documents?" he demanded. Chairman Bankston replied, "No, I have not done that." He said the letter did not get the necessary six signatures to forward to the Legislature. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)