This Week In The Arts

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Free Family Night at the Creative Discovery Museum will be held Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Bessie Smith Heritage Festival will take place Saturday-Sunday at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Scheduled performers include Kindred the Family Soul, Stokley Williams (of Mint Condition), Tawanna Shaunte', Olamide Faison, Joe Johnson, Eric Essix, Michael Ward, Joey Sommerville and Ogya. For ticket information, call 266-8658 or visit

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The All-American Summer concert series at the Hunter Museum of American Art concludes Thursday at 6 p.m. with a performance by the Lefty Williams Band. Visit for more information. 

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Lindsay Street Hall will host an artist talk with the members of Imajin on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lindsay Street Hall. Call 266-8658 or visit for more information.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Andrew Raffo Dewar, Andrew Drury and Evan Lipson on Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of Dear Brutus will be performed Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Menopause The Musical will be presented at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets. 

The Catoosa Community Playhouse will present their production of Shrek the Musical at The Colonnade Civic Center Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Call 706.935-9000 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Spring Awakening will be performed Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 425-4269. 

The Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series continues at the 21st Century Waterfront Sunday with a performance by Grant Farm at 8 p.m. Opening act Spoonful James will perform at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Southside Casual Classics Concert Series continues at The Camp House on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a performance by Brassworks. For additional information, visit

Bryan Adams will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Visit or call 642-TIXS for ticket information.

The Salvation Army's ReCreate Café will present Walk In My Shoes: True Stories From Chattanooga's Homeless and Non-Homeless Citizens on Friday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Performers will tell stories from people who are currently homeless, have been homeless, and even those who have never suffered homelessness, and all will tell stories other than their own. For more information, call 305-6208 or email

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Annie Sellick on Friday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present their production of Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit

Annie Sellick will perform along with the Uptown Big Band on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center. Call 886-1959 or visit for more information.

Visual Art & Film  

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the "FRESH 2013 - Emerging Artist Exhibition" at AVA is Friday. To register or for more information, visit

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. For more information, visit

Mise En Scenesters will present a showing of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The registration deadline for the 6th Cavalry Museum's "Lives and Lands of the Civil War" art exhibition is Friday, Aug. 16. The exhibition, on display Sept. 3-Oct. 26, will depict images of the people, architecture and landscapes of the American Civil War. Visit for additional information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

The River City Sessions will take place Friday at The Camp House at 7:30 p.m. and will feature readings by author Sybil Baker, poet Aubrey Lenaham and Jeff Hunter and performances by musicians Carla Pemberton and The Valors as well as Orchard Band. Visit for more information.

The Chattanooga Writers Guild will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library. Author Fredericka Meiners will discuss "Using Real History in Fiction." Visit for more information.

Hixson Kiwanis Scholarship Dinner Will Be Held Sunday

The Hixson Kiwanis Ham and Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hixson Middle School cafeteria.  The cost is $10, children six and under are free.  Carry-outs are available. All money raised will go to the Hixson Kiwanis Scholarship fund, which has been in existence for over 20 years.   Students are selected from a group of nominees ... (click for more)

Historical Meeting Held At The Brainerd Mission Cemetery

The chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, hosted the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, met Monday evening at the Brainerd Mission Cemetery.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance for the event.   Marti Rutherford introduced Hamilton County Historian Linda Mines who presented a historical program on the ... (click for more)

City Council Approves 8-Story Height For Proposed Building Behind The Chattanooga Choo Choo

A day after the Planning Commission rejected  a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the City Council approved a building that could rise to eight stories behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo. After the meeting, Jon Kinsey, former mayor and Choo Choo managing partner, said, "We are not planning an eight-story building. We just went through the ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)