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.

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

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)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue; Benson Critical In Another Of New Wave of Chattanooga Shootings

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Then, early Friday morning, 34-year-old Desmond Benson was shot, leaving him in critical condition. as a wave of new Chattanooga shootings continued over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (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: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)