This Week In The Arts

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

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

Choral Arts of Chattanooga's Cabaret will be presented at the Bessie Smith Hall on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 7-10 p.m. The program will include music by the Chattanooga Symphony String Quintet and the Choral Arts Cabaret Singers, a buffet prepared by Events With Taste, and a silent auction. For reservations or more information, please call 706.398-3557 or e-mail

Tickets are currently on sale for "The Decapod Duel," a live, Food Network-Styled cooking show featuring celebrity chefs Virginia Willis and Susan Spicer who will reveal the culinary potential of shrimp and crawfish while helping support the Aquarium's mission, to take place at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater on Thursday, Sept. 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit   

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of The Secret Garden continues each weekend through Sept. 22. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will begin its season on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. with a free Pops in the Park concert at the Chickamauga Battlefield in commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Civil War battles. The 2013-14 Volkswagen Series kicks off with a salute to American music in a program on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. In addition, the CSO's Masterworks Series begins at the Tivoli Theatre Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. with performances of Holst's The Planets and Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Appalachian Spring. Visit or call 267-8583 for more information or to purchase tickets. 

The Lee University Theatre season begins with a performance of Cinderella by guest artists Tanglewood Marionettes on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Dixon Center. For ticket information, please call 614-8343 or email

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 Counterpoint Concert series will feature performances by Tim Hinck on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. For more information, please call 774-6252.

ZZ Top will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting

Aoife O'Donovan will appear in concert on Friday at 8 p.m., and Roy Book Binder will perform on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information.

The Patten Performances Unplugged series begins with a performance by Katie Trotta on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 425-4269. 

The Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series concludes at the 21st Century Waterfront on Saturday with a performance by the Alan Evans Trio at 8 p.m. Opening act Smooth Dialects will perform at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. Visit to purchase tickets. 

The 13th annual Chattanooga Dances! concert will be presented in the Center for Creative Arts auditorium on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Companies appearing on this year's concert will be Ballet Tennessee, Baylor's Verve, Center for Creative Arts' Project Motion, Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Dance Projects, and GPS' Terpsichord. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. For more information, call 209-5942.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga in conjunction with B'nai Zion and Mizpah Congregations will present Craig Taubman and his band in concert on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. at B'nai Zion Congregation. Tickets can be purchased by calling 493-0270.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with cartoonist Clay Bennett using a piece from the Hunter's collection to explore local and national politics. Artful Yoga with Chattanooga Symphony and Opera conductor Kayoko Dan will be take place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.

The opening reception for the "Animals & Pet Portraiture" exhibition, featuring local original artwork as well as adoptable pets from McKamey Animal Center, will take place Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Reflections Gallery. The exhibit will continue through Nov. 24. Call 892-3072 or visit for more information.

The Athens Area Council for the Arts will host the opening reception for "Climbing the Great Spiral, Poems and Prayers of Hope and Healing," an exhibition of works by Ellen Zahorec, on Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Arts Center. The exhibit continues through Oct. 25. For more information, call 745-8781 or visit

Music and Movies at Center Park continues Saturday at 7 p.m. with a performance by Birds with Fleas and showing of Ferris Bueller's Day Off at 9 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The entry deadline for "Arts in the Airport," a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport, is Sunday. Visit to download an application.

Planet Altered will host "Skies Unlimited," an art exhibit by the North Georgia Sky Painters Society, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Call 400-4100 for more information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry

The River City Sessions will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at The Camp House and will feature performances by storyteller Michael Gray, musicians Lori Quillen, Matt Evans and Robert Cyphers and local band Billie in the Woods as well as a reading of All is Quiet on the Potomac Tonight. Visit for more information. 

Lee University's Writer's Festival will begin on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. with author Tal McThenia reading an excerpt from the book he co-authored, A Case for Solomon: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping That Haunted a Nation. For more information, please email or call 614-8230.


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