This Week In The Arts

Thursday, September 19, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events 

Choral Arts of Chattanooga's Cabaret will be presented at the Bessie Smith Hall on Thursday, 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 choralarts.chattanooga@gmail.com.

"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. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://community.tnaqua.org/2013event

City Share will be held on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library and feature a presentation by Jason Hellendrung, Landscape Architect and Principal with Sasaki Associates. For more information or to make a reservation, please email info@glasshousecollective.org. 

The Southside Stroll, celebrating our artists, musicians, photographers, craftsmen, chefs, roasters, stylists, galleries, businesses, hostels, and neighborhoods, will conclude Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/southsideartstroll for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production of The Secret Garden continues Thursday-Sunday, and Wiley and the Hairy Man will open in the Circle Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and continue each weekend through Oct. 6. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrecentre.com.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will begin its season on Saturday 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 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 www.chattanoogasymphony.org or call 267-8583 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Jill Burton and Misha Feigin on Friday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit www.barkinglegs.org for ticket information.

The 13th annual Chattanooga Dances! concert will be presented in the Center for Creative Arts auditorium on Friday 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.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be performed at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com to purchase tickets.

Roy Book Binder will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit www.barkinglegs.org for more information. 

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 at 4 p.m. at B'nai Zion Congregation. Tickets can be purchased by calling 493-0270.

Auditions for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be held Monday-Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. For more information, contact Karen Slikker at artworks@volstate.net or call 834-2499.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of columbinus on Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities auditorium. For more information, call 987-5141.

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with a performance by the Blind Boys of Alabama on Monday at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.tickettracks.com or by call 425-4269.

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Jason Coleman's The Legacy of Floyd Cramer on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit www.tennesseevalleytheatre.com.

Visual Art & Film  

Registration is now open for Capture!, a unique community-sourced 48-hour film project led by AVA that encourages the community to come together to shoot, score, edit and enjoy a one-of-a-kind film perspective of our community. The launch event will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Coolidge Park, and the film screening will take place Sunday, Sept. 29, at Track 29. For more information or to register, please visit http://capturechatt.org

The Art Wise distinguished speaker series continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art and will feature artist Willie Cole. To learn more, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968.

River Gallery will host a bonsai exhibit and demonstration by the Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit www.river-gallery.com for additional information. 

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 www.rivercitycompany.com for more information.

An Art Throw Down! between Daud Akrhiev and Melissa Hefferlin will be held Friday, Sept. 27, from 6-9 p.m., and a Classic Pen & Ink Drawing class with instructor James Courtenay James will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com or call 266-2712 for more information.

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 

Lee University's Writer's Festival will begin on Thursday 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 wwoolfitt@leeuniversity.edu or call 614-8230. 

"The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle," a four-week class taught by Janis Hashe combining discussions of the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with readings of some of the most famous stories, will begin Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at The English Tea Room. To register and for more information, please call 622-2862 or email jhashe@epbfi.com. 

The New Chattanooga Storytelling Circle will meet Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. Featured tellers this month are Gary Olix and Vicky Hardesty. All tellers and listeners are welcome, and material is family friendly. Contact Steve Daugherty at 779-4466 for more information.


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