This Week In The Arts

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This week in the Arts:

Special Events

Fresh on Fridays will be held at Miller Plaza on Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to a presentation by GreenTrips, five local and regional artists will create chalk murals. Visit for additional information.

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

The 2013 Friends of Moccasin Bend Lecture Series begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Tennessee Aquarium auditorium with a presentation by Jack D. Baker, National President, Trail of Tears Association. For more information, call 490-9170 or visit

Theatre, Music & Dance

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's Masterworks Series begins at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday 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 to purchase tickets.

Performances of Wiley and the Hairy Man continue at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre Friday-Sunday and Oct. 3-6. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Jill Burton and Misha Feigin on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. In addition, the SRLS Old-Timey Avant-Garde Series begins Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m. with a performance by The Molecules, Korybantes and Red Okra King. Visit for ticket information.

Theater for the New South will present James Kerr's acclaimed translation of Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus Friday-Saturday, and Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 3-6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Plow Building. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Jason Coleman's The Legacy of Floyd Cramer on Saturdayat 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit

The Folk School of Chattanooga will host an open house on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Events include Folk School instructors leading jam sessions and giving a preview of fall classes, activities for kids and instruments for everyone to try. Call 827-8906 or visit for more information.

The Choo Choo Kids will perform "Live: In Living Color," featuring hit songs from Pippin, Catch Me If You Can, Crazy For You, and The Drowsy Chaperone, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Center for Creative Arts. Carrabba's will provide dinner at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 209-5929 to purchase tickets.

 The UTC Orchestra will perform a concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius and Bizet at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Please 425-4601 or visit for additional information.

 Covenant College will begin their 2013-14 theater season with Jon Jory's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to be performed Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5, at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 706.419-1051 or emailing

The Mountain Arts Community Center will present a performance by the Uptown Big Band and special guest artist Tekelia Kelly on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Please call 886-1959 for more information.

Visual Art & Film

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host "Looking Closer at an Antebellum Portrait: The Whiteside Painting," featuring Dr. Fred Moffatt, professor emeritus of art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and former Hunter Chief Curator Ellen Simak leading a gallery discussion on James Cameron's "Colonel and Mrs. James A. Whiteside, Son Charles and Servants," on Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

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 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Coolidge Park, and the film screening will take place Sunday at Track 29. For more information or to register, please visit

An Art Throw Down! between Daud Akrhiev and Melissa Hefferlin will be held Friday from 6-9 p.m., a Classic Pen & Ink Drawing class will take place Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and a self-portrait painting class will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 2-30, from 6-9 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit or call 266-2712 for more information.

 Music and Movies at Center Park continues Saturday at 7 p.m. with a performance by Function with a "C" and showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at 9 p.m. Visit for more information.

Mise En Scenesters will present a showing of I Declare War on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, visit

 The opening reception for "Texture and Glaze," a compilation of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art by Maddin Corey and Ellen Franklin, will take place at In-Town Gallery on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m. Call 267-9214 or visit for more information.

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Narrative Gestures," an exhibition featuring works by Kirsten Stingle and Cynthia Tollefsrud, on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. An artist talk with Kirsten Stingle will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. For additional information, call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

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 New Chattanooga Storytelling Circle will meet Thursday 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.

 "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, continues Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at The English Tea Room. To register and for more information, please call 622-2862 or email

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)