This Week In The Arts

Thursday, September 5, 2013


This week in the arts:


Special Events 
 
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, September 19. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://community.
tnaqua.org/2013event.

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will begin their 90th season with a production of The Secret Garden on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m. An opening night gala will take place at 7:00 p.m., and performances continue each weekend through September 22. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.theatrecentre.com.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of The Tempest on Thursday - Saturday, September 5 - 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. Call (423) 987-5141 or visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com for ticket information.

The UTC Department of Music, in collaboration with the UTC Theatre and Art Departments, will present "FAÇADE: An Entertainment," featuring the poetry of Dame Edith Sitwell set to music by Sir William Walton, at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please call (423) 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.

The Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series continues at the 21st Century Waterfront on Saturday, September 7 with a performance by Seven Handle Circus at 8:00 p.m. Opening act 27 South will perform at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.riverfrontnights.com for more information.

Black Jacket Symphony will perform The Rolling Stones' Some Girls on Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com to purchase tickets.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, September 9 with a performance by The Artisti Affamati Quartet at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. For more information, please visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

The Lee University Theatre season begins with a performance of Cinderella by guest artists Tanglewood Marionettes on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dixon Center. For ticket information, please call (423) 614-8343 or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu.

The Counterpoint Concert series will feature performances by Tim Hinck on Friday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 15 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. For more information, please call (423) 774-6252.

ZZ Top will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling (423) 642-TIXS or visiting www.chattanoogaonstage.com.

Aoife O'Donovan will appear in concert on Friday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit www.barkinglegs.org to purchase tickets.

Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton will perform Sunday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com to purchase tickets.

Visual Art & Film 
 
Fall Art Fun Factory classes will begin on Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m. and be held every Thursday through November 14 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The fall AFF session will be an eleven-week photography based program for students enrolled in middle or high school. To register, contact the museum at (423) 266-8658 or info@bessiesmithcc.org.
  
The seventh annual AVA Gallery Hop will take place on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Participating galleries and artist studios include Area 61, Art at the INCubator, Art Connections, Artifact, Atelier 18, AVA, Chattanooga Workspace, Gallery 1401, Gannon Art Center, Graffiti, H*ART Gallery, Ignis Glass Studio & Gallery, In-Town Gallery, Miki Boni Studio, Open Press, Plum Nelly, River Gallery, Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs, Tanner Hill Gallery, Townsend Atelier, UTC Cress Gallery of Art, Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore. Visit www.avagalleryhop.com for more information.
  
The opening reception for "Flavor of the Market," an exhibit featuring works by Jennie Kirkpatrick, will be held Friday, September 6 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. Visit www.intowngallery.com for more information.
  
Music and Movies at Center Park begins Saturday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. with a performance by The Power Players and showing of The Sandlot at 9:00 p.m. Visit www.rivercitycompany.com for more information.
  
Mise En Scenesters will present a showing of Computer Chess on Saturday, September 7 at 8:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1407012186181987/.
  
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host "Icons in Transformation", a 180-piece traveling art exhibit featuring the contemporary icons of abstract expressionist Ludmila Pawlowska, beginning with a grand opening reception on Sunday, September 8 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Special events will be scheduled throughout the two month exhibit, including Sacred Space Hours, Musical Concerts, Icon Art Day for Children, and a Speaker Series. For more information, please contact Cheryl Gaillard at (423) 602-5663 or
icons@stpaulschatt.org.
  
Mask kits are currently available at H*Art Gallery for artists and community members wishing to participate in FACES UnMasked, FACES' fundraising event featuring masks created by local and national artists, and community members. Completed works may be returned to the gallery beginning Wednesday, September 11. For more information, visit www.facesunmasked.org.
  
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, September 12 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Reflections Gallery. The exhibit will continue through November 24. Call (423) 892-3072 or visit www.reflectionsgallerytn.com 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, September 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at The Arts Center. The exhibit continues through October 25. For more information, call (423) 745-8781 or visit www.athensartscouncil.org.
  
An exhibit highlighting front pages of The Shofar, Chattanooga's monthly Jewish newspaper, will be on display at the Jewish Cultural Center through Friday, October 4. For additional information, visit www.jewishchattanooga.com.
  
Writing, Literature & Poetry
  
The River City Sessions will take place Friday, September 13 at 7:00 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 http://therivercitysessions.weebly.com/september-2013-lineup.html for
more information.




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