This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 16, 2014
This week in the Arts:


Special Events     

Preschool Adventure Day will be held at the Creative Discovery Museum on Saturday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance 

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a concert featuring harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kristin Lee and percussionist John Hadfield. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (423) 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. at First Centenary United Methodist. The piece will celebrate the anniversary of the Church's organ and will feature performances by Dr. Walter Breland and David L. Patton. The event is free to the public. More information can be found at www.chattanoogasymphony.org

Auditions for Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None will be held Monday - Tuesday, January 20 - 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Please visit www.theatrecentre.com for additional information.

"The Odd Couple" will open at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. and continue each weekend through February 16. An opening night gala will begin at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.theatrecentre.com for ticket information.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform "All Brahms" on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Works to be performed are Symphony No. 3 and Piano Concerto No. 1. Tickets are available at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or by calling (423) 267-8583  

The Chattanooga Music Club and MacDowell Music Club will present their annual joint concert at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 19 at 2:30 p.m. A variety of musical genres will be performed on the piano, organ, violin, flute, piccolo, bells and accordion, along with operatic performances. For more information, please contact Buddy Shirk at buddy@summittpianos.com or call (423) 529-0315.

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on NPR stations across the country, will be taping a radio broadcast on January 23 at 7:00 p.m.at the Tivoli Theatre.For more information, please call (423) 757-5050 or visit www.wsmc.org.

Lee University will continue its 22nd Presidential Concert Series with a concert by the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, featuring Lee's own Gloria Chien, on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call (423) 614-8240

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with a performance by Sybarite 5 on Monday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.tickettracks.com or call (423) 425-4269.  

Visual Art & Film 

The Hunter Museum of American Art and Townsend Atelier will host "Go Figure Live" with a gallery talk and painting demonstration on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum and a figurative painting workshop on Saturday - Sunday, January 25 - 26 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m, both featuring instructor Caleb Goggans. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register.

"Pictures Tell the Story," an exhibit featuring the work of Dr. Ernest C. Withers, will be on display at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center through Saturday, March 1. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information.

Townsend Atelier will host an Art Throw Down! on Friday, January 17 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. with artists Lisa Gloria and Cindy Procious. In addition, a painting workshop with instructor Lisa Gloria will take place Saturday - Sunday, January 18 - 19 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register. 

WritingLiteraturePoetryWriting, Literature & Poetry

Author Janis Hashe will sign copies of her new novel The Ex-Club Tong Pang on Saturday, January 18 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore. The author will be joined by the book's cover artist, Robin P. Seaman. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/winderbinder or call (423) 413-8999.


Roberts Mill Road To Be Closed Thursday For Maintenance

The Hamilton County Highway Department will close Roberts Mill Road on  Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  for maintenance and gate repair.   Advance warning signs have been posted. (click for more)

Rescues On The Runway Set for March 24

The Humane Educational Society will host Rescues on the Runway on Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Guests will sip on complimentary beer or wine while sampling hors D'oeuvres such as bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed strawberries, vegetarian spring rolls, home-style BBQ meatballs and more. There will be an eclectic array of silent auction items ... (click for more)

City's Top Traffic Reconstruction Expert: "Man, This Truck Just Creamed A Dozen Cars"

The Chattanooga Police Department's top traffic reconstruction expert testified Tuesday that when he first viewed the scene of an horrific crash at the Ooltewah exit he thought "Man, this truck just creamed a dozen cars." Officer Joe Warren told a jury from Nashville that, according to his calculations, Benjamin Scott Brewer was traveling at 81-82 miles per hour when he struck ... (click for more)

Taji Webb, 26, Shot And Killed Monday Night; Shooter Will Not Be Charged

Taji Webb, 26, was shot and killed Monday night. Police said they have determined that the shooting was justified and the unidentified shooter would not be charged.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 10:43 p.m. to a person shot call in the 1500 block of Ryan Street .  Upon arrival, officers located Webb lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)