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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 the Tivoli Theatre.For more information, please call (423) 757-5050 or visit

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 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 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 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 for more information or to register. 

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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 or call (423) 413-8999.

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

UDC Jefferson Davis Chapter Hosts 120th Tennessee Division Convention At Read House

The Historic Read House was the site of the 120th Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy 2016 Convention.  The convention was sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of Cleveland.   The chapter tried unsuccessfully to locate a place to hold the Convention in Cleveland, but could not find a place with enough space to hold such a convention. ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)