This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 02, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Creative Discovery Museum will offer Holiday Kids' Days Out for grades K - 5 Friday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information. 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Auditions for The Taming of the Shrew will be held Monday-Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, please visit www.theatrecentre.com.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform Beethoven's 7th Symphony on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Additional works to be performed are Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto by violinist Jennifer Frautschi and Golijov's Last Round for String Nonet. Tickets are available at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or by calling 267-8583.

Bob's Bootcamp, a lecture series with Bob Bernhardt that takes an in-depth look at composers and their music, will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Tivoli Center. The deadline for reservations is Friday, Jan. 3. To register or for more information, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org.

Choral Arts will hold auditions on Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for their April performance of the Missa Gaia by jazz composer Paul Winter. Singers who are interested in auditioning should contact artistic director Keith Reas at reas@stpaulschatt.org. 

Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of Les Miserables Thursday-Friday, Jan. 9-10, at 7:30 p.m. at Abba's House. For more information, call 290-8515 or email closeddoorentertainment@gmail.com. 

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with a performance by Lon Eldridge on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.tickettracks.com or call 425-4269.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House and will feature a performance by The River City Red Hots Dixieland Band. For more information, please visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

Registration for winter classes at the Folk School of Chattanooga is currently being held. Offerings include mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar, folk music theory and fiddle, among others. For more information or to register, visit www.chattanoogafolk.com.   

Visual Art & Film 

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Free First Sunday, a free day of gallery exploration, crafts for the kids and an opportunity to see the "Go Figure! Selections from the Permanent Collection" exhibition, on Sunday from 12-4:30 p.m. Visit www.huntermuseum.org for more information. 

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the "Reform: A Habitat for Humanity Exhibition" at AVA is Friday, Jan. 10. For more information, visit www.avarts.org/artist-resources/call-to-artists/

"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.

The Jewish Cultural Center is currently hosting "Wrapped in Tradition," an exhibit of contemporary and traditional Jewish prayer shawls from the community, around the country, and Israel, through Wednesday, Jan. 15. For more information, please contact email atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com or call 493-0270 ext. 13.

In-Town Gallery will host the opening reception for "Celebrate Art!," an exhibit representing works in every medium involved in the original work of their 34 artists, on Friday from 5-8 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.intowngallery.com

The opening reception for "Contemporary Arts & Craft Show," featuring works by artists working in metalsmithing, clay, wood, and printmaking, will be held at River Gallery on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit www.river-gallery.com for more information.

Writing, Literature & Poetry 

UTC's literary series Take Five returns with a focus on Appalachian Literature featuring Wendell Berry's Hannah Coulter on Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. in the University Center. The program is free and open to the public. Additional sessions will be held February through April. Please email verbie-prevost@utc.edu for additional information.


Kim Kauffman Speaks On Photography April 26

Kim Kauffman will discuss cameraless and filmless image technique at River Gallery.  The presentation and artist talk will be Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (click for more)

Practically Perfect Sale Is At Camp Jordan May 3-10

The Practically Perfect fashion and home decor consignment sale returns for its third year to Camp Jordan in East Ridge. The sale starts Saturday, May 3, and runs through Saturday, May 10. The hours will be Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, 12-7 p.m.; Monday, May 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday, May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, May 7-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday May 9, 10 a.m.-5 ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chamber Taps Bill Kilbride As Next CEO

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has tapped retiring Mohawk Industries executive Bill Kilbride as president-elect to succeed Ron Harr as president and CEO on a schedule to be announced later. According to Howard Levine, chairman of the chamber board, Mr. Harr will continue as CEO for several more months. “We were disappointed that health concerns have made it necessary ... (click for more)

NAACP Recommends Staying Away From Planned Protest By Neo-Nazi Group

The president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the NAACP, urged local residents to stay away from a planned rally here by the Nationalist Socialist Movement in August. James R. Mapp said the group seeks to provoke incidents and said counter-protests could lead to problems. Mr. Mapp said, "On April 8th, 2014, reports surfaced throughout the Chattanooga-Hamilton County region that ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Jim Coppinger Excels

Jim Coppinger, who as the mayor of Hamilton County has understandably had to grow some thick skin, wants no part of the repulsive billboards now seen around town that ask, “Do you have gonorrhea?”  His Tuesday morning telephone call revealed he is just as disgusted as the rest of us who see them showing a picture of a forlorn African-American male. “You need to know the Hamilton ... (click for more)