This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 23, 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.

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center's 30th Anniversary Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is Judy Smith, the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm. For additional information, please visit

Theatre, Music & Dance 

Registration is currently being held for the CSO's 2014 Chattanooga International Film Music Festival to take place February 28 through March 2 and feature award-winning film composer Alan Silvestri. Visit for more information or to register.

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 or call (423) 267-8534 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.

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.

Pianist Craig Johnson will perform in the chapel at Covenant College on Thursday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m. The recital will include American ballads for piano composed by Roy Harris, Five Bagatelles composed by Joonas Kokkonen, and more. For more information, call (706) 419-1453.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present their production of The Color Purple Friday - Saturday, January 24 - 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by calling (423) 602-8460.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by acclaimed guitarist Jim Hurst on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

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.

The Sock Hops will perform at the Tennessee Valley Theatre on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (423) 365-PLAY or visit

The Performing Arts League will host the 19th annual Vocal Competition for Chattanooga-area high school juniors and seniors on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. For more information, call (423) 756-2256.

Auditions for the Lee University Children's Chorale will be held each Tuesday in January from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Curtsinger Music Building. No appointment is necessary to audition. For more information, please call (423) 614-8240 or email Joy Gibbons at

Acting classes for actors, writers, directors and artists with visiting director Jamie Lawrence will be held Thursdays beginning January 30 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Alexian Studio. For additional information, please call (423) 280-4642.

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.

Seeing Music & Hearing Art, an afternoon of art, music, imagination and discovery specially designed for families, will take place Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Visit for additional information.  

"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.

Reflections Gallery will host the opening reception for its Member's Exhibition on Thursday, January 23 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The exhibition continues through Thursday, March 20. Call (423) 892-3072 or visit for more information.

River Gallery will host an artist demonstration by Lynda Metcalfe on Saturday, January 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call (423) 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

The 2014 UTC Department of Art Juried Student Exhibition continues at the Cress Gallery of Art through Monday, January 27. For more information, please visit

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An Evening on the Battery, a lively evening of storytelling and music inspired by John Quidor's Peter Stuyvesant Watching the Festivities on the Battery with local author, musician and humorist Michael Gray, will be held at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. Visit for additional information. 

The New Chattanooga Storytelling Circle will hold its monthly meeting at the Northgate Public Library on Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m. All tellers and listeners are welcome. Call Steve Daugherty at (423) 779-4466 for more information. 

Author Janis Hashe will sign copies of her new novel The Ex-Club Tong Pang on Saturday, February 1 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble. The author will be joined by the book's cover artist, Robin P. Seaman. For more information, call (423) 893-0186.  

Gun Safety Classes Offered By BCSO

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office offers gun safety education classes several times during the year for residents of Bradley County that wish to obtain a Tennessee handgun carry permit.  The BCSO has provided handgun safety training for thousands of individuals since the inception of the program.  The classes are filled on a first come, first served basis and are limited ... (click for more)

Alvin C. York Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association Has Christmas Dinner Dec. 8

The Alvin C. York Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association will host the annual Christmas dinner and installation of officers on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. at Provino's Restaurant in East Ridge.  Chaplain (COL) Norris Webster and his wife Lois will be special guests.  Andrew Smith from Honoring the Sacrifice will be present to receive a check from the chapter.  A ... (click for more)

Larry Schumacher Named Chief Executive Officer Of CHI Memorial

The board of directors of CHI Memorial and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) have chosen Larry Schumacher as the chief executive officer (CEO) of CHI Memorial effective Jan. 4, 2016 . Mr. Schumacher comes to CHI Memorial from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) based in Springfield, Illinois where he served as system chief operating officer for the past eight years.  ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Flood Watch Through Wednesday

With a steady rain set to continue through Wednesday, Chattanooga is under a flood watch. Over four inches of rain are expected in some areas. Here is the advisory from the National Weather Service: ...LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE ACROSS EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... .THE COMBINATION OF DEEP SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE AND A SLOW MOVING FRONTAL ... (click for more)

City Council, Please Reconsider On The 7-Story Apartment Variance

I would like to thank the Regional Planning Commission and the Regional Planning Agency   for denying the recent application for a variance from the current zoning requirements in place for the 1200 block of Cowart Street. The developers want to build a 7-story parking deck with 141 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments wrapped around three sides in an area with a 48' height ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In December

As the fallen leaves confirm today is the first of December, my monthly walk in life’s garden is more foggy than fun. In much-older times, good children would get a piece of candy on Christmas Day while bad ones would receive a lump of coal. So here are some things that deserve a helping of both: A PIECE OF CANDY to the amazingly few who can spy a nest of mistletoe high in area ... (click for more)