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.  

Harvest Festival In Menlo Park Community Is Oct. 29

There will be a Harvest Festival in the Menlo Park Community in Brainerd on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The event will be held at Greater Emmanuel Church, 400 Tunnel Blvd., and everyone is invited to attend this free event.   Activities will include Trunk or Treat, carnival games, face painting, bounce houses and other entertainment.  Free winter coats ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes National Drug Take Back Initiative

In efforts to prevent drugged-impaired driving statewide, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office encourages Tennesseans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative on Saturday. THSO asks residents to dispose of unused and/or outdated prescription drugs to help prevent the illegal use and abuse of prescription drugs by ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him; Lacie Stone Says Charges Completely False

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Residential Fires Friday Night, Early Saturday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters responded to two fires Friday night and early Saturday morning. The first fire occurred around 11 p.m. Friday and was located at 7128 Lea Road. The fire reportedly started in the kitchen, but was spreading rapidly. The Chattanooga Fire Department initially responded with four fire companies.  Captain Andre Dean with Quint 21 said ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win? - And Response

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)