This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 9, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

Free Family Night will be held at the Creative Discovery Museum on Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.  

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform Beethoven's 7th Symphony on Thursday 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 at 11 a.m. at the Tivoli Center. For more information, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org.

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday, Jan. 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 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org

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

Closed Door Entertainment will present their production of Les Miserables Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Abba's House, and auditions for Titanic the Musical will take place Monday-Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the CDE Loft. For more information, visit www.cdoorent.com.

The River City Sessions will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at The Camp House. Scheduled performers include Russell Gulley, Finn Bille, Rick Davis and the Gobblers Knob String Band. Visit http://therivercitysessions.weebly.com/january-2014.html for more information. 

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

The East Brainerd Community Theater will hold auditions for its production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Sunday-Monday at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church. For more information, call Stephanie Pearson at 902-1797 or visit www.eastbrainerdct.com

The Fresh Beat Band will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday at 5 p.m.  Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com for ticket information. 

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday 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.

Choral Arts will hold auditions on Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church for their performance of the Missa Gaia by jazz composer Paul Winter in April 2014. Singers who are interested in auditioning should contact artistic director Keith Reas at reas@stpaulschatt.org.  

The Shen Yun 2014 World Tour will stop at the Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at www.chattanoogaonstage.com or by calling 642-TIXS. 

The Chattanooga Music Club and MacDowell Music Club will present their annual joint concert at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Jan. 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 529-0315.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Chattanooga Organized for Action Executive Director Perrin Lance exploring the different frames for our views of Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968.

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the "Reform: A Habitat for Humanity Exhibition" at AVA is Friday. 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. For more information, please contact email atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com or call 493-0270 ext. 13. 

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


East 5th Street Streetscape Project Begins Monday

East 5th St. will undergo sidewalk replacement and streetscape enhancements to add lights and trees along the streets starting on  Monday . During this time, parallel parking only will be allowed along E. 5th Street and the road will be closed to thru traffic from the ramp off Houston St. Work for this project is expected to continue until  Wednesday, Oct. 26 ... (click for more)

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: U.S. 27 (I-124) widening from I-24/U.S. 27 interchange to north of the Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River, including widening the Olgiati Bridge:  Work on this project continues.  The speed limit on U.S. 27 in the construction zone has been lowered to 45 MPH.  The contractor may have temporary ... (click for more)

Boyd Questions Effectiveness Of Read 20 Program; Coppinger Defends It

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said he questions the effectiveness of the Read 20 pre-K literacy program and wants the director to come before the County Commission to answer questions.   County Mayor Jim Coppinger defended the program, noting that it was the creation of former County Mayor Claude Ramsey.   Commissioner Boyd said the low literacy level hearing ... (click for more)

Corker Says Without Budget Reform, Washington Is “Laying A Huge Burden On Future Generations”

In remarks on the Senate floor  on Wednesday , Senator Bob Corker joined a number of colleagues to discuss the broken federal budget process.   “The processes that we have in place make it impossible for us to really deal with our country’s fiscal issues,” said Senator Corker. “Today is the perfect example of that: we pass a continuing resolution ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)