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 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 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

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

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 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

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 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 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

The Fresh Beat Band will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday at 5 p.m.  Visit 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

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  

The Shen Yun 2014 World Tour will stop at the Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at 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 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 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

"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.

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 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 for more information or to register. 

Special Event Street Closures Announced

Here are upcoming street closures for special events: Wednesday : GPS Mission Remission Walk:  Please watch for participants crossing Market Street at 1 st  Street; an officer will be on site directing traffic as needed. Walkers will continue on the Riverwalk and Walnut Street Bridge and back to the GPS campus. Please watch for participants in the area. ... (click for more)

Traffic Pattern Change On Moccasin Bend Road At Hamm Road

The intersection of Moccasin Bend Road at Hamm Road has been converted to an all-way stop.   In order to view a map of this project, visit  http://www.chattanooga. gov/transportation/traffic- engineering-a-operations/ special-events-a-street- closures (click for more)

Planning Commission Votes 6-5 To Reject 7-Story Apartment Building On Cowart Street

After lengthy discussion on Monday before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, historical neighborhood advocates won a victory in the Southside area when the commission narrowly rejected a request to allow developers to build a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street.   The Belle Investment Co. & BYD Coward, ... (click for more)

Charges Upgraded Against Avery To Murder After Victim of Chair Leg Attack At Moccasin Bend Dies

Charges have been upgraded to murder against Leviticus Avery, 37, after a man he allegedly attacked with a chair leg has died. Avery initially was charged with aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder in the incident last Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility. Kevin Green, 38, remained in critical condition until he died. He was struck in ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)