This Week In The Arts

Thursday, January 09, 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. 


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