This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     


Hunter Underground, a party in the basement of the Hunter Museum featuring food, beverages, entertainment and a silent auction of art, will be held Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.
m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (423) 267-0968 or 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.

Performances of The Odd Couple will continue through February 16 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit or call (423) 267-8534 for ticket information. 

The CSO Pops Series continues with Big Band Fever! Friday - Saturday,February 14 - 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, and the Chamber Series continues Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Read HouseSilver Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased or by calling (423) 267-8583

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by the Gold Sparkle Band on Friday, February 14 at 8:00 the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, visit

Bob's Bootcamp, a lecture series with Bob Bernhardt that takes an in-depth look at composers and their music, will be held Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tivoli Center. For more information, visit

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a concert featuring baritone Randall Scarlata and pianist Gloria Chien. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (423) 267-0968 or visit

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

The Lee University School of Music will host faculty members Janet Hale, Gordon James, and Mary Beth Wickes in recital on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall, and the Lee University Wind Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, please call (423) 614-8240

Theater for the New South will present Sheila Callaghan's Roadkill Confidential Thursday - Sunday, February 13 - 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Tanner Hill Gallery. For more information, visit

The St. Olaf Choir will continue Lee University's Presidential Concert Series with a performance on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling (423) 614-8343 or visiting

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present its production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker - A Farce in Four Acts Friday - Saturday,February 14 - 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. For reservations, call (423) 365-PLAY or visit

Life, Love and Laughter: A Valentine's Cabaret by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Huseman will be performed at the ACT Studio Theatre in Dalton Friday - Saturday, February 14 - 15 at 8:00 p.m. Visit or call (706) 278-4796 for ticket information.

The Dalton Little Theatre will host performances of one-act plays, including Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?Jerry Finnegan's Sister, and Last Train to Nibroc, Thursday - Friday, February 14 - 15 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. 

Tennessee Valley Theatre will hold auditions for their upcoming production of Murder for Dummies Monday - Tuesday, February 17 - 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit

The UTC Music Department will present a faculty recital featuring saxophone instructor Clint Schmitt on Monday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Please call (423) 425-4601 or visit

Tragedy: A Tragedy will be performed at Lee University Thursday -Monday, February 20 - 24. For show times and other information, please call (423) 614-8343 or visit

The Marian Anderson String Quartet will perform a concert on Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Additional information may be found at or by calling (423) 425-4679

The Chattanooga Music Teachers Association will present their annual Cooperative Recital on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Cadek Conservatory Recital Hall. The recital is free to the public.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Booker T. Scruggs Ensemble will perform songs of African-American composers on Sunday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for ticket information.

Visual Art & Film 

The members opening and reception for the "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond" exhibit will be held Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, February 14. 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. A gallery talk by Rosalind Withers will take place onTuesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Local History Department of the Chattanooga Public Library will host a free screening and discussion of The Loving Story, a documentary that examines the history and current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States, on Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bessie Smith Performance Hall. Visit for more information.

The second annual Hearts & Hops evening at River Gallery will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Mise En Scenesters will host a showing of Fateful Findings at the Barking Legs Theater on Saturday, February 15 at 8:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet at St. John United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. Ron Lowery will be the guest speaker. Visit for more information.

Beginning Edinburgh Etch Workshop with instructor Mary Whittle will be held Saturday - Sunday, February 22 - 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at The Open Press. For more information or to register, please

Townsend Atelier will host an Anatomy 101 drawing class Saturday -Sunday, February 22 - 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visit for more information and to register.       


Writing, Literature & Storytelling  
The River City Sessions will be held Friday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. atThe Camp House. Scheduled performers include The Tin Cup Rattlers and writers who will read their works from the Sequoya Review, UTC's literary magazine. Visit for more information.


The Eastgate Page Turner's Book Club will meet at the Eastgate Library on Saturday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olse. For more information, visit  

Ooltewah Ringgold Road (SR 321) At Standifer Gap Road Roundabout Construction Phase II Traffic Detour

In order to safely construct the roundabout, the west side of Standifer Gap Road, (Eastbound approach), will be closed to thru traffic, and detour signs will be posted, beginning on Oct. 17, and scheduled for completion on Dec. 31.  Ooltewah Ringgold Road (SR 321) will remain open (North and Southbound thru traffic.)  Motorists are reminded of the reduced ... (click for more)

Alan Shuptrine Presents His Serpentine Chain Collection At Haskell Interiors

In conjunction with Haskell Interiors design studio, Shuptrine Fine Arts Group will present a celebration of art and design featuring master watercolorist Alan Shuptrine.   At an open house from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, the artist will present his new project, The Serpentine Chain Collection. Several pieces from the upcoming collection will be on view, and the artist ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Putting World Class Guitar Collection On Display At The Choo Choo

A world class guitar collection is set to go on display permanently at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. "Songbirds," which is built around the collection of Lookout Mountain businessman Thorpe McKenzie, was introduced to the public on Thursday night. Invited guests at the Choo Choo heard Nashville guitar star Doyle Dykes perform in the Choo Choo's new Revelry Room. He played some ... (click for more)

Father Killed By Train Just After Pushing Daughter To Safety In East Brainerd

A 31-year-old man was killed just after he pushed his 10-year-old daughter to safety in an encounter with a train on a trestle in East Brainerd on Thursday afternoon. Police said two pedestrians were walking on the train tracks on a trestle at Audubon Acres when a train came around a bend and struck one of them. Justin McCary was struck by the train as he pushed ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffel bag full of automatic-attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)