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  

Dalton Police Department Welcomes New Officer, Tyler Hammontree

The Dalton Police Department welcomed a new officer to the ranks on Tuesday morning when the Public Safety Commission voted unanimously to confirm the appointment of Officer Tyler Hammontree. Officer Hammontree is a 2003 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School. He graduated from Shorter College in Rome with a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Officer Hammontree started his law ... (click for more)

Reflections Gallery Has Artist Reception Nov. 3

Reflections Gallery will host an open house and artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m.  The artists, Don Hill Ellyn Bivin and Peggy Creswell will be at the reception.  The reception is free and open to the public, with wine and hors d'oeuvres to enjoy while browsing. Reflections Gallery is at 6922 Lee Hwy.  (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

Gang Member, 22, Shot In The Arm On Wilcox Boulevard Early Tuesday Morning

A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1800 block of Wilcox Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Just after midnight, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located Jakobi Buthelezi Johnson suffering from a very minor, single gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)