This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 20, 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

The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts 40th Annual Antiques Show & Sale will take place Friday - Saturday, February 21 - 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stratton Hall. For more information, please call (423) 267-7176 or

The H*Art Gallery will host a fundraising dinner on Saturday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. to benefit the gallery. Call (423) 521-4707 or for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance 


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

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present its Youth Theatre production of Go, Dog. Go! Friday - Sunday, February 21 - 23 and its production of The Taming of the Shrew Friday - Saturday, February 28 - March 1. For showtimes and ticket information, visit

The CSO Chamber Series continues Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased or by calling (423) 267-8583

The CSO's 2014 Chattanooga International Film Music Festival will place Friday - Sunday, February 28 - March 2 and feature award-winning film composer Alan Silvestri. Visit for more information or to register.

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.

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 Tennessee Valley Theatre will present its production of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker - A Farce in Four Acts Friday - Saturday, February 21 - 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. For reservations, call (423) 365-PLAY or visit

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 and open 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.

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Centerwith a performance by Koresh Dance on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (423) 425-4269.

The United States Navy Band will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free, but tickets are required. Call (423) 642-TIXS for more information. 

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Annie Sellick & the Hot Club of Nashville on Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m. for ticket information. 

The Roane Choral Society will perform Americana: Our Musical Heritage on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. For ticket information, call (423) 365-PLAY or

The UTC Music Department will present duo-pianists Yakov and Aleksandra Kazman in concert at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call (423) 425-4601 or visit

The Jericho Brass Band will perform at the North River Civic Center onFriday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

The 4th Annual Piano Festival will take place at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Sunday, March 2 at 3:00 p.m. and will feature compositions for one-ten hands on up to five pianos, featuring former, current and future students of Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai, as well as UTC staff. For additional information,


Visual Art & Film 

"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 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 visit

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

Artist James Conner will demonstrate his acrylic painting techniques at River Gallery on Saturday, February 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please (423) 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for additional information.

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

UDC Jefferson Davis Chapter Hosts 120th Tennessee Division Convention At Read House

The Historic Read House was the site of the 120th Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy 2016 Convention.  The convention was sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of Cleveland.   The chapter tried unsuccessfully to locate a place to hold the Convention in Cleveland, but could not find a place with enough space to hold such a convention. ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (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)

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: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)