This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 27, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events       

The H*Art Gallery will host a fundraising dinner on Saturday at 7 p.m. to benefit the gallery. Call 521-4707 or visit for more information. 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will offer a free ranger-guided hike along Moccasin Bend's Brown's Ferry Federal Road with Park Historian Jim Ogden on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 706.866-9241 or visit for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

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

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

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras will continue their current season with performances on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church. Call 267-9011 for more information. 

The CSO Volkswagen Series continues with a performance of Opera's Bad Boys and Girls, featuring pieces from Rigoletto, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, and more as well as soloists from the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre and the CSO Chorus, on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 267-8583.

Lee University Opera Theatre will present The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti and The Child and the Spells by Maurice Ravel Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Dixon Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling 614-8343. 

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Annie Sellick & the Hot Club of Nashville on Thursday at 8 p.m. and by Beppe Gambetta on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Visit for ticket information. 

The Jericho Brass Band will perform at the North River Civic Center on Friday at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

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

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's youth production of Home on the Mornin' Train will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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

The Chattanooga State Theatre and Music Departments will present their production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. Call 697-3246 for more information or to purchase tickets. 

The 4th annual Piano Festival will take place at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Sunday at 3 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, visit

The Earl Miller Memorial Concert Series will begin with a performance by The Ladies of Lee on Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Luke United Methodist Church. For more information, call 877-6447 or email 

Lee University School of Music will present "Marimba Madness," a percussion studio concert featuring guest artist Kevin Bobo, on Monday at 8 p.m., and the Lee University Symphonic Band will present a special concert of Wind Band music on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, call 614-8240 or email

The Dave Walters Jazz Quartet will perform on Monday at 7:30 p.m., the UTC Concert Band on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the UTC Orchestra on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center. Call 425-4601 or visit for additional information. 

Visual Art & Film 

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Marcus Ellsworth using works from the "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond" exhibition to explore Civil Rights movements in the black community and in the LGBT community historically and today. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.

"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. Visit for more information. 

The opening reception for "Reform: A Habitat for Humanity Exhibition," an exhibition of works by local artists centered around the theme of home and Habitat's mission to bring people together to build homes and communities, will take place Friday, March 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at AVA. The exhibit continues through Monday, March 31. Visit for more information. 

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host Open House Days, showcasing new works by glass artist Kerrick Johnson, landscape acrylics by Karen K. Brown and oils by Robert Calcagno, Wednesday - Friday, March 5-7, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 266-4453 or visit

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Knoxville will host a public reception for "Hand Made Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition," featuring original works of basketry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metals, leather, handmade paper, mixed media, printmaking, photography and more, on Friday, March 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the Emporium Center. The exhibit continues through Saturday, March 29. For more information, visit or

The opening reception for "Impressions," an exhibit featuring works by Mia Merlin, Joe Parrott and Yaffa & Jeff Todd, will be held Friday, March 7, from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for more information.     

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

The New Chattanooga Storytelling Circle's monthly meeting will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. All tellers and listeners are welcome, and material is family friendly. Call Steve Daugherty at 779-4466 for more information.

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