This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 06, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

Chinese New Year will be celebrated at the Creative Discovery Museum on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. Activities include performances by the Chien Hong Lion Dance Troupe, constructing paper lanterns, reading books about the Chinese New Year, and making miniature paper lions. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a ranger-guided tour of the Hampton Place site on Moccasin Bend on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please call 706.866-9241 or visit www.nps.gov/chch.

Artist and educator Rebecca Bass will give a lecture entitled "Taking It to the Streets: Public Students Making Public Art" on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library. Visit www.facebook.com/events/588731644552410/?ref=22 for more information.  

Theatre, Music & Dance 

Registration is currently being held for the CSO's 2014 Chattanooga International Film Music Festival to take place Feb. 28-March 2 and feature award-winning film composer Alan Silvestri. Visit www.chattfilmmusic.org for more information or to register.

The Odd Couple will continue each weekend through Feb. 16 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit www.theatrecentre.com or call 267-8534 for ticket information. 

The CSO Volkswagen Series continues with a performance entitled Symphonic Voyagers: The Orchestra in Orbit and Beyond! on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center, and the Pops Series continues with Big Band Fever! Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or by calling 267-8583. 

The Creative Underground and Bessie Smith Cultural Center will present James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse on Sunday at 6 p.m. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information.

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by the Gold Sparkle Band on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For more information, visit www.shakingray.com.

Bob's Bootcamp, a lecture series with Bob Bernhardt that takes an in-depth look at composers and their music, will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Tivoli Center. The deadline for reservations is Friday. For more information, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org.

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 280-4642. 

The annual Honor Choir concert, featuring approximately 150 high school students as well as the Lee University Choral Union, will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Lee University Conn Center. For more information, contact LuAnn Holden at lholden@leeuniversity.edu or 614-8259. 

Divas and Drinks, an open mic night for operatic and classical singers, will be held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at The Foundry. For more information or to make arrangements to sing, please visit www.divasanddrinks.com.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues with "Coffee with Mozart" on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. For additional information, visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

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

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

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, Feb. 14-15, at 8 p.m. Visit www.actdalton.org or call 706.278-4796 for ticket information.

Visual Art & Film  

"Muse of the African American Spirit: A Celebration of African American Artists," featuring music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts, will take place on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Visit www.huntermuseum.org for more information. 

The opening reception for the 4 Bridges Poster Artist Exhibition will be held Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. at AVA. Visit www.avarts.org 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 on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information.

The opening reception for the "Un-Scene Chattanooga" exhibition with paintings by Victoria Pearmain will take place Friday from 5-7 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. The show continues through Feb. 28. For more information, please visit www.intowngallery.com.

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will host the opening reception for a member's exhibition on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Gallery at Blackwell. Visit www.chattanoogaphoto.org for additional information.

The opening reception for "Southern Spirit," an exhibition featuring works by James Conner, Barbara Odil, and Matt Tommey, will be held Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. For more information, visit www.river-gallery.com

For Heaven's Sake, a silent film starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston and accompanied by members of the Chattanooga AGO on a classic organ, will be shown at the Princess Theatre in South Pittsburg on Saturday at 4 p.m. For ticket information, email agochattanooga@gmail.com or call 529-0315.

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

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

An Evening on the Battery, a lively evening of storytelling and music inspired by John Quidor's Peter Stuyvesant Watching the Festivities on the Battery with local author, musician and humorist Michael Gray, will be held at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit www.huntermuseum.org for additional information.

The Chattanooga Writers' Guild will host a storytelling workshop with Finn Bille, Vincent Phipps and Jim Pfitzer on Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library. 

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


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