This Week In The Arts

Thursday, February 6, 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 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

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 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 for more information or to register.

The Odd Couple will continue each weekend through Feb. 16 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit 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 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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 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 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 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  

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)