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  

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Trustee Asks Use Of Funds From Clinic Sale To Obtain DISH Funds

The trustee for Hutcheson Medical Center is asking to use proceeds from the sale of the Chickamauga Clinic in order to help obtain Disproportionate Share (DISH) funds from the state of Georgia. Trustee Ronald Glass said, in order to get $1,138,159 in DISH funds, the hospital must transfer $369,333 through the Hospital Authority of Catoosa, Walker and Dade Counties. He noted ... (click for more)

Man, 56, Stabbed At The Corner Of North Market, Frazier Avenue

A 56-year-old man was stabbed at the corner of North Market Street and Frazier Avenue on Wednesday night. Chattanooga Police were advised of the altercation at 7 p.m. Police located a single victim, Danny Henderson, suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen.  T he victim was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)