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  

Enterprise South Nature Park Has Trick Or Trail Saturday

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host the first Trick or Trail at the Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Dr., on Saturday from 5-10 p.m.   The event will feature a haunted trail, kid friendly train ride, read alouds by READ 20, free face painting, glow in the dark bracelets, flashlights, Halloween bags, popcorn and hot apple cider. Admission is $5 ... (click for more)

Wally's Friends Spay And Neuter Clinic Is Oct. 24

Wally's Friends Spay and Neuter Clinic will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Northgate Mall from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  The event will include a Spooky Pooches costume contest with celebrity judges.  Owners are encouraged to dress in costume as well.  Goody bags will provided for all participants. There will also be a kissing booth with "Jubilee," a once abandoned dog.  ... (click for more)

Planning Commission Votes 6-5 To Reject 7-Story Apartment Building On Cowart Street

After lengthy discussion on Monday before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, historical neighborhood advocates won a victory in the Southside area when the commission narrowly rejected a request to allow developers to build a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street.   The Belle Investment Co. & BYD Coward, ... (click for more)

Charges Upgraded Against Avery To Murder After Victim of Chair Leg Attack At Moccasin Bend Dies

Charges have been upgraded to murder against Leviticus Avery, 37, after a man he allegedly attacked with a chair leg has died. Avery initially was charged with aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder in the incident last Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility. Kevin Green, 38, remained in critical condition until he died. He was struck in ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)