This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

The Chattanooga Girls Choir will present "Taste and Sound of Italy - Sopranos, Sinatra, and Sauce" at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Friday at 7 p.m. Performers include international soprano Stella Zambalis with the Choir's Grace Moore Singers and Michael A. Smith with the Uptown Big Band. Authentic cuisine will be prepared by Italian Chef Benedetto Scaduto, owner of The Saucy Sicilian. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

The Chattanooga Audubon Society will host the third annual Little Owl Music and Arts Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Audubon Acres. Scheduled activities include spoken word performances, music, arts and crafts, birds of prey programs, and a children's art contest. For further information, call 892-1499 or email

The Jazzanooga 2014 Kickoff Reception will be held Friday, March 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Society of Work. For more information, visit

Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy's second annual Carnival, featuring fun games for the family, a petting zoo, a "cake walk", arts and crafts, face painting, door prizes, and more, will take place Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school. For more information, visit or call 702-7230.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

And Then There Were None will open on Friday and continue each weekend through Sunday, April 6, and TheatreQuest's The K Play will be performed on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. 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 at 11 a.m. at the Tivoli Center. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's Chamber Series finale will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Sheraton Read House Silver Ballroom and feature two serenades by Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky, plus a unique work by Gordon Jacob. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Jack Wright and Andrew Drury in concert on Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for ticket information.

The Songbook Series continues at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Sunday, March 30, at 6 p.m. with a performance by Karen Brown and the Joe Johnson Band. Tickets may be purchased by visiting

Neil Labute's Fat Pig will be performed at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Lee University Chamber Strings will present its annual spring concert on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Center. For more information, call 614-8240 or email 

The River City Sessions will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Scheduled performers include Faith Evans Ruch, Michael Gray, Northwoods Band, and Chris Watkins. Visit for more information.

Singer-songwriter Nathan Bell will perform at the Barking Legs Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. with special guests Annie Mosher and members of Chattanooga Ballet. Visit to purchase tickets. 

The Chattanooga Music Club scholarship auditions will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The public is invited to attend.

#MakingMemories, a play developed by East Hamilton Middle Drama Students, Holli Hutson, and Laurie Melnik about first day of school friendships, will be presented Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, at 7 p.m. in the East Hamilton Middle High School Theatre. For additional information, please contact Holli Hutson at

The UTC Music Department and Opera Workshop will present an Evening of Sacred Oratorio at Second Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 425-4601 or visit

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga will host an award winning Israeli jazz-inspired blues concert featuring The Ori Naftaly Band on Saturday, March 29, from 9-11 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 493-0270 ext. 10 or email

Visual Art & Film  

Tickets are currently available for AVA's 4 Bridges Preview Party to be held Friday, April 11 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavillion. For more information, visit

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. and will explore the ways we understand and engage with diversity in our community. For more information, visit or call 267-0968.

The Lookout Wild Film Festival will open Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom Downtown with the viewing party for The Local Hero Project, an exhibition and contest of local 3-minute films. The festival continues Friday-Sunday at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Centennial Theatre. For a complete schedule, please visit

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Professional photographer Colby McLemore will be speaking on night photography. Visit for more information.

River Gallery artists Mike Berry and Joe Parrott will demonstrate their painting techniques on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and the opening reception for "Collaborations," an exhibit featuring works by Daud Akhriev, Melissa Hefferlin, and Mary Lynn Portera, will be held Friday, March 28, from 6:30-8 p.m. For additional information, please visit

Mise En Scenesters will host a showing of Grand Piano at the Barking Legs Theater on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Visit for more information. 

An Oil Painting for Beginners class with instructor Mia Bergeron will be held Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and a Palette Knifing in Oil class will take place Wednesdays, March 26-April 16, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in The Little Made Market is Saturday, March 30. Visit to submit a vendor application. 

Writing, Literature & Storytelling  

The Lee University Writer's Festival will conclude with poet Anya Silver reading from her collections at 7 p.m. on Monday. For more information, please email Dr. William Woolfitt at or call 614-8230. 

The entry deadline for WTCI's annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is Monday, March 31. For more information, visit    

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