This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 27, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

The Jazzanooga 2014 Kickoff Reception will be held Friday from 5:3-7 p.m. at Society of Work. Events will be held throughout the month of April and include Jazz education activities, nationally renowned headliner concerts, a Jazz Parade, and Edible Jazz, among others. For a full schedule of events, please visit www.jazzanooga.org.

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, April 5, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school. For more information, visit www.cglaonline.com or call 702-7230.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Performances of And Then There Were None continue Thursday-Sunday at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For ticket information, visit www.theatrecentre.com.

The Songbook Series continues at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Sunday at 6 p.m. with a performance by Karen Brown and the Joe Johnson Band. Tickets may be purchased by visiting https://songbookkaren.eventbrite.com

The Lee University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center; the Lee University School of Music will present its annual Honors Recital on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall; a faculty recital featuring Janet Hale, Gordon James, and Mary Beth Wickes will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. For more information, please call 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

#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 at 7 p.m. in the East Hamilton Middle High School Theatre. For additional information, please contact Holli Hutson at hutson_h@hcde.org.

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 www.utc.edu/music/projects/performances.php.

The Salvation Army's ReCreate Café will host the For Freedom Tour, a human-trafficking awareness event featuring acoustic, folk-pop duo Jenny & Tyler, on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at http://jennyandtyler.com/tour

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

The Patten Performance Series continues at the UTC Fine Arts Center with vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.tickettracks.com or call 425-4269. 

The UTC Music Department will present the UTC Trumpet Ensemble and Low Brass Ensemble in concert on Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Please visit www.utc.edu/music for more information.

The Muse of Fire Project will present "Having Our Say!," a performance of nine plays for spring by kid playwrights from all over Chattanooga, at the Chattanooga Public Library on Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 3 and 7 p.m. Email musetixreservations@gmail.com to reserve tickets.

Friday Night Comedy Improv will be presented by second year students of the Professional Actor Training Program at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.  The show is free and family friendly.
 
An Evening with C.S. Lewis starring David Payne will be presented Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Robert Kirk Walker Community Theatre. Call (423) 642-8497 or visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com for ticket information.
 

Visual Art & Film  

The Art Wise series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. with a lecture by Smithsonian American Art Museum Chief Curator Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg. For more information, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968.

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 www.4bridgesartsfestival.org/patron.

The opening reception for "Collaborations," an exhibit featuring works by Daud Akhriev, Melissa Hefferlin, and Mary Lynn Portera, will be held Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. For additional information, please visit www.river-gallery.com

The application deadline for artists wishing to participate in The Little Made Market is Saturday. Visit http://littlemade.com to submit a vendor application.   

Food Works Restaurant will host a reception on Thursday, April 3, from 4-6 p.m. for the Civic Arts League's exhibition of watercolors, oils, acrylics and collages by local artists. Works from the exhibit will be on display and for sale March 29-June 28. For more information, please visit the Food Works Facebook page or contact art director Jo Thomas at 580-2270.  

The opening reception for "From the Earth," a fine art show featuring works by 25 local artisans, will be held at Reflections Gallery on Thursday, April 3, from 4-7 p.m. The show will continue through Friday, May 30. Please call 892-3072 or visit www.reflectionsgallerytn.com for additional information.

A Narrative Potential of the Figure workshop with instructor Kirsten Stingle will be held Friday-Monday, April 4-7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register.

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

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

The New Chattanooga Storytelling Circle will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. Material is family friendly, and everyone is welcome to tell or listen. Call Steve Daugherty at 779-4466 or email him at stevedaugherty48@att.net for more information. 

Lee University will host Dr. Paul A. Cantor on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for a lecture titled "Shakespeare's Political Thought" in the Johnson Lecture Hall. For more information, please call 614-8137.

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Scheduled performances include readings by Chad Prevost and Carrie Meadows and music by The Bennett Band as well as Rick Rushing and the Acoustic Blues Jam. Visit http://therivercitysessions.weebly.com for more information.


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