This Week In The Arts

Thursday, March 6, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will offer a free ranger-guided tour focusing on the Civil War story associated with the Brown's Ferry Federal Road on Moccasin Bend on Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 706.866-9241 or visit www.nps.gov/chch for more information.

The Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers' Convention will be held Saturday, March 15, beginning at 12 p.m. at Lindsay Street Hall. Events include the old time fiddle competition, with the winner being named the Champion Fiddler of the South, as well as contests in categories such as old time banjo, dance, traditional song and string band. For more information, visit www.oldchattanooga.com.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will continue its production of The Taming of the Shrew Thursday-Sunday and March 13-16 as well as unveil a life-size sculpture of William Shakespeare by internationally known sculptor Lawrence Holofcener entitled "Young Shakespeare" during an al fresco reception on Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m. Please call 267-8538 or visit www.theatrecentre.com for more information. 

TheatreQuest's The K Play will be performed on Saturday, March 8, and 15 at 10:30 a.m. and auditions for the Youth Theatre's production of Sleeping Beauty will be held Monday-Tuesday, at 4:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, visit www.theatrecentre.com.

The CSO Volkswagen Series continues with a performance of Opera's Bad Boys and Girls, featuring pieces from Rigoletto, Carmen, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, and more as well as soloists from the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre and the CSO Chorus, on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chattanoogasymphony.org or by calling (423) 267-8583.

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will hold an open audition on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at First Centenary United Methodist Church for vocalists interested in performing solos for upcoming concerts. The deadline for audition registration is Friday. For an audition time, please contact Molly Sasse at msasse@chattanoogasymphony.org.    

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Ghost Trees on Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Please visit www.shakingray.com for more information.

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a concert featuring clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Gloria Chien. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit www.stringtheorymusic.org.

The UTC Orchestra will perform on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center. For additional information, please call 425-4601 or visit www.utc.edu/music/projects/performances.php.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by Beppe Gambetta on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and The Billy Sea on Friday, March 14, at 8 p.m. Visit www.barkinglegs.org for ticket information.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's youth production of Home on the Mornin' Train will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Neil Labute's Fat Pig will be performed Thursday - Saturday, March 13-15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com for more information.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by the St. Elmo Trio, featuring violinist Heidi Barker, cellist Suzanne Sims and pianist Jim Lees. Visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com for additional information. 

The Chattanooga Music Teachers Association will host a Multi-Level Master Class to be given by Fay Adams, University of Tennessee at Knoxville Piano Department Chair, on Thursday, March 13, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Crutcher Pianos. Students of all levels of performance will be featured with several teachers represented. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday at 6 p.m. using Tom Otterness's "Free Money" in a discussion about debt, class, labor and money as facilitated by Tom Gokey, visual artist and organizer with Strike Debt. For more information, visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968.

The opening reception for "Reform: A Habitat for Humanity Exhibition," an exhibition of works by local artists centered around the theme of home and Habitat's mission to bring people together to build homes and communities, will take place Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at AVA. The exhibit continues through Monday, March 31. Visit www.avarts.org for more information. 

The "Bright Ideas: African American Inventors" exhibit will open Monday, March 10, and continue through Saturday, June 14, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The exhibition aims to highlight the contributions of African American inventors and enlighten and empower others, through knowledge and understanding of these inventors and their extraordinary accomplishments. Visit www.bessiesmithcc.org for more information. 

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.

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs will host Open House Days, showcasing new works by glass artist Kerrick Johnson, landscape acrylics by Karen K. Brown and oils by Robert Calcagno, Thursday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call 266-4453 or visit www.shuptrines.com

The opening reception for "Satan's Breath," an exhibit of new industrial photos by Virginia Webb, will take place on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. Call 267-9214 or visit www.intowngallery.com for more information. 

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Knoxville will host a public reception for "Hand Made Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition," featuring original works of basketry, clay, fiber, glass, wood, metals, leather, handmade paper, mixed media, printmaking, photography and more, on Friday from 5-9 p.m. at the Emporium Center. The exhibit continues through Saturday, March 29. For more information, visit www.tennesseecrafts.org or www.knoxalliance.com.

The opening reception for "Impressions," an exhibit featuring works by Mia Merlin, Joe Parrott and Yaffa & Jeff Todd, will be held Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. In addition, artist Robert Taylor will demonstrate his coppersmithing techniques on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit www.river-gallery.com for more information.

A Watercolor Workshop with instructor by Iain Stewart will be held Friday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and a Portrait Sculpture Workshop with Brian Booth Craig will be offered Monday - Friday, March 10-14, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information or to register.

A reception for the "East Asian Inspired Art: 7 Artists" exhibit will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 4-6 p.m. at the North River Civic Center. The reception will also feature bonsai and origami demonstrations, and the exhibit will continue through Thursday, May 29.

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

The Chattanooga Writers' Guild will meet Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library. Author Bill Dedman will speak on the challenges of research and writing nonfiction biography/history.


Lane Closures For Projects Start Saturday

ML King Boulevard will be closed for eastbound traffic between Market Street and Broad Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  This building maintenance project is scheduled for 10 hours, and the roadway will reopen at 6:30 p.m. that day.  Detours will be posted.  The 200 block of Market Street will be narrowed to one lane northbound for installation of a ... (click for more)

Wearables Is The July Exhibit At River Gallery

The Wearables exhibit featuring Jenny Threads by Jen Swearington, jewelry by Mary Lynn Portera and jewelry by Katie Rogers will be at River Gallery July 1-31.   There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 9, from 5-7 p.m. with the artists.   River Gallery is at 400 E. Second St.  Review for the exhibit:  River Gallery's ... (click for more)

Family At Bedside Of Legendary Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt

The family of legendary Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was at her bedside on Sunday. Erin Freeman, of the Pat Summitt Foundation, released this statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)