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 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

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 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

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 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    

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 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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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 or

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 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 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.

Harlem Globetrotters Come To Chattanooga Jan. 15

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their show to the UTC Mckenzie Arena on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, at 7 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.  Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Globetrotters also announced Tuesday that they are giving back more during their 90th year with the Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities ... (click for more)

History Center Presents Walking Tour On The Walnut Street Bridge

The Chattanooga History Center will present The Walnut Street Bridge a walking tour, on  Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m . Registered participants will meet outside the Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park. The fee is $10 per person ($5 for CHC members). Space is limited and pre-registration is required by  Monday, Oct. 19 . For more information or ... (click for more)

Baylor Student, 16, Dies After Cardiac Incident At Pool

A 16-year-old Baylor School student died after a cardiac incident at a pool on Monday afternoon. Sumner Smith died in the incident on campus. The student was taken by ambulance to Erlanger. Baylor's Barbara Kennedy said it happened during a routine swim practice. He was found unresponsive in the pool. Counselors were being provided on the Baylor campus on Tuesday. ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)