This Week In The Arts

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events      

AVA's 4 Bridges Arts Festival will be held Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion. The 4 Bridges Preview Party, featuring music, cocktails, food and the artist exhibitors of 4 Bridges 2014, will take place Friday from 6:30-10:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Jazzanooga Jazz Festival will continue throughout the month of April and include Jazz education activities, nationally renowned headliner concerts, a Jazz parade, and Edible Jazz. For a full schedule of events, please visit

The Performing Arts League, Inc.'s Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon, an event to raise funds for scholarships for students in the performing arts, will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Mountain City Club. Call 622-2425 or email for more information.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a ranger-guided, historical hike of the Brown's Ferry Federal Road on Moccasin Bend on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. For more information, please call 706.866-9241 or visit

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Registration is currently open for community musicians who would like to Play Along with the CSO for select pieces during concerts at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, May 11. For more information, please visit or call 267-8583.

Pump Boys and Dinettes opens Friday at 8 p.m. and continues each weekend through Sunday, May 4 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, visit

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a concert featuring Grammy award-winning Kim Kashkashian, cellist Marcy Rosen, and the Johannes String Quartet. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 267-0968 or visit

The Songbook Series continues at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Saturday, April 19, with a performance by Euge Groove at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 266-8658 or at

The Covenant College Chamber Orchestra will present a spring concert on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the chapel at Covenant College. For more information, visit or call 706.419-1453.

Closed Door Entertainment's production of Titanic, the Musical will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by visiting

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present their production of Murder for Dummies Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For ticket reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit

The Chattanooga Bach Choir will perform Bach's B Minor Mass on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church. For more information, please visit or call 883-9801. 

The UTC Music Department will present a Senior Recital featuring Kala Cisson on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cadek Recital Hall; a Graduate Conductor Recital and Cadek Community Orchestra Spring Concert at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Sunday from 3-5 p.m.; "Catch the Groove" at the UTC Fine Arts Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.; a Wind Ensemble performance on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center; a Clarinet Ensemble and Studio Recital on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall; and a Flute Ensemble performance on Thursday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall. For more information, please call 425-4601 or visit

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Aureus Duo, featuring pianist Tim Hinck and mezzo soprano Sara Snider Schone. Visit for additional information.

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Museum of American Art will present The Word, The Sound, and The Image: Meditations on "Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond" on Thursday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

The submission deadline for artists wishing to participate in AVA's "The Seasoned Eye: A Celebration of Artists Working 20+ Years" exhibit is Monday. Visit for more information. 

A Painting the Pear workshop with instructor Cindy Procious will take place Thursday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

The Final Sculpture Bench will be installed along Glass Street on Thursday at the corner of North Chamberlain and Glass Street. Artist Nicky Falkenhayn will begin the installation process at 10 a.m. and will partner with Studio Everything to conduct a workshop for resident youth to contribute permanent messages and designs to the bench from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. During the workshop, residents will have the opportunity to etch and scribe on the glass houses on top of the sculpture. For more information, please call 402-0565 or email

The official kickoff of Phase One of the McCallie Walls Mural Project, the first drive-through gallery in Chattanooga, will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The project is located on McCallie Avenue just east of Holtzclaw Avenue, and phases will be ongoing as weather permits. For more information, please contact Miki Boni at 475-5533. 

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Professional photographers Tom and Pat Cory will present "The Beauty of Nature." Visit for more information.   

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

The Chattanooga State Community College 2014 Writers at Work series will be held Monday-Friday, April 14-18. A reading, Q & A session, and book signing by author Jill McCorkle will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Public Library as well as on Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium. A "Behind the Writer" interview will be conducted Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga State Humanities Auditorium. For additional information, contact Erica Lux at 

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