This Week In The Arts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

The Jazzanooga Jazz Festival continues throughout the month of April and includes JJazz on the Grass in Whiteside Park on Monday at 6 p.m., Edible Jazz with Culinary Historian Michael Twitty on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Dish T'Pass, Jazz at Memo's on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m., and Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard in concert on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. For a full schedule of events, please visit

Theatre, Music & Dance  

String Theory at the Hunter will continue on Thursday 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 with a performance by Euge Groove at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 266-8658 or at

The CSO's Masterworks Series concludes with a performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, and the Volkswagen Sunday Series ends its season with works by Shostakovich and Vivaldi on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at the Volkswagen Conference Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling 267-8583 or by visiting

Performances of Pump Boys and Dinettes continue Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27, at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and auditions for the Theatre Centre's production of Les Miserables will be held Sunday-Monday, April 28-29. For more information, visit

Shaking Ray Levi Society and Secret Weave will present the Dilating Nexus Series beginning with An Evening of Tapes on Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at Artifact Gallery. Visit or more information.

The UTC Music Department will present a Flute Ensemble performance on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall, and the UTC Women's Chorale and Men's Chorus, joined by the Dade County High School Choir, will present their annual spring concert on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, please call 425-4601 or visit

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 Barking Legs Theater will host performances by the FrazierBand on Friday at 8 p.m. and David Benedict on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

The Mighty Casey, William Schuman's operatic adaptation of the classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat," will be performed by Artisti Affamati at historic Engel Stadium on Thursday, April 24, and Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit

The Chattanooga Music Club will present its annual CMC Scholarship winners recital on Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Contact Buddy Shirk at 529-0315 or for more information. 

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, or Earth Mass, on Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church. Special guests include the Chattanooga Girls Choir, the Dave Walters Trio, Richard Henson, and Clint Schmitt. For more information, email

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Museum of American Art will present What's Your Color? on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. Visit for more information. 

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday 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. 

The April edition of "The Backlot: A Place for Filmmakers" will take place Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage House. Matt Clanton of Act Tactical will be demonstrating film combat techniques and weapons tactics. For more information, please call 855-9474.

Townsend Atelier will host a Painting in Gouache workshop with instructor Timur Akhriev Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit for more information or to register.

The Open Press will host an Open House on Tuesday, April 29, from 6-8 p.m. to launch Book Arts, a new initiative co-directed by Hollie Berry and Ellen Simak whereby guests will learn folding techniques for a letterpress-printed Origami Book. Visit for more information.

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

The Chattanooga State Community College 2014 Writers at Work series will host a reading, Q & A session, and book signing by author Jill McCorkle on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium Auditorium. For additional information, contact Erica Lux at 

Christmas Tree Lighting At Heritage Park Will Be Dec. 11

The East Brainerd Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Park. There will be refreshments, Santa, elves, carolers and much more.  The event is free and everyone is invited. (click for more)

UTC Elder Scholars Meeting Will Be Held Dec. 8

The December meeting of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga's Elder Scholars will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. in the University Center, Signal Mountain Room. This is a change in rooms and it’s on the 3rd floor and near the front stairs.  If you come up the elevator, turn left into the long hall. The presentation is entitled “History of UTC ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Stockholder Files Suit Against Automaker At Chattanooga; Seeks Class Action Status

A Volkswagen stockholder has filed suit in Federal Court in Chattanooga against the automaker, charging that its stock was over-valued and that it has not plummeted due to revelations about emissions cheating. The suit was filed in behalf of Michael Wolfenbarger by Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball and Nashville attorney James Stranch III. It seeks class action status for those ... (click for more)

Woman In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Face Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman is in critical condition after she was shot while driving in Chattanooga on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m. , the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on the scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a ... (click for more)

Misconceptions About Ban The Box

Mr. Exum,  I want to invite you as a guest speaker at the NAACP General Membership meeting.  I believe we can accomplish our goals and clear up any misconceptions about Ban The Box and the role of the NAACP in a much more meaningful manner face to face.   In that vein I would like to invite you to have coffee with me at Panera Bread.  I will not make a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)