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 www.jazzanooga.org.

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 www.stringtheorymusic.org.

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 https://songbookeuge.eventbrite.com

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 www.chattanoogasymphony.org.

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 www.theatrecentre.com.

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 www.shakingray.com 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 www.utc.edu/Academic/Music/Events.php

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 www.tennesseevalleytheatre.com.

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 www.barkinglegs.org.

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 www.artistiaffamati.com.

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 buddy@summittpianos.com 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 choralarts.chattanooga@gmail.com.

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Museum of American Art will present What's Your Color? on Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. Visit www.huntermuseum.org 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 www.chattanoogaphoto.org 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 www.townsendatelier.com 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 www.theopenpress.org 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 erica.lux@chattanoogastate.edu. 


Free Admission Day At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Sunday

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tn. will be celebrating Sequoyah Remembrance Day and Sequoyah’s contribution to the Cherokee people by creating a writing system, the Cherokee Syllabary with free admission to the museum from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.   The 1809 Cherokee Blacksmith shop will be up and running with demonstrations all through the afternoon by Will McAlister. ... (click for more)

Bridge Christian Church To Host Final Movie In The Park At Dark On Aug. 21

Bridge Christian Church, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, concludes its annual family summer movie series, Movies in the Park at Dark, on Friday, Aug. 21. Hundreds of locals and visitors came out to enjoy the other two movies that were shown in June and July.   Details about the August movie are available at www.bridgechristian.org .   The family-friendly ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Could Obama Win Again?

When President Barack Obama spoke to the African Union yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he made a pretty brash statement: “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he told the African leaders. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don’t think that’s true. Obviously, term limits keep Obama from running, but as I sit ... (click for more)