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. 


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