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 

18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament Raises More Than $14,000 For GNTC Students

More than $14,000 was raised to provide funding and financial aid to Georgia Northwestern Technical College students during the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Tuesday.    The tournament was sponsored by the Foundation at GNTC. James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.   ... (click for more)

Exploring The Ruins Of Lookout Mountain Program Is Nov. 12

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a five mile, ranger-guided, hike exploring the “ruins” on Lookout Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at the historic Cravens House.   Each year, thousands of people escape the bustling city of Chattanooga to hike through the quiet forests of Lookout Mountain Battlefield. ... (click for more)

2 Witnesses To A Murder Refuse To Testify At Jury Trial

Two men who prosecutors say witnessed a murder in Hixson on Jan. 31, 2014, on Wednesday refused to tell their story to a jury. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ordered Andrew Biro and Jacob Tyler "T.Y." Keel to answer questions from prosecutor Lance Pope, but they both refused. Biro had said during testimony in General Sessions Court that Christopher Levi Parker threatened ... (click for more)

PETA And Humane Educational Society Offer Reward For Torture-Killing Of Dog After Envelope Mailed From Chattanooga

An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)