This Week In The Arts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Jazzanooga Jazz Festival continues throughout the month of April and includes events such as Lalah Hathaway and Ruben Studdard in concert on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre, and a JazzWalk 2014 Parade on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on MLK Boulevard. For a full schedule of events, please visit

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host its first undergraduate student symposium on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. with four students from regional colleges presenting their research on the interdisciplinary topic of race in America. Visit for more information. 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The CSO's Masterworks Series concludes with a performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on Thursday 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 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 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and auditions for the Theatre Centre's production of Les Miserables will be held Sunday-Monday. For more information, 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 and Saturday at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit

The Barking Legs Theater will host performances by David Benedict on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the April Verch Band on Sunday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

The Lee University Choral Union and Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of masterworks on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Conn Center. For more information, please call 614-8240 or email

Auditions for Shakespeare Chattanooga's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Ripple Theater. For more information, contact Janis Hashe at 622-2862 or  

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present An Evening with Josh Miller on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 365-PLAY or visit

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

Lee University's Opera Theatre will present various scenes from well-known operas, such as such as La Traviata, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel and Die Zauberflöte, on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. For more information, please contact James Frost at

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, or Earth Mass, on Sunday 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

Kim Criswell, international musical theater star and Chattanooga native, will perform an evening of cabaret at Mizpah Congregation, Ochs Memorial Temple on Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 267-9771 or visit

Israeli a capella singer Galit Mor will perform on Thursday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at The Flying Squirrel. Contact Ann Treadwell at 493-0270 ext. 13 for more information.

Black Jacket Symphony will perform Prince's "Purple Rain" at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information.

Jericho Brass Band, with the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, will present a concert on Sunday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. Visit for more information.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art and will explore the idea of community during a discussion by Charles Neal using John Biggers' "African American At: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond." Visit for more information. 

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host a gallery talk for "The Fine Art of Jazz," an exhibition showcasing the names and faces synonymous with the Kansas City tradition of American jazz, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

Townsend Atelier will host a Painting in Gouache workshop with instructor Timur Akhriev Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. as well as a six-week Landscape Painting class and Drawing 101 class beginning Wednesday. Visit for more information or to register. 

Artist Kim Kauffman will discuss and demonstrate cameraless and filmless image technique on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at River Gallery. For more information, please call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit

The Open Press will host an Open House on Tuesday 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. 

The seventh annual Jewish Film Series Starts begins Wednesday with the showing of Aftermath at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center. For more information, contact Ann Treadwell at 493-0270 ext. 13 or

"Cut," an exhibition of cut glass works by Kerrick Johnson, will be shown at Shuptrine's from May-July. Call 266-4453 or visit for more information. 

The opening reception for "Cock and Bull: The Paintings of Michael Holsomback and Ken Page" will be held Friday, May 2, from 5-10 p.m. at Graffiti. Visit for more information.

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

The Chattanooga Storytelling Circle will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. Material is family friendly, and everyone is welcome to tell or listen. Call Steve Daugherty at 779-4466 or email him at for more information.

The Lee University Writer's Festival will conclude with the ninth annual Fringe Fest, a presentation of original 10-minute plays, Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m. in the Edna Minor Conn Theatre. For more information, please email or call 614-8219.


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