This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 1, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

Backstage Bash!, a moveable feast of fun and entertainment presented on nine stages throughout the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, will be held onSaturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Stops include the Cotton Club Cabaret, 88 Keys, Photo Op Costume Shop, Stage Door Canteen, Lavender Lounge, and Comedy Tonight, among others. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (423) 267-8534 or visit

The City of Chattanooga Youth & Family Development and the City of Chattanooga Public Works Department will present the 8th annual HubFeston Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Park. Visit the "Hubfest at Heritage Park" Facebook page for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance 

Performances of Pump Boys and Dinettes continue Thursday - Sunday, May 1 - 4 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For ticket information,

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras conclude their season on Monday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre with a concert featuring all four orchestras and soloists Justin Smith, Oboist, and Isabella Vanderhoof, PAL Vocal Competition winner. Call (423) 267-9011 for more information.

The Chattanooga Girls Choir will present their spring concert "Sing for Joy!" on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Ridgedale Baptist Church. There will also be a silent auction featuring many local items, and all proceeds will go to support the Girls Choir. To purchase tickets,

Play Along with the CSO will take place on Sunday, May 11 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Market. Members of the CSOYO ensembles will be performing at 11:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., and an instrument 'petting zoo' will also be held from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. For more information,

UTC Master Chorale Auditions will held Thursday, May 1 - 8. All voices are welcome, but basses are desired. To make an appointment for an audition, please call (423) 425-4612 or (423) 425-5243.

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 (423) 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 8:00 p.m. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.comfor ticket information.

The Scenic City Chorale will present its spring concert entitled "Love in Bloom" on Sunday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church. For more information, call (423) 991-7654 or visit "The Scenic City Chorale" Facebook page.

Jericho Brass Band, with the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, will present a concert on Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. Visit for more information.

The Barking Legs Theater will host a performance by the April Verch Band on Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets,

Theater for the New South will present their production of Jonathan Larson'stick, tick...BOOM! Friday - Saturday, May 9 - 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jim G. Lewis Studio Theater in the UTC Fine Arts Center. For ticket information, visit

Auditions for Closed Door Entertainment's production of Shrek the Musicalwill be held at The CDE Loft Monday - Tuesday, May 12 - 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, email

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Jay Craven and Jim Plamour. Visit for additional information.

Visual Art & Film 

Sound & Image: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Beyond, an exploration by UTC Adjunct Professor of Saxophone Clint Schmitt and Hunter curators of the music and visions expressed in the current special exhibition "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond," will be held Thursday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. In addition, Free First Sunday will take place May 4 from 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

The opening reception for "The Seasoned Eye" exhibition will be heldFriday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. at AVA. Visit for more information.

"Cut," an exhibition of cut glass works by Kerrick Johnson, will be shown atShuptrine's from May - July. Call (423) 266-4453 or 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 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Graffiti. Visit for more information. 

The opening reception for "New Work, Year 40," an exhibition featuring works by new members Denice Bizot, Irene Catlin, Eric Davidson, and Eugenia Johnston, will take place Friday, May 2 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. For more information, please call (423) 267-9214 or

special exhibition of paintings by Thomas Caleb Goggans will be featured at Townsend Atelier during an opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, please

River Gallery will host the opening reception for the "Materials Intertwined" exhibit featuring works by Kim Keats and Bernie Rowell onFriday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

The seventh annual Jewish Film Series Starts continues Wednesday, May 7with the showing of Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center. For more information, contact Ann Treadwell at(423) 493-0270 ext. 13 or

"Far Horizons - A Study of Skies," an exhibition of works by local artists Janice Kennedy, Sandra Babb, Carol Hobbs, Sherry Hullender and Evelyn Marie Williams, will be held at Ringgold Art and Frame Gallery throughSaturday, May 31. An opening reception will take place Thursday, May 8 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Call (706) 935-2844 for more information.  

Writing, Literature & Storytelling  

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Performers include Dana Shavin, J.Ed Marston, Stratton Tingle, and Earl Brackin and Friends at The Camp House. Visit or email for more information.

Tennessee Valley Theatre will present storyteller Elizabeth Rose onSaturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call (423) 365-PLAY or visit

Dog Training Classes Registration Begins Sunday, Oct. 25

The Obedience Club of Chattanooga will begin its next 6-week session of obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Monday, Oct. 26, at its training facility 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga. Registration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-3 p.m. at the training facility.  During registration, various OCC dog/handler teams ... (click for more)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga Presents The Tennessee Valley’s Largest And Longest Children’s Festival

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga’s 25th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival will be held at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Hwy. on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 1-5 p.m.  Admission and parking are free. RMHC will be raising money for operational costs for the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald ... (click for more)

Attorney Patrick Says Chattanooga Is "Most Logical Place" For Consolidating Volkswagen Lawsuits; Hearing Set Dec. 3

Attorney Gary Patrick said Chattanooga is "the most logical place for consolidating the Volkswagen litigation because it is the only location in the country where VW vehicles are being produced." Attorney Patrick, of the local firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman and Jacoway, said a hearing is set Dec. 3 in New Orleans on the issue. A host of lawsuits seeking class action status ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)