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

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