This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

Tickets are currently on sale for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's UnCorked event to be held on Saturday, May 31, from 6:30-10 p.m. at Renaissance Park. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of jobs during the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 267-8583.

The Little Made Market will hold its inaugural market day on Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the St. Andrew's Center. The market will feature affordable goods by Bean and Bailey, Inks and Thread, Astronette, Eric Eugene Smith, and more. Visit for more information. 

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Ballet Tennessee will present their Repertory Performance on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Spring Festival of Dance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. Call 425-4269 to purchase tickets or visit for more information. 

To Kill a Mockingbird will open at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday at 8 p.m., with an opening night gala at 7 p.m. Performances of the Youth Theatre production of Sleeping Beauty begin Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 267-8534 or visiting

A Drum Circle with Stephen Cavitt will be held in the AVA Gallery on Sunday at 2 p.m. The class will blend ideas from world drumming, modern drum facilitation, and music therapy, and the activities are beginner friendly. Email for more information or to make a reservation. 

Rock the Bluff at the Hunter Museum of American Art will kick off with a performance by Dead Testaments on Thursday, May 22, from 7-10 p.m. Visit or call 267-0968 to purchase tickets.

Neil Simon's Rumors will be performed by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please visit

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

Alice @ Wonderland will be performed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre. For reservations, call 365-PLAY or visit  

Life, Love and Laughter at the Full Moon Cafe by Grammy-award winning composer Michael Huseman will be presented at the Mountain Arts Community Center Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Visit or call 886-1959 for ticket information.  

The Chattanooga Music Club will present former scholarship winners in concert on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. For more information, visit

The UTC Music Department will present the 18th annual Piano Arts Competition Winners Recital on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Cadek Recital Hall. Please call 425-4601 or visit for more information. 

Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan will appear in concert on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. To purchase tickets, visit

Jericho Brass Band will perform Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Johnston Park Amphitheater in Cleveland as part of the Evening Shade Concert Series. Visit for more information. 

Comedian Gary Owen will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m. Visit for ticket information. 

Gospel on Glass, a celebration of local gospel choirs with performances by Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Olivet Baptist Church, Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, Terra Vista Baptist Church, and Worlds Church of the Living God, will be held on Saturday, May 24, from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the corner of North Chamberlain and Glass Street in the community space. For more information, visit

Visual Art & Film  

AVA will host the Reel Stories Documentary Screening at the Chattanooga Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m., and registration for AVA's Summer Art Camp and Summer Film Institute at Baylor School is currently being held. For more information, visit  

Preface: an Introduction to Artists' Books Talk & Demonstration with The Open Press will be held Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Visit for more information. 

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center and the Mary Walker Foundation will host a gallery talk with historian John Edwards, curator of the "Bright Ideas: African American Inventors" exhibit, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.  

Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, will be shown Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m. at Heritage House. For more information, visit

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

Townsend Atelier will host a printmaking workshop on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To register, call 266-2712 or visit

A series of five photography workshops will take place every other Saturday beginning May 17 at the Business Development Center. Visit for more information. 

The opening reception for "Lostnest," an exhibition featuring artwork by Stephen Nemecek, Brent Weston, Aaron Cowan, and Fennel Blythe, will be held Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at 1511 Williams St. For more information, please contact Brent Weston at 404.538-1153.  

The Backlot: A Place for Filmmakers with special guest film actor Stevie Ray Dallimore will be held Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage House. Visit for more information. 

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

Writing, Literature & Storytelling   

River Gallery will host a book signing with Barry Parker, author of Men of Steel, Hearts of Gold: The Life & Legacy of Mose & Garrison Siskin, on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for more information. 

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