This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's Uncorked! event will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 6:30-10 p.m. at Renaissance Park. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.chattanoogasymphony.org or call 267-8583.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Bessie Smith Strut scheduled to take place on Monday, June 9, on Martin Luther King Blvd. Visit https://strut2014.eventbrite.com for more information.

The Little Made Market will hold its inaugural market day on Saturday 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 www.littlemade.com for more information. 

The MayDay commUNITY Festival will take place on Monday from 1-6 p.m. in the 2500 block of Glass Street. Scheduled activities include performances by Ogya World Music Band, Mawre and Co., Rick Rushing and The Blues Strangers, Jerry Bowman, Genesis Greykid and Royal Envy Dance Team, among others, as well as carnival games and other kids' activities.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/movingforwarddancestudio.   

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host performances of original works by TheatreQuest inspired by the "African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights and Beyond" exhibition on Thursday from 6-7 p.m. In addition, Rock the Bluff will kick off with a performance by Dead Testaments on Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Visit www.huntermuseum.org or call 267-0968 to purchase tickets.

To Kill a Mockingbird continues at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre each weekend through Sunday, June 1, and performances of the Youth Theatre production of Sleeping Beauty continue through Sunday, May 25. Tickets may be purchased by calling 267-8534 or visiting www.theatrecentre.com

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present The Moon in concert on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. For ticket information, visit www.shakingray.com.

The Dilating Nexus Series continues at the Barking Legs Theater on Saturday, May 31, at 7 p.m. with the Lupton City Snake Show. Visit www.shakingray.com/nexus for more information.

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

Comedian Gary Owen will perform at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m. Visit www.chattanoogaonstage.com 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 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the corner of North Chamberlain Avenue and Glass Street in the community space. Visit www.facebook.com/events/754628054577747 for more information. 

Auditions for Twisted Roots, an Appalachian themed production inspired by the life of Emma Bell Miles, will be held on Wednesday-Thursday, May 28 - 29, from 7-9 p.m. at the Signal Mountain Arts Community Center. For a sample script, additional information, or to schedule an audition, email Peggy Douglas at peggyvdouglas@yahoo.com.

Chattanooga Playback Theatre Basic Training, a hands-on workshop that will introduce participants to how improvisation can be used for a purpose, will take place Thursday-Saturday, May 29-31, at The Salvation Army ReCreate Café. Chattanooga artists may use the special discount code "chattanooga" for a 15 percent discount off registration. An Open Playback Theatre Demonstration will also take place Thursday at 7 p.m. To register or for more information, visit https://recreatecafeplayback.eventbrite.com.

The Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre will present their production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters Friday-Saturday, May 30-31, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. For more information, please call Rex Knowles at 697-3246.

Glee Camp registration is currently being held at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. For more information, please visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or call 602-8640. 

Visual Art & Film                           

The submission deadline for the Fresh 2014 - Emerging Artists Exhibit at AVA is Friday. This opportunity is only open to artists at an early stage in their career with a well-developed, recent body of work who have not had a solo show and are not represented by a commercial gallery. For more information, please visit www.avarts.org

The "Arts in the Family" exhibition, featuring works by Beth DeVaney Bradford, Lolly Ballard Durant, Daniel Durant, Evie Marr Durant, James Ewing Ballard, Jr., Abbie Ballard Brooks, Arthur Ballard and Stuart Mathes Ballard, continues at the Mountain Arts Community Center through Saturday, May 31. For more information, call 886-1959 or visit www.signalmacc.org.

The seventh annual Jewish Film Series concludes Wednesday with the showing of Pour Le Femme at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center. For more information, contact Ann Treadwell at 493-0270 ext. 13 or atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com. 

Writing, Literature & Storytelling  

The Chattanooga Storytellers Circle will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Northgate Library. Material is family friendly, and everyone is welcome to tell or listen.  


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