This Week In The Arts

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events      

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's Uncorked! event will be held on Saturday 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 Southside Stroll returns on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and will include open houses by several businesses, pop-up musical jam sessions, an a cappella "Singing Circle" at H*Art Gallery, and a Musical Nightfall Afterparty at The Crash Pad. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/southsidestroll

Not JUST Another Gorgeous Evening, a fundraising event for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust featuring artists painting en plein air and whose work will be available for bid during a silent auction, will be held on Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tennessee RiverPlace. Visit www.trgt.org for ticket information.  

Theatre, Music & Dance  

To Kill a Mockingbird continues through Sunday, June 1, and Summer Theatre Academy registration is currently being held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, call 267-8534 or visit www.theatrecentre.com.

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

Auditions for Twisted Roots, an Appalachian themed production inspired by the life of Emma Bell Miles, will be held on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the 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 at The Salvation Army ReCreate Café. 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 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. For more information, please call Rex Knowles at 697-3246.

Singer/Songwriter Butch Ross and Vocalist/Instructor/Performance Coach Trish Ferrell Wileman will present a six-week singer/songwriter workshop on Tuesdays, June 3-July 14, at 6:45 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center. For more information and to register, call 886-1959 or visit www.signalmountainmacc.org

Registration is currently being held for Glee Camp to take place Friday-Monday, June 9-13, and June 16-20 at the Ensemble Theatre of  Chattanooga. For more information, please visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or call 602-8640.

Elementary Theatre Camp for students in grades 1-6 will be held at Lee University Monday-Friday, June 9-13 and June 16-20, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For registration information, call 614-8341 or visit www.leeuniversity.edu/theatre.

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Neshawn Calloway and Friends. Visit www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com for additional information.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art and will explore new and imagined worlds in a discussion with Nate Hill, the Chattanooga Public Library's Assistant Director for Technology and Digital Initiatives. In addition, Free First Sunday will be held June 1 from 12-4:30 p.m. Visit www.huntermuseum.org for more information. 

The opening reception for the FRESH Emerging Artist Exhibit will be held at AVA on Friday, June 6, from 5:30-8 p.m. AVA Summer Art Camp will be held at Baylor School June 9-July 25, and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking, among others. For more information, 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. For more information, call 886-1959 or visit www.signalmacc.org

A photography workshop focusing on portraits will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Business Development Center. Visit http://snapgreatphotos.com for more information.

The Ambi Artists Creative Cluster will meet Thursday, June 5, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage House. For more information, contact Chris Holley at 855-9474 or holley_c@chattanooga.gov.

A Portrait Block In & Color Study with instructor Angela Cunningham will be held Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information and to register.

Summer Art Camp for rising 2nd-10th grade students will be held Monday-Friday, June 9-13, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lee University. For more information, contact John Simmons at jsimmons@leeuniversity.edu.

The opening reception for the "Abstract & Contemporary" Fine Art Show will be held at Reflections Gallery on Thursday, June 12, at 4 p.m. The show will continue through Aug. 14. Call 892-3072 or visit www.reflectionsgallerytn.com for additional information.


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