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 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 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

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 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

The Dilating Nexus Series continues at the Barking Legs Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Lupton City Snake Show. Visit 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

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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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

A photography workshop focusing on portraits will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Business Development Center. Visit 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

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 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

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 for additional information.

Take Back The Night Chattanooga Is Wednesday

Take Back the Night Chattanooga is an internationally recognized event that is a visible stand against sexual violence, specifically violence against women.   Take Back the Night on Wednesday will begin at 6 p.m. at UTC’s Oak Street Amphitheater. Guest speaker, Wagatwe Wanjuki, feminist activist and advocate for ending sexual and power-based violence will share her story ... (click for more)

Kiwanis Club Fund Raiser Will Be Held Oct. 18

The Hixson Kiwanis Club’s Fall Scholarship Dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Hixson Middle School.   The dinner features baked ham or chicken, veggies, bread and desserts and the cost is $10 per person, 6 and under are free.   The proceeds are used by the club to support two scholarships at Hixson High School each year in memory of long ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

Erlanger Settlement Understandable, But Disgusting

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Roy Exum: VW’s Primer In Disaster

Volkswagen America has gotten into a real bad “tight,” causing their red-faced leaders to huddle with spin doctors, crisis consultants and countless priests in confessional booths. Conversely, I suspect I have found a solution that would get them out of the mud and hasten their return as one of the top automotive providers in the world. You see, on Aug. 14, 1979, the playbook on ... (click for more)