This Week In The Arts

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Southside Stroll continues on Friday, June 27, from 5-8 p.m. and will feature an opening recption for Bob Fazio's exhibition at area 61. For more information, visit

Theatre, Music & Dance 

Flying Fingers Productions and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Xanadu will be performed Friday-Saturday and Summer Theatre Academy registration continues at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, call 267-8534 or visit

The Dilating Nexus Series continues at Estate of Confusion on Saturday at 7 p.m. with the Random Gear Festival. For more information, please visit

Judith Berkson and Brandon Seabrook will perform along with special guests Evan Lipson and Bob Stagner on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information. 

Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present performances by Man Forever, Buffalo Princess, Monomath, and White Gregg on Thursday, June 26, at 10 p.m. at Sluggo's North. Visit for ticket information. 

The UTC Master Chorale will present their 2014 Summer Concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call 425-4601 or

The Folk School of Chattanooga will host the Red Bank Bluegrass Summer Camp Show on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Red Bank Pavilion. The show will feature a recital from the kids who have participated in the camp this week, as well as a concert from Slim Pickin's. Visit for more information.

Oklahoma! will be performed Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Tennessee Valley Theatre. For ticket information, call 365-PLAY or visit

Shakespeare Chattanooga's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed Friday-Sunday at the Ripple Theater. For reservations or more information, call 622-2862 or email

The 10th Annual International Piano Festival and Competition continues at Lee University through Saturday.  For more information, please contact the Department of Musicianship Studies at 614-8264 or

Jericho Brass Band will perform with the Brass Band of Nashville on Saturday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga. Visit for more information.

Closed Door Entertainment Theatre Camp will present their performance of Willy Wonka Jr. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Friday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 642-TIXS or visiting

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.  

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Invitational III Exhibition opening reception will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Works by artists Jan Chenoweth, Alicia Henry, Philip Andrew Lewis, Jiha Moon, Jeffrey Morton, Greg Pond, Jered Sprecher and Martha Whittington will be on display. Please visit for more information.

AVA Summer Art Camp will be held at Baylor School each week through July 25, and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printmaking, among others. For more information or to register, visit

The Hunter Museum is currently taking registrations for summer art camp to be held June 23-27 for children ages 7-9 and July 14-18 for children ages 10-13. For more information and to register, please visit or email

The opening reception for "Inside & Out," an exhibit featuring works by North Carolina artist Grace Cathey, will be held at River Gallery on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for more information. 

A Stone Carving 101 workshop with instructor John McLeod will take place Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. A free, public demonstration will be held Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit for more information or to register. 

Tickets are currently on sale for the showing of Citizen Koch on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Carmike Eastridge 18. To purchase tickets, visit

"Kitchen Tables, Memories of Growing Up Jewish in Chattanooga" is currently on display at the Jewish Cultural Center through Friday, July 18. For more information, please contact Ann Treadwell at or 493-0270 ext. 13.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the Lookout Wild Film Festival to be held in March 2015 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. For more information or to submit a film, please visit

Civic Arts League will present "Hot Time in the Summer," an art exhibition and sale of paintings by local artists, at Food Works Restaurant beginning Friday, June 27, and continuing through Sept. 25. Visit for more information.

The North Georgia Sky Painters Society will present "Flying Colors," an exhibition featuring works by Carol Hobbs, Sherry Hullender, Janice Kennedy, Evelyn Marie Williams, and Sandra Babb, beginning Friday, June 27, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Exum Gallery at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 

A Macro and Up-Close Photography workshop will be held Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Business Development Center. Visit for more information.

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