This Week In The Arts

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

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

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 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tennessee RiverPlace. Visit www.trgt.org for ticket information.

The DeKalb County Fiddlers' Convention will take place Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. CDT at the The Rotary Pavilion in Fort Payne, Ala. Proceeds from the event will benefit the BWAC/Fort Payne City Schools Arts in Education Program. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/dekalbcountyfiddlersconvention.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Xanadu will be performed Friday-Saturday and Summer Theatre Academy registration is currently being held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For more information, please call 267-8534 or visit www.theatrecentre.com

The Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre will present their production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre. For more information, please call Rex Knowles at 697-3246.

The Symphony of Praise Orchestra will perform a concert featuring works by Holst, Sibelius, and Dvorák, among others, on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church. For more information, visit www.tabworship.com

Glee Camp will take place Monday-Friday, 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 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. 

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Performers include Butch Ross, Caleb Ludwick, Alia Hollback, and Derek Williams. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/therivercitysessions.

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art and will explore passages old and new that made our nation strong. Visit www.huntermuseum.org for more information. 

The opening reception for the FRESH Emerging Artist Exhibit will be held at AVA on Friday 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 Ambi Artists Creative Cluster will meet Thursday 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, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Townsend Atelier. Visit www.townsendatelier.com for more information and to register. 

The opening reception for "Watercraft in Watercolor," a collection of watercolor paintings by John McLean, will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at In-Town Gallery. For more information, call 267-9214 or visit www.intowngallery.com.

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.

Tickets are currently on sale for the showing of Citizen Koch on Monday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Carmike Eastridge 18. To purchase tickets, visit www.tugg.com/events/9546.

"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 atreadwell@jewishchattanooga.com or 493-0270 ext. 13.


Free Admission Day At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Sunday

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tn. will be celebrating Sequoyah Remembrance Day and Sequoyah’s contribution to the Cherokee people by creating a writing system, the Cherokee Syllabary with free admission to the museum from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday.   The 1809 Cherokee Blacksmith shop will be up and running with demonstrations all through the afternoon by Will McAlister. ... (click for more)

Bridge Christian Church To Host Final Movie In The Park At Dark On Aug. 21

Bridge Christian Church, in partnership with the City of Chattanooga, concludes its annual family summer movie series, Movies in the Park at Dark, on Friday, Aug. 21. Hundreds of locals and visitors came out to enjoy the other two movies that were shown in June and July.   Details about the August movie are available at www.bridgechristian.org .   The family-friendly ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Strong

The hearts, minds and prayers of Tennesseans, and of the entire nation, have been turned toward Chattanooga this month.  We are sickened and saddened by the senseless tragedy, and we grieve for the families of the five service members who were killed, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” K. Wells, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)