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.


Organization Combatting Sex Trafficking In Chattanooga To Host Benefit On Thursday

7th Well, an organization based out of Chattanooga that works in the fight against sex trafficking, will be hosting its first benefit dinner at The Venue Chattanooga on Thursday at 7 p.m. Zach and Tess Brandon, the founders of 7th Well, will be hosting the first 7th Well benefit to raise funds for a home that will be used to rehabilitate young women after coming out of the sex ... (click for more)

ChattaNeuter Opens In Former Brainerd Animal Hospital Building

ChattaNeuter, Chattanooga’s new spay neuter clinic, 5950 Brainerd Road, is open to the public. "The Brainerd Animal Hospital served the community for 55 years before closing in 2014. ChattaNeuter has revitalized the building inside, adding updated equipment and a modernized interior with a few historic touches, and the outside has become an eye-catching piece of local artwork ... (click for more)

Boyd Says He Is Not On Witch Hunt Against CVB, But Intends To Seek Full Audit Of Agency; Graham Backs Visitors Bureau 100%

County Commission Finance Chairman Tim Boyd has told Chattanooga Visitors Bureau President Bob Doak that he is "not on a witch hunt" against the CVB, but he said he intends to seek a full audit of the agency. He said he was inspired to "take an even closer look" at the Visitors Bureau after he said Mr. Doak "unleashing a fire storm of emails condemning my accusations." ... (click for more)

Man, Child Killed In Crash On Highway 136 In Walker County; 2nd Child Who Was Seriously Injured Dies On Monday

A man and an unrestrained five-year-old child were killed when a vehicle went out of control on Highway 136 in Walker County on Saturday. A 10-year-old in the car was seriously injured, and later died on Monday. The driver was thrown from the van and was dead at the scene. The five-year-old was trapped in the vehicle and also died at the wreck site at Ponder Creek Road. ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Illegals Cost Us Billions

We learned over the weekend that John Kelly, our new Secretary of Homeland Security, has just prepared two strongly-worded memos that could greatly enhance federal authorities to detain and/or deport illegal immigrants both inside the United States and those caught at our borders. All rational United States citizens know we have a horrible problem with illegals – in 2010 the annual ... (click for more)