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 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 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

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

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

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 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 at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Neshawn Calloway and Friends. Visit 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

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 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

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

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 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

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.

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

"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.

River Gallery Has Opening Reception For November Exhibit Nov. 4

The River Gallery November exhibit will feature Christina Goodman, Scott Hill and Tracy Sharp.  The opening reception will be Friday, Nov. 4, from 6:30-8 p.m.  The artists will be present at the reception.    Review for the artists:     Inspired by the Renaissance period, Christina Goodman creates precious treasures ... (click for more)

Tennessee Women's Political Caucus Endorses Wilkinson For State Senate

The Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus, in affiliation with the National Women’s Political Caucus,  endorses Khristy Wilkinson for the Tennessee State Senate, District 10 position on the ballot for the Nov. 8.  “Women will be the deciding factor this election, it is crucial that in this political climate we continue as an organization to support women in ... (click for more)

School Board Set To Vote Next Thursday On Choice Of Superintendent Search Firm

The County School Board is set to vote next Thursday night on picking a search firm to choose a new school superintendent. First, there will be more discussion at a work session next Tuesday. On Thursday night, several board members urged going ahead and making a choice. The panel voted 5-4 recently to hold up while discussing further the type of leader the board will be trying ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To Commercial Fire In Alton Park

The Chattanooga Fire Department on Thursday responded to a fire at Metalcasting Minerals Technologies at 3406 Alton Park Blvd. with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Ashley May said a hopper was full of combustible materials and a small area was on fire. Firefighters opened the hopper's hatch and applied large amounts of water and foam to the burning coal dust-type material. ... (click for more)

Literacy Is Critical

Government spending is often portrayed as a freight train "quickly running out of track." And there is some truth to that statement. There is not an endless supply of money to fund every good idea that comes along, and we must acknowledge that problem. Fiscal responsibility is a must.  That is why spending on priority issues like public education is important. You can spend ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

As a strong proponent of early voting, I joined hundreds at the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters on Amnicola Highway yesterday to exercise what I consider one of our greatest freedoms – “for the people, by the people.” Candidly, I have never been as upset or as disappointed over my choices for President in my life. Locally I am fine with our candidates but to pick ... (click for more)