This Week In The Arts

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Theatre, Music & Dance 

The All American Summer concert series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a performance by Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers on Thursday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Les Misérables will open on Friday beginning with an opening night gala at 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Performances continue each weekend through July 27. For more information, please call 267-8534 or visit

The Dilating Nexus Series continues on Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. with Breathing Artifacts at the Barking Legs Theater. Visit for more information.

The application deadline for Young Women in Harmony (Rising Stars Competition) is Friday. The competition is open to young women ages 14 - 25, and the winner receives a cash scholarship. Applications will continue to be received a few days after the deadline, if space allows. For more information or to apply, please contact Stephanie Harris at or visit

The River City Sessions will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House. Scheduled performers include The Earl Brackin Band, India Ramey, and members of the cast of Twisted Roots. Visit for more information.

The Signal Mountain Playhouse will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I Friday-Saturday and July 19-20 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 886-5243. 

Jericho Brass Band will perform their 16th anniversary concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Visit for more information.

Closed Door Entertainment will host auditions Monday-Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at The CDE Loft for its upcoming production of Chicago. Visit for more information. 

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by the No One Two Reed Trio. For more information, please visit

The Tennessee Valley Theatre will present Divas and Gents, featuring Beth DuRoy, Sara Snider Schone, Keith Rollins and Ted Long, on Saturday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 365-PLAY or visit

Visual Art & Film  

The Hunter Invitational III, featuring works by regional artists Jan Chenoweth, Alicia Henry, Philip Andrew Lewis, Jiha Moon, Jeffrey Morton, Greg Pond, Jered Sprecher and Martha Whittington, and Open 24 Hours, an exhibition including prints, preparatory drawings, maquettes and watercolors by artists such as Dennis Oppenheim, Mark di Suvero and Richard Hunt, continue at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Please visit for more information.

The opening reception for "Abstract Expressions: The Paintings of James McKissic and Larry Young" will take place at Graffiti on Friday from 5-10 p.m. Visit for more information.

River Gallery will host the opening reception for "Constant Motion," an exhibit featuring works by Clara Blalock, Cal Breed, Edie Maney, and Pat Snyder, on Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. Visit for more information. 

Anatomy drawing workshops with instructor Roberto Osti will take place Friday-Tuesday at Townsend Atelier. A public lecture entitled "The Human Figure and Today's Art" will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. In addition, a Classical Drawing for Youth class will take place Friday - Sunday, July 18-20, with instructor Laura Bohon Hausler. Visit for more information and to register.

A photography workshop will be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Business Development Center. Visit for more information. 

"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

Writing, Literature & Storytelling  

Chattanooga Writers Guild Critique Groups will meet Thursday and Tuesday-Thursday, July 15-17, in various locations around the Chattanooga area. Groups include Fiction and Nonfiction, Poetry, and Writers for the Christian Market, among others. For a complete schedule of meetings, please visit


Historical Meeting Held At The Brainerd Mission Cemetery

The chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, hosted the Chattanooga Area Historical Association, met Monday evening at the Brainerd Mission Cemetery.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance for the event.   Marti Rutherford introduced Hamilton County Historian Linda Mines who presented a historical program on the ... (click for more)

John Sevier Chapter Of Sons Of American Revolution Celebrates Anniversary Thursday

The John Sevier Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be celebrating the 90th Anniversary of its chapter (established Oct. 16, 1925) on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road.   A short program at 5 p.m. will highlight major events the chapter has been involved in for ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

Bullets Ring Out Near Alton Park School Bus Stop Sending Students Scrambling; Vehicle Used Had Been Carjacked In Knoxville

Bullets rang out near an Alton Park school bus stop on Tuesday morning, sending students scrambling for cover. Police took two suspects into custody. The incident happened on W. 38th Street across from the Bethlehem Center and was believed to be gang related. Crime tape quickly went up at the shooting scene, and W. 38th Street was temporarily blocked. There were five ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)