This Week In The Arts

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

Tickets are currently on sale for the Southern Lit Alliance's fundraiser to be held on Thursday, July 31, at 6 p.m. at The Church on Main.  Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

The Southside Stroll continues on Friday, July 25, from 5-8 p.m. and will feature a celebration of the "3 Squares: Food for the Soul" exhibit at H*Art Gallery. For more information, visit  

Theatre, Music & Dance  

The All American Summer concert series continues at the Hunter Museum of American Art with a performance by Eight Knives on Thursday at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

Performances of Les Misérables continue Thursday-Sunday at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. For ticket information, please call 267-8534 or visit

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

Ballet Tennessee's Dance Alive and Summer Intensive performances will be held Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, visit

The Shaking Ray Levi Society will present a performance by Davey Williams, with special guests Bob Stagner & Evan Lipson, on Friday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. at AVA. Visit for more information.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production of La Cage Aux Folles will take place Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 602-8640 or visit

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

The Signal Mountain Playhouse will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I Friday-Saturday and Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26, at 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call 886-5243.

The Ultimate Music Showcase Tour will stop at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

The application deadline for Young Women in Harmony (Rising Stars Competition) is Monday, July 28. The competition is open to young women ages 14-25. For more information or to apply, please contact Young Women in Harmony Director, Stephanie Harris, at 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. 

A Classical Drawing for Youth class will take place Friday-Sunday with instructor Laura Bohon Hausler at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information and to register.

The submission deadline for artists wishing to participate in the Jewish Cultural Center's "Wings" exhibit is Wednesday, July 23. 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  

The Chattanooga Writers Guild Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Critique Group will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Cadence Coffee Co. Contact Virginia Perry at for more information. 

The North Georgia Writers Group for Fiction and Nonfiction will meet Thursday, July 24, at 3:30 p.m. at the Catoosa Library at Colonnade. For more information, contact Bruce Gaughran at

Award Winning Author George Singleton Is At SoLit April 4

Southern Lit Alliance is welcoming author George Singleton as part of the South Bound lecture series for an evening reading of his new collection of short stories, Calloustown. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion and book signing with the author.  The event will be held at the Arts Building at 301 East 11th ... (click for more)

Dalton State To Host Free Public Observatory Night This Friday

Dalton State College hosts a Public Observatory night this Friday from 8-10 p.m. at the observatory at Beaverdale Elementary School on Highway 2. This free event gives the community an opportunity to gaze at the stars, planets, and other galaxies.   (click for more)

Volkswagen To Build New 5-Passenger SUV In Chattanooga

Volkswagen officials announced Monday that they will build a new five-passenger SUV at the Chattanooga plant at the Enterprise South Industrial Park. Governor Bill Haslam was among those on hand for the announcement. It will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas that is already under production here. Like the Atlas, the new model will be designed and engineered for ... (click for more)

Weather Channel Correspondent Hunkered Down In Chattanooga, But Storm Stayed Mainly To The Southwest

A Weather Channel correspondent hunkered down in Chattanooga on Monday night as a fierce storm approached. A Weather Channel anchor termed it "a rough night in the Scenic City," but the main area of damage kept to the southwest.. Reynolds Wolf said he, along with his cameraman and producer, were ready to take shelter in their nearby hotel should the storm become dangerous. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

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Roy Exum: Meme From The Meanies

Hardly a day goes past that I don’t receive several strings of memes in my incoming emails and yesterday there was one particular collection that gave me pause for thought. First, here’s the definition of a meme: “An Internet meme (/mi?m/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via ... (click for more)