This Week In The Arts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This week in the Arts:

Special Events     

The Southern Lit Alliance will host the 12th annual, a celebration of the culinary and fine arts, on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Church on Main. This year's theme is Stories and is based on the books of renowned Southern writer Clyde Edgerton. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling 267-1218. 

The Cherokee Heritage Festival, featuring traditional singing and dancing, Cherokee foods, Cherokee artisans, plant demonstrations and hikes, living history presentations as well as lectures about the Cherokee removal and the formation of the Eastern Band, will be held at Red Clay State Historic Park Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please call 478-0339.

The Ambi Artists Creative Cluster will meet Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at Heritage House. For more information, contact Chris Holley at 855-9474 or

Theatre, Music & Dance 

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

Music & Madness with Mark Lowry, The Martins, and Jason Crabb will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Visit for more information.

Twisted Roots, a production inspired by the life and works of poet, musician, and painter Emma Bell Miles, will be presented Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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

The River City Sessions will be held Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camp House. Scheduled performers include Cardon Smith and the Heat, Mountain Creek House Fire, and Jim Pfitzer. For more information, visit

The Southside Casual Classics concert series continues Monday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at The Camp House with a performance by Brassworks, an outreach ensemble of the Jericho Brass Band. Visit for additional information.

The Chattanooga Songwriters Association will host a concert by Jim Green and Cody James on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Heritage House. For more information, call 855-9474 or email

Visual Art & Film 

The opening reception for the AVA All Member Salon Show, a non-juried, salon-style exhibit illustrating the diversity of styles, media, and points of view represented by AVA's members, will be held Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. In addition, the application deadline for artists wishing to participate in the "Needle & Thread" exhibit is Friday, Aug. 8. Visit for more information.

The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Free First Sunday from 12-4:30 p.m. In addition to free admission, the museum will offer activities including crafts, tours, and a performance by Jeff Joyner and friends. Please visit for more information.

The opening reception for "Immortalized," an exhibit with works by Erin Gafill, Jim and Shirl Parmentier, and Bill Suttles, will be held Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. at River Gallery. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Aug. 31. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for more information.

The submission deadline for the Lookout Wild Film Festival to be held in March 2015 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo is Friday. For more information or to submit a film, please visit

A Materials Methods and Mayhem workshop with Bryan Strickland will take place Saturday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Composition for the Artist will be held Thursdays, Aug. 7-28, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. with instructor James Courtenay James at Townsend Atelier. Visit for more information or to register.

The Chattanooga Public Library will host the "Disney and Beyond, some of the art work of Barry K. Snyder" exhibition, featuring a sample of artifacts, publication, Disney sculptures, props, and science fiction characters, through Thursday, Aug. 21, on the first floor.

The Cat Clinic of Chattanooga is asking artists to donate one or more pieces of original art of any style or medium to be sold at The Art's Meow fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 12, at UpTown Art. All pieces should feature cats, either wild or domestic, and may be dropped off at the Cat Clinic any

Harvest Festival In Menlo Park Community Is Oct. 29

There will be a Harvest Festival in the Menlo Park Community in Brainerd on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The event will be held at Greater Emmanuel Church, 400 Tunnel Blvd., and everyone is invited to attend this free event.   Activities will include Trunk or Treat, carnival games, face painting, bounce houses and other entertainment.  Free winter coats ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Safety Office Promotes National Drug Take Back Initiative

In efforts to prevent drugged-impaired driving statewide, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office encourages Tennesseans to participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back initiative on Saturday. THSO asks residents to dispose of unused and/or outdated prescription drugs to help prevent the illegal use and abuse of prescription drugs by ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Lacie Stone Were At Swanky New York City Hotel While Bobby Stone Was Plying The River

Mayor Andy Berke's top advisor Lacie Stone accompanied him on a trip to New York City on April 12-13 and they ended up at a swanky spot where Ms. Stone's husband, Bobby, had taken her before. They sat at the Stones' favorite table.   Bobby Stone, who has accused his wife of having an affair with the mayor, has said that Lacie Stone told him that she and the mayor kissed ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Please, No Short Term Vacation Rentals In My Neighborhood

Approval of the short term vacation rental item on the City Council agenda for Tuesday  will be the next step toward commercializing our residential properties and communities to benefit those more interested in making money than preserving an old, well-established, rich community of like-minded families.    Anything requiring a business license is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)