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 Art.a.ma.jig, 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 www.southernlitalliance.org 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 holley_c@chattanooga.gov.

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 www.huntermuseum.org 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 www.chattanoogaonstage.com 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 www.twistedrootsproductions.com.

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 www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com.

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 www.facebook.com/therivercitysessions.

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
www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com 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 holley_c@chattanooga.gov.

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 www.avarts.org 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 www.huntermuseum.org 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 www.river-gallery.com 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 www.lookoutfilmfestival.org.

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 www.townsendatelier.com 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


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