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

Hixson Kiwanis Scholarship Dinner Will Be Held Sunday

The Hixson Kiwanis Ham and Chicken Dinner will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hixson Middle School cafeteria.  The cost is $10, children six and under are free.  Carry-outs are available. All money raised will go to the Hixson Kiwanis Scholarship fund, which has been in existence for over 20 years.   Students are selected from a group of nominees ... (click for more)

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)

City Council Approves 8-Story Height For Proposed Building Behind The Chattanooga Choo Choo

A day after the Planning Commission rejected  a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the City Council approved a building that could rise to eight stories behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo. After the meeting, Jon Kinsey, former mayor and Choo Choo managing partner, said, "We are not planning an eight-story building. We just went through the ... (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)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So Why Pick A Fight?

On Tuesday I spied a picture that proclaimed “The Mayors Say…It is time for a Smoke-Free Community.” Apparently the newest clown on our horizon has led a group of very knowledgeable and learned people into an ambush because even country music’s Travis Tritt can tell you this means T-R-O-U-B-L-E. You are about to mess with the wrong group of people. The mayor of Lookout Mountain, ... (click for more)