This Week In The Arts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This week in the Arts: 

Special Events     

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's Miss Annie Awards will be presented Saturday, Aug. 23, at 8 p.m. with a pre-show reception at 7 p.m., and the Sonia Young Awards for Excellence in Youth Theatre will be held at 2:30 p.m. In addition, a celebration honoring Sonia Young will be held during the evening ceremony. Visit for more information.

Theatre, Music & Dance  

Five From The Heart, five original plays about the struggles inside ourselves written, directed and performed by members of TheatreQuest, will be presented Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Visit for more information. 

Secret Weave and the Shaking Ray Levi Society will present Jessica Pavone, Dark Tips, Orthodox Hell, and Pukelust in concert on Monday at 8 p.m. at Artifact. For more information, visit

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will perform Jane Martin's Keely & Du Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call 602-8640. 

Shrek the Musical will be presented by Closed Door Entertainment Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 642-TIXS.

Scenic City Chorus will present Aca-Fest 2014, featuring special guests Lunch Break, the Young Women in Harmony, and the Rising Star Competition, at Girls Preparatory School on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. For ticket information, please call 413-3476 or visit

The General will be shown on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Accompanying music for the film will be played by Ken Double, president and chief executive of the American Theatre Organ Society, on the Tivoli's Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Open registration is being held for the Jazzanooga Youth Music Academy, a 12-week music education and performance program provided free of charge to underserved youth ages 12-18 within the Hamilton County school system with little or no access to the arts.  For more information or to apply, visit

Visual Art & Film  

The Art + Issues series continues Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art and will explore beats of inspiration with Jonathan Susman and Bob Stagner. Visit for more information. 

AVA is currently accepting applications from artists wishing to participate in the 4 Bridges Arts Festival to be held in April 2015. For more information, visit

Classic Movie Night at Heritage House will take place Thursday, Aug. 21, at 2 and 7 p.m. with the showing of Robin Hood (1922). Call 855-9474 or email for more information.

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will meet Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church. Special guest Dianne Blankenbaker will discuss "Growing as a Photographer." Visit for more information.

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 time before the event. For more information, visit

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