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

Journey Educational Services To Hold Fundraising Banquet

Journey Educational Services, Inc. will celebrate three months of service with its first Champions of Uniqueness Fundraising Banquet, to include a grand opening ribbon cutting. It will be Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road. The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate the ribbon cutting and Journey Educational Services, ... (click for more)

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Christina Strickland, 35, Shot On Thursday

Christina Strickland, 35, was shot on Thursday.  Chattanooga Police were informed that a shooting victim had arrived by personal vehicle at a local hospital. A Violent Crimes investigator responded and interviewed her. She  suffered a single non-life threatening injury to the ankle. She  was unable to provide any information about her location when she was injured ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Why I Am Thankful, 2015

I can’t really remember when I first started this – sometime in the 1970s – but my favorite column every year comes during Thanksgiving when I literally pause and use my fingers to thank God for all His richest blessings. The year 2015 has been bountiful so here are just a few of the things I will carry in my heart as I take my place at today’s table: I AM THANKFUL that tomorrow, ... (click for more)