This Week In The Arts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


This week in the Arts:

Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts will present Dinner and the Arts, an elegant evening of fine food and enticing entertainment featuring student performers, on Thursday, Nov.

29, beginning at 5 p.m. The reservation deadline is Wednesday and general admission to the concert only will be available at the door. Call 209-5942 or email for more information. 

Mainx24, the 24 hour long neighborhood festival supporting the Southside, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1. Scheduled events include a pancake breakfast, showings and open houses by Southside artists and galleries, a parade, finger painting for grown-ups hosted by AVA and a Midnight in Paris party at Townsend Atelier, among others.  Visit for more information.


Theatre, Music & Dance 


The Chattanooga Theatre Centre's productions of The Santaland Diaries and Season's Greetings will open Friday at 8 p.m. and continue each weekend through Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets may be purchased calling 267-8534 or by visiting


Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform highlights from Handel's Messiah on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church. Visit for more information.


The Chattanooga Boys Choir's Singing Christmas Tree will be performed at the Tivoli Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The choir will be joined by Ballet Tennessee, musicians from the CSO Youth Orchestra, and an alumni choir formed for this special event. Visit or call 642-TIXS to purchase tickets.


The CSO Chamber Series continues with "An Early Christmas Gift," featuring selections by Mozart and Bach, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Read House's Silver Ballroom. Tickets may be purchased by calling 267-8583 or visiting


A Christmas Carol will be performed by Closed Door Entertainment, a non-professional theatre troupe from north Georgia, at the Tivoli Theatre Friday-Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 642-TIXS or visiting


Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music will be presented at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium Friday-Sunday. Visit to purchase tickets.


The Cadek Community Orchestra will present a concert featuring works by Haydn, Elgar and Bizet on Sunday at 3 p.m., and the UTC Men's Chorus and Women's Chorale will perform on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. For more information, call 425-4601 or visit


The UTC Music Department will present a flute recital featuring the students of Heather Small in the Cadek Recital Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. Call 425-4601 or visit for more information.


An organ concert featuring organist Larry-Douglas Embury from Atlanta's Fox Theatre as well as the Metropolitan Bells, Jericho Brass, soloist 16-year-old Daniel Mata, audience sing-alongs and more, will be presented by the Chattanooga Music Club on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium. Visit for more information.


Tennessee Valley Theatre will present their production of The Least of These Friday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 2. For ticket information, call 365-PLAY or visit


The UTC Chattanooga Singers and Chamber Singers, along with the Southwest Virginia Community College Community Chorus, will perform at First Baptist Church on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 425-4601 or visit


 Visual Art & Film


The "Eclectica: Watercolor Works by Maggie Vandewalle"exhibit continues at AVA through Friday, Nov. 30. Visit for more information.


River Gallery will host an open house featuring artists Cher Austin and Lynda Metcalf on Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 265-5033 ext. 5 or visit for more information.


The opening reception for Jessica Wohl's "Domestic Disturbance"exhibit will take place Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. at Sewanee's University Art Gallery. For more information, visit


In recognition of the Tennessee Archives Month theme of "Red, White, and Blue, and Recorded: Collecting and Preserving Politics in Tennessee Archives," the Chattanooga Public Library is displaying political memorabilia and historical documents housed in its archives through Friday, Nov. 30. Call 757-5310 for more additional information.


An open house will be held at Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs on Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is also currently accepting applications for the first annual Scenic City Paint Out to be held in April of 2013. Call 266-4453 or visit for more information.


 Writing, Literature & Poetry


Author Daniel A.I. Swanger will sign copies of his book A Treasured Keepsake of Art: Classical Sonnets, Verse and Essaysat the Chattanooga Market General Store in Warehouse Row on Friday from 12-2 p.m. For more information, call 822-5105 or 838-4666.

Reflections Gallery Has Artist Reception Nov. 3

Reflections Gallery will host an open house and artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m.  The artists, Don Hill Ellyn Bivin and Peggy Creswell will be at the reception.  The reception is free and open to the public, with wine and hors d'oeuvres to enjoy while browsing. Reflections Gallery is at 6922 Lee Hwy.  (click for more)

"Toyvention" Workshop Aims To Adapt Toys For Children With Disabilities

Local makers and innovators are invited to help deconstruct and rebuild toys to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. Toyvention: An Adapt-A-Toy Workshop will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Edney. "Toys provide a way for children to learn and engage with the physical world while expanding their imagination. Often children with disabilities ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

Gang Member, 22, Shot In The Arm On Wilcox Boulevard Early Tuesday Morning

A 22-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 1800 block of Wilcox Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Just after midnight, Chattanooga Police responded to a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police located Jakobi Buthelezi Johnson suffering from a very minor, single gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The victim ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Southerners Sing

Barry Norris plays the organ at Birmingham’s East Lake United Methodist Church and two days ago the church hosted what we used to call “A Singing on the Grounds.” Today it is called a “Hymnfest” and, believe it or not, it is has to be just as fun today as it was 100 years ago when our forefathers tied their horse and wagon to a tree. It just so happens I know a little bit about ... (click for more)