Chattanooga College Night At The Nutcracker Is Thursday

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Council Woman, Carol Berz, accompanied by select Shepherd Community members, Chattanooga College counselors and students will attend a special performance of Ballet Tennessee’s Nutcracker at the Hayes Concert Hall on Thursday evening.  The performance will celebrate the company’s 16 year collaboration with the city of Chattanooga which has enabled thousands of economically-challenged children to participate in high quality dance programs free of charge.    

According to Artistic Director Anna Baker VanCura, the strong focus on outreach results in a ballet company that reflects the diversity of the Chattanooga area.  "We have dancers in our cast that are Hispanic, African American, Asian, as well as Caucasian, and they are dancing in significant roles.  That is possible because of our focus on high quality arts-learning experiences at all levels and because of the support of the city, Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, and the state legislature through the Tennessee Arts Commission."  

Elected officials are also invited to attend this performance so that "Ballet Tennessee can publicly thank them for their support of quality arts programs such as ours," said Ms. Van Cura.

Some of those children are now professionals and professional track dancers and will be performing soloist and principal roles in the performance.  Ballet Tennessee professional dancer and TIP Alumnus, Joseph Lynch will perform the Snow Cavalier, the Rose Cavalier, and the Arabian Variation.  Current TIP scholars Alondra Gomez and Forrest Oliveros, will perform the Sugarplum Fairy, Rose Fairy, and Spanish Cavalier respectively.  Other performers in the cast impacted by the long-term collaboration include Juan Gomez, siblings: Isaiah, Joy, and Anemone Hansen, Essence McClure, Phoebe Mills, Lydia Barnett, LaJeromeny Brown, and more.   

Public performances of Ballet Tennessee’s ‘The Nutcracker’ will take place at the Hayes Concert Hall in the UTC Fine Arts Center on Dec. 14 and 15 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 15 and 16 at 2 p.m.  Tickets for this production are on sale at the UTC Fine Arts Center.  Contact the box office at 425-4269 or www.utc.edu/finearts



Strung Like A Horse's Midnight Show At JJ's Bohemia

Strung Like A Horse throws down a performance at JJ's Bohemia as some considered it their 4th anniversary. JJ’s was the primary venue where SLAH launched into Chattanooga's "Live" Music Scene. SLAH, features Ms Lacy Jo, dancer with Zanzibar Studio. SLAH members; BJ Hightower, vocal, bassist   Clay Maselle, vocal, guitar Mark Fiddler, vocal fiddle, ... (click for more)

Tahere To Perform At Lee Tuesday

David Tahere, baritone, will perform a recital on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Hall, located in the Humanities Center on Lee’s campus.  The evening’s performance will center on music of America and feature works by Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copeland. Mr. Tahere will be accompanied by Susan Hadden. A Lee alum and a native of Davenport, Iowa, Mr. Tahere’s ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Shot Near Emma Wheeler Homes

A 16-year-old was shot near Emma Wheeler Homes on Sunday night. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of a person shot from a local hospital. Officers spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old black male, who was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim’s injury is minor and non-life threatening. Investigators spoke to the victim ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)