published Friday, December 25th, 2009

Arts Calendar

THEATER

VAUDEVILLE CAFE -- 138 Market St. 517-1839. www.funnydinner.com. All shows feature Italian dinner plus audience-interactive comedy-mysteries.

* "Mystery at the TV Talk Show," 7 p.m. each Thursday. $21.50 adults, $14 children (ages 3-11).

* Special New Year's Eve presentation of "The Mystery of Flight 138," 9:30 p.m. Thursday. $27.81 adults, $15.52 children.

* "Mystery of the Nightmare Office Party," 6 p.m., and "Mystery of Flight 138," 8:30 p.m. each Friday (closed today and Jan. 1).

* "Mystery of the Nightmare High School Reunion," 6 p.m., and "Mystery at the Redneck-Italian Wedding," 8:30 p.m. each Saturday. $26.50/$14 for either show.

FILM EVENTS

FLICKS CAFE -- Downtown Bicentennial Library, 1001 Broad St. The Director's Cuts film series, hosted by library director David Clapp, features films from the 1950s. Coffee/desserts sold at 6 p.m., when Clapp, a serious film buff, talks about films he chose; film 6:30 p.m. Tuesday's title: "Wild Strawberries." $1. Proceeds go to buy new materials for library's fine arts collection. Patrons should use 11th Street entrance to reach cafe (auditorium). 757-5310, www.lib.chattanooga.gov.

RAVE MOTION PICTURES -- 5080 N. Terrace Road. Opera productions on cinema from opera houses, ballet companies and festivals. $20. 855-9652. "Cosi Fan Tutte," from Salzburg Festival, 1 p.m. Sunday.

SUNDAY SERIES -- Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library, 1001 Broad St. (auditorium). 757-5310. "I'll Be Seeing You," about the romance that blossoms between a young soldier suffering from battle fatigue and a young woman on Christmas furlough from prison, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

ARTISTS/EXHIBITS

ASHER LOVE STUDIO AND GALLERY -- 3914 St. Elmo Ave. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m Sunday. 822-0289, http://asherlovegallery.blogspot.com. December exhibit: "Sweet Baby Jesus."

* ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free admission. 423-745-8781, www.athensartscouncil.org. "The Art of Recycling," show of artists in high school, college and open divisions displaying work of at least 70 percent recycled, reused or repurposed items, through Jan. 4.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER -- 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $7 adults, $3 children 6-12, $5 seniors and students. 266-8658.

* Permanent exhibit: a look back at black history through African artifacts, oral histories, documents, photographs, art and personal effects.

* "Love Supreme," exhibit of work by Kevin O'Keith inspired by jazz music performed by John Coltrane, through Feb. 20.

* BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM -- 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, Ga. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org. Cowboy Up Art Exhibition, sixth annual display in Borderlands Gallery of artwork by the Cartersville Boys and Girls Club and Hands of Christ After School Program, through Jan. 10.

COLONNADE -- 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. 706-935-9000, www.colonnadecenter.org. Exhibition and sale of works in oil, watercolor, pastel, crayon and photography and most with a holiday theme, sponsored by Civic Arts League, through Jan. 4.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD -- Dalton, Ga. 520 W. Waugh St. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, and by appointment. 706-278-0168, www.creativeartsguild.org. Freeze Frame," Main Gallery exhibit sponsored by Carpet Capital Camera Club, through Jan. 8.

EXUM GALLERY & MEMORIAL GARDEN -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 266-8195. "Angels," featuring works by Mary Ferris Kelly, through Jan. 18.

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS -- 201 High St. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment Saturday and Sunday. $9 nonmembers, $3.50 children. 267-7176. www.thehoustonmuseum.com.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; noon-5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $9.95 adults, $4.95 children, free to younger visitors and to members. 267-0968. www.huntermuseum.org.

* Twenty Original American Etchings," prints which were part of a portfolio created in 1884 by the New York Etching Club, through Jan. 1.

* "The Kennedys/Portrait of a Family: Photographs by Richard Avedon," black and white photographs of the then-35th president-elect and his family from a 1961 session for Harper's Bazaar and Look magazines, through Jan. 24.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. 267-9214. www.intowngallery.com.

* "Hard Lessons in Zoology," an exploration of the animal form in paintings, drawings and assemblages by Bradley Wilson, through Jan. 2.

* All Around the Block," community inspired collection of painted or embellished wood blocks by 35 regional artists, through Jan. 31. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Jan. 8.

LYNN H. WOOD ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM -- Hackman Hall, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 236-2030, http://archaeology.southern.edu.

* Permanent exhibit: "Vessels in Time: A Journey Into the Biblical World," with 200 ancient artifacts (from pottery to weapons of war) spanning 3,500 years of history.

* "Faces of Power: Ancient Coins of the Biblical World," Elizabeth Hay Bechtel and Georgia-Cumberland Conference collections of ancient coins and Egyptian artifacts, through Thursday.

MARSH HOUSE MUSEUM -- North Main Street in downtown LaFayette, Ga. Hours: 1-3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. See period furniture and other of-the-era artifacts during docent-guided tours, hear stories about Marsh-Warthen family and Walker County from 1840-1900. $3. Contact: David P. Boyle of Marsh House management team, 706-272-2682.

MCMINN COUNTY LIVING HERITAGE MUSEUM -- 522 W. Madison Ave., Athens, Tenn. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission: $5 adult, $3 student or senior adult. 423-745-0329, www.livingheritagemuseum.com. "Bagels & Barbecue: The Jewish Experience in Tennessee," collaborative exhibit documents Jewish immigration into the state and how they embraced the culture, through Jan. 9.

MEDAL OF HONOR EXHIBIT -- Northgate Mall, next to Piccadilly Cafeteria, 5000 Hixson Pike. Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History, exhibit that examines exploits of America's heroes through pictures, narratives, uniforms and artifacts from Revolutionary War through Iraqi Freedom. Free admission. 394-0710. www.mohm.org.

MOSAIC GALLERY -- 412 Market St. Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. 320-6738 or 624-3915. Includes 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday artist market featuring handmade original art, specialty and unique items, on-the-spot portraits and demonstrations.

* "Exhibit of paintings by Mathew Dutton combining figures and nostalgia to form narratives about modern American culture, through Jan. 8.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for members and children younger than 5. 423-339-5745, www.museumcenter.org. "Treasures of the Holy Land," 55 biblical antiquities on loan from Bob Jones University (and Cleveland's original Bowen Biblical Museum) celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary, through Jan. 30.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER -- 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. 870-8924. Exhibit of heavily impasto oil and acrylic paintings, some with found objects or glass, by Charlie Newton, through Feb. 28.

RIVER GALLERY -- Bluff View Art District, 400 E. Second St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday and by appointment. Free. 265-5033, ext. 5. www.river-gallery.com. "Look Again," exhibit of works by painter Courtenay James and sculptor Brian Russell that inspire the viewer to look again at the spaces in between life's moments, through Dec. 31.

SHUPTRINE FINE ART GROUP -- 2646 Broad St. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. 266-4453, www.ShuptrineFineArtGroup.com. Etchings and watercolors by Stephen Scott Young, through Thursday.

SIXTH CAVALRY MUSEUM -- 2 Barnhardt Circle, on former parade field, a National Register of Historic Places site in Fort Oglethorpe. Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $3 adult, $2 child or senior adult. 706-861-2860. Display chronicles the "Fighting 6th" from 1861 to present day and features soldier's life when Fort Oglethorpe was an active Army post (1902-1946). Patton M47 tank and Cobra gunship helicopter are featured exhibits. www.6thcavalrymuseum.com.

* SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR -- 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw, Ga. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 770-427-2117. "In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits," exhibit parallels the magazine's interest in ethnographic studies and reveals its efforts to divert attention from the hardships of American life during the Great Depression and World War II, through April 18. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children (ages 4-12), free (ages 3-under).

TANNER/HILL GALLERY -- 3069 S. Broad St., Suite 3, and Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and by appointment. 280-7182, www.tannerhillgallery.com. "Earth," featuring artists who have been inspired by nature, through Thursday.

THE GALLERY -- 3918 Dayton Blvd. Hours: 3-7 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, and by appointment. 870-2443 or www.redbankgallery.com. "Rediscovering the Elements," new works by Gerald Masse.

* UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH ART GALLERY -- Georgia Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 931-598-1223. "North Korean Images at Utopia's Edge," exhibition of woodblock and linoleum prints from the collection of documentary filmmaker Nicholas Bonner, through Feb. 14.

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