published Friday, December 16th, 2011

Arts on Tap


BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY THEATER -- 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga. 706-632-9223, www.BlueRidgeCommunity "It's a Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

BUTTONWILLOW CHURCH CIVIL WAR DINNER THEATER -- 1060 Main St., Whitwell, Tenn. 423-658-7478, "Granddaddy's Watch," dinner and two-hour live show, 5:15 p.m. CST Fridays and Saturdays year-round and other days for groups.

CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- C.C. Bond Humanities Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway. 697-3246. "The Nutcracker Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5 children.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE -- 400 River St. Box office: 267-8534,

  • "Emperor's New Clothes," Youth Theatre comedy, 7:30 p.m. today, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $8 and $10.

  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Youth Theatre/MainStage production, 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Dec. 23.

COLONNADE -- 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. 706-935-9000, "Beauty and the Beast," Closed Door Entertainment production of Disney musical, 7:30 p.m. today, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $11 groups.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- Crossville, Tenn. All times Central. 931-484-5000,

  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," through Saturday. $23 adults, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $12 child/student.

  • "A Sanders Family Christmas," through Dec. 23. $23 adults, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $12 children/students.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE -- 1918 Union Ave. (St. Andrews Center). 987-5141, "Have a Seat," investigative theater piece focusing on the homeless, 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 adults, $8 students.

RECREATE CAFE -- Salvation Army's 614 Corps, 800 McCallie Ave. 756-1023, "Behold the Lamb," singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson's musical rendition of the Christmas story, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults/students, $8 seniors/groups.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE -- Off Rolling Way, Signal Mountain. 886-5243, Auditions for "The Butler Did It ... Again," roles for six men and six women, 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday (show dates, Feb. 10-25).

THEATER FOR THE NEW SOUTH -- Barking Legs Theater, 1322 Dodds Ave. "Uncle Andy's Christmas Spectacular," local comedian Andy Pyburn parodies classic television Christmas specials of the 1960s and 1970s, 8 p.m. today and Saturday. $8. Recommended for ages 18-up.


CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- Crossville, Tenn. All times Central. 931-484-5000, "Christmas Blessings," by intermediate and advanced dance students, 7 p.m. today, 1:30 p.m. Saturday.


ARTCRAFTERS GALLERY -- 1356 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. 423-775-1401, Rhea Arts Council Winter Art Show, through Dec. 23.

ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. 423-745-8781, "The Art of Recycling," through Jan. 2.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. 265-4282, Works by Timur Akhriev, through Saturday.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER -- 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Admission: $7 adults, $3 children 6-12, $5 seniors and students. 266-8658. "Works by Duncan: A Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Isaac Duncan III," through Feb. 29.

CHATTOOGA ACADEMY SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM -- 304 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga. 706-639-1519. Christmas-themed model railroad display, through Jan. 1.

COLONNADE -- 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. 706-935-9000, Juried show and sale by members of Regional Art Alliance, through Jan. 7.

EXUM GALLERY & MEMORIAL GARDEN -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. 266-8195. Works by Harriet Chipley, through Jan. 15.

HENNING MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY -- Mercer Hall, Bryan College, 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, Tenn. "Visions of Africa," photographs by Sharon Smythe, through March 2.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. Admission: $9.95 adults, $4.95 children. 267-0968. "Dorothea Lange's America," Sunday-April 20.

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. 267-9214. Works by Ted Reeder, Roger Harvey, Jim Roche, Marie Miller and Victoria Pearmain, through Dec. 31.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER -- 5461 N. Terrace. 493-0270, ext. 13. "Torah Covers, Sacred Textiles," through Jan. 13.

LYNN H. WOOD ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM -- Hackman Hall, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale. 236-2030, "Vessels in Time: A Journey Into the Biblical World," permanent exhibit of 200 ancient artifacts.

MARSH HOUSE MUSEUM -- North Main Street in downtown LaFayette, Ga. 423-718-9918, See period furniture and hear stories of history of Walker County in docent-guided tours, 1-3 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays.

MEDAL OF HONOR EXHIBIT -- Northgate Mall, next to Piccadilly Cafeteria, 5000 Hixson Pike. The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History exhibit traces history from Revolutionary War through Iraqi Freedom. 877-2525,

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Admission: $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. 423-339-5745, "Historic Places and Outdoor Spaces" and "Art of Peter Rose," through Dec. 31.

MY COLOR IMAGE BOUTIQUE & GALLERY -- 330 Frazier Ave. 598-6202. Works by Joanna Dee Lienti, Lynne A. Mayer and Pat Davis Harrington, through Dec. 31.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER -- 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. 870-8924. Exhibition and sale by Tennessee Watercolor Society members, through Feb. 28.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. 265-5033, ext. 5. Works by Jen Swearington and Deb Karash, through Dec. 31.

SHUPTRINE FINE ART GROUP -- 2646 Broad St. 266-4453, Works by Robert Rittenhouse, through Jan. 31.

SIXTH CAVALRY MUSEUM -- 2 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe. Admission: $3 adult, $2 child or senior adult. 706-861-2860. Display chronicles the "Fighting 6th" from 1861 to present day.

THE ART CENTER -- 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga. 706-632-2144,

  • "The Art of Carolyn Molder," through Jan. 6.

  • Holiday Show & Sale, by members of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, through Jan. 13.

  • "Retrospective: The Art of Bill & Patricia Suttles," through Jan. 13.

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