Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including an 'Idol' winner at Riverfront Nights)

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Built in 1904, the imposing gate at Point Park was modeled after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers insignia, known as Corps Castle. Aug. 25 is a fee-free day at the Lookout Mountain attraction.

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- Family Fun Day at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will offer "a creative, hands-on afternoon" centered on the current exhibit, "Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory." Visitors can explore the exhibition for inspiration for their own art activities, as well as enjoy interactive sound with local musician Carl Cadwell. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m., and special activities are available from 2 to 4 p.m. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. Cost is $20 for nonmember adults, free for others.


- Point Park admission will be free on Wednesday in celebration of the National Park Service's 105th birthday. Normally, entry fee is $10 for ages 16 and older. Another fee-free day is coming up Sept. 25, National Public Lands Day. Located at 110 Point Park Road in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, the 10-acre memorial park has a paved walkway that takes visitors by tablets, monuments and scenic overlooks that help tell the story of the famed Civil War "Battle Above the Clouds." It's open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

- Guy Penrod, one of the most recognizable figures in gospel music, will perform Thursday at Howe Farms, 7600 Runyan Road in Georgetown, Tennessee. The Grammy and Dove Award winner sang with the Gaither Vocal Band from 1994 to 2008, when he left to pursue a solo career. His tour stop here benefits Street Grace, whose mission is to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The event, which includes dinner, starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person, $1,000 per table of eight.

- Animal Crackers, featuring talents from the Cleveland Storytelling Guild and beyond sharing their favorite stories about animals, is 7-8 p.m. Thursday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St. in Cleveland, Tennessee. Guests will gather in the courtyard for the event; bring lawn chairs for seating. Animal crackers will be served as refreshments. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older. Purchase at the door or online.

- Columbus ship: A replica of the Pinta, one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus on his first transatlantic voyage in 1492, will be docked at the Chattanooga Pier, 200 Riverfront Parkway, for three weeks starting Friday. The caravel will be open for tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Sept. 19. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and $5.50 for students ages 5-17.

- Riverfront Nights winds up its summer season Saturday at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Taking the final bows will be Caleb Johnson & the Ramblin' Saints, a rock band fronted by the Season 13 winner of "American Idol." Opening acts are bluegrass band Barefoot Nellie & Co. and rock band Bonepony. Music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free.



AREA 61 GALLERY - 721 Broad St. New collections by local artists Denice Bizot, "Spience," and Bob McElhaney, "Organics," through Sept. 30. 423-648-9367

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY - 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "The Flower Project" community art show, through Aug. 29. Bring paper flowers crafted at home or create them in the gallery (supplies provided) to be included in a single installation.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Driven To Create" featuring woodworker Roger Harvey, through Aug. 31. 423-267-9214,


CAR SHOW - Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, 1850 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The 16th annual St. Jude Children's Hospital Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 28. Open to all vehicles in 25 classes; $15 in advance, $20 day of. Includes goody bags, door prizes, silent auction and music. Free admission to spectators. 205-861-3887,

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St. Chris Cope, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, $12-$14; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Aug. 27-28, $17-$19.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE BOOK CLUB - 400 River St. Discussion of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sweat," 7 p.m. Aug. 24 in mainstage lobby. To join, search for the group's page on Facebook.

OBEDIENCE CLUB OF CHATTANOOGA - 244 Lake City Drive, Flintstone, Ga. Registration for next session of obedience, rally obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizen classes for puppies and dogs, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22; orientation 2-2:45 p.m. Classes begin Aug. 23. Sign up in person or online. Must have dog's current shot records, including Bordetella. No dogs at orientation unless they are taking the CGC test and/or trick dog test, $15 each.

REPTICON - Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Expo of exotic animals and merchandise, Aug. 28-29. Tickets are sold in morning or afternoon blocks ($10-$12 adults, $5 ages 5-12); super tickets good both days and all time blocks ($15 and $5); teachers get in free. Tickets must be purchased online.


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. the Tennessee Smokies. Update: Makeup games from July 10-11 originally considered for double-headers at Aug. 25-26 games will not be played. $6-$11.

- Aug. 24: 7:15 p.m. BOGO general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

- Aug. 25: 7:15 p.m. Chick-fil-A giveaway via app during the game; canine companions welcome for Dogs at the Diamond, featuring designated seating, water and sanitation stations with $5 Pooch Pass.

- Aug. 26: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials; College Football Night, with chance to win game tickets.

- Aug. 27: 7:15 p.m. Zooperstars entertain; prize giveaways in 9 Innings of Winning from EPB Fiber Optics; fireworks after the game.

- Aug. 28: 7:15 p.m. Used car giveaway by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union; mini bat giveaway to first 1,000 fans through the gate.

- Aug. 29: 2:15 p.m. Lookouts play as Montanas de Chattanooga as part of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión initiative; kids can run the bases after the game.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASE BALL - 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Baseball played with the customs and costumes of the 19th century. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga vs. Nashville Maroons, 2 p.m. Aug. 28. Free admission and parking.


THE ARTS AVENUE - 1800 Rossville Ave.

- Aug. 27: Ward Davis, 7 p.m. $20.

- Aug. 28: Interstellar Echos: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, 8 p.m. $20.

BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. The TN Ruminators: Kathy Veazey & John Rawlston in a Chattanooga Song Circle outdoor concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 26. Bring your own seating. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central; shows in underground cavern.

- Aug. 27-28: Keller Williams solo sets, plus Keller & The Keels on Friday and Grateful Grass, featuring Love Canon, on Saturday, 8 p.m. both days. $50-$450. See website for enhanced COVID-19 precautions required for entry.

- Aug. 29: The Mavericks with Sweet Lizzy Project, 6 p.m. $59-$292.

CHORAL ARTS OF CHATTANOOGA - Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. Auditions for new singers by appointment, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

NIGHTFALL - Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues with Brandy Robinson opening at 7 p.m. for headliner Bonnie Bishop at 8 p.m. Aug. 27. Artisans and family games at adjacent Miller Park, plus an hour of free adventure films by Lookout Wild Film Festival following the music. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St.

- Aug. 26: Minnesota on Break the Mold Tour, with Vctre, 8 p.m. $20-$50.

- Aug. 27: Band of Horses, with Faline, 8:30 p.m. $35-$75

SOUNDS OF SUMMER - Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Biweekly summer concert series continues with David Gerald, 7 p.m. Aug. 28. Free admission.

STATION STREET LIVE - Summer music series on Chattanooga Choo Choo campus features Brassville, 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 26. Street event includes art vendors; is family-friendly and dog-friendly.

WALKER THEATRE - 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). Ben Van Winkle and the Figment Chamber Ensemble celebrate release of new album "Saunter On," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Pop/classical performance features cellist Van Winkle's original compositions played with elite 20-piece ensemble, plus vocals by Call Me Spinster, dance by The Pop Up Project and live projections of Impressionist paintings, including the album's cover art, a re-creation of Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party." $25 general admission, $50 VIP. 423-757-5580,


HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - 10 Bluff View. Newly expanded corps of Chattanooga Ballet premieres "Capture," inspired by the exhibition "Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory," 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. $20 nonmember adults.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. "Working: A Musical," 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 7 p.m. Aug. 26, 8 p.m. Aug. 27, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Aug. 28, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 3, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 4, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5. $15-$25.

COLONNADE PLAYERS - Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "The Curious Savage," 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27-28, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29. $8-$12.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE - 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000,

- Through Aug. 22: "Godspell." $18-$34.

- Through Sept. 2: "Always Patsy Cline." $18-$34.

- Through Sept. 30: "The 39 Steps." $16-$30.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE - 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Blithe Spirit," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 2 p.m. Aug. 29. $12-$14.

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- Compiled by Lisa Denton