Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including John Hiatt, FarleyCon, E.T. phoning home)

Universal Pictures / With help from his neighborhood friends, Elliott (Henry Thomas) escapes from U.S. government officials with E.T. in his bicycle basket in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." A weeklong 40th anniversary run of the Steven Spielberg film starts Aug. 11 at the Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater.
Universal Pictures / With help from his neighborhood friends, Elliott (Henry Thomas) escapes from U.S. government officials with E.T. in his bicycle basket in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." A weeklong 40th anniversary run of the Steven Spielberg film starts Aug. 11 at the Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater.

Here's what's happening in the Chattanooga area this week.


The Tennessee Wildlife Federation's eighth annual photo contest is underway. Winning images of the state's wildlife and natural areas will be used in the federation's 2023 calendar and across its digital platforms. Additional prizes include Patagonia gift cards up to $250 and Tennessee Wildlife Federation apparel. Submissions may be uploaded through 11:59 p.m. CDT Aug. 31 to A suggested donation of $5 for one photo, $10 for five submissions and $20 for $20 submissions is requested to aid in the nonprofit's mission to lead the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee's wildlife and great outdoors. Voting for the People's Choice winner will open to the public on Sept. 8.


The Chattanooga Times Free Press is compiling its annual calendar of fall festivals to run in the newspaper on the Sunday before Labor Day, Sept. 4. To be included, email the details to


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AREA 61 GALLERY - "Tondo, Tondo, Tondo" by Bob Fazio, through Aug. 31.

AVA GALLERY - 30 Frazier Ave. Annual AVA juried member exhibition, through Aug. 12. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS - 1673 Holtzclaw Ave. "My Work Is Me: A Mary B. Lynch Retrospective," plus response pieces by ClearStory resident artists, through Aug. 13.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD - 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Works by Robert Schoolfield, Alexa Lett and Audrey Batts, through Aug. 26.

EXUM GALLERY - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Mountain Art Guild show, through Aug. 10. 423-266-8195

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD - The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "The Cowan of Times Past" community show, through Oct. 2.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL - 71 Eastgate Loop. Summer show by Photographic Society of Chattanooga, through Oct. 14.

HAMILTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE - 625 Georgia Ave. "Metamorphosis: Loss and Grace," high school art show.


- Aug. 8: Black Professionals at the Hunter carnival-themed celebration of Black artists and creatives, Celebrating the Sweetness of Summer: Be Bright, Be Bold, Be Strong, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration requested by 4 p.m, but walk-ins welcome.

- Aug. 11: Create & Sip: Mini Wonderland Terrariums make-and-take inspired by "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration," 6-7:30 p.m. $20 members, $25 nonmembers (includes all materials and wine). Must be 21.

- Aug. 14: Family Fun Day: Fairy Tales Enchantment, with art-making stations, scavenger hunts, food tastings, costume making and performances, 2-4 p.m.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Twice Over Forty," photographs, heirloom furniture and other wood pieces by William Johnson, through Aug. 31.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER - 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Sixty paintings by eight artists of the Regional Art Alliance, through August. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY - Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Mountain Musings," by artists of the "Plum Nelly" area of Rising Fawn, Ga., through Sept. 22. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY - 400 E. Second St. Works by Holland Van Gores, Joe Parrott and Victoria Pearmain, through Aug. 31.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM - 1 Broad St. "Washed Ashore," works created with recovered plastic debris, through Oct. 30.


DISCIPLESHIP CLASS - New Haven Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1058 Graysville Road. Operation Timothy: Growing in God's Word, addressing the assurance of salvation, forgiveness and victory over temptation, 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays starting Aug. 8. Free. 423-321-2179, 423-903-8627


IMAX THEATER - 201 Chestnut St. "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" 40th anniversary screenings, Aug. 11-18. Free commemorative mini poster, while supplies last. $15.


BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with the Matt Turnure Trio, 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $5.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Ticket upgrades available for cave tours and accommodations.

- Aug. 12: Trevor Hall with Gone Gone Beyond, 8 p.m. CDT, underground. $59.

- Aug. 13: Drive-By Truckers with Wednesday, 8 p.m. CDT, underground. $59.

MCLEMORE - 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Ga. Monthly Singer Songwriter Series continues with Sunrise Cuban Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 11. $55.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - 399 McCallie Ave. A Day To Remember on Just Some Shows tour with Beartooth and Bad Omens, 8 p.m. Aug. 11. $20-$63.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER - 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Jeff Miller in concert, 8 p.m. Aug. 12. $10.

NIGHTFALL - Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Weekly concert series continues Aug. 12 with O'Connor Lee headlining at 8 p.m., New Dismembered Tennesseans opening at 7 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Roller skate rentals by Moonlight Roller. Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS - Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Weekly concert series continues with Tennessee's Dead and Oweda opening, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 13. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St. The Emo Night Tour, 8 p.m. Aug. 13. $15.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St. Bee Taylor, 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

WALKER THEATRE - 399 McCallie Ave.

- Aug. 10: Christopher Cross, 7:30 p.m. $40-$60.

- Aug. 13: John Hiatt & The Goners, featuring Sonny Landreth, 8 p.m. $35-$197.


BRUNCH AT THE FARMERS MARKET - Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Parks and Recreation Department hosts farm-to-table meal catered by The Mindful Mom, 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 13. $14 adults, $5 children. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

CHATTANOOGA DANCE THEATRE - 5151 Austin Road, Hixson. Open house with crafts, games, studio tours and performances by the company's preprofessionals, 2-5 p.m. Aug. 7.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET - First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Weekly market of local produce, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.

- Aug. 7: Sunday Funday. Music by the Briars at 12:30 p.m., Maya Trippe at 2 p.m.

- Aug. 14: Team Spirit Day.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- Aug. 11: DJ Lewis & Friends in a fundraiser for Meredith Booth, 7:30 p.m. $20.

- Aug. 12-13: Helen Keaney, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

FARLEYCON COMIC BOOK EXPO - Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Features comics, toys, artists, authors, special panels, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 13. Special guests include Larry Hama, author of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero"; comic artist and writer Mike Grell ("Green Arrow," "The Warlord"); voice actor Kyle Phillips ("My Hero Academia"); wrestling champions Ron Simmons and Lex Luger; Patricia Patts, the voice of Peppermint Patty; Filmation animation's Rob and Shawn Lamb; comic book author Dan Jolley; actor John Anderson ("Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2"). $20 adults; free for children 12 and under; $30 VIP with early admission at 9 a.m. and commemorative print.

LIGHT UP TENNESSEE - Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Hot-air balloon glow, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 (final night). Parking/admission tickets (for all in vehicle) $20 in advance, tether rides $25 on-site; VIP parking and other options available.

PARTY GRAS CRUISE - Southern Belle riverboat, 151 Riverfront Parkway. Music by multiple DJs, spoken-word artists, comedians, performances by R&B and hip-hop artists, Aug. 12-14. $60-$275.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET - 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Local produce, arts, crafts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 13. Music by the Evan Kennedy Trio.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER - 400 Garden Road. "Save the Red Wolves" programs, 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.

RHEA COUNTY FAIR - 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville, Tenn. Agriculture and livestock exhibits featured Aug. 9-13. Entertainment includes carnival, gospel singing, garden tours, tractor parades, car show, horseshoe tournament, mud bogs, truck pull.

TRACK LAPS FOR CHARITY - Talladega Superspeedway, 3366 Speedway Blvd., Lincoln, Ala. Chance for NASCAR fans to drive a personal vehicle around the 2.66-mile track and tour the infield Garage Experience open house, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. CDT Aug. 13. $50 donation; $100 donation adds two tickets to YellaWood 500 on Oct. 2.

WORLD'S LONGEST YARD SALE - Highway 127 from Addison, Mich., to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Parkway south to Gadsden, Ala. Professional and weekend vendors with items for sale along 690-mile route through six states (participation varies), through Aug. 7.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB - Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team vs. California United Strikers FC, 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $7-$16.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in six-game home stand vs. Montgomery Biscuits. Kids Run the Bases promotion after every game. $6-$11.

- Aug. 9: 7:15 p.m. Backpack Give-Back provides two free general-admission tickets with a donation of a new or gently used backpack for Goodwill to provide to children in need; one free general-admission ticket with a Food City ValuCard.

- Aug. 10: 7:15 p.m. Dogs at the Diamond allows entry to dogs in designated seating area with $5 Pooch Pass; Chick-fil-A giveaway delivered by app.

- Aug. 11: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials; UTC Night with fall coaches and Scrappy.

- Aug. 12: 7:15 p.m. Agricultural Night; post-game fireworks.

- Aug. 13: 7:15 p.m. Mini bat giveaway to first 1,000 fans; used car giveaway.

- Aug. 14: 2:15 p.m. Donate canned good or other nonperishable food to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for free general-admission ticket.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASE BALL - 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Teams play according to the rules and custom's of baseball's 19th-century origins. Aug. 13 double-header: Emmett Machinists of Knoxville vs. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga, noon; Cumberland Club of Nashville vs. Mountain City Club of Chattanooga, 2 p.m. Free admission.

TENNESSEE SENIOR OLYMPICS - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Pickleball finals for athletes 50 and older in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, through Aug. 7.


BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS - Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "No Exit," 3 p.m. Aug. 7 (final show). $12-$15.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. "Giant Steps: An Urbean Musical," 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7 (final show). $15-$25.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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