Meet an HSN host and the voice of Peppermint Patty at Chattanooga-area events this weekend

Staff Photo / Debra Hinton demonstrates how to use the gauntlet of the Marvel character Thanos at the Spinner Rack booth during the 2018 FarleyCon toy and comic book expo at the East Ridge Community Center.

Sports fans have two chances to show their allegiances this weekend as the Chattanooga Lookouts and Chattanooga Market offer team spirit celebrations. A comic book festival will draw authors, artists and actors to Camp Jordan. And a local music marathon will raise funds for a good cause.

There are at least three cancellations to note: a Friday show by Bee Taylor at Songbirds; a weekendlong Party Gras celebration booked at the DoubleTree hotel and Southern Belle; and the Obvious Dad theater company's production of "Ghosts," which would have started Friday but was canceled amid COVID-19 concerns.


- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two upcoming events. Create & Sip: Mini Wonderland Terrariums, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, is a make-and-take for ages 21 and older inspired by the current exhibition, "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration." The cost, which includes all materials and wine, is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers. "Fairy Tales Enchantment" is the theme of Family Fun Day, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Activities include art-making stations, scavenger hunts, food tastings, costume making and performances.

- ClearStory Arts, 1673 Holtzclaw Ave., will hold a closing reception for "My Work Is Me: A Mary B. Lynch Retrospective" 2-6 p.m. Friday. The show by the prominent Chattanooga artist, now retired, closes Saturday. Reservations are requested.


- Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., plans a 40th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi classic, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," on Thursday through Aug. 18. A free commemorative mini poster is available to moviegoers while supplies last. Tickets are $15.

- Movie Night in downtown Chickamauga, Ga., is a showing of the 1985 adventure comedy "The Goonies" at 9 p.m. Friday. Games and other activities begin at 6 p.m. Bring your own seating.


- McLemore, 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Ga., continues its monthly Singer Songwriter Series with jazz by the Sunrise Cuban Band at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $55.

- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome rock band A Day To Remember on the Just Some Shows tour at 8 p.m. Thursday. Beartooth and Bad Omens will support. Tickets are $20-$63.

- Nightfall, a summer concert series, continues Friday at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., with bluegrass band Wildfire headlining at 8 p.m. (replacing O'Connor Lee) after an opening set by the New Dismembered Tennesseans at 7 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors are set up at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Moonlight Roller will rent roller skates for skating along M.L. King Boulevard. Concert admission is free.

- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, will host a show by guitarist/singer/songwriter Jeff Miller at 8 p.m. Friday. Miller is known for a live-looping technique that layers a single musical phrase into a dense composition that mimics the sound of multiple musicians and backing vocalists. Tickets are $10.

- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., has two underground shows scheduled this weekend. Friday features alt/indie artist Trevor Hall, with Gone Gone Beyond supporting, at 8 p.m. CDT. Rock band Drive-By Truckers will play at 8 p.m. CDT Saturday. Tickets are $59 for either show. Upgrades to add cave tours and accommodations are available.

- Gospel singing: Ten area gospel acts will lend their talents to a benefit singing for Rescue One Ministry Outreach 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Cohutta Hills Community Church, 5551 Red Clay Road, Cohutta, Ga. The organization serves as "the hands and feet of Jesus," most recently delivering donations to flood victims in eastern Kentucky. Food will be served at the all-day singing. A love offering will be accepted.

- Riverfront Nights, a summer concert series, continues 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway, with Tennessee's Dead, a Grateful Dead cover band, headlining. Local rock band Oweda opens the show. Admission is free.

- Walker Theatre, 399 MccAllie Ave., will welcome John Hiatt & The Goners at 8 p.m. Saturday, with Sonny Landreth opening. Hiatt's sound over the years has straddled heartland rock, blues, folk, country and Americana music. Tickets are $35-$197.

- Jayhawk V, a music-based fundraiser for the Children's Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, takes place in three parts this weekend. Music, arts and crafts will start the marathon event at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Flintstone Market, which is set up outside Cart & Seoul restaurant, 67 Sanford Lane, Flintstone, Ga. Seven bands are scheduled to perform. At 5 p.m., music moves 10 minutes north to Mad Knight Brewing Co., 4015 Tennessee Ave. Tommy Prine, son of John Prine, is among another seven performers for the evening. The action returns to Cart & Seoul for Sunday brunch, scheduled 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with music by Vic Burgess & Friends. Burgess sponsors the free community event in memory of his father, John Burgess.

- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows scheduled. The dance party known as the Emo Night Tour starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Wednesday's show by country rockers Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners, with Tim Montana opening, is sold out.

- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome the Matt Turnure Trio for the weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5.


- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has two events this weekend. The first is a special engagement by local favorite DJ Lewis, plus other area comedians, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20, with proceeds going toward expenses incurred by Meredith Booth, who has liver failure and is awaiting a transplant. The weekend's headliner is Helen Keaney, who doubles as a host on the Home Shopping Network when not doing stand-up. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

- Rhea County Fair, featuring agriculture and livestock exhibits, continues through Saturday at the fairgrounds at 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville, Tenn. Entertainment options include a carnival, garden tours, tractor parades, car show, horseshoe tournament, mud bogs and a truck pull.

photo Staff Photo / Cosplay weapons are displayed for sale during the FarleyCon toy and comic book expo at the East Ridge Community Center on Aug. 11, 2018.

- FarleyCon, an expo featuring comics, toys, artists and authors, is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Among the special guests are 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 "Peanuts" character Peppermint Patty; Filmation animation's Rob and Shawn Lamb; comic book author Dan Jolley ("Firestorm"); and actor John Anderson ("Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2"). Admission is $20 adults; free for children 12 and under; early admission (at 9 a.m.) and a commemorative print (while supplies last) come with a $30 VIP ticket.

- Brunch at the Farmers Market, a celebration to mark the end of National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 7-13), is 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at Market Park, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. The city's Parks and Recreation Department will host this farm-to-table meal catered by The Mindful Mom. Tickets ($14 adults, $5 children) must be purchased in advance.

- Chattanooga Market wants sports fans to show their colors at Team Spirit Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Vendors will be on site with fresh produce, arts and crafts. The featured musical artists are island party band Tropic Sol at 12:30 p.m. and Americana band The Close at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

photo Staff Photo / Taylor Ryan, Wesley Austin and Breanna Falls, in foreground, from left, pose for a selfie in costume during the FarleyCon toy and comic book expo at the East Ridge Community Center on Aug. 11, 2018. The one-day convention is dedicated to the memory of Jared Allen, who died unexpectedly in 2016.


- Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, continue a home series against the Montgomery Biscuits at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Thursday is UTC Night, featuring mascot Scrappy and the coaches of fall sports. Friday is Agricultural Night, with postgame fireworks. Saturday promotions include a mini bat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans and a used car giveaway. Sunday, fans may donate a canned good or other nonperishable food to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free general-admission ticket. Games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sunday's at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11.

- Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, which adheres to the rules and customs of baseball's 19th-century origins, has a doubleheader scheduled Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum field, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga will play the Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at noon, and the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga will play the Cumberland Club of Nashville at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

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