Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including Foreigner, 'Jersey Boys,' free cookies)

Staff file photo / Back-to-school supplies will be among the tax-free items during Tennessee's sales tax holiday July 29-31.


> Some of golf's best amateurs, representing 47 colleges and universities, will be in town for the 10th annual Chattanooga Choo Choo Invitational this week at Council Fire. Media director Becky Blaesing says the tournament is "very fan-friendly - if you've got youngsters interested in the game of golf, this is the event to bring them to." At least 13 players in the field of 100 have qualified for the U.S. Amateur Championship, she said. The Top 4 participants are John Daly Jr. of the University of Arkansas, Tyler Johnson and Jake Hall of the University of Tennessee and Jackson Buchanan of the University of Illinois, all of whom are ranked among the Top 300 amateur golfers worldwide. Tee time is 7:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. Spectator admission is free. Livestreams will start at 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and ESPN radio in Chattanooga, 95.3, also will provide coverage.


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CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE - 400 River St. "Giant Steps: An Urbean Musical," 2:30 p.m. July 24, 7 p.m. July 28, 8 p.m. July 29-30, 2:30 p.m. July 31, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, 8 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. $15-$25.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE - 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Show times vary.

- Through Aug. 6: "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook," a summer production for young audiences. $7-$8.

- Through Aug. 11: "On Golden Pond." $16-$30.

- Through Aug. 21: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." $18-$34.

- Through Sept. 8: "Escape to Margaritaville." $18-$34.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - 399 McCallie Ave. "Jersey Boys," a touring production of the Tony- and Grammy-winning story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, 7:30 p.m. July 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 30. $38-$83.

THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE - Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. "The Play That Goes Wrong," 2 p.m. July 24 (final show). $8-$10.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE - 1104 James Blvd. (outdoor amphitheater). "Matilda the Musical," 8 p.m. July 29-30 (final weekend). Ticket sales and camp chair setup start at 6 p.m. Picnic dinners welcome (no alcohol). $5-$15.


BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

- July 24: "Double Indemnity," 2 p.m. $10-$12.

- July 26: "Up," 11 a.m. $5.

- July 28: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," 11 a.m.

IMAX THEATER - 201 Chestnut St. "Thor: Love and Thunder," through July 24. $15.


MUSIC & MOVIES AT MILLER - Miller Park, 928 Market St. Summer series features music, games, artists and food trucks at 6 p.m. July 30, with the Emerald Butler Band headlining and an outdoor screening of "Inside Out" at dusk. Bring your own seating. Free admission.


ALLIANCE FASTPITCH OPEN NATIONALS - Warner Park, Summit of Softball, Camp Jordan. Tournament with pool and bracket play leading to final-day championships for 8U-18U girls softball players, July 26-31. Opening ceremonies include exhibition game between collegiate stars of Team Alliance and Florida Vibe, 6 p.m. July 26 at Frost Stadium, 1100 McCallie Ave. July 27 includes a home run derby by the two teams at 6 p.m. and a second exhibition game at 7 p.m. Spectator admission: $10 per day, $30 for the entire tournament at all parks.

CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO INVITATIONAL - Council Fire, 100 Council Fire Drive. Tournament for top-ranked amateur golfers from 47 colleges and universities, 7:30 a.m. July 25-27. Coverage via livestreams and ESPN Chattanooga radio, 95.3. Free admission for spectators.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds finish home stand against the Tennessee Smokies then begin six-game series vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas. Kids Run the Bases promotion after every game. $6-$11.

- July 24: 2:15 p.m. Receive a free general-admission ticket by donating a canned good to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field after the game.

- July 26: 7:15 p.m. Buy-one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

- July 27: 7:15 p.m. Chick-fil-A giveaway, delivered via app.

- July 28: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

- July 29: 7:15 p.m. Post-game fireworks.

- July 30: 7:15 p.m. Appearance by the Zooperstars; first 1,000 fans through the gate receive a Lookouts soft lunch box (one per person, not per ticket); used car giveaway.

- July 31: 2:15 p.m. Donate a canned good to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and receive a free general-admission ticket; Catch on the Field after the game.

CHATTANOOGA ROLLER DERBY - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Flat-track roller derby team in three bouts July 30: 2 p.m., Chattanooga Ruby Regulators vs. Steel City Slayers; 5 p.m., B-Railers vs. Rocket City; 7 p.m, Allstars vs. Mash-Up Team. $6-$12.

CHATTANOOGA WATERCROSS PREMIER - Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, Hixson. Racing competition sanctioned by International Jet Sports Boating Association and presented by Chattanooga Jet Ski Club, with classes for ski, sport and runabout watercraft, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30-31. (Corporate challenge and Junior Stars program July 29.) Watch from shore or from your boat. $10 vehicle entry fee.

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. Mountain City Club of Chattanooga in double-header vs. Stones River Scouts at noon and vs Franklin Farriers at 2 p.m. July 30. (Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga is in Knoxville.) Free admission.


BARKING LEGS THEATER - 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Lon Eldridge, 7 p.m. July 27. $5.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Tickets may be upgraded to include cave tours and accommodations.

- July 24: Steve Earle and the Dukes, with The Whitmore Sisters, 7 p.m. CDT, underground. $50-$65.

photo Singer Steve Earle and his band, the Dukes, will perform in an underground show at The Caverns in Pelham, Tenn., on July 24. / AP Photo/File/Craig Ruttle

- July 30: Murder by Death album release party, 7 p.m. CDT underground, $25-$40.

- July 31: Fleet Foxes on Shore Tour, with special guest Uwade, 8 p.m. CDT, outdoor amphitheater. $55-$125.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM - 399 McCallie Ave. Foreigner in concert, 7:30 p.m. July 31. $29-$125.

MURRAY COUNTY SINGING CONVENTION - Smyrna Baptist Church, 1913 Smyrna Church Road, Chatsworth, Ga. Congregational singing of favorites from church hymnals and songs from the latest convention songbooks, plus specials, 2 p.m. July 30. Free admission. 706-695-2740.

NIGHTFALL - 850 Market St. Weekly concert series continues July 29 with double bill of local bands: Call Me Spinster at 7 p.m., Drew Sterchi and Blues Tribe at 8:25 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS - Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Nine-week summer concert series continues 7-10 p.m. July 30, with The Claudettes headlining and Rick Rushing opening. Free admission. Concessions available; coolers welcome.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St.

- July 29: Yacht Rock Revue, 8:30 p.m. $20-$40.

- July 30: Neon Moon: The Ultimate '90s Country Tribute Band, with Zach Dylan, 8 p.m. $15-$40.

- July 31: American Aquarium, with H.C. McEntire, 8 p.m. $17-$100.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St.

- July 28: Duane Betts, Johnny Stachela and Berry Duane Oakley on Dog Daze Acoustic Tour, with Charlie Overbey opening, 7 p.m. $25.

- July 29: Cole Chaney, with Justin Wells, 7 p.m. $15.

- July 30: Foreigner's VIB (Very Important Beer) event, with acoustic performance and beer discussion by band members and Cicerone-certified beer servers Bruce Watson and Michael Bluestein, 7 p.m.; Cage Willis opens. Merchandise will be for sale, and a raffle for limited-edition items will follow the show. $30.


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.

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

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 competition.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - 10 Bluff View. Admission fees. David Eller: Bigfoot Investigator, 6-7 p.m. July 28. Part of special programming for "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration," which includes a Bigfoot sculpture.

ICA @ UTC - Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 752 Vine St. "New Acquisitions From the George Cress Estate," through July 29.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Ukraine Blue and Yellow," through July 31. Ten percent of sales revenue will be donated to the Ukraine Gospel Church of Chattanooga.

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 James Courtenay James, Cynthia Tollefsrud and Lee Malerich, through July 31.

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


ADOPT-ATHON - Walker County Animal Shelter, 5488 N. Marble Top Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Christmas in July promotion to find homes for shelter pets, noon-4 p.m. July 24 (last day; no appointment necessary). Adoption fees waived for any family that donates a new toy valued at $20 or more to the Al Millard Stocking Full of Love program (usually $50 for cats, $100 for dogs). Participants do not have to live in Walker County.

AMERICAN DIGGER ANTIQUE MILITARIA & AMERICANA SHOW & SALE - Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Magazine's fifth annual Chattanooga event, featuring artifacts from ancient times through World War II, including Civil War relics, Indian artifacts, antique bottles, historic art and prints, military memorabilia, old coins and currency, muskets and swords, metal detectors, old newspapers, historical books and antique jewelry, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 24 (last day). Buy, sale, trade; free appraisals.

CELEBRATE AND EDUCATE: TRANS JOY EVENT - Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga Trans Liberation Collective event includes live music, activities for all ages, 1-5 p.m. July 24.

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

- July 24: FiveStar Food Fight.

- July 31: Chattanooga Bluegrass.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St. Mr. Showtime David Scott, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. July 29-30, 7:30 p.m. July 31. $17-$19.

FREE COOKIE FRIDAY - The Chattanooga Cookie, 20 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 104. One free cookie per customer to celebrate grand opening of specialty cookie shop, 1-7 p.m. July 29.

GEORGIA MOUNTAIN MOONSHINE CRUIZ-IN - Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Hundreds of hot rods and classic cars, collector car auction, specialty vendors, live music by Highway 96 and Todd Herendeen, motorsports personalities including Linda Vaughn, Jody Ridley and "Iron Resurrection's" Joe and Amanda Martin, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 28-30. Includes downtown parade and block party, 6 p.m. July 29. $15 daily (free for ages 12 and younger).

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET - 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Local produce, arts, crafts, musicians and National Mutt Day activities, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 30.

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

SUMMER SOCIAL - Cedar Avenue between Second and Third streets, South Pittsburg, Tenn. Community event with live music by Entice, food and beer vendors, kids zone, 7-11 p.m. CDT July 30. Sponsored by SPARQ (South Pittsburg Area Revitalization Quest). Free admission.

TENNESSEE SALES TAX HOLIDAY - Waives state sales tax on clothing ($100 or less), school supplies ($100 or less) and computers ($1,500 or less), July 29-31 (midnight to midnight).

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.