Zooperstars, music and strawberry festivals highlight Chattanooga-area entertainment calendar

The Black Jacket Symphony, Wolfgang Van Halen's band and a water lantern festival are among the draws for Chattanooga-area residents looking to be entertained this week.

Be advised that a Thursday show by comedian Tim Hawkins at Redemption to the Nations Church is sold out. Rock guitarist Robin Trower's Friday concert at Walker Theatre was canceled. Saturday's Hike, Bike, Brew, a beer festival at Lula Lake Land Trust, is sold out, though you can add your name to a waitlist for tickets at lulalake.org.


- Chattanooga Lookouts, a Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, continues its home stand against the Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Remaining promotions include drink specials Thursday, fireworks Friday, entertainment by the Zooperstars (characters named for celebrities), a used car giveaway Saturday and a food drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (trade a canned good for a free general-admission ticket) on Sunday. Catch on the Field follows Sunday's game, and Kids Run the Bases happens after every game this season. Games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sundays at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11. lookouts.com

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- Chattanooga Red Wolves, a League One men's professional soccer team, will play the Central Valley Fuego FC from Fresno, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $15-$52. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com

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- Chattanooga Girls Choir, a choral ensemble for girls in grades 3-12, will present its spring concert, which includes Mozart's "Coronation Mass," at 7 p.m. Friday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Tickets are $20. chattanoogagirlschoir.org

- Evening With the Stars, a showcase of regional talent, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Tickets are $12-$17. athensartscouncil.org

- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., presents the Black Jacket Symphony, which specializes in note-for-note re-creations of popular albums, performing The Police's "Synchronicity," followed by a greatest-hits compilation, at 8 p.m. Friday. Hit singles from the English rock band's 1983 album included "Every Breath You Take" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger." Tickets are $35-$40. tivolichattanooga.com

- Bluegrass concert: Northwest Georgia band Spatial Effects will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday in Cohutta, Ga. The stage is at Martin's Corner across from the Red Wolfe Grill, 320 Wolfe St. Bring your own seating. Facebook.com/SpatialEffectsBluegrassBand

- Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., welcomes Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G at 8 p.m. Friday. Fun fact: His full name is Kenneth Bruce Gorelick. Tickets are $40-$95. tivolichattanooga.com

- WanderLinger Fest, a music and arts festival, is this weekend at WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. More than 35 musical acts, including Funk You, Daniel Donato, Masseuse and Oweda, are scheduled to perform. Shows Friday (4:30-midnight) and Saturday (noon-3 a.m.) are restricted to ages 21 and up. Sunday (noon-10 p.m.) is open to all ages and is free to children under 12. Single-day passes are $30 Friday or Sunday, $40 Saturday, $75 for a three-day pass. wanderlingerfest.com

- May on the Mountain, a bluegrass festival with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out headlining, is 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. CDT Saturday in City Park, 18294 Alabama Highway 75, Henagar, Ala. Bring your own seating. Admission and limited concessions are free. Facebook.com/cityofhenagar

- All Things New Celebration, featuring contemporary Christian band Big Daddy Weave, is 1-9 p.m. Saturday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Presented by Adult & Teen Challenge MidSouth, the festival also includes music by Natural State and bands from area churches, activities for all ages, food trucks and a corn hole tournament. Reserved seating (chairs provided) is $35. General admission (bring your own seating), is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Program graduates and their immediate family members pay $5 each. tcmidsouth.org

- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will host Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, whose "Tall Fiddler" won a 2019 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album, at 5 p.m. CDT Saturday. Tickets are $40-$325. thecaverns.com

- Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga., presents Marty Haggard: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $37-$45. calhoungemtheatre.org

- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two acts on the calendar. Rock band Barracuda: A Heart Tribute plays at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Indie artist Matt Maeson has sold out his Sunday performance, but tickets remain for his solo acoustic show, with Steinza opening, at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $30. songbirdsfoundation.org

- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows on the books. The Emo Night Tour, a dance party to favorite pop-punk music, is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15. Mammoth WVH, a rock band fronted by Wolfgang Van Halen, visits at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with Naked Gypsy Queens opening. Tickets are $20-$50. thesignaltn.com

- The Isbell Family will bring its gospel stylings to two North Georgia churches Sunday. It'll be at Cedar Grove United Methodist, 6356 W. Cove Road in Chickamauga, at 10 a.m. and at Fairview Baptist, 108 N. Jenkins Road in Rossville, at 5 p.m. isbellfamilymusic.com

- Exodus, a gospel trio, will be at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 623 W. Garden Farm Road, Rossville, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. exodus-southerngospel.com

- Sewanee Trio, comprising Rebecca Van de Ven on oboe, Rebecca Murphy on flute and Bernadette Lo on piano, will play a children's concert to benefit Tennessee Academy of Gymnastics at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave. The program includes music of "Fuzzette the Tarantula" and "Babar the Elephant." Admission is by donation. rebecca.vandeven@gmail.com

- Jericho Brass, a British-style brass band, will perform "And Now for Something Completely Different" at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Admission is free. jerichobrassband.org



- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., presents Dusty Slay in a special engagement at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$25. Open Mic Night, for up-and-comers, starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7. thecomedycatch.com

- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes John Crist on the Fresh Cuts Comedy Tour, 7 p.m. May 14. $29-$159. tivolichattanooga.com


- McDonald's restaurants will offer a free medium coffee or soft drink to healthcare workers (with ID) Thursday. The promotion lasts all day at more than 40 locations across Chattanooga. No purchase is necessary.

- Tennessee Strawberry Festival is happening this week at various sites around downtown Dayton. Events include a carnival through the end of the week, a baking contest 6-9 p.m. Thursday, a cruise-in 5-10 p.m. Friday and a full day of festivities Saturday around the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St. Saturday's events include a pancake breakfast, food and craft vendors, arts show, music, eating contests and a parade at 1 p.m. Many events are free. tnstrawberryfestival.com

- Antique Alley Yard Sale, a five-state, 502-mile tag sale that runs from Bristol, Va., to Meridian, Miss., is Thursday through Sunday. The route passes through Monroe, McMinn, Bradley and Hamilton counties in Tennessee, Dade County, Ga., and DeKalb County, Ala. visitlookoutmountain.com

- Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for the Chambliss Center for Children, is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The evening includes a silent auction and dinner, plus arts and crafts; a petting station with bunnies, chicks, lambs and baby goats; balloon artists; sports zone; inflatables; photo booth and karaoke. Cost is $20 for children (free for children under 2), $40 for adults, $125 for families (two adults and up to four children). chamblisscenter.org

- Metrotham Con, a multifandom convention with celebrity guests, panels, entertainment, cosplay, console and tabletop gaming, is Friday through Sunday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter St. The theme is "Revenge of the '80s." Advance registration is $20 for the weekend. metrothamcon.com

- Rabbit Valley Farmers Market, 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga., will celebrate First Responders Day 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The market includes produce, arts and crafts vendors, live music and food trucks. rabbitvalleyfarmersmarket.com

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- Arts & Crafts Show, showcasing the handiwork of residents of the Reunion neighborhood in East Brainerd, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, 1100 Morris Lane. Admission and parking are free. 423-667-1876, 423-667-1326

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- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., offers a downtown walking tour of historic properties at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 (free with same-day museum admission). museumcenter.org

- Southern Blooms Festival returns for its second and final weekend 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. The flower-filled festival includes living sculpture, children's art activities, a plant market and music by Matt Downer. Tickets are $18-$28; timed entry is required. seerockcity.com

- Water Lantern Festival, in which ticketholders can design and launch a floating lantern at Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, is 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with food trucks and music. Adult tickets are $26 until Thursday; $36-56 after. Youth and date night discounts are available. waterlanternfestival.com

- Chattanooga Market will celebrate all things strawberries 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Products will include strawberry jam, strawberry lemonade, chocolate-dipped strawberries and strawberry-scented candles. Fresh-picked strawberries will be provided by several farms, including Melon Patch Farms and Watsonia Farms, both out of Georgia. Entertaining will be Travis Bigwood & Lonesome Doves at 12:30 p.m. and Shaun Munday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. chattanoogamarket.com

- Chattanooga 101, a monthly series of talks about the city's origins by historian Linda Moss Mines, is 2-3 p.m. Sunday (rescheduled from May 8) at the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way. Her topic is "The Dynamo of the South." Admission is free. mohhc.org/chatt101

- Easy Bistro & Bar, 801 Chestnut St., marks 17 years Tuesday (May 17) with $17 specials on a dozen oysters, a cocktail flight, a chef-curated barrel selections flight and a chocolate-and-whiskey pairing. Owned by chef Erik Niel and his wife, Amanda Niel, the restaurant is known for its shareable plates combining classic bistro foods with Southern ingredients. The restaurant operated on Broad Street near the Tennessee Aquarium for 15 years before moving to the West Village in August 2020. easybistro.com

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- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will feature interactive poetry organization Rhyme N Chatt in a Vision + Verse performance 6-7 p.m. Thursday. The performances features poetry, rap, music and hip-hop dance inspired by works in the museum's collection. Admission is free. huntermuseum.org

- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., will hold an opening reception and awards ceremony for the Athens Area Council for the Arts' annual art competition 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. In a change, this year's competition had no theme. Twenty-five regional artists have nearly 50 pieces on display. The exhibit runs through June 24. athensartscouncil.org

- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., will host a demonstration by Alabama artist Robert Taylor 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. He is one of only five coppersmiths in the country to hold the title of master Roycroft artisan, named for a crafts colony founded in New York in 1895 and signifying highest levels of craftsmanship. river-gallery.com

- AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave., will open the Tennessee Watercolor Society's 50th anniversary exhibition Saturday. It features 60 juried watermedia paintings selected from 200 entries, and 30 of those will be selected for a tour across the state after this exhibit closes on June 24. A reception is scheduled June 3. 423-265-4282

- May Artist Market, featuring 17 artists from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. The Chattooga Garden Club will have plants and lunch items for sale, including pimiento cheese sandwiches. Admission to tour Finster's eclectic property will be reduced for the day. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit foundation that oversees the property. paradisegardenfoundation.org

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- Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, aka ICA @ UTC, 752 Vine St., will open a summer exhibition Monday that honors the founder of the gallery, formerly known as the Cress Gallery of Art. "New Acquisitions From the George Cress Estate will remain on view through July 29. Summer hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment (email hello@icachatt.org). Cress (1921-2008) joined the UTC faculty (then the University of Chattanooga) in 1951 and taught for 56 years. "New Acquisitions" highlights recent gifts to UTC that will be on public view for the first time.

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- "Sense and Sensibility": Back Alley Productions will finish its run of the Jane Austen classic this weekend at the Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$15. bapshows.com

- "Lend Me a Tenor": Ocoee Theatre Company opens the Ken Ludwig comedy this weekend at 527 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, plus 7:30 p.m. May 20-21, 2:30 p.m. May 22. Tickets are $15. ocoeetheatre.com

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

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