Chattanooga area’s weekend events include Head of the Hooch, baseball greats, lots of laughs

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Teams leave the dock to paddle to the starting point of the race on Nov. 7, 2021, during the Head of the Hooch regatta.
Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Teams leave the dock to paddle to the starting point of the race on Nov. 7, 2021, during the Head of the Hooch regatta.

World-class rowers and former professional baseball players are in Chattanooga for events this weekend. Here's a chronology. Don't forget about the change from daylight saving time to standard time if you'll be attending Sunday events.


-- Northside Gallery, inside Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., is showcasing works by 12 artists of the Mountain Arts Guild of Signal Mountain through Dec. 19. A reception is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Friday. 423-266-1766

-- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will open its 48th "Holiday Show" with a reception 5-8 p.m. Friday. The annual exhibit highlights works suitable for gift-giving by all the gallery's painters, photographers, jewelers, potters, sculptors and woodworkers. The show continues through Nov. 30.

-- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., is showcasing works by glass artist Curtiss Brock and oil painters Scott Hill and Tania Hill through December. An opening reception is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Friday.

-- ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., will host an open studio, with live demonstrations and music, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. The current exhibit, "Art To Die For," runs through Saturday.

-- Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will hold an opening reception for "The Infinite Expansion of the Rubber Band Mansion," featuring new works by multimedia artist Jamie Isenstein, 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. The reception is preceded by a talk with Isenstein at 5 p.m. in the nearby Benwood Auditorium.

-- Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., will introduce its jewelry artists at an "Outside the Case" pop-up 6-8 p.m. Friday. Attendees also will be the first to see new works by Bob McElhaney (wood), Janet Campbell Bradley (metals and monotype print hybrids), Katie Rogers (bead weavings) and Jeff Fulkerson (Southwest-inspired art jewelry and inlay).


-- Walker County Civic Center, 10052 Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., will be the site of Laughs Unlimited: A Comedy for a Cause, featuring comedian/actress Hilliary Begley, at 6 p.m. Thursday. Begley's screen credits include "Dumplin'" with Jennifer Aniston. The evening includes dinner and a silent auction to benefit the Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center. Tickets are $125. 706-861-0929

-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has four nights of laughs on tap. Wednesday is Open Mic Night for area up-and-comers at 7:30 p.m. with a $7 ticket. Thursday is a Next Level Comedy Showcase for rising acts at 7:30 p.m. with a $12 ticket. The weekend headliner is Paul Conyers, winner of the 2020 World Series of Comedy Main Event. His shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday with tickets priced at $17-$19.

-- Lee University will present the Shenanigans improv troupe in reunion shows at 10 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday in Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Admission is $1 for anyone not registered for homecoming weekend.

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will host Jim Breuer, a "Saturday Night Live" alumnus who made the list of Comedy Central's "100 Greatest Standups of All Time," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $29-$49.


-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will present an Oprah Winfrey-produced documentary, "The Color of Care: Not All Healthcare Is Created Equal," at 10 a.m. each Saturday in November. Representatives from Karis Community Health will be on hand to discuss their services and offer COVID-19 vaccines. Admission is free.

-- Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., will feature a visit by Marshall Johnson, the chief conservation officer for the National Audubon Society, in a special presentation Tuesday. His program will follow a 6 p.m. screening of the Imax film "Wings Over Water," which spotlights sandhill cranes, mallard ducks and yellow warblers in North America's prairie wetlands. Tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute. Register:


-- MacDowell Music Club will gather at 11 a.m. Wednesday for the monthly meeting. Featured performers are Janet Reeve (soprano), Marlene McKinney (piano), Steve Hollinsworth and Joy Mays (dual pianos) and John Wigal (organ). There is no charge to attend.

-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., has four shows on the calendar. The Alan Wyatt Quartet plays 7-9 p.m. Wednesday for the weekly Jazz in the Lounge. Cover is $5. The trio of Stagner, Murray & Crompton will join forces for "Tributes," honoring iconic jazz drummers, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of. Indie artist Ellie Grace Herrold will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, with support from Lauren Corrigan and Nicholas Carlson. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of. A Chattanooga Super Sessions installment, hosted by Nathan Bell, returns at 7 p.m. Monday with guest musicians Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman, Pate Russell and Randy Steele. Donations are appreciated.

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three shows this weekend. Thursday's guest is country singer/songwriter Kendall Marvel, with support from Meg McRee, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of. Friday features rock band Southern Culture on the Skids at 7 p.m., with Emerald Butler opening. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of. Saturday turns to folk stylings for An Evening With Erick Baker at 7 p.m. Bee Taylor opens. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of.

-- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, will present Americana artist Carrie Welling in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, inside Five Wits Brewing Co., 1501 Long St., has two shows this weekend. Friday features Nirvanna's Nirvana tribute, with Dayz of Deception and 232 supporting, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of. Saturday offers electronic artist Wreckno at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of.

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present a chamber performance, "Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 & Ancient Airs and Dances," at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Humanities Building at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Tickets are $10-$35.

-- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will present the Symphony Orchestra in a fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Featured selections include Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 and "Songs of Distant Earth" by Kenyon Wilson, interim head of UTC's Department of Performing Arts. Admission is free.

-- Southern Adventist University will present its Symphony Orchestra in a concert of music by Wagner, Brahms and Elgar at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive East. The special guest is visiting violin soloist Marcio Candido. Admission is free.


-- Hearts 4 the Arts, a fashion show and luncheon, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, 1511 Riverview Road. The event will help the Performing Arts League of Chattanooga support youth involvement in the performing arts. Tickets are $75.

-- Food Truck Friday, a Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga project, is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday at 5704 Marlin Road off Eastgate Loop. Eighteen food trucks will be set up for business.

-- Ringgold Christmas Stroll, a kickoff to the holiday season, is 5-8 p.m. Friday. The event includes Christmas open houses at 19 downtown merchants, the majority on LaFayette and Nashville streets. Participants can mark off stops at the stores through Dec. 3 for a chance to win $150 in "Ringgold Bucks" to spend in the stores. Another merchant, Ringgold Feed & Seed, 403 High St., which will have its indoor/outdoor High Cotton Christmas Market 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.,

-- Stuff a Stocking for Senior Citizens, a Salvation Army campaign for elderly residents in need, is Friday through Nov. 16 at Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. To participate, pick up a stocking at the Salvation Army kiosk next to Sunglass Hut and fill it with suggested gifts. Stockings also are available at area command office, 822 McCallie Ave. 423-756-1023

-- Veterans Day parade: The city of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will present the Honoring Those Who Serve Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The second annual event will feature the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band from Fort Benning, Ga., the Alhambra Highlanders Pipes and Drums Band, the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School band and drum line and others, marching from the Big Lots parking lot, 558 Battlefield Parkway, south on LaFayette Road to Harker Road.

-- Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show, a show and sale of reptiles, amphibians and exotic mammals, is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. Admission is $10 general, $15 VIP, which grants entry at 9 a.m. Saturday; discounts are available for children and first responders.

-- Civil War history will be explored in programs this weekend at the Cravens House, 1060 Cravens Terrace, Lookout Mountain. Rangers from the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will offer 1-mile tours focusing on "A Dull Life of Routine: Life During the Siege of Chattanooga" at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday. Camp life programs will be ongoing between tours.

-- Chattanooga Market spotlights music during Big Band Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The 20 musicians of Sweet Georgia Sound will offer a variety of classic and modern big band, swing, Latin and waltz tunes. A Quilts of Valor presentation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. The weekly contingent of local produce, arts and crafts vendors also will be on hand. Admission is free.

-- Moccasin Bend Lecture Series concludes at 7 p.m. Monday with Jim Ogden, historian of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, as guest speaker. His topic will be "A Salient Point: Moccasin Bend and the Civil War Struggle for Chattanooga," detailing how the peninsula became a focal point between the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863 and the Battles for Chattanooga that followed in November. Participation is free, but registration is required, whether attending in person at the Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., or virtually via Zoom.


-- ABO & Pros: Alternative Baseball Organization, for players with disabilities, has scheduled a nine-inning exhibition game at 2 p.m. Saturday (rain date Sunday) with former professional baseball players at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. ABO players are coming from 11 states. Pros confirmed for the game include former Kansas City Royals/Oakland Athletics outfielder Billy Burns, former Atlanta Braves relief pitchers Lance Cormier and Jeff Bennett, former New York Mets/Montreal Expos pitcher Doug Simons, former Kansas City Royals/New York Mets/Hanshin Tigers first-baseman Craig Brazell, former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Evan Crawford, former Texas Rangers prospect Shawn Cheek and 2004 National League all-star/former Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada. Tickets are $10.

-- Head of the Hooch, the nation's second-largest rowing regatta (after Boston's Head of the Charles), is this weekend. Nearly 100 teams will row a 2.8-mile course in a head race on the Tennessee River, ending at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Approximate times are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.


-- "Antigone," a modernized retelling of the classic Greek story, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 10-12 in Lee University's Communication Arts Building, 345 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Tickets are $10-$15.

-- "August: Osage County" continues its run at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Show times this weekend are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule Nov. 10-13). Tickets are $20-$25.

-- "Fiddler on the Roof": A touring production of this 10-time Tony Award winner, one of Broadway's most acclaimed productions, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The story centers on a Jewish milkman trying to maintain his family's religious and cultural traditions. Tickets are $40-$95.

-- "Mary Poppins": Before heading to the state finals on Nov. 12, students in the Ringgold High School Performing Arts program will present the production that won them a Georgia High School Association regional one-act play championship, their fourth in as many years. The program last won a state title in 2019 and was state runner-up the past two years. The recent regional win also included a Best Actress award for Meg Ascolla in the title role, Trever Arnold and Brayden Roach as Cast All-Stars and Best Choreography and Best Sound honors. Local audiences can see the musical for free at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ringgold High School, 29 Tiger Trail.

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