Asian Lantern Festival, Disney Junior Live highlight Chattanooga-area’s weekend entertainment calendar

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Members of the Collegedale Academy Band perform patriotic music on Nov. 11, 2021, during a Veterans Day ceremony in Collegedale Commons.

Veterans will be feted at various ceremonies around the region, a Disney Junior tour stops in Chattanooga and Chattanooga Zoo debuts a holiday light extravaganza that takes its cues from the resident animals. Here are details on those and other events for the coming week.


-- Pouring for Purpose, a pop-up art gallery, will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday in the UTC University Center, 710 E. Fifth St. (a change from a previously announced venue). More than 40 hand-poured paintings have been created by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students as part of an ethics in criminal justice course. Sales (cash only) will support the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults' victim support services. 423-755-2822

-- Craft Axe Throwing, 619 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge, will host a one-woman art show by Lin Blackwell-Prabish 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday. "I am 73 years old, and my dream is finally happening," Blackwell-Prabish said in a news release. The evening will include discounts on her art, appetizers and a cash bar. 423-216-4334

-- The Pop-Up Project will present "If These Walls Could Talk" the next two weekends at Coosa Mill, 1800 S. Watkins St. Inspired by the history of the mill, the event is an immersive experience of music, dance, installation art, aerials, projection lighting and craft cocktails that changes with each walk-through. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Nov. 18-19) and 2 p.m. Sunday (and Nov. 20). Sunday walk-throughs are family-friendly. Tickets are $37-$80.

-- Bead-Therapy, 112 Lee Parkway Drive, will host an artisan market 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The handmade jewelry extravaganza will include more than 20 artisans, including Dale Cougar Armstrong and Melody MacDuffee, whose works have been featured on JTV. Admission is free. 423-509-1907

-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will offer a Sunday Studio 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The drop-in experience allows families to create artwork inspired by the "Memories & Inspiration" exhibit. Cost is $20 for nonmember adults (free with a Chattanooga Public Library card if attending with children).


-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has booked Killer Beaz, a stand-up comedian and cast member on Discovery Channel's "Moonshiners," for a special engagement this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when tickets are $20, and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when tickets are $20-$25.

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome author, columnist and comedian Steve Hofstetter at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hofstetter is the host and executive producer of "Laughs" on Fox networks, has released six comedy albums, written humor columns for national outlets and has a syndicated radio show. Tickets are $25-$100.


-- Unity Dance Troupe will present "Dreamer: The Diary of Joseph," a dramatic retelling of the Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, in three performances this weekend at Westmore Church of God, 2440 Legacy Parkway NW, Cleveland, Tenn. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$25.


-- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will power up Chattanooga's earliest seasonal illumination Thursday with the debut of the Asian Lantern Festival, a light display that features 38 custom fixtures showcasing the zoo's resident animals. Except for this week's Thursday opening, the festival will be open 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday until Jan. 15 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day). Admission is $16-$18 for members, $18-$21 for nonmembers. Reserve tickets online.

-- Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive, has opened its in-store Santa's Wonderland. Sessions are available by reservation through Dec. 24 for a free 4-inch-by-6-inch photo with Santa.


-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will host the Mike Salter Quartet in a return visit for Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5.

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will present "Celebrating Billy Joel: America's Piano Man," at 7 p.m. Thursday. The tribute band, led by vocalists and pianists Rob Stringer and Alex Dee, will perform an array of Joel's hits with the pomp of his live performances from the 1970s-80s. Tickets are $29-$39.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, inside Five Wits Brewing Co., 1501 Long St., has three shows this weekend. Country singer Chase McDaniel will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, with support from Madeline Consoer. Tickets are $15-$50, with an option for a meet-and-greet. Rock band Drivin' N' Cryin' will be guests at 9 p.m. Friday, with Michelle Malone opening. Tickets are $20-$40. Saturday offers the Kings of Queen in a tribute to the British rock band Queen at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30.

-- Southern Adventist University has two concerts on the calendar. Percussionist Britton-René Collins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Mabel Wood Hall's Ackerman Auditorium on the Collegedale campus, 4881 Taylor Circle. Tickets are $8. The I Cantori Chamber Choir will present an Evensong concert of sacred music at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. Admission is free.

-- Campfire Concert Series welcomes its final act 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, with alt-rock band The Afternooners performing. Tickets cost $25-$30 online in advance for ages 13 and up. The price includes entertainment, beer from Hutton & Smith Brewing, s'mores and the option to camp overnight.

-- Athens Area Council for the Arts will present award-winning bluegrass band Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway in its Bicentennial Celebration Performance Season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Athens City Middle School, 200 Keith Lane, Athens, Tenn. Tickets are $20-$30.

-- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will welcome country star Jake Owen at 8 p.m. CST Saturday. Tickets are $69.

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three upcoming shows. The Weight Band, featuring former members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30-$50. The Songbirds Radio Hour returns at 7 p.m. Monday with special guest Jody Stephens talking about the cult following for his former band, Big Star, and performing a short set with the house band, Zowie & the Vanguards. Admission is free. A Tuesday version of the Songbirds Radio Hour will focus on fundraising for the Guitars for Kids program. It will feature a conversation with Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants, and include an extended set by the band. Tickets are $20.

-- East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Prokofiev and Beethoven in a fall concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Admission is free.


-- Tails at Twilight, a fundraiser for the Pet Placement Center, is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Restoration Southside, 3146 Broad St. The evening includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, live and silent auctions. Tickets are $65.

-- Tennessee Ornithological Society, Chattanooga chapter, will present a program on "The History and Wildlife of Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa," at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ascension Lutheran Church, 729 S. Germantown Road, East Ridge. Admission is free.

-- Greek Bake Sale is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until sold out) Friday at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Glenwood Drive. The sale of more than a dozen varieties of sweet and savory specialties, which can be frozen for holiday use, is a fundraiser for the church's Ladies of Philoptochos. Advance orders are recommended. Pickup may be curbside or inside.

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-- Touch-A-Truck Chattanooga, a project of the Junior League of Chattanooga, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Warner Park, 1100 McCallie Ave. More than 30 organizations will have emergency vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment (and their operators) onsite for children to explore. Food trucks, face painting and other activities also will be available. A "quiet hour" for children with sensory challenges is 9-10 a.m. Cost is $5 for ages 3 and up, but no more than $20 per family.

-- Civil War history: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will provide a 45-minute program about the park's creation at 11 a.m. Saturday. The program will take place inside Lookout Mountain Battlefield's Point Park at the base of the New York Peace Monument. Participants should bring their own seating. Point Park has a $10 entrance fee for ages 16 and older.

-- India Association of Chattanooga plans its Golden Jubilee celebration Saturday in Frierson Theater at Girls Preparatory School, 205 Island Ave. The event is meant to raise awareness of India's rich culture and heritage through contemporary music and dance. Social hour at 4 p.m. will be followed by a cultural extravaganza at 5 p.m., culminating with a vegetarian Indian dinner at 7:30 p.m.

-- Chattanooga Market will feature a beard contest as part of festivities Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The weekly market of local produce, arts and crafts runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The beard contest starts at 1:30 p.m. Winners in five categories (most festive decorated, most likely to succeed, best groomed, longest, coolest mustache) will receive a swag bag of prizes from the market and Moccasin Bend Soap & Beard. Contestants may RSVP online or just show up.

-- Tri-State Bluebird Society will hold the last meeting of the bluebird monitoring season at 2 p.m. Sunday in Walker Hall at Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, East Brainerd. Yearly totals will be given, Ranger Stephanie Mueller of Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, Tenn., will talk about her work, and bluebird houses will be for sale for a jump-start on next year's season.


-- "Antigone": Lee University sets Sophocles' ancient tragedy several decades into the future in this production, which is in its final weekend. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Communication Arts Building, 345 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Tickets are $10-$15.

-- "August: Osage County": Chattanooga Theatre Centre closes out this tragicomedy, about a crisis that brings an extended family together, this weekend. Final performances start at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25.

-- "A Stranger's Suitcase": Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present this production, about understanding each other through our personal stories, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Tickets are $10.

-- "A Bad Year for Tomatoes": The campus Curtain Call Society will present this comedy, about a glamorous actress's efforts to retire among the nosy residents of a New England town, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the George R. Johnson Memorial Auditorium at Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive. Admission is free.

-- Musical Revue: Lee University's Opera Theatre will present this annual student performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in Squires Recital Hall in the Humanities Center, 130 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. The performance, which will include scenes and solos from all eras of musical theater, is free and nonticketed. Livestream:

-- Disney Junior Live brings its Costume Palooza tour to Chattanooga for a show at 6 p.m. Monday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Favorite Disney Junior characters and Marvel superheroes will take the stage for a concert of singing, dancing and Spider-Man-style acrobatics. Tickets are $39-$59.

-- "Romeo and Juliet": The UTC Theatre Company will offer Shakespeare's classic love story next week in the Fine Arts Center, 752 Dr. Roland Carter St. (formerly Vine Street). Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Nov. 19, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. Tickets are $10-$12.


-- Chattanooga Community Orchestra will present two Veterans Day concerts this week: one at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., and the other at 2 p.m. Friday at Hickory Valley Retirement Community, 6705 Ballard Drive. Admission is free to both.

-- Veterans Day parade in downtown Dunlap, Tenn., is set for a 10 a.m. start Friday. The route begins at Sequatchie County Courthouse, 22 Cherry St., and continues south on Rankin Avenue to state Route 28 to Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park, 878 Cordell Drive, where commemorative ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. (all times Central). 423-949-9000

-- Veterans Day celebration: The city of Collegedale will salute its veterans at 3 p.m. Friday in Veterans Memorial Park, 9318 Apison Pike. The program will include patriotic selections performed by the Collegedale Academy Band and presentations by elected officials. Those attending should bring their own seating. In case of rain, ceremonies will move to Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. 423-580-4999

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will offer a Veterans Day concert of patriotic music at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Admission is

— Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, will hold a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday for the latest installation to the Bricks of Honor Walk. Retired U.S. Army Gen. B.B. Bell will be the keynote speaker, and Jennifer Graham, daughter of Medal of Honor recipient Capt. James A. Graham, will be the special guest. Begun as part of the center's initial capital campaign, Bricks of Honor continues as a way to show support for a veteran by purchasing a commemorative brick as a lasting tribute. Also during Veterans Appreciation Weekend, all veterans, active duty and National Guard personnel will be admitted to the museum free of charge through Sunday; spouses will receive a military discount.

— Vascular Group of University Surgical Associates is offering a free vascular screening this month for anyone 50 and older who has served in the armed forces. Such screenings can detect an often "silent" disease that can lead to strokes or aneurysms. The 15-minute screening will check for three types of vascular disease: carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm. Appointments are available at five USA Vascular Diagnostic Services locations in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Dayton and Crossville, Tenn., and in Ringgold, Ga. Reservations are required: 423-493-2302

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