BlueCross Bowl, Watergate journalist lecture, open mics in the Chattanooga area’s weekend entertainment mix

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Alcoa's Major Newman, right, takes off with the championship trophy as teammates Itty Salter, left, and McCoy Mothershed follow. The Alcoa Tornadoes defeated the East Nashville Eagles 45-14 to win the TSSAA Division 1, Class 3A football championship in the BlueCross Bowl at Finley Stadium, on Dec. 3, 2021.
Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / Alcoa's Major Newman, right, takes off with the championship trophy as teammates Itty Salter, left, and McCoy Mothershed follow. The Alcoa Tornadoes defeated the East Nashville Eagles 45-14 to win the TSSAA Division 1, Class 3A football championship in the BlueCross Bowl at Finley Stadium, on Dec. 3, 2021.

Comedian Henry Cho, country band Little Texas and the BlueCross Bowl are among the weekend entertainment highlights not related to the holidays. Here's the chronology.


-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will feature music by three local bands, food trucks and a cash bar 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday for Artist Notes: Folk & Finster. The program coincides with an exhibition of works by Howard Finster on view through January. Event admission is $10.

-- Northside Gallery, inside Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., will have a final reception for a collection of works by the Mountain Arts Guild of Signal Mountain 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit closes Dec. 19. 423-266-1766

-- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host an opening reception for the December exhibition, "I Am Woman," by Chattanooga artist Miki Boni, 5-8 p.m. Friday. In a news release, Boni said she used a portrait format for the nine paintings, representing women of different races, ethnicities and cultures, "so the viewer will stand eye to eye with each subject in all her richness of person and possibility."

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-- Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., will host local sculptor Rick Booth at a reception 6-8 p.m. Friday. His latest body of work is "Horse Show," a series of draft horses sculpted from white pine. His work is available for purchase through Dec. 12.

-- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., plans a Scott Hill block party 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will highlight the artist's intricate paintings on 1- to 2-inch wooden blocks.


-- The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., will feature Knoxville-born actor and comedian Henry Cho in a stand-up show at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35-$50.

-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will host an open mic for new talents at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7. The weekend headliner is Mutzie, featured on six seasons of BET's "Comic View." Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.


-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will host Dexter Bell & Friends at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the weekly Jazz in the Lounge set. Cover is $5. The next installment of Chattanooga Super Sessions with host Nathan Bell and guest musicians Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell, is 7-9 p.m. Monday. The evening also promises an appearance by Krampus, a half-goat, half-demon beast from German folklore. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

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-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., will welcome country singer-songwriter Chris Knight at 7 p.m. Thursday. Knight's songs have been recorded by Confederate Railroad, Randy Travis and John Anderson, among others. Tickets are $25-$30.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, inside Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St., has four shows this weekend. Alt-metal band 10 Years will perform at 9 p.m. Thursday, with support from Terminal Overdrive. Tickets are $20-$40. Same As It Ever Was will offer a tribute to the rock band Talking Heads at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15-$20. Two shows Saturday are part of MainX24 festivities: Big Bam Boom in a tribute to pop duo Hall & Oates at 9 p.m. ($12-$25) and Mystery Box's Midnight Disco, a benefit for The Pop-Up Project ($15).

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will host two shows this weekend. Thursday features Beatles tribute band The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55. Saturday offers Black Violin, led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes joining them onstage for a fusion of classical and hip-hop music. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $29-$54.

-- CSO Youth Orchestras' Chamber Players, ensembles in which young musicians are mentored by professionals from the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave. Admission is free.

-- Little Texas, a country band known for such hits as "God Blessed Texas" and "What Might Have Been," will be in concert 6-11:30 p.m. Sunday at Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. The show is a fundraiser for the Chattanooga & Cleveland Firefighters Association. Tickets are $28. Buyers can choose Chattanooga Local 820 or Cleveland Local 3748 to benefit from their ticket purchase.

-- Daryl Mosley, a singer-songwriter whose style encompasses country, bluegrass and gospel, will perform at two area churches Sunday. He'll be at Lee Station Baptist Church, 10109 Old State Highway 28, Pikeville, Tenn., at 11 a.m. CST and at Bartlebaugh Baptist Church, 6129 Champion Road, Chattanooga, at 7 p.m.


-- Chattown Poets will have an open mic 8-10 p.m. Wednesday at Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St. Sign ups start at 7:30 p.m. Guests include spoken-word artists Truth Serum, J Moore and Ceasar Cruze. Works are not limited to the night's theme, "Dear America," but poetry that speaks to social issues is especially welcome. Prizes will be awarded based on audience voting.

-- Carl Bernstein lecture: The legendary journalist, who with Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal, will be at Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, at 7 p.m. Thursday for a talk on "Why Truth Still Matters." The program, to be held in the Iles P.E. Center, is the inaugural event in the R. Lynn Sauls Endowed Lecture Series. The audience may submit questions for a Q&A with Bernstein during his conversation with local television host Alison Lebovitz. Admission is free, but reservations are highly recommended.

-- BlueCross Bowl, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's high school football championships, is Thursday through Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Two Chattanooga teams are among the 18 in contention: Baylor, playing Montgomery Bell Academy for the Division II-AAA championship at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Tyner, playing Riverside for the Class 2A championship at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Parking at the stadium costs $10. Games will be televised by several cable providers.

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-- Cherokee history will be explored in a program 2-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District's gateway site, 10 Hamm Road. "The Answer to Illegal Settlement on Cherokee Land" will talk about what happened in June of 1820 between Chattanooga and Rossville after Cherokee chief John Ross sent a letter to Gen. Andrew Jackson requesting the removal of white settlers illegally living south of the Tennessee River, six months after they ignored a Jan. 1 deadline to leave. Jackson's troops were busy building a military road through Tennessee, which meant the Cherokee had to employ their own force, a mounted brigade known as the Light Horse, to remove the settlers. The program is free. Folding chairs are welcome.

-- Highland games (of a sort) are scheduled Saturday at WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St., to celebrate the craft brewery's four-year anniversary. The birthday bash includes keg toss, sack race and stein hold competitions, 2-5 p.m.; new releases from the brewers, 4-6 p.m.; an art extravaganza, 6-8 p.m.; and live music, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

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