Hispanic Heritage Month events, a new art show celebrating Black artists, NoonTunes and more happening in Chattanooga this weekend

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Dancers in traditional costume from Dalton, Ga., perform a folk dance from Mexico at the Chattanooga State Community College Latin Festival kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 14, 2019.

Lee University's Oct. 4 Wind Ensemble concert has been canceled.


A forecast of rain from Hurricane Ian has forced the cancellation of the Hamilton County Fair at McDonald Farm and championship races by the Outboard Drag Boat Association at Chester Frost Park this weekend. Most other events are still on, including the 3 Sisters Festival at Ross's Landing.

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Notable among the offerings are the season openings at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre and the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, as well as the third major show of the year at the Hunter Museum of American Art.

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-- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, will open an art exhibit by Dana Shavin, "Inspired by Actual Events," 5-8 p.m. Thursday. The show will remain on view through Oct. 13. Admission is free. signalmacc.org

-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, wraps up its 70th anniversary yearlong focus on collecting with the third of three special exhibitions, "Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art," opening at 6 p.m. Thursday. "Memories & Inspiration" features 67 selected works from a body of art amassed over 35 years by a retired mailman and former television news producer who became art connoisseurs. The collection will be on view through Jan. 8. The opening includes live music, hands-on activities and a cash bar. Admission is $20 for nonmember adults. huntermuseum.org


-- Latina Professionals of Chattanooga will continue its Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Celebration 5-7 p.m. Thursday in Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Ga. The event includes free entertainment, Latin American food and giveaways. Admission is free. latinaprochatt.com

-- Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, will present a Latin Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Activities include music and dance, free haircuts and basic health screenings, Latin food and a bounce house, story time and other events for children. Admission is free. 423-697-3220.

  photo  Staff Photo by Robin Rudd/ Dancers in traditional costume from Dalton, Ga., perform a folk dance from Mexico at the Chattanooga State Community College Latin Festival kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 14, 2019.


-- NoonTunes, a fall concert series, continues Thursday with indie trio Call Me Spinster performing at noon in Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Admission is free. The concert streams live on Facebook, and a recording will air at 7 p.m. Friday on WUTC-FM 88.1. rivercitycompany.com

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera launches its 90th season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a "French Impressions" Masterworks concert. The opening night performance includes Ravel's masterpiece "Bolero"and a Poulenc's concerto that will showcase local pianists ChoEun Lee and Alan Nichols. Tickets are $10-$90. Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Ian will receive 50% discounts (must show a Florida ID at will-call). chattanoogasymphony.org

-- Southern Adventist University will present a symphony orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. The performance will include music by Brahms, Haydn and Dvorak. Admission is free. southern.edu/musicevents

-- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two concerts on the calendar. Genre-blending singer/songwriter Teddy Swims will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $50-$60. Mongolian folk metal band The Hu, whose act includes throat singing, will stop on the Black Thunder tour at 8 p.m. Sunday. Fire From the Gods will open. Tickets are $25-$30. thesignaltn.com

-- Campfire Concert Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Tickets, $25-$30 in advance, include entertainment by Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers, beer from Hutton & Smith Brewing, s'mores and the option to camp overnight. reflectionriding.org

-- Athens Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., opens its House Blend Concert Series with "Solid Gold Country," a simulated radio show modeled on the Grand Ole Opry, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A dozen live performers and the house band September Song will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $12-$17 and include light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. athensartscouncil.org

-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes Black Jacket Symphony for a re-creation of rock band Van Halen's "1984" album at 8 p.m. Friday. The album, which has sold more than 10 million copies, produced four top singles: "Jump," "Panama," "I'll Wait" and "Hot for Teacher." Tickets are $35-$50. tivolichattanooga.com

-- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., has two shows this weekend. Southern soul artist Anderson East is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, with Wilder Woods and Aaron Raitiere supporting. Tickets are $49. A dance/electronic night will be headlined by Kayzo, with support from Hol! and Layz, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55-$130. All times are Central. thecaverns.com

-- Boot Scootin' for Books, a fundraiser for the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, will feature Matt Cordell and Whisky Business 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, rain or shine, at First Street square, 220 First St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. A fixture in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Cordell is known for tributes to artists including Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Jason Aldean. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $60-$65 for the VIP patio, which opens at 6 p.m. and includes food and drink with Cordell. Bring your own seating. 423-472-2163

-- 3 Sisters Festival of Bluegrass Music, a two-day concert event, is 6-11 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Luminaries in the lineup include Rhonda Vincent and Bela Fleck on Friday, The Gibson Brothers and Mipso on Saturday. The New Dismembered Tennesseans will host. Admission is free. The event is tentatively rain or shine, barring dangerous conditions such as lightning. 3sistersbluegrass.com

-- Blues, Groove and Laughter Tour, featuring blues music by Bigg Robb, R&B by Levelle and comedy by Joe Torry and Kenny Howell, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. The evening also includes a DJ and dance floor. Tickets are $37-$99. eventbrite.com

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome three-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams and her band at 8 p.m. Saturday. Rolling Stone recently ranked her 1998 masterpiece, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road," as No. 6 on its 100 Greatest Country Albums of All Time. Tickets are $40-$60. tivolichattanooga.com

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., is dark this weekend (shows by Randall Bramblett on Friday and The Bones of J.R. Jones on Saturday are postponed), but picks up its schedule at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Episode 2 of the Songbirds Radio Hour, focusing on the 1970s punk band Television, New York City's early punk scene and the famed CBGB music club. The interview features Television's co-founder and guitarist Richard Lloyd, who'll play a short set with house band Zowie & the Vanguards. Admission is free. songbirdsfoundation.org

-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., has two events scheduled. Monday features a Chattanooga Super Session with host Nathan Bell welcoming fellow musicians Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell. Music starts at 7 p.m., with no cover (donations appreciated). Wednesday continues the weekly Jazz in the Lounge show with the Alan Wyatt Quartet. Cover is $5. barkinglegs.org


-- National Coffee Day is Thursday. Many places are offering discounts, freebies with purchase or deals through an app or reward program, including Burger King, Duck Donuts, Dunkin', McDonald's, Panera, Scooter's Coffee, Smoothie King, Barnes & Noble bookstores and the Pilot Flying J and Race Trac gas stations. Krispy Kreme will pour you a cup just for showing up.

-- Hootenanny for Hope, a fundraiser with dinner, live and silent auctions and music by bluegrass band Southern Raised, starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Barn at Faith Farms, 136 County Road 260, Athens, Tenn. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit Blazing Hope Ranch, which serves survivors of human trafficking. blazinghoperanch.org

-- Chattanooga Pride, the city's longest-standing LGBTQ+ organization, is nearing the conclusion of Pride Week. Remaining events include Pride on the River, 4-9 p.m. Thursday at Scotties on the River, 491 Riverfront Parkway, and the Pride Ball, 7-11 p.m. Friday at Chattanooga Event Center, 2193 Park Drive. Saturday includes multiple events: Beyond the Ribbon: Le Brunch en Blanc, hosted by Cempa Community Care, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Parkside Hall, 2035 Polk St.; Sign Crafting Party hosted by Soft Animal, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.; and Dare To Drag, featuring Kandy from Season 13 of "RuPaul's Drag Race," hosted by the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area, 8:30 p.m. at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. The week's finale is Sunday's Pride Festival, scheduled 12:30-7 p.m. at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. It opens with a parade at 11:30 a.m. and ends with an after-party 7-9 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 205 Broad St. Some events are ticketed, and some have age minimums. chattanoogapride.com

-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., features Cory Michaelis, who bills himself as a full-time comedian, part-time teacher and negative influencer on Instagram and TikTok, at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19. thecomedycatch.com

-- Tennessee River Rescue, a community cleanup effort, is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at 21 sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries in Hamilton, Bradley, Marion and Catoosa counties (times may vary by site). Volunteers may check in with site coordinators in advance or walk up day of to participate. tennesseeriverrescue.org

-- Chattanooga Drive Electric Festival is scheduled 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at The Bend, 1067 Riverfront Parkway. The showcase will feature owner/advocate plug-in hybrid and battery-powered cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, experimental and commercial vehicles, plus CARTA's electric buses and electric commercial trucks and vans from Covenant Logistics and Lee-Smith Inc. driveelectricsceniccity.org

-- Southern Lit Alliance welcomes author Kai Harris for a talk on her book, "What the Fireflies Knew," a coming-of-age story about African American sisters, at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. southernlitalliance.org

-- Susan G. Komen More Than Pink Walk will begin registration at 7 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. The fundraiser to end breast cancer also will include entertainment, arts, crafts, fashion show and other experiences inside the mall 10 a.m-2 p.m. hamiltonplace.com

-- Tennessee Valley Heart Walk, an American Heart Association event to raise funds for better heart health, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Teams and individuals may sign up to help raise funds. chattanoogaheartwalk.org

-- Next Chapter Con, a literary convention, is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Nearly 50 local authors and independent publishers are taking part, and activities will be available for children. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door (ages 13 and up). nextchaptercon.com

-- Adventure Van Expo, a weekend celebrating the "van life" community with van vendors and overland products, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. The event also includes live music, food, beer and a DIY contest of custom build-outs. Admission is $10. adventurevanexpo.com/chatt

-- Chattanooga Market will present the Erlanger Health Fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Medical staff will be on hand for advice and screenings. Vendors will have local produce, arts and crafts for sale. Acoustic band Flattop Boxers will entertain at 12:30 p.m., followed by singer/songwriter duo In the Company of Wolves/Be the Change at 2 p.m. Admission is free. chattanoogamarket.com


-- Chattanooga Football Club, a National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team, will play the last home game of the season versus Charlotte FC, of the Major League Soccer Next Pro league, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Tickets are $7-$16. chattanoogafc.com

-- Chattanooga Red Wolves, a USL-League One men's professional team, plays the last home game of the season against Charlotte Independence at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. The home-field finale includes a pregame Beerfest and post-game fireworks. Tickets are $15-$52. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com


-- "The Crucible," an Arthur Miller play inspired by the Salem witch trials, will be presented this weekend at Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Show time is at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $7-$10. showtix4u.com

-- "Tin Cat Shoes," about a corporate wilderness retreat that goes awry when a bear shows up, will play for two weekends at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Shows start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 7-8, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets are $12-$15. signalmacc.org

-- "The Sound of Music," the beloved musical set in 1938 Austria and based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, opens the 99th season at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Performances opening weekend are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Another 10 performances are scheduled through Oct. 16. Tickets are $20-$30. theatrecentre.com

-- "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," detailing the rise to fame of the legendary Motown group, will open the Broadway Series at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., next week. Eight performances are scheduled over six days. First performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $40-$70. tivolichattanooga.com

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