Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including the home show, basketball great Tamika Catchings)

Contributed Photo by Ellis Vener / The Atlanta Mandolin Society will play the next Woodsongs Dalton concert on Feb. 25.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.


In celebration of Black History Month, speeches, statements, art and musical performances completed by students at Chattanooga Preparatory School for their annual "Speak Like a King" event can be accessed online at Each year, middle and high school students at the all-boys school are tasked with honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by sharing their hopes and dreams for themselves and their community. Michael Dexter Howard, director of theater at the school, said he's been inspired by the performances as well as excited that it's "entirely a student product" -- not just the performances but the recording, editing and posting duties. The production team for "Speak Like a King" was made up of three ninth-graders: videographer Edwin Tomas and photographers Nathan Strickland and Matthew Gomez.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Transition" by Dannita Noble, through March 17.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Scenic City Views" and UTC Feinstein Scholarship BFA Student Exhibition, Feb. 24-April 7. Opening reception, 6- 9 p.m. Feb. 24.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER -- 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Community Day, with free admission, to celebrate opening of art contest exhibition, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 25. bessiesmithculturalcenter

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD -- 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. "Arts in Health" and Conasauga River-inspired works by Juno in the Artists at Work series, through Feb. 28.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit," through May 7.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

› Through Feb. 28: Banner Art show by member artists.

› Through April 2: "Languages of Love" community show.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. Vision + Verse: Jazz Age Nights, with creatives Kimmie J Soul, Deshawn Roberts and Erika Roberts interpreting the choreography of Cab Calloway, music of Ella Fitzgerald and poetry of James Baldwin, ending in a conversation about the role of community in the work of artist Beauford Delaney and Baldwin, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 23. Free.

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "As It Was Give(n) to Me" by Stacy Kranitz, through March 12. Part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and Stove Works).

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "Go Red for Women," jewelry by Eleanor Goodson, Barbara Murnan and Carol Ott, through Feb. 28. Ten percent of show sales and all customer donations go to American Heart Association.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn.

› Feb. 19: Grape Escape fundraising dinner, sold out.

› Feb. 21: Mardi Gras celebration with Vendetta Brass Band, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 16 members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through April 30. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show, through May 5.

RISE CHATTANOOGA -- 2409 Taylor St. It's Giving Art, personal stories by local artists, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. RSVP:

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Jacqueline Green, Linda Kerlin and Anna Marie Pavlik, through Feb. 28.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. "Peace and War: The Assyrian Conquest of Lachish," artifacts unearthed in Israel by SAU's Institute of Archaeology and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, through May 2025.

STOVE WORKS -- 1250 E. 13th St.

› Through Feb. 25: "Wayfinder," works by Ashely Peifer, Jody Hays and Katherine Adkins.

› Feb. 24-June 16: "Territorial: The Land and Us." Opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 24.

› Feb. 25: Open studios to meet February's artists in residence, 3-5 p.m.

› Through May 12: "And I Shall Still Be Lonely," works by Chattanooga artists inspired by artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry, part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and the ICA at UTC).

TOWNSEND ATELIER -- 301 E. 11th St. "Abiding in the Moment" by Robin MacKillop (paintings and drawings) and Maria Willison (sculptures and drawings), through March 3.


CREATIVE ARTS GUILD -- 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Collaborative film premiere by artist Juno about Conasauga River in Whitfield County and the people who care for it, 7 p.m. Feb 23. Followed by Q&A. Free.

IMAX 3D THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. Limited run of Marvel feature film "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," 3:45 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19-20, 7 p.m. Feb. 21-24, 3:45 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26, 7 p.m. Feb. 27-March 2 (3:45 p.m. screenings in 3D). $15 (discounts for members).


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Rishard & Friends, 7 p.m. Feb. 22. $5.


› Feb. 24: Emerge, with Fault Lines and Hormesis, 8 p.m. $12-$15.

› Feb. 25: Cashback: The Johnny Cash Tribute Birthday Bash, with Hannah Juanita, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Larry Fleet, with Ben Burgess, 8 p.m. CST Feb. 25. Sold out.


› Feb. 19: Family concert, "Peter and the Wolf," with Playful Evolving Monsters puppets, 3 p.m. at The Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St. Come early for crafts and instrument petting zoo. Free.

› Feb. 23: Masterworks concert, featuring Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by guest artist Ning An, 7:30 p.m. $15-$90.

CHRISTWAY CHURCH -- 6201 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah. Big Daddy Weave on Only the Beginning Tour, with Hannah Kerr and The Young Escape, 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Doors open at 5 p.m. for premium ticketholders. $20-$75.

JERICHO BRASS -- First Baptist Church of Hixson, 5800 Grubb Road. "Through the Fire" winter concert, 4 p.m. Feb. 26. Free.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Tivoli Theatre Foundation gala with Bob Weir & The Wolf Bros, featuring The Wolfpack, 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $59-$300.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

› Feb. 21: Tennessee Songwriters Week showcase of qualifying round winners, 6-8 p.m. $5.

› Feb. 23: Cody Canada and The Departed, 7 p.m. $25.

WOODSONGS DALTON -- First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga. Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra, 2 p.m. Feb. 26. $20-$24. Proceeds benefit DEO Clinic, serving low-income uninsured Dalton-area residents.


ALL AMERICAN GUN SHOW -- Alhambra Shrine, 1000 Alhambra Drive. Buy, sell and trade with more than 100 vendors and appraisers, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19. (last day). $11.

AN EVENING WITH TAMIKA CATCHINGS -- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Former Lady Vols and WNBA player and four-time Olympic gold medalist speaks at fundraiser for Cleveland State Community College Foundation, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 23. $125 includes reception, dinner and program. Online fundraising auction ends at 6:30 p.m. same night. (tickets), (auction)

  photo  AP Photo/Bill Feig/File / Tennessee's Tamika Catchings, top, battles for control of a loose ball with Louisiana State's April Brown (22) during a Jan. 6, 2000, game in New Orleans. Catchings, now retired from a professional career with the WNBA, will be the guest speaker for a benefit in Cleveland, Tenn., on Feb. 23.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER --200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Weekly Black History Month programs conclude with "Chattanooga Black History" program with Clark "Deaconbluz" White and guests, 6 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. Livestream:

BLACK OWNED BUSINESS EXPO -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Second annual celebration of history, culture and commerce, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Feb. 25.

CHATTANOOGA & NORTH GEORGIA BRIDAL EXPO -- Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Wedding fair with industry professionals, demonstrations, gifts and cash prizes, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 26. $10.

THE CHATTERY -- 1800 Rossville Ave. Finale of the weekly Black History Month events includes games and a live DJ, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. Free.

THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

› Feb. 19: Jason Cheny, 7:30 p.m. (final night). $22-$25.

› Feb. 22: Open Mic Night for newcomers, 7:30 p.m. $7.

› Feb. 23: Next Level Comedy Showcase for rising talents, 7:30 p.m. $12.

› Feb. 24-25: Katie K, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

CON NOOGA -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Pop-culture fandom convention, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 19 (last day). $10.

DAYTON ICE RINK -- Centennial Park, 391 Second Ave., Dayton, Tenn. Outdoor ice rink, through Feb. 28 (schedule varies). $10 ages 13 and older, $8 younger skaters. 423-775-9847

HOUSTON MUSEUM ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE -- Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. Forty-ninth annual event for Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19 (final day). $10.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER --400 Garden Road. Registration required.

› Feb. 24: Get Schooled: Native Animals, with chance to learn about the resident bobcat, raptors and red wolves, 1:30- 2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

› Feb. 24-25: Owl Flight Training with new animal ambassador Winnie the barn owl, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). Must be at least 13 to participate in flight training. $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

› Feb. 25: Tours of the native plant nursery, 8-10:30 a.m. Register for free plant.

› Feb. 25: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

› Feb. 25: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

SUPERHERO DEFENSE TRAINING: STAR WARS EDITION -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Jedi training with Pope's Martial Arts Academy, plus stories and free character photos, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25 in Story Land (bring your own light saber). Free.

TRI-STATE HOME SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Vendor expo focused on all aspects of home construction and renovation, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens and landscaping, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 24-25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26. $10 adults, $16 weekend pass; $5 seniors 60+; free for children 16 and younger. Bring a canned good to donate to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for $1 discount. Portion of proceeds will go to local chapters of American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.

WINTER HIKE CHALLENGE -- Outshine Adventures challenge to hike 90 miles in 90 days, on your own or on scheduled group hikes, through March 20. Levels for casual ($20), moderate ($45) and advanced ($65) participation. A native tree will be planted for those who complete the challenge.

WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES -- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Free series concludes with program on "Don't Get Caught in Dangerous Weather," 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Attend in person (registration recommended) or virtually (register for link).


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE -- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

› Feb. 19: "School of Rock: The Musical," 2 p.m. (final show). $15-$20.

› Feb. 25-26: Auditions for children's theater production "The Little Prince," 2-4 p.m. (youth), 4 p.m. (adults). Show dates April 21-30.

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS -- Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Importance of Being Earnest," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $13-$15.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE -- 400 River St. "The Color Purple: The Musical," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 24-25, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. March 2, 8 p.m. March 3-4, 2:30 p.m. March 5. $20-$25.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. "Frozen Jr.," through March 26. $14-$23.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA -- Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike. "Doubt," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-25. Rated PG-13. $17-$20. theatreofchattanooga

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK PRODUCTIONS -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "Chess: The Musical," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $22-$25.

RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL -- 29 Tiger Trail, Ringgold, Ga. RHS Performing Arts presents "Newsies," 7 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 7 p.m. March 2-3, 1 and 7 p.m. March 4. $5-$10. Proceeds from evening show on Feb. 25 will be donated to the oncology department at Children's Hospital at Erlanger. rhsperforming

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. "Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Feb. 19, 24-25. Recommended for adults and older teens, $15 (cash or check).

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE -- 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "The Enchanted Bookshop," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25, 2 p.m. Feb. 26, 2 p.m. March 4-5. $14-$16.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.