Chattanooga-area weekend events include Hollywood producers, Tri-State Home Show

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Bill Wilson, of Chattanooga, tests out a mattress at the Murmaid Mattress booth during the 55th annual Tri-State Home Show in 2022 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The event was sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and EPB Fiber Optics.

Area residents can get a jump on their spring home projects, meet an Olympic athlete and see a founding member of the Grateful Dead in concert this weekend. Here's the chronology.

One programming note: Larry Fleet's show at The Caverns in Pelham, Tenn., is sold out, but you can catch the Chattanooga-based singer/songwriter at the Moon River Festival in September.

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-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will continue special programming for its Beauford Delaney exhibition with Vision + Verse: Jazz Age Nights 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Creatives Kimmie J Soul, Deshawn Roberts and Erika Roberts will interpret 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 Delaney and Baldwin. Admission is free.

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-- RISE Chattanooga, 2409 Taylor St., will present "It's Giving Art," an evening of personal stories by local artists, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, but RSVP.

-- Playful Evolving Monsters, an arts organization, will offer a Lantern Playshop 6:15-7:45 p.m. Thursday at Soddy-Daisy Community Library, 9619 Dayton Pike. This is a free do- it-yourself session to make crafts for the second annual Light Up Chattanooga Lantern Parade on April 1. More sessions are scheduled the first three Thursdays in March at various locations. Register:

-- Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, will open "Continuu," a showcase of works by nine senior graphic design majors, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall. The works will remain on view through March 17. 423-236-2732

-- Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., will host the premiere of a collaborative short film composed by artist Juno at 7 p.m. Thursday. The film project examines the Conasauga River in Whitfield County, Ga., and the people who care for it. After the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the importance of the river and answer questions. Admission is free.

-- AVA Gallery, 30 Frazier Ave., will hold an opening reception for two exhibits 6-9 p.m. Friday. In the main gallery, "Scenic City Views" is a group exhibit with more than 40 works in various media that depict different aspects of the area's landscape, communities, history and people. In the Landis Education Gallery is "Beyond the Surface," showcasing new bodies of work by the two UTC art students, Joseph Goodman (photography and media art) and Savannah Hodges (sculpture), who've been awarded faculty-voted Lillian B. Feinstein Scholarships for 2023. The exhibitions will be on view through April 7.

-- Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will host an opening reception for "Territorial: The Land and Us," 6-8 p.m. Friday. Curated by Massachusetts artist Haley Clouser, the exhibition examines the Colonial mentality that champions land as property to be owned, conquered and exploited. It will be on view through June 16. Studios will be open 3-5 p.m. Saturday for visitors to meet February's artists in residence.

-- Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd., will celebrate the opening of an art contest exhibition Saturday with a Community Day that offers free admission to the museum. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will welcome vocalist Rishard & Friends for the weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5.

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., will feature alt-rock band Cody Canada & The Departed at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25.

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has two events coming up. The orchestra will feature Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 in a Masterworks concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Guest artist Ning An, a former Lee University music professor, will precede the concert with a public masterclass at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Squires Recital Hall on the Cleveland, Tenn., campus, 1120 N. Ocoee St. The masterclass is free. Concert tickets are $15-$90. On Monday, the CSO, the CSO Youth Orchestras and several community choral groups will team up for a side-by-side concert in the CSO's ongoing Bessie Smith: Orchestrating the Blues project. The performance will feature additional music by Black composers, including Chattanoogan Roland Carter. Guests include vocalist Neshawn Calloway, narrator LaFrederick Thirkill, the CSO Chorus, Voci Virili Men's Consort, Voices of Reason Women's Ensemble, Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song, the Battle Ensemble, Center for Creative Arts choirs and the Chattanooga Spiritual Ensemble. Tickets are $10-$15.

-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will host the Tivoli Theatre Foundation fundraising gala with a founding member of the Grateful Dead in concert at 8 p.m. Friday. Bob Weir & Wolf Bros formed in 2018 to perform the Dead's catalog and Weir's solo work. Since 2020, they've been joined by The Wolfpack, a string and brass quintet that adds an orchestral element to the seminal band's songs. Tickets are $59-$300. Premium ticketholders will have access to a catered reception at 6 p.m. and private bar throughout the event.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has three shows coming up. Friday features melodic metal band Emerge, with support from Fault Lines and Hormesis, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Saturday is a day-early Johnny Cash Birthday Bash featuring tribute band Cashback, whose frontman, Leif Bondarenko, sounds a lot like "The Man in Black." Hannah Juanita opens the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Tuesday at 6 p.m. is Music Social Night to celebrate the completion of the Chattanooga Music Census, with music by local hip-hop artist Swayyvo. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

-- WoodSongs Dalton will welcome the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga. The ensemble's music ranges from Bach to Beatles, played on mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass. Tickets are $20-$24. Proceeds benefit the DEO Clinic, which serves low-income uninsured Dalton-area residents.

-- Jericho Brass, a Chattanooga-based, British-style brass ensemble, will perform a "Through the Fire" winter concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Hixson, 5800 Grubb Road. Admission is free.

-- Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has three performances next week. Monday offers two options at 7:30 p.m.: "A Concert of Worship" by the Symphonic Band in the Conn Center, 150 11th St. NE, and a faculty recital by pianist Muen Vanessa Wei in Squires Recital Hall, 1120 N. Ocoee St. The Symphonic Band will be accompanied by the Redemption Point Choir and Abba's House Worship singers. Wei will perform music by Chopin, Beethoven and Strauss. Both performances are free and nonticketed. The recital will be livestreamed at The Presidential Concert Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, also in Squires Recital Hall, with the Lysander Piano Trio performing works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Bridge and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $5-$15.

-- Southern Adventist University will welcome award-winning Chinese accordionist Hanzhi Wang at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Mabel Wood Hall's Ackerman Auditorium. Praised by judges for her "staggering virtuosity," Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 60-year history. Tickets are $8. 423-236-2814


-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has four nights of entertainment planned. Wednesday starts with a set by Ooltewah comedian Big Ed Caylor at 7 p.m. for a $10 ticket. The Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. is sold out. A Next Level Comedy Showcase for Rising Talents is 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. The weekend headliner is Katie K, an Arkansas native who has appeared on "America's Got Talent" and its spin-off, "AGT Extreme." Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22.

-- An Evening With Tamika Catchings, a fundraiser for the Cleveland State Community College Foundation, is set for 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. A four-time Olympic gold medalist, Catchings retired from the WNBA after playing college ball under coach Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee. The $125 ticket includes a reception, dinner and program. An online fundraising auction, underway at, will end at 6:30 that night. Tickets:

-- Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd., concludes its Black History Month programs with a free "Chattanooga Black History" program with Clark "Deaconbluz" White and guests at 6 p.m. Thursday. Livestream:

-- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., ends its free Winter Workshop Series with a program on "Don't Get Caught in Dangerous Weather" 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Attend in person (registration recommended) or virtually (register for link).

-- The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., will offer games and music spun by a DJ as the finale of its Black History Month events 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, but registration is requested.

-- RISE Chattanooga, 2901 Taylor St., will host two Black History Month events at which two entertainment industry professionals will offer their views on cultural representation in the media. Black Joy Is: Self-Acceptance, at 6 p.m. Friday, will feature Chattanooga native John Montague, associate producer of the 2016 film "Moonlight," which won three Oscars, including Best Picture, out of eight nominations. Black Joy Is: Creativity & Culture, at 6 p.m. Saturday, will feature Raynelle Swilling, executive producer of the OWN series "Cherish the Day," who'll discuss her experience creating authentic portrayals of Black life on screen. A Q&A will follow each program. Admission is free, but reservations are advised.

-- Tri-State Home Show is this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, the vendor expo is focused on all aspects of home construction and renovation, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens and landscaping. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $16 for a weekend pass; $5 seniors 60+; free for children 16 and younger. Bring a canned good to donate to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a $1 discount. A portion of proceeds will go to local chapters of the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.

-- Superhero Defense Training: Star Wars Edition will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Story Land at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Pope's Martial Arts Academy will provide the Jedi training (bring your own light saber), along with stories and free character photos. There is no cost to participate.

-- Black Owned Business Expo, a celebration of history, culture and commerce, will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.

-- Women's Army Corps program: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a 90-minute, ranger-led program, "They Have Been Warned," at 2 p.m. Saturday that explores the ruins of the 3rd Women's Army Corps training facility and the challenges faced by the women based on race. The Visitor Center is at 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and the free program will start at Tour Stop 1. A 1-mile hike is included on a path that is likely to be muddy.

-- Chattanooga & North Georgia Bridal Expo, a wedding fair with industry professionals, demonstrations, gifts and cash prizes, is scheduled noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Admission is $10.

-- National Pancake Day is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at IHOP restaurants nationwide. In return for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes, dine-in customers are encouraged to donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit that supports children's hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, including Children's Hospital at Erlanger. The Chattanooga area has IHOPs at 5814 Brainerd Road, 5113 Highway 153 and 2047 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. There are also locations in Cleveland, Tenn., and Calhoun, Dalton and Ellijay, Ga.


-- "The 'Little' Magic Flute": Lee University's Opera Theatre will present an adaptation of an adaptation of this Mozart classic in four performances this weekend in the Dixon Center, 1053 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Lee graduate Tyler Steele translated and adapted the one-act version after seeing it presented with a six-member cast in Germany last summer. His version added roles for the larger Lee company "so that everyone would have something to play," he said in a news release. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$8.

-- "Doubt: A Parable": Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's first production of 2023 will end its run this weekend with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the new black-box theater at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards, "Doubt" forces its characters to confront their commitment to their faith. Tickets are $17-$20.

-- "Newsies": The musical inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City opens this weekend at Ringgold High School, 29 Tiger Trail, Ringgold, Ga. The RHS Performing Arts production is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, (same schedule March 2-4). Tickets are $5-$10. Proceeds from this Saturday's evening show will be donated to the oncology department at Children's Hospital at Erlanger.

-- "The Color Purple": Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., is midway through a run of a musical version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule March 2-5). Tickets are $20-$25.

  photo  Contributed Photo / The Signal Mountain Playhouse ends its run of the comedy "Boeing Boeing" this weekend at the Mountain Arts Community Center. The cast includes, from left, Emma Veys, John Nichols, Dennis Parker, Emma St. Kathryn (kneeling), Sarah Stone and Margaret Cooke.

-- "Boeing Boeing": This Signal Mountain Playhouse production about a playboy pilot and the women he's wooing concludes this weekend at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. Final performances of the comedy start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 (cash or check).

-- "Chess": One Night in Bangkok Productions presents this musical about a Cold War-era chess tournament between American and Soviet grandmasters and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. The music is by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, half of the pop supergroup ABBA, with a book by Tim Rice, a Disney musical mastermind. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Tickets are $22-$25.

-- "White Rabbit Red Rabbit": Tiger Leap Productions offers a native playwright's look into modern Iran the next two weekends at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Each of the eight shows will feature a different actor with no rehearsals, no director and no set. Some of the biggest names in film and theater have offered interpretations in some of its previous 2,000 performances around the world. Shows start at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 3-4. Tickets are $20-$30.

-- "The Importance of Being Earnest": Back Alley Productions offers a final weekend of this comedy about an identity swap at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Tickets are $13-$15.

-- "The Enchanted Bookshop": Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn., delves into the story of a used bookstore where characters come to life at night. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. March 4-5. Tickets are $14-$16.

-- "Chicago": The Tony Award-winning musical about fame, fortune and all that jazz is next in the Broadway series at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through March 2. Tickets are $55-$85.

-- "Into the Woods": Stephen Sondheim's musical mashup of fairy tales will be presented next week by the UTC Theatre Company. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through March 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Tickets are $12-$15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.