Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Dr. Seuss celebration)

AP Photo/File/ The music of blues singer Bessie Smith will be given orchestral arrangements in a Feb. 27 concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, the CSO Youth Orchestras and guests.

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



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

-- "Transition" by Dannita Noble, through March 17.

-- Arts gala, "The Golden Age of Hollywood," 6:30 p.m. March 4. Sold out.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Scenic City Views" and UTC Feinstein Scholarship BFA Student Exhibition, through April 7.

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.


-- "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit," through May 7.

-- "The Little FarmHouse," renovated and expanded early childhood exhibit, now open.

-- AmuseUm: Full Steam Ahead fundraiser, with entertainment, activities, dance floor, food and drink, March 4. $125 general admission (VIP tickets are sold out); $100 for 50-50 raffle (need not be present to win).

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.


-- March 2: Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free admission to permanent collection, $5 admission to "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom" and "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe."

-- March 2: Art + Issues: Representing and Healing Communities, 6-7 p.m. Community activist Marie Mott discusses issues affecting local African Americans and Latin Americans in response to art in "Really Free" exhibition.

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. Stitches in Time Quilt Show, featuring handmade quilts by artisans around the region, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4. Special programming includes awards presentation at 10 a.m. Wednesday; Friday Lunch & Learn on how to start a collage quilted book; Saturday community sew for Isaiah House quilt; silent auction and raffle throughout event. $5 admission.

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.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St.

-- Through Feb. 28: Works by Jacqueline Green, Linda Kerlin and Anna Marie Pavlik.

-- March 1-April 30: Works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul.

-- March 4: Sculpture demo by Pat Magers, 1-4 p.m.

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.

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STOVE WORKS -- 1250 E. 13th St.

-- 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).

-- Through June 16: "Territorial: The Land and Us."

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.


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- March 1: Big Eddie Caylor, 7 p.m. $10.

-- March 3-4: Kristin Lindner, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

-- March 5: Steve Hofstetter in special engagement, 7 p.m. $25 ($30 preferred seating is sold out).

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham on Still Not Canceled tour, 7 p.m. March 3, 5 p.m. March 4. $53.

  photo  Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham poses with his puppet character Walter after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 21, 2017, in Los Angeles. The entertainer will bring his Still Not Canceled tour to Chattanooga's Memorial Auditorium March 3-4. / Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
 Chris Pizzello 


WESTSIDE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH -- 4001 Hughes Ave. Celebration of church's 78th anniversary, with full band and choir, sermon by the Rev. George W. Maize, senior pastor elect, 11 a.m. Feb. 26. Theme is "Still Growing, Still Reaching, Still Praying." Those attending are asked to wear African attire for Black History Month.


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. 26, 7 p.m. Feb. 27-March 2 (3:45 p.m. screening in 3D). $15 (discounts for members).


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7 p.m. March 1. $5.


-- Feb. 28: Music Social Night, celebrating results of Chattanooga Music Census, featuring Swayyvo, 6 p.m. Free but register.

-- March 3: Neon Moon: The Ultimate '90s Country Tribute, with Amber Carrington, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

-- March 4: The Velcro Pygmies, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

-- March 5: Sunday Funday brunch with Danimal, Martelli and Forlines, 1-4 p.m.


-- Feb. 27: CSO and CSO Youth Orchestras in side-by-side concert, Bessie Smith: Orchestrating the Blues, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Features 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. $10-$15.

-- March 5: CSO chamber concert, "Sense of Scale," 3 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway. $35.

CHORAL ARTS OF CHATTANOOGA -- First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. "French Impressions," choral pieces by French composers, including Maurice Durufle's "Requiem," 7:30 p.m. March 2. $15.

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

LEE UNIVERSITY -- Cleveland, Tenn.

-- Feb. 27: "A Concert of Worship" by the Symphonic Band, accompanied by Redemption Point Choir and Abba's House Worship singers, 7:30 p.m. in Conn Center, 150 11th St. NE. Free and nonticketed.

-- Feb. 27: Faculty recital by pianist Muen Vanessa Wei, 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, 1120 N. Ocoee St. Free and nonticketed. Livestream:

-- Feb. 28: Presidential Concert Series with Lysander Piano Trio, 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, 1120 N. Ocoee St. $5-$15.

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB -- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Program by Allyson Ford (soprano), Merrie Beth Eubanks (harp), Jim Martin (handbells), Ivy Smith (piano), Sandy Morris (flute) and William Riddlespurger (piano), 11 a.m. March 1. Free. 423-698-2556

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Joe Bonamassa, 8 p.m. March 5. $62-$202.

PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH -- 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The Primitive Quartet farewell tour, with The Inspirations, Karen Peck & New River and the Triumphant Quartet, 6 p.m. March 4. $25-$30.

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH -- 305 W. Seventh St. Music at St. Paul's series concludes with Seth Parker Woods (cello) and Andrew Rosenblum (piano), 7:30 p.m. March 3. $30-$40 (discounts for students, seniors, groups).

SONGWRITERS STAGE -- The Camp House, 806 E. 12th St. Finale of multiweek competition for local singers and songwriters, 7 p.m. March 3.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Chinese accordionist Hanzhi Wang performs, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Mabel Wood Hall's Ackerman Auditorium. $8 at the door. 423-236-2814

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.


CHATTANOOGA ARBOR DAY -- Shepherd Community Center, 2124 Shepherd Road. Chattanooga Tree Commission will plant 34 trees, 8 a.m.-noon March 4. Includes activities for children, tree pruning demonstrations, recognition of Chattanooga as a Tree City USA at 11 a.m. Register:

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.

COIN SHOW -- Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Tennessee State Numismatic Society expo of coins, currency and related memorabilia, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3-4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5. Young numismatics show for children at 1 p.m. that Saturday. Free admission.

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

EPB'S FREE TREE RELEAF -- Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Free tree to anyone who receives electricity from EPB (subject to verification), 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4.

  photo  Random House / "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff" will be the highlighted book at a Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss celebration at Cleveland State Community College on March 4.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS -- Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Nineteenth annual celebration of the author's birthday by the Early Childhood Education program and the CSCC Library, with stories, art activities, face painting, music, character appearances, refreshments and door prizes, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 4. This year's highlighted book: "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff." All children will receive a goody bag and hardback Dr. Seuss book. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 423-473-2371

HISTORY PROGRAM -- Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Road. "The Life and Death of Chief Doublehead," 30-minute, ranger-led talk about the life of the Chickamauga Cherokee chief hailed as a hero and traitor during his lifetime, 2 p.m. March 5. Folding chairs welcome. Free.

LITERARY INK -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Independent, Harry Potter-inspired tattoo convention, with more than 175 tattoo artists, vendors, tattoo of the day and cosplay contests, magicians, scavenger hunt, noon-9 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5. $10-$30 day pass, $20-$75 weekend pass.

MYSTIKAL MARCH ART & FARMERS MARKET -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Vendors with handcrafted items, live music, food trucks, beer, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 4. Free.

NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY -- IHOP restaurants nationwide. Get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and donate to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (Children's Hospital at Erlanger in the Chattanooga area), 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 28.

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

-- March 3: 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.

-- March 3-4: 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).

-- March 4: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- March 4: Nursery grand reopening, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (coinciding with EPB's Free Tree ReLeaf giveaway).

-- March 4: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

SPRING SEED & PLANT SWAP -- Urban Horticulture Supply, 3009 Wood Ave. A bring some, take some event, with extras from city of Chattanooga's RainSmart program, 1:30-4 p.m. March 4.

SODDY-DAISY ARBOR DAY -- Veterans Park, 9000 Dayton Pike. Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful will plant 35 trees, 9 a.m.-noon March 4.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM -- 1 Broad St. Grand opening of new exhibit, "Ridges to Rivers," 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (timed entry) March 1. $22-$35.

TENNESSEE TREE DAY -- Reserve tree seedlings from Tennessee Environmental Council by Feb. 26 (suggested starting donation of $2) to pick up for mass planting on March 18. Pickup sites across the state include five in Hamilton County (choose a location when reserving seedlings).

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, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26 (last day). $10 adults, $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.

WEED WRANGLE -- Multiple sites. Areawide volunteer effort to rescue public parks and greenspaces from non-native invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants, March 4 (times vary by location). See list of sites:

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.

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE ANNIVERSARY MARCH -- Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, 625 E. Georgia Ave., to Miller Park, 928 Market St. Commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the 1913 ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, noon-1 p.m. March 3 (march will be followed by program at 12:30 p.m.). Free.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Men's professional team in the National Independent Soccer Association plays One Knoxville FC in preseason match, 3 p.m. March 4. $7-$16.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE -- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Auditions for children's theater production "The Little Prince," 2-4 p.m. (youth), 4 p.m. (adults) Feb. 26. Show dates April 21-30.

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS -- Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Importance of Being Earnest," (change in originally announced run dates) 7:30 p.m. March 3-4, 2:30 p.m. March 5, 7:30 p.m. March 10-11, 2:30 p.m. March 12. $13-$15.


-- "The Color Purple: The Musical," 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.

-- Auditions for 'The Cake," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-28 (show dates April 21-May 7).

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

LEE UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE -- Dixon Center, 1053 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. "The 'Little' Magic Flute," an adaptation of the Mozart classic, 3 p.m. Feb. 26 (final show). $5-$8.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. "Chicago" in Broadway series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2. $55-$85.

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

RINGGOLD HIGH SCHOOL -- 29 Tiger Trail, Ringgold, Ga. RHS Performing Arts presents "Newsies," 7 p.m. March 2-3, 1 and 7 p.m. March 4. $5-$10. rhsperforming

THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE -- Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. "Bus Stop," 2 p.m. Feb. 26 (final show). $8-$10.

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

TIGER LEAP PRODUCTIONS -- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," with a different actor in each one-character show, 7 and 9:30 p.m. March 3-4. $20-$30.

UTC THEATRE COMPANY -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "Into the Woods," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 4. $12-$15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.