Chattanooga-area weekend events center on tattoos, coins, free trees and more

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Wes Mull of Signal Mountain examines a piece of jewelry at the Empire Gold and Silver booth during the Tennessee State Numismatic Society Coin Show on March 4, 2022, at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge.

A Harry Potter-inspired tattoo convention, a coin show and tree, plant and seed giveaways highlight weekend activities.

Three programming notes: Tickets are still available for ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s two Saturday shows, but seats are few and far between. Chattanooga Theatre Centre has sold out remaining shows of “The Color Purple.” Food Truck Friday at the Kitchen Incubator at Eastgate has been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather.


-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., has its annual Stitches in Time Quilt Show on view this weekend. Artisans from around the region have submitted handmade quilts to the exhibition, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Special programming includes a Saturday make-and-leave community sew on a quilt to be donated to the Bradley-Polk Isaiah 117 House, a transition shelter for at-risk children awaiting placement in foster care. Admission is $5.

-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has an Art + Issues event scheduled 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Chattanooga activist Marie Mott will discuss issues facing local African American and Latin American communities, using pieces in the art exhibit "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe" to start the conversation. The free event coincides with Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m., when admission is free to the permanent collection and $5 to the special exhibitions by Rowe and Beauford Delaney.

-- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., is featuring works by self-taught Chattanooga watercolorist Jason Bartlett during March. A reception for "Springtheme" will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday. In a news release, Bartlett said he wanted his pieces to "evoke feelings of newness and rebirth" as spring approaches.

-- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., will feature works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul in March and April. An opening reception is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Friday. Magers, a painter and sculptor, will give a sculpting demonstration 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Thul is a cloistered nun whose works include sculptures, paintings and woodcuts.

-- Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., will host its its main fundraising event, AmuseUm, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. The theme for this 21-and-up party is "Full STEAM Ahead," with entertainment and activities highlighting the science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics of the 19th century. Guests are encouraged to wear Gilded Age-inspired black, silver and gold attire for the event. Tickets are $125 (VIP tickets are sold out). A separate 50/50 raffle ticket is available for $100 (need not be present to win).


-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will turn on the spotlight four nights this week. Big Eddie Caylor, an Ooltewah comic, will be featured at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10. The weekend headliner is Kristin Lindner, known for her sardonic take on marriage and raising children. Her shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22. Author, columnist and comedian Steve Hofstetter, who performed at Walker Theatre in November, will be back for a special engagement at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 ($30 preferred seating is sold out).

-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (and his dummies) on his Still Not Canceled tour at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $53. Quantities are low.


-- MacDowell Music Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Featured in the program are Allyson Ford (soprano), Merrie Beth Eubanks (harp), Jim Martin (handbells), Ivy Smith (piano), Sandy Morris (flute) and William Riddlespurger (piano). Admission is free. 423-698-2556

-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will feature the Alan Wyatt Quartet for the weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5.

-- Choral Arts of Chattanooga will offer "French Impressions," choral pieces by French composers, in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. The spotlighted work is Maurice Durufle's "Requiem." Tickets are $15.

-- Songwriters Stage, a multiweek competition for local singers and songwriters, will crown a winner Friday at The Camp House, 806 E. 12th St. Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.

-- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., will have the final installment of its Music at St. Paul's series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods, accompanied by pianist Andrew Rosenblum. Tickets are $30-$40, with discounts for students, seniors and groups.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has three shows on tap this weekend. Friday features Neon Moon: The Ultimate '90s Country Tribute, with support from Amber Carrington, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. Saturday features retro rockers Velcro Pygmies at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. Sunday gets a jump on patio season with the introduction of weekly brunch music scheduled 1-4 p.m. by local multigenre artists Danimal Pinson, Tyler Martelli and Joel Forlines.

-- Parkway Baptist Church, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will be a stop on the Primitive Quartet's farewell tour at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Southern gospel stalwarts, performing since 1973, will be joined by The Inspirations, Karen Peck & New River and the Triumphant Quartet. Tickets are $25-$30.

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present a concert of chamber music at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Humanities Auditorium at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Selections include "Sense of Scale" by Chattanooga composer Ben Van Winkle; Lars-Erik Larsson's Pastoral Suite, Op. 19, an orchestral journey through the Swedish countryside; and Jean Sibelius' "Palléas et Mélisande," a story of forbidden love. Tickets are $35.

-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa at 8 p.m. Sunday. Bonamassa is set to release "Tales of Time" on April 14, a live performance from the Red Rocks Amphitheatre featuring songs from his 25th No. 1 album, 'Time Clocks." Tickets are $62-$202.

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will rock to Grammy winner Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in his music. Tickets are $69-$99.

-- String Theory will feature music by Shaporin, Gliere, Boulanger and Schumann in a chamber concert by violinist Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Zlatomir Fung and pianist Gloria Chien at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. The concert will be preceded by Art Connections, an exploration of pieces in the Hunter galleries that relate to the music. Tickets are $10-$45.


-- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St., will debut its new gallery Wednesday. Ridges to Rivers, which replaces the Discovery Hall gallery in the River Journey building, is described as a multisensory journey through Southern Appalachian streams. One of its coolest features is a simulated storm that occurs four times each hour. The aquarium is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily with timed entry. Admission is $22-$35.

-- CANCELED: Women's Suffrage Anniversary March, a commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the 1913 ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, is noon-1 p.m. Friday in downtown Chattanooga. Open to anyone who wishes to participate, the march will begin at noon from the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 E. Georgia Ave., proceeding along Georgia Avenue to Miller Park, 928 Market St., where a program will begin at 12:30 p.m. Participation is free.

-- Tennessee State Numismatic Society plans a coin show this weekend at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors will have coins, currency and related memorabilia available 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. A young numismatics show for beginning collectors is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Warren, Ohio, resident Matt LePosa, center, talks to Ooltewah resident Michael Oppizzi at the Elite Rare Coins booth during the Tennessee State Numismatic Society Coin Show on March 4, 2022, at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge.

-- Literary Ink, a tattoo convention inspired by (but not affiliated with) the wizarding world of Harry Potter, is this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. More than 175 tattoo artists will be on-site, along with vendors, magicians and other entertainers. A scavenger hunt and tattoo of the day and cosplay contests also are scheduled. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $10-$30 for a day pass, $20-$75 for the weekend.

  photo  Staff File photo / Josh Duncan sets out a handmade wand during Literary Ink, a Harry Potter-themed tattoo convention at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Feb. 1, 2019.

-- Weed Wrangle, a 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, is Saturday at multiple sites around Chattanooga (times vary by location). Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center maintains a comprehensive list of places to volunteer.

-- Chattanooga Arbor Day is set for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at Shepherd Community Center, 2124 Shepherd Road. The Chattanooga Tree Commission will plant 34 trees to begin the day, and Chattanooga will be recognized as a Tree City USA in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tree pruning demonstrations will follow. Activities for children are included. Register:

  photo  Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga residents David and Dixie Riall help pull Chinese privet plants during the annual Weed Wrangle at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center on March 6, 2021.

-- Soddy-Daisy Arbor Day is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Veterans Park, 9000 Dayton Pike. Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful will be joined by students from Ivy Academy and Soddy Daisy High School, local Scouts and community organizations to plant 35 trees around the memorial park. For a donation of $100 or more, you can plant a tree in honor or memory of someone.

-- EPB's Free Tree ReLeaf program will offer a free tree to anyone who receives electricity from the utility (subject to verification) 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. The event coincides with the grand reopening of the native plant nursery.,

-- Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, a celebration of revered author Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday (March 2, 1904), is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Stories, art activities, face painting, music, character appearances, refreshments and door prizes are scheduled. This year's highlighted book is "The Shape of Me and Other Stuff." All children will receive a goody bag and hardback Dr. Seuss book. This 19th annual event is presented by the Early Childhood Education program and the CSCC Library, where activities will take place. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 423-473-2371

-- Mystikal March Art & Farmers Market, featuring vendors with handcrafted items, live music, food trucks and beer, will be set up 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Admission is free.

Spring Seed & Plant Swap is 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday at Urban Horticulture Supply, 3009 Wood Ave. This is a bring-some, take-some event, with extras provided by the city of Chattanooga's RainSmart program.

-- Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Road, will be the site of a Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park program, "The Life and Death of Chief Doublehead," at 2 p.m. Sunday. The 30-minute, ranger-led talk centers on the life of the Chickamauga Cherokee chief who was hailed as both a hero and traitor during his lifetime. Folding chairs are welcome. Admission is free.


-- Chattanooga Football Club, a men's professional team in the National Independent Soccer Association, has a preseason match against One Knoxville FC scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Tickets are $7-$16.


-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., takes on the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s with a production of "Chicago" in the 2022-23 Broadway series. The musical follows the media frenzy that surrounds the murder trials of housewife Roxie Hart and vaudeville star Velma Kelly. Remaining performances start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $55-$85.

-- UTC Theatre Company has begun a weeklong production of "Into the Woods" in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. The musical intertwines several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12-$15.

-- Ringgold High School Performing Arts will present final performances of "Newsies," inspired by the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, this weekend at Ringgold High School, 29 Tiger Trail, Ringgold, Ga. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5-$10. rhsperforming

-- Tiger Leap Productions will close out a production of "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" with four performances this weekend at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. The one-character drama features a different actor at each show. Shows start at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20-$30.

-- Back Alley Productions opens a delayed production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" this weekend in the Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule March 10-12). Tickets are $13-$15.

-- Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn., will present final performances of "The Enchanted Bookshop," about a used bookstore where characters come to life at night, at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $14-$16.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.