Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including the Lookout Wild Film Festival, MLK commemorations)

Photo Contributed by Lookout Wild Film Festival / The 2020 film "Resilience," part of the lineup of the Lookout Wild Film Festival, looks at outdoor recreation as a cornerstone of mental health.
Photo Contributed by Lookout Wild Film Festival / The 2020 film "Resilience," part of the lineup of the Lookout Wild Film Festival, looks at outdoor recreation as a cornerstone of mental health.


According to a recent survey conducted by, 56% of Americans said they’d be making New Year’s resolutions this year. The top three categories of resolutions were health/wellness (69%), personal growth/habits (53%) and finance (47%). The survey polled a cross-section of 1,909 adults, ages 18 and older. Respondents said that health and wellness resolutions were hardest to keep (61%), followed by resolutions concerning personal growth and habits (33%), finance (25%) and relationships (10%).



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. “A View From the Sycamore” watercolor exhibit by Marie Spaeder Haas, through Feb. 6. Opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 20.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents works by Chattanooga State Community College professor, notable alumni and current students, “Generation Next: Teaching the Future — An Exhibit of Professor Mike Holsomback and His Students (Past and Present),” Jan. 11-Feb. 17. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 11.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. “Recycled and Reimagined” community show, through Jan. 29.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga’s fall/holiday show, through Feb. 3.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. “Splash,” works by eight artists of Splash Youth Arts Workshop, through Jan. 31.

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



THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Jan. 12: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

— Jan. 13-15: Jeff Leeson, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday ($19-$22), 7:30 p.m. Sunday ($14-$17).

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Nate Bargatze’s Be Funny Tour, 7 p.m. Jan. 14. $39-$69.



LOOKOUT WILD FILM FESTIVAL — Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. More than 50 titles in 11th annual celebration of outdoor adventure and conservation films, including films on local topics, world and North American premieres, Jan. 12-15. Schedule: 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1-4 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $25-$79.



CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Volunteers needed for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 16 at the Recreation Field. This year’s project will focus on battlefield restoration, including removal of exotic invasive plant species. Tools will be provided, but bring gloves if you have them. 706-866-9241, ext. 137

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Cleveland, Tenn. “I Have a Dream” Weekend events. 423-473-2397

— Jan. 14: Financial empowerment workshop by 100 Black Men of Bradley County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free.

— Jan. 16: MLK Unity March, 9 a.m. from Bradley County Courthouse, 155 N. Ocoee St., through downtown Cleveland. Donations of gloves, hats and canned goods for The Caring Place to be collected at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 155 Central Ave. NW.

UNITY GROUP OF CHATTANOOGA — Organization’s 53rd annual Martin Luther King Week celebration.

— Jan. 8: Documentary screening and discussion of “At the River I Stand,” focusing on Chattanooga’s workers and King’s legacy for equity and justice today, by United Campus Workers, the faculty and staff union at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College, 4 p.m., via Zoom.

— Jan. 9: “The Cavalry Ain’t Coming: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting On,” 6:30 p.m. at Eastdale Village United Methodist Church, 1403 Tunnel Blvd.

— Jan. 12: Introduction of the Community Haven Patrol, 6 p.m. at The Community Haven, 815 N. Hickory St.

— Jan. 13: The Silent Murder Panel discussion by Concerned Citizens for Justice, 7 p.m. at Eastdale Village UMC.

— Jan. 14: “Dr King, the Purpose of Education and Why Retention Is Punishment,” 6 p.m. via Zoom.

— Jan. 15: MLK Week Gospel Music Extravaganza, 4 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 2000 Walker St.

— Jan. 16: Third annual MLK Day Youth Leadership Symposium, “Building the Beloved Community Through Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice” by Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, 10 a.m. at Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd.

— Jan. 16: 53rd annual MLK Parade and March. Parade lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. along Georgia Avenue by Miller Park for procession starting at 1 p.m. down M.L. King Boulevard to Peeples Street. Main program at 3 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd., with minister and author Jamal Harrison Bryant, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., as featured speaker. The day’s theme: “Everybody Can Be Great Through Love and Service.”




— Jan. 9: Chattanooga Super Sessions with host Nathan Bell and guest musicians Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell, 7 p.m. No cover; donations appreciated.

— Jan. 11: Jazz in the Lounge with the Mike Salter Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.

BARRELHOUSE BALLROOM — Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St.

— Jan. 13: Frank Foster with War Hippies, 9 p.m. $22-$45.

— Jan. 14: End of the Line: An Allman Brothers Tribute, 9 p.m. $15-$18.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Interstellar Echoes: A Tribute to Pink Floyd, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14. $34-$9.

ST. TIMOTHY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain. East Tennessee State University Chorale in concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Freewill offering will be collected.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Swell Sound Agency’s Independent Artist Showcase, featuring Lo Monaco, Bennett Coleman and Ned Abernathy, 7 p.m. Jan. 13. $30.



HISTORY PROGRAM — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., with car caravan to the hike’s starting point. “Winter Vistas: The Battle Begins in Earnest,” 90-minute, 1-mile ranger-led hike explaining the events that occurred in the early hours of Sept. 19, 1863, 2 p.m. Jan. 14. Free.

LULA LAKE LAND TRUST — 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

— Jan. 8: Open gate day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with reservations. $16 ($40 with guided group hike). Public access available only on first and last weekends each month (Saturdays and Sundays).

— Jan. 14: Polar Plunge & Fun Run, the one day of the year visitors are allowed to swim in Lula Lake, sold out.

(READ MORE: What to know and expect when you participate in a polar plunge)

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

— Jan. 13: 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.

— Jan. 13-14: 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).

— Jan. 14: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— Jan. 14: Weed Wrangle, to remove invasive plants from the property, 9 a.m.-noon.

— Jan. 14: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

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.

WORLD OF WHEELS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Custom auto show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 8 (final day). Celebrity appearances include Jimmie “JJ” Walker of “Good Times” (noon-3 p.m.), Jim Howe of “Street Outlaws No Prep Kings,” KITT car from “Knight Rider,” pin-striper Von Hot Rod, bike stunt team, Hot Wheels drag racing (free car to children in first hour after opening). $18 at the gate or online; $5 ages 6-11.



ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Seasonal light display features 38 custom fixtures showcasing the zoo’s resident animals, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Jan. 15 (closed holidays). $16-$18 members, $18-$21 nonmembers. Reserve tickets online.

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

ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St. Outdoor ice skating rink, through Jan. 29 (schedule varies but open holidays). $12 adults, $10 children 12 and younger (includes skate rentals). New this year: online ticket purchase.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.