Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including an Imax filmmaker, Wanda Sykes, FrogWatch training)

Staff file photo / Bradley County residents march through Lee University's campus to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland, Tenn., as part of "I Have a Dream" events on Jan. 18, 2021.
Staff file photo / Bradley County residents march through Lee University's campus to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Cleveland, Tenn., as part of "I Have a Dream" events on Jan. 18, 2021.

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


The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville reminds citizens that guided tours of the state Capitol are available Monday through Friday, starting at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Self-guided tours also are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. During the week leading up to the inauguration of Gov. Bill Lee on Jan. 21, the museum also plans highlight tours of its galleries at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Inauguration Day (all times are Central). All tours are first-come, first-served. Find out more at


The Chattanooga Times Free Press is compiling an event calendar for coverage of Black History Month in February. Send your events to or use the form at



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. "Generation Next: Teaching the Future -- An Exhibit of Professor Mike Holsomback and His Students (Past and Present)," through Feb. 17.

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

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART -- 10 Bluff View. Sensory Studio, relaxing, hands-on paint pour with abstract artist Ally Manno, 10-11 a.m. Jan. 21. $16-$20.

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


-- Through Feb. 3: Fall/holiday show at Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop.

-- Through Feb. 18: Youth Photography Showcase, virtual contest for students ages 14-18 in Tennessee and Georgia. Categories for digital images and prints. No entry fee.

-- Jan. 19: Karen Fox program on "Tips, Tools & Inspiration To Spark Your Creativity," 7 p.m. at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Boot Camp topic at 6 p.m.: "Lightroom Updates" by Richard Smith.

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 (John C. Williams Art Gallery, Brock Hall). School of Visual Art and Design opens photography show, "But Only So an Hour," by associate professor Mindy Trott, 6 p.m. Jan. 19; continues through Feb. 16.


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- Jan. 15: Jeff Leeson, 7:30 p.m. (final show). $14-$17.

-- Jan. 18: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

-- Jan. 20-21: Sean Finnerty, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m $19-$22.

GEM THEATRE -- 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. James Gregory, Jan. 20. Sold out.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Wanda Sykes, 8 p.m. Jan. 21. $44-$84.


IMAX THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. Visit by cinematographer Michael Dalton-Smith to talk about filming "Serengeti 3D: Journey to the Heart of Africa," 6 p.m. Jan. 17. Includes special screening and post-film presentation. Film continues through May. $10 online; $7 with a Chattanooga Zoo membership card at box office.

LOOKOUT WILD FILM FESTIVAL -- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. Final day of festival showcasing outdoor adventure and conservation films, 1-4 p.m. and 7-10:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $25-$79.



-- Jan. 16: Volunteers needed for Day of Service, removing invasive plant species at the Recreation Field at Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road (Visitor Center), 9 a.m.-noon. Tools provided, bring your own gloves. To register: 706-866-9241, ext. 137

-- Jan. 16: Free admission to Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn., sunup to sundown.

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE -- Cleveland, Tenn. MLK Unity March, 9 a.m. Jan. 16 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. 423-473-2397

LEE UNIVERSITY -- 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Week of activities with theme: "A Simple Dream for a Complex World."

Partial schedule:

-- Jan. 16: Unity march from Bradley County Courthouse, 9 a.m., followed by Cleveland Unity Fellowship at Broad Street UMC (see above).

-- Jan. 16: Evangelistic Singers present "Music of the Civil Rights Era," 6 p.m. Johnson Lecture Hall.

-- Jan. 17: Guest speaker Preston Williams II, senior pastor of Gateway Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 10:45 a.m. in the Chapel; evening conversation at 6 p.m. in Johnson Lecture Hall.

-- Jan. 18: Lobby Lunchtime with local business leaders, noon in School of Business lobby.

-- Jan. 19: Evening Conversations With Clevelanders features community members sharing stories about life before and after desegregation, 6:30 p.m. in Walker Lecture Hall in Science and Math Complex.

-- Jan. 20: "Songs and Stories," a sing-along tribute to Andrae Crouch, 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

LIL MAMA'S CHICAGO STYLE HOAGY -- 818 Georgia Ave. Celebration of MLK Day and the restaurant's second anniversary, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 16. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song. Two customers will win free hoagies for a year.

UNITY GROUP OF CHATTANOOGA -- Organization's 53rd annual Martin Luther King Week celebration continues.

-- 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 Jerry D. Marable of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The day's theme: "Everybody Can Be Great Through Love and Service."

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA -- Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. MLK Day program by author and educator Angela Davis of the University of California at Santa Cruz, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Theme: "A Call for Civility." Register:


ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Athens Area Council for the Arts' House Blend Concert Series continues with "'64-'71: The Music of a Changing World," 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. $12-$17. Ticket includes light hors d'oeuvres; cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m.


-- Jan. 18: Jazz in the Lounge with Alan Shikoh, 7 p.m. $5.

-- Jan. 20: Alex Lopez & The Xpress, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

BARRELHOUSE BALLROOM -- Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St.

-- Jan 19: Trey Lewis with Connor McCutcheon, 9 p.m. $15-$18.

-- Jan. 20: Paul Thorn, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

-- Jan. 20: YGTut, with members of TheHouse and T-Rizer, 10 p.m. $12-$15.

-- Jan. 21: Sevenstones with Nectar Collector and Sleep Cycles, 9 p.m. $12-$15.


-- Jan. 15: "Ferdinand the Bull" family concert with Playful Evolving Monsters, 3 p.m. at Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Sold out.

-- Jan. 17: Open rehearsal for next Masterworks concert, 8 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $10.

-- Jan. 19: Masterworks concert, "Masterful Tchaikovsky," with guest guitarists Isaac Bustos and Alejandro Montiel, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $15-$90. Spotlight Talk at 6:45 p.m. is free to first 50 ticketholders; use backstage entrance (the red door), corner of Oak and Lindsay streets.

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH -- 1005 Gadd Road. Southern gospel group The Perrys, with Resurrected Vision, 7 p.m. Jan. 19. Free; a love offering will be collected.

GATE 11 DISTILLERY -- 1400 Market St. Songwriters Stage competition for singers and songwriters, second of four preliminary rounds, 7-10 p.m. Jan. 20. Preliminary rounds continue Feb. 3, Feb. 17. $5 cover. (Finale March 3 at Camp House with $10 cover.) Entry forms:

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB AND CHATTANOOGA MUSIC CLUB -- First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Combined meeting with performances by members of both clubs, followed by reception, 3 p.m. Jan. 15. Free.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Black Jacket Symphony presents Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," 8 p.m. Jan. 20. $35-$40.

THE SIGNAL -- 1810 Chestnut St. Gregory Alan Isakov, 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Sold out.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St. EG Kight, 7 p.m. Jan. 21. $20.

STRING THEORY -- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Chamber music series continues with Kenari Saxophone Quartet, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Musical Dialogues with the musicians at 6 p.m. $10-$45.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave. Tommy Emmanuel, with Gareth Pearson, 8 p.m. Jan. 20. $34-$54.


CHATTACON -- DoubleTree Hilton, 407 Chestnut St. Convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15 (final day). Weekend badges $45-$60.

DINNER WITH THE DOCTOR -- South Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4605 Redlands Drive. Free meal and screening of the film "PlantPure Nation," 6 p.m. Jan. 16. Reservations not required. 423-708-2160.

FROGWATCH USA -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Volunteer training for citizen science project to monitor frogs in the area, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. Season runs March-August. Free but limited to 15.

HISTORY FAIR -- Soddy-Daisy High School, 618 Sequoyah Access Road. Soddy, Daisy and Montlake Historical Association event includes 70 tables with artifacts and information related to coal mining, industrial potteries, American Indian and Civil War history, genealogy, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21. Special guests are Sam Hall of and The Photo Doctor, a Chattanooga-based restorer. $3-$5 donation requested.

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

-- Jan. 20: 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. 20-21: 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. 21: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- Jan. 21: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

-- Jan. 21: Sandhill Crane Safari, 12:30-4 p.m. Starts with introduction to the resident sandhill cranes and program by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ornithology professor David Aborn, followed by on-your-own car caravan to see the birds in the wild at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge. $20-$25.

TENNESSEE HISTORY BOOK AWARD -- Deadline to nominate books centered on Tennessee history published in 2022, Jan. 17. Award with $2,000 prize presented by Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Historical Society. Authors may nominate themselves.

TENNESSEE SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL -- Birchwood Community Center, 5623 Highway 60 (must park here and ride free shuttles to Hiwassee Refuge. Spotting scopes set up to see the estimated 20,000 sandhill cranes that migrate through or spend the winter at the refuge, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 15 (final day). Folklore specialists will have artifacts on display at adjacent Cherokee Removal Memorial. Free shows at the community center by the American Eagle Foundation (11 a.m. and noon) and Mount LeConte Jug Band (10 a.m.).

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.


ASIAN LANTERN FESTIVAL -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Final day of seasonal light display, 6-10 p.m. Jan. 15. $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.


DALTON LITTLE THEATRE -- 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga. "Hellman v. McCarthy," 7 p.m. Jan. 20-21, 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 27-28. $10-$15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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