Millions of Legos, skillets on ice highlight weekend events in Chattanooga area

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident Laura Maley tosses a skillet for her team, the Twirly Curls, on Jan. 29 during the Skillet Curling Championship at Ice on the Landing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

The final weekend of Ice on the Landing includes a skillet curling contest, a Lego fan experience starts its Inspire tour in Chattanooga and exhibits that feature Black artists and biblical history are opening. Here's a chronology.


-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will open complementary exhibits by Black artists who grew up during the segregation era at 6 p.m. Thursday. "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom" and "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe" will remain on view through May 1. Themed programming during the run includes The Artist's Table, a six-course wine dinner highlighting themes from Delaney's works, at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Dinner admission is $350. Admission to the exhibits is $20 for nonmember adults.

-- Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, will open an archaeological exhibition Monday that includes several artifacts excavated in Israel from 2013 to 2017 by teams from the university's Institute of Archaeology and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "Peace and War: The Assyrian Conquest of Lachish" may be viewed for free in Hackman Hall in the Lynn H. Wood Archaeology Museum through May 31, 2025. The artifacts, which include relics of peace and implements of war, are a record of the Assyrian conquest and the deliverance of Judah, stories described in the Bible.

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-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., hosts Dexter Bell & Friends for the weekly Jazz in the Lounge session at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5. Saturday brings old-time band The New Quintet and Chattanooga cellist Ben Van Winkle in a double bill starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20.

-- Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., will present four members of its piano faculty in the Presidential Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Jonathan Jung, Joo-Hae Kim, ChoEun Lee and Muen Vanessa Wei will be performing. Tickets are $5-$15.

-- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., is planning The Taylor Party, a dance party devoted to the music of country/pop artist Taylor Swift, at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$40.

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two shows on the weekend calendar. Tinsley Ellis: Acoustic Songs and Stories features the blues/rock singer/guitarist at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Experimental rock act That 1 Guy, a one-man band, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$18.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, inside Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St., has two shows this weekend. Indie rockers The Weeks will play at 9 p.m. Friday, with support from local acts Lenox Hills and Oweda. Tickets are $22-$25. The Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band will play classics and deep cuts from the seminal rock band at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$20.

-- Parkway Baptist Temple, 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., will present After the Downbeat With David Phelps at 6 p.m. Saturday. Phelps, perhaps best known for his tenure in the Gaither Vocal Band, is a Grammy Award nominee and Dove Award winner. Tickets are $25-$70.

-- Woodsongs Dalton will launch a three-concert season at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga., with the Americana music of the Zoe & Cloyd Trio. Tickets are $20-$24. Proceeds benefit the DEO Clinic, which provides health care to low-income, uninsured residents of Whitfield and Murray counties.

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will offer "Big Band's Best," a Valentine's-themed Pops concert with guest vocalist Valerie Duke, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Dancing is encouraged. Need a lesson? Come early to learn swing dance steps with Dance Tonight Chattanooga at 6:45 p.m. in front of the stage. Tickets are $15-$90.

-- Performing Arts League will offer what a news release describes as "a cavalcade of young performers" during a Sunday Showcase, set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Dr. Roland Carter St. Representing several area nonprofit performing arts organizations, the youths will display their talents in choral and instrumental music, dance, drama and musical theater. Tickets are $15 for ages 13 and older. Proceeds support the league's grant and scholarship programs.

-- Wesley United Methodist Church, 302 Magnolia Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn., will host a singalong celebrating South Pittsburg's 150th anniversary 4-6 p.m. CST Sunday. The singalong is one of several events this year to mark the Marion County town's sesquicentennial. Admission is free.

-- St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain, will present a jazz vespers service at 5 p.m. Sunday, with Kathy Tugman and the David Walters Quartet as featured performers. The service is structured around the lighting of a vesper candle, accompanied by short liturgical readings and recitations of poetry. A freewill offering will be accepted. 423-886-2281, ext. 7


-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has two events featuring rising talents this week: Open Mic Night at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (with $7 tickets) and a Next Level Comedy Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12). The weekend headliner is Canadian comedian John Hastings, who has been featured on "America's Got Talent" and heckled by basketball great Dennis Rodman. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22.

-- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., continues its free Winter Workshop Series with a Backyard Birding session 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants may attend in person (registration recommended) or virtually (registration required to receive link).

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Chattanooga resident Mary Caughran slides a skillet down the ice Jan. 29 for her team, The Sweeping Beauties, during the Skillet Curling Championship at Ice on the Landing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

-- Ice on the Landing, the outdoor ice skating rink at the Chattanooga Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St., will close its season with the annual Skillet Curling Championship this weekend. Skillet curling is based on the Olympic sport of curling, in which teams slide granite stones toward a target across the ice. Chattanooga's version uses Lodge cast-iron skillets instead of stones. Competition is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Proceeds from concession sales will be donated to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. Public hours this week are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2-11 p.m. Friday, 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday and 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$12.

-- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., will host the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for superhero defense training, stories and photos at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Pope's Martial Arts Academy will help lead the training, which takes place in Story Land near Hibbett's. There is no charge to participate.

-- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., will celebrate National Seed Swap Day noon-3 p.m. Saturday to honor the tradition of swapping seeds with neighbors in advance of gardening season. Participants may bring their own seeds to share or peruse the selection offered by the city of Chattanooga. The indoor/outdoor event also will include workshops on gardening with native plants and gardening in limited spaces, as well as live music, creativity projects led by artist Mary Barnett, a bonfire and door prizes from local businesses. Admission is free.

-- A Cold One Beer Fest is scheduled noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Moxy Chattanooga, 1220 King St. The event is a chance to meet brewers and sample craft beers and ciders from 15 local and regional breweries. Street food will be available, and local bands and DJs will provide entertainment. Tickets are $12-$45.

-- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will provide FrogWatch USA training at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. FrogWatch is a citizen science project in which trained volunteers monitor frogs from March to August. The two-hour training is free but limited to 15 participants.

-- BrickUniverse, a Lego fan expo, will fill the exhibit halls with creations built by professional Lego artists this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Attendees will be able to create their own Lego masterpieces, including in a "Star Wars" building zone, buy merchandise and meet Lego artists. VIP tickets are sold out for both days. Capacity has been expanded for the general-admission sessions, so ticket sales have reopened for all entry times: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m. or 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for ages 4 and older.

  photo  Staff Photo / Children build with Legos in 2019 during the BrickUniverse Lego fan convention at the Chattanooga Convention Center.


-- Chattanooga Football Club, a National Independent Soccer Association men's professional team, has a preseason match against Atlanta United scheduled at 3 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Family events are scheduled before kickoff. Tickets are $10-$20 (free with an annual pass).


-- "Much Ado About Nothing," one of Shakespeare's romantic comedies, will end its run this weekend at the Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12-$16.

-- "Hellman v. McCarthy," the story of the bitter feud between writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, ends its run this weekend at Dalton Little Theatre, 210 N. Pentz St., Dalton, Ga. Shows start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10-$15.

-- "Pride & Prejudice," a modern take on Jane Austen's comedy of manners, opens this weekend at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. The production runs through Feb. 12, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 p.m. Thursdays in February. Tickets are $20-$25.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.