Chattanooga-area weekend events include boat show, ‘My Fair Lady,’ top comedians

Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd /  The Chattanooga Boat Show, a showcase of 49 boating brands plus related products and services, will return to the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend.
Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / The Chattanooga Boat Show, a showcase of 49 boating brands plus related products and services, will return to the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend.

Boats of all sizes, relics from the Civil War and an eloquent Broadway musical are among the entertainment highlights this weekend. Here's a chronology.


-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two events scheduled Thursday. The monthly Throwback Thursday promotion, 4-8 p.m., offers free admission to the permanent collection, $5 admission to two new exhibits, "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom" and "Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe." Teen Night, 6-7:30 p.m., coincides, with works by regional middle and high school students showcased in an exhibition titled "Growth and Change."

(READ MORE: New exhibits at Hunter Museum explore the lives, works of Knoxville, Atlanta artists)

-- In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will promote the American Heart Association's February initiative with a "Go Red for Women" exhibition of jewelry by Eleanor Goodson, Barbara Murnan and Carol Ott through Feb. 28. The opening reception, with music by guitarist Adam Stone, is 5-8 p.m. Friday. Ten percent of the show's sales and all visitor donations will go toward women's heart health awareness.

-- Northside Gallery, inside Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., will feature paintings in various mediums by 16 members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga through April 30. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday. 423-266-1766

-- Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will host an opening reception for "Wayfinder," with works that address acclimating to an alternate biome, 5-7 p.m. Friday. Curated by Chattanooga artist Kirby Miles, the show features works by Ashely Peifer (Minnesota), Jodi Hays (Nashville) and Katherine Adkins (Ohio). It will be on view through Feb. 25.

-- Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga., will open two exhibits with a reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. "Arts in Health" will show how art experiences can provide patients with hope and healing. The Artists at Work series features photographs from artist Juno's Conasauga River project.

-- Townsend Atelier, 301 E. 11th St., will open an exhibition of works by Robin MacKillop and Maria Willison with a reception 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. The paintings, drawings and sculptures of "Abiding in the Moment" will be on view through March 3.

-- Super Museum Sunday will offer free admission to nearly 100 sites in Georgia this weekend. The Georgia Historical Society event will give visitors access to historic sites, house museums, art museums and other points of interest that interpret the state's history and cultural life. For listings by county and each site's Sunday hours:


-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has five nights of entertainment on tap. Open Mic Night for newcomers is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with a $7 ticket. A Next Level Comedy Showcase, featuring rising talents, starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with a $12 ticket. The weekend headliner is Graham Kay, a stand-up comedian, actor and TV writer. His shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday with tickets priced at $19-$22. Sunday features local talent Jerry Harvey, who won the Southeast Funniest People Search in 2010. His show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19-$22.

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will host comedian and "I Ain't Doin' It" author Heather Land at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. In true Southern fashion, the Milan, Tenn., native promoted her latest tour on Facebook as a chance to "hug some necks." Tickets are $29-$39.

-- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome actor and comedian Fortune Feimster on her Live Laugh Love Tour at 7 p.m. Sunday. Feimster's television credits include "Last Comic Standing," "Glee" and "The Mindy Project." Tickets are $29-$65.


-- MacDowell Music Club will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Visitors can expect performances by David Friberg (organ), Beth DuRoy (soprano) and Jason DuRoy (piano). Admission is free. 423-698-2556

-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., has four shows coming up. The weekly Jazz in the Lounge session, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, will feature the Alan Wyatt Quartet. Cover is $5. "The Amazing Guitar of Richard Smith," at 8 p.m. Friday, spotlights the national fingerpicking champion. Tickets are $20. Monday is the next Chattanooga Super Session with host Nathan Bell and guests Craig Pratt, Gordon Inman and Pate Russell performing songs with a "Love>Fear" theme. Admission is free; donations are welcome. The Oshima Brothers, a roots-pop indie duo, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, with local support from Mon Rovia. Tickets are $15.

-- Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St., offers the third of four preliminary rounds in the Songwriters Stage competition for singers and songwriters 7-10 p.m. Friday. Cover is $5. The final preliminary round is Feb. 17 before the finale at The Camp House on March 3.

-- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., continues its Music at St. Paul's series with award-winning organist James Kealey at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The program of Romantic and post-Romantic works is expected to explore the full range of the church's Casavant organ's symphonic capabilities. Tickets are $10-$40.

-- Lee University's School of Music will present saxophone music spanning several centuries at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Humanities Center, 1250 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. The program will include the larger ensemble Lee Saxes, soloists from sax conductor Lee Schmitt's studio and a saxophone quartet. The event is free and nonticketed. Livestream:

-- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., will present a "Crooners of the 1950s" concert, celebrating the decade's swoon-worthy male singers and the songs they popularized, in the House Blend Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The vocalists and accompanying musicians are local talents. The lobby opens with light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for table seating are $12-$17.

-- The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows on the calendar. Friday's show by Noah Kahan, a stop on his Stick Season Tour, is sold out. The Emo Night Tour, an emo dance party, starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15-$45.

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, inside Five Wits Brewing, 1501 Long St., has two shows this weekend. The Sam Holt Band presents "Remembering Mikey & Todd," a concert dedicated to the memory and music of Widespread Panic founding members Michael Houser and Todd Nance, at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$25. Nashville (by way of Texas) honky-tonker Randall King plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, with support from Palmer Anthony. Tickets are $18-$22.

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two shows this weekend. "An Evening With John Berry," a platinum-selling country artist whose hits include "Your Love Amazes Me," starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35. Squirrel Nut Zippers will perform its blend of swing and jazz at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $40-$45.

-- Tennessee Songwriters Week, a contest to find new musical talent, has begun. Sign-ups for the competition are full in some cities, but openings are available for a qualifying round at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dayton. Winners of qualifying rounds advance to one of seven showcases, leading to the finale at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe.

-- Southern Adventist University in Collegedale has two concerts ahead. Grammy nominee Cory Asbury will headline the campus series Ignite Live at 8 p.m. Saturday in Iles P.E. Center, 4870 University Drive. The Symphony Orchestra will present a concerto at 4 p.m Sunday in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive.

-- Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present a chamber concert of classical and modern music, featuring Mozart's "Gran Partita" and Schoenberg's "Verklärte Nacht" (Transfigured Night), at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Humanities Building at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Tickets are $35.


-- Chattown Poets will host an open mic 8-10 p.m. Wednesday at Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St. This month's theme is "Love," with a winner determined by audience vote. Admission is free.

-- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., continues its free Winter Workshop Series with "Mysterious Mushrooms" 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The program will focus on choice edible mushrooms, as well as medicinal and poisonous varieties. Participants may attend in person (registration recommended) or virtually (register for the link).

-- Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd., will begin a series of Black History Month programs at 6 p.m. Thursday. Leading off is "The Power of Activism" with nationally known activist Willie "Mukasa Dada" Ricks and John Edwards, editor of the Chattanooga News Chronicle, discussing the power of activism and the role Ricks played in the civil-rights movement. The free programs, which also include a documentary screening and discussions of health care and Chattanooga's Black history, continue each Thursday in February. Livestream:

-- The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., will host a card-making social 6-8 p.m. Thursday as the first in a series of Black History Months events. Crafty Hour is a chance to make a valentine card for someone you know or to give to a resident of Sharon's Senior Services. The $10 fee includes supplies, snacks and wine. Registration is required. Other programs in the monthlong series include a lecture on hip-hop, a movie night and a finale with music and games.

-- Chattanooga Boat Show will offer visions of lake life this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Hundreds of the latest models of watercraft will be on display, along with related products and services. Hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $14 per day ($6 for ages 4-10), $24 for a weekend pass.

  photo  Contributed Photo by Pantography / Adam Booth, an expert in Appalachian stories and songs, will headline Ocoee Story Fest, which includes a public performance Friday night at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tenn.

-- Ocoee Story Fest, a Cleveland Storytelling Guild event in its 27th year, starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. The featured guest is Adam Booth, an award-winning storyteller and musician whose expertise lies in the stories and songs of Appalachia. He's also leading programs in Bradley County schools this week. Admission is $5, with a $15 family maximum.

-- Sweetheart Market, an art and farmers market with Valentine's Day gift ideas, will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. The year's first Market at MACC will include vendors of art, jewelry, bath and body products, chocolates, gourmet foods and cards, plus food and beverage trucks.

-- Night sky program: Chickamauga Battlefield will host "Stars Above the Battlefield: Then & Now" at 6 p.m. Saturday (rain date Feb. 11) in the Recreation Field. Park rangers will offer historical context, and Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga will provide telescopes (or bring your own). A tablet to download the Night Sky app is recommended, along with portable chairs and flashlights. The Visitor Center is at 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Signs will be posted to reach the program site.

-- Chickamauga Civil War Show is this weekend at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. The vendor expo features various displays of history and military memorabilia. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10.

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors look at more than 500 tables of historic memorabilia in 2022 at the Chickamauga Civil War Show at the Dalton Convention Center.


-- "Pride & Prejudice": Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., has sold out several performances of the modern take on the Jane Austen rom-com. At press time, tickets remained for three of the four shows this weekend: 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. On closing weekend, the Feb. 12 show is sold out. Tickets are $20-$25.

-- "My Fair Lady": A Lincoln Center Theater revival of the 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical that added half a dozen standards to the Broadway canon, including "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain" and "On the Street Where You Live," is next in the Broadway series at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "My Fair Lady" is the story of Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into a "proper lady" by linguistics professor Henry Higgins. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $55-$70.

-- "The Housekeeper": This comedy about the love/hate relationship between an oddball housekeeper and her hapless employer, will be presented the next two weekends at Oak Street Playhouse, 418 Oak St. (at First-Centenary United Methodist Church). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (similar schedule Feb. 9-12). Tickets are $12-$17.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Kinzy Bonds, left, and Frederick Ufford, reenactors with the 65th Georgia Company F, demonstrate an era-accurate waltz in 2022 at the Dalton Convention Center. The Chickamauga Civil War show returns to the venue this weekend.

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