Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week (including a visit by Shaquille O’Neal’s mom and Lyle Lovett in concert)

Contributed Photo by Kit Wood / Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will be in concert March 5 at Memorial Auditorium.

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


The fifth annual Tennessee Songwriters Week, a project of the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development, has concluded with seven finalists picked to play at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe later this month. The private event for music industry professionals will showcase the talents of Aaron Bucks, who won in Chattanooga; Melanie LaFoy, Knoxville; Harzee in Memphis; Elijah Wise in Gatlinburg; Ron Short, in Johnson City; Sarah Hardwig, Franklin; and the Garrett Boys, Gallatin. More than 1,200 songwriters performed at qualifying rounds in February at more than 50 venues to advance to the seven showcase events. Each finalist won a commemorative Taylor guitar, two-night stay in Nashville, $100 gift card for travel and a one-year membership to Nashville Songwriters Association International. On Facebook, Bucks thanked the "great hosts" at Songbirds, which presented the showcase, and gave a shout-out to check out "the best display of musical history" he's experienced.



ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Transition" by Dannita Noble, through March 17.

AVA GALLERY -- 30 Frazier Ave. "Scenic City Views" and UTC Feinstein Scholarship BFA Student Exhibition, through April 7.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD -- 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Student Arts Expo, through March 31.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit," through May 7.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD -- The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Languages of Love" community show, through April 2.


-- March 9: Art + Issues: Art Health & Social Justice with CHI Memorial, focusing on teen mental health, identity and sexuality, as inspired by themes in "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom," 6-7:30 p.m. Includes a community space to create a performance with The Pop-Up Project and information from local support agencies.

-- March 12: Family Fun Day, 2-4 p.m. Performances and art activities inspired by special exhibitions by Beauford Delaney and Nellie Mae Rowe. Regular admission ($20 adults).

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "As It Was Give(n) to Me" by Stacy Kranitz, through March 12. Part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and Stove Works).

IN-TOWN GALLERY -- 26A Frazier Ave. "Springtheme," watercolors by Jason Bartlett, through March 31.

LEE UNIVERSITY -- Squires Library Fine Art Gallery, 260 11th St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Works by Trisstah Brittany Wagstaff, through March 17.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS -- 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. History Happy Hour: American Quilts of the Past and Future, stories and cocktails with a Daughters of the American Revolution member, 6:30-8 p.m. March 9. $10.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY -- Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 16 members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through April 30. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show, through May 5.

PLAYFUL EVOLVING MONSTERS -- East Lake Language and Arts, 4501 13th Ave. Lantern Playshop to make crafts for upcoming Light Up Chattanooga Lantern Parade, 4-5:30 p.m. March 9. Free, but register for this or additional sessions in March.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St.

-- Through April 30: Works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul.

-- March 11: Mixed-media demo by Janet Eskridge, 1-3 p.m.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. "Peace and War: The Assyrian Conquest of Lachish," artifacts unearthed in Israel by SAU's Institute of Archaeology and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, through May 2025.

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STOVE WORKS -- 1250 E. 13th St.

--  Through May 12: "And I Shall Still Be Lonely," works by Chattanooga artists inspired by artist/activist Lorraine Hansberry, part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art "Re-Pair" installation (related exhibits at Hunter Museum and the ICA at UTC).

-- Through June 16: "Territorial: The Land and Us."


THE COMEDY CATCH -- 29 Station St.

-- March 5: Steve Hofstetter in special engagement, 7 p.m. $25 ($30 preferred seating is sold out).

-- March 9: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $10.

-- March 10-11: Landry, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "Reckonings," first of five, available virtually March 12-17 (noon to noon), in person 7 p.m. March 13; refreshments at 6:30 p.m. $12 for each film, $36 for all. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive login code.


BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Wednesday Night Titans (Jazz in the Lounge on hiatus), 7:30 p.m. March 8. $25.


-- March 5: Sunday Funday brunch with Danimal, Martelli and Forlines, 1-4 p.m.

-- March 10: DMVU with Canvas, Kollapse and Werd, 9:30 p.m. $25-$35.

-- March 11: Departure: The Journey Tribute Band, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. The Disco Biscuits, 8 p.m. CT March 10-12. $85 single night, $225 three nights.


-- March 5: CSO chamber concert, "Sense of Scale," 3 p.m. at Chattanooga State Community College Humanities Building, 4501 Amnicola Highway. $35.

-- March 12: Family concert, "Ferdinand the Bull," 3 p.m. at the Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Sold out.

CITY CHURCH CHATTANOOGA -- 7122 Lee Highway. Rend Collective on the Whosoever Tour, with musical guest Sean Curran and speaker Evan Egerer, 7 p.m. March 9. $30-$75.

GEM THEATRE -- 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Twitty & Lynn: A Salute to Conway & Loretta, by grandchildren Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 11. $39-$45 (limited seats for second show).

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM -- 399 McCallie Ave. Joe Bonamassa, 8 p.m. March 5. $62-$202.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- March 10: David Ramirez & Dylan LeBlanc, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

-- March 11: Michael Martin Murphey, 7 p.m. $30.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY -- Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. Symphony Orchestra concert with guest cellist Stephen Framil, 7:30 p.m. March 5.

STRING THEORY -- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Chamber music by Shaporin, Gliere, Boulanger and Schumann performed by Jennifer Frautschi (violin), Zlatomir Fung (cello) and Gloria Chien (piano), 6:30 p.m. March 7. Preceded by Art Connections, an exploration of pieces in the Hunter galleries that relate to the music. $10-$45.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave.

-- March 6: Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group, 7:30 p.m. $69-$99.

-- March 9: Beatles vs. Stones, 8 p.m. $20-$40.

-- March 10: Marc Broussard, with Seth Walker, 7:30 p.m. $29-$39.

-- March 11: The Wood Brothers, 8 p.m. $40-$55.

WOODSONGS DALTON -- First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga. Becky Buller & Ned Luberecki, 2 p.m. March 12. $20-$24. Proceeds benefit DEO Clinic.


CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Opening weekend for market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 (open weekends through April 1-2, then Saturdays through October). Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA SPRING BREAK SAFARI -- Multiple venues. Youth-themed scavenger hunt for families exploring area tourist attractions, March 10-April 9. Hunt can be completed outside of attractions; regular admission required to enter.

COIN SHOW -- Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Tennessee State Numismatic Society expo of coins, currency and related memorabilia, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5 (last day). Free admission.

GEORGIA FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION -- Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. High school students design, program and build a robot in Peachtree District qualifier, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. March 10, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 11. Free admission.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Alfonso Landaverde, 17, left, and Melissa Melendez, 16, take the Dalton Catabots robot onto the field of play during the Georgia First Robotics Peachtree District qualifier robotics competition at the Dalton Convention Center on March 11, 2022. The competition returns

HISTORY PROGRAM -- Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Road. "The Life and Death of Chief Doublehead," 30-minute, ranger-led talk about the life of the Chickamauga Cherokee chief hailed as a hero and traitor during his lifetime, 2 p.m. March 5. Folding chairs welcome. Free.

LITERARY INK -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Independent, Harry Potter-inspired tattoo convention, with more than 175 tattoo artists, vendors, tattoo of the day and cosplay contests, magicians, scavenger hunt, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5 (last day). $10-$30 day pass.

MUSIC & BUSINESS SPEAKER SERIES -- Rise Community Hub, 2901 Taylor St. First event, part of preliminary Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit programming, features Kadeem Phillips of Powerhouse Management, 6-8 p.m. March 9. Free.

MYSTIKAL MARCH ART & FARMERS MARKET -- Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive.. Vendors with handcrafted items, live music, food trucks, beer, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 11. Free.

ODYSSEY AWARDS LUNCHEON -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Fundraiser for Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy recognizes achievements of CGLA students, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8. Keynote address by Lucille O'Neal, mother of Shaquille O'Neal and author of "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go"; guest performance by Wintley Phipps. $75.

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

-- March 10: 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.

-- March 10-11: 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).

-- March 11: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

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

RISE: A NIGHT TO EMPOWER -- The Westin hotel, 801 Pine St. Fundraising dinner for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults features author and special-victims detective Kevin McNeil, 6:30 p.m. March 9; VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. Includes honors for local law enforcement, district attorney's office and nonprofit and community leaders for their work on the Sexual Assault Response Team and VIP entertainment by In the Company of Wolves. $75 general, $150 VIP; tables of eight available.

SHAMROCK CITY -- Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. St. Patrick's Day celebration, with live music, food, drink and a temporarily emerald High Falls, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11-12, 18-19. Included with regular admission: $20-$30.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE -- 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. "Dearly Departed," 7:30 p.m. March 10-11, 2 p.m. March 12, 7:30 p.m. March 16-18. $12-$16.

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS -- Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Importance of Being Earnest," (change in originally announced run dates) 2:30 p.m. March 5, 7:30 p.m. March 10-11, 2:30 p.m. March 12. $13-$15.


-- March 5: "The Color Purple: The Musical," sold out.

-- March 6-7: Auditions for Youth Theatre production "Miss Nelson Is Missing," starting at 5 p.m. by appointment.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. "Frozen Jr.," through March 26. $14-$23.

GATE 11 DISTILLERY -- 1400 Market St. Chattown Poets: Poets in the Round, March 9. Open mic at 7 p.m.; featured poets at 7:45 p.m. Free.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE -- 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "The Enchanted Bookshop," 2 p.m. March 5 (final show). $14-$16.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.