Weekend events in Chattanooga area look toward spring, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Teams in groups of three compete to put balls through nets and other tasks during the 2022 Georgia First Robotics Peachtree District qualifier robotics competition at the Dalton Convention Center.

The Easter Bunny arrives at Hamilton Place, Chattanooga River Market debuts on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza and Shamrock City kicks off an extended celebration of St. Patrick's Day at Rock City this weekend. Here's a chronology, with a reminder that daylight saving time kicks in at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Three programming notes: Ticket sales have ended for Dancing With the Stars of North Georgia, set for Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's "Ferdinand the Bull" family concert Sunday at the Collegedale Commons is sold out. The Sunday evening service with gospel group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound at Hixson First Baptist Church is sold out.


-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will host History Happy Hour: American Quilts of the Past and Future 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. The evening features stories and cocktails with a Daughters of the American Revolution member. Tickets are $10. museumcenter.org

-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has two events this week. Art + Issues: Health & Social Justice is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in partnership with CHI Memorial. The program will focus on teen mental health, identity and sexuality, as inspired by themes in the exhibition "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom." It will include a community space to create a performance with The Pop-Up Project and information from local support agencies. Admission is free. Sunday is Family Fun Day, with performances and art activities inspired by exhibits by Delaney and Nellie May Rowe, set for 2-4 p.m. Regular admission applies ($20 nonmember adults). huntermuseum.org

-- River Gallery, 400 E. Second St., will welcome Janet Eskridge for a demonstration of her mixed-media art 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Eskridge combines old paper, handmade books, maps, objects, photographs and encaustic wax to create her narrative pieces. river-gallery.com


-- Chattanooga Jewish Documentary Film Series starts next week with "Reckonings," the story of the tense post-Holocaust negotiations between Jewish and German leaders that led to the Luxembourg Agreement. The first of five films in the series, "Reckonings" may be viewed virtually from noon Sunday to noon March 17 or in person at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 N. Terrace, with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for each film, $36 for all five. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive the login code. jewishchattanooga.com


-- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., will put Jazz in the Lounge on hold this week to experience the multimedia, visionary sound of the Wednesday Night Titans (drummer Zach Danziger and bassist Kevin Scott) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $25. barkinglegs.org

-- City Church Chattanooga, 7122 Lee Highway, will host Christian rock band Rend Collective on the Whosoever Tour at 7 p.m. Thursday. Musical guest is Sean Curran, and musician Evan Egerer is the guest speaker. Tickets are $30-$75. thecitychurch.cc

-- Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., has a busy weekend. Tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show will compete in a Beatles vs. Stones show at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20-$40. Blues singer/songwriter Marc Broussard will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with support from Seth Walker. Tickets are $29-$39. The Wood Brothers will perform their brand of country music at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40-$55. tivolichattanooga.com

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two shows this weekend. Folk artists David Ramirez and Dylan LeBlanc are on a double bill at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$25. Michael Martin Murphey, who has topped pop, country, bluegrass and western music charts, will play at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30. songbirdsfoundation.org

-- The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., will welcome jam band Disco Biscuits for a trio of shows at 8 p.m. Central time Friday through Sunday. On Saturday, the band will continue a tradition of performing a live soundtrack of a movie selected by fans. Tickets are $85 for a single night, $225 for all three. thecaverns.com

-- Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has three upcoming shows. Dance/electronic artist DMVU will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday, with support from Canvas, Kollapse and Werd. Tickets are $25-$35. Departure: The Journey Tribute Band plays the rock band's hits at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$25. Rock band Nonpoint will be joined by Blacktop Mojo and Sumo Cyco on the Emerald Cities Tour at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $25-$30. barrelhouseballroom.com

-- Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga., will welcome Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty, the grandchildren of country royalty, in Twitty & Lynn: A Salute to Conway & Loretta in shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $39-$45, with limited seats for the second show. calhoungemtheatre.org

-- Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 623 W. Garden Farm Road, Rossville, will welcome Southern gospel group Brian Free & Assurance at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. 423-991-9331

-- Woodsongs Dalton will welcome country artists Becky Buller and Ned Luberecki at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 101 S. Selvidge St., Dalton, Ga. Tickets are $20-$24. Proceeds benefit the DEO Clinic, which provides health care to underserved residents of North Georgia. woodsongsdalton.com


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-- Odyssey Awards Luncheon, recognizing the achievements of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy students, is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. The event includes a keynote address by Lucille O'Neal, mother of basketball great Shaquille O'Neal and author of "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go," and a performance by gospel singer Wintley Phipps. Tickets are $75. cgaonline.com

-- Tip a Cop, a chance to leave a gratuity for charity, will happen in two shifts Thursday at Chuy's, 2271 Gunbarrel Road. Law officers will be working alongside Chuy's staff during lunch and dinner rushes, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m., with customer tips going toward providing free year-round sports training and competitions for Special Olympics athletes. specialolympicstn.org

-- Chattanooga Hip-Hop Summit, an October event, will offer a Music & Business Speaker Series as part of preliminary programming. Kadeem Phillips of Powerhouse Management will lead off the series 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Rise Community Hub, 2901 Taylor St. Admission is free. chahiphopsummit@gmail.com

-- Rise: A Night To Empower, a fundraising dinner for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Westin Chattanooga hotel, 801 Pine St. The featured guest is former special-victims Detective Kevin McNeil, founder of The Twelve Project, which he uses to motivate change in the world through abuse and trauma education, just as educating himself helped him heal from prior abuse. The evening includes honors for local law enforcement, district attorney's office and nonprofit and community leaders for their work on the Sexual Assault Response Team. A VIP reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by local band In the Company of Wolves. Tickets are $75 general, $150 VIP; tables of eight are available. PartnershipFCA.com/Rise

-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has three events this week. A Next Level Comedy Showcase, spotlighting rising talents in the industry, starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. The weekend headliner is Landry, winner of the 2012 World Series of Comedy and Boston Comedy Festival. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22. thecomedycatch.com

-- Chattanooga River Market will make its seasonal debut this weekend on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Handmade arts, crafts and other products will be available, along with artisan foods, food trucks and live music. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through April 1-2, then Saturdays through October. Admission is free. Public Markets Inc. produces the market, along with Chattanooga Market, which opens at the end of April in First Horizon Pavilion, and Chattanooga Market at Erlanger, which is open 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays year-round. chattanoogamarket.com

  photo  Staff Photo by Olivia Ross / Customers gather in 2022 for opening weekend of the Chattanooga River Market at the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.

-- Georgia First Robotics Competition, in which high school students design, program and build a robot, is this weekend at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to this Peachtree District qualifier. Fun fact: "First" is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. gafirst.org

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Omar Martinez, 17, with the Dalton Catabots robotics team, places a ball in the clutches of his team robot in 2022 during the Georgia First Robotics Peachtree District qualifier robotics competition at the Dalton Convention Center.

-- Shamrock City, an extended St. Patrick's Day celebration, starts this weekend at Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Music, food and drink will all be Irish-themed, and the signature waterfall, High Falls, will be tinted green. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and March 18-19. The special events are included with regular admission: $20-$30. seerockcity.com/shamrock

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors in 2022 look at the green waterfall in Lookout Mountain, Ga., during Shamrock City, Rock City's annual Irish celebration.

-- Chattanooga Spring Break Safari, a Chattanooga Tourism Co. promotion, gets underway Friday at area tourist attractions. Children can go on scavenger hunts at the Bluff View Art District, Chattanooga Zoo, Creative Discovery Museum, Hunter Museum of American Art, National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Tennessee Aquarium and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Hunts can be completed outside of the attractions. Regular admission is required to enter. Activities are available through April 9 to encompass spring-break schedules for all area schoolchildren. visitchattanooga.com

-- Mystikal March Art & Farmers Market will be set up 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. The market will include handcrafted items, live music, food trucks and beer. Admission is free. eventbrite.com


-- Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St., will welcome local poetry organization Chattown Poets for Poets in the Round for an open mic at 7 p.m. Thursday and featured poets at 7:3o p.m. Admission is free. chattown.net/chattown-poets

-- Back Alley Productions completes its run of Oscar Wilde's farcical comedy "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. Remaining shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13-$15. bapshows.com

-- Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga., begins a two-weekend run of the Southern comedy "Dearly Departed" this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, plus 7:30 p.m. March 16-18. Tickets are $12-$16. actdalton.org

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Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.