Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Repticon, Grammy-winning guitarists, Heart Strings for Hope

Staff file photo / The Lookout Valley Elementary Aggressive Stinger Yellow Team car and the Harrison Elementary Team car speed through the track during the fall Chattanooga Fall Green Prix on Nov. 19, 2021.

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


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ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Color Is My Middle Name" by Paul Fontana, March 22-May 1. Opening reception, 5:30 pm. April 21.

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 23: Vision + Verse, an exploration of Beauford Delaney's friendship with James Baldwin, inspired by the exhibition "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom," by Rhyme N Chatt poets Marsha Mills, Poetess Phenominal C and Tomodachi, plus a performance by Swayyvo, 6-7 p.m. Free.

-- March 24: Hunter Underground, cocktail party, silent art auction, costume contest and Art Heist Gallery, 8-11 p.m. $125.

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

MOUNTAIN CITY CLUB -- 729 Chestnut St. The Salvation Army's Chattanooga Area Command presents "Art in Provence," by mother-and-son artists Jill Steenhuis (painter) and Sergio Ruffato (sculptor), with free reception 5-8 p.m. March 21; $30 reservation luncheon and artist talk, noon-1:30 p.m. March 22. Proceeds support Salvation Army programs in Chattanooga.

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 April 28.

PLAYFUL EVOLVING MONSTERS -- Soddy-Daisy Community Library, 9619 Dayton Pike. Final community Lantern Playshop to make crafts for upcoming Light Up Chattanooga Lantern Parade, 6:15-7:45 p.m. March 23. Free, but register.

RIVER GALLERY -- 400 E. Second St. Works by Pat Magers and Sister Mary Grace Thul, through April 30.

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 24-25: Ron Feingold, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

-- March 26: Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson, special engagement, 7 p.m. $30-$40.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER -- 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. That Would Be Silly: The Improv Comedy Show for Kids, an Improv Chattanooga show, 3 p.m. March 26. Skits are based on audience suggestions and kids may be called onstage to help out or tell a joke. Free for ages 10 and younger, $5 all others.


COPPELIA & NEW WORKS -- UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Chattanooga Ballet presents abridged version of classical ballet plus world premiere of contemporary works, 6 p.m. March 25, 3 p.m. March 26. $15-$25.

THE SPACE BETWEEN -- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Showcase of dance styles from ballet to Bollywood by dancers from Girls Preparatory School, Scenic City Dance, Baylor School, Ballet Esprit, Center Stage Dance Company and Civic Ballet of Chattanooga to raise awareness of mental health conditions and funds for the AIM Center, 7 p.m. March 24 and 1 p.m. March 25. $15.


MACEDONIA MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH -- 1156 E. Main St. Centennial service, "Proud Past, Bright Future: Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 100 Years & Counting," 11 a.m. March 19. Guest speaker is former Associate Minister James A. Powell, pastor of Washington Park Missionary Baptist Church. 423-267-6915

SCENIC CITY WOMEN'S NETWORK -- Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. March luncheon with guest speaker Jacinda Woodward, senior vice president of TVA's power operations, noon March 23. $25 includes plated lunch. RSVP:

STANLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH -- 501 Dodson Ave. Men's Day weekend includes Prayer Breakfast, with Pastor Richard L. Brown as speaker, 9-11 a.m. March 25; Men's Day service, 11 a.m. March 26, with Judge John W. McClarty as speaker. 423-624-6729


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES -- Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. "The Narrow Bridge," second of five, available virtually March 19-24 (noon to noon), in person 7 p.m. March 20; refreshments at 6:30 p.m. $12 for each film, $36 for all. Virtual screenings must be paid in advance to receive login code.

IMAX THEATER -- 201 Chestnut St. "Shazam: Fury of the Gods," through March 26 (7 p.m. Friday, 5 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday). $15.


ATHENS ARTS CENTER -- 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Crooners of the 1950s shows, part of House Blend Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. March 25 (rescheduled from February; March 24 is sold out). $12-$17 (includes light snacks and cash bar; $22 ticket helps subsidize catering).

BARKING LEGS THEATER -- 1307 Dodds Ave. Kash Wright Trio for Jazz in the Lounge, 7 p.m. March 22. $5.


-- March 24: Stairway to Zeppelin, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

-- March 25: MedRock: The Battles of the Physicians, 7 p.m. $40. Proceeds benefit Chattanooga Medical Alliance's MedRock Scholarship Fund.

CHATTANOOGA AREA FLUTE SOCIETY -- Two locations for St. Patrick's Day music, 2 p.m. March 19 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., and 7:30 p.m. March 20 at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program features traditional Irish and Celtic tunes, as well as works by Catherine McMichael and "The Legend of Lyn Llech Owain."

GEM THEATRE -- 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience, 7:30 p.m. March 25. $39-$45 (limited quantities).

THE CAVERNS -- 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. PBS television taping of "The Caverns Sessions," with 12 acts over three days, 7 p.m. March 24, $55-$65; 5 p.m. March 25, $75; 4 p.m. March 26, $75 (all times Central). Three-day ticket packages are sold out.


-- March 25: Pops concert with Mariachi Cobre, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $15-$90.

-- March 26: Family concert, "Ferdinand the Bull," with puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters, 1 p.m. at RISE Chattanooga, 804 Central Ave. Free. Come early for crafts and instrument petting zoo.

-- March 26: CSO Youth Orchestras audition masterclass, 2 p.m. at Chattanooga First Baptist Church, 401 Gateway Ave., $15 per family.

-- March 26: Family concert, "Ferdinand the Bull," with puppets from Playful Evolving Monsters, 4 p.m. at Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, 5461 North Terrace. Come early for crafts and instrument petting zoo. Free.

JERICHO BRASS BAND -- Red Bank High School, 640 Morrison Springs Road. Fundraiser for RBHS Blue Lion Band includes chili cookoff at 5 p.m. March 23 ($10 per bowl) and concert with Jericho Brass at 6 p.m.


-- March 20: US101's Heart Strings for Hope, with Kelley Lovelace, Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Russell Dickerson and Tyler Hubbard, 7 p.m. $35-$60. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

-- March 21: Buddy Guy, on his Damn Right farewell tour, with Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, 7:30 p.m. $65-$120.

SONGBIRDS -- 35 Station St.

-- March 20: Eric Johnson masterclass, 6 p.m. $150. (See Walker Theatre listing for concert information.)

-- March 25: Robert Jon & The Wreck, 8 p.m. $25.

WALKER THEATRE -- 399 McCallie Ave.

-- March 21: Eric Johnson, 8 p.m. $29-$39. (See Songbirds listing for masterclass information.)

-- March 24: Tye Tribbett on All Things New tour, 8 p.m. $35-$49.


CHATTANOOGA GREEN PRIX -- VW Chattanooga, 8001 Volkswagen Drive. Races of electric-powered cars designed and built by student teams, March 24-25.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through April 1-2, then Saturdays only through October. Free admission.

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

CLEVELAND BRADLEY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 795 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Centennial Celebration tours of the new and old facilities with guides in historical costumes, 2-4 p.m. March 19 (repeats other months). Register:

EASTER BUNNY, CHATTANOOGA -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Easter Bunny Garden at Center Court open for visits and photos during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos each Monday. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, CLEVELAND -- Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Photos and visits during mall hours, March 24-April 8. Pet photos, 5-7 p.m. March 27. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, DALTON -- Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Photos and visits during select hours, March 24-April 8. Walk in or reserve time online.

EASTER BUNNY, HIXSON -- 271 Northgate Mall Drive. Bunny in residence for photos and visits during mall hours, through April 8. Pet photos all day each Monday. Special photo pricing through March 31. Walk in or reserve time online.

PARACLIMBING CHAMPION -- Iles P.E. Center, 4870 University Drive, Collegedale. Southern Adventist University presents Maureen Beck, a competitive paraclimbing champion born with only one hand and forearm who has earned eight national titles, in "Improbable Ascent," with stories and videos, 7:30 p.m. March 23. $10.

PLANT NATIVES 2023 -- First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Native Plant Sale & Expo, final weekend of Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones' signature event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 25. Free admission.

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

-- March 24: 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 24: Nature-Inspired Watercolor Abstracts, with The Chattery, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $25.

-- March 24-25: 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 25: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

-- March 25: Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with black vulture Vlad, 11 a.m.-noon (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

-- March 25: Wildflower Walk, 2-3 p.m. $5-$10.

-- March 26: Nature Journaling & Sketching with The Chattery, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25.

REPTICON -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Vendors and breeders of reptiles and exotic animals, plus care and feeding products, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26. $12 either day ($10 Saturday after 1 p.m.), $15 both days, $6 children 5-12.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Nathan Adams of Chickamauga, Ga., holds a white Burmese python at a booth during Repticon at Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge on Aug. 28, 2022.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT -- Chattanooga Green, 140 Riverfront Parkway. Interactive art installation Los Trompos (spinning tops), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. through April 16. Weekends feature live music, art vendors, family activities and food trucks select hours. Free admission.

-- March 19: Open play.

-- March 24: Friday Fun with DJ Kris Kash, 5-7 p.m.

-- March 25: Get Up & Move, featuring dance and fitness programs, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

-- March 26: Open play.

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 19 (last day). Included with regular admission: $20-$30.

SISKIN POSSIBILITIES LUNCHEON -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Siskin Hospital of Physical Rehabilitation's 20th annual Possibilities: Siskin Hospital Celebrates Life Beyond Disability luncheon, 11 a.m. March 21. Guest speaker is Victoria Arlen, an on-air personality for ESPN and Paralympic medalist, who fought through two rare medical conditions that caused her to lose the ability to speak, eat, walk or move for nearly four years. $75 in person, $50 livestream. Proceeds go to hospital's Charity Care Funds for patients without adequate insurance.

SPRING CELEBRATION -- Adventure Sports Innovation, 191 River St. Open house with new merchandise, gear demonstrations, free inspections of electric scooters, discounts on equipment rentals and virtual-reality simulator, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 25. Free food and drink samples.

SPRING PORCH SALE -- Wright Hotel, 201 E. Market St., Chatsworth, Ga. Annual fundraiser for the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society includes vintage pieces, household items, tools, antiques, collectibles and used books, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. March 24-25. Free admission.

TEA WITH BEA -- Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Storytelling and refreshments with Beatrix Potter character, 2-3:30 p.m. March 25. Sold out.

UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED LUNCHEON -- Westin hotel, 801 Pine St. Girls Inc. honors girls' mentors, 11:30 a.m. March 24. Sold out.


CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES -- CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. USL League One men's professional team vs. North Colorado Hailstorm, 7:30 p.m. March 25. $13-$30.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE -- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

-- March 21: Table read of "Chicago," with music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Listen or take part; no experience necessary.

-- March 22: Table read of "It Can't Happen Here," 7-9 p.m. Free. Listen or take part; no experience necessary.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE -- 400 River St. Youth Theatre production, "Bambi: A Life in the Woods," 2:30 p.m. March 19, 7 p.m. March 24, 2:30 p.m. March 25-26. $10-$12.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE -- 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

-- Through March 26: "Frozen Jr.." $14-$23.

-- Through April 30: "Things My Mother Taught Me." $19-$35.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA -- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. "The Borrowers," 2:30 p.m. March 19 (final show). $7-$15.

OCOEE THEATRE COMPANY -- Cleveland Middle School, 3635 Georgetown Road NW, Cleveland, Tenn. "Harvey," 7:30 p.m. March 25, 2 p.m. March 26, 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 1, 2 p.m. April 2. $20 (tickets at the door as available).

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.