Things to do in Chattanooga this week include visits by actors Kevin Sorbo and Jonathan Frakes, singers Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss, left, and Robert Plant perform at the 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 28, 2023, at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. They'll bring their Raising the Roof tour to Memorial Auditorium on May 13. / Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP
Alison Krauss, left, and Robert Plant perform at the 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 28, 2023, at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. They'll bring their Raising the Roof tour to Memorial Auditorium on May 13. / Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP

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

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ART AUCTION — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Bidding on 110 watercolor works by late local artist John McLean, in person noon-2 p.m. May 7 (last day) or virtually. Register attendance for chance to win one of the large paintings.

ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Art From the Hart," by Chattanooga's Hart Gallery artist collective, through June 23. Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. May 12.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. "Transformation: Exploring the Art of Book-Making With Barry Moser" and Scenic City Clay Juried Member Showcase, through May 26.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "In Frame: A Chattanooga Photography Expo," through May 27.

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

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EXUM GALLERY — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Morris Mitchell's "God in My Hand," through May 14.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Being a Flower Is a Big Responsibility" community show, through May 28.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Sunday Studio drop-in family art experiences, 2-4 p.m. May 14. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "All-Member Show," through May 31.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Aug. 31. 423-266-1766

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Spring show, through July 28. Opening reception, 6-8:30 p.m. May 12.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Joe Hobbs, Lynn Whipple and Maralyn Wilson, through June 30.

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SIGNAL CENTERS' HART GALLERY — 110 E. Main St. Exhibition of classical art for people who are blind or visually impaired, through May 20.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— May 11: Blah Blah Blah: May artist talks, 5:30-7 p.m.

— 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 exhibit at Hunter Museum).

— May 13: Urban Bird Watching walkabout in Highland Park, 9 a.m. from the courtyard. Bring your own binoculars.

— Through May 27: "Highland Park Point Cloud," by Ray Padron.

— Through June 17: "Territorial: The Land and Us."


THE LEGACY PROJECT — New York's Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company performances, with sponsors including the Tennessee Holocaust Commission and Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga.

— May 9: Dancing Dialogues, featuring duets with Chattanooga Collaborative Roots dancers, 7-9 p.m. at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.

— May 11: Community performance telling the story of the Holocaust and the survival of a people, through dance and narration, 7 p.m. at UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. $20.


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING — Chattanooga Christian School, 3354 Charger Drive. "Un Nuevo Pasado (Someday Soon)," about young Guatemalan immigrants building a new life in the U.S., 4-7 p.m. May 13. Includes musical performance by East Lake Expression Engine and Latin cuisine.Admission by donation.

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— May 10: Jazz in the Lounge with the Gordon Inman Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.

— May 13: Gareth Pearson, 7:30 p.m. $20.

— May 14: The Foreign Landers featuring David Benedict, 7:30 p.m. $17.


— May 10: Dogs in a Pile, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

— May 11: The Funeral Portrait, with My Captain, My King and Magli, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

— May 12: Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 9 p.m. $25-$30.

— May 13: Inaugural Stand By Me Music Festival benefiting Help Right Here, featuring Slippery People performing music of the Talking Heads, 6:30 p.m. $50-$100. Includes live auction at 8 p.m.; 1980s prom attire encouraged.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

— May 7: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, 7 p.m. Sold out.

— May 12: Keller Williams, with Steve Poltz, 8 p.m. $55.

— May 13: Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. $59-$269.


— May 7: Family concert, "Peter and the Wolf," 3 p.m. at Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Sold out.

— May 8: CSO Youth Orchestras, 7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $5-$10.

— May 13: Sensory-friendly concert by Wind Ensemble, 10:30 a.m. at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Free.

CONCERT FOR A CAUSE — Feed Table & Tavern, 201 W. Main St. Be the Change Youth Initiative fundraiser includes food, drink, storytelling and music by In the Company of Wolves, 6 p.m. May 10. Donations and proceeds from wine and beer sales go to Chattanooga Community Fridge to help fund a refrigerator outside the homeless encampment at 12th and Peeples streets.

EVENING WITH THE STARS — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Athens Area Council for the Arts' 29th annual variety show featuring regional talent to close out House Blend Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. May 12. Includes light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. $12-$17.

JERICHO BRASS — Founders Hall Pavilion, Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. British-style brass band in "Battle of Jericho" concert, 4 p.m. May 7. Free.


— May 10: Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, 7:30 p.m. $29-$79.

— May 12: Black Jacket Symphony performs Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever," 8 p.m. $35-$40.

— May 13: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on Raising the Roof tour, with J.D. McPherson, 8 p.m. $59-$199.

SCENIC CITY CHORALE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Spring concert by community choral ensemble, 3 p.m. May 7. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

— May 12: The Emo Night Tour, 8 p.m. $16-$46.

— May 14: Alter Bridge on Pawns & Kings Tour, 7 p.m. $49-$69.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH — 612 James Blvd. Fifty-voice Tennessee Tech University Chorale in "Many Voices, One World" concert, 7 p.m. May 8. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— May 11: The Jerry Douglas Band, 7 p.m. $45-$50.

— May 12: Agent Orange with Suzi Moon, 7 p.m. $25.

— May 13: Super Fun Kids Rock Show with The Okee Dokee Brothers and Sonia de los Santos, 7 p.m. $10 (4 p.m. show is sold out).

— May 14: Odie Leigh with The Official Bard of Baldwin County, 7 p.m. $15-$18.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

— May 7: The Brook & The Bluff on spring tour, with Savannah Conley, 8 p.m. $20-$22.

— May 13: Girl Named Tom, 8 p.m. $27-$39.

— May 14: Keb' Mo', 7:30 p.m. $59-$79.


70TH BIRTHDAY OPEN HOUSE — Speech & Hearing Center, 2212 Encompass Drive, Suite 148. Commemoration of agency's seven decades of serving people affected by a speech or hearing impediment, 10 a.m. May 11. Includes cupcakes, punch and brief remarks.

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AGORA FEST — Chester Frost Park pavilion, 7989 Causeway Road. Local speakers on self-sufficiency, holistic health, organic food, off-grid living, preparedness, plus outdoor activities, booths, demonstrations, children's entrepreneur market, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 13. Free for outdoor activities; $60-$90 for speakers (cheaper option includes shuttle from off-site parking).

ART CAR STREET PARTY — Patten Square, 818 Georgia Ave. We Make event with Art 120 Crew includes music, fire sculptures and multiple art cars, 7-10 p.m. May 12. Free but RSVP.

BENEFIT YARD SALE — 304 S. Sweetbriar Ave. Annual fundraiser by Alpha Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, with household items, home décor, furniture, ladies/men's items, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13. 423-280-1084

BIRCHWOOD FIBER FESTIVAL — Birchwood Community Center, 5623 Highway 60. Workshops, vendors and demonstrations exploring the evolution of traditional fiber art, plus food vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7 (last day).

BIRD CLUB — Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society hears from Andrew Meador on "Birds and Biomimicry," the practice of apply nature's strategies to solve challenges in engineering, manufacturing and architecture, 7 p.m. May 11.

BOOK LAUNCH — Soddy-Daisy Community Library, 9619 Dayton Pike. Chattanooga-based author KB Ballentine releases eighth book of poetry, "Spirit of Wild," with reading, discussion and Q&A, 6:30 p.m. May 10. Free admission; $20 for autographed book. RSVP:

CHATTANOOGA BACON FESTIVAL — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. More than 150 craft, commercial and food vendors, live entertainment, trackless train rides, inflatables, petting zoo, pony rides, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7 (last day). Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Free admission.

— May 7: Strawberry Festival. Music by nine Hamilton County middle and high school jazz ensembles.

— May 14: Mother's Day celebration. Music by Strange Curry at 12:30 p.m., Honeybabe at 2 p.m.

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 through October. Free admission.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Dale Jones in special engagement, 7:30 p.m. May 11, $20-$25; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. May 12-13, $25-$30.

CRAFT FAIR & COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY — Anchor of Hope Baptist Church, 2613 Lakeview Drive, Rossville. Crafts, concessions and yard games for Anchor of Hope youth group, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13. 423-322-6497

EASY BISTRO — 801 Chestnut St.

— May 10: Founders' Dinner celebrating restaurant's 18th anniversary and Chattanooga Whiskey's 11th anniversary, with passed hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktails, 6 p.m.; followed by full-course plated dinner with whiskey and cocktail pairings, 7 p.m. $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Limited to 30 guests.

— May 11: Tattersall takeover at the bar, spring menu accompanied by brand's spirits, liquors and cocktails, 4-7 p.m. A la carte pricing.

FAMILY FUN DAY — Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St. Kite building, art making, crafts, coloring, oversize games and music from River City Co. and art partners, 9 a.m.-noon May 13. Free but RSVP.

HIKE, BIKE, BREW FESTIVAL — Lula Lake Land Trust, 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Eighth annual beer festival with hiking and biking on the "Beer Path loop" to Lula Lake and Lula Falls, with beer stations along the way, 1 p.m. May 13. Meadow party with live music and snacks, 3-5 p.m. $75. Proceeds support trust's trailwork and conservation efforts.

HIXSON FARMERS MARKET — St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Features local farmers, gardeners and artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Live music on first Saturdays, free pancake breakfast on third Saturdays.

KIDS FISHING DERBY — Athens Regional Park, 2405 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn. Children 12 and younger invited to bring fishing pole and bait for free fishing, with chance to win $500 for catching tagged fish, plus other prizes, 8-11:30 a.m. May 13; registration at 7 a.m. License not required.

METROTHAM CON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Multifandom convention, with actors including Jonathan Frakes and Kevin Sorbo among special guests, cosplay contest, children's events, console and tabletop gaming, live entertainment, 2 p.m.-midnight May 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 14. $40-$60; additional charge for some celebrity encounters.

  photo  Jonathan Frakes will be among the special guests at Metrotham Con at the Chattanooga Convention Center May 12-14. / BPI Digital Photo/UPN
  photo  Kevin Sorbo is among the special guests at Metrotham Con at the Chattanooga Convention Center May 12-14. / Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Images/File

MOTHER'S DAY GALA — Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Vendor market with flowers, chocolate, jewelry and specialty cocktail, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 13.

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

— May 12: 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.

— May 12-13: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— May 13: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— May 13: Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday), $5-$10.

— May 14: Brunch and Blooms, Mother's Day cocktail brunch at the Native Plant Nursery, with music by Call Me Spinster, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $40-$45.

SNKR BST — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Pop-up featuring thousands of new and used sneakers, plus streetwear, vintage clothing and collectibles, noon-5 p.m. May 7. $25 early entry at 10 a.m., $15 at noon.

SOUTHERN BLOOMS FESTIVAL — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Showcase of the park's 400+ varieties of native plants and flowers on self-guided tours, with children's art projects, plants for sale, specialty foods, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 7, 13-14. $20-$30. Optional Mother's Day lunch on final day.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Includes Cajun Cook-Off, 1-4 p.m. May 7.

TENNESSEE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL — Downtown Dayton, Tenn. Weeklong series of events, including pickleball tournament, carnival, Kids Night, Strawberry Shortcake Night, Faith & Family Night, fine arts show, baking contest, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, parade, May 5-13.

THRILLVILLE FAIR — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Carnival rides, games, food booths and live entertainment, including High Flying Pages aerial show, Sea Lion Splash and Wheels of Agriculture game show, May 11-21. Hours: 5-10 pm. Monday-Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $10 admission (free to children 36 inches and under, seniors 65 and older); $30-$35 unlimited rides. Buy before opening day to save $10 on combo ticket. Special admission promotions on weekdays.

WALKER COUNTY FARMERS MARKET — Exclusive to vendors within 25 miles; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 E. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.

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WALK RUN PEDAL JAMZ FESTIVAL — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Food trucks, vendor tents, children's activities, toddler walk, live music, drawings and giveaways (must be present to win), 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. May 13. Earlier starts for 2-mile run or walk across the Walnut Street Bridge (9 and 11 a.m.) and 12- or 24-mile bike ride along riverfront (10 a.m.); participation by donation.

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, 6-10 p.m. May 11. Sold out.


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CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Birmingham Barons, 2:15 p.m. May 7 (last in six-game home series). Promotions: donate canned good or other nonperishable to Chattanooga Area Food Bank for free general-admission ticket; Catch on the Field; Kids Run the Bases. $7-$12.


CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Cake," 2:30 p.m. May 7 (final show), $20-$25. "Miss Nelson Is Missing" Youth production, May 12-21. $10-$13.

CHATTOWN POETS — Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St. Open Mic, plus the River City Street Poet, 7 p.m. May 11. $5.

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

— Through June 1: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." $19-$35.

OAK STREET PLAYHOUSE — 418 Oak St. (behind First-Centenary Methodist Church). George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," 2 p.m. May 7 (final show). $12-$17. Tickets at door or

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK — Greenway Farms, 4960 Gann Store Road. "As You Like It" by Scenic City Shakespeare, 7:30 p.m. May 12-13, 26-27, with improvised adaptation, Shakespeare From a Hat, May 19-20. Free; donations requested; paid VIP options available.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. "Senior Follies," 2 p.m. May 7 (final show). $12-$14.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.