Things to do around Chattanooga this week include Moon River, Gladys Knight concert, Jeep Fest more

"Empress of Soul" Gladys Knight will be in concert Sept. 6 at Memorial Auditorium. / File Photo

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


The American Chestnut Foundation has released a new documentary, "Clear Day Thunder: Rescuing the American Chestnut," about the grassroots efforts of citizen scientists and researchers to restore the tree species. The American chestnut once numbered in the billions, dominating portions of eastern U.S. forests from Maine to Mississippi, until a deadly blight inadvertently introduced in the late 1800s decimated the population. "Clear Day Thunder" features interviews with scientists, volunteers and luminaries committed to the restoration effort, including author Barbara Kingsolver, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, country music legend Dolly Parton and former President Jimmy Carter. The film is available for viewing through public and private screenings within the tree's native range to organizations including garden clubs and libraries. For information on hosting a screening, visit

(READ MORE: For love of a tree)



ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "There Will Come a Time," by Michelle O'Patrick-Ollis, through Sept. 18.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "The Weight of My Faith" by B.D. Stellmacher Jr., featuring Splash youth artists, through Sept. 30.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Community show, "What Happened to Summer," through Oct. 1.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall show, Sept. 7-Jan. 5. Opening reception, 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7.


› Through Sept. 4: "In Nature's Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting." Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

› Sept. 7: Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free admission.

› Sept. 10: Sunday Studio: Celebrating Immigrant Stories, with music, dance and art-making activities focused on Guatemalan immigrants in the community, 2-4 p.m. Latin American food and crafts available for purchase. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

ICA @ UTC — Institute of Contemporary Art at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. "When the World's on Fire" by Kevin McNamee-Tweed, through Oct. 21.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Earth Crush" by Denice Bizot, through Sept. 30.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Dec. 18. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Jay Pfeil, Mari Kuroda and Mary Lynn Portera, through Oct. 31.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. "Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton," the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. Free admission; Ruby Falls tickets sold separately.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St."Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)," through Nov. 11.


ABBA'S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Motivational speaker and author Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the University of Notre Dame football player who inspired the movie "Rudy," in conversation with Pastor Ronnie Phillips, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 10.

PARKWAY BAPTIST TEMPLE — 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Church's 48th homecoming anniversary, Sept. 10. Includes worship service at 10:30, followed by covered-dish picnic 2-5 p.m. at Covey Creek Farm, 2855 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, and Joseph Habedank in concert at 6 p.m.



› Sept. 6: Magic City Hippies, with Kainalu, 8 p.m. $22-$25.

› Sept. 7: Wade Bowen, with Nathan Farrow, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

› Sept. 8: Clark Jackson: A Tribute, featuring members of Backup Planet, Soul Mechanic and more, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

› Sept. 9: Kursa, with Green Matter, The Greys and Spinchilla, 9:30 p.m. $25-$35.

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

› Sept. 9: X, with Squirrel Nut Zippers, 8 p.m. CDT $59 and up.

› Sept. 10: Tennessee Is for Lovers Festival, featuring Hawthorne Heights, with Underoath, Bayside, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Thursday, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Emery, Spitalfield, Winona Fighter, Proper, House Parties, Khamsin and Skye Wallace, 1 p.m. CDT. $69 and up.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Beatles 4 Sale tribute band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $30-$35.

GRANFALLOON — 400 E. Main St. Twisted Pine, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. $18; free for children under 12. Concessions, including cocktails, available from Adelle's Creperie.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Gladys Knight, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. $49-$125.

MOON RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL — Coolidge Park, 150 River St. Festival presented by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors features multiple artists with headliners Caamp and Hozier, Sept. 9-10. Sold out, but waitlist requests and verified resale tickets online.

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MUSIC AT THE ACRES — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Chattanooga Audubon Society series, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Bring your own seating.

NOONTUNES — Broad Street between Aquarium Way and Third Street. Relocated concert series opens 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 8 with music by Zowie & the Sol Parade at noon, "Artist Market" theme, ArtsBuild as nonprofit partner and artist vendors, food trucks and themed activities included. Series continues Fridays through October. Free admission.

REDBUD — 2314 E. 13th St. Amelia White, The HawtThornes and Call Me Spinster, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $10-$12.

SCENIC CITY CHORALE — Volunteer community chorus seeks new members (men and women). Rehearsals are Tuesday mornings September through May. Performances include winter and spring concerts and in venues such as nursing homes. New music director is Jim Bailiff, replacing Ron Starnes, who retired after 11 years.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. Lorna Shore, with The Acacia Strain and I Am, 8 p.m. Sept. 6. $40-$58.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Bass Drum of Death, 7 p.m. Sept. 8. $25-$27.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends through Sept. 4. $20-$30.

  photo  Staff file photo / Matt Downer, who plays fiddle and banjo, is among the performers for Summer Music Weekends at Rock City. Performances by the guest musicians run through Labor Day.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. The Servants Quartet, 7 p.m. Sept. 9 (rescheduled). Free; donations will be accepted for the theater.


BOOK RELEASE PARTY — Cherry Street Tavern, 719 Cherry St. Chattanooga-based author Jeff Lyon answers questions about and signs copies of newest release "Digital Divining" ($14 paperback), first in a trilogy about a voodoo flip phone, 5- 8 p.m. Sept. 8.

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.

› Sept. 3: Fall Food Truck Rally, with music by Nectar Valley at 12:30 p.m. and Clare Donohue at 2 p.m.

› Sept. 10: Patriot Day, honoring those lost on 9/11/2001, with music by Garrett Jacobs at 12:30 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.

CHICKAMAUGA JEEP FEST — The Shops of 1910, 201 Gordon St., Chickamauga, Ga. Cruise-in of Jeeps from all years, swap meet ($25 setup fee), judging for trophies ($20 entry), 50/50 drawing to benefit injured veterans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Free admission. 706-375-1000

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Sept. 3: Rod Man, special engagement, 7:30 p.m. (final show of the weekend). $30-$35.

› Sept. 6: Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. $7.

› Sept. 7: David Gborie, special engagement, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.

› Sept. 8-9: Carlos Rodriguez, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

GIVEBACK DAY — K: A Boutique by Katherine Roberts, 200 Manufacturers Road, No. 103. Retailer donating portion of sales Sept. 7 to Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga, with refreshments 4-6 p.m.

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.

LABOR DAY AT SIGNAL MOUNTAIN — Althaus Park, 809 James Blvd. Signal Mountain Lions Club's annual Labor Day barbecue (meals or bulk takeaway), hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and funnel cakes, plus live music, inflatables, face painting and balloon magic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 4. Raffle will award more than 200 prizes, including $10,000 first prize and $2,000 and $1,000 runners-up. Event is club's main fundraiser for community service projects.

MARKET AT COMMONS — Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Arts, crafts and farmers market with Roaring '20s music and Prohibition-style drinks for "Flapper and Tap'R" theme, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9. Free.

NATIONAL TREASURES: PARTY AT POINT PARK — 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Fundraiser for National Park Partners includes bluegrass by New Dismembered Tennesseans, buffet dinner, keepsake photos of once-a-year access to Umbrella Rock, drawing for prizes, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 7. $100 and up.

NIGHT MARKET AT THE CHATTERY — 1800 Rossville Ave. Inaugural event includes DJ and local vendors 6-9 p.m. Sept. 8.

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

› Sept. 8-9: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $15-$20 (free for children 12 and younger).

› Sept. 8-9 Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays. By donation.

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

› Sept. 9: Wildflower Walk: Tickseed & Ironweed, 9-10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. (plus other Saturdays). $15-$20.

› Sept. 9: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive). $5-$10.

SOAKYA — Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive. Water park's final weekend of the season, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. Amusement park's dry side open one hour earlier and one hour later (30 minutes later on Labor Day). $42 ages 3-59, $32 ages 1-2 and 60+.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Thursday markets have ended; next Sunday Market, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 10.

STAR PARTY — Harrison Bay State Park, Recreation Hall parking lot, 7855 Bay Marina Circle. Barnard Astronomical Society of Chattanooga monthly event, telescopes provided, 7:30- 10:30 p.m. Sept. 9, weather permitting.

TRI-STATE MILITARY VEHICLE CLUB — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Annual show and swap meet for collectors, enthusiasts and history buffs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 3 (final day).

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.

WILD CAVE ADVENTURES — Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Ranger-led, 2.5-hour tours through Sittons Cave for ages 10 and older may include mud, rocks, creatures and streams, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 3, 9-10, 16, 23-24, Oct. 1, 9-10, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 31. Reservations required. Gear provided. $45. 706-657-4050.

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WRITING AS CONVERSATION: AN INTERACTIVE SERIES — Multiday event focused on making poetry more accessible features visiting writers William Pitt Root and Pam Uschuk and local writers Richard Jackson, Earl Sherman Braggs and Kris Whorton in readings and classroom visits, Sept. 6-8 and 11.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Men's professional soccer team vs. Los Angeles Force, 7 p.m. Sept. 3. $11 and up.

MICRO WRESTLING FEDERATION — Circus Tent Arena, 751 Old Mill Road, Ringgold, Ga. WWE-style event supported by cast under 5 feet tall, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 10. $24-$45.


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

› Through Sept. 10: "All Shook Up," featuring Elvis Presley songs. $19-$35.

› Through Oct. 12: "The Play That Goes Wrong." $19-$35.

MAGIC LAMP ENTERTAINMENT — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "Once Upon a Time: A Magical Musical of Musicals," inspired by "The Little Mermaid, "Aladdin" and "Cinderella," 1 and 6 p.m. Sept. 3. $15-$25. Proceeds support nonprofits that benefit children.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.