Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include RV show, ‘How To Sue the Klan’ documentary

Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors look over a variety of recreational vehicles during the 2023 Chattanooga RV Show. The expo returns to the Chattanooga Convention Center Feb. 9-11.
Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors look over a variety of recreational vehicles during the 2023 Chattanooga RV Show. The expo returns to the Chattanooga Convention Center Feb. 9-11.

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

New music

Two Chattanooga-area musical acts have albums coming out. Jess Haynes will celebrate the release of her debut album, "It'll Be Okay," with a performance 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 100 Tremont St. Haynes describes the album as a collection of soulful tunes and says she'll sign every purchased copy. Find her on social media or email Meanwhile, the three sisters of Call Me Spinster have released the single "Feet Are Dirty" in advance of their debut album, "Potholes," due out on April 12 from Strolling Bones Records. Like the poppy single, the album navigates the ups and owns of newfound domestic life. "Potholes" follows Call Me Spinster's 2020 critically acclaimed self-titled EP, their first collection of songs, which garnered widespread praise from Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and other outlets. A music video for "Feet Are Dirty" is on YouTube. Learn more at



THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Open exhibition from artists of all ages and experience levels, through Feb. 15.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents "Outside / Inside: Paintings, Drawings and Multimedia Works" by Tom Farnam and Judith Mogul, through Feb. 23.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Community Day celebrating the opening of Black History Month art contest exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 10. Free admission. Exhibit continues through March.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave.

› Through Feb. 10: Fiber Arts Showcase: A Celebration of the Textile Arts, featuring works by 26 artists. Closing open house, 2-6 p.m. Feb. 10.

› Through Feb. 10: Call for established and emerging Black artists for exhibition opening Feb. 16.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. "Origins, Destinations and Points in Between," 50 works by leading Black artists of the last century, through Feb. 23.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Softly Stirring" community show, through March 31. Reception, 5-7 p.m. CST Feb. 16.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Sunday Studio drop-in family art activities, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 11. Regular admission: $20 nonmember adults.

ICA @ UTC — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Institute of Contemporary Art hosts solo exhibition of new paintings by Becky Suss, inspired by Ann Patchett's 2019 novel "The Dutch House," through March 16.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "We (Heart) New Artists," featuring Hart Gallery's Anna Mansour, Erica Birch and Sara Coolidge, through Feb. 29. Reception, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 7.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Vessel," featuring work of 25 local and nationally known artists, through Feb. 23.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. "Fine Art of the West" by David Fishman, through April 1. 423-870-8924

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Encaustic and mixed media works by Deborah Llewellyn, through Feb. 29. Valentine's double demo weekend with jewelry designers Lisa Kelley and Nola Smodic, Feb. 10.

SODDY-DAISY COMMUNITY LIBRARY — 9619 Dayton Pike. Funky Bookmark Art Contest themed to 1970s, Feb. 8- March 8. Open to any Hamilton County resident (four age groups); library membership not required. Entry forms, rules and templates:

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle. School of Visual Art and Design presents joint exhibition of paintings and drawings by Heath Montgomery and Donald Keefe, "Viceversa," through Feb. 23.


› Feb. 8: Blah Blah Blah: Artist Talks by February's eight artists-in-residence, 5:30-7 p.m.

› Feb. 9: Reception to kick off 2024 exhibition season, 6-9 p.m., featuring: "Hand to Mouth," group exhibition (through June 22); "Peekaboo Sham," works by Jordan Martins (through April 5); "Documentation of Black Lunch Table," photos by J. Adams (through March); "Practise Makes Practice" (through Feb. 24).


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Comedy Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 (and other first Tuesdays); sign-ups start at 7 p.m. Free; tips to comics appreciated.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Feb. 7: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. $7.

› Feb. 8: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7 p.m. $12.

› Feb. 9-10: John Hastings, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$24.


AMC CHATTANOOGA 18 — 5080 South Terrace. Peppa's Cinema Party, celebrating Peppa Pig's 20th anniversary with 10 never-before-seen Season 10 episodes, Feb. 10-15 (various showtimes). $7-$9.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Monday Movie Night, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 (and other second and fourth Mondays). $10.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Black History Month preview screening and discussion of PBS documentary "Gospel" before broadcast premiere, 6 p.m. Feb. 8. Free, but reserve tickets.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga premiere of documentary film "How To Sue the Klan," about the five local Black women who won a landmark 1982 civil trial against the Ku Klux Klan, with panel discussion, 7 p.m. Feb. 9. Waitlist only.



› Feb. 7: Wednesday jazz with Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› Feb. 9-10: Mon Rovia, in advance of local musician's nationwide tour, 7:30 p.m. $23 Friday; sold out Saturday.


› Feb. 5: Grateful Dead Monday, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› Feb. 9: The Hip Abduction with Of Good Nature, 8 p.m. $17-$20.

› Feb. 10: Boot Scootin' Boogie Nights: A Night of '90s Country, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

› Feb. 7: The Orchestra Sings: Young People's Concert, 10 a.m. $10 adults.

› Feb. 8: All-Accessible: The Orchestra Sings, for patrons with disabilities or sensory sensitivities, noon. $10 adults.

(READ MORE: Roundup of Chattanooga's sensory-friendly spaces)

LEE UNIVERSITY — Squires Recital Hall, 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva in Presidential Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $5-$15.

MACDOWELL MUSIC CLUB — First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Monthly meeting features baritone Robby Raney, pianist Bruce Ashton, saxophonist Scotty Jones and pianist Margaret Ann Randolph, 11 a.m. Feb. 7.


› Feb. 9: Black Jacket Symphony presents Journey's "Escape," 8 p.m. $51-$57.

› Feb. 10: Dwight Yoakam, with The Sedonas, 8 p.m. $74-$295.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Music Under the Stars presents Carnivale band, 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Free concert; $20 Cajun buffet (reserve by Feb. 5).

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. The Emo Night Tour, 8 p.m. Feb. 10. $25-$48.

SIMMONS-O'NEAL MEMORIAL CONCERT — Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive. Tribute to two local music education icons, Edmonia Simmons and Everett O'Neal, by Chattanooga Boys Choir and Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song, 3 p.m. Feb. 11. Free.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive.

› Feb. 4: Concerto Competition winners perform with Southern Adventist University's Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. in Free admission; livestream available.

› Feb. 10: Honors Choral Festival Concert, featuring 150 vocal students from 10 regional academies, 4 p.m. Free.

UTC FINE ARTS CENTER — 752 Roland Carter St. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra concerto concert, featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Grieg, Dvorak and Gounod, 3 p.m. Feb. 4. Free. Free parking in adjacent Lupton Hall parking garage.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Steep Canyon Rangers, 8 p.m. Feb. 10. $33-$49.


CHATTANOOGA BOAT SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Expo of dealers with hundreds of boats and related equipment, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4 (last day). $25 weekend pass; $6-$15 single day.

CHATTANOOGA RV SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Expo of recreational vehicles and related services and equipment, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11. Photos with Spider-Man at entrance Saturday and Sunday. $12 adults (cash only).

CHICKAMAUGA CIVIL WAR SHOW — Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Vendors with 500 tables of merchandise of interest to shooters, collectors and Civil War enthusiasts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 4 (last day). $10.

DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road. Twisted Escape Rooms and Behind the Screams Tours, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Feb. 10 (timed entry). $15.

GAME NIGHTS — Ruby Falls' Castle Cafe, 1720 Scenic Highway. Games for all ages, 5-8 p.m. each Monday-Thursday in February, plus dinner specials. Ruby Falls admission not required.

I <3 EASTERN INDIGO SNAKE DAY! — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Special activities for February's Saving Animals From Extinction and Conservation Awareness Day focusing on eastern indigo snakes, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Feb. 10 (zoo open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Included in regular admission: $10-$15 online ($2 more at gate).

  photo  File/AP Photo/The Orianne Society/Dirk J. Stevenson / Chattanooga Zoo will have an awareness day Feb. 10 focused on conservation efforts for eastern indigo snakes, such as this one spotted on a sand ridge along the Canoochee River in a remote part of southern Georgia. The indigo, found only in the Deep South, is one of the largest snakes in North America.

LOVE BOAT VALENTINE DANCE — Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Hawaiian-themed evening with music, dancing, karaoke, food and drink, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 10. $20-$30.

MARDI GRAS GALA — The Chattanoogan hotel, 1201 Broad St. Chambliss Center for Children 12th annual fundraiser includes silent auction, dance party, Cajun food, parade through the ballroom, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 9. $100; tables available.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga-area bakeries staying busy with king cakes for Mardi Gras, love confections for Valentine's Day)

ROMANCE AT RUBY — Ruby Falls, 1720 Scenic Highway. Themed date nights with after-hours lantern tours through the cave to the waterfall, tales of the love story of the waterfall's discoverer and his wife, professionally made photo and gift, through Feb. 15 (select nights, various times). $95 per couple.

SUPER MUSEUM SUNDAY — Free admission to Georgia's state historic sites, including Chief Vann House in Chatsworth and New Echota in Calhoun, Feb. 11. SuperMuseumSunday

SWEETHEART MARKET — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Shop the Market At event features Valentine's Day-themed arts and crafts, food, champagne, live music, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 10.

VALENTINES MARKET — Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. More than 100 vendors, plus food trucks and inflatables, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m Feb. 10. Free admission and parking.

WINTER HIKE CHALLENGE — Chattanooga-based Outshine Adventures' second annual event to encourage hiking 90 miles in 90 days, through March 19. Includes group hike first Saturday in March. $40-$200. Register:

(READ MORE: These are the best winter walking spots in Chattanooga)


THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Auditions for "Biloxi Blues," 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 (show dates April 5-14).

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 18. $22-$27 (use code BOGO for buy one, get one tickets on Saturdays).

THE HOWARD SCHOOL — 2500 S. Market St. Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas presents Black History Month performance of "The Color Purple," featuring original Chattanooga Theatre Centre cast, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Concert version features music, dialogue and choreography with minimal set, design and costumes. $20-$25.

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN THEATRE — Rivermont Presbyterian Church, 3319 Hixson Pike. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga series of 10-minute plays combined into single show to kick off 2024 season of "New Beginnings," 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17. ensemble theatreof

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