Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Ashley McBryde show, preseason soccer, Easter Bunny’s arrival

This midland mud salamander (Pseudotriton montanus) was photographed at the Tennessee Aquarium for Joel Sartore's National Geographic Photo Ark project. Sartore will be in Chattanooga on Feb. 29 for a preview program to kick off a display of two dozen images.
This midland mud salamander (Pseudotriton montanus) was photographed at the Tennessee Aquarium for Joel Sartore's National Geographic Photo Ark project. Sartore will be in Chattanooga on Feb. 29 for a preview program to kick off a display of two dozen images.

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

Practically free trees

The Tennessee Environmental Council will hold its annual Tennessee Tree Day on March 16, but you need to reserve by March 4. The mass planting, the largest of its kind in the U.S., is expected to add more than 100,000 native trees across the state. Selections may be reserved for pickup at five locations in Hamilton County, as well as Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties and even Dade County in Georgia. The 15 options include persimmon, tulip poplar and three varieties of oak. You'll pay about $2 for each bare-root seedling. The order form is at



THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

› Through March 29: "Inspired Action" by Sandra Paynter Washburn.

› Through April 8: "Synthesize: Shape, Surface and Saturation," works by Jan Burleson (oils), Carl Gombert (mixed media), Carrie Pendergrass (prints) and Kelly Spell (quilts).

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents "Nature's Generosity: Wilderness Photography Foundation, March 1-April 17 in Main and Landis galleries. Reception, 3-6 p.m. March 2.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Black History Month art contest exhibit, through March 29. Regular admission: $7-$10.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. A Celebration of Chattanooga's Black Artists, through March 1. Open studios, mini market, live demos, 6-8 p.m. March 1.

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Accepting submissions for juried, invitational High School Art Exhibition, through March 8. Students in grades 9-12 may submit their own work or be nominated by a teacher for possible inclusion in show April 1-7. Email Bethany Coffin:

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Student Arts Expo, featuring work by public, private and home-schooled K-12 students, March 1-31. Opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. March 1.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Softly Stirring" community show, through March 31.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's spring show, through May 3.


› Feb. 29: With CHI Memorial Hospital, "Art, Health & Climate Justice," immersive experience exploring how the intersection of art and climate justice affects communities of color, inspired by "Networked Nature" exhibit and featuring performances by composer Carl Cadwell, 6-7 p.m. Free.

› March 1: Hunter Underground fundraiser, with light installations and digital media, dance party, chance to acquire art, 8-11 p.m. $150.

ICA @ UTC — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Institute of Contemporary Art events.

› March 6: Artist talk with Adam Parker Smith about the ideation and fabrication of sculptures in his Sarcophagi series (on view through May 2024), 5:30 p.m. in Benwood Auditorium in Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building, 735 Vine St.

› Through March 16: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Becky Suss, inspired by Ann Patchett's 2019 novel "The Dutch House."

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

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.

› Through Feb. 29: Encaustic and mixed-media works by Deborah Llewellyn.

› March 1-April 30: Works by Russell Whiting (sculpture) and Stephen Golder (photography).

SODDY-DAISY COMMUNITY LIBRARY — 9619 Dayton Pike. Funky Bookmark Art Contest themed to 1970s, through 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 "Next Stop," creative works by senior graphic design students, Feb. 29-March 29 in John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall. Opening reception, 6 p.m. Feb. 29.


› Through April 5: "Peekaboo Sham," works by Jordan Martins.

› Through June 22: "Hand to Mouth," group exhibition.


› March 1-Dec. 31: Two dozen images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark project on banners, graphics and video projections, including species photographed on-site. Included with regular admission: $30-$40.

› Feb. 29: Exhibit first look with Sartore and his son, Photo Ark curator Cole Sartore, telling stories of how the photos were made, 6-6:30 p.m. in River Journey auditorium. $45-$50 tickets include tour, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Register:

TOWNSEND ATELIER — Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. "Resonance," new paintings by Ukrainian-born Chattanooga artist Elena Burykinak March 1-30. Opening reception, 5:30-9 p.m. March 1.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› Feb. 29: Brian Bates, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

› March 1-2: Jenny Zigrino, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $20-$25.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Steve Treviño on the Good Life Tour, 8 p.m. March 1. $44-$66.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Monday Movie Nights double feature, Feb. 26: "Plateaus," about the making and remaking of Chattanooga (second in a series), with bonus feature "One Road," 6:30 p.m., $15; "The Caveman's Valentine," about a cave dweller seeking justice for the killing of a homeless boy, 8 p.m. $10.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. "Black Imprisonment" screening and community discussion, 6 p.m. Feb. 29. Free but register.

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Screening of feature film "Dune: Part Two," Feb. 29-March 21 (various show times). Fan First premiere event on Feb. 25 is sold out. $15.



› Feb. 28: Wednesday Jazz with Ben Friberg, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› March 3: An Evening With Pierre Bensusan, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.


› Feb. 25: Samantha Fish, featuring Jesse Dayton, 7 p.m. $30-$35.

› Feb. 29: Tinsley Ellis, 7 p.m. $25-$28.

› March 1: Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter), 8 p.m. $30-$35.

› March 2: Nick Shoulders and the Okay Crawdad on Spring Breaking Point Tour, with Holy Locust, 8 p.m. $20-$25.

› March 3: Eric Gales, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Mau P, 8 p.m. CST March 2. Sold out.


› Feb. 25: Family concert of classical music paired with English and Spanish readings of "Rainbow Fish," plus Playful Evolving Monsters puppets, 3 p.m. at Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Includes instrument petting zoo and crafts before the show. Free but reserve tickets.

› Feb. 29: Masterworks performance, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. $15-$90.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga Symphony and Opera executive director appointed to position with New York Youth Symphony)

JERICHO BRASS BAND — Hixson First Baptist Church, 5800 Grubb Road. "From Bach to The Beatles," a concert for all ages, 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Free admission.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Ashley McBryde on The Devil I Know Tour, 8 p.m. March 2. $44-$180.

  photo  Ashley McBryde will stop at Memorial Auditorium on The Devil I Know Tour on March 2. / Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP/File

PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Original Battle of Songs gospel concert by The Inspirations, Triumphant Quartet and Karen Peck & New River, 6 p.m. March 2. $30-$35.

RINGGOLD FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH — 7611 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga.

› Feb. 27: Jacksonville State University's A Capella Choir, the premier choral ensemble, in concert, 7 p.m. Free.

› March 2: Shorter University Chorale in concert, 7 p.m. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

› Feb. 28: Flogging Molly on Road to Rebellion Tour, with Amigo the Devil and Gen and the Degenerates, 8 p.m. $58-$85.

› March 2: Drake White on The Bridge Tour, with Adam Hood, 8 p.m. $30-$52.

SONGBIRDS — 206 W. Main St. Robert Jon & The Wreck, 7 p.m. March 1. $28-$30.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive. School of Music welcomes pianist Muen Vanessa Wei to play with Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 3. Free; livestream available.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

› Feb. 27: Marc Broussard on Carencro 20th Anniversary Tour, 7:30 p.m. $43-$102.

› March 2: Stephen Curtis Chapman on Still Tour, 8 p.m. $44-$179.


AMUSEUM — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Annual fundraiser for adults, with "1995" theme, celebrating museum's inception, plus DJ and karaoke music, themed food and caricature artists, 7-10 p.m. March 2. Themed attire encouraged. $125-$175.

THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: A KICKBACK — The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave. Hangout night with games and music, 6 p.m. Feb. 29. Free.

BRAIN INJURY LECTURE — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Professor Kim Gorgens speaks on "Caring for Injured Brains" in Schutte Family Lecture Series, 11 a.m. Feb. 29 in Iles P.E. Center, University Drive.

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Professional soccer team's preseason match vs. Birmingham Legion, 3 p.m. March 2. $8-$58.


› March 2: Volunteers needed for Weed Wrangle workday to remove exotic invasive species along shared boundary with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, 9 a.m.-noon. Tools provided or bring your own.

› March 2: Cherokee Warriors, ranger-led program exploring the history of the warrior spirit that connects generations of Cherokee, 2 p.m. at terminus of Brown's Ferry Federal Road Trail, half-mile hike from trailhead at 700 Moccasin Bend Road (come early to make the hike before program starts). Free.

CON NOOGA — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Convention celebrating entertainment, fandom and pop culture, with guest authors and performers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25 (last day). $10 adults.

(PHOTO GALLERY: Con Nooga 2023)

EASTER BUNNY — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Photos with the Easter Bunny, March 1-30, plus pet photos every Monday. Visits are free; photo packages vary. Reservations suggested.

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.

HEARING LOSS LECTURE — Partnership Office for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing, 5600 Brainerd Road, Suite E-1. Hearing Loss Association of America, Chattanooga Chapter, hosts Lorena Cavanaugh of Speech & Hearing Center of Chattanooga for "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Hearing Loss," 11 a.m. Feb. 28. Captioned and interpreted talk will focus on importance of hearing health, how it affects communication, relationships, overall health and the aging process. Free. Email Betty Proctor:

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Student Association hosts third annual event with samples of homemade dishes and family recipes from around the world, 4-6 p.m. March 3 in Iles PE Center, University Drive. Various prices for samples. 423-236-2601

LEE UNIVERSITY — 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Black History Month events through March 19 honoring Martin Luther King Jr., postponed from last month.

› Through Feb. 29: Exhibits representing historical trailblazers in various academic buildings.

› Feb. 29: Interactive art activity in the Communication Arts Building on campus, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Lee's Evangelistic Singers in Music of Civil Rights program at Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, 7-8 p.m.

LUNCH & LEARN — Town Hall, 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Lookout Mountain Conservancy program on removal methods for kudzu and other invasive species, led by Steve Manning of Invasive Plant Control Inc., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 28. Free, but must reserve by Feb. 26. Email:

MYSTICAL MARCH MARKET — Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Shop the Market At presents monthly themed art and farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2. (Also March 9 at Collegedale Commons.)

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)

WORLD WILDLIFE DAY — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Keeper chats, animal enrichment activities, information stations and arts and crafts focused on exotic and endangered species, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 2. Part of yearlong Saving Animals From Extinction initiative (SAFE days). Included with admission: $10-$15 ($2 more at gate).


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. Athens, Tenn. Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," 2 p.m. Feb. 25 (final show). $15-$20.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. "Luce" by Noogavision Theatre & Performing Arts Co., 7 p.m. Feb. 29-March 2, 2 p.m. March 3. $22-$27.

CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Humanities Auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway. "Legally Blonde: The Musical," about UCLA merchandising major Elle Woods who goes to Harvard Law School to fight for love, with student and community performers, 7:30 p.m. March 1-2, 2:30 p.m. March 3. $15.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Dragons Love Tacos," Youth Theatre production, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2:30 p.m. March 2-3. $13-$15.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Disney's "Finding Nemo Jr.," first production of the 2024 season, through March 24. $14-$23 (season passes available).

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. "Annie," touring production in 2023-24 Broadway series, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 (final shows). $65-$225.

THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE — Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. "Barefoot in the Park," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29-March 1, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 2, 2 p.m. March 3. $10-$12.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn.

› Through March 3: Season opener, Tom Smith's "Drinking Habits," a comedy about nuns who've been secretly making wine to keep the convent open, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. March 1-2, 2 p.m. March 3. $5-$14.

› Feb. 26-27: Auditions for "Little Shop of Horrors," with cold reading and singing, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (show dates May 3-12)

UTC THEATRE — Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. "9 to 5: The Musical," based on the 1980 film, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27-March 1, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 2. $20-$25.

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