Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Rock the Riverfront, Siskin Possibilities luncheon

Grand Ole Opry Photo by Chris Hollo / HunterGirl crosses the Grand Ole Opry stage in her debut performance.
Grand Ole Opry Photo by Chris Hollo / HunterGirl crosses the Grand Ole Opry stage in her debut performance.

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


Tennessee singer HunterGirl, the Gruetli-Laager native and former Winchester resident who finished as runner-up in the 20th season of "American Idol," made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry last weekend. Her label, Wheelhouse Records/ 19 Recordings, reports she received "an impassioned, lively standing ovation from the packed-out Opry house." She sang her debut radio single, "Ain't About You," and the unreleased track "Clockworks." She was surprised onstage with a customized blue flight jacket to celebrate her honorary professorship at her alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University, and her work with the university's Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Center, a connection made through her work with veterans through Operation Song. HunterGirl was recently named to CMT's Next Women of Country list and an Artist To Watch by Country Now and Wide Open Country. She'll be joining Luke Bryan on his 2024 Mind of a Country Boy Tour this summer.



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, through April 17 in Main and Landis galleries.

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

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Student Arts Expo, featuring work by public, private and home-schooled K-12 students, through March 31.

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.


› March 10: Sunday Studio, drop-in art experiences for families, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

› March 14: Art + Issues: Chattamatters, 6-7 p.m. The Enterprise Center's William Newlin and Gabrielle Chevalier discuss technology and the changing community using a new media artwork from "Networked Nature" exhibition. Free.

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

› March 16: Fire Works jewelry demonstration by Barbara Murnan, noon-5 p.m.

› Through March 31: "Enchanted Treescapes," photos by Anh Bao Tran-Le, through March 31.

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOPS — Community project for Rock the Riverfront's Light Up Chatt Parade on March 23. Free, but register:

› March 13: 6-7:30 p.m. at The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Suite 108.

› March 19: 6-7:30 p.m. at Purpose Point Academy, 4801 Highway 58.

› March 20: 6-8 p.m. at Playful Evolving Monsters Studio, 5325 Old Hixson Pike.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER — 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Works by Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through March.

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. Works by Russell Whiting (sculpture) and Stephen Golder (photography), through April 30.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle. School of Visual Art and Design presents "Next Stop," creative works by senior graphic design students, through March 29 in John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall.


› March 15: Art-A-Nooga Tonight variety hour (seven minutes to do anything you want), 7-8 p.m. Email to participate:

› March 16: Open studios for March's eight artists in residence, 3-5 p.m.

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

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

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Two dozen images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark project on banners, graphics and video projections, including species photographed on-site, through December. Included with regular admission: $30-$40.

TOWNSEND ATELIER — Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. "Resonance," new paintings by Ukrainian-born Chattanooga artist Elena Burykinak through March 30.


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

› March 10: Girls Night Out, The Show, special engagement, $18-$300 (tickets at girlsnight

› March 15-16: Steve Gillespie, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$24.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

› March 15: Whose Live Anyway, with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" alumni Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray, 8 p.m. $82-$340 (very limited availability).

  photo  Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / From left, Joel Murray, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Jeff B. Davis bring their Whose Live Anyway? show to Chattanooga's Memorial Auditorium on March 15. Fewer than a dozen seats remained at press time.

› March 16: Pete Davidson on Prehab Tour, 7 p.m. $59-$164 (limited availability).



› March 11: "Landings: A Documentary Film Experience," director Rob Winslow's look at the making and remaking of Chattanooga (third in a four-part series), 6:30 p.m. $15 suggestion donation. Followed by Monday Night Movie Night, title tba, 8 p.m. $10.

› March 15: Seed Theatre's Interactive Movie Night, "Muppet Treasure Island," 7:30 p.m. $15 ($20 with prop bag).

CHESTER FROST PARK — Buffalo Run Stage, 7989 Causeway Road. Springtime Movie Night screening of "The Avengers," 7:30 p.m. March 15 (movie starts at 8:30 p.m.) Free admission, free popcorn, free games, "Avengers" costume contest, food truck. Contact: Kylee Saunders, 423-710-0274

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Screening of Indie Lens film "Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's" by Cookeville, Tenn., PBS station WCTE, with discussion to follow, 11 a.m. CDT March 14. Free.

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Screening of feature film "Dune: Part Two," through March 21 (various show times). $15.



› March 10: Songwriters Night, listening room with In the Company of Wolves, Bryce Cronan, Ben Stephens and Josh Wheeler, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15.

› March 12: Happenstance for local professionals to reimagine their material (mostly acoustic music), 7-9 p.m. $5 cover; tips encouraged.

› March 13: Wednesday Jazz with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› March 16: One Hit Wonders, current and previous members of The Beaters perform various bands' single hit songs of the '60s and '70s, 7:30 p.m. $10.


› March 13: Wubs A Month: Bass Night, 9 p.m. $10.

› March 15: Departure: Journey Tribute Band, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

› March 16: Slippery People present Pink Floyd's "The Wall," 9 p.m. $15-$18.

› March 17: The Motet, with Paul Childers, 8 p.m. $22-$25.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. All times Central.

› March 10: Dawes and Lucius, 6 p.m. $69.

› March 16: Travis Tritt solo acoustic tour, 8 p.m. Sold out.

› March 17: St. Patrick's Day celebration with Altan, 4 p.m. $59.

CHATTANOOGA AREA FLUTE SOCIETY CHOIR — Two performances of Celtic concert. Free admission. Contact: Nora Kile,

› March 15: 7-8 p.m. at North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson.

› March 17: 3-4 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 Belvoir Ave., East Ridge.

CHATTANOOGA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Sixty-member ensemble performs, 2 p.m. March 16 near Easter Bunny's Garden on lower level near JCPenney.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "S'Wonderful: A Tribute to George Gershwin," featuring Broadway singer Lisa Vroman ("The Phantom of the Opera") in salute to late composer's 100th birthday, 7:30 p.m. March 16. $12-$90 (two free tickets to music educators).

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience, 7:30 p.m. March 16. $40-$50.


› March 17: Zach Williams on A Hundred Highways Tour, 7 p.m. $22-$240.

› March 18: Heart Strings for Hope, featuring Maddie & Tae, Brian Kelley, Parmalee, Chase Matthew and Kelley Lovelace, 7 p.m. $47-$79.

ROAD TO NIGHTFALL — The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Preliminary rounds of Chattanooga Presents and SoundCorps band competition for headlining slot at Nightfall summer concert series, plus cash and other prizes, 8 p.m. March 15-16, 21-23. Finals April 6.

ST. PAUL'S ARTIST SERIES — St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 305 W. Seventh St. Guitarist David Leisner performs music of Bach, Schubert, Mertz, Duarte, Winslow and Leisner, 7:30 p.m. March 15 (last in a series). $32-$43; discounts for seniors, students and groups.

SCENIC CITY CHORUS — Action Church, 1312 Spring Creek Road. Scenic City Spring Showcase Concert by member chorus of Sweet Adelines International, 7 p.m. March 11. Evening includes a cappella barbershop-style singing, gift basket door prize, 50/50 drawing and refreshments. Free admission; donations appreciated.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. Scott Stapp (of Creed), with Sevenstones and Echostone, 8 p.m. March 14. $8-$71.

SPRING BARBERSHOP HARMONY SOCIETY CONVENTION — Silverdale Baptist Academy, 7236 Bonny Oaks Drive. Choo Choo Chorus hosts 2024 International Quartet Preliminary and Dixie District Chorus Championship contests with singers from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, March 15-16. Schedule includes quartet semifinals, 7 p.m. Friday; chorus competition, 10 a.m. Saturday; quartet finals contest, 1:30 p.m. Saturday; district champions show, 8 p.m. Saturday.


ARTS & PRESERVATION DAY — Betty Dunn Nature Center at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, Tenn. Traditional arts demonstrations including log hewing, spinning, chair caning and blacksmithing, plus bluegrass music, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT March 16. Free admission; donations welcome. Must register for optional Four Waterfalls Hike at 10 a.m.

CHATTANOOGA NORTH GEORGIA ANTIQUE BOTTLES & ADVERTISING SHOW — Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors gathers vendors with advertising signs and bottles once containing soda, beer, bitters, medicines, milk, whiskey, blobs, plus applied colored labels and hutches, free admission, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. March 16. Early buyers may enter 1-6 p.m. March 15, 8- 9 p.m. March 16 for $20.

  photo  Staff file photo / Antique bottles are displayed in a vendor booth at a previous Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors show in Chattanooga. The association's next show is March 15-16 at the Dalton Convention Center.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Local artists, crafters and food artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through March 24; then Saturday-only through October. Free admission.

CHATTANOOGA WRITERS GUILD — The Edney Innovation Center (fifth floor), 1100 Market St. Monthly meeting, 6-8 p.m. March 12. Program: "Short Videos To Inspire Writing," with writing and discussion. Free.

CITYWIDE EASTER EGG HUNT — Vinterest Hixson and Vinterest Southside hide eggs around the city that can be redeemed for prizes donated by vendors, March 16-30. Locator clues posted daily on Facebook and Instagram. One win per household.

DAY OF THE ROSES — Ooltewah Nursery, 5829 Main St. Annual sale of newest releases, 8 a.m. March 15 (while supplies last).

(READ MORE: Chattanooga-area garden classes and events to get ready for spring)

EASTER BUNNY — Bradley Square Mall's Story Land (near Claire's and Hibbett Sports), 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Available for photos through March 30 (11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon- 6 p.m. Sundays). Free visits; photo packages vary.

EASTER BUNNY — Dalton Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Available for photos March 15-30 (hours 2-7 p.m. opening day, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays rest of month). Walk-ups welcome; reservations suggested.

EASTER BUNNY — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Photos with the Easter Bunny, through March 30, plus pet photos every Monday. Free visits; photo packages vary. Reservations suggested.

EASTER BUNNY — Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Photos available through March 30, plus pet photos every Monday. Free visits; photo packages vary. Reservations suggested.

GARDENING CLASS — Hamilton County Extension Center, 6183 Adamson Circle. Monthly class by Master Gardeners of Hamilton County features two topics, "Creating a Landscape Design" and "Planning a Vegetable Garden," 10 a.m. March 16 (and other third Saturdays). Registration requested for in-person:

GORDON-LEE MANSION TOURS — 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Friends organization opens mansion for visitors on the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's Chickamauga Turn excursions, noon-2 p.m. March 16, 30, April 6, 13, May 4, 11, 18-19, 25. $1-$5. Email:

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA — Lake Hills Church of Christ, 4519 Oak Hill Road. Chattanooga chapter of HLAA hosts captioned meeting on new and existing technology for people with hearing loss, 2 p.m. March 17. Email: Betty Proctor,

LUCKY CHARMS ST. PATRICK'S DAY FESTIVAL — Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road, East Brainerd. Inaugural event includes food trucks, crafters, bounce houses, mini train, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16. Free admission and parking.

ROCK THE RIVERFRONT — Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St. Third year of interactive art, music and entertainment features Loop by Ekumen, a hybrid of a music box, zoetrope (19th-century animated toy) and railway handcar that plays flipbook-style movies at a speed determined by participants, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. March 14-April 14. Weekends include Friday night DJ, games, food trucks and art vendors. Themes: Get in the Loop, March 14-17; Magic of Cinema featuring Light Up Chatt Parade, March 22-24; Hip N Hop, March 29-31; Retro Rewind, April 5-7; Pure Imagination, April 12-14. Free admission.

ST. PADDY'S AT THE CHOO CHOO — Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Outdoor event in the gardens, with music, food and drink, vendors, activities with local nonprofits, March 16 (family-friendly 2-6 p.m.) Includes music by The Molly Maguires and The Wolfhounds, acoustic sets by Tri-Selkie, Highland Pipe and Drum Band, plus The Red Rogues at Gate 11 at 6:30 p.m. and Danimal and Friends at Nic & Norman's at 8 p.m.

SISKIN POSSIBILITIES LUNCHEON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Fundraiser for Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation features Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans, one of the most decorated female veterans in U.S. history, who served 27 years in the Army before a traumatic brain injury forced her retirement, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 13. $125. Proceeds benefit Siskin's Patient Scholarship Fund, which supports uninsured or underinsured patients.

SPRING BLOOMS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Seasonal show from the plants along the Enchanted Trail and art installations, through May 12. Included in regular admission: $19-$29 weekdays, $22-$32 weekends ($5 more at gate).

SPRING BOOK SALE — Chattanooga Public Library auditorium, 1001 Broad St. Chattanooga Public Library Foundation presents quarterly sale of books in all genres for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 16 (closed Sunday). Prices start at $1; proceeds benefit library.

SPRING OPEN HOUSE — Signal Mountain Nursery, 1100 Hubbard Road. Sales and gardening tips, free hot dogs, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 16.

SPRING BREAK SAFARI — Themed, hands-on activities at various local attractions for children on school breaks, through April 7.

TIE-DYE AT CHESTER FROST PARK — Smokemont Shelter, 7872 Causeway Road. Free spring break tie-dye experience for all ages, free games, food truck, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 13. Contact: Kylee Saunders, 423-710-0274

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


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. City's MLS Next Pro men's professional soccer team vs Huntsville City Football Club in first home match of regular season, 3 p.m. March 16. $10 and up.

  photo  Staff file photo / The Chattahooligan fan section will be ready for action March 16 as the Chattanooga Football Club takes on the Huntsville City Football Club in the home season opener at Finley Stadium.

CHATTANOOGA HBCU CLASSIC — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Nine-inning baseball game between two historically black colleges and universities, the Kentucky State Thorobreds and Albany State Golden Rams, 1 p.m. March 10. $7-$10. Pregame ceremony will recognize Chattanooga's RBI Program; ceremonial first pitch by 2016 World Series champion Lester Strode, former Chicago Cubs bullpen coach.


A DRAMATIC AFFAIR — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Ticket deadline March 14 for Performing Arts League fundraiser that includes private preview performance of theater's upcoming "Murder on the Orient Express," 7:30 p.m. March 21; preceded at 5:30 p.m. by wine reception and dinner. Proceeds support youth involvement in performing arts. $85.

ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Table read of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," 2 p.m. March 17 (first of four in March and April). Read or listen. Free.


› March 10: "The Vagina Monologues," with all-Black female cast, 2:30 p.m. (final show). $18-$20.

› March 14: An Evening With Dame Dada: The Pies of March, a Pi Day benefit for Art 120, 7:30 p.m. $20.

› March 17: "Boundaries," staged reading of new play from New York's Mixing It Up Productions and Chattanooga's Shawnuff Productions, 2:30 p.m. Free; donations to BLT appreciated.

CLEVELAND CITY BALLET BANG-A-RANG PRODUCTIONS — Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. "Mary Poppins: The Broadway Music," 7 p.m. March 14-15, 2 and 7 p.m. March 16, 2 p.m. March 17. $35. Proceeds benefit Art Is Here Partnership.

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

› Through March 24: Disney's "Finding Nemo Jr.," first production of the 2024 season. $14-$23.

› March 15-May 5: "Beehive: The '60s Musical." $19-$35.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Open house, 6-8 p.m. March 16. Free. Email:

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