"Mamma Mia," the hit musical comedy based on the songs of Swedish supergroup ABBA, bursts onto the Cumberland County Playhouse stage this weekend, with Kellye Cash, left, and Harli Cooper starring as the mother and daughter at the center of an effervescent plot that spends 24 hours at the intersection of a daughter's future and the mother's past.


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton Ga. 706-278-4796, "The Pirates of Penzance," 8 p.m. Aug. 4-6. $9-$15.

ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — Athens Arts Center's Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. 423-745-8781, Evening With the Stars talent show, Aug. 12. $10 adults, $5 students.

BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS — Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. 706-621-2870,

* "Hamlet," 8 p.m. Aug. 5-6 at Mars; then traveling shows Aug. 12-13 at Northwest Georgia Bank Amphitheatre; Aug. 20 at Coolidge Park; Aug. 26-27 at Camp Jordan.

* Auditions for "The War of the Worlds," with roles for men and women ages 15 and up (younger with parental consent), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 8-9 (show dates Oct. 14-31).

CALHOUN LITTLE THEATER — Harris Arts Center, 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 706-629-2599,, "Putting It Together," 7 p.m. Aug. 5-6, 3 p.m. Aug. 7, 7 p.m. Aug. 12-13. $10-$15 adults.

COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. 706-935-9000, "Beauty and the Beast," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $11-$15.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000,

* "Disney's The Little Mermaid," through Aug. 28. $14-$27.

* "Mamma Mia," through Sept. 9. $14-$27.

* "Lend Me a Tenor," Aug. 5-Sept. 22. $12-$25.

MILLENNIUM REPERTORY COMPANY — Manchester Arts Center, 128 E. Main St., Manchester, Tenn. 931-570-4489, "Bye Bye Birdie," by the Teen Actors Guild," Aug. 5-7, 12-14 (7:30 p.m. CDT Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. CDT Sundays) $13-$15.

SOUTH JACKSON CIVIC CENTER — 404 S. Jackson St., Tullahoma, Tenn. 931-455-5321, Performing Arts Series: "South Jackson Goes Country," music, comedy and dance show, 7 p.m. Aug. 12-13, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 (all times Central). $15 in advance, $17 at door.


GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 706-625-3132, Friday Night Flicks: "Batman v. Superman," 7 p.m. Aug. 5. $5.

MOVIES IN THE PARK AT DARK — Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. 423-855-9474. Free family summer movie series opens with "Inside Out," Aug. 12.

OUTDOOR MOVIE — Calhoun High School track, 355 S. River St., Calhoun, Ga. "The Good Dinosaur," 8:45 p.m. Aug. 6. Free. 706-602-5570,


AGRI-HERITAGE PHOTO CONTEST — "Pea-ter Pumpkin Eater" is theme of 2016 competition, part of the International Cowpea Festival in Charleston, Tenn., in September, and entries must include a pumpkin of any size in the photo. Amateur photographers (adults and children) from Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Polk or Hamilton counties may submit up to two images (no cellphone photos). Deadline is Aug. 12.

AMBI ARTISTS — Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road. Free gathering of artists from all types of mediums to interact and encourage one another, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4. 423-855-9474.

FIRST FRIDAY CHATTANOOGA ARTS — Galleries, artist studios and arts-focused businesses citywide. Open house showcasing Chattanooga's arts community, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5. 423-822-5750,

HOLMBERG ARTS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — ArtsBuild seeking candidates for eight-part series designed to engage participants in local arts community, using Daniel Pink's book, "A Whole New Mind," as a guide. $280 tuition. Applications, with letter of recommendation, due Aug. 12. 423-756-2787,


ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. 931-308-4130,

* "Celebration of the Four Seasons," Franklin County Arts Guild member show by photographer Laura Ellen Truelove, through Aug. 7.

* Community art show, "Human Faces," through Sept. 4.

* Franklin County Arts Guild member show by The Three Graces, Aug. 11-Sept. 18. Opening reception, Aug. 12.

ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. 423-745-8781, "Everyone Needs Art: An Exhibit by Jalyn Weston," through Aug. 26.

CHATTANOOGA WORKSPACE — 302 W. Sixth St. 423-825-0592, Open Studio Night features handmade crafts exhibition by Tennessee Craft of Nashville, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. 706-278-0168, First Friday arts reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Includes preview kickoff for Festival celebration in September, Regional Art Alliance works (on view through Aug. 19) and exhibit by h2b Creative benefiting City of Refuge.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — Blackwell Automotive, 71 Eastgate Loop, Eastgate Mall. 423-344-5643,

* Summer show, "Spring Color," through Aug. 4.

* Fall show, "Around the Town," Aug. 12-Nov. 30; opening reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

HARRIS ARTS CENTER — 212 S. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. 706-629-2599, Regional Art Show, through Sept. 12.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Admission fees. 423-267-0968,

* "Gesture and Control: Postwar Works on Paper," through August.

* "Masters of the Golden Age: Harvey Dunn and His Students," through Oct. 2.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Admission fees. 423-339-5745,

* "Novelties and Knickknacks," through Oct. 22.

* "One River, Many Stories: Ocoee River History & Heritage," through Dec. 17.

SWINE GALLERY — 100A W. Main St. 423-521-1716, Gallery's first solo exhibition features photography, sculpture, live performance and video by Claire Bloomfield, Aug. 5-20. Opening reception, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

THE ART CENTER — 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga. 706-632-2144,

* "Elements" by Camille "Candy" Day and "Off the Wall " exhibits, through Aug. 27.

* Third-quarter artist-in-residence Rhonda Roddy, through Oct. 9.


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