Three regional theaters are launching new productions this weekend, including the first musical at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre since the pandemic began. A children's character known as Blippi will bring his razzle-dazzle to Memorial Auditorium and two music festivals (Seafood and Ragin' Cajun) have been combined into one event in Cleveland, Tennessee.
But first, a look at the COVID-19-forced changes to the calendar as the delta variant escalates coronavirus cases: Ticket sales closed early for this weekend's Get Off the Grid Fest as organizers look to limit attendance for greater social distancing. Saturday's Swordfish Speakeasy by Kevin Bate and the Pop-Up Project has been postponed indefinitely. And The Caverns has added a requirement that concertgoers show proof of vaccination or a medically supervised negative test result within 72 hours of the Colin Hay show on Saturday.
Here's a look at the week.
— Chair-ries Jubilee, a Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce auction to raise funds for arts in education, ends Thursday. Bids on art, furniture and other prizes will be accepted 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. via Facebook or at the Chamber, 225 Keith St. SW. clevelandchamber.com/cleveland-chamber/chamber-news
— Station Street Live, a music series at the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, 1400 Market St., continues 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday with The OC's (replacing Wade, Card and Steele). Free admission. Facebook.com/StationStreetCha
— McLemore Songwriters Series will feature critically acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Lauren Jenkins at 8 p.m. Thursday in the McLemore Bier Garden, 785 Canyon Ridge Road, Rising Fawn, Georgia. Tickets in the monthly series are $30 in advance, $40 day of. themclemore.com
— The Signal, 1800 Chestnut St., has two shows this weekend. Playing Thursday is Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard, with honky-tonker Brock Gonyea opening. Tickets are $25-$35. Friday features multiplatinum rock band Hinder, with Knoxville rockers Eyes Like Ice. Tickets are $20-$40. Both shows start at 8 p.m. thesignaltn.com
— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Roy Haber for shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12-$14) and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($17-$19). thecomedycatch.com
— Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., has two events on the calendar. Thursday, 6-8 p.m., is Women's Night on the Farm: Summer Cool Down. Speakers will focus on inflammatory foods, back-to-school budgeting, finding grace in consistency and hormone and cycle wellness for teens and preteens. A make-and-take activity will produce an aromatic cooling spray. Cost is $45. Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m., features a Fall Garden Workshop, with tips on preparing and planting a small plot. Cost is $25. crabtreefarms.org
— Wreaths Across America will stop in Cleveland, Tennessee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The Mobile Education Exhibit, which was in Hixson last week, pays tribute to veterans and active-duty military personnel. The Ocoee Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will host the exhibit outside Tractor Supply, 2750 Keith St. NW. wreathsacrossamerica.org/mee
— Nightfall continues its weekly concerts Friday with Latin folk rock band Radio Free Honduras headlining after an opening set by Chattanooga rock band Telemonster at 7 p.m. on the Miller Plaza stage, 850 Market St. Food trucks, art vendors and family games will be set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park. Immediately following the music, the Lookout Wild Film Festival will show an hour of free short adventure films. Due to noise complaints, motorcycle parking will be allowed only in the block of M.L. King between Market and Broad. Free admission. nightfallchattanooga.com
— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., welcomes country artist Josh Kiser, a Cleveland, Tennessee, native now living in Nashville, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12. theartsave.com
— Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee, continues its Movies at the Museum series 8:30-11:30 p.m. Friday with an outdoor screening of "The Princess Bride." Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. On Saturday, 10-11 a.m., Coffee With a Curator marks the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a video presentation and Q&A with Sterling Howard, a former sentinel and relief commander at Arlington National Cemetery. Both events are free. museumcenter.org
— The Colonnade Players will present "The Curious Savage," a comedy about a woman's extreme efforts to save her late husband's fortune from her greedy stepchildren, the next two weekends, Aug. 20-29, at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold, Georgia. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. The Aug. 21 performance will be interpreted for the deaf. Tickets are $8-$12. colonnadecenter.org
— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will open "Working: A Musical" this weekend. Adapted from Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, the musical features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton"), Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") and Grammy winner James Taylor. It plays Aug. 20-Sept. 5, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays; matinees have been added at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. Tickets are $15-$25. 423-267-8534, theatrecentre.com
— Blippi the Musical, a song-and-dance extravaganza starring a children's character known for his YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video appearances, is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The show is designed especially for ages 2-7. Tickets are $29-$69 (children who will sit in a parent's lap will not need a ticket). tivolichattanooga.com
— Riverfront Nights continues Saturday with Allman Brothers tribute band End of the Line headlining at Ross's Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Randy Steele, the longtime frontman for local bluegrass band Slim Pickins, will lead off the music with a solo set at 7 p.m. Free admission. riverfrontnights.com
— Ragin' Cajun Seafood Music Fest, featuring live music, arts and crafts vendors and a kids zone, is set for 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Greenway Park, 755 Raider Drive in Cleveland, Tennessee. Schedule highlights include the Tim Hughes Jazz Quartet, 1-3 p.m.; crawfish eating contest, 3:30 p.m. ($25 entry fee); and "Piano Man" C.J. Warren, 4-6:30 p.m. Free admission and parking. targetmarketingmedia.com
— Sunset Cinema in Miller Park, 910 Market St., continues its fall slate of films Saturday with "West Side Story." The city of Chattanooga will provide lawn games before the movie, and this week's nonprofit partner, ArtsBuild, will have Chattanooga Ballet's newest professional company members, Andrea Chickness and Pierceton Mazell, leading audience members in choreography inspired by the movie. Activities start at 7:30 p.m. and the movie at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Picnics are welcome, or buy concessions from vendors. Free admission. 423-643-6884.
— Battlefield bike rides: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga will begin a monthly series of free, historical bike tours through Chickamauga Battlefield on Saturday. Also scheduled Sept. 18 and Oct. 16, rides begin at 9:30 a.m. from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The rides last about two and a half hours, are no more than 4 miles on flat to moderately hilly terrain and are appropriate for adults and children 8 and older. Helmets are required for all participants. Bring your own bike or reserve a free loaner (must be at least 5 feet tall for loaner). bit.ly/outdoorchatt
— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will study container water gardens, ideal for small spaces, in Saturday's monthly class, set for 10 a.m.-noon. Free but register for the Zoom link. mghc.org
— Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, has in-person and virtual options for the meeting of its book club at 11 a.m. Saturday. The group has been reading "You Are Worth It" by Kyle Carpenter, who will keynote the Celebration of Valor Luncheon on Sept. 21. mohhc.org/bookclub
— Chattanooga Red Wolves, a men's professional soccer club, will play Nebraska's Union Omaha Soccer Club at 7 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets start at $14. chattanoogaredwolves-sc.com
— Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball has two games scheduled Saturday at the 6 Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. At 11 a.m., the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga plays the Cumberland Club of Nashville. At 2 p.m., the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga plays the Stones River Scouts. Free admission. tennesseevintagebaseball.com
— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, will send Colin Hay, who rose to prominence with the Australian band Men at Work, into a different sort of "land down under" for his Saturday show. Canadian musican Steve Poltz will open in the underground venue at 7 p.m. CDT. Hay's new album is a coronavirus lockdown creation, "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself," filled with his favorite songs by other artists. He also will do a retrospective of his solo and band work. Tickets are $59-$297. Check the website for new COVID requirements. thecaverns.com
— Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tennessee, has scheduled the next two weekends with "Blithe Spirit," a Noel Coward comedy about a writer who tries to gather material for his next book with a seance, but the medium accidentally summons the ghost of his deceased first wife. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 28 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 29. Tickets are $12-$14. tennesseevalleytheatre.com
— Obedience Club of Chattanooga will hold registration (1:30-3 p.m.) and orientation (2-2:45 p.m.) Sunday for puppy and dog obedience, rally obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizen classes, which start Monday (registration also may be completed online). Only canines taking the CGC and/or trick dog test ($15 each) should accompany their owners Sunday. Each dog's current shot records, including Bordetella, are required. 423 463-0288, occclub.org
— Soul Sundays in the Park continue at 5 p.m. Sunday with Grammy-nominated New Orleans band Tank and the Bangas at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Free admission.
— Chattanooga Theatre Centre book club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the mainstage lobby, 400 River St., to discuss the script "Sweat," a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. To join, search for the group's page on Facebook.
— Choral Arts of Chattanooga, one of the city's premier choral groups, will audition new singers by appointment 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St. choralartsofchattanooga.weebly.com
— Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will be at home against the Tennessee Smokies next week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. The six-game series kicks off Tuesday with buy one, get one tickets with a Food City ValuCard. Wednesday promotions include a Chick-fil-A freebie via app and Dogs on the Diamond, which provides special seating, water and sanitation areas for canine companions with a $5 Pooch Pass. Game tickets are $6-$11. Game time is 7:15 p.m. lookouts.com
— The National Park Service's 105th birthday is Wednesday, which means free admission at Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. The park is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission is normally $10 for ages 16 and older. nps.gov/chch
Contact Lisa Denton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6281.
This story was updated to add a missing date.