Staff file photo / It's off to the races for the tortoises at the Chattanooga Zoo at the annual Q 'n Brew, a barbecue and beer tasting event set for Saturday night. In addition to tortoise races, the fundraiser includes animal encounters, games, live music and airbrush tattoos in the price of admission.


* Chattanooga Market celebrates a favorite summer crop at its Top Tomato Festival, scheduled 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Admission is free to check out the vendors. For $15, you can sample Bloody Marys crafted by mixologists from Southside Social, Scottie's on the River, Edley's BBQ, Nic & Norman's and Mix It Up, the market's house bar, then vote on a favorite. Chattanooga band No Big Deal takes the stage at noon.

* Car show, cruise-in, bowling: The Hixson Lions Club will present a community car show and cruise-in from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Spare Time Hixson, 5530 Hixson Pike. The car show costs $20 to enter. The cruise-in is free, though donations are appreciated. Starting at 2 p.m. is a bowling tournament with a $25 entry. Trophies, a 50-50 drawing and door prizes are included in the fun. Proceeds help fund various Lions sight services.

* Scopes Festival: Check ticket availability for the final performance of "How It Started," a new telling of the 1925 Scopes Trial, in which Dayton, Tennessee, schoolteacher John T. Scopes was prosecuted for teaching evolution. The play is presented at 2:30 p.m. at the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St. in Dayton — in the actual courtroom where the historic trial took place. Tickets are $8-$10.



* Lookouts baseball: The Chattanooga Lookouts will take on the Birmingham Barons in a six-game series that starts Tuesday. Special promotions during the week include National Park Night on Wednesday and UTC Night on Thursday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at 2:15 p.m. that final Sunday at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley.

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The Chattanooga Lookouts game on Saturday, July 24, includes a bobblehead giveaway of the Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto. / AP Photo/Al Behrman

* ArtsBuild After Work: This new share-the-arts event launches at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. This month's gathering celebrates the recipients of the 2021 Racial Equity Grants (Charlie Newton, Kofi Mawuko, Anthony Wiley, The Artist Seven and Carl Cadwell) and features live music from Jam (Anthony Wiley, Swayyvo and Jared White). It's part of the Live Music Is Back Summer Series, a partnership between Chattanooga Tourism Co. and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to animate downtown streets throughout the summer. Admission is free, but you'll need to register.

* Q 'n' Brew: Barbecue and beer are on the menu for this annual tasting event at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Scheduled 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Q 'n' Brew includes animal encounters, tortoise races, games, airbrush tattoos and a live folk band in the cost of admission. For extra charges, you can add T-shirt tie-dyeing, camel rides, giraffe feedings, train rides, animal art and retail and food carts to your to-do list. Tickets will not be available at the gate. Nonmember tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children (free for ages 2 and younger). Members pay $18 and $10. You must purchase tickets online in advance.

* Riverfront Nights returns from a three-week break with the Get Right Band, a psychedelic indie rock power trio from Asheville, North Carolina. Chattanooga blues rockers Ashley and the X's open the show at 7 p.m. at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Admission is free.




ATHENS AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS: The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "50th Anniversary Celebration: An Exhibition of the Eastern Tennessee Members of the Tennessee Watercolor Society," featuring 75 works by 26 artists from the Chattanooga, Knoxville and Tri-Cities chapters, through Aug. 20. Free admission.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga spring show, through July 23.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "First Fridays Are Back," celebrating all artists and the return of the monthly opening reception, through July 31. 423-267-9214,



BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. $10-$12 unless otherwise noted.

* July 20: "How To Train Your Dragon," 10:30 a.m. $5.

* July 24: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," 3 p.m.; "Casablanca," 7 p.m.

* July 25: "Rear Window," 2 p.m. "Adaptation," 6 p.m.



THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

* July 21: Open Mic Night for regional talent. $5.

* July 22-24: Rob Little, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $16-$18.

MOUNTAIN MARKET FOR ARTS & CRAFTS — Hannah Pickett Park behind City Hall, 16 Dixie Lee Ave., Monteagle, Tenn. Handmade creations by more than 100 artisans and crafters, plus food vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 25 (all times Central). Free admission.

THE PEACH TRUCK — Delivers preordered 25-pound boxes of fresh Georgia peaches ($45) and 10-ounce bags of Georgia pecans ($11) July 18 to three stops in Chattanooga area: 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Tractor Supply Co., 1785 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; noon-1:30 p.m. at Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.; 3:30-5 p.m. at Vinterest Antiques, 2105 Northpoint Blvd., Hixson. Walk-ups available while supplies last.

SCENIC CITY WOMEN'S NETWORK — Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Monthly luncheon features Barbara Marter as guest speaker and a panel discussion on life's struggles, noon July 22; register by July 20. $20.

SHRIMP BOIL — Lookout Mountain Conservancy, 1952 Old Wauhatchie Pike. Annual fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. July 22, includes Cajun-style buffet catered by the Feed Co.; complimentary beer, featuring Chattanooga Brewing Co. brews, plus wine and nonalcoholic beverages; music by Priscilla & Little Rickee. Proceeds benefit the LMC's Howard Intern & Leadership Program. $65.



ARTS AVENUE — 1800A Rossville Ave.

* July 23: Jennifer Daniels with Jeff Neal; Kate Daniels opens, 7 p.m. $12.

* July 24: John Paul White, with special guest Erinn Peet-Lukes, 7 p.m. $25.

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

* July 18: Blues Traveler, 5 p.m. in above-ground amphitheater. $60-$80.

* July 24: Todd Snider, with Darrin Bradbury, 7 p.m., seated show within the cavern. $45-$289.

MUSIC FOR MUTTS SKATE JAM — Chattanooga Skate Park, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga Bands fundraiser for Humane Educational Society features 14 performers on two stages, food, drink and giveaways, 3-11 p.m. July 24. Goal is to find a forever home for each shelter dog.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer concert series continues with Rye Baby opening at 7 p.m. for headliner Joanna Connor at 8 p.m. July 23. Food trucks, artisans and family games at adjacent Miller Park. Lookout Wild Film Series shows an hour of adventure films following the music, around 9:45 p.m. Free admission.

NOKIAN TYRES SUMMER NIGHTS — Rhea County Courthouse lawn, 1475 Market St. Monthlong series of Friday night concerts continues with country artist Brandon Maddox, 6 p.m. July 23, plus music by local artists 4-5:30 p.m. Free admission.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

* July 21: Opposite Box, 8 p.m. $10.

* July 23: Nevermind: A Nirvana Tribute, with Dead & Bloated: A Stone Temple Pilots Tribute, 8 p.m. $20-$40.

* July 24: Chattanooga Girls Rock Camp showcase, 6 p.m. $10.



CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Minor-league baseball team, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, in home series against Birmingham Barons. $6-$11.

* July 20: 7:15 p.m. Food City Tuesday (show ValuCard for BOGO general-admission tickets; Backpack Giveback (donate new or gently used backpack for two free tickets).

* July 21: 7:15 p.m. Receive a Chick-fil-A freebie with the app at the game; National Parks Night with ranger-led activities.

* July 22: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials; UTC Night (includes visit with mascot Scrappy and ceremonial first pitch by football coach Rusty Wright).

* July 23: 7:15 p.m. Superhero Night (costumes welcome); fireworks after game.

* July 24: 7:15 p.m. Used Car Saturday; Joey Votto bobblehead giveaway.

* July 25: 2:15 p.m. Kids run the bases after the game.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team plays Greenville Triumph SC, 7 p.m. July 24. Tickets start at $14.



CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "The Miss Firecracker Contest," a comedy set amid a Mississippi beauty pageant, 2:30 p.m. July 18, 7 p.m. July 22, 8 p.m. July 23, 2:30 and 8 p.m. July 24, 2:30 p.m. July 25. $15-$25. 423-267-8534,

COLONNADE — 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "Disney's Descendants: The Musical," about the progeny of Disney heroes and villains, 2:30 p.m. July 18. $13-$17.

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

* Through Aug. 5: "Driving Miss Daisy." $16-$30.

* Through Aug. 22: "Godspell." $18-$34.

* July 23-Sept. 2: "Always Patsy Cline." $18-$34.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE — Signal Mountain Amphitheater, 305 Rolling Way. "Bye Bye Birdie," about a 1960s rock icon as he prepares to join the Army, 8 p.m. July 23-24, 30-31. Box office opens at 6 p.m. for placement of lawn chairs. $5 children 12 and younger, $15 all others.

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— Compiled by Lisa Denton