Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Visitors tour the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

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To do Sunday

* National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, will continue Civil War artillery demonstrations (no firing), living-history demonstrations and concerts by the Air National Guard Band of the South 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Tennessee Aquarium plaza. The band will perform in small ensembles (clarinet, saxophone and woodwind quartets, Blue Yonder Brass, Blue Groove jazz band and Sound Barrier rock band) on the hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Plaza events are free; indoor events require admission to the center.

* Chattanooga Lookouts play the last game of a home stretch against the Tennessee Smokies at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. All veterans and active-duty military and their families get in free (general-admission seats). General admission is $8 adults, $6 children 3-12 and seniors 55 and older. Box seats are $9 and $11.

* Summer Music Weekends stretch from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Sunday performers include Matt Downer (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Highbeams (11 a.m.-7 p.m.). The Highbeams, the trio of brothers Adam and Ian Pendlington and close friend Stephen Quinn, also will perform on Memorial Day. Raptor shows, hosted by Wings To Soar, also are returning, with seven shows daily. Events are included in regular admission: $26.95 adults, $14.95 children 3-12.

* Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, chose the holiday weekend for the opening of its SoakYa water park. Sunday hours for the wet side of the park are 1-7 p.m. (noon-8 p.m. for the dry rides). The dry side of the park is also open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day, with water rides available 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. All-inclusive admission costs $36.95 per person (discounts for youngest and oldest guests).

* Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., has a new film, "Great Bear Rainforest 3D," exploring the rare, white-furred bears found only in a remote corner of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, a 16-million-acre wilderness. Through Memorial Day, the film will be screened at 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:45 and 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.


Quick look at the week

* Tulsa Race Massacre remembrance: On Monday, the Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas will offer a candlelight remembrance of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, massacre of 1921, when mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District. They'll follow this schedule:

— All day. Several young people dressed as 1920s-era newsies will stand on street corners in downtown Chattanooga and hand out educational newspapers to passersby.

— 5 p.m. The inaugural Inviting Their Voices: A Youth Town Hall on Racism at Waterhouse Pavilion, 850 Market St.

— 6:21 p.m. A commemoration of the centennial of the massacre on the lawn at Miller Park, 928 Market St., using 300 red flags in honor of the lives lost in the assault. Speakers include Lakweshia Ewing and Pastor J. Anthony Taylor. Music by Divine Nine Choir, Kofi Mawuko and spoken-word artists including Marsha Mills. Ends with the lighting of candles and a prayer for unity.

The festival continues Friday with day one of the Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival at 8:30 p.m. outside Community Haven, 815 N. Hickory St. More events are scheduled June 18-25. Find out more at




THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Shows take place in above-ground amphitheater.

* June 4: Punch Brothers, 7 p.m. CDT $60-$80.

* June 5-6: Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange), 7 p.m. CDT $65-$85.

CONCERTS ON THE LAWN — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Rick Rushing & the Blues Strangers kick off summer concert series, 7 p.m. June 3. Concessions, including adult beverages and a taco bar, available at 6 p.m. Bring your own seating. $15 adults, $10 students. 423-267-8534,

FORWARD FESTIVAL — Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Road, LaFayette, Ga. All-ages music, art and camping event, concludes May 30 with headliner Oliver Wood, with Jano Rix and Ted Pecchio, at 8:30 p.m. Dozens of acts on two stages. Single-day pass available.

INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL — Virtual. Lee University's annual competition for high school students. Winners announced at 7:30 p.m. May 30.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

* May 30: CMFT (Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour), sold out.

* June 5: Journey tribute band Departure, 8 p.m. $20-$30.



OCOEE THEATRE GUILD — The Venue Creekside, 527 W. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. "Greater Tuna," a comedy, 2:30 p.m. May 30. $15.



THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

* May 30: Landry, rated R, 7:30 p.m. $16-$18.

* June 2: Open-mike fundraiser to help Chattanooga comic Bridgette Martin pay medical expenses, rated R, 7:30 p.m. $10.

* June 4-5: James Johann, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $16-$18.



BOOK SIGNING — Valleybrook Golf and Country Club, 180 Valleybrook Road, Hixson. Decatur, Ga., resident Jimmy Locklear, a 1970 graduate of Hixson High School and 1976 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, signs copies of his ninth book, the memoir "Schoolboy: Living a Big Life in a Small Town," 2-5 p.m. June 2. 404-314-8016,

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Contributed Photo / Decatur, Ga., resident Jimmy Locklear, a graduate of Hixson High School and UTC, will sign copies of his new book, "Schoolboy," on June 2 at Valleybrook Golf and Country Club.
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Contributed Photo / Jimmy Locklear's new book, "Schoolboy: Living a Big Life in a Small Town," is about growing up in Hixson.

CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Arts, crafts and food vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Free admission.

FOCUSLIT — Virtual. Southern Lit Alliance fundraiser features New York Times best-selling author Jill McCorkle interviewed by fellow author Steve Yarbrough (a change from Lee Smith, who was previously announced), 6:30 p.m. June 1 on Zoom. $65 ticket includes pickup meal from Public House, 1110 Market St.; $85 ticket adds specialty cocktail and signed copy of McCorkle's novel "Hieroglyphics."

RK GUN SHOW — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Guns, knives and other weapons to buy, sell or trade, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 30. $10 adults, $4 children.



AVA GALLERY — Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. "Social Circles," solo exhibition by Sherry Leary, Best in Show artist of the 2020 Juried Members Show, through June 11. 423-265-4282,

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

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "May Flowers," featuring newest member Sybil McLain-Topel, through May 30. 423-267-9214,

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Spring Showcase," through June 22 (available online through June 30). 423-266-1766,

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.