This story was updated on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at 4:37 p.m. to reflect changes in the lineup at The Comedy Catch.
We'll start with the weekend's sold-out shows: If you don't already have tickets to the Moon River Music Festival at Coolidge Park, you're out of luck. Likewise, the acts coming to The Caverns in Pelham, Tennessee, Sets by Svdden Death and JJ Grey & Mofro, are sold out.
But the weekend still promises impressive concerts, extra comedy and even history programs to enjoy. Here's a chronology:
* Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., introduces Thursday the educational exhibit "Solar @ CDM." The fully functioning solar panel will serve as a centerpiece for the museum's education programs and exhibits on renewable energy. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (except Wednesday). Admission is $16. cdmfun.org
* Party at Point Park: Limited tickets remain for this National Park Partners fundraiser at Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, the program includes a barbecue dinner (vegan options), music by the New Dismembered Tennesseans, complimentary cocktails and the one chance all year to have your photograph taken at Umbrella Rock. $100 each, $175 per couple. partyatpointpark.com
* Nurse Blake: The PTO Comedy Tour, featuring registered nurse and internet sensation Blake Lynch, stops at 8 p.m. Thursday at Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). Lynch advocates for medical professionals using comedy gleaned from his experiences in the field. $34-$59. tivolichattanooga.com
* The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., features three acts this weekend. Wet Bar Comedy, starring Sweet Baby Kita and Hilliary Begley, is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $15. Matt "Casio Kid" Mitchell has shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Saturday; tickets $17 and $19. Chanel Ali and Hilliary Begley pick up the second Friday show, at 9:45 p.m.; tickets are $15. An Open Mic Night, featuring rising local talent, is at 7:30 p.m. the following Wednesday; tickets are $5. thecomedycatch.com
* Virtual history: The Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville begins a Lunchtime Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. CDT Friday with a look back at Tennessee's centennial celebration of statehood in 1896 and the Tennessee Exposition of 1897. Historian David E. Ewing will lead the first installment, which may be attended in person or virtually. Other events will examine American Indian life and culture in early Tennessee (Nov. 5), how Tennessee earned its "Volunteer State" nickname (Feb. 11) and how the state's geology and topography affected where pioneers settled (May 6). The free livestream can be accessed on the library's Facebook page and Secretary of State Tre Hargett's YouTube channel.
* Nightfall signs off for the season with psychedelic rock duo Susu headlining Friday at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Chattanooga rockers StereoFeet will open the show at 7 p.m. Lookout Wild Film Festival will show an hour of adventure films after the show, around 9:45 p.m. Motorcycle parking will be in the block of M.L. King Boulevard between Market and Broad streets. Admission is free. nightfallchattanooga.com
* The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., welcomes ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $30. Saturday's show by blues guitarist EG Kight has been canceled. theartsave.com
* Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave. in Crossville, Tennessee, opens "Little House on the Prairie: The Musical" on Friday. The show runs through Oct. 28. $16-$32. ccplayhouse.com
* Reflection Riding & Arboretum, 400 Garden Road, plans a guided Wildflower Walk in the Lower Meadows, where bearded beggarticks and giant ironweed are blooming, 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Nonmember cost is $15. Recurring offerings, also on Saturdays, include Feed the Red Wolves, 9-10 a.m., and Goldenrod Gardens, 1-3 p.m. Cost for either is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. reflectionriding.org
* Church tour: Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee, will present a Walking Tour of Historic Churches at 1 p.m. Saturday. The $5 fee for this tour through downtown includes museum admission. museumcenter.org
* History program: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present "Finding Freedom in North Georgia: Enslavement and Escape on the Underground Railroad" at 2 p.m. Saturday, detailing a slaveholder who lived within the current boundary of Chickamauga Battlefield. Participants will meet at the Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, then caravan to the Alexander House. Water and portable chairs are recommended. Free admission. www.nps.gov/chch
* Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball's two Chattanooga teams will play each other Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The game between Mountain City and Lightfoot starts at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free. tennesseevintagebaseball.com
* Black Jacket Symphony returns to Chattanooga on Saturday for two performances of the 1979 Pink Floyd concept album "The Wall." Shows start at 5 and 9 p.m. The first half of the show will offer a note-by-note reproduction of the album in its entirety. After intermission, the musicians will play other Pink Floyd hits. $35-$40. tivolichattanooga.com
* Sunset Cinema, an outdoor movie series, will feature the 1984 film "The Karate Kid" at sunset Saturday at Miller Park, 910 Market St. Starting at 5 p.m., Capoeira Chattanooga and Move N Groove Kids will present their annual "roda," a circular performance of martial artists and musicians. Bring your own seating. Picnics are welcome, or buy concessions from vendors on site. 423-643-6884
* Rally in the Valley, a contemporary worship event organized by Sequatchie Youth Outreach and modeled after the Resurrection youth conference in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Cookie Jar Cafe, 1887 Kelly Cross Road in Dunlap, Tennessee. Motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs will deliver the message, and Eleventh Hour Worship is the musical guest. Gates open at 4 p.m. (all times are Central). Admission is free; a love offering will benefit Children's Advocacy Center. 423-298-1298, Facebook.com/Events
* Sounds of Summer, a biweekly concert series, continues Saturday in Athens, Tennessee, with a Writers in the Round session with Kinslee Melhorn. Music starts at 7 p.m. on the Market Park Pavilion Stage, 106 S. Jackson St. Free admission. www.facebook.com/SOSAthensTN
* Chattanooga Market will become a platform for street performers of all kinds Sunday at its Buskers Festival. Visitors can expect to see musicians, dancers, jugglers, mimes, puppeteers, magicians and other artists entertaining for tips. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Free admission. chattanoogamarket.com
* Humorist David Sedaris, who has sold 16 million copies of his books and won top prizes for writing, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). $45-$75. tivolichattanooga.com
* Moccasin Bend Lecture Series, an annual event, kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday with Keith A. Hardison discussing "Character-Driven History: Chattanooga and the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center." Hardison, the center's executive director, will explain why Chattanooga is considered the birthplace of the National Medal of Honor and highlight recipients of the medal in the Civil War Campaign for Chattanooga. Participants may attend in person at the Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., or via Zoom. Registration is required for either. nppcha.org
* Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way, debuts a traveling exhibit, "War Comes Home: The Legacy," on Tuesday. Filled with historical and contemporary letters, the exhibit offers an intimate perspective on wartime separation, the adjustment to life back home and the cost of war. $10-$14. mohhc.org
* Chattanooga Lookouts begin a six-game home series against the Mississippi Braves next week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Initial games include a buy one, get one ticket promotion with a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday and a Chick-fil-A freebie downloadable to an app during Wednesday's game. Wednesday is also a food drive for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, offering a free general-admission ticket when you donate a nonperishable item. Games start at 7:15 p.m. $6-$11. lookouts.com
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