Staff file photo / The Chattanooga Boat Show returns this weekend to the Chattanooga Convention Center.

If you see adults dressed in one-piece pajamas Saturday in downtown Chattanooga, there's a reason — and that reason involves alcohol. The Onesie Bar Crawl is one of more than two dozen events happening in the area over the next few days.

Here are some highlights.



— Teen Art Show: A collection of works celebrating personal identity, created by tri-state students in grades 6-12, will be exhibited 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. The show coincides with Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m., when admission is free to the permanent collection and discounted to $5 for the current exhibition, "Beyond the Frame: Celebrating 70 Years of Collecting."

— Northside Gallery, inside Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave., will host an opening reception for "Imagine," featuring works by 17 artists of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga and Regional Art Alliance, 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibition continues through March 22. 423-266-1766

— Light Up Chatt: A Mad Hatter workshop, the first in a series of crafting sessions to prepare for a lantern parade March 5, is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Chattlab Makerspace, 100 Cherokee Blvd. Cost is $60, with half due at registration. Two classes at The Chattery are sold out, but more are expected to be added, and private group sessions to craft illuminated parade pieces also are scheduled. The website has links to available classes and a waiting list for any additions leading up this Rock the Riverfront event.



— Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., has two upcoming concerts. Thursday, the Presidential Concert Series continues with the Escher String Quartet performing at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall. The New York-based musicians serve as season artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets are $5-$15 and may be reserved at Monday, the Wind Ensemble will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in Conn Center, previewing the musicians' upcoming performance at the invitation-only All-State East Senior Clinic in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The concert is free and nonticketed. Or view via livestream at

— Tennessee Songwriters Week qualifying rounds continue with a concert at 6 p.m. Friday at Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., in Dayton, Tenn. Musicians are hoping to secure a slot in the showcase rounds later this month and, ultimately, a performance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Admission is free. Musicians may email to see if any performance openings remain.

— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., has two weekend bookings. Chattanooga rock band Three Star Revival plays at 8 p.m. Friday, with the Josh Gilbert Band opening. Tickets are $10. Allman Brothers tribute band End of the Line plays at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12.

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three shows on the schedule. Friday features alt-country artist Ward Davis, with special guest Tanner Usrey, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Saturday, Grammy-winning Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten presents a two-hour "Spirit of Music" masterclass at 3 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 for the masterclass, $45 for the show, $150 for the combo. Wednesday, country singer Drew Baldridge performs, with guest Cotter Hill, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows coming up. Friday, rock band The Velcro Pygmies will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$40. Tuesday features electronic duo Hippie Sabotage on the Rooms of Hallucination Tour, with Daisy Guttridge opening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$60.

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., welcomes country artist Riley Green on his We Out Here Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday. Green's hits include "I Wish Grandpas Never Died" and "There Was This Girl." Kameron Marlowe and Corey Smith open the show. Limited tickets remain, priced at $34-$109.

— The Woodshop, 5500 St. Elmo Ave., welcomes Americana pioneer Cary Hudson, a founding member of Blue Mountain, on Saturday, with Katrina Miller opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. 423-803-6165

— The Wink Theatre, 115 W. Crawford St., in Dalton, Ga., presents "Motown Meets Elvis" at 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring R&B artist Dre Hilton and Elvis tribute artist Eli Williams. Remaining tickets are $30.

— UTC Symphony Orchestra will present winners of the campus concerto competition at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Humanities Theatre at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Performances will feature music by Grieg, Chopin, Floyd, Haydn and David. Admission is free.

— String Theory continues its season with a "Bohemian rhapsody" of three of the most representative chamber music works of Eastern Europe at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky and cellist David Requiro will be joined by local pianist and String Theory founder Gloria Chien to perform music by Suk, Kodály and Smetana. A musical dialogue with the artists precedes the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10-$45.

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— Chattanooga Boat Show, a showcase of 28 boating brands plus related products and services, is this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. (Saturday includes free seminars on boating safety.) Admission is $12 daily, $20 for a weekend pass; $5 children 4-10.

— Black Voices Chattanooga, a night of inspiration by the Black Voices Tour to inspire young Black leaders to become messengers of the Gospel, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd. Admission is free but registration is requested.

— Ocoee Story Fest, featuring Appalachian humorist Stephen Hollen, marks its 26th year at 7 p.m. Friday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 300 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Admission is $5. 423-479-7887,

— Romance at Ruby: With the original schedule filling up, Friday has been added to the underground date nights leading up to Valentine's Day at Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. On select nights through Feb. 14, participants can take lantern-lit tours of the cavern while a guide tells the love story that led to the discovery of the waterfall. Cost is $90 per couple, which includes a professionally made keepsake photo and other gifts. Timed registration is required.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Paul Conyers this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 and $19.

Citizen Forester classes: Chattanooga Tree Commission and Take Root Chattanooga will teach best practices for planting and maintaining the trees in your yard on four Saturdays this month, starting with a class for beginners 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Ivy Academy, 8520 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Cost is $25 (only one class necessary).

Lula Lake Land Trust, which offers 8 miles of trails, bluff views and a 120-foot waterfall at 5000 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga., will be open to visitors 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (entrance gates close at 2 p.m.). A $16 fee is charged per vehicle. Reservations are required.

— Chattanooga Princess Party, a gathering led by Cinderella and her storybook friends, is Saturday at Mac Avenue Event Space, 1304 McCallie Ave. Seatings at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. will include stories, songs, dance, crafts and royal portraits. Cost is $25 for children, $15 for adults; add a tiara upgrade for $20.

— Halftime Dogs Flying Disc Show will be the halftime entertainment during a Chattanooga Mocs basketball double-header Saturday at McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. The men play Mercer at noon; the women play Samford at 3 p.m. These are "white out" games, so Mocs fans should wear white rather than blue and gold. A free rally towel is available to the first 1,500 fans. Tickets are $10-$20 and good for both games.

— History program: "Prison Break 1864: The Great Escape of the American Civil War" will be the subject of a ranger-led program at 2 p.m. Saturday that starts at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, and caravans to other sites around the park. The program tells the story of the escape of 109 U.S. officers who were being held as prisoners of war at Libby Prison in Richmond, Va., including several who had been captured at the Battle of Chickamauga. A temporary exhibit about Libby Prison is on view in the Visitor Center.

— Onesie Bar Crawl, a bar crawl in which participants will wear onesie pajamas, is 3-10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Chattanooga (check-in is 3-5 p.m.). The $12 ticket grants two free shots, discounted drinks, a scavenger hunt, prize raffles and an after-party. Bars are announced with registration.

— Super Museum Sunday, part of the Georgia Historical Society's Georgia History Festival, will take place at more than 100 sites Sunday. Among the participating venues are New Echota Historic Site in Calhoun; Chatsworth Depot, Chief Vann House State Historic Site, Historic Wright Hotel and Old Spring Place Methodist Church, all in Chatsworth; and Blunt House, Hamilton House and Huff House, all in Dalton. Hours vary. Admission will be free. Full list:

— Book signing: North Georgia author Mignon Ballard will sign copies of her new book, "No Word for Goodbye," during the Georgia Historical Society's Super Museum Sunday event at New Echota Historic Site, 1211 Georgia Highway 225 in Calhoun. This novel for middle-grade readers is set in New Echota, the last capital of the Cherokee Nation, in 1831, leading up to the removal. The park will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ballard will be available after 1:30 p.m. See an interview with the author on YouTube.

— Ballet Buns & Bourbon: Hair Benders International North Shore, 330 Frazier Ave., offers this daddy/daughter event Sunday to teach dads how to construct the perfect ballet bun for their young dancer. There will be bourbon and nonalcoholic beverages depending on the age and inclination of participants. There are two options, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and each hands-on tutorial lasts an hour. Cost is $12 for dads, $10 for each child (up to two daughters). To register, search for Tennessee Arts Collective at

— Black Excellence Awards, a Chattanooga Business Elite event in its third year, starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Tickets are $55, or pay $100 to include dinner starting at 3 p.m.

— Sweet & Savory Classroom, 45 E. Main St., has openings in a Valentine's prep class, Chocolate Boxes & Candies, at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $84. Valentine's Date Night for couples and Valentine's Cupcakes for a parent and child are sold out, but you can ask to be added to a waitlist by emailing



— "Moonfall": This new science-fiction disaster film in theaters Thursday will also have a limited run at the Tennessee Aquarium's Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. The film, which stars Halle Berry as a retired astronaut on a mission to save the Earth when the moon falls out of its orbit, will screen daily through Feb. 10. Tickets are $15.

— Lookout Wild Film Festival, which will screen 50 top outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world, is this weekend (after being delayed by January's omicron surge) at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Grouped screenings start at 7 p.m. Friday and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $20 per session (each ranging from six to 15 films), $55 for a weekend pass.

— The Arts Center, 320 N. White St. in Athens, Tenn., is starting a weekly video series for Black History Month, "The Conversations of Black Folk," organized by members of the local Black community. The opening segment, "Remembering Free Hill: A Community of Free Blacks in Athens, Tennessee, Established in the Mid-1800s," will debut in two parts, Monday and Feb. 14, at and Also available on Facebook is an impromptu artist talk with Jody Harris of Chattanooga's Keeody Gallery, whose "Shine Language Fluent" exhibition remains on view through Friday.



— Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga., will present Neil Simon's "Rumors," over the next two weekends. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10-12. Tickets are $12-$16.

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Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.