Contributed File Photo by Matt Andrews Photography/ / Mitch Rossell will perform an acoustic show at Songbirds on Jan. 21.

Updated at 11:40 a.m. to include the new dates for "Jersey Boys," which has been rescheduled for July 29-30 because of COVID.

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— Road trip? The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has opened "The Obama Portraits Tour," which will be on view through March 20. Organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition features the portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. The High is the exclusive Southeastern venue for the five-city tour, which began in Chicago and will continue in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $16.50 (ages 6 and older) and must be purchased online for timed entry. Learn more at

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File/Washington Post photo by Matt McClain / Former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have their portraits unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in 2018 in Washington, D.C. The portraits are on view through March 20 at the High Museum in Atlanta.

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CHATTANOOGA MUSIC CLUB — Applications for scholarships for high school seniors interested in the study of classical music in college due March 1; competitive auditions are March 20. Rules and forms at

ST. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH — 305 W. Seventh St. Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, 4-5 p.m. Jan. 23. Senior Choir performs world premiere of anthem by local composer Ethan McGrath and Joanna Forbes L'Estrange's King's College canticles. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St. Parker McCollum, 8 p.m. Jan. 20. Sold out.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— Jan. 17: Read Southall Band, with Camden Smith, 7 p.m. $12.

— Jan. 18: Martin Sexton, 7 p.m. $30.

— Jan. 21: An Acoustic Evening With Mitch Rossell, 8 p.m. $25.

— Jan. 22: Tinsley Ellis album release show, 7 p.m. $25.

— Jan. 23: Charlie Starr, with Benji Shanks, 5:30 and 9 p.m. $30.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Black Jacket Symphony performs The Beatles' "White Album," 8 p.m. Jan. 22. $35-$40.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Steep Canyon Rangers, 8 p.m. Jan. 21. $25-$37.

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File Photo / Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Walker Theatre on Jan. 21.



AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. "Fast Forward" by North Georgia artist Jeff Delude, through Feb. 27. 423-648-9367

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Gallery opening and artist reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Includes "Yart Sale" items, a selection of previously owned artwork.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show by Photographic Society of Chattanooga, through April 18.

ICA AT UTC — Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 752 Vine St. U.S. debut of Kristine Potter's 2015-present series of gelatin silver photographs, "Dark Waters," Jan. 20-March 19. Artist talk, 6 p.m. Feb. 24.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "New Beginnings," works by the six artists who joined the cooperative in 2021, through Jan. 31.

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Photo Courtesy of the Artist / Kristine Potter's "Knoxville Girl" (2016) from the series Dark Waters, is a 40- by 32-inch archival pigment print. A collection of Potter's work from 2015 to present goes on view Jan. 20 at UTC's Institute of Contemporary Art.



ARBORETUM DEDICATION — Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Ceremony to bless and open GreenGrace Arboretum, the newest in Tennessee, certified in December as a Level 2 with 60-plus tree species, 2 p.m. Jan. 23 (rain or shine). Reception will follow.

ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. cheer and dance national competitions, Jan. 16 (final day). $20 adults, $15 children.

CHATTACON 47 — DoubleTree by Hilton, 407 Chestnut St. Convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy in all media, Jan. 16 (final day). Includes art and literary guests, gaming, masquerade, panels and workshops. $60 adults, $55 youths 8-12 (free for younger children).

BARBECUE FUNDRAISER — Buddy's bar-b-q, 568 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson; 619 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Girls Inc. of Chattanooga receives portion of sales from dine-in and takeout orders 10:30 a.m-8 p.m. Jan. 19.

CHATTANOOGA PINK BRIDAL SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Wedding vendor expo, noon-4 p.m. Jan. 23. $15.

PINK GALA — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Pink Gala, CHI Memorial Foundation fundraiser for MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, postponed from Jan. 22.

POINT PARK — 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain. Entrance fee waived Jan. 17 in observance of the M.L. King holiday. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park site open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; ranger-led programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. about "The Battle Above the Clouds."

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. Weekly programming; registration requested.

— Meet Our Animal Ambassadors, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays; no charge.

— Raptor Reflections, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays; $20-$30.

— Vulture Adventure, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays; $15-$20.

— Basket Weaving, teaching how to craft muscadine vines into baskets, wreaths and charger plates, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; $20-$30.

SHOW ME REPTILE & EXOTICS SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. First of four Chattanooga vendor shows of reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 22-23 (plus Reptiles After Dark, 6-9 p.m. Saturday). $10 general, $15 general VIP (enter at 9 a.m.), $20 two-day pass; $10 Reptiles After Dark.

TENNESSEE SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL — Birchwood. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency sponsors 31st annual event to see the 20,000 sandhill cranes that stop at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge during their winter migration, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 16 (last day). Related events at Cherokee Removal Memorial Park (artifacts, interpreters, hiking trail) and Birchwood Community Center (breakfast, vendors, raptor programs, children's activities). Park at the community center, 5623 Highway 60, to ride free shuttle; only handicap parking on-site. Free.



THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Jan. 19: Open Mic Night for regional talents, 7:30 p.m. $5.

— Jan. 20: Ones To Watch Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $10.

— Jan. 21-22: Sean Finnerty, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Trey Kennedy on the Are You For Real? tour, 7 p.m. Jan. 19. $39-$59.

WALKER THEATRE — 309 McCallie Ave. Rob Schneider, 7 p.m. Jan. 23. $35.



CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Alabama Story," 8 p.m. Jan. 21-22, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Jan. 27, 8 p.m. Jan. 28-29, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Feb. 4-5, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 6. $20-$25.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Double bill of plays based on inspirational books. $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors (65+).

— Jan. 16: Final performance of "Tuesdays With Morrie," PG-13, 2:30 p.m.

— Jan. 21-23: "Tiny Beautiful Things," ages 17 and up, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. "Jersey Boys," 7:30 p.m. July 29-30. $38-$83.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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