Kevin Kiser crosses the finish line to complete the Chattanooga Ironman 70.3 on May 23, 2021.

An Ironman marathon, the Jfest music festival and a Emmy-nominated "Saturday Night Live" writer's comedy show are on the weekend calendar. Here's a chronology.



> Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, a women's amateur soccer team in the USLW League, opens its home season against South Carolina United FC at 7:30 p.m. Friday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. The home team will be back on the field at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Tennessee SC. Tickets are $12-$24.

> Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball, a league adhering to 19th-century rules and customs, has three games scheduled Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. At 11 a.m., the Quicksteps of Spring Hill will play the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. At 1 p.m., the Quicksteps take on the Knoxville Holstons. At 3 p.m., the Holstons play the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga. Admission is free.

> Ironman 70.3 North American Championship, which includes a 1.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, a bike ride into Chickamauga, Ga., and a run through downtown Chattanooga, takes place Sunday. The staging area is at Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Events start at 6:30 a.m.

> Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, take on the Birmingham Barons in a six-game series next week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Early promotions include a buy one, get one ticket offer with a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday and a Chick-fil-A giveaway, delivered by app, Wednesday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-11.

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Jfest, Lady Red Wolves and an 'SNL' comic kickstart Chattanooga-area weekend events



> Singer Songwriter Series at the McLemore, 32 Clubhouse Lane in Rising Fawn, Ga., kicks off a new season at 6 p.m. Thursday. The first act is Nashville-based singer/songwriter Patrick Davis & Friends. Shows continue monthly. Cost is $55 per performance.

> The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., has three shows by two headliners this weekend. Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead cover band, plays at 8 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $59 for one day, $119 for both days. Reggie-pop group Iration will bring the Zen Island Tour to the underground venue at 6:30 p.m. CDT Sunday. Tropidelic and Kash'd Out support. Tickets start at $49.

> Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two shows this weekend. Friday features indie band Three Star Revival, with Oweda opening, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Saturday offers country music from the Dalton Davis Band, with the Camden Smith Band opening, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of.

> The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows this weekend. Punk band Gogol Bordello will stop on the Solidaritine Tour, with Amigo the Devil opening, at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$26 ($51 upper deck tickets are sold out). Metalcore band Wage War will be in concert, with The Plot in You, Gideon and Chamber opening, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23.

> Jfest, an evangelism-focused music festival, starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Ten acts will play throughout the day, including Grammy winner Zach Williams and Dove Award winner Danny Gokey. Wristbands are $30 ($10 for kids 5-11). Premium parking costs $20, or park free at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, and walk the Tennessee Riverpark path to the concert site.

> Dalton Civitan Music Festival, headlined by folk rocker Corey Smith, is 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. The all-ages event features four additional acts, plus food and drink vendors, including beer and wine. General admission is $35. The $100 VIP tickets include dinner and drinks.

> Gem Theatre, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga., welcomes The Mad Hatters: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35.

> Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome the world tour of Brit Floyd, billed as the world's greatest tribute to the British rock band Pink Floyd, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $35-$75.



> Civiq, a quarterly lecture series presented by Chattanooga Design Studio, will feature architect Sekou Cooke in a talk on "3D Turntable: Humanizing Architectural Technology Through Hip-Hop" 5-6 p.m. Thursday at Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. Tickets are free, but RSVP.

> Common House Chattanooga, 1517 Mitchell Ave., hosts the next Love Local forum spotlighting local running shop Fast Break and its upcoming event, the Chattanooga Chase, 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free, and nonmembers are welcome. RSVP:

> The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has two acts on the books this weekend. Emmy-nominated "Saturday Night Live" writer Nimesh Patel will perform in a special engagement Thursday, rescheduled from Feb. 10. The early show is sold out, but $25 tickets remain for 9:15 p.m. Chad Zumock is featured in shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

> Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will present the monthly gardening class 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, in person, at the Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle. This month's topic is "Identifying Nature," and Tom Stebbins is the presenter. Reservations are required to monitor class size.

> Archaeology Day at the Chief Vann House, 82 Highway 225 North in Chatsworth, Ga., is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Themed activities will include dig boxes with artifacts, pottery crafts, demonstrations of archaeology and stone knapping tools. State archaeologists will present artifacts and maps from the Vann House's 1958 excavation, and other experts will give a keynote talk on an archaeological site in Bartow County, Ga. All programming is included in regular admission: $5.50-$6.50.

> Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, offers an Herbal Plant Walk, a 2-mile outing to learn to identify plants with medicinal properties, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $6 for nonmembers.

> Throughout the Decades Dinner Series continues 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. This cocktail hour, history presentation and four-course dinner will focus on menus of the 1920s and '30s as the hotel celebrates its 150-year history. Tickets are $180, which includes a $30 gratuity (tax not included). Reservations are required.

> Spirits in the Wild, an adults-only party, is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. The fundraiser features wines, beers and spirits from around the world, appetizers from local restaurants, live entertainment and animal art. Cost is $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers.

> Tennessee Pirate Fest kicks off this weekend at 550 Fiske Road in Harriman, Tenn. The family festival includes reenactments by professional entertainers, music, comedy, costume contests, beach volleyball, pirate Olympics and treasure hunts. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, plus May 28-30. Tickets are $9-$19.

> MET Church, 2340 Rossville Blvd., has scheduled a grand reopening celebration, with food and prizes, at the 11 a.m. service Sunday. MET stands for modern, eclectic, transformational.

> Chattanooga Market has scheduled several flower farms for its inaugural Bloom festival, set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The weekly market also offers a wide selection of local produce, arts and crafts. Admission is free.

> Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, will promote the sale of native plants during Brunch and Blooms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Guests will be treated to brunch-style appetizers and cocktails while they shop the nursery. Local band Call Me Spinster will entertain. Tickets are $20-$25; free for children 10 and younger.

> Girls Night Out: The Show, a male dance revue, is 7 p.m. Monday at The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. Tickets start at $25. VIP tickets and packages for parties of two, five and 10 also are available.



> Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has scheduled an opening event for "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration," whose nearly 100 works explore a realm ranging from Greek myths to modern superheroes, 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The evening will include food and a cash bar. Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume, and there will be a chance to make fantasy masks and other accessories. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults) applies. The exhibit runs through Sept. 5 as part of the museum's 70th anniversary celebration.

> Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will open the studios of its artists-in-residence 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Participating are Taylor Loftin, Tracey Goodman, Jill Frank, Chloe Rager, Tracey Goodman, Carter Brewer and Will Sutton.



> Shakespeare and Bessie Smith will get tributes during Scenic City Shakespeare in the Park this weekend at Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Road. Shakespeare's "Love's Labour Lost" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Neshawn Calloway will perform her "Empress of the Blues" solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own seating. Admission is free, though donations are encouraged and reservations are recommended.

> "Lend Me a Tenor," a comedy by Ken Ludwig, is in its final weekend for the Ocoee Theatre Company, 527 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.

> "Gruesome Playground Injuries," a not so typical love story by award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph, opens Obvious Dad theater company's second season this weekend. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as May 27-29 and June 3-5, in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Tickets are $15.

> "On Golden Pond," the 1979 play that led to the Oscar-winning 1981 film, will open Friday at Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Shows are scheduled through Aug. 11. Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" runs through May 31. Ticket prices vary.

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