This weekend, you can hear the world premiere of a work by a Chattanooga composer, be in the audience when an Atlanta comedian tapes a stand-up special and eat a hoagie for a good cause. The chronology is below.
Meanwhile, a few events are unavailable.
— Thursday’s Flying Buffaloes show at The Arts Avenue has been canceled.
— Thursday’s Presidential Concert Series performance by the Vienna Boys Choir at Lee University was canceled after the nonprofit choir called off its entire spring tour of the U.S. because of revenue loss related to the pandemic.
— Thursday’s inaugural Benjamin McArthur Lecture at Southern Adventist University has been “postponed until further notice due to the untimely passing of event host Mark Peach, Ph.D.,” according to a statement from campus spokesperson Janell Hullquist. Peach, who served as Southern Scholars program director and professor in the History and Political Studies Department, had organized the event in memory of a former colleague.
— Sunday’s Grape Escape wine dinner at the Museum Center at Five Points in Cleveland, Tenn., is sold out.
— Southern Adventist University has two concerts scheduled. Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Aaron Shust will present an evening of music and worship at 7 p.m. Thursday in Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive E. Admission is free. The School of Music will present an “Out of This World” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Iles PE Center on the Collegedale campus, 4881 Taylor Circle. The wind symphony, jazz ensemble and steel band will perform selections including “Star Wars Trilogy” and “Stardust.” Admission is free. A livestream will be available. southern.edu/musicevents
— Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. has two acts this week. An Evening With Drew & Ellie Holcomb is a double booking for the Americana duo at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $37-$55 and extremely limited for the early show. Drew Holcomb is a co-founder of the Moon River Festival, which returns to Chattanooga in September. The Punch Brothers, a progressive bluegrass band that veers into classical instrumentation, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40-$55. tivolichattanooga.com
— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has three acts booked. US101’s Concert for a Cause features Elvie Shane on his My Kinda Trouble Tour, with Frank Ray and Kyle Bradley opening, at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. Journey tribute band Departure plays at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$30. Jam band Umphrey’s McGee plays at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$65. thesignaltn.com
— UTC choral concert: Three University of Tennessee at Chattanooga choruses — Chamber Singers, Chattanooga Singers and Littleton Mason Singers — will perform the world premiere of Chattanooga composer Roland Carter’s latest work at 7:30 pm. Friday at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St., in a concert devoted entirely to African American composers. “Make Some Noise, Get in Trouble (Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble),” a tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, was nationally commissioned by Chorus America. Admission is free. Read more about the show in Friday’s Times Free Press. 423-425-4601
— Songbirds, 35 Station St., has three concerts on the calendar. Friday spotlights Texas Hill, the country trio of talent-show contestants Adam Wakefield (“The Voice”), Casey James (“American Idol”) and Craig Wayne Boyd (Season 7 winner of “The Voice”), at 7 p.m. Friday. Dalton Davis opens. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Chattanooga funk-rock band Over Easy will celebrate the release of its “Binary” EP at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. The Chattanooga-area winners in the Tennessee Songwriters Week qualifying rounds will play a showcase event, one of six across the state, at 6 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5. Showcase winners get a chance to take the stage at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville next month. songbirdsfoundation.org
— The 107, 2255 Center St., Suite 107, has rising country stars on the roster. Chattanooga singer/songwriter Brandon Davis, who will join Tim McGraw’s tour for five weeks starting in April, will perform at 10 p.m. Friday. Cover is $5. A Songwriter Show with Jacob Bryant, fresh off his Grand Ole Opry debut, with Hayden Coffman, is at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $15. Table reservations for two to four guests and a choice of libation are available for $25 and $50 for either show. the107chattanooga.com
— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., features the rock band Red Clay Strays at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. theartsave.com
— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham, Tenn., will welcome The Flaming Lips for the rock band’s rescheduled New Year’s Eve shows Saturday and Sunday. According to Caverns Marketing Director Jeff Meltesen, frontman Wayne Coyne said he plans “to ring in the new year in February like it’s never been rung in before.” Heartless Bastards will open. Tickets are $100 per night, and packages with hotel accommodations are available. thecaverns.com/shows
— Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, has two programs on the schedule. Teaching artist Jonathan Blanchard will give a presentation on “From History to Hip-Hop,” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday in the C.C. Bond Humanities Auditorium. Part of the Bond Arts and Culture Series, Blanchard’s interactive concert/talk chronicles the evolution of American music from field songs to hip-hop. He’ll look at hip-hop’s originators, the genre’s main elements and hip-hop culture. He’ll take questions after the presentation. A livestream will be available on Chatt State’s YouTube channel. Tuesday features a recital by Music Department faculty at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre. Selections include classical and contemporary selections for voice, piano and guitar. Admission is free to both events. chattanoogastate.edu
— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., will host the Premier Jazz Orchestra in “An Evening of Big Band & More” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The repertoire of the new ensemble ranges from Count Basie to Michael Bublé. Tickets are $15-$20. theatrecentre.com
OUT & ABOUT
— Black History Month Giveback: Eat at Lil Mama’s Chicago Style Hoagy, 818 Georgia Ave., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, and the restaurant will donate 15% of food and drink proceeds to The Bethlehem Center’s Bethlehem Leadership Unit, which prepares high school students for higher education and the workforce. A Black history trivia contest starts at 4 p.m., with prizes for winners. thebeth.org
— Breakfast With the Beth: The reservation deadline is Friday for this annual event, formerly known as Breakfast of Champions. This year’s breakfast, to be held 7:30-9 a.m. March 3 at Tyner United Methodist Church, 6805 Standifer Gap Road, will honor regional United Methodist Women groups. It includes breakfast cooked by the men of Tyner UMC and a presentation from students in the Beth’s Read To Lead Academy. Free admission; love offering encouraged. 423-266-1384, ext. 106.
— Con Nooga, a convention celebrating pop culture, fandom, gaming and cosplay, marks its 13th year this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Hours are noon-2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Cash admission at the door for the con is $20 Friday, $50 Saturday, $10 Sunday, $60 three-day pass (kids 6-12 pay $10/$10/$5 daily, $20 pass; free for younger kids). connooga.com
— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will offer its free monthly gardening class virtually at 10 a.m. Saturday. The topic is “Benefits of Beekeeping.” Register for the Zoom link. mghc.org
— Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, has scheduled programs related to the Great Backyard Bird Count, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Ornithologist and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor David Aborn will demonstrate bird banding, and the Tri-State Bluebird Society will have bluebird boxes on display. Programming is included in admission: $3-$6 for nonmembers. Two Winter Tree ID classes are next week. One for youths, ages 11-16, is 1-3 p.m. Wednesday. One for adults is 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 24. Cost for either is $5. chattanoogaaudubon.org
— DAR Genealogy Workshop, “How To Prove a Revolutionary War Ancestor,” is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Presenters are from the state chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Cost, which includes lunch, is $25 for museum and DAR members, $40 for nonmembers. museumcenter.org
TALKS AND READINGS
— Nature by the Pint: WaterWays, formerly the Caribbean and Tennessee Student Environmental Alliance, continues a series of informal talks by nature enthusiasts, 6-7 p.m. Thursday at Tanasi Brewing & Supplies, 1510 Riverside Drive. This month’s speaker is University of Tennessee at Chattanooga associate professor Drew Bailey speaking on “The Neuroscience of Nature,” about how our brains and bodies react to being outdoors. Free admission. mywaterways.org
— Photographic Society of Chattanooga welcomes Tom and Pat Cory for a program on “Iceland and Beyond: The Art and Technique of Travel Photography” at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. A training boot camp on “Fireworks” starts at 6 p.m. chattanoogaphoto.org
— Symposium on Civic Virtue and Thought: The theme of this two-day event at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., is “Persons and Place: Wendell Berry and the Weight of Love,” exploring the importance of human connection and locality through Berry’s writings and the broader message of how ties to family and community can offer direction to the modern world. David Kern, owner of Goldberry Books in Concord, N.C., and director of Goldberry Studios, which produces literary podcasts, will give the keynote lecture at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Johnson Lecture Hall, Room 104, in the Humanities Building. Free admission. [email protected]
— Black Creek Reading Series, a free adults-only evening with local authors, kicks off 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Black Creek Clubhouse dining room, 4700 Cummings Cove Drive. The opening event will feature five authors — KB Ballentine, Paul Luikart, Eleanor McCallie Cooper, Mary Romero and Dana Shavin — with books available for purchase and signing. The second installment of the series, featuring local novelists, essayists and poets, has not yet been scheduled. [email protected]
— JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. M.L. King Blvd., will host Atlanta-based comedian and “Forth & Ten” sports podcast co-host Nathan Owens as he tapes his debut comedy special, 8:30-11 p.m. Friday. Owens says he specializes in “awkward funny.” Tickets are $10. Eventbrite.com
— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will feature Dale Jones in a special engagement this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, when tickets are $20-$25, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, when tickets are $17-$19. thecomedycatch.com
— Tennessee Aquarium’s Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., has extended the run of “The Beatles: Get Back — The Rooftop Concert.” The added screenings start at 6:30 p.m. daily through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. tnaqua.org/imax
— Bobby Stone Film Series spotlights Oscar-worthy films this weekend at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Saturday features current nominees “King Richard,” about the father/coach of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, screening at 3 p.m., and “Dune,” about a hero’s journey to a distant planet to save the universe, at 7 p.m. Coming Sunday are two prior Oscar winners: Disney’s 1992 animated classic “Aladdin,” at 2 p.m., and 1968’s Best Picture, “In the Heat of the Night,” at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. tivolichattanooga.com
— Chattanooga Jewish Documentary Film Series continues with a virtual screening of “Mish Mish” available to registered viewers for 72 hours beginning at noon Tuesday. The film uncovers the lost history of Frenkel Pictures Productions, which pioneered animated film in Egypt. Cost is $12. Register with the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga for the log-in code. jewishchattanooga.com
— Scenic City Shakespeare meets monthly in the Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St. (fifth floor) for a Read the Comedies series. February’s work is “Troilus and Cressida,” a satire of love and politics that has elements of comedy and tragedy. The meetup starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. sceniccityshakespeare.org
— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., opens “Aladdin Jr.,” a Youth Theatre production, this weekend. The updated musical adaptation is based on Disney’s 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show. Showtime is 7 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 27. Tickets are $12.50-$15. theatrecentre.com
— Yellow Dragon Productions presents the Southern classic “Steel Magnolias,” the play on which the 1989 film was based, over the next two weekends at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 3210 Social Circle. Shows start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 27. Tickets are $10-$16. yellowdragonproductions.org
— Broadway at Memorial: “Rent,” the Broadway classic on its 25th anniversary farewell tour, stops in Chattanooga next week. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets are $38-$78. tivolichattanooga.com
— UTC Theatre Company presents “Cry It Out,” a contemporary comedy about three new mothers from diverse backgrounds, next week. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 25 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Tickets are $10-$12.
— Artisan Depot Gallery, 204 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan, Tenn., will hold an open house for its current community art show, “Waiting and Watching,” noon-5 p.m. CST Friday. The exhibit continues through March 27. franklincoarts.org
Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.
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