Chattanooga Market, bird walks, Jill Scott, Brett Young highlight area weekend events

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors browse the booths during the Chattanooga Market during last years reopening at First Horizon Pavilion on April 23, 2022.
Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors browse the booths during the Chattanooga Market during last years reopening at First Horizon Pavilion on April 23, 2022.

Chattanooga Market opens for the season, The Signal reopens in its new location and the city of Red Bank will honor a prize-winning tree this weekend.

Two programming notes: Tickets have sold out for Chattanooga Whiskey's Founders Celebration on Wednesday and the Speech & Hearing Center's 70th anniversary celebration Thursday.

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— Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St., will host four events this week. The Art + Health Pop-Up, which includes free health screenings and information, food trucks, a DJ and giveaways, is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday (rescheduled from earlier this month). Art From the Inside, organized by arts organization Mark Making and City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod, Eastdale, is 6-8 p.m. Thursday. It will feature visual art by inmates, spoken word and performances by The-Pop-Up-Project, Southern Exposure and others. "The Wild Wild West End Oral History," a rough-cut screening of film footage and a feedback session, is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. The nine April artists will host open studios 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

— Scenic City Clay Arts has begun its third annual "The Joy of Clay" virtual auction, featuring 50+ items created by local artisans paired with gift cards and other merchandise from local businesses. Bidding continues through Sunday. Proceeds help fund programming at the nonprofit pottery studio.

— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will present "Dimension: Fusing Vision Art and Performance" 6-7 p.m. Thursday. The program of dance, dance photography and spoken-word performances is inspired by the exhibition "Beauford Delaney's Metamorphosis Into Freedom."

— Spring for the Arts, a champagne brunch celebrating International Sculpture Day, is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in the Robert T. Webb Sculpture Garden at the Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. The $55 ticket includes brunch, adult beverages (one complimentary, more at a cash bar), guided tours, gallery exhibits, live music and raffles.


— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., has four upcoming shows. Laura Jane Grace, who fronts the punk band Against Me, will bring her solo show to the venue at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Weakened Friends will open. Tickets are $25-$30. Country duo War Hippies will play at 9 p.m. Friday, with support from Logan Dover. Tickets are $15-$20. Kings of Queen will offer a tribute to British rock band Queen at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22-$25. Rock band Buckcherry will play at 9 p.m. Tuesday, with support from Sevenstones. Tickets are $28-$31. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., has three events on the calendar. The Nathan Warner Quartet will perform for the weekly installment of Jazz in the Lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cover is $5. Friday features two blues acts, Drew Sterchi & Blues Tribe and the Skip Cisto Band, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Monday offers indie folk artist Tomberlin, with support from Trace Mountains, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16-$18.

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will welcome blues artist Albert Cummings at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $30-$35.

— New Heights Baptist Church, 158 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, Ringgold, Ga., will host Christian rock artist Colton Dixon on his Build a Boat tour at 7 p.m. Thursday. Opening acts are Apollo Ltd. and Renee. Tickets are $20-$45.

— Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will present "Triumph and Salvation" as its final Masterworks concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Violinist Ruben Rengel will be featured in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto Opus 14. Other selections include Jennifer Higdon's "Blue Cathedral" and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $10-$90.

— Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., has two big concerts this week. Soul singer Jill Scott will stop on her Who Is Jill Scott? 23rd anniversary tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $40-$180. Country star Brett Young will follow with his 5-Tour-3-2-1 show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Morgan Evans and Ashley Cooke support. Tickets are $39-$69.

— WanderLinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St., will host Blow Up Your TV, a John Prine tribute by singer/songwriter Richard Daigle and other local artists, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. There's no cover charge, but WanderLinger will donate a portion of the night's sales to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga.

— Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., will welcome Christian/pop artist Amy Grant at 8 p.m. Saturday. The show was postponed from August after a bicycle accident left her severely injured. $44-$84.

— Mid-South Symphonic Band, a 75-member ensemble, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the VW Conference Center, 8000 Volkswagen Drive.

— Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, has two free performances scheduled Sunday. Combined Choral Ensembles, including Bel Canto (women's chorus), Die Meistersinger (men's chorus) and I Cantori (select chamber choir), will perform at 4 p.m. in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive. The Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at 9 p.m. in Ackerman Auditorium in Mabel Wood Hall. Livestreams:

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn., has $57 tickets available for a show by rock band Spoon at 8 p.m. CDT Sunday. Nicole Atkins opens. The Friday and Saturday shows headlined by Of the Trees are sold out.

— The Signal will celebrate its move to 21 Choo Choo Ave. with a free concert by local indie act Nick Lutsko & The 100K Band at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Happy-hour tours of the new concert hall and adjacent event space will begin at 7 p.m. RSVPs are requested.

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  photo  Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / A male eastern bluebird perches on the bronze tube of a cannon, which houses his mate's nest, in the Winfrey Field at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on June 17, 2020.


— Bird walks: The Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society has two free events scheduled. A Birds & Battles outing will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Participants will caravan to sites to survey the birds present and learn what happened in each area during the Battle of Chattanooga in 1863, as told by park historian Jim Ogden. A spring bird walk is scheduled 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Participants should meet at the tractor near the barn. A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available Free. [email protected]

— Downtown Dine Around, a chance to sample a variety of foods and music at restaurants and merchants in downtown Cleveland, Tenn., is set for 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $30.

— My Voice Matters: A Walk To End Sexual Violence is set for 5-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Gilbert-Stephenson Park, 19 Van Cleve St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The event is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy Center as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Cost to participate is $25.

— Free tree seedlings: In celebration of Arbor Day, the city of Red Bank will host a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday to recognize a 94-foot-tall Virginia pine that received a Champion Tree Award at the Tennessee Urban Forestry Conference in 2022. The ceremony will take place in the vacant lot at 3715 Dayton Blvd. (the old Red Bank Middle School). Dykes & Son Nursery has donated Virginia pine seedlings to be handed out afterward.

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— Jiffy Lube locations in Chattanooga (688 Signal Mountain Road), Ringgold, Ga. (1282 Dietz Road) and LaFayette, Ga. (1890 N. Main St.), will offer half-price oil changes to military personnel, veterans, first responders (fire, rescue, EMT), law enforcement and health care workers 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

— Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, will take part in the City Nature Challenge, a worldwide community science project to identify the biodiversity in each participating city. Chattanooga's bioblitz area includes 16 counties in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Registered participants may submit their observations of plants and wildlife by uploading photos, audio recordings or descriptions. A free series of organized events, including iNaturalist app training, bug searches, owl prowls, bird walks and plant identification, will take place on-site 4-10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Also Saturday are the season's final Vulture Adventure, a walkabout with the resident black vulture Vlad, at 11 a.m. ($15-$20) and the last Community Prop Swap, a give and take of native seeds, cuttings and divisions, 1-2 p.m. (free).

— Alhambra Shrine Rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Natures Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. The third annual event, sanctioned by the International Professional Rodeo Association, includes bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling, plus an appearance by Mike Wentworth, the IPRA's Clown of the Year for 2022. Tickets are $10-$20. 423-892-0223

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has two headliners on the weekend schedule. Brandon Vestal, known for his low-key, deeply personal style, will perform at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $19-$22. Local favorite Karen Mills, who first made a name for herself as a standout basketball player at Bradley Central High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are sold out for her 4:30 p.m. show, but are available for the second show for $22-$27.

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— Stable 41 Farmers Market debuts this weekend at 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The opening night for Food Truck Friday is 5-8 p.m. with yard games and music by Josh Driver. A plant sale is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Sunday, with music by Josh Gilbert. The market will be open Sundays through October, plus Thursday afternoons in June, July and August.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Fresh strawberries go on sale at a booth during the Chattanooga Market reopening last year at First Horizon Pavilion on April 23, 2022.

— Honeybee Bicycle Ride takes place Saturday in LaFayette, Ga., starting from the Parks and Recreation Department, 638 S. Main St. The sixth annual event includes 33-, 52- and 74-mile round trips to Chickamauga, Ga., leaving at 8 a.m., or a 10-mile family fun ride through downtown at 8:15 a.m. Cost for one of the longer circuits is $75 through Thursday, $85 after. Cost for the family ride is $25, which includes a T-shirt and swag bag, or free without the souvenirs.

— YMCA Healthy Kids Day, meant to encourage a healthy start to summer, is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Highland Park Commons, 2000 Union Ave. Activities will include Zumba lessons, story time, cooking demonstrations and taste testing, inflatables and an obstacle course, face painting and STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and math). Admission is free. [email protected]

— Superhero Defense Training happens at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Story Land in Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Spider-Man and Pope's Martial Arts Academy will lead the free training and pose for photos.

  photo  Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / First National Flags of the Confederacy decorate graves at the Confederate Cemetery on March 15, 2023. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park presents “They Suffer So Acutely: Hospitals of Chattanooga During the Civil War” at 2 p.m. April 29. The Confederate Cemetery is on Fifth Avenue (park in the adjacent lots at 301-409 Collins St.)

— Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a free, ranger-led history program, "They Suffer So Acutely: Hospitals of Chattanooga During the Civil War," at 2 p.m. Saturday at Confederate Cemetery on Fifth Avenue. Parking will be available in the adjacent lots at 301-409 Collins St. As battles began to rage in Tennessee in late 1862 and early 1863, Chattanooga's location as a rail junction, away from the front, proved vital in housing locations for treating the wounded.

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors take pictures as the life-size Thomas the Tank Engine rolls in to the station during the Day Out With Thomas at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum on April 23. Thomas will be at the museum one more weekend, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 29-30.

— Day Out With Thomas, which includes character meet-and-greets and an interactive train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine of storybook fame, will happen again this weekend at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $24.

— Chattanooga Market makes its seasonal debut with a two-day celebration this weekend at First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. The area's premier vendor market features farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks, Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The market will revert to its Sunday-only schedule next week.


— Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will continue a home series against the Rocket City Trash Pandas at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Promotions include Dogs at the Diamond, with a pregame dog parade at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $5 for a Pooch Pass. Thursday has drink specials, Friday ends with fireworks and a used car will be given away Saturday. Games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sunday's at 2:15 p.m., when a donation of a canned good to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank can be traded for a free general-admission ticket. On Tuesday, the Lookouts started a six-game series against the Birmingham Barons. Tickets are $7-$12.

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— Chattanooga Red Wolves, a League One men's professional soccer team, will take on the Lexington Sporting Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $13-$30.


— Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., continues its run of "The Cake," at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (same schedule May 4-7). Tickets are $20-$25.

— Athens Community Theatre, will end its run of "The Little Prince," this weekend at The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Show time for this ACT Children's Theatre production is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$20.

— Oak Street Playhouse, 418 Oak St. (behind First-Centenary Methodist Church), will present George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," about a Cockney flower girl's efforts to learn to talk properly, the next two weekends. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (similar schedule May 4-7). Tickets are $12-$17 and may be purchased at the door or

— Artistic Civic Theatre, 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga., will present "Law & Order: C-rhyme and Pun-ishment," a children's musical that spoofs crime dramas, this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$16.

— Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn., will present "Senior Follies," about a con artist who infiltrates a retirement home, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (same schedule May 5-7). Tickets are $12-$14.

— Rivermont Presbyterian, 3319 Hixson Pike, ends its run of "Cotton Patch Gospel," which sets the life of Jesus in modern-day, rural Georgia, this weekend. Final shows start at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free; donations welcome. 423-877-8527

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