Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Little Debbie sculpture talk, Plum Nelly art show, FarleyCon

Staff File Photo / The Passage at Ross's Landing will be the site of a ranger-led, local history program, "Cherokee Iconography: A Language Unto Itself," on Aug. 12. The pedestrian link between Chattanooga and the Tennessee River was installed in 2005 to commemorate the Trail of Tears.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.


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ATHENS ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. “The Magic of Watercolor” by Tennessee Watercolor Society, through Aug. 14.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. “Two-Year Anniversary Show,” through Aug. 26.

COLLEGEDALE COMMONS — 4750 Swinyar Drive. “Behind the Artistry: The Making of the Little Debbie Sculpture,” community Q&A with artist Alex Paul Loza, 4 p.m. Aug. 11. Free Swiss Cake Rolls from McKee Foods.

  photo  Contributed Photo / Alex Paul Loza, the artist who created the Little Debbie sculpture recently installed in Collegedale, will take part in a community Q&A about his process on Aug. 11.

DADE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL — 300 Tradition Drive, Trenton, Ga. Second annual Plum Nelly Art Show, open to tri-state artists, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Sponsored by Public Arts Committee of the Alliance for Dade. Free admission.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Community show, “Where Did Summer Go,” through Oct. 1. Reception 5-7 p.m. CDT Aug. 18.


— Aug. 10: Ballet Esprit celebrates landscape paintings of “In Nature’s Studio,” 6-7 p.m. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

— Aug. 10: Creating in Nature’s Studio: Sunset Canoe Paddle and Landscape Photography, 6-7 p.m. from Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road. $20-$25.

— Aug. 13: Family Fun Day: In Nature’s Studio, with activities presented by Boy Scouts of America, Chattanooga Public Library, Houston Museum of Decorative Arts and Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. “Creating Waves With Wax,” by Margaret Park, through Aug. 31.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY — Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. Works by 14 area artists, including members of the Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through Aug. 31. 423-266-1766.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Spring show, through Aug. 25.

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Bill Suttles and Debra Nadelhoffer, through Aug. 31.

RUBY FALLS — 1720 S. Scenic Highway. “Through the Lens: The Life and Legacy of Horace Brazelton,” the first African American to open a professional photography studio in Chattanooga, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. Free admission; Ruby Falls tickets sold separately.

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STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— Aug. 10: August artist talks, 5:30-7 p.m.

— Aug. 12: Beyond Description: The Conversational Ekphrasis (a literary description of a work of art), with August resident Tobi Kassim, 1-3 p.m.

— Through Nov. 11: “Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds).”


CHATTANOOGA DANCE THEATRE — 5151 Austin Road. Back to Dance Party, with performances, crafts, food, games and tours of new studio, 2-5 p.m. Aug. 6. Free.


THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St. Athens Area Council for the Arts’ second annual Season Premiere Party, with karaoke mixer, light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 12. (Purchase tickets by Aug. 8). $25.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. The Great American Songbook with Terri Hall & Friends, 7 p.m. Aug. 9. $5.


— Aug. 11: Mixtape: ’80s tribute band, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— Aug. 12: Shiggy, with Red Pawn, 9 p.m. $12-$15.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Taylor Swift laser dance party, 7 p.m. CDT Aug. 12. $49 and up.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. Glen Templeton, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Sold out.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues Aug. 11, rain or shine, with headliner The Banditos at 8 p.m.; Oweda opens at 7 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard. Free admission.

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PARKSIDE HALL — 2035 Polk St. Second of three in composer Tim Hinck’s Parkside Sessions, 8-9 p.m. Aug. 10. $20 suggested donation.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series continues with Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers and The Malemen: A Night of Motown & More, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 12. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave. The Emo Night Tour, 8 p.m. Aug. 12. $21-$48.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— Aug. 6: Blood Brothers (Albert Castiglia and Gary Hoey), 7 p.m. $25-$28.

— Aug. 9: Songbirds Radio Hour: Episode 12, “The Musical Evolution of Athens, Georgia,” with Chuck Reece, David Barbe and musical guest Monsoon, 7 p.m. Free.

— Aug. 12: The Gibson Brothers, 7 p.m. $20-$22.

SONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Fundraiser for Blood Assurance high school grant program features No. 1 hits by Grammy nominees Keith Follese and Brian White, plus Adrienne Follese and Ryan Follese, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8; starts with barbecue dinner at 6:30 p.m. $100-$150.

SUMMER MUSIC WEEKENDS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Live entertainment by country, folk and bluegrass artists, raptor shows and seasonal foods, weekends through Sept. 4. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. through Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Aug. 14. $20-$30.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave. The Servants Quartet, 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Free; donations welcome.


CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1801 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with farm produce, artisan foods, flowers, arts, crafts, live music and food trucks. Free admission.

— Aug. 6: Chattanooga Farmers Market Week kickoff, with music by the Stratoblasters.

— Aug. 13: Buskers Festival.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Market of handmade arts, crafts and other products, plus artisan foods, food trucks and live music, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturdays through October. Free admission.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Aug. 10: Pat Dixon, 7 p.m. $20-$25.

— Aug. 11-12: Helen Keaney, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

FAMILY FUN DAY — Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St. River City Co. hosts free kite building, arts and crafts, coloring sheets, music and Children’s Entrepreneur Market of 40-plus businesses operated by children ages 5-16, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 12. Free admission.

FARLEY CON — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Pop culture and comic book expo, with guest artists, authors and performers, cosplay contest and parade, panels, vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13. $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, $30-$50 weekend.

GORDON-LEE MANSION — 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Historic site open for tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through Labor Day. $1-$5. Proceeds fund improvements by Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion nonprofit group.

HIXSON FARMERS MARKET — St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Features local farmers, gardeners and artists, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Live music on first Saturdays, free pancake breakfast on third Saturdays. [email protected].

LOCAL HISTORY — The Passage, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ranger-led program on “Cherokee Iconography: A Language Unto Itself,” 11 a.m. Aug. 12. Site is between the Tennessee Aquarium and Market Street Bridge. Closest parking is in pay lots near Market Street and West Aquarium Way.

JEEP JAM — 402 W. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga. Georgia Offroad Wanderers gathering with music by Low Down Revival and other bands, food, children’s activities, raffles, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 12. All vehicles welcome. Show & Shine vehicle registration $15 early, $25 day of. Proceeds benefit MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, Camp Southern Ground, First Skin Foundation for Ichthyosis, Walker County Animal Shelter, Catoosa and Walker county schools.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. Registration required.

— Aug. 11-12: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Saturday (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). By donation.

— Aug. 11-12: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— Aug. 12: What the Tweet? The Language of Birds, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $30; register at

— Aug. 12: Weed Wrangle, volunteers help battle invasive plants, 9 a.m.-noon.

— Aug. 12: The Awesome Opossum, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with Snakes Alive). $5-$10.

STABLE 41 FARMERS MARKET — 214 First St., Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

— Aug. 6: National Farmers Market Week kickoff, 1-4 p.m.

— Aug. 10: National Farmers Market Week celebration, 6-7 p.m.

— Aug. 13: Cookbook Market, 1-4 p.m.; bring favorite recipes to add to upcoming “Fort O Fixins” cookbook.

WALKER COUNTY FARMERS MARKET — Exclusive to vendors within 25 miles; 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays at Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at 100 E. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.

WORLD’S LONGEST YARD SALE — Highway 127 from Addison, Mich., to Chattanooga, then along Lookout Mountain Parkway to Gadsden, Ala., with professional vendors and grassroots participation, through Aug. 6.


CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men’s professional soccer team vs. Richmond Kickers, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12. $15 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

— Aug. 8: 7:15 p.m. Chattanooga Zoo Night; buy-one, get-one general-admission tickets with Food City ValuCard.

— Aug. 9: 7:15 p.m. Chick-fil-A giveaway via app.

— Aug. 10: 7:15 p.m. Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

— Aug. 11: 7:15 p.m. Agriculture Night with pregame petting zoo; fireworks finale.

— Aug. 12: 7:15 p.m. Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamond Night, with Lookouts in special jerseys; used car giveaway.

— Aug. 13: 2:15 p.m. Free general-admission tickets with donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided).


ARTISTIC CIVIC THEATRE — 907 Gaston St., Dalton, Ga. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 2 p.m. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-12. $12-$16.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. “Something Rotten,” 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6 (final show). $25-$30.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn.

— Through Aug. 13: Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The New Musical.” $19-$35.

— Through Aug. 19: “The SpongeBob Musical,” youth production. $7-$8.

— Through Sept. 10: “All Shook Up,” featuring Elvis Presley songs. $19-$35.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Last of three-part, short-run series, “T—— Bars,” 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6 (final performance). Adult content. $15.

NEXT EXIT PRODUCTIONS — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. “50 Miles Away,” a drama set to live music, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10-12, 2 p.m. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19.

OBVIOUS DAD — UTC Fine Arts Center, 720 Roland Carter St. Chattanooga premier of “Lear” by Young Jean Lee, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-12, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $15.

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Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.