Things to do in Chattanooga this week include Splash arts festival, Marc Martel as Freddie Mercury

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Reflection Riding will host a Monarch Waystation Volunteer Day, for help with removing invasive plants around the property, on Aug. 19. Monarch butterflies begin their southern migration to central Mexico in September and October. This one was photographed on the edge of Threadmill Lake at Lakeshore Park in Dalton, Ga.

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


The box-office success of Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" has widened the spotlight to other favorite films by female directors. CenturyLink Quote, the sales agent of the CenturyLink telecommunications company, has run the numbers, based on online searches, to determine each state's most popular film directed by a woman (not including "Barbie"). The leader, topping searches in 17 states, including Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, is 2017's "Wonder Woman," helmed by Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a film with a budget greater than $100 million. Other films that made the list: "The Matrix" (12 states), "American Psycho" (eight), "Clueless" (three), "A League of Their Own," "Little Women" and "Turning Red" (two states each) and "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey," "Sleepless in Seattle," "The Hurt Locker," "The Power of the Dog" and "The Woman King" (each with one state).



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.

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. 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).

— Aug. 17: Create & Sip: Painted and Collaged Landscapes, 6-7:30 p.m. Includes tour of "In Nature's Studio," guided create-your-own art experience, glass of wine. Must be 21 or older. $20-$25.

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.

— Aug. 19: Pat Snyder painting demo, 1-3 p.m.

— Through Aug. 31: Works by Bill Suttles and Debra Nadelhoffer.

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.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St.

— Aug. 18: Art-A-Nooga Tonight, 7-8 p.m.; presenters sign up for 7 minutes in the spotlight.

— Aug. 18: Chattanooga Noise Night: Vol. 17, 8-10 p.m.; free but donations encouraged.

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


THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Aug. 16: Don McMillan, special engagement, 7 p.m. $25 ($35 tickets are sold out).

— Aug. 17: Next Level Comedy Showcase, 7:30 p.m. $12.

— Aug. 18-19: Adam Mamawala, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$22.

GEM THEATRE — 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Ga. James Gregory, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. $56-$66.


ABBA'S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Leeland, Sean Curran and Bryan & Katie Torwalt in concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. $25-$228.

  photo  File Photo / Kari Jobe will be in concert with Cody Carnes, Leeland and Sean Curran at Abba's House on Aug. 17.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Jazz in the Lounge with Dexter Bell & Friends, 7 p.m. Aug. 16. $5.


— Aug. 18: Hardwired: A Tribute to Metallica, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— Aug. 19: Woodstock Anniversary Party, 8 p.m. $15-$20.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

— Aug. 18: Elvis & Dolly: A Tribute to Two Tennessee Treasures, 8 p.m. CDT. $49 and up.

— Aug. 20: Marshall Tucker Band, 5 p.m. CDT. Sold out.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Black Jacket Symphony presents Queen's "A Night at the Opera," featuring Marc Martel, 8 p.m. Aug. 19. $40-$60.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues Aug. 18, rain or shine, with headliner Ashes & Arrows at 8 p.m.; Ashley and the X's 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.

PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH — 65 Stuart Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. The Erwins in concert, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series continues with The Afternooners and Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 19. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 21 Choo Choo Ave.

— Aug. 14: Gavin DeGraw, with Ryan Griffin, 8 p.m. $40-$58.

— Aug. 19: The Party101 Legends Tour with DJ Matt Bennett, 9 p.m. $26.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St. Screaming Females, 8 p.m. Aug. 18. $17-$20.

SONGWRITERS COLLECTIVE — Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St. Gathering of creative spirits to share original songs of all types, beginner to expert, all ages, 7 p.m. Aug. 16 (and other third Wednesdays). Free. [email protected]

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.


BOOK SIGNING — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Local author Robert Spalding signs copies of "ET Here Now," 2-4 p.m. Aug. 19.

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. 13: Buskers Festival.

— Aug. 20: Market Karaoke.

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.

CHICKAMAUGA BATTLEFIELD BICYCLE TOUR — Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga series offers free, 2.5-hour historical bike tours, 3-4 miles on flat to moderately hilly terrain, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. For adults and accompanied children 8 and older; helmets required. Bring your own bike or reserve a free loaner at 423-643-6888.

COFFEE CUPPING EXPERIENCE — Frothy Monkey, 1400 Market St. Monthly tasting event with coffees roasted at Frothy Monkey Roasting Co. in Nashville, 2-3 p.m. Aug. 15. $20.

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.-4 p.m. Aug. 13 (final day). $15 Sunday admission.

FEED CO. TABLE & TAVERN — 201 W. Main St. Eighth anniversary celebration with drink specials, live music and special menu, noon-9 p.m. Aug. 17.

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]

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. "World War II Sunken Ships" with Paul Mayer, master diver, photographer, researcher, submariner and member of Petrel crew featured in numerous televised documentaries, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $5.

MY FAMILY TREE PROJECT — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. The Memory Cafe workshop on preserving generational memories, 3 p.m. Aug. 15. Includes art project to record memories and stories. Bring a cellphone or tablet and any ancestral information you have. Snacks provided. Free. 423-493-0270

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Monthly meeting with Louann and Richard Smith on "Going Forward by Looking Back," 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Boot camp at 7 p.m. on "Sandhill Crane Photography" by Donna Bourdon.

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

— Aug. 18: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

— Aug. 18-19: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $15-$20 (free for children 12 and younger).

— Aug. 19: Monarch Waystation Volunteer Day, 8 a.m.-noon.

— Aug. 19: Get Schooled: Birds of Prey, 9-10 a.m. (plus other Saturdays). $5-$10.

— Aug. 19: Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.-noon (every other Saturday, alternating with The Awesome Opossum). $5-$10.

SPLASH SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 928 Market St. Family event features live music, including headliner Paul Childers, art demos, children's activities, 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Free admission.

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

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

— Aug. 17: Summer End Celebration, 3-6 p.m.

— Aug. 20: Sunday Market, 1-4 p.m.

SUMMER CELEBRATION — Municipal Park, 197 Durham St., Soddy-Daisy. Culmination of Soddy-Daisy Community Library's Mythical Summer of Reading program with crafts, games, scavenger hunt, storytelling, food trucks, performance by the library's Ukulele Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19. Free admission; open to all area residents.

TENNESSEE WINE TRAIN — Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Two-hour excursion features three-course dinner with wine pairings chosen by master sommelier, 6 p.m. Aug. 17 (other dates through December). $125 per guest for private table for two; $95 per guest for table of three to four guests.

URBAN BIRD WATCHING WORKSHOP — Stove Works Gallery, 1250 E. 13th St. Meet in the courtyard to look for birds around the city, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 19. Free bird identification zine to all participants. Bring binoculars; download free Merlin bird ID app. Registration required.

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.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Men's professional soccer team vs. Salt City Union, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. $11 and up.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos in final game of series, 2:15 p.m. Aug. 13. Promotions: Free general-admission tickets with donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank; Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided); Kids Run the Bases. $7-$12.

CHATTANOOGA ROLLER DERBY — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Aug. 19 triple-header: Chattanooga's Ruby Regulators vs. Rome Junior Roller Derby at 3 p.m., Chattanooga All Stars vs. Blue Ridge Roller Derby at 5 p.m., Chattanooga B-Railers vs. Rocket City at 7 p.m. $6-$12.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASE BALL — 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. June 19 doubleheader: Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga vs. Emmett Machinists of Knoxville at noon, Mountain City Club of Chattanooga vs. Cumberland Club of Nashville at 2:30 p.m. Last games of regular season. Free.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "Into the Woods," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, 2 p.m. Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 2 p.m. Aug. 27. $15-$20.

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.

— Aug. 18-Oct. 12: "The Play That Goes Wrong." $19-$35.

NEXT EXIT PRODUCTIONS — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. "50 Miles Away," a drama set to live music, 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. 13, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $15.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. J.M. Barrie's "Dear Brutus," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18-19, 2 p.m. Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26, 2 p.m. Aug. 27. $12-$14.

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