Things to do in Chattanooga area this week include tacos, Riverfront Nights, Ice Cream Crawl

Staff file photo / Q 'N Brew, scheduled July 15 at Chattanooga Zoo, will include barbecue, beer, bluegrass and encounters with the animals, including Porter, one of the three resident reticulated giraffes.

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


Nashville hot chicken may be beloved in Tennessee (and beyond), but it has made a Top 10 list of foods most loathed by dieters — but only because they find it hard to resist. polled 3,000 dieters across the nation to find out which fast-food dishes they most dislike, based on how hard they are to give up when counting calories. The top picks were Vermont's ice cream, Kentucky's signature fried chicken, Pennsylvania's Philly cheesesteak, Massachusetts' chocolate chip cookies and Illinois' deep-dish pizza. Tennessee's hot chicken placed 10th overall. Alabama polled at 13th for its bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and Georgia's Luther burgers, which substitute glazed doughnuts for the traditional bun, were 32nd on the list.



ATHENS ART CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "The Magic of Watercolor" by Tennessee Watercolor Society, through Aug. 14. Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. July 14.

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. "Shades of Black," group exhibition in partnership with Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas, through July 14.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Middle Ground" by Robert Schoolfield and Jet Smith, through July 15.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Something for Children" community show, through July 30.


— July 9: Sunday Studio: Creating in Nature's Studio, 2-4 p.m. Includes walk around museum grounds with Reflection Riding naturalist to see flora and fauna to inspire an artistic creation. Regular admission.

— July 13: Honoring the Land and Reflecting in Its Creation, 6-7:30 p.m. Includes walk to The Passage at Ross's Landing, discussion about the history of the land and art-making. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "A Fine Line," by Doug McCoy, through July 31.

JEWISH CULTURAL CENTER — 5461 North Terrace. "Jews, Blues & All That Jazz," with works by 12 artists, through Aug. 4.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102. "The Artists' Overview" by 18 local artists, through July 31. 423-870-8924

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 (show extended).

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.

STOVE WORKS — 1250 E. 13th St. "Éramos Semillas (We Were Seeds)," through Nov 11.

TOWNSEND ATELIER — 301 E. 11th St. Debut of eight-city traveling exhibit, "Together: A Portrait of Americans," by Chattanooga artist David Michael Salerno, featuring 40 portraits of Chattanoogans, through July 28.


AMC CHATTANOOGA 18 — 5080 S. Terrace. National theatrical release of 1998 London stage production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma," starring pre-"Wolverine" Hugh Jackman, 1 p.m. July 16 and 6 p.m. July 19. $16.

  photo  Contributed Photo / Actor Hugh Jackman was appearing in a 1998 London production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" when he auditioned for the feature film "Wolverine," which catapulted him to international fame in 2000. A filmed version of the "Oklahoma" stage production will be in movie theaters July 16 and 19.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. "The Jews and the Blues" documentary screening, 4 p.m. July 9. Free.

BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES — Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. "All the Pretty Horses," 7 p.m. July 15. $11-$13.

IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Early access fan event for "Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One," includes collectible prints and pins, 7 p.m. July 10. Film continues through July 20. $15.



— July 9: Monica Shriver Quartet, with special guest saxophonist Rahsaan Barber, 7:30 p.m. $10-$20.

— July 12: Jazz in the Lounge with the Mike Salter Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.


— July 14: The Dirtt: A Tribute to Motley Crue, with Moon Juice, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

— July 15: Esseks, with Alejo, 9:30 p.m. $25-$35.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Michael Franti & Spearhead, with Fortunate Youth, 6 p.m. July 9. $65.

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK — Angel Park, University Avenue, Sewanee, Tenn. Live music by The Differents, 6 p.m. CDT July 14. Food and drink available from local restaurants. Free admission.

NIGHTFALL — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Summer music series continues July 14, rain or shine, with headliner co-bill featuring Jimmy Allgood & The It's Allgood Band and Dexter Bell & Friends featuring Karen Collins, 7 p.m. Food trucks and art market start at 6:30 p.m. at Miller Park across M.L. King Boulevard. Free admission.

OFF THE RAILS CONCERT SERIES — Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Ga. The Arcadian Wild headlines, 6:30 p.m. July 14. Free.

PARKSIDE HALL — 2035 Polk St. "Black Trees," first concert in Parkside Sessions by local composer Tim Hinck, featuring his latest jazz/classical chamber music and accompanying art creations, 8 p.m. July 13. $20 suggested donation.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS — Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Summer concert series opens with Shiggy and Jupiter Coyote, 7-10 p.m. July 15. Concession sales start at 6 p.m., or bring your own coolers. Pets welcome. Free.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— July 9: The Reggie Moss Experience, with special guest performance by Shirley Jones and featuring the Nu Breed Band, Twain D Productions, The Malemen Show Band and other guests, 6:45 p.m. Free (but reserve).

— July 11: Steve Earle: Alone Again, Solo & Acoustic tour, with Willy Tea Taylor, 7 p.m. $100 (VIP sold out).

— July 14: Scott Miller, 7 p.m. $20.

— July 15: Dexter and the Moonrocks, 8 p.m. $20-$25.

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.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave.

— July 12: Melissa Etheridge: Summer '23 Tour, 7:30 p.m. $50-$99.

— July 14: Spyro Gyra, 8 p.m. $34-$49.


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.

— July 9: Peach Festival, with music by The Essentials at 12:30 p.m. and Jesse Pollom at 2 p.m.

— July 16: Top Tomato Festival, with Bloody Mary tasting (ticketed).

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.

CHATTANOOGA TACO WEEK — Twenty restaurants offering $4 taco specials, July 10-16.

COFFEE CUPPING EXPERIENCE — Frothy Monkey Roasting Co., 1400 Market St. Next in monthly series to taste and evaluate coffees roasted at Frothy Monkey facility in Nashville, 2-3 p.m. July 18. Includes free 12-ounce bag of coffee. $20.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— July 9: James Camacho, 7 p.m. $15-$20.

— July 13-15: Killer Beaz, special engagement, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $20-$25; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $25-$30.

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]

ICE CREAM CRAWL — Celebration of National Ice Cream Day (July 16) at eight downtown ice cream parlors, July 14-16. At each location, scan QR code on promotional poster to register to win prizes. Participating locations: Ben & Jerry's, Clumpies North Shore, Clumpies Southside, Coldstone Creamery, Downtown Dough, Ice Cream Show, Milk & Honey and Peach Cobbler Factory.

KORFBALL — East Ridge Community Center, 1515 Tombras Ave. Free classes to learn all-ages, mix-gendered team sport that originated in the Netherlands, 6-7 p.m. Fridays. [email protected]

MASTER GARDENERS OF HAMILTON COUNTY — "Raised Bed Gardening" is next monthly class, 10 a.m.-noon July 15. Attend in person at Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle, or via Zoom. Register for either.

Q 'N BREW — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Fundraiser includes barbecue, beer tasting, music by Bluetastic Fangrass, animal encounters, tortoise races, ax throwing, 6-9 p.m. July 15. $10-$18 members, $15-$25 nonmembers (includes two drink tickets).

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

— July 14: Get Schooled: Native Animals, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (plus other Fridays). By donation.

— July 14-15: Get Schooled: Barn Owls, 1-1:45 p.m. (plus other Fridays and Saturdays). $25-$30 (free for children 12 and younger).

— July 15: Floating Through the Forest, guided canoe trip on Lookout Creek, 7-9 p.m. Free.

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

— July 9: Midsummer Market, 1-4 p.m.

— July 13: Tomato Fest, 3-6 p.m.

— July 16: National Ice Cream Day, 1-4 p.m.

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.

ZIA FUN DAY — Greenwood Terrace, 3056 Dee Drive. Zia chapter of Eastern Star and Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors event with outdoor games and adventures, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 15. [email protected]


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds vs. Mississippi Braves in three-game series. Kids Run the Bases after every game. $7-$12.

— July 14: 7:15 p.m.; post-game fireworks.

— July 15: 7:15 p.m.; used car giveaway.

— July 16: 2:15 p.m.; free general-admission tickets with a donation of canned goods to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Catch on the Field (tennis balls provided).


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Not Too Old for Disney Drag Spectacular, with special guests, costume and lip sync contests, 9 p.m. July 13. $10 online/at door; $5 discount at door if wearing something Disney (must be visible).

CHATTANOOGA CONVENTION CENTER — 1 Carter Plaza. Colorful Hat Circus & Variety Show, with award-winning, television-featured acrobats, jugglers, magicians and illusionists, 2 and 6 p.m. July 9, 3 and 7 p.m. July 15, 2 and 6 p.m. July 16. $25 and up.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Peter Pan" auditions for youths and adults, by appointment July 10-11.

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

— July 14-Sept. 10: "All Shook Up," featuring Elvis Presley songs. $19-$35.

— Through July 27: "The Trip to Bountiful." $19-$35.

— 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.

HOMESCHOOL SHAKESPEARE TROUPE — Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Youth Shakespeare Festival, with performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 7 p.m. July 14, "The Merchant of Venice," 2 p.m. July 15 and "Macbeth," 7 p.m. July 15. Free.

SCOPES TRIAL PLAY — Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tenn. Production of "Destiny in Dayton," about the 1925 evolution trial of schoolteacher John Scopes in the original courtroom, 7 p.m. July 14, 2 p.m. (sold out) and 7 p.m. July 15. $20.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE — Corner of Rolling Way and James Boulevard. "Seussical," musical comedy based on stories by Dr. Seuss, 8 p.m. July 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. $5-$15 (cash or checks only). Bring your own seating.

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