Harlem Globetrotters, comedian Ron White on Chattanooga weekend schedule
Weekend entertainment options include basketball superstars, a teenage ventriloquist and a comedian who captured his stand-up routine in the pages of a New York Times bestseller.
But first, the things you can’t do:
– The Polar diving, a fundraiser for the Lula Lake Land Trust, is sold out. This invigorating jump into Lookout Mountain Lake, Georgia, is scheduled for Saturday, when high temperatures are expected to barely exceed freezing. Cold, yes, but the Polar Plunge is the only day of the year when the public is allowed to swim in these crystal clear waters.
Matthew Hubbard, director of development, said 100 people signed up to take the plunge, perhaps inspired by the event’s absence for the past two years.
“It’s the biggest polar dive we’ve ever done,” he said.
— Comedian Bill MaherSunday’s performance at the Tivoli Theater has been cancelled.
— string theoryThe Anderson-Sasaki duo’s community engagement residency and concerts have been postponed until April.
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– Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition” in its Masterworks series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. The title work is a suite of 10 pieces for piano created in 1874 by the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky and adapted for complete symphony in 1922 by the French composer Maurice Ravel. The CSO’s principal timpanist, Alex Wadner, will perform on the “Concerto for Timpani No. 1” by contemporary American composer William Kraft. Tickets cost between $25 and $90. chattanoogasymphony.org
– MidWinter Music Fest, an indoor festival featuring 10 Christian artists from Chattanooga and North Georgia on two stages, begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at City Church Chattanooga, 7122 Lee Highway. Tickets are $10 (free for children 10 and under). Facebook.com/Events
– Tennessee Valley Theater, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tennessee, hosts Songwriters Showcase with Kevin Mahoney, Ray Ligon, Parker Pressley and Darrell Wallace on stage at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. tennesseevalleytheatre.com
– Fountainhead Taproom, 1617 Rossville Ave., will host a birthday party, concert and auction in support of Zarzour’s Cafe co-owner Shannon Fuller, who is battling cancer, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Musical acts include Roger Alan Wade, Amber Carrington and No Big Deal. Facebook.com/Events
— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., hosts country singers Karen Waldrup, of Nashville, and Dusty Leigh, of Chattanooga, for an acoustic double bill at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $28; dating opportunities are available. theartsave.com
— The Woodshop, 5500 St. Elmo Ave., features a trio of local talent — Matt Bohannon Band, Mark “Porkchop” Holder and Shake It Like a Caveman — at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. facebook.com
– The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham, Tennessee, comes out of its winter hibernation with an underground show by American band Railroad Earth at 8 p.m. CST on Saturday. Tickets cost between $55 and $340. thecaverns.com
– Tennessee Songwriters Week doesn’t arrive until the last week of February, but a prelude of musical events begins this weekend. Thirty-five venues across the state are holding qualifying rounds through Feb. 12 to determine which artists will perform in showcases Feb. 20-26 for the chance to sing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Area venues include Puckett’s, 2 W. Aquarium Way, which will perform its 20-piece qualifying round from 4-7 p.m. Sunday. Call 423-708-8505 for table availability. tnvacation.com/songwriters-week
– The Walker Theater, 399 McCallie Ave., will host the Robert Cray Band, led by the multiple Grammy-winning blues guitarist and singer, at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets cost between $40 and $55. tivolichattanooga.com
– Ron White, who continued his stint on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in the early years with the 2006 bestseller “I Had The Right To Be Quiet But I Didn’t Have The Ability”, will bring his solo act to Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Avenue, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost between $39 and $89. tivolichattanooga.com
– “Big Irish” Jay Hollingsworth performs this weekend at The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost between $17 and $19. thecomedycatch.com
OUT AND ABOUT
— The Wes Hixon Outdoor Adventures & Travel Open House will be held from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Exhibits will feature the Wildwood, Georgia-based company, which specializes in hunting and fishing trips and photo safaris, as well as other vendors. Free entry. Tickets are available for an optional dinner with entertainment on both nights, priced at $50 and $65, respectively. The event is co-sponsored by the Dade County Sheriff’s Office. Proceeds support Southeast Guide Dogs. weshixon.com
– Chattanooga ModelCon, a showcase of the works of Chattanooga Scale Modelers, is open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Members will have various models on display and be judged in categories such as aircraft, armor, automotive, ships, action figures, sci-fi, dioramas and miscellaneous. The $15 ticket is good for both days. chattanoogamodelers.com
– An Afternoon with the Cranes, a program on sandhill cranes presented in partnership with the Tennessee Ornithological Society, is from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. The first part of the program includes a chance to see the riding’s captive dunes and a brief history of migrating dunes by David Aborn, professor of ornithology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Then the group will travel by caravan to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Birchwood to see some of the migrating herd. Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. reflectionriding.org
– A Cold One Beer Fest, featuring nine local brewers, four bands and a food truck, will be held Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the yard outside Moxy Chattanooga, 1220 King St. Tickets at $35 include an 8-ounce pour from each beer vendor. , plus a 12-ounce pour of your favorite when you taste them all. A $10 ticket, with drinks sold separately from Bar Moxy, is also available. Proceeds fund a scholarship for a Chattanooga State student majoring in hospitality. Eventbrite.com
– Harlem Globetrotters, the internationally acclaimed franchise whose superstars revolutionized basketball, entered the NBA and entertained millions around the world, will host their Spread Game Tour at McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St., at 2 p.m. hours Saturday. The tour is a tribute to the team’s legendary Fred “Curly” Neal, who passed away in 2020. Tickets are $20 to $347 for children 2 years and older, with an additional pass fee for kids. celebrities and opportunities to meet the players. harlemglobetrotters.com
– Warm Stories, Hot Cider, an olio of tales featuring artists from Cleveland, Tennessee, and Dalton, Georgia, will be presented Saturday from 3-5 p.m. at Walden’s Ridge Civic League, 2501 Fairmount Pike, Walden. Complimentary gingerbread and hot cider will be served. Free entry; donations are welcome. www.waldensridgecivicleague.org
– Chickamauga Civil War Show, with interesting exhibits for shooters, collectors and Civil War enthusiasts, is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Georgia. Tickets are $10 (free for children under 12). mkshows.com
— The Bond Arts and Culture Series at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, continues Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the second annual Black History Seminar, featuring a virtual presentation on “How to Speak – From Spectator to Participant” by Chattanooga native Felysha Jenkins of Vanderbilt University. She will teach a method to intervene when inappropriate comments are made. Admission is free, but register at the Zoom link. chattanoogastate.edu
– “Big Fish,” a musical based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Humanities Theater at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501, Amnicola highway. The plot centers on a frustrated son trying to sort fact from fiction in his father’s whimsical tales. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. chattanoogastate.edu/theater
– Darci Lynne, singer and ventriloquist who won season 12 of “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 at the age of 12, will present her new tour, My Lips Are Sealed (Except When They’re Not), at the Tivoli Theater , 709 Broad St., at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost between $32 and $102. tivolichattanooga.com
– The Dinner Detective, an interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show, runs 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Hotel Indigo, 300 W. Sixth St. Tickets are $60, which includes the dinner, show and gratuity (taxes and drinks at the bar not included). Shows are presented every other Saturday. thedinnerdetective.com
— “The Diviners,” about a rural town in search of spiritual and physical nourishment, opens this weekend at Venue Creekside, 527 W. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee. The production marks the return of Ocoee Theater Company after a pandemic hiatus. Show time is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and February 4 and 5, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and February 6. Tickets are $15. Facebook.com/OcoeeTheatre
– Sunday Showcase, featuring student performances in song, dance, instrumental music and drama, is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. Tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. Proceeds help fund Performing Arts League grants and scholarships to support youth participation in the performing arts. palchattanooga.org
Contact Lisa Denton at [email protected] or 423-757-6281.