Plays, art exhibits, lots of music on Chattanooga-area entertainment schedule this weekend

Aug. 4—Two shows this weekend can help Chattanooga-area Deadheads mark a significant week, the Walker Theatre will flicker back to life with a rock ‘n’ roll legend and the World’s Longest Yard Sale will draw carloads of shoppers in search of bargains. That’s just a sampling of upcoming entertainment options. Here’s the chronology.

— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has an admission special and a modern dance performance scheduled for Throwback Thursday. From 4 to 8 p.m., admission is free to the permanent collection and $5 for the current exhibition, “Power, Passion & Pose: Photographs by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory.” At 6 p.m., dancers from Ballet Esprit will perform choreography inspired by the exhibit. huntermuseum.org

— The New Dismembered Tennesseans, who put a modern twist on the bluegrass legacy of the original band, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday on the lawn at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Tickets are $10-$15. theatrecentre.com

— Soul Train Dance Party, with an ’80s theme this week, starts at 8 p.m. Thursday in Cooper’s Alley, 10 E. Seventh St. Expect a dance line, live DJ, episodes of “Soul Train” projected on the big screen and a prize for best dressed. Free admission. rivercitycompany.com/alley-animation

— World’s Longest Yard Sale, offering 690 miles of bargains through six states, is Thursday through Sunday. The route follows Highway 127 south from Addison, Michigan, to Chattanooga and then the Lookout Mountain Parkway south to Gadsden, Alabama. Among the Tennessee stops along the way are Pikeville, Dunlap and Signal Mountain. 127sale.com

— Chattanooga Lookouts, a Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, take on the Rocket City Trash Pandas this week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Remaining promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials; Agriculture Night on Friday, with a pregame petting zoo and postgame fireworks; Zoo Night on Saturday, with Chattanooga Zoo critters, plus a used car giveaway; and kids can run the bases after Sunday’s game. Games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sunday’s at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11. lookouts.com

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., will welcome Reno Collier. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12-$14), 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($17-$19). thecomedycatch.com

— Artisan Depot Gallery, 204 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan, Tennessee, will open “The Flower Project” on Thursday. Anyone may contribute paper flowers for display in this community art show, whether brought from home or created at the gallery with provided supplies. The show continues through Aug. 29. franklincoarts.org

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., is showcasing the woodworking art of Roger Harvey this month. One of the major pieces in “Driven To Create” is a wall-mounted cabinet crafted from a 100-year-old piano case. An opening reception is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday. www.intowngallery.com

— Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., is debuting new collections by local artists Denice Bizot and Bob McElhaney. Both will be present for an open house set for 6-8 p.m. Friday. Bizot’s work is represented in “Spience,” a mashup of spiritual and science. McElhaney’s wood creations make up “Organics.” The dual show will evolve as pieces sell and new works are added through September. 423-648-9367

— Nightfall welcomes Kamani, a band “on a mission to heal the world through funk,” as this week’s headliner at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Music starts at 7 p.m. with Chattanooga’s NuBreed Band. Food trucks, artisans and games are set up across M.L. King Boulevard at Miller Park, where the Lookout Wild Film Festival will show an hour of adventure films after the music, around 9:45 p.m. Motorcycle parking will be allowed this week in the 800 block of Market Street and on M.L. King between Market and Broad. Free admission. nightfallchattanooga.com

— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., will host Southern rockers Them Dirty Roses at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12. theartsave.com

— Movies at the Museum will feature a screening of “Singin’ in the Rain” at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the courtyard of the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St. Bring your own seating and snacks. The movie will start around 9 p.m. Free admission. museumcenter.org

— TheatreQuest Original Play Festival, featuring four short plays written, directed and performed by teens, is this weekend. Shows start at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday for a $10 ticket. theatrecenttre.com

— Back Alley Productions will present “The Great Gatsby,” based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, over the next two weekends at the Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Georgia. Shows start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 15. Tickets are $14-$17, and you can earn a free ticket (one per family) with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. bapshows.com

— Obvious Dad, a new theater company dedicated to “keeping Chattanooga interesting,” will present “The Hairy Ape,” the second show of the first season, in the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. This adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s expressionist piece puts gender expression and social expectations at the forefront. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 22. Tickets are $15-$25. obviousdad.com

— Family Fun Day, presented by the River City Company, is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Chattanooga Green (park in front of 191 Chestnut St.). Activities include kite-building classes with River City Kites at 9 and 10:30 a.m. (registration requested), soccer with Operation Get Active, fun with Creative Discovery Museum, lawn games, music and free snacks. rivercitycompany.com/events

— History program: “The River of Death: The Role of Sharpshooters in the Battle of Chickamauga” will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. This 90-minute, ranger-led, car caravan tour will start at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road. www.nps.gov/chch

— Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, a doo-wop/R&B group known for such hits as “Under the Boardwalk” and “Save the Last Dance for Me,” will perform at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Wear your best ’50s or ’60s outfit for a chance to win a prize. Tickets are $40. theatrecentre.com

— Riverfront Nights will welcome Grateful Dead tribute band Tennessee’s Dead as Saturday’s headliners at Ross’s Landing, 100 Riverfront Parkway. Music starts at 7 p.m. with outlaw country band Dalton and the Boys. Free admission. riverfrontnights.com

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., presents country artist Walker Hayes in concert Saturday. You’ll want to make sure you know all the moves for his latest single, “Fancy Like,” after a video of Hayes and his daughter dancing went viral on TikTok. Sister duo Tigirlily will open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$79 (premium tickets come with VIP perks). thesignaltn.com

— Tribute artist Matt Cordell, who got his start in music as a “singing server” at the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s Station House, will offer a variety show of his talents at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tennessee Valley Theatre, 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tennessee. A headline entertainer in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for almost two decades, Cordell is known for tributes to Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Jason Aldean, among others. Tickets are $18.50. tennesseevalleytheatre.com

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, has two underground shows on the schedule. Saturday features the sonic sounds of Papadosio with lespecial and Beekeepers at 7 p.m. CDT; tickets are $59-$80. Sunday’s show, with Melvin Seals & JGB at 4:20 p.m. CDT, is part of the Daze Between, a nationwide series of events Aug. 1-9 celebrating the life and legacy of Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia, who was born Aug. 1, 1942, and died Aug. 9, 1995. Seals, who plays electric organ, was a longtime member of the Jerry Garcia Band, one of Garcia’s side projects. Tickets are $49-$282. thecaverns.com

— Chattanooga Market will celebrate Chattanooga Bluegrass on Sunday with performances by the Lone Mountain Band at 12:30 p.m. and New Grass Express at 2 p.m. Vendors are open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Free admission. chattanoogamarket.com

— Soul Sundays in the Park, an August series at Miller Park, 928 Market St., continues at 2 p.m. Sunday with two-time Grammy winner Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience. Free admission. Facebook.com/events

— George Thorogood & The Destroyers will rouse the long-dark Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., with “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?” and other hits at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as the venue emerges from a lengthy coronavirus hiatus. The concert is a stop on the band’s Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock. Tickets are $50-$65. tivolichattanooga.com

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