Jfest, Lady Red Wolves and a ‘SNL’ Comic Kick Off Weekend Events in the Chattanooga Area

An Ironman marathon, the Jfest music festival and an Emmy-nominated writer’s comedy show “Saturday Night Live” are on the weekend schedule. Here is a timeline.


> Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, a USLW League women’s amateur soccer team, kicks off its home season against South Carolina United FC at 7:30 p.m. Friday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. The home team will be back on the field at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Tennessee SC. Tickets are $12 to $24. chattladyredwolves.com

> Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball, a league adhering to 19th century rules and customs, has three games scheduled for Saturday at the 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. At 11 a.m., the Spring Hill Quicksteps will face the Chattanooga Lightfoot Club. At 1 p.m., the Quicksteps face the Knoxville Holstons. At 3 p.m., the Holstons face the Mountain City Club of Chattanooga. Free entry. tennesseevintagebaseball.com

> Ironman 70.3 North American Championship, which includes a 1.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, a bike ride through Chickamauga, Georgia, and a run through downtown Chattanooga, takes place on Sunday. The staging area is at Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Events start at 6:30 a.m. ironman.com/races

> Chattanooga Lookouts, the Class AA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will face the Birmingham Barons in a six-game series next week at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Early promotions include a buy-one-get-a-ticket offer with a Food City ValuCard on Tuesday and a Chick-fil-A freebie, delivered by app, on Wednesday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets cost between $6 and $11. lookouts.com

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Jfest, Lady Red Wolves and a ‘SNL’ Comic Kick Off Weekend Events in the Chattanooga Area


> Singer Songwriter Series at McLemore, 32 Clubhouse Lane in Rising Fawn, Georgia kicks off a new season at 6 p.m. Thursday. The opening act is Nashville-based singer/songwriter Patrick Davis & Friends. The shows continue every month. The cost is $55 per performance. themclemore.com

> The Caves, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, has three shows from two headliners this weekend. Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead cover band, plays at 8 p.m. CDT Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $59 for one day, $119 for both days. Reggie-pop group Iration will bring the Zen Island Tour to the underground venue at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday. Support for Tropidelic and Kash’d Out. Tickets start at $49. thecaverns.com

> Songbirds, 35 Station St., has two shows this weekend. Friday features indie band Three Star Revival, with Oweda opening, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Saturdays feature country music from the Dalton Davis Band, with the Camden Smith Band opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day. songbirdsfoundation.org

> Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has two shows this weekend. Punk band Gogol Bordello will stop on the Solidaritine Tour, with opening Amigo the Devil, at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20-$26 ($51 upper deck tickets are sold out). Metalcore band Wage War will be in concert, with The Plot in You, Gideon and Chamber opening, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23. thesignaltn.com

> Jfest, a music festival focused on evangelism, begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Ten artists will perform throughout the day, including Grammy winner Zach Williams and Dove Award winner Danny Gokey. Wristbands are $30 ($10 for kids ages 5-11). Premium parking is $20, or park for free at Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway, and walk the Tennessee Riverpark Trail to the concert site. jfest.com

> Dalton Civitan Music Festival, headlined by folk rocker Corey Smith, is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St., Dalton, Georgia. The all-ages event features four additional acts, as well as food and drink vendors, including beer and wine. . General admission is $35. $100 VIP tickets include dinner and drinks. Facebook.com/DaltonCivitan

> Gem Theater, 114 N. Wall St., Calhoun, Georgia, hosts The Mad Hatters: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35. calhoungemtheatre.org

> Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., will host the Brit Floyd World Tour, billed as the world’s greatest tribute to British rock band Pink Floyd, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets cost between $35 and $75. tivolichattanooga.com


> Civic, a quarterly lecture series presented by Chattanooga Design Studio, will feature architect Sekou Cooke in a talk on “3D Turntable: Humanizing Architectural Technology Through Hip-Hop” from 5-6 p.m. Thursday at Stove Works, 1250 E. 13th St. Tickets are free, but RSVP. stoveworks.org

> Chattanooga Common House, 1517 Mitchell Ave., hosts the next Love Local forum highlighting local running store Fast Break and its upcoming event, the Chattanooga Chase, from 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free and non-members are welcome. RSVP: goingson.commonhouse.com

> The Comedy Take, 29 Station St., has two acts on the books this weekend. Emmy-nominated “Saturday Night Live” writer Nimesh Patel will perform in a special Thursday engagement, rescheduled from February 10. The first show is sold out, but there are $25 tickets left for 9:15 p.m. 30 and 9.45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost between $17 and $19. thecomedycatch.com

> Hamilton County Master Gardeners will present the Monthly Gardening Class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, in person, at the Hamilton County Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle. This month’s topic is “Identifying Nature”, and Tom Stebbins is the presenter. Reservations are required to monitor class sizes. mghc.org

> Archeology Day at the House of Chef Vann, 82 Highway 225 North in Chatsworth, Georgia is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Thematic activities will include dig boxes with artifacts, pottery crafts, demonstrations of archeology and stone carving tools. State archaeologists will present artifacts and maps from the 1958 Vann House dig, and other experts will give a keynote address at an archaeological site in Bartow County, Georgia. All programs are included in regular admission: $5.50 to $6.50. gasteparks.org/ChiefVannHouse

>Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, offers a Herbal Plant Walk, a 2-mile outing to learn how to identify plants with medicinal properties, at 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $6 for non-members. chattanoogaaudubon.org

> Throughout the Decades dinner series continues from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Read House, 107 WML King Blvd. This cocktail hour, history presentation and four-course dinner will focus on menus from the 1920s and 1930s as the hotel celebrates 150 years of history. Tickets are $180, which includes a $30 tip (plus tax). One must reserve. resy.com

> Spirits in the Wild, an adults-only party, Saturday 6-10 p.m. at the Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. The cost is $60 for members, $75 for non-members. chattzoo.org

> Tennessee Pirate Party kicks off this weekend at 550 Fiske Road in Harriman, Tennessee. The family-friendly festival includes re-enactments by professional entertainers, music, comedy, costume contests, beach volleyball, Pirate Olympics and treasure hunts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and May 28-30. Tickets are $9-$19. tmfaire.com

> MET Church, 2340 Rossville Blvd., has planned a grand reopening celebration, complete with food and prizes, serving at 11 a.m. Sunday. MET stands for modern, eclectic, transformational. metrolives.com

> Chattanooga Market has planned several flower farms for its inaugural Bloom Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. The weekly market also offers a wide selection of local produce, arts and crafts. Free entry. chattanoogamarket.com

> Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, will promote the sale of native plants during Brunch and Blooms, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Guests will be treated to appetizers and brunch-style cocktails while they shop in the nursery. Local band Call Me Spinster will entertain. Tickets are $20 to $25; free for children 10 and under. reflectionriding.org

> Girls’ night out: the show, a men’s dance revue, is at 7 p.m. Mondays at The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. Tickets start at $25. VIP tickets and packages for groups of two, five and 10 are also available. Eventbrite.com


> Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, has scheduled an opening event for “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration,” nearly 100 works of which explore a realm ranging from Greek myths to modern superheroes, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The evening will include food and a cash bar. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in costume, and there will be a chance to make fancy masks and other props. Regular admission ($20 non-member adults) applies. The exhibition runs until September 5 as part of the museum’s 70th anniversary celebration. huntermuseum.org

> Stove work, 1250 E. 13th St., will open its artists-in-residence studios from 3-5 p.m. Saturday. The participants are Taylor Loftin, Tracey Goodman, Jill Frank, Chloe Rager, Tracey Goodman, Carter Brewer and Will Sutton. stoveworks.org


> Shakespeare and Bessie Smith will get tributes during Scenic City Shakespeare in the Park this weekend at Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Road. Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor Lost” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Neshawn Calloway will perform his solo concert “Empress of the Blues” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bring your own seat. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged and reservations recommended. sceniccityshakespeare.org

> “Lend me a tenor”, a comedy by Ken Ludwig, is in its final weekend for the Ocoee Theater Company, 527 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15. ocoeetheatre.com

> “Horrible injuries on playgrounds”, a not-so-typical love story by award-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph, opens the second season of theater company Obvious Dad this weekend. Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and May 27-29 and June 3-5 at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Tickets are $15 . evidentdad.com

> “On the golden pond”, the 1979 play that led to the Oscar-winning 1981 film, will open Friday at the Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tennessee. The shows are scheduled until August 11. 31. Ticket prices vary. ccplayhouse.com

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Daniel K. Denny