Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
Tennessee city art swap
In a partnership to spread the Chattanooga community’s art love north to Knoxville and grow Knoxville’s art appreciation for the more southern Tennessee artists, AVA has joined forces with the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance. The Scenic City’s organization will put on the northern neighbor’s Members Show today through the end of February, and this June, the recently wrapped Juried Members Show will head to Knoxville.
The first show of the exchange features pieces in a range of mediums from oils, watercolors and pastels to ceramics, photography and mixed media.
When: Friday, Jan. 4, opening reception from 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: 30 Frazier Ave.
How much: Free
When bandleaders go solo
It’s not uncommon for frontmen to god solo after a band’s breakup or even between albums. JT Woodruff from current act Hawthorne Heights and Mark Rose from the no-longer-together group late 1990s-early 2000s Spitalfield perform tonight with Tennessee artists AJ Cheek and Ry Glover at The Camp House. Both leads hail from Midwestern rock bands—Hawthorne Heights leans more toward the rougher, punkier side of emo, and Spitalfield’s sound was more akin to Jimmy Eat World.
When: Friday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.
Where: 1427 Williams St.
How much: $10
In the raw
Barking Legs Theater continues its take on the open mic concept with its first Friday series, Wide Open Floor. The stage is open to all types of performers, from dancers and poets to performance artists and musicians. The crew at Barking Legs Theater warns audiences to expect to see acts to love and acts that raise the level of discomfort, all in the name of expanding Chattanooga’s artistic perspective.
When: Friday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5
Paris by night
Animated films long ago broke out of the children-only entertainment genre with movies that were both visually complex and exciting for viewers of all ages. The Public Library is screening one particular animated film that proves that point—and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film: "A Cat in Paris." The movies follows a family feline who leads a double life moonlighting as a cat burglar as he saves his young owner from the notorious gangster who killed the girl’s father. And who says dogs are the only ones that can be man’s best friend?
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Eastgate Branch Library, located at 5705 Marlin Road
How much: Free admission, but remember to bring snacks and drinks with lids
The King has landed
If imitation is, in fact, the sincerest form of flattery, the Elvis Appreciation Society would be headquartered in Chattanooga. This Saturday, join the legions of Elvises—Blue Hawaii Elvis, Jailhouse Rock Elvis, Vegas Elvis, even fat Elvis—filling the downtown bars and sidewalks for the annual King’s Crawl fundraiser.
Your host, the Chattanooga Rugby Football Club, has designed a four-location bar crawl, loaded it with raffle giveaways, called in a favor from the folks at the Chattanooga Double Decker Bus for free transportation and worked out an economical evening for all of it: $20 gets you a King’s Crawl mug and free entrance to and $1 beers at each of the four bars.
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 6-10 p.m. (officially)
Where: Begins at Mike’s Hole in the Wall, located at 538 Cherokee Blvd., and moves to Hill City, Raw and T-Bone's on the Southside
How much: $20 plus a lot of singles