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Weekend top five

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Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, tucked away in a cozy basement in St. Elmo, keeps roughly eight to 10 beers on tap. (Photo: Staff)

Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

The perfect hole in the basement
A review of the reported health benefits of alcohol will invariably tilt heavily toward wine, but the good folks at Forbes were diligent enough in their journalistic pursuits to publish eight arguments for the consumption of beer and craft beer over mass-produced swill. It seems the care put into recipes have paid off beyond attracting the more sophisticated and curious drinker.

But where can you find such an establishment where one to two 12-ounce pours for men and one for women per day can help decrease the chance of heart attack and lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes? There’s a certain hole in the wall tasting room with an array of taps in St. Elmo that has just the pour for what ails you.

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m.-12 a.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 27, 2-8 p.m.
Where: 4015 Tennessee Ave.
How much: Pints are $4 or a flight of eight beers for $10

I’m on a boat
Whether you’re a boat enthusiast or simply the proud owner of a nautical-themed pashmina afghan, the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center has a show for you. The Chattanooga Boat and Sport Show has the 2013 bass boats, cabin cruisers, deck boats, dinghies, houseboats, jet skis and pontoon boats—10,000 square feet of them, to be exact.

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 12-9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1150 Carter St.
How much: $9 for adults, free for children 12 years old and younger

Your voice, your vote
All the activity on The 4th Floor over the past month—the push for registering to vote, the talk with designers Daniel Ryan and Josh Higgins of President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign, and the entire Creative Citizenship Program—has been building up to this weekend. Candidates for City Council will participate in a public forum tonight, and tomorrow, voters of all ages are invited to create their own “get out and vote” posters and contribute to what can be meaningful, effective conversations about new avenues for citizen and government collaboration.

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Public Library, located at 1001 Broad St.
How much: Free

The bartender’s best friend
He tours with Vince Vaughn. He reminded Anna Faris’ playboy bunny that 27 is really 59 in bunny years. He has earned more than 10 million hits on his short films and Web series, "Owen Benjamin Presents" and “Gaytown.” And he knows that women would lose all respect for men if they understood just how simple men are. Owen Benjamin, whose pedigree includes Comedy Central’s 2010 Hot List, “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and a regular spot on TBS’s “Sullivan & Son,” plays the Comedy Catch this weekend.

When: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26, 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.
Where: 3224 Brainerd Road
How much: $19 for Friday and Saturday shows and $16 for Sunday show

There’s something in the water
Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean of the alt country band Freakwater have had one of those hard-road rock 'n' roll careers—the kind that doesn’t include sold-out arena shows and Rolling Stone cover stories, but instead continuously seeps into the threads of popular music without the behemoth-ic fanfare. Irwin and Bean have toured around the world, opened for Wilco (after serving as an inspiration for the band’s own tunes), had their master tapes stolen by the record man, lived past divorce and kept making music throughout. 

Freakwater returns to Chattanooga after the fondly remembered 2008 Chattanooga Love Tour as one of the dates on the group’s 20th anniversary tour to support their album, “Feels Like the Third Time.” Drunken Prayer opens the Barking Legs Theater show.

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $16 in advance, $20 at the door 

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