Short Attention Span Theatre Festival
Check out 10 completely bizarre short plays produced by the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. The company's artistic director said topics explored on stage range from why the Abominable Snowman is unsuccessful at speed dating to a litany of absurd ways to order a latte. The plays were submitted by regional playwrights, and local actors will bring them to life beginning this weekend.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 17 through Sept. 2
Where: St. Andrews Center
How much: $11
Little Country Giants in concert
The long-awaited return of this Rome, Ga., duo is this weekend, with the added bonus of two handpicked opening acts (WB Givens and The Kid Carsons) enthusiastically chosen by the headliners. The last time the LCG played the intimate venue, they attracted the largest audience the theater has ever seen. With a new CD to promote and a triple bill of quality, genuine Americana music on the lineup, promoters are anticipating a big night for fans and performers.
When: Friday, Aug. 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Barking Legs Theater
How much: $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Bessie Smith Heritage Festival
Two days and nights of live jazz will fill the air of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center inside and out this weekend. From neo soul with New York's own Rahsaan Patterson on Saturday to the Grammy-nominated sounds of jazz pianist, composer and producer Jeff Lorber on Sunday, the expanded festival, now in its fifth year, hopes to raise the bar in Chattanooga for jazz appreciation. Relax on the lawn on Saturday afternoon with free live music and an art market featuring local and regional artists.
When: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19
Where: Bessie Smith Cultural Center
How much: Daytime events are free, evening concerts are $25 in advance and $35 at the door
Free screening of "The Hunger Games"
Nothing like a free matinee to beat the summer heat. Whether you have seen it five times already or forgot to see it the first time, the post-apocalyptic novel-turned-film for young adults is a family adventure for all ages, especially if you come dressed as your favorite character.
When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Public Library, downtown branch
How much: Free
Paleface at JJ's
In a tiny dark bar on M.L. King Boulevard, the artist and musician who Beck said was "a big influence" on his earliest work will be performing a late-night show. Paleface (Beck's former lower eastside NYC roomie) has collaborated with the Avett Brothers on several of their albums and will be performing as a trio on this new tour in support of the new release, "One Big Party." Check out this video about the making of the new record and much more.
When: Sunday, Aug. 19, 11 p.m.
Where: JJ's Bohemia
How much: Call club for details, 423-266-1400