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 humor in cerebral palsy
The first thing Will Marfori tells his audience is that they will notice he speaks a little differently from members of the crowd. The comic explains it’s because he has cerebral palsy, which he goes on to tell them only means that he is the only person in his family to achieve Olympian status (in the Special Olympics ... get it?). Performing at The Comedy Catch this weekend, Marfori uses his disease as fodder for his routine, as well as telling audiences why he’s glad he didn’t have to embarrass himself on “American Idol” to earn his spot on the stage.
When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. show on Sunday
Where: 3224 Brainerd Road
How much: $14 for Friday and Saturday, $9 for Sunday
Biking made safer
With the ever-increasing bike presence in Chattanooga from the downtown rental program to the lanes designated for commuting and leisure riding, it could be time to upgrade your cycling skills. The Main Street Bicycle Cooperative hosts a free class led by League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors and covers handling, lane positioning and safe practices around cars. Then, put your newly acquired knowledge to use with a group ride in Highland Park.
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 8:45-11 a.m.
Where: St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave.
How much: Free, but RSVP to MainStreetBikeCoop@gmail.com or 423-987-1060
A night of Gandalfs
Tonight—or maybe last night if you participated in the midnight line of breathless anticipation outside one of the area movie theaters—you’ll see “The Hobbit.” Then, tomorrow night, trade the hairy feet for the bearded faces at Mise En Scenesters’ WizardFest. The program includes a screening of a cult classic throwback from 1971—“Simon, King of the Witches”—a Big Kitty performance and a wizard-rific preshow reel. Magical dress is encouraged.
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5
Holiday at the Bay
Did you know this year marks the 75th birthday of the Tennessee state parks? And what’s the best-suited way to celebrate such a momentous recreational occasion and the holiday season all at the same time? Three words: Indoor snowball fight. Harrison Bay State Park celebrates this Sunday with Holiday at the Bay, which includes games, a ranger program and the state parks' traveling historical exhibit.
When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 8411 Harrison Bay Road
How much: Free
The weekend Christmas program
Eleven more days to Christmas. To ease the countdown along, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and the Salvation Army of Chattanooga have two musical offerings: the newly revamped Home for the Holidays concert at the Tivoli and Behold the Lamb at the nonprofit’s McCallie Avenue location. The former features the CSO, the Metropolitan Bells and local dancers, while the latter tells the “true tall tale of the coming of Christ.”
When: Home for the Holidays plays Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively; Behold the Lamb plays Friday-Tuesday, Dec. 14-18, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Sunday
Where: 709 Broad St. and 800 McCallie Ave.
How much: Prices vary for CSO show and $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors for Behold the Lamb