Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
This ain’t your kid’s puppets
The Ensemble Theater of Chattanooga isn’t wasting any time in 2013. Its first production opens today and brings to the stage a musical that itself brought together Broadway and puppet sex. “Avenue Q” is a Tony Award-winning musical that ran on the Great White Way from 2003 to 2009. The plot follows a motley crew in an outer borough of New York City with original songs such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today.”
When: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m.
Where: 5600 Brainerd Road
How much: $20 for adults, $15 for students
The tradition of storytelling
It all started in the glowing, buzzing rooms of independent bookstores in Georgia. For author and founder of the Moth podcast George Dawes Green, these hubs of local life were the bastions of something far more important: an engaged community ripe for hearing their own stories and those of others. The Unchained Tour, making a stop at The Camp House tonight, is a troupe of raconteurs, authors, editors, musicians and circus performers traveling through the South on a Blue Bird school bus, continuing the lively culture of storytelling.
When: Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
Where: 1427 Williams St.
How much: $15
Country these days
Trivia: In what field is country musician Jerrod Niemann’s undergraduate degree? Answer: Performance art technology (i.e., music theory and production). Niemann, who scored a No. 1 hit with the song “Lover, Lover” and who plays at Track 29 this weekend, put his college education to good use for his sophomore album, “Free the Music.” In posing the question of what country is these days, he brought on new instruments to his band and added strains of Dixieland jazz, honky-tonk, reggae and rock to his country sound.
When: Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: $23 day of the show
Every parent with a child currently in college or graduated from the higher education system has achieved some fluency in the hieroglyphics used to write the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. Luckily, The Public Library has a translator: an outreach specialist from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. The Saturday workshop will walk families through their forms so that every application is completed by the end of the day, and each student is in line to receive the federal funds for which he or she is eligible.
When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2:30 p.m.
Where: 1001 Broad St. (on the second floor)
How much: Free
To the moon with Bill Murray
The Mise En Scenesters are bringing an otherworldly quality to the start of their 2013 season. With the quirky 1984 film “Nothing Lasts Forever,” the film club focuses on forgotten flicks-as in this film, which was never printed on VHS. The comedy of strange errors involves a plot in which Port Authority has taken over Manhattan, an underground network of homeless New Yorkers are secretly overseeing the destiny of the world’s cities, and Bill Murray is playing a bus driver who shuttles crowds to the moon. Dan Aykroyd also appears in a supporting role.
When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5