Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
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Leave it to the Japanese to come up with another trend ingenious for its ability to shrink something into a cuter, more compact version. The idea behind the PechaKucha concept is to save audiences from languishing in PowerPoint presentation hell as speakers follow tangent after tangent by limiting each person to 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. The 4th Floor at The Public Library is hosting a Chattanooga PechaKucha evening tonight-featuring Tim Moreland, Paul Rustand, Dr. Elaine Swafford and Dr. George Wu-with food, drinks and a DJ.
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 6-10 p.m.
Where: 1001 Broad St.
How much: Free
Eight Knives for the brave
There’s been a lot of press hailing Chattanooga band Eight Knives as being straight from Jack White’s musical DNA, and when it comes to Cleveland-based group Behold the Brave, the Kings of Leon are name-dropped with some frequency. Though you ought to decide if the local acts warrant such high praise, there is no doubt the indie and rock sets will completely satisfy your craving for a night of loud, fun, local love. Rigoletto and The Waters Brothers round out the bill at JJ’s Bohemia.
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: 231 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $5
Watch out, Sundance
The Gig City Film Festival, running all day Saturday at Heritage House, builds out Chattanooga’s already-brimming roster of arts festivals. The five-film program seeks to answer the question of what impact cinema can have on solving a city’s issues of violence and intolerance. The schedule has the following award-winning movies: “The Interrupters,” showing at 9 a.m.; “Kinyarwanda,” showing at 11:30 a.m.; “Bully,” showing at 2:30 p.m.; “Erasing Hate,” showing at 7 p.m.; and “The Intouchables,” showing at 8 p.m.
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 1428 Jenkins Road
How much: $15 for an all-day pass, $5 for an individual film screening
When soldiers invade the Choo-Choo
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War moving into the Chattanooga and Chickamauga areas this year, it’s fitting that the Chattanooga Area Historical Association annual meeting pay tribute to the incoming brigades of re-enactors, tourists, historians and Civil War enthusiasts. The organization hosts historian Earl J. Hess of Lincoln Memorial University, who will deliver a talk called “Civil War Soldiers and the Image of East Tennessee,” following a lunch and business meeting in the Imperial Ballroom of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m.
Where: 1400 Market St.
How much: Free (lunch is $23)
From Gullah Gullah by rail
Audiences may have trouble recognizing a familiar face from the 1990s children’s television show “Gullah Gullah Island” as the nationally renowned storyteller adopts the face and life of a pivotal figure in both black and American history. Natalie Daise, who played Miss Natalie in the Emmy Award-nominated preschool program, performs her one-woman show, “Becoming Harriet Tubman,” as the launch of McCallie’s observation of Black History Month. The play weaves together five different threads from five stages of Tubman’s life in order to further explore the runaway slave from Maryland who brought more than 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Where: McCallie Chapel, 500 Dodds Ave.
How much: Free