Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
M.J. takes the stage again
Elvis was hailed as The King. Michael Jackson rose to embody The King of Pop. If only there was a title the band Who’s Bad, playing tonight at Rhythm & Brews, could own. Oh, wait, there is one. The must-see band has claimed the bragging rights as “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band.” The eight-piece group performs a musically sound, visually exciting and choreographically authentic show, and they have toured China and the U.K. and were even invited to play the O2 Arena in London—where M.J. himself planned to debut the “This Is It” show.
When: Friday, Feb. 8, 10 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $12
It’s all in the bag
Nothing is worse than discovering that the contents of a backpack do not include enough water or snacks to last the rest of a hike. This weekend, Outdoor Chattanooga hosts a meet and greet, seminar and hike day during which those itching to see the early spring Chattanooga Chuck predicted can meet folks from local hiking and wilderness organizations—Chattanooga Hiking Club, Chattanooga Trekkers, Tennessee Wild, the Cumberland Trail Conference and Tennessee Trails Association—and get a crash course on how to pack the best day pack and enjoy a 2.5-mile trek around Moccasin Bend or an easier course on Stringer's Ridge.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.
Where: 200 River St.
How much: Free
Going boldly with the doctor
It is a fact that there are 725 episodes in total from the various "Star Trek" series. It is also a fact there are 790 episodes in total from the various incarnations of “Doctor Who.” Good thing The Public Library is helping children get an early start on classic television with this weekend’s craft-filled Saturday afternoon screening. Will the Doctors overpower the Treks, or will the deep-space explorers take over the time-continuum travelers?
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-5 p.m.
Where: 1001 Broad St.
How much: Free
An ode to punks and jerks
For the latest installment in Mise En Scenesters’ bring-the-best-and-quirkiest-movies-to-Chattanooga campaign, the group will be showing two Dave Markey films. Markey, a documentary filmmaker with an eye for the more exciting and alternative subjects like punk rock and celebrity lookalikes, issued “The Slog Movie” in 1982 in honor of the West Coast punk scene and, most recently, released “My Career as a Jerk” in 2012 to chronicle the L.A. on-and-off band Circle Jerks.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5
Battle of the minds
Disclaimer: If you didn’t already know this was happening, you are not going to be able to participate. Challenge Entertainment hosts the Mid-South Trivia League semi-finals this Sunday at The Honest Pint. Teams have been vying for the top rankings since Nov. 1 and will be competing for a trip to the finals in March at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Miss. Trivia is not a walk-on sport, but with the right meal—delicious Irish grub and a good, cheap beer—it could be a great spectator sport.
When: Sunday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.
Where: 35 Patten Parkway
How much: Free