Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
I guess you have to be there for the food, stop 1
Currently running in the Association of Visual Arts‘ main gallery through April 20, the exhibit I Guess You Had To Be There features artists Ashley Hamilton, Tim Hinck, Baggs McKelvey and James O’Donnell. But forgo the expectations of typical, one-dimensional art both in content and medium. The exhibit is composed of installation art with surprising materials that encourage viewers to consider their environments anew and the question of how separate-or entwined-art and life are.
When: Friday, March 1, 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: 30 Frazier Ave.
How much: Free
The menu includes beer and the kitchen creations of soon-to-open The Farmer’s Daughter, but the occasion is far cooler. Ohio transplant artist Mike Lester has seen his custom venture-Garuda Screenprinting-flourish in Chattanooga, so much so that he is moving out of his Frazier Avenue storefront to a nearby shop and studio space. The larger digs will also allow the artist to engage the community with exhibits, printing demos and workshops, expanding his merchandise of apparel, art prints, posters and notecards.
When: Friday, March 1, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 149B River St.
How much: Free
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
For about 25 years, the Nightfall concert series has taken over Miller Plaza and Chattanoogans’ Friday night plans from early May to early September. The outdoor, live music pulls together an impressive national, multi-genre lineup and has, in the recent past, opened up a headliner slot for one lucky local band.
The Road to Nightfall starts tonight: This Friday and Saturday and next Friday and Saturday, six to seven acts take the stage at Rhythm & Brews, vying for a chance to have their name writ large on the Nightfall schedule. The last band standing will play a concert on Friday, March 15.
This weekend’s contestants include the Blues Hammer Band, Bluesfrog & The Georgia Rhythm, Function, Elk Milk, Summer Dregs, The Maycomb Criers, Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers, Rigoletto, Stereo Dig, Smooth Dialects, Woodford Sessions, Ryan Oyer Band and Shark Week.
When: Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 8:30 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $7
A Seussical Saturday
The imagination of Dr. Seuss, whose given name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, gave children and adults the gifts of the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Lorax and Cindy Lou Who. With such an enduring legacy, it seems only fitting to throw the author a birthday party-Chattanooga Parks and Recreation hosts a Seuss celebration this Saturday at the Brainerd Complex, complete with face painting, movies, crafts, book readings, green eggs and ham, and visits from none other than Thing 1, Thing 2 and the Cat in the Hat.
When: Saturday, March 2, 12-4 p.m.
Where: 1010 N. Moore Road
How much: Free
Aluminum foil, the South, love and faith
The cover art of Jamie Quatro’s short story collection “I Want to Show You More” shows the Chattanooga author swathed in an aluminum foil dress, spelling out the title of her debut book with the same material. The bizarre but strikingly beautiful image is an apt introduction to Quatro’s voice.
Her collection deals in the gothic of a corpse in a marital bed, the ache of long-distance affairs, the tension of faith and sex, and the loyalty layered with guilt layered with love of a young girl for her quadriplegic mother. The author speaks at Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place this weekend to launch her book tour.
When: Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m.
Where: 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
How much: Free (book is $14.19 in hardcover)