Yee-haw! The weekend is here. Nooga.com checks all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
Wearing different shoes
Voicing Chattanooga’s homeless population, "Walk in My Shoes" is a storytelling event featuring both homeless and non-homeless performers. The stories, written and collected, will be read by someone other than the other, the concept being that someone who is homeless or who has been tells the story of someone who has never been homeless and vice versa—hence, the walking in different shoes. The event is provided by the Salvation Army 614 Corps and a Community Cultural Connections Grant received from ArtsBuild of Chattanooga.
When: Friday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m.
Where: 800 McCallie Ave.
How much: Donations accepted
Vocalist Annie Sellick at Barking Legs
Known as one of Nashville’s best vocalists, Annie Sellick will team up with Chattanooga’s Uptown Big Band for an evening of jazz at Barking Legs Theater. Sellick has drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin—if Joplin sang jazz standards—and has received critical acclaim from publications like JazzTimes and JazzReview.com. Uptown Big Band is one of Chattanooga’s hardest-working jazz bands, performing the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and others.
When: Friday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Hixson muddy run
Hixson’s Greenway Farm will be converted into a giant mud pit on Saturday for the annual Chattanooga Mud Run. This run, a 5K, is different from a traditional foot race. Teams of five dress up in ridiculous costumes and compete against other teams of five through a muddy obstacle course. The event benefits Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. Spectating is encouraged, but there is still time to sign up for the event.
When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.
Where: 5051 Gann Store Road
How much: Free for spectators, $250 per team of five
The annual summer concert series on the Riverfront is quickly becoming one of Chattanooga’s most popular free events. Riverfront Nights will continue on Saturday with Colorado-based rockers Desert Noises, which the promoters are calling the "wild card" of the lineup. Opening will be Chattanooga’s The Power Players, a sonic-funk band featuring train-horn blasts and some of the region’s best musicians. In addition to music, Outdoor Chattanooga, Wally’s Friends and the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga will provide activities on the green. Riverfront Nights is produced by Friends of the Festival.
When: Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.
Where: 100 Riverfront Parkway
How much: Free
Center for Mindful Living open house
Call it an early sign-up party of sorts, Chattanooga’s new Center for Mindful Living is almost ready to open their doors and minds. The grand opening is scheduled for early September, but visitors on Sunday can get a glimpse of what the center is all about. According to their website, the Center for Mindful Living is a nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that teaches and supports practices that help us be with ourselves and with others in the present moment without judgment. Instructors plan to offer yoga, meditation and mindfulness-based stress-reduction classes.
When: Sunday, Aug. 18, 3 p.m.
Where: 1212 McCallie Ave.
How much: Free