Broadway's 'Waitress,' MasterChef Live on Chattanooga-area entertainment calendar

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Oct. 20—Tennessee's governor is coming for breakfast, a Broadway tour is stopping in Chattanooga and a reality cooking show will present its challenges live on stage.

But first, here's what not to expect.

— All remaining dates of Boo in the Zoo at Chattanooga Zoo are sold out.

— Two shows at the Tivoli Theatre are off the calendar. "Peppa Pig's Adventure," which had been scheduled Thursday, has been canceled. The hologram concert LOL Surprise Live has been rescheduled from Tuesday to March 24.

— Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City has delayed its production of "Dracula" to a single weekend, Oct. 29-31.

— The University of Tennessee at Knoxville is sending only a pep band to the University of Alabama for Saturday's football game, so there will be no pregame performance by the Pride of the Southland Band in Chattanooga this year.


— 6 Fears' Hell's Bar Dam is open for paranormal adventures and haunted house scares at Hales Bar Marina & Resort, 1265 Hales Bar Road, Guild, Tennessee. Hours are 8:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 6, plus Thursday, Oct. 28; 5-8 p.m. most Sundays, but 8-10 p.m. Halloween (all times Eastern). Nov. 6 is a Blackout Night, where visitors enter with only handheld glow sticks to illuminate the way through. Tickets are $25-$65.

— The Boozy Cauldron, a Harry Potter-inspired cocktail experience led by a "professor of the beverage arts" and his top students, is set for 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. The 90-minute show treats guests to four signature cocktails (including butterbeer), magic and stories about the famous tavern and the ghosts that haunt it. Tickets are $40.

— Cemetery tours: Lee University history majors and volunteers will introduce visitors to Bradley County, Tennessee, residents of the 19th and early 20th centuries during the 15th annual Walking Tour of Historic Fort Hill Cemetery on Sunday. Students and local performers dressed in period costumes will bring these early residents to life. The 75-minute tours begin at 4 p.m., leaving every 15 minutes until dusk. The last tour begins shortly after 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 ($2 for students). Catch the shuttle van at Cleveland Christian Fellowship, 695 S. Ocoee St. 423-614-8137.

— Chattanooga Area Leadership Prayer Breakfast, with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee scheduled to speak, is 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Doors open to the buffet at 6:45 a.m. Tickets are $25. Parking is free at the Finley Stadium Republic lots, 1826 Carter St., and free shuttles start at 6:15 a.m.

— Chattanooga Football Club, a men's professional soccer team, plays New Amsterdam FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Tickets are $7-$16.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Frankie "Trixx" Agyemang this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12-$14) and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($17-$19).

— Family Day is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee. The day includes children's activities, storytime at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and trunk shows at noon and 2 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults, free for kids.

— Jiffy Lube, 688 Signal Mountain Road, will celebrate its grand opening with a Halloween costume contest 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with prizes including a free oil change. The first 15 customers to purchase a Signature Service oil change Friday and Saturday receive a $50 Amazon gift card, and $1 from each purchase will be donated to Wreaths Across Chattanooga to place Christmas wreaths on graves at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Other events include live radio remotes and a visit by the White Bros. BBQ food truck, whose cooks won Best in Ribs at Ruby Falls' recent Battle Below the Clouds amateur barbecue cook-off.

— MasterChef Live, an interactive stage production based on the hit Fox TV competition series and its kid-centric spinoff, will cook up some fun at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. The show will include head-to-head cooking demonstrations and challenges with past contestants including "MasterChef" Season 9 winner Gerron Hurt and "MasterChef Junior" contestants Mikey DiTomasso (Season 6) and Malia Brauer (Season 7). Tickets are $28-$118. Premium tickets include best seating, meet-and-greet experiences and other perks.

— Rock & Rappel, a rock concert and rappelling adventure, is Saturday in downtown Dalton, Georgia. Rappelling down the five-story Landmark Building, 101 E. Crawford St., starts at noon for anyone who meets a $1,000 fundraising goal for The GreenHouse Children's Advocacy and Sexual Assault Center. The free concert, featuring Resurrection: A Journey Tribute Band, is at 7 p.m. in Burr Performing Arts Park, 101 S. Hamilton St. Rappellers receive VIP tickets to the show, granting access to exclusive seating and adult beverages.

— Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road, plans a second weekend of events marking the kickoff of its 60th anniversary celebration. For the 55-minute, round-trip Missionary Ridge Local rides Saturday and Sunday, TVRM will run its best-known steam engines, Nos. 630 and 4501, from Grand Junction Depot to the East Chattanooga station and the Soule Shops restoration facility. The weekend also will include special exhibits, blacksmith demonstrations and military re-enactments. A one-day ticket, including a train ride, is $30 for adults, $20 for children 2-12. A grounds pass, without the train ride, is $17 and $10. Photographers may make reservations for a nighttime photo shoot of the diesel locomotives Friday. Cost is $25.


— Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will feature Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," in a Masterworks performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. This piece by the Czech composer was inspired by American Indian music and African American spirituals. Principal piccolo player Amelia Dicks will be featured in Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto in C Major. The program also includes Anne Guzzo's "Fanfare for Mountains and Peace." Tickets are $25-$90.

— The McLemore, 785 Canyon Ridge Road, Rising Fawn, Georgia, closes out its Songwriters Series with Kristian Bush of Sugarland at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets start at $30.

— The Point Church at Signal, 939 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, will host Dove Award winners Brian Free & Assurance at 7 p.m. Thursday. Free is the most awarded tenor in Southern gospel music. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free; a love offering will be taken.

— The Arts Avenue, 1800A Rossville Ave., plans two shows this weekend. Blues rocker Emily Wolfe performs at 7 p.m. Friday; tickets are $15. An Evening With Doug Stone, the country artist whose breakthrough was the 1990 single "I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)," starts at 7 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $30.

— The Caverns, 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee, welcomes Nashville-based funk band Here Come the Mummies in a standing-room-only show at 8 p.m. CDT Sunday. Rock band Desmond Jones opens. Tickets are $60-$293.

— St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., launches its 2021-22 Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a return by former music director Keith Reas to perform a recital on the Casavant organ. Tickets are $30-$40 with discounts for students, seniors and groups. A livestream option costs $10. Four-show season subscriptions are available.

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., welcomes August Burns Red on the metalcore band's "Leveler" album 10-year anniversary tour at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Opening are Fit for a King, Erra and Like Moths to Flames. Tickets are $29-$60.


— Chattanooga Jewish Film Series continues next week with "Tiger Within," a 2020 film about the unlikely friendship between a Holocaust survivor (played by Ed Asner) and a homeless, anti-Semitic sex worker in Los Angeles. Star sponsors, who've paid $100 for the entire series, may view the film in person at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. All others may watch virtually for 72 hours starting at noon Tuesday for $12.

— Electra Drive-In, a pop-up theater in the courtyard of the Stove Works arts complex, 1226 E. 14th St., will show the 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" and the 2002 comedy horror film "Bubba Ho-Tep" starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Music and mingling start at 6 p.m. Bring your own seating and an FM radio. Food will be available from The Boneyard.


— "The Hollow," considered one of Agatha Christie's most cleverly crafted thrillers, opens Friday at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Performances start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 7. Tickets are $15-$25.

— "Macbeth," Shakespeare's cautionary tale about a Scottish nobleman's political ambitions, will be presented by the Colonnade Players the next two weekends at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Georgia. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Tickets are $8-$12.

— "Waitress," the hit Broadway musical about a waitress whose dreams of leaving her small town and rocky marriage may rest in the magic of a well-made pie, is the first title in Chattanooga's Broadway touring series at Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Shows, featuring music by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles, start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $38-$78.


— ICA at UTC hosts a free talk by visiting artist Ilana Harris-Babou at 6 p.m. Thursday in Benwood Auditorium in the Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building, 735 Vine St. She will talk about her exhibition, "Tasteful Interiors," on view through Nov. 5, and the evolution of her video- and installation-based sculptural works. The ICA, which is across Vine Street in the Fine Arts Building on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus, will be open until 8 p.m.

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga has an open house planned at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. A social hour starts at 6 p.m. Special guest is J. Scott Graham, who has turned his photos of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains into best-selling calendars, puzzles, mugs and other product lines.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

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