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March 27
Hannah Davis, owner of Body. By Hannah personal training studio in downtown Cleveland, will be hosting a free “girls night out” movie premier event, tackling body shaming and hating, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lee University Communications Building, Room CAB114.  A talkback and small reception will follow. To reserve free tickets, please visit or call 252.258-7778. 

March 29    
The Jewish Film Series presents Fever at Dawn, in Swedish and Hungarian with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  7 p.m.  Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7. This is the story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the Holocaust. Their love overcomes all the obstacles in its path. The story is set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945.  Click here for the trailer. 

April 5  
The Jewish Film Series presents 1945, in Hungarian with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road. 7 p.m.  Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7.  On an August day in 1945, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station of a European village with a mysterious box labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand back their illegally acquired property, which was confiscated during the war. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come and pose a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.  

April 5
Arts.Black.  A unique synergy between Jazz and Visual Arts. Jazzanooga is partnering with UTC Art Department to host Arts.Black.  Arts.Black is a journal of art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue - a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art.  A panel discussion featuring Jessica Lynne Co-editor/Co-Founder of Arts.Black (NYC), Tenika Dye, Director of Playback Theatre, Visual artists, Michelle Lisa Polissaint (Miami), R Josiah Golson and James McKissic (Chattanooga).  The discussion will be moderated by UTC faculty member and artist, Jennifer Dano.  This is a free event and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided. 6:30 p.m.

April 8-9
Bug-a-Paluza at Camp Jordan featuring a Volkswagen car show, swap meet, unique vendors, contests and prizes. All admission and a majority of the concession proceeds benefit the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.  Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under.

April 19    
The Jewish Film Series presents The Last Mensch, in German and Hungarian with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  7 p.m.  Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7. Born as Menachen Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz escaped from Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. When faced with his own mortality, Marcus sets out with an unlikely friend on a journey that will irrevocably change both of them. Click here for the trailer.

April 20
Creative Discovery Museum invites adults to its first Drink & Discover: The World of CDM where being over 21 has never been so much fun. 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $15 and on sale now at Drink tickets can be purchased online in advance. Beer and wine tickets will be sold for $4 each. A valid ID is required to enter Drink & Discover. 

April 23
Sunday Gospel Brunch.  Come on out to our brunch and enjoy a sumptuous meal while appreciating this uplifting, soulful music on the day it was meant to be heard. We’re talking about homemade southern cooking that will fill your stomach and inspiring music that will stir your soul. The brunch will be catered by Dipped Fresh.  We have changed location to our space on MLK Blvd. Seating will be limited (only 60 tickets will be sold) and since the inception of this event, we have sold out every time so plan to get your tickets early.  We are featuring Jazzanooga director, Shane Morrow. 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

April 26  
The Jewish Film Series presents AKA Nadia, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.  7 p.m. Ages 16 and older.  Tickets are $7. Maya is a happily married mother of two. She is a successful choreographer and everything seems perfect….but this life is a lie. Unbeknownst to her family and everyone around her, she has a hidden past. Click here for the trailer.

April 29
FarleyCon returns to East Ridge at the East Ridge Community Center at 1517 Tombras Ave., East Ridge.  FarleyCon is a multi-fandom pop culture convention.  Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and under a free with a paid adult admission. For more information, visit us at or the Facebook page at

April 29
Art & Jazz Day Party with Black Art in America. Come join us as we capture the energy of visual arts and Jazz together in our 1st Annual Arts & Jazz Day Party. All fine arts and music collectors, art lovers and Chattanooga art enthusiasts are invited to attend this event featuring a special exhibition / discussion on African American Arts facilitated by Najee Dorsey, founder of Black Art In America.  Mr. Dorsey's work along with other works by African American masters of the 20th Century will be available to view and purchase. $5 donation at the door is greatly appreciated and will benefit our upcoming community programs and services.  Beer and wine cash bar will be provided.  BAIA is the leading online portal and social network focused on African-American Art. BAIA amplifies thought-provoking commentary on today's visual arts news from a variety of perspectives, including breaking news, gallery meet-ups, market trends, and profiling leading (and emerging) Black visual artists in the country. 2 p.m.

April 30 
Jazz Poetry Tribute to Billie Holiday. Speaking truth and emotion, sonic and rhythmic, structured and free, poetry and jazz seem like natural born partners. More often, we do hear poets read their writing to accompaniment by jazz musicians — a form of spoken-word performance. Others write poetry inspired, informed and shaped by jazz.In celebration of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazzanooga welcomes Laurie Perry Vaughen, Poet as she reads from her work accompanied by specially composed music by Award-winning Atlanta composer Jeff Crompton in a collaborative effort titled “Billie Holiday on the Radio: Tune in the Sociology of the South.”  Joining Crompton under the moniker Three Way Mirror will be fellow 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra mates Bill Pritchard (tuba) and John Arthur (percussion). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Performance begins at 5 p.m. Light refreshments and cash bar available.  Tickets are available here

May 6
Chattanooga Room in the Inn annual signature fundraiser, Tell Me Something Derby.  At the Black Creek Club in Lookout Valley, the event will include attention to detail in white table linens, centerpieces, food and the televised Run for the Roses on large screen TV’s.  The new venue will also offer an open bar and silent auction. Individual tickets are $100 each. Reserved tables for eight start at $1,000. For tickets please contact Chattanooga Room in the Inn at 624-6144.

May 13
The Chattanooga Audubon Society will host the sixth annual Little Owl Music Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Audubon Acres sanctuary.  The festival will be a day of music, art and nature. Admission is $7 per person or $15 per carload. Michael Gray returns as stage producer and master of ceremonies.  There will be nature hikes and activities for people of all ages as well as birds of prey from Harrison Bay State Park, arts and crafts vendors, educational exhibits and food vendors. 


Bradley County Detectives Seek Information On Man Caught On Surveillance Video

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man captured on surveillance footage. On March 25, patrol deputies responded to AirSystems Unlimited, which is a local business located at 5668 South Lee Highway, in reference to a vehicle burglary. It was discovered a cell phone and car battery were taken out of a company vehicle which was in the parking lot. ... (click for more)

Johnson City Man Added To TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted List; Charged With Rape Of Nursing Home Patient

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, Lorenzo Barr Kamanda. Kamanda, 36, is wanted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for the aggravated rape of a patient at a nursing home in Gray. The incident occurred in October of last year while Kamanda was employed at the facility. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)

Central's Parrott Throttles Ooltewah With 1-Hit Shutout

Ooltewah looked like it was still on spring break. Central was sharp, Brooke Parrott dazzling, Mikayla Gill swung the bat well and the Lady Pounders played like an unbeaten, once-tied ballclub. Parrott threw a one-hit shutout – the hit was a wind-blown pop on the infield – and Gill slapped a two-run double off Kayla Boseman to right-center field in the third inning and ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Thumps Bledsoe Co., 11-1

The Notre Dame baseball team was in a race of a different kind Monday evening and the Fighting Irish came out on top in all three categories. Facing the Bledsoe County Warriors at Notre Dame’s Hunter Field, the Irish beat the rain, they got finished before dark and most importantly, beat the Warriors 11-1 in five innings as they improved to 4-2 overall with the same record in ... (click for more)