Weekend Top Five

Authored By seanphippster

Yee-haw! The weekend is here. checks all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

Jim Avett, Mandi Rae and The Goodbye Girls at Barking Legs
An Americana triple bill heading into the new year, this concert from ArtFRONT Productions features the patriarch of The Avett Brothers family, Birmingham-based Mandi Rae and Chattanooga’s own The Goodbye Girls (Amber Fults and Hayley Graham) in concert at Barking Legs Theater. Jim Avett has been performing his blend of traditional music for more than 35 years. Mandi Rae (you can read about her here) has spent the last year writing new songs and reinventing herself. The Goodbye Girls are a brand new band that are sure to charm whatever socks you happen to be wearing right off. Tickets are $12 in advance. Click here to purchase them.

When: Friday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $12 in advance, $15 on the day of the show

Winter wildlife cruise: Eagle Eyes
Wintering bald eagles arrive in Chattanooga this time of year, and the folks with the River Gorge Explorer want to help you see them. Along the way, you’ll view the birds from the observation deck with binoculars and learn a little about the spectacular bird of prey and how you can help them remain on their current protected status. Click here for tickets. Bring a coat.

When: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.
Where: 1 Broad St.
How much: $18-$29

Sluggo’s shows: Faded, Unspoken Triumphs, The Stacker 3 and Lost Limbs
Chattanooga’s music scene is as alive and thriving as it has ever been, and this show at Sluggo’s Saturday night will prove it. Dalton’s Faded will perform with Unspoken Triumph, The Stacker 3 (you’ve got to see this band!) and Lost Limbs. Tickets are only $3 for this metal-heavy concert. Bring grandma and earplugs.

When: Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 p.m.
Where: 501 Cherokee Blvd.
How much: $3

Off the Grid presents an evening of competitive improv to close out 2013. Three teams of four will be chosen to compete in a variety of games and hilarity. If you’ve never experienced improvisational theater, everything is made up on the spot without any rehearsal. Suggestions can come from monologues given by the actors or from the audience. The popcorn is free. Showtime is 10 p.m. at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga.

When: Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 p.m.
Where: 5600 Brainerd Road
How much: $5

Holidays Under the Peaks
Continuing through Jan. 6. is the Tennessee Aquarium’s Holidays Under the Peaks. Guests are invited to meet penguins, sharks and jellyfish and hear aquarium educators and animal experts deliver daily programs to help connect visitors to nature’s gifts. Daily events include bird shows, penguin programs, interactive dive shows and butterfly releases. Matt Downer will perform old-time music in the River Journey Building.

When: Friday-Sunday, Dec. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 1 Broad St.
How much: Varies

Updated @ 3:56 p.m. on 12/27/13 to correct a factual error: Improv-a-Lot is on Saturday, not Sunday, as originally reported.