HATCH CHATT— History. Art. Technology. Culture. Happenings.—is a new 10-day showcase of all facets of creative culture in Chattanooga. From nationally recognized artists to local performers, all will be represented during this celebration of artistry and creative works. We’ve collected some highlights from each day of the festival, but there are almost 200 events happening, so visit hatchchatt.org to view the entire calendar.
Art + Issues:
Tasting and Seeing
6 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art,
10 Bluff View
• Part of the in-gallery dialogues, this event features Jeff Pfitzer of Gaining Ground who will be joined by local farmers to discuss farming in our community and the relevance of “Dorothea Lange’s America.” Lange’s exhibit has been on display at the museum since December.
Art Car Caravan
9 a.m. Main Street
• The Scenic City Art Car Weekend is a free public celebration of art and creative expression that brings together artists, schools, organizations, and the community. The Art Car Caravan is a moving display of cars that were created by the artists involved in the event. Funds raised during the weekend-long event are put toward educational workshops for students.
Palate 2 Palette
5 p.m. Featured galleries and Track 29,
1400 Market St.
• This evening event begins with a gallery stroll through Chattanooga’s historic Southside district art galleries. Enjoy wine and local cuisine while you take in the city’s visual talent. The gallery walk ends at Track 29’s after-party, “Bubbles and Sweets,” complete with champagne and delectable deserts from a local eatery. Dance the night away to the tunes of Willie Kitchens.
12 p.m. Hunter Museum of American Art,
10 Bluff View
• Established and emerging artists explore our relationship with technology in this inventive installation.
Public Art Exhibition
All-Day Event, Downtown Chattanooga
• “Site Unseen” is a groundbreaking augmented reality outdoor exhibition complete with sculpture and 2-D media that interact with cloud-based software in your smart phone or tablet. The exhibit unites technology, art and design guided by QR codes and offers a unique interaction with the art on display.
Young Southern Student Writers
6 p.m. Tivoli Theatre,
709 Broad St.
• The Arts and Education Council celebrates the winners of its 14th annual writing contest by awarding participants and their teachers for exceptional writing. More than 5,000 students from area schools submitted work to be reviewed by the UTC English department and only 472 pieces of writing were chosen. Help us honor and support these gifted young writers.
Hampton & Two Mama
8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater,
1307 Dodds Ave.
• Hampton is a legendary 1970s rocker collaborating with Dennis Palmer and Davey Williams for a can’t-miss rock showdown.
Bluegrass and Glass
201 High St.
• This event promises free live bluegrass from the Houston’s front lawn and a discounted museum entrance fee along with extended exhibit hours. Museum entrance fee is $5 per person for those 18 and over.
CSO: The Piano Man
8 p.m. Tivoli Theatre,
709 Broad St.
• Last Pops concert of the 2011-12 season! Pianist extraordinaire Jim Witter will perform hits from piano greats Billy Joel and Elton John.
Mid-South Sculpture Alliance
Sculpture Conference 2012
• Bringing together sculptors, visual artists, art educators, students, art gallery owners and sculpture lovers for three days of learning, inspiration, and networking. The conference will play an integral role in the HATCH Festival and features panel discussions, demonstrations and seminars, gallery and studio tours, as well as juried professional and student sculpture exhibitions.
Glass Street Block Party
10 a.m. Hardy
2100 Glass St.
• Glass House Collective has partnered with businesses and supporters of Chattanooga’s East Side for an exciting day of family fun. The party begins at Hardy Elementary where kids can experience the city’s biggest and baddest machines at the “Touch-a-Truck” exhibit. The day is filled with live music, crafts for kids, walking tours, a basketball tournament and much more.
See Rock City Earth Dayz
11 a.m. Rock City,
1400 Patten Rd.
Join Rock City Gardens’ Earth Day celebration for a day of outdoor fun. Learn how to rock climb at Lovers Leap, make-and-take unique projects from recycled materials or build your own rain barrel.