Daily fact: Happy birthday, Stan Freberg.
Friday at noon, the Square Room, WDVX Blue Plate Special. Free.
A really nice lunchtime line-up. Nashville's Kristi Rose has one of those classic fill-up-the-room voices, Toy Soldiers are a good-time garage band from Philly, and Sara Jean Kelley can 'bout break your heart.
Friday 5-10 p.m., downtown Knoxville. Free.
The monthly gallery open-house, free for strollin' and probably a little bit of wine sippin', too. New this month: the Regal Riviera has joined the line-up of display places, and so has the Knoxville Station transit center on the Church Avenue bridge over James White Parkway. Give 'em a look.
Friday 6 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art. $4-$8.
Longtime local R&B outfit celebrates its new CD at an Alive After Five show.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 7 p.m., Market Square. Free-$5.
Tennessee Stage Company brings Romeo and Juliet and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) to Market Square. Bring your own chair. And, if you feel like it, a voluntary donation of five bucks.
Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Pellissippi State Performing Arts Center. $20.
The Broadway hit about ambitious hipsters (a rock adaptation of Puccini's La Bohème). A benefit for the Hope Center.
Friday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Tennessee Theatre. $6-$10.
The classic John Huston action-romance has a grizzled Bogie and a fussy Hepburn fighting leeches, Germans, and each other.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 8 p.m., Theatre Downtown Knoxville. $10-$15.
Funny doings on Baker Street, in an affectionate send-up of all things Holmes.
Downslave with Disarray, Idle Hand, and Devastation Device
Friday 8 p.m., the Valarium. $8-$11.
Longtime local thrashers make good with their first official album.
Friday 10 p.m., 90 Proof Nightclub. $5.
Local groovers turn out to celebrate the Bearded One and raise money for Thompson Cancer Survival Center. On the ticket: Matt Tillery, the Prophecy of Bob, Jescoe, GaNaSITa, and Grandpa's Stash.
Friday 10 p.m., Sunspot. Free.
Stonesy rock and folky melodies.
The Mumbles with Channing and Quinn
Friday 10 p.m., Preservation Pub. $5.
Swingin' New Orleans soul-jazz duo.
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Knoxville. Free.
A full day's worth of local history events, including museum exhibits, open houses, walking tours, live music, and stuff for kids.
Saturday 8 p.m., Bijou Theatre. $29.50.
Smart-ass comedy, with an emphasis on smart.
Chris Knight with Reagan Boggs and Kevin Gordon
Saturday 8 p.m., the Shed (Maryville).
Moody Kentucky country-rocker with a good, gritty voice.
Saturday 10 p.m., Pilot Light. $5.
Ohio metal outfit Locusta has been on the road since July 10 with Knoxville's own Argentinum Astrum. After laying waste to the West Coast and looping back through New Orleans and Atlanta, they're wrapping it all up right here.
Saturday 10 p.m., Barleys Taproom.
A triple-bill of rock presented by the Disc Exchange.
Sunday 8 p.m., the Valarium. $15-$20.
Hire a babysitter, forget you have to be at work in the morning, and relive your '90s industrial club night glory days.
Market Square Farmers' Market
Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Market Square.
This week: Tomato tasting!