Hey, kids. It looks like we'll have a beautiful weekend, so get out and enjoy it!
Start Saturday out by indulging in some culture. The Spirit of Nations Powwow will take place at Chilhowee Park starting at 10 a.m. and going till 8 p.m. American Indian dancing, food, crafts, games, music, storytelling, stone carving lessons and more will be featured at the event. Not to be missed, guys.
If you're looking to get your kids out of doors, take them to the Ijams Nature Center, where for $30, you and your kiddos (ages 5 and up) can learn about Ijams Veterinarian Dr. Louise Conrad's animal-care program. Or, just go yourself. Animals are cool. The program starts at 11 a.m. For more info call (865)-577-4717 ext. 110. Also, check out the center's website.
Later in the afternoon, try something a little different to shake up your exercise routine. Glowing Body Yoga Studio is hosting a West African Dance and Aerobics Class (how cool is that?) at 3 p.m. Adults and kids are welcome, as are donations. Give them a call at (865)-455-0772 or email email@example.com to learn more. Or check out the studio's website.
You've really got your choice of music for the evening. The Long Gone Darlings, an alt-rock band from Chattanooga and Asheville, will play at the Preservation Pub at 8 p.m. The show's free and open to the 21+ crowd.
Mindy Smith and Angel Snow are playing the Square Room at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door, and the show is open to all ages. Smith is a folk-y country girl from New York. You might remember her 2004 cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."
The Dirty Projectors and POP ETC are playing at the Bijou Theater (also at 8). Tickets are $20. The Dirty Projectors were featured in this week's issue. Did you read that story?
Lastly, if good ol' country is up your alley, Trace Adkins is playing at the Tennessee Theater at 8 p.m.
After all that musical partying, it'll be hard to roll out of bed on Sunday. But trust me, my friends. You want to get up on Sunday morning.
It's an early-morning class, but could be vital to you outdoorsy types. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports in Bearden is hosting a Wilderness First-Aid Certification class from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go here to register.
Wanna brush up on your dance skills? Circle Modern Dance is hosting some open classes at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. At 3 p.m., learn some modern dance moves for $5. If you didn't get enough dancing done, stay at 4:30 for an improvisational dance class. Check out Circle Modern Dance's website before you go (their motto is "Everybody has the right to dance." Gotta love that!).
For those in the mood to see a play, the Theatre Knoxville Downtown will be showing the comedy "Tuna Does Vegas." Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 3. Go here for a synopsis and tickets.
If you're out and about on Kingston Pike around 4 p.m. and feel the urge to chat with fellow book-lovers about Russ Feingold's While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era, you're in luck! The Rationalists of East Tennessee Book Club will be talking about the book at Barnes and Noble. VIsit their website to learn more about the club or call (865)-482-4680.
Gonna be in Farragut for dinner? Head on over to the Wild Wing Cafe (11335 Campbell Lakes Dr.) to listen to J. Luke while you dine.
The Preservation Pub will host their weekly comedy stand-up show at 8 p.m. By the way, did you read last week's cover story? Comedians were involved.