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The Weekend Plan-It: Tennessee Williams Weekend, Lyle Lovett, and the Girls on the Run 5K

Good morning! Hope you all got enough sleep last night because today's a busy one (as is the weekend). No one's allowed to say they were bored this weekend, got it? Without further ado, here are this weekend's highlights.

At 9 a.m., the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture opens. Go get some culture and check out all the new exhibits they have up this month, including Nick DeFord's "Alleged Posthumous Writings" and Jean Hess' "Place." As always, it's free to go to the gallery and take a look around.

The Foothills Craft Guild Fine Craft Fair opens at 10 a.m. at Chilhowee Park. The 140+ juried members will be there showing off all their really nifty handmade goods. It's up to $6 to get in to the fair. P.S.: There's a $1 off entrance coupon on the guild's website

This week at UT's Science Forum discussion, journalism prof Rob Heller will give a lecture called "A Brief Yet Incomplete History of Photojournalism." Photo nerds, get there! It's free! For more info call (865) 974-8156 or email

The Knoxville Flea Market (at the Expo Center) will open at 3 p.m. There will be more than 400 booths of old jewelry, clothes, knick knacks, crafts, collectibles, antiques, and probably more items than can be listed here. If you're into weird, random, interesting, unique stuff, get there! No admission fee!

Chico Crawford's Jazz-Funk All-Stars includes 89-year-old Lance Owens (and MP cover story subject a couple months ago), and will be playing at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 6 p.m. It's $8 to see these great jam tonight--a real steal. Get there.

Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers are playing at the Laurel Theatre tonight at 8. Tickets to see this 1960's-era bluegrass master are $15. Buy them here.

The Tennessee Stage Company's Tennessee Williams Weekend will feature three of the playwright's one-act plays. The show starts tonight at 8 at the Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and Events, and tickets are $12. 

Midnight Voyage Live starts at the Cider House at 10 p.m. The WUTK-sponsored electronic dance party will feature Wick-It the Instigator, HeRobust, Five Knives, and Sour Kandi tonight. Tickets are $7-$15. Buy them here.  

The last Market Square Farmers Market of the year (the YEAR) gets started at 9 a.m. Get there and pick up some of your favorites and wish everyone well till Spring.

The Knoxville Writers Guild is meeting at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Savior to listen to novelist and journalist Terry Shaw lead a discussion on how to tighten up your writing for writers of all levels of experience. It's $25-$30 to participate. Email for more info. 

Don't forget--the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival is going on all weekend and starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Check out the website for a full schedule of where and when films will be screened. It's free to attend at all locations!

At 1 p.m., head to the UT Gardens to learn how to build your own microclimate. It's $10-$14 to participate, and you'll learn how a microclimate works and how to make one for your own garden. Call (865) 974-7151 or email for more info.

Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group are playing at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to see the former Mr. Julia Roberts are $41-$56. Buy them here

Alt-country singer Grace Adele and the Grand Band will be at Boyd's Jig and Reel at 9 p.m. The show's free to the 18+ crowd. 

Reverend Phil's All-Request Dance Party starts at 9 p.m. at Sassy Anne's House of Blues. If you dig '80's and '90's dance music, get there! Cover's only $2.50. 

The Knoxville Flea Market opens again at 10 a.m. at the Expo Center.

The Foothills Craft Guild Fine Craft Fair will open again at 11 a.m. at Chilhowee Park.

It's that time of year again (apparently). The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association will present "The Nutcracker" at Oak Ridge High School at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-$20. Buy them here (scroll to the bottom). 

The Girls on the Run 5K starts at 3 p.m. at Tyson park. The non-competitive race was designed especially for girls 8-14 and their families (and the general public!). Entrance fee is $15; get there at 1 p.m. to register. And check out the organization's website for more info on what they do. 

Woody Pines will play a free show at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 8 p.m. 

David Daniell and Douglas McCombs will be playing at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. It's $8 to see this indie duo. 18+ only.

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