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The Weekend Plan-It: Holiday Shopping, Christmas Plays and Movies, and Turkish Cooking

Good morning, friends! We made it! Just 9-ish (or less) more hours till the weekend! Congrats on surviving (or thriving during) another week. Now, let your hair down (or, you know, mess it up if you're working the politician side part) and take a look at what's going on this weekend.

At 10 a.m., moms, dads, and tots can partake in an art class. For $5, take your kids (two-year-olds and up) to Smart Toys and Books and get creative. Call (865) 691-1154 for more info.

As part of UT's weekly Science Forum, Dr. Sue Hume will give a free talk entitled "Good Vibrations--Care and Use of the Professional Voice" at noon in the Thompson-Boling Arena dining room.Singers, don't miss it!

At 3:30 this afternoon, head over to the Ijams Nature Center for the Fun Stations! The free entertainment will include a variety of outdoor and educational activities. FREE, people.

At 5 p.m., head to Market Square for the Handmade Holiday Pop-Up Shop and pick up some Christmas gifts hand made by locals. Need more incentive? Nathan and Heather from Lost and Found Records will be on hand to spin Christmas tunes. The shop will pop up on these dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9, and Dec. 13-16. Don't miss it! Get your Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/General Holiday shopping done early!

Knoxville bluesman Brownie McGhee's birthday celebration will be at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 6 p.m. It's $8 to attend, and you can be sure there will be tons of awesome blues jamming going on.

At 8 p.m., Morris Ardoin will be playing his brand of Creole fiddle dance music at the Laurel Theatre. TIckets are $12. Buy them here. And don't miss this unique musician!

Texas singer/songwriter Delbert McClinton will be playing at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. with the Jompson Brothers. Tickets are $33. Buy them here.

The Royal Hounds will be playing at the Smoky Mountain Brewery and Restaurant in Turkey Creek at 9:30 tonight. Rockabilly fans in the area, don't miss it! Especially because the show's free!

Tonight at 10 p.m., Spades Cooley will play at the Well with Gamenight and Love Animals. Cover is $5. 21+ crowd only.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library, the Blount County Potters Guild will be having their holiday show and sale. Go round up some unique gifts for friends and family!

The Marble Springs Historic Site will be hosting a candle-making class at 11 a.m. For $10, learn how to make 18th- and 19th-century beeswax candles. Hey, it could turn out to be profitable for you. For more info call (865) 573-5508 or email

Samaritan Ministry will host this year's World AIDS Day Faith Walk through downtown. It's $25 to register and will start at Immaculate Conception Church at 2 p.m. 

The Clayton Center for the Arts will be holding auditions for "Hamlet" at 6 p.m. Actors will do cold readings in the Ronald and Linda Nutt Theatre, and bring headshots and resumes if available (not required). 

It's that time of year again. That time when you put on your nice duds and head to a theatre for one of two productions (or both): "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker." Both are playing on Saturday. The Clarence Brown Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20-$40. Buy them here. The Appalachian Ballet Company will present "The Nutcracker at 8 p.m. in the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Colesium. Tickets are $28-$48. Buy them here. Both shows will be playing throughout the Christmas season. So don't panic if you can't make it this week!

Dor L'Dor will be playing at the Laurel Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to see this unconventional Knoxville band are $12. Buy them here.

Hudson K will play at the Well at 10 p.m. with Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Cover is $5. (21+ only.) How can you miss this?

After brunch, head to the Tennessee Theatre for a FREE 1 p.m. screening of "It's a Wonderful Life." How's that for getting in the holiday spirit?

The UT Chamber Singers will be performing Handel's "Messiah" at Farragut Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. It's free to attend. Get your voices ready for that chorus, people!

The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will play host to a Turkish Cooking Class  at 6 p.m. For $3, learn how to prepare sarma from Ogun and Yasemin Adebali. What a skill to have!

Greg Gutfeld will be at Barnes and Noble on Kingston Pike to sign copies of his book The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph Over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

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