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The Daily Plan-It: Traveling Civil War Exhibit, Astronomy Club, and A Christmas Carol

Good morning, kids! Happy Hump Day! Yes, we are at the top of the hill, looking down at the rest of the week and the weekend below us. Or something. Anyway, pour yourself a second cup of coffee (or first cup, no judgement) and take a look at what's going on today. Notice we're leaving you plenty of time to finish your holiday shopping. Take advantage, procrastinators!

The Art Market Gallery opens at 11 a.m., and is featuring news works from photographer Eric Gebhart and sculpter Elaine Barnes. There will be a reception for these two at First Friday, so go check out the art now, and just enjoy the party this weekend. The gallery's open till 6 p.m.

Members of the KSO string quartets will be at the Halls Branch Library today at 11 a.m. to tell stories about music to kiddos, combining the tales with classical music and nifty sound effects. If you have some time this morning, could be a good opportunity to take the kiddos and maybe get them hooked on the viola, violin, or cello! Hello, Carnegie Hall!

At lunchtime, learn something new at the East Tennessee History Center. As part of the brown bag lecture series, Myers Brown, the curator of extension services at the Tennessee State Museum, will give a lecture called "Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in East Tennessee." We all know Knoxville was something of an anomaly in the rebel South during the Civil War. History buffs, get over there and enjoy the chance to look through the traveling exhibition of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. The best part? It's free!! Bring your lunch!

The Orion Astronomy Club is meeting tonight at 7 at the Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. ORNL research chemist Fred Sloop will be on hand to talk about "Volcanism in the Outer Solar System." If you're a little bored with all the Curiosity Mars Rover news and talk, this might be a cool chance to hear about some other nifty stuff going on in the solar system. Check out the club's website for directions to the Grove Theater and info on the speaker. This is the last meeting of the year! Don't miss it!

The Clarence Brown Theatre is featuring "A Christmas Carol" tonight at 7:30. It may not be the Muppets version, but this year's new cast plus the promised "tons of snow" is sure to contribute to making the production a complete success. Tickets are $20-$40. Buy them here, you Scrooge.

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