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The Weekend Plan-It: Hall and Oates, Adam Alfrey, and Downton Abbey

Good morning, you crazy kids! It's Friday, which MAKES MY DREAMS COME TRU-UE (oo oo! oo oo!). Sorry--just practicing for a certain concert tonight. We're down to about a week and a half before Christmas, so this weekend's activities are only for those who have finished their shopping (or need an excuse to procrastinate some more). Here's what's going on.

FRIDAY
This morning at 10, head over to the Knoxville Museum of Art and check out the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Show if you haven't already. You could be checking out the early works of some soon-to-be acclaimed artist!

At noon the Flea Marketers will play at WDVX's Blue Plate special with Y'uns. Grab your lunch and head down to the visitor center for some free entertainment.

Cherokee Caverns will host Christmas in the Caves starting at 5:30. For $8, walk through the caves featuring holiday scenes, lights, and enjoy some refreshments. Check out the website for more info.

At 7:30 p.m., the WordPlayers will present "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5-$12. Call (865) 694-6684 to reserve them.

At 8, a little band called HALL AND OATES is playing at the Tennessee Theatre. You may not have heard of them. They were big a few years ago. Anyway, hope you got your tickets because the show is SOLD OUT. Keep looking around for some, though!

Cover band the Dead Millions will play at Irish Times Pub and Restaurant tonight at 9. The show's free!

At 10 p.m., Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria will host a James Brown Christmas Tribute. Yes. You are required to be there. There's no cover. So be there. 21+ only.

SATURDAY
For you early bird types, Wayne Zurl will be at the Panera Bread in Cedar Bluff at 9 a.m. to sign copies of his crime novel Heroes and Lovers. There's coffee there.

Getting bored with your usual bump 'n' grind routine? Stretch your artistic muscles with a Belly Dance for beginners class at Knox Dance Worx. The class starts at 10 a.m. It's $12 to participate. Call (865) 977-6761 or email Alexia@alexia-dance.com for more info.

Katy Koontz will be at Union Avenue Books at 11 a.m. to sign copies of her children's book The Banana Police. Young fans of the cop genre should not miss this one.

Also at 11, Samuel Braga will host a self-defense seminar at Gracie Barra Knoxville (8373 Kingston Pike, Suite 200). It's free to attend if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

At 2 p.m., Adam Alfrey, curator of the East Tennessee History Center, will present a lecture and sign copies of his book The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's free to attend. Don't miss this, park and history lovers. 

At 10 p.m., Dream on Alice will play at Paul's Oasis. The show's free. 21+ only.

SUNDAY
After brunch, head over to the Lawson McGhee Library to see the Tennessee Stage Company do a reading of Twelfth Night. Shakespeare fans, don't miss it!

Downton Abbey fans, this one's for you! Episode 1 of Season 3 will be screen at 5 p.m. at the Downtown West movie theater. You're supposed to dress up, too. The Countess of Grantham will be very, very disappointed if you don't.

The Oak Ridge Community Band will lead a Christmas song sing-along at the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge at 5 p.m. Get there, you weird Christmas music enthusiasts.

At 8 p.m., head to the Preservation Pub for the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up comedy show. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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