Good morning! We've got quite a weekend coming up! As usual, there is a ton of stuff going on. Here are the highlights.
If you haven't had a chance to catch the Dogwood Arts Festival's 3D art show at the Downtown Gallery, today's the day to do it. The gallery opens at 11 a.m., and there will be a First Friday reception there at 5 p.m. Saturday is the last day the exhibit will be on display.
At noon in the visitor center, Steff Mahan will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with the Sundresses, and Phil Lee. It's free to attend, as always. Bring your lunch!
Look out for Mahan again around 5 p.m. on the 100 Block of Gay Street. She'll be playing on the sidewalk in front of URBhana until 8 p.m. The 100 Block is hoping to turn First Friday into an honest-to-God street festival tonight. Around 6, aerial dancers will be twisting over your heads, and drummers, dancers, and fire spinners will be around Summitt Hill Park at 7:30. Check out the event's Facebook page for info on the 100 Block's photo contest for the evening.
Also at 5 p.m. is the start of UT's Sex Week, which kicks off with "Loud and Queer" at the 1010 Gallery. Check out the schedule for the full run-down of events. And keep your eye out for the golden condom!
The Dogwood Arts Rhythm 'n' Blooms Festival starts tonight at 5:30. Tickets to any of the three days of events are $30-$175. Buy them here!
Master collaborator and bonafide legend Emmylou Harris will take the stage alongside long-time partner in crime Rodney Crowell at the Tennessee Theatre tonight at 8 with Richard Thompson. Tickets to this show are $49-$67. Buy them here.
Louisiana singer/songwriter Marc Broussard will perform at the Bijou Theatre tonight at 8 with Courrier. Tickets to the show are $21.50. Buy them here.
At 10 p.m., NV Nightclub will host Northwest producer Phutureprimitive, who'll perform with Canadian DJ/producer iLL-Esha and local DJ Slink's new persona HugLife. Tickets are $10-$15. 18+ only.
The Edfinancial Spring Fling is a rummage sale that goes to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. It starts at 9 a.m. at 120 N. Seven Oaks Drive.
The Color Me Rad 5K starts at 9 a.m. at the Civic Coliseum. Be prepared to be hit by paint bombs while raising money for the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
The UT Gardens' spring plant sale also starts at 9 and goes until 2 p.m.
It's Tennessee Marble Day at Ijams Nature Center, where historian Susan W. Knowles and MTSU's Carroll Van West, of the Center for Historic Preservation, are collecting samples of marble from quarries as part of a survey of East Tennessee's marble industry between 1830 and 1950.
The South Carolina Broadcasters will play at the Laurel Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.
The Jompson Brothers will play at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. with the Cathouse Prophets. Tickets are $10. Buy them here.
Prog-jazz outfit Trioscapes, featuring Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me, will play at the Bowery at 9 p.m. with Evan Brewer, Lines Taking Shape, and Mobility Chief. Tickets are $10-$12. Buy them here.
Obadiah will play at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Sidecar Symposium and Jeff Blank. It's $5 to get in. 18+ only.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K kicks off at 7:25 a.m. Get out there and run or cheer for your friends and family!
The Clarence Brown Lab Theatre will present "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Buy them here.
Poet Joshua Robbins will be at Union Avenue Books at 3 p.m. to read form his new collection of poetry "Praise Nothing." It's free to attend!
The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will meet at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 p.m. for a class on "the plant-perfect diet" followed by a potluck dinner. It's $3 to attend. For more info call (865) 546-5643.
The Bus Driver Tour will roll into Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 9 p.m. It's free to attend and open to everyone!