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The Weekend Plan-It: PAWS Among the Blooms, the Biscuit Festival, and Darius Rucker

Woooo! We made it! Three cheers! And if you still don't have any weekend plans, we've got some suggestions.

FRIDAY
Andy Young will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special at noon in the visitor center with the George Tisdale Band. As always, it's free to attend. Later in the afternoon at 2 p.m., there will be some kids' arts and crafts around for them to work on. That's also free to attend!

This evening at 5:30, Stanley's Greenhouse will open its doors to the PAWS Among the Blooms fundraiser for the Placing Animals With Senior program from the Knox County CAC Office on Aging. The program helps place adoptable animals with eligible seniors by partnering with the Young-Williams Animal Center. However, PAWS was started in 2004 with funds from the community and the Dorothy Kidd Memorial fund. That money has run out, and they need some help. The community is invited to the fundraiser (with your dogs!). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door.There will be plant sales, live music, and food!

Christabel and the Jons will play their unique brand of nostalgic torch jazz-ragtime-pre-WWII tunes at the Knoxville Museum of Art at 6 p.m. It's $10 to attend. 

Retro southern rock band Blackberry Smoke will play at the Shed in Maryville tonight at 8 with the Cathouse Prophets.Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

If the Bistro at the Bijou is among your regular stops in the evening, be sure to head over by 9 p.m. to catch Norwegian Wood, who plays chamber pop arrangements of Beatles songs. It's free to attend!

Sol Driven Train, Charleston, S.C.'s jazz-rock-R&B band, will play at the Well tonight at 10 with Fat Penguin. It's $8 to get in. 21+ only.

SATURDAY
The Smoky Mountain Highland Games, a three-day traditional gathering to perform traditional Scottish feats of strength, start at 8 a.m. Traditional music and food is involved as well. For more information, check out the games' website

At 9 a.m., the International Biscuit Festival kicks off! And it's not just about eating biscuits (although that's a given). Take a look at the festival's schedule for details on the biscuit songwriting competition and Mr. and Miss Biscuit.

Paul Thorn, who was once a professional boxer, will play his brand of folk-country at noon in the visitor center for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Paul Mahan and the Cocktail Heroes. It's free, as always, to attend!

The Birdhouse's fundraiser Birdhousearoo, gets started at 2 p.m., and will feature music, food, and kids' activities. Tickets are $10-$15. 

At 8 p.m., Soul Candy and the Traffic Jam will play at the Baker Peters Lounge. No cover! 21+ only.

Israeli dubstep producer Borgore will bring his brand of EDM to NV Nightclub at 9 p.m. with Ookay. Tickets are $17-$20. Buy them here.

SUNDAY
Three-time Pulitzer winner and historian Rick Atkinson will be at the Bijou Theatre at 2:30 p.m. to talk about his latest book in his WWII trilogy The Guns At Last Light: The War in Western Europe 1944-1945. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call (865) 215-8883 or visit the East Tennessee History Center's website to make them.

Writers whose work was included in the new regional anthology Appalachian Gateway: An Anthology of Contemporary Stories and Poetry will read from the book at Union Avenue Books. The reading starts at 3 p.m., and it's free to attend!

Slow Food Knoxville will have a potluck dinner at the community center at 501 Arthur Street at 6 p.m. Dave Thomasson, owner of Hoot Owl Hollow Organic Blueberries and Produce, will be on hand to talk about a new chef collective. Admission is $5 or a potluck dish.

Former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, now a country singer, will perform at the Knoxville Coliseum with Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer at 7:30. Tickets are $35.50-$57.50. Buy them here.

The Preservation Pub's weekly Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy night will start at 8 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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