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The Weekend Plan-It: Tim Lee 3, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, and Toad the Wet Sprocket

Good morning! Woo!! It's the weekend (almost)! So here are some ideas for you as you make your plans.

FRIDAY
Wake up early and take the family to Ijams Nature Center at 9 a.m. for the Ijams Family Day Camp, an ongoing program of hands-on science and nature programs. For more info call (865) 577-4717 ext. 110.

At noon in the visitor center, the Moore Brothers Band will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with the Trinity River Band. It's free to attend!

Does your kiddo need something to keep his or her hands busy? Smart Toys and Books' Summer Break Workshop starts at 1 p.m. and features science and craft projects for kids of all ages. It's $6 to participate. For more info call (865) 691-1154.

Chris Tucker will return to the stage at Side Splitters Comedy Club at 7:15 (and 10:30) on his solo stand-up tour. Tickets are $35-$37. Buy them here. 18+ only.

The Oak Ridge Playhouse will open its 71st season with The Music Man at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16-$22. Buy them here.

The Tim Lee 3 will play at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria with the French and Temperance League. The show's free! 18+ only.

SATURDAY
Beauty Hunters will have a morning workout (8 a.m.!) at Johnny Long Training. It's free to attend and all-women! Check out the Beauty Hunters website for more info. 

The Ijams Nature Center will host the Tennessee Naturalist Program, an ongoing series that explored Tennessee's natural resources. For more info call (865) 577-4717.

Noah's Arc Animal Rescue will be at Agri Feed Pet Supply from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. If you're looking for a new friend and family member, check it out! For more info call (865) 584-3959.

Nashville singer/songwriter Steff Mahan will play songs from her new album at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church at 7 p.m. It's $10 to attend.

Oklahoma singer/songwriter Cody Canada (formerly of Cross Canadian Ragweed) will play at the Shed in Maryville with his band the Departed and Southern Drawl. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

Austin-based honky-tonk singer/songwriter Wayne "The Train" Hancock will play at Barley's at 8 p.m. The show's free! Go enjoy some old-school country!

SUNDAY
After brunch, head over to the Knoxville Museum of Art and check out the exhibit by Alabama artist Thornton Dial called "Thoughts on Paper." The work will be on display through Aug. 25. 

John Rose, the editor of a new collection of Snuffy Smith comics, will be at Union Avenue Books at 2 p.m. to sign copies of The Bodacious Best of Snuffy Smith. It's free to go see him!

At 7 p.m., catch the Tennessee Stage Company's production of Shakespeare's Richard III on Market Square. It's part of the annual Shakespeare on the Square, and it's completely free to go check it out. 

Toad the Wet Sprocket will play at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $25. Buy them here.

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