Woo! We made it! Not only is it basically the weekend, but it's also tax-free shopping weekend! (And if you need a refresher on what's tax-free till Sunday, here's the scoop.)
At noon in the visitor center, Camille Dupree will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Broken Fetters. It's free to attend!
This evening it's all about first Friday. Check out the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, where things get started at around 5 p.m. The "Monroe County Side by Side" exhibit features work done by members of the Artists Association of Monroe County and VSA Arts Tennessee. Kathy Holland and Althea Murphy-Price's "From the Expansive to the Intimate" will also be on display. Both exhibits will be up through Aug. 30. At the Downtown Gallery, check out the works of 14 artists from UT's MFA class of 1993. All the works are recent. It's free to check out the art tonight!
The Knoxville Museum of Art's Alive After Five 20th anniversary celebration get started at 6 p.m. The Frog and Toad's Dixie Quartet will open for the Streamliners Swing Orchestra, who will play two full sets. The party will be extended to 10 p.m. tonight. Members, like old times, get in for free, and if non-members arrive after about 8:30, you get in for $5 (otherwise it's $12).
At 8 p.m., check out Theatre Knoxville Downtown's production of "The Nerd," Larry Shue's comedy about a social outcast who overstays his welcome. Tickets are $10-$15. Buy them here.
If you're at the other end of Gay Street, check out Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp, who will play at the Bistro at the Bijou at 9 p.m. No cover!
Smart Toys and Books will have a game and craft demo day starting at 10 a.m. Grab your kids and go test out some new games for free. For more info call (865) 691-1154.
John O. Hodges will be at Union Avenue Books at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his memoir Delta Fragments: The Recollections of a Sharecropper's Son. It's free to attend!
Do't forget to catch the Tennessee Stage Company perform Shakespeare's Richard III on Market Square as part of Shakespeare on the Square at 7 p.m. The series continues through Aug. 11. It's free to attend!
Nerdy comic Brian Posehn will perform his stand-up routine at Sidesplitter's Comedy Club at 7:45 and 10:15. Tickets are $18-$22. Buy them here.18+ only.
Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light, where Love Animals will perform with Lipliplip Hands and Rally at 10 p.m. It's $5 to get in. 18+ only.
After brunch, head over to the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, where Circle Modern Dance will have an open-level modern technique class at 2 p.m. The first class you take with the group is free, and $5 for each subsequent class. No experience necessary!
The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will have its 30th anniversary celebration at 6 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. There will be a cooking demonstration and a potluck dinner! It's $12-$15 to join. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (865) 546-5643.
Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub for the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show, which starts at 8. It's free to get in. 21+ only.