Good morning! We made it! It's the weekend! Woooo! Now here's what you can get up to while enjoying the nice weather.
UT's science forum is back, and today will feature a discussion of the UT Solar House. Architect Amy Howard and James Rose, and adjunct professor in the College of Architecture and Design, will be on hand to talk about it. The chat starts at noon and will be in Thompson-Boling Arena cafe (room C-D). It's free and open to the public! (For more info call (865) 974-8156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Tennessee Valley Fair opens at 3 p.m. in Chilhowee Park. It's the last weekend the fair will go on, so be sure to get there! Tickets are $5-$30.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center will commemorate the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 15, 1963 this evening at 6:30 at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center (1927 Dandridge Ave). The memorial will feature music, shadow puppets, and megapuppets. Following the presentation, there will be a screening of Spike Lee's documentary 4 Little Girls. It's free to attend.
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires will bring their brand of southern rock-Americana to the Well at 9 p.m. with American Peacemakers. It's $5 to get in. 21+ only.
Metal band Inter Arma will perform at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Woe, and Argentium Astrum. It's $10 to get in. 18+ only.
The UT Arboretum will start its Wildflower Walks at 10 a.m. It's free to attend, but you are asked to call (865) 483-3571 to register.
Spend the day outside, and then head to Central Flats and Taps at 5 p.m. for the Pints for Prevention beer fest, which will benefit the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Yazoo, Terrapin, and Saw Works brews will be involved. Tickets are $25-$40, and can be purchased at Central Flats and Taps, Cool Beans, or the Bearden Beer Market.
Genre-benders Between the Buried and Me will perform at NV Nightclub at 7 p.m. with the Faceless, the Contortionist, and Safety Fire. Tickets are $18-$20. Buy them here.
Midwestern blue-collar rockers the Bottle Rockets will play at 8 p.m. at the Shed in Maryville with Itchy and the Hater Tots. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.
Baltimore MC Height will bring his indie-rock-rap to the Pilot Light at 10 p.m. with Horcerer and Andy the Doorbum. It's $5 to get in. 18+ only.
Folk and protest veterans Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will perform at the East Tennessee History Center at 3 p.m., and will play music spanning three centuries of American music from slavery, to the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, to the birth of blues music and the civil rights movement. It's free to attend.
At 8 p.m. at the Well, Your Favorite Hero will play with You Vandal, Bad Ideas, Wolves and Wolves and Wolves, and See Monsters. No cover! 21+ only.
At 10 p.m., Dave Eggar and Deoro will play a free show at the Preservation Pub. 21+ only.