Good morning! We made it! It's Friday! Woo! And there's a ton of cool stuff going on this weekend. Take a look.
At noon in the visitor center, catch St. Paul and the Broken Bones, who'll play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Betse Ellis. As always, it's free to attend.
This afternoon in UT's Hodges Library, the Cinema Studies program will host a discussion on how movies get made in Hollywood. There will be a panel of four Hollywood producers to lead the discussion: Warner Bros. exec Jon Silk, Will Russell-Shapiro, Bryan Unkless, and UT graduate/senior vice president of Skydance Productions Matt Milam. It's free to attend! Don't miss it, cinephiles!
It's First Friday! The Downtown Gallery will feature an exhibit of artwork based on bones (called "Ossuary"), and at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture, be sure to check out Deborah Bowen's paintings, jewelry, and journals. The night gets started around 5 p.m. Go get some wine!
Speaking of wine... Wine on the Water, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of East Tennessee, gets started at 6:30 at Volunteer Landing. Tickets are $70. They'll be available at the event's registration booth tonight. (And they're tax deductible!) 21+ only.
Former Knoxvillian and frequent visitor Scott Miller will perform at the Bijou Theatre with his backing band the Commonwealth, and the Paul Thorn Band at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25. Buy them here.
Local Americana hero Robinella will perform at 8 p.m. as part of a enefit for the Volunteer Ministry Center's utility fund for the marginally housed who are having trouble making ends meet. Tickets are $20-$25. Buy them here.
Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light, where Yung Life, Knoxville's dreamy, fuzzy synth-pop band, will perform with Sammy Slims and Blisse at 10 p.m. Cover's $5. 18+ only.
Mamas and Papas! If you have kiddos who love horses, you might want to take them to Smart Toys and Books at 10 a.m. Horse Haven Rescue will be there with t-shirts, information, and (THIS IS IMPORTANT) the miniature horse Twinkie! It's free to attend! For more info, call (865) 691-1154.
Jobs With Justice's annual meeting and community forum will take place on the National Day of Dignity and Respect for Immigrants. There will be a discussion about worker protection and ways to pass immigration reform at the national level. The meeting starts at noon at the Workers United Building on N. Broadway.
The Blackstock Exchange will host Rock, Tat *N* Roll, a silent auction of tattoos and piercings to benefit the Autism Society of East Tennessee starting at 6:30. There will be live music from Fifth Street Saints, Indie Lagone, January Avenue, and Plan-9. Tickets are $5-$10. Buy them here.
Hanna's in the Old City will have a retro dance night at 8 p.m. Hits from the '80's through today's Top 40 tunes will be involved. Cover's $5. 21+ only.
Tree Tops will play at the Preservation Pub at 10 p.m. with Appalachian Fury. No cover! 21+ only.
Get those kids for a showing of Disney on Ice: 100 Year of Magic at 1 p.m. Characters from just about every Disney movie will make an appearance. Tickets are $20-$50. Buy them here.
Poets from local arts colony Sundress Academy for the Arts will read their work at the Preservation Pub at 4 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.
The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will have its regular meeting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, which includes a class on the perfect plant-based diet, and a potluck dinner. It's $3 to attend. For more info visit the group's website, or call (865) 546-5643.