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The Daily Plan-It: Bob Carlin's Banjo Extravaganza, the April Verch Band, and the Vegan Supper Club

Good morning! We made it to the weekend! Cheers all around! Now take a second and make some plans.

FRIDAY
At noon, UT's science forum continues in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe with a discussion led by Phil Colclough, director of animal collections and conservation at the Knoxville Zoological Gardens. He'll talk about Eastern Hellbender salamander conservation and the roll of zoos in that effort. It's free to attend and open to the public! For more info call (865) 974-8156 or email littmann@utk.edu.

At 7:30 p.m., the Knoxville Ice Bears will take on the Huntsville Havoc at the Coliseum. Tickets are $8-$29. Buy them here.

UT Opera Theatre will open their 2013-2014 season with Rossini's comedy "The Barber of Seville" tonight at 8 at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

Banjo historian and former member of the John Harford Stringband Bob Carlin will bring his banjo extravaganza to the Laurel Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. Buy them here.

Ian Thomas and the Band of Drifters will perform at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria tonight at 10. Everyone's welcome!

SATURDAY
Keep Blount Beautiful will celebrate America Recycles Day at the First Baptist Church of Maryville starting at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring your recyclables!

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, around since 1980, will headline the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association's chamber series at 7:30 p.m. at the Y-12 New Hope Visitors Center. Tickets are $25.

Nashville-by-way-of-Mississippi rock outfit The Weeks will perform at the Bowery at 8 p.m. with Sol Cat. Tickets are $10-$13. Buy them here.

The April Verch Band, featuring the fiddler/step-dancer/singer/songwriter Verch will perform at the Laurel Theatre at 8 p.m.Tickets are $14. Buy them here.

Local indie rockers Lipliplip Hands will celebrate the release of their first EP L(I/O)VEP with a show at the Well at 10 p.m. Gamenight and Johnny Astro and the Big Bang will also perform. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

SUNDAY
At 2 p.m., go check out the ropes course at Ijams Nature Center and the New Horizons Experimental Learning Center. And then go for a hike. For more info, call (865) 577-4717 ext 123.

If you're free at 3 p.m., head over to the Preservation Pub for the Sundress Academy for the Arts poetry reading. Writers from the local arts colony will read from their work. No cover! 21+ only.

The Knoxville Vegan Supper Club will meet for a plant-based potluck meal at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Kingston Pike at 5 p.m. Dr. Larry Rahn will give a talk on sugar and diabetes. For more info, check out the group's website.

Then catch JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers at the Pilot Light at 9 p.m. with the Boon Dock Haints. It's $8 to get in. 18+ only.

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