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The Weekend Plan-It: Birdsmell, 'Venus in Fur,' and Steve Vai

Good morning! It's the weekend! Three cheers! Take a look at what's going on and make some plans!

At noon, UT's science forum series continues with a discussion on archeological discoveries from space, which will be led by Dr. Devin White, a senior researcher in geocomputation at ORNL and UT's anthropology department. The forum will be in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, and is free and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156 or email

It's First Friday! Wander among the galleries to your heart's content, but don't miss the Downtown Gallery's exhibit of 48 archived digital prints from abstract artists over the past 75 years.They'll be on display through Nov. 16.

Birdsmell--the moniker Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell is assuming on his two-week solo tour around the Southeast--will make an appearance at the Bowery tonight at 7 with Bryan Cates. Beards and beautiful melodies will (most likely) pack the place. Tickets are $20-$22. Buy them here.

Country stars Florida Georgia Line (of "Cruise" fame) will perform at the Coliseum tonight with Colt Ford and Tyler Farr. Tickets are $32-$200. Buy them here.

Seventy-seven-year-old fiddler Charlie McCarroll, son of famous Kingston bluegrass fiddler Jimmy McCarroll, will perform at the Laurel Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.

Knoxville natives the Black Cadillacs return home to play at the Bijou Theatre tonight at 8 with the Delta Saints. Tickets are $12-$14. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light for a WUTK (90.3) Power the Tower benefit show featuring the A-team of Knoxville's indie rock scene: Madre, Johnny Astro and the Big Bang, Gamenight, and O Youth. Cover's $5. 18+ only.

Rise and shine for a beginners' belly dance class at 10:30 a.m. at Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Dance. It's $12 to participate. For more info, call (865) 898-2126 or email

Celebrate Ijams Nature Center's new organic greenhouse starting at 1 p.m. with Enchanted Forest walks. Animals and woodland trails are involved. It's $8 per person to attend. 

The Appalachian Arts Chili Supper will get started at the Norris Community Center at 5 p.m. There will be live music and a silent auction to go with that chili! Tickets are $7.50-$20.

Flying Anvil Theatre's production of David Ives' Tony-nominated play "Venus in Fur" starts at 7:30 p.m. in their new digs at 525 N. Gay Street. Tickets are $25. More info here.

The Jojax will bring their "tribal trombone jams" to the Preservation Pub at 10 p.m. Pan will also perform. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

After brunch on Sunday, head over to Union Avenue Books at 2 p.m. to catch local author (and retired police officer) David Hunter, who'll read from his new mystery novel Tempest at the Helm. It's free to attend!

At 3:30, Circle Modern Dance will have an improvisational dance class at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. No experience necessary. The first class you take with the group is free, and $5 for each subsequent class. For more info, check out the group's website

Texas outlaw country band Mike and the Moonpies will perform at the Well at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and include a barbeque dinner. (Wearing your cowboy boots and hat is optional, but recommended.) 21+ only.

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai will take the stage at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets to his show are $34. Buy them here. Don't miss it!

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