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The Weekend Plan-It: Erick Baker, the Queers, and the Vegetarian Society's Thanksgiving Potluck

Good morning! It's the weekend! Wooo! If you haven't made any plans yet, we've got a few suggestions for you. Take a look.

FRIDAY
At noon, head over to the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe for UT's science forum. This week Dr. Nathan Schmidt, a microbiology prof, will talk about his research into treating malaria, which has so far not responded to experimental vaccines. Schmidt's research involves potentially treating malaria with probiotics and sucralose in yogurt. It's free to attend and open to the public. So, go if you have some time at lunch! For more info call (865) 974-8156 or email littmann@utk.edu.

The Knoxville Expo Center will open its doors at 3 p.m. for Shopping with Santa. There will be plenty of artisan crafts, toys, food, candles, and jewelry there. Get your holiday shopping done early! It's $3 to attend.

Knoxville native Erick Baker will headline at the Tennessee Theatre tonight at 8. The folk-soul singer/songwriter is probably one of the quietest Knoxville success stories thanks to old-fashioned word-of-mouth publicity and radio play. Tickets to the show are $25. Buy them here.

The fifth installment of WDVX's World Class Bluegrass Show will feature two of the most acclaimed bands in the genre: The Boxcars and the Grascals. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $23.50-$28.50. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Well, where local folk-rocker outfit Guy Marshall will perform with Slave Names and You Just Don't. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

SATURDAY
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Holiday Homecoming kicks off at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. The Townsend event will feature kids' activities, live music, and craft demos. Bill Landry will also be on hand from 1 to 2 p.m. to talk about Christmas traditions. It's free to attend!

The Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association will present The Nutcracker at Oak Ridge High School at 7 p.m. with the help of UT's Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Company's Children's Choir. Tickets are $10-$20. More info here.

Longtime Knoxville honky tonk outfit the Lonesome Coyotes will play a show at the bearden Banquet Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Houston prog-rockers Scale the Summit will play at the Bowery at 8 p.m. with Reign of Kindo, Jolly, and Tabula Rasa. Tickets are $10-$18. Buy them here.

Early '80s punk rockers the Queers will perform at the Well at 9 p.m. with the Copyrights, the Kingons, and Your Favorite Hero. Tickets are $10-$12. 21+ only.

SUNDAY
Longtime News-Sentinel columnist Sam Venable will be at Union Avenue Books to talk about his new book of collected essays Warming: This Product Contains Nuttiness at 2 p.m. It's free to attend. Head over after brunch.

The Vegetarian Society's annual Thanksgiving potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the First Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Kingston Pike. Allen McBride will be the musical guest of the evening. For more info, call (865) 546-5643 or email bobgrimac@gmail.com.

Head over to the Preservation Pub for the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show at 8 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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