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The Weekend Plan-It: Madre, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Barenaked Ladies

Good morning! It's the weekend! Congrats on surviving the week. Now take a look at what's going on today.

As part of UT's weekly science forum, Gerry Dinkins, the curator of Malacology and Natural History at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, will talk about the rediscover of the nearly extinct Alabama lampmussel in the Emory River. The discussion will be in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe at noon. It's free to attend and open to the public.

At 5 p.m. in the Old City Courtyard, Datsik will perform with Infected Mushroom, FuntCase, Antiserum Mayhem, and the Frim. Tickets are $25-$30. Buy them here.

Earth, Wind, and Fire will return to the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets directly from the theater are sold out (they were $79), so ask around.

Southbound Bar & Grill will host a Total Request Dance Party starting at 9 p.m. No cover. 21+ only.

Local rockers Madre will play at the Preservation Pub at 10 p.m. with Symposium Sidecare and the Luxury Spirit. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

If you have a budding scientist at home, don't miss the East Tennessee Discovery Center's Mad Scientist Family Fun Day, which goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. UT chemistry prof Al Hazari will a day of fun and interactive activities that show off the ETDC's exhibits. It's $5 to attend. 

But if you've got a super sleuth on your hands, don't miss the Knoxville Children's Theatre's production of Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap," which starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12. To reserve them, call (865) 599-5284 or email

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, will be at the Tennessee Theatre at 7 p.m. to talk about that book, her time as a writer in residence at UT, and her new novel The Signature of All Things. Tickets to the event are $35. Buy them here.

The Flying Anvil Theatre has kicked off its fall season with "Venus in Fur," a Tony-nominated "adult comedic thriller" from David Ives. Tickets are $25. For more info, check out the company's website.

Wrap up the night at the Well, where Mobility Chief will perform at 10 p.m. with Daddy Don't, and Buffalo Rodeo. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

The East Tennessee Chili Cook-Off, a fundraiser for Second Harvest, kicks off at noon in World's Fair Park, and will feature not only excellent chili, but live music, kids' activities, a pepper eating contest, and a corn hold tournament among other things. Tickets are $12, and will be available at the gate. For more info, check out the event's website.

The Tennessee Valley Exotic Bird Club will meet at the Young-Williams Animal Center on Division Street at 2 p.m. Birds are welcome to join! For more info, call (865) 363-1715.

Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies will perform at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. with Whitehorse. The Canadian goofballs just released a new album in June. Tickets are $32-$47. Buy them here.

At 9 p.m., the Well will host Lost and Found Records Vinyl Night. It's free to attend, so go listen to your favorite records and hear some new ones. 21+ only.

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