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The Weekend Plan-It: Iris DeMent, the Del McCoury Band, and the Machine

Good morning and happy Friday! What a week! Just a few more hours and we'll all be free. Take a look at what's going on this weekend.

The Dare to Be Square (dancing) weekend kicked off last night, and resumes this morning at 10 a.m. with some jamming and calling 101. Tickets are $5-$50. More info on them and the weekend's schedule here.

Neo Tundra Cowboy will play for WDVX's Blue Plate Special at noon in the visitor center (and tonight at Boyd's Jig and Reel) with Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay. It's free to attend, as always.

At 8 p.m., twangy Southern folk singer/songwriter Iris DeMent will perform at the Bijou Theatre. Tickets are $26.50. Buy them here.

The Well's anniversary celebrations continue at 9 p.m. performances from Brian Kelly and friends, Gamenight, Senryu, Evil Twin, and Wampus Cat. There's no cover! 21+ only.

Southern libertarian comic Tim Wilson will perform his stand-up routine at Side Splitters' Comedy Club at 10:15 p.m. Tickets are $16-$22. Buy them here.

At 11:30 a.m., the public has the chance to talk to their state legislators and ask questions at the Grill Your Legislators event at the Bearden Banquet Hall (the event's sponsored by the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists). It's free to attend, unless you'd like to get in on some BBQ. Then it's $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Everyone is welcome! More info here.

The WordPlayers will hold auditions for 'The Secret Garden' at Erin Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. They're looking for actors of all ages. More info on what they'd like you to prepare for the audition is here.

The Del McCoury Band--one of the last great bluegrass outfits--will perform at the Clayton Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. Tickets are $30-$40. Buy them here.

At 8 p.m., Theatre Knoxville Downtown will present a performance of "Proof," the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama about a math genius written by David Auburn. Tickets are $10-$15. More info here.

At 10 p.m., catch White Gold at the Pilot Light. It's $5 to get in. 18+ only.

Come back to the Pilot Light at noon for the record show and sale. It's free to attend, so dig through crates of vinyl to your heart's content.

The Rationalists of East Tennessee will meet at Barnes and Noble for their monthly book club meeting at 4 p.m. More info on what they'll be discussing here.

Pink Floyd-inspired New York band the Machine will perform at the Blackstock Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them here. 18+ only.

Or wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8 p.m. There's no cover! 21+ only.

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