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The Weekend Plan-It: Big Ears, 'Wrens,' and the Knoxville Marathon

Woo! Good morning! It's the weekend! And there's a ton of stuff going on, too. Don't forget to take a look at the temporary weekend road closures at the bottom.

At noon, head over to the Thompson-Boling Arena Café for UT's weekly science forum. This week's discussion will be about arctic Alaska, and its current warming trend. Dr. Stan Wullschleger, the project director of ORNL's Next Generation Ecosystems Experiments--Arctic, will lead the discussion. It's free to attend and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156, or email

Big Ears 2014 kicks off at 5 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Be sure to check out our coverage of the event, and take a look at the full schedule on the festival's website so you don't miss a thing. Tickets are $65-$175. 

At 7:30, check out the Clarence Brown Lab Theatre production 'Wrens,' a drama from Anne McGravie about a group of women in the British navy at the end of WWII. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.

The Naughty Knots will perform their fiddle and country tunes at the Laurel Theater at 8 p.m. to celebrate the release of their first album. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.

MiMOSA will perform at NV Nightclub, along with Huglife, Oreo, and Magmablood. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18-$30. Buy them here. 18+ only.

The Tennessee Health Care Campaign will have volunteers available at Mount Calvary Baptist Church to help sign people up for health insurance on the marketplace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The deadline to do so is March 31. The assistance is absolutely free!

Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche will preview his Big Ears performance with a free show at the Disc Exchange at noon. Don't miss it!

The Children's Theatre of Knoxville will present and adaptation of Lois Lowery's sci-fi novel 'The Giver' at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.

Morning radio host John Boy's favorite comedian Julie Scoggins will perform her stand-up routine at Side Splitters Comedy Club at 7:45. It's ladies' night! (Ladies get in free!) Otherwise tickets are $8-$12. Buy them here.

If you're not into Big Ears, check out Cumberland Station, who'll play at Irish Times Pub at 9 p.m. No cover! 18+ only.

The Knoxville Marathon kicks off at 7:30 a.m. (take it easy on the coffee, runners). In addition to the insane and awesome 26.2 mile-race, the half marathon and a 5K will also take place. Runners, don't forget to grab your bibs and review race-day instructions here. And if you're not running, go and support all the athletes who are!

The THCC volunteers will be at the Blount County Public Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to get people signed up for insurance. They'll walk you through the whole process. The assistance is free!

The West Side YMCA (400 Winston Road) will have an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Go try out some cool classes including zumba, yoga, swimming, and kids' events. And it's all free to attend!

Wrap up the night (and marathon-ers, get a beer) at the Preservation Pub, where the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8. No cover! 21+ only.

Here's the list of roads closed for runners during the Marathon on Sunday.

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