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The Weekend Plan-It: Bob Weir, Gran Torino, and Mick Foley

Good morning! Oh man, it's the weekend! Why did it take so long to get here?? Take a look at what's going on, and plan accordingly. (Scroll to the bottom for our weekly edition of Road Closures the City Wants You to Know About (TM) (C) (R).)

FRIDAY
At noon, Four Leaf Peat will perform during WDVX's Blue Plate Special in the visitor center. As always it's free to attend. (And also: St. Pat's is almost heeeeere!)

Comedian Carlos Mencia (maybe you remember his Comedy Central show Mind of Mencia?) will perform his stand-up routine at 7:45 and 10:15 p.m. Tickets to the show are $30. Buy them here.

SoCal alt-rock-slash-vaguely Christian group Switchfoot will play at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. Dare you to move, etc. Tickets are $25-$28, and they're already sold out. So ask around for tickets!

If you can't score tickets to Switchfoot, consider checking out the Grateful Dead's former guitarist Bob Weir, who'll perform some jams across the street at the Tennessee Theatre also at 8 p.m. Rat Dog will also perform. Tickets are $39-$54. Buy them here. PSA: Pot's still illegal here. 

Check out Scott and Bernadette West's new place, Scruff City Hall, if you haven't already. The Jojax will play at 10. Cover's $5. 21+ only.

SATURDAY
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from the Tennessee Health Care Campaign and folks certified to help you sign up for health insurance will be at Mount Calvary Baptist Church to offer some free assistance. They'll literally walk with you through the entire process, and it's bound to be a little crowded. Open enrollment on the marketplace ends March 31. For more info, call (865) 693-7809.

The East Tennessee Daffodil Society's daffodil show kicks off at 1 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at UT's Hollingsworth Auditorium. Get into the spring spirit! It's free to attend.

Local funk and R&B institution Gran Torino will reunite after a decade-long hiatus at the Bijou Theatre at 8 p.m. The "one last show" is also a fundraiser for the Bijou, and tickets cost $30-$100. Buy them here.

If you missed Four Leaf Peat on Friday, catch them at the Square Room Saturday at 8 p.m. Go get your Irish (faux or otherwise) on. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Well, where the Salome Cabaret Burlesque Theater will perform at 10 p.m. It's $10 to get in. 21+ only.

SUNDAY
The Rationalists of East Tennessee will have their monthly meeting at Pellissippi State Community College at 10:30 a.m. to discuss skepticism, science, and humanism. For more info call (865) 482-4680, or check out the group's website.

The Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center. You never know what you might find!

The Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee will have a mindfulness-based stress reduction class at 4:30 p.m. for cancer patients and survivors. For more info, call (865) 546-4661.

Former WWE wild man and memoirist Mick Foley will bring his spoken-word show to Side Splitter's Comedy Club at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$27. Buy them here.

Temporary Weekend Street Closures:

Friday
Lanes will be closed at Cumberland Avenue and Gay street in front of the First Tennessee Building to allow loading things into the Bijou Theater.

Sunday
Barley's Taproom St. Patrick's Day 5K is on Sunday, so there will be "rolling" road closures along the route from 2 to 6 p.m. Beware on these streets: Jackson Avenue to S. Kentucky Street to Willow Avenue; Willow Avenue to Central Street; Central to Jackson; Jackson to Gay Street; Gay Street to Emory Place; Emory Place to E. 4th Avenue; 4th Avenue to 3rd Avenue; 3rd Avenue to Lamar Street; Lamar to 4th; 4th to Emory Place; Emory Place to Gay Street; Gay Street to Jackson (again); and Jackson to Barley's. 

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