Good morning! It's the weekend! Congrats on making it here! Now take a look at what's going on.
At noon, head over to the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe for UT's Science Forum. This afternoon, the topic of discussion will be epidemics of "less glamorous wildlife" and what we can do to stop them. Dr. Marcy Souza, DVM, MPH, assistant professor of biomedical and diagnostic sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, will lead the discussion. It's free to attend and open to the public.
For First Friday, go check out artist Dina Ruta's exhibit "A Tribute to Women" at the Emporium Center for Arts and Culture. Ruta's paintings incorporate images of prominent historical and contemporary figures. It's free to go check it out!
The Lonetones will play a free show at the visitor center for WDVX as part of First Friday. It starts at 7! Don't miss them!
March Metal Madness continues at the Bowery at 7 p.m. Headlining the show is Diamond Plate, who released their latest album Pulse last year. East of the Wall, Scent of Remains, Divided We Stand, A Body Divided, and Rot Iron will also perform. Tickets are $10-$15. Buy them here.18+ only.
The Pilot Light will host a performance by Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, who'll play with 10 local musicians at the Woodruff Building (424 S. Gay Street). It's $8 to attend. 18+ only.
At 10 p.m. head over to the Well and catch Local H perform with the Bad Dudes and Gamenight. Tickets are $10. Buy them here. 21+ only.
Kidstuff Live, the family-friendly WDVX show, starts at 10 a.m. and will feature parent-friendly South Carolina indie rockers Lunch Money. It's free to attend! If your munchkins are early risers, head on over to the visitor center! (Or tune in!)
The Tennessee Health Care Campaign will be at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville to offer help in signing up for insurance on the marketplace. It's free! For more info call (865) 693-7809.
The Knox County Democratic Women's Club will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a 1929-themed bash at the Southern Railway Station that starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 (buy them here). Period-appropriate attire is suggested (and who doesn't want to dress up like Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby?). For more info call (865) 688-7869 or (865) 540-4001.
Beppe Gambetta, an Italian guitarist, will bring his exploration of commonalities between European and American folk music to the Palace Theater in Maryville. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13-$15. More info here.
Nine-piece Brooklyn outfit Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will play at Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 10 p.m. Go check out the modern spin on classic soul. 21+ only.
The Friends of the Library annual book sale will be at the Knoxville Convention Center starting at 1 p.m. You never know what you might find there...
The Tennessee Stage Company will perform Knoxville playwright Gayle Greene's romantic comedy "Tic Toc" at 3 p.m. at Theatre Knoxville Downtown. Tickets are $12-$15. Buy them here.
Banjoist Béla Fleck will perform at the Clayton Center for the Arts with his wife Abigail Washburn. Tickets to this (can't-miss) show are $30-$35. Buy them here.
Also, we're now going to be posting the city's list of temporary road closures here every week, so you won't be surprised when you get out and about. Here's what to look out for:
Friday - Sunday
A) World's Fair Park Drive between Clinch Avenue and Fort Kid will be reduced to one lane with one-way traffic due to a Knoxville Museum of Art fundraising event. A temporary no-parking zone has been in place for unloading of equipment and will remain in effect until Sunday.
B) To accommodate the presentation of "Stomp" at the Tennessee Theatre, loading zones on Clinch Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday until 3 p.m. Sunday.
Due to the Lucky Kidney Run, there will be a temporary no-parking zone in the southbound lane of Gay Street between Clinch Avenue and Summit Hill Drive, 7:30-11:30 a.m. For the 9 a.m. run, there will be rolling closures from Gay Street to Emory Place, Emory Place to East Fourth Avenue, East Fourth to Luttrell Street, then back to Gay Street.
There will be rolling closures due to the VMC 5K Dunkin' Donuts Eat and Run race, 2-3 p.m. The course follows Clinch Avenue to Locust Street, Locust to West Hill, West Hill to State Street, State to Union Avenue, Union to Central Street, Central to Willow Avenue, Willow to Jackson Avenue, Jackson to World's Fair Park Drive.