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The Weekend Plan-It: Rhythm and Blooms Festival, the Great Llama Race, and ROAD CLOSURES Galore

Good morning! Happy weekend! We made it, guys. Let's celebrate by making some weekend plans. Scroll down for a (long) list of road closures this weekend. Maybe avoid downtown if you're not going to the Rhythm and Blooms fest.

FRIDAY

At noon, head over to the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe for UT's Science Forum. This week Dr. Steven Wise, an associate professor of math, will lead a discussion about solving problems with scientific computing (entitled "Simulations for Solutions"). It's free to attend and open to the public. For more info, call (865) 974-8156 or email littmann@utk.edu.

This afternoon at 3, the first of a handful of Civil War History Cruises departs. On the Star of Knoxville Riverboat, learn about the city's history during the war. Tickets are $14-$18. More info here.

The Rhythm and Blooms festival kicks off tonight at 6 at the Jackson Avenue Viaduct stage, where the David Mayfield Parade will start the festivities. Ticket info is here.

Folk cellist Dave Eggar will perform in the visitor center at 7 p.m. The show's free to attend! Don't miss him!

Then head back over to Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria at 9 to catch some more Rhythm and Blooms artists. The full schedule is here.

SATURDAY
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church will host an AARP Smart Driver Class. For more info on signing up, call (865) 584-9964.

At 11 a.m., head over to World's Fair Park to check out the Great Llama Race. Yes, llamas. Local celebrities will race against llamas to benefit Knoxville area schools, Southeast Llama Rescue, and Casa de Sara's elementary school project in Bolivia. It's $2 to attend. For more info call (865) 690-3323 or check out the event's website.

Check out the Rhythm and Blooms lineup at the Standard on Jackson Ave, where Willie Watson will kick off the shows there at 2:45 p.m. The schedule's here.

Catch a showing of Anne McGravie's drama "Wrens," about a group of British women serving in the Navy at the end of WWII at the Clarence Brown Lab Theatre. The show starts at 7. Tickets are $15. Buy them here.

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

SUNDAY
Sleep late or get brunch, and then head over to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum at 1 p.m., where the Rhythm and Blooms fest winds down. Caleb Hawley will get the music started. 

From 2 to 4 p.m. the Tennessee Valley Exotic Bird Club will meet at Young-Williams Animal Center. Birds are absolutely welcome! It's free to attend. For more info, call (865) 363-1715.

The Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee will have its regular monthly meeting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow a discussion on the "plant-perfect diet." It's $4 to attend. For more info call (865) 546-5643 or check out the group's website.

Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8. No cover! 21+ only.

WEEKEND ROAD CLOSURES
Due to the water main break this week, Main Street between Gay Street and S. Central Street will remain closed through the weekend. These streets will also be closed: State Street between W. Hill Ave and Cumberland Ave, and the Main Street entrance ramp to the James White Parkway. Flag men will be there to direct traffic around these spots.

Here are the Rhythm and Blooms Street Closures:
Friday: Jackson Ave between Morgan Street and Humes Street; Patton Street between Jackson and Willow avenues; and Jackson between Broadway and the Standard (416 W. Jackson) will all be closed from 4 p.m. to midnight. Drivers will still be able to drive on Jackson from Gay Street to park in the Jackson lot.

Saturday: The above streets will also be closed on Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. 

Sunday: Wimple Ave between Biddle and Parrish streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the Botanical Gardens performances.

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