The Daily Plan-It: ‘Engaging Arabia’ Symposium, Knox Asian Fest, and the Wood Brothers

Good morning! It’s the weekend! Celebrate by making plans! (We’ve got ideas, natch.)

At 10 a.m., grab the kiddos and head over to Smart Toys and Books for Mommy, Daddy, and Me art class. This week, kids ages 2+ will work on creating a “wormy apple.” It’s $5 to participate. For more info call (865) 691-1154 or check out the store’s website.

Knox Heritage will have an educational lunch at 11:30 a.m. at its headquarters on Kingston Pike. This week John Case, of Case Antiques Inc., will be on hand to talk about local artists. To make reservations for the buffet lunch, call Hollie Cook at 865-523-8008 or email her at

The two-day academic symposium “Engaging Arabia” and the Arab Cultural Fair kicks off at the McClung Museum at UT at 3 p.m. A full schedule of events is here.

The Knoxville Opera will kick off Pellissippi State Community College’s fall concert series with a performance of “Magnifico!” The performance starts at 7 p.m. at the Hardin Valley campus’ Clayton Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. More info here.

Wrap up the night at the Concourse, where the Midnight Voyage will take over at 9 p.m.  Thriftworks will perform, along with J Mo and Psychonaut. Tickets are $7-$10. Buy them here. 18+ only.

The first ever Asian Festival in Knoxville will kick off at 10 a.m. in Krutch Park. It’s free to attend! Go check out all the food and ehibitions! More info here.

If you’re going to be downtown, check out WDVX’s Blue Plate Special at noon in the visitor center. Alex Aronsten will perform, along with the Hello Strangers. It’s free to attend, as always.

The Pilot Light’s SOLO FEST kicks off at 3 p.m. Cover’s $5. 18+ only.

The Hard Knox Roller Girls will lace up and face off against teams from Lehigh Valley, Penn., at home in the Civic Coliseum. Tickets are $10. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, where T.J. Lazer and the New Detroits will perform.

The Knoxville Botanical Garden’s Fall Festival starts at 10 a.m.  Get the kids and go check out the food, crafts, PETTING ZOO (!!), book walk, and hayride tours. More details on the event are here.

Catch a matinee performance of Hank Williams: Lost Highway at CBT’s Carousel Theatre at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$42. Buy them here.

Wrap up the weekend at the Bijou Theatre, where you can catch Americana outfit the Wood Brothers perform, along with Chris Kasper.  Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

K-Town South: Watch History Come Alive This Weekend

What: John Sevier Days Living History WeekendFINALKTownlogo_150
Where: Marble Springs State Historic Site (1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy.)
When: Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, 12 noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per adult (16+); $3 per child (7-15); 6 and under free; parking free.

Once upon a time, oh, 1801 or so, Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier, lived on a 350-acre farm right in modern day South Knoxville. The good folks at Marble Springs bring the era back alive with this annual event commemorating Sevier’s birthday—he’d be 269 this year.

It wasn’t all fun and games for those who toiled on the farms back then, but it’s very enjoyable to scope out the demonstrations of what kept the place afloat, from handicrafts to back-breaking chores. Visitors can look forward to costumed demonstrations of spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, and open-hearth cooking. Several historic structures are also open for tours, including a tavern, loom house, smokehouse, spring house, and the John Sevier cabin and detached kitchen.

Since the event covers the “life and times” of John Sevier, who made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War hero, visitors can also look forward to weapons demonstrations showcasing tomahawks and period-appropriate firearms—and 18th century style militia drills. Add in food, drinks, special treats, and a smattering of regional craft demonstrations and historic lectures, and you’ve got a winner.

All proceeds benefit the mission of preservation and education of the Marble Springs State Historic Site. For more info:

Tip: The Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. He lived there from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. The farm took its name from the Tennessee Rose Marble quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property. 

Plug In to Some Hot Electric Cars
What: An electric vehicle showcase organized by at East Tennessee Clean Fuels as part of National Drive Electric Week
Where: Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.)
When: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free 

They’re electric! East Tennessee Clean Fuels will gather together a fleet of electric cars to show one and all just how far the technology has come. Owners and expert speakers will be on hand to answer questions, and there are even a few giveaways, sunglasses and stuff.

Sorry, no test drives, but you can look all you want at vehicles like the BMW i3, Cadillac ELR, and Tesla Model S.  Finny B’s Food Truck makes its appearance at 11 a.m.

And Along the Way…
It’s perfect weather to hit a bucket of balls at Chapman Highway Driving Range (8711 Chapman Hwy.). They’re open Monday-Saturday at 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and the buckets of balls range from $5-$7. Reclaim the clubs from the garage and enjoy some exercise and pleasant scenery. 


The Daily Plan-It: Art-a-Palooza, Paleface, and Amber Roessner

Good morning! We’re inching closer to a beautiful weekend! Hang in there and stay busy!

The Fountain City Art Center’s Art-a-Palooza fundraiser kicks off today. Artists will be on site to talk about the work they have for sale (ranging from paintings to jewelry), and on Saturday, there will be a lot more going on. More info here.

At noon in the visitor center, catch Jon Landau perform for WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, along with Paleface. As always, it’s free to attend. (And if you miss the show, Paleface will perform at Barley’s tonight at 10.)

The With Hope in Mind support group for families and friends of people with mental illness will meet at the O’Connor Senior Center on Winona Street this afternoon at 2. For more info call (865) 523-7284. It’s free to attend.

UT journalism prof Amber Roessner will be at Union Ave Books at 6 p.m. to talk about her longtime-coming new book Inventing Baseball Heroes: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and the Sporting Press in America. It’s free to attend!

Wrap up the night at the Concourse, where the Jerry Garcia Band cover band will perform at 8 p.m. The show’s free!

The Daily Plan-It: Books Sandwiched In, ‘Hank Williams: Lost Highway,’ and St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Good morning and happy hump day! I guess it’s fall now! So get out and enjoy the day! We’ve got some ideas for you.

The Market Square Farmer’s Market will set up at 11 a.m. and be on the square till 2 p.m. Go pick up some squash for a fall-inspired dinner tonight!

Knoxville sustainability director Erin Gill will lead a discussion on William D. Nordhaus’s book The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World as part of the library’s Books Sandwiched In series. Bring your lunch to the East Tennessee History Center at noon and hear what she has to say—it’s free and open to the public.

The Clarence Brown Theatre will present a performance of Hank Williams: Lost Highway at 7:30 p.m. in the Carousel Theatre. More info on the play and how to buy tickets ($22-$42) is here. (They’ve added a couple showings!)

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir will perform at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville this evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19-$36. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light, where Apache Dropout will perform, along with Ex-Gold and the Sniff. The show starts at 10 p.m. Cover’s $6. 18+ only.

The Daily Plan-It: Parkinson’s Support Group, Einstein Simplified, and Relentless

Good morning! We all made it through Monday! Three cheers! Now take a look at what’s going on around town this Tuesday.

At 11:30 a.m., the Hope is Alive Parkinson’s support group will meet at Kern United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge.

This evening, fit in a workout. Carrie Jackson will teach a zumba class at Southside Baptist Church at 6 p.m. It’s $5 to participate. More info here.

UT history prof J.P. Dessel will give a talk at the McClung Museum at 7:30 entitled “The Changing Face of Tell Tayinat, Turkey: The Assyrian Remaking of a Luwian Landmark.” It’s free and open to the public. More info here.

Knoxville’s longest-running comedy improv group Einstein Simplified will perform at Scruffy City Hall at 8 p.m. No cover! 21+ only.

Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where Relentless will perform at 10 p.m. Cover’s $3. 21+ only.

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