The Daily Plan-It: Farmers’ Market, Dr. Charles McMillan, and Bearfight

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, so we’re halfway through the week. Hang in there! And take a look at what’s going on around town today.

It’s market day! The Market Square Farmers’ Market will start at 11 and go until 2 p.m. It’s October, so it’s officially butternut squash season. Go pick one up!

At noon in the visitor center, Free the Honey will perform during WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, along with the Johnny Monster Band. It’s free to attend!

Dr. Charles McMillan, the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will be at UT’s Baker Center at 5:30 to give a talk on policy making that is powered by technology—and whether or not we’re ready for the future. It’s free to attend. More info here.

Linger over dinner at the Bistro at the Bijou, since Preston Shires will be on hand starting at 7 to play some jazz while you finish eating.

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

The Daily Plan-It: Yoga, We Came as Romans, and ‘Mama Mia!’

Good morning! We made it through Monday! Now take a look at what’s going on around town today.

At noon, the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church will have a gentle yoga and meditation class. Donations will be accepted. For more info call (865) 577-2021 or email yogaway249@gmail.com

This evening at 6, rockers We Came as Romans will take the stage at the International. For Today, the Color Morale, Crossfaith, and Palisades will also perform. Tickets are $17-$30. Buy them here. 18+ only.

Broadway/ABBA lovers! Broadway at the Tennessee (Theatre) will feature Mama Mia! at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37-$77. Buy them here.

Comedy fans! Knoxville’s longest-running improv comedy troupe Einstein Simplified will perform at Scruffy City Hall at 8 p.m.  21+ only.

Wrap up the night at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, where Alex Kates will perform at 10 p.m. 21+ only.

The Daily Plan-It: Author Amy Billone, Gay Men’s Discussion Group, and La Fin Absolute du Monde

Good morning! It’s Monday again, but there’s plenty going on around town to keep you busy. Take a look.

Smart Toys and Books will have children’s story time this morning at 11. This week’s theme is unusual pets. It’s free to attend! For more info call (865) 691-1154 or check out the store’s website.

At noon in the visitor center, Johnny Boyd and His Sensational Swing Lover Band will perform during WDVX’s Blue Plate Special. The Michael Martin Band will also perform. It’s free to attend, as always.

Author Amy Billone will be at UT’s Hodges Library to talk about, and read from, her new poetic memoir The Light Changes at 7 p.m. It’s free to attend! More info on the Writers in the Library series is here.

The Gay Men’s Discussion Group will meet at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church tonight at 7:30. This week’s topic will be National Coming Out Day, and what you can do to help those coming out. It’s free to attend! More info here.

Wrap up the night at the Pilot Light, where La Fin Absolute du Monde will perform at 10 p.m. Cover’s $5. 18+ only.

The Weekend Plan-It: Greek Fest, Hola Festival, and Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds

Good morning! It’s finally the weekend! Woo!! Here’s what’s going on around town through Sunday.

FRIDAY
Greek Fest at St. George Orthodox Church kicks off at 11 a.m. Details on what’s going on there this weekend are here.

The New West Guitar Group will perform during WDVX’s Blue Plate Special at noon in the visitor center. Open the Door for Three will also perform. It’s free to attend, as always.

Like music? Like the outdoors? Especially like the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains? Cove Lake State Park will host ‘A Night of Music in the Cumberlands’ tonight and will feature a performance by Dale Ann Bradley, among several others. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15 at the gate, which opens at 5 p.m. More details here.

If you’re out and about downtown and need to wind down, head over to the Bistro at the Bijou around 9 p.m. for a nightcap and some tunes from Norwegian Wood. No cover!

Kid Congo and his band the Pink Monkey Birds will make a pit stop in Knoxville tonight. Their show at the Pilot Light starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Buy them here. 18+ only.

SATURDAY
The UT Gardens Fall Plant Sale will open at 9 a.m. They’ll have a variety of perennials, shrubs, and trees to buy, and proceeds support the gardens. Friends of the Gardens will receive at 10 percent discount. More info here.

After stocking up on produce at the farmer’s market downtown, head over to the visitor center at noon to hear Orquestra de Jaime Bonila perform during WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, along with Michael Braunfeld. It’s free to attend!

The Hola Festival kicks off the start of its two-day celebration on Market Square at 7 p.m. It’s free to attend, and there’s lots going on. Check out the details here.

1960s-style folk singer Jack Herranen and the Little Red Band will perform at the Laurel Theater at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria, where John Paul Keith will perform at 10 p.m.

SUNDAY
The Hola Festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m., and Greek Fest opens at noon. See above for more details!

The Muse Knoxville (formerly the East Tennessee Discovery Center) will be closed to regular visitors, and instead open only for children on the Autism spectrum and their families for the afternoon starting at 1 p.m. The Autism Society of East Tennessee will provide refreshments. Admission is $3. More details here.

The Old Gray Cemetery Lantern and Carriage Tours start at 4 p.m. (till 7) at the Old Gray Cemetery on Broadway. It’s $10 to go on the tour. For more info call (865) 522-1424 or check out the tour’s website.

Wrap up the weekend at the Preservation Pub for the Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show at 8 p.m. No cover! 21+ only.

The Daily Plan-It: Life Drawing Session, Belly Dancing, and All Them Witches

Good morning! We’re getting closer to the weekend every day! So take a look at what’s going on around town this Thursday.

At noon in the visitor center, Adler and Hearne will perform during WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, along with Chris Stalcup and the Grange. As always, it’s free to attend.

The Candoro Arts and Heritage Center will have a life drawing session at 2 p.m. There’s no instruction. Just bring your sketching materials and $10 to participate. Membership is not required. For more info call Brad Selph at 865-573-0709.

Need a laugh? Catch comic Nathan Brannon’s stand-up routine at Side Splitters Comedy Club tonight at 7:45. Tickets are $12. Buy them here. 18+ only.

Want to try a new work out? Knox Dance Worx will have its levels 1 and 2 belly dance class tonight at 8. It’s $12 to participate. For more info call (865) 898-2126 or e-mail Alexia@alexia-dance.com.

Check out Nashville garage rock outfit All Them Witches, who’ll play at the Preservation Pub tonight with Across Tundras. The show starts at 10 p.m. 21+ only.

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