The Weekend Plan-It: Eli Young Band, National Senior Spelling Bee, and the Donkeys

Good morning! Three cheers for the weekend! It’s here’s and there’s plenty of stuff going on throughout. Take a look at the highlights and make some plans.

FRIDAY

Patti Callahan Henry will be at Union Ave Books at noon to read from, and sign copies of, her new novel The Stories We Tell. Head over there on your lunch break! It’s free to attend!

Knox County will have a master gardening class this afternoon at Humana (4438 Western Ave), which is free to attend. Go brush up to prepare for fall!

It’s scary movie night at Ijams Nature Center starting at 6 p.m. Frighworks will created a haunted trail, followed by a screening from the Knoxville Horror Film Fest of The Legend of Boggy Creek and Willow Creek. Parental discretion is advised. It’s $10 to attend.

The platinum-selling Texas country outfit the Eli Young Band is touring in support of their new album 10,000 Towns, and will make a pitstop at our own Tennessee Theatre tonight at 8. The Railer will also perform. Tickets are $31.50. Buy them here.

Wrap up the night at the Preservation Pub, where Roots of Rebellion will perform, along with Tree Tops. The show starts at 10 p.m. Cover’s $3. 21+ only.

SATURDAY

The National Senior Spelling Bee will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center, and kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Spellers will all be 50+ years old. More info, and tickets here.

The Knoxville Children’s Theatre will perform a new stage adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Thumbelina at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12. More info here.

Local religious, social justice, and environmental groups are teaming up for the Climate Knoxville Action Rally to be held on Market Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Speakers (including the city’s office of sustainability director Erin Gill, Mayor Dan Brown, and NAACP Knoxville chapter president Rev. John Butler, among many others), live music, and comedy acts will be featured. It’s free to attend!

Oklahoma singer/songwriter left his band Cross Canadian Ragweed to start a solo career with his backing band the Departed in 2010. They’ll perform at the Shed in Maryville at 8 p.m. with the Damn Quails. Tickets are $20. Buy them here.

California folk-pop outfit the Donkeys will perform at the Pilot Light at 10 p.m., along with Sam Quinn and Taiwan Twin. It’s $7 to attend. 18+ only.

SUNDAY

Head to the Bistro at the Bijou for brunch around noon—that’s when Shifflett and Hannah will start their jazz set.

The regular Knoxville Game Design meetup will take place at its normal HQ (The Technology Cooperative at 130 W. Jackson Ave) at 2 p.m. All levels of designers are welcome! More info here.

The Preservation Pub’s Upstairs Underground Stand-Up Comedy Show starts at 8 p.m. on the second floor. There’s no cover! 21+ only.