Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

The Lady Vols take on Ole Miss at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The showdown will be the Lady Vols’ first unranked opponent since playing Vanderbilt on Jan. 7.

Cast out for the biggest fishing show event in the region. The East Tennessee Fishing Show and Expo runs Thursday through Sunday at the Knoxville Expo Center on Clinton Highway.

Tickets are $10, but parking is free. Meet some of the major National Pro Anglers who will be there leading seminars, and check out a large selection of custom tackle, lures, rods, apparel, kayaks, boats and more.

Knox PAWS is hosting a fundraiser at the Painting with a Twist in Powell on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Knox PAWS matches eligible senior citizens with a senior dog or cat who needs adopting and covers the costs that come with pet ownership. The cost of the fundraiser is $35 to paint a masterpiece honoring your own furry companion.

The New Harvest Farmers Market is hosting a special winter market on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. inside the park’s community center at 4775 New Harvest Lane. Stock up on fresh produce, eggs, meat and honey from local farmers.

New York Times Reporter David Sanger will speak at the University of Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m. about how past presidential administrations handled national security and how the current administration plans to tackle security challenges going forward. Sanger is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Tickets for UT students are free. For everyone else, they are $5 online at Knoxville Tickets.

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

Tickle your funny bone and indulge your sweet tooth. Chocolate & Comedy with Leanne Morgan is Friday at the Knoxville Convention Center to kick off this weekend’s Chocolate Fest. Tickets range from $15 to $50 and benefit the Julia Barbara Foundation. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Jam out with some live music at the Mill and Mine on Friday night at 7 p.m. while supporting the Beardsley Community Farm for their 10th annual Snow Day fundraiser. There will also be soup contest featuring some of the best restaurants in town. Snow Day helps raise about 10 percent of the farm’s annual operating budget. Tickets are $15 for general admission and an extra $5 if you want to try the soup.

The UT School of Music is hosting a cappella competitions this weekend. If you want to see some of these talented singers, the high schoolers perform Friday at 7:00 PM in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, and the collegiate groups take the stage on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for the public and $15 for students.

Cabaret, a Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart is playing at the Tennessee Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $44 to $84 with shows at 8 p.m. both nights and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Uncover the history of Cades Cove and the Great Smokey Mountains at the 2018 Winter Heritage Festival Friday through Sunday at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. This free event will feature local historians who will share the stories that created out past. If you get hungry, the Blount County Fire Department will be serving up a Cast Iron lunch for an additional $10. For a complete schedule of the festival visit:

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Lace up your running shoes for the “Run 4 Their Lives” 5K at the UT Gardens on Saturday at 10 a.m. The event raises awareness and money to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom. Registration is $30 and the deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., dozens of water skiers, wake boarders, and tubers will take over the Tennessee River downtown for the annual Eskimo Escapades to raise money for Patricia Neal IRC, the Dream Connection, and the Adventure Amputee Camp. Registration includes a tow and a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt.

Taste some delicious chocolate by some of East Tennessee’s best bakers and chocolatiers at the annual Chocolate Fest on Saturday and Sunday at the Knoxville Convention Center. Tickets range from $5 to $50 for a VIP pass where waiters personally deliver your chocolate samples to you. The festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The Covenant Kids Run “Marathon” program kicks off at noon on Saturday at Zoo Knoxville. Kids will complete a full marathon by running or walking at a total of 25 miles between Jan. 27 and the official Covenant Kids Run on March 24. Registration is $20 and includes free admission to the zoo on Saturday.

The Mountain Music Museum has a grand reopening celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its new location in Kingsport, Tennessee. The day will include a live performance by Grammy-winners Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Relive the magic of Harry Potter like never before as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ exciting soundtrack beneath a large screen playing the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” movie. There are two performances: Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets range from $45 to $85.

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

The Tennessee Stage Company and Shakespeare On The Square invite you to come read Shakespeare for the “Shakespeare Out Loud” event on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lawson McGhee Library. Participants will read one of the four plays known as “Romances.” Copies will be provided.

The Sundress Reading Series welcomes Ellen Goldstein, Samantha Edmonds, and Michael Gerhard Martin for a free reading at the Hexagon Brewing Company from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.