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FRIDAY MARCH 9

Grace Adele and Jimmy Bowskill will perform at the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Head on down to the Knoxville Visitor Center for the free-noon broadcast.

The UT Lady Vols Softball team plays host to the Florida Gators. First under-hand pitch is scheduled for 6 pm, at Sheri Parker Lee Stadium.

The UT Baseball squad plays host to Louisiana-Monroe at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It's "Book Drive Day" -- Donate two new or gently used children's books and receive a free general admission ticket. First pitch is scheduled for 6 pm.

The Knoxville Museum of Art continues their "Alive After Five" series at World's Fair Park. This week's musical entertainment will be Tall Paul and Crawdaddy. Admission is $10 to the weekly event.

The Square Room has two performances set. Anais Mitchell will perform at 6 pm. Tickets are available for $15. Tickets to the "Neon Indian" show are sold out. That show will begin at 10 pm.

The 43rd Annual Jubilee Festival at the Laurel Theater kicks off at 7 pm. Friday's lineup includes Clyde Davenport and Darrell Acuff, Y'uns, John Alvis and more. Visit www.jubileearts.com for a full list of performers and other information.

The Knoxville Nighthawks and Alabama Hammers will give Professional Indoor Football League fans a preview of things to come Friday night when they meet at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Kickoff is set for 7 pm, and the event is free for season ticket holders with a $10 charge for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the KCC box office, or by calling Knoxville Tickets at (865) 656-4444.

Maryville College Theatre presents "Xanadu". The award-winning Broadway musical comedy, is based on the 1980 film starring Olivia Newton-John. Adult tickets are $10. Show time is set for 8 pm, at the Haslam Family Flex Theatre.

Grace Adele will perform at Boyd's Jig & Reel. The free show is scheduled to begin at 9 pm in the Old City.

Barstool Romeos will be the headliners at Preservation Pub. The Americana music show will start at about 10 pm, with Tennessee Hollow.

SATURDAY MARCH 10

Registration for the "BE GREAT Run 8k" begins at 8 am in Tyson Park. There's all whole bunch of information about late registration, dog registration....and much more. Just visit www.bgctnv.org. It all goes to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley.

The Friends of the Knox County Public Library, announce the 2012 Annual Used Book Sale, at the Knoxville Convention Center at the Holiday Inn on the World's Fair Park. Saturday's "Members Only" hours of operation are from 11 am to 6 pm. Visit www.knoxfriends.org for more information about admission and memberships.

Hooves
and The Amboys will perform on the Saturday edition of the Blue Plate Special. It all happens at the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill.

Join Ijams Nature Center on a "WalkAbout" at Campbell Station Park in Farragut. They'll be in search for early wildflowers, late winter or early spring birds at this beautiful park and greenway along Little Turkey Creek. It's free to members, $5 for non-members. Please call (865) 577-4717. Walk time is 3 pm.

The UT Baseball squad plays host to Louisiana-Monroe at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It's "Book Drive Day" -- Donate two new or gently used children's books and receive a free general admission ticket. First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm.

Winterfest 2012 presents an evening with Hillsong United, making a rare U.S. appearance at Thompson Boling Arena. A limited number of 300-level General Admission seats have been made available to local area residents for the special price of $30.00 (local ID required). Doors open at 4 and the concert begins at 6. Tickets may be purchased at the Arena ticket office or online at www.knoxvilletickets.com.

The 43rd Annual Jubilee Festival at the Laurel Theater continues at 7 pm. Saturday's lineup includes Roy Harper, Pea Ridge Ramblers, Mumbillies and more. Visit www.jubileearts.com for a full list of performers and other information.

Amazing Johnathan will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has given Amazing Johnathan much praise, by including him on the coveted "Best of Las Vegas" list in the "Best Show" category. Show time is set for 7:45 and 10:15. Admission is $25 at the door.

Ben Bolt, Classical Guitarist returns to the Clayton Center for the Arts. Show time is set for 8 pm. Tickets to the Harold And Jean Lambert Recital Hall are $20.

The Erin McDermott Band will take the stage at Boyd's Jig & Reel. This free show is scheduled for 9 pm.

The Natti Love Joys are a roots rock reggae band that have been playing live since 2003. They'll be at The Ciderhouse at 10 pm. Tickets will be $8 at the door. Fat Penguin will open the show.

SUNDAY MARCH 11

The general public is welcome to the 2012 Annual Used Book Sale, at the Knoxville Convention Center at the Holiday Inn on the World's Fair Park. Everyone is welcome between 1 and 6 pm.

The UT Lady Vols Softball team plays host to the Florida Gators. First under-hand pitch is scheduled for noon, at Sheri Parker Lee Stadium.

The UT Baseball team finishes their home-stand against Louisiana-Monroe. Kids 12 and under get in free! First pitch is scheduled for 2 pm.

The Clarence Brown Theatre begins its run of "Black Pearl Sings". A search for lost African-American folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and a dramatic story. Tickets start at $20. Show time is set for a 2 pm matinee.

The UT Symphony Orchestra will perform at the James R. Cox Auditorium. Concertos and Classics concert, featuring 2012 School of Music Concerto Competition winners. The event will begin at 4 pm.

Renowned author, Barbara Kingsolver, and Grammy-award winning singer, Kathy Mattea, will combine their talents to present 'A View from the Mountaintop', an evening of spoken word and song on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre that celebrates their shared Appalachian heritage and casts a spotlight on mountaintop removal mining. Tickets are $25. It should begin at 5 pm.

Hudson K will perform at the Preservation Pub. Triple Cobra will open the show at 10 pm. Visit www.preservationpub.com for more information.



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