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John Martin highlights some of this weekend's biggest events

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The Knoxville Museum of Art continues to showcase its latest exhibit "Beverly Semmes: Starcraft", in addition to "Horizons by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir". The Knoxville Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

Michael Reno Harrell with Sligo Creek Stompers will perform on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. The free broadcast begins at noon at the Knoxville Visitor Center.

Hometown rockers, The Dirty Guv'nahs will celebrate the release of their new album, Somewhere Beneath These Southern Skies, with a free show on Market Square. Moon Taxi will open the show at 6 pm. The Black Cadillacs will take the stage right after. The Guvs have the stage until 10 pm.

James Sibley will perform at Side Splitters Comedy Club in west Knoxville. Sibley has regular appearances on Bob & Tom Radio, The John Boy & Billy Big Show and XMSirrus Radio. Tickets are $12 to the 7:45 show.

Summer Movie Magic continues at the Tennessee Theatre this weekend with a presentation of A Star is Born, starring Judy Garland and James Mason.  Adult tickets are $8, children and seniors are $6. The 181 minute film gets started at 8 pm.


Knox Area Rescue Ministries has been selected to benefit from proceeds for the first ever Ride for the Rescue bicyclists' ride from West Bikes in Farragut. There will be four rides for bicyclists in varying lengths. All rides will begin at West Bikes, 11531 Kingston Pike. Registration is online at for $25 advance or $30 day of event, beginning at 6:45 am. Registration for the family friendly ride is $25 per family in advance or $35 day of event.

The Butterfly Fund 5K Run/Walk will take place at Cherokee Boulevard in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood near downtown Knoxville at 9 am. The Butterfly Fund supports research, treatment and services dedicated to the defeat of childhood cancers and all funds raised by the organization are donated to East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Visit to find out more about this event and foundation.

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park will be hosting their "Crockett Days" celebration on the park grounds near Limestone, Tennessee. Activities include living history reenactors in period dress demonstrating skills and crafts of our pioneer ancestors. Food, music, kids games and storytelling round out the event. This free event runs from 10 am until 3 pm. Call (423) 257-2167 for more information.

The East Tennessee History Fair kicks off in downtown Knoxville at 10 am. The day is loaded with events ranging from the "History Hound" Dog Costume Contest, to the Historic Homes Bus Tours. The WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage kicks off in Krutch Park at 11 am. Visit to find out more information about this free event.

Bumper Jacksons with Brooke McBride will perform on the Saturday edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You can be entertained at the Knoxville Visitor Center for free at noon.

The annual Smokin' Day Fest will take place at Sweet P's Barbecue and Soul House Saturday, 2:30 to 9 pm. The 4th annual event includes an all you can eat pig roast and a corn hole tournament and will feature four blues performers. The cost of the pig roast is $15 however, participants can also order off the regular menu. Visit for more information.

Foothills Kiwanis of Townsend will host its fifth annual Blues and BBQ event at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. Barbecue will be served beginning at 5:30 pm by Miss Lily's Catering. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Maryville's own "Josh and Jarrod's Blues Brothers Tribute Show," beginning at 7 pm. Ticket includes meal and concert and may be purchased from any Foothills Kiwanis member, or at the door, or by calling (865) 216-1899. Cost is $20 per person, or $10 for children 6-12, or $50 for a Family Pass for two adults and up to four (4) children. The event is free for children under six years of age.

Family Promise of Knoxville will have their 7th Annual Pasta Cook Off, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gymnasium. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child ($40 family maximum), and may be purchased by calling (865) 584-2822. The event will run from 5 pm until 7:30 pm. Find out more about this event with guest judges, celebrity emcee, and much more by visiting

Knoxville Zoo's 18th annual Feast with the Beasts takes place from from 7 to 11 pm. Sample the most delectable foods and beverages from more than 45 area restaurants and vendors.  Guests can gobble up tasty BBQ, Italian specialties, yummy deserts and much more. If that's not enough to get those mouths watering, maybe the many beverage samples from area distributors, wineries and breweries will do the trick. Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 the day of. Visit for more information.  

The Coveralls will perform at Preservation Pub in downtown Knoxville. There will be a $5 cover for the 10 pm show.


Summer Movie Magic continues at the Tennessee Theatre this weekend with a presentation of A Star is Born, starring Judy Garland and James Mason.  Adult tickets are $8, children and seniors are $6. The 181 minute film gets started at 2 pm.

The Tennessee Smokies will begin their final homestand of the regular season, with a game against the Chattanooga Lookouts. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm in Kodak. Stick around after the game as the band The Breakfast Club will be performing.

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