Here’s a guide to some of this weekend’s entertainment and culture highlights. For a full list of events, visit the Mercury’s online calendar.
The big news, of course, is that we’re hosting an ALL-DAY, ALL-LIVE, ALL-LOCAL BENEFIT CONCERT/RADIOTHON with WDVX! Knoxtacular runs from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, live at the Bijou Theatre and broadcast on WDVX. An all-star lineup of local bands, solo artists, poets, speakers, and more will perform in support of local independent media. You can donate at the show (we’re asking for a $10 contribution for admission, but of course feel free to give more) or online at knoxmercury.com/join or wdvx.com. Jack Neely talks about why it’s important here.
FRIDAY, MARCH 4:
Beth Meadows: Just Blousing
Central Collective • 7-10 p.m. • Free
The opening reception for a month-long exhibit of new paintings by Beth Meadows at Downtown North’s new state-of-the-art collaborative art/event space.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5:
Tennessee Stage Company: The Cast List
Theatre Downtown Knoxville • 8 p.m. • $15
It’s opening weekend for the closing event of TSC’s annual New Stage Play Festival—the world premiere of Gayle Green’s new comedy about a theater director’s worst nightmare.
Royal Bangs with Headface and the Congenitals
Pilot Light • 10 p.m. • $5 • 18 and up
The enduring local indie trio hasn’t been playing many local shows the last couple of years, but they’re promising all-new material this weekend.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6:
Webb School • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
It’s the third and final day of this annual, um, art extravaganza, featuring works by more than 60 artists hailing from around the Southeast.
Sundress Academy for the Arts Reading Series
Lawson McGee Public Library • 3-5 p.m. • Free
The Sundress Academy for the Arts, an artists’ collective on a 45-acre farm in northwest Knoxville that hosts workshops, retreats, and residencies for writers, actors, filmmakers, and visual artists, hosts a monthly reading series. This month’s speakers are Rebecca Morgan Frank, Jordan Zandi, and T.J. Jarrett.
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