Here’s a list of what to do this weekend—electronic art, opera, Scott Miller, an expedition into South Knoxville’s vast wilderness. Visit the Knoxville Mercury online calendar or pick up this week’s issue for a full list of the weekend’s offerings.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10
Virtual Views: Digital Art From the Thoma Foundation
Knoxville Museum of Art • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free
The Knoxville Museum of Art’s most recent exhibit, presented in conjunction with the upcoming Big Ears music, art, and film festival, focuses on the work of nine new-media artists. “The future of electronic media in art seems to be absolutely limitless when you examine this exhibit, not only because a fair variety of approaches is represented, but because you understand that this is just the beginning,” Denise Stewart-Sanabria writes in her review in this week’s issue.
Union Ave Books • 5 p.m. • Free
Nashville-based Lydia Peelle departs from the standard book-signing format with a multimedia presentation to promote her new historical novel, The Midnight Cool (“a haunting, richly told story of two flawed but endearing grifters who pursue women, wealth and mules”).
Knoxville Opera: La Bohème
Tennessee Theatre • 7:30 p.m. • $21-$99
Knoxville Opera stages Puccini’s super-romantic operatic masterpiece about a group of starving writers and artists in 19th-century Paris. Alan Sherrod previews the production in this week’s issue. (A second performance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2:30 p.m.)
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
Laurel Theater • 8 p.m. • $19
Knoxville’s favorite roots-rock prodigal returns for his annual (or so) local concert, this time at the historic Laurel Theater in Fort Sanders. Read our interview with Miller from the very first issue of the Mercury, in 2014.
Go! Contemporary Dance Works: Barbarosa: The Tale of Pirate Anne Bonny
Bijou Theatre • 8 p.m. • $17-$50
The true tale of a 16th-century teenager who became the terror of the Atlantic Coast, told through a fusion of ballet, modern dance, aerialism, and swordplay. (An encore performance will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3 p.m.)
Col. Bruce Hampton
Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 10 p.m. • $5
The Colonel has been making outer-limits psychedelic boogie rock—imagine Dr. John leading the Beefheart band, or Beefheart in charge of the MGs—since the late 1960s, first with the Hampton Grease Band and later with such evocatively named outfits as the Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Fiji Mariners, the Quark Alliance, and the Pharaoh Gummitt.
SUNDAY, FEB. 12
KTC Dirty South Trail Half and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
Ijams Nature Center • 9 a.m. • $20-$50
Take your pick—a long, perilous, treacherous run through the wilds of South Knoxville, or one twice as long, perilous, and treacherous.
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