Why am I writing a post about things to do on a Thursday? Isn’t that a Friday sort of column? Usually it would be, but there is so much happening over the next several days and starting tonight, that I’m going to give it a run through today.
Thursday, October 25
Pecha Kucha – One of the greatest events I’ve attended in the city happened just over a year and a half ago at West Jackson Workshops. It was the first Pecha Kucha event and I found myself quite taken with it as I wrote here. The event started in Tokyo in 2003 and involves presentations of creative endeavors in which the presenter is allowed twenty slides and twenty seconds per slide for a total presentation time of six minutes, 40 seconds. The idea has spread to 571 cities world-wide and this will be Knoxville’s fifth. The first featured everything from cake-making to purse-making, cork products and major architectural works. Nine presenters are scheduled for tonight, 7:00 PM at Relix in downtown Happy Holler. It’s free and you can find all the details here.
Tim Lee 3 and R.B. Morris finish their four concert series at the Pilot Light tonight. I only caught one – and flaked out to return home early that night. The starting time is early (7:00), but the show runs late. I think there is a $5.00 cover charge which is a steal to see these talented musicians.
Brent Thompson’s Write Nite – Preservation Pub starting at 7:00. This is a wild and crazy event for writers and the people who love them. Erin Donovan and Travis Singleton will be featured, but you never know who might show up. Highly, highly recommend this event. Here’s an idea of what it’s like.
Dead Writers Reading – Union Avenue Books, 6:00 – 9:00 – Dress as your favorite dead writer, read a three minute excerpt and have a chance to win a prize. $5 admission goes to Grist Journal, $5 Raffle for donated goods and 20% off all books by dead authors!
Alien Invasion Fashion Show – Sapphire at 7:00 featuring clothes from Crass Couture and Vault Denim, hair by the Chop Shop and free vodka and cigars (on the back deck).
Haunted History Cruise – It’s already started with cruises nightly at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 leaving from Star Landing. $15 per person per cruise.
Friday, October 26
Knoxville Opera presents Strauss’s light-hearted opera, Die Fledermaus at the fabulous Tennessee Theatre. You can read more about it and purchase tickets here. It sounds like the perfect entry opera (actually an operetta) for the uninitiated, which would be Urban Woman and myself. Thanks to an incredibly generous gesture I’ll be able to give you my impressions.
Philtoberfest: Masquerade on Market Square – the fun starts at 3:30 and runs until 10:00. Music, food, beer, scary costumes – what more could you want? Dress up and join all of downtown for the beginning of scary season. Hudson K, Cutthroat Shamrock and others perform at this combination celebration of Phil Pollard’s birthday and Halloween. Expect one of the strangest parades you’ve ever seen at 3:00. Admission is free.
Dorothy Foltz-Gray reads and signs copies of her book, With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin, 2:00 PM, Union Avenue Books
Trunk or Treat – Church Street United Methodist, 5:30 – 7:00 in the church parking lot, free, for children age 10 and under, food ($3.00 hot dogs) and inflatables available
Monday, October 29 and Tuesday October 30
HearthScares Tour – Walking Tour starting at 7:00 PM from the James White Fort and meandering through downtown for about an hour and a half focusing on such tales as Knoxville’s Frankenstein and Hank’s Last Ride. $10 for adults, $6 for children, ends back at the fort with marshmallows and a fire.
WDVX Blue Plate Special Halloween Edition featuring Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet and Alexia Pantanizopoulos and Norwegian Wood. Alexia promises to scream if you come dressed as a Beatle (that’s John, Paul, George or Ringo, youngsters, not a misspelled bug).