Friday, Dec. 26
COFFEE WITH JACOB EVANS
Acoustic-rock musician Jacob Evans will entertain at 7:30 p.m. at the Brown Cup Coffee Company, 131 Kelsey Lane in Lenoir City.
For information, call 865-988-7888 or visit www.browncupcoffee.com.
Saturday, Dec. 27
Rock and soul singer-guitarist Tyrone Cotton, left, of Louisville, Ky., will entertain at 10 p.m. at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave.
Cotton mixes blues, gospel, pop, jazz and Americana sounds with a rich, expressive vocal style. His self-titled CD can be sampled at www.inroomone.com.
Sunday, Dec. 28
'THE WAY WE WORKED'
The cultural history exhibit "The Way We Worked" is on exhibit through Sunday, Dec. 28, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
The display features photographs from the National Archives of the Smithsonian Institution. For information, call 865-215-8824 or visit www.easttnhistory.org.
Monday, Dec. 29
PISTOL CREEK CATCH OF THE DAY
Americana and Western swing band Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will entertain noon-1 p.m. during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay St.
The Maryville-based group features musicians Edward Harper, Bill Cabage, Scott Hinds and Carl Gombert.
Admission is free.
Tuesday, Dec. 30
ANYONE FOR ARGENTINUM ASTRUM?
"Down-tempo" heavy-metal band Argentinum Astrum, of Knoxville, and grindcore metal ensemble Abaddon, of Milwaukee, Wis., will entertain at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave. in the Old City.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
FIRST NIGHT KNOXVILLE
Garage Deluxe, left, will jam on the Market Square stage during Knoxville First Night, a family friendly collection of New Year's Eve events happening in downtown Knoxville Activities begin at 3 p.m. and go through midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 31. The music schedule also includes The Bearded and The Dempseys on Market Square, numerous other bands and performers around the area and fireworks at midnight. For information, visit www.firstnightknoxville.com.
'DANCE WITH THE SHARKS'
Party-goers can "Dance with the Sharks" at the New Year's Eve party beginning at 9:01 p.m. at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.
The aquarium will offer two dance floors with a band and DJ, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a children's educational program and souvenir photos. A champagne toast and fireworks will ring in the new year at midnight.
Cost is $67.50 for singles, $125 for couples. For information, call 888-240-1358 or visit www.ripleysaquariumofthesmokies.com.
Thursday, Jan. 1
ART MARKET GALLERY
Photography by Hunter Gray and fused-glass art by Paula Marksbury will be on display Jan. 1-31 at the Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St.
A reception will be held 5-9 p.m. during First Friday on Jan. 2. For information, call 865-525-5265 or visit www.artmarketgallery.net.
Friday, Jan. 2
BIG PLATE SPECIAL
The WDVX Blue Plate Special will have a new location on Fridays in 2009. The live performance will be broadcast from The Square Room, 4 Market Square.
The inaugural show from Market Square will feature the Maid Rite String Band, below, the Drunk Uncles and Jay Clark.
Admission is free. The lunchtime concerts are broadcast on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM.
Saturday, Jan. 3
'50 BOOKS/50 COVERS
The exhibition "AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers" showcases selections from a recent competition of the same name, which sought to pick the 50 best-designed books and book covers of the year.
The display will run Jan. 2-24 at the UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St.
A reception will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, featuring a talk by Faythe Levine, author of "Handmade Nation," about her book and upcoming documentary on the "do it yourself" movement. Admission is free.
Sunday, Jan. 4
CLASS IS IN SESSION AT COTTON EYED JOE
Sunday evening is "college night" at Cotton Eyed Joe, offering dance lessons, free pitchers and a "best dressed" contest.
The super-sixed country and dance-music night spot is located at 11220 Outlet Drive, off of Lovell Road in west Knox County.
MR. ANDY'S KARAOKE
"Mr. Andy's Karaoke" kicks off at 10 p.m. at Club XYZ, 1215 N. Central St.
Mr. Andy offers crooners a variety of pop, rock, country, gospel and Broadway tunes to sing on. For information, call 865-637-4999 or visit www.clubxyz-knoxville.com.