It's 'Earth' day!

Elephants from Disney's film 'Earth.'

Elephants from Disney's film "Earth."

Blues guitarist Chuck Beattie

Blues guitarist Chuck Beattie

Julia Nunes, ukulele ace

Julia Nunes, ukulele ace

Friday, April 17

'DR. BLUES' WILL SEE YOU NOW

The Chuck Beattie Band will entertain during Alive After Five 5:30-8 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Drive. Asheville, N.C., based Beattie, left, is also known as "Dr. Blues." Admission is $9 in general, $5 for museum members and college students with proper ID. For information on the group, visit www.chuckbeattie.com.

UKULELE RULES AT BENEFIT AND BLUE PLATE

Ukulele ace Julia Nunes, left, will join Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, Mic Harrison & The High Score and Bobby Bare and the Young Criminals Starvation League for a benefit concert for UT student radio station WUTK and the 10th annual EarthFest at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

Nunes and Steed's band will entertain noon-1 p.m. during the WDVX Blue Plate Special and perform later with the other bands at 9 p.m. at Barley's, 200 E. Jackson Ave.

Admission to the benefit is a minimum $5 donation. Proceeds will be split by WUTK and Earth Fest. For information, visit www.wutkradio.com.

Saturday, April 18

10TH ANNUAL EARTHFEST

The 10th annual EarthFest will offer entertainment and environmental education 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Hardin Valley Road campus. Admission is free.

The celebration will be a zero-waste event with activities including a mercury-thermometer exchange, light-bulb exchange and a plastic bag exchange.

Entertainment will include The Mumbillies, West Side Cats, The Jamie McClean Band and The King Bees. There will also be a "play and learning area" for children.

Sunday, April 19

OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY BAND SPRING CONCERT

The Oak Ridge Community Band will present its Spring Concert at 3:30 p.m. at the Grove Performing Arts Center, 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge.

Special guest ensemble for the show will be the University of Tennessee Trombone Choir.

Admission is $6 in general, $4 for seniors and students. For information, call 865-482-3568.

Monday, April 20

BLUE PLATE SPECIAL

It's an acoustic roots-music kind of Monday with Will West & The Friendly Strangers and Cain & Annabelle performing noon-1 p.m. during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St.

Admission is free. For information, visit www.wdvx.com.

Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons

Singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons

Tuesday, April 21

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS

Pittsburgh-born singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons, left, will entertain at 8 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

Fitzsimmons's sound has been compared to acts such as Iron & Wine,Sufjan Stevens, and the late Elliott Smith. His latest album is "The Sparrow And The Crow," and he has a big bushy beard.

Israeli-born, Los Angeles-raised singer songwriter Rosi Golan will open the show. Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door. For information, visit www.thesquareroom.com.

Elephants from Disney's film 'Earth.'

Elephants from Disney's film "Earth."

Wednesday, April 22

DISNEY PRESENTS 'EARTH'

"Earth," the debut film from Disney's "Disneynature" division, will open midweek in area theaters.

The epic film follows three animal families -- such as the elephants at left -- as they make their ways through life on our little blue-green planet, with narration by Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones and others. The film is rated G.

Thursday, April 23

SUNDOWN IN THE TINY, WANDERING UNIVERSE

Karl Denison's Tiny Universe and Brent Thompson & His Wandering will entertain with hard-to-pigeonhole jazz and jam sounds during Sundown in the City, 6-10 p.m. at Market Square.

Admission is free. For information, visit www.sundowninthecity.com.

Friday, April 24

NEIGHBORS ON THE SQUARE

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Stephen Gordon will entertain at 8 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For information, call 865-544-4199 or visit www.thesquareroom.com.

Saturday, April 25

OAK RIDGE EARTH DAY

Earth Day 2009 will be observed with a celebration 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Bissell Park in Oak Ridge. The free, zero-waste event is designed to be family and pet-friendly, offering food, music, a children's park, magician Pan Walker, disc golf, "Xtreme" outdoors activities, "Big and Little Science," artisans, green vendors, animals, environmental education and more.

Local musician and Knoxville.com staffer Randall Brown will emcee the event. Live music will include the Frost Bottom Boys, Tenderhooks, The Bearded, R.B. Morris, The Lonesome Coyotes, Y'uns, the Vacationist League, the Johnson Swingtet, Todd Steed and the Mini Suns of Phere and Carl Snow's Summer of Love. For information, visit orearthday.org.

Sunday, April 26

A NIGHT FOR BLACK METAL

Argentinum Astrum, local purveyors of "downtempo black metal," will perform at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

St. Jude will also perform. Admission is $5. For information, visit www.thepilotlight.com or www.myspace.com/argentinumastrum.

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