Love and poetry

'Elmo's Green Thumb'

"Elmo's Green Thumb"

— ***Friday, Jan. 1***


Aw, who doesn't love cute, cuddly Elmo, the sweet little Muppet who loves to be tickled? OK, OK, who under the age of six doesn't love Elmo? In "Elmo's Green Thumb," the live performance presented at the Civic Coliseum today through Sunday, Elmo, Big Bird and friends learn about the environment when a fairy-in-training accidentally casts a spell that shrinks the Muppets in Big Bird's garden. Show times are 2 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday, with additional 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. shows on Saturday. Tickets are $12 for all seats (excluding $25 gold circle seats) today and $12, $17, $20 and $25 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at Tickets Unlimited outlets, 865-656-4444.

***Saturday, Jan. 2***


Knoxville rock band Bright Shuttle will celebrate the release of a new CD with a performance at the Pilot Light. Check out the group's ominous instrumentals (my favorite is "Outer Dark") at The show starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.

***Sunday, Jan. 3***


OK, you spent the last two days recuperating from New Year's Eve and paying penance for your celebratory vices, so now it's time to make good on that New Year's resolution to get out and get some exercise. House Mountain has a good, short hike that gives you a view of Knox County that you might have never seen. It's a steep climb, but only 4 miles round trip. To get there from downtown Knoxville take U.S. Highway 11W (Rutledge Pike) for about 10 miles and look for the "House Mountain State Park" sign. Turn left on Idumea Road, then left on Hogskin Road and you'll see the parking area.

***Monday, Jan. 4***


Knoxville rhythm & blues artist Jaystorm will perform on Knox ivi's "11 O'Clock Rock!" show. You can always stream the program on your computer (, but wouldn't it be more fun to be there? The show starts at 11 a.m. and takes place at 17 Market Square.

***Tuesday, Jan. 5***

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The Hellzapoppin Sideshow Revue with Salome Cabaret features sword swallowing, the human block head, fire eating, bullwhip feats, contortionists and electrical death defying stunts, humans who proudly call themselves freaks and old-fashioned burlesque girls just like the ones grandpa used to lust after - well, maybe with a few more tattoos. The troupe will appear at 8 p.m. at 4620 Reinvented, 4620 Kingston Pike. Admission is $10.

***Wednesday, Jan. 6***


The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra Jazz lunch at the Square Room has been selling out on a pretty regular basis, so you'd better get tickets now if you want to catch this month's show. The January event is a tribute to piano greats Oscar Peterson and Phineas Newborn conducted by pianist Ben Dockery. The show, which includes a lunch buffet, begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15. Call 865-544-4199 or visit

***Thursday, Jan. 7***


WDVX's "Blue Plate Special" remains one of the best deals in town - great music, no admission charge. Acoustic Burgoo, Chelsea McBee and Bob Keel will perform at noon at the WDVX studio/Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St. You can also listen over the air at 89.9 or 102.9 FM or online at

***Friday, Jan. 8***


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Michael Cera seems to always be coming of age, but this coming-of-age comedy in which Cera's character (Nick Twisp) tries to woo the girl of his dreams (played by Portia Doubleday) and creates a dangerous alter-ego (Francois Dillinger) to help him do it looks like a lot of fun. The film is rated R for sexual content, language and drug use.


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Amy Adams plays a woman planning to take advantage of an Irish tradition in which a woman can propose to a man on Feb. 29 during a leap year. However, on her catastrophe-ridden trip to Dublin, she might end up with another man.

***Saturday, Jan. 9***


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The combination of headliner Teenage Love and opening act Senryu, two of Knoxville's most unpredictable rock acts, is an event not to be missed. Senryu covered Teenage Love's song "No Friend" on "Redistilled: 25 Years of Knoxville Rock" CD, but the two acts have never played a show together. Combine that with Teenage Love celebrating 25 years of dirty adolescent amour and you can expect the unexpected. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. at the Pilot Light (and I've been assured it really will start at 9:30 p.m.) and the admission is only $5.

***Sunday, Jan. 10***


Sometimes the coolest things to look at are the things you find in attics. And just imagine the sorts of things that have been hiding in the attic at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. This is the last day to get a look at the stuff in the exhibit before they go back into storage. The museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. and is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for students (ages 6-17) and seniors and free for children five and under.

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