Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Jodie Manross

Jodie Manross

— Friday, Oct. 16


Singer-songwriter Jodie Manross, left, left Knoxville for the bright lights of New York City a couple of years ago, but she likes to come back to Tennessee to celebrate her new album releases.

Manross will gather her longtime collaborators Laith Keilany, Nate Barrett and Greg Horne to present music from her fourth CD "Myth of Solid Ground" at 8 p.m. at The Glowing Body, 711 Irwin St., just off of North Central Street.

Dancers Mark Lamb and Deborah Gladstein will also perform. Admission is $5. For information, call 865-545-4088.

Saturday, Oct. 17


Smart and independent young woman Gillian casts a love spell as a passing amusement and finds her life turned upside down in the romantic comedy "Bell, Book and Candle," opening this weekend at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St.

Directed by Zack Allen, the play runs 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 16-Nov. 1. Admission is $10 Thursdays-Sundays; $15 Fridays-Saturdays. For information, call 865-544-1999 or visit

Rodney Atkins

Rodney Atkins

Sunday, Oct. 18


Country star Rodney Atkins, left, will headline the final day of the 2009 Foothills Fall Festival at the Theater in the Park in downtown Maryville. The festivities begin at 6:15 Friday, Oct. 16; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

Other concert headliners for the festival include the Little River Band and Kansas on Friday; and Alan Jackson on Saturday. For the full lineup, see our "In Performance" guide.

General admission tickets for festival concerts are sold out, but some reserved seating remains for Friday and Saturday. Cost is $50-$60. Admission to the festival's arts & crafts show and children's fair is free. For information, visit www.foothillsfall

Monday, Oct. 19


The Darrin James Band from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Boston's David Wax Museum will entertain with blues, folk and rock sounds noon-1 p.m. during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St.

Admission is free. Listen to the show live on WDVX 89.9 or 102.9 FM and online at

Tuesday, Oct. 20


The Felici Piano Trio - German violinist Rebecca Hang, Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert and American cellist Brian Schuldt - will perform at 8 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Music Hall, 1741 Volunteer Blvd. Along with its traditional classical repertoire, the trio likes to perform works by women and contemporary composers. Admission is free. For information, call 865-974-5678.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson

Wednesday, Oct. 21


Pop-rock vocalist Kelly Clarkson, left, didn't rest on her laurels after winning "American Idol." She went on to win two Grammys, two American Music Awards, two MTV music awards and 11 Billboard music awards.

Her single "My Life Would Suck Without You" from her album "All I Ever Wanted," hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart earlier this year.

Clarkson will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave., with guests Parachute and Eric Hutchinson. Admission is $38.50-$48.50 for regular admission; $68.50-$248.50 for the VIP package. For information, call 865-656-4444.

Thursday, Oct. 22


A no-nonsense American family moves to an old mansion in rural England and discovers they are living with "The Canterville Ghost" in this spooky but funny play presented by Children's Theatre of Knoxville. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 3 p.m. Sundays Oct. 16-31. Admission is $11 per person, or $9 each for parent and child. For information, call 865-599-5284 or visit

Hilary Swank in 'Amelia'

Hilary Swank in "Amelia"

Friday, Oct. 23


Hilary Swank, left, stars as legendary pilot Amelia Earhart in the bio-pic "Amelia," scheduled to open in area theaters Friday, Oct. 23. The film also stars Richard Gere as Earhart's husband, George P. Putnam, and Ewan McGregor as the other man in her life, pilot Gene Vidal. The high-flying flick is rated PG.

'Astro Boy'

"Astro Boy"


"Astro Boy," left, the original anime and manga star created by artist Osamu Tezuka, comes to the big screen in a self-titled animated debut.

Super-powered robot Astro Boy fights catastrophic dangers as he tries to figure out his place in the futuristic human world.

The PG-rated film features the voices of Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlize Theron and others.

Saturday, Oct. 24


The Black Foundation's "Blackout '09" party will feature DJ Doom from Jacksonville, Fla., spinning music for the "grown-n-sexy" attendees as a benefit for Knoxville College at the Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave.

As the name suggests, all-black attire is recommended. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $20.

Sunday, Oct. 25


The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will host a concert by the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University at 3 p.m. at the Pollard Auditorium, 210 Badger Ave., Oak Ridge.

The concert is part of the ORCMA Chamber Music Series.

Admission is $25 in general, $12 for students. For information, call 865-483-5569 or visit

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