Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

Leah Gardner and Cruz Contreras

Leah Gardner and Cruz Contreras

— Friday, Oct. 23


Americana musicians Leah Gardner and Cruz Contreras, left, will entertain at 8 p.m. at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. at 16th Street.

Multi-instrumentalist Contreras formerly put the "CC" in the CC Stringband, singer-guitarist Gardner has performed with the Maid Rite Stringband and both are members of The Black Lillies. They will be joined for the concert by bassist Taylor Coker.

Admission is $11 in advance, $12 on the day of the show. For information, call 865-522-5851.

Saturday, Oct. 24


"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be shown at 11:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Festivities will open at 10 p.m. before the film, though, featuring a "Rocky Horror" costume contest, theme beverages and a performance on the Mighty Wurlitzer by "Willamina" Snyder.

Visit for a list of approved props allowed for the traditional "Rocky Horror" audience shenanigans. Rule of thumb: no real foodstuffs. Nobody wants the staff to have to steam-clean our jewel of a historic theater.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and ages 13 and younger.

Sunday, Oct. 25


"Boo at the Zoo" will offer trick-or-treating 5:30-8 p.m. along the trails of the Knoxville Zoo. Music and games will be going on in the zoo's Kids' Cove.

Admission is $6 in general, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $5.

For information, call 865-637-5331, Ext. 300, or visit

Monday, Oct. 26


The Blount Mansion Ghosts and Ghouls walking tour will be at 7 p.m. nightly Oct. 26-30, meeting at the mansion at 200 W. Hill Ave.

Costumed guides will lead the tours by lantern-light throughout downtown. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students. For information, call 865-525-3275.

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Tuesday, Oct. 27


Blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa, left, and band will entertain at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

Bonamassa, noted for his energetic live shows, has recently channeled that spirit into a celebration of the American working middle class on his latest album, "The Ballad of John Henry."

Admission is $36.50 or $46.50. For information, call 865-656-4444 or visit

Wednesday, Oct. 28


Frightworks presents its 2009 haunted attraction at 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Oct. 31; Sunday, Oct. 25; and Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 27-29 at 6634 Central Avenue Pike.

The setting is "Reaver Sleep Research Labs," where some spooky dream research is going on. As the Web site says, "All experiments take place in a safe and controlled environment monitored by professionals. What could possibly go wrong?"

Admission is $13. For information, call 865-769-7273 or visit

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

Thursday, Oct. 29


Pretty Lights, left, also known as Derek Smith, is a dance-music producer who tours with a live drummer and delivers "bangin' beats" across a mix of musical genres. The Pretty Lights show will hit town at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at The Valarium, 940 Blackstock Ave. Dark Party, featuring Eliot Lipp, and Leo 123 will also perform. Admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door with an extra $3 surcharge for patrons younger than 21.


The Wild Thyme Players will present "A Kinder, Gentler Vampire" at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 29-31, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Lane off Merchants Drive. The Halloween comedy is about a vampire who just wants to be a nice guy. Admission is $15 in general, $10 for seniors. For information, call 865-932-6738.

Sam Rockwell in 'Gentleman Broncos'

Sam Rockwell in "Gentleman Broncos"

Friday, Oct. 30


Things aren't going so well for young Benjamin in the new film "Gentleman Broncos," the latest from "Napolean Dynamite" writer-director Jared Hess.

Home-schooled loner and amateur author Benjamin (Michael Angarano) visits a fantasy writers' convention and discovers that one of his stories has been ripped off by legendary fantasy novelist Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords").

As if that isn't bad enough, the story is also being adapted into a low-budget movie by a filmmaker in Benjamin's own hometown.

Sam Rockwell, left, portrays a character in the fantasy tale-within-the-movie. The film is rated PG-13.

Halloween: Saturday, Oct. 31


Haunted corn mazes have become a fun Halloween tradition across the country, and we have a bunch of them in our area. Here are a few:

Maple Lane Farms, through Oct. 31, 1040 Maple Lane, Greenback;

Mayfield Farm Corn Maze, through Nov. 7, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn.;

Oakes Farm Corn Maze "Trail of Doom," through Oct. 31, 8240 Corryton Road; www.awesomecornmaze.

Sunday, Nov. 1


The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association's Isotone series will present a concert honoring scientist Richard Feynman at 3 p.m. at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

The ensemble will be Susan Eddlemon and Karen Kartal, violins; Hillary Herndon, viola, Ihsan Kartal, cello; and Scott Eddlemon, percussion.

Selections will include the world premiere of "Forever I Have Known You" by Kenneth Jacobs and "Quintet for Geiger Counters" by Scott Eddlemon.

For information, call 865-483-5569 or visit

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