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Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in 'Zombieland.'

Photo by Glen Wilson

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in "Zombieland."

A Hawk and a Hacksaw

A Hawk and a Hacksaw

— Friday, Sept. 25


The Knoxtasy electronic music festival will feature a mix of genres at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 25-26, at The Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave.

Friday's roster includes Sub Swara, Dex, Arpetrio, Softer Louder, DJ Bowie, Fractal and more. Saturday's line-up offers m80 Dubstation, Future Rock, Freekbass & Tobotius, Dialectic Sines, GaNaSiTa and more.

Admission is $20 per day, $35 for both days and $15 on Saturday with ticket stub from the Disco Biscuits concert. For info, visit www.clubcatalyst.com.

Saturday, Sept. 26


Experimental indie-folk band A Hawk and a Hacksaw will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

The multi-instrumentalist core members of the band are, from left, Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes. They are touring to promote their new album, "Delivrance."

Galaxy 500 alumni Damon & Naomi will also perform.

Admission is $8. For information, visit www.thepilotlight.com.

Erin McKeown

Erin McKeown

Sunday, Sept. 27


Singer-guitarist Erin McKeown, left, tours almost constantly to spread her mix of pop, rock, blues and swing to fans across the country.

Performing in support of the upcoming album "Hundreds of Lions," McKeown will visit our area once again for an outdoor concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2743 Wimpole Ave.

Admission is $25 for Garden members, $30 in general. For information, visit www.knoxgarden.org.


The University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Hall, 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus.

Admission is free. For information, call 865-974-5678 or visit www.music.utk.edu/events.

Monday, Sept. 28


The "Fast Times at Secondhand High" concert will feature acoustic "emo" rock bands Secondhand Serenade, Parachute and Evan Taubenfeld & The Rust at 7 p.m. at the Valarium, 940 Blackstock Ave.

Admission is $16 in advance, $18 at the door. For information, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.thevalarium.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 29


The Black Crowes and Truth & Salvage Co. will entertain at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St.

The latest Black Crowes release is the sort-of double album "Before the Frost/Until the Freeze." The first half was released as a conventional album, with the second half offered as a free download.

Admission is $47 in advance, $60 at the door. For information, call 865-684-1200 or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

Amy Speace

Amy Speace

Wednesday, Sept. 30


Americana singer-songwriter Amy Speace will join Mike Farris, Tim Easton and Randall Bramblett for the September edition of Tennessee Shines at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

Speace's latest album is "The Killer in Me," filled with songs of dark and deeply personal lyrical themes that stem from the collapse of her 10-year marriage.

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For information, visit www.tennesseeshines.com.

Thursday, Oct. 1


"Football: The Science Behind the Game" will be on display Oct. 1-Jan. 4 at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

The traveling exhibition, originated at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, explores the science, history and technology of football with 20 activity stations. For information, call 865-576-3200 or visit www.amse.org.

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in 'Zombieland.'

Photo by Glen Wilson

Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in "Zombieland."

Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner in 'The Invention of Lying.'

Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner in "The Invention of Lying."

Friday, Oct. 2


Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg star in the horror-comedy "Zombieland."

The two play zombie-apocalypse survivors who each cope with the undead in their own way. Tallahassee (Harrelson) deals through aggressive zeal; Columbus (Eisenberg) deals through shear panic. The two join forces with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) to help each other live through the crisis.

The film is rated R for zombie-killing violence and language After all, zombie-killin' just makes you want to cuss.


Mark (Ricky Gervais) and Jennifer (Jennifer Garner) live in a world where the concept of dishonesty doesn't exit - until Mark stumbles on it. The result is "The Invention of Lying," a new film comedy hitting theaters on Friday, Oct. 2. At first, Mark finds that lying has unexpected rewards. But as always, the consequences start stacking up. The cast includes Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Rob Lowe and Tina Fey.

Saturday, Oct. 3


The ninth annual Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Festival will be 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at 265 Patt Lane, Powell. Featured bands include Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Blue Moon Rising, Shadow Ridge, Whitewater, The West Girls and Barb Wire. Other highlights include molasses making, a lawnmower pull, crafts, food, antique cars and tractors and a corn maze.

Admission is $15 in general, free for ages 10 and younger. For information, call 865-548-0326 or visit raccoonvalleyfestival.com.

Sunday, Oct. 4


In this retelling of the classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, "Hansel and Gretel" try to free children that have been turned into furniture by the old witch.

Performances are at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Jackson Square, Oak Ridge. Admission is $8. Children younger than 3 will not be admitted. For information, visit www.orplayhouse.com.

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