Colt Ford

Country vocalist Colt Ford

Country vocalist Colt Ford

Commemorative Elvis Presley art.

Commemorative Elvis Presley art.

— Friday, Jan. 8

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELVIS!

The Farragut Folklife Museum will host "Celebrate! 75 Candles for Elvis," an open house fundraiser honoring Elvis Presley's 75th 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Farragut Town Hall.

The event will feature an extensive collection of Elvis memorabilia, on loan from Farragut resident Lee Durand. Elvis impersonator Chris Baratta will be on hand, and local band Offering will perform. Tours of the museum will be given and light refreshments will be served.

"Celebrate! 75 Candles for Elvis" is free and open to the public. The museum is at 11408 Municipal Center Drive. For more info, call 865-966-7057.

Singer-songwriter Jay Clark

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Singer-songwriter Jay Clark

Saturday, Jan. 9

CLARK & DAVIS

Americana singer-songwriters Jay Clark and Jimmy Davis will entertain at 8 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

Knoxville-based Clark is a proudly independent musician - his Web page boasts that he writes his own songs, drives his own tour van and loses his own money.

Troubadour Davis hails from Memphis. His latest collection is "Beagles (The Blue Album)."

Admission is $10. For information, call 865-544-4199 or visit www.thesquareroom.com.

Sunday, Jan. 10

ART MARKET GALLERY

Wearable silk designs by Harriet Howell and mixed-media paintings by Brian Hodges will be on display through Jan. 31 at the Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St.

An opening reception will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, featuring the music of One Way Strut. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For information, call 865-525-5265.

Monday, Jan. 11

AIGA DESIGN COMPETITION

"365: AIGA Annual Design Competition" will be on display through Jan. 29 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St.

The show spotlights design solutions and the value of design.

A reception will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. For information, visit knoxville.aiga.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

SMILEY & THE LOVEDAWG

Folk Americana duo Smiley & The Lovedawg will entertain during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knxoville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St.

Smiley is singer-guitarist Chris Durman and the Lovedawg is mandolin wiz Steve White.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 13

SOUND OFF ROUND 4: RADIOHEAD BATTLE

Bands for Round 4 of the Sound Off live-music competition will include Ga-Na-Si-Ta, Grandpa's Stash, Ellis Brown's Aftah Party, Kelsey's Woods and Big Country's Empty Bottle.

In addition to performing their own music, bands will be challenged to present songs by the experimental pop-rock band Radiohead.

The contest will take place at The Square Room, 4 Market Square. Admission is $3.

Country vocalist Colt Ford

Country vocalist Colt Ford

Thursday, Jan. 14

COLT FORD

Country singer Colt Ford, left, will entertain at 10 p.m. at Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive off of Lovell Road in West Knoxville.

Ford's 2008 debut album "Ride Through the Country" has gotten notice for its mix of country songs and hip-hop beats.

Matt Kennan will open the show. Admission is $12-$15. For information, call 865-675-4563 or visit www.cottoneyedjoe.com.

Denzel Washington as Eli in the action adventure film 'The Book of Eli,' a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Denzel Washington as Eli in the action adventure film "The Book of Eli," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Friday, Jan. 15

'THE BOOK OF ELI'

Stoic warrior Eli (Denzel Washington, left) wanders the desolate landscape of a not-so-distant, post-apocalyptic future. He carries a secret hope for humankind in the sci-fi film "The Book of Eli."

The R-rated film also stars Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis.

Saturday, Jan. 16

HOTSHOT FREIGHT TRAIN

Knoxville rock band The Hotshot Freight Train performs songs about growing up in the South on its new album "Poetic Devices and Personal Vices."

The sextet will celebrate the album's release at 9 p.m. at 4620 Reinvented, 4620 Kingston Pike.

Admission is $5. For information, visit www.myspace.com/thehotshotfreighttrain.

Comedian Brian Regan

Comedian Brian Regan

BRIAN REGAN

Comedian Brian Regan, left, will entertain at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Regan has starred in two Comedy Central specials and DVD's in recent years - "The Epitome of Hyperbole" and "Brian Regan Standing Up." He also hosted the "Only Human" special on Discovery Channel. Admission is $42.50. Call 865-684-1200 or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

Sunday, Jan. 17

'FORBIDDEN KNOXVILLE'

Local characters and events will be skewed and skewered in the musical comedy "Forbidden Knoxville," presented at 8 p.m. at Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St.

Admission is $10.For information, call 865-544-1999 or visit www.theatreknoxville.com.

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