KNOXVILLE — KUUMBA FESTIVAL
The 2010 Kuumba Festival will feature a Youth Arts Extravaganza 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, June 25, on Market Square. The festival's annual Junkanu Parade will proceed along Gay Street to Market Square beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a concert by R&B singers Steph Jones and Vivian Green at 8 p.m.
For other Kuumba events of the weekend, see our online calendar.
Saturday, June 26
Music legend Emmylou Harris, left, will perform in the spotlight concert of the 2010 Bijou Theatre Jubilee at 8 p.m. at the theater, 803 S. Gay St.
Admission is $58.50, $76.50 (preferred seating) or $250 (VIP seating).
VIP tickets include priority seating at the concert, a pre-show reception and free admission to other Jubilee events 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, including performances, seminars and a tour of the historic theater. For information, call 865-684-1200 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.
Sunday, June 27
OAK RIDGE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA BENEFIT
The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra will perform in a concert to benefit the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge at 4 p.m. in the Oak Ridge High School Auditorium.
The Free Medical Clinic is a non-profit, volunteer-staffed organization that provides medical help to residents of Oak Ridge and surrounding counties who are without health insurance or unable to afford medical care.
The concert is free, but a $5 minimum donation is suggested. For info, call 865-483-0260 or visit www.oakridgeorchestra.com.
SOUTH FRENCH BROADS
Alex Beldon and Radix Faruq, left, at the musical duo known as the South French Broads. The pair of multi-instrumentalists hails from Asheville, N.C., and manages to play drums, saxophone, bass, harmonica and "various toys" all at once. See how they pull it off at 10 p.m. Monday, June 28, at Preservation Pub, 28 Market Square. For information, visit www.thesouthfrenchbroads.com.
Latin percussion and flamenco-guitar ensemble Tierra Negra will entertain noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at 301 S. Gay St.
The free concert will also be broadcast on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM and online at www.wdvx.com.
Dakota Fanning, left, plays a scary-eyed vampire named Jane in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," opening in area theaters on Wednesday, June 30. Jane's fangy gang, The Volturi, enforces the laws in the vampire world and has a keen interest in the series' leading lady Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). The film is rated PG-13.
Knoxville blues band Slow Blind Hill will entertain 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, during the WFIV "Homegrown Live" free concert at the Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Highway. The performance will be broadcast live on WFIV 105.3 FM. For information, call 865-573-5710.
HARD KNOX BLUES BASH
The 2010 Hard Knox Blues Bash will be 8-11:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, in the Old City Courtyard.
Performers will be Labron Lazenby & LA3, Relentless Blues and the Hard Knox Blues Allstars, whicl will include Jenna Jefferson, Michael Crawley, "Big Daddy" Rick Rouse, Chico Crawford, Danny Lee Michel, "Blue Barry" Faust, Harold Hardy and others.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and younger
'THE LAST AIRBENDER'
Noah Ringer, left, plays Aang, the title character in the fantasy-adventure film "The Last Airbender," directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film opens Thursday, July 1, in area theaters. Young Aang must intercede to keep rival forces from destroying the balance of the universe. The cast of the film also includes Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz and Dev Patel.
VOODOO AT VALARIUM
Saturday nights bring Voodoo at 9 p.m. to the Valarium, 1213 Western Ave. This dance night promises "mystery, elegance and Old World Charm" with music provided by Slim Diesel, VJ Toro and DJ Rain. DJ Alfred will also crank up the dance floor next door at the Cider House. For info, visit www.thevalarium.com.
FOURTH OF JULY
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present the 26th annual Pilot Free Independence Day Concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 4, on the South lawn at World's Fair Park.
Maestro Lucas Richman will conduct the KSO in patriotic selections such as "The Star Spangled Banner," "1812 Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Other music will include selections from "Star Wars," a salute to the Armed Forces, "Gershwin In Concert," "Rocky Top" and more.
The evening will conclude with a 20-minute fireworks display. Admission is free.