KNOXVILLE — BRIAN DUNKLEMAN
Do you remember the first season of "American Idol"? Do you remember that Ryan Seacrest had a cohost? Do you remember his name?
Whether you answer yes or no to any of those questions, comedian Brian Dunkleman, left, was indeed the cohost for the first season of the popular singing competition. He also successfully lost 15 pounds on VH-1's "Celebrity Fit Club." He's now the star of his own story, "American Dunkleman." Not bad at all.
Dunkleman will entertain at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Side Splitters Comedy Club, 9246 Park West Blvd. Admission is $9-$13.
Veteran folk troubadour and multi-instrumentalist (and former Knoxville resident) John McCutcheon, left, will entertain at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Grove Theater, 123 Randolph Road, Oak Ridge. Proceeds from the concert will help build wheelchair ramps at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge. Admission is $18 in advance, $23 at the door. For information, call 865-482-1074 or visit www.cumberlandmusic.org.
BIG EARS: CLOGS IN THE AFTERNOON
Clogs, left, is made up of four musicians from the U.S. and Australia who form a creative crossroads between alternative rock and classical music. The group's latest album, "The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton," features guest vocal appearances by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, far left below; Aaron Dessner and Matt Berninger of The National; and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens.
Clogs and these friends will perform at 4 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., as part of the 2010 Big Ears Festival. Admission is $21.50. For information, visit www.knoxbijou.com.
The play "Cheating Cheaters" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 26-27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Pellissippi State Community College Blount County campus, 1010 Middlesettlments Road, Alcoa.
Though it sounds like the "reality-TV" series starring Joey Greco, the play is actually a vintage comedy from 1905 by John Patrick Goggan. It's an autobiographical tale about an orphan boy finding his way in the world.
Recommended donation is $10 in general, $7 for students and seniors. For info, call 865-981-5322.
START YOUR WEEK WITH MUSIC
Singer-songwriter Amos Lee and acoustic musician Mutlu will entertain at 8 p.m. Monday, March 29, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St. Admission is $30. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.
Electronic music artists Major Lazer and Rusko will entertain at 9 p.m. Monday, March 29, at The Valarium, 1213 Western Ave. Admission is $15-$21 at the door. For info, visit www.thevalarium.com.
JAZZ AND BLUEGRASS, TOGETHER AGAIN
The Pellissippi State Jazz Band and the college's bluegrass ensemble Hardin Valley Thunder will entertain at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the school's west Knox County campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Donations will be accepted at the door for the school's music scholarship fund.
Cadillac Sky, left, will join Mindy Smith, The Black Lillies and Brand New Strings for the March edition of Tennessee Shines, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.
The folk-bluegrass quintet is looking forward to a June release for its new album "Letters in the Deep," produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
The Black Lillies are now joined by local Americana chanteuse Trisha Gene Brady. It's an acoustic supergroup!
Brand New Strings features a gang of East Tennessee bluegrass pickers and you can read about Mindy Smith elsewhere in this issue of Knoxville.com.
Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For info, visit www.tennesseeshines.com.
Selections from Don Dudenbostel's East Tennessee History Center exhibit 'Vanishing Appalachia" will be on display April 1-June 20 at the Hanson Gallery, 5607 Kingston Pike.
'CLASH OF THE TITANS'
Sam Worthington, left, of "Avatar" fame stars in "Clash of the Titans," a blockbuster remake of the 1981-vintage fantasy-action film of the same name. It's set to open in area theaters on Friday, April 2, though some early shows are planned for late Thursday, April 1.
As the story goes, Perseus (Worthington), the son of the Greek god Zeus (Liam Neeson), goes on a quest to defeat forces of the underworld and save the lovely Andromeda (Alexa Davalos). The film is rated PG-13.
WILD WEST DAYS
A town with a name like Del Rio seems like a natural place to have a cowboy festival. That's exactly what Wild West Days is planned to be April 1-4 at the French Broad River Dude Ranch, 461 Old River Road, Del Rio, Tenn. Entertainment will include: cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey at 1 and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1; cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell at Friday-Saturday, April 2-3; singer Belinda Gail at 6 p.m. Friday, April 2; and Asleep at the Wheel at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 3. For info, visit www.frenchbroadriver.com.
The photography of Mike Naney will be on display through Sunday, April 4, at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge. Naney's photos show the art that can be found in earth science, reflections and wildlife. For info, call 865-576-3200.