'Robin Hood'

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett star in Ripley Scott's 'Robin Hood.'

Photo by David Appleby

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett star in Ripley Scott's "Robin Hood."

John Myers

John Myers

Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice

Ben Sollee

Ben Sollee

KMA IS ALIVE WITH NEW EXHIBIT & JOHN MYERS

This First Friday edition of the "Alive After Five" series will feature the opening of a new exhibit and the arrival of a new CD 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at the Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Drive.

"Bloom" is an outdoor sculpture installation in the KMA's north garden by Knoxville-based artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield. John Myers, left, and band will perform in celebration of their new CD "I Ain't Goin' Nowhere." Admission is free.

VANILLA ICE

Rapper Vanilla Ice, left, will headline a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Clayton Center for Performing Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville. Local R&B and hip-hop sensation Jaystorm will also perform. DJ Eric B will open the show.

Admission is $19, $26 or $39. The $39 VIP ticket includes a catered after-party. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.claytonartscenter.com.

BEN SOLLEE

Kentucky singer-songwriter Ben Sollee, left, wields a cello instead of the more usual acoustic guitar. It lends a different sort of feel to his music on albums such as his recent Appalachian-themed collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore titled "Dear Companion."

Volcanic activity in Iceland kept Sollee from making it out of Europe for last month's Rhythm & Blooms festival, so he will entertain at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, 2743 Wimpole Ave. Admission is $12.50 for Rhythm & Blooms passholders and $26.50 otherwise. VIP passes are $35, $50 or $75.

'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST'

The Broadway musical version of Disney's "beauty and the Beast" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, May 10-12, at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St.

Admission is $32-$77. For information, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

ART MARKET

Sculpture by Zophia Kneiss and monoprints by marilyn Avery Turner are on exhibit through May 29 at the Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St.

For info, call 865-525-5265 or visit www.artmarketgallery.net.

BLUEPLATE SPECIAL MOVES OUTSIDE

The WDVX Blue Plate Special will move outdoors for certain on every 2nd Wednesday of the month starting May 12 and running through summer.

To kick things off, Americana singer-songwriter Sam Quinn and acoustic guitarist Bill Mize will entertain noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, on the Market Square stage.

AARON TIPPIN

Country singer Aaron Tippin will entertain at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive.

Tippin is known for country hits such as "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with the Radio" and "Kiss This."

Admission is $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show. For info, call 865-675-4563 or visit www.cottoneyedjoe.com.

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett star in Ripley Scott's 'Robin Hood.'

Photo by David Appleby

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett star in Ripley Scott's "Robin Hood."

'ROBIN HOOD'

Russell Crowe plays the title character and Cate Blanchett plays Lady Marion in the latest film version of "Robin Hood," opening in theaters May 14.

In this version by filmmaker Ridley Scott, Robin Hood is an archer in the army of Richard the Lionhearted who confronts corruption in the village of Nottingham with the aid of a ribald group of skilled mercenaries, who - not coincidentally - are often quite merry.

The film is rated PG-13.

Christopher Egan and Amanda Seyfried, from left, star in 'Letters to Juliet.'

Photo by John P. Johnson

Christopher Egan and Amanda Seyfried, from left, star in "Letters to Juliet."

'LETTERS TO JULIET'

American girl Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds and answers a letter that has been lost for decades in the romantic adventure "Letters to Juliet." Soon, she joins the letter's author Claire (Vanessa Redgrave) and Claire's grandson (Christopher Egan, far left) on a quest through the hills of Tuscany in search of Claire's long lost love, Lorenzo. The film is rated PG.

BLOOMIN' BARBEQUE & BLUEGRASS

Sevierville's Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival will feature music by Brand New Strings, Jimbo Whaley and Blue Highway on Friday, May 14; Tony Rice Unit and the Dan Tyminski Band on Saturday, May 15, in downtown Sevierville.

The festival will also feature food, crafts and children's games. Admission is free. For info, visit www.bloominbbq.com.

Carolina Chocolate Drops are scheduled to perform during the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, June 10-13, in Manchester, Tenn.

Photo by http://www.julierobertsphoto.com

Carolina Chocolate Drops are scheduled to perform during the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, June 10-13, in Manchester, Tenn.

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

The Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform in a benefit concert for the Joy of Musical School at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

The old-time string-band trio celebrates the traditional music of the Carolina Piedmont region. Admission is $35-$100. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.

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