Will Forte stars in the comedy film 'MacGruber.'

Photo by Greg Peters

Will Forte stars in the comedy film "MacGruber."

Americana musician Sam Quinn, formerly of the Everybodyfields, is pictured here at the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area.

Americana musician Sam Quinn, formerly of the Everybodyfields, is pictured here at the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area.

— Friday, May 14


Americana singer-songwriter Sam Quinn, left, and his band Japan Ten will celebrate the release of their new CD "The Fake That Sunk a Thousand Ships" with a concert at 8 p.m. at the Square Room, 4 Market Square.

The Songbirds will open the show.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For info, call 865-544-4199 or visit www.thesquareroom.com.

Saturday, May 15


The Appalachian Mountain Protection Music Festival will feature Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Big Country's Empty Bottle, Skytown Riot, Midnight Radio and more beginning at 3 p.m. at the Old City Courtyard behind Southbound, 106 S. Central St.

The festival will also feature bands on Friday, May 14, beginning at 5 p.m. See our online calendar for the complete list. Admission is a minimum $5 donation. For info, visit www.ampmusicfest.com.

Sunday, May 16


The 29th annual Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16, at Mills Park in Gatlinburg.

The weekend will feature caber tossing, Highland wrestling, haggis hurling and music by Cutthroat Shamrock, Colin Grant-Adams, Albannach and Thistledown Tinkers.

Admission for various events in the festival ranges from $10 to $30. For information, visit www.gsfg.org.

Monday, May 17


Folk and blues musician Paul Lee Kupfer will entertain during the Blue Plate Special noon-1 p.m. at the Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 S. Gay St.

The performance will also be broadcast live on WDVX 89.9 and 102.9 FM. Admission is free.

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Tuesday, May 18


Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses will entertain at 8 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

Bingham left the Rodeo riding circuit to try his hand at being an Americana singer, and it's worked out pretty well for him. He worked with T-Bone Burnett on some of the tunes for the movie "Crazy Heart," and even had a role in the film.

The Black Lillies will open the show. Admission is $16.50. For info, call 865-656-4444 or visit www.knoxbijou.com.

Wednesday, May 19


Gatlinburg's Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is open for its 34th season of comedic theatrical hijinks.

The medieval musical "Not Quite a Fairy Tale" is currently being presented. Starting in June, it will alternate with "Don't Worry, It's Nothing Serious," a revue of comedy, music and "truly inept magic."

Showtime is 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays at the theater, 461 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For information, call 865-436-4039 or visit www.sweetfannyadams.com.

Thursday, May 20


Rock band Tonic will headline at Sundown in the City on Market Square.

Knoxville R&B act Aftah party will open the evening at 7 p.m.

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

Will Forte stars in the comedy film 'MacGruber.'

Photo by Greg Peters

Will Forte stars in the comedy film "MacGruber."

Friday, May 21


Saturday Night Live comic actor Will Forte, left, blows up onto the big screen as his SNL character "MacGruber," the former secret government operative with a penchant for unnecessary dialogue while defusing bombs.

The cast of the R-rated action-comedy also features Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer.

Shrek and Rumpelstiltskin in 'Shrek Forever After.'

Shrek and Rumpelstiltskin in "Shrek Forever After."


Everyone's favorite ogre Shrek (voice of Michael Myers) finds himself longing for the simpler days before he became a king and all that in the animated film "Shrek Forever After." He gets duped by a scheming Rumplestiltskin (voice of Walt Dohrn) and finds himself ousted from the castle of Far Far Away. He has to reassemble his band of friends to get his life back.

Saturday, May 22


Comedian and commentator Bill Maher likes to stir up controversy as host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" and in his 2008 film "Religulous."

He will perform at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St. Admission is $58. For information, call 865-684-1200 or visit www.tennesseetheatre.com.

Sunday, May 23


The exhibit "Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace" will be on display through June 20 at the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

The show features 40 prints and an array of Snoopy Flying Ace collectibles, art and memorabilia.

For info, call 865-576-3200 or visit www.amse.org.

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