Thursday, Aug. 29

What: Dominic Gill in "One Man, One Tandem and 20,000 miles of possibilities"

Where: Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center

When: 6-9 p.m.

Price: Free

Cortney's Take: Dominic Gill just may be the bike riding equivalent of Forrest Gump. Gill cycled more than 18,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina on a tandem bike (more than one seat). He traveled alone, allowing randoms to join him on his journey. He has written a book about this titled "Take a Seat," and will speak at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center on Volunteer Landing Lane. If you think biking around campus is hard, this is one story you won't want to miss.

What: Knoxville Film Festival kickoff party and screening

Where: Regal Downtown West Cinema 8

When: 8 p.m.

Price: Free

Cortney's Take: Keanu Reeves, the lead actor from "The Matrix," has made a documentary titled "Side by Side" and, as an early celebration of the Knoxville Film Festival, it is free for screening. This documentary will take you inside the revolution of the digital process behind film making. Pretty much, if you enjoy the special features disk of a film, this documentary is a must see. It's happening at Regal Downtown West theater on Kingston Pike, 10 minutes from campus.

Friday, Aug. 30

What: 16/16 – A First Year Graduate Exhibition reception

Where: UT Downtown Gallery

When: 5-9 p.m.

Price: Free

Cortney's Take: If you're feeling artsy going into the weekend, or just want to get to know the graduate students of your university, the 16/16 exhibit reception will be a refreshing way to begin the Labor Day break. The 16/16 exhibit features art by UT's 16 first-year graduate students. It includes printmaking, painting, drawings, sculpture, video and installations and is located at the UT downtown gallery on Gay Street, just a short walk from campus.

What: Smoker with Sleepy Kitty and Daddy Don't album release concert

Where: Pilot Light

When: 10 p.m.

Price: $5

Cortney's Take: Smoker, psychedelic rock 'n' roll band, wants to celebrate the release of their album "Strange Ways," with Knoxville. Originally from Chicago, they will be joined at Pilot Light by indie rock band, Sleepy Kitty and Daddy Don't, a band that puts their music under the genre of "raccoon cute hell noise." These bands are sure to bring variety to your Friday night.

Saturday, Aug. 31

What: Wendel Band

When: 7-9 p.m.

Where: Remedy Coffee in the Old City

Price: Free

Claire's Take: When UT crushes Austin Peay, recover from the exciting day with a great cup of coffee and some sweet music. Saturday night brings Wendel Werner, director of UT Singers, and his band to Remedy for a night of incredible musicianship.

Sunday, Sept. 1

What: Boomsday Celebration

When: 1-10 p.m.

Where: Neyland Drive/Volunteer Landing

Price: Free

Claire's Take: Boomsday is well-known for its outstanding firework display, but all day long Knoxville's Boomsday celebration will have activities, concerts, paddleboards and all sorts of fun things to do. Check out Soulfinger, a funk and R&B band playing at 2:30 p.m. This is a great, free opportunity to listen to music and see Knoxville come alive.