Thursday, Jan. 31
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Carousel Theater
Price: $5 to $40
Victoria's Take: Another Thursday, another day closer to Friday. Spend the night watching the play "Red," which cover the story of Mark Rotho, abstract expression and the creation of his commission of dark red murals for the Four Season's restaurant in Manhattan in the 1960s. The Tony Award winning play has been praised by critics, but decide for yourself by attending the show.
Who: Don Gallardo
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Preservation Pub
Price: Free. 21 and up
Victoria's Take: Nashville folk rock band Don Gallardo has a mellow sound, and some pretty nice facial hair. Seriously, the mustaches in this band are the business. But aside from the band's hairy aesthetics, they make some good indie music that would make any hipster melt. Not a hipster? Of course you wouldn't admit that. But what you can be honest about is enjoying indie folk rock with a twang of country. No shame in that.
Friday, Feb. 1
What: WayneStock 3
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Relix Variety Theater
Victoria's Take: Come out for the local music festival and fundraiser WayneStock 3, which will benefit Community School for the Arts, a Knoxville nonprofit organization that provides free arts instruction to underprivileged children. The two-day event kicks off Friday with local rapper/spoken-word artist Black Atticus, followed by Southern rock singer Kevin Abernathy. There's a little something for everyone, so bring your picky friends and your bougie girlfriend/boyfriend. They can't be mad.
What: First Friday Reception UT Downtown Gallery
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: UT Downtown Gallery
Victoria's Take: My gosh, it's First Friday already. Celebrate the start of the new month by visiting the exhibit of Chad Curtis, artist and technologist living and working in Philadelphia. His work focuses on the effects of technology on the relationship between humans and the environment. It's a good food for thought event and an excuse to cruise around Market Square.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Who: Teenage Love with Horns of the Headless and Senryu
When: Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Well (ages 21 and up)
Melodi's Take: The local punk band Teenage Love is celebrating their new album with a performance at the Well this weekend. The entrance fee is cheap and affordable, and not only will you see a punk band with major unique tunes, but you'll also get to see two other bands that are sure to provide Saturday night with a cool soundtrack.
Who: Comedian Bob Newhart
When: Feb. 2 at 8 p.m.
Where: Tennessee Theatre
Price: $47 to $152
Melodi's Take: Haven't gone out much since the beginning of the semester? Opt for a Saturday night with dead-pan comedian Bob Newhart. Newhart is a major actor in Hollywood, even though most people may not know it; Newhart acted in the film "Elf" beside Will Ferrell as Papa Elf, and the 2012 film "Horrible Bosses" as Lou Sherman. Guaranteed to make you laugh, invest in some tickets to see him live -- his stand-up will without a doubt entertain you.
Sunday Feb. 3
What: The Jazz Standard
When: Feb. 3 at 9 p.m.
Where: Bistro at the Bijou
Melodi's Take: Feeling jazzy? Grab a group of friends for a relaxing Sunday night at Bistro at the Bijou. This restaurant has a super cool vibe perfect for a chill night enjoying some quality jazz music, which is exactly what The Jazz Standard can provide. Having a history of performing songs from the Sinatra and Bennett collections, the Jazz Standard is a band worth seeing live. Sounds like a good pre-Valentine's date if you ask me.
What: Grass Widow with Mito Band
When: Feb. 3 at 10 p.m.
Where: Pilot Light (ages 18 and up)
Melodi's Take: Pilot Light has a reputation of presenting cool bands with original and quality talent, and Sunday night's line-up proves that. These two bands, Grass Widow, a punk and indie-influenced band, and Mito Band, indie and electronic inspired, are two groups who definitely have the tunes to make the Old City shudder with bass. This concert is a sure way to end your weekend with a bang, and will even introduce you to some new music to add to your playlists.