Thursday, September 12

What: Zygmunt Plater book reading
Where: Union Avenue Books
When: 6 p.m.
Price: Free
Cortney's Take: "The Snail Darter and the Dam" has to be an interesting read, and what better way to hear it than from the author himself? Zygmunt Plater will read from his book with the extended title, "How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River."

Friday, September 13

What: Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Castle
Where: Maryville, TN
When: 7-11 p.m.
Price: $13-$20
Cortney's Take: It is Friday the 13th and East Tennessee's premiere haunted attraction will be open for the first night of the Halloween season. While others will be celebrating the 13th with a lame scary movie, go live it in the Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Castle. It's just a short drive from campus.

Saturday, September 14

What: Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair
Where: Central Street between Baxter Avenue and Scott Avenue
When: 12-5 p.m.
Price: Free
Claire's Take: According to the event's Facebook page, this is a "family event that strives to associate community members with local businesses, artists, crafters and musicians of the area." This is such a cool opportunity to take some friends and explore some hidden local Knoxville. Delicious food and awesome music will abound, and this is the perfect day to indulge your hipster tendencies.

Sunday, September 15

What: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, "Heroes and Hard Times: American History Through Song and Story"
Where: East Tennessee History Center
When: 3 p.m.
Price: Free
Claire's Take: According to MetroPulse, "Folk and protest veterans Sparky and Rhonda Rucker present music representing three centuries of American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the birth of blues music and the civil rights movement." This is a great chance to broaden your historical horizons through some incredible music.