Thursday, Sept. 8

What: Dan Crews lecture  

When: 7:30 p.m.  

Where: Art & Architecture Building Room 109

 Price: Free

Our take: Artist whose color theory installation, “E-Cyclorama,” is currently on display at Ewing Gallery speaks to students and faculty. Crews holds a BA from the University of Florida and an MFA from Hunter College.

What: Happy Hour Sampler Show

When: 6 p.m.  

Where: Pilot Light

Price: Free

Our take: Performances by Three Man Band, Mutations, Brandon Biondo, White Gregg, Scheafnocker & Scott and Marina Orchestra. Three-song sets and a visit from mayoral candidate Madeline Rogero as well. One of the few events where you can purchase a $1.50 Schlitz and hear a political candidate speak, harkening back to ye auld days of stumping and getting smashed.

Friday, Sept. 9

What: Stephen A. Burroughs presents SWAGFEST

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Sunsphere and the Knoxville Convention Center

Price: Free

Our take: The benevolent, bearded guru of personal injury law presents a shindig for his many followers and assorted acolytes. Not only is the event free, but free vacations and T-shirts are to be distributed. Weekender pick, and honestly the event of the season for both weird and spectacular.

What: Jeff the Brotherhood w/ Diarrhea Planet and Coolrunnings

When: 10 p.m. (Pilot Light time)

Where: Pilot Light

Price: $10

Our take: A bit pricey for a Pilot Light show, but well worth the five extra ducats. Jeff recently collaborated with Insane Clown Posse on a Jack White-produced single, perhaps the most bizarre release this year (Mozart, how does it work?). Local Coolrunnings brings the ruckus to begin the night. Great chaser for SWAGFEST.


What: Brian Regan

When: 8 p.m.

Where:  Tennessee Theater

Price: $42.50

Our take: Comedy Central-endorsed comic stops in on his never-ending theater tour. For the money, you would be better suited to pay your cable bill and get a month of entertainment.


What: Family Weekend Entertainment

When: 7 p.m.

Where: University Center

Price: Free for students/ $2 public

Our take: A night of family fun with comedian Mad Chad Taylor and a showing of “The Blind Side.” Basically a reminder that somewhere, someone still loves Phillip Fulmer

What: Movies on Market Square — “Hook”

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Market Square

Price: Free

Our take: The Robin Williams-Dustin Hoffman sequel to “Peter Pan” airs for all ages. A convincing argument for Julia Roberts with a Pixie-cut. ’Nuff said.