2. Masterpiece Mingle: Take local art, throw in some barbecue, bluegrass and cocktails and you get the McKinney Center’s Masterpiece Mingle this Friday. This event will help raise funds for the McKinney Center’s scholarship program, which pays for art classes for students who can’t afford them. Tickets to the mingle are $35 per person, and patrons will also have the chance to bid on some local art to take home at the end of the night. The mingle begins at 7 p.m.
3. Jazzing it up in Johnson City: Three days and eight bands make up the second annual Johnson City Jazz festival at the Carnegie Hotel this weekend. The festival will feature jazz artists and bands including Justin Stanton, the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra and Walt Weiskopf. The festival takes place from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 each for Friday and Saturday, or a combination ticket is available for both days for $25. Thursday night’s jam session is free to attend, although tips for the bands are appreciated.
4. History Happy Hour What would you be doing for fun right now if it you were living in the 19th century? The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia is welcoming an expert to the Chester Inn in Jonesborough to answer just that. This year’s History Happy Hour kicks off with a program featuring 19th century optical illusion toys and their role in recreation in the 1800s. The program is free and begins at 6:30 Thursday evening.
5. Rocking with the Ragbirds: The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room will welcome The Ragbirds to Johnson City this weekend. Meshing folk rock with pop hooks and a dash of world danceable rhythms, The Ragbirds add a little something fresh to their roots in folk music. The show also features Knoxville-based Americana band Jubal. The show revs up at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and tickets are $10.
6. Big noise in Bristol: Wynonna Ellen Judd is bringing her Big Noise to The Paramount in Bristol Saturday. Wyonna began her music career with her mother in the 1980s as part of the Judds. Wyonna began her solo career in 1991 and has had three albums certified as platinum since then. Tickets for the show range from $52 to $79 and are available online or by calling Paramount Bristol’s box office.
7. “Redemption’s Song”: LampLight Theatre is bringing a new Easter drama to the stage this spring. “Redemption’s Song” features original songs and is told through the eyes of outcasts in Biblical Jerusalem. The show will run from March 16 through April 8 with nightly performances beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays, and matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.
8. Going green for Sigean: The Rogersville Arts Council is getting in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit this weekend by spotlighting Sigean, a local traditional Irish band. The performance will be at Rogersville Middle School and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.
9. A Wrinkle in Time: Madeleine L'Engle’s 1962 science fantasy novel comes to life on the big screen in the 2018 film adaptation. Meg Murry’s life as a typical middle school student is turned upside down in a cinematic journey through space and time.
10. That’s the spirit: Appalachian Spirit Work Class at Samadhi Healing Arts Center will cover an in-depth examination of different spirits like ancestor spirits, land spirits and house spirits and how to handle situations in which they may be present. The class is $25 per person and will include a special incense blend for clearing, cleansing and honoring the spirits.