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10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Mar 22, 2018 at 8:24 AM

1. Open mic at the Inn: Poetry, storytelling or any crafter of the written word is invited to the spoken word open mic night at the Historic Eureka Inn Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. Hosted by professional storyteller David Joe Miller and storytelling advocate Jo Anne Jones, the event will give participants the chance to hone their public speaking skills in front of an attentive audience. Sign up for the open mic begins at 6:30 p.m., and seating is limited so audience members are encouraged to arrive early.

2. “Dearly Beloved”: What could go wrong with three sisters trying to plan a wedding? The Johnson County Community Theatre is bringing the Jones Hope Wooten Comedy, “Dearly Beloved,” to the Heritage Hall stage in Mountain City this weekend. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets for the show are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for youth.

3.“Rabbit Hole”: Milligan’s spring production focuses on the complexity of grief with a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, “Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire. The play explores mature themes while following a family that must navigate deep grief to learn what it means to live a full life while everything seems like it’s falling apart. Viewers can catch the play’s first run in the region this weekend – it runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee showing at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday in the McGlothlin-Street Theatre in Milligan’s Gregory Center. All seats are $5 and can be purchased ahead of time at the Milligan Bookstore.

4. Talking Back: Whether it was an American folk song lullaby or the beats of her parents’ 30s swing band brimming from the basement, Miss Tess’ childhood was infused with music. Now, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks are bringing their own, home-grown brand of music mix of classic country, rhythm and blues, swamp pop and early rock n’ roll to the Down Home Friday night. Tickets to the show are $14 and the show gets rolling at 8 p.m.

5. Russian Romance: For the fourth program in their Master Classics series, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra presents some of the best Russian works. Pytor Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and the many movements of Modest Mussorgsky’s/Maurice Ravel’s PIctures at an Exhibition will be on the program in addition to 2018 Composer of the Year Mason Bates’ piece Mothership, which features an electronic accompaniment using a computer. The concert begins Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Milligan College’s Seeger Chapel, with a lecture on the program presented by conductor Robert Seebacher at 6:45. Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $15 for students. A food drive benefitting Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee will also be collecting non-perishable foods at the concert.

6. Bringing the beats: Through a partnership between the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Science Hill High School, Grammy-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion will be performing a live concert Thursday night at 7:30 in the Science Hill auditorium. Tickets for the show are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for student with a valid ID. While in Johnson City, the group will also host a master class with East Tennessee State University and Science Hill music students. 

7. Loose Strings at Carter Fold: The Loose Strings Bluegrass Band will be playing their first show at The Carter Fold this Saturday night at 7:30. Hailing from Galax, VA, the band has played at bluegrass conventions, special events, ceremonies, and festivals during their nine years together, and is currently made up of five women between the ages of 15 and 23. Tickets are $10 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 11, and free for children 6 and younger.

8. “Isle of Dogs”: Wes Anderson’s canine chronicle hits theaters this weekend to tell the story of a 12-year-old boy’s search for his lost dog on an island of banished pups. The stop-motion animated film opens Friday. 

9. An excellent eggstravaganza: Downtown Jonesborough will become an Easter delight this weekend with an egg hunt, face painting, crafts, shopping and a visit from the Easter Bunny for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The main event, the annual egg hunt, will take place in Jimmy Neil Smith Park, located behind the International Storytelling Center, and will be separated into four areas for different ages of egg hunters. The Hunt for the Golden Egg will follow the egg hunt, which is a scavenger egg hunt throughout downtown. Egg hunters can pick up clue sheets for the hunt at the Lollipop Shop beginning at 3:30 p.m.

10. Amongst the barrels: Diners will sample five of Studio Brew’s best beers alongside food pairings this Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. The event is limited to the first 50 people to purchase a ticket. Tickets are $65 per person.

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