2. Album release: Johnson City-based band A Great Disaster is releasing their newest album, Under a Blue Sky, at The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room this weekend. Mixing Appalachian folk and classic country with jam-rock and indie-pop, A Great Disaster feature’s some of Johnson City’s most talented musicians rooted in Johnson City. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday night, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 per person.
3. Snaps of Appalachia past: The Birthplace of Country Music is offering a window to the past through a hundred-year-old record of Appalachia through photographs taken by Cecil Sharp from 1916 to 1918. The photographs were part of Sharp’s journey traveling through the Appalachian region collecting what they believed were surviving traditional English folk ballads. During the journey, Sharp collected 500 songs and a series of photographs, freezing early 20th century Appalachian cultures, which is now on display at the museum. Admission to the exhibit is included in regular admission to the museum.
4. Fire and bellydancing: Gypsy Cider Circus Company is celebrating two years of business all weekend starting Friday night with live music My New Favorites beginning at 6:30 p.m. The festivities continues Saturday with an exotic bellydancing show from Lisa Zahiya and dancers from studio Zahiya in a show that begins at 5 p.m., and the party keeps going with Asheville’s fire performers ‘Peace, Love, & Fire.’ No cover all weekend.
5.Dulcimer Dad: Ted Yoder struck internet fame in 2016 with his dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook live videos, earning him the title of “Dulcimer Dad.” Yoder’s bringing his magic mallets to The Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol this week along with other covers like “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” The show starts Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $17-$20.
6. Ready Player One at the movies: Jump 27 years into the future where people can escape harsh reality by immersing themselves into a virtual world where anything is possible. Unlikely hero Wade Watts and his friends find themselves at the center of a reality-bending treasure hunt, and a race to save the virtual world – and the real one. Playing at the AMC in Johnson City, NCG in Kingsport and The Capitol Cinema in Erwin.
7. The Kindest People: Bloom Cafe and Listening Room will be hosting Johnson City-based indie band The Kindest People Saturday night alongside Knoxville’s Art Smashes Records. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9. The show $5 per person and for all ages.
8. Opera on the big screen: The Metropolitan Opera is bringing Mozart’s 1789 opera Così fan tutte to 1950 in a new vision complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters and a Ferris Wheel. Don’t worry, a trip to The Big Apple isn’t necessary to catch this revisioned classic – Tinseltown will be livestreaming a performance Saturday at 12:55 p.m. with an encore showing Wednesday at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $16.80 to $24.15 for the Saturday performance and $15.75 to $22.05 for the encore performance.
9. Running Blind at The Down Home: Kristi Stanley has come a long way from singing along with Dolly Parton in her bedroom, and now her journey takes her and her band, Running Blind, to The Down Home this weekend. The show starts Saturday at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, and attendants get a free download of the band’s new single, “Never Say Never.”
10. Dino Egg Hunt: Why hunt for chicken eggs when you can hunt for dinosaur eggs? Hands On! Regional Museum is hosting a prehistoric family fun Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a dino egg hunt in the prehistoric forest, experiments, crafts, games and a dino putt-putt course. Admission to the event is $3 per person and free for Hands On! members and children 2 and younger. Admission to the museum exhibit is not included in this event.