2. In the Heat of the Night: The story of Bill Gillespie and Virgil Tibbs began with John Ball’s mystery novel that was published in 1965. An Oscar-winning film adaptation followed in 1967, and an Emmy-winning television series aired from 1988 to 1995. Barter Theatre’s Gillam Stage will be hosting the stage version of the story through May 12. Tickets and showtimes are available at bartertheatre.com or by calling the theatre box office at 276-628-3991.
3. Dinner and a train: Dinner is served Saturday with the return of the Train Car Dining Fundraiser, which will benefit the Chuckey Depot Museum in Jonesborough. Patrons can reserve a table aboard a restored 1950 dining car for lunch or dinner on Saturday. Lunch meals are kid-friendly, and tickets are sold in pairs for $30 per child and adult for 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Dinner tickets are $65 per person for either 5:30 or 7 p.m. Patrons should arrive at the Jonesborough Senior Center 20 minutes prior to seating before being transported to the dining car.
4. Dinosaur Zoo: Dinosaurs are invading Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville Friday night for an event 65 million years in the making. Nineteen intricate, realistic dinosaur puppets will take the stage, and children can watch, learn and even interact with the creatures. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE begins Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$30, and VIP tickets are available for $25.
5. Wooly Days: It’s time for Rocky Mount sheep to shed their winter coat, and you’re invited! The annual Wooly Day is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and allows guests to get to know the site’s Costwold sheep, get acquainted with the newest additions to the wooly family, and learn how wool goes from a sheep to a shawl. Refreshments will also be available Mountain Boy’s Kountry Kitchen food truck. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 5-17.
6. Groovy Crickets: It’s hard to place Smokehouse Cricket into a genre, but the five-member band says they like to “entertain, confuse, and please the ear.” Find out for yourself at Model City Taphouse when Smokehouse Cricket takes the stage at 8 p.m.
7. Glass Magnet: Knoxville-based rock trio Glass Magnet doesn’t have an overwhelming social media presence, but the band could be described as three-fourths of “The Black Lillies.” Glass Magnet will be rocking at The Willowtree Coffeehouse and Music Room Thursday night beginning at 8, and tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the night of the show. Seating is limited.
8. The Neverending Story: Bastian Bux’s adventures come to life on stage this weekend through Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre’s production of The Neverending Story. The epic adventure will take the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5-$10 and can be purchased at www.northeaststate.edu/tickets or at 354-5169.
9. Encore! Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating the music of the movies with the third annual Encore! concert. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, and guests will get one glass of champagne with each ticket. A cash bar will also be on site, and patrons are encouraged to dress in their best Hollywood attire for the red-carpet event. Tickets are $65 per person, $125 per couple or $400 for a table of eight. The concert begins at 6:30 Friday night at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough.
10. Farmers incoming: The Kingsport Farmers Market will open its 2018 season Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. The Market will have new merchandise for sale including t-shirts and mugs. Saturday’s opening is a soft opening, so check back in the summer months for more local produce and crafts.