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Back and Better than Ever


Back and Better than Ever


Friday, Nov. 10 : What’s sexier than seeing Leslie Woods & Dark Mountain Orchid perform in the dimly-lit intimacy of the Laurel Theater? Not much. Forgo the tired dinner-and-a-movie plan, pick up your date and a bottle of wine, and take shelter in the Fort. Ms. Woods and friends begin recording a live CD around 8 p.m. Don’t forget the corkscrew.

Saturday, Nov. 11 : The Knoxville Zoo is offering free admission to everyone today. Take a donation of clothing, hygiene items, Purina brand cat or dog food, non-perishable food items, blankets, toys, or old cell phones. While you’re there, ask the staff how they get away with those machines that smash the image of a rhinoceros onto a penny. Isn’t defacing or destroying currency a felony? Just curious.

Sunday, Nov. 12: At 9 p.m., Enter the Haggis and Cutthroat Shamrock will be fiddlin’ around at the World Grotto. Maybe some Flamenco dancers and whirling dervishes will show up, eat escargot and naan bread, and play sitars and djembes. How’s that for multi-cultural, World Grotto? 

Monday, Nov. 13: National Public Radio’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross is a study in contradictions. The natural sexiness of her voice could make Gross a few bucks in the “1-900” world, though it seems disembodied from her five-foot-nothing girlish frame, pixie-short brown hair, and bespectacled visage.

Her background is equally polarized: When reflecting on being fired early in her career after only six weeks as a teacher, Gross explains that she was “totally unequipped” for the job. And yet today, she is cited frequently as the most well-prepared interviewer to grace the airwaves.

Gross is known for affable sensitivity to her guests’ comfort levels, but will throw her metaphorical weight around when a point deserves pursuit (such as Lynne Cheney’s thoughts on Bush ’s anti-gay policies, in light of Cheney’s lesbian daughter).

Though self-described as “reserved” in her private life, on air Gross confidently crosses the line, asking questions that are simultaneously invasive and warranted. Take for example her 2002 interview with KISS singer Gene Simmons.

Simmons: “If you want to welcome me with open arms, I’m afraid you’re also going to have to welcome me with open legs.”

Gross: “That’s a really obnoxious thing to say.”  

Not to be deterred, Gross followed up by instigating a discussion about Simmons’ autobiography, in which he claims to have bedded over 4,600 women. Now that’s gross.

You can marvel at the enigmatic woman in the flesh at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. Or, you could just close your eyes and listen. It’s probably cheaper per minute than calling a 1-900.

Tuesday, Nov. 14: For the last damn time, it’s Cornbred , not Cornbread, when you’re talking about the band. Take your head out of the sand, and go see Jon Worley & The Cornbred Blues Band (or at least some of the band) play at Downtown Grill at 10 p.m. Leave the pinto beans at home.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Employee of the Month is a good example of how somebody can be a winner and a loser at the same time.