Thursday, August 15
YWCA Tribute to Women
7 p.m., Bijou Theatre. $75.
The YWCA is on a mission of "eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all"—and this annual ceremony honors East Tennessee women who are helping get the job done. This year's Lifetime Achievement Honoree is former University of Tennessee women's athletics director Joan Cronan. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception at First Tennessee Bank.
Friday, August 16
Freckle In My Eye
7 p.m., My Place, Performing Arts (734 Hall of Fame Dr.). $15/$20.
Knoxville's Carpetbag Theatre presents this one-woman show written by Ashley Wilkerson who also performs its many different roles, from a volatile teenage boy to a young woman living on Texas' Death Row. She's also performing on Aug. 15 and 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at knoxalliance.com/knoxtix.html.
Saturday, August 17
Downtown Knoxville Criterium & Road Race
9 a.m., Market Square.
You might want to keep an eye out for speeding cyclists this weekend if you're visiting downtown. The Southeast Regional Series #4 is making a tour stop here, drawing cyclists from the state and region to race, "sometimes hitting speeds faster than you can drive, legally." The event runs through Sunday. More info: srs-racing.com.
East Tennessee History Fair
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown. Free.
Meanwhile, the 20th anniversary of the Museum of East Tennessee History will be celebrated with a multitude of festive activities at Market Square and Krutch Park, as well as on Clinch and Gay streets. There will be live music on the WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Sarah Morgan, Nancy B. Strange, Jamie Laval, Good Time Ceilidh Band, David West and the Cider Mountain Boys, and Sean McCullough. More info: eastTNhistory.org.
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