The Weekly Plan-It: Feb. 15-Feb. 20

Highlights of the week ahead

Friday, Feb. 15

"Fix the Beer Tax" Rally

5 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria.

As we reported last fall, there's a big problem preventing the beer industry in Tennessee from getting any bigger: the 17 percent wholesale tax, which is the largest beer tax in the country. Fortunately, there's some legislation to fix that, though it hasn't come before a committee yet. If you want to learn more about the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013, Rep. Cameron Sexton from Crossville will be there to talk about it.

Monday, Feb. 18

A Presidential Conversation with Jon Meacham

7:30 p.m., Bijou Theatre. $20-$30.

A major score for history buffs! Who would you most like to cozy up to on President's Day? Hey, it's gotta be the most popular presidential writer in the land, Pulitzer Prize-winning Jon Meacham. He's the author of best-selling biographies Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Kapow!

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Joy of Music School Forum

6:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Joy of Music School (1209 Euclid Ave.).

The Joy of Music School, which provides free music lessons to underprivileged children, is holding a visioning session as the first step toward updating its strategic plan. The public is invited to join in a discussion about the organization and its future.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Books Sandwiched In: Sterling Owen

Noon, East Tennessee History Center (601 South Gay St.). Free.

Maybe civilization is not going to the dogs? Former Knoxville Chief of Police Sterling Owen takes a close look at the history of violence as he discusses The Angels of Our Better Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker. (Note: Bring your own sandwich.)

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