Friday, Feb. 7
Valentine's Open House
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tennessee Theatre. Free.
Those seeking romance downtown typically select a chi-chi restaurant to set the mood. But for movie-palace aficionados (and those who like live performances) there can be no more romantic place in all of Knoxville than the Tennessee Theatre and its "Spanish-Moorish" design flourishes. The theater will be opening its doors for a special date night, with Bill Snyder playing classic love songs on the Mighty Wurlitzer and tour guides taking visitors to the backstage areas.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
State of the Schools Address
6 p.m., Hardin Valley Academy (11345 Hardin Valley Rd.)
The school year has had plenty of ups and downs so far, so Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre ought to have lots to talk about in his third annual report on the system's academic progress. It will also be broadcast live on Comcast Cable Channel 10, U-verse Channel 99, and streamed at knoxschools.org.
Darwin Day Keynote Speaker
7 p.m., UT's University Center Auditorium. Free.
The University of Tennessee's annual Darwin Day dares to discuss the concept of evolution in biology—right there on a college campus! Harvard's Dr. Andrew Berry will be delivering the keynote address about that other discoverer of natural selection, Alfred Russel Wallace. Head to darwindaytn.org for other Darwin Day events.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Turkish Language Classes
6:30-8:30 p.m., Tennessee Istanbul Cultural Center (7035 Middlebrook Pike). $75.
Did Mayor Roger's recent trip to Turkey perhaps inspire a new interest in this country? Step one: Learn the lingo! The Tennessee Istanbul Cultural Center will be holding language classes every Wednesday through April.
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