The Weekly Plan-It: Feb. 7-Feb. 14

Highlights of the week ahead

Thursday, Feb. 7

State Street Garage Public Meeting

5 p.m., East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay St.).

Here's a rescheduled update on the $6.1 million project to add 250 new parking spaces to the State Street Garage downtown. Hey, that's just $24,400 per parking spot! (Okay, there's an "elevated walkway," too.) Dear city: While you're at it, could you please engineer an exit ramp onto Union Avenue that does not require you to bottom out your car every time you leave? Thanks!

Saturday, Feb. 9

Unsung Heroes: Women of World War II

8 p.m., Bijou Theatre, UT. $17-$27.

GO! Contemporary Dance Works premieres an original full-length contemporary ballet with live music performed by the Samuel Williams Quintet. It will be a tribute to the women of World War II, including the WACs, WAVEs, WASPs, Army Nurse Corps, the Riveters, and the OSS in addition to personal encounters with Rosie the Riveter, Anne Frank, and Josephine Baker. A matinée will be performed on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Mardi Mardi Party Party

6 p.m.-9 p.m., Wild Wing Cafe (11335 Campbell Lakes Dr.). $25-$30.

This Mardi Gras party will be donating 100 percent of its proceeds to St. Gerard House, a sanctuary for families facing autism. There'll be a Big Easy Buffet, a silent auction, and live music from Soul Finger.

Thursday, Feb. 14

"Carnival of Venice" Dinner

7 p.m., Candoro Marble Building (4455 Candoro Ave.). $100.

Make your Valentine's Day dinner a unique romantic evening—as well as a boost for South Knoxville culture. The Candoro Arts & Heritage Center is kicking off its 2013 Dinner Series with this four-course dinner planned by Chef Nicholas Drew, with music provided by KSO associate concertmaster, Gordon Tsai. The evening will also be honoring the late Candoro board president and restoration architect, Charles Richmond.

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