Thursday, Jan. 31
Broker Banquet Hall Grand Reopening
5 p.m., Broker Banquet Hall (3434 Martin Luther King Blvd.). Free (25 and up).
The Eastside party place reopens with free food from C&M Barbecue and free entertainment, including DJ Nine Five. Opening weekend also includes the "Chocolate Dreams" First Friday social mixer on Friday, and a Super Bowl XLVII party on Sunday.
Friday, Feb. 1
7 p.m., Relix Variety Theatre (1208 N. Central St.). $5.
Help support Community School for the Arts, a local nonprofit that provides free arts instruction to children who could not otherwise afford it, and have a great night in the process. Performers include Black Atticus, Kevin Abernathy, Rockwells, the Mutations, Yak Strangler, and—boy howdy!—Con Hunley backed by Mic Harrison and the High Score. The festival continues Saturday night. More info: waynestock.org.
Saturday, Feb. 2
Speaker: Coach Herman Boone
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Carolyn P. Brown University Center, UT. Free.
Remember Remember the Titans? Real-life Coach Herman Boone will be the keynote speaker at this year's Black Issues Conference, which consists of several workshops, the keynote luncheon, and a 3 p.m. reception where Boone will be available for pictures and autographs. More info: multicultural.utk.edu.
Tuesday, Feb. 5
THRC Roundtable Discussion
3 p.m.-5 p.m., Beck Cultural Center (1927 Dandridge Ave.).
The Tennessee Human Rights Commission wants you to bring current issues facing the area to the commission's attention. Do you feel you've been discriminated against when attempting to secure housing, working on the job, or using a business that offers services to the public? RSVP at 615-253-1608 or register at knoxvilleroundtablediscussionthrc.eventbrite.com.