The Weekly Plan-It: Jan. 4-Jan. 9

Highlights of the week ahead

Friday, Jan. 4

Opening Reception: Art Market Gallery 30th Anniversary Exhibition

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Art Market Gallery (422 S. Gay St.). Free.

The Art Market Gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary with a show featuring work by some of the gallery's earliest members: Hugh Bailey, Mary Ann Aken, B.J. Clark, Alice Clayton, Fran Henley, Patricia Herzog, Emilia Picket, Carol Pritcher, and Marilyn Avery Turner.

Saturday, Jan. 5

Kerbela Arch Degree Ceremony

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Kerbela Temple (215 Mimosa Ave.) Free.

Peer beneath the fez into the mysteries of Freemasonry with this rare invitation for the public to view the Royal Arch Degree. We are not exactly sure what a Royal Arch Degree is, but the press release says "The Royal Arch Degree will help bring understanding without exposing the secrets of Freemasonry and Shinedom..!!!" Intriguing...

Sunday, Jan. 6

Rationalists of East Tennessee Meeting

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Cafeteria Annex (Hardin Valley). Free.

Yep, there are still a few left here. RET presents "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future," a DVD lecture from Cal Tech's Skeptics Society Lecture Series. More info: rationalists.org.

Wednesday, Jan.9

"Advancing Regional Competitiveness"

1 p.m.-5:30 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, auditorium.

Those Bolsheviks at Plan East Tennessee are daring to target the regional business community with a symposium covering healthy and environmentally strong communities, housing and transportation, and jobs/education. Later this year, a report/action plan based on this public input will be issued—and no doubt approved by the UN! More info at planeasttn.org.

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