Thursday, Jan. 9
Dare to Be Square
7 p.m., Laurel Theater (1538 Laurel Ave.). $50 weekend pass.
Unleash your old-timey dance moves with a full weekend of square dancing, music, workshops, and socializing, featuring Michael Ismerio, Bobby Fulcher, Phil Jamison, T-Claw, the Hellgrammites, and the Corn Potato String Band. Visit jubileearts.org/dtbstn/ for ticket information and a complete schedule (runs through Sunday).
Friday, Jan. 10
9 p.m., the Well (4620 Kingston Pike). $5.
The Well in Bearden celebrates its two-year anniversary with five nights of music and comedy (Jan. 9-13). Tonight it'll be Brian Kelly and friends, Gamenight, Senryu, Evil Twin, and Wampus Cat. Full schedule: thewellknoxville.com/shows.
Monday, Jan. 13
‘Muslim Journeys: Points of View'
6-8 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch Public Library (9045 Cross Park Dr.). Free.
Humanities Tennessee is sponsoring a five-part series examining the literature of Muslim countries. This first edition will discuss Hisham Matar's In the Country of Men, a prize-winning novel narrated by a young boy growing up in Libya under Muammar el-Qaddafi. The series' intent is to share "experiences of individuals in a broad context, countering the one-dimensional views of Muslims depicted in the mass media." Is that even legal in Tennessee? Register at 865-215-8767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Book Sandwiched In: Mike Strange
Noon, East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay St.). Free.
If there's one thing sports fans like to complain about more than coaches, it's sports writers. But sometimes the job requires looking behind the athletic pageantry to expose its sordid machinations. News Sentinel sports scribe Mike Strange will be examining just that topic with a discussion on The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.
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