The Dogwood Arts Festival has already kicked - off in Knoxville, but here is a quick rundown of what is going on around town according to their website www.dogwoodarts.com
April 3 (Tonight!):
-Bela Fleck and the Africa Project are taking stage at the Tennessee Theatre. Banjo master Bela, Toumani Diabate, D'Gary of Madagascar, Vusi Mahlasela and Anania Ngoliga will perform songs from the documentary "Throw Down Your Heart. I've seen the documentary and without too much fanfare, you need to go see them perform. You will be moved. $30 and $40 plus fees. 8pm.
- Comedian Louis C.K. takes the stage at the Bijou for a raucous evening of laughter. $31. 8pm show.
- Artists Joe Parrott and Brad Bittle are presenting at Hanson Gallery tonight. Parrott has street scenes of Knoxville and Charleston.
April 3, 10, 17, 24: Uniquely Friday takes place at the Knoxville Visitor's Center and showcases local artists, attractions, events or performers. Sounds like a good time.
April 3-18: Photographer Hei Park presents black and white photographs at the Three Flights Up gallery. I'm going.
April 4 : Matt Wertz @ Square Room. Great songwriter and performer. The ladies will like him. If you haven't seen a show at the Square Room I suggest going. It is intimate and you can drink beer, coffee, whatever. I suggest an Uptown Burger from Cafe 4 before hand. $12 advance. $15 at door. 8pm.
That is just a quick rundown of things that caught my eye for this weekend. I don't know if tickets are still on sale, but Anthony Bourdain is speaking at the Tennessee Theatre April 4. I enjoy his show, No Reservations on the Travel Channel. Don't go hungry because he'll probably talk about food.
The photos above and below are sculptures in Krutch Park downtown. They went up this week and should be admired while you are downtown.