Rhythm, blooms and all kinds of tunes

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Just pack up your tent and set up camp in downtown Knoxville this weekend.

Nick Lowe plays tonight at the Bijou.

At 7 tonight on Market Square, Katie Pruitt will give a sneak preview of  the Rhythm N Blooms festival at a Concert on the Square. The festival runs Friday through Sunday at various locations around downtown and the Old City.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present its final Masterwork concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday at the Tennessee Theatre. Titled “An American in Paris,” the symphony will perform that beloved Gershwin work as well as several other French-themed pieces.

The Bijou Theatre will be jamming with an eclectic mix of musical performances, starting tonight with the great Nick Lowe (“Cruel To Be Kind”) doing an acoustic set. The Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus will present “Make Your Own Kind of Music” at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and the Knoxville Choral Society will present “Sing! Knoxville” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring a wide range of repertoire.

Nothing but time

Sebastian Brajkovic, Lathe V Chair, 2008. Bronze, embroidered upholstery, 39 3/8 x 38 3/16 x 23 1/4 inches, collection Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Courtesy Sebastian Brajkovic Studio

Hey, procrastinators – the Knoxville Museum of Art has a show for you.

New at the KMA is “Design by Time,” a design exhibition of works that express the notion of the dynamic passage of time in textiles, carpets, ceramics, lighting fixtures, vessels, clocks and furniture.

In other words, you can go see life – possibly the one you’ve missed – pass before your eyes.

According to the KMA’s notes, the shape and form of most designed objects intends to communicate their physical presence. The works in this show were created to express the dynamic passage of time – a visual expression of life itself – through seasons and growth cycles, the orbiting sun, chemistry and physical forces such as magnetism, crystallization and tides.

The pieces featured come from 22 studios and designers across the United States and abroad. Organized by the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, the exhibition was curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox and runs through Aug. 4, so no rush.

Live or Memorex?

MyVLT will air an edited version of the “Glorious Hymns & Classical Anthems” concert performed April 28 at First Baptist Church of Knoxville at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Sunday, May 19. The Knoxville Handel Society performed the concert, which features tenor soloist Cody Bolling on the finale, “How Great Thou Art.”


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