2. More tambourine! Americana-roots duo Smooth Hound Smith is bringing their primal foot percussion, warbled harmonicas and a lot of tambourine to The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Friday from 8-10 p.m. The pair has traveled all over the country in the past couple of years with their unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm and blues, and will be touring with The Dixie Chicks later this summer. Tickets to the show are $10.
3. “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:” See some of the most talented actors – and dogs – on stage beginning this weekend at The paramount Center for the Arts as Theatre Bristol premieres “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” The flying-car adventure opens Friday with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a matinee Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available at paramountbristol.org or by calling 212-3625.
4. Theatre camp: Middle and high school students can learn crucial theatre skills next week, June 25-29, for the Kingsport Theatre Guild’s Teen Camp. Students will learn about auditions/monologues, lighting, stage combat, improv, makeup, sound, stage management, directing, costume, scene work and set design through a series of classes by members of the guild and theatre professionals from the area. The camp will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and costs $100 per student. Registration is limited, so contact [email protected] for more information.
5. History Happy Hour: The Navajo tribe reclaimed some of their territory in 1869 – and an East Tennesseean played a role in the process. Find out how at the Heritage Alliance’s History Happy Hour Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chester Inn in downtown Jonesborough for a free program presented by Stephanie Steinhorst from the Andrew Johnson National Park in Greeneville. The programs are on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., and all are free and open to the public.
6. Can you escape? Test your problem solving and critical thinking skills this weekend with a series of escape rooms presented by the Johnson City Public Library. The library will have three escape rooms on Saturday, each targeted at a different age group. Tweens ages 10-12 can work together to stop a geology professor turned super villain from 11 a.m. to noon, teens can search for very important sheet music in slots from 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., and adults can work together to solve a kidnapping case from noon to 1 p.m. Although all programs are free, registration is required by calling the library at 434-4458.
7. “Women of Faith”: Women from the bible are at the center of LampLight Theatre’s latest production, “Women of Faith,” a dinner theatre experience that will take place in the Emporium Banquet Hall, 146 Broad St. this weekend. The Saturday matinee packages are $22 for adults and $13 for students, with lunch served at 1 p.m., Saturday dinner tickets are $30 for adults and $17 for students, with dinner being served at 6 p.m. Sunday matinee packages are available for $15 per adult and $9 per student, with tea and dessert served at 2 p.m. Tickets for show only are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 5 and younger. Call 343-1766 to reserve tickets or visit lamplighttheatre.com.
8. Silly storytelling: Storyteller Jackson Gillman will be busting out song, dance and mime for children’s stories at the International Storytelling Center in downtown Jonesborough Saturday morning from 10:30 to 11:30. The wild and crazy show is $5 per person to attend.
9. Songs at Sabine Hill: Experience history though song Thursday from 2-3 p.m. as Appalachian melodies ring through the halls of Sabine Hill. Learn about Tennessee as a musical melting pot and how people from around the world shared culture through song. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students ages 7-17 and free for children 6 and younger. Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at tnstateparks.com.
10.Summer Splash: A free pop-up concert is splashing into the Kingsport Aquatic Center Wednesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a special acoustic set from The Vamps and a short Q&A session after the performance. Admission to the water park will be free for the duration of the event, and Electric 94.9 will be giving out prizes.