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Friday's a Noisy Night at museum

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It’s new, it’s music, it’s family friendly, it’s the third Saturday evening of each month, and it’s Noisy Nights, a free-admission event at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

Katy Free Three will kick off the inaugural event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in the museum at 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

The event includes music, pizza sold by the slice, playing with sound concepts in the Noise! exhibit and creating lots of loud fun.

The Katy Free Three band performance will provide jazz, blues and pop sounds with Katy Free on vocals, Nicole on percussion and Wendel Warner at keyboard.

Free, when she was 4 years old, began singing in church and later performed in musicals in high school and in the community.  

Singing in select choirs in Carnegie Hall and at Disney World, she toured several cities with jazz writer and performer Werner and various bands.

With a wide array of musical experiences and interests in various genres, she studied musicology and voice at the University of Tennessee.

Noisy Nights will continue on the third Saturday of each month through 2011.  

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day will perform on Nov. 19, and Quartjar will be featured on Dec. 17.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for ages 65 and older and $3 for ages 6-17; ages 5 and younger are admitted free.

Group rates are available for 20 or more with advance reservations. Call the musuem at 865-576-3200 to schedule group visits.

Information about museum memberships, exhibits, programs and activities is available at www.amse.org.