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1. Get cultured right here on campus.

5thingstodo-V0.1Wait, we have a museum and art gallery on campus? If you weren’t aware of the art and cultural options offered just steps away from your classroom, here are two free places you should check out.

Take a right at the Torchbearer and a few steps down in Circle Park leads you to “Monty,” an Edmontosaurus annectens and UT’s oldest Vol outside of McClung Museum. Step inside and browse a number of temporary exhibits from world-renowned museums. Hours and additional information can be found here.

Housed in the Art and Architecture building, the Ewing Gallery’s current exhibition, Compound Lens, features the photographic and video work of eighteen alumni and students of Baldwin Lee, who recently retired after thirty-years of teaching at UT. Visit the gallery’s website for hours.

2. Cheer On the Vols inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

We know…football season is over! That doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your orange and white gear until September. Grab your group and head to Thompson-Boling Arena to cheer on both the Vols and Lady Vols basketball teams. There are plenty of chances to catch a game now through March 1.

The best part—the games are free. The only thing you need to do is reserve a ticket on Big Orange Tix. The ticket system will activate your VolCard for access to the game.

3. Listen to live music.

The School of Music offers free performances throughout the semester. There’s quite a mix of musical options from saxophonists to a concert featuring chamber music from Eastern Europe. Check the School of Music’s website for details.

The Central Program Council is hosting plenty of concerts this semester. Battle of the Bands, Chris Hennessee, Pokey LaFarge & his band, and Volapalooza are just some of the shows to look forward to in the coming months.

4. Stay active, even during the cold winter months.

Yes, it is so cold outside. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your workout in or join that pickup game of basketball. TRECS is open daily and will give you a warm space to run on the treadmill while catching up on your Netflix marathon. Find a workout buddy and try out a new fitness class.

Plus, when it is warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities, the UT Outdoor Program offers plenty of fun activities—or join an intramural team.

5. Catch a show.

On the stage or on the screen, campus performances provide a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

The Clarence Brown Theatre will offer performances of Master Harold….and the Boys, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Shayna Maidel, and The Threepenny Opera. Dates and ticket information are available here.

The Central Program Council’s Film Committee will play new and fan-favorite classic movies (did we see 1996’s Space Jam on that list?!) Here’s a list of movies you can see this spring in the UC Auditorium:

X-Men Days of Future Past
Big Hero 6
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Gone Girl
Dear White People
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Space Jam
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Horrible Bosses 2
Inherent Vice
The Room

Dates and times can be found here.

…and remember, it’s only 239 days until the Vols season opener game versus Bowling Green in Nashville. Go Vols!