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Weekend top five

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"The Ambassador" at Barking Legs Theater this Sunday takes the viewer past customs and past legalities into the diamond industry in Africa. (Screenshot: Staff)

Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

A weekend of literary pursuits
Amidst the recent and ongoing rhetoric of the national election season, Lee University’s 10th annual Literary Symposium offers an escape into poetry, fiction and literary criticism. Poet and Wheaton College professor of Renaissance literature Brett Frost kicks off the two-day conference tonight with a reading from his collection, “The Garbage Eater.” On Saturday, students from Lee and five other higher education institutions will read their own works.

When: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, 7 p.m. and 9 a.m., respectively
Where: Edna Minor Conn Theatre, located at 1120 N. Ocoee St., and the Humanities Center, located at 1250 Parker St. NE, Cleveland
How much: Foster’s reading is free, symposium costs $7

Celebrating Veterans Day
The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is commemorating Veterans Day with a glimpse into a Civil War soldier's life through talks by living historians, infantry demonstrations and, best of all, rifle-firing demonstrations.

When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday
Where: 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe
How much: Free

For World of Hope
St. Jude Church hosts a big band social dance to benefit the local chapter of World of Hope this Saturday. The Brad Walker Orchestra will be on hand to belt out music of the greats—including Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles—and those with two left feet can brush up on their moves, thanks to the free dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. World of Hope is an international organization that provides educational, financial and medical assistance to children in developing countries.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 7-11 p.m.
Where: 930 Ashland Terrace
How much: $35 for adults, $20 for students

The Saturday night music toss-up
This Saturday night is a good night for music in Chattanooga. John Pine has been producing beautiful folk and country music for 40 years and holds the distinct honor of being a former U.S. poet laureate and having work inducted in the Library of Congress. The singer-songwriter plays the Tivoli Theatre for his new installation of the American sound, “The Singing Mailman Delivers.”

The Eli Young Band at Track 29 is best known for their country single “Crazy Girl,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country Music chart and sold more than 1.5 million downloads on iTunes. The group also just earned an opening spot on Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation tour.

John Pine, the Eli Young Band. The Eli Young Band, John Pine. The choice is yours.

When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m. for John Pine and 9 p.m. for the Eli Young Band
Where: 709 Broad St. and 1400 Market St.
How much: $39.50-$55.50 for John Pine, $22-$25 for the Eli Young Band

Africa, a journalist and diamonds
That sounds like the plot from the 2006 film “Blood Diamond,” right? The Mise en Scenesters are presenting “The Ambassador” this weekend at Barking Legs Theater. The documentary plays like another perspective building on what “Blood Diamond” offered audiences with one huge variation: This is a real, happening-before-the-camera story of a Danish journalist going undercover into the African diamond trade.

When: Sunday, Nov. 11, 8:30 p.m.
Where: 1307 Dodds Ave.
How much: $5 

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