Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Nature and Neon

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

The theme of this year’s national juried exhibition is Nature and Neon.

Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Information: 865-436-5860,

Knoxville Guitar Society: December Benefit Concert

Category: Music

Part of the 2017-2018 Concert Season

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its December Benefit Concert. This concert will feature students of local guitar teachers such as Larry Long, Jeff Comas, Ed Roberson, Chris Lee, and Andy LeGrand as well as other guest artists.

Tickets are sold at the door the night of each event. Ticket prices (unless otherwise noted): $20 adults; Children 12 & under admitted free; Students 12 - 18 $5 General Admission. Seating is general admission. Box office opens 1/2 hour before performance. Free reception immediately following concert. Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Guitar Society: 865-694-4108,

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble Auditions

Category: Auditions, Dance and Kids & family

The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, official Goodwill Ambassadors for Knoxville and Tennessee, will hold open auditions for new members at 1:30pm on Saturday, December 16th at Dancers Studio, 4216 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville. Any child who is a Tennessee resident between 8-15 years of age is eligible to audition. Each dancer should prepare an original one-minute dance composition without music and will be judged on proficiency in modern dance and ballet technique. Dancers of all ability levels are welcome to audition and are chosen without regard to race, creed or gender.

The TCDE is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization and a professional modern dance company for children. For over 37 years, the company has performed both nationally and internationally. For more information, contact Irena Linn, Artistic Director, or Amy Renée Wilson, Associate Artistic Director, at (865) 584-9636.

DJ MajestiQ & Elite Entertainment: Winter Wonderland Jam

  • December 16, 2017
  • 8:00PM-12:00AM

Category: Festivals & special events

Winter Wonderland Jam, a music and networking event, happens Saturday December 16, 2017, from 8:00pm-12:00am, at Modern Studio in Happy Holler.

This event celebrates the release of "Soul Skool," a new album by Aszelee J., a Knoxville-based Hip-Hop & Soul artist, with Elite Entertainment. Double-billed as a networking event, Knoxville's budding indie music artists and radio DJ personalities are invited along with press and media to build relationships and promote Knoxville's indie music renaissance.

Tickets available for $10 in advance at Eventbrite, or $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds goes to Omni Visions foster care agency, and attendees are invited to bring an un-wrapped toy donation.

Other featured performers include:
R&B crooner Raymond B.
BLACK 865 Finest
Up and coming rap stars Yeah Lil' Kevin and Captain
Femcee Tye the Godde$$

Clothing and apparel vendors:
Beauteous Magazine & Beauteous Brand Urban Wear
Dreams 2 Lifestyles Clothing

Food truck: IDK Foods
Saturday December 16, 2017, from 8:00pm-12:00am, at Modern Studio,
109 West Anderson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917.

City Council Swearing In Ceremony

  • December 16, 2017
  • 11 AM - 1 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Hosted by 2017 City Council Movement - Knoxville
At City County Building, 400 Main St SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Join us to see new City Council members sworn in. The event is in the main assembly room of the City Council building and is open to the public. There will be a reception afterward.

Tennessee Chamber Chorus: A Still and Starry Night: Knoxville

  • December 16, 2017
  • 7:30 PM

Category: Free event and Music

At Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Tennessee Chamber Chorus combines forces with the Chattanooga Boys Choir for a special holiday concert! Join the two ensembles in Knoxville for one night only. The concert will feature Christmas carol sing-alongs, familiar favorites, and new works for the holidays. Find the magic of the season and be filled with the serenity of a still and starry night!

The Tennessee Chamber Chorus, founded in 2012, is dedicated to innovation and artistic excellence in choral music. The vocal artists come from throughout the country. The ensemble is led by Dr. Alan Stevens, Artistic Director and Dr. Noah DeLong, Associate Artistic Director. For more information, visit and learn about the Artistry, Power, and Passion of TCC.

The Chattanooga Boys Choir was founded in 1954 and is the oldest boy choir in the southeastern United States. The organization now includes over 120 boys in five different ensembles from across the Chattanooga area and northwest Georgia. Members represent over thirty different public, private, and parochial schools and several home-schooled students. The CBC is led by Artistic Director, Vincent Oakes. for more information.

General Admission, Open to the Public. Free, donations accepted.

Tennessee Theatre: Kinky Boots

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The 10th anniversary kicks off with KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (LEGALLY BLONDE, HAIRSPRAY) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Clayton Holiday Concert: Music from the Movies


Category: Dance and Music

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

One of East Tennessee’s greatest holiday traditions, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra invites you to join Music Director Aram Demirjian and special guests for the annual Clayton Holiday Concert: Music from the Movies. Enjoy all your holiday favorites such as the Hallelujah Chorus Handel's Messiah, and special scores from holiday films including Polar Express, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and a few surprises.

We will welcome our friends to the stage from the Knoxville Choral Society, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, and Farragut High School Singers. This concert is sponsored by Clayton Bank, Clayton Homes and Clayton Volvo, there will be four chances to see this fantastic concert.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 more! Each concert includes a 30-minute pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. with conductor and guest artist, allowing an up-close Q&A session, insights and background to the music, composers and more.

At the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Pellissippi State & The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

December 15, 7:30 p.m.
December 16, 2:30 p.m.
December 17, 2:30 p.m.

This homespun tale pieces together a portion of Ingalls family history missing from the beloved “Little House” books — the winter of 1876. Enjoy this tale of gratitude that’s a perfect beginning for the holiday season. Get tickets at:

In the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas will be presented by The WordPlayers, in collaboration with The Arts at Pellissippi, at Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN. Public performances are Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8-$12 and may be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling 865.539.7529.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas is a one-act play with music, based on the beloved series of "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Playwright, Laurie Brooks, imagines events that occurred when the Ingalls family had to leave Walnut Grove to run a hotel in Iowa. It is a story about hope, perseverance, and family. (Recommended for ages 8+)

The WordPlayers is a 501(c) 3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For school show or other information, please call (865) 539-2490, Email: or visit:

Bijou Theatre: Dave Barnes


Category: Music

Two shows!

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Zoo Knoxville: Santa's Village

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village this Thursday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily. Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in the festively decorated Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer and can take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games, holiday crafts and a story time each day at 12:30 p.m. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit. For an additional ticket, rides will be available on the “Polar Express” train and kids can opt for a face-painting session for some holiday flair. All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort. Now through February 28, 2018, zoo admission tickets are $5 off during Kroger Discount Days.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

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