Calendar of Events

Monday, November 18, 2019

Bijou Theatre: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow

Category: Comedy

MONDAY, NOV 18 • 7:30PM at the Bijou Theatre.

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

True Grit Comedy: Bobby Higley and Jenn Snyder

  • November 18, 2019
  • 8:00-9:30PM

Category: Comedy

How better to savor mid-November's leisurely pace, before we amp up and brace ourselves for the winter and its hustle/bustle? Nothing beats a double trouble line-up of two terrifically funny comedians for an evening of laughs at Brickyard Bar & BBQ, brought to you by True Grit Comedy: we present Bobby Higley and Jenn Snyder, Monday, November 18, 2019.

Bobby Higley turns anxiety, depression, and PTSD into comedy Gold." Stranger Magazine Bobby Higley is wild eyed, sassy, gay-ex-Mormon, middle child of 7. Fashionable, dark, & deeply irreverent. Picture abused gender-bent Martha Stuart. Played by a Sassy Stoner Twink, post-prison. Bobby's been a participant of both the Midwest and Portland Queer Comedy Festivals, Mutiny Radio Comedy Festival, & the Altercations festival in Austin. He regularly features & headlines in the PNW & has opened for Sandra Valls, Patti Harrison, Matteo Lane, Derek Sheen, Sabrina Jalees, & Ben De La Creme. He also runs the successful traveling Kink/Consent comedy show "Safeword" & Gutter Twink Productions. Bobby is also a recurring personality on Cut Casting, and his YouTube videos have gotten over 34 million views.

At 5’2″, comedian Jenn Snyder packs a whole lot of funny in her one-two punch style of comedy. Topics ranging from her days growing up as a lesbian in a “good ol’ boy” town to dealing with the public on a daily basis, this comedian will pull you in with her stories and leave you wanting more with her quick wit and hilarious observations. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, her ultimate goal is to unite all people through laughter. She's appeared on the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival, Lookout Comedy Festival, and Cola Comedy Con, including a winning title for the Soda City Comedy Competition. On top of being on tour endlessly, she's recently been occupied with taping for a new comedy series, "Punching Below the Bible Belt," to be released soon.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 9:30 PM
Brickyard Bar & BBQ
4928 Homberg Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Doors at 8pm, showtime is 8:30pm; $7 cover at the door, 21 & up recommended.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Fall Trash Run

  • November 18, 2019
  • 6:00-7:30PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Health & wellness

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting its fall Trash Run on Monday, November 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will kick off at SoKno Taco Cantina, 3701 Sevierville Pike.

The Trash Run is a non-competitive fun run and litter pickup for runners/walkers of all ages. There is no designated route for the event; rather participants are encouraged to spend an hour running or walking and collecting litter in the area. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will provide maps, gloves, safety vests, and litter-pickers.

After the cleanup, volunteers are invited back to SoKno Taco Cantina where they will receive happy hour priced beer as well as the chance to win prizes. Participants can sign up at

Prizes include- two climbing passes at River Sports, a Runners Market gift card, and a jewelry set from Kendra Scott. Participants will receive prize entry tickets for each bag of trash the collect during the event.

TN-China Network and UTK: China Town Hall

  • November 18, 2019
  • 5:45-7:45PM

Category: History & heritage and Lectures

TN-China Network and UTK’s Office of Asian Engagement, and History Department are co-hosting a China Town Hall event on Monday, Nov 18 from 5:45 – 7:45 pm in Student Union 377, in partnership with the National Committee on US-China Relations

The format of the event will include a one-hour webcast panel discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos on the Sino-American relationship and the issues that are impacting us, our businesses, our educational institutions, our communities, our states, and our country. Following the webcast, we will have a 45 minute, in-person town hall-style discussion addressing the topics discussed in the webcast, with the goal of encouraging community members to talk candidly about their attitudes, concerns, and feelings surrounding the bilateral relationship. We will be inviting several TN-China business leaders in Knoxville and UT professors expert on US-Asia relations to help facilitate this town hall discussion.

It will be a very interactive event with audience members encouraged to participate.

Light refreshments and beverages provided. RSVP required to

Monday, November 18 at 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Student Union, 377A
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

More information at

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun

  • November 18, 2019

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:45 AM

This tasty new musical based on the award-winning book by Maria Dismondy empowers children, when faced with bullying, to do the right thing and to be proud of themselves.

“Lucy, Lucy, eats stinky food that puts us all in a big, bad mood!” How can Ralph be so mean, Lucy wonders? Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice

Recommended Age: Grades K through 4
Running Time: approximately 55 minutes

Curriculum Connections
Family Relationships
Literature Based
Language/Communication Skills

Tickets: $9
At Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37915

Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center: 2019 Holiday Show and Sale

  • November 15, 2019 — December 8, 2019

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

Highlights some of the fine things that are made by people right here in Knoxville! Join us for the Holiday Sale right in the middle of the show on Fri Dec 6.

Buy Handmade for the Holidays!

Mon: 9am-8:30pm
Tues: 9am-8:30pm
Wed: 9am-8pm
Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-2 pm
Sat: 9:30am-2 pm

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127 Broadway Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-523-1401,

Knoxville History Project: Upcoming Events & Knoxville Walking Tours

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Literature & readings

11/8/19, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Knoxville's Literary History
For ticket prices and tour description, please visit

11/15/19, 10:30am-12:00pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Knoxville, The Early Years
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11/15/19, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Knoxville Botanical Garden
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11/16/19, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Southland Books and Cafe, 1505 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804
Historic Knoxville Guide - Book Signing

11/16/19, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Old Gray Cemetery
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11/16/19, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Knoxville's Musical History
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11/17/19, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - The Civil War in Knoxville
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11/21/19, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Maple Hall, Upstairs Lounge, 414 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Third Thursday at Maple Hall with Paula Johnson

KHP Donation Day at Central Flats & Taps
A portion of all sales made today will go toward supporting KHP's mission of sharing the history of Knoxville.

11/24/19 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - Old Gray Cemetery
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11/29/19, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Knoxville Walking Tours - The Civil War in Knoxville
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Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559,

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery: Paintings by Lynda Best

  • November 8, 2019 — December 31, 2019
  • Mon.-Thurs. 9AM-4PM, Fri. 9AM-12PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Paintings by Lynda Best will be exhibited November 1 thru December 31 In Westminster Presbyterian Church's Shilling Gallery. Her bold acrylic paintings are inspired by "Nature's transforming powers directly witnessed in the growth
cycle of the flowers and the seasonal changes in water levels in our streams and rivers."
She is a recent recipient of one of the Art and Culture Alliance's Bailey grants.

Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM, Friday, 9 AM to Noon
Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery
6500 Northshore Dr.

Ewing Gallery: Artist in Residence Retrospective

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

Opening Reception, Thursday, November 7, 5:30 - 7:30pm in the Ewing Gallery before the Artist in Residence Lecture at 7:30pm in room 109, A+A Building

The Ewing Gallery will be closed November 27 - December 1 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present AIR Retrospective an exhibition that showcases work from the Ewing Gallery permanent Collection by past UT School of Art Artists in Residence. We will also be exhibiting the AIR of UT Print Portfolio, a 3 portfolio suite of digital prints curated by UT School of Art Alumni, Wade Guyton, Meredyth Sparks, and Josh Smith. The AIR of UT Print Portfolio features work by many past Artists in Residents and alumni of UT. Several sculptural works and drawings by former UT School of Art painting professor, Michael Brakke will also be on display. Brakke, who passed away in 2010 was instrumental recruiting AIRs and developing the UT Artist in Residence program.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Art and Architecture Building, Knoxville, Tn 37996

The Emporium Center: Work by Recipients of Bailey Opportunity Grants

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

Special reception for the artists on Wed Nov 20, 5-7 PM - open to the public. Please join us!

The Arts & Culture Alliance presents an exhibit of painting, photography, woodwork, forged metal, jewelry, sculpture, and more by the fourteen visual artists who are recipients of an FY20 Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grant. Artists in the exhibition include: Eleanor Aldrich, Lynda Best, Jurgen Dopatka, Derrick Freeman, Shannon Johnson, Marty McConnaughey, John Phillips, Sarah Pollock, Shawn Poynter, Chris Rohwer, Nancy Rowland-Engle, Derek White, Bryan Wilkerson, and Brandon Woods.

A part of the Arts & Heritage Fund, the Bailey Opportunity Grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations. The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development. These fourteen artists have utilized their collective $42,000+ for local, regional, and national workshops, studio time, technical equipment, and more.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please note, the Emporium will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

Omega Gallery: CONSUMED.

  • November 5, 2019 — December 4, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The husband and wife team of Eric and Carrie Tomberlin will have a two-person exhibition of their recent photographs, titled, “Consumed,” at Carson-Newman University. The exhibition will open in the Art Department’s Omega Gallery with a public reception on Nov. 5, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Tomberlins are currently on the art department faculty of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Eric is an assistant professor of art, and the head of the photography concentration at UNC-A. Carrie is a lecturer of art, and the gallery director at UNC-A. They both have an extensive record of teaching photography and exhibiting their personal work around America - and internationally.

Carrie Tomberlin earned her bachelor of arts degree from Eckerd College in Florida, and she earned her master of arts degree from Clemson University in South Carolina. She has exhibited her work in places such as Georgia, Texas, California, Tennessee, New York, Idaho, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as in Korea, England, the Republic of Georgia, and China. Her work concerns issues of connection and disconnection, community, accountability and sustainability.

Eric Tomberlin earned his bachelor of arts degree from The Brooks Institute of Photography in California, and he earned his masters from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited his work in places such as California, Utah, New York, Vermont, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and New Jersey, as well as in France, The Czech Republic, England, and the Republic of Georgia. His work often questions both the benefits and consequences of human ingenuity, consumer culture and creativity.

Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & S. College Streets, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

C for Courtside: Surround by VINEGAR

  • November 1, 2019 — December 6, 2019

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Music

By VINEGAR (Ann Trondson and Melissa Yes)
In collaboration with Fenella Kennedy and students from the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance

Opening Reception: Friday November 1, 2019, 7-10pm
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @vinegarprojects

The pulsing repetitive beat, sweat soaking your carefully selected outfit, the hours that pass without much thought while you repeat the same movements over and over, the exhaustion disappearing when you hear that song that makes you get on the dance floor and keep going because it is just too good to miss. Vinegar wants to go to a place where the ego falls away, where the body reconnects with the mind and the boundaries between us dissolve. Taking inspiration from 1990s midwest rave culture, Vinegar invites you to melt into your surroundings. Let’s dance.

VINEGAR champions artists. VINEGAR is a non-profit organization run for artists by artists in Birmingham, Alabama. Upcoming projects include the launch of Airbnb X Vinegar, an experimental exhibition venue (opening November 7, 2019) and VINEGAR’s first official headquarters, a permanent exhibition space opening winter 2019-2020.

ANN TRONDSON’s artistic practice is based in live performance, video, sound, and drawing. Recent exhibitions of her work have been held at Louis B. James Gallery, New York City (2014); College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (2013), and MAK Center of Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2012). Her films have been screened at Salon 94 Gallery, New York (2014) and the Palm Springs Art Museum (2010). In 2014, she participated in the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France. Previous residences include The Guesthaus Residency, Los Angeles (2012), The Vermont Studio Center (2009), and The Banff Centre (2009). She received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008 and now lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.

MELISSA YES makes objects, installations, video art, and performances. She uses low-brow materials and DIY digital techniques to create moments of physical, cultural, and existential tension. Using destruction as a creative process and vice-versa, Yes tinkers with the production and consumption of American bodies, landscapes, and cultural narratives.

Melissa Yes earned an MFA with an emphasis in sculpture (2017) at the Ohio State University, as well as a BS in biology (2006) and a BFA in fine art (2012) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Yes worked as a studio assistant for artist Ann Hamilton from 2015-17. Yes’s twelve-year career in art, education, and the nonprofit sector has led her back to Birmingham, Alabama, where she is working as an artist, designer, educator, and co-director of VINEGAR.

FENELLA KENNEDY is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Alabama University. Their work deals with the intersection of language, performance, and identity, using large-scale immersive environments to explore topics of gender, social media, and the strange and reptile pre(sent)-history of birds and ballerinas. Kennedy earned their PhD in Dance Studies from the Ohio State University, and maintains the public research blog Headtail Connection. In their fleeting spare time Kennedy teaches and organizes social partner dance events across the United States. Fenella Kennedy is joined for this project by dancers from the University of Alabama: Marcus Bivins, Alexis Odom, Danielle Pope, Abi Shepherd and Jamie Stannard.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:,
Follow the gallery on Instagram: @cforcourtside

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