Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Pellissippi State: Virtual Ukulele, Guitar and Banjo classes

Category: Classes & workshops, Kids & family and Music

Pellissippi State Community College's Business and Community Services is offering virtual music classes this fall. These noncredit classes are open to the public.

Anna Uptain is teaching virtual classes in guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo. She is one of Pellissippi State's lifelong learning instructors who has embraced the opportunity to teach virtually. While Uptain had taught virtual private lessons prior to this year, teaching group classes over the computer has been a new experience.

• Advanced Ukulele: Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Dec. 1
• Dueling Banjos: Wednesdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 2
• Beginner Guitar: Thursdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 3

Uptain's classes are designed to help people learn quickly. Knowing time is a luxury when juggling work and other responsibilities, her classes meet one night a week for six weeks. The key to taking a virtual class, Uptain said, is to come into the class with an excitement and willingness to learn. Uptain's classes are open to ages 13 and older. You do not need to know how to read music or have any musical background or experience.

Registration for fall classes is open now: 865.539.7167 or www.pstcc.edu/bcs

Legacy Parks Foundation: Legacy Parks Week

  • October 19, 2020 — October 24, 2020

Category: Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

While we couldn’t host our annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks this year, we can still celebrate another great year for Legacy Parks projects with you!

. We’ve declared this week Legacy Parks Week with great activities for you each day!
. Celebrate! Dine or shop each day with one of our great friends and they’ll give back to Legacy Parks!
. Play! Keep an eye out for our videos to discover a place to play each day!
. Support! Become a Friend of Legacy Parks to support our work! New friends will receive a 15% off coupon to Mast General Store.

www.LegacyParks.org

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours & Fireside Stories

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Tour Dates: October 20 & 27
Fireside Stories Dates: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30

COVID-19 policies will be followed

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort. Tours will depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45pm for check in. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort.

NEW THIS YEAR! Come and hear some of Knoxville’s scariest stories. The fireside chat, which last approximately two hours each, will cover some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. Ample free parking is available for participants at the Fort. The Fireside stories will begin promptly at 7:00 pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45 pm for check-in.

For both events, admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15. Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more.

205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915. 865-525-6514 or https://www.jameswhitesfort.org/hearthscares-tours-2020/

Muse Knoxville Re-Opens

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Science & nature and Technology

Muse Knoxville Reopens to Public
Knoxville’s children's museum opens doors to visitors for weekend and fall break hours

After being closed for seven months, Knoxville’s children’s museum has reopened for visitors, with exciting new exhibits and ways to play. The museum has taken precautions to ensure the health and safety of their guests. Visitors reserve their playtime in two hour time slots using the online platform, Bookeo. All guests ages 5 and up are required to wear masks and are encouraged to follow safe distancing practices. Muse Knoxville has placed Ionopure air sanitizers throughout the museum, and will also conduct temperature screenings and shoe sanitizing for all guests and employees.

“Our team has worked very hard to reopen safely for children and the adults that love them,” said Ellie Kittrell, executive director of Muse Knoxville. “Play is critical to early childhood development and we can’t wait to share all our new ways to play!.” During their closure, the museum has added two new exhibit areas, and reimagined old favorites for an enhanced play experience.

Muse Knoxville will expand their hours of operation during Oct. 12-16, in accordance with Knox County Schools’ fall break schedule. To view the most updated list of hours, visitors can visit www.themuseknoxville.org.

Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Chilhowee Park with a mission to inspire and empower all children through transformative learning experiences. We exist to serve East Tennessee by bringing hands-on, inquiry-based programming to children ages 6 months to 12 years old. In 2019, Muse Knoxville served over 200,000 individuals throughout 24 East Tennessee counties.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494, www.themuseknoxville.org

The Emporium Center: The League of Scruffy Photographers: Observing Knoxville

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The League of Scruffy Photographers presents a new exhibition that continues to look at Knoxville through the eyes of 30 talented, local photographers. In a year when many people wish they could have a “do-over” or a time machine to avoid 2020, these photographers examine life surrounding us and how we feel during this “unprecedented time”. And, like many who want to reflect on pre-2020 as if it were the Good Old Days, some of the images are from the not too distant past. This exhibition has been curated by designer Elizabeth Avedon.

The following photographers will present their work: Jalynn Baker, Robert Batey, Greg Blackmon, Morris Brady, Ric Brooks, Josh Collins, Khoa Dinh, John Fairstein, Justin Fee, Deana Fulton, Mike Hallman, Gary Heatherly, Kyle Hislip, Douglas Hubbard, Tony Long, David Luttrell, Jess Maples, Jake Harrison Miller, Yasmin Murphy, Tom Owens, Shawn Poynter, Holly Rainey, Lennie Robertson, Eric Smith, Amy Smotherman, Jessica Tezak, Tinah Utsman, Cyndy Waters, Marianna Woodside, and Rodney Yardley.

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

The Emporium Center: WTF by Antuco Chicaiza

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

WTF is a collection of past and newer work pertaining to the social and political issues that have been happening in our country: a chaotic collection which reflects the social climate of today. Enjoy the disorder and confusion, look around, reflect, ponder, and think to yourself... WTF.

Antuco Chicaiza’s work poetically documents his life, his family and friends, his travels and relocations, and his cultural identities and political beliefs. Like a layered visual diary, his works gather evidence of the events and forces that have affected him deeply. Chicaiza’s early work drew upon his childhood memories in Ecuador. These works were representational in style and emphasized both social injustice and the peoples’ strength and pride. Later, his work described his own journey, reflecting in his words, “any injustice or prejudices I was affected by”. Chicaiza has shown his work in solo exhibitions including at Casa HoLa and Gallery in Knoxville, TN; Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville, TN; The Rose Center, Morristown, TN; The Nashville International Airport, TN; Latino Arts, Inc., Milwaukee, WI and the Embassy of Ecuador, Washington, DC. His many group exhibitions include “Immigration, Migration, and Movement at Arizona State University” and “A Sense of Place” at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA.

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

The Emporium Center: Kerry Remp - The Presidents: Layered Portraits of History

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The Presidents: Layered Portraits of History has been a series that I've wanted to create for quite some time. For each President, I spend a few hours researching books, websites and podcasts so that I can incorporate some piece of their history into the portrait. This piece of history may be a certain background, a document, a quotation, etc. One of the joys for me is the discovery process that each piece provides: I rarely create a piece with a preconceived notion of its final state – staying open to how the creative process steers me. Because each piece is unique, the process is fresh every time. Creating each piece can take anywhere from a few hours to a number of days, depending on the complexity of the piece.

Mr. Kerry Remp is a retired NASA Engineer and professional pianist who specializes in creating unique art works in paper as well as needlework of all types. A musician since the age of three, Kerry discovered visual art, via modular origami, at age 40 and has since worked in quilling, sculpture and portraiture with paper. He has been an active member of the Arts & Culture Alliance since retiring to Seymour in 2017. In addition to individual commissions and sales, he has participated in displays/shows at the Emporium Center, Broadway Studios and Gallery and the City-County Building

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

The Emporium Center: Tennessee Artists Association: 46th Fall Juried Show

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The Tennessee Artists Association (TAA) presents its 46th Fall Juried Show, a new exhibition featuring work by both new and longstanding TAA members. TAA was organized in November of 1972 by five artists who wanted to create a “fine art” impact on the Knoxville area. The purpose of TAA is to provide mutual support for artists in the pursuit of artistic expression. This is done through monthly lectures, workshops, demonstrations and volunteer opportunities to share their skills and knowledge. TAA has several opportunities for their members to exhibit at our two annual juried shows and multiple non-juried shows and sales opportunities.

The membership of the TAA has always been composed of experienced artists, beginners, and all levels in between. Many well-known East Tennessee artists have been part of TAA throughout the years. TAA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Guests and prospective members are welcome to join. For more information, visit www.tnartists.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TNArtistsAssociation.

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

The Emporium Center: A Selection of New Works by Bryan Wilkerson

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Bryan Wilkerson is a Tennessee native and Professor of Art and Design at Roane State Community College. His creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but extend into design and drawing. His work explores humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references. He is also the creator and director of the ArtMobile traveling gallery and pop up workshop space.

In this exhibition, Wilkerson will display clever, kooky, and quirky pottery and wall art. For more information, follow him on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bryanwilkerson or visit www.bryanwilkerson.com.

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

UT Gardens: Friday Fun Day: Virtual Bewitching Beasts

  • September 18, 2020 — October 31, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Date: October 31, 2020
Cost: $8 per child or 4 children for $24

Bewitching Beasts is going virtual! We will still do all the fun crafts and learn about bewitching beasts all while being in the comfort of our own homes. This year we are focusing on some of our favorite creatures and can’t wait to share them with you. Participants will pre-register and then pick up a kit from the gardens. Then on Halloween we will send you links to several videos to watch that will show you how to make each craft and give you information about interesting living things. Additionally, from Friday through Sunday, you will be able to visit the gardens to take pictures by various signs and photo spots. Send us your pictures by 4pm on Sunday to receive a prize. Don’t forget to be in costume for all of your pictures!

This program is sponsored by Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center, and University of Tennessee Federal Credit Union. Kits can be purchased either individually for $8 or for a set of 4 for $24.

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

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

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Zoo Knoxville: Now Open

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Kids & family and Science & nature

Zoo Knoxville is reopening to the public on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols to ensure the safety of their guests, staff and animals. The zoo closed to visitors on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the City of Knoxville and Knox County COVID-19 Reopening Phase 1 plan, Zoo Knoxville is open for passive outdoor use only, which means no indoor areas or interactive experiences like rides and animal encounters can be offered at this time. Playground areas, including the splash pad, will also remain closed in this phase.

To control the number of guests in the zoo daily, advance purchase timed entry tickets are required. Circle of Friends members and annual passholders will continue to receive free admission but will be required to make a reservation online for a timed entry on a specific date.

The zoo has added more than 30 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout zoo grounds and restaurants have modified their ordering and delivery systems to minimize contact.

Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:
• Wearing a mask or face covering
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
• Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
• Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
• Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group

To show appreciation for the outpouring of care and support during the closure, Zoo Knoxville will be offering tickets at a reduced price of $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are free. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020. Tickets and entry times can be purchased and reserved online.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

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