Calendar of Events

Saturday, December 16, 2017

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, www.knoxvilleguitar.org

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 www.TennesseeChamberChorus.org 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. www.chattanoogaboyschoir.org for more information.

General Admission, Open to the Public. Free, donations accepted. https://www.facebook.com/events/357740551335129/

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, www.tennesseetheatre.com, www.ticketmaster.com

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

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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, www.knoxvillesymphony.com

Bijou Theatre: Dave Barnes

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Category: Music

DAVE BARNES PRESENTS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Two shows!
VISIT THE WEBSITE
http://www.davebarnes.com

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

Circle Modern Dance: 26th Annual Modern Dance Primitive Light

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Category: Dance, Kids & family and Music

Thursday, December 14th @ 8pm
Friday, December 15th @ 7pm & 9pm
Saturday, December 16th @ 7pm & 9pm

Tickets available at www.circlemoderndance.com; $10/$15 at the door; $5 discount for Friday 9 p.m. performance when buying in advance

At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN. Bring a pillow as seating is limited.

Circle Modern Dance is proud to present its 26th annual production of Modern Dance Primitive Light, an anticipated solstice celebration of movement and creativity in Knoxville. This unique performance brings together local choreographers, dancers, and musicians for an unforgettable community arts experience. Audiences will enjoy exciting new contemporary dance works accompanied by live music set amidst the warm ambiance of the Historic Laurel Theater. This year’s production features work from Circle company members as well as some of Knoxville’s best guest choreographers.

Live music is always a highlight of the performance. Musical director Nate Barrett creates acoustic arrangements of the music selected by each of the choreographers. Always eclectic, this year’s set ranges from Janis Joplin to Vivaldi. The music is performed by an incredible house band made up of some of Knoxville’s finest musicians.

Circle is pleased to include choreographer Deborah Whelan in its long list of community collaborators. After teaching dance to children at Beaumont Magnet Academy for over 20 years, Debbie has retired and returned to teaching and choreographing with adults. Her piece explores ​our​ ​current political climate and its ​impact on ​ interactions between people. Whelan describes her piece as being about hope; “Hope that matter who we are, or where we come from, we can learn to live together in harmony”

Guest choreographer Harper Addison has performed and created work all around the country with companies in Georgia, Florida, California, and New York. Her piece is inspired by a series of poems by Daniel Ladinsky and explores the theme of loving, appreciating, and communicating with others.

Long-time Circle collaborator and MDPL regular Angela Hill will present a solo to be performed by Circle Core Member Darby O’Connor. Amends is set to a mash-up of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz” and the traditional spiritual “Ain’t that Good News.” The piece explores limits, privilege, and virtuosity in performance.

Winter Circle, choreographed by Jennifer Jones, celebrates the creative and healing potential of women working together. The piece is a collaboration between the choreographer and dancers, drawing upon each dancer’s individual background and experience.

Many Circle Modern Dance Core Members will present work, including a piece by Amelia Loehe, performed by identical twins, about a relationship over a lifespan. The dancers weave in and out of unison and individual movement reflecting how two lives connect and re-connect over time. Circle core members Nate Barrett, Callie Minnich, and Darby O’Connor will perform an improvised piece exploring movement and text. Darby O’Connor will also be presenting a piece based on introductions and how people define themselves in their first encounters with one another.

Finally, Circle is excited to present the work of two local companies. Momentum Dance Lab will perform Alive choreographed by Ashley Corey. The Katharine Slowburn Experience, will present work from their November 2017 production The Garden. Modern Dance Primitive Light is a family-friendly show and participates in the Penny 4 Arts program.

For additional Information, please contact Circle Modern Dance at (865) 309-5309 or CircleModernDance@gmail.com.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Elf: The Musical, Jr.

  • December 1, 2017 — December 17, 2017

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Based on the Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The play will be performed December 1 – 17, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM. Also, a special 7 PM performance will be held on Sunday, December 10.

This hilarious musical play is based on the 2003 comedy film. William “Buddy” Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy finds out that he’s an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs. But Walter, like many New Yorkers, doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Neither dies Buddy’s brother Michael! Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The play is performed by 27 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 17.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677, www.childrenstheatreknoxville.com.

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret

Category: Music and Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre skewers holiday stress in The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret opening Friday, Nov 24. ‘Tis the season for food, family, parties and gifts. And let’s face it – also feuds, indigestion, hangovers, busted budgets and weird Uncle Hal who tells those cringe-worthy jokes. Flying Anvil Theatre’s The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret is the perfect antidote for holiday angst!

This comic musical review is full of songs and scenes that take a slightly twisted view of the season. Flying Anvil Artistic Director Jayne Morgan writes and directs, and Carol Z. Shane will musical direct. The show opens the Friday after Thanksgiving to give everyone something to do with those lingering out-of-town relatives.

Morgan says the show acknowledges that the holiday season can often be more frantic than fun. “The end of the year has gotten so intense, with impossible expectations on our schedules and psyches,” she says. “We laugh about that, and things like “Mean Santa” office games, weird holiday gifts and inappropriate relatives.”

Cast members include Emily Helton, Mandi Lawson and Curtis Bower, who previously appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the theatre. They are joined by Donald Thorne, Jessica Magers-Rankin, Carmen Brown and Brandon Phillips.

The Big F.A.T Holiday Cabaret opens Friday, November 24. Pay What You Can Nights are Wednesday, November 22 (Preview Performance), and Wednesday, November 29. The show runs through December 17 and reopens December 27 – 31 with a special New Year’s Eve performance with reception and champagne after the show.

This show is recommended for adults. Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com

WDVX: Blue Plate Special

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Category: Free event and Music

Just like at your favorite meat n’ three, the WDVX Blue Plate Special® is served up piping hot. This fresh and free daily helping of live music during the lunchtime hour that features performers from all over the world and right here in Knoxville has put WDVX on the map as East Tennessee’s Own community supported radio.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. It’s always free to join in so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Previous performing artists include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! There’s plenty of great music to go around! http://wdvx.com/program/blue-plate-special/

Free 2-hour visitor parking located next door to the Knoxville Visitor Center. One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-544-1029, http://www.wdvx.com

WDVX: Blue Plate Special

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Category: Free event and Music

Just like at your favorite meat n’ three, the WDVX Blue Plate Special® is served up piping hot. This fresh and free daily helping of live music during the lunchtime hour that features performers from all over the world and right here in Knoxville has put WDVX on the map as East Tennessee’s Own community supported radio.

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. It’s always free to join in so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Previous performing artists include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Nickel Creek, Red Stick Ramblers, Rodney Crowell, String Cheese Incident, The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, Claire Lynch Band, Brett Dennen, Tommy Emmanuel, Uncle Earl, The Infamous Stringdusters, the Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, John Oats, Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott, and many many more! There’s plenty of great music to go around! http://wdvx.com/program/blue-plate-special/

Free 2-hour visitor parking located next door to the Knoxville Visitor Center. One Vision Plaza, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-544-1029, http://www.wdvx.com