Calendar of Events

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tennessee Theatre: Black Jacket Symphony plays Led Zeppelin!

Category: Music


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

McClung Museum Family Fun Day: Mind Your Manners


Category: Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

On June 24, 1:00 - 4:00PM, join us for free a free Family Fun Day featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more in honor of new exhibition, Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age.

Visitors will enjoy a firsthand look at the newest exhibition, Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings, while learning about etiquette and proper manners through hands-on activities and crafts.

All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

Tennessee Stage Company: Shakesology: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Join us at the Lawson McGhee Library downtown on June 24th at 2:00 pm, for an engrossing and thought-provoking program on this summer's signature comedy.

Shakesology is a 2 ½ hour special event on the history and context of Shakespeare’s work. Shakespeare on the Square dramaturg, Dr. Jennifer Horn, showcases Shakespeare’s story and influences, as well as some of the choices that other productions have made and the background behind this year’s Shakespeare on the Square productions. Members of the Stage Company artistic team also discuss the current productions and their creative process. In 2017, we highlight Two Gentlemen of Verona.

“One of the key elements of Shakespeare’s genius is that his plays are so open to different interpretations” says Horn. “Even if you’ve seen one production, you definitely haven’t seen them all.” Come find out about the crazy choices that can and have been made in productions of the plays, and prepare to amaze your friends with the trivia you learn.

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Questions? Contact or (865) 546-4280.

James White's Fort: Knoxville Homecoming

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Step back in time and experience Knoxville’s first home as it was in the 1790s. Lifestyle demonstrations by re-enactors from various time periods. The day will also include an author’s area for local publications and other historically oriented crafts. Educational for all ages and free to the public. Donations gladly accepted.

James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Ramsey House: Vintage Baseball

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

Join the fun while experiencing America’s game as it was played in 1864. This free public event is enjoying its 4th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment. Join us for a double header featuring local favorites the Maroons versus the Holstons at 12:00 PM and the Scouts versus the Machinists at 2:30 PM! Delicious food and drink will be available for sale at the game – cash only please, and all sale benefit Ramsey House. Please no outside food or beverages.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Large Format Film Scanning Event

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Festivals & special events

The Knoxville Community Darkroom will be hosting member Frank Woodward for a large format film scanning event. Frank will bring his Epson V700 Scanner and computer to set up as a scanning station for KCD members. If you would like to bring in your large format negatives to scan, please bring a USB drive or memory card with you to put your scanned images on.

This event is free for Knoxville Community Darkroom Members! Non-members are asked to make a $15 donation to participate in the event. The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 5117 Homberg Drive, Knoxville, TN.

Kuumba Festival 2017: Uplifting the Power of Creativity

  • June 22, 2017 — June 25, 2017

Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

Thursday, June 22nd, 6:00pm
KUUMBA FESTIVAL kicks off with “Seeding the Garden of the Mind” Celebrating Kuumba Kamp participants and parents at Haley Heritage Square

Friday, June 23rd, Market Square - 12-8 PM
12:00 noon - The Kuumba Marketplace will open the day's event with food and merchandise vendors from all over the country.
1:00 - 2:30pm African Dance workshop - Free to the Public
2:30 - 5:00pm - Local talent showcase
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Taria Person will Bless the stage on Market Square with Poetry and spoken word mixed with classic music and positive Hip hop
6:00pm - The JUNKANU (Parade) featuring festival participants, Stilt Walker, Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Company.
Beginning on Cumberland and market Street to the Market Square stage.
6:30pm - Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.
8:00pm - Live Concert: featuring Cobalt Blue / enjoy soulful sounds of Reggae and conscious hip-hop From Nashville, Tn

Saturday, June 24th, Morningside Park, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Enjoy the African Market Place with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods. World Children's Village with Inflatable Jump Houses
1:00pm -2:30pm -African Dance workshop - Free to the Public
2:30 - 3:30pm - Power words workshop with Taria Person
3:30pm - 5:00pm - Bring your children for lots of fun and Games with The Game Truck
3:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase at the Morningside Park Stage
6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.
8:00pm - 10:00pm - Live Concert - Featuring Daje Morris and Band at the Haley Heritage Square Stage.
8:00pm - 10:00pm: Party in The Park with DJ Swift featuring live Entertainment t the Morningside Park Stage.

Sunday June 25th, Morningside Park, 12:00pm - 10:00pm: Relish in the cultural spirit of the African Marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods. World Children's Village with Inflatable Jump Houses
1:00pm -2:30pm African Dance workshop - Free to the Public
2:30pm - 5:30pm Local talent showcase
6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village extravaganza.
8:00pm - 10:00pm Tribute Concert for Nkechi Ajanaku featuring, Jazz Artist Kelly Jolly

Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism

  • June 21, 2017 — June 25, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events, Lectures and Music

Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism
June 21–25, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Mary Jane Leach & Amy Cimini
Guest Artists: Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Russell Hartenberger, R. Andrew Lee, Marc Mellits

The Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism is hosted by the University of Tennessee and the nief-norf Summer Festival in Knoxville, TN.

Performances and discussions will feature the music of Maryanne Amacher, Julius Eastman, Ellen Fullman, Randy Gibson, Michael Gordon, Mary Jane Leach, Marc Mellits, Steve Reich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, arrangements of Moondog’s music, and much more.

To attend the full conference, we recommend arriving on Wednesday, June 21 in the afternoon, in time for the opening evening concert. Papers begin Thursday morning and conclude Sunday at noon, followed by a marathon concert into Sunday night. We recommend departing on Monday morning, June 26.

Please email any questions or concerns to
Sixth International Conference on Music and Minimalism is hosted by the larger 14-day nief-norf Summer Festival, a gathering of dozens of performers and composers in Knoxville, TN (June 7 - 26, 2017). More information about the festival:

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Art work by Kate Aubrey and Lee Edge

  • June 16, 2017 — August 10, 2017
  • Reception June 16, 6:00-7:30PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Art work by Kate Aubrey and Lee Edge is on exhibit in the gallery at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The opening reception is June 16 from 6 to 7:30PM; artists' talks at 6:30PM.
Exhibit runs through August 10, 2017
Gallery hours: 10 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Thursday
10 AM – 1 PM, Sunday

A devoted watercolorist for 40 years, Kate Aubrey has won numerous awards and was a finalist in The Artists Magazine's Over 60 Competition of 2013 for her painting, "Invisible." Since arriving in the Knoxville area in 2014, Aubrey has taught workshops in Tennessee and Nevada, is Vice President of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, and is a member of the Art Guild of Tellico Village, the Fountain City Art Center, the Tennessee Artist's Association, the Southern Watercolor Society, and the Arts Alliance of Knoxville. Her paintings have been in the Oak Ridge Art Center's Annual Juried Shows of 2014 and 2015, winning awards each year, and The Arts and Culture Alliance's National Juried Exhibition of 2016. She won awards in the 2016 and 2017 Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibits, and her painting "Old Soul, Dear Heart" took the top Jerry's Artarama Purchase Award in the 2016 Tennessee Watercolor Society Biennial Exhibition.
Lee Edge uses a variety of techniques to create artwork ranging from portraits to landscapes to still lifes. Edge's artwork has appeared in juried shows in numerous locations including the Denver Art Museum, the Rocky Mountain states, Philadelphia, and Knoxville. She received an award in the 18-state-plus-D.C. Southern Watercolor Society show in 2017 and was awarded "Excellence of Watercolor" in the 2014 Oak Ridge Open Show. She has worked as an art teacher in various states over thirty years while raising her family and moving often, necessitated by husband's jobs. She and her husband have resided in Tellico Village since 2003.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Tennessee Valley Players: Cole Porter's Anything Goes

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter; Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman.

Thursdays: June 15 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: June 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: June 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: June 18 and 25 at 3:00 p.m.

The Tennessee Valley Players proudly present the 1987 Beaumont version of "Anything Goes." With a cast of over 40 multi-talented singers and actors, "Anything Goes" is De-Lovely musical full of dance, laughs and also the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl. It features one of Cole Porter's most magical scores including the songs, “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” This musical is presented "in the Round" at the Carousel Theatre next to the Clarence Brown Theatre on the University of Tennessee campus. The Tennessee Valley Players is pleased to produce the show in collaboration with the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Admission is $20 a ticket and for children 12 years old and younger, $10 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased on the Tennessee Valley Players’ website with a credit card ahead of time. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office starting 1 hour prior to each show with cash, check, or credit card. Festival seating. Check out Tennessee Valley Players’ website at or call (865) 201-5913.

7th Annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

nnSF began as a percussion chamber music festival back in 2011, and has grown into a multi-faceted think-tank for the exchange of ideas surrounding contemporary music. Each year, dozens of composers, interpreters, and scholars gather to create, discuss, and analyze both the classics and the newer, unknown gems in contemporary chamber music. Friendships are formed, collaborations are forged, and concerts are presented nearly every day for two weeks.

Here are a few of the highlights that we have in store at the the 2017 Nief-Norf Festival:

/// Musician, visual artist, and instrument builder Ellen Fullman will perform her Long String Instrument, an installation she has been developing for more than 30 years, which was recently covered by The Guardian. She will be in residence building the installation in preparation for her performance in collaboration with cellist Theresa Wong at the Ewing Gallery in the University of Tennessee’s Art & Architecture Building on Saturday June 24th at 7:30PM.

/// Carolyn Chen, one of our International Call for Scores winners, will be in town to work with our performance fellows on her new work for mixed piano quartet Sentence. On Saturday June 17th, we will also offer the world premiere of Chen’s Hamlet, her 30’ sextet for percussionists, at UT’s Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall.

/// We will welcome Nina Young, 2015-16 Rome Prize winner and visiting faculty at the Peabody Institute, as our first week’s Composer-in-Residence. Young’s works will be featured on events beginning on the opening faculty concert on Monday June 12th, and wrapping up on Saturday June 17th.

/// As always, there is a heavy research component to nnSF, led once again by our very own Kerry O’Brien. This year our Research Summit has been swapped out for The Society for Minimalist Music’s 6th International Conference (MinSoc). Dozens of scholars of musical minimalism from around the globe will be visiting Knoxville to share their professional thoughts surrounding music and minimalism.

And more! Information available at

Fountain City Art Center: Fountain City Art Guild Spring Show and Sale


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Also showing - Student Show: Watercolors by the students of Mary Baumgartner

Opening reception on Fri Jun 9, 6:30-8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Tu, Th 9-5; W, F 10-5; Sat 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

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