Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Knoxville Theatre Club: The Story Story

  • March 8, 2018 — March 24, 2018

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The Story Story, a new original offering from local duo Sara Gaddis and JP Schuffman, is an exciting twist on the classic hero's tale. In the tradition of the fully realized fantasy universes such as The Dark Crystal and Alice in Wonderland, a group of travelling performers weave the tapestry of Uri of the Sash, a village healer turned hero when a cave-dwelling creature called Lescau the Dusk Walker curses her village and sends her on a quest to find the origin of all human stories. On her journey she encounters a host of amazing creatures and characters, faces untold danger, and must to rely on her willpower, wits, and a bit of magic to save her friends from a terrible fate.

The Knoxville Theatre Club ensemble consists of six local performers familiar to regular viewers of Knoxville theater, portraying every role from eccentric tinkers and talking dogs to nightmarish monsters and a three-headed librarian. This world premiere production combines reverence for traditional storytelling with fantastic puppetry, fast-paced humor, a unique mythology, and exhilarating up-close stagecraft.

The Story Story stars Raine Palmer, Debi Wetherington, Sara Gaddis, Caleb Burnham, Chad Wood, and JP Schuffman. The show's co-creators Gaddis and Schuffman have been producing original work together in NYC, Nashville, and Knoxville since 2010. In 2017, they founded Knoxville Theatre Club ( which has hosted workshops and local community events such as The Pop-Up Theatre Project, Drama & Drinks, The Crow Flies Scriptworks, and the Knoxville Theatre Slam.

The Story Story runs March 8-10, 16-17, & 23-24 at Modern Studio, 109 W Anderson Ave, Knoxville, 37917. The show is suitable for all ages, and tickets are available at the door or in advance via the website,

McClung Museum: Reconstructing and Firing a Greek Kiln: a Project in Experimental Archaeology


Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

On March 8, 2018, The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the McClung Museum present Lisa C. Khan of George Mason University presenting the AIA William D.E. Coulson Memorial Lecture, “Reconstructing and Firing a Greek Kiln: a Project in Experimental Archaeology.

The lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum Auditorium and is open to the public and free of charge. A reception will follow.

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,

Jubilee Community Arts: Knoxville Square Dance


Category: Dance and Music

Jubilee Community Arts presents Knoxville Square Dance with live old-time music by The Hellgramites and calling by Stan Sharp and Leo Collins.

Thursday, March 8
Thursday, April 12

Second Thursdays at the Laurel Theater! No experience or partner is necessary and the atmosphere is casual. No taps, please. Admission: $7 ($5 for students & JCA members).

Follow the Knoxville Square Dance on Facebook: Jubilee Community Arts, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,

International Women's Day 2018 Knoxville

  • March 8, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

At Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

International Women's Day ​​(March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.​ ​International Women's Day​ (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911.​ IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

Musical entertainment by Jeanine Fuller & The Boyz, with special guests, Kelle Jolly and Chelsea Samples. Heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by Soul Elegance Catering. Two cash bars (cash only).

Presenting sponsors: Commissioner Evelyn Gill, Knoxville Museum of Art

#IWD2018 #PressforProgress

Friends of the Knox County Library: The Fight to Win the Vote

  • March 8, 2018
  • 7:00PM

Category: History & heritage, Lectures and Literature & readings

Award-winning journalist and author Elaine Weiss will introduce her latest
non-fiction work at the East Tennessee History Center on Thursday, March 8,
2018, 7 p.m. The Woman's Hour is especially relevant to Tennesseans as it
documents the final battle in the war to win women the right to vote that
was fought right here in The Volunteer State.

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will introduce Weiss at the event. Tickets
are $10 each and may be purchased online at the Friends of the Knox County
Public Library's website ( or in person at Union Ave Books
or at the Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop just inside Lawson McGhee
Library. Ticket holders may purchase copies of The Woman's Hour at the event
at a discount of 10%. Weiss will sign copies after she speaks.

Many of us have forgotten it took 70 years for women to obtain the right to
vote, and far fewer know it came down to a nail-biting six-week battle in
Tennessee. The Woman's Hour depicts that battle in which lesser known
suffragettes such as Carrie Chapman Catt, Sue Shelton White and Anne Dallas
Dudley played pivotal roles.

Weiss' first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great
War, was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and
public radio stations nationwide. Additionally, her by-line has appeared in
The Atlantic, Harper's, New York Times, Boston Globe and Philadelphia
Inquirer. She has also been a frequent correspondent for The Christian
Science Monitor.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. author event is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library,
the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the East Tennessee
Historical Society, and WUOT.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: International Journalism

Category: Classes & workshops and Literature & readings

PROGRAM: International Journalism, Dateline Knoxville, TN

International journalist and book reviewer Nina Martyris writes for NPR and other globally recognized news outlets. And she does it all from Knoxville, TN. March 8th, she will talk about the highs and lows for a freelance journalist in the digital age, and she will answer your questions on related topics including pitches, rejections, and winning assignments. And she has a tale to share about Knoxville's Old Gray Cemetery. For a recent exclusive KWG interview with Ms. Martyris:

Central United Methodist Church in 4th and Gill (201 East Third Avenue) 7:00 p.m. You do not have to be a Guild member to attend; we do appreciate a two dollar minimum donation at the door. Information:

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: The Woman's Hour

  • March 8, 2018
  • 7:00PM

Category: History & heritage and Lectures

Thursday, March 8, 7 PM in the East Tennessee History Center.
In August 1920, 35 states had ratified the Nineteenth Amendment, while 12 had rejected it or refused to vote. One more state was needed to ratify the amendment that would grant women the right to vote. That state was Tennessee.

Friends of the Knox County Public Library and author Elaine Weiss will bring the story of this historic event to Knoxville on Thursday, March 8 at 7 PM. Weiss will speak about her new book, The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

Tickets are $10 and are available at
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

UT School of Music: Katie Johnson; horn and Eileen Downey; piano


Category: Free event and Music

Faculty recital

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, and the Alumni Memorial Building is located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Dogwood Arts: SYNERGY: Student Art Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Knoxville’s next generation of artists is on display, featuring the work of gifted art students from area schools at Clayton Center for the Arts.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Dogwood Arts: SYNERGY: East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

In its fourth year, this is an exhibit promoting the work of East Tennessee’s finest K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student teachers from public schools, private schools and academies located at Clayton Center for the Arts.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Tomato Head: Exhibition by Kimberly Pack

  • March 6, 2018 — April 2, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Playwright Edward Albee famously decried the efforts of critics and scholars to identify too much “connective tissue” in his work. Albee said he didn’t control characters – they act the way they act because that’s who they are, and they do what they do because that’s what they want to do. For Albee, writing, art if you will, isn’t limited or necessarily driven by what happens to the creator of the work. Albee might have opined that in art, like life, the artist starts something, somewhere for reasons known or unknown, but once started that creation careens off in its own direction. Artist Kimberly Pack, whose exhibit currently hangs in our Market Square location, isn’t exactly sure where the characters in her work came from, but she does know that they have taken up residence in her imagination where they seem to have heard and heeded a call to be fruitful and multiply.

A quick look at her collection of drawings (ink on watercolor paper) is enough to tempt an observer into wondering if these strange little people have some connection to the artist’s life: Are they personal demons trying to get out? Are they unkind caricatures of unpleasant characters from her past? Are they born of some great sadness or a little touch of madness?

Kimberly Pack will be on view at the Market Square Tomato Head thru March 4th, 2018. She will exhibit at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from March 6th thru April 2nd, 2018.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Ric Brooks: Big Ears Big Eyes – Big Ears photos from 2009-2017

  • March 5, 2018 — May 7, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Love is in the air. And it’s on our walls. It’s hanging there, mostly in bold colors, as a clear statement that photographer Ric Brooks loves music makers almost as much as he loves their music. For years, Brooks has been the official unofficial photographer of Big Ears. And it’s a role he loves. He’s a straightforward guy, I suspect he wouldn’t tell you any lies. So when he repeats that he isn’t a professional photographer, you believe that he believes it. Yet when you look at his work, you’ll recognize that he is a passionate shutterbug – which, in many ways, is exactly what you want for a festival that touches the very heart of passion.

His collection of work now hanging on our Market Square walls spans 2009 – 2017 and is mostly comprised of artists in action shots. Each one is a studied photo in its way. Brooks says, “I’m in the audience, listening, and I see a photograph that I want to take. Say, I see this look on the artist’s face, and I know I want to photograph it. I’ll have to take 3 or 4 just to get that expression. Lots of musicians will do certain things, make a move or something to get that high note; you know it – it’s what people call the guitar face. But you can see that happening in the song so you know it’s going to come back on the chorus or somewhere. I’m waiting for it. I know what photo I want.”

The exhibit represents just a fraction of his search for the images he likes and an extensive association with musicians. Brooks and Big Ears founder Ashley Capps have a long and continuous friendship that dates back to Kindergarten. When Capps started doing concerts at the Laurel Theatre way back when, Brooks was there with a camera and, sometimes, catering too. When Capps opened Ella Guru’s, Brooks was there, managing, taking tickets, and meeting, hearing and watching.

“Big Ears Big Eyes – Big Ears photos from 2009-2017”, an exhibit of photographs by Ric Brooks will be on view at the downtown Tomato Head on Market Square from March 5th thru April 1st. The exhibit will then be on view at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from April 3rd thru May 7th.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

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