Calendar of Events

Monday, March 12, 2018

Zoo Knoxville: $2 Off Admission for Spring Break

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

To celebrate Spring Break, Zoo Knoxville is offering $2 off general admission tickets Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2018.

Zoo Knoxville’s new Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing in Boyd Family Asian Trek, a $6 million multi-acre habitat for white-handed gibbons and silvered leaf langurs, immerses guests in a 360 degree aerial experience. The habitats are designed with multiple viewing levels that allow the primates to pass directly over the heads of visitors or be eye-to-eye with them in a 60-foot-tall treehouse accessible by a suspension bridge. The new expansion also allows soaring views of Tiger Forest and incorporates a new outdoor training demonstration area for Malayan tigers. Gibbon Trails is home to one of the zoo’s most beloved residents, Georgie, and his new companion Naomi. Langur Landing is home to Walter, Teagan, Melody and two-month-old baby Opie, a family of silvered leaf langurs that are a new species to Zoo Knoxville.

The zoo also has a full schedule of special Bird Show sessions and animal encounters with zoo staff for the week, weather permitting. Popular zoo activities such as giraffe feeding, camel rides, the Zoo Choo Train and the Fuzzy-Go-Round carousel will also be open. Discounted tickets may be purchased at the zoo’s ticket window during regular zoo hours.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Kids In The Arts Spring Camp

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

For ages 5-12. Local teachers teaching yoga, dance, nutrition, reiki, drumming, art, and hoop dance! $225 for the week or $50/day

At The Birdhouse, 800 N 4th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: Karl Hess, 865.208.9206,

The Muse Knoxville: Reverse the Brain Drain

Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Reverse the Brain Drain caused by Spring Break! We'll have special activities all week for Brain Awareness! Join us to learn some new things about your smartest organ and have some fun! UT Psychology will even be at The Muse Tuesday-Friday from 11:30-1:30 to provide some brain expertise!

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

Tennessee Theatre: Power Rangers


Category: Dance, Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Music

Go! Go! Power Rangers! Power Rangers, the global pop culture phenomenon, is celebrating 25 morphenomenal years and is heading to a city near you with the awesome martial arts spectacular, Power Rangers Live! Witness the epic, stunt-filled, live event for the whole family, Power Rangers Live! as five ordinary teens morph into the Power Rangers to help save your town and the world from an alien threat and destruction!

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

Bijou Theatre: I’m With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan


Category: Music

I’m With Her is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan.

From their early contributions in bands such as Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, these three musicians are noteworthy for their recent and extensive solo career successes, including several Grammy awards.An impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO, sparked the formation of I’m With Her and sent the trio touring the world together the next year. Along the way, I’m With Her formed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaimfor their unique blend of instrumental interplaycombined with theirindelible harmonies, as the New York Times describes, “... thatcould be sweetly ethereal, or as tightly in tandem as country sibling teams like the Everly Brothers, or as hearty as mountaingospel.” Their debut album, See You Around, was recorded in Bath, England, with Ethan Johns at Real World Studios and will be released in February 2018.

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

Oak Ridge Art Center: Metamorphosis III: Recycle to Art

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

The exhibition will open on March 10 from 7 to 9 pm with a gallery talk at 6:30

Featuring local artists whose work is composed of reused or re-imagined materials, ephemera, or found objects.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Town of Farragut: Exhibit by William "Dan" DeFord

  • March 9, 2018 — April 27, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The March/April 2018 Farragut Arts Council Featured Artist is painter William "Dan" DeFord. His exhibit focuses on the mountains and local culture of East Tennessee, where he grew up. DeFord's grandparents were Concord natives. He pursued art from a young age, and some of his childhood drawings are included in the exhibit.

He went on to attend college in Seattle, Wash., and Southern California, graduating with degrees in electrical engineering, math and physics. He continued to paint, and studied and worked with local artists in Tennessee, California and North Carolina. He returned to East Tennessee with his family in 1971.

DeFord's artwork features subjects from the 1930s to present in oil, watercolor and mixed media.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially-designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist application, email, call 966-7057 or visit

Town of Farragut, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934

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,

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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