Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fountain City Art Center: Southern Appalachian Nature Photography and the Knoxville Book Arts Guild


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

"The Knoxville Book Arts Guild: and The Southern Appalachian Nature Photography"
Also showing: Watercolors by the students of Mary Baumgartner

Reception for both: March 16, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Hours: Tu & Th 9-6, F 10-1, 3rd-4th Sa 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Clayton Center for the Arts: Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Category: Film

The Clayton Center for the Arts is one of 8 venues in the Southeast to screen 6 films as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. One film will be shown per month in the Lambert Recital Hall. Screenings will be free for High School and College students with a student ID, and admission for the general public $5. All films will be shown at 7pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

“Through the Southern Circuit, we are reshaping the relationship between films, filmmakers, and audiences,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, senior program director with South Arts. “Our Screening Partners are developing thriving audiences who support independent films, and filmmakers have the opportunity to interact with audiences in each community at receptions, Q&As, and workshops. The Southern Circuit is about creating a deeper, more conversational approach to film. Instead of catching a documentary in your living room, audiences get to meet the filmmaker and discuss the creative process." In total, there will be 21 Screening Partners, 18 filmmakers and a total of 124 screenings spanning nine states.

Films to be screened at the Clayton Center are:
• March 14, 2018: Quest with filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski
• April 18, 2018: 78/52 with filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

East Tennessee History Center: Knoxville’s Part in World War I

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

“Over Here! Knoxville’s Part in World War I, 1917-1918, the Home Front, and the Great War’s Local Legacy”
A Brown Bag Lecture with Jack Neely

Jack Neely will explore local participation in World War I, both in terms of our contributions to the armed forces and through local industry and charity, as well as Knoxvillians’ influence on the national effort, along with one especially peculiar case of alleged espionage. He’ll also discuss some of the war’s largely forgotten local legacies, such as the name of our airport, the mystery of the lost "Memorial Road," and a book rarely read today that won the Pulitzer Prize. Jack Neely is a well-known local author, historian, and the executive director of the Knoxville History Project.

The program is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society in conjunction with the new exhibit “In the Footsteps of Sergeant York” on display at the Museum of East Tennessee History through July 8, 2018. The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: Let Her Speak Women's Summit

  • March 14, 2018
  • 9:00AM-3:00PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Festivals & special events

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Hive
854 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Everyone has a story to tell and every story is worth telling.
Let Her Speak is a gathering to encourage women to share their life experiences. Every woman is invited to come to the table and make her voice heard. This half-day event will have a roundtable setting with opportunities to listen, learn, and grow from other women and to share your experiences, goals, and vision for the future of our community. The summit is meant to facilitate deeper conversations and identify actions we can take within the community to inspire change and build a stronger support system for women in business - whether they work for a company or are starting their own business.

Topics to be discussed include: Building Confidence, Finding a Mentor, and Creating Your Brand; Harassment, Abuse, Bullying, and the Power to Speak Up; Establishing a Support System for Female Professionals and Entrepreneurs; Work/Life Integration; Commitment to Our Communities, Fellow Women, and Ourselves; and Bridging The Cross-Generational Gap.

Morning coffee and pastries will be provided as well as lunch. Following the event, there will be a Maker Market at The Hive where attendees can show their support for local entrepreneurs and learn more about their business. Tickets are limited to allow each attendee the opportunity to share their story.

Doors open at 9am,
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Hive, 854 N Central St., Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. Information: (865) 282-2018,

Knoxville Bar Association: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans

  • March 14, 2018
  • 12:00-2:00PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans will be held on March 14, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office at 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville TN 37919. The Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic is a joint project of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), KBA/Barristers Access to Justice Committees, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and the local VA office. This is a general advice and referral clinic and it is anticipated to serve between 20 and 30 veterans in the community each month with a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

The Veterans Legal Advice Clinic is a project sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), the Knoxville Barristers (the Young Lawyers Division of the KBA), Legal Aid of East of Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local Veteran’s Affairs Office.

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,

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,

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