Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Knoxville Convention Center: Discover the Dinosaurs

  • March 17, 2018 — March 18, 2018

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

Trek back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Calling all budding paleontologists and dino-fans of every age! Don’t miss your chance to visit Time Trek Laboratories and travel to pre-history for a roaring, stomping, roam-through experience like no other. Time trekkers can jump into the world of dinos, with hands-on exhibits sure to delight even the smallest Microraptor in your brood. Cuddle with a baby dino, test your knowledge in our live-action, family game show, have a close-up encounter with a life-like, roving dino skeleton, and more. You’ll be giddier than a Spinosaurus on a scooter as you unearth family fun of prehistoric proportions!

Child (ages 2-12) children under 2 free with a paid adult

Anytime Pass: Avid Trekkers can gain access to Time Trek Laboratories across multiple days and have the exclusive ability to arrive whenever works for their dino brood. No need to reserve a specific time slot for these Treks-perts, just show up ready to have a roaring good time!

Senior: Patrons 65 years or older save $5. Discount excludes Early Entry and 2-day Pass/Anytime entry.

At Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. Tickets: www.discoverthedinosaurs.com

Bijou Theatre: Robin Trower

Category: Music

Legendary British blues~rock guitar statesman, Robin Trower approaches his finest hour with ’time and emotion’ his latest tuneset.

Trower’s evocative note bends and signature tone along with his powerful lead vocals totally bring it. There are plenty of tightly knitted bass lines and drum grooves supporting RT’s gut lifting sound to titillate the listeners ear. It is unadulterated combustion of rock, blues and soul, lots of what Strat-fans crave from this unique artist.

Track highlights include ’the land of plenty’, ’i’m gone’, ’bitten by the snake’ ’if you believe in me’, ’you’re the one’ and the title track ’time and emotion’ but there are no weak tracks on this CD all there is is lots of classic Robin Trower!

Catch Robin live on the upcoming US 2018 tour. Watch while a master re-envisions tunes known and new. Listen as songs from the new CD transmogrify in live performance. Don’t miss it.

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

The Open Chord: The California Guitar Trio

  • March 17, 2018
  • 7:30PM

Category: Music

The CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO (CG3) will appear at THE OPEN CHORD, on Saturday March 17, with 2 sets beginning at 7:30pm. The OPEN CHORD is known as one of the finest listening rooms in West Knoxville and is proud to host this unique offering by MASSKUS Productions.
The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio's questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

The trio's output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Tickets are $18.00 and available on-line at https://california-guitar-trio.eventbrite.com (+$2.50 processing) ,or by stopping by THE OPEN CHORD, ALL THINGS MUSIC STORE located at 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. https://www.openchordmusic.com/

UT Arboretum Society: Monthly Guided Hike

  • March 17, 2018
  • 9-10 AM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Did you make a New Year’s resolutions to get more exercise or spend more time outdoors? The UT Arboretum Society can help with both! In 2018, the UT Arboretum Society is now offering a monthly hike on the third Saturday of each month.

The hikes will be led by Arboretum staff or a member of the UT Arboretum Society. The hike will begin at the parking lot of the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge at 9:00 a.m. This is approximately a one-hour fun, short trail hike. Participants are asked to wear clothes appropriate to the weather and boots or good shoes for outdoor walking. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. To learn more about this hike or the UT Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277.

March 17 - Before the celebrations begin, come and enjoy some fresh air and exercise on this St. Patrick’s Day hike. The weather is starting to get warmer and this is a great time to spend outdoors. Learn about the UT Arboretum’s trails on this short trail hike (1 to 1.5 hours). Don’t worry if you don’t have a shillelagh (Irish walking stick) as it is an easy hike.

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival Staged Reading

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Theatre

Check out the full festival schedule and details here: http://tennesseestage.com/2018/01/05/new-play-festival-2018/

Free admission, and the reading will also be followed by a discussion session with the actors, audience, director and playwrights.

De-Tox by Don Kapa
A comedy in which a motley assortment of humanity is thrown together overnight in a de-tox center that is one step away from the drunk tank. A halfway house of sorts becomes home to a most unusual family. What could possibly go wrong?
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280, www.tennesseestage.com

Historic Ramsey House: Fun Art Not Fine Art with Tiffani Mensch

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

1 pm to 3 pm: Learn to paint the fun way and create a beautiful painting worthy of hanging in your home. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is, come and paint while enjoying your favorite wine and snacks. Ramsey House will provide the soft drinks, you provide your favorite wine (valid ID required) and munchies. Bring a friend or make a friend. Reservations online at ramseyhouse.org or call 865-546-0745 The cost is $35, all supplies included. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

The Open Chord: The California Guitar Trio

  • March 17, 2018
  • 7:30PM

Category: Music

The CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO (CG3) will appear at THE OPEN CHORD, on Saturday March 17, with 2 sets beginning at 7:30pm. The OPEN CHORD is known as one of the finest listening rooms in West Knoxville and is proud to host this unique offering by MASSKUS Productions. The concert will be followed at 10pm by a FREE acoustic blues jam hosted by the JAMES SEATON TRIO.

Early in the day, the Trio will perform as part of WDVX Radio's daily "Blue Plate Special" performance at the Knoxville Welcome Center at Noon.

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio's questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

The trio's output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Tickets are $18.00 and available on-line at https://california-guitar-trio.eventbrite.com (+$2.50 processing) ,or by stopping by THE OPEN CHORD, ALL THINGS MUSIC STORE located at 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN. https://www.openchordmusic.com/

Knox St. Patrick's Day Parade

  • March 17, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

The Knox St. Patrick's Day parade is a family friendly event which features bagpipes, firetrucks, Irish tunes and some seriouslly decked out parade floats. After the Cel-O'bragh-tion in Krutch park where you'll find local vendors, Irish inspired music, food and libations. Get your green on and get downtown on March 17 for the best St. Patrick's celebration around.

Knox St. Patrick's Parade, LLC
knoxstpatricksparade@gmail.com
(865) 235-9956

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Narrative Poetry with Jesse Graves

Category: Classes & workshops and Literature & readings

Do you want to weave narratives, plots, characters, and drama into your poetry? Jesse Graves, a superb poet, teacher, and editor, shares effective prompts and examples to enrich your poetry with narrative elements. You’ll explore historical and character-driven examples, starting with Homer and the Greeks into contemporary poetry and see how to apply their discoveries and practices to your own material. Writers will leave this session with new material, and thoughts and suggestions on how to revise those ideas into finished poems. All KWG Workshops are $50 for non-members, $30 for members and $15 for student members. https://knoxvillewritersguild.org/events/mar08workshop/

At Central United Methodist Church in 4th and Gill (201 East Third Avenue).

9th Annual Monroe Area Council for the Arts Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Monroe Area Council for the Arts will host its 9th Annual Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament on March 17 at The Links at Kahite. The shotgun four-person scramble begins at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee includes a free continental breakfast, unlimited range balls, door prizes, a free beverage cart, a hot pasta buffet with desserts, and free contests for prizes. The entry fee is only $90 dollars.

While the golfers are competing you are invited to come out and experience some of the various art forms from our very talented Monroe Arts Alliance members. From 10 am to 2 pm take a stroll around the grounds, take in the Visual Arts Alliance’s beautiful works of art displayed for your viewing, listen to music, and watch the performances by some of our Performing Arts Alliance members.

There will be special performances by
• Born 2 Danz- 11:30 am
• Vocalist Morgan Marshall accompanied by Garrett Marshall on the guitar- 11:55 am
• Hiwassee Drama Department a scene from the “The Princess and the Pea”- 12:15 pm
• Armfield Dance Academy -12:30 pm
• Chloe Tallent- 1:15 pm

Our schedule may vary, but lots to see between 10 am and 2:00 pm. ALL FREE TO ENJOY! Do you want to make a difference? Come chat with us on how you can help to Make Art Come Alive in our community. All proceeds from sponsorships and golf fees will go to support the Barbara Arwood Fund for Arts in Education. “The Barbara Arwood Fund helps bring programs on music, poetry, visual arts, and the Missoula Children’s Theatre to young people in the area. In addition, this event will help MACA offer its annual summer arts camp,” noted MACA Executive Director Alan Jackson. For more information to provide sponsorship or to register to play in the tournament, go to www.monroearts.com, email maca491@gmail.com or call MACA at 423-442-3210.

Cyanotype Drop-In Workshop & Anna Atkins Birthday Party!

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hosted by The Big Camera and The Knoxville Community Darkroom at A1LabArts, 23 Emory Pl, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

In this drop-in workshop, each participant will pay $10 for a grab bag of assorted fabrics, note cards, postcards, watercolor paper and more! All materials will be coated in Cyanotype and ready to make art with the sunshine! You can bring feathers, lace, plant matter, crystals or any other items you wish to use to make your Cyanotypes. We will supply plenty of wood letters and goodies, too. Cyanotype, also known as a Blue Print, was used by Anna Atkins when created a series of cyanotype limited-edition books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection, placing specimens directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is considered the first female photographer.

We will also be celebrating her birthday and you are welcome to join us for cake, beverages and demonstrations for free! This is a walk-in event, pay at the door if you wish to make your own Cyanotypes. Instructors will be on hand including Donna Moore and Anna Lawrence. No reservations are required. Children are welcome with parent supervision!

https://www.facebook.com/events/430163310750355

Dragon Lights Festival

  • March 16, 2018 — April 22, 2018

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

Dragon Lights, Knoxville’s first-ever Chinese lantern festival, will take place at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center and will be open every night from 5:30pm until 10:00pm.

Featuring over 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, Dragon Lights is the largest Chinese lantern festival in the Eastern Unites States. Thousands of sculptural and light components make this event a true visual treat. Dozens of Chinese artisans travel the world to keep this century-old tradition alive, and they will be constructing the displays on site at Chilhowee as the festival draws near. Dragon Lights also will feature performances by Chinese acrobats and Chinese folk art demonstrations, as well as children's activities.

Don't miss this unique experience. Tickets ($16 per adult, or $10 for children) are on sale now. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or stop by the Civic Coliseum Box Office. (Group tickets for 15 or more are only available at the Coliseum Box Office, 865-215-8999.) http://www.chilhoweepark.org/dragon-lights-festival/

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