Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tai Chi Classes with Karl Hess

  • March 25, 2018 — December 31, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events

Meeting every Sunday from 11 AM - noon at Adair Park, 1807 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918, near the Gazebo and Playground.

Meeting every Wednesday from 6-7 PM at Good People, 4026 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Beginning April 7, meeting on Saturdays from 11 AM - noon at Olde Mechanicsville Park on Arthur St. near the Firehouse and the Lotus Light Center.

Requested donation of $10 for each class, $17 for two classes, or $20 for 3 classes each week.

Information: Karl Hess,

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Brain Candy LIve

  • March 25, 2018

Category: Comedy, Kids & family and Science & nature

Adam Savage, one of television's most loved personalities, has joined forces with Michael Stevens, one of YouTube's biggest stars and they're coming to Knoxville on March 25, 2018! They're bringing along their crazy toys, incredible tools and mind-blowing demonstrations for a celebration of curiosity that's an interactive, hands-on, minds-on theatrical experience like no other.

Savage and Stevens can't wait to unleash their collective sense of wonder, curiosity and fun and they're inviting you and your friends and family to join-in and get your minds messy. Adam and Michael's Brain Candy Live experience is like a two-hour play date with Walt Disney, Willy Wonka and Albert Einstein.

Smart is the new superpower and two of this planet's most entertaining everyday heroes are coming to the Civic Auditorium to rescue you and your family from boredom. Join them as they use their secret recipe of fun, surprise, excitement (and just a pinch of danger) to cook-up and deliver a giant batch of magical Brain Candy to every mind in the audience.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

UT School of Music: Ready for the World Music Series


Category: Free event and Music


12:30 PM - Exhibits of artistic and cultural artifacts and reception
2:00 PM - Musical presentation and short lecture

Sun-Joo Oh, soprano
Eunsoon Corliss, viola
Esther Park, piano
Eunsuk Jung, piano

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,

McClung Museum: Civil War Lecture Series - South of the River


Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Civil War Lecture Series: South of the River, Developments in Knoxville’s Historic Preservation Efforts

The McClung Museum’s 8th annual Civil War Lecture series, given by Civil War Curator Joan Markel, will be held at 2 p.m. one Sunday each month, January–April 2018 in the McClung Museum Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

This month’s lecture is “South of the River: Developments in Knoxville’s Historic Preservation Efforts.” Recent preservation efforts at Fort Dickerson, Fort Higley, and the Battle Field Loop section of the Urban Wilderness solidify and highlight events of 1861–1865 on the south side of the Tennessee River in Knoxville.

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,

Bryan Symphony Orchestra: Jason Vieaux

  • March 25, 2018
  • 3:00PM

Category: Music

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00PM in the Wattenbarger Auditorium, 1150 N Dixie Ave, Cookeville, TN Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joins the Bryan Symphony Orchestra as soloist to perform Vivaldi's Concerto in D major RV 93, Arnold's Serenade for Guitar and Orchestra, and the first movement of Giuliani's Guitar Concerto, No. 1 Op. 30 under the direction of Music Director Dan Allcott. The concert, entitled Class Struggle, will open with Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro.

Grammy-winner Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the guitarist that goes beyond the classical. NPR describes Vieaux as, "perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation." His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.

Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Bryan Symphony Orchestra is the only professional symphony orchestra in the Upper Cumberland region. The BSO strives to provide music of the widest variety and of the highest artistic standards to a region that is culturally under-served. The Bryan Symphony brings the audiences of Cookeville and the surrounding communities amazing musical experiences, music education, and guest artists from around the globe.

Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3pm
Wattenbarger Auditorium
1150 N Dixie Ave | Cookeville, TN

Tickets: Adult $40; Senior $35; Student (25 and under) $10 available at or 931.525.2633

Fountain City Lions Club: Retro Revival

  • March 25, 2018
  • 6:30PM

Category: Music

Sunday, March 25 at 6:30 PM at the Fountain City Lions Club. Enjoy a spectacular musical journey of music from the 1950s-1990s including country and motown along with our exciting Salute To Elvis!
Cake and Tea to be served.
RESERVATIONS: (865)440-5885 or Email:

Sunday, March 25 at 6:30 PM.
Fountain City Lions Club Knoxville
5345 N Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Membership Campaign Kickoff & Concert

  • March 25, 2018
  • 4-7 PM

Category: Music

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society is proud to present Studebaker John and The Hawks to help end our Membership Drive campaign! Opening for John is special guest, Kristine Jackson. This is a double bill you don't wanna miss!

THIS SHOW IS FREE TO MEMBERS, and $12 to non-members. Buy a membership and save $35 off the top. A membership get's free admission to the show, a T-shirt, and (1) meal ticket for single, (2) meal tickets for family, to Penn Station Sub Shop. Plus many discounts to shows throughout the year. Memberships are $25 for singles and $40 for families. Re-new your membership and get $5 off!

Here's a sample of John:
And Kristine:

Doors Open at 3:00 pm at Barley's - Maryville
Smoky Mountain Blues Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the Greater Knoxville area and providing service throughout East Tennessee. Our mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Blues music and its Heritage; and, by so doing, to help foster unity among people of all ages, races, creeds, and economic levels.

Church Street United Methodist Church: St. John Passion

  • March 25, 2018
  • 5-6 PM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

On Palm Sunday, the Church Street Parish Adult Choir, soloists and instrumentalists, conducted by Tim Ward, will present St. John Passion by Bob Chilcott at 5 p.m. in the Nave. The presentation is free and open to all.

McClung Museum: Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Science & nature

Pick Your Poison examines how mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America.

Featuring over forty medicines, advertisements, historic and popular culture documents and books, video footage, and paraphernalia, the exhibition explores why some drugs remain socially acceptable, while others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics.

These classifications have shifted at different times in history because of social and historical factors, and will continue to change. The exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs––alcohol, tobacco, opium, cocaine, and marijuana––from medical miracle to social menace.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

School of Hard Knox

  • March 23, 2018 — March 25, 2018

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance and Music

Hard Knox is returning for its 6th year to provide a place to learn, dance, throw down, and have fun with dancers from across the Midwest and Southeast. In the heart of the Tennessee Valley, we bring the regions together for a weekend of vintage jazz dances - including Lindy Hop, solo jazz, Balboa, and more!

This year will feature:
Leveled track Lindy Hop classes
A separate, one day, beginner focused track
Elective classes in various swing dances, including Balboa, solo dancing, and more
2 nights of live music, 2 late nights of DJed dancing, and a farewell party on early Sunday evening
Competitions where dancers from the Southeast and Midwest can throw down together to live and DJed music
And more!

Dance passes that grant full access to every evening with live and DJ music are $75.

Knoxville Argentine Tango Society: Tango on Rocky Top

  • March 23, 2018 — March 25, 2018

Category: Classes & workshops and Dance

Natalia and Augustin from Buenos Aires, Argentina will be here March 23-25 for four workshops and two milongas (parties!) This is a great opportunity to learn or improve your tango. No previous experience is necessary!

Friday, March 23
8:00pm-12:00am- Welcome milonga at Juan Luis and Sodeya’s. Message this KATS page or the VolTango group for directions.

Saturday, March 24
1:30pm-2:45pm: Workshop 1: Building a creative dance
3:30pm-4:45pm: Workshop 2: How playful can you dance a milonga
8:00pm-12:00am: Milonga at Broadway Performing Arts Center (706 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917). DJ Angel Montero from Atlanta

Sunday, March 25
1:30pm-2:45pm: Workshop 3: Finding afro roots in tango
3:30pm-4:45pm: Workshop 4: Smooth, rhythmic and curvy moves

Workshops on Saturday and Sunday will be at the Great Room of the International House at the University of Tennessee (1623 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996)

The Big Ears Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Film and Music

An International Cultural Gathering - The Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts.

For their seventh year, the festival includes performances by Medeski Martin & Wood, piano luminaries Jason Moran and Craig Taborn, drummer Milford Graves, free improv pioneer Evan Parker, a performance of Alice Coltrane's "ecstatic music," Nels Cline with the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, downtown icon Arto Lindsay, Scandinavian avant-jazz trio the Thing, sax quartet Rova, trumpet radical Peter Evans, violinist Jenny Scheinman and recent McArthur Genius Grant recipient Tyshawn Sorey. Legendary saxophonist-composer Roscoe Mitchell, co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, will be performing in the trio configurations heard on his recent double-disc ECM release, Bells for the South Side.

See the complete line-up and buy tickets:

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