Calendar of Events

Monday, March 26, 2018

Pellissippi State Community College: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

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

This annual juried exhibition features student paintings, drawings, sculptures, metalworkings and ceramics.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405,

Bijou Theatre: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Category: Film

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

UT School of Music: Distinguished Lecture Series: Alash


Category: Free event, Lectures and Music

Guest artist lecture; Renowned Tuvan musical ensemble, Alash, provides live demonstration of the regionally unique and engaging style of throat singing known as khoomei. The ensemble will discuss cultural and political contexts of Tuvan music in relation to traditional Tuvan culture, including the agrarian and nomadic lifestyle, patriarchal social structures, and the country’s movement toward independence from the Soviet Union. Sponsored by the Distinguished Lecture Series in Musicology and Global Studies.

Orchestra Room 110, 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,

Writers in the Library: Ali Cobby Eckermann

  • March 26, 2018
  • 7 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

On Monday, March 26, poet Ali Cobby Eckermann will read as part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal poet from Adelaide, Australia who is the author of seven books, including the verse novel Ruby Moonlight, the poetry collections Inside My Mother and Love Dreaming : & Other Poems, as well as the memoir, Too Afraid to Cry.

In 2017, Eckermann was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale University. The Guardian, in discussing Eckermann’s poetry, states “Ali Cobby Eckermann is a survivor of the stolen generations as her mother was before her. Both stolen women, their stories and histories are mirrors of the worst kind…It is Eckermann’s continuing and consistent language of forgiveness and compassion in the face of such unimaginable trauma that truly inspires.”

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

The mission of Writers in the Library is to “showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen.” Some of the best voices in contemporary literature are invited to read. The series is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

The Empress Theodora and the Management of Empire

  • March 26, 2018
  • 3:30-4:30 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Hosted by University of Tennessee Humanities Center
At Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

University of Tennessee Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture Series presents, "The Empress Theodora and the Management of Empire." How did a former actress, single mother, and spy take charge of a powerful empire? Loathed or loved, Empress Theodora (r. 527-548), wife of the Late Roman Emperor Justinian I (r.527-565), knew how to rule. Though legend traces her power either to demonic possession or divine inspiration, the actual sources of her authority were more mundane. Dr. David Potter explores how Theodora constructed her authority and became one of the most memorable women of all time.

Dr. Potter is Ronald W. Mellor Professor of Roman History at UCLA and has served as Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. He has written widely about the ancient world, with recent books on ancient sport, the emperor Constantine, the empress Theodora, and the rise of the Roman Empire. His work explores the way that power was created and used in the ancient world.

This event is free and open to the public.

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,

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

JOIN US FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 5-8PM for a Closing Reception at the Ewing Gallery

Cassidy Frye: Pushing and Pulling Overworked Surfaces
Alex McKenzie: Again Again
Erica Mendoza: Privacy Settings

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

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.)

The University of Tennessee Knoxville's Downtown Gallery: Lewis Klahr

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Film

For his film installation at The University of Tennessee Knoxville's Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, in conjunction with the 2018 Big Ears Festival, Los Angeles based collage film artist Lewis Klahr will present a looped, rotating selection of his films that explore the vicissitudes of time and memory. Many of the films included will be from his ongoing, open-ended series of digital films Prolix Satori. Also included will be a special sequence assembled to be screened only under the following weather conditions — severe overcast or rain lasting at least 60 minutes.

About the Artist
Lewis Klahr uses found images and sound to explore the intersection of memory and history. He is primarily known for his uniquely idiosyncratic films, which he began creating in 1977 and has screened extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Lewis Klahr teaches in the Theater School of the California Institute of the Arts and is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

Lewis Klahr is currently at work on a new feature length series of collage films titled Circumstantial Pleasures and Porcelain Gods, a retelling of Jean Luc Godard's 1963 film Contempt as a collage novel.

Thursday, March 22: 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Friday, March 23: 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 24: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 25: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802,

McClung Museum: Museum Store Spring Sale

Category: Festivals & special events

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture announces the Museum Store Spring Sale March 15 through March 31.

Shake off winter and enjoy blooming flowers with handmade garden art by local artisans, seeds, and beautiful botanical items in the Museum Store’s Spring Sale.

UT Students and Museum Members always enjoy 10% off all purchases, and all Store proceeds benefit the museum’s free educational programming.

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,

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

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