Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Lunch @ The Square Room

Category: Culinary arts and Music

Keith Jarrett is widely acknowledged to be one of the most accomplished and influential pianists in modern music. Celebrated in both the classical and jazz worlds, Jarrett came to wider attention in bands led by Art Blakey, Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis before establishing his ground breaking trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack Dejohnette. Join pianist Justin Haynes, bassist Jon Hamar and Hunter Deacon as they salute one of the living legends of jazz.

1st Wednesday of each month - $15 admission includes lunch buffet. At 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226,

Parkinson's Disease & Creativity Talk

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

Join us as we welcome David Denton! In conjunction with an exhibition of the art of individuals who have experienced a surge in creativity related to Parkinson’s Disease with a presentation by Architect David Denton who has experienced this phenomenon and his explorations creating art in the Virtual World. Exhibition on display in the Balcony Gallery of the Emporium, April 6-27, 2018.

In the last few years, research has determined definitively that people with Parkinson’s Disease score higher on creativity tests than the general public. Furthermore research has shown that many individuals with this disease have initiated creative pursuits and discovered creative talent not experienced before. Apparently, intense creative activity significantly reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in these individuals and does become an essential part of their coping with this disease. This exhibition highlights some individuals who have experienced this phenomenon.

David Denton, who has Parkinson’s Disease, will speak about this phenomenon and how it has affected his life and his art. He has been creating art in the Virtual World for about ten years. As an architect he also uses the Virtual World for designing and presentations. He will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of creating in the Virtual World. Interactive Virtual Reality demonstrations will be available following the presentation. The reception will begin at 5:30 PM. David Denton’s presentation with an introduction by Neurologist Michele Brewer will begin at 6:00 PM.

Although this presentation is free to attend, donations are welcome! Please confirm your spot via e-mail at

Arts & Culture Alliance at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-523-7543,

Bijou Theatre: Colter Wall

Category: Music

Colter Wall is a young Saskatchewan born songwriter and performing musician. Steeped in Old Timey material and traditional Americana, Wall’s sound is comprised of resonate and raw baritone vocals, Folk and Bluegrass style guitar and banjo picking, steady kick-drum stomping, and visually provoking, story telling lyrics. Wall Draws influence from legends of the past such as Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, and The Band, as well as more modern Americana pioneers including Shovels and Rope, Jack White, Ray Lamontagne, and Shakey Graves. Despite only recently beginning his musical career, Colter Wall has been seen in the company of Saskatchewan’s infamous gritty bluegrass trailblazers,The Dead South. Wall has had the opportunity to open for The Dead South on several occasions with more show’s upcoming. In addition to racking up memorable live shows across the province, Wall is planning on releasing an EP in the summer of 2015 and has been busy recording at Regina’s own Studio One. From dive bars to fundraiser galas, Colter Wall has a history of leaving audiences in shock at the maturity of his voice as well as his songwriting.


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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

With Stephen Wicks, Curator, KMA

Participants may bring lunch or call Kate Faulkner at 865-525-6101 x246 in advance to order a boxed lunch.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Candoro Marble: Candoro and Catan - A Board Game Night in Historic Vestal

  • April 4, 2018
  • 6 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Feb 7, Mar 7, and Apr 4 at 6:00 PM

At 4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

Come play board and card games in one of Knoxville's most historic gems! We will have many games supplied with a game leader at each to help you if you've never played before, but feel free to bring your own! Food and drinks will be BYO but some treats will be supplied.

This event is free but we do suggest a $2-5 donation for our building! We will also be offering tours beginning at 5PM and will be doing them throughout the evening. Come learn about Candoro's amazing history! Games will start at 6PM.

University of Tennessee Food Science Department: FOOD EVOLUTION

  • April 4, 2018
  • 7:00PM

Category: Film and Science & nature

April 4, join us for a showing of Food Evolution and Expert Panel Discussion! Free for students and $10 for public at the Cox Auditorium on the UT Knoxville Campus. The doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. There will be a panel discussion after the movie.

Amidst a brutally polarizing debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, FOOD EVOLUTION, from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

For more information about the movie please
For questions about the event please email Bob Pellegrino at

Event is hosted by the University of Tennessee Food Science Department and Food Science Club. Sponsored by Student Program Allocation Committee (SPAC)

Living Creatively with Parkinson’s Disease

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new project, presentation, and exhibition entitled “Living Creatively with Parkinson’s Disease”, which introduce recent research demonstrating definitively that Parkinson’s disease, coupled with intake of dopamine-based medication, is causing some people to be more creative. The project is designed by Knoxville architect David Denton and sponsored by Michelle L. Brewer, MD of the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center. The public is invited to all activities, which are free and take place at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville.

Numerous people have reported that before being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease they had not engaged in any particular creative activity, and after the onset of the disease, they took up creative activities such as poetry, painting, and photography. Likewise, many people who were already creative have reported a surge in their artistic output. The research has concluded that when involved in an intense creative activity, the brain produces more dopamine, and the symptoms of the disease are reduced.

The exhibition at the Emporium Center is entitled “Creativity and Parkinson’s - Their Stories and Their Art” and will be displayed April 6-27, 2018. The exhibition will feature the work of several patients of Dr. Brewer who have experienced this phenomenon and includes painting, photography, poetry, furniture making and more. The displays are designed as a traveling show and will be exhibited in the future in locations such as hospital lobbies. The exhibition will be featured during the Emporium’s First Friday activities on Friday, April 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM and may be viewed throughout the remainder of the month Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

A special presentation to introduce the exhibition will take place at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4 featuring the project designer, Knoxville architect David Denton. “I am almost glad to have Parkinson’s disease; not quite, but almost,” says Denton, who never imagined he would utter those words when first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease fifteen years ago. After doing much research, he was astonished to learn about the phenomenon that explained his growing, almost obsessive urge to create art. He has experienced what scientists have discovered: when involved in a creative activity, the brain produces more dopamine and the symptoms are reduced. They also found that as the disease progresses and the medication is increased, the level of creativity increases also. Denton has founded a support group for people with Parkinson’s disease in the virtual world, and the group has met weekly for over seven years. Following a reception on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 PM, Denton will speak at 6:00 PM about his experience, and the other artists will be on hand to discuss their personal experiences. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Mill & Mine: Mandy Harvey

  • April 4, 2018

Category: Music

Wednesday, April 4 • America's Got Talent Finalist!

Mandy Harvey is a deaf singer-songwriter who lost her residual hearing at the age of 18 due to a connective tissue disorder. She has made a tremendous impact by way of America’s Got Talent having reached the finals and was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer Winner. Mandy will be performing on Wednesday, during UT's 2018 Culture Week at The Mill and Mine. Tickets are only $10! Get your tickets here. For more info visit our Facebook Event!

Art Market Gallery: Silent Auction

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

To celebrate spring and the coming Dogwood Arts festival, the Art Market Gallery will hold a silent auction of artwork by its members throughout the month of APril. Bidders can make a "buy it now" bid at tremendously reduced prices or make regular bids on paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber art and more.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265,

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Carol Pritcher and Lynda Best

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

Woven designs by Carol Pritcher and paintings by Lynda Best will be featured at The Art Market Gallery.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265,

The Tomato Head: Xerography by Artist R.L. Gibson

  • April 2, 2018 — May 6, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

"Foot Traffic", featuring new xerography work by Artist R.L. Gibson, opens at The Tomato Head in Knoxville on April 2 and runs through May 6th. The Tomato Head is located at 12 Market Square, Knoxville, TN.

"For the past few months, I have been working on a "Traffic" series which consists of delicate xerography transfers on pigment-stained wood, including transfers of maps, surveys, blueprints and schematics of civil engineering projects that span a wide range of built environments (e.g. streets, bridges, parks & plazas). The pigment stains are chosen to connect the transfers to their literal locations while the quiet over-painting echoes the universal details of those environments."

"Foot Traffic" is an extension of the Traffic series that concentrates on physical footsteps as opposed to driving patterns that underlie the patterns of common human behavior. Think of it as"Cha, Cha, Cha" instead of "Honk, Honk". To see more work by R.L. Gibson, visit

Landscaped: Photos by Casey Fox

  • April 2, 2018 — April 15, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hosted by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and Knox County Public Library
at Knox County Public Library, 500 W Church Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

The Friends @ Rothrock Used Book Shop located inside the Knox County Public Library's Lawson McGhee Library will host Landscaped, an exhibit of photos by local artist Casey Fox during the month of April as part of the Friends at Rothrock Used Book Shop's Birthday Celebration. Fox, the library's fund development manager, says this about her work:

"I never set out to create a series, but after a few years of taking photos of buildings and other human-created structures I realized I had. Landscaped is a collection of my favorite pictures of places. Many of them are right here in East Tennessee, but some are from such far-flung locales as California, Spain and Bosnia. Despite the range of places, I believe all of these images share something. I just love the quality a human-made place takes on when there are no humans occupying it. Abandoned structures often get pigeonholed as "spooky", but I don't always feel this is the case. Don't get me wrong — Hotel Miljevina was the headquarters of the Bosnian-Serb Paramilitary during the Bosnian War. Lots of women were brutalized there, and it felt really unsettling to walk that ground. But an off-season fireworks stand in Greenback doesn't feel spooky. It feels utilitarian. Or purposeful, rather. Without people around, you're free to take in the lines and angles of a building, and think about how its design and location serves (or served) its purpose. I love trying to convey the beauty of these mostly banal locations and structures through my pictures. I'm a fan of the New Topographics movement that blossomed in the late 20th Century and admire how through their photography of the mundane they were able to explore ideas ranging from how the eye travels across an image to the challenges of an increasingly developing world to the general intersection of the natural and the synthetic. I also just like lines and symmetry and diffused light. Thanks for looking at my pictures."

1 of 4