Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Friends of the Library: Used Book Sales

  • April 14, 2018 — April 17, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Used Book Sales are back! The Friends of the Library: invite you to attend their annual used book sales beginning April 14. Most books will be $2 or less with proceeds benefiting the Knox County Public Library. All sales will take place in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. Parking is free! Don't miss out on these amazing deals.

Saturday, April 14, 10 AM - 6 PM: Members only day
Sunday, April 15, 10 AM - 6 PM: Sales open to the public
Monday, April 16, 10 AM - 6 PM: Half-Price Day! Open to the public
Tuesday, April 17, 10 AM - 3 PM: Bag Sale Day! ($5/bag)

Dogwood Arts: Featured Gardens

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

Select homes with distinguished and remarkable gardens open their grounds to the public for a short time only.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Clayton Center for the Arts: Mummenschanz: you & me

Category: Festivals & special events, Music and Theatre

Part of the Clayton Center for the Arts 2017-2018 season!
Since its successful three year run on Broadway, Swiss based theater troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years. The 2017-2018 season will see a brand new creation, “you & me” by the visionary MUMMENSCHANZ troupe. New performers will bring to life the large scale masks you’ve grown to love; as well as reviving a historic tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time.

“you & me” will focus on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experience in MUMMENSCHANZ’s one of a kind theatrical performances, hence the title “you & me”.

The MUSICIANS OF SILENCE, their soundtrack is the awe, joy and laughter their audiences experience and have grown to love.

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

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Richard Stoltzman & Peter John Stoltzman

Category: Music

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will be joined by his son, pianist, Peter John Stoltzman, for a program celebrating Leonard Bernstein on the centennial anniversary of the famed composer's birth. Also on the program presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will be music of Charles Ives and George Gershwin. The recital will be performed in the Sanctuary of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A pre-recital talk with the artists will begin at 7:00 PM.

Richard Stoltzman's virtuosity, musicianship and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today's most sought-after concert artists. As soloist with over a hundred orchestras, a captivating recitalist, an innovative jazz artist, and a prolific recording artist, Stoltzman has defied categorization, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres. Peter John Stoltzman is a jazz pianist who has performed in venues around the globe, including the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. He is the head of the piano program at the University of Colorado Denver. Patrons are invited to attend a dinner immediately prior to the recital prepared by Birdwell Catering. $50/person. All proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. For reservations and more information, please email or call (865) 483-5569.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a proud participant in the Penny4Arts program. All students 18 and under may attend any Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus or Chamber Music Series concert for free during the 2017-2018 season. General admission for Richard Stoltzman & Peter John Stoltzman is $25. A discounted young adult ticket (ages 19-29) is available for $10. Tickets are available for online purchase at (please note underscore) or by calling (865) 483-5569.

Knoxville Guitar Society: Adam del Monte

Category: Music

Part of the 2017-2018 Concert Season

First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam del Monte is one of the new dynamic forces in both flamenco and classical guitar. He studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel & England. Beginning with his father, he continued his training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe “Habichuela”, Paco Cortez, Nino Miguel and Gerardo Nunez. Adam has been on the studio guitar department faculty at USC since 2000, where he teaches flamenco and classical guitar.

Tickets are sold at the door the night of each event. Ticket prices (unless otherwise noted): $20 adults; Children 12 & under admitted free; Students 12 - 18 $5 General Admission. Seating is general admission. Box office opens 1/2 hour before performance. Free reception immediately following concert. Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Guitar Society: 865-694-4108,

Knoxville Opera: Rossini Festival International Street Fair


Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Music

As one of the Southeast’s most alluring cultural attractions, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival International Street Fair brings a taste of Europe to East Tennessee by celebrating the color, fun, and excitement of opera and international culture. This extraordinary event also presents a golden opportunity to attend one of the Knoxville Opera’s professional productions. Combining a vibrant International Street Fair with world class opera performances, art and craft exhibitions, and a wide variety of other events, the Rossini Festival transforms downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street into a colorful International festival. The festival features four stages with a range of entertainment options, an upscale artisan’s market, the smells and tastes of wonderful foods and beverages, and a special children’s area on Market Square, complete with fun entertainment and games.

Throughout downtown Knoxville. Information: 865 524-0795,

UT School of Music: 2018 Gala


Category: Fundraisers and Music

Join us for a Red, White, and Orange celebration full of American music classics, fine dining, and lively auctions!

All contributions from this black tie event will fund scholarships to attract the very best young musicians to the University of Tennessee, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pilot Flying J.

The evening will feature entertainment by outstanding School of Music students and faculty. A cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. with entertainment throughout and live auction to follow.

At Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Info: 865-974-3241,

Historic Ramsey House: Caleb Bailey Antique Appraisals

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and History & heritage

11am-3pm - Have you found something in Grandma's attic that you think may be of some value? Are you curious about identifying a piece that has been in the family for as long as you can remember? Bring it in and have Caleb take a look at your treasure. For each appraised item there will be a $10 charge. There will also be a free tour of Ramsey House for each person with an item that has been appraised. Caleb is a graduate of Ashford Institute of Antiques (AIA). He is a PACC certified appraiser.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Tennessee Theatre: America

Category: Music

The year 2018 marks the 48th Anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former band mate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song "A Horse With No Name”. America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first #1 single. Forty plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

America's journey has found them exploring a wide variety of musical terrain. Their best-known tunes, which also include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio. Yet beyond their impressive catalog of hits, listeners would discover there was always much more to America than surface perceptions. The combination of Gerry Beckley’s melodic pop rock and Dewey Bunnell’s use of folk-jazz elements, slinky Latin-leaning rhythms and impressionistic lyric imagery contrasted well with Dan Peek's more traditional country-rock leanings and highly personal lyrics.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

National Weightlifting Day

  • April 14, 2018

Category: Classes & workshops and Festivals & special events

USA Weightlifting (USA-W) has declared April 14, 2018, as National “Try Weightlifting Day”. Sanctioned Weightlifting clubs will open their doors to people of all ages, body types, and experience levels to allow athletes to learn why Olympic Weightlifting is beneficial for athleticism and a healthy life.

Weightlifting training has been shown to improve explosive power, strength, stability, balance, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, and mental tenacity. It is used by nearly all strength and conditioning athletic programs to develop their athletes, regardless of the sport specific application. Olympic Weightlifting was at the bottom of the list of Sports Injuries. Many suggest that Weightlifting actually makes the body more resilient to injury, as it adapts to handling heavy weights.
TriStar Weightlifting, a USA-W sanctioned club is excited to open their doors to share their passion with Knoxville locals for a day. If you are interested in Try Weightlifting Day, you can find more information on USA Weightlifting’s website,

TriStar Weightlifting is located at 1412 N Sixth Ave, Knoxville TN. You can send your questions to them at, or find more information at their website

Jubilee Community Arts: The Naughty Knots


Category: Music

Sarah Pirkle, Griffin Van & Milly Cavender

The East Tennessee trio The Naughty Knots bring together a blend of country, jazz and blues and old time fiddle tunes that are as homegrown as garden tomatoes. The Naughty Knots can cook up some delicious tunes and serve them to you on a silver platter, with a focus on great songwriting, tight harmonies and solid instrumentation, as they showed in their first CD 12 Song in the Pan.

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851,

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Tree Veneration Series: Bark HeART

  • April 14, 2018
  • 12:30-4:30 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Join us as we kick off the Tree Veneration art workshop series! The first class Bark HeArt will be be held on Saturday, April 14th, 12:30-4:30 in our Historic Mule Barn. Local artist Gerry Moll will lead an investigation into the tradition of carving one’s name or the name of a loved one into a trees bark. The who, when, where and why of tree graffiti will be explored. We will then perform a formal and conceptual reversal as we install symbols made of tree bark onto the surface of wooden architectural structures.

All supplies will be provided, but if you have a good sharp utility knife please bring it with you. Please wear comfortable work clothes as we will spend most of our time creating art installations. Registration for individual classes $20 per class for Garden members and $25 per class for non-members. Participants who register for the entire series in advance save 10%. Please call 865-832-8717 or email with any questions.

For more information about the series and to register online, visit

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

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