Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Pellissippi State Community College: CGT Student Design Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Sponsored by the College’s Communication Graphics Technology program, the Student Design Showcase will feature student portfolios. The portfolios are the original work of candidates for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Media Technologies with a concentration in Communication Graphics Technology.

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,

The Mill and Mine: Ghostland Observatory

  • April 19, 2018
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, Thursday, April 19, 8:00PM at The Mill and Mine.

Austin, Texas duo Ghostland Observatory is coming to The Mill & Mine this April! Throughout their career the band has entranced EDM and rock lovers alike. Come down and experience their "electro-dance soul rock" (The Gothamist) sound.

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Jubilee Community Arts: Tim O'Brien Band


Category: Music

Grammy winning singer songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Tim O'Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song "Walk The Way The Wind Blows" in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CDs, as well as collaborations with his sister Mollie O'Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. Hes performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canadas Old Man Luedecke.

His newest release Where the River Meets the Road features songs from his native West Virginia. Bluegrass and Americana covers from songwriters Hazel Dickens, Billy Edd Wheeler, and Bill Withers sit alongside heartfelt autobiographical originals, with help from collaborators like Chris Stapleton, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan, and Noam Pikelny.

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,

Women’s Fund of East Tennessee: 7th Annual Women’s Fund Luncheon

  • April 19, 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee (WFET) will host the 7th Annual Women’s Fund Luncheon paying tribute to the late community volunteer and activist, Betsey Bush on April 19, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Marble Hall at Lakeshore Park. Attendees of the Women’s Fund Luncheon will hear from bestselling author Karen Spears Zacharias. Zacharias has been featured in The New York Times, CNN and Good Morning America. Her novel, Mother of Rain, received the “Weatherford Award for Best Appalachian Fiction.”

This event sold out each of the past six years and is already reaching capacity so purchasing advance tickets is encouraged. For the first time, WFET is offering individual tickets at $250 each. A limited number of tickets at $150 are being made available to nonprofit organizations serving low-income women and girls. If you would like to attend the 7th Annual Women’s Fund Luncheon, please reserve tickets with Nicki Kellaway at (865) 394-9701.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee (WFET) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a catalyst to transform the lives of low-income women and girls in 25 counties in East Tennessee. The organization focuses on legislative advocacy and collective investments to advance leadership and economic opportunity for under-served girls and women in the East Tennessee region. To learn more or donate to WFET, visit

UT Arboretum Society: Dr. Mac Post lecture - "Exploring the Activity of Life Underground"

  • April 19, 2018
  • 6:30-8 PM

Category: Free event, Lectures and Science & nature

Join Dr. Mac Post in a hands-on exploration of decomposition, soil physical and biogeochemical processes, and their impacts on the Arboretum forest ecosystems and watersheds from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19th at the UT Arboretum Auditorium 901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge 37830.

Dr. Post will demonstrate how the soil under your feet contains an ecosystem that is just as diverse and active as the one you see around you above the soil surface. Soil teems with a multitude of organisms that provide the necessary resources for healthy plants to grow free from disease, pests and infertility. The interactions and feeding relationships (who eats who) of soil organisms determine which nutrients are present and affect soil depth, aeration and moisture content. They even influence the types of plants that can grow.

Dr. Wilfred M. (Mac) Post is a (retired) Senior Scientist in the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division, a staff member of ORNL's Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI), and an Adjunct Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is a recognized expert on soil carbon dynamics, nutrient relationships between soil and vegetation, and the impact of species composition on ecosystem processes. He has developed approaches to representing the impact of land-use change, and climate change in terrestrial biogeochemistry models and also developed global data sets for the evaluation of global terrestrial biogeochemistry models. Post has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a M.S. in Botany and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Celebrating 53 years in 2018, this program is one of many activities that will be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center. Contact: 865-483-7277

Clarence Brown Theatre: Urinetown, the Musical

Category: Music and Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman; Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis

"For anarchic, first-rate comic relief, get thee to Urinetown." Time Out New York

A water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission. Deciding he has had enough, a hero plans a revolution!

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, this hilarious musical is a satire of capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, politics, greed, and the musical theatre!

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Bearden Beer Market: Buckwild Bearden

  • April 17, 2018 — April 22, 2018

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

Come join us for the kickoff event for our week long festival, Buckwild Bearden, here at BBM!

APR 17, 6:30 PM
Mac Madness: Mac and Cheese Cookoff!
APR 18, 6 PM
Art in The Garden - benefiting Yellow Key Art Center
APR 19, 7 PM
Laughs and Drafts: A Comedy Night at BBM!
APR 20, 6 PM
Battle of the Bands Sponsored by Highland Brewing
APR 22, 2 PM
Get Off Your Glass! Earth Day Glass Recycling

4524 Old Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee
Call (865) 851-8922

Ijams Nature Center: Exhibition by Alan and Diana Lyle


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

Stop by to see April's colorful photography exhibit by Alan and Diana Lyle in the Ijams' Hallway Gallery! Their majestic shots of wildlife and rustic architecture capture the smallest of details.

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Pellissippi State Community College: Media Technologies Design Exhibit

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

This exhibit is a display of Media Technologies student design projects completed during the 2017-2018 academic year from the Communication Graphics and Design for Web and Print concentrations. The exhibit will showcase an extensive range and variety of visual communication solutions.

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,

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Carey, LeFever, and Winters

Reception: Friday, April 13, 6-9PM

The third group of MFA Thesis Exhibitions will take place in the Ewing Gallery. In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

MaryAnne Carey – Destruction’s Security Unit
Amy LeFever – Point Counterpoint
Johanna Winters – The Middle Tell

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

Fountain City Art Center: Central High School National Arts Honor Society


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

Reception: Thursday, April 19, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Hours: Tu & Th 9-5, W & F 10-5, 2nd-4th Sa 10-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

TVUUC Gallery: Journeys: Marcia Goldenstein and Todd Johnson

  • April 8, 2018 — June 6, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public - Reception Friday, April 13, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Marcia Goldenstein approaches landscape painting through composites of different times and places, constructed in such a way as to produce new, believable and striking situations. The aerial view of the land is paired with a spectacular evening sky that dominates with its dramatic forms and hues. Giving substance and structure to color-infused air and atmosphere is in contrast to the dwarfed panorama below the horizon. Where they meet becomes the heart of the work. Goldenstein received her BFA and MFA degrees in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu; Beihang University, Beijing; University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University; University of Indianapolis; Tudor Hall, UK; College of the Ozarks; Knoxville Museum of Art; F.I.T, NY, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and many other schools and museums. She has an international exhibition record and is represented in numerous public and private collections in the US, Europe and China. She is currently Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art.

Todd Johnson finds art to be a res cogitans, “a thinking thing.” As an art teacher, he shares the images and ideas of highly regarded artists with his students. In his own studio, this daily experience informs his own art. Indeed, his interest in acrylic painting in miniature on paint chips is in reflecting upon the nature of art itself. He’s more broadly interested in the entirety of ideas surrounding the making, understanding and consuming of art. Johnson studied at Luther College and Eastern Michigan University. His work has been shown throughout the United States, including solo shows at The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit; and traveling exhibitions originating from the San Diego Museum of Art and Baltimore Clayworks. He has received several grants including the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship for travel in Japan, a Lincoln Center Education grant for Teaching Artist Training, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards for study at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

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