Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Tuesdays @ Two


Category: History & heritage and Lectures

April 24 - Janie Bitner, Ginseng in the Smoky Mountains
May 1 - Randal Pierce, The Kentucky Long Rifle

Join us for an informal and informative social “coffee-talk” on a variety of subjects of interest to those living in the area. Topics include history, nature, the Smoky Mountains, folk lore and more! Meets in the GSM Heritage Center Auditorium. Tuesdays @ Two is sponsored by the First Tennessee Foundation. FREE for GSMHC Members and to non-members with paid admission.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Crowdfunding Creative Projects Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops

Join us as we welcome Dale Mackey! Dale Mackey will discuss strategies and platforms for artists interesting in using crowdfunding to fund creative projects.

The presentation is $5 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance and $8 for non-members. Please register in advance!

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

Tina Oldknow, Independent Curator and Art Historian, will present the Eleventh Annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6pm.

Oldknow, who specializes in contemporary art, craft, and design in glass, will discuss “Sources of Inspiration in Contemporary Art in Glass.” She retired in 2015 from her post as senior curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, a position she held for 15 years. During her time in Corning, Oldknow reinstalled the Modern Glass and Contemporary Glass Galleries, and oversaw the inaugural installation of the museum’s Contemporary Art + Design Wing. She has organized over 30 exhibitions in her career, and has written over 100 books, articles, and essays on glass.

The annual Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture honors the memory of a dedicated staff member of the Dulin Gallery of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art and celebrates her passion for the visual arts and learning. Each year the series brings to Knoxville a prominent artist, art historian, art educator, or expert in a related field.

The event is free and open to the public thanks to support from the Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Fund, The Melrose Foundation, and Wayne R. Kramer. Please contact or 865.525.6101 x 226 to make a reservation. Reserved seats will be held until 6pm. Reception follows; cash bar.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley: Gift of Hope Fundraising Luncheon

  • April 24, 2018
  • 11:30AM-1:00PM

Category: Fundraisers

April 24, 2018, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902.

The Gift of Hope Award was created to honor and recognize Emmet P. “Buck” and Linda Vaughn for the many years of outstanding dedication, inspiration and hope they have provided to the members of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The Gift of Hope Fundraising Luncheon is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the services that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley provides to the youth in our community. Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs that increase academic success, encourage healthy lifestyles, and develop good citizenship and character among youth and teens.

For reservations and more information please visit

UT Arboretum Society: Author David Haskell

  • April 24, 2018
  • 7:00-8:00PM

Category: Lectures and Science & nature

Author David Haskell will speak about his new book, “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors,” on Tuesday, April 24, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.

The event is co-sponsored by Strata-G LLC, the UT Arboretum Society and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (TCWP), an Oak Ridge based environmental advocacy organization that offers informative programs and news about environmental issues affecting Tennesseans.
Haskell, a British-born American biologist, is an author and professor of biology at Sewanee: The University of the South. Copies of this book and “The Forest Unseen” will be available for sale at the event from Union Avenue Books. He will be signing books purchased at the event before and after his talk.
Discussing how the lives of people and trees are intertwined, Haskell will tell how he repeatedly visited a dozen trees over several years. He explored connections with people, microbes, fungi and other plans and animals. These trees are in cities (from New York to Jerusalem) forests (Amazonian, North American and boreal), and areas on the front lines of environmental change (eroding coastlines, burned mountainsides and war zones). In each place, he shows how human history, ecology and well-being are intimately intertwined with the lives of trees.

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.

Bike Walk Knoxville: What Makes a Community Livable?

  • April 24, 2018

Category: Free event and Lectures

Join Active Knox for a public presentation on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, with Jana Lynott, senior strategic policy adviser for the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

Location is Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Doors open at 5:30, program begins at 6. Light refreshments will be provided, and a social will follow the presentation and Q&A.

Jana's engaging presentation will discuss the role that community design and transportation play in the health and quality of life of people of all ages, abilities and incomes. Event sponsors include AARP and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors. If you need accommodation of a disability to participate in this event, please email

Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists On Location exhibition and art sale on Saturday, April 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This event will provide both new and seasoned collectors the chance to acquire original paintings of some of Knoxville’s best-known sites.

Throughout the week of April 23–27, local and regional artists will capture on canvas the many varied scenes in and around Knoxville. From urban street to pastoral garden settings, the public is invited to watch artists in action as they paint “en plein air” at locations around town.

Artists will exhibit and sell their works at the exhibition and art sale on Saturday, April 28 at 5:30pm. The annual event is free and open to the public, and includes light refreshments and a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Painting in open air or “plein air” became popular in the mid- 19th century when artists of the French Impressionist movement sought to paint light and its changing ephemeral qualities in the atmosphere. The practice of painting on location increased with the development of transportable paint tubes and box easels.

Jason Saunders is the Artists on Location 2018 featured artist. He began his formal studies at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he obtained a strong foundation of painting under the watchful eye of his teacher Dawn E. Whitelaw. Currently, Saunders lives and paints primarily in middle Tennessee. His paintings are described as honest, peaceful, and emotional.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101,

Bike Walk Knoxville: Kids Love Bikes

  • April 22, 2018 — April 29, 2018

Category: Free event

Have any gently used bikes taking up space? Think that bike might look better spiffed up and earned by a deserving kid? We do too! Bring it down to the Bearden Beer Market any time between April 22-29 and get a draft beer for a penny to support the Kids Loves Bikes program, DreamBikes and the kids of the Vestal Boys and Girls Club.

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,

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,

East TN Farmers Association: Farmers Markets

  • April 10, 2018 — November 24, 2018

Category: Culinary arts, Free event and Science & nature

Tuesdays 3-6 PM: Ebenezer Road Farmers Market, 1001 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville
Wednesdays 3-6 PM: Oak Ridge Farmers Market, Jackson Square
Fridays 3-6 PM: Lakeshore Park Farmers Market, 5908 Lyons View Drive, Knoxville
Saturdays 8 AM-Noon: Oak Ridge Farmers Market, Jackson Square

We bring the farm to you! Since 1976, the East TN Farmers Association (FARM) has offered fresh, local food and farm-based crafts. We have three convenient farmers market locations. All three locations offer sustainably produced grass-fed meat, hand-picked produce, farm fresh eggs, artisan bread and cheese, local honey, flowers and farm-based crafts. We inspect our vendors to make sure they are 100 percent local, all the time. The market is open mid-April through late November. Join us this season for high-quality food and crafts, in a convenient location!

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