Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Knoxville Bar Association: Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans

  • June 13, 2018
  • 12:00-2:00PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that a Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans will be held on June 13, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office at 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville TN 37919. The Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic is a joint project of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), KBA/Barristers Access to Justice Committees, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and the local VA office. This is a general advice and referral clinic and it is anticipated to serve between 20 and 30 veterans in the community each month with a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

The Knoxville Bar Association is currently working on a number of initiatives to assist Tennessee veterans and has established lines of communication with a number of veterans' organizations to help identify and match local resources and needs.

Get Off Your Glass Recycling Event

  • June 13, 2018
  • 5-8 PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Keep Knoxville Beautiful and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will host its second Get Off Your Glass event on Wednesday, June 13. The glass recycling collection will begin at 5PM at Hops and Hollers Craft Beer Store and Taproom, 937 N Central St, and go until 8PM.

Get Off Your Glass is a glass recycling event that provides the community with a chance to sort and recycle glass in a convenient location as well as meet up with other recyclers. West Rock will be providing bins to sort green/blue, clear, and brown glass bottles and jars. Anyone that brings their glass to be recycled will receive a free beer and swag from Sierra Nevada.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please visit

This will be the second Get Off Your Glass event. The first event was held on Earth Day, April 22, at Bearden Beer Market. Participants of the first event recycled 1,148 pounds of glass.

East Tennessee History Center: Family, Faith, and Freedom in the Foothills Lecture

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

“Family, Faith, and Freedom in the Foothills: The Scots-Irish Presence in Early Appalachia”

In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, June 13, Mark Davidson will speak on the Scots-Irish presence in early Appalachia. Just as they had in Northern Ireland and Scotland before that, the people known today as Scots-Irish had a strong resistance to English domination. They filtered out of Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley, then to the Carolina piedmont, and eventually west across the Blue Ridge to the Tennessee Valley and beyond. Their Presbyterian faith continued and also became a seedbed for numerous sects and denominations now present both in and out of Appalachia. Not only were the men strong proponents of autonomy, but there were some strong willed women among their numbers as well.

Retired as a Blount County school teacher, Mark Davidson now teachers the “Our Appalachia” series of no-credit classes at the Blount County campus of Pellissippi State Community College. The Alcoa native holds B.S., M.S., and Ed.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee. His ancestral roots are in the North Carolina’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge, as well as Blount County foothills of the Smokies. Mark and his wife, Jan, a direct descendant of Cades Cove patriarch Russell Gregory, live in Blount County, along with their children and grandchildren.

The lecture is sponsored by the Bud and Harriet Z. Albers Memorial Fund and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a “Brown Bag” lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks will be available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at


  • June 13, 2018
  • 6-9 PM

Category: Literature & readings and Music

Music is supposed to move you, and we all want to be moved once in a while. Join us June 13 to enjoy an effecting evening of music and poetry that will leave you vibrating with inspiration.

Daje Morris is a published author, poet, photographer, and music artist based in Knoxville, TN. She centers her work around documenting the healing process of her community by creating space for others to heal and find a deepened breath by exposing beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms.

Augustus Carroll is a singer-songwriter whose lyrics and soothing-but-haunting melodies capture the softer parts of human nature, love, and heartbreak.

Austin Feinstein is a southern-folk artist who's unique voice and poetic lyrics speak of love, heartbreak, and a life experience that is wise beyond his years. $5 admission

Smart + Becker, 1154 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: M-W by appt; Th-Sa 10-7, Su 1-7. Information: 828-707-8532,

8th Annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Festivals & special events and Music

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contemporary music. The nnSF offers an immersive think-tank environment in the state-of-the-art Natalie L. Haslam Music Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and presents 7-8 concerts of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation for live music and support for contemporary art.

The Nief-Norf Summer Festival features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology lasting the duration of the festival. In addition, each year the nnSF hosts two international calls for projects: the first, a Call for Papers for a weekend-long Research Summit on contemporary music, and the second, a Call for Scores competition for composers. These projects bring some of our generation's brightest and most promising composers and scholars to the festival for interaction with the fellows, the faculty, and the Knoxville community.

For more information, go to

Kids in the Arts Summer Camp

  • June 11, 2018 — June 22, 2018

Category: Classes & workshops, Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

For ages 5-12. Dates: June 11-15, June 18-22, July 16-20, July 23-27, daily 9 AM – 4 PM at the Birdhouse, 800 N. 4th Avenue. We offer a kids camp, usually a week long, typically for ages 5-14. We tailor the lessons to multiple ages by working together in whole-group instruction or by splitting up into smaller groups to maximize learning. We spend the day together creating art through various art forms like music, improv games, visual art and dance. We meet-up at the end of the day and share our experiences in a cool down meditative share time. Our mission is to promote cooperation and the love of learning through art, craft and creativity! Through exploration of self we will find common ground in each other. Cost is $235 or $55 per day. or

Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Concert Series

  • June 11, 2018 — June 22, 2018

Category: Music

Join Us for Two Weeks of Acoustic Concerts at Clayton Center Nutt Theater, Maryville College, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. June 11-15 and June 18-22 - Tickets $18
Special Contra Dance, Emily Abel Calling, Wednesday June 13 - Only $8

Any and Every Night is Fantastic! Entertainers From Around the World. Each year during the weeks of Kamp we have an internationally star studded concert series. This series is each night Monday through Friday. Each and every night is brilliant. Monday night could be your favorite night, so don't wait till Friday. Concerts begin at 7:00 PM with our Kamper Open Mic followed by the other Stars of the Night.

Monday, June 11: Cathy Fink, Finn Magill, Keith Yoder, Annie Savage, Donnie and Debbie Barbra
Tuesday, June 12: Rick Thum, Rachel Eddy, Aaron O'Rourke, Steve Kilby, Steve Baughman
Wednesday, June 13: Contra Dance with Emily Abel and the Kamp All Star Band 7:30 PM - Learning and Understanding Contra Dance 8 PM Dance Begins
Thursday, June 14: Richard Smith, Pat Kirtley, Evie Ladin, Carl Jones, Robin Kessinger, Josh Goforth
Friday, June 15: Marcy Marxer, Erynn Marshall, Steve Kaufman and Leftover Friends

Monday, June 18: Barbara Lamb, Jordan Ramsey, Phil Leadbetter, David Benedict, Dan Boner, Keith Yoder, Donnie and Debbie Barbra, Rob Bulkley
Tuesday, June 19: Gary Davis, Bill Evans, Jimmy Heffernan, Radim Zenkl, Andy Hatfield, Nate Lee, Annie Savage
Wednesday, June 20: Clive Carroll, Don Stiernberg, Stacy Phillips, Mark Cosgrove, Kent Knorr, Steve Roy, Ned Luberecki
Thursday, June 21: Eddie Adcock, Jerry Salley, Grant Gordy, Emory Lester, Kathy Chiavola, Annie Staninec, Roberto Dalla Vecchia
Friday, June 22: Russ Barenberg, Becky Buller, Steve Kaufman with The Kamp Leftover Friends or 865-982-3808

Knoxville Food Tours Schedule

  • June 11, 2018 — June 17, 2018

Category: Culinary arts and Festivals & special events

Book a fun day out for yourself or celebrate Father’s Day with someone special this week!

Monday 1:30-4:00pm Gay St./Market Square
Tuesday 1:30-4:00pm Gay St./Market Square
Wednesday - Book a custom private tour for your group!
Thursday - Book a custom private tour for your group!
Friday 10:00am-12:30pm Old City Brunch
Friday 1:30-4:00pm Gay St./Market Sq Special $69!
Saturday 3:30-6:30pm Underground Supper Club
Sunday 11:00am-1:30pm Old North Knoxville Brunch
Sunday 2:30-5:00pm Lost Restaurants of Knoxville

Purchase tickets and see more info about the tours on the Calendar on our Public Tours/Buy Tickets page at

Smart Trips: Try Transit Week

  • June 11, 2018 — June 16, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events

Try Transit Week is June 11-16. KAT will have various events to celebrate. Anyone who takes the bus or trolley that week and logs it on the Smart Trips app or web site will be entered into a special prize drawing! Check out the Smart Trips Facebook page for a listing of events.

Fountain City Art Center: FCAC 13th Annual Open Show


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

Reception: June 8, 6:30 – 8:00 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,

Sanctuary Vegan Cafe: Photographs by Aubrey Langley

  • June 7, 2018 — August 1, 2018
  • Opening Reception June 7, 6PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Sanctuary Vegan Café will open a new exhibition of photographs by Aubrey Langley on Thursday, June 7 at 6:00pm. The event will include a reception and brief presentation by the photographer. The event is free and open to the public. (Show runs through August 1)

Aubrey Langley is 25 years old and has autism. Her condition has caused her a lot of anxiety and at times, seemingly insurmountable obstacles, for instance, making eye contact with humans is a big challenge. Fortunately, early on, Langley discovered the healing power of animals. She surrounds herself with dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, birds, rats, hamsters and more through her work at a veterinarian clinic and volunteering at the Gentle Barn Tennessee, a farm animal sanctuary.
Photography has been a passion of Langley’s all her life. When she was very young, she loved to line up her stuffed animals on a bench and take photos of them with a little disposable camera. Today, she uses much more sophisticated equipment and hopes to make photography her career.

The Sanctuary Vegan Café art program invites visual artists and
photographers from the east Tennessee region to showcase their work with
themes reflecting healthy plant-based diets, animal liberation, environmental
awareness, positive inspirations, and peace and love for all sentient beings.

Each new exhibition runs for two months. The next “call for artists” for the
year 2019 will be in November.

Sanctuary Vegan Café is located at 151 N. Seven Oaks Dr, Knoxville, TN 37922.

Morristown-Hamblen Library: Exhibition by Chris Smith

  • June 7, 2018 — July 31, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Chris Smith is showing his paintings and photography at the Morristown Hamblen Library through July 31.

Everyone studies history in school. The importance of history is essential to modern living. It not only tells us where we’ve been, or where we are now, but where we are going. Smith feels that the same theory applies to art. His artwork is an exploration of our past, “an echo in time” to better relate to our present and help shape the future of art. Smith’s story begins at the age of 5 in Dallas, Texas, where his jealousy of his brothers’ abilities to draw led him to pick up the pencil. In time, this need to draw grew as well as the need to create. At 7, he had surpassed his brothers’ abilities but was still insecure of his own. As a child his parents moved a lot, which made forming relationships difficult. Drawing helped some in opening up. However, the insecurities were still there. He took art class through 7th and 8th grade, which was the only formal art schooling he received. Chris dropped out of school in 9th grade and immediately got into the work force. Married at age of 21, Smith started family life and his passion for art began to get buried and lost in the shuffle. Many years later, and after the marriage failed, Smith returned to his art.

Smith says, “I found a spark of inspiration in the most unlikely way. Playing a game on my phone, I met a woman that captured my heart and sparked my passions for art once more.” he said. This rekindling quickly became an inferno that led to painting and living in Tennessee. Oils, acrylics, newspaper, plaster, pens, and color pencils have been used in Smith’s artwork that now exceeds 100 pieces. “This solo exhibition represents some of my best works over the course of what is now the end of my first year painting,” he said. “My artwork has been influenced by many of art’s most notable masters - Monet, Picasso, Pollock, Bacon, Klee and most notably Van Gogh. I feel that the key to finding art’s future is found in its past. I hope that like the pages of history books, my art not only speaks to its viewers but it moves them to forge its future.”

All artwork is available for sale unless labeled NFS. Prints are available for sale per request. Commissioned work is also welcomed and must be scheduled. If you would like more information, contact Chris Smith at 423-714-6738 or 423-714-6708 or contact The Morristown-Hamblen Library hosts ongoing exhibits of Morristown Art Association members with the exhibits changing every two months. For information about the Morristown Art Association, visit; the current exhibit or to purchase the art, please contact the artist; or call the Morristown-Hamblen Library at 423-586-6410.

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