Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare on the Square

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

July 12 – August 12, Thursday to Sunday, 7:00 PM nightly
Shakespeare on the Square annually features two of the magnificent plays of Williams Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies and histories, rotated nightly outdoors on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. A blanket or a camp chair is all you need to view these performances. Or treat yourself to reserved VIP seating for just $15 per person, including a complimentary bottle of water and local merchant goodie bag. While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we’ll pass a basket nightly and suggest a $10 donation per person. We also accept cash or credit cards at the “front of house” table.

Cymbeline: July 12, 14, 20, 22, 26, 28, and August 3, 5, 9, & 11
Special performance at Blount County Library in Maryville on July 30!
Cymbeline is the King of Britain. He marries an unpleasant woman who has an arrogant son called Cloten. Cymbeline arranges the marriage of his beautiful daughter, Imogen, to Cloten, but she defies him and marries the poor but worthy Posthumus Leonatus.

Henry IV, Part One: July 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29, and August 2, 4, 10, & 12
The story of Prince Hal (the future King Henry V of England), a fifteenth century wild child who carouses with criminals and commoners, helps his loser chums rob his father’s treasury, and spends all his time in seedy bars. This, of course, all takes place before Prince Hal’s glorious “reformation,” when he transforms himself from a total disgrace into a noble leader, who helps put down a rebel uprising that threatens his father’s reign, and kills the guy whose been bad-mouthing him all over England. Being a young prince is busy work, and this is just Part 1 of the story!

Indoor Matinee Performances - July 22: Cymbeline and August 5: Henry IV, Part One
Our indoor matinees take place in the luxuriously air conditioned and well appointed Scruffy City Hall at 32 Market Square. Both shows begin at 2:00 p.m. and admission is $15.00 at the door.

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280, www.tennesseestage.com

Urban Hikes Book Signing and Release Party

  • July 12, 2018
  • 5-8 PM

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Science & nature

In case you haven't heard - the 2nd edition of the Urban Hikes book is now on shelves at select retailers!

We hope you will join us at REI to celebrate the release of this wildly popular book and meet co-author, Ron Shrieves. Enjoy beer compliments of Blackhorse Brewery, door prizes from REI and leave with a signed copy of the Urban Hikes guide book.

What is Urban Hikes? A collection of hikes in and around Knoxville featuring desciptions of each hike, featured amenities, colored photographs and maps, and interesting features along the way such as architecture, historical sights, and the potential for bird and flower sightings.

The book sells for $25 and all proceeds benefit Legacy Parks Foundation!
REI is located at 700 Papermill Dr NW, Knoxville, TN 37919

Bijou Theatre: 5th Annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert

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Category: Fundraisers and Music

DOOR TIME 6:30 PM
SHOW TIME 7:30 PM

The Salvation Army and Regal Entertainment Group proudly presents the 5th Annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert featuring GMA Award winners, Selah.
Unmatched talent, a passion for ministry and a deep love for the Churchfor 20 years these have been constants for the musical tour de force known as Selah. Amassing more than 4 million units in sales; eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards; a Gold-certified album and eight #1 singles, the group’s signature hits include “You Raise Me Up” and “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” Todd Smith, Allan Hall and Amy Perry have together graced the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry, all the while carrying a message of hope and healing for those who pause and listen. True to form, Selah’s first all-new recording in nearly three years, Unbreakable, is hallmarked by the beloved trio’s down-to-earth realness, soaring harmonies and unforgettable arrangements.The annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert is the marquee event of The Salvation Armys “Christmas in July” campaign. All proceeds from the concert will support The Salvation Army’s various programs and services in Knoxville.VIP Ticket includes a pre-show reception with catering by Sweet Ps as well as a meet and greet with Selah.

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

Tennessee Theatre: The Book of Mormon

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The 2017-2018 season concludes with THE BOOK OF MORMON, back by popular demand following its record-breaking engagement in 2016. The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: The funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, Australia, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language. For more information, visit bookofmormonthemusical.com.

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

Town of Farragut Featured Artist: Sheri Burns

  • July 6, 2018 — August 31, 2018

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

The Town's July/August 2018 Featured Artist is Sheri Burns, a home-school mom of four. She became an accomplished basket maker after studying Appalachian culture with her children. In an effort to add a hands-on element to her teaching, she signed up for a basket-making class and was immediately "hooked," she says. "I loved making baskets, and soon had a house full of them, and generously gifted them to all my relatives and friends!"

She is now a juried crafter at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris and teaches classes there and at Pellissippi State Community College. She is a member of the Tennessee Basket Association.

Each month, the work of an artist or group of artists is featured in specially-designed cases on the second floor of the rotunda in Farragut Town Hall. Farragut Town Hall, located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive directly across from the Farragut Branch Post Office, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this exhibit or to access a Featured Artist application, visit townoffarragut.org/artsandculture or contact Brittany Spencer at ParksandRecInfo@townoffarragut.org or 865-218-3378.

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Kathy Holland and Lynn Straka

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

Recent works by artist Kathy Holland and jewelery artist Lynn Straka will be featured throughout July at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music performed by Wendel Werner, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on July 6th, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk.

The show will highlight the new drawing series, “A Sea of Color,” by Kathy Holland, as well as the mixed-media jewelry of Lynn Straka, one of the Art Market Gallery’s newest artists.

Kathy Holland: I grew up enchanted and intrigued by the landscape around me: the undulating, mysterious, constantly changing forests, meadows, light and weather of the central and southern Appalachians. Even in my travels to England, Scotland and New Zealand I feel a pull toward similar terrain with an obviously dynamic geological past: land masses folded by tectonics and molded by weather, moving water and gravity.

Lynn Straka: My name is Lynn Straka, DVM. I am a mixed media jewelry artist and practicing small animal veterinarian. I began making natural and glass crystal beaded jewelry in about 2000—helping me through a tumultuous time. Jewelry-making quickly became a second vocation and I began selling my jewelry at craft shows. Ten years later, I expanded my work and began to transition from stringing beads to creating my jewelry by letter and word stamping on sterling silver and copper. I opened an Etsy shop, making and selling personalized pendant necklaces, bridal gifts and other unique pieces. At that time, I was self-taught, researching and learning technique and materials use on my own. I’ve always felt comfortable using small hand tools in these techniques, because the tools are similar to the tools I use in my veterinary surgical practice.

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, www.artmarketgallery.net

Ijams Nature Center: Exhibition by Bryce Gibson

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

In Ijams' Hallway Gallery. Stop by to see gorgeous underwater photography by Bryce Gibson in July! Gibson's stunning photos of native, freshwater fish will help you appreciate the beauty and diversity of wildlife living in East Tennessee's waters.

More events at http://ijams.org/events/. 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, www.ijams.org

The Emporium Center: My Life, My Art in East Tennessee

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

My Life, My Art in East Tennessee in the Main gallery
“My Life, My Art in East Tennessee” is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists ages 50 and up. The exhibition, sponsored by Renaissance Terrace Assisted Living, will feature fine art works of all media works by local artists reflecting the theme “My Life, My Art in East Tennessee”. Works in the exhibitions may also be a reflection of community, family and history in East Tennessee. For more information about participating in the exhibition, please contact kkinney@schas.org.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Iron Dreams

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

A reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Iron Dreams in the Balcony gallery
“Iron Dreams” is a show of hand-forged ironwork made by five metal workers in Tennessee. The show will focus on functional and sculptural ironwork for the home and garden. A diverse collection of work results from the unique style and expression of each artist. Featured artists include Joe Babb, Brad Greenwood, Abraham Pardee, Mike Rose, and Ryan T. Schmidt.

Joe Babb has been a maker of things in various materials for his entire life, working in steel with forge and anvil for the past 40 years. He currently devotes most of his time to the design and production of custom ironwork.

Abraham Pardee holds a BFA in Metals from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN, has completed the Apprentice Program at the Metal Museum in Memphis, and has worked for several professional blacksmith shops across the country. He has exhibited work nationally and taught workshops, and he has managed his own blacksmithing studio, Pardee Metal, since 2016.

Brad Greenwood is a full-time coppersmith and blacksmith in Anderson County. He belongs to two professional guilds: the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild (CRBG) and the Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB). He hand crafts custom pieces in his own forge, utilizing the same techniques perfected over centuries by masters of the trade.

Mike Rose’s work is a combination of traditional blacksmithing and sculptural expression. He has smithed for over 40 years, including 25 as Master Smith at Dollywood theme park and eight years as Professor of Fine Arts at Pellissippi State College.

Ryan T. Schmidt lives and manages his metal art studio and shop surrounded by the Daniel Boone National Park in historic Cumberland Gap. He learned the art of blacksmithing from William Brock, a traditional blacksmith and the owner of Rusted Bird Studio. Schmidt is a proud member of the Clinch River Blacksmith Guild (CRBG), Appalachian Area Chapter of Blacksmiths (AACB) and Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA).

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Work by Michelle Barillaro, Viktoria Cubbedge, and Emily Shane

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

A reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Work by Michelle Barillaro, Viktoria Cubbedge, and Emily Shane in the display case
Michelle Barillaro, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, will display paintings and jewelry. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She works mostly in abstract using pastels, paint and charcoal.

Viktoria Cubbedge will display four dolls that are made of air-dried clay, acrylic paints, pastels, fabrics, leather, vintage elements, and fabric. She was born and raised in Ukraine and has received degrees in library sciences and exhibition management. She worked as a photographer for almost 20 years. She lives in Seymour and has been making dolls for one year.

Emily Shane, a 2018-2019 Bailey Grant recipient, has always been drawn to color and bold graphic design. Ten years ago she ran across three boxes of books destined for the landfill and decided to do something with them. She’s been making art with vintage hardback book covers and ephemera ever since. Inspired by nature, textile design, pop/op art, photography, and films, she uses a variety of tools to cut, shape, and arrange her materials into works of depth, balance, and symmetry.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Marcia Moffett: Summer Time Fun!

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Marcia Moffett graduated from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1981 with a BFA in Commercial Art. During this time, she concentrated on acrylics and later expanded to poetry and calligraphy. She has also experimented with collage, watercolor, and mixed media to create unique and original paintings. Her current work has vibrant colors, stylized realism, and abstract forms that were not seen in earlier paintings.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Short Sleeve Pants. Socks Are Optional by Rodney Yardley

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, July 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities downtown to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork.

Short Sleeve Pants. Socks Are Optional by Rodney Yardley in the Atrium
Rodney Yardley has walked the streets of Knoxville for nearly 45 years, most of the time alone, usually in short pants, and generally with no socks. He believes he may be the original “free range kid”. The exhibition showcases his photography of Knoxville.

Artist statement: My Dad worked at Woodruff’s when it was a department store. When I turned twelve, he would bring me to work with him. I would spend a short amount of time going through the store and greeting everyone who worked there, and then I was allowed to go out and walk these very same streets I walk today. It was perfectly safe; no danger at all. I did have boundaries. I wasn’t allowed to go near The Bijou because I would have to walk by Comer’s pool hall, which was definitely off limits. I still had a ball, visiting Watson’s when it was Watson’s, The Hobby Shop where they sold model trains and airplanes, and Miller’s on Gay Street where the ladies at the candy counter would give me a free sample bag of candy. These are things I dream about some nights, and they are beautiful, heartwarming dreams. Welcome to my dreams of a town I love.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

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