Calendar of Events

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bijou Theatre: Indigo Girls

Category: Music

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age.

With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s. “Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.”’ The Boston HeraldAfter signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.”They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes ’ the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk. Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, Beauty Queen Sister, released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation. “Their 14th studio album finds the Indigo Girls operating as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.”4 Stars -The Independent (UK)In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph


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

The Mill and Mine: Kurt Vile and the Violators

  • July 15, 2018
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

Kurt Vile and the Violators with Dylan Carlson at The Mill and Mine,
Sunday, July 15 at 8:00PM.

Patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. This is a standing room only venue.

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

Ticket Prices: GA tickets are $25.00 plus fees/$28.00 plus fees day of show.

Venue Presale: 3/21 @ 10 AM

Public On Sale: 3/23 @ 12 PM

Dylan Carlson

Kurt Vile & The Violators
Select Tickets LIMIT 4 PER PERSON
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Ijams Nature Center: Sunday Summer Concert Series

Category: Music and Science & nature

Created as a fundraising series by Ijams Nature Center in partnership with Wayne Bledsoe, the 2018 Ijams Sunday Summer Concert Series presented by Blank Newspaper features three concerts scheduled May through July. Back by popular demand, these late Sunday afternoon events are a great way to kick back, relax on the lawn and end a weekend with music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Sponsorships and revenue raised from this series support Ijams Nature Center’s nonprofit mission of encouraging stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace where people can learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.

July 15 - Mic Harrison and the High Score

Tickets are $8 per person. Kids 5 and under are free.

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,

Cruising with The Smoky Mountain Blues Society

  • July 15, 2018
  • 4:00-7:00PM

Category: Music

Blues Lovers, Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets early for these special super fun SUNDAY CRUISES featuring Regional and International Touring Bands on the "Star of Knoxville":

Blues Cruise 3 with MOJO TWEED - Jul. 15

ALL 2018 CRUISES are 4 to 7pm! Boarding begins at 3pm. SMBS Members get a $3 discount,...(enough for your first beer).

CALL THE RIVERBOAT early at 865-525-7827 and reserve your ticket today – or online at Full bar & limited food menu available. Smoking permitted on the upper deck. The Cruise Series helps fund our Blues In The Schools (BITS) Area Programs.
Smoky Mountain Blues Society:

Historic Ramsey House: Workshop: Early Families in the Forks

Category: Classes & workshops and History & heritage

Fur traders, circuit-riding preachers, longhunters, statesmen, Indian-fighters, and adventurers: who were your ancestors? Jan Loveday Dickens will share information and resources with participants. Along with learning interesting details and stories about the Armstrong, Jack, Kennedy, Campbell, Kelly, Huffaker, Johnson, Naill, and Perry families, etc., you will examine old documents and discuss helpful research processes. Each participant will go home with a packet of useful references and tools for further discovery. They will make connections with others who share an interest in this significant portion of our area’s history that played a role in our County, State, and Nation’s establishment. If you have a particular family line of interest not listed, please email
Ticket Price $20 ($15 for Members)

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

The Katharine Slowburn Experience: The Slowburn Chronicles of 1983

  • July 14, 2018 — July 15, 2018

Category: Dance

JUL 14, 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM
JUL 15, 2:00 PM

At C for Courtside, 513 Cooper St, Knoxville, Tennessee
In 1983, Katharine Slowburn quit her corporate life only to find a new-way-of-living with ... The Dirty Dozen, a rough-and-tumble crew of misfits, who like their drinks strong and their fights crude. Making their way through life selling stolen robot goods and experiencing the sensual pleasures, the Dirty Dozen show Slowburn that, in life, you're either "all in" or just a wastoid.

Featuring 13 new dances from Katharine Slowburn (14 in the Saturday 10pm show), you'll see robots, brawls, nunchucks, strange creatures, switchblade combs, and more! From below-the-belt to straight-to-the-heart, The Slowburn Chronicles of 1983 has something for everyone.

We'll see you there ... or else the Dirty Dozen will be looking for you! This is an age 18+ show. $15 GA Tickets/$25 VIP (limited quantity). Bring a cushion for up-close floor seating! BYOB 21+ (corking fee $3/person ... fee waived for advance sales tickets)

Each show has something different to offer:
Saturday @7: Enjoy a beer from our friends at Elkmont Exchange (while supplies last, must be 21+)
Saturday @10: Experience a special extra number that's especially sexy and strange!
Sunday @2: Make a day of it! Come to our 11am Make-Your-Own-80's-Headdress workshop, grab some brunch at Elkmont Exchange (wear your headdress!), and then come to the show!

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Disney's Aladdin Jr

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Featuring the hit songs, “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me,” Disney’s Aladdin Jr will capture the hearts of audiences young and old.

Aladdin and his three friends are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp, which contains a genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that tests his will and moral character.

The live stage play will be performed July 13 through 29:
Fri., July 13 at 7 PM, Sat., July 14 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., July 15 at 3 PM
Thurs., July 19 at 7 PM, Fri., July 20 at 7 PM, Sat., July 21 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., July 22 at 3 PM & 7 PM
Thurs., July 26 at 7 PM, Fri., July 27 at 7 PM, Sat., July 28 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sun., July 29 at 3 PM & 7 PM

The play is performed by 23 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 17. Joseph Coram will play the title role, and Celeste Paultre will perform as Princess Jasmine. Audrey Jones will take on the role of The Genie, and Noah Seaman will play Jafar.

Derrick Washington, Jr. will direct the production, after serving for the past year as a directing intern. Recent West High graduates Wheeler Moon and Bethany Moon will design lights and costumes, respectively, and high-schoolers Derrick Washington, Kennis Van Dyke, and others will perform the play’s technical duties. Bearden sophomore Abby Ann Ramsey will be the play’s stage manager.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • July 13, 2018 — July 15, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. There’s so much to tell that it’s hard to squeeze it into 90 minutes. We’ll give you an overview or tell us what you like and we’ll concentrate on what you’re most interested in. From George Washington Harris and Frances Hodgson Burnett to Cormac McCarthy and Nikki Giovanni, poetry, mysteries, bestsellers, and great movies. There’s plenty to choose from. Want to see all the real locations in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree? Well, that would take all day, but we can give you some highlights. Just let us know. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

Hanged killers, tragic fires, reanimated corpses, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge. It all happened in Knoxville and restless spirits still haunt the city streets. If you enjoy a chill in the evening, walk with us to Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history echoes with the sound of gunfire and restless spirits are rumored to walk the streets. Visit their haunts and shiver as you listen to local legends of scary spooks and supernatural phenomena. Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay St.

It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war. Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.

Knoxville’s story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and East Tennessee became known as a home to musicians of every genre, whether classical, jazz, R&B, rock-n-roll, Americana, or the avant-garde sounds of ska, techno, and whatever’s unveiled at this year’s Big Ears Festival. Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes. For the above tours: Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit *Proceeds from these tours help to support the Knoxville History Project.

Flying Anvil Theatre: A Perfect Match

  • July 13, 2018 — July 15, 2018

Category: Theatre

Broadway, Opera and online dating come together in A Perfect Match at Flying Anvil Theatre, July 13 and 15. The show is a musical memoir of the love story and performing highlights of Knoxville native, Laura Beth Wells and her husband, David Crawford.

Sparks flew when the two met online. He was singing at the Metropolitan Opera, she was rehearsing Spiderman – Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Despite their musical differences, they fell in love, married and produced Lily, their 6 year old star-in-the-making. Now they’re combining their talents to give audiences a behind-the-scenes peek into their lives as performers, partners and parents.

Both have had stellar careers. David has sung with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC for over 10 years, appearing on stage with opera luminaries such as Placido Domingo, Byrn Terfel and Anna Netrebko. He’ll be making his Knoxville Opera debut next February in Lucia di Lammermoor.
Laura Beth performed locally at Halls Middle School, Oak Ridge Playhouse and the Clarence Brown Theatre before moving to New York. A definite highlight of her career was working with director Julie Taymor and watching Bono and Edge of U2 writing songs for Spiderman. The cabaret-style show features music from Mozart to Sondheim and more.

This is the first time the couple has worked together, which both call “a challenge.”
“Dave and I have very different approaches when it comes to rehearsing,” Laura Beth says, “mostly because of how our respective disciplines approach the rehearsal process. Musical theatre is very much ‘everyone shows up on the first day of rehearsal and learns/creates together’ and opera is more ‘everyone shows up on the first day knowing their roles cold and then are given staging’. “

A Perfect Match: The Metropolitan Opera meets Broadway runs for two performances only – Friday, July 13 at 7:30 and Sunday, July 15 at 2:00 pm at Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Rd. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at, or call 863-357-1309 to make reservations.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309,

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,

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

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

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,

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