Calendar of Events

Friday, August 24, 2018

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Book of Mamaw

  • August 24, 2018 — August 26, 2018

Category: Theatre

Long-time Barter Theatre favorite Eugene Wolf brings his one-man show, The Book of Mamaw, to Flying Anvil Theatre for a limited run, August 24–26. The show is full of stories, songs and sketches about growing up in Greeneville, Tennessee, with a surprising spiritual path of love, kindness and compassion.

Wolf’s mamaw was Bernice Rader, a Church of Christ grandmother who recognized Eugene’s love of performing at an early age and guided him on his way. It’s an unorthodox story of a woman who tried to capture Patty Hearst and once advised her grandson that if he was going to make it in show business he’d better, “get a dress and wear it!” Wolf made his television debut on the Cas Walker show thanks to Bernice. Since then, he has had a varied performing career, as a member of the acting company at Barter Theatre for over 21 years, as half of the country duo The Brother Boys (with Ed Snodderly), who have appeared on albums with Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas, as well as solo concerts and films.

Wolf says Bernice was a natural subject for the show. “Mamaw was funny in spite of herself. She’d take me along when she went to sell Avon and make me get up and sing Loretta Lynn songs. I was an eight-year-old singing about my lying, cheating, drinking husband. But I didn’t care. Mamaw sanctioned it, so it was all right.”

Reviewers have called The Book of Mamaw “storytelling at its best.”

The Book of Mamaw opens Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, with a special fundraising performance including a reception with Wolf after the show for $35. Performances continue Saturday, August 25, 7:30 pm, for $25.00 and Sunday, August 26, 2:00 pm for $25.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information/tickets: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com

Tennessee Theatre: Summer Movie Magic - Mrs. Doubtfire

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Category: Film and Kids & family

There’s something for everyone in the 20th Annual Summer Movie Magic lineup! Moviegoers will travel back in time and see these classics, as they should be: in a historic theater surrounded by other movie-lovers, enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Come experience some of your favorite classics on the big screen! Prior to each screening, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music.

After a bitter divorce, a father disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
Friday, August 24 • 8pm
Sunday, August 26 • 2pm

Tickets can be purchased at the Tennessee Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 865-684-1200. The ticket price is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; a subscription to all six films is $45.00 for adults and $36.00 for children and seniors. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. www.tennesseetheatre.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Knoxville Walking Tours

Category: History & heritage, Kids & family and Lectures

THE CIVIL WAR IN KNOXVILLE - AUGUST 24, 2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A City Divided - 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.

SHADOW SIDE 2 - AUGUST 24, 2018 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Old City Ghosts - The lively entertainment section now known as the Old City wasn’t always so friendly. The neighborhood has a history of dark times and dark deeds, and the remnants aren’t just in the architecture. Formerly known as the Bowery, the district was home to saloons, dance halls, pool rooms, and bars, where famous gunmen, thieves, ladies of the evening, and troublemakers of all kinds bumped elbows with naïve travelers and honest working folk. Life here was violent—and often short. Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay Street.

THE EARLY YEARS - AUGUST 25, 2018 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Early Years - 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.

GUNSLINGERS - AUGUST 25, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
When Knoxville was the Wild West - Knoxville’s history is colorful and the predominant hue is blood red. Take a walk on the wild side, from the Old City to Gay Street, down to the river and beyond. The now peaceful streets were once the scene of violence and mayhem of all descriptions—family feuds, duels, lynchings, and riots. Telling all the stories might take years, so this tour varies its route and our guide is always finding fresh tales to share. Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street.

KNOXVILLE’S MUSICAL HISTORY - AUGUST 26, 2018 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Tribal to Techno - 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.

Knoxville Walking Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website at http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/. Proceeds from many tours help to support the Knoxville History Project.

The Muse Knoxville: 4th Friday Free Family Night

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Friday July 27th 5:00-8:00pm & Friday August 24th from 5:00-8:00pm

Thanks to the First Tennessee Foundation, The Muse gets to host more Free Family Nights!

Join us for extended hours of Muse learning and play FREE and open to the public! The exhibit floor will be open for play, plus we'll have several shows in the planetarium!

Don't miss it! https://www.facebook.com/events/237577520347768/

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494, http://themuseknoxville.org/calendar

Nief-Norf Concert

Category: Music

The Nief-Norf Knoxville Concert Series presents our first concert of the season. Nief-Norf performs Michael Maierhof’s quartet specific objects,11 mins, alongside duos and solos by Nick Deyoe, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Pisaro, and Caroline Shaw.

Regular tickets: $15
Student tickets (w/ID): $10

At the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville 37902.

Nief-Norf: http://www.niefnorf.org/, https://twitter.com/niefnorf, https://www.facebook.com/niefnorf

The Central Collective: Good Sport Night

  • August 24, 2018
  • 7:00-9:00pm

Category: Festivals & special events

CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS!
Good Sport Night, Friday, August 24, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, Cost: $35.

Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, an egg drop competition, a garden party in a castle, a walking tour of North Knoxville, live music with swing dance lessons, an underground arcade, an apocalypse boot camp, and an actual wedding were attendees served as the bridal party, toast-makers and wedding guests. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.

Worried that you won't be able to participate because of dietary restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We will NOT be meeting at The Central Collective for this month's Good Sport Night. We will email you the meeting location (roughly 10 minutes north of The Central Collective) on the day of the event by 4pm.

Alcohol: nope!
Food: nope!
Dress Code: Clothing that's easy to move in and not too loose. Pants that go below your knees are preferable.
Physical Activity: Medium/High
Good Sport Level: 3/5

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590, info@thecentralcollective.com, www.thecentralcollective.com

Mighty Mud: Wine & Wheel

  • August 24, 2018
  • 6 PM

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Ellie Kotsianas

What a better way to spend your Friday night than drinking wine and hand throwing your own ceramic wine cup or rocks glass! Join Ellie Kotsianas for a messy night out with your friends or a fun date. We encourage you to bring any beverage that you like, along with any food or snack. All materials will be provided. During the class you will get a hands on experience in throwing your cups and choosing your glaze colors.

** Due to state regulations, we are no longer allowed to provide and serve alcoholic beverages to a ticketed event. PLEASE, bring and enjoy whatever beverages you choose… we will provide the drinking vessel… and please drink responsibly.

$45.00 - All Materials Provided

Mighty Mud, 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Tu-F 11-6, Sat 9-5. Open studio time on Thu 6-9. Information: 865-595-1900, www.mightymudclay.com

UT Downtown Gallery: Alumni in the Permanent Collection Closing Reception

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Closing Reception - Friday, August 24, 6-8PM

The UT Downtown Gallery will be showing works from the Ewing Gallery permanent collection. The Ewing Gallery has many works by former undergraduate and graduate students. This exhibition features a selection of works from every department in the School of Art created from the 1970s - present day.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802, http://web.utk.edu/~downtown

McClung Museum: Back to School Sale!

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Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE! The McClung Museum store will have a special sale August 22-29.

All students receive an additional 10% off of all museum store goods.

All books will be an additional 20% off during this period as well.

Museum Store sales go to fund educational programs for 10,000 area children. Come by & help make sure that everyone has a great time going back to school!

Remember, Museum members get an additional 10% off on top of the above discounted prices.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Lotus Light: Festival of Sacred Space

  • August 22, 2018 — August 26, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events

Lotus Light is a Contemplative Community Center in the Mechanicsville neighborhood of Knoxville, TN. Beginning as a collaborative initiative of several Buddhist groups in Knoxville, Lotus Light seeks to provide a space for anyone interested in the practice of mind, secular or traditional, and to embody this practice for the purpose of personal and collective awakening.
Lotus Light is committed to diversity and openness to all individuals regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation, and as a community center, Lotus Light is invested in outreach to the local and broader communities, offering programs and aid to foster a culture of wisdom and compassion in society.

To celebrate the opening of the center and to invite the local community, Lotus Light is planning a Festival of Sacred Space, from August 22-26. The central feature will be the construction of a sand maṇḍala featuring the Buddha of Compassion. Although these practices are rooted in the history and culture of Tibet, they offer opportunities beyond mere historical or aesthetic appreciation. They offer us, as people who live a modern western lifestyle, a chance to connect deeply with the natural beauty and power that is the essence of interconnectedness and impermanence. In this way, the sand maṇḍala can appeal to anyone regardless of belief or background.

Several monks from the Tibetan Buddhist Drikung Kagyu Lineage have been invited to construct the maṇḍala, and will preside over the blessing ceremony on Saturday, August 25th. The following day will be devoted to prayers of universal compassion
and will conclude with the dissolution of the maṇḍala and a procession to the Tennessee River where the sand will be deposited with prayers for the benefit of the region.

The public is invited to visit at any time during the festival, which will feature various programs including talks, group practices of compassion, a children’s art program, a maṇḍala sound meditation, and a ceremony of consecration. All programs are either
free or donation based.

For more information please visit http://lotuslightcenter.org/.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Joseph Delaney: On the Move

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

More than 40 paintings and drawings from public and private collections around the country celebrate the life and achievement of this well-known Knoxville native.

Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) rose from humble beginnings in Knoxville to establish himself as a tireless and prolific painter of Manhattan’s urban scene. Over the span of his 60-year career, Delaney displayed a remarkable ability to express the city’s vitality using the loose brushwork of gestural abstraction, which at the time represented the cutting edge of studio practice, without sacrificing the narrative content many of his contemporaries had abandoned. The works featured in On the Move represent the variety of ways in which he used this hybrid method to infuse his painted scenes with vibrant energy, and intricate patterns of movement.

While capturing the ebb and flow of life on the boulevards and back alleys, Delaney’s vigorous brushwork also reveals his restless spirit and insatiable creative drive. On the Move has been organized by the KMA in the hopes of generating newfound appreciation and scholarly attention for an artist who captured his time and place with uncommon energy and a fiercely independent spirit. In depicting Manhattan’s urban scenes, the artist trains his ever-shifting vantage point on gleaming plazas and gritty nightspots with equal intensity and familiarity. In some compositions, near-panoramic views emphasize the pulse of crowds within vast architectural arenas. In others, the artist focuses on specific urban structures—subway cars, bridges, and roadways—that make movement possible.

The public is invited to celebrate the art and life of Joseph Delaney at the KMA Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 25 from 11am to 4pm. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of Katherine and Joe Fielden.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Fountain City Art Center: FCAC 10th Annual Members’ Show

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

Reception: August 17, 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, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

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