Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ijams Nature Center: 33rd annual Symphony in the Park

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Fundraisers, Music and Science & nature

Join Ijams Nature Center for one of the fall’s most popular parties with a purpose: Ijams’ 33rd annual Symphony in the Park presented by Stephen and April Harris! This casual, relaxed fundraiser begins with a cocktail hour featuring a silent auction of handcrafted jewelry, art and photography as well as experiences such as special guest passes to the 2019 Bonnaroo Festival! You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner on the Ijams Visitor Center lawn, accompanied by wonderful performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra led by Aram Demirjian and special musical guest, R.B. Morris.

Morris is Knoxville’s own poet and songwriter, solo performer, band leader, playwright and actor. He has released half a dozen acclaimed albums and EPs, and his songs have been recorded by John Prine and Marianne Faithfull. Lucinda Williams once called him “the greatest unknown songwriter in the county.”

The 2018 special guest visual artist, Katherine Smith, focuses on the renewing and restorative powers of nature as the inspiration of her beautiful botanical ceramic works. The Canada native holds a BFA from Tennessee Technological University and has exhibited her work in coffee shops as well as galleries at Carson-Newman University and the Appalachian Center for Craft.

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,

UT Gardens: Art in the Gardens Benefit Auction

  • September 9, 2018
  • 2 PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fundraisers and Science & nature

Location: UT Gardens, Knoxville - Friendship Pavilion

Join us for a live auction to find homes for the beautiful hummingbird creations from our inaugural Art in the Gardens community exhibit. Come show your support for the Gardens and take home a one of a king creation to brighten your landscape for years to come. All proceeds will benefit the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

Many thanks to all of our participating artists and to our sponsors Jerry's Artarama of Knoxville and The Home Depot in West Knoxville.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Second Sunday Docent Tours & Art Activities


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Kids & family and Lectures

Each Second Sunday of the month at 2pm, docents offer free guided tours of Higher Ground, Currents, and traveling exhibitions to the public with tours available in Spanish as well.

From 1-4pm there are art activities for all ages!

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,

UT School of Music: Schubert String Quintet and More

Category: Free event and Music

Schubert String Quintet and More
Faculty and guest artist recital; UT's Miroslav Hristov-violin, and guest artists from around the world will perform Schubert's "G major String Quintet, Op. 163."

Natalie Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Cherokee Fall Festival

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum, will host its 27th annual Cherokee Fall Festival on September 8-9, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. A blacksmith will be doing on-site demonstrations in the shop both days. Other demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment. There will be a Civil War battle re-enactment at 2:00 p.m.

This year’s theme will be Out of the Ashes to celebrate the recent museum building renovations and new exhibit. Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in North Carolina. Special entertainment will be provided by the Warrior Dancers of Ani-Kituhwa who are the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation official ambassadors. Check out our reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin. Meet and chat with one of our Miss Cherokees, Taran Swimmer. Have your name written in Cherokee. The Tennessee State Parks will be doing a Birds of Prey program on Sunday. Also there will be Cherokee cooking demonstrations and Civil War gun display.

Other activities include posters from Cherokee Elementary school. Darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards will be available for children. We will also host a children’s blowgun competition and an adult blowgun competition on both days. Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

Adults are $10.00 each Children 13-18 years old are $5.00 and children 12 and under are free.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5. Information: 423-884-6246,

HoLa Hora Latina: Frutos Latinos


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A unique exhibition by HoLa Hora Latina member artists celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - one exhibition, two venues!

Opening Fri Sep 7, 5-9 PM at the Emporium

Then, on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art from Sep 19 - Oct 15 in the Kramer Education Center. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

Information: 865-335-3358,

Art Market Gallery: Work by George Rothery and Gordon Fowler


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

Recent works by painter George Rothery and woodturner Gordon Fowler will be featured throughout September at the Art Market Gallery. An opening reception for the artists, including complimentary refreshments and live music by The Accidentals, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 7th, during Downtown Knoxville’s monthly First Friday Art Walk. The show will feature George’s marine-themed acrylic paintings, and Gordon’s wooden bowls, platters and hollow forms.

George Rothery: THE ARTIST AND NOW A WRITER—George Rothery is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a major in Marketing. After serving in the US Air Force, discharged with the rank of Captain, George became professionally involved with art when he opened galleries in Knoxville, Tennessee that became art exhibition centers for the surrounding area for the next 22 years.
After another career in manufacturer representation (Rothery Associates), George became a professional maritime artist. He picked up brush and canvas to create oils and acrylics reminiscent of the sailing and boating he loved growing up on the New Jersey shore, and later on the South Carolina coast. His paintings are in private and corporate collections from Massachusetts to Florida and from the Carolinas to Texas. He has been in many national juried shows, and his work has appeared in: American Artist, The Complete Painters Handbook, Workshop, Life on the Water, Homes and Living, and a number of newspaper articles.

Gordon Fowler: I make bowls, platters, and hollow forms from wood using a woodturning lathe. I find the wood on roadsides or friends tell me about a tree they cut down. I get a kick out of “recycling” these logs that would otherwise go to a landfill or a fireplace. Most of my work is twice-turned. That means I cut the logs with a chainsaw, rough turn it, let it dry for at least six months, then turn it again to its final thickness. Making round things is inherent to the lathe, and I’m inspired by the symbolism and symmetry of circles. I’m influenced by texture, patterns, and contrasts found in nature. I strive to create pleasing forms combined with exquisite grain patterns.

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,

C for Courtside: Siren Filings - curated by Eleanor Aldrich

  • September 7, 2018 — September 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Fri Sep 7, 7:30-10 PM and the remainder of the month by appointment only

Siren Filings is about the voices of women, beautiful and dangerous, in the form of documents submitted to reveal an unseen force. The Greek mythological Sirens stand for the patriarchal trope of the female voice as alluring but dangerous, even deadly. Much like the rhyming "iron filings" that encircle and point to invisible force fields, so these drawings are responsive and revealing of forces such as labor practices, patriarchy, the voices that shape politics and identity, and those that are absent.

This show contains the work of four women. Judy Rushin's work incorporates hand woven cloth that draws attention to art making as labor, and she uses the traditionally feminine craft of weaving to reflect on the current gender pay gap. Her work is presented in context of a towel hand woven for daily use in the early 1840's by Barbara Lahr (1820 - 1903). Born 70 miles from the hometown of Karl Marx (and two years later), Lahr lived and worked in the same environment that shaped and then rejected Marx.

Tatiana Istomina's series "Philosophy of the Encounter" (in collaboration with Mona Sharma for the soft sculptures and puppets) speculates on the overlooked contributions of Hélène Rytman – the wife and murder victim of prominent French philosopher Louis Althusser -- to her husband's work. Istomina's series "Image with Caption" presents different views of the young daughter of Stalin sitting on the lap of the Lavrenty Beria- the head of the Soviet secret police. Each work focuses on a different part of the image or caption.

Mona Sharma's work for her series Manifest is disconcertingly smooth for the tensions of its content. Similarly, her travel documents adhere to familiar formal bureaucratic structures that are an uncomfortable framework for the text that pushes against it.

C for Courtside, 513 Cooper St, Knoxville, TN 37917

Tennessee Valley Fair

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

The 99th annual Tennessee Valley Fair is set to debut a variety of new and noteworthy attractions for East Tennesseans! From culinary arts to crafts, livestock shows to action sports, headline concerts and special events, there are thousands of ways to enjoy a little Homegrown Happiness at this year's Tennessee Valley Fair.

Concert Line-up:

Friday, September 7 | 8 PM | $10-$20 - Rick Springfield
Saturday, September 8 | 8 PM | $15 - Chris Blue
Sunday, September 9 | 8 PM | $10 - Joe Diffie - HOMER HART opening
Monday, September 10 | 8 PM | $10 - Tenth Avenue North
Tuesday, September 11 | 8 PM | $10 - Craig Campbell - RADIO ROMANCE opening
Wednesday, September 12 | 8 PM | $10-$15 - 38 Special
Thursday, September 13 | 8 PM | $10-$20 - Scotty McCreery
Friday, September 14 | 8 PM | $15 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Saturday, September 15 | 8 PM | $5 - Who's Bad - The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Sunday, September 16 | 8 PM | $15-$25 - The Charlie Daniels Band - THE YOUNG FABLES opening

To see a full list of attractions and activities, visit Tennessee Valley Fair: 865-215-1471 or

Mast General Store: BIG Sale

  • September 7, 2018 — September 9, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

At the Mast Store, when we have a sale, we make it an event. The sale venue is The Standard Knoxville, and it's just a short walk or drive from the Mast Store in Downtown Knoxville (6 minutes if you're walking, even shorter if you're driving...and there's lots of parking). Everything at The Standard is 50% OFF suggested retail prices. It's a great time to get ready for the cooler temperatures of fall and to prepare for winter snows!

For Men
Apparel: Sherpa • Outdoor Research • Herringbone Naturals • Columbia
Samples: Columbia Sportswear • ExOfficio • Mountain Khakis (Limited Sizes)

For Women
Apparel: Andrée by Unit • Lulu-B • Columbia • Honeyme • Sherpa • Outdoor Research • Aryeh
Samples: Columbia Sportswear • ExOfficio • Mountain Khakis (Limited Sizes)

Footwear: Jambu • Merrell • Pikolinos • Keds • Teva • Born • Acorn • Ahnu • Dansko

Accessories: Socksmith • Eagle Creek • Marmot • Osprey Packs • Outdoor Tech

You'll find even more items at the sale. There's simply not enough room here to list it all!

• Friday, September 7 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Saturday, September 8 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Sunday, September 9 - Noon - 6 p.m.

Plenty of parking available near The Standard (416 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville TN 37902). ATTENTION Tennessee Football Fans! Bring in your game ticket from the Battle of Tennessee to get a FREE bag of candy! Limit one bag per customer per ticket.

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-546-1336,

Ijams Nature Center: Photography by Victor Agreda, Jr.


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

When you're up before the sun for your job, you're going to see some beautiful sunrises! Victor Agreda, Jr. has seen quite a few since joining the staff of WUOT, and his watercolor-style photography captures the true beauty of Knoxville at the break of dawn, juxtaposing silhouettes with washes of vibrant color.

His photos, taken from the Communications Building near the UT stadium, sometimes feature the stadium and a Power T in the foreground, making them perfect for Vol fans!

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,

The Hammer Ensemble of Flying Anvil Theatre: Lockdown

  • September 6, 2018 — September 9, 2018

Category: Theatre

The Hammer Ensemble is the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre (artistic director, Jayne Morgan). Our first production, earlier this year, The Pall, focused on human trafficking (of which, sadly, Knoxville is a hub). Our second production, Lockdown, focuses on gun violence in our schools and communities, presenting an active shooting situation and varied voices on the complex issues of gun control. Directed by John F. Ferguson and developed by John Ferguson, Linda Parsons, and The Hammer Ensemble.

Performances Sept 6-8 at Flying Anvil and Sept 9 at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

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

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