Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Ewing Gallery: Irons in the Fire: UTK Sculpture Alumni

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

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 16th, 2-4PM

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to partner with UTK Sculpture and the Mid South Sculpture Alliance Conference to present the work of 25 alumni of the UT Sculpture program. Exhibiting artists are:

Jessica Brooke Anderson, MFA 2013
Leticia Bajuyo, MFA 2001
Robmet Butler, MFA 2009
Mike Calway-Fagen, BFA 2006
Dan DeZarn, MFA 2013
Richard Ensor, BFA 2015
Preston Farabow, BFA 1992
Cassidy Frye, MFA 2018
Brian Jobe, BFA 2004
David Jones, MFA 2004
Noah Kirby, 1998
Alison Ouellette-Kirby, MFA 1996
Candice Lewis, MFA 2004
Erica Mendoza, MFA 2018
Marisa Mitchell, BFA 2016
Lauren Sanders, BFA 2015
Joshua Shorey, MFA 2017
Jacob Stanley, MFA 2010
Thomas Sturgill, BFA 2003
Durant Thompson, BFA 1997
John Truex, BFA 2004
Kevin Varney, MFA 2014
Taylor Wallace, BFA 2005
AC Wilson, BFA 2012
Ronda Wright, BFA 2009

This exhibition was curated by Bill FitzGibbons, UT School of Art Alum.

The Ewing Gallery will be open M-F 10am - 5PM and will have extended hours until 7:30PM on Thursday nights. We are open from 1-4PM on Sundays. Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Knox County Public Library: Imagination Library Week

  • September 16, 2018 — September 22, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Mark your calendars!
September 16-22, 2018. Celebrate Imagination Library all week long at the Knox County Public Library with special story time at your local library branch! Participating story times will be listed at

Knox County Public Library: 500 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8750,

Imagination Library Week!

  • September 16, 2018 — September 22, 2018

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

Hosted by Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County and Knox County Public Library

Join us for a state-wide celebration of the Imagination Library Program in Tennessee. Our celebration will include special Imagination Library themed story times at your local Knox County Public Library branch. Visit for more details or to view the schedule.

What better way to celebrate Imagination Library than by reading together! :)

Cruising with the Smoky Mountain Blues Society

  • September 16, 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 5 with Doug Harris Band - Sept. 16

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:

ATypical Market - Maker Made

  • September 16, 2018
  • 12-8 PM

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

Knoxville's Maker Market! Enjoy the best locally made goods and adult beverages our area has to offer in the beautifully-restored, air-conditioned Relix Variety Theatre in Happy Holler! Plenty of free parking. Come visit with your favorite local Makers, Artists, Crafters, and Brewers!

At 1208 North Central Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Ijams Nature Center: Family Adventure Sundays


Category: Kids & family and Science & nature

Ijams’ Family Adventure Sundays are great afternoon fun for kids and their parents. Join naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales as we search with sweep nets for the butterflies of late summer. Sunday, September 16, 2:00-4:00pm. We’ll be looking for checkerspots, admirals, painted ladies, fritillaries, skippers, swallowtails and with luck, monarchs.

The fee for this program is $8- EVERYONE over the age of 2 MUST have a ticket.
Tickets 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,

Mighty Mud: Sunday Brunch with Lux

  • September 16, 2018
  • 9 AM

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

Instructor: Anais Lux

Join Lux for Sunday Brunch and Wheel Throwing Instruction for Beginner’s. This is a chance to get to know your way around the pottery wheel while enjoying good food and good company. Different menu every month, and of course coffee & tea! No prior experience necessary.

$50.00 - All Materials Provided
Different Menu Every Month, Coffee & Tea 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,

Tennessee Wind Symphony: Dr. Ric Best Tribute Concert

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Dr. Ric Best Tribute Concert at the Tate & Lyle Performing Arts Center in the Loudon Municipal Park

Join us for a very special evening at the amphitheater!
The Wind Symphony will be joined by the Loudon High School Band.
Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket!

Tennessee Wind Symphony:

The Public Cinema: FORT MARIA

  • September 16, 2018
  • 2 PM

Category: Film and Free event

At Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Filmmaker Thomas Southerland will join us to discuss the film.

Maria is a woman with no country. A Bulgarian immigrant and adoptive mother of a black daughter, she finds herself suddenly stricken with agoraphobia following a break-in at her home in Kentucky. When her daughter’s aging dog dies, Maria’s confinement puts her into equally painful and funny situations that soon entangle her neighbors.

​As Maria copes with the issues that have led her— a world traveler— into her self-inflicted prison, her daughter Meredith discovers her own identity through a search for her biological family.

“Shot in silvery black-and-white by writer-directors S. Cagney Gentry and Thom Southerland, Fort Maria is what the filmmakers call ‘an unscripted filmic experiment’ — a description that might suggest something arch or humorless. But it’s neither, avoiding heavy-handed artifice and narrative cliche and finding the tenderness, fire and everyday absurdity beneath its contained-verging-on-deadpan surface.”— The Hollywood Reporter

“[P]owerful and surprising…full of essential human moments and authentic considerations of race, culture, love, and what truly makes up a family.” — Ashland Independent Film Festival

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Home for Our Past: The Museum of East Tennessee History at 25

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

A Home for Our Past: The Museum of East Tennessee History at 25 a new feature exhibition at the Museum of East Tennessee History

The public opening of the exhibition begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 14, with light refreshments and ribbon cutting and remarks at 5:15.

When the Museum of East Tennessee History opened in 1993, it fulfilled a shared vision to preserve and interpret the region’s rich history for the benefit of all, a vision first articulated a century and a half earlier. On May 5, 1834, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey addressed a group of a historically-minded citizens gathered for the first annual meeting of the East Tennessee Historical and Antiquarian Society. Concerned that many of the participants in Tennessee’s early history were passing away and with them their memories, Ramsey issued a call to action: “Let us hasten to redeem the time that is lost.”

Today, 184 years later, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s plea to save Tennessee’s past continues to reverberate in the galleries of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s museum, a permanent home for our region’s cherished stories, traditions, and artifacts. The East Tennessee Historical Society actively began collecting artifacts and producing award-winning interpretive exhibits in 1993, which has now grown to more than 16,000 artifacts housed within the East Tennessee History Center. In this special exhibition, ETHS is excited to highlight East Tennessee’s unique history through a variety of artifacts, with at least one exhibited item from each year of ETHS’s active 25 years of collections, most of which are rarely or never on display.

The exhibition includes more than twenty-five artifacts and numerous photographs and illustrations representative of East Tennessee’s unique history. Some of the items include an 1883 Springfield penny-farthing, the first apparatus to be called a “bicycle”; an 1822 artificial hand that belonged to a teacher from Union County; a silver coffee and tea service from the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad presented to Superintendent James Baker Hoxsie upon his retirement in 1866; a coverlet woven by one of the famed Walker sisters of Greenbrier; a shirt stating “Healing in the name of Jesus. Take up serpents, Acts 2:38” worn during religious services practicing snake handling in Cocke County; an 1817 bead necklace belonging to Eliza Sevier, the wife of Templin Ross and the granddaughter of both John Sevier and Cherokee Chief Oconostota; a 1907 baseball uniform from a coal town’s team in Marion County; and the distinctive backdrop and wall clock from WBIR-TV variety program "The Cas Walker Farm & Home Show." The exhibit also features a brilliant display of East Tennessee furniture, textiles, folk art, instruments, and vintage toys.

Also on display are more than two dozen featured artifacts from the Tennessee State Museum. A new Tennessee State Museum will open on the grounds of the Bicentennial Capital Mall in Nashville on October 4. ETHS is honored to display select East Tennessee artifacts from their collection, highlighting the programmatic ties between the two institution as well as the museums’ shared mission to preserve Tennessee’s rich history. Selected items include a 1792 map of the State of Franklin, an 1831 copy of the Cherokee Phoenix & Indians Advocate newspaper, and a 19th century flintlock muzzle loading rifle made by Baxter Bean of Washington County.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Knox County Public Library: Friends Books Sales

  • September 14, 2018 — September 22, 2018
  • 10 AM - 5 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Farragut & Powell Branch Libraries

Join the Friends of the Knox County Public Library for branch book sales, September 14 - 16 at Farragut Branch Library and September 21 - 22 at Powell Branch Library. Find your favorite books and more, with all proceeds benefiting the Knox County Public Library.

Carpetbag Theatre: Ce Nitram Sacul

Category: Theatre

Ce Nitram Sacul is the story of a woman in crisis. Disturbed by the violence and insensitivity around her, she turns to her “Womantor”, her “touchstone”, for advice. The unusual circumstance, which provides both tension and humor is the fact that the “Womantor” has been dead for more than twelve years. The play, a modern theater ritual rich in music and language, is both a celebration and a call to action. This contemporary “Praise Poem” to the women who mentor us, is grounded in the idea that the greatest tribute is action carried forth. Learn more about the play here:

9/13, Thursday - 7:00 p.m.
9/14, Friday - 7:00 p.m.
9/15, Saturday - 7:00 p.m.
9/16, Sunday - 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: Early Bird General Admission - $20.00
Students/Senior/Military Discount - $18.00
Group Discount of 10 or more - $15.00

At the Flying Anvil Theatre space, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville, 37919. Carpetbag Theatre information: 865-544-0447,

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