Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 30, 2018

A1LabArts: You & Me : A Portrait Project

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

You & Me is a collaborative portrait project. Each artist created a self-portrait and a portrait of another artist they were paired up with.

First Friday, October 5th 6-10pm with award announcements
Additional viewing on Saturday 6th 6-8pm
Last View: Friday, October 19, 6-8pm

SHOW OPENS for Open Streets Knoxville on September 30 (2-6 PM)

Featuring art by:

Norman Magden
Anna Maria Gundlach
Tatiana Potts
Jessica Gregory
Melanie Kidder
Bob Thompson
Rod Lee
Sandy Lee
John Fairstein
Jennifer Snead
Kay Newton
Rip Lydick
Shelley Mangold
Neranza Noel Blount
Booder Barnes
Anne Freels
Elizabeth Porter
Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart
Mary Nietling
Ashley Addair
Anna Lawrence
John Allen
Debra Dylan
Veronica L. Ludlow
Athanasios Bayiates
Sara Blair McNally
Carolyn Corley
Jessica J Newman
Patrick O’Neil
Stacy Jacobs
Joe Strong

Hosted by A1LabArts at 23 Emory Pl, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: A Touch of France


Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Chamber Classics Series.

KSO’s Chamber Classics series brings you an afternoon of musical excellence, honoring the music of Joseph Haydn. Known lovingly by his students as “Papa Haydn”, Haydn’s “Symphony No. 82 in C Major” will be conducted by Aram Demirjian. Violinist Gordon Tsai, nominated Associate Concertmaster for the Knoxville Symphony in 2012, will perform “Violin Concerto Op. 8 No. 2 in G major” by a contemporary of Haydn, Afro-French composer Joseph Boulogne. The program ends with Mozart’s “Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”)”.

At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Cruising with The Smoky Mountain Blues Society

  • September 30, 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 6 with Albert Castiglia - Sept. 30

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:

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble: Children in the Arts

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

At World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre, 963 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916, rain or shine!

Each year on the last Sunday in September, the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble presents “Children in the Arts,” a part of the Penny4Arts series, at the Amphitheater at the World’s Fair Park. Children representing a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical and contemporary music, drama, storytelling, etc. will join the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble in a one-hour performance designed to delight and inspire audiences of all ages. Adult tickets are $7.00, children’s/student tickets are just one penny! Tickets are available through TCDE in advance (4216 Sutherland Ave, 865-584-9636), or at the gate on the day of the performance.

This year, as part of our “Children Helping Children” program, all proceeds from this event will be donated to “Hope 4 Hattie”. Hattie Halter, the 14-month-old daughter of TCDE alumna and Knox County teacher Melissa Darter Halter, is fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Learn more at

Contact: Cheri McKeever, 865-207-1954,;

Tennessee Theatre: The 90 Year Gala featuring Alison Krauss


Category: Fundraisers and Music

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Alison Krauss grew up listening to everything from folk to opera to pop and rock music, but quickly fell in love with bluegrass when she began playing fiddle at the age of five. Shortly after, Krauss began entering fiddle contests. At the age of 14, Rounder Records signed her to her first record deal and she went on to release her debut solo album two years later. The accomplished bluegrass musician became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.

Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.

On Sunday, September 30, we will welcome Alison Krauss, the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history, to the Tennessee stage for our 90 Year Gala, an event to celebrate this milestone and help us raise money to maintain, operate, and preserve the Official State Theatre of Tennessee and open its doors for free community programs so that everyone can experience its magic.

VIP Tickets are available and include premium seating; a reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and signature cocktail; and a silent auction featuring autographed instruments, music memorabilia, and more!

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

Ijams Nature Center: Mindfulness Walk


Category: Science, nature

Sunday, September 30, 2:00-4:00pm.
Have you ever simply wandered aimlessly? Believe it or not, it is soothing and settles the mind. Mindfulness walks are slow, calming strolls. Based on the Japanese therapeutic practice of Shinrin Yoku, or forest bathing, it’s a meditative exploration with NO cell phones or even talking. We walk as a group but as individuals. Participants are encouraged to soak in their surroundings and experience the restorative properties of simply being outside. Join mindful naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales for this quiet stroll inwards. This month Ijams will experience the peace of High Ground Park. (Ages 14 and up)
NOTE: Participants should meet at High Ground: 1000 Cherokee Trail, South Knox 37920.

The fee for this program is $6 per person. EVERYONE MUST HAVE A TICKET.
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,

Bike Walk Knoxville: Open Streets Knoxville

  • September 30, 2018
  • 2:00-6:00pm

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

Open Streets Knoxville - Sunday, September 30th, 2-6pm

Open Streets Knoxville brings together community groups and local businesses, giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, hula hoop, and much more - all in a setting that is fun and safe! More than a street festival, Open Streets Knoxville gives residents an opportunity to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun, and family-friendly way. It encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living, and has a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space. Our goal is to host two events each year, with different neighborhoods hosting each event. The event is hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville, with significant support from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the City of Knoxville.

Find out more at

Mabry-Hazen House: 5th annual Lineage & Legacy

Category: History, heritage and Literature, reading, writing

Every year the museum invites family descendants, supporting members, and the general public to Mabry’s Hill to commemorate one of Knoxville’s first and most dramatic families. The event reflects on the past and present experiences of the Mabry and Hazen families and their imprint upon Knoxville’s history with a one play and tours of the historic house.

Join us in 2018 for A Civil Debate, a one-act play written by Tyler Gregory, Caleb Burnham, and Patrick Hollis and performed by Seventh Thirty Creative. The play will imagine a debate between four famous Knoxvillians about their experiences during the Civil War. “General” Joseph A. Mabry, Ellen Renshaw House, Parson William Brownlow, and Cal Johnson will debate a divided Knoxville as it struggled with occupation, violence, loyalties, and meanings of freedom. Mabry was a “notorious rebel” and merchant; House was a diarist and a self-declared “very violent rebel;” Brownlow, also known as the “Fighting Parson,” was nationally known Unionist and infamous newspaper editor; Cal Johnson was the son of an enslaved couple, reburied Union dead after the war, and rose to become Knoxville’s first African-American millionaire. Drawn from their own words and actions, then supplemented with secondary sources, the play dramatizes the real experiences and lives of four influential Knoxville characters.

The event also will serve as a membership drive and annual meeting of the membership. In addition to the play, guests will enjoy light refreshments as well as tours of the 1858 house and its original family collection. Picnic lunches are also highly encouraged! Tickets to Lineage and Lineage cost $5 and support the museum’s mission to preserve and educate the public about a valuable part of East Tennessee. Members attend free of charge. The one-act play is supported by a matching grant generously provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Tickets are available for purchase at the museum or

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Benefit Gospel Concert

  • September 30, 2018
  • 3 PM

Category: Music

At Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 9908 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

New Salem Renovation Task Force
Annual Smoky Mountain Gospel Explosion
Michael Rogers
April Hill
Doug Richesin
Doris Toney
Kylie Forbes
Taryn Hood
Jeneen Hammond
And more ....

New Salem Baptist Church built in 1886 is Sevierville's oldest surviving building and the county's oldest brick church and only historic African American church. Built as a Union Church for African American congregations of all religious beliefs, its name was changed in 1897, when it became New Salem Baptist Church. On July 24, 2003, the church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

New Salem Renovation Task Force is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Collaboration partners include the East Tennessee Community Design Center and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Office: 865.524.8461,

Jagat Pāvanī Gangā Donor Appreciation Event

  • September 30, 2018
  • 4 PM

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Music and Theatre

Hosted by AIM for Seva Knoxville
At Cox Auditorium Alumi Memorial Building, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Jagat Pāvanī Gangā is a stage presentation of the glory of Ganga through dance, musical and theatrical performance. It combines Bharathanatyam, Classical Carnatic music, Gadhwali music and dance, Mime and Theatre to depict the incomparable splendour of the Himalayan Ganga.

Script and Direction: Revathi Ramachandran
Music Composition: Lalgudi GJR Krishnan

Old Gray Cemetery: 18th Annual Lantern & Carriage Tour

  • September 30, 2018
  • 4 PM

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun, carriage rides, and some amazing stories!

4:00 - 7:00 PM
Entrance Fee: $10 Adults; $5 Students
Carriage Ride (add’l): $5 Each
Pay upon entry with cash or credit card. No reservation required.

Parking will be at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Volunteer Ministry Center, and neighboring parking lots. Off-site parking will also be available with shuttle service.

543 N Broadway St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
865-522-1424 or

Oak Ridge Art Center: 5th Annual Open Show 2018

  • September 29, 2018 — November 24, 2018

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

Opening reception Sep 29, 7-9 PM with gallery talk at 6:30 PM and awards at 7 PM

Open Show is the Art Center's annual juried mixed media exhibition focusing on exceptional work being produced in our area. Anyone may enter. There are no size, media, or geographic limitations - it is open to all artists of all media.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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