Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tomato Head: Featured Artist Gay Bryant

  • October 7, 2018 — December 3, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Gay Bryant’s work is on exhibit at the downtown Knoxville Tomato Head from October 7th thru November 4th and at the West Knoxville Gallery Tomato Head from November 5th thru December 3rd.

Aristotle spent a lot of time thinking about the human drive to control circumstances that interfere with a happy, safe, and productive life. As silly as it might sound, the philosopher was describing the same basic urge that impels us to insulate our houses and to buy insurance – we like to have a buffer between us and misfortune. Of course, at some level and in some circumstances, control is impossible. Often the only seeming answer is acceptance which means letting go of control and hoping for the best. Relationships can be like that. Watercolors can be the same.

In fact, if you talk to as many artists as we do, you’ll find that many of them believe that their work guides them (not the other way around) and that the best thing they can do is to just get out of the way. Artist Gay Bryant feels that way, at least some of the time: “Mostly I work in watercolor. And the key is letting go, to let the paint do its thing.”

And while it may appall some ancient Greeks and more than a few control freaks among us, her ability to trust in fate or good luck or providence (or whatever you want to call it) leads Bryant to more than a few beautiful places. Her nature paintings are evocative without being dogmatic; the gentle patterns recall a presence, a sense of being there, but they’re not so specific that you can’t imagine being there yourself. In fact, you may feel compelled to visit Alum Creek or Icewater Spring at dawn to experience Bryant’s subjects with your own eyes.

Read more about the artist and her work:

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Process-Based Contemplative Movement Workshop Series

  • October 7, 2018 — October 28, 2018
  • 1-3 PM

Category: Classes, workshops, Dance, movement, Literature, reading, writing and Music

Process-Based Contemplative Movement Series with Siobhan McAuley

In this a 4 part series we'll explore movement through the lens of process. Rooted in yoga workshops incorporate journalling, poetry, meditation, music and community building through sharing in an intimate group.

Using both nurturing and challenging movement elements this series aims to establish a practice of contemplative inquiry for participants using the body as our guide. Rather than focusing on trying to make the body be or do what we want it to, our focus is to cultivate acceptance of the body as it is and the capacity to fully inhabit the form in which our true nature is housed.

*No movement or yoga experience is required, only a willingness to explore the gifts that the body has to offer.

This series is for you if you are:

- Interested in learning how to experience the body and it's aging process with awareness and compassion
- Would like to include more movement, meditation and community practice in your life
- Feel the need to heal the relationship you have with your body and the messages that your mind & society impress upon us through the media
- Wish to explore what the body longs to teach you through the compassionate wisdom of the feminine so you can embody your inherent beauty fully
- Learn ways to tap into your bodies own innate wisdom for healing, creativity and mindful movement

Sunday Oct. 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th from 1 - 3pm @ Breezeway Yoga Studio, 4830 Kingston Pike

$140 for the series ~ To register and secure your spot with payment, please email

Siobhan McAuley is a teacher, writer and the founder of The Meaning Maker Movement.She began teaching yoga in 1998 and lived as a sabbatical resident at The Kripalu Centre for 3 years before opening Green Tara Yoga in Key West, Fl. Originally from Toronto, Siobhan stopped teaching yoga shortly before a cancer diagnosis when she was 44. She has since developed a framework called The Process and teaches contemplative movement & art-making as practices to helps us live an embodied experience of awakening to the truth of who we really are. To learn more about The Process visit The Meaning Maker Movement homepage at

The Muse Knoxville: Art Inspirations: StoryMaking

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Sundays, October 7th & 21st 2:00-3:30pm
Included with Admission

StoryMaking is a special event that allows children to explore the materials in the art MakeSpace and other exhibits to help them imagine stories to write, create, and play out. Your little ones will enjoy an engaging lesson on the stage, create with craft materials to help them unleash their imagination, and share stories with an audience.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Tennessee Theatre: Behind the Scenes Tours

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and History, heritage

WE’RE CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF EVERLASTING MEMORIES AND SPECIAL MOMENTS! We are proud to be Knoxville’s Grand Entertainment Palace and the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. We connect people with incredible artists at concerts, feature great classical works performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera, invite audiences to be transcended by the magic of a touring Broadway show or to be wowed by the human body in dance performance, and foster the love of film, our original art form as we began as a movie palace on October 1, 1928.

To mark our 90th anniversary, we have planned a 90-day celebration beginning September 29, 2018. We want YOU to join in the fun! There will be a 90-Year Speakeasy recalling the era when the Tennessee first opened, a 90-Year Anniversary Gala Concert featuring Alison Krauss, free community events, behind-the-scenes tours, commemorative merchandise, and other special anniversary activities. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for exclusive giveaways, historical tidbits, pop-up events, and other surprises during our #90daysfor90years celebration.

Events include:
Get a behind the scenes look at the Tennessee Theatre with a free guided tour. Spaces are limited, so reservations are required:

Details and more events at

Knoxville Botanical Garden: 9th Annual Green Thumb Gala

  • October 7, 2018
  • 5:00-8:00PM

Category: Free event and Fundraisers

9th Annual Green Thumb Gala
October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.,

Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Green Thumb Gala, an evening of food, cocktails, and auctions on Sunday, October 7 at 5pm on the beautiful LeConte Meadow!
More information is coming soon!

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

Bijou Theatre: Paul Thorn

Category: Music

Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths.

Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character as well as talent that hovers somewhere on the outskirts of genius, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, among the same spirits (and some of the actual people) who nurtured the young Elvis generations before, Paul Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes, worked for years in a furniture factory, battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television, signed with and been dropped by a major label, performed [on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time. He’s also appeared on major television shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radioi Charts. This year, Paul released an album titled Don’t Let the Devil Ride, which he describes as “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music - featuring guests such as the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters, and Preservation Hall Horns - and his creation of a body of strikingly original songs that address the foibles of human relationships without necessarily favoring the sacred over the profane.


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

10th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

At New Covenant Baptist Church, 10319 Starkey Lane, Knoxville, TN 37932

Multiple standing ovations by a large crowd who have shouted “hallelujah” at the nine previous performances of Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! The 10th annual concert, sponsored by Home Federal Bank and The Fifth Commandment Fund will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of gospel, spirituals, and operatic gems. The free-admission concert is one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 100 education/outreach activities.

“We are the only opera company in the world that has its own Gospel Choir and we are proud to present our eclectic repertoire featuring outstanding local and visiting guest artists. Our performances are an inspiration to both the performers and our very enthusiastic audience. We always make sure to give them something to cheer about!” said Jeanie Turner Melton, director of the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir.

The program’s gospel/spiritual selections will include When all God’s children get together, Glorious everlasting, Give me Jesus, Ride on King Jesus, King of Kings, Listen to the lambs, Oh how I love Jesus, The Lamb of God, It pays to serve Jesus, Mighty God, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and Outstanding. Opera arias and duets from Porgy and Bess, The Barber of Seville, and Gianni Schicchi will also be featured.

The outstanding lineup of soloists includes local artists Evelyn Jack, Michael Rodgers, and Karen Nickell. Brandie Sutton and Brittany Robinson are among the Knoxville Opera guest artists who will be accompanied by Maestro Brian Salesky. “We are privileged to contribute to our community with this unique event that unites all music fans who appreciate diverse cultures” said Salesky, “and we are most grateful for the support of our generous sponsors who make this concert possible.”

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

St. John's Cathedral Arts: Evensong for Everyone

  • October 7, 2018
  • 5 PM

Category: Free event and Music

The doors are open. Come, listen and enjoy. St. John’s Cathedral believes in spreading love and sharing the transformative joy of worship to all through music. We invite the public to visit and partake in any of our world-class musical series.

EVENSONG FOR EVERYONE - Enjoy a contemplative hour as our choir performs traditional Evensong with music from all eras. This 45-minute experience is non-participatory and soothing. Stay afterward to greet the choir and converse with friends over a glass of wine or cup of tea. Experience the fellowship of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Knoxville. Free to attend.

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, celebrate with a performance of music by T. Tertius Noble and Gerre Hancock.

St. John’s Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7347,

The Chapel on the Hill: The Domino Ensemble

  • October 7, 2018
  • 2:00pm

Category: Music

The Knoxville based Domino ensemble will perform at the Chapel on the Hill, 85 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 on October 7 at 2:00pm.

Exclusively dedicated to new music, the group will offer a selection of original works that transit a path between jazz, Argentine tango and contemporary music. The repertoire will include works from the upcoming album Purple ego and some premieres.

In its original quartet format, the ensemble features: Mark Boling (guitar), Keith Brown (drums), Scott Swanberg (double bass) and Jorge Variego (clarinets and compositions).

For more information: The Chapel on the Hill, (865) 482-1016,, 85 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Chalk the Walk Maryville

  • October 7, 2018
  • 10 AM - 6 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Festivals, special events

Takes place outside the Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College! There will be music and prizes! Cost: $2. minimum donation per square. Call: 865-607-4473

Zoo Knoxville: $10 Admission

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

Zoo Knoxville invites guests to make a day at the zoo part of their Fall Break plans with a special $10 admission price. Through Oct. 12, 2018, general admission tickets to Zoo Knoxville are $10 for visitors ages 4 and up. Tickets may be purchased online using the promo code FALL18 or at the zoo’s ticket window during business hours.

Visitors can make some new friends in Gibbon Trails and Langur Landing in the Boyd Family Asian Trek and be immersed in a 360 degree experience with playful primates. The habitats are designed with multiple viewing levels that allow langurs and gibbons to pass directly over the heads of visitors or be eye-to-eye with them in a 60-foot-tall treehouse accessible by a suspension bridge. The new expansion also allows soaring views of Tiger Forest, home to critically endangered Malayan tigers.

The zoo also offers a daily schedule of animal encounters throughout the park, giving visitors the opportunity to meet animal ambassadors and talk with staff to learn about the animals who call Zoo Knoxville home.

This offer is valid for tickets purchased through Oct. 12, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at the zoo’s ticket window during business hours or online at Tickets may be used any time before December 31, 2018. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit

A Handcrafted Knoxville

  • October 6, 2018 — October 7, 2018

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

A Handcrafted Knoxville, October 6 & 7, 2018, at Knoxville Convention Center

Join us for A Handcrafted Knoxville, a juried show featuring the best artists in the region. Handcrafted Jewelry, Accessories, Glass, Ceramics, Paintings, Wood, Metalwork, Body Products, Gourmet items and so much more! The show is tightly juried and accepts only artist-made work.

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