Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

UT School of Music: UT Contemporary Music Festival

  • October 24, 2018 — October 25, 2018

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

International composers, performers, and scholars gather for concerts, presentations, and discussions. Featured composers Jenna Lyle and Robert Honstein, whose works will be performed by the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble, will collaborate with students. Additional works will be presented by visiting composers and performers.

Natalie Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall

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,

Staged Dramatic Reading of Little Lessons for Lina

  • October 24, 2018 — October 25, 2018
  • 8 PM

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Science & nature

Mark Littmann’s play, Little Lessons for Lina, will be performed as a staged dramatic reading in the Knoxville Convention Center, Ballroom C. This performance is an official public offering, free of charge, by the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences conference in Knoxville. For those who cannot attend on the 25th, the dress rehearsal for the dramatic reading on Wednesday, October 24 will be open to the public and free of charge. The dress rehearsal will also be at 8 p.m. in Ballroom C at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Little Lessons for Lina tells the astonishing but true story of Caroline Herschel (Lina) and her older brother William. Caroline (1750-1848) was the first woman to be a professional astronomer, yet she had only a rudimentary education and no math. She came from Germany to England to join her brother William as a singer for his musical concerts in the resort city of Bath.
William had the equivalent of a middle school education and was a musician for the first 40 years of his life. In his middle 30's, he took up the hobby of astronomy, built telescopes bigger and better than any in the world (he didn't realize it for years), and discovered the planet Uranus. Thereafter, as a professional astronomer, he discovered infrared radiation, the motion of the Sun through the star field, our position in the Milky Way, how stars form, and more. Caroline helped William make his breakthroughs and discovered eight comets and many new nebulae on her own.

Until the Herschels, astronomy was limited to the motion of the Sun, Moon, and planets. The Herschel Revolution expanded astronomy to encompass the nature and origin of stars, nebulae, galaxies, and the universe.

This play tries to recreate those moments of discovery – and the lives of two extraordinary human beings.

Knox County Public Library: Books Sandwiched In with Dr. Mark Littmann

  • October 24, 2018

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Dr. Mark Littmann for a consideration of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street.

This presentation will differ slightly from previous Books Sandwiched In events in that interested members of the audience are invited to be part of the program. "I've taken Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Michael Lewis's book about dishonesty in stock market trading, and converted it into the form of a play or movie script," Littmann says. "Audience members will all receive copies of the presentation and those who are willing will read the dramatic script aloud in rotation.” Active participation is not required, however. After the reading, Dr. Littmann will lead a discussion of Michael Lewis's book.

Flash Boys tells the story of a small group of Wall Street iconoclasts who realize that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders. They band together―some of them walking away from seven-figure salaries―to investigate, expose, and reform the insidious new ways that Wall Street generates profits.

Littmann, a professor of journalism and electronic media at the University of Tennessee, holds the Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing and a Board of Visitors Professorship. Littmann was awarded a master's in creative writing from Hollins College and a doctorate in English at Northwestern University. His books about various aspects of astronomy have won four national prizes. Besides having taught astronomy and literature for many years, Littmann is a former director of the Hansen Planetarium and a writer/producer of 35 planetarium programs, some of which are still performed worldwide.

Bring a sandwich or pick up something from a downtown restaurant. Drinks will be available for fifty cents. Books Sandwiched In is generously sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824,

Clayton Center for the Arts: “Man Made” Southern Circuit Tour

Category: Film

Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

MAN MADE follows the extraordinary lives of four transgender men as they prepare to compete at TransFitCon, the only all trans-bodybuilding competition in the world—held in Atlanta, GA.

Told through the intimate and authentic lens of trans filmmaker T Cooper, MAN MADE intertwines the nuances of manhood, the drive for social justice, and the competitive desire to forge our own paths and be our personal best.

The strength on display in MAN MADE transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he’s always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects’ emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in an often hostile social and political climate. For the men of MAN MADE, it’s not about winning—it’s about being seen.

MAN MADE takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, humanity and love.

Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, $5 (free for students)
Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

Knoxville Opera: Final Dress Rehearsal – Mozart’s The Impresario and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Double Bill)

Category: Free event, Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Doors open at 5:30 PM, Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

Long before Bugs Bunny made a mockery of opera, it was none other than Mozart who wrote the definitive parody of opera directors and singers. In this contemporary adaptation, Knoxville Opera’s egomaniacal Impresario engages Cristoforo Cannelloni, a “know-it-all” Italian opera fanatic, to deal with the trials and tribulations of casting his upcoming production of Gianni Schicchi. Later, you’ll see how the casting works out in Puccini’s comic masterpiece about Florence, Italy’s most notorious reprobate. Gianni Schicchi’s hilarious plot and ravishing music includes opera’s most beloved soprano aria, “Oh! mio babbino caro.”

Performed in English, German, and Italian with projected English translations.

Admission to this final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages. Presentation of College Student IDs may be required. Adult chaperones who are accompanying specific students must pay $5.00 cash at the door. Concessions are closed. Seating is open, and attendees may come and go as they wish. Please be aware of the Tennessee Theatre security policies. See for more details.

Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1,
At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Knox Heritage: Preservation Network: Lost & Found Lecture


Category: Free event, Fundraisers and History & heritage

Join Knox Heritage and Laura Still of Knoxville Walking Tours and learn about Knoxville’s ghostly history and lingering spirits.

Native East Tennessee poet and storyteller Laura Still loves to share the lore of her home with visitors and neighbors. Let her tell you a story about Knoxville—its past, its present, and most of all its people.

Free and open to the public. RSVP to by Oct. 22

Please make reservations on or before Sep 20. At The Press Room, 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Knox Heritage, at Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-8008,

Nourish Knoxville: Friends and Farmers Cocktail Party

  • October 24, 2018
  • 5:30-7:30pm

Category: Culinary arts and Fundraisers

Nourish Knoxville's first ever Friends and Farmers Cocktail Party is coming up on Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30-7:30 at the Riverdale School, 7009 Thorn Grove Pike • Knoxville, TN 37914! The party will be a celebration of East Tennessee's local food community, bringing together growers and producers with Nourish Knoxville's board, staff, and Friends. We're looking forward to featuring products from several wonderful producers! Garden to Gourmet Goodness, Unrefined Chocolate, Olde Virden's, Wildcat Mountain Cheese, Buffalo Trail Orchard, and Three Graces Dairy, just to name a few.

The party is a benefit for Friends of Nourish Knoxville at the Steward Level or above. If you'd like to join us there, check out our website and donate online to become a Friend!

Nourish Knoxville: 865-805-8687,

The Hive: Coffee for a Cause

  • October 24, 2018
  • 9:00-4:00pm

Category: Fundraisers

October Coffee for a Cause, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 9:00 AM 4:00 PM.

Join us at The Hive once a month for an open work space day benefiting local non-profits! For just $5 at the door, enjoy coffee courtesy of Remedy Coffee and the use of The Hive for your office for the day, coffee meet-up, or some networking! All proceeds from this month will benefit Young-Williams Animal Center in honor of National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month.

The Hive, 854 N Central St., Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. Information: (865) 282-2018,

Knoxville Irish Society: Samhain Celebration & Trunk-or-Treat!

  • October 24, 2018
  • 6:30-8 PM

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

All are invited to experience a taste of the traditional Halloween celebrations of the ancient Irish, along with TVUUC's annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities, including:
• A special céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) by John McCaul of Newry, County Armagh, Ireland
• Halloween Crafts: pumpkin & traditional turnip Jack-o-lanterns, Parshell crosses
• Irish Storytelling
• Bobbing for apples
• Traditional bonfire good-luck ceremony
• Trunk-or-Treat

At Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

It's Alive! It's Alive!: Frankenstein at 200 Panel Discussion

  • October 24, 2018

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Hosted by One Book, Many Conversations and University of Tennessee Humanities Center
Wednesday at 12 PM – 2 PM
UT Humanities Center, E109 Melrose Hall
1616 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville TN 37996

Urmila Seshagiri, associate professor of English
Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, associate professor of English Rachel Patton McCord, assistant professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology

Event is free and open to the public.

Free Film Screening of Mel Brooks’s film Young Frankenstein

  • October 24, 2018
  • 6 PM

Category: Film and Free event

Hosted by One Book, Many Conversations and University of Tennessee Humanities Center
Wednesday at 6 PM – 9 PM
October 24, 6pm Eastern
Lindsay Young Auditorium, Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996

Wear a costume and win a door prize!

This event is free and open to the public.

UT Cinema Club Presents Over The Garden Wall

  • October 24, 2018
  • 7 PM

Category: Film and Free event

Hosted by UT Cinema Club
Wednesday at 7 PM – 9 PM
Art & Architecture Building UT Campus
Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

UT Cinema Club is proud to present a special showing of the animated miniseries created by Patrick McHale, Over The Garden Wall! You definitely won't want to miss this quintessential fall showing so make sure to come bundled up as we adventure into the Unknown, a strange forest adrift in time. As always, the screening is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 24th || 7:00 PM || A&A 111

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