Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Living History Weekend at Fort Dickerson

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018
  • 9 AM

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

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

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

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.

Performances are Friday, October 26 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 PM. Doors open one hour prior to performance. Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to performances. Patrons enjoy insight into the opera’s music, story, history, and cast.

A limited amount of free Penny4Arts tickets are available either in advance by calling the Knoxville Opera Box Office or by visiting the Tennessee Theatre Box Office one hour prior to performances. Up to two free student admissions are available per adult paying for a full-price ticket. Please allow extra time for parking downtown and security lines. Please be aware of the Tennessee Theatre security policies. See for more details.

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

Mabry-Hazen House: A Victorian Séance Experience

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

From 6pm-10pm on October 26-28, 2018, Mabry Hazen House will host “A Victorian Séance Experience” inside the parlors of the 1858 historic house. Relying on primary sources from the nineteenth century, Mabry-Hazen House will reenact a Victorian séance and give “investigators” an immersive experience filled with “mysterious and startling wonders.” Along with the historic buildings, grounds, and family history, Mabry-Hazen House also preserves a darker history of Americans' experiences with death, funerals, spiritualism, and the occult and this year the museum will exhibit those macabre, yet fascinating cultural moments during their Victorian Séance Experience.

Under the guidance of a Victorian medium, the séances will follow the rituals of nineteenth century Spiritualism and investigators will participate in historic “demonstrations” of mediumship. Whether true manifestations of spirits or clever parlor tricks, sitters at the séances will participate in this eerie, yet ubiquitous aspect of 19th century American life.

Séances will occur every 20 minutes starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 10:00pm. Guests must select a specific date and time to reserve a seat at the table. They should arrive 15 minutes before their table reservation. Each session is limited to 8 guests, tickets must be purchased in advance, and all sitters must be 16 or older. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets may be through purchased through Facebook, Eventbrite, or

In addition to the séances, psychics, astrologers, and tarot card readers will be perform their craft for interested parties. Once a séance concludes, guests may purchase $5 vouchers to exchange to have their fortunes told. “We want people to have sense of the past and present by offering guests an opportunity to interact with present-day mediums,” says Patrick Hollis, Executive Director at Mabry-Hazen House.

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

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable: Fort Dickerson Living History Weekend

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

Knoxville Civil War Roundtable will sponsor a living history weekend at Fort Dickerson Park October 26-28.

Activities include Civil War infantry drilling with rifle firing demos, battle reenactments, medical and surgical exhibits, cannon firings, living history campsites, ladies fashions, lectures, and a salute to all veterans.

Fort Dickerson Park located just off Chapman Highway in South Knoxville at 3000 Ft. Dickerson Road.

Contact Info: Stan Sech 865-556-8066, Director -KCWRT or

B. J. Clark Artist Estate Sale

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Festivals, special events

October 26-28 Hybrid Estate Sale in Westmoreland Hills
Fantastic Sale, just a mile from West Town Mall
We are selling the entire contents of the home of local Artist Berna Jean ‘BJ’ Clark including dozens of Original Paintings and all remaining Prints from her well known series of Knoxville landmarks and others

HOURS Friday Oct 26th: 1-6 PM for Online Auction Preview and Tag Sale Day 1
Online Auction Ends Friday Night, starting 8 PM!
Saturday, Oct 27th: 9-3 with 25% off and Online Auction Pickup Day
Sunday Oct 28th: 11-2 for 50% off Blowout with bag lots at the end.

Seven Seas is honored to have the privilege to sell all remaining contents of local art is Berna Jean ‘BJ’ Clark. BJ is still living in Knoxville but is no longer painting. She received several awards for her Art and Historical Series of Knoxville has been very popular. We have lined this home with all remaining original artwork from her decades long career, making it essentially the largest showing of her work ever presented in one place! In addition to originals we have all remaining signed and unsigned prints and cards. All the art and framing supplies in her studio and workshop are also being sold. BJ collected works from other local artists so we have framed and ceramic art from many other people! And all that is in addition to the extensive contents of their large home! The house is filled with fine quality Cherry and other Furniture, Grandfather Clock, Electronics, Clothing, Kitchen & Dining Items, Patio items, Books, Toys, Collectibles and much, much more! Be sure to check out the big Tag Sale photo gallery and the Online Auction to see the full extent of this sale!

Gallery 1010: Variegaytion

  • October 26, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Hosted by Caroline Gwyn

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37915

Opening Reception:
Friday, Oct. 26th 6-9pm
Exhibition Hours:
Friday - Sunday 12-4pm

“Variegaytion” is photographic series focusing on how members of Knoxville's LGBTQ+ community express their gender and sexuality through style of clothing, accessories, makeup, hair, etc. I first began this series when I decided to publicly come out as queer in the Fall of 2017. Since my coming out, my style has shifted, as it has helped me identify and express myself comfortably day-to-day. I created the LGBTQ+ style series, "Variegaytion," in hopes to raise awareness about the fluidity and spectrum of gender and to show how individuals present their gender identities.

There will be snacks and refreshments (with vegan options).

Cirque Italia

  • October 25, 2018 — October 28, 2018

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Did you know Cirque Italia has TWO traveling shows?! For the first time ever, The NEW GOLD UNIT IS COMING TO MARYVILLE, TN with the state of the art water show you DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!

This new performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain that controls every droplet of water meticulously. Audience members can expect to see words and beautiful patterns as the water falls to the ‘lagoon’ below. Cirque Italia is ready to provide a breathtaking experience. This new stage by itself is enough to amaze the most demanding audience, and synchronized with the most creative display of superhuman talent - the result is simply out of this world!

This production will feature acts all the way from Russia to Mexico. Cirque Italia believes in multi-culturalism as one of our strongest assets.

Packed full of incredible acts, there is no room for boredom. The variety presented is exceptional. For those who enjoy whimsy, we have an Avatar. There is almost no bodily limit for our contortionist, Ricardo, as he bends in ways you never would have imagined. Our incredible wheel of death performance features a front summersault flip, something you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else. If that doesn’t get your head spinning, perhaps our 5 roller skaters and their incredible tricks and turns will. And although Cirque Italia does not use animals in our performances, this year we will be featuring amazing lifelike elephant puppets. They are so well made, you might just think they are real. Whether it’s a futuristic laser act or mesmerizing aerial performances, the show has something for all tastes and expectations. One thing Cirque Italia sets out to accomplish is to create a type of world-class entertainment suitable for all age groups.

This new second unit also follows the same strict animal-free policy that makes the Water Circus stand out from other circus entertainment shows. Don’t miss the opportunity to be amazed and transported to a fantastic realm where your deepest dreams can -and will- come true.

For more information visit and make sure to check all our social media accounts. Tickets can be purchased now starting at $10.00-$50.00 depending on availability. Cirque Italia offers one free child admission with every full priced paying adult ticket in levels 2 or 3. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or deals. Please call 941-704-8572 to find out the promo code for this location.

197 Foothills Mall, Maryville TN 37801. Near: JCPenney In the mall parking lot under the stunning White & Blue Big Top Tent

· Oct 25 – Thursday: 7:30pm
· Oct 26 – Friday: 7:30pm
· Oct 27 – Saturday: 1:30pm, 4:30pm,& 7:30pm
· Oct 28 – Sunday: 1:30pm & 4:30pm

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show. Non-show days: 10am – 6pm, On show days: 10am – 9pm. You can purchase tickets through our website ( or by phone: (941) 704-8572. Non vediamo l'ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let Your Imagination Wander...and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Figurative Association

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will host the third Figurative Association Symposium from November 7-10, 2018. In 2010, Arrowmont presented the first symposium, which focused on and featured the figure in ceramics. In 2014, we expanded that focus to include sculpture in all media. Now, in 2018, we are welcoming all disciplines to the symposium – including 2-D, 3-D and expanded media.

In the Sandra J. Blain Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ewing Gallery: Oyler Wu Collaborative

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

The Ewing Gallery is excited to collaborate with the UT College of Architecture and Design to bring an exhibition of work by the Oyler Wu Collaborative to Knoxville. This exhibition features original drawings, documentation of large-scale projects, digital drawings, models, and 3D printed jewelry from Jenny Wu's line, Lace.

Oyler Wu Collaborative is an experimental architecture and design firm located in Los Angeles, California. The office approaches architecture and design with a critical and rigorous intent that challenges the typical vision of the built environment. Recent works encompass a variety of scales, from products and installations to residential and institutional buildings. Oyler Wu was selected by the city of L.A. to be a part of the design team for the Los Angeles River Bikeway/Greenway project.

Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu established their practice in 2004. Since then, Oyler Wu Collaborative has been published globally and is recognized for its excellence in architectural design, research, and fabrication. Projects recently completed include: the 3D printing showroom and office space for 3DS Culinary in Hollywood, CA; the Stormcloud pavilion for SCI-Arc 40th anniversary event; the Cube, the winning pavilion entry for the Beijing Biennale; Taipei Sales Center, a 5 story commercial building; as well as a 16 story residential tower in Taipei, Taiwan.

Gallery hours:

M, T, W, F: 10am - 5pm
TR: 10am - 7:30PM
SUN: 1-4PM

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

TVUUC Gallery: Exhibition by Randy Arnold and Herbert Rieth

  • October 14, 2018 — December 13, 2018

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church - Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, October 19, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Randy Arnold: Blurring the Line
Arnold’s work often derives from personal experiences and contemporary or historical contexts. He is interested in patterns constructed by belief systems and the evolution of their physical manifestations. He attempts to illuminate these various structures as they express themselves in nature and the human condition. There is a blurring of the line between these distinct paradigms, yet they are synchronistically connected through layers of ancient and present.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Arnold has made his way through life along the path of the Lewis and Clark trail, via Wisconsin, South Dakota, Oregon, and finally Knoxville, Tennessee. He works at the Three Rivers Market cooperative and as a teacher at Pellissippi State Community College. His passion has always been art, from the age of six, when he became interested in drawing people and maps of the world. He has a BFA from Columbia College Art School, Columbia, Missouri, and an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota. He was an artist in residence at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.

Herbert Rieth
The paintings in this cycle are based on Rieth’s takes on mythological sources and have served as a way of processing life and world events. The artwork is largely mixed media acrylic painting, but the painting component has become a larger part of the image-making process. The works touch on loss, conflict, aging and ego.

Rieth is an artist and educator based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He works in a variety of media and modes, from mixed media fabric work to interactive installation and sculpture, and has shown work internationally and in 25 states of the USA. He received his BA from Indiana University in 2000 and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati. He is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Pellissippi State Community College.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Wait Until Dark

Category: Theatre

By Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffery Hatcher. Directed by Barry Wallace

Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8:00 pm
Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15

Directed by Barry Wallace
Forty-seven years after WAIT UNTIL DARK premiered on Broadway, Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted Frederick Knott's 1966 original, giving it a new setting. In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This production contains mature language and themes that are not suitable for children.

Susan Hendrix: Raine Palmer
Sam Hendrix: Ryan Tomlinson
Carlino: Andrew Shipman
Mike: Steve Louis
Gloria: Eleni Johnson
Roat: Craig Smith

"…a vulnerable woman discovering unexpected resources that allow her to turn the tables on her assailants is still the main draw…goosepimply climax…a gripping finish."
— The Los Angeles Times

"… reminds CGI-infected audiences that a few shadows, a shiny knife, and compelling characters can still go a long way to create suspense … WAIT UNTIL DARK earns its climax through enthralling, layered characters."
— Entertainment Weekly

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 North Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Zoo Knoxville: BOO! at the Zoo

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Oct 11-14, Oct 18-21, Oct 25-28
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each evening

BOO! at the Zoo presented by U.S. Cellular® is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring several nights of not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. A Halloween tradition for 32 years, BOO! at the Zoo is a family event featuring trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, where little trick-or-treaters can fill their bag with goodies as they make their way through the zoo. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment.

New This Year! We are offering combo ticket good for general zoo admission AND BOO! admission for $25.95 for ages 4 and up. Please note these tickets are available only on Saturdays.

Back by Popular Demand: Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholder Only Night! Thursday, October 11th is a special night exclusively for Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholders and Circle of Friends members as a thank you for supporting our mission throughout the year. (Please note: Tickets still have to be purchased for this night. Click on the Buy Passholder Tickets Now button below.)

$9 per person Thurs, Fri and Sun; $10 per person Saturday; Children under 4 admitted free
Free parking
$8 Zoo Knoxville Annual Passholders and U.S. Cellular customers

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

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