Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Young People's Concerts

Category: Kids & family and Music

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform for more than 8,400 elementary students during the Sheena McCall Young People’s Concerts at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on October 31 and Nov. 1-2.

There are a total of four performances:
Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 2 at 9:30

The 9:30 a.m. shows on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 are SOLD OUT (as the KSO hosts more than 2,300 students at each). The 11 a.m. show is recommended for home-school students. The 9:30 a.m. shows offer an excellent photo & video opportunity. All shows are approx. 45 minutes in length and feature the entire Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

The 2018 Young People's Concerts and the theme “What’s Your Story?” will explore the elements that combine to make a story including setting, character and plot and the ways that music can represent each of these elements.

Information: 865-291-3310 or www.knoxvillesymphony.com

Tennessee Theatre: Bob Dylan and His Band

Category: Music

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

UT School of Music: Halloween Spooktacular

Category: Free event and Music

Faculty, student, and guest artist recital; a fun and scary concert presented by the UT piano area. Costumes encouraged!

Wednesday, October 31 at 6:00pm to 7:45pm

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, www.music.utk.edu/events

Pellissippi State: Faculty Lecture Series with Shaquille Marsh and Anita Maddox

Category: Free event and Lectures

Shaquille Marsh and Anita Maddox present O No U Ditin’: Levels of Abstraction and Perception in Communication Choices

Instructor Shaquille Marsh and Associate Professor Anita Maddox explore ladders of abstraction, language choices and perception checking to help you make effective choices to avoid pain.

All lectures are held in the Goins Building Auditorium and are free/open to the public.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

Knoxville Swing Dance Association: Hallow-Swing

Category: Dance and Festivals & special events

Wednesday at 7 PM – 10:30 PM
At 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Party on Halloween at Knoxville's annual Hallow-Swing dance in Fort Sanders. Get decked out and join us for a Halloween dance party, costume contest, Thriller lesson, beginner swing dance lesson, sweet treats, and more surprises!

Admission to the dance and beginner lesson is only $5 ($3 for students!) and admission including Michael Jackson's Thriller lesson is $8 (or $6 for students).

7:00 pm Thriller Lesson
7:45 pm Beginner Swing Lesson
8:15 - 10:30 pm Social Dance
9:15 pm Costume Contest

Join us every Wednesday evening in the heart of Knoxville, TN for vintage swing dancing and music! We meet every Wednesday evening at the beautiful Laurel Theater in Fort Sanders, just 2 blocks from UT campus.

Never danced before? Join our beginner drop in lesson at 7:45! No partner or dance experience necessary. This class will get you on the dance floor on your first night! Each week we teach different swing dance basics. The drop in lesson is included with admission, only $5 (or $3 for students)!

Swing dancing is fun and social – meet new people, learn a new hobby, and hear some amazing music! Bring some friends or come by yourself – no partner is required. See you Wednesday!

Questions during the dance? We'll have a few community ambassadors at every dance who can be identified by their rainbow colored paracord wrist bands. Not sure what to expect? Check out our FAQ: http://swingknoxville.org/faq/

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Knoxville Transit Beams: Rocky Horror Picture Show Live

  • October 31, 2018

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events and Music

Wednesday at 9 PM – 2 AM
At Relix, 1208 N Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

The Knoxville Transit Beams are back to once again thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you! Come see us this Halloween night at Relix Variety Theatre! Doors open at 9:00 PM with preshow entertainments including 40 Rounds Band, belly dancing, and of course, The Virgin Games! The live viewing and performance of Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Picture Show will begin promptly at Midnight. Our show is 18 and up, and tickets are just $12! So, quit shivering with antici...pation, and come do Halloween right with the Knoxville Transit Beams at Relix!

https://www.facebook.com/events/588384368243850/

UT School of Music: Octubafest

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

Octubafest Concert No. 1
Faculty recital; tuba performance by Alexander Lapins
Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Octubafest Concert No. 2: OCTUBAWEEN
Ensemble event; featuring UT's tuba and euphonium ensembles. Performers and audience members will compete in a costume contest!
Wednesday, October 31 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Octubafest Concert No. 3
Solo recital; student tuba/euphonium soloists
Thursday, November 1 at 8:00pm to 10:00pm

All at 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, www.music.utk.edu/events

Frieson Black Cultural Center: Sacred and Profane by Marc Z. DeBose

  • October 29, 2018 — February 28, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

"Sacred and Profane" exhibition the Frieson Black Cultural Center

The art gallery at the Frieson Black Cultural Center is featuring "Sacred and Profane," a retrospective exhibition of mixed-media prints by Marc Z. DeBose. DeBose, who received his MFA in Studio Art (printmaking) in 2002, died unexpectedly on Monday April 2, 2018 from a ruptured aorta. Marc’s father Frank DeBose, who loaned most of the works for this exhibition, is Professor Emeritus in Visual Communication Design at the School of Art Institute of Chicago where Marc completed his BFA in printmaking, electronic art and photography in 1996. The exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate his creative spirit. The exhibition will run through February 28, 2019.

Several of the works in the exhibition are from Marc’s MFA thesis, which examined the African-American experience in relationship to community police-work. These works also express the influences of his synthesis of Catholic and Pentecostal roots on family and community interactions. Following his MFA degree, Marc Z, DeBose continued his studio practice while also pursuing a career as a Chicago policeman.

1800 Melrose Ave., Knoxville. https://art.utk.edu/mixed-media-prints-by-utk-alumnus-marc-z-debose-at-the-frieson-black-cultural-centerr/

Pellissippi State: Amanda Swanson Photography

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening reception with the artist scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

The colorful world of cosplay is coming to Pellissippi State Community College this fall with a photography exhibit celebrating the custom costumes, props and make-up that bring fictional characters to life. Cosplay -- short for costume play -- is a social activity in which fans dress up like characters from works of fiction such as comic books, video games or television shows. Cosplaying is the practice of constructing or wearing these types of costumes. Swanson, a professional photographer who graduated from Pellissippi State in 2015, enjoys cosplaying and has been photographing cosplayers for five years, both at conventions and on location. She sees cosplay as both art form and self-expression.

"What we're doing is portraying the characters we love," said Swanson, who started photographing cosplayers to show off their hard work and talent with costumes and makeup. "I love the cosplay community because it's fun to find others also dressed from the same series you are cosplaying from or even as the same character that you are cosplaying as. You get to have that instant connection with all these people you just met."

Swanson's favorite cosplay photo shoots include a Batman group at a convention in Atlanta and a recent portrait of a cosplayer dressed as Violet Evergarden, the title character from a Japanese light novel series that was adapted into an anime television series now on Netflix. Swanson's goal for her exhibit at Pellissippi State is to represent as many different characters as possible through the 17x22-inch prints hanging in the gallery and 4x6-inch prints displayed on a kiosk.

Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

Mysterious Past of the Blount Mansion: Legends Customs and Myths

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

Enjoy a frightfully authentic encounter with the past this Halloween at the circa-1796 Blount Mansion, Knoxville’s only National Historic Landmark. Once again we will offer special evening tours of our historic house and gardens, beginning with Cherokee ghost stories outside and culminating with a flashlight tour of the mansion and Halloween treats inside our visitors center. Cost is $10 per person.

Tours will take place from 8-9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Oct. 27, Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, and from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday evening, Oct. 29, “Dr. Carvenstein” (graphic artist Ken Clayton) will offer a special pumpkin-carving seminar in the visitors center.

On Halloween night, we are offering a limited, special tours of the circa-1818 Craighead Jackson House from 11 p.m.-midnight. Special ticket required/$50 per person.

NEW THIS YEAR: Also on Halloween night, our The Big Camera will offer an evening of haunting historical photography! Learn how Spirit Photographs were created and leave with your own digitally printed Tin Type! No extra charge/donations accepted to cover costs of materials, etc.

NOTE: The Blount Mansion will be closed for regular tours during the day Oct. 27-31 so we can prepare the house for the evening events.

Free parking is available during the event at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center and in the Dwight Kessel Garage across the street. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375, www.blountmansion.org

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Juried Student Show (Figurative Association)

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

Reception date TBA

In the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

Knoxville History Project: Upcoming Events

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

We have so many programs and events that we are involved in, here’s a quick look at what’s coming up this week and beyond:

Mon. Dec. 3 at 6:00pm - “Historic Knoxville” Launch Party & Fundraiser at Boyd’s Jig and Reel

Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 3, we’ll be talking with the Cumberland Avenue Merchants Association about the History of the Strip, emphasizing the heritage that might be relevant to its rebirth. It’s free at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Come and bring your questions and memories.

Thursday, December 6th from 5:30pm-7:30pm - Historic Knoxville: A Curious Vistor's Guide to it's Stories and Places - Book Launch and Signing

Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm - Rufus, Gold Bricks, & Santa Claus: A Holiday Book Talk & Shop

For more information on upcoming events, visit http://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/

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