Calendar of Events

Friday, November 23, 2018

Knoxville Museum of Art: East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

Reception on Dec 11, 6-8 PM - open to the public! Awards begin at 6:45 PM with a welcome by Tennessee State Senator Becky Duncan Massey.

This collaborative project with the East Tennessee Art Education Association is designed to gather the best student work grades 6-12 from a 32-county region; award winners are eligible for $1,000,000 in scholarships to national art schools. Organized by the KMA.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Christmas in the City: Holidays on Ice

  • November 23, 2018 — January 6, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Whether with family, friends or on a date you'll love skating in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in Market Square! Join us at Holidays on Ice presented by Home Federal Bank to make memories that will last long after the holidays are over. Enjoy skating under the stars and twinkling lights while listening to music every night. There may even be a panda sighting by our Holidays on Ice Mascot, 'Peppermint Panda'!

Market Square - Located in front of the Knoxville Chamber at 17 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville

Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice! We accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.
Adult: $11, Children Age 12 & Under: $8
Season Pass Adult: $50, Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under: $35

RINK HOURS:
Regular Hours Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 16, 2018
Monday thru Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

**Saturday December 15: 1:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Weather permitting the Cool Sports Mites and Mini Mites will hold their Winter Classic Tournament at Holidays on Ice on Market Square from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Extended Hours Dec. 17, 2018 - Dec. 30, 2018
Monday thru Thursday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hours Jan 2, 2019 - January 6, 2019
Monday thru Thursday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours for
Christmas & New Years:
Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
December 26: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
New Years Eve: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New Years Day: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Phone: 865-215-4423 or http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/knoxvilles_holidays_on_ice/

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Peter Pan

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Showtimes
Fri Nov 23, 2018 | 8:00PM
Sat Nov 24, 2018 | 8:00PM
Thu Nov 29, 2018 | 8:00PM
Fri Nov 30, 2018 | 8:00PM
Sat Dec 1, 2018 | 8:00PM
Sun Dec 2, 2018 | 2:00PM
Fri Dec 7, 2018 | 8:00PM
Sat Dec 8, 2018 | 8:00PM
Sun Dec 9, 2018 | 2:00PM

Feel the exhilaration of flying as the irrepressible Peter Pan returns to take us on an unforgettable adventure to Neverland, that magical place “where dreams are born and time is never planned.” Watch as Peter and his sidekick Tinkerbell whisk the Darling children beyond the Second Star to the Right to join the Lost Boys as they navigate the danger and excitement of battling pirates, a clock-ticking crocodile, and the dreaded Captain Hook. Audiences of all ages are sure to take delight in this dazzling and timeless classic!

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999, www.orplayhouse.com

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Category: Theatre

By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald
Directed by Courtney Woolard

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

"Warning: If you see Every Christmas Story Ever Told, you'll never be able to watch Dickens' A Christmas Carol without laughing out loud."
— David Jacobson, Life Newspapers (Sacramento)

"A hilarious send-up of, well, every Christmas story ever told ... This is a highly recommended alternative to cut-and-dry Christmas offerings."
— NUVO Indianapolis Arts and Entertainment

"The play accomplishes the small miracle of making all Christmas myths seem both utterly ridiculous and absolutely essential. Yes, Virginia, you can have your fruitcake and eat it, too."
— Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly

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

Ijams Nature Center: Annual Holiday Sale

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

Support over 65 local artists and crafters in the Ijams Gift Shop this holiday season. 15% off your entire purchase!

More events at http://ijams.org/events/. 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, www.ijams.org

Christmas in the City: Regal Celebration of Lights & WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Hoedown

  • November 23, 2018
  • 6-9 PM

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

Market Square, Krutch park Ext, and Market Street
Free Admission

Join us for the lighting of our 42' tree in Krutch Park Ext. Enjoy live music, train rides, pictures with Santa, face painting, and more. WDVX Holiday Ho Ho Ho Down will be on Bill Lyons Pavilion from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Market Street will have local businesses doing crafts with children, stop by Home Depot's Little Elves Workshop, make a card to be sent to our soldiers with American Red Cross ‘Cards for Heroes’. And don't forget to stop by and see the miniature train set! Music will start at 5:30 pm, the lighting of the tree ceremony begins at 6 pm, other activities will begin after.

http://www.knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/special_events/christmas_in_the_city

The Muse Knoxville: 4th Friday Free Family Night

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

Join The Muse Knoxville for some FREE Family Fun on November 23rd from 5-8pm! The exhibit floor will be open after hours free to the public! They will also show multiple planetarium shows at no extra cost. See you there!

Note: No more than 3 children per adult may be admitted. Due to capacity constraints at the museum, admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494, http://themuseknoxville.org/calendar

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby

Category: Music and Theatre

Knoxville's Favorite Christmas Tradition! An original folk-rock Christmas musical by Don Chaffer (of Waterdeep) and Chris Cragin-Day.

This new musical dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There really are shepherds and angels and foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men). There's a ratty extra room/stable at the inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator, whose menacing shadow hangs over everything.

And obviously, it’s a comedy. Seriously. It is.

The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike bringing a new sense of wonder and imagination to the age-old story. For more info, visit www.unusualtale.com.

Note to Parents: The musical is fun for the whole family! We recommend the show to children ages 7 and up. We are parents ourselves and would rate the show PG: for mild language. Translation: there are 2-3 mildly "adult" words in the show.

Performances are Nov 21-25 and Dec 12-23. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-unusual-tale-of-mary-josephs-baby-2018-tickets-51652553177

Performed at The Swift Building, 119 W. 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. River & Rail Theatre Company information: 865-407-0727, www.riverandrailtheatre.com

34th annual Fantasy of Trees

  • November 21, 2018 — November 25, 2018

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events, Fundraisers, Kids & family and Music

The 34th annual Fantasy of Trees will return to the Knoxville Convention Center this year with the theme "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."

The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Knoxville's only not-for-profit Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. In 33 years, the Fantasy of Trees has raised more than $8.5 million to provide much-needed medical equipment for children served by East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Since the first Fantasy of Trees in 1985 that welcomed 13,125 visitors, the Fantasy of Trees has hosted well over one million people.

The 2018 edition of the Fantasy of Trees will be held Wednesday-Sunday, November 21-25, 2018 at the Knoxville Conventions Center. The event will go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 21, 23 and 24; 3-8 p.m. Nov. 22; and noon-6 p.m. Nov. 25. It will feature decorated trees, a gingerbread village, holiday vendors, children's activities, rides and a stage with live entertainment.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for children 4-12, and children under 3 get in free. Proceeds will benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Info: etch.com.

Pellissippi State: Inaugural Tennessee Intercollegiate Juried Student Exhibition

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

Twenty-two pieces by art students from community colleges across Tennessee will be on display. Community college students from across the state will have their art work displayed at Pellissippi State Community College in the first show of its kind. Current and former students at Tennessee's 13 community colleges were invited to enter works generated the past two years in studio art classes. There was no cost to enter.

Seven community colleges had students participate, with 103 works submitted. Peter Hoffecker Mejia, a visiting assistant professor of art at the University of Memphis and a former Pellissippi State student, served as juror, choosing 22 works for the exhibition.

"There's a little bit of everything we were allowing: photography, painting, drawing, design, sculpture, blacksmith, print making, collage. It's quite a survey."

A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held 3-5 p.m. Dec. 7. Three places and two honorable mentions will be awarded, with gifts donated by David Lusk Gallery, located in Memphis and Nashville, and Jerry's Artarama in Knoxville. Pellissippi State also will purchase the winning art work for $500, which the student will receive. The art work then will go on display at that student's community college.

Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10 AM - 6 PM.

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

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

  • November 15, 2018 — December 22, 2018

Category: Comedy, Music and Theatre

November 16 through December 22, Wed through Sat at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
One pay-what-you-can preview on November 15 at 7:30 pm.

By Betsy Kelso and David Nehls

They’re baaack! It’s holiday time down in Armadillo Acres (North Florida’s premier mobile-living community), and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin, and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in an all-new, all-trailer-park musical! You don’t have to have seen our 2017 summer production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical to enjoy this sequel, but if you did, you know it’s a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’ good time...but with tinsel and Keg Nog! Definitely for mature audiences. *The show has some mature language & may not be suitable for children. Parental discretion advised.

TICKET PRICES: Wed, Thu, & Sun $22 ($16 for students); Fri & Sat $24 ($16 for students)
Get your tickets now! https://www.ticketpeak.com/res/FlyingAnvil or you can call our box office at 865-357-1309.
Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: www.flyinganviltheatre.com

Ewing Gallery: Blurring Boundaries and Mutual Muses

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

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present two exhibitions for the months of November and December. We will be having an opening reception on Thursday November 15 from 5-7:30 PM in the Ewing Gallery. Some of the artists whose work is featured in Blurring Boundaries will be in attendance.

Blurring Boundaries: The Women of AAA from 1936 – Present
Curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna - More than 80 years after its founding, AAA continues to nurture and support a vibrant community of artists with diverse identities and approaches to abstraction. In celebration of this tradition, Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists traces the work of the female artists within AAA from the founders to contemporary, practicing members. Included are works by historic members Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Charmion von Wiegand, Irene Rice Pereira, Alice Trumbull Mason, and Gertrude Greene, as well as works by current members, such as Ce Roser, Irene Rousseau, Judith Murray, Alice Adams, Merrill Wagner and Katinka Mann. Through fifty-four works, the exhibition explores the stylistic variations and individual approaches to guiding principles of abstraction: color, space, light, material and process.

Mutual Muses: James Seawright and Mimi Garrard
Curated by: T. Michael Martin - Mutual Muses is a two-person exhibition showcasing works by James Seawright and Mimi Garrard, who have been working together as well as individually since the 1960s. Their lives and practice have inspired each other throughout their careers. This exhibition is an interwoven love story featuring individual works by Seawright and Garrard as well as ones inspired by the other and those created collaboratively. Their life of interconnectivity as mutual muses is beautifully explored and presented in this survey exhibition.

The Ewing Gallery will be closed from November 22- 25 in Observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and from December 13, 2018 - January 10, 2019.

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

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