Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tennessee Theatre: A Christmas Story: The Musical

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Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Celebrate the holidays with A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL at the Tennessee Theatre. There are two shows, Saturday, November 24 at 7:30pm and Sunday, November 25 at 2:00pm.

Kick the holiday season off with the Broadway production of A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL -- bringing the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish - an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle! Join us!

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

The Old City Market

  • November 24, 2018

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

Shop the Old City Market on West Jackson Avenue, second Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
*Special additional date! Nov 24

The Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers. http://oldcityknoxville.org/market/

Poboys & Poets

  • November 24, 2018
  • 6:30-9 PM

Category: Literature & readings

Poboys & Poets is spoken word open mic event that happens once a month, every last Saturday, at The Pilot Light. Fused with live music (or DJ Selected Playlist) and often a featured guest artist (either a touring poetry slam champion or a live musical act); Poboys provides a powerful evening of talent and fun for all involved.

Founded by Joseph 'Black Atticus' Woods and hosted by Ryan Andrews, Poboys and Poets' energy stands somewhere between the focus of a good writer's night book read and the electricity of a poetry slam bout; where new voices are just as welcome as those who dabble in advanced levels lyricism. Audience members can expect to experience a gambit of reasons to laugh, think, remember, and listen.

The Pilot Light does not allow pets. If patrons are under 18 they must be accompanied by an adult. Poboys and Poets is a freedom of speech event (with common sense HIGHLY suggested), however poetry may or may not be 'kid friendly' - Parental Guidance Suggested.

ADMISSION: $8 GENERAL, $5 w/ STUDENT ID
At THE PILOT LIGHT // 106 E. JACKSON AVE, 37915
https://www.facebook.com/events/289754231637169/

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

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.

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

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Santaland Diaries

Category: Comedy and Theatre

After a three-year hiatus, the cult holiday classic, “The Santaland Diaries,” adapted by Joe Mantello from the essay by humorist and best- selling author David Sedaris, and starring David Brian Alley as Crumpet, returns to the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre November 14 – December 9, 2018.

A Pay What You Can Preview performance will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. At the Friday, Nov. 23rd performance patrons wearing an Ugly Sweater will have the opportunity to be selected for a picture with Crumpet on Santa’s chair. A talk back will take place Sunday, Nov. 25 following the matinee, and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 2. The production, which is for mature elves only, will have start times of 2:30 pm for the matinees and 8:00 pm for the evening performances. It will be performed without an intermission and will include smoke.

Based loosely on Sedaris’ real life experience, “The Santaland Diaries” tells the tale of a struggling actor in New York City who out of necessity takes seasonal work as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Department Store’s Santaland Village. The comic holiday adventure chronicles Sedaris’ humiliation, frustrations and ultimately his hopefulness all told though his masterful sardonic wit.

David Sedaris made his National Public Radio debut on December 23, 1992 when he read his essay titled “Santaland Diaries” on the show “Morning Edition.” Since his successful debut, Sedaris has gone on to publish multiple bestselling books including “Barrel Fever,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Let’s Talk Diabetes with Owls.” He also has been a frequent contributor on NPR’s popular radio show “This American Life,” all of which has contributed to his reputation as one of America’s preeminent humorists. Sedaris’ story was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello and premiered on November 7, 1996 at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City.

The 2015 production was directed by Jeff Stanley. Calvin MacLean will direct this year’s remount.
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com

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