Calendar of Events

Friday, December 14, 2018

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: AIR Mid-Residency Exhibition

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 Symphony Orchestra: 32nd Annual Clayton Holiday Concert

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

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

East Tennessee's favorite holiday tradition continues as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and special guests celebrate the season. Enjoy all your favorite songs and carols, plus an appearance by Santa himself!

At the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310, www.knoxvillesymphony.com

The WordPlayers: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The WordPlayers & The Arts at Pellissippi Present: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dec. 14 @ 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15 @ 2:30 p.m. & Dec. 16 @ 2:30 p.m.

This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

At Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd., Knoxville, TN 37933

Tickets: Adults: $15, Students (13+): $12, Child (12 & under): $8, Groups of 10 or more: $2 off each ticket price. Tickets available online at www.wordplayers.org and at the door. Seating is reserved. Call 865-539-2490 for more information.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five

Category: Music

"Holiday Dance Party" with Devon Jones & The Uptown Stomp

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

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: Tour de Lights

  • December 14, 2018
  • 7 PM

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

In Market Square - Decorate your bike with lights, garland and decorate yourself with decor for the holiday bike ride through 4th and Gill area.

SCHEDULE
6:15 - 7:15 pm Photo booths, refreshments, bike safety checks at both staging areas – helmet giveaway at south location
7:15 pm Line up
7:30 pm Ride starts
8:15 – 9 pm Photo booth and refreshments - Market Square stage (north) location only
8:45 pm Announce winner of Best Themed Group

CHANGES THIS YEAR:
There will be two staging areas - one on the north end and one on the south end of Market Square. Photo booths, bike safety checks, and refreshments will be located in both areas.

Experienced riders (e.g. people who are confident on bicycles and in large crowds) will line up on Wall Ave from Gay to Walnut.

Families, themed groups, and beginner riders will line up on Union from Gay to Market and down Market to Clinch. Wall, Union, and Market streets will be closed to traffic starting at 6:30 p.m. Line-up will start at 7:15 p.m. and the ride leaves at 7:30 p.m. The later start is to allow time for people to get home from work and then get downtown.

Judging for the decorating/costume contest will be online this year from noon on Sunday to noon on Tuesday! In addition to our usual categories decided by judges, there will also be a People's Choice winner, decided by Facebook likes. The only award presented the evening of the ride will be Best Themed Group. Judges will be watching from along the route at Vienna Coffee at Regas (just after the Gay Street viaduct). Online judging means that if you are not going for the Themed Group award, you can get your photo taken after the ride, if you are running late.

Vienna Coffee at Regas will be open until 8:30 p.m. just for Tour de Lights, so if you are looking to watch the parade instead of ride in it, that would be a great location.

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

Zoo Knoxville: Santa's Village

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

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village this Thursday, Dec. 13 through Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily.

Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in the festively decorated Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer or opt to take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games and holiday crafts. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit.

Santa’s Village is included with general admission. Rides on the “Polar Express” train through Santa’s Village will be available for an additional . All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort.

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

Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light 2018

Category: Dance and Kids & family

Circle Modern Dance is proud to present its 27th annual production of Modern Dance Primitive Light, an anticipated solstice celebration of movement and creativity in Knoxville. This unique performance brings together local choreographers, dancers, and musicians for an unforgettable community arts experience. Audiences will enjoy exciting new contemporary dance works accompanied by live music set amidst the warm ambiance of the Historic Laurel Theater. This year’s production features work from Circle company members as well as some of Knoxville’s best guest choreographers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.circlemoderndance.com. Ticket sales done with Penny4Arts in mind will have the options available online! We stop giving out Penny4Arts tickets one hour prior to show time.

Performance times: Thursday, December 13, 8:00 PM
Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 15, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

At Historic Laurel Theatre, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
Contact: 309-253-4137, ashley.corey.wagner@gmail.com, www.circlemoderndance.com

Bijou Theatre: Dave Barnes Presents A Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests

Category: Music

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832, www.knoxbijou.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Knoxville Museum of Art: 24th Annual Holiday Homes Tour

Category: Festivals & special events

Celebrating 24 years of Holiday Homes Tours!

Candlelight Tour & Cocktail Buffet
Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:30pm
$125 pp
Home of Simonne and Taylor Wortham

Day Tour & Luncheon
Friday, December 14, 2018
Homes open: 9-11:30am & 1:30-4pm
Noon luncheon at Cherokee Country Club, $95 pp

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

Oak Ridge Art Center: Retrospective: Artists, Collectors & O’Steen

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

In this season full of holidays, family and remembrance, our collection serves as a line (connection point?) between our current Art Center family and those who worked to sustain and preserve our program in the past. Among them are artists, collectors, and family of both. We will have three great shows to represent the individuals who created, those who collected, and those who contributed to our ability to share with our community the amazing variety and diversity of art. This show was inspired by the work of Joan O’Steen, artist and long-time supporter of the Art Center and creative work in our community.

Joan O’Steen has been a creative force for many years. She has been a painter, designer and fiber artist for many years. Her work, like many women, was woven through her life as a business woman; helpmate to husband, Tom Hill, as they sustained his family business, The Oak Ridger; loving Mother as she raised her children, and coach who worked with teams of young women. Her life-long pursuit of the creative and interest in fashion lead her to new and unexpected areas in which she could explore and experiment. The result is a fascinating combination of more traditional visual arts techniques like painting and more contemporary work with wearable art and basketry.

Retrospective: Artists will be a collection of work by artists who have been members of or have been associated with the Art Center during our history. Many of them have been instructors at the Art Center and/or have shown with us in their careers.

Retrospective: Collectors will showcase some of the wonderful pieces contributed to the Art Center for us to share with future generations. This grouping will include pieces that were lovingly collected by both members and individuals from the region who wished to leave a lasting impact on local cultural assets.

Watch our Facebook page for more information about the show and options for extended evening viewing during the exhibition. Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

HoLa Hora Latina: Exhibition by Camila Manvaz

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening reception Friday, December 7, 5pm-9pm

Camila Manvas’ Biography - Español:
A los 10 años, una niña colombiana de nombre Camila Manvaz, entra en contacto con el mundo del color y la plástica. Enamorada desde entonces de los Colores, empieza a realizar obras donde la fantasía y la realidad conviven en entorno a lo que nada es lo que parece. Obras que pretenden reflejar las inquietantes alucinaciones que produce su propia mente… La solución que encontró Camila para contrarrestar los efectos de sus repentinos y fuertes cambios anímicos fue sencillamente pintar aquello que veía. Camila Manvaz (Bogotá, Colombia, 1983), vive en las líneas que delimitan el paraíso y el infierno. El mundo artístico de una de las creadoras contemporáneas más fascinantes tiene su origen en las más profundas alegrías y depresiones que nunca la han abandonado. Pero como adulto, ella a logrado desplegar la belleza más especial ante los asombrados ojos del espectador. Su infancia, adolescencia y juventud transcurrieron en Bogotá Colombia, en la que las mujeres tienen poco o nada que decir y son fuertemente criticadas por una sociedad violenta y machista. En 2016, se muda a los Estados Unidos, a la ciudad de Knoxville, Tennessee, para buscar nuevas vías de expresión con las que dar salida a la vorágine artística que anida en su mente y en su espíritu. Camila Manvaz estudio diseño industrial en la Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, y es actualmente una de las artistas colombianas contemporáneas con más fama, por su activismo social y derechos de la mujer. Compagina su actividad como Esposa, como madre de tres hijos, Gabriel, Jacobo y Victoria y como artista conceptual con la crítica pública a la desprotección a la mujer.

English:
At age 10, a Colombian girl named Camila Manvaz, came in contact with the world of color and plastic arts. Since then, she fell in love with the Colors, she began to create works where fantasy and reality coexisted in an environment where nothing is as it seems. Works that pretended to reflect the disturbing hallucinations produced by her own mind ... The solution that Camila found to counteract the effects of her sudden and strong mood changes was simply to paint what she saw. Camila Manvaz (Bogota, Colombia, 1983), lives in the borders that define paradise and hell. The artistic world of one of the most fascinating contemporary creators has its origins in the deepest joys and depressions that have never left her. But as an adult, she has managed to unfold the most special beauty for the astonished eyes of the spectator. Her childhood, adolescence and youth were spent in Bogota Colombia, a country in which women have little or nothing to say and are strongly criticized by a violent and macho society. In 2016, she moved to the United States, to the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, to find new ways of expression with which to give vent to the artistic maelstrom that nests in her mind and spirit. Camila Manvaz studied industrial design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, and is currently one of the most famous contemporary Colombian artists, for her social activism and women's rights. She combines her activity as a wife, as a mother of three children, Gabriel, Jacobo and Victoria and as a conceptual artist with public criticism of the lack of protection for women.

Gallery will be closed for the Holidays from December 10 - January 2. We will be open M-F 1-5pm.

HoLa Hora Latina, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-335-3358, www.holahoralatina.org

The District Gallery: Kathie Odom: Common Places, Uncommon Stories

  • December 7, 2018 — January 5, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Friday, December 7 from 5-8 p.m - Enjoy cozy seasonal fare, meet the artist, and take advantage of a special in-store promotion for your holiday shopping.

A collection of new works from the longtime Knoxville resident and locally beloved artist. "I'm looking for what this world doesn't give us anymore… a place outside where we can hear the world wake up and just be," says Odom.

This event is free and open to the public.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452, www.TheDistrictGallery.com

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