Calendar of Events

Friday, December 21, 2018

Change Center: Grand Opening Weekend

  • December 21, 2018 — December 23, 2018

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

Fri 3-7 PM: Ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Rogero and guests
Sat 11 AM - 1 PM: Character Skate with Chillly Bear, pre-school and elementary ages only
Sat 1-8 PM: All Skate - all ages welcome
Sat 9 PM - midnight: Teen Skate After Party - high school ages only

Sun 6-9 PM: Family Skate Night - bring the whole family!

Change Center, 203 Harriet Tubman St, Knoxville, TN 37915. 865-951-1567 or

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Dancing with the Stars: Live!

  • December 21, 2018

Category: Dance

TV's biggest dance show returns on tour this winter with "Dancing with the Stars: Live!" featuring fan favorite professional and troupe dancers in a brand-new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on December 21, 2018.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

City People Christmas Event

  • December 21, 2018
  • 5:00-7:00pm

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

Save the Date, Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, for this City People Christmas Event! Three Downtown Knoxville Churches will be open for you to enjoy the Christmas decorations, music & tour the churches. Walk from church to church and experience a festive evening downtown. Event is free and open to everyone, City People Members are encouraged to bring friends & family.

Church Street United Methodist, 900 Henley St., was founded in 1816 and moved into its present Gothic structure in 1931. Music and refreshments will be provided in the newly renovated Parish Hall. Enjoy the decorations in the Nave, and take a tour of the newly built Welcome Center. Parking is available in their Cumberland Avenue lot, and you can enter through the Welcome Center. Docents will be available.

First Baptist Church, 510 W. Main St., will be open for visitors. First Baptist is located along the Free Trolley Line and within walking distance between the other 2 churches.

First Presbyterian, 620 State St. (church entrance is on State St.), will be open for visitors. Come see their Christmas decorations, take a tour and view the Tiffany stained glass windows inside the church. The church's Mission Market will be open to shop for your last minute gifts. Free trade items from various countries will be available for purchase. Coffee and cake will be served at the Market. Free parking available at First Presbyterian Church (entrances located on State St. & Church St.)

These locations will be Open to the Public from 5-7pm.

Holiday: Relax.Release.Relieve

  • December 21, 2018
  • 7-9 PM

Category: Classes & workshops

Relieve Tight Hips, Shoulders, Neck & Back
Stretch & Lengthen Muscles
Release Connective Tissue
Calm an Anxious Mind
Feel Happier & More Relaxed
Sleep Better

Yin yoga combined with gentle poses using the wall, straps, blocks, bolsters, ball & blankets
Mostly seated or lying down postures
Great for anyone looking to unwind, decompress and destress
Appropriate for all levels
No yoga experience necessary

Fresh fruit & hot tea
Loving hands on adjustments
Assistance with modifications
Gentle massage
A custom built playlist with music that touches the soul
Relaxing ambiance with candles and soft lighting
All props & mats available to borrow
Take home techniques you can do on your own!

TIME: 7:00pm-9:00pm (includes time for tea & fruit)
COST: $20, register & pre-pay by Dec 8, 2018 | $25 thereafter
(Payment types accepted: Cash, Check, PayPal or Venmo)
LOCATION: Breezeway Yoga Studio (located in Kroger shopping plaza between PETCO & Ross the Boss)

Make It Happen: A Southern Underground Collective of Art + Music

  • December 21, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Music

Hosted by Sharyn Bachleda
Friday at 6 PM – 12 AM
Birdhouse Knoxville, 800 N 4th Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Join us for a mini-festival at Knoxville's infamous community space The Birdhouse! Art exhibition, installations, poetry, performance art

Art by Laurel Hooker, Emma Slaymaker, Hunter McGinnis, Sharyn Bachleda, Thomas O'Connor, Aaron Cowan and more (artists still being curated)

Mini artisan market
- Vintage fashion by Born Wyld
-Artsy trinkets by Thomas O'Connor

Poetry reading by Eric Sherwood and Kristina Telefronetic

Live music from all over the South (Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville and Birmingham)
Neon Black
Spirits Republic
Hunter Grigg
Tyler Bennett
William Kelley
Ally Brown Town

Admission is $10 and will help cover travel expenses for the bands and includes food! Cash preferred but we can accept card.

Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group: Elf, Jr.

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

At the Clayton Center for the Arts December 20-22, 2018! Details TBA

Primary Players Children’s Theatre Group: 865-315-8460,

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: A Swingin' Christmas with Cyrus Chestnut

Category: Music

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s popular holiday event, Swingin’ Christmas will be held on two nights on Thursday, December 20th at 8 p.m. and Friday, December 21st at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. The featured performer for these events will be pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut.

The hippest concert of the season. Holiday favorites in the style of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more. Pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut joins the band this year to help make your season bright. Music from Chestnut’s recording A Charlie Brown Christmas will be highlighted this year, along with many other classics from the sacred and secular holiday traditions.

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from across the region. Since its inception in 1999, the orchestra has performed dozens of concerts in East Tennessee, appeared on major jazz festivals in Europe, performed and recorded with internationally acclaimed guest artists, and released four critically acclaimed CD recordings. This is the sixteenth annual Christmas program for the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. The show, sponsored each year by Merrill Lynch, has quickly become one of the area’s most popular holiday events. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 656-4444.

At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226,

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,

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,

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.

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,

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,

Rala: December First Friday Artist: Brian Pittman

  • December 7, 2018 — December 31, 2018

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

We are excited to announce Brian Pittman as our featured artist for the month of December! Please join us for a show opening and to meet the artist. A display of Brian's new original work and new print design will be available for purchase.

Fri Dec 7, 6-9 PM. More info:

Local artist ACF Jewelry will also be up until the end of December. More Info:

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Phone: (865) 525-7888
Instagram: @ShopRala

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