Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tennessee Theatre: DCappella


Category: Music

February 7, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Tennessee Theatre!
DCappella, Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group featuring 7 world class vocalists, will embark on its first North American tour in January 2019. Created by Disney and contemporary a cappella legend Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off and much more), the tour will appeal to fans of both Disney and a cappella with their modern a cappella versions of Disney hits.

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

UT Arboretum Society: Smartphone Camera Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event


Did you know that one of the best cameras you can own is in your smartphone? “The Best Camera May Be the One in Your Pocket” will be presented on Thursday, February 7th at Roane State Oak Ridge Campus, City Room, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This program is designed for iPhones, Androids and other smartphones.

Sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, Doug Edlund, Assistant Director with UT Institute of Agriculture Marketing and Communications, shares his tips and tricks to get the most out of your smartphone photography. From lighting to composition, Edlund shares his experiences to help you get the best results to make your digital photos stand out.

With larger sensors, image stabilization and quality optics, today’s smartphones are capable of producing outstanding images, even when shooting in auto. Add the suite of image editing tools available in both the stock and third-party camera apps, and your creativity is unlimited. Smartphones are not just limited to still photography, they are also very capable video cameras. Many of today’s smartphones shoot 4K video and have been used in the production of a number of short films. Edlund’s presentation will also touch on how to shoot quality video and audio.

“Ask any photographer what is their favorite camera and a number will respond with, ‘The one I have in my hand right now.’ By learning the correct techniques, your favorite camera may just be the one that’s with you all of the time,” Edlund explained.

This is a free program sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society. No advanced registration is required/ For more information contact: or 865-483-7277.

The Arts at Pellissippi State: Faculty Recital

Category: Free event and Music

Eighteen faculty at Pellissippi State Community College will show off their musical chops next week during a free performance that veers between Appalachian folksongs, Broadway show tunes, classical compositions and jazz.

The faculty recital, the latest installment in The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public.

"There is a large variety of music scheduled and includes solo singers, solo and four-hands piano, and small instrumental ensembles," explained Music Program Coordinator Peggy Hinkle. "You will hear everything from 'Three Blind Mice' to Debussy and even an original composition by David Slack, adjunct music faculty and director of the Studio Orchestra."

Performance takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

At Pellissippi State, we’re all about providing opportunities to all. The Arts at Pellissippi State — through free and inexpensive theatre and musical productions, art exhibits and faculty lectures — ensures everyone can experience the transformative power of the arts. All events take place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

Clayton Center for the Arts: MC Concert Choir with Paul Phoenix

Category: Music

The Maryville College Concert Choir will perform with Paul Phoenix, a Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble The King’s Singers. $10 general admission

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

Knoxville Writers Guild: Kelle Jolly: Life Gives Me the Blues


Category: Classes & workshops and Music

Somebody is Going to Write and Sing the Blues February 7th in Knoxville.

Jazz singer, musician, composer, educator, and WUOT jazz radio host Kelle Jolly is gearing up to present Life Gives Me the Blues.

Ms. Jolly will bring great Tennessee Blues Women from the twenties and thirties to the Knoxville Writers' Guild. Included will be Knoxville's own Leola Manning who wrote blues classics ripped from contemporary headlines.

Through these musical and lyrical pioneers, Ms. Jolly will teach us the sublimely simplistic twelve bar blues formula. Those who want to get busy will work within a group, utilize today's headlines and compose their own collaborative 12 bar blues tune.

And then, with her ukulele, Kelle Jolly and will lead each group in the performance of their instant blues song.

Free and open to the public, $2 donation suggested.
Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: Authors Event: Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

  • February 7, 2019
  • 7 PM

Category: Free event, Lectures and Literature & readings

Authors Event: Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

Join authors Ginny Ayers Savage and Jessica Wilkerson for a conversation about women-led social justice movements in Appalachia at the East Tennessee History Center. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and the East Tennessee Historical Society.

When long-time reporter and author Lon Kelly Savage died in 2004, he left behind an unfinished book manuscript about a Mother Jones crusade in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Ginny Savage Ayers, his daughter, drew on his notes and files as well as her own research to complete Never Justice, Never Peace, the first book-length account of the Paint Creek–Cabin Creek Strike of 1912–13.

Ayers will be joined by Jessica Wilkerson, author of To Live Here, You Have to Fight, a narrative about Appalachian women working to enact change in the 1960s and 1970s. Wilkerson is an assistant professor of history and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.

Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase, and the authors will sign books after they speak.
For more information on the event, contact: Martha Gill, 865.310.8375,

UT School of Art: Artist Lecture with Jon Swindler

Category: Free event and Lectures

Part of the School of Art's Spring 2019 Lecture Series at the School of Art

We invite you to attend these exciting lectures by visiting artists and educators brought to campus by the UT School of Art and its partners. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public. Held in the McCarty Auditorium, Art + Architecture Building. Parking services usually stops ticketing by 7 p.m., or you can find visitor parking on campus.

Swindler is a professor of printmaking and book arts and an associate director for technology, space, and community for the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He will be in residence February 4–8 at the UT Printmaking Studio, working with graduate students and faculty to create a series of large-scale pressure prints.
Phone: 865-974-3407 or

The Arts at Pellissippi State: Charles Dodd White reading

Category: Free event and Lectures

Author inducted into East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame reads from new novel at Pellissippi State

A Pellissippi State Community College professor will read from his latest novel next week, and the public is invited to the free event. Charles Dodd White, an associate professor of English at Pellissippi State, will read from "In the House of Wilderness" at 12:25 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Goins Building Auditorium on the college's Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

White, who founded and directs the annual James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts at Pellissippi State, was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in October, honored for his fiction. White's most recent novel, "In the House of Wilderness," was published by Ohio University Press in September. "Charles has been widely recognized for his work, all of which is deeply rooted in Appalachia," said Kathryn Byrd, interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State.

While White has published two other novels, "In the House of Wilderness" is his first set in Tennessee. Ohio University Press describes the family drama as "a harrowing story of choice and sacrifice" and "a novel about the modern South and how we fight through hardship and grief to find a way home."

White grew up in Atlanta, but has spent time all over the South, earning degrees in North Carolina, Kentucky and Texas. He moved to Tennessee to teach at Pellissippi State, where he has been on faculty since 2013. His weekly commute from his home in Asheville, N.C., to the college's Hardin Valley Campus his first year at Pellissippi State helped shape the setting of "In the House of Wilderness," which includes references to real places in Newport and Knoxville.

"I'd have to leave my house in Asheville at 4:30 in the morning, and that was a good time to dwell on this story," said White, who now lives in Knoxville and taught Pellissippi State's first Appalachian literature course this fall. "That long drive in the dark also gave me the opportunity to absorb the landscape. It's been nice for me to incorporate some of those places."

For the Humanities Tennessee review of "In the House of Wilderness," which was published in the Knoxville News Sentinel, visit To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

Photographers Social + Networking Hour

  • February 7, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hosted by Professional Photographers of East Tennessee
Thursday at 4 PM – 6 PM
At Elkmont Exchange, 745 North Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Join us in February for a Photographers Social and Networking Hour!

This is a time for all pro photographers in Knoxville—young and old, new and experienced—to share a meal or a drink and network, socialize, and have fun with their peers.

All are welcome to attend, but please register to help us plan for the event. Thank you!

Lecture with Elaine Welteroth

  • February 7, 2019
  • 7 PM

Category: Free event and Lectures

Join Campus Events Board for a presentation from Elaine Welteroth - award- winning journalist, thought leader, and the former Editor- in-Chief of Teen Vogue.

Throughout her meteoric ten year magazine career, she broke new ground as the youngest person and only the second African-American ever to hold the Editor-in-Chief title in Condé Nast’s 107-year history. In this role, she brought social consciousness to the pages of Teen Vogue and transformed the teen title into a credible news source. Previously, she held senior roles on the mastheads at Glamour and Ebony Magazine, and in 2012 she became Conde Nast’s first ever African-American Beauty Director.

She's now a leading expert, advocate and voice for the next generation of change makers, bringing her fresh perspective to scripted and unscripted projects in TV and film. From writing on hit shows like Grown-ish to appearing on-air from ABC News to Netflix and The View to E!, Elaine continues blazing a career path that breaks the mold, inspiring a new generation of creative entrepreneurs.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have questions, or need to arrange disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Student Engagement at (865) 974-5455. This program is funded in part by the Student Programming Allocation Committee (SPAC).

At Student Union, Auditorium , 1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

  • February 7, 2019

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Thursday at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
At East Tennessee History Center, 601 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Friends, Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and the East Tennessee Historical Society will host a discussion of Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia with authors Jessica Wilkerson and Ginny Savage Ayers on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. The event is free and open to the public.

In To Live Here, You Have to Fight, Wilkerson tells the stories of the women in Appalachia who acted as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s. These women shaped and sustained programs, engaged in ideological debates, offered fresh visions of democratic participation, and faced personal political struggles.

Ayers drew on the notes and files of her late father, reporter, UPI bureau chief, long-time university administrator, and author Lon Savage, as well has her own research to complete his unfinished book, Never Justice, Never Peace, the story of Mother Jones and the miner rebellion at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek in 1912–13.

Copies of the authors’ books may be purchased at the event, and Wilkerson and Ayers will be available to sign copies of their books.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Get the Social Media Juices Flowing workshop

Category: Classes & workshops

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a professional development seminar for artists and other creative people on Thursday, February 7, from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Join us as we welcome Ginger by Choice!

Are you struggling with all this online stuff and are more than confused by all the hashtags, dashboards and the like? I’ve got you covered! Let me show you how to dip your toe in those new (digital) waters and start to feel comfortable with it. We’ll go over the first steps on how to promote and present yourself as an artist. Our time together will include some basics about pictures, posts and your story on

– social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, etc)
– creative search engines (Pinterest)
– your very own platform: your blog

Let’s start to build a community of like minded people that will support you and your vision. It will be a pleasure for me to kick off this exciting journey with you and get the social media juices flowing.

Please confirm your spot in the workshop via credit card payment here. The presentation fees are:

$5 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance
$8 for non-members
$63 for a new membership + workshop

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