Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Knoxville Opera: Final Dress Rehearsal – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Category: Free event, Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Doors open at 5:30 PM, Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

In 17th century Scotland, innocent Lucia falls in love with her clan’s enemy. Forced by her brother into an arranged marriage to save the family from financial and political ruin, the distraught girl kills her husband on their wedding night. Donizetti’s Gothic masterpiece, based on Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor, is filled with thrilling vocal fireworks, including the glorious Sextet and the opera’s greatest Mad Scene, which has made sopranos into legends! Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Admission to this final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages. Presentation of College Student IDs may be required. Adult chaperones who are accompanying specific students must pay $5.00 cash at the door. Concessions are closed. Seating is open, and attendees may come and go as they wish. Please be aware of the Tennessee Theatre security policies. See for more details.

Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1,
At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

The Mill and Mine: Coheed and Cambria

  • February 20, 2019
  • 7:30pm

Category: Music

Coheed and Cambria with Foxing at The Mill and Mine.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:30 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

CHEO: February Movie Night

  • February 20, 2019
  • 6:15-8:15PM

Category: Film and Science & nature

CHEO's February Movie Night Double-Feature:
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM at the Loudon Welcome Center, 1075 US-321, Lenoir City, TN 37771.

The Truth About Pet Cancer: Pet Vaccines; Do's and Don'ts: Episode 3 is devoted to uncovering the truth about pet vaccines by putting them under the microscope so you can learn which ones are necessary, which ones aren't, which ones are safe, and which ones are dangerous. You will also learn about the toxic ingredients used in pet vaccines and how often you should vaccinate your pet.

Essential Oils for Abundant Living – with Dr. Eric Zielinski and Sabrina Zielinski
Natural Solutions for a Toxic Free Home
DIY Body Care Products – Lesson 5
DIY Cleaning Products- Lesson 6

Please arrive at 6:15 so we can begin promptly. A short discussion will follow, time permitting.

Please note that CHEO "Movie Nights" (Docu-Series) will be held on the third Wednesday of the Month in 2019. CHEO programs are open to the public and free for members, with a $10.00 suggested minimum donation for all guests. CHEO is a non-profit organization supporting wholistic and integrative wellness. CHEO provides the community with many opportunities to discover pathways to well-being. More information can be found online at or call Diane Minch at 423 884 6031.

Directions to Loudon Visitors' Bureau/Welcome Center - 1075 US-321, Lenoir City, TN 37771. The Center is conveniently located and easy to find on Hwy 321 across from Shoney's. Take exit 81 off of I -75. Make a left at the Visitor's Bureau and park behind the building. Enter through lower level back door.

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Redefining Humanity: How Speculative Genres Can Humanize Our Differences

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is proud to present the next installment of their workshop series,
“Redefining Humanity: How Speculative Genres Can Humanize Our Differences.” This workshop will be
led by Samantha Edmonds and will be held in the Mary Greer Room from 6 to 7pm on February 20th.
This event is free and open to the public.

Historically, diversity within the speculative genres—science fiction, fantasy, and horror—has not been
treated with respect. There’s a long tradition in speculative genres of creating villainous Others—the alien,
the robot, the monster—who uncomfortably and dangerously perpetuate stereotypes against women,
transgender and queer communities, and people of color, serving to dehumanize these groups by likening
them to make-believe creatures, which serves as an excuse for such characters to be treated as less than
human. (Examples include Star Trek’s dark-skinned Klingons and science fiction films like Bladerunner
that place women/robots in the role of domestic servitude.) The true horror then is not the ghost or ghoul in
these genres—it’s the way young writers might use such genre tropes if they don’t think critically about

The argument here is not that these genres are inherently troubled. On the contrary, when employed
thoughtfully in a way that amplifies diverse voices, such genre tropes humanize the Other in a way that
challenges stereotypes. Therefore, this workshop urges writers to learn to think critically about their choices
of villain and make conscious decisions about gender, sexuality, class, and race when using genre
techniques. By looking at successful examples of stories within these genres that subvert these Othering
traditions, such as The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and “The Kite Maker” by Brenda
Peynado—this workshop aims to create a discussion around ways science fiction, etc., can inspire stories
that rethink or redefine our understanding of humanity, rather than perpetuate stereotypes against a
monstrous Other. Additionally, attendees will be given prompts and writing exercises to encourage them to
take a critical look at traditional genre techniques and how they can be wielded effectively.

Samantha Edmonds is the author of the fiction chapbook Pretty to Think So,
forthcoming from Selcouth Station Press in 2019. Her fiction has appeared in
such journals as Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, The
Pinch, Indiana Review, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others.
Her nonfiction has been published in The Rumpus, Literary Hub,
Ploughshares, VICE, Bustle, and more. She serves as the Fiction Editor for
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts and the Community Outreach Director
for Sundress Academy for the Arts. She holds an MA in creative writing from
the University of Cincinnati. She currently lives in Knoxville, where she's an
MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee Creative Writing Program and is free and open
to the public.
WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: SundressAcademyfortheArts
EMAIL: TWITTER: @SundressPub

Farragut High School National Art Honor Society: Empty Bowls

  • February 20, 2019
  • 5:30-8:00PM

Category: Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

Empty Bowls is an annual event hosted by the Farragut High School National Art Honor Society & Einstein Bros. Bagels, Wednesday, February 20, 5:30-8:00 PM at
Einstein Bros. Bagels, 11693 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 The proceeds are donated to the Fish Pantry.
Attendees will be able to select from a large selection of bowls made by the members of FHS NAHS and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread in a cozy, tight-knit environment provided by our local Einstein Bros. Bagels. After the meal, you get to take the bowl home! This year we are excited and lucky to have two very talented peers, Heather Bohan and Catelyn Woody, performing throughout the evening. The proceeds go towards the Fish Pantry. Seating is limited, so make sure to get your tickets soon! We hope to see you there!

For more information please visit

Selections from Circus Orbis, Curated by Beauvais Lyons

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: Sunday February 24, 5–7 p.m.

Beauvais Lyons, Director of the Hokes Archives

Circus Orbis was a regional circus based in Jacksboro, Tennessee, that performed in the American South and Midwest in the early 20th century. Unlike better-known circuses of the day, Circus Orbis toured in only ten train cars, had a cast of thirty performers, and a small menagerie consisting of domestic animals and costumed performers dressed as various anthropomorphic creatures. The founder of the circus, Thaddeus Evergood, spent a year in Rome in 1908 where he was a street performer and found inspiration from the city’s art and architecture. The design of Circus Orbis was informed by ancient Roman and Baroque art, as well as the trompe l’oeil frescos from the Villa Farnesina. This small exhibition presents a selection of graphic works used to promote the circus, some surviving printed ephemera, as well as a facsimile of one of the sideshow banners. Circus Orbis discontinued in 1929 when the “Splendorium,” a tented “Show Palace,” was destroyed in a fire. One of the best accounts of the circus may be found in Thaddeus Evergood’s memoir, Popcorn & Peanuts, published in 1933.

At Gallery 103, Art and Architecture Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Pellissippi State: Benefit Performances of 'The Vagina Monologues'

  • February 19, 2019 — February 20, 2019

Category: Theatre

Women faculty and students will perform a staged reading of Eve Ensler's play, "The Vagina Monologues," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college's Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, and at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the West Chevrolet Auditorium on the college's Blount County Campus, 2731 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville.

A $10 donation is suggested at the door, as the performances are part of V-Day, a global activist moment to end violence against all women and girls. However, Associate Professor Grechen Wingerter said Pellissippi State will turn no one away because the messages in the play are powerful.

"Women in all walks of life have been affected by violence," said Wingerter, who is directing both performances at Pellissippi State. "If we haven't experienced violence personally, we know someone who has."

"The Vagina Monologues," which debuted in 1996, broke new ground. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addresses women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading Ensler and a group of women to establish in 1998 the nonprofit V-Day, which stages benefit performances of "The Vagina Monologues" and "A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer: Writings to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls," also by Ensler, every February.

To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $100 million and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Indian Country and Iraq, according to the V-Day website.

"The Vagina Monologues" is an adult-oriented show that tries to break the taboo of talking about women's bodies. Parental discretion is advised.

"Some of these stories have tough language, and some have tough subject matter," she said. "We say the word 'vagina' a lot, as well as its many euphemisms. You may be uncomfortable. Our readers may be uncomfortable. But we have to learn not to be afraid to say the word 'vagina.' While the issues are serious, some stories have taken a comedic or light-hearted approach, leading to moments of laughter that allows audiences to let some of that tension go.

A talk-back session will be held after each performance, allowing those in the audience and the readers to discuss what they've seen and heard, as well as their own experiences.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call 865-694-6400.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Sesame Street

  • February 19, 2019 — February 20, 2019

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Sesame Street comes to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium February, 19-20 2020.

When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there's one problem ... Elmo doesn't know how to do magic.
That's when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the "power of yet" —the lesson that with perseverance and practice, nothing can stand between you and your dream. Along the way, Elmo and Abby, joined by their friends Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, and Gonger, discover the many magical moments in everyday life.
In the end, Elmo learns that you can do anything you set your mind to if you just keep trying! Join your favorite Sesame Street friends on this magical adventure when Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic comes to your neighborhood.

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

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibit by Kate and Roy McCullough

  • February 17, 2019 — April 10, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, February 22, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Kate McCullough
“There is so much freedom in being able to create,” says Kate. “The world of painting is a magical place where the looking glass is only limited by my imagination. The goal for my art is to not only reach that deeper place, but to offer something to the viewer that could reach a place in them that has meaning as well.”
Kate began painting in watercolor about 15 years ago, after a 35-year hiatus from art. Initially her studies at Villa Marie College and SUNY College at Buffalo included general design, art history and oil and acrylic painting. When she returned to painting, she decided to explore watercolor. She took courses with Marcia Goldenstein and Whitney Leland at UT, and then moved on to workshops at Arrowmont with Don Lake and Sue Archer; Kanuga with Linda Baker, Keiko Tanabe and Don Andrews; Cheap Joe’s with Linda Kemp; three workshops with John Salminen and a couple with Paul Jackson. McCullough now teaches watercolor classes at the Fountain City Art Center and the Oak Ridge Art Center. She is the former president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, a member of the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville, a signature member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society and Vice President of the Art Guild of Tellico Village.

Roy McCullough
Roy says that painting is a process of discovery. When he and his wife, Kate, travel, they invariably bring cameras and open minds, and often jockey for position to capture their own version of the same scene. When they paint, they usually express the same subject in far different ways. Roy prefers somewhat earthy subjects to the purely picturesque. He is inspired by often-overlooked commercial illustrations from the advertising industry. These illustrators work under stressful deadlines, yet consistently produce outstanding, insightful and delightful work at the highest level. “When I find a subject that could make an interesting subject for a painting, I might conjure an untold background story,” says Roy. “I look for unexpected situations that reveal something universal. Sometimes it could be interesting lighting, shapes or color. And when people are involved, I ask, ‘What’s going on? Does it suggest a narrative?’ There is always a challenge involved in making a picture come to life. Sometimes I surprise myself and a painting works on multiple levels. When that happens, I feel I have succeeded.”

Roy’s love of art began in grade school and continued thorough his career in advertising. He studied art history in college and still enjoys museum- and gallery-hopping wherever he travels.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival

Category: Theatre

The NEW PLAY FESTIVAL will consist of fully staged World Premiere presentation of The Senator’s Wife by North Carolina Playwright C. Robert Jones at the Historic Southern Railway Station
Directed by Jennifer Alldredge
February 14-24
A romantic comedy with songs

The 2019 New Play Festival also includes three table readings and two staged readings. The table readings will occur between March 1 - 31. Each reading will include a discussion session afterwards with the cast, director and audience – and when possible - the playwright.

The plays in this group are:
To The Bone, drama with laughs
A House For Mandy, drama
Raft, a dark comedy

The stage readings will each have one performance in February:
Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan
Indian Giver by Michael Reiman

For tickets and more information, please contact Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Lure of the Object: Art from the June & Rob Heller Collection

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

This exhibition celebrates the uncommon aesthetic vision and philanthropic impulse of June and Rob Heller, who are among Knoxville’s most active, adventurous, and generous art collectors.

The selection of more than 50 sculptures and paintings attests to the couple’s journey as collectors over four decades. Lure of the Object pays tribute to the Heller’s accomplishments as collectors, their significant role as KMA patrons, and the many key sculptures and paintings they have donated to the museum. Some of the featured objects have been gifted to the KMA, while others are promised gifts. International contemporary glass is a particular area of focus, and the exhibition features works by William Morris, Richard Jolley, Bertil Vallien, Oben Abright, Dante Marioni, Therman Statom, and Stephen Rolfe Powell. Complementing sculptural works are paintings by Jim Dine, Frank Stella, Christo, and Paul Jenkins.

Before settling in Knoxville, the Hellers moved frequently as dictated by career assignments in London, Geneva, Singapore, and other major cities around the world. In each location, they made a practice of exploring galleries, art fairs, museums, and auctions with a sense of openness and adventure. Increasingly, they discovered works of art they could not live without. They were not bound by any set medium, period, or theme, but rather acquired works that provoked a strong emotional response. As their collection grew, so did the challenge of transporting objects—many of them quite large—from home to home. Soon after moving to Knoxville, they became involved in the city’s art scene. They patronized area artists, and became staunch supporters of the Knoxville Museum of Art. In particular, they became outspoken advocates for the KMA’s efforts to build a collection of contemporary sculpture which glass is a primary material. They supported the museum by donating funds as well as works from their extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.

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,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: New Traditions: Sophie Glenn & Adam Hawk

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

New Traditions focuses on the contemporary ways that metal as medium is being used in craft practices. Artists Sophie Glenn and Adam Hawk have distinctive ways of working with the material, while recognizing the importance of tradition in their fields.

As a furniture maker, Glenn understands the value of knowing the history of her craft, but also seeing that this can be a hindrance to makers wishing to push the limits of furniture design. “It is important to remember that furniture making and woodworking are not mutually exclusive,” says Glenn. In her body of work featured here, Rust Never Sleeps, Glenn has completely eliminated wood from the equation. All of her furniture designs are made entirely out of painted and rusted steel. “Hopefully, this trickery allows people to view and experience furniture in a new light.”

Brooches with vibrant, neon colors and geometric designs may feel influenced by anything but nature. But Adam Hawk’s jewelry pieces are just that. The overall forms of Hawk’s pieces are free flowing, and mimic structures found in natural environments, while at the same time, the designs play with the idea of natural geometry that occurs all around us. “From roaming the creeks and fields I grew up around, to traveling to foreign countries, my exposure to urban and natural aesthetics has had a major influence on my design vocabulary,” says Hawk.

Born and raised in New York City, Sophie Glenn received her BFA in Sculpture from the State University of New York at Purchase, and her MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University. She has worked extensively as a metal fabricator and welder for many independent makers and businesses across the country, including Vivian Beer Studio Works in Manchester, New Hampshire and Shelton Studios Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently the wood artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft and was recently awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. See more of Sophie’s work here:

Adam Hawk is a studio artist and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Hawk earned his MFA in metalsmithing/blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and BFA in sculpture and computer fine arts from Memphis College of Art. Previously, Hawk has served as an assistant professor at Memphis College of Art and worked as a Lead Blacksmith at the National Ornamental Metal Museum. His work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the HOW art museum in Shanghai, China, The Villa Braghieri in Italy, Walter Anderson Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum. See more of Adam’s work here:

Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

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