Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Clarence Brown Theatre: Detroit '67

Category: Music and Theatre

By Dominique Morisseau. Carousel Theatre

Summer, 1967. When the 12th Street riots erupt after a raid on an unlicensed after-hours bar, the fate of the once booming blue collar town takes a turn for the worse on five young Detroiters. Set to a Motown beat, this Edward M. Kennedy Drama Prize winner explores an explosive and decisive moment in an American city.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Picky Chick Spring Consignment Sale

  • February 27, 2019 — March 2, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

The Picky Chick Spring Consignment Charity Presale at Knoxville Expo Center,
Wednesday, February 27 at 6-8 p.m.

Pay $5 at the door and shop early between 6-8 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 27 2018. (Proceeds to benefit Safe Families).
A three-day Spring/Summer pop-up children's consignment sale event. Shop for baby equipment, cloth diapers, strollers and clothes, gently-worn kids' clothing, toys and books for up to 50-90% off regular retail prices. All in one place, at one time. This season expect to find deals on Easter outfits, outdoor toys and sporting goods. Shop popular brands for picky teens in the Juniors' boutique area.

More info:; follow on Instagram @thepickychick and on Facebook for regular updates.

Age restrictions at presale due to safety concerns - children over 10 years or worn in a carrier allowed - no strollers/wagons during presale** all ages welcome during public sale*

Read more about this volunteer program here:

The Picky Chick Spring/Summer Consignment Sale at Knoxville Expo Center
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 28
10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 1
9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2 (half price day – many items marked ½ price)

Free admission

70th Annual SETC Convention

  • February 27, 2019 — March 2, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events and Theatre

Each year, the Southeastern Theatre Conference invites theatre lovers of all kinds — actors, singers, dancers, designers, technicians, stage managers, directors, playwrights, teachers, students, professionals, academicians, etc. — to gather together in celebration of the art of theatre. The annual SETC Convention brings over 4,000 members of our theatre community together for three and a half days of workshops, keynotes, performance festivals, auditions, college recruiting, job interviews, and more. Join us to share your passion for theatre.

Knoxville Convention Center

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: The Q Series at The Emporium Center


Category: Culinary arts and Music

The Q Series consists of KSO ensembles such as the Principal Quartet and/or the Woodwind Quintet performing a one-hour lunchtime concert. Tickets are $18 in advance/$20 at the door and include a catered lunch. The Feb. 27 Q Series lunch is provided by Holly’s Gourmet Market.

This concert features the KSO Principal String Quartet playing String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, “Dissonance” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart followed by String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, op. 96 “American” by Antonín Dvorak. The KSO Principal String Quartet members are Gordon Tsai, violin; Edward Pulgar, violin; Kathryn Gawne, viola and Andy Bryenton, cello.

Held at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Bijou Theatre: WUTK's Fire on the Mountain presents Spafford

Category: Music


Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-522-0832,

Mabry-Hazen House: Night at the Museum

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Mabry-Hazen House will host its quarterly after-hours social—Night at the Museum—on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6pm-9pm. During the work week, museums (including Mabry-Hazen House) mostly keep bankers' hours and weekends are often packed with other activities, making it difficult for people who hold day jobs but would like to visit more often. Night at the Museum is a chance to visit Mabry-Hazen House after-hours on a weekday and drink up a little history. Explore the 1858 historic house in an entirely different light as twilight falls upon Mabry’s Hill, watch the sun set behind Sharp’s Ridge and North Knoxville flicker alight, all while enjoying drinks provided by Boyd’s Jig & Reel.

This "historical happy hour" is not just about the festivity either; it’s about connecting with history and gathering at the museum to meet staff, volunteers, and local community members while talking about the past in a casual atmosphere. Mabry-Hazen House also will introduce a new collaborative history series called “Weird History of Knoxville,” where a local speaker recounts a strange story in Knoxville’s past and then guests are invited to share their own weird historical Knoxville anecdotes.

Tickets are $10 per adult and visitors under 18 are free. Each purchased ticket includes two adult beverages and additional drinks are $5. The historic home will be open for self-guided tours and there will be behind-the-scenes access to the family artifacts not typically on display. We’ll have a firepit available outside and guests are encouraged to bring their games, stories, and camp chairs.

Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House. Event will occur rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door or at

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661

The Gray Havens Storehouse Tour with Special Guest Chris Renzema

  • February 27, 2019
  • 7 PM

Category: Music

Doors open at 6:30 PM
At JTV Tim Matthews Auditorium, 9600 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922

Tickets are $12 online; $15 at the door

Knox County Public Library: Books Sandwiched In with Clarence Vaughn

  • February 27, 2019

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Knox County Public Library invites the public to join Clarence Vaughn for a consideration of The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement by Matthew Horace, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium (601 South Gay Street).

"Horace provides a riveting and portentous view from differing perspectives regarding community engagement with law enforcement," Vaughn said. "The Black and the Blue sheds light on the importance of maintaining certain key principles of the civil rights movement and transitioning those principles into a human rights movement, with a concentrated emphasis for all humankind to be treated equally and fairly."

The Black and the Blue is described by reviewers as a brilliantly researched examination of the police force. Authors Matthew Horace and Ron Harris posit that many of today's police tactics are built upon decades of toxic internal policies and the post-civil rights era War on Drugs. The author started his career in local policing and eventually ascended to the Department of Justice’s Senior Executive Service. After a personal encounter with racial profiling by a white officer, Horace sought to understand the very system he represented.

Clarence Vaughn is Executive Director of the Police Advisory and Review Committee for the City of Knoxville, where he works to ensure citizens have a voice in police matters. He is also a member of the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement focused on improving relationships between law enforcement and citizens. Recognized by Knoxville Business Journal as a “40 under 40” honoree, Vaughn’s passion for service and philanthropic activities motivate him to serve in leadership roles in citizen academies at the federal and local level.

Books Sandwiched In is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Bring a sandwich or pick up something at a downtown restaurant. Drinks will be available for 50 cents.

Downtown Knoxville Cajun Crawl

  • February 26, 2019 — March 5, 2019

Category: Culinary arts and Festivals & special events

The Downtown Knoxville Cajun Crawl is a week of food, fun, and festivities for all four-legged friends. Downtown businesses celebrate with events and specials Tuesday, February 26 thru Tuesday, March 5.

Gumbos, Jambalayas, Cajun Pastas, Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grits, Oysters, Red Beans and Rice, Po' Boys! Bananas Foster Crepes, Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream, Pralines, Beignets! Jazz, Zydeco, Cocktails, and Fun! Plus...Young-Williams Animal Center Mardi Growl Parade and Party on Saturday, March 2.

Find details at and celebrate the entire week!

Pellissippi State Community College: Annual Photography Student Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Annual Photography Student Exhibition, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

"For a lot of our students, they've never been in a show in a gallery, so this gives them that experience," said Professor Kurt Eslick, who will be curating the images for the exhibition with Associate Professor Ronald Goodrich, the program coordinator for Photography at Pellissippi State. "It's a chance for them and their families to see their work on the wall. I love seeing families being very proud of their kids for having a picture in a gallery. It reminds you of what a big deal it is to have your work shown."

The exhibition is open to any Pellissippi State student who has taken or is currently enrolled in Photography 2.

"There is no theme, but the exhibition is comprised of images that the students are really proud of," Eslick explained, noting the show is not a competition. "This show lets us tell our students in a different way how proud we are of them, and it also lets the community know we're proud of these photographs and of the people who took them."

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Disney's Mary Poppins


Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

February 22 - March 17

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the musical Disney’s Mary Poppins, Jr. The play will be performed February 22nd through March 17th: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM, with shows at 7 PM on Sunday March 3, March 10 and March 17.

Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the Broadway musical that played for over 2,500 performances and received multiple Olivier and Tony Awards nominations, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Jr. captures hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect Broadway Junior musical! The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."

The play is performed by 24 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 17. Audrey Randall plays the title role of Mary Poppins, while Caleb Delong portrays the multitalented Bert. Jane is played by Evie Braude, and Eleanor Wood portrays Michael.

The play is directed by KCT Artistic Director, Dennis E. Perkins, and Musical Direction is provided by Paul Jones of Auralation Studios.

Tickets are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more by making advance reservations by phone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

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

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