Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Big Ears Festival Presents: Lucy Negro Redux

Category: Dance and Music

Big Ears is proud to welcome the Nashville Ballet and Rhiannon Giddens to present, Lucy Negro Redux, at the Tennessee Theatre.

Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of William Shakespeare through the imagined perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady,” for whom many of Shakespeare’s famed sonnets were written. Based on the book by Caroline Randall Williams, this original contemporary ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty as the narrator embarks on a journey to discover her own power and worth. Lucy Negro Redux is set to an original score written and performed by Grammy award-winning artist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Rhiannon Giddens, along with spoken word by Williams. Big Ears has the incredible opportunity to present two performances of the ballet just a few weeks after its world premiere.

March 20, 7:30 PM - independent performance
March 21 - performance as part of Big Ears Festival

Nashville Ballet: Lucy Negro Redux


Category: Dance and Music

On March 20, 2019, 7:30PM, the Nashville Ballet performs Lucy Negro Redux at the Tennessee Theatre.

It is a long-running Shakespeare debate: Who is the “Dark Lady” he describes with such lust and longing in his sonnets? Various scholars have pursued the question over the years, whittling down the possibilities to select candidates of Mediterranean origin. But in her compelling 2015 collection of poetry called Lucy Negro, Redux, Nashville writer Caroline Randall Williams took a more literal (and, for some, more controversial) approach by identifying the Dark Lady as someone of African descent. She gave personality and meaning to Shakespeare’s muse, developing her as a person and not just as the bard’s spark.

In Lucy Negro Redux, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Carolina Chocolate Drops cofounder, Big Ears veteran, and Nashville and Broadway actress Rhiannon Giddens uses Williams’ work as the springboard for a full ballet that explores ideas of love and equality in a world that does not make them easy. A collaboration with Williams (who narrates the night), The Nashville Ballet, and artistic director Paul Vasterling, Lucy will make its world premiere in Nashville in February 2019. Its second performance happens in Knoxville for Big Ears 2019—fitting, as Giddens pursued the project after texting festival founder Ashley Capps a set of demos inspired by Williams’ book. She composed and will perform the score live with her recent collaborator, acclaimed Italian pianist and percussionist Francesco Turrisi. A testament to audacity and vision, Lucy Negro Redux seems destined to stand as a major work from Giddens, a major talent.

This production is recommended for adults due to explicit language and mature themes

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

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Get Off Your Glass! Spring Cleaning Edition

  • March 20, 2019
  • 5-8 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

It is time for some #SpringCleaning and a Get Off Your Glass! Join Sierra Nevada, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Cherokee Distributing Company, and WestRock for some glass recycling and Sierra Nevada beer on March 20 from 5pm-8pm.

Bring your glass jars and bottles from home to recycle at The Casual Pint (Fountain City). Need more encouragement? Sierra Nevada will give you a ~COMPLIMENTARY~ can when you buy any Sierra Nevada pint!

Casual Pint (Fountain City), 4842 Harvest Mill Way Knoxville, TN, 37918

Old City Neighborhood Association: Social

  • March 20, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

If you live, work, or play in the Old City or just have a general interest in what is going on around your town, then join us on Wednesday at 5:30pm at Blue Slip Winery. We will have drinks, snacks, and live music along with some neighborhood updates for our annual Membership Drive Spring Social. Come meet your neighbors!

300 West Depot Ave, Knoxville. Mini meeting at 5:30 PM, social from 6-7:30 PM.

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Knoxville Soap, Candle and Gifts: Featuring Becky Chaffee

  • March 19, 2019 — March 24, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Knoxville Soap, Candle and Gifts is proud to present local Music Visual Artist, Becky Chaffee, for Big Ears Festival week. Her "Folk Art with a Clever Twist to Make You Smile" will be sold as prints, cards, on t-shirts. Originals may be requested. Her guitar, piano and violin purses will also be available. Becky Chaffee:

Knoxville Soap, Candle and Gifts, 714 South Gay St. across from Bijou Theatre

Shekinah Souls Art Exhibit

  • March 18, 2019 — April 20, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Featuring artist Alan Jones (Theophilus)

At Burlington Library, 4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville TN 37914

Kids in the Arts: Spring Camp

  • March 18, 2019 — March 22, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family and Music

We offer a kids camp, usually a week long, typically for ages 5-12. We tailor the lessons to multiple ages by working together in whole-group instruction or by splitting up into smaller groups to maximize learning. We spend the day together creating art through various art forms like music, improv games, visual art and dance. We meet-up at the end of the day and share our experiences in a cool down meditative share time.

Our mission is to promote cooperation and the love of learning through art, craft and creativity! Through exploration of self we will find common ground in each other.

Camp will be located at The Birdhouse - 800 N. 4th Ave. from ​9 am to 4 pm.
Ages are from 5-12
Cost is $245 or $65/day

Our Artist Teachers are:
Jasmine Sinclair- Yoga
Alex Pulsipher - Music
​Deborah Davis- Art
​Cynthia Baglin- Art
Dani Flyckt - Art
Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig - Art
​Karl Hess- Camp Facilitator

Scholarships may be available upon request.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Spring Porch Sale

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

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center in Norris will hold its Spring Porch Sale starting on Friday, March 15, and continuing for about two weeks. The Porch Sale, held each spring features outdated stock, seconds, student crafts, and nonjuried work by members of the Craft Center. It’s an excellent time to get great deals on local handmade items.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

Ijams Nature Center Gallery: Griffey's Sunshine Photography


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Don't miss this month's stunning nature photography exhibit by Griffey's Sunshine Photography!

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 26th Annual Sevier County Student Art Show

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

26th Annual Sevier County Student Art Show in the Drawing Studio. There will be a reception on Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm. This show is organized by the Gatlinburg Arts Council.

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: AIR Exhibition—Not a Metaphor

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

Reception: Friday, April 12, from 6-8 pm, free and open to the public

Featuring the works of 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence Sasha Baskin, Alyssa Coffin, Everett Hoffman, Stephanie Wilhelm and Kari Woolsey

These 5 artists working in divergent materials and ideas find common connections pulling this work together for the exhibition. From the installations by Kari Woolsey referencing items found in the home on a daily basis, to Everett Hoffman’s queer forms of altered found objects alluding to domestic space. Pattern and repetition seen as a connecting line between Sasha Baskin and Stephanie Wilhelm through ideas of utilizing the rose from “The Bachelor” to an exploration of ornamentation and form based off the history of decorative ceramics. While Alyssa Coffin questions the realities of what it means to be human through responding to the story of the landscape. All artists connect through their shared experience at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

In the Sandra J. Blain Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Dogwood Arts: Synergy Exhibition

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

Clayton Center for the Arts

The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts on March 15th from 5:30-9:00pm. All artists, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!

Synergy showcases East Tennessee’s most gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers, diverse artists will participate in this special exhibition at the Clayton Center for the Arts. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in East Tennessee schools. The East Tennessee Art Educator Exhibition is a newer exhibition designed to promote the work of East Tennessee’s finest teaching artists. K-12 art teachers and current art interns/student teachers from public schools, private schools and academies are invited to apply to the exhibition which will be alongside an exhibit featuring the creative works by East Tennessee’s most gifted art students.

Dogwood Arts information: 865-637-4561,

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