Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Appalachian Ballet Company: Peter Pan

Category: Dance and Kids & family

Appalachian Ballet Company presents PETER PAN - the full-length magical tale for all ages!

Saturday March 23rd 7:30 PM
Sunday March 24th 3:00 PM

Advance Adult price - $25 Advance Student price - $20
At door - $30 - 25

This adventurous production featuring a Peter Pan that flies will send you to Neverland with the Darling children. Come experience the magic of The Appalachian Ballet Company’s Peter Pan which is filled with lavish sets, scenery, costumes and more. Kylie Morton Berry will once again dance the role of Peter Pan with Len Causey as her Captain Hook. Pirates, Indians, Lost Boys and a drum circle will entertain you and your family. Tickets on sale now.

Tickets: 865-981-8590 or

At Clayton Center for Arts, 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804. For more information Appalachian Ballet Company: 865-982-8463.

The Secret is Out: American Museum of Science and Energy’s Platinum Celebration

  • March 23, 2019
  • 10 AM - 5 PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

AMSE’s 70th Birthday Party! Members FREE – $5 Admission All Day
10 am: Welcome, Flag Pole Dedication, and Sculpture Presentation in front of the museum
11 am & 1 pm: Van de Graaff generator “hair-raising” demonstrations in the auditorium
12 pm: Game competitions in Lab I and Lab II - Winner receives a limited AMSE 3D-printed award!
Marbles * Checkers * Hula Hoop * Hopscotch * Slinky * Silly Putty * Board Games * Ping Pong
2 pm: Historian Ray Smith and Calutron Girl Ruth Huddleston discuss life in Manhattan Project Oak Ridge in the auditorium
3 pm: Mike and Kathryn LaMance demonstrate Swing Dancing
All Day: Photo exhibit of the three AMSE sites in the auditorium, special memorabilia in the Discovery Shop, 1940s music, and more!

Alexia Productions: Arabian Nights Gala Show

  • March 23, 2019
  • 6:30 PM

Category: Dance

Belly Dance show featuring Alexandria Dancers along with Albi and other guest artists from out of town.
At Mirage, 415 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville

Can purchase tickets from Mirage or on line and click on events.
The show begins at 6:30pm and tickets are $15 advance | $20 door. or

Crystalline Light Expo

  • March 23, 2019
  • 9:30AM-5:30PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Lectures

Crystalline Light Expo, Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Visit a number of gifted healers offering mini sessions for massage, energy healing, sound healing, aura photography, intuitive readings and much more! There will also be vendors of beautiful crystalline products and gifts. Practitioners will be offering their time and talents to deliver a day of amazing services and informative lectures. Lectures included with the $10 admission fee.

Rothchild Catering and Convention Center 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37923

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Groundbreaking Brew Fundraiser

  • March 23, 2019

Category: Culinary arts and Science & nature

Celebrate the groundbreaking of our new Green Drinks Garden by enjoying a Groundbreaking Brew at this exciting fundraiser. Aaron McClain of Crafty Bastard Brewery is creating the perfect brew to commemorate the occasion, with hints of rosemary and honey harvested from our grounds. For every Groundbreaking Brew sold, $1 will be donated to complete the Green Drinks Garden.

Join us at the Crafty Bastard Brewery located at 6 Emory Place Knoxville, TN 37917.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

Art Market Gallery: On an Artistic Note reception

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

Because color and melody say what words cannot, The Art Market Gallery, 422 South Gay St., Knoxville, will lend its many colors to the melodies of The Big Ears Music Festival scheduled for March 21-24 in downtown Knoxville. The gallery will host a month-long March art show “On an Artistic Note”.

The show will highlight the work of AMG artists who are inspired by melody, dance, musicians and more. Some of the gallery’s artists and their work will be featured March 15 on WATE-6’s “Living East Tennessee” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The artists will be on-hand and ready to discuss their work with the public March 23, 3- 5 PM, and the gallery will provide wine and cheese. These events will be hosted by AMG as a way of welcoming of an estimated 16,000 music festival fans.

The festival will take place in downtown locations from The Bijou to Jackson Avenue, The Art Market and Gallery’s artists will create a place where music and art can come together and be enjoyed by all. The gallery will even feature portraits of some of the musicians performing at the festival this year. For more information, call (865) 207-3407 or visit us online at

The Featured Artist for the month of March is Pebbie Mott. Growing up as an "Army Brat", Pebbie has lived all over the world. While Pebbie's childhood was spent in many interesting locations, the main constant in her life was drawing and painting. Her education led to the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla. Upon graduation, she worked for 15 years as a commercial interior designer. She left the design world to spend her time raising her two daughters and pursue her passion for painting and art education. Currently Pebbie is an artist, working in oils and acrylics. For the last 19 years, she continues to teach painting and drawing at the John C Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Her work can be seen in the Morning Song gallery in Haysville, N.C. Pebbie has expanded her art to include Christmas Village Backgrounds, sold on the internet.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265,

Marilyn Kallet: Spring Poetry Events

  • March 22, 2019 — June 18, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, Lectures and Literature & readings

Marilyn Kallet, City of Knoxville's Poet Laureate

*March 22, noon: Poetry reading for WDVX, inaugural show for the new series. Visit Knoxville, 301 South Gay Street, Knoxville.

*March 22 and 23, 7 p.m.: Discussion leader with Dawnie Steadman, Regal Cinemas, premiere of “To Dust,” featuring Matthew Broderick, set at the Body Farm.

March 28, 4 p.m., Poetry workshop, ETSU, hosted by Jesse Graves.

*March 28, 6 p.m., Poetry reading and workshop, “Writing Praise Poems in Troubled Times,” Johnson City Public Library. 100 West Millard Street, Johnson City.

*April 4, 7 p.m. Poetry reading with Donna Doyle, Knoxville Writers’ Guild. Central United Methodist Church, 201 Third Avenue, Knoxville.

April 13. Reading for the Botanical Gardens, in Linda Parsons Marion’s garden! 11-1 p.m., 2909 Fountain Park Boulevard, Knoxville. (Fundraiser for the Knoxville Botanical Gardens).

April 21: 11:15-12:30, Reading with Patricia Clark and Alice Friman, North American Review poetry conference, Bartlett Hall, Room 1000. University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

April 26, noon, poem for the Mayor’s State of the City address.

April 27-May 5, residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar.

May 2nd, 6-8:30 p.m., Marilyn Kallet will be honored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at the Soirée, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond. For tickets, contact VCCA Executive Director Joy Heyrman, (Fundraiser for the Virginia Center).

June 7-18, Mentor for “Writing the River” residency in Auvillar, France. Sponsored by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Information: or

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year: Judy Lavoie

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: Wednesday, April 24th 5:00-7:00 PM
"69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year: Judy Lavoie"

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park offering professionally guided programs which explore the region’s rich wildflowers, wildlife, ecology, culture, and natural history through walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. Each year, an artist is selected to be featured on the cover of the SWP brochure, T-shirt, and are honored with a solo exhibition at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. This year’s SWP Artist-of-the-Year is Judy Lavoie.

Lavoie’s artwork has won many awards, including Best Of Show in the prestigious 2018 Tennessee Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. Today she is grateful for the opportunity to indulge in her passion for painting. Inspiration comes from her surroundings, a rural Tennessee community in the Appalachian foothills. In the forest surrounding her home, Judy has identified more than 100 wildflower varieties – an endless source of painting subjects. View her work and learn more on her website and art blog, at

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

Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio: Dominion

Category: Dance, Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville's own Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio brings its 8th Annual Circus Extravaganza to Pellissippi State Community College next week in a show designed to appeal to all ages. Titled "Dominion" this year, the Circus Extravaganza will include about 40 performers - a mix of professionals, teachers and students - entertaining audiences through aerial arts, acrobatics, stilt walking and more.

"People love the shows," said Jake Weinstein, who is directing the Circus Extravaganza and is on the management team of Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio. "It's very family-friendly, story-centered and thought-provoking. With spectacles, amazing feats and humor, there is something that appeals to everybody."

Four shows will be offered this year at Pellissippi State's Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college's Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road:
• 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23; and
• 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. All proceeds benefit circus classes for at-risk youth.

"From the beginning, the Circus Extravaganza has supported our scholarship fund that helps at-risk youth and underserved groups attend circus classes and summer camps," Weinstein said. "We also do circus work in the community."

The Circus Extravaganza is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email

For more information about Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, visit or contact Weinstein at 203-843-7444 or

2019 Honey Convention

  • March 22, 2019 — March 23, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Science & nature

This year HONEY will be on March 22nd and 23rd at Rothchild Catering & Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923.

Free Spirit Theatre: Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts and Theatre

Free Spirit Theatre presents a dinner theatre production of Neil Simon's comedy, Plaza Suite

Dinner & show, $30

For evening performances (Fri & Sat), dinner will be served from 6:00-7:00 PM with show beginning at 7:30 PM

For the matinee performance (Sat), lunch will be served from noon until 1:00 pm with show beginning at 1:30 PM

All tickets are general admission; doors open at 5:30 PM for evening shows and 11:30 AM for the matinee.

We are not selling advance tickets for show only, but tickets at the door will be available at 7:15 for $20.

​There will be a cash bar.

At Jubliee Banquet Facility, 6700 Jubilee Center Way, Knoxville, TN 37912

The Big Ears Festival

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events, Film and Music

Big Ears Festival continues to bring the world to Knoxville. This week, the Big Ears Festival returns for its 10th Anniversary – with people coming from 48 states and 21 countries (including Australia, Japan, Israel, Chile, and Serbia) – to attend the 4 day music and art (and now dance!) extravaganza. It opens Thursday evening and continues through Sunday, with nearly 150 jazz, rock, classical, bluegrass and folk concerts in venues ranging from the Tennessee and Bijou Theaters to St. John’s Cathedral and Church Street United Methodist Church, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Standard, the Mill & Mine, the Square Room, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, and the Pilot Light. And the Emporium will be headquarters for the entire weekend, with information, tickets, all sorts of artist and festival merchandise, and maybe a surprise or two.

Some tickets are still available – including both full weekend and day pass – options, with single day options starting at $65. For full schedule and other details:

Big Ears Founder and Executive Director Ashley Capps offered a few tips for those of us with time for only a couple of concerts – or simply for an entry into the overwhelming array of options. His recommendations:

LUCY NEGRO REDUX - Thursday, March 21 * Tennessee Theatre, 8 PM
First of all, go see “Lucy Negro Redux,” the Nashville Ballet’s remarkable collaboration with poet Caroline Randall Williams and musician Rhiannon Giddens, at the Tennessee Theatre. We added an extra, separately ticketed show on Wed but its also part of your Big Ears pass on Thursday. The New York Times: “A Nashville miracle... a beautifully choreographed ballet, but it was more than a ballet: It was also a spoken-word incantation and a showcase for the musical genius of Rhiannon Giddens.” Just go!

KIM KASHKASHIAN plays Bach and Kurtág - Friday, March 22 * St. John’s Cathedral, 6:00pm
On Friday, classical music fans will not want to miss violist Kim Kashkashian’s performance of Bach’s Cello Suites at St. John’s Cathedral. She’s simply one of the most gifted musicians of our time and seeing her in this setting will be unforgettable.

JACK DEJOHNETTE with RAVI COLTRANE & MATT GARRISON - Saturday, March 23 * Tennessee Theatre, 7:30pm
One of master jazz drummers of all time, DeJohnette is known for his work with Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett as well as his own ensembles. This band of jazz royalty is seldom heard live and this is sure to be a remarkable concert for those who love jazz.

RICHARD THOMPSON with The Knoxville Symphony Strings - Sunday, March 24 * Bijou Theatre, 2pm
The British master songwriter – and one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitar players of all time – will be heard here as never before, presenting his powerful World War I song cycle, commissioned by the WWI Centenary, followed by a program of his classic songs and some newly arranged covers, like the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

Keep in mind, I’ve left out the Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Spiritualized, Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Carla Bley, and literally over 100 great shows – all of which were booked for a reason. There are also lots of panels and discussions and other fun events all weekend…And surprises abound! Visit for full lineup, schedule and details!

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