Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Clayton Center for the Arts: Maryville College Choir

Category: Music

Maryville College Choir brings their annual homecoming concert to the Clayton Center. $5 Tickets are General admission.

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

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Gary Allen

  • March 28, 2019
  • 7:30PM

Category: Music

Hear Gary Allen at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30PM.

With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. While becoming a force on the country music scene, Allan has remained true to his artistic voice each step of the way. Allan re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016, the label home for the entirety of his twenty-year career. He is currently finishing up work for his upcoming EMI Nashville release. His last album, SET YOU FREE, topped the Billboard 200 (Pop Chart), a career first for Allan. The album also made its debut at the top of the Billboard Country Album chart (for the fourth time in a row), and produced his fifth #1 country radio chart topper with "Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain." The California native released his first album, Used Heart for Sale, in 1996 and since then has released eight additional studio albums selling over 7 million albums, been certified platinum on three back-to-back albums, and been certified gold five times. Allan has five #1 hits at country radio, fourteen Top 10 hits to his credit and amassed over 270 million total streams. He's described as "dark and dreamy" in Entertainment Weekly, "soulful and rough around the edges" in Playboy and deemed a "maverick" by Rolling Stone. He sells out venues as a headliner from NY to LA, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Live with Kelly and Michael and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also landed on the covers of Country Weekly, Pollstar and People magazine.

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

Let Her Speak - 2019 Women's Summit

  • March 28, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events

by Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Every woman has a story and every story is worth telling. Let Her Speak is a gathering to encourage women to share their life experiences. Every woman is invited to come to the table and make her voice heard. This half-day event will have a roundtable setting with opportunities to listen, learn, and grow from other women and to share your experiences, goals, and vision for the future of our community. The Summit is meant to facilitate deeper conversations and identify actions we can take within the community to inspire change and build a stronger support system for women in business - whether they work for a company or are starting their own business.

Morning coffee and pastries will be provided as well as lunch. During the event, we will also have a showcase of work from local women makers.

***Tickets are limited to allow each attendee the opportunity to share her story.***
Doors open at 8:30am

Keynote Speaker: Berta Medina - Escape Your Comfort Zone - Expand Your Influence - Thrive Through Generosity
Booth Andrews & Charlene Izere - Weaving Play Into the Fabric of How You Live Your Life
More to be announced soon!

8:30 AM – 2:30 PM at The Hive, 854 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

The Central Collective: Good Sport Night

  • March 28, 2019
  • 6:30-9:30PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Good Sport Night at The Central Collective, Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:30 - 9:30 PM.



Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: glass blowing, a walking tour of North Knoxville, trapeze lessons, pizza making with A Dopo Pizza, nude figure drawing, a yacht ride down the Tennessee river, and a miniature horse petting zoo (to name a few). These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.

We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns regarding dietary preferences, physical ability, or anything else, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

Alcohol: Beverages Included
Food: Light Refreshments
Dress Code: Casual Cocktail Party Attire (Optional)
Physical Activity: Medium/low
Good Sport Level: 2/5

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590,,

UT Arboretum Society: Talk by Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Lectures and Science & nature

The UT Arboretum Society will sponsor a talk by the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO) on Thursday, March 28 at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

John Byrd, principal investigator with CRESO and Fred Holtzclaw are retired high school biology teachers. After spending 12 summers transporting junior high and high school students to remote places in the Southeastern United States to visit unique ecosystems, they decided it was time to turn in their chauffeur hats and set-up a research facility in their own community of Anderson County, TN. In 1989, the Department of Energy partnered with Anderson County and Oak Ridge Schools to develop an education/field research program known as the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO). John will document the evolution of this 30-year program along with the upsides (and a few downsides) of student research and conservation efforts. It will also be an opportunity for participants to become more familiar with some of the unique flora and fauna found at the Arboretum and surrounding landscapes.

Byrd and Holtzclaw found that a key motivator behind CRESO was the heartfelt desire to introduce young people to local wildlife, which continues to be a constant source of joy, questions, and discovery on an almost daily basis for its founders. They sincerely thank the many students and CRESO staff members that contributed to the fun and serendipity associated with doing science.

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

Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Auditions for James And The Giant Peach

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

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Thursday, March 28 for the upcoming stage production of “James And The Giant Peach,” based on the classic novel by Roald Dahl. James Henry Trotter lives with his cruel aunts Spiker and Sponge until one fateful day when the barren, old peach tree in their yard produces a single peach that grows to nearly the size of a house. When James takes a closer look at the enormous fruit, he discovers a tunnel that leads him to the peach pit where he meets a rag-tag band of human-sized, talking invertebrates: an old green grasshopper, a centipede, an earthworm, a spider, a ladybug, a glowworm, and a silkworm. These bugs become James’ companions on an adventure that will take them over land and sea! As they travel James learns important lessons about courage, friendship, and seagulls.

The audition will take place: Thursday, March 28, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
KCT 109 E. Churchwell Avenue.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Six auditionees will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 42 auditionees will be seen. There are at least 14 available roles, including excellent roles for both boys and girls. The minimum age to audition is 8 years old, and the maximum age is 18. Auditionees should prepare a SHORT (one-minute) monologue from a play or novel. The monologue should feature a theatrical level of volume and expression.

The play’s genre is adventure/comedy drama. Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on memorization, volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing or dramatic depth of emotion. Ability of physical transformation is a major plus.
Auditonees should bring their calendars. All actors will be asked to list all conflicts with the rehearsal schedule. The director will make every attempt to work around conflicts, whenever possible. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, April 14 and continue through Thursday, May 30. Rehearsals are generally held on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Actors should expect to attend most rehearsals. Orientation on April 14 and tech rehearsals on May 23, 26, 28, 29 & 30 are mandatory. Actors must also be available for all 14 regular performances: May 31 through June 16, Thursdays through Sundays.

Find some helpful tips at AUDITION TIPS:

To make an audition appointment: visit REGISTER FOR AN AUDITION:

Website submissions only for audition appointments. No calls for appointments, please. Due to time restrictions, auditionees without an appointment will not be seen.

The Joy of Music School: Dining for Joy

Category: Culinary arts and Fundraisers

Take in an evening of delicious food and drink, brilliant music, and pure inspiration. It's Dining for Joy! Wine and dine with friends. Win generous door prizes. Enjoy the music of Will Carter and Friends, playing Americana and captivating eclectic sounds. (Some secret surprise guests, whose names we cannot reveal, are expected)

Sample a brief Joy of Music School student performance. Dine on exquisite fare provided by Holly's. Cash Bar available. Door prize drawings throughout the evening! $40 per person. Includes delicious buffet-style fare, iced tea. Cash bar. You will also receive a door-prize entry.

You are supporting Knoxville's Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization providing free music lessons and instruments to hundreds of area disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens. Over 100 volunteer teacher/mentors make it possible. Get Tickets:

At Holly's Gourmet's Market and Cafe, 5107 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Pellissippi State Community College: Annual Juried 
Student Art Exhibition

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

Work by Pellissippi State Studio Art students

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,

Clarence Brown Theatre: The REAL Inspector Hound

Category: Theatre

By Tom Stoppard. Lab Theatre

Attending the premiere of a new murder mystery, two feuding theatre critics soon find themselves inside the play-within-a-play and implicated in the lethal activities of an escaped madman.

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,

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

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: Wednesday, April 24, 5-7pm

The 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage’s featured artist, Judy Lavoie, will have a solo exhibition in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

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. The 69th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage takes place April 23-27, 2019.

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

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.

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