Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Oak Ridge Art Center: Then and Now: Traditional to Contemporary Quilts

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception on March 30, 7 to 9 pm, gallery talk at 6:30 pm

By Members of the Norris Ritzy Thimbles and the Oak Ridge Bits & Pieces Quilt Guilds

In the Arts community a discussion of art versus craft is a long running diatribe. Is it art? Is it craft? I cannot tell you the number of times I have heard, “If an object is functional it CANNOT be art, it is JUST craft!” What? Are you kidding? !! Is there a difference? Design is design, beauty is beauty? Meaningful is even better. I finally heard an adage I could get behind, “If it is functional, it is a higher form of art.” What could be better than having a piece of work that is not only beautiful or meaningful AND have it be functional? Quilts have long exemplified this approach to arts & crafts. Since the Gees Bend quilters won the respect of the arts world several years ago, many have looked at these familiar and often overlooked designs with fresh eyes and...Voila! Art where there once was home craft! March 23 through May 11, 2019 the Art Center will host a wonderful collection of quilts both created by and/or collected by the members of two of our regional quilt guilds—the Ritzy Thimbles of Norris and the Bits & Pieces of Oak Ridge. I would like to stress the “created by and/or collected by” aspect of this show, for not only will there be work by these talented artists, but work that so snared their attention that it made them want to possess the pieces. While I realize many will be family pieces (I would so love to have one of the quilts my Grandmother or Mother made) there will also be pieces that fascinated the artists. As we do in many of our themed exhibitions, we have asked the artists to share with us their rationale for choosing to produce or collect the pieces that they are showing. In this way we can all learn a little bit about what these artisans are seeing in the work and, perhaps, the hallmarks of what they find special in each work. Seeing the creations through the eyes of those who revere it will undoubtedly teach us all something very interesting about those special techniques, styles, and patterns that comprise each piece. In addition, I think we could learn much about the tradition the work was born of and, for the contemporary work, how it breaks with tradition and creates something new. For years as quilters bring their work into Open Show, we have been fascinated with their recounting of how they took a traditional pattern or idea and transformed it by changing sizes, shapes or color patterns into a design that was far from the original idea. As interesting, were the stories of how the artists developed the idea that lead to the patterning they utilized. Perhaps because the quilt artists were used to using patterns and often utilize a repeating idea, they were very aware of how the idea formed, how it evolved into the current composition, and were able to articulate it. We think “Then and Now” will prove to be very interesting as these creatives share their process with us.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

Friends of the Library: Annual Used Book Sales

  • March 30, 2019 — April 2, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Literature & readings

Friends of the Knox County Public Library Annual Used Book Sale. Thousands of carefully selected used books and much more for sale at amazingly low prices.
Saturday, March 30, through Tuesday, April 2,
The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park, 3301 East Magnolia Avenue,
Knoxville, 37914 (easy access with ample free parking!)

Sale Hours and Special Days
Saturday, March 30: Members-Only Day, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
(Join Friends or renew your membership now or at the door on the day of the sale!)
Sunday, March 31: Open to the public, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, April 1: Half-Price Day! Open to the public, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
($5 Bag Sale for teachers and librarians from 4–6 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 2: Bag Sale Day! Open to the public, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
($5/bag of books; bags will be provided.)

Payment Methods Accepted: Cash, checks (over $5), and all US-issued and most internationally issued magstripe or chip cards bearing a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, or UnionPay logo.

The Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park is part of an 81-acre, multi-use venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access, a hop from the Knoxville Zoo, and minutes from downtown Knoxville. Ample free parking, including handicap parking, is available.
Visit the Chilhowee Park web page to view a map of the park, and enter 3301 East Magnolia Avenue in your smartphone or navigation system for driving directions.

http://www.knoxfriends.org/book-sales/annual-used-book-sale/

Clayton Center for the Arts: Sturdy as a Rock

Category: Theatre

Maryville College Bicentennial Play
Sturdy as a Rock: Our Bicentennial Story” is written and directed by MC theatre major Leonard Lively ’19 as part of his senior thesis. Maryville College is celebrating its bicentennial in 2019.

2 PM and 8 PM on Saturday & Sunday

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

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: This Will Be Our Reply

Category: Kids & family and Music

Make music. Make peace. Join the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for an exquisite program of musical responses to violence in our world. Beethoven offered his reply to violence by famously changing the dedication of his powerful third symphony in reaction to Napoleon’s unending wars. Tennesseans will be in the first group of listeners to hear and reply to a call to “heal the world” in Lucas Richman’s Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply. What will your reply be?

Lucas Richman - Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply
Based on Bernstein’s speech, “An Artist’s Response to Violence” - https://leonardbernstein.com/about/humanitarian/an-artists-response-to-violence

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

The piece is “a call to heal the world,” described Richman, and is based on Leonard Bernstein's speech "An Artist's Response to Violence.” It will be sung in Hebrew. Anyone interested in joining the Oak Ridge Chorus is invited to contact the ORCMA office at 483-5569 or via email at office@orcma.org. All are welcome. Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, will conclude this thought-provoking program. Music Director Dan Allcott will speak about the concert on Monday, March 25, 4:00 PM. Contact the ORICL office at 865-481-8222 for more information. Watch for details on a concert-themed event prior to the concert.

At Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets/information: 865-483-5569, www.orcma.org

Tennessee Theatre: Ron White

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Category: Comedy

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the BillboardTM Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing stand up comedians on tour in America.

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

Tennessee Theatre: Ron White

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Category: Comedy

Comedian RON WHITE comes to the Tennessee Theatre March 30, 2019 for two performances, 7:00 and 10:00PM.

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the BillboardTM Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing stand up comedians on tour in America.

Tickets available now at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Tennessee Theatre box office, and 800-745-3000

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

Bijou Theatre: Patty Griffin

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Category: Music

At Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832, www.knoxbijou.com, www.ticketmaster.com

Historic Ramsey House: Pigs and Hickory: A Celebration of Southern Barbecue by Fred Sauceman

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Category: Culinary arts, History & heritage and Lectures

Pigs and Hickory: A Celebration of Southern Barbecue by Fred Sauceman

From the yellow sauces of South Carolina to the white sauces of Northern Alabama Mr. Sauceman will be talking about the history, culture and flavors of Southern barbecue. This delicious discussion will end with a taste of smoky pig meat from Ridgewood Barbecue of Bluff City. Reserve online at www.ramseyhouse.org or call 865-546-0745. Ticket Price $35 Reservation required and must be in no later than Saturday, March 23.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914.

McClung Museum: Family Day: Journey to India

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Category: Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Join us for this free monthly programming featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more.

March's family day will feature the temporary exhibition, Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India. Join us for a celebration of cultural traditions in India and see the amazing art on display by contemporary artists living in India. We are welcoming several dance troupes to the museum on March 30 to showcase multiple styles of Indian dance. Performances will display both Bollywood & Desi style dance. In addition to the musical & dance performances we will be offering Indian language stations, henna artists, demonstrations by local artists, a sari wrapping station, a Rangoli demonstration, & craft stations!

Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996
Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

Jubilee Community Arts: Jack Herranen & the Little Red Band

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Category: Music

Topical Songs from Bolivia to Vestal

Jack will be highlighting songs written in south Knoxville, in particular tunes penned in his home base of Vestal, songs that draw upon workers history and agrarian folkways, and current struggles for dignity and justice. Primarily performing original material that has been shaped by working class struggles for justice and land-based hill culture, Jack and his comrades carry forth the legacy of Woody Guthrie and Sarah Ogun Gunning, Leadbelly and Don West, Hazel Dickens and Dorsey Dixon.

Tickets: $15 (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors)

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/1118485, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851, www.jubileearts.org

The Big Camera and A1LabArts: OBSCURA: Closing Night

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Join us for one last peek of all the photographers that contributed to OBSCURA!
Congratulations to the following:
Tim Gawne: Untitled #1 for Best of Show
Bob Thompson: Moon’s Barn for Juror’s Honorable Mention
John Jackson: Dad’s Dock for Juror’s Honorable Mention
Alicia Davinia: Untitled #2, for Viewer’s Choice Award
Lance King, Sara Blair McNally and Rodney Yardley for Big Camera Honorable Mentions!

At A1LabArts, 23 Emory Pl, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
https://www.facebook.com/events/2292852864319943

UT School of Music: Smoky Mountain Flute Invitational

Category: Free event and Music

A Three Day Regional Flute Event with free concerts, exhibitions, masterclasses, and recitals.

Friday, March 29, Opening Concert at 8 PM
Saturday, March 30, 8 AM - 6 PM - all day events
8 PM - Concert
Sunday, March 31, 2 PM - Closing Recital featuring Hannah Hammel

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678, www.music.utk.edu/events

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