Calendar of Events
Sunday, March 31, 2019
McClung Museum: Civil War Lecture Series: Knoxville’s Civilian War, The Financiers
The ninth annual McClung Museum Civil War Lecture Series will be held once a month on Sundays at 2 pm in the museum auditorium. McClung Museum Civil War Curator, Joan Markel will shed light on the individual lives of Knoxvillians involved in the war.
This month’s lecture is, “Knoxville’s Civilian War, The Financiers.” With the coming of the railroad in 1855, new and established merchandising and distribution firms prospered in Knoxville. Many of the old families and the new money cast their lot with the promising economic prospects of the Confederacy. The course of the war for some of these families was eager promise followed by economic ruin. Yet others rose even higher after the war maintaining wealth and status, putting the ‘unpleasantness’ behind them.
Sunday, March 31 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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
Cattywampus Puppet Council: Giant Puppet Making & Parade Art 101
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 PM – 4:30 PM
At The Emporium Center, 100 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
This workshop is designed for teachers, community leaders, and any other individuals ages 13 & up who would like learn how to design and create giant puppets and other parade art for this spring's Appalachian Puppet Pageant on Saturday, May 11th, 2019.
We will focus on papier mache, cardboard sculpting, rigging, and other methods for making inexpensive parade art. There will not be enough time for participants to complete their own project during this workshop but each participant will receive a Giant Puppet Making Manual to take home, plenty of hands on experience, and time to work on their own design.
Cost: Sliding scale ($0-$25).
*Space is limited so please register through the Ticket Link to reserve your spot! https://www.facebook.com/events/866161483724587/
East Tennessee Historical Society: Lecture on Tennessee’s Mexican War Experience
For Duty and Honor: Tennessee’s Mexican War Experience
In a special Sunday afternoon lecture on March 31, Dr. Tim Johnson will discuss the Mexican War (1846-1848), its causes, legacy, and the role of Tennesseans. With the outbreak of the war, Tennesseans responded in such numbers that state officials were forced to resort to a lottery to select the 6,000 to serve. The response solidified Tennessee's reputation as the "Volunteer State," a nickname initially won during the War of 1812. Dr. Johnson has devoted decades to researching and writing about the leaders, soldiers, and battles of the Mexican War. In 2017, he was part of a team working to confirm the identity of bodies returned to the U.S. from Mexico and is currently trying to determine if any of them were Tennesseans.
Dr. Tim Johnson is professor of history and chair of the history department at Libscomb University. He holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama and his research interests are in the Mexican War and Civil War. The Virginia Historical Society named him an Andrew J. Mellon Research Fellow twice (1994, 2002). Yale University named him the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in American History for 2005, where he is currently in residence at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the Yale campus. The author of numerous books, Dr. Johnson received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Lipscomb in 2001, and he has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV and The History Channel.
The program is sponsored by the Harriet Z. and Bud Albers Memorial Fund and is and free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. A book signing will follow the program. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.
Oak Ridge Art Center: Then and Now: Traditional to Contemporary Quilts
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
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.
Clayton Center for the Arts: Sturdy as a Rock
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
UT School of Music: Smoky Mountain Flute Invitational
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
Clarence Brown Theatre: The REAL Inspector Hound
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, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com
Marilyn Kallet: Spring Poetry Events
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. GRAVESJ@mail.etsu.edu
*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. email@example.com (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, firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 69th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year
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, www.arrowmont.org
Ijams Nature Center Gallery: Griffey's Sunshine Photography
Don't miss this month's stunning nature photography exhibit by Griffey's Sunshine Photography! https://www.griffeysunshinephoto.com/
More events at http://ijams.org/events/. 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, www.ijams.org
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: AIR Exhibition—Not a Metaphor
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, www.arrowmont.org