Calendar of Events

Friday, April 12, 2019

Townsend Artisan Guild: 10th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Science & nature

Presented by the Townsend Artisan and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guilds

Explore your creativity, add to your skills and pursue interests in the fiber arts. Twenty-seven new classes this year. The Festival focuses on the “sheep to shawl” concept - transforming fleece into finished goods and art pieces. Vendors offer demonstrations, supplies, tools, handspun and hand dyed yarn, and finished goods. See the fiber on the hoof and foot--llamas, sheep, goats, and angora rabbits.

Class registration is open now. Register to learn basic skills and advanced techniques in classes, ranging from fiber preparation to weaving on multiple types of looms and felting, knitting, and crochet and dyeing with natural dyes. Some classes will be available for registration the days of the Festival.

At Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend Tennessee

UT Opera Theatre Presents: Bizet's Carmen

Category: Music and Theatre

Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.

Friday, April 12 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 13 at 2:30pm and 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14 at 2:30pm

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902

Tickets go on sale in March: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60+, and $5 for students with a school ID and youth under 18.


Gallery 1010: Experimental Type

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Fri Apr 12, 6-9 PM

Curated by Anna Ambrister & Madison Moody

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave. Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Friday – Sunday 12-4pm, Friday 6-9pm. Additional hours by appointment. Info: or

Lisa Soland play - IN THE UPPER ROOM

  • April 12, 2019 — April 13, 2019

Category: Theatre

Playwright who wrote SERGEANT YORK: THE PLAY, tries her hand at Biblical Drama!

April 12 @ 7:30 pm
April 13 @ 2 pm & 7:30 pm

IN THE UPPER ROOM theatricalizes the events surrounding the Passover meal that Jesus shared with his 12 disciples the night before their Lord was crucified. In this one-act drama, Jesus shares memorable lessons that include the washing of his follower’s feet, and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. The play concludes with an original song from Psalm 118, which is thought to be the Psalm the men sang that night before leaving for Gethsemane to pray.

In its third production, IN THE UPPER ROOM takes place in The Hub at West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Lisa Soland directed, Austin Percival was the assistant director, Stefan Holt designed the lights, and Charlotte Bledsoe designed the thirteen costumes.

For reservations, visit

Ms. Soland presently teaches playwriting at Maryville College where she is leading the playwrights to write short plays depicting the school’s 200th anniversary to be presented to the public April 22 and 23. Ms. Soland has produced and directed over 100 productions and original play readings. As a playwright, she has over 50 play publications with Samuel French, Inc., Smith & Kraus, Applause Books and Dramatic Publishing.

UT Arboretum Society: 52nd Spring Plant Sale

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

The public sale will be held on Saturday, April 13st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 S. Illinois Ave. (Hwy. 62) in Oak Ridge. The Society’s “Members Only” sale will be on Friday evening, April 12th from 5-7 p.m.

Society memberships or membership renewals may be purchased at that time for this “early bird” shopping opportunity. By joining UTAS on Friday night, people can enjoy the membership benefit of having the first pick of our beautiful selection of plants, some of which sell out that evening. Checks, cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Tennessee Naturescapes from Clinton, Riverdale Nursery from Knoxville and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a large and varied selection of shrubs, trees, native plants, perennials, annuals and edibles. Additionally, Society members will be offering an assortment of donated plants.

Brad Greenwood Designs will be returning with his botanically themed home & garden treasures, including copper garden ornaments and steel features for the home and yard. Dano’s Hot Dogs from Lenoir City will be offering an expanded sandwich menu along with his famous lemonade.

Retired University of Tennessee horticulture professor Dr. Will Witte, the “Answer Man,” will be on site to answer your plant questions.

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society (UTAS) has existed for 54 years as a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the objectives and programs of the University of Tennessee’s 250-acre Arboretum in Oak Ridge. Proceeds from this sale and other Society fund-raising events go toward the operating expenses and the endowment fund for the UT Arboretum. To learn more about the UT Arboretum and the UTAS, call Michelle Campanis, 865-483-7277 or go to and

James K. Polk and His Time: A Conference Finale to the Polk Project

  • April 12, 2019 — April 13, 2019

Category: Free event and Lectures

The UT Department of History presents James K. Polk and His Time
A Conference Finale to the Polk Project
April 12-13, 2019
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37901

Amy Greenberg, Keynote Speaker - Friday, April 12, 5 PM
Free and open to the public. Few have impacted the history of North America as visibly as James K. Polk. After turns as Speaker of the U.S. House and governor of Tennessee, he served as president, 1845–49, when the United States became a transcontinental nation.

For a detailed program, conference hotel information, and a registration form, visit the conference website at

The Mill and Mine: Walker Hayes

  • April 12, 2019
  • 8:00pm

Category: Music

Walker Hayes at the Mill and Mine,
Fri Apr 12 2019
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five - Bruce Katz Band

Category: Music

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • April 12, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

APRIL 12, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Early Years
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: 7th Annual Hats in Bloom Luncheon

  • April 12, 2019

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us Friday, April 12, 2019 for this signature event featuring designer hats by milliner Patricia Frankum and a seated lunch by Chey Peter Glander of Knox Provisions. Sip champagne mimosas and enjoy a delicious lunch in a beautiful setting while you try on and choose from Patricia’s fabulous selection of designer hats. All proceeds from the event support the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum, an amazing historic public garden located east of downtown Knoxville. Wearing a hat is not required, but wear it if you have one! Get more information and buy your tickets today!

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Malcolm Holcombe


Category: Music

Friday, April 12, 8:00 pm at the Laurel Theater.

Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is highly regarded and recognized by contemporaries in Americana music including Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Steve Earle. An "emotionally captivating" performer, Holcombe has shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Richard Thompson, John Hammond, Leon Russell, Wilco and Shelby Lynne. His most recent release is the acclaimed Pretty Little Troubles.

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, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, and at the door. For information: 865-522-5851,

Relax. Release. Relieve with Jennie Berger & Elena Caicedo

  • April 12, 2019
  • 7-9 PM

Category: Classes & workshops

REGISTER NOW! With Personal Yoga Instructor, Jennie Berger & LMT, Elena Caicedo

Treat Yourself to 2 Hours of Deliciousness​
Relieve Tight Hips, Shoulders, Neck & Back
Stretch & Lengthen Muscles
Release Connective Tissue
Calm an Anxious Mind
Feel Happier & More Relaxed
Sleep Better

Yin Yoga & Massage; Gentle poses using the wall, straps, blocks, bolsters & blankets; Mostly seated or lying down postures; Great for anyone looking to unwind, decompress and destress; Appropriate for all levels; No yoga experience necessary

Gentle Massage, Fresh fruit & hot tea, Loving hands on adjustments, Assistance with modifications, A custom built playlist with music that touches the soul, Relaxing ambiance with candles and soft lighting, All props & mats available to borrow, Take home techniques you can do on your own!

COST: $30, register & pre-pay by April 1, 2019 | $35 thereafter
LOCATION: Breezeway Yoga Studio (located in Kroger shopping plaza between PETCO & Ross the Boss)

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