Calendar of Events

Friday, April 26, 2019

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Little Women


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of the beloved children’s novel Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The play will be performed April 26 through May 12: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Little Women is one of the most widely read novels of all time and named one of the “Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association. As another Christmas arrives with Mr. March still off at the war front, Mrs. March’s daughters are growing up to be strikingly different from each other. Jo is willful, impulsive, and temperamental, whereas Beth is humble and selfless. Meg does not see a future outside her hometown, whereas Amy dreams of Europe. Jo and Laurence are inseparable in their youth, but which of the “Little Women” will he marry? And if “Laurie” is too conventional for Jo, what kind of man will she ever end up with? Ripe with life lessons about the change from child into young adult, Little Women is a timeless American classic.

The play is performed by 14 talented young actors, from ages 12 to 17. The March sisters are portrayed by 4 veteran KCT performers: Brycen Ritchie plays Jo, Emma Stark plays Amy, and Beth is played by Maddy Grace Payne. Campbell Ella plays the oldest March sister Meg, while the sisters’ mother, Mrs. March, also known as Marme, is played by Kennis Van Dyke. The girls’ friend Laurence is played by Dale Gross. The play is directed by KCT student intern, Charlotte Stark. The production team includes 3 students from the L&N STEM Academy. KCT is east Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children.

Tickets are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more by making advance reservations by phone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Tiger Lily Theatre: A Night of Shorts 2019

Category: Theatre

FRI, APR 26, 8:00 PM
SAT, APR 27, 8:00 PM
SUN, APR 28, 3:00 PM

FRI, MAY 3, 8:00 PM
SAT, MAY 4, 8:00 PM
SUN, MAY 5, 3:00 PM

This annual theatrical event showcases new, unpublished works; directed, performed, and produced by local artists. For the last 8 years Tiger Lily Theatre has made it part of its mission to provide opportunities for new writers, performers, directors, technicians, and designers. This production offers a forum to explore and develop their craft further as well as encourage new and aspiring theatre artists. The result is a wildly diverse and engaging evening of live theatre that has become an audience favorite.

Performances are at Broadway Academy of Performing Arts located at 706 N. Broadway St, Knoxville TN, 37917.
Tickets: Adults $15, Students $12
For reservations contact us at

Dogwood Arts Festival

Category: Culinary arts, Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Music

The Dogwood Arts Festival features a fine art market, live music, artist demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the entire family. Established in 1961, this is one of the most celebrated events in Knoxville with an estimated attendance of 40 -50,000 over the 3-day weekend each year.

Where: Market Square & Krutch Park | Downtown Knoxville
Festival Hours: Friday: 10AM-8PM (Music Until 10PM); Saturday: 10AM-8PM (Music Until 10PM); Sunday: 10AM-5PM
Creation Station Hours: Friday: 10AM-6PM; Saturday: 10AM-6PM; Sunday: 10AM-5PM
Free to attend!

The Art Market will feature more than 100 juried artists working in mixed media, pottery, painting, photography, glass, jewelry, sculpture, and more. The Main Stage, presented by Home Federal Bank, will feature diverse musical acts throughout the weekend that the entire family will enjoy. From a Friday night headlining set by Nashville-based Luthi, known for their infectious “Cumberland Funk” style to must see performances on Saturday by The Brook & The Bluff,
Elenowen, and many more! The ORNL Federal Credit Union Creation Station area will showcase live entertainment and activities just for the kids! Enjoy performances by the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, the School of Rock, and many more local groups throughout the weekend.

Blooming Boulevard returns to Union Avenue with a colorful display of spring flowers and unique garden finds. Enjoy a craft beer from Yee-Haw Brewing Company in our Blooming Beer Garden and grab a bite to eat from your favorite local food truck.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Gallery 1010: KT's Life Annotated

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Fri Apr 26, 6-9 PM

Installation by Katie Gentner

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

Bearden High School Theatre Presents THE ODYSSEY

  • April 26, 2019 — April 28, 2019

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Adapted and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman

This dramatic adaptation of Homer's myth begins with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald's translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena--a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, Zim-merman brings to life the story of Odysseus's ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as Circe, the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others.

Performance and Ticketing Info
April 26 at 7:00 p.m. April 27 at 7:00 p.m. April 28 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Knoxville Walking Tours

  • April 26, 2019 — April 27, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

APRIL 26, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
A City Divided
It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war.
Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $25. Children 6-12: $17 (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

APRIL 26, 2019 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
When Knoxville was the Wild West
Knoxville’s history is colorful and the predominant hue is blood red. Take a walk on the wild side, from the Old City to Gay Street, down to the river and beyond. The now peaceful streets were once the scene of violence and mayhem of all descriptions—family feuds, duels, lynchings, and riots. Telling all the stories might take years, so this tour varies its route and our guide is always finding fresh tales to share.
Meet in the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 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

APRIL 27, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:30 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

APRIL 27, 2019 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Knoxville Ghosts
Hanged killers, tragic fires, reanimated corpses, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge. It all happened in Knoxville and restless spirits still haunt the city streets.
If you enjoy a chill in the evening, walk with us to Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history echoes with the sound of gunfire and restless spirits are rumored to walk the streets. Visit their haunts and shiver as you listen to local legends of scary spooks and supernatural phenomena.
Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay St. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (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

East Tennessee PBS and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Live at Lucille's

Category: Music

East Tennessee PBS and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra are teaming up to create a new televised concert series called “Live at Lucille’s.” The shows will be taped in front of a live audience at East Tennessee PBS’ studios near downtown Knoxville, and will feature local, regional and national jazz artists. Broadcasts will occur on ETPBS later in 2019, and WUOT will broadcast audio from the segments. The series will be sold as a six concert package for $180 at Tickets to single events may be made available at a later date depending on availability. Long time Knoxville residents may remember Lucille's Jazz Club in the Old City. The club was in operation throughout the 1990s and played host to local, regional and national talent. When the club closed in 2001, East Tennessee PBS production manager Chris Smith bought the neon sign that hung in the window at the business' estate sale. He also secured the rights to the name Live at Lucille's in hopes of one day being able to create something that built on that legacy. Series schedule and lineup:

+ Greg Tardy’s NYC Trio - Friday, April 26, 7:30pm
Saxophonist Greg Tardy has called Knoxville home since 2010. His trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown has performed around the globe, but this will be their Knoxville (and PBS) debut.

Sponsors include Visit Knoxville, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Melinda Grimac of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, Lane Music, Moxley Carmichael, WUOT, Tennessee Arts Commission, Stellar Visions and Sound. For information about the series contact Vance Thompson at or 865-573-3226. For sponsorship opportunities contact Barbara Shipley at or 865-919-7306. East Tennessee PBS, 1611 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.


  • April 26, 2019

Category: Music

Volapalooza is an annual concert coordinated by the Entertainment Committee of the Campus Events Board and the University of Tennessee. It is the largest, most successful student-run event on campus. It will be held this year on April 26, 2019—the last day of spring semester classes—to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors. In part, Volapalooza’s success depends on the support we receive from local, regional, and national sponsors.

The audience typically consists of 18- to 24-year-old students and a wider general admission audience from the Knoxville community. Past performers have included Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Niykee Heaton, Lupe Fiasco, Fitz and the Tantrums, Ziggy Marley, Big Gigantic, Three 6 Mafia, Girl Talk, Flogging Molly, Passion Pit, CAKE, and many more. Over the past three years 25,000 guests have attended Volapalooza.

Zoo Knoxville: Wild Vine


Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Zoo Knoxville Announces New Event "Wild Vine"

Zoo Knoxville and Rhizome Productions will host the inaugural Wild Vine wine sampling event on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 6:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the zoo.

With more than 30 wineries from around the world participating, Wild Vine will feature over 70 carefully curated red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. Event-goers can also sample craft beer from five breweries and spirits from five distilleries as they take a liquid safari throughout the zoo. Animal encounters, live entertainment and local food trucks will create the most exotic wine-tasting event in Knoxville.

Tickets include a keepsake tasting glass for unlimited sample pours from participating wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Wild Vine is the sip of Spring with 100% of proceeds supporting the Zoo's conservation work that is saving animals from extinction.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Art à la Carte

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Film and Free event

Art à la Carte, the Art Center’s brown bag luncheon and learning series, meets the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon. While programs in the series may include artist or gallery talks, primarily we use films. Films focus on art history, museum collections, interviews with and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit. Programs are free and open to the public.

In April, to coincide with our quilting exhibition, we will be showing, Lower
Town Paducah on the 26th. The Lower Town district in Paducah, Kentucky is a place
where artists from all over the country moved into beautiful old houses, revitalizing a
troubled neighborhood with the largest Artist Relocation Program ever. From an egg
carver, to a print maker, to a sculptural ceramicist, to an art quilt master, this
documentary combines artist profiles with interviews and archival photos to explore city
history and the tradition of quilting in America.

We try to begin the films promptly at noon. Please join us and bring a friend.
The Art Center will provide coffee and/or tea. Participants are encouraged to
bring their lunch and enjoy it while we learn.

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Jay Clark and the Tennessee Tree Beavers


Category: Music

Local songwriting

With a style best described as a mixture of folk and bluegrass, Jay Clark's lyrics run the gamut of hard living, hard drinking, civil disobedience, and old-time religion. As the son of a Cumberland Presbyterian minister from Winchester, Tennessee, Jay's devout religious upbringing is apparent in his songwriting. Jay will be joined by Greg Horne and Daniel Kimbro.

Tickets $15 (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students, seniors 65+)

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,

UT Gardens Gala: Conifers & Cocktails

  • April 26, 2019

Category: Fundraisers and Science & nature

Join supporters of the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and honorary hosts Ann and Steve Bailey for the seventh annual UT Gardens Gala. Featuring Abby Ham, WBIR news anchor, and Bear Stephenson, auctioneer, this memorable evening will be filled with delicious food, creative cocktails, and one-of-a-kind auction items in support of our beautiful State Botanical Gardens.

Our theme, "Conifers & Cocktails," will celebrate Dr. Alan Soloman, noted conifer collector and avid gardener, and the many contributions he has given to the Knoxville community over the years. UT student musicians will set the mood for guests as they enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction before transitioning to the dinner tent for a seated dinner and spirited live auction.

All proceeds benefit the academic programs, educational outreach, and operations of the UT Gardens, Knoxville.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction
7:15 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Program and live auction
At UT Gardens Friendship Plaza, Knoxville, TN
Ticket pricing: $175 per person, $1,400 per table of 8
RSVP by April 18, 2019. A portion of your ticket or table purchase is tax deductible. After registering, you will receive a tax receipt in three to five business days.

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