Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Mill and Mine: Retropolitan Craft Fair

  • May 5, 2019
  • 11:00AM-6:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

The Retropolitan Craft Fair, May 5, 2019, 11am - 6pm at The Mill and Mine,
227 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville.

SHOPPING, FOOD TRUCKS, AND MORE - Come shop with us! The Retropolitan Craft Fair is a hand selected indie-craft marketplace featuring the Southeast's finest talents in handmade, upcycled, and vintage goods from regional makers. Just in time to buy something for Mother's Day or simply to treat yo self. Make time for fun & food trucks in the courtyard too!

The Retropolitan Craft Fair

Joy of Music School’s annual Spring Recital

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

The event, recently renamed the Marilyn and James Dick Memorial Spring Recital, takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple at 612 16th Street, right across from the University of Tennessee campus on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

The Scottish Rite Temple is “the perfect venue for our students,” says Julie Carter, the Joy of Music School’s Director of Music Education. “Performing in a big auditorium with family and friends in the audience is a great way for our kids to be exposed to the pressure and benefits of live performance.”

The annual recital is a significant event. Over 60 Joy of Music School students take the stage to show the world what they’ve accomplished this year—musically and personally. There are singers, pianists, guitarists, drummers, violinists, and all manner of brass and string performances. It’s a guaranteed mix of jittery nerves, thundering applause, breakthrough performances, and great big smiles of satisfaction and pride.

In keeping with the motto of the Joy of Music School, “Because Inspiration Should Be Free,” this event is open to the public at no cost.

Even better, everyone is invited to stay around afterward for a warm and celebratory meal in the dining hall downstairs. This year it’s a full barbecue meal with all the fixings, compliments of the JoMS board of directors. In addition to delicious food, the post-recital dinner also features an “Instrument Petting Zoo” that allows people of all ages to try out an instrument and ask questions of experienced musicians who play those instruments. It’s a great family event to follow the recital.

Joy of Music School, 1209 Euclid Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921. Information: 865-525-6806,

UT Gardens Knoxville: Plantapalooza

  • May 5, 2019
  • 11-3

Category: Free event and Science & nature

Sunday at 11 AM – 3 PM
UT Gardens Knoxville, 2518 Jacob Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Join the East Tennessee Hosta Society and the UT Gardens in a spring plant sale shopping extravaganza! In addition to premium and choice hosta selections, many other fine plant choices including trees, shrubs, native azaleas, perennials, and choice summer tropicals, will be available for purchase. A variety of local plant vendors will join the Hosta Society in providing this exciting shopping experience. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock your garden with choice selections not easily found!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Plant Sale

Category: Free event and Science & nature

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center will hold its annual Plant Sale starting Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and running for about 2 weeks.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854,

Knoxville Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Sat May 4, 12 PM and Sun May 5, 4 PM

The apex of Knoxville Opera’s 2018-2019 Season promises to thrill audiences on May 4th and 5th at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive. Designed as an immersive, unique audience experience, the two-part event on each day begins with a Sacred Must Concert inside the stunning Cathedral featuring works by Verdi, Rossini, and Mascagni. After an intermission the audience will be seated in front of the church surrounding the action as witnesses to the gut-wrenching drama of Mascagni’s masterpiece, Cavalleria Rusticana. Rustic Chivalry, the opera that lit up the Godfather III finale, is a tale of betrayal, rage, and revenge in a small Sicilian village on Easter Sunday. The popular opera, which includes an inspiring Easter prayer procession, has been performed all over the world every year since its 1890 premiere in Rome.

“Knoxville Opera is deeply appreciative of the generous support and hospitality of the Cathedral’s clergy and staff whose enthusiasm and cooperation has made this unique production possible” said Brian Salesky, Knoxville Opera’s Executive and Artistic Director.

The blockbuster cast includes three distinguished artists who have performed worldwide. Canadian mezzosoprano Catherine Daniel is returning to Knoxville after her sensational 2017 portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots. American tenor Richard Troxell, last heard here in the Opera’s 2017 production of La Boheme, is most well-known for his starring role in Frédéric Mitterrand’s award-winning movie of Madame Butterfly filmed on site in Japan. American baritone Scott Bearden’s most recent triumphs at Knoxville Opera include this season’s Gianni Schicchi and the spectacular 2016 production of Tosca.

Also featured in the Sacred Music Concert will be performances by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, William Shaub, the Knoxville Opera Chorus, and the Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir. Tickets, starting at $23 for adults and $15 for students, may be purchased online at or by calling the Ticket Office at (865) 524-0795 ext. 1.

At Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for 45 Seconds From Broadway

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

By Neil Simon
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Performances: June 28-July 14, 2019
Rehearsals: begin May 27 (subject to change)

Audition Times
• Sat, May 4, 2:00 pm
• Sun, May 5, 7:00 pm
Available Roles
• several men and women, ages 20s-70s [see web site for details]
Audition Requirements
• No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A headshot and resume are helpful but not required.
• Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for May-June.
Auditions will be held at the theater

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: In Her Domain: Helen Geglio & Angela Wells

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


In Her Domain is an exhibition featuring work by Helen Geglio and Angela Caldwell. Both artists seek to honor and represent the work women do. The two artists first met as a result of being paired for this show by gallery manager Kelsey Dillow - and have forged a lasting friendship as a result.

Read Kelsey Dillow's interview and learn more about how this connection has influenced the exhibit and their future work on Arrowmont's blog:

GEOFFREY A. WOLPERT GALLERY, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Lynn Straka and Sandy Hoeft

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

Opening for the new exhibit will be First Friday, May 3, 5-9 PM

Sandy Hoeft is a landscape artist who lived in Alaska for many years. She recently retired to the Cumberland Plateau in beautiful Tennessee. Sandy gets her inspiration for her paintings from hiking and traveling the back roads. She loves the ever changing skies and enjoys painting large clouds. The barns and farmland in Tennessee have been her focus since retiring.

Lynn Straka, DVM, is a mixed media jewelry artist and practicing small animal veterinarian. "I began making natural and glass crystal beaded jewelry in about 2000—helping me through a tumultuous time. Jewelry-making quickly became a second vocation and I began selling my jewelry at craft shows. Ten years later, I expanded my work and began to transition from stringing beads to creating my jewelry by letter and word stamping on sterling silver and copper. I opened an Etsy shop, making and selling personalized pendant necklaces, bridal gifts and other unique pieces. At that time, I was self-taught, researching and learning technique and materials use on my own. I’ve always felt comfortable using small hand tools in these techniques, because the tools are similar to the tools I use in my veterinary surgical practice. In 2008, my husband and I moved to East Tennessee. I discovered Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and began taking yearly classes to develop my skills as an artist and metalworker. Having personal instruction reinforced my base knowledge and encouraged me to ask questions and trouble shoot subjects that have challenged me. The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality."

The Art Market Gallery features two artists every month. These exhibits are new works by the artists, and they are often present to talk about their work and inspirations.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Th & Sa 11-6, Fri 11-9, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-5265,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Walt Fieldsa - Past and Present

  • May 3, 2019 — June 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Walt Fieldsa - Past and Present
Opening May 3rd 5:00-9:00
MAY 3 2019 – JUNE 1 2019

Silent Auction May 3rd-May 31st

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6, by appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676,

Dogwood Arts: Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, Fundraisers and Music

Friday, May 3rd | 5:30PM-7:30PM
Awaken Coffee | 125 W. Jackson Avenue

Join us at Awaken Coffee on First Friday for the opening of the 2019 Epiphone Student Guitar Design Exhibition!

Dogwood Arts partnered with the Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga to give 20 high school and middle school students the chance to design guitars provided by Epiphone. The guitars were on exhibition in Chattanooga at Songbirds during the month of April and are moving to Awaken Coffee where they will be on display May 3rd-19th!

The guitars are being auctioned online to benefit Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation’s youth art programs. Check out all of the amazing designs and place your bid by clicking the link below!

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Viewing hours: M-F 9-5.
Information: 865-637-4561,

UT Downtown Gallery: Art Source 2019

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

Art Source 2019: An Exhibition of works by Knox County Art Educators
Every day, Knox County art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. For more than a decade, ARTSOURCE, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our art educators!

Friday May 3, 2019: First Friday Art Opening @ UT Downtown Gallery, 5-9pm / awards 6:30pm

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

Tennessee Theatre: Jersey Boys

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 11th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre


"THE CROWD GOES WILD!"-The New York Times

"TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!"-New York Post.

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. FEATURING THE LEGENDARY TOP TEN HITS:"Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry","Walk Like A Man", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", & "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night).

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

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