Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2019 Instructor Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Arrowmont's workshop instructors are nationally recognized artists and university faculty. With over 150 classes being offered in a variety of media, instructors and students come to Arrowmont from across the globe to share skills and ideas, foster new thinking, artistic growth and creative camaraderie.

To honor our instructors and showcase their talent, Arrowmont presents an annual group exhibition. Their work is a true expression of Arrowmont's vision and mission - to enrich lives through art. We are privileged to celebrate our instructors and their work.

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

HAIRBALL: A1LabArts Membership Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Saturday, May 11 from 6 to 10pm. Awards announced at 7pm
Closing Night: May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This exhibition will be available to view on the Second Saturday rather than First Friday. Featuring works by the following artists: Jennifer Corum, Booder Barnes, Sara Blair McNally, Skyler Childress, Anna Lawrence, Sarah Brobst, Bob Thompson, Diana Noe, Wendy Noe,Elizabeth Porter, Joe Strong, Veronica Ludlow, Melanie Kidder, Sandy Lee, Jessica Gregory, Mary Nietling, Donna Headrick Moore, John David Allen, Mignon Naegeli, Aase Vaslow, Neranza Noel Blount, John Fairstein, Shelly Mangold, & Athanasios Bayiates

With First Fridays becoming so busy, A1LabArts finds it difficult to see all of the amazing art in 3 short hours on the First Friday of the month. Hosting the exhibition on the Second Saturday is planned so that the public can have more time to spend in each of the spaces as well as viewing this exhibition. You can find details about this exhibition and other upcoming events at

23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

BreastStrokes Paint Days 2019

  • May 11, 2019 — May 12, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Hosted by Breaststrokes
At Ironwood Studios, 119 Jennings Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

THIS IS A FEMALE-ONLY EVENT. 2019 Paint Days are scheduled! Round up your girl gang and get painted! Details:
: 100% of the proceeds go to help local women who are battling cancer.
: Door will be open from 11-6 on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12. This is a 2 day event and there are 2 event pages to track interest.
: We kindly ask for a $20 minimum donation* to participate as a human canvas for this empowering and fun event.
: No appointments necessary, as painting is first come first served**.
: **See the VIP/Fast Pass post for additional options.
: After you have been painted, we will photograph the artwork on your torso for use in our annual auction!
: You will have the option to pre-order a copy of your photograph. The fee for pre-orders is $25.

*Our goal for the Paint Days fundraiser is to raise funds but we also want everyone who is interested to have a chance to participate in this great event. We are fortunate to have a sponsor this year and a fund to assist those who may need help with entrance fees/dontations. If you know someone in this situation, please send a msg here or an email to let us know how we can ensure everyone has a chance to join us for Paint Days 2019.

This annual painting/photographing event provides images for our annual fundraising auction. Please also plan to join us in the fall for our major fundraiser when we auction off the anonymous photographs of the body art from this weekend (more info to come soon!) Many artists will have their work featured in the Breaststrokes calendar, which will also be for sale as soon as they are published.

Although breasts are in the forefront for Paint Days, our assistance is not limited to women with breast cancer. We support women with ALL kinds of cancer. Your contribution, whether as a human canvas, an artist, a photographer, or a volunteer, makes a direct impact on women in our community.

Can't participate in Paint Days? You can still donate to the cause. Use the Donate link on the page below.

Clayton Center for the Arts: California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

Category: Music

California Guitar Trio is celebrating their 25th Anniversary! The performances astounding, diversity unparalleled, The California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium and Hideyo Moriya from Japan. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders…from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arranged interpretations of music from Queen and the Beatles, to Bach and Beethoven, and surf music from the Ventures.

Described by the CBC as the “hottest” guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with, as well as an interactive force in various musical forms. For over 20 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigour, creativity and impressive stage presence – where humour and interacting with the public go hand in hand – have been winning over audiences around the world. The trio, composed of guitarists Sébastien Dufour, Glenn Lévesque and Marc Morin, has given hundreds of concerts in some of the most prestigious venues across North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Their most memorable collaboration to date has been with the California Guitar Trio (CGT), when both ensembles joined forces to give an unforgettable concert, brilliantly performing some of the greatest rock classics from The Beatles, Radiohead, David Bowie, a few “spaghetti western” themes by Ennio Morricone, as well as some of their original compositions.

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

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Leslie Odom, Jr.


Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 Pops Season.

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr. has most recently been seen in the blockbuster Broadway musical, Hamilton, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for the role of “Aaron Burr.” He is known for roles on stage as well as the big and small screens, and has released a self-titled album as a recording artist. In May 2019, Leslie Odom, Jr. joins the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for a very special evening of song.

At the Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Cattywampus Puppet Council: 3rd Annual Appalachian Puppet Pageant

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Kids & family

The Appalachian Puppet Pageant is a giant puppet community arts parade organized by Knoxville-based arts nonprofit Cattywampus Puppet Council and rooted in East Knoxville. This parade seeks to bring together community members of all ages and backgrounds to share their stories and collective concerns through the visual and performing arts, while playing together and raising power and joy as a community. The community is invited to make giant puppets, masks, costumes, and other art and parade together as one!

Route: Walter Hardy Park to Paul Hogue Park
Parade Line Up @ 11am & Kick Off @ 12pm at Walter Hardy Park
Post Parade Block Party: 1-4pm @ Paul Hogue Park & St. Luke’s Episcopal (600 N. Chestnut St)

This year's parade will conclude with a block party at Paul Hogue Park in partnership with St. Luke’s Episcopal and Our Community Organization, featuring live hip-hop, spoken word, and dance performances, as well as free kids activities, food trucks, garden activities, and more. Both the parade and block party are free and open to all!

THEME: "I See You"
The act of really seeing another person in all of their power, beauty, creativity, fire, and fabulousness, the act of offering them love and respect, allows that person to become their fullest, most authentic self. It helps them see their own power.

For this year’s Appalachian Puppet Pageant, we are asking our community to see one other and to embrace our liberations, our freedoms, as being intertwined. As a community and as individuals, how are we working together to fight against all oppressions? How does our work to undo racism or sexism or anti-semitism, also include dismantling classism, homophobia, and transphobia? What work do we have do to be able to really see and love one another? For this year’ parade, we ask you to envision yourself, your community, and the South as places of wholeness, strength, resiliency, beauty, humor, and artistry. We ask you to imagine what being your fullest self looks and feels like? As we come together to play and make for this year’s parade, as you design your collaborative and individual puppets and costumes, we invite you to honor and find inspiration in yourself, one another, and the path towards collective liberation.
For more info, visit or

Historic Ramsey House: Mother’s Day Rock N Roll Car Show


Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Treat your family to a Free blast from the past at the Historic Ramsey House Rock N Roll Car Show, where the first 100 ladies get flowers! Vote for your favorite car for the People’s Choice Award, enjoy crafters, jewelry booths, and delicious food vendors, while Tedd Graves and the All Star Band play your favorite tunes from the ‘50s and ‘’60s. Tractor and Hit and Miss engines on display!

Gates open at 8 a.m. Car registration starts at 9 a.m. Trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. No alcohol permitted on the premises. $20 early registration online. $25 registration on site. Rain Date: May 25

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. or 865-546-0745

Bijou Theatre: Mother's Day Weekend with Leanne Morgan


Category: Comedy

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

35th Annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo

  • May 11, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Get ready for some outdoor fun at the 35th Annual Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo!

The fish will bite on Saturday, May 11, at Anchor Park, 11730 Turkey Creek Road, Farragut. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with fishing from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Kids 12 and younger compete for prizes at this free event. Bait and a limited number of fishing poles are provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own poles. The first 150 children receive a free T-shirt. More information:

Old City Market: Spring Market

  • May 11, 2019
  • 11 AM - 4 PM

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

Old City Market transforms Jackson Ave into a curated, outdoor market showcasing artists, crafters, and creative makers.



Information: 865-806-1960 or

UT School of Music: University of Tennessee Bass Day

  • May 11, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event, Literature & readings and Music

The UT Bass Day will feature master classes in classical reportoire, jazz and improvised music, as well as special topic classes that will give you first hand access to our featured guest. The day will be capped off with a performance featuring guest artist, Jon Hamar and the UT Bass Ensemble. The event is open to students, professionals, and all who consider themselves a part of the bass community!

Saturday, May 11 at 2:00pm

Natalie Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
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,

Seeking Eden: An Exploration of Garden History at Blount Mansion

Category: History & heritage, Lectures, Literature & readings and Science & nature

Please join us on Saturday morning, May 11, 2019, for a special event highlighting the beautiful gardens at Blount Mansion. At 10:30 a.m., Staci Catron, Director of the Cherokee Garden Library at Atlanta History Center, will give a presentation about her new book, Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens. Afterwards, we will enjoy a box lunch followed by a tour of Blount Mansion and Craighead-Jackson gardens.

Catron was acquainted with Edith Henderson, the pioneering female landscape architect who designed the garden behind the Craighead-Jackson House, and curates Henderson’s papers. The presentation will include information about Henderson’s work here.

$25 per person (includes lunch).

Free parking is available throughout at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center, and in the Dwight Kessel Garage across the street.

The circa-1792 Blount Mansion was home to William Blount, territorial governor and a signer of the United States Constitution in addition to the original state constitutions of Tennessee and North Carolina. The mansion is a National Historic Landmark.

Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-2375,

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