Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: An American in Paris

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Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2018-2019 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series.

KSO’s final Masterwork of the season brings the classic story of “An American in Paris” to the concert hall with two engaging performances. A performance of Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de aranjuez” features Jason Vieaux, Grammy award-winning guitarist. Vieaux’s artistic mastery and passion for education have made him a pioneer in the classical guitar world. The program also includes Michael Schachter’s “Five-Six-Seven-Eight,” a piece dedicated to dance, and Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole. The final performance of the evening is George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”

Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310, www.knoxvillesymphony.com

Bijou Theatre: Nick Lowe: Solo Acoustic

Category: Music

Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello-Graham Parker-Pretenders-The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician.

But in his current ’second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995’s ’The Impossible Bird’ through to 2011’s ’The Old Magic,’ Nick has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home, and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as “elegant and nearly devastating.”

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

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Happy Hour and Trash Scour

  • May 16, 2019
  • 6:00-9:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will be hosting a happy hour and trash scour at Central Depot on Thursday, May 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event will kick off at Central Depot, 103 W Depot Ave.

Volunteers will be cleaning up the Old City Central Depot District to create a clean and beautiful area for people to enjoy the thriving businesses within this area. After the cleanup, Central Depot will be hosting a pint night benefiting Keep Knoxville Beautiful!

A collaboration beer is being provided by ELST Brewing Company, Hops on the Spot and the students of the 2019 Winter Session Professional Brewing/Distilling Technology (PBDT) program of the Brewing and Distilling Center (BDC). The PBDT students designed the beer recipe that will be brewed by the brewers and students at the ELST Brewery. The beer will then be presented to the public at Central Depot Bar, and all donated proceeds of the ELST/BDC Double IPA will be given to Keep Knoxville Beautiful.

Dan Leonard, Brewer and Co-Owner of ELST Brewing is a former student of Dr. Todd White, President of the Brewing and Distilling Center. “Dan is a great brewer and the Brewing and Distilling Center students are proud to be collaborating with him; just as we are proud and so happy for Dan and his partners at Knoxville’s newest brewery,” says Dr. White. “Keep Knoxville Beautiful is an amazing and productive organization that we are honored at which to be associated. And, then, Will at Central Depot is generous to open his establishment to this fun cause and event, and in addition to the ELST/BDC beer, portions of the rest of the taps proceeds will go to the event.”

Participants can sign up on the Upcoming Events tab at keepknoxvillebeautiful.org. All volunteer supplies will be provided by Keep Knoxville Beautiful.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2019 Instructor Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Details TBA

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, www.arrowmont.org

Knoxville Museum of Art: Design by Time

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Design by Time is the first exhibition to identify and bring together works from known and emerging designers, in the US and abroad, whose interest is in expressing the passage of time, a visual expression of life, through the design of objects. It represents the notion of the dynamic passage of time and how it can be expressed by a variety of design objects including textiles, carpets, ceramics, lighting fixtures, vessels, clocks, and furniture.

Design by Time is organized by the Department of Exhibitions, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared.

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, www.knoxart.org

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Steel Magnolias

Category: Theatre

Showtimes
Fri May 10, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sat May 11, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sun May 12, 2019 | 2:00PM
Thu May 16, 2019 | 8:00PM
Fri May 17, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sat May 18, 2019 | 8:00PM
Sun May 19, 2019 | 2:00PM

There’s always a good time down at Truvy’s beauty shop, where six Southern ladies, each as gentle as a magnolia yet tough as steel, share in the laughter, tragedy, and celebrations of life in their small Louisiana town. Though they may be boldly independent and not always see eye to eye, they still lean on each other through thick and thin. Make an appointment to join these three generations of women as they solidify an enduring bond of friendship and sisterhood.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999, www.orplayhouse.com

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, www.appalachianarts.net

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

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

Details TBA

Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860, www.arrowmont.org

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, www.artmarketgallery.net

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
MAY 3 2019 – JUNE 1 2019
BROADWAY STUDIOS AND GALLERY
1127 N.BROADWAY KNOXVILLE TN 37917
Opening May 3rd 5:00-9:00 Silent Auction May 3rd-31st
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 - 6:00 (additional hours by appointment)

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, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

The Emporium Center: Grace and Grandeur by Sam Stapleton and John Vavruska

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

Two photographers born in 1951, Sam Stapleton and John Vavruska, grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains: Sam, on the western side in the town of Kingsport, TN and John, on the eastern slopes in Waynesville, NC. Both were heavily influenced by the culture and natural beauty of the southern Appalachians, both subsequently obtained professional degrees from the University of Tennessee (Sam in accounting and John in engineering), and both began their serious pursuit of photography in the early 1970’s. When they met in 1976, it was their shared love of photography that provided the foundation for their friendship, and for two years, they shared a house and a darkroom they built themselves. Time separated them: Vavruska was drawn to the American west in the early 1980’s, served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, and then settled in Santa Fe where he now resides with his wife of 30+ years; Stapleton remained close to his roots in Knoxville, where he too resides with his wife of 30+ years.

Yet with all of their similarities, the two have drifted apart in their photographic vision and now occupy virtual opposite ends of the photographic spectrum. Vavruska has remained primarily in the analog (film) world and has grown in the direction of large (4 x 5 inch) format black and white photography, capturing the grandeur of the natural landscape through hand-crafted gelatin silver prints. Conversely, Stapleton remained with small (35mm) format photography but converted whole-heartedly to digital technology where he continues to focus on the intimate color imagery of the East Tennessee landscape. While one’s images convey a high level of detail and tonal gradation, another’s use the spontaneity of the smaller format to explore the abstract and impressionistic capabilities of the medium. Hence the exhibit, Grace and Grandeur, is presented to share their story – the story of two men with a common photographic grounding that has matured into expressions of widely divergent visions. For more information, please visit www.johnvavruska.com and www.samstapletonphotography.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. CLOSED Monday May 27. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

The Emporium Center: Pairs: Work by the New Image Artists

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

A reception will take place on Friday, May 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities.

This fiber and mixed media exhibition, curated by Trudi Van Dyke, features thirteen contemporary fiber artists who are juried members of the New Image Artists group. New Image is a group of artists from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC who come together to share their art and ideas. Members are active studio artists who work primarily with cloth, paper, and alternative materials.

The concept of “pairs” challenged the artists to consider their work as it developed in theme or concept and how one piece could influence the artist to create a companion piece. Unlike a diptych, each new work stands alone, and yet its voice is more fully developed when viewed as a pair that evolved from the subject, materials or some other element of the initial work. When conceiving work for Pairs, the artists experimented with relationships between subject, media and techniques. The artists began in a creative dimension without boundaries and chose a concept or subject without limits. The first work was planned and sometimes completed when the artist found a way to morph the idea, media or subject into a complementary piece. The resulting pair effectively enables viewers a more in-depth appreciation than a solitary work. For more information on New Image Artists, visit www.newimageartists.com.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. CLOSED Monday May 27. Information: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com.

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