Calendar of Events

Friday, May 17, 2019

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Jerome Bixby's The Man From Earth

Category: Theatre

Directed by Sarah Campbell

After history professor John Oldman unexpectedly resigns from the University, his startled colleagues impulsively invite themselves to his home, pressing him for an explanation. But they're shocked to hear his reason for premature retirement: John claims he must move on because he is immortal, and cannot stay in one place for more than ten years without his secret being discovered. Tempers rise and emotions flow as John's fellow professors attempt to poke holes in his story, but it soon becomes clear that his tale is as impossible to disprove as it is to verify. What starts out as a friendly gathering soon builds to an unexpected and shattering climax. Acclaimed science fiction writer Jerome Bixby, writer of the original 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone', originally conceived this story back in the early 1960's. It would come to be his last great work.

"The Man From Earth restores dignity to science fiction of the mind."
—Michael Guillen, Twitch (

"A tall tale ... that ends with a devastatingly clever twist."
—Michael Janusonis, The Providence Journal

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

10th Annual Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Kids & family and Music

The music festival that brought artists like Jason Isbell, Amos Lee, Young the Giant, The Decemberists, Mutemath, and so many more returns to Knoxville’s Historic Old City May 17-19, 2019. Festival producers, Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions, are pleased to release the first wave of the 2019 festival lineup, which includes headliners Dawes and Tyler Childers as well as additional artists The Black Lillies, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and My Brightest Diamond.

Day and weekend festival passes are on sale now at

This year, Rhythm N’ Blooms will also include a Street Fair that will be free and open to the public. Jackson Avenue will be closed from S Central St. to Morgan St. and will feature live music on the Kid Curry Stage, two bars, an Art Market, and several vendors.

In celebration of the festival's tenth year, Rhythm N' Blooms is excited to welcome back some favorites from years past. Dawes headlined the festival in 2013, and the band has seen explosive growth since their previous Rhythm N' Blooms performance. The genre-bending My Brightest Diamond also appeared in 2013, dazzling festival attendees with a now-legendary post-midnight set that was so packed audience members watched from outside the open windows of Boyd's Jig & Reel. Knoxville-based Americana darlings The Black Lillies (and frontman Cruz Contreras) have been involved since the festival's inception, headlining the very first year at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and returning in some capacity almost every year since.

New to the festival this year is headliner Tyler Childers, whose Sturgill Simpson-produced album Purgatory has put him solidly on the map as his generation's preeminent Southern Gothic songwriter and storyteller. Also festival newcomers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have had a watershed year - Lukas (son of Willie) wrote or co-wrote the majority of the music for blockbuster film "A Star is Born" and he and the band appeared in the film and on the soundtrack, backing Bradley Cooper.

The Art Market will be unique addition to the festival, featuring artists who create jewelry, leather goods, paintings, natural body products, and more!

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival is presented by Yee-Haw Brewing Company and produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey. For more information, visit or

Ijams Nature Center & Seventy Thirty Creatives: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Category: Theatre

Ijams Nature Center is happy to bring back the Seventy Thirty Creatives for the 3rd year in a row to present Shakespeare’s lighthearted comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor. There will be three performances for this theatrical performance:

Friday, May 17th, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18th, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 19th, 2:30 PM

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

Follow the wives of Windsor as they gossip and scheme to foil the advances of wanna-be playboy, Falstaff. While Falstaff woos the wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford band together to prank the fat fool. Meanwhile, Mistress Page’s daughter, Anne Page, is pursued by three odd suitors; Mistress Ford’s husband deals with his all-consuming jealousy; and Falstaff’s rag-tag group of friends sit back and watch as he is humiliated for the whole town to see.

Ijams Nature Center is a picturesque venue nestled in the heart of South Knoxville. Bring a chair or a blanket, soak in a late spring day, and enjoy the show! Ticket are $12 for an individual ticket or you can get two tickets for $20. For tickets and other information, please visit

Knoxville Walking Tours

Category: History & heritage

MAY 17, 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. Details: 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

MAY 17, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Old City Ghosts - The lively entertainment section now known as the Old City wasn’t always so friendly. The neighborhood has a history of dark times and dark deeds, and the remnants aren’t just in the architecture. Formerly known as the Bowery, the district was home to saloons, dance halls, pool rooms, and bars, where famous gunmen, thieves, ladies of the evening, and troublemakers of all kinds bumped elbows with naïve travelers and honest working folk. Life here was violent—and often short. Details: Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 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

MAY 18, 2019 4:00 PM – 5:30 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. Details: 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

Blount Mansion: Statehood Day Party

Category: Culinary arts, Fundraisers and History & heritage

On June 1, 1796, Tennessee joined the Union as our nation's 16th state--a feat made possible in large part by the efforts of William Blount. Blount Mansion celebrates this historic anniversary with two special events each year. Here are the dates for this year's observances:

• On Friday, May 17th, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., we will host our annual Statehood Day party, a popular fundraising event inside Blount Mansion, featuring a cocktail supper, silent auction, and live music. Click here to reserve your place today.

• On Saturday, June 1st--the actual anniversary of Tennessee Statehood--from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., we will open our Mansion to the public free of charge. This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to bring your friends to Blount Mansion to experience the spot where Tennessee's journey to statehood began. Mark your calendars now!

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five - Boys' Night Out

Category: Dance and 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,

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: Garden Party Fundraiser

  • May 17, 2019
  • 6:00PM

Category: Culinary arts, Fundraisers and Science & nature

May 17 at 6:00PM enjoy a relaxing evening at Willow Ridge Garden Center, 97 Oak Ridge Turnpike, with dinner by Chef Paul Moody of Knoxville (your choice of 4 entrées), a container gardening program by Willow Ridge staff, and time to explore and shop at this private event. Tickets are $50.Purchase at the Museum, by phone (865) 482-1074, or online. All proceeds support the Museum's Kids Go Green Environmental Center & Gardens.

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge 461 West Outer Drive Oak Ridge TN 37830

2019 East Tennessee Preservation Conference

  • May 17, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Science & nature

The 2019 East Tennessee Preservation Conference will be held on Friday, May 17 at the historic Knoxville Botanical Gardens (KBGA). Highlighting local preservation stories and strategies, this year’s conference will dig deeper into preservation topics using the places of east Knoxville as the foundation for conversations. A tour of the gardens will be included as part of the day.

The modern history of the KBGA property began in the 1780’s with a land grant from to David Wessel Howell of Buncombe County, North Carolina for his “exemplary” service during the American Revolutionary War. Ten years before Tennessee became a state, David Howell planted an orchard, established a family farm and began selling fruits and vegetables to local families and businesses. He also began selling the trees, seeds and small plants settlers heading west needed to begin their own farms and gardens.

For over a decade, Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance has brought the East Tennessee Preservation Conference to our region. It has become a cherished event for those who love history, historic sites, and learning about preservation methods.

Many regional communities have been highlighted by the conference. Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Morristown, and Clinton have hosted the event. Attendees include preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals and others who have found that advanced knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices has value. It is a great event for learning, networking and experiencing historic sites distinctive to the host community.

Conference tickets are $75. Please visit for more information and to register.

Clarence Brown Theatre: CBT Gala

Category: Fundraisers

Hosted by Clarence Brown Theatre and The Mill & Mine
Friday at 6:30 PM – 10 PM

The Mill & Mine, 227 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Join us for the 2019 Gala benefitting the CBT Artist Endowment.
This year we will honor Tony Award-winning lighting designer Jennifer Tipton.
For tickets and more info visit this site:

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: An American in Paris


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,

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: BioBlitz in the Gardens

  • May 13, 2019 — May 17, 2019

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

Hosted by Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum and Discover Life in America
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN, Knoxville, Tennessee 37914

Do you love plants? Birds? Bees? Butterflies? Living things in general? We need your help! We are celebrating National Public Gardens Week by partnering with Discover Life in America to host an exciting BioBlitz. You are invited to join us in a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum as possible using the iNaturalist smartphone application.

BioBlitz Schedule
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, May 13: Discover Life in America is kicking off the first day of the BioBlitz. DLIA will bring nets, jars, magnifying glasses, and help you identify your observations using the iNaturalist app
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 - Friday, May 17: Check in with Garden staff and volunteers in our Visitors Center for tools, resources, and help identifying your observations using the iNaturalist app

You don't need to wait for the BioBlitz in the Gardens to start making observations. Download the iNaturalist app and visit us any time to help us catalogue the diversity of life across the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Questions? Email for more information.

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,

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