Calendar of Events

Friday, May 24, 2019

Kundalini Rising Gathering

  • May 24, 2019 — May 26, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops and Kids & family

Awaken your consciousness and build inner strength with Kundalini Yoga. The Kundalini Rising Gathering is about coming together to practice and persevere through these tumultuous times. Now is the time to break away from our past conditioning and create a new way of living in a this new paradigm of peace on earth. Now is the time more than ever to awaken our group consciousness and to pool our energies and intentions to uplift ourselves and our community. Now in our fourth year, we are excited to be holding the gathering at beautiful ​Buckeye Farms in Lenoir City, TN.

Friday - Sunday, May 24, 25 & 26.
Weekend Registration Includes: Camping, Vegetarian Meals, Peace Prayer Ceremony, Yoga & Meditation, Healing Arts Workshops, Sacred Kirtan, Nature & Arts Children's Camp & Creative Community.

For more information and registration please visit

Bijou Theatre: Not That Jewish

Category: Comedy and Theatre

Not That Jewish, a critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit comedy will come to Knoxville over Memorial Day Weekend. This one-woman play is written and performed by Emmy Award Winning writer, comedian, and actress Monica Piper. It’s a provocative, entertaining, and poignant exploration of faith, family, and the values that inform our lives.

Critics have praised the show as “a gem” (New York Times) and “a wonderful evening of entertainment” (Broadway World). Often compared to Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, and Amazon Prime’s hottest comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Not That Jewish is a story about everyday events written through the lens of a Jewish Heart. Attendees don’t need to be Jewish (or religious at all) to appreciate and enjoy the show – they need only to be human. Monsignor Jim Lisante, host of “Personally Speaking”, on Sirius XM Radio said, “Monica Piper – a great writer, comedienne and actress – has put together a work of art about life, family, and values. One of the most moving things I’ve ever seen. It made me laugh. It made me cry.”

Written with the same humor and wit that won Piper an Emmy for Rugrats, an American Comedy Award Nomination for Top Female Comedian, and her own Showtime Special; Monica takes us on a hilarious journey from her childhood in the Bronx all the way to Broadway. Her questioning of what it means to “be Jewish” leads her on a journey of exploration that concludes with an understanding of what it means to have “a Jewish Heart” – one of humor, compassion, acceptance, and good deeds. In fact, a Jewish Heart is a human heart; something that can be shared universally and appreciated by those across all faiths and backgrounds. The audience falls in love with her whole family, but especially her father – who began his career as a comedian and provides some of the funniest, most poignant moments of the play.

The Knoxville Bijou Theatre (803 S. Gay Street) will host three performances over Memorial Day Weekend:
- Friday, 5/24/19 at 7:00 PM
- Sunday, 5/26/19 at 2:00 PM
- Sunday, 5/26/19 at 7:00 PM

Tickets can be purchased directly at
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“Not That Jewish” is produced by JWT, and is being promoted locally by Heska Amuna Synagogue.

BINDERS: Vine Middle Magnet Visual Arts Spring Show

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

You can find details about this exhibition and other upcoming events at

23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917

Knoxville Irish Society and Winters Irish Dance: Bealtaine Ball Céilí Dance

  • May 24, 2019

Category: Dance and Kids & family

You have a warm Irish welcome to an authentic Celtic experience right in Knoxville

Irish céilí dancing returns to east Tennessee to kick-start your Memorial Day weekend! The Knoxville Irish Society and Winters Irish Dance are excited to co-host the Bealtaine Ball Céilí Dance on Friday May 24th, 2019, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Live music will be provided by Knoxville-based fiddler, Lew Pollack.

Admission for this family-friendly event is FREE for KIS members, $5 for non-members, and FREE for children ages 12 & under. Tickets may be purchased at the door or on Eventbrite at

Admission is determined based on KIS membership status prior to the event. Membership benefits for those registering during the céilí will go into effect the following day. If you do not already have KIS membership please join us @

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Feicfidh muid sibh ansin! We'll see you there!

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The MeToo Art Project

  • May 24, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

Fri May 24, 10 AM – 2 PM:

Presented by Cheryl Prose, it tells individual stories of sexual harassment and assault. Available to view at Central Baptist Bearden (6300 Deane Hill Drive, Deane Hill at Kingston Pike across from Krispy Kreme) in the CORE building which is a small freestanding building immediately to the west of the main building and connected by a covered walkway.

Awaken Coffee: Portraits by Kara Lockmiller

  • May 20, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee in Knoxville’s Old City will welcome Kara Lockmiller’s musician portraits.
The opening reception will be Friday, June 7 from 6-9pm.

Kara Lockmiller's musician portraits are formed by breaking down each artist into pieces of colored shadows and highlights. They come together like puzzle pieces on canvas. Her color palettes vary for each artist depending on what she sees as she listens to their music.

Awaken Coffee is a live music venue, espresso bar, craft beer & wine bar and organic restaurant in the heart of downtown.

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

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,

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,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Design by Time

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents this groundbreaking design exhibition which brings together works from the U.S. and abroad that express the notion of the dynamic passage of time in textiles, carpets, ceramics, lighting fixtures, vessels, clocks, and furniture.

The twenty-two studios and designers represented in the exhibition all incorporate markers of time’s passage: seasons and growth cycles, the orbiting sun, chemistry, and physical forces (magnetism, crystallization, and tides). Where the shape and form of most designed objects is intended to communicate their physical presence, the creation of objects that express the dynamic passage of time offers a counterpoint, a visual expression of life itself.

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,

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Spring Concert Series

Category: Kids & family and Music

Acoustic Eidolon
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wild Blue Yonder
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All concerts begin at 7 pm – Rain or shine in the covered amphitheater. Bring your own folding lawn chairs. Coolers and alcohol of any kind are prohibited. Pets are not allowed (Except Service Animals w/ Proper Identification). Concerts are FREE for GSMHC Members and for Children 5 and Under – $10 per person for non-members. Or, Reserved Seating! Only $5 Leave your chair at home and use ours!

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler

  • May 9, 2019 — June 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

May 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019 Painting and Woodturning by Nelson Ziegler will be featured in the Westminster Presbyterian Church gallery.

Nelson Ziegler, of Sevierville, is a graduate of The Art Institute of Boston and Northwestern Academy of Watercolor. He was chosen The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage artist in 2016. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society, New England Watercolor Society, The Oil Painters of America and the American Association of Woodturners.

Westminster Presbyterian Church
6500 Northshore Drive
Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4PM
Friday, 9AM-Noon

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,

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