Calendar of Events
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Tennessee Medieval Faire: 5th Annual Festival
Earlier this year, the Tennessee Medieval Faire was awarded by 9 Lakes of East Tennessee and the Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council (covering 16 counties) an Excellence in Tourism Award as the “2018 Best Annual Festival.” Now celebrating its 5th year, the Tennessee Medieval Faire invites patrons to go back in time to the High Middle Ages (circa 1190’s) and “Live the Age of Chivalry!” with Robin Hood. This outdoor interactive PG festival will spring to life on May 25 and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day.
Dates are May 25-26-27, June 1-2, 8-9. Hours are 11am-6pm ET. The Faire is located 30 miles west of Turkey Creek, near I-40 and Highway 27, at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. The festival will be open rain or shine.
New this year will be three themed weekends: “Warriors,” for those honoring Memorial Day weekend; “Celtic/Fantasy,” for tartan and mythical creature enthusiasts; and “Time-Travel,” for cosplay and steampunk fans. Patrons are encouraged to enter the daily costume contest, where winners will be determined by audience applause, and prizes will be awarded. If patrons would like to join Robin Hood’s merry band, they are encouraged to share their talents in the Gong Show.
The Tennessee Medieval Faire is an entertainment-oriented festival. Throughout the 8-acre village, there will be continuous live professional entertainment. In the tournament arena three times a day, Noble Cause Productions will have knights on horseback competing in games and jousting tournaments. Twice a day, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham will compete at Human Combat Chess—playing a real chess match where the Royal Players (the street character ensemble from greater Knoxville) fight to take over the squares.
Performing on numerous stages will be the following professional comedy and stunt shows:
• Tuey Wilson—comedy stunt juggler, Minneapolis (all show days)
• Cosmo’s Fables, Fantasies & Fortunes—improv and musical comedy, Cleveland (1st and 2nd weekends)
• Einstein Simplified—longest running improv troupe in Knoxville (all days but June 8)
• The Harry Man Show—improvisational college acting troupe from UTK (June 8 only)
• In a Pickle—comedy sword-fighting show by the Royal Players (all show days)
• The Sheriff’s Variety Show—talent show by the Royal Players (all show days)
For the young at heart, there will be the following interactive puppet and folktale entertainment:
• Punch & Judy—puppet shows by Professor Brent DeWitt, International (1st and 2nd weekends)
• Willy Poore’s Penny Merriment—comedy extravaganza, Cosby (3rd weekend)
• Tales of Mythical Creatures—by Loremaster Ficticia, Knoxville (all show days but June 8)
• Tales from the Hood—Robin Hood and his friends, Royal Players (all show days)
• “Chester The Heroic Little Pig,” and “Endicott’s Revenge,” by Lars Paulson; Folktales and Fairy Tales; and “King Alfred and the Queen’s Missing Crown” by Anna Skjei—by the Royal Players
Professional Celtic/Irish and Folk music and Middle Eastern dance entertainment is listed online at https://www.tmfaire.com/list-of-acts. Schedules will be posted on the website before each weekend and will be available at the entrance on show days. Adding to the festivities will be variety of craft vendors selling their original wares: leather, costumes and accessories, metal, chainmaille, jewelry, ceramics, wooden games, soaps and oils, sketch art, face-painting, and henna tattoos, and more. All vendors accept cash and many accept credit. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.
Entrance and beverage tickets are now available for purchase online. These include discounted season passes (buy 5 days get 2 days free) and weekend passes (buy 1 day get second day half price). These can only be purchased online and are non-transferrable. Please visit https://www.tmfaire.com/online-ticket-sales-season-passes. A buy 1 get second person in free ticket will be available for veterans and first responders only (with veteran or first responder card and additional photo ID), only at the gate on Monday, May 27, Memorial Day.
For more information, please visit www.TMFaire.com, follow the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.
Carmon Sense Productions: The 5th Woman 2019
It has been an amazing year with the ladies that are participating in this year's fellowship. We have laughed together and cried together as we broke down ourselves and allowed poetry to rebuild.
This year the show stars amazing voices from all over the country. Monica Prince, Kristen Zory King, Virgina Autry, Heather Davis, and Alpha will grace the stage sharing amazing words paired with music and much more. Don't miss this exploration of woman and the many voices that will be heard and shared through the poetry these ladies have created.
DJ KNova will be returning as the resident DJ for the 5th Woman along with Elijah Cruise for live instrumentation. There are other surprises for you too, so don't miss it! Tickets are on sale now and discounted ($15) until May 14.
At Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville
Historic Ramsey House: Antique and Garden Show
Mother’s Day Rock N Roll Car Show, Rescheduled Rain Date, Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville Treat your family to a Free blast from the past at the Historic Ramsey House Rock N Roll Car Show. Vote for your favorite car for the People’s Choice Award, enjoy crafters, jewelry booths, and delicious food vendors. 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 car registration online. $25 registration on site.
Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum: Seed to Plate: Flavoring with Herbs
Saturday at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
We have a treat for this Seed-to-Plate workshop! Rex Bradford Jones, formerly of Bradford Catered Events, is going to treat us to a number of recipes centered around herbs commonly found in many of our home gardens: mint, lavender, thyme, basil, parsley, and more!
Angela Floyd Schools: With a Little Help from my Friends
22nd annual Spring Dance Concert.
Don't miss your chance to see these students in an amazing professional performance featuring SNOW WHITE (Tap), TOY STORY (Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical), and ALADDIN (Ballet)
Knoxville Civic Auditorium, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue Knoxville, TN 37915
Tickets: 865-215-8999 | https://www.knoxvillecoliseum.com/event/angela-floyd-schools-with-a-little-help-from-my-friends/
Angela Floyd School for Dance and Music, LLC: 10845 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934. Information: 865-675-9894, www.angelafloydschools.com
Kundalini Rising Gathering
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
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 https://knoxbijou.org/events/.
Visit our Facebook page for more information and updates: https://www.facebook.com/NotThatJewishKnoxville/.
“Not That Jewish” is produced by JWT, and is being promoted locally by Heska Amuna Synagogue.
BINDERS: Vine Middle Magnet Visual Arts Spring Show
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 www.a1labarts.org.
23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917
Awaken Coffee: Portraits by Kara Lockmiller
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
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 (www.twitch.com)
"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, www.theatreknoxville.com
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2019 Instructor Exhibition
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, www.arrowmont.org
Knoxville Museum of Art: Design by Time
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, www.knoxart.org