Calendar of Events

Friday, May 31, 2019

Knoxville Children's Theatre: James and the Giant Peach


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel “James and the Giant Peach”, dramatized by Richard R. George. The play will be performed May 31 through June 16: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl's story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end.

The play is performed by 16 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 14.

The play is directed by KCT alumna, Jennifer Cunic. The production team includes Set Designer Boone Sommers, a West High School sophomore, and Maryville High School sophomore Eric McGhee who will design the lights. Costumes are designed by West High students Jaden Branson, Sophie Foster, and Madelyn White. The sound designer is Max Harper, a freshman and L&N Stem Academy. The play’s stage manager is Grace Christian Academy student, Alex Montgomery.

Performances are typically Thursday-Sunday, and tickets are $12 per Adult, $10 per child. Reservations are strongly recommended. Group rates are available for groups of 12 or more by making advance reservations by phone. Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

MACA & Visual Arts Alliance: Juried Spring Art Show

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

Fri May 31, 6-8 PM - artist reception & meet the artists
Sat Jun 1, 10 AM - 4 PM
Sun Jun 2, 10 AM - 3 PM

This event is free and open to the public! Come vote on your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award!

At Vonore Community Center. Monroe Area Council for the Arts: 423-442-3210,

The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival

  • May 31, 2019 — June 1, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events and Kids & family

The Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival, featuring three world renowned storytellers, has announced the 2019 schedule. This second annual storytelling festival in the Oak Ridge area will be held at the Historic Grove Theatre, 123 Randolph Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 May 31-June 1. Due to public demand at the 2018 performances, a larger venue and an additional performance have been added.

Bil Lepp, Carmen Agra Deedy, and Bobby Norfolk will perform for the 2019 festival. They have achieved national and international recognition and appear regularly at festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
On Saturday, June 1 the Flatwater Tales Storytelling Festival presents the art and magic of live storytelling with three performances at the Historic Grove Theatre, 10:00 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. (with intermission) and 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (with intermission) with different stories at each session. Although the stories would be rated PG, it is suggested that the 10:00 a.m. performance would be most enjoyable for children five and older as it is a special family-oriented performance. A free crafts-for-kids activity will be offered beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Grove Theater.

Due to sell-out performances in 2018, it is suggested that tickets be purchased early. There will be a limited amount of tickets for the performances at the door. Early Bird price is $40 for both afternoon and evening shows. Single show $25. Family show $30 for up to 2 adults and 2 children ages 5-18. Individual tickets for the family show are available for adults at $10 and for children at $5.

The storytelling weekend kicks off on Friday, May 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. with a writing workshop. Minton Sparks returns to conduct a three-hour interactive writing workshop, “My Crazy Kin—Transform Your Family Stories into a Compelling Personal Narrative.” Let Minton help you craft your own story from your family history and experiences and structure it for effectiveness.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Flatwater Tale’s Community Partner, the Historic Grove Theater, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Restoration of portions of the theater will include the building’s exterior wall. Featured will be historic photos of Oak Ridge from the collection of the late Oak Ridge photographer Ed Westcott.

Tickets are now on sale on the Festival’s Facebook page and website,, and at The Ferrell Shop in Oak Ridge.

Knoxville Walking Tours

Category: History & heritage

MAY 31, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Great Writers and Great Books - Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. There’s so much to tell that it’s hard to squeeze it into 90 minutes. We’ll give you an overview or tell us what you like and we’ll concentrate on what you’re most interested in. From George Washington Harris and Frances Hodgson Burnett to Cormac McCarthy and Nikki Giovanni, poetry, mysteries, bestsellers, and great movies. There’s plenty to choose from. Want to see all the real locations in Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree? Well, that would take all day, but we can give you some highlights. Just let us know. Details: Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 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 31, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30
Knoxville Ghosts - Hanged killers, tragic fires, reanimated corpses, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge. It all happened in Knoxville and restless spirits still haunt the city streets. If you enjoy a chill in the evening, walk with us to Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history echoes with the sound of gunfire and restless spirits are rumored to walk the streets. Visit their haunts and shiver as you listen to local legends of scary spooks and supernatural phenomena. Details: Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay St. 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

JUNE 1, 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

JUNE 1, 2019 7:30 PM – 9:00 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

Tennessee Theatre: Shovels & Rope and I'm With Her


Category: Music

At Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

Arrowmont: Starry Night Art and Wine Auction


Category: Fundraisers and Music

Join us for Starry Night, Arrowmont's annual art and wine auction - an evening of great food, wine, art, conversation and fun. Music and dancing under the night and the stars.

Starry Night features art from regionally and nationally renowned artists, fine wines donated by wine collectors, fun and immersive experiences, and the opportunity to be with friends and make new friends.

Starry Night supports Arrowmont's art education programs including ArtReach, adults and kids community classes, holiday classes, and scholarships for local teachers, residents, and returning veterans.

5:30 PM reception & live auction preview
6:30 PM live auction
7:30 PM dinner & dancing

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

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Great Evenings

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Join us and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for a new series of upscale entertainment! Leave your chairs at home and bring along your Huarache sandals and “Imagine” the fun you will have!

May 31 - Are YOU Ready to ROCK? PHIL DIRT & THE DOZERS will transport you to another time and place, the classic Rock ‘n Roll of America’s golden years. The Dozers perform the intricate vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys, Four Seasons, the Eagles and many more to perfection.

Sep 13 - Back by Poplar Demand! The WannaBeatles, Where Fab Meets Fun!!! Get ready for a different kind of Beatles experience that combines great Beatles classics with hilarious on stage antics, audience involvement and award winning entertainment!

$25 per individual show, $40 both shows (Non-Member pricing - $30 per individual show, $50 both shows)

Doors Open at 5:30 PM, Shows Starts at 7:00 PM
Call 865-448-0044 for tickets and Ask about our *VIP Experience
For more information visit

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,

Knox County Museum of Education: Old Fashion Sock Hop V

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Knox County Museum of Education is having their Old Fashion Sock Hop V. The Sock Hop will be held at the Sarah
Simpson Professional Technology and Development Center (Former South High School) located at 801 Tipton Ave., in
South Knoxville, next to Dogwood Elementary School. This Year, The Sock Hop will be held at the Center, in a smaller, more intimate setting closer to the Museum. There will be Dancing to 50's and 60's Music provided by DJ "Smokin'" Bill Rutherford of Pro-Audio Group. In addition, food will be available; there will be Silent Auction Items to bid on; as well as raffle items to bid on. Time for the Sock Hop will be from 6 PM - 9 PM. Plenty of free parking is available at the Center. Admission price is only $25 per person. Tickets are available in advance at the Museum and will be available at the door the night of the event. For any additional information, please call the Museum at 865-576-8264, ext 5. Come dressed in your finest 50's or 60's attire and dance the night away to all those oldies.

Community Faces: Art Installation Opening & Party!

  • May 31, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

Hosted by The Big Camera
Friday, May 31, 2019 at 6 PM
At Crafty Bastard Brewery

You’ve seen us around town with our striped backdrop, and now we are ready to share the finished project: YOU! Community Faces will be on display on the patio of Crafty Bastard Brewery in a BIG way, you can’t miss it!

Opening debut will be Friday, May 31st, and we hope to have a specially brewed surprise in store for you, too!

Please plan to join us to celebrate our wonderful City, the people that make it unique and the Crafty Bastard crew for allowing us use of their wall to showcase our work.

This exhibition is sponsored by The Big Camera, A1LabArts and The Tennessee Arts Commission. The Arts Build Communities Grant was awarded to Donna Moore and Photographers: Sara Blair McNally, Stacy Jacobs, Emily Bivens and Anna Lawrence.

We appreciate all the community businesses that have helped us make this happen: Wild Love Bakehouse, Central Filling Station, Architectural Antics, Broadway Galleries, Wood Printing, Knoxville Blueprint, Vinyard Flooring, Vine Middle School Art Program, and many more that opened their doors to us the past few months.

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Final Showing for Walt Fieldsa

  • May 31, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Final Showing of Past and Present, Artist: Walt Fieldsa. 6:00-8:00
Silent auction ends at 8:00. Doors open until 9:00.

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,

Marble City Opera: Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini

Category: Music

Performed with full cast and orchestra in the courtyard of St. John’s Cathedral, the Puccini classic “Suor Angelica” follows the events of a single day in the lives of Sister Angelica and the other nuns in a convent. Their peaceful lives are interrupted one day when Angelica’s aunt, the Principessa, arrives with news of their family. Having been cloistered within the walls of the convent for several years, the information is completely new to Angelica and shakes her to the core. The tragic events that are set off eventually lead to her ultimate redemption, and the story masterfully told through Puccini’s score make this a can’t miss staple of the operatic canon. Duration: 1 hour

Kathryn Frady as “Suor Angelica”
Julie Belanger-Roy as “The Principessa”
Jacquie Brecheen as “Suor Genovieffa”
Conducted by: Allan R. Scott
Stage direction by: James Marvel

Nightly performances at 7:30 PM. Tickets: $30 Adults, $15 Students
At St. John's Cathedral Courtyard, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
​Marble City Opera: 646-217-1580,

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

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