Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 16, 2019

McClung Museum: Debut, New Acquisitions


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

Debut: Recent Acquisitions features important acquisitions from the past four years in the McClung Museum’s eclectic arts and culture collection. Many of the objects have never been on display.

From ancient Peruvian ceramics and new additions to our extensive map collection, to Cherokee carving and modern and contemporary works on paper, they reflect the enormous diversity of the McClung’s holdings, and the generosity of donors who helped to add important objects to our collections.

The objects also illustrate the work of museum staff to fill cultural gaps needed to support the McClung’s educational mission. These treasures underscore the museum’s continued relevancy as a site for inspiration and pondering our world and its wonder.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

Fountain City Art Center Photography Show


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

June 14th – July 17th, 2019
Opening reception, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Friday, June 14th

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu & Th 9-5, W & F 10-5, 2nd-4th Sa 10-1. Information: 865-357-2787,

Tennessee Theatre: Finding Neverland

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 11th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

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

The Knoxville Symphony League Designer ShowHouse

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Knoxville Symphony League Designer ShowHouse will be held at Regas Square luxury private residences in June with local designers putting their signature and full touches on four different units.

The 2019 Symphony ShowHouse, which will take place June 12 - 30 in downtown Knoxville will include more than 7,000 square feet of decorated spaces on the sixth floor of the building.

Four Knoxville designers each have taken a residential unit to decorate in the completely renovated Regas Square, which will open for public viewing for the first time since the project was announced in 2016. Of the four units to be designed, three already are owned, and one will be available for purchase. “The new Regas Square, on the site of the former Regas Restaurant, will showcase the work of four talented designers in four penthouse-level condominiums, said Joyce Simms, advisory chairman for the event. “We can hardly wait to see each designer’s vision of luxurious urban living come to fruition.”

The Regas Square luxury condominiums, located at 333 W. Depot Ave. blend classic and contemporary features with thoughtful, modern design. The six-story midrise offers 101 residential units atop ground-floor retail spaces. The building features large terraces for each unit, private parking and storage, fitness center, and indoor and outdoor entertainment lounges.

The Symphony ShowHouse, now in its 32nd year, will be open for public tours every day except Monday. Hours of operation will be Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Day passes are $20, and season passes are $30. Proceeds benefit the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community programs.

A Symphony ShowHouse Gift Shop, which will offer a variety of gift and home décor items for purchase, also will be set up in one of the decorated units.
The featured designers are:
 Bennett Galleries and Interior Design
 Ethan Allen Design Center design team
 Paula Clancy of Nouveau Classics
 Al Yanno The Knoxville Symphony League is a membership-driven guild of volunteers that has benefited the Knoxville

Symphony Orchestra through a variety of fundraisers since 1952. The ShowHouse is one of the league’s biggest annual events and funds KSO programs that provide cultural and educational outreach in the community. For more information about the Symphony ShowHouse, visit For more information about Regas Square, visit

Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Free event and Music

nnSF19 is happening from June 10-24, 2019 in Knoxville, TN. Although there are countless summer festival opportunities, nnSF offers something rare and special. There are countless opportunities to perform, collaborate, and create at our festival, and our nnSF fellows walk away with excellent video, audio, and photo documentation! We know that choosing a summer festival is a big decision, and we are committed to providing an exceptional musical experience each summer.

In case it's been a while since you've checked out all the festival has to offer, we want to share up-to-date info our about our festival: nnSF19 features full-time, faculty-led workshops in performance, composition, and music technology lasting the duration of the festival. The Performance Workshop provides fellows extensive interaction with the faculty, guest composers, and visiting artists, as well as opportunities for professional level performances.

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Kara Lockmiller and Matt Dozdall

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

Opening for the new exhibit will be First Friday, June 7, 5:30-9 PM

Kara Lockmiller
"I am a chromesthete which means I see a vast array of real colors in my mind when I listen to music. I like to think of it as my own personal light show. My goal for each portrait is to let you glimpse music and musicians the way I do. The show is too beautiful not to share. There is a kinship between color and music – both can say what words can not. My 10+ years as a journalist and graphic artist left me with a great understanding of design principles as they relate to color. I began painting for others in 2017 as an outlet to share all the mesmerizing colors I see as I listen to music. While I can remember the lyrics to almost any song I’ve ever heard, I am most fascinated by the people who pen them. I describe my style as painting in shadowed hues. My musician portraits are formed by breaking down each artist into pieces of colored shadows and highlights. They come together like puzzle pieces on canvas. My color palettes vary for each artist depending on what I see as I listen to their music. I’m also greatly influenced by the time in their careers I chose to depict them."

Matt Dozdall
"I’m 45, live in Corryton, Tn. Married, with 4 kids. I’m originally from NC, have lived in East TN for about 20 years. US Army Veteran. I’ve been a Mechanic most of my life, And Have Always Loved any kind of Art! I mostly weld car parts together to create my art pieces, but will sometimes incorporate metal from other objects such as Washing machines and Clothes dryers. I’m not afraid to venture outside of my box, with new forms of art. I can hardly wait to see what comes up next!"

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,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: All Creatures Great and Small

  • June 7, 2019 — June 29, 2019
  • Reception June 7, 5:00-9:00PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

All Creatures Great and Small, the Animal Show. Exhibition from June 7- June 29. Opening June 7, 5:00-9:00PM at Broadway Studios, 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville.

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,

UT Downtown Gallery: Carl Sublett: A Centennial Celebration

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception June 7, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for an exhibition of work by Carl Sublett to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of his birth. This exhibition will feature works from the Ewing Gallery Permanent Collection as well as work from area collectors.

Carl served as a longtime member of the UT School of Art Faculty in painting and drawing. When he retired, his faculty position became the Artist in Residence program.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

Tennessee Valley Players presents "MAMMA MIA!"

Category: Music and Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and some songs with Stig Anderson. Book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer. MAMMA MIA! Was originally produced in London by Judy Craymer, Richard East, and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. Additional material & arrangements by Martin Koch. Music published by Universal Music Publishing Group and EMI Grove Park Music Inc. and EMI Waterford Music Inc.

At the Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916

Thursdays: June 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: June 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: June 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: June 9 and 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The Tennessee Valley Players proudly present "MAMMA MIA!” The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. With a large cast, lots of laughs and dynamic dance numbers, "MAMMA MIA!” is the story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! This musical is presented "in the Round" at the Carousel Theatre next to the Clarence Brown Theatre on the University of Tennessee campus. The Tennessee Valley Players is pleased to produce the show in collaboration with the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Admission is $20 a ticket and for children 12 years old and younger, $10 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased on the Tennessee Valley Players’ website with a credit card ahead of time. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office starting 1 hour prior to each show with cash, check, or credit card. Festival seating.

MORE INFORMATION: Check out Tennessee Valley Players’ website at or call (865) 203-2673.

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,

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

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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