Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tennessee Stage Company: 29th Season of Shakespeare on the Square

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Theatre

July 11 – August 11, Thursday to Sunday, 7:00 PM nightly outdoors on Market Square, downtown Knoxville (free)
2 p.m. matinees Sunday, July 21, Sunday July 28, indoors at Scruffy City Hall ($15)
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, Blount County Public Library (free)

Featuring A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors

A blanket or a camp chair is all you need to view these performances. Or treat yourself to reserved VIP seating for just $15 per person, including a complimentary bottle of water and local merchant goodie bag. While we perform with no admission charge for general seating, we do appreciate your donations – we’ll pass a basket nightly and suggest a $10 donation per person. We also accept cash or credit cards at the “front of house” table.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
July 11, 13, 19, 21, 25, 27, Aug. 2, 4, 8, 10
This famous romantic comedy is set in the Athenian woods on one magical midsummer night. Two young lovers, pursued by rivals for their love, spurned fathers and the angry Duke of Athens find themselves lost in a magical wonderland peopled by the King and Queen of the fairies and their sprite henchmen Robin Goodfellow, known as Puck. All three delight in playing games with mere mortals who chance to enter their woods. Add a group of rowdy tradesmen seeking a secluded spot to rehearse their play for the Duke’s wedding and you have all the ingredients for a wild evening of magic and comedy that could only have come from the glorious imagination of William Shakespeare. “Oh, what fools these mortals be.”

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
July 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, Aug. 1, 3, 9, 11
One of Shakespeare’s first (and funniest) plays. Two sets of identical twins (!) with the same names (!!) Dromio and Antipholus who were separated as infants, grow up in rival cities. Ephesus and Syracuse, with no knowledge of the others – until the twins from Syracuse pay a visit to Ephesus. Elaborate embarrassments abound as the whole town tries to sort out two Dromios and two Anthipholi. It’s a wild roller coaster ride with mistaken identities, hilarious blunders and slapstick farce around every curve. “I to the world am like a drop of water that in the ocean seeks another drop.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt and The Comedy Of Errors is directed by Jennifer Alldredge.

The Tennessee Stage Company encourages our audiences to spend an evening on the Square: do a little shopping, have a nice dinner, see the play and maybe stop by a pub afterward. All of this and more is available on Market Square nightly. So come early and see the Square! Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280, www.tennesseestage.com

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Trillium Seminar

  • July 11, 2019

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for an engaging seminar about one of the Southeast’s most beloved wildflowers, Trillums! Jayne Lampley received her M.S. degree in Biology at Jacksonville State University and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She studies the systematics and taxonomy of Trilliums. Join us at the Knoxville Botanical Garden on July 11th as she gives an introduction to this unique genus including its geographic distribution, diversity of species, life cycle, and ethnobotanical usage. She will then inform us of some of her latest research efforts including her work to describe newly discovered Trillium species.

Cost: Free for Members! $5 for Non-members

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717, www.knoxgarden.org

Knoxville Writers Guild: A Time To Share

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Category: Literature & readings

A TIME TO SHARE: KWG members read from their own work
-Any genre (content must be appropriate for children)
-Only active members may read, but the event is open to the general public.
-Each reading is limited to three minutes. Readers need to time themselves prior to the event. To give as many members as possible a chance to share, the three minute limit will be strictly applied.
-The sign-up sheet will be available at 6:45 pm.

Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: www.KnoxvilleWritersGuild.org

Historic Ramsey House: Dinner, S'mores & Local Lore

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Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and History & heritage

Join us for our Annual Membership Meeting, where you will enjoy fellowship, dinner and local lore with other "Friends of the Ramsey House"! Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, followed by our Annual Membership Meeting. We will end by roasting marshmallows over our campfire and enjoying local lore presented by Jennifer Montgomery. In this special Local Lore Series, Jennifer will feature the stories of the individuals (including the Ramsey's) who helped shape our fair city during 1790-1820!

Cost: $15 for adults & $10 for children (12 and under)
Click the ticket link below to reserve your seat today! https://squareup.com/store/historic-ramsey-house

Jennifer Montgomery, of Trotta Montgomery Real Estate, is a local real estate agent and broker with almost 20 years experience. Jennifer offers a specialized perspective to downtown and around town residential and commercial customers. She brings buyers and sellers and landlord and tenants together through her knowledge and understanding of architectural style, history, real estate economics, and community within downtown and around town neighborhoods and retail districts of Knoxville.

Not a "Friend of the Ramsey House"? Not a problem! Visit www.RamseyHouse.org, or stop by our Gift Shop to become a "Friend" today!

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745, www.ramseyhouse.org

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: KGMC Night at Pour Taproom

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Thursday at 7 PM – 11 PM
Pour Taproom, 207 West Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Come one. Come all. And drink some beer! Pour Taproom will be donating 10% of sales to the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus received on July 11th from 7pm-11pm. Swing by, have a beer, and meet members of KGMC.

Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: (865) 255-5623, www.knoxgmc.org

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery: Photography by Ann Allison-Cote

  • July 8, 2019 — August 25, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Photography by Ann Allison-Cote

She takes advantage ot the plant life, rural scenes, landscapes and regional architecture of Knoxville, East TN, Western NC and GA. Frequently she will draw from her artistic background, merging photography and digital art to create a different effect.

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4. Info: (865) 584-3957 or www.wpcknox.org

Corelli Art Studio: Nature Art Camps

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Corelli Art Studio is hosting 3 weeks of Summer Nature Art Camps for 3-11 year olds at the Sustainable Future Center only 10 minutes from Downtown Knoxville. Each July camp runs Monday thru Friday from 9am-12noon. A full week of camp is $150 and individual days are $40 each. We will lead campers in making art projects or experiments to develop their senses of curiosity and creativity. Each camp will focus on how to create art while respecting our relationship with Nature and our environment.

"Striking Science" will be July 8-12th and is perfect for the child always asking why? Come conduct experiments to inspire and build curiosity. Learn while making rainbows, volcanoes, slime and more!

"Sustainability Skills" will be July 15-19th and is for burgeoning environmentalists. It's never too early to learn about saving the Earth! Along the way we will test for pollution and make our own paper, mini greenhouses and worm-composters.

"Representational/Storytelling Art" will be July 22-26th and is all about expressing yourself through channeling different characters. A picture is worth a thousand words! Learn to use art as a tool to communicate from simple drawings to costume making and comic book creating.

To register for camp or view more information, please visit our website - www.corelliartstudio.com/camps
We hope to see you there!

Vicissitude / A Retrospective

  • July 6, 2019 — August 15, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Meet and Greet on Thu July 18, 5-7:30 PM

W. James Taylor is a Contemporary Fine Art Chalk Pastel Painter. His core artistic exploration is based on an abstract geometrical triptych, expressing what he felt and experienced as a young man of the turbulent 1960's, with the challenges of integration. He incorporates the stories his father, Eldred Libby Taylor, told him of his childhood in Georgia during the Jim Crow period with powerful subliminal imagery.

The idea for Vicissitude came to him over a six year period, with each panel representing a different time in the history of African Americans. His Mission is to engage his audience in conversation about the enormous sacrifice his ancestors made during the struggle for freedom and equality. When he's not creating images for Vicissitude, he loves composing songs and playing them on his acoustic guitar. He plays for local and national senior living communities and other venues throughout the United States. As a professional drummer with different bands he opened for famous acts on the Chitlin Circuit in the 1960's for performers like Rufus Thomas and Mary Wells, later in the 1970's opening for Parliament Funkadelic and Bill Withers at the Civic Coliseum in his hometown Knoxville, Tennessee. Art, music and the opening of his gallery in his mothers name " Geneva " has always been his passion.

At University of Tennessee Student Union Art Gallery
https://www.genevagalleries.com/current-events/

C for Courtside: Julie Wills - Battlefields

  • July 5, 2019 — August 2, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception: July 5, 2019, 7-10pm

C for Courtside is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Maryland-based artist Julie Wills. The exhibition, titled Battlefields, uses sculpture, installation and collage to address social, political, interpersonal and interior conflict. The exhibition will be on view from July 5 through August 2, with an opening reception Friday July 5 and a closing reception Friday August 2.

Wills skillfully mines large complex systems—language, the cosmos, climate, human history—for image, text and metaphor to poetically investigate the deeply human questions nested within. Battlefields features works that explore individual joy and heartbreak in times of social or political upheaval. Diverse materials including photographs, prints, locator flags, vinyl, and plaster are arranged as a series of tactical maps for navigating or making sense of love and loss. In some instances, these works incorporate imagery from physical battle sites such as Gettysburg and the beaches of Normandy; in other cases, the site of conflict is figurative, revealed only in material vestiges.

Julie Wills (www.juliewills.com) is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage, performance and architectural interventions. She has been awarded residency fellowships at Jentel (WY), PLAYA (OR), The Hambidge Center (GA) and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD), and has received support for her work from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. Wills is a 2019 recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and her works are included in the White Columns Artist Registry in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore Flat Files.

For media and press inquiries: cforcourtside@gmail.com
Follow the gallery on Instagram: @cforcourtside
513 COOPER STREET, KNOXVILLE, TN 37917
WWW.CFORCOURTSIDE.COM

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Hairspray, Jr.

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Category: Dance, Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live stage version of the popular musical, “Hairspray, Jr”. The play will be performed July 5 through July 28: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

The 1950s are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY JR. the familyfriendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs is adapted from the original Broadway version which won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

It's 1962, and spunky Tracy Turnblad has one big dream -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When she finally gets her shot, she's transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy's new beat just might prove unstoppable. The play is performed by 30 talented young actors, from ages 10 to 17.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information/tickets: 865-208-3677, www.knoxvillechildrenstheatre.com

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Patricia Herzog and Carol Quin

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

July Featured Artists -First Friday Reception: July 5, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Patricia Herzog: Clay
Artist Statement: Patricia Herzog has been working as a professional clay artist since 1978 after graduating from the Uni-versity of Tennessee with a Master of Science Degree in Ceramics. Her recent work reflects her contin-ued interest in color, decoration, texture and function. Her ceramic forms are inspired by her travels and Tennessee surroundings with an emphasis on animal imagery, universal patterns in nature, and the art of ancient cultures. She hopes her work portrays a sense of humaneness in this

Carol Quin: Painting
I have been painting and exhibiting since the early 1990’s, mostly in the Southeast although I have been in exhibition in NYC through World Fine Art Gallery, Ariel Gallery, and Abney gallery. I am inspired by nature and the local beauty of this area, as well as the psychologi-cal processes that create this inspiration. I was educated at the University of Tennessee (BS, MS, and PhD) in Human Ecology. I began painting in the early 80’s as a watercolorist painting mostly nature, and rapidly moved into various mixed media, larger cre-ations, and more abstraction in design. My work is mainly from self-exploration and experimentation with the mediums and from the passion of exploring color and textures.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, www.artmarketgallery.net

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Tracye Sowders

  • July 5, 2019 — July 28, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening for artist Tracye Sowders Friday, July 5 from 6-9 pm. Her art will be on display for the month of July. Come join us for great art and great coffee!

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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