Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 18, 2019

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: Film Screening: 306 Hollywood

Category: Film

As part of the special exhibition Debut: Recent Acquisitions, the McClung Museum is hosting a film screening of 306 Hollywood.

This endearing story follows the two filmmakers as they attempt to archive the objects and ephemera of their recently passed, much-beloved grandmother. The result of their work is a tender and fantastical documentary, 306 Hollywood. The film won wide acclaim and was selected to premiere on Sundance’s opening night in 2018.

Doors will open at 6pm. The film starts at 7pm.

Thursday, July 18 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

Make. Learn. Grow. | The Heart Part

  • July 18, 2019
  • 12-1:30 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Free event

Hosted by Knoxville Entrepreneur Center at 17 Market Square #Suite 101, Knoxville. Free to attend. Accounting, strategic planning, marketing: they're all important parts of running a business. But what about the heart part? How do you deal with the fear of rejection? The loneliness that comes with being your one and only team member? What do you do to beat bad habits? What's stopping you from achieving your goals? This Make. Learn. Grow. conversation will include local business coaches discussing the heart of the matter and the emotional side of business. Tickets are very limited! BYOL - Bring your own lunch. Drinks provided.

Third Thursday in Edgewood Park: Family Friendly Concert

  • July 18, 2019
  • 6:30-8:30PM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:30-8:30 PM
Edgewood Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Come out for an evening of fun tunes with the Kincaid Dos!
We'll have Cubish food truck on hand to buy dinner from, so come hungry!

Third Thursday in Edgewood Park is a free, family-friendly summer concert series at Edgewood Park (located at the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Acker Street in North Knoxville) hosted by the Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association.

Don't forget a blanket or a lawn chair!

YWCA: Talk and Toast Featuring Edwena Crowe

  • July 18, 2019
  • 4:30PM

Category: Fundraisers and Lectures & discussions

Join us in Oak Ridge, Thursday July 18, for our inaugural Talk & Toast event, featuring Oak Ridger and 2018 Tribute to Women Honoree, Edwena Crowe!

Networking at 4:30 p.m.; Program begins at 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks in our beautifully renovated Oak Ridge facility at 1660 Oak Ridge Turnpike. YWCA CEO, Alizza Punzalan-Randle, will lead a thoughtful discussion with Edwena Crowe.

In her 47-year career in the Tennessee Valley, Edwena Crowe has served a variety of roles at the Y-12 Nuclear Complex, Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and now serves as a Director at Consolidated Nuclear Security, which includes responsibilities at the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge and the Pantex Site in Amarillo, Texas. Crowe has championed efforts to expand the Small Business Program at Y-12 and under her leadership the program has won numerous awards.

Devoted to serving the community, Edwena volunteers as a tutor for at-risk youth, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Heritage Club, and serves on several boards, including the Oak Ridge Playhouse, Oak Ridge Fund of Achieving Excellence Foundation Board, and Men of Tomorrow Foundation. As a charter member of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Crowe has maintained an active role in community service and the chapter’s Debutante Program, which is a mentoring program for high school girls

Tickets are $50 and all proceeds will benefit benefit the YWCA’s Oak Ridge programs and clients. Tickets and information at

Tri-Star Arts: Lauren Haynes + Teka Selman: In Conversation

  • July 18, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr SW, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce a public talk by Lauren Haynes (Bentonville, Arkansas) and Teka Selman (Durham, North Carolina), the curatorial team for the forthcoming Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art. The talk will be moderated by David Butler, Executive Director of the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Lauren Haynes is currently Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas where she co-organized the recent exhibition, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art. Haynes is also the Curator of Visual Arts at The Momentary, a new contemporary art satellite space opening in Bentonville in 2020. She is currently co-curating the next iteration of State of the Art opening at Crystal Bridges in 2020. Most recently, she curated the 2019 Focus section of the Armory Show, New York. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she was, most recently, the Associate Curator for the permanent collection.

Teka Selman is an independent curator based in Durham, North Carolina. Most recently, she curated Heather Hart’s monumental, interactive installation Southern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off (2019) at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. Prior to her work as an independent curator, she was the founding associate director of the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. She also has extensive experience as a museum professional, writer, and gallerist at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Gagosian Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins & Co in New York; and Branch Gallery in Durham.

David Butler joined the Knoxville Museum of Art as Executive Director in 2006 after serving as the Director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and a Master’s degree in Art History from Florida State University and received his Ph.D. in Art History with a concentration on seventeenth-century Italian art and architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Butler is past President of the Southeastern Museums Conference and past Chair of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission.

More info here:

Knoxville History Project: Third Thursday Parlor Talk

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

At Maple Hall, 414 S. Gay Street

This month, the Knoxville History Project’s esteemed author and speaker, Jack Neely, explores the subject of Summer in Knoxville in literature, including James Agee, Cormac McCarthy, and Nikki Giovanni, among others, who all dealt with it vividly, and in life, outlining what we know of how Knoxvillians endured summers without air-conditioning 100-200 years ago.
Maple Hall, by the way, is air-conditioned, and as always, offers a menu of delicious food, craft beers, and custom cocktails for the occasion.

Admission is free. Please note event is 21+.

For more information on upcoming events, visit

Oak Ridge Art Center: Mixed Media: Seen and Unseen

  • July 13, 2019 — August 21, 2019

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

The exhibition is for artists who work in both two and three–dimensional mixed media from throughout the region. Any work produced with multiple media is eligible. The “seen and unseen” may refer to the subject matter or the layering of techniques.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Travis Townsend and Felicia Szorad

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

Details TBA

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

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.

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.”

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,

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

Corelli Art Studio: Nature Art Camps

  • July 8, 2019 — July 26, 2019

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 -
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

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