Calendar of Events

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare on the Square Indoor Matinee

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

2 p.m. matinees Sunday, July 21 (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Sunday July 28 (The Comedy of Errors), indoors at Scruffy City Hall ($15)
6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29 (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Blount County Public Library (free)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
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
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.

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280, www.tennesseestage.com

Tennessee Theatre: Summer Movie Magic - The Wizard of Oz

Category: Film and Kids & family

There’s something for everyone in the 21st Summer Movie Magic lineup! Movie-goers will travel back in time and see these classics, as they should be: in a historic theater surrounded by other movie-lovers, enjoying some popcorn and a cold drink. Come experience some of your favorite classics on the big screen! Prior to each screening, hear the Mighty Wurlitzer organ fill the auditorium with magnificent music by House Organist Freddie Brabson.

FRIDAY NIGHT SCREENINGS
Ghostbusters August 2 • 8pm
Saturday Night Fever August 16 • 8pm
Unforgiven August 23 • 8pm

SUNDAY MATINEE SCREENINGS
The Wizard of Oz July 21 • 3pm
North by Northwest August 4 • 3pm
Singin’ In The Rain August 18 • 3pm
The Iron Giant August 25 • 3pm

Tickets can be purchasedat the Tennessee Theatre box office, www.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 865-684-1200. The ticket price for each movie is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over; and a six-entry punch card is $45.00 for adults and $36.00 for children and seniors.

604 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville: https://www.tennesseetheatre.com/tickets/movies-at-the-tennessee/

Smoky Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise: Mojo Tweed

  • July 21, 2019
  • 4:00-7:00PM

Category: Music

SMBS Presents Blues Cruise No. 4 with MOJO TWEED, July 21, 4:00-7:00 pm on the
Tennessee Riverboat.

Come hang out with us and this awesome band playing some New Orleans Funk! These guys are a blast to watch and the music is awesome. It's one big jam session whenever they play!

MOJO TWEED came together from a group of friends who like playing a variety of blues, funk and R&B . The name came from their desire to play through small tweed tube amps and to evoke Mojo or Voodoo. Most of its members have been playing together for some 20+ years in a variety of bands and settings. The band likes playing stuff with a little New Orleans attitude as well as originals and classics by Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin Wolf. This music is most fun when mixed with good food, good friends and a relaxed vibe. The New Orleans term "Social Aid and Pleasure Club" accurately describes what this group are after.

Boarding at 3 pm, cruising from 4 pm to 7 pm on the beautiful Tennessee River! Full bar and limited food service available.

Cruise Tickets: $16 for SMBS members (Call Riverboat Office and ask for discount price), $20 for non-members, $25.00 day of show.

Call 865-525-7827 for TICKETS or Online at Tennessee Riverboat https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&w=b00c3a40bacf63ec7400ebff23832a88&vqitq=7d5117bc-6597-4e5a-99c4-0ba70ddd46ab&vqitp=008993e9-9897-45cb-992b-0a9f7f96ea60&vqitts=1551396697&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=5ff83aed2c85b0e09e68d5a8d43c0819
Smoky Mountain Blues Society: http://smokymountainblues.org/wp/

Pop Up Pie, Flower, and Coffee Shop

  • July 21, 2019

Category: Culinary arts and Festivals & special events

Sunday at 10 AM – 1 PM
At The Central Collective, 923 N Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Pie + coffee + flowers— what could be more delightful?
Join Dale’s Fried Pies for a a pop-up pie shop! Dale will be serving sweet and savory pies and coffee to help you start your Sunday morning.
We will also be joined by special guests, Refill Coffee Cart and Pink Petal Pusher flower truck. You’ll be able to build your own floral bouquet or a grab and go bouquet, and get your caffeine fix as well.

https://www.facebook.com/events/618450812001725/

Ijams Nature Center: National Moth Week

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Honeybees may get the lion’s share of attention as pollinators, but you may be in the dark about another insect doing this important work: The moth. Nature’s often unheralded nighttime pollinators will be in the spotlight July 20-28 during the eighth annual National Moth Week (NMW).

This event invites moth enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to participate in a worldwide citizen science project that literally shines the light on moths, celebrating their beauty, ecological diversity and the critical role they play in the natural world. Since its inception, NMW has inspired thousands of public and private moth-watching and education events in all 50 states and almost 80 countries. Sites have included national parks and monuments, museums and local recreation areas, private backyards and front porches. All you need is a light and somewhere for moths to land.

Anyone can register a public or private event, or can find one in their area by visiting www.nationalmothweek.org. Event registration is free. This year, Ijams Nature Center is getting in on the action with some friendly competition. Ijams will offer two simultaneous citizen science moth programs, one at the Ijams Visitor Center in South Knoxville and one at McFee Park in Farragut. Attendees for both programs will stay up late to attract, capture and identify moths. At the end of the night, they’ll total their catch to see which group identified the most species of moths.

Both Ijams programs are designed for ages 8 and older and take place on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per individual or $10 per family. For more information or to register, visit https://ijams.org/events/.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

UT Downtown Gallery: Howard Hull: Paintings 1989-2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Artist Reception: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM and Friday, August 2 from 5-9pm for an First Friday reception.

Join us Friday, July 19 from 6-8pm for an artist's reception with Howard Hull. In 1965, Hull began teaching at the UT Knoxville College of Education. During his tenure at UT, Hull’s painting, collages, and sculpture were frequently seen in various competitive Mid-South and one-person invitationals. Hull’s articles have routinely filled the pages of Arts and Activities, Tennessee Education, and School Arts, and his in-depth history of Tennessee WPA post office murals was published in 1996. Before his 1999 retirement, Hull coordinated numerous art educational workshops, curricular projects and extension courses on behalf of his department. Since leaving UT, he continues to be a productive painter and writer.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802, http://web.utk.edu/~downtown

The WordPlayers: Broadway Bluegrass Musical: Bright Star

Category: Music and Theatre

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony ¬nominated, Broadway musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement."

Performances are July 19 @ 7:30 PM, July 20 @ 2:30 & 7:30 PM and July 21 @ 3:00 PM on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

Tickets range from $18 to $25.50 and may be purchased online through www.knoxbijou.org or www.wordplayers.org, by phone at 865-684-1200, or at the door.

Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and forgiveness set in the mountains of western North Carolina in the 1920’s and ‘40’s. The story follows literary editor Alice Murphy and her relationship with Billy Cane, an ambitious young writer recently returned from World War II. (Suggested for ages 13+)

The WordPlayers’ production is directed by Leann Dickson and features Deanna Surber in the lead role of Alice Murphy and Jimmy Sherrod as Billy Cane. Sheryl Lawrence Howard is music director, leading an ensemble of talented local theatre artists whose voices and harmonies will stir the soul. They will be accompanied by a live 8-piece bluegrass band, comprised of excellent local musicians.

Bright Star received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and Outer Critics Circles Awards for Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding Score. Bright Star has it all: a brilliant score, beautiful voices and harmonies, a barn-raising bluegrass band, and a story of broken lives made whole.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 theatre organization based in Knoxville. For more information about The WordPlayers, please visit wordplayers.org or call 865-539-2490.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Three-Day Back-To-School Sale

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

SAVE 25% Kid’s Clothes - GOOD CLOTHES, GOOD PRICES, GOOD CAUSE

The rising costs of getting kids ready for another school year is something families face each year. Here’s the chance to save big-time on Goodwill’s Annual Back-To-School Sale July 19, 20, and 21. Kid’s and Junior’s clothing will be reduced by 25% at all of the 28 retail stores operated by Goodwill Industries – Knoxville.

Family budgets are stretched thin, especially with new fees and charges for school activities, so shopping at Goodwill is more attractive than ever. “Affordable prices exist throughout the year, but this special Back-To-School Sale means even more savings for more people. Kids can define their own style by making looks their own and find great bargains,” said Karen Conley, VP of Stakeholder Engagement.

Shoppers can also feel good knowing that their purchases benefit people in their communities. All items sold in Goodwill stores create Goodwill’s job placement and training in the community and in stores, as well as support services such as career counseling, core and technical skills for customer service-related positions, industry recognized credentials, and résumé development and interview preparation. Goodwill’s job training programs help people find jobs, build their skills and increase their earning potential.

To find the nearest Goodwill store, visit http://goodwillknoxville.org/

Oak Ridge Art Center: Mixed Media: Seen and Unseen

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, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

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, www.arrowmont.org

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

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/

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