Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Knoxville History Project: Third Thursday Parlor Talk

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

KHP Presents: The Riot of 1919 with Bob Booker
Hosted by Maple Hall and The Knoxville History Project
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Maple Hall, 414 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Please join us and special guest speaker, Bob Booker, for a fascinating talk about the 1919 Riots in Knoxville. The end of August will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1919 riots, the scariest moment in the history of race relations in the city. The arrest of a black man for the murder of a white woman somehow led to the dynamiting of the fortress-like jail and, a dozen blocks away, soldiers firing machine guns down city streets. Only in retrospect was it spoken of as part of a national reaction to a national horror remembered as the Red Summer.

Bob Booker who has studied the 1919 riot, and in 2001 wrote a book called The Heat of a Red Summer, a barely fictionalized account of the riot, will talk about what he has learned. A local civil-rights leader in the early ‘60s, Booker was later an outspoken politician, the first black state legislator from Knoxville, later an aide to Mayor Kyle Testerman, later still director of the Beck Center and a Knoxville City Councilman. One of the founding directors of the Knoxville History Project, he writes a regular column for the Knoxville News Sentinel. A discussion will follow.

The program is free. 21 and over. Drinks and bar food available to purchase.

Third Thursday in Edgewood Park: Family Friendly Concert

  • August 15, 2019
  • 6:30-8:30PM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:30-8:30PM
Edgewood Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917

Come enjoy an up-close and personal outdoor concert by Wild Blue Yonder trio at this scenic park in historic North Knoxville. FREE to attend and a guaranteed good time!,

We'll have the Farm-to-Griddle Crepes 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).

Don't forget a blanket or a lawn chair!

PechaKucha Night Knoxville

  • August 15, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and Lectures & discussions

PKN Knoxville Volume 32
Hosted by PechaKucha Night Knoxville and The Mill & Mine
Thursday at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
At The Mill & Mine, 227 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Doors open @ 6:30
Presentations Start @ 7:20
Donations support future Pecha Kucha Knoxville Nights. $5 / person is recommended & appreciated!

Tako Taco is open for dining before or after the event.

Presenters [in no particular order]
Mary Ruden
Jeffry Hunter
Jill Bergeron
Victor Agreda
Eva Heider
Andrew Hock
Nick Geidner
Kathryn Rutherford
Jennifer Montgomery

We hope to see you there!

Family friendly however the content is uncensored.

32nd Pecha Kucha Event

  • August 15, 2019
  • 6:30-10:30PM

Category: Festivals & special events and Lectures & discussions

Mill & Mine is hosting our 32nd Pecha Kucha event!
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 – 10:30 PM,
Hosted by PechaKucha Night Knoxville

Doors open at 6:30, Presentations Start at 7:20PM.

Donations support future Pecha Kucha Knoxville Nights. $5 / person is recommended & appreciated!

Mary Ruden
Jeffry Hunter
Jill Bergeron
Victor Agreda

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

James White's Fort: Fort Summer Social

Category: Culinary arts, Free event and History & heritage

Come celebrate summer with a free happy hour (3 actually) at the Fort, Thursday August 15th 5-8PM in the Fort courtyard.

Wear your sunny summer outfits and be our guest, and bring a friend or two or three, for a casual gathering to hear and see what is happening at the Fort.

We will serve summer cocktails like Daiquiris, Mint Juleps, and Mojitos, and standards, plus wine, beer, and snacks.

James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

Food Truck Park and Market

  • August 15, 2019

Category: Culinary arts, Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Music

At 306 West Depot Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

Event Times: Vendors available from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Band performances from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Price: Free
Location: Historic Southern Railway Station

Enjoy food, music, beer, and wine at Third Thursday food truck park! Knoxville’s best food trucks will be on site, and enjoy free musical performances! Kid and dog friendly! Each month we will feature different musical performances, and a variety of Knoxville's best food trucks.

TVUUC Gallery: Art by David Denton and Allen Monsarrat

  • August 12, 2019 — October 8, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, August 16, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Free and open to the public

David Denton
This work is the byproduct of exploration into the potential for artistic expression using the new technologies of the Virtual World and digital photography. Denton said, “I finally made my peace with the rigidity of the computer and went into partnership with it to explore ways to stumble onto appealing images.” The images are the result of manipulating photographs mostly taken with a smart phone and altered in Photoshop. Denton subjects them to a series of random commands, frequently with no idea of what might result. His primary role as the artist is mostly deciding what to keep. “The greatest benefit for me has been learning to view the real world through the photographer’s eye,” he said, “focusing on the interesting and appealing and ignoring the ugly and banal, making the visual aspect of life far more enjoyable.”

Allen Monsarrat
Monsarrat’s artwork begins with his own photography. “This allows me to carefully design my composition and include as much detailed information as I choose,” he said. “More important, as my reference source, it allows me to study the nuances of color, light and reflection and how they change across a seemingly uniformly colored surface.” Using translucent layers of paint, he is able to build depth unachievable with ink on paper. “To counter my tendency toward too much realism,” he said, “I began working in pastels in 2018. It is still representational work, but much more graphic, as the pastel pigments lie on top of the paper and on top of one another. They don’t mix like paint. It is the eye and brain that do the blending.”

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s 10th annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show on Friday, August 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Plateau Creative Art Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade.

Participants can view the show entries and watch the presentations of ribbons and cash awards to the winning artists.

First National Bank of Tennessee is once again sponsoring the Art Guild’s Judged and Juried Fine Art Show. Cash prizes will be awarded to Best of Show, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place winners. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served at this free opening reception event.

The Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show will feature all genres of art, and these items will be on display at the PCAC from August 2 through September 4. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For further information about the 10th annual Judged and Juried Fine Arts Show, visit the Art Guild’s website:, the Art Guild’s Plateau Creative Art Center (PCAC), or call 931-707-7249.

Art Market Gallery: Featuring Mary Saylor and Lynnda Tenpenny

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

August Featured Artists - First Friday Reception: August 2, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Mary Saylor has been fascinated by all sorts of artistic endeavors from her childhood and was raised by parents who themselves were creative individuals. Mary obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University with a minor in Sculpture and over the years, she has dabbled in various creative outlets including drawing, quilting, painting, woodcarving and clay, but recently has focused on paper mache sculptures. Mary has a profound love and appreciation of all animals, great and small, and this devotion is clearly seen in her whimsical, humorous animal sculptures. She thoroughly enjoys the process of creating each and every piece and hopes they bring nearly as much happiness and joy to everyone who views them.

Bio: Lynnda Tenpenny is an award-winning artist, a native East Tennessean, and a UT grad. She is a member of the Art Market Gallery and Foothills Craft Guild, and has served on boards of both and as President of both. Lynnda has art in several regional collections, including Park West Hospital, UT Hospital, Women’s Contemporary Health, and others.

Statement: I love paint, papers, patterns, colors, and layers; I love experimenting with various materials to com-bine these elements into something fun and interesting. The glimpses of things “hidden” under previous layers or partially visible letters and numbers lets the viewer create their own story. We recently moved to a house (and new studio) where we see the most beautiful sunsets every evening. Apparently I never saw sunsets before!! I’ve tried to incorporate the delicate colors and nuances of the clouds into my work; it’s a goal in progress and as with all art, it’s evolving. Lynnda Tenpenny Facebook:

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

Rala: August First Friday with Jon Pemberton

  • August 2, 2019 — September 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opens August 2nd 6-9PM (Will be on display the entire month)
Please join us for the show openings and to meet the artist!

Jon Pemberton is a Special Education teacher, and during the summers he creates his pop-art paintings. He went to art school in Denver, where he first felt free to explore his love of materials, process, and color.

"Every piece is special to me in some way. The subject matter of each piece is something that I enjoy to a point where it has become a part of who I am. Regardless of the seriousness, or lack there of, of these pieces, they represent aspects of myself that I take very seriously. I nerd out to Miyazaki movies, such as Spirited Away. I got into reading as a kid through comic books. Now, I teach reading to students, still using comic books to spark interest. The Stan Lee piece is special to me because of that. What can I say about Beyoncé. She is the queen. I mean, have you heard Formation? It is a perfect song. Long live the queen."

Rala, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
PH: (865) 525-7888
Instagram: @ShopRala

Awaken Coffee: Artwork by Kimberlee Rose Smith

  • August 2, 2019 — September 1, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host artist Kimberlee Rose Smith for First Friday, Aug. 2 from 6-9 pm.

Kimberlee Rose Smith is a local artist who seeks to bring hope, joy, and peace by reflecting the beauty around us.

She explains her inspiration, “Anytime I go outside, I see a consistent yet ever-changing work of art- the sky. I’m also inspired by the natural beauty of water. My paintings reflect the majestic, mysterious, and vast open sky and open water. I hope my paintings encourage the viewer to appreciate the beauty of creation always surrounding us.”

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

Broadway Studios and Gallery: The Tuesday Painters and The Poetry of Nature

  • August 2, 2019 — August 31, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening August 2nd 5:00-9:00

Join us for First Friday and our Grand Reopening! Featuring paintings by plein air artists The Tuesday Painters and photography by Katharine Emlen.

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,

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