Calendar of Events

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for Murder on the Orient Express

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Courtney Woolard
Performances: Oct 25-Nov 10, 2019
Rehearsals: begin Sep 9, Mon-Thu @ 7 pm (subject to change)
Audition Times
• Sat, Aug 31, 2:00 pm
• Sun, Sep 1, 2:00 pm

Available Roles
• 6 men, 5 women of various ages. [See web site for details.]

Audition Requirements
• No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A headshot and resume are helpful but not required.
• Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for Sep-Nov.

Auditions will be held at the theater. Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1999,

The Grand Opening of The Avenue

  • August 31, 2019
  • 3 PM

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

The Avenue is East Knoxville’s new and exciting Outreach Ministry Center with Worship Services! Our mission is to end homelessness while providing hot meals, aid in general health and wellbeing, provide consultations and treatment/recovery solutions from addiction as well as providing love through various ministries and community worship for everyone. Our goal at The Avenue is to bring dance and art-related programs and services to the underserved communities -- including individuals with substance abuse issues and adults/children at risk.

Weekly activities are planned at The Avenue; The Canvas Can Do Miracles Art Studio under the direction of Jackie Holloway offers free art classes to children and adult artists as well as to individuals with substance abuse issues. Art exhibits and showing will be held at The Avenue and local & regional venues. Also, Divine Urban Expressions Cultural Arts N Dance along with Creative Community Cultural Arts offers dance class with the same mission to teach love to children through the Arts; the children's art class runs simultaneously with the adult class where they learn, observe, visualize and express “Love-4-self”, love for their creative abilities, and “Love-4-Others”.

Doors open at 3 PM with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 4 PM! The day will be packed with exciting entertainment, food, art and fun for the entire family. Information: Jackie Holloway, 865-382-3599. Located at 2128 Magnolia Avenue

4th Annual Tennessee Pirate Fest: Street Character Auditions

  • August 31, 2019

Category: Auditions, Comedy and Festivals & special events

Planning for the fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway. This costumed family-fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek. All are invited to escape to the fictional Caribbean town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1685. “The Governor of Port Royale is celebrating his birthday, and all are invited--including pirates! Get ready to Get Yer Pirate On! and join in hours of fun,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager. Back by popular demand will be the Patron Costume Contest, where prizes will be awarded based on audience applause. Also returning will be the Pirate Gong Show, where patrons will be invited to share their talents to join a pirate crew. There will also be a Pirate School where landlubbers will learn to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate. Continuous professional pirate entertainment will include interactive comedy shows, live pirate music, costumed British and pirate street characters, Combat Croquet, beach games, photo ops, pirate displays, and original crafts. Food and hot and cold beverages, including beer, will be available for purchase.

To round out the street character cast, a special audition will be held on Saturday, August 31, from 1-2pm ET, at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston, TN. Please call 865-466-1902 or email to sign up. Auditions will include singing, speaking in a pirate or British accent, and participating in improvisational games. Costumes and theatrical experience are helpful but not required to audition. While ages 18+ are preferred, talented mature teens will be considered if they have reliable transportation or are accompanied by a participating adult. If accepted, new cast members will be invited to stay for the regular weekly rehearsal from 2-5pm. Professional acts can audition online by sending show details with a video link to the email above.

Festival organizers are seeking quality craft and food vendors. Vendor information, application, and guidelines are available on the website under the vendor tab. The application deadline is September 1. There is no application fee, but all work is juried to ensure quality and fit. Payment of $30/day for crafts and $70/day for food for ~12’x12’ selling space would be due after approval and by September 14.

The fourth annual Tennessee Pirate Fest will take place Saturdays and Sundays, October 12-13 and 19-20, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine. Ticket prices will be $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5 to 12; and entry will be free for ages 4 and under. Field parking will be free, and tickets will be available for purchase at the gate with cash or credit. A small convenience fee will be added for the use of credit. Discounted motel rooms will be available for Pirate Fest fans at Baymont by Wyndham in Harriman by calling 865-882-5340. The festival will be held at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. For more information, please visit and sign up for updates. Like and follow them on Facebook at Get Yer Pirate On!

School of Rock Summer Showcase

  • August 31, 2019

Category: Kids & family and Music

Hosted by School of Rock Knoxville and Barley's Maryville
Saturday at 3:30 PM – 10 PM

SUMMER SEASONS Rock and this one sets the bar high! Come to Barleys in Maryville as School of Rock, Knoxville presents our summer seasonal concerts! This seasons show schedule will be

3:00 ROCK 101 Presents: SUMMER OF ROCK
4:30 The Hits of the ROLLING STONES
6:15 R50th Anniversary of WOODSTOCK TRIBUTE
8:00 80's ROCK PROM

Barleys in Maryville has an amazing place for events and concerts and one of the best food menu and beverage menus in town! We are honored to have our 2019 Summer Seasonal shows here! This is an ALL AGES EVENT!
Tickets available online and at School of Rock!

Big Hair: Night of Comedy

  • August 31, 2019

Category: Comedy

Hosted by Comedy-Hilarity Parody and Birdhouse Knoxville
Saturday at 9 PM – 11 PM
At Birdhouse Knoxville, 800 N 4th Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
Tickets · $6

Come enjoy a night of whimsical, helter-skelter, spectacular, daring, delightful, unkempt, hilarious night of absolute show. Big Hair is a comedy variety show in the beautifully-intimate Birdhouse of Knoxville. This night has stand-up, improv, and sketch from some of the best comedians in the Southeast. Plus a house band keeping the jazzy and on-edge. So come laugh, cry, and remember your will to live. Doors - 8:30. BYOB (w/ i.d.)

Mast General Store Promenade Sale

  • August 30, 2019 — September 2, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events

Mast General Store, 402 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, 865-546-1336
Promenade Sale in Knoxville
August 30-September 2

Bargains Galore Just Outside Our Back Door!
Join us for fun and bargains on our back porch. All items are 50% off the suggested retail prices and will include apparel, footwear, accessories, and home decor. Here's what you'll find:

50% OFF Women's Clothing from:
• Columbia
• Kühl
• Patagonia
• Royal Robbins

50% OFF Men's Clothing from:
• Columbia
• Kühl
• Patagonia
• Royal Robbins

50% OFF Kids' Clothing from:
• Sypder

50% OFF Footwear from:
• Børn (W's)
• Merrell (M's & W's)
• Bionica (W's)

50% OFF Accessories from:
• Mountainsmith

50% OFF Home Decor & Accessories from:
• Accents de Ville

• Friday, August 30 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Saturday, August 31 - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Sunday, September 1 - Noon - 6 p.m.
• Monday, September 2 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

There are several parking lots near the store, including the Promenade Deck and the State Street Garage. You'll also find on-street parking (don't forget to feed the meters) and additional spaces in the Market Square Garage.

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Summer Clothing Sale

Category: Festivals & special events

25% off Summer Clothing

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: 865-588-8567

Knoxville Walking Tours benefiting Knoxville History Project

Category: History & heritage and Kids & family

AUGUST 30, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

AUGUST 30, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Hanged killers, tragic fires, reanimated corpses, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge. It all happened in Knoxville and restless spirits still haunt the city streets.
If you enjoy a chill in the evening, walk with us to Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history echoes with the sound of gunfire and restless spirits are rumored to walk the streets. Visit their haunts and shiver as you listen to local legends of scary spooks and supernatural phenomena.
Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay St. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

AUGUST 31, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war.
Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere.
Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $25. Children 6-12: $17 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

AUGUST 31, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel.
Meet on the porch of the The French Market Crêperie, 412 W Clinch Ave. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website
*Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

Clarence Brown Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet

Category: Music and Theatre

by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, CBT Mainstage

There’ll be a whole lotta shakin’ going on at the Clarence Brown Theatre when the Tony Award winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet” takes the mainstage August 28, 2019 to September 22, 2019!

A Pay What You Can Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, August 28 with proceeds from these tickets benefitting The Joy of Music School. A pre-show reception for Clarence Brown Theatre Society members will take place prior to the Opening Night performance on August 30. A Behind the Scenes Sunday event focusing on what it takes to make the music happen on stage will take place following the September 1 matinee performance. An Actor Talk Back will take place Sunday, September 8 following the matinee performance. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. An additional “Broadway at the Keys” performance featuring Levi Kreis will take place September 23rd at 7:30 pm.

If you loved “Always, Patsy Cline,” “Honky Tonk Angels,” and “Lost Highway,” you don’t want to miss this Tony Award winning musical based on actual events! It’s December 4, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash hold an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ Sun Record Studios. “No doubt you will enjoy the music as you see familiar characters come to life, however you will not see impersonators but a cast of great musicians recreating the time, the music, and one day in American musical history. They are spirited, passionate and filled with youthful optimistic energy as they fight and find individual successes at the beginning of their careers,” said director Kate Buckley.

Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

UT Downtown Gallery: First Year MFA Exhibition

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

On display Wed-Sat with public reception Friday, August 30th, 6-8pm

Join us for an exhibition of the incoming MFA class of 2022!

Exhibiting students are:
Muriel Condon - Printmaking
Nuveen Barwari - Painting and Drawing
Nichole Schappert - Painting and Drawing
Hannah Oakes - Painting and Drawing
Ashley Ekstrum - Painting and Drawing
Tasha Lewis - Sculpture
Amalia Mermingas - Ceramics
Gary White - Ceramics

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices

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


Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts presents the National Juried Invitational Exhibit, "Bridging the Gap: Contemporary Craft Practices," featuring artists who seek innovative approaches to traditional craft practices and create historically conscious work, while resonating with newer audiences and current issues. This exhibit recognizes artists under 35 years of age who are making significant strides in their craft in bold and diverse ways.

For more information about the show and participating artists, visit:

Sandra J. Blain Galleries, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Whistler & Company includes nearly a dozen works by Whistler accompanied by more than 50 etchings by some of his most accomplished American and European contemporaries. Whistler’s gritty images of the River Thames, views of Venice, and Parisian scenes are among works featured in the exhibition. Other artists who participated in the etching revival include Francis Seymour Haden, James McBey, Edwin Edwards, David Young Cameron, Muirhead Bone, Mortimer Menpes, Charles Meryon, Maxime Lalanne, Joseph Pennell, and Frank Duveneck, among others.

Although best known for innovative paintings such as Arrangements in Gray and Black No. 1 (popularly known as “Whistler’s Mother”), Whistler was a talented printmaker. The exhibition Whistler & Company examines the artist’s influential role in the etching revival of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This revival took hold in France, England and the United States. Artists set out to reestablish etching—the art of incising lines with an etching needle into a thin copper plate which was then inked and pressed into paper with the help of a printing press to create impressions—as an art form that could stand on its own. Inspired by Rembrandt, and the old masters, practitioners created remarkable original and expressive compositions that gained popularity with refined collectors and the broader public.

The legacy of expatriate American artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler (Lowell, Massachusetts 1834-1903 London) was far-reaching, and his sphere of influence included early 20th-century East Tennessee. The Nicholson Art League, for instance, Knoxville’s leading art group of the period, dedicated its entire December 1, 1911 program to Whistler. Led by noted impressionist Catherine Wiley, the gathering featured presentations including “Whistler’s Influence on American Art,” and Whistler, His Life and Work.”

All of the works in in the exhibition are drawn from the Reading Public Museum’s permanent collection of works on paper, which numbers more than 10,000. Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

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