Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Comedy on Tap at Casual Pint Downtown

  • September 3, 2019 — December 31, 2019

Category: Comedy and Free event

Tuesdays from 8-10 PM
At Casual Pint Downtown, 421 Union Ave.
Hosted by Jeff Blank

Come join us for a night of the funniest people in Knoxville sharing their view of the world as they walk the tightrope of human experience. Come be part of an audience you've never been a part of before and have a fancy beer that you've never tried!

Most importantly, come have fun on a Tuesday as you enjoy Knoxville!

Sign-ups at 7:30, show starts at 8! Come have fun with us!

Sandy Brown Solo Exhibition: "Skies and Other Flights of Fancy"

  • September 3, 2019 — September 30, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A personal visit to invented places as seen by the mind’s eye

Reception: Friday, September 6, 6 PM – 8 PM.......food, drinks, & music

At Michael’s Fine Art and Framing, 1325 Dug Gap Road, Dalton, GA
706-278-8840

Bake Sale, Lunch, and Silent Auction

Category: Culinary arts and Fundraisers

Hosted by SMG Knoxville and Knoxville Convention Center
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
701 Henley Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Join us for lunch for purchase from Tootsie Truck, bake sale goods, and a silent auction all benefiting the United Way of Greater Knoxville. The owner of Tootsie Truck has graciously agreed to donate a portion of her sales to our United Way Campaign. We have a great list of auction items such as: Dollywood Tickets, Oliver Hotel gift card, Tennessee Valley Fair gift basket, tickets for the Three Rivers Rambler and more! In addition, we will be hosting a bake sale with lots of homemade items courtesy of our SMG Knoxville staff. Come and join us for some fun and help support a great cause! https://www.facebook.com/events/481550112625975/

Charles O. Jackson Memorial Lecture with Daniel Immerwahr

  • September 3, 2019

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Hosted by University of Tennessee College of Arts & Sciences
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM
At Strong Hall, 101

When we speak of the United States, we are most often speaking of the contiguous United States, the part of it that is bounded by Canada, Mexico, and the oceans. Yet there were only three years in U.S. history where those were actually the country's borders. For most of its history, the United States has been an overseas empire, with holdings from the Caribbean to the Arctic Sea to the Pacific containing millions of colonial subjects. What happens to U.S. history when those places and people become part of the story?

Daniel Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at Northwestern University and author of the national bestseller How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (2019) and Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development (2015). His writings have appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Slate, among other places.

https://www.facebook.com/events/755819311500891/

Benefit for Radiated Tortoise SAFE program

  • September 3, 2019
  • 6-8 PM

Category: Fundraisers and Science & nature

Drink Beer and Save Tortoises! All proceeds benefit the Radiated Tortoise SAFE program
Pint Night at River Sports, 2918 Sutherland Avenue
With Ambassador animals by Zoo Knoxville

Featuring: Beer by Elkmont Exchange, Tootsie Food Truck

The first 200 guests get 2 beers and a stadium cup for $5. After 200 guests, all beer is $5. Silent auction items from Mountain Hardware and Zoo Knoxville will be available - including an exclusive Behind the Scenes opportunity with our favorite giant tortoise, Al!

SAFE stands for Saving Animals From Extinction. The mission the Radiated Tortoise SAFE program is to support our field-based partners to enhance the probability of conservation success in the wild. Ultimately, the Radiated Tortoise SAFE program aims to prevent the extinction of the Radiated Tortoises. Zoo Knoxville is proud to be a founding partner of the Radiated Tortoise SAFE program.

The Radiated Tortoise is one of Madagascar's most iconic and culturally significant species. It's also the flagship species of the critically endangered spiny forest ecoregion along the southern most region of the island. Conservation efforts for the Radiated Tortoise will also benefit other key species including endangered lemurs, a variety of reptiles, invertebrates and vegetation.
Despite only being close in size to the state of Texas, Madagascar supports nearly 5% of all the plant and animal species on Earth; most of this exceptional wildlife is threatened with extinction. The Radiated Tortoise has disappeared from more than half of its historic range, and scientists predict that we could lose this species forever within the next few decades if far-reaching and immediate conservation action is not taken.

Zoo Knoxville herpetologist, Stephen Nelson, traveled to Madagascar in April 2018 to assist in the rehabilition of over 10,000 Radiated Tortoises confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Approximately one month later, Zoo Knoxville's senior veterinarian from UTCVM, Dr. Ed Ramsey, traveled to Madagascar to assist with Radiated Tortoise medical procedures.

As a proud founder of the Radiated Tortoise SAFE program, Zoo Knoxville is committed to taking action against the illegal pet trade that puts so many species on the verge of extinction. Zoo Knoxville is one of the top zoo’s in the world for the breeding and husbandry of Malagasy tortoises. www.zooknoxville.org

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, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com

Pellissippi State: Purchase Award Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Former and current art students whose work has been chosen as Best in Show at Pellissippi State Community College since spring 2011 will have their winning works displayed in the college's Purchase Award Showcase.

This free exhibition in the college's Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery kicks off The Arts at Pellissippi State for fall 2019 by offering the public an opportunity to view all the art works on display around the college as part of Pellissippi State's permanent art collection.

For three weeks, all the works that have been purchased by Pellissippi State from the student artists between spring 2011 and spring 2019 will be moved into the Gallery for viewing.

"In 2007, the Bagwell Gallery was completed and, with that, came the opportunity to have an additional learning and exhibiting space for our students and the community," explained Pellissippi State Art Program Coordinator Jeffrey Lockett. "Out of this, we established an annual student juried show, which offers students a chance to participate in the whole process of entering, being accepted to and showing in a public space. It has grown into an excellent showcase of student talent."

In 2011, under the guidance of former Pellissippi State Vice President Rebecca Ashford, the college's administration began offering a $500 purchase award to the student whose work was selected as Best in Show. Now those works - drawings, paintings and sculpture - are displayed on Pellissippi State's Hardin Valley and Blount County campuses.

Fourteen works will be on display in the Purchase Award Showcase.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405, www.pstcc.edu/arts

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

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

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: OCTOBER 18, 6 - 8 PM

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: www.arrowmont.org/bridging-the-gap-contemporary-craft-practices/

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, www.arrowmont.org

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, www.knoxart.org

Ewing Gallery: Angle / Edge / Plane

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Ewing Gallery is excited to kick off the fall semester with an exhibition of works by American sculptor, Ronald Bladen.

Angle / Edge / Plane features a collection of models, drawings, and photographs from the Estate of Ronald Bladen and the Loretta Howard Gallery.

Ronald Bladen (1918 – 1988) was a Minimalist best known for his large-scale sculptures. He is often credited with influencing fellow Minimalists Carl Andre, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt. Sculptures by Ronald Bladen have been featured in exhibitions at important public institutions including at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Detroit Institute of Arts, Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Vancouver Art Museum, The Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York among others.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

Farragut Museum: Timeless Toys

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

A new Farragut Museum exhibit featuring toys belonging to current and past volunteers, as well as items from the Museum's permanent collection, will open to the public on Friday, Aug. 16. "Timeless Toys" will remain open through the end of the year.

Friends of the Museum are invited to a sneak preview of the exhibit from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. New Friends can sign up during the event.

The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee Community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S. Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information, visit townoffarragut.org/museum or contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at jbarham@townoffarragut.org.

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, www.tvuuc.org

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