Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Westminster Presbyterian Church Schilling Gallery: Artwork by Knoxville Miniature Society and Art Group 21

  • September 12, 2019 — October 27, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 AM to 4PM, Friday 9 AM to noon
6500 Northshore Drive, 865-584-3957 or

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Hammer Ensemble presents Light Years: A Journey with Alzheimer's

  • September 12, 2019 — September 15, 2019

Category: Theatre

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.
TICKET PRICES: Thu & Sun $22 (or $10 for students with ID); Fri & Sat $24 (or $10 for students with ID).
Get your tickets now! or you can call our box office at 865-357-1309.

Expect hard-hitting original work by this ensemble of actors dedicated to illuminating issues in our community, led by Artistic Director John Ferguson and playwright Linda Parsons.

As Flying Anvil Theatre’s social justice wing, The Hammer Ensemble uses theatre to generate awareness and insight concerning complex issues facing our society, including equality, social justice, health, communication, and the environment. Nearly six million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease and, in its wake, social services and healthcare systems in communities, especially in-home caregivers, are increasingly stretched and stressed. In response to this epidemic that seems to touch everyone (including most of our ensemble and our playwright), and as a natural fit for the Hammer’s mission, we created Light Years: A Journey with Alzheimer's, a play of a family in crisis coming to terms with a family member’s decline into Alzheimer’s/dementia.

Knoxville’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s occurs a week after our play, on September 21. Light Years will tie into this event in a cross-pollination of education, entertainment, and action in the community.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309,

The Carpetbag Theatre: Red Summer

Category: History & heritage and Theatre

Red Summer comes to the Bijou Theatre as part of Carpetbag Theatre's 50th Anniversary Celebration

WWI ended in 1919. Black men who served felt they deserved the full rights of citizenship and higher social status in return for their patriotic service. Meanwhile, lynch mobs murdered 78 African-Americans, ten of whom were veterans. East Tennessee was a place where a trade group proclaimed: "There are no Ku Klux Klan outrages here. We are a distinct and peculiar people." Red Summer, directed by Leilani Chan, is a drama based on events that occurred right here in Knoxville, TN during the racially charged Summer of 1919. It tells the story of a model African American community unable to escape the horrors of mob violence. "In the early hours of Saturday morning, August 30, 1919, a young white woman, Bertie Lindsay, was shot and killed in the bedroom of her home. Before dawn, a black man had been arrested and charged with the crime. Join the longest running Black Theater in the U.S. as they tell this incredibly important story.

• Thursday, September 12th, we'll have a catered reception and talkback with the cast immediately following the performance in the theater. Here's your chance to ask questions to directly to the actors and director!
• Friday, September 13th, we'll be hosting a meet and greet in the Bijou Theatre's gallery with light snacks and refreshments immediately following the performance. Come get to know the performers!
• Saturday, September 14th, we will be hosting a digital story showing just before the performance in the Bijou Theatre's gallery. Come learn what digital storytelling is all about and see a few stories of other locals similar to that of Red Summer!
• Sunday, September 15th, come celebrate the finale of our 50th Anniversary series at the Jackson Terminal immediately following the performance with snacks, libations, and Afro-Caribbean beats brought to you by Grand Hustle Records' own, DJ PrymeTime!

At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Thu-Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 4 PM. Tickets $25, purchase tickets:

Marble City Opera: City of Ashes

Category: Music and Theatre

Our exciting 2019-2020 season will feature three staged productions, including the US premiere of City of Ashes by Evan Fein & Emily Anderson

April Martin as “Lili”
Aubrey Odle as “Lotte”
Brent Hetherington as “Owen”

Directed by: Marya Barry
Cost: $30
Duration: One Act, Approximately 1 hour

*US Premiere* In the waning days of the Second World War, Lotte and Lili find themselves stranded in the devastated capital of the former Third Reich. Faced with their own guilt and unspeakable atrocities committed by the occupying Russian forces, the two women discover the price of survival and find a new strength in abandoning hope.

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At The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 800 S Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919

The Mill and Mine: Drive by Truckers

  • September 12, 2019
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

The Drive by Truckers at The Mill and Mine, Thursday, September 12 at 8:00PM.
(Doors 7:00 PM).

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

UT Humanities Visiting Scholars Lectures: Machine Reading in the Digital Age

  • September 12, 2019
  • 7 PM

Category: Free event and Lectures

With Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

If a machine can complete a sonnet by Shakespeare and fool an audience of English professors, is Shakespeare or the algorithm the truly great writer? What role will the humanities play in the training or direction of artificial intelligence that is evolving alongside our own? What role will computation play in the simple act of reading years in the future? Vinton Cerf and Michael Witmore discuss applications of digital techniques to our understanding of the humanities and their province of textual analysis today.

Because only speakers with exception records of publication and research activity are eligible to receive a nomination as a visiting scholar, the program brings to campus some of the most cutting-edge and prolific intellectuals in the humanities today. Public parking is available by the stadium for our off-campus visitors. Everyone is welcome!

Student Union, Auditorium
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Jubilee Community Arts: The Knoxville Square Dance

Category: Dance, History & heritage and Music

Knoxville Square Dance with live old-time music by The Spring Lizards,
calling by Stan Sharp and Leo Collins, Thursday, September 12, 8:00PM at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave.

The Knoxville Square Dance is back on second Thursdays at the Laurel! No experience or partner is necessary and the atmosphere is casual. (No taps, please.)

Admission: $7 ($5 for students & JCA members)
Follow the Knoxville Square Dance on Facebook

The Laurel Theater is located on the corner of 16th and Laurel Avenue in the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood of Knoxville near the UT campus.Laurel.
For information: 865-522-5851,

UT Center for Student Engagement: Dear World: Open Photoshoot

  • September 12, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Dear World is a unique, interactive experience coming to the University of Tennessee this September! Dear World asks participants to share a message to someone or something they care about through powerful portraits. This event is part of the Vol is a Verb, campaign at the University of Tennessee and we are hoping for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in this impactful experience.

The Dear World Photoshoot will take place September 12 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Student Union Art Gallery on the 1st Floor near Rising Roll and Steak N’ Shake. During this time, students, staff, and faculty are invited to stop by and share their stories through portraits taken by a professional Dear World photographer.

Thursday, September 12 at 9:00am to 4:00pm

Student Union, 1st Floor Art Gallery, 1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

UT Judiac and Middle East Studies: Screening of the Film Jellyfish

  • September 12, 2019

Category: Film and Free event

Please join us for the a screening of the Israeli film Jellyfish (2007). Jellyfish received the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and is directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen. Keret will visit UT's campus on September 16.

Thursday, September 12 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Free and open to public

Alumni Memorial Building, 32, 1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Professional Photographers of East TN: "The Elements of Nature" by Scott Joshua Dere

  • September 12, 2019

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Thursday at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
At Colby's Photography, 503 W Clinch Ave # 101, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Join us Thursday, September 12 for a photographer social & photo program!
4pm - 5:45pm - Photographer's Social & Networking
6pm sharp! - Deadline for Laughlin Print Competition Entries. Entry Info
6:30 - 8:30pm - "THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE"�

**Members and First-time visitors attend program free, but please RSVP and get your ticket to help us plan for the event! Thank you! If you have questions about this event, please contact us at

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum: Mysterious Mosses

  • September 12, 2019
  • 6-7 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Unless you look closely, you may never know all the wonders that lie hidden in the miniature world of mosses. Join Dr. Jessica M. Budke to explore the diversity of mosses that live in our lawns, between the sidewalk cracks, and in our local forests. You will gain identification skills, learn how these tiny plants are important players in our native ecosystems, and go on a photographic adventure to explore mosses from around the world.

This event will be held in the historic Garden Club Room.

Cost: $5, Non-members
Free for KBGA Members & Neighbors*
*Residents of the 37914/5 zip code

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

YWCA Talk and Toast with Ellen Reid

  • September 12, 2019

Category: Lectures

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and native Oak Ridger Ellen Reid joins YWCA for the latest Talk and Toast Thursday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. at the The Grove Theater, 123 Randolph Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Ellen will share excerpts and discuss her award-winning opera p r i s m, which confronts the difficult topic of sexual and emotional abuse. Immediately following, YWCA CEO Alizza Punzalan-Randle will moderate a panel discussion with YWCA staff and victim advocates on the topic of domestic violence. This event is one of several events being hosted by YWCA in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Tickets are $35 at and include heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. All proceeds will benefit YWCA's life-saving programs and services in Oak Ridge and Anderson County.

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