Calendar of Events
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Bijou Theatre: Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival
The Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival (SMBF) will welcome world-class burlesque performers to East Tennessee for four days of glitter, glamour, and good old-fashioned fun. The 4th Annual event intends to educate local audiences on the traditional American art-form of burlesque and, in its modern interpretation, its celebration of diversity and acceptance. The festival will feature 85 performers and instructors from 19 states and 2 Canadian provinces, each hand-selected by the festival producers to represent their vision of burlesque and neo-fringe as a uniquely inclusive forms of performance-based entertainment.
This year's efforts to include additional performance disciplines only serves to enhance the festival's existing devotion to diversity, with participants representing a variety of ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and body types.
Tickets to the SMBF performance showcases are now available and range in price from $15 (General Admission, Single Show) to $100 (VIP Premium Seating, Weekend Pass). Get more information and/or purchase tickets at www.smokymountainburlesquefest.com/tickets.
The weekend experience also includes an educational component with 36 classes and workshops available to festival attendees and the general public. Get more information and/or purchase passes at www.smokymountainburlesquefest.com/classes.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Opening Night: The Planets
Aram Demirjian, conductor
Women of the Knoxville Choral Society
The Knoxville Symphony opens its 84th season by taking to the stars, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Audiences will instantly recognize Richard Strauss’ On The Beautiful Blue Danube from the film “2001: A Space Odyssey” and Debussy’s Clair de lune, plus contemporary composer Missy Mazzoli’s “These Worlds in Us,” inspired by James Tate’s poem, “The Lost Pilot.” Gustav Holst’s iconic, celestial showpiece, The Planets, will feature video footage from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Each concert includes a 30-minute pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. with conductor and guest artist, allowing an up-close Q&A session, insights and background to the music. Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310, www.knoxvillesymphony.com
Bijou Theatre: Ruston Kelly
Clayton Center for the Arts: Wynonna & The Big Noise
Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo “The Judds,” Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.” Most noteworthy, this iconic country music performer has received over 60 industry awards. Because of countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days)”, Wynonna’s voice is certainly recognizable.
Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit. NPR’s Ann Powers noted that, “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home…You can just feel the grin on her face.”
Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee: Latino Awards Gala
I want to invite you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with me on Thursday, September 19th at our Latino Awards Gala. Join us for traditional Latin American food and live music, an exceptional silent auction, and great company.
The happy hour begins at 5 p.m. and the program follows at 6 p.m.
All proceeds benefit Centro Hispano's workforce, youth, and family programs. Our vision is for every Latino and Latina thrivinghttps://www.centrohispanotn.org culturally, educationally, and economically.
I look forward to seeing you there!
More information at https://www.centrohispanotn.org.
Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: A Little Night Music
Mark your calendars for our annual gala, A Little Night Music, a benefit for the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus. Tickets will on sale for this amazing event Under the Stars! Visit https://crm.fundly.com/9449/Pages/Events/#/Details/5465//. This is your chance to experience the spotlight on the World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre Stage! (Don’t worry, no singing or dancing is required.) Join us for an elegant night of fine dining, drinks, and entertainment.
$100 per person, $175 VIP includes open bar
At the World's Fair Park Amphitheatre, 525 Henley Street Downtown Knoxville
Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: (865) 255-5623, www.knoxgmc.org
Food Truck Park and Market
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.
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.
Knoxville History Project: Third Thursday Parlor Talk at Maple Hall
At this month’s Parlor Talk, our Jack Neely will be talking about a completely different new book, The Old City: A Short History. Despite its title, it's actually Jack's longest book, the result of several years of research. It narrates the story of a very complicated part of town, not one neighborhood but the last remnant of multiple overlapping neighborhoods, including the Bowery, Cripple Creek, "Black Broadway," Irish Town, the railroad wholesale district, that on a daily basis attracted immigrants, millionaires, cowboys, prostitutes, factory workers, gamblers, voodoo practitioners. The book has just become available in recent weeks. The event's not in the Old City, but you can see it from there. It starts at 6:30.
Knoxville History Project information: 865-300-4559, www.Knoxvillehistoryproject.org
WDVX: Blue Plate Special in Market Square
Join us outdoors on Market Square for Kacy & Clayton and Twisted Pine! Free show on Thursday 9/19 at noon, broadcasted live on WDVX & WDVX.com (In case of inclement weather – the show will be inside Visit Knoxville as usual).
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029, www.wdvx.com
UT Center for Student Engagement: Dear World: Storytelling Show & Photo Reveal
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 attend this impactful event.
All the Dear World Portraits that were taken during the Open Photoshoot on September 12 will be revealed on September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium through a special slideshow. Participants will also hear from selected storytellers that will be sharing the stories behind their portraits.
Thursday, September 19 at 7:00pm
Student Union, Auditorium, 1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996
Metro Drug Coalition: 3rd Annual Recovery Resource Fair
On September 19, from 10 AM - 2 PM, Metro Drug Coalition and American Addiction Centers will host the Third Annual Knox County Recovery Resource Fair at Central United Methodist Church, located at 201 3rd Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.
The purpose of the event is to provide comprehensive resources to those in or seeking recovery and those who work with individuals in or seeking recovery. Over 40 vendors will be present to connect attendees who are in or searching for recovery resources in Knox County. The fair will also be providing FREE Hep A shots from Knox County Health Department and FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Hep C and HIV Testing from Choice Health Network.
The event is open to any person currently in or pursuing recovery. There is no RSVP required to attend.
more information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2530117183933123/
The Public Cinema: Wanda (1970)
Co-presented with TAMIS and Central Cinema
At Central Cinema, 1205 North Central, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
“I came from a rural region, where people have a hard time. . . . They’re not concerned about anything more than existing from day to day.” — Barbara Loden
When we curated “A Sense of Place,” our program of regional American cinema for Big Ears 2018, the first title on our wish list was Wanda. We were notified then that the film had been pulled briefly from circulation while a new restoration was being prepared for release. In partnership with Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and Central Cinema, we’re proud to be bring Wanda to Knoxville.
With her first and only feature film—a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in—Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, where she falls prey to a series of callous men—including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme.
An until now difficult-to-see masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society’s margins.
“Wanda refuses to embody any of the female images she comes across in the film. . . . Just because she can’t articulate her desires, doesn’t mean she doesn’t yearn for something more.” — NPR