Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: Jazz is for Lovers with Brianna Thomas

Category: Music

Brianna Thomas started turning heads with her precocious vocal abilities in her hometown of Peoria, Illinois while still in grade school. She had toured Europe before reaching her teens, and has since established a reputation as one of the most formidable singers in jazz. The New York Times declared that “Ms. Thomas has a strong voice and a big range, descended from Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and routed through Dianne Reeves, with clarity and confidence and a little dirt.” Her debut appearance with the KJO is sure to be the perfect Valentine’s treat for your special someone.

At the Bijou Theatre, 803 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902. Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: 865-573-3226, www.knoxjazz.org

Jubilee Community Arts: Knoxville Square Dance

Category: Dance and Music

Knoxville Square Dance, second Thursdays at the Laurel! With live old-time music by The Spring Lizards and calling by Stan Sharp and Leo Collins

Thursday, February 13
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, April 9

No experience or partner is necessary and the atmosphere is casual. No taps, please. Admission: $7 ($5 for students & JCA members). https://www.facebook.com/knoxvillesquaredance/

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. For additional information or photos call Toby Koosman at (865) 522-5851 or email concerts@jubileearts.org.

McClung Museum: Lecture: Foragers and Farmers of East Tennessee, 5000-1500 Years Ago

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event, History & heritage and Lectures

Presented by Kandi Hollenbach, Associate Curator of Paleoethnobotany at the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture and Assistant Professor for UT's Department of Anthropology.

Over the past five decades, UT archaeologists have systematically collected and analyzed plant remains from several significant sites in East Tennessee that span the transition from foraging to farming, providing one of the largest datasets in the eastern US. This talk will compare the plant, feature, and vessel assemblages from several Late Archaic and Early Woodland sites in upper East Tennessee, including the Tellico Project sites, Townsend, Nolichucky River, and Phipps Bend sites. These data will be used to discuss the larger economic and social influences and consequences of the adoption of cultigens in the region as hunter-gatherer-fisher peoples became farmers as well.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

2020 Citizens' Climate Education Southeast Regional Conference

  • February 13, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Welcome to the 2020 Citizens' Climate Education Southeast Regional Conference
Saturday 3/28, 8:30 a.m. to Sunday 3/29, 12:30pm

You are invited to the annual Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) and Citizens Climate Education (CCE) Southeast Climate Conference! CCL and CCE provides education about the climate crisis that helps to build political will for our elected representatives to take effective action on climate change. Optimism and volunteer support has allowed us to achieve the impossible, including the introduction of bipartisan climate legislation in both the US House and US Senate in late 2018.

Our Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced members to come together, to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, network, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions.

There are limited student and low-income scholarships available for those who qualify. Please inquire at the contact email below.
For more information contact: Chet Hunt (chunt51@comcast.net).

Everyone is welcome, whether it’s your first CCL/CCE experience or you’re an experienced volunteer. The Southeast Region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, but everyone is welcome no matter what state you are from.

Saturday 3/28, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to Sun 3/29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30pm
University of Tennessee Conference Center - 600 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Tickets: Early Bird (through March 8th): $50
Regular (March 9 - March 22): $65, Student: $20
Regular plus student scholarship: $70 with early registration and $85 for late registration
Registration closes 3/22/20

We will cover the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act H.R. 763, current Climate Science, Faith & Creation Care and Environmental Justice, what Engineers say about our Energy Future, creating Sustainable Cities and Car Optional Communities, various Training Workshops, ways to take action, and much more . . .
For the program details, please see our full schedule.

To register and for more information please see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-citizens-climate-education-southeast-conference-registration-85727213403

UTK Print Club: Valentine's Day Sale**

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The UTK Print Club will hold its annual Valentine’s Day sale on Wednesday and Thursday, February 12–13 in the Art and Architecture Building, on the second floor of the building. Included will be handmade and unique gifts and artworks for sale by students. The sale will run 9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily.

1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996
https://calendar.utk.edu/event/utk_print_club_valentines_day_sale#.XkGiv2hKjcs

Oak Ridge Art Center: Ebony Imagery XVII and John Allen: Beautiful Marks

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

In the Galleries
February 8 through March 22, 2020

Artists Reception: Saturday, February 8, from 7 to 9 PM
Gallery Talk: 6:30 PM

The event is free and open to the public.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

Knoxville Museum of Art: Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

This exhibition of 50+ paintings, works on paper, and unpublished archival material examines the 38-year relationship between painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville 1901-1979 Paris) and writer James Baldwin (New York 1924-1987 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France) and the ways their ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview.

Through the Unusual Door seeks to identify and disentangle the skein of influences that grew over and around a rich, complex lifetime relationship with a selection of Delaney’s works that reflects the powerful presence of Baldwin in Delaney’s life. The exhibition draws from the KMA’s extensive Delaney holdings, public and private collections around the country, and rarely displayed papers held by the Delaney estate. KMA curator Stephen Wicks is organizing the exhibition, which is accompanied by a color-illustrated catalogue published by the University of Tennessee Press.

The KMA is proud to hold the world’s largest public collection of work by Knoxville native Beauford Delaney, who overcame poverty, racial discrimination, and mental illness to achieve international renown. The young Delaney’s precocious talent was recognized by Lloyd Branson, Knoxville’s first full-time professional artist, who mentored Beauford and his brother Joseph. By 1929, Beauford Delaney had settled in New York where he attracted a distinguished circle of cultural luminaries that included Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Miller, but it was the much younger James Baldwin who had the most significant influence on the artist. Baldwin found in Delaney a father figure, muse, and model of perseverance as a gay man of color. Delaney found in Baldwin a powerful intellectual and spiritual anchor who inspired some of his finest works. Encouraged by Baldwin, Delaney left New York in 1953 and settled in Paris, where he lived until his death in 1979 and where artist and writer continued their long and mutually beneficial relationship. Through the Unusual Door presents the story of Baldwin and Delaney in a way that inspires reconsideration of their life circumstances and raises important questions about the nature of the racial and sexual identity barriers they faced.

The exhibition title Through the Unusual Door comes from a passage in Baldwin’s volume of collected essays The Price of the Ticket (1985) describing the author’s reaction to his initial encounter with Delaney in the doorway of the artist’s Greenwich Village studio: “Lord, I was to hear Beauford sing, later, and for many years, open the unusual door... I walked through that door into Beauford’s colors.” This first meeting encapsulates Delaney’s transformational effect on Baldwin’s view of himself and the world he lived in, and set the tone for the painter’s role in the author’s life as a father figure and mentor. Baldwin, in turn, inspired Delaney with his fearless social conscience and commitment to civil rights causes. They helped each other to move beyond the pain and oppression imposed on them by the world.

While no other figure in Beauford Delaney’s extensive social orbit approaches James Baldwin in the extent and duration of influence, none of the major exhibitions of Delaney’s work has explored in any depth the creative exchange between the two. Previous scholarship has almost exclusively emphasized the artist’s stylistic evolution from the 1940s to the 1960s as a function of his move from New York to Paris. Through the Unusual Door posits the idea that this profound stylistic change was in part inspired by the intellectual and personal relationship between Delaney and Baldwin. Ordinary daily observations--reflections in puddles in the streets of Greenwich village or the quality of light filtered through the window of Delaney’s studio in the Paris suburb of Clamart--sparked extraordinary creative exchanges between the two. The exhibition incorporates previously unpublished archival materials and artworks that promise to extend the understanding of Delaney’s aesthetic agenda and range and reveal the extent of his ties to Baldwin.

Acquiring and showing the work of Knoxville native Beauford Delaney has been a longstanding institutional priority for the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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

Art Market Gallery: Members Show - Red Unleashed

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

First Friday Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Step out for love and paint the town crimson. Come and discover gift ideas various members of The Art Market Gallery created in wild and glorious red.

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

Awaken Coffee: Exhibition by Peyton Tolleson

  • February 7, 2020 — March 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host Peyton Tolleson on February 7 from 6-9. Payton is a self-taught, local artist. She works primarily with acrylic paint and enjoys the challenge of painting reflective and translucent subjects with bold contrasts and bright colors. Her Bar Series will be on display for the month of February.

Come join us for some light refreshments, exciting art, and great coffee.

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, TN 37902. Hours: M-R 7 AM - 9 PM, F 7 AM - 10 PM, Sat 8 AM - 10 PM, Sun 2-8 PM. https://www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/

C for Courtside: Infinity / Infinity / Perfect Vision

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

C for Courtside is pleased to present a two person show featuring the work of Taylor Baldwin and Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, curated by Eleanor Aldrich

The show opens Friday, February 7th at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

Taylor Baldwin is a contemporary American sculptor, who also uses installation and video. He explores the space between visual legibility and cognition in his multi-media works. Taylor is on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is a native of Knoxville and a contemporary site-specific sculptor who disrupts and transforms existing architectural spaces. Her work creates mystery in mundane or known spaces, questioning the border between the physical and imagined. Her solo show Beauty Surplus is on view at the Kohler Arts Center through May 2020.

Courtside is located at 513 Cooper Street, Knoxville, TN., 37917 below the Second Creek Bridge. For inquiries and to make an appointment to view - cforcourtside@gmail.com

www.cforcourtside.com
Follow the gallery on Instagram: @cforcourtside

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Gwyn Pevonka and Pam Hamilton

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Exhibition opens Friday February 7, 5:00-9:00.

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, www.BroadwayStudiosAndGallery.com

Phoenix Pharmacy Hallway Gallery: Exhibition by Tony Long

  • February 7, 2020 — February 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Exhibition opens Friday February 7, 5:00-9:00.

A day with my son and his passion for steam engines; a view from the train, documenting the ride and the sites passing by.

Phoenix Pharmacy: 418 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902
Tony Long <tony.tweek@gmail.com>

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