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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Athens Community Theatre: Auditions for Hamlet

  • February 16, 2020 — February 17, 2020
  • 6:00PM

Category: Auditions

Athens Community Theatre (ACT) announces auditions for the April 2020 production, Hamlet, William Shakespeare's tragedy, abridged and directed by Colby Pilkey.

Two opportunities to audition are Sunday, February 16 at 6pm and Monday, February 17 at 6pm at The Arts Center. Show dates for Hamlet are April 17 - 26, 2020.

ACT seeks actors age 13 and up to audition with a prepared monologue. Monologues should be from Shakespeare or Classic texts from the early modern period. Auditions will also include choreographed movement.

Hamlet is directed by ACT veteran, Colby Pilkey and Cynthia McCowan is stage manager. Anyone interested in working with the production in any capacity (set & costume construction, technical crew, backstage crew, orchestra) is encouraged to attend an audition.
Regarded as one of the most important pieces of English literature, William Shakespeare's Hamlet has fascinated audiences for over 400 years. When Hamlet's father, the king of Denmark, suddenly dies, his mother marries his uncle, Claudius, who becomes the new king. Shortly after the wedding, a spirit visits Hamlet, claims to be his father, reveals he was murdered by the hands of Claudius, and demands Hamlet avenge him. What unfolds is a play that deals with madness, freewill, fate, and revenge. This production is set in 1938 Denmark on the eve of WWII and puts Hamlet's political unrest in a world that is facing the impending invasion of Nazi forces.

Athens Community Theatre's production includes live performance of an original score composed by Athens-native Blair Boyd.

The Arts Center is located at 320 North White St. in downtown Athens. Staff is available for questions during business hours, which are Tuesday through Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 2pm (January – March). For more information call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781, follow The Arts Center on Facebook, or visit

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for Of Good Stock**

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

by Melissa Ross, directed by Gretchen Wingerter
Performances: Apr 3-19, 2020

Audition Times
• Sun, Feb 16, 3:00-7:00 pm AT TKD
• Mon, Feb 17, 7:00-10:00 pm AT PELLISSIPPI STATE

Auditions will be held at the theater on Feb 16 and at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Pellissippi State Community College main campus (Hardin Valley) on Feb 17. See web site for details.

Available Roles
• 3 men, 3 women [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 recommended but not required.
• Please bring a detailed list of conflicts for Feb - Apr.

Bijou Theatre: Earls of Leicester

Category: Music


Shawn Camp (guitar, lead vocals) Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitars) Jerry Douglas (Dobro, vocals) Johnny Warren (fiddle, bass vocals) Jeff White (mandolin, vocals) When the Earls of Leicester formed in 2013, their mission was ambitious but exact: to preserve and promote the legacy of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, in hopes of reviving the duo’s music for longtime admirers and introducing a new generation to their genre-defining sound.

At Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Knoxville Bonsai Society: 2020 Winter Bonsai Display

  • February 15, 2020 — February 16, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Science & nature

Join us Saturday and Sunday, February 15th-16th for the 2020 KBS Winter Bonsai Display at the Knoxville Botanical Garden, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914!

Saturday February 15th - 10am to 5pm
Sunday February 16th - 9am to 3pm

Demonstration(s): Noon to 2pm

Admission is free and open to the public. We will be hosting a guest Bonsai Artist demonstration, performing a workshop, vendors selling bonsai items and beginner trees, and silent auction!

Renovam, New Professional Choir: Renewed in Love**

  • February 15, 2020 — February 16, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

Renovam, a newly formed professional choir, will present a concert titled, “Renewed in Love,” on Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N Broadway, Knoxville, and on Sunday, Feb. 16, 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Oak Ridge, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

Renovam is a chamber choir that is a combination of personnel from two former area choirs: Tennessee Chamber Chorus was based in Cleveland, TN, but frequently performed in Knoxville, including on the 2017 Church Street United Methodist Master Arts Concert Series. Symphony of Voices was based in Knoxville and gained a significant following from 2017-2018. The two choirs have now joined forces under a new name, “Renovam,” which is Portuguese for “renew.” They perform without a conductor, and artistic direction is shared among the membership.

“Renovam is a unique group of professional singers, as most of us are actually full-time choral conductors,” says Alan Stevens, the former artistic director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. “The choir gives us a chance to make music together as singers, which we rarely have the opportunity to experience now. Not only is Renovam a renewal of the two former organizations, it is also a renewal of our musical spirits. Singing is why most of us got into choral conducting as a career, and this renews us in many ways.” Stevens is an associate professor of music and choral conductor at East Tennessee State University.

The concert, “Renewed in Love,” features a wide variety of choral repertoire about love. It includes selections by Brahms, Arcadelt, Whitacre, and many contemporary composers. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. The concert runs approximately an hour with no intermission. More information about Renovam can be found on their Facebook page at

Ijams Nature Center: Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet

Category: Festivals & special events, Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

Now in its second year, Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet is a four-week conservation series that focuses on the many different ways you can have a positive impact on the planet. Classes, workshops and other activities will show you how to conserve natural resources and reduce your carbon footprint. Cleanup events and volunteer workdays will help you care for the place we all call home. This year’s lineup is going to be fun!

February 15 Volunteer Workday: Invasive Plant Removal (Noon-3 p.m.)
February 16 Conservation Conversations: Docuseries and Discussion (2-5 p.m.)
February 21 Parents’ Night Out (6:30-8 p.m.)
February 22 Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
February 25 Sustainable Adulting: Sew It, Don’t Throw it! (6-8 p.m.)
February 29 Fifth Annual Weed Wrangle Knoxville (9 a.m.-Noon)
February 29 Family Hootenanny (6-9 p.m.)
March 7 Outdoor Gear Swap and Bike Collection Event (9 a.m.-Noon)
March 7 Citizen Science Kick-Off (1-5 p.m.)
March 8 Slow Foods Potluck: On the Local Level (5-8 p.m.)
March 10 Sustainable Adulting: Everything You Thought You Knew About Recycling (6-7:30 p.m.)
March 14 Volunteer Workday: Grayson Subaru Preserve (Noon-3 p.m.)
March 15 Ijams Seed Swap (1-4 p.m.)
March 15 Family Pollinator Garden Workshop (1:30- 2:30 p.m.)

Details on each event at

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Knoxville Opera: Romeo & Juliet

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

Knoxville Opera is excited to present Romeo and Juliet this Valentine’s Day weekend at the Tennessee Theatre. After an absence of eight years, Charles Gounod’s opera about one of the most beloved stories of all time returns to the stage Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 16 at 2:30 p.m. Thrilling, romantic music, glorious singing, and dramatic scenery and lighting is the recipe for an unforgettable theatrical and emotional experience. Performances are presented in French with projected English translations.

This presentation of Shakespeare’s tale of the star-crossed lovers includes dramatic readings from the original play in English by Clarence Brown Theatre artists including Director Calvin MacLean. Making their Knoxville Opera debuts in leading roles are:
• soprano Yulan Piao (Juliet), 1st Place winner at both the Vienna Summer Music Festival and Verismo Opera competitions
• tenor Mackenzie Whitney (Romeo), who has recently sung leading roles with the opera companies of San Diego, Madison, Pensacola, and Annapolis
• baritone Bryan James Myer (Mercutio), veteran of opera companies from Hawaii to New York City

Also making debuts are current UT School of Music students Cornelia Lotito as Stephano and Wayd Odle as Tybalt. Rounding out the cast is former Metropolitan Opera bass Andrew Wentzel (Friar Laurence) professor of voice at UT.

The production, generously sponsored by The Sood Family, will be staged by the distinguished director Laura Alley, whose career has included major productions at San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, and many other companies from coast to coast. In the pit, Maestro Brian Salesky will conduct the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Adult tickets, starting at $25, may be purchased online at, or by calling the Box Office at (865) 524-0795 ext. 1, Monday through Friday, 10:00–5:00. Student tickets, starting at $15, may be purchased by calling the Box Office. Students are also invited to attend the final rehearsal without charge on February 12 at 6:30 (accompanying adulsts pay $5 cash at the door). A limited number of free student tickets to the performances may be reserved in advance by completing the following link: One ticket per student; no specific seating requests.

Dogwood Arts: House & Garden Show

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts and Kids & family

The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show is returning to the Knoxville Convention Center. Dogwood's perennial preview of spring invites guests to leave winter at the door, experience over 10,000 sq. ft. of grand gardens, and meet with the top vendors in home improvement, interior design, appliances, and more–all under one roof.

Inspiring lectures from local tastemakers and experts from, Blackberry Farm, and Biltmore Estate will entertain guests all weekend long. And don’t forget the kids! Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th Birthday at the Show with character meet & greets featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby.

From the ground to the gutters, the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show has something for everyone.

Hours: Friday: 10 AM - 7 PM, Saturday: 10 AM - 7 PM, Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM

For more information, visit or call 865-637-4561.

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,

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,

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,

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.

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