Calendar of Events

Monday, February 17, 2020

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra: Winter Concerts


Category: Kids & family and Music

The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra (KSYO) will present TWO winter concerts on Monday, February 17 and Monday, February 24 at the Tennessee Theatre, featuring five youth orchestras and the winners of the 2019-20 Concerto Competition. These concerts are sponsored by Richard Fox and Ralph Cianelli. These concerts are free to attend for students K-12 and $5 at the door for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Before each performance, patrons can dine at Bistro at the Bjiou (807 S. Gay Street) and a portion of their purchase will be donated to the KSYO (please tell your servers you are dining to support the KSYO).

1. The KSYO Winter Concert will take place on Monday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Preludium, Philharmonia, Sinfonia and Youth Chamber Orchestras. Each Orchestra consists of approximately 50-80 students who will perform 6-10 minutes of music under its respective conductor. KSO Principal Horn, Jeffery Whaley will join the Youth Chamber Orchestra for Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major.

2. The top Youth Orchestra, conducted by James Fellenbaum, will perform on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Concerto Competition winners: Miriam Ahrens, a sophomore student at Hardin Valley Academy and Trey Barrett, a junior at Hardin Valley Academy. Miriam Ahrens, viola, will perform a movement from Cecil Forsyth’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in G Minor, and Trey Barrett, bassoon, will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante and Rondo Ungarese.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Edgar Meyer

Category: Fundraisers, Kids & family and Music

Famed Oak Ridge native, double bassist Edgar Meyer, returns home to perform a special fundraising concert for ORCMA with his son, violinist George Meyer on Monday, February 17, 7:30 PM at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. Adult tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Tickets for Youth 18 & Younger are $15.

Visit for repertoire and concert information, and call 865-483-5569 for more information and to purchase tickets (also available at the door, pending availability).

Sundress Academy for the Arts: The Beginning is the End: A Screenplay Writing Workshop

Category: Film, Free event and Lectures & discussions

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to host “The Beginning is the End: A Screenplay Writing Workshop” from 6-7PM on Monday, February 17th in the Mary Greer Room in Hodges Library on the University of Tennessee campus. This event is free and open to the public.

In the opening scene of 2016 Best Picture winner, Moonlight, the audience meet Juan, a drug dealer from Miami who is to become the protagonist’s father figure and mentor. By act three, the protagonist emerges as the synthesis of Juan’s lessons, in a similar car, in the same trappings of illicit wealth, and having adopted the same public identity we see from Juan within the first two minutes of the film.

In this workshop, participants will study the anatomy of a great opening image, how to design it, and how to meaningfully recall it later on. In producing an opening image, workshop members will create a framework for their film’s plot, set its tone, and locate its emotional core. Together, we will watch and read scenes from some of the greatest films of the past decade, and learn what makes a great finale (SPOILER: it’s a great beginning).

No prior screenwriting experience needed.

Bailey Martin is a writer and English student at the University of Tennessee. She was awarded the 2019 Michael Dennis Poetry Award and Margaret Artley Woodruff Award for Creative Writing. She serves as the Director of Film at the Sundress Academy for the Arts.

Website: Facebook: SundressAcademyfortheArts
Email: Twitter: @SundressPub

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Artist Studio Hours**

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

1PM-6PM - Stop by and see what our Artist In Residence, Jeremy Moore, is working on. He'll be making art at the Knoxville Community Darkroom during our open studio hours from 1pm-6pm on Monday, February 17th.

The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 126 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.

Full Disclosure Comedy: Longform Improv Workshop: GROUP MIND

Category: Classes & workshops and Comedy

Sunday at 6 PM – 9 PM
At The Emporium Center, 100 S Gay St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Too many cooks spoil the broth. Good thing improvisers aren’t getting together to make no daggone soup! In improv, having more minds in the mix doesn’t have to and shouldn’t lead to competition, ego, negating, and judging. We will be practicing exercises designed to showcase the trust, respect, acceptance, and support of the group mind! With the group mind, you will lose the fears and inhibitions holding you back. Your team will enthusiastically follow your bold moves as they trust you to do the same in return.

$10 for one person, or $15 for two. Bring a friend! The more we have, the bigger and greater the group mind!

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.

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,

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

  • February 8, 2020 — March 22, 2020

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,

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.

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 -
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,

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