Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Sturgill Simposon

  • February 25, 2020 — February 26, 2020

Category: Music

Sturgill Simpson and very special guest Tyler Childers come to Knoxville Civic Coliseum February 25-26, 2020.

Following the release of his new album, Sound & Fury, GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson has announced North American dates for his 2020 Sturgill Simpson: A Good Look'n Tour. Acclaimed country breakout star and very special guest, Tyler Childers, will join Simpson on the tour for a once-in-a-lifetime live show experience. Simpson produced both albums from Childers, including his August-released Country Squire, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: 2020 Orchids Awards

  • February 25, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

The Orchids Awards have been presented to Knoxville and Knox County's most beautiful properties since 1979. Join us in celebrating the people who are beautifying our dynamic city. Enjoy music, a complimentary beer and wine reception, signature Post Modern Spirits cocktail, dinner, and the awards ceremony.

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at The Press Room
730 North Broadway, Knoxville

Single Ticket: $85
Table for 8: $750
Table for 10: $1,000

Tickets are now available online at

Knoxville Museum of Art: Cocktails & Conversation with Maurita Poole

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Delaney and Baldwin Collection

Maurita Poole, PhD, Director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum

Free and open to the public. Cash bar.

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,

UT School of Music: Shawn Copeland; Clarinet

  • February 25, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

Guest artist recital; Shawn L. Copeland, clarinet faculty member at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho, combines performance, pedagogy, and entrepreneurship in this guest artist performance.

Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: An Evening With Author Erik Larson

  • February 25, 2020
  • 7:00PM

Category: History & heritage, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

Friends of the Knox County Public Library will welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson back to Knoxville to speak about his latest release, The Splendid and The Vile, on Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., at the historic Bijou Theatre.

In The Splendid and The Vile, Larson delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a fresh lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experiences of Churchill, his family, and his inner circle.

Larson is the author of five national bestsellers: Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City, and Isaac's Storm, which have collectively sold more than nine million copies. His books have been published in nearly 20 countries.

A book signing will follow the author's talk. The $38 ticket price for the evening includes a hardcover copy of the The Splendid and The Vile. Other titles will be available for purchase. Tickets are available January 31 by visiting, calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or dropping by the Tennessee Theatre box office.

Additional sponsors of this author event include Union Ave Books, the Knox County Public Library, and East Tennessee Historical Society. Further details are available at

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

UT Arboretum Society: Identifying Local Birds of Prey Program**

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

How often have you seen a large bird and wondered what it was? Local naturalist, Lyn Bales, will present a program on local birds of prey on Tuesday, February 25th at the UT Arboretum Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society but donations are gratefully accepted. No registration is required. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society.

Bales will explain the difference between these various birds and how to identify them. He’ll talk about hawks, falcons, eagles, vultures and owls in the Tennessee Valley. He will answer the question, “Do we have Northern Harriers in our area?” One of the most popular naturalists in East Tennessee and a frequent speaker at the UT Arboretum, Bales is also an author, photographer and artist. He will have books and pen and ink note cards for sale after the program.

Celebrating 55 years in 2020, this program is one of many lectures and activities that will be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277 or

Ewing Gallery: 73rd Annual Student Art Competition: Juror Lectures

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

e 73rd Annual Student Art Competition, the Ewing Gallery is please to present artist lectures by Gail Skudera and Dan Mills, the Fine Arts jurors. Their joint lecture is Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30pm in room 109 of the A+A Building.

Dan Mills makes work that is full of observations about historic and current events. He conducts extensive research on topics such as current wars and conflicts, colonialism, and life expectancy by state, and creates paintings and works on paper that visualize data/information on the subjects. Mills frequently uses maps as the space to explore these ideas. He began incorporating maps into his work in the early 1990s while researching the quincentennial of what is euphemistically referred to as The First Encounter. Since then, he has explored history and colonization in painting/collages on large roll-down school maps and in an atlas of future states, the loss of history through erasure and over-painting on maps, visualized data about current wars and conflicts in world maps, and data about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on U.S. maps.

Gail Skudera's painted, woven, drawn, photo-transfer, and collaged works have been exhibited frequently since the early 1980s. She has had solos show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, the Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago; Williams Center Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; Lancaster Art Museum, PA; Sybil Larney Gallery, Chicago; Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, Portland; Saint Mary's College, IN; and Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York. Selected group exhibitions include Fem-Portraits at the Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation, Brooklyn (2017); The 2016 CMCA Biennial, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland (2016); The Piano Roll Project: Shared Sensibilities, Bates Mill Complex at Museum L-A, Lewiston, ME (2015); Remix: Selections from the International Collage Center (traveling nationally, 2010-15); Image/Clot at Zolla/ Lieberman Gallery in Chicago (2012); Sporen, Textiel Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands (2010); Daughters of the Revolution: Women & Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York (2009); and 5th International Biennial of Textile Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009).

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Art and Architecture Building, Knoxville, TN 37996

Pellissippi State Community College: The 1619 Project, A Conversation**

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM

Pellissippi State Magnolia Avenue Campus Library is sponsoring a lecture on the 1619 Project, a New York Times Magazine year-long project, which examines the legacy of slavery in America. The guest speaker will be Shaina Destine, Humanities Librarian, University of Tennessee. The lecture will be held in the Magnolia Avenue Community Room on February 25, 2020, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

The lecture is open to anyone. Limit seating available. Please RSVP.

At Pellissippi State Community College-Magnolia Avenue Campus, 1610 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Pellissippi State: Photography Student Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Featuring Pellissippi State Photography students, this exhibit displays different photography techniques and approaches with arresting results.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Fountain City Art Center: Central High School National Art Honor Society Exhibit**

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

Reception: February 23, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

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,

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