Calendar of Events
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Clarence Brown Theatre: Hamlet
William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" will play in the Clarence Brown Theatre's Carousel Theatre February 26 - March 15, 2020. UT Faculty/Staff receive 20% off ticket prices. UT Students see the previews for FREE and the rest of the performances for $5, excluding Opening Night.
The Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, February 26th. Half of the proceeds from the Pay What You Wish tickets will benefit Friends of Literacy. Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place following the Sunday, March 1st matinee with a panel discussion tied into the themes of "Hamlet" and also the McClung Museum's "Visions of the End" exhibit as part of the College of Arts and Architecture's "Semester of the Apocalypse." A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, March 8th following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 pm.
In the wake of his father's death, Hamlet finds both his personal and political worlds unimaginably changed. When his father's ghost demands vengeance, Hamlet must decide: submit or resist. Accept or avenge. Live or die.
"Hamlet" was written by Shakespeare sometime between 1599-1602. It is arguably one of his most famous tragedies. The lines from Hamlet's monologue in act three that begin "To be, or not to be..." have been studied and are widely known even amongst those that are otherwise unfamiliar with Shakespeare's work. Even in Shakespeare's own lifetime, "Hamlet" would have been performed multiple times and considered remarkably influential. Its appeal has not lessened over time.
John Sipes (Director) is a Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee. Before joining the UT faculty, he was a Director and the Resident Movement Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for fifteen seasons. Prior to his residency at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, John was a Director and Movement Director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival for twelve seasons and served as the Festival's Artistic Director for five seasons. Directing credits include productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and others.
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Very Young People's Concerts
• Wednesday, February 26 at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville (9:30 & 11:00 a.m.)
• Thursday, February 27 in Knoxville at the Tennessee Theatre (9:30 a.m.)
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Aram Demirjian will perform THREE concerts as a part of the KSO’s Education & Community Partnerships offerings. These Very Young People’s Concerts are performed for audiences of young children from Knox County and surrounding counties including Anderson, Blount, Campbell and Loudon. The concert will explore the rhythm section of the orchestra, the percussion section and feature guest artists The West African Drum and Dance Ensemble from Austin East High School. Students will learn about march and waltz rhythms through music from Beethoven to contemporary composer Mason Bates. The concert also features music by many composers of color. The KSO’s Very Young People's Concerts serve over 3,000 students in East Tennessee annually.
Musical highlights include: Wilson’s “Seventy Six Trombones” from The Music Man, W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues March, Rosas’ Sombre las Olas (Over the Waves), Mason Bates’ Warehouse Medicine, Sam Hyken’s Fifth Symphony Remixed and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
Very Young People's Concerts are imaginative concert programs created for students in pre-school through second grades. These concerts are presented for over 3,000 students annually in two venues. The VYPC’s are sponsored by The Boyd Family, The Jay Family, Titanic Museum and Attraction and Connor Concepts.
Visuals: These concerts are attended by school and home schooled groups from Knox and surrounding counties (pre-K through 2nd grade) and are open to the general public.
Tickets and information: 865-291-3310, www.knoxvillesymphony.com
Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park: SoKno Taco Social
Join the Friends of Seven Islands at SoKno Taco Cantina for tacos, beer and/or margaritas. SoKno Taco will be donating 10% of sales to the Friends group. Sign up to win a basket of goodies from the Friends group. Drink Rhinegeist beer for a chance to win the grand prize drawing with great swag from Rhinegeist Beer at 7 pm. So mark your calendars and join us for lunch …and happy hour…and dinner! Because you can never have too many tacos.
3701 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. https://www.facebook.com/events/2401202690191140/
Looking for a reason to get out to the park more? Volunteer with the Friends! We plan on helping with many fun and rewarding events at the park and in the community this year, including:
• February 26, SoKno Taco Fundraiser
• March 7, Weed Wrangle
• March 21, Spring Hike
• June 6, National Trails Day Hike
• September 26, National Public Lands Day Hike
• November 27, After Thanksgiving Hike
Knoxville History Project: Jack Neely and Michael Jordan**
Wednesday February 26 at 6:30 pm at Union Avenue Books:
Jack Neely will speak at "A Tale of Two Squares," an unusual event about two different historic Market Squares. Jack will be talking about the one we know best, site of produce sales for 166 years now, and Michael Jordan--not the retired basketball wizard but the other famous one, who's a staffer at Blount Mansion--will be talking about the Market Square in Savannah, Ga., his home, and how its destruction kickstarted an urban revival. They make an interesting contrast.
Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559, www.Knoxvillehistoryproject.org
Knoxville Community Darkroom: Open Studio Hours**
12PM-6PM - Stop by and meet photojournalist David Doonan. Are you working on a project, have questions about the darkroom, or just want to take a free tour? Stop by and see us! We'll be there to answer questions and offer help while you work in the darkroom. We want to work with you to build a better community! It’s a great opportunity to meet face-to-face to get advice or tips to expand your darkroom knowledge.
The Knoxville Community Darkroom, 126 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. www.theknoxvillecommunitydarkroom.org
Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Sturgill Simposon
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: www.knoxvillecoliseum.com
Pellissippi State: Photography Student Showcase
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, www.pstcc.edu/arts
Fountain City Art Center: Central High School National Art Honor Society Exhibit**
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, www.fountaincityartcenter.com
Ijams Nature Center: Take Action! Big and Small Ways to Save the Planet
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 https://ijams.org/take-action-big-and-small-ways-to-save-the-planet/
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, www.ijams.org
Oak Ridge Art Center: Ebony Imagery XVII and John Allen: Beautiful Marks
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
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
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