Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Clarence Brown Theatre: Hamlet

Category: Theatre


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.

1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Very Young People's Concerts


Category: Kids & family and Music

• 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,

Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park: SoKno Taco Social

Category: Culinary arts and Fundraisers

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.

Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park, 2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, TN 37764. or

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**

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

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,

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Open Studio Hours**

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

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.

The School of Art, UTK: Lecture by Sculptor Dariusz Nowak

Category: Free event and Lectures & discussions

The School of Art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host artist Dariusz Nowak for a lecture on February 26.

Nowak is a faculty member in sculpture at the Eugenisuz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland. He is visiting the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Art for one week through an exchange program funded by Erasmus+, which encourages educational and cultural exchanges between European Union countries as well as with universities outside of Europe. His lecture will focus on his artistic practice.

His public lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, Art + Architecture 113. The event is free and open to the public.

UT School of Art: 1715 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

UT College of Architecture and Design: Lecture by Jordan Goldstein**

  • February 26, 2020

Category: Free event and Lectures & discussions

There will be a public lecture by Jordan Goldstein, Gensler’s Global Director of Design, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. The lecture, funded by Gensler, will take place in Rm. 109/McCarty Auditorium, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

Goldstein will be lecturing on Points of View: Lessons Learned from the Frontlines of Global Practice. Gensler’s collaborative approach to design stretches across 50 offices worldwide–shaping the future of cities every day through the work of 6,500 talented professionals. Goldstein oversees the firm’s focus on design innovation and project delivery. He is an award-winning architect who has led the design of more than 8 million square feet of projects in the US and abroad.

Art and Architecture Building, McCarty Auditorium, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

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:

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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