Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dogwood Arts: SYNERGY Exhibition

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


Opening Reception: March 11, 2020 (5:30-8:30PM)

Synergy showcases gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers and current art interns/student-teachers from East Tennessee. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in our schools. Awards and scholarships are presented to encourage further development of these art students’ artistic aptitude. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN. All artists, their families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!

Information: 865-637-4561,

River & Rail Theatre Company: Constellations

Category: Theatre

River & Rail is announcing today that we will have one final performance of CONSTELLATIONS tonight, Friday, March 13th. We are cancelling the three remaining performances on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.

Written By Nick Payne
A love story with endless possibilities
Directed by Chris McCreary
Starring Martha Harms and Joshua Peterson

River & Rail Theatre Company continues its inaugural season in the Old City Performing Arts Center with a funny, intelligent, and heart-breaking love story told through the lens of astrophysics. CONSTELLATIONS begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman, but what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny. We're captivated by this mind-blowing, yet tender love story and are thrilled to share it with our Knoxville community.


Student & Industry Preview on March 4th and Pay-What-You-Can Preview on March 5th

At Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State St. Knoxville, TN 37902

UT Contemporary Music Festival

  • March 4, 2020 — March 6, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

The University of Tennessee School of Music's annual Contemporary Music Festival will be held March 4-6, 2020 in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center in Knoxville, TN. The festival celebrates contemporary music through concerts of new music, workshops, and paper presentations. It welcomes guest performers, scholars, and composers from around the world and is now in its 5th year.

1741 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Tennessee Theatre: Baby Shark Live!

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Baby Shark Live comes to the Tennessee Theatre on Wednesday, March 04, 2020, at
6:00 PM.

Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins up with his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! Baby Shark Live! is a state of the art enchanting kids spectacular.

In this one of a kind concert experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and friends, go on fun adventures to learn and meet new friends! Some of the hit songs include, Baby Shark, Five Little Monkeys, Wheels On The Bus, Jungle Boogie, and Monkey Banana Dance!

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

UT Humanities Center: Humanities Matters Lecture

  • March 4, 2020
  • 11:30 AM -1:00 PM

Category: Free event and Lecture, panel

Please join us for a Humanities Matters discussion of The Tyranny of Metrics by
J.Z. Muller, Wednesday, March 4, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM. Discussion Leader will be
Amy Elias.

UT Humanities Center Seminar Room
Dunford Hall, 2nd Floor
Rooms 2225-2227

"This book is the best available general introduction to the effects of numerical indicators on the central institutions of modern societies. Jerry Muller is a historian who had not specialized in quantification prior to writing this book. He has synthesized an unusually varied range of existing scholarship into a genuinely interesting and thoughtful narrative that moves easily through compact examples of the difference metrics have made for universities, schools, corporations, the military, philanthropy, policing and medicine. In each case, he gives the topic more drama and suspense than one would normally expect."– Christopher Newfield, Professor and author of The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016)

The Humanities Matters series considers the life and identity of today's universities and new perspectives on the value of the humanities to democracy and a life well-lived. Humanities Matters discussions are open to all UT faculty, graduate students, and staff.

Mabry-Hazen House: Night at the Museum

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

Mabry-Hazen House is hosting its quarterly Night at the Museum on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 6pm-9pm. During the work week, museums (including Mabry-Hazen House) mostly keep bankers' hours and weekends are often packed with other activities, making it difficult for people who hold day jobs but would like to visit. Night at the Museum is a chance to visit Mabry-Hazen House after-hours on a weekday and drink up a little history. Explore the 1858 historic house in an entirely different light as twilight falls upon Mabry’s Hill, watch the sun set behind Sharp’s Ridge and North Knoxville flicker alight, all while enjoying drinks provided by a local brewery.

This "historical happy hour" is not just about the festivity either; it’s about connecting with history and gathering at the museum to meet staff, volunteers, and local community members while talking about the past in a casual atmosphere. The historic home will be open for self-guided tours. Mabry-Hazen House also will continue its history series where they exhibit an artifact or objects that normally are not on display.

Tickets are $10 per adult and visitors under 16 are free. Each purchased ticket includes two adult beverages and additional drinks are $5. We’ll have a fire pit and corn hole available outside and guests are encouraged to bring their games, stories, and camp chairs. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit Mabry-Hazen House. Event will occur rain or shine. Tickets will be available at the door or at

Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37915. Information: 865-522-8661,

Mossman Distinguished Lecture featuring Richard Alley**

  • March 4, 2020
  • 7-8:30 PM

Category: Free event and Lecture, panel

The Mossman Distinguished Lecture series presents “Save Humanity (and the Economy): Finding Opportunities to Change Climate Outlook,” featuring Dr. Richard Alley.

Alley is a professor of geoscience at Penn State University who is widely credited with showing that Earth has experienced abrupt climate change in the past - and likely will again, based on his meticulous study of ice cores from Greenland and West Antarctica.

His research interests focus on glaciology, sea level change, and abrupt climate change, and he frequently discusses earth sciences on popular science programs and major news outlets including National Public Radio, the BBC, and PBS.

In the early 2000s, he began serving as one of the authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which provides world leaders with objective scientific information relevant to understanding the risk of human-induced climate change, its impacts, and possible responses. IPCC members shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.

Alley’s lecture, titled is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Neyland Parking Garage, located between Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena.

Alley was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and is the recipient of the 2011 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Communication.

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Alumni Memorial Building, Cox Auditorium
1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Ewing Gallery: Perfect Attendance - 73rd Annual Student Art Competition**

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please join us Monday March 2 from 6-8pm at the Ewing Gallery for a reception celebrating the 73rd Annual Student Art Competition.

Begun in 1947 by C. Kermit Ewing, founder of The University of Tennessee School of Art, the annual student exhibition has become one of the oldest competitions in the country and one of the highlights of the Ewing Gallery’s exhibition season. This competition has been an outlet for UT’s talented students for 73 years, wherein countless works of art of every form and medium have been displayed and applauded by The University and Knoxville community.

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, and Friday 10am - 5pm, Thursday 10am - 7:30pm and Sunday, 1-4

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Pond Study by Frank Norris**

  • March 1, 2020 — April 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Artist: Frank Norris
“Pond Study” - Seeing nature through a different lens
Category: Photography

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Info: (865) 584-3957 or

Goodwill Industries-Knoxville: Project Wear and Share**

  • March 1, 2020 — March 31, 2020

Category: Free event, Fundraisers, Health, wellness and Kids, family

Have you been to the dry cleaners lately? If not, you might want to stop by during the month of March. For the 30th year, dozens of regional dry cleaners have partnered with Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. through Goodwill’s Project Wear and Share. This annual clothing drive is designed to raise awareness about Goodwill’s services while providing dozens of new opportunities to donate unneeded clothing and linens.

Goodwill is offering donors another convenient location to drop off items. Participating dry cleaners are located in Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Maryville, Farragut, Alcoa, Kingston, Lenoir City, Seymour, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Morristown. Beginning March 1 and running through March 31 local dry cleaners will have a donation box inside their location where you can drop off donations. By donating gently used clothing and linens to Goodwill keeps goods out of local landfills each year.

Items donated and sold at our 29 retail stores supports Goodwill’s mission of changing lives and strengthening families by helping people reach their full potential through community-relevant job training, work experiences, and career services. Training programs range from computer literacy to certified nurse assistant courses, career assessment and planning to job placement services. In 2019, Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc. provided training and services to 4,086 individuals in their 15-county service area.

Find a list of participating dry cleaners at or contact the Goodwill Marketing Team at 865.588.8567.

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,

Pellissippi State: Photography Student Showcase

  • February 24, 2020 — March 13, 2020

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,

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