Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Dee Blane's Collection of African Artifacts**

  • March 5, 2020 — April 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Westminster Presbyterian Church Schilling Gallery

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

Flying Anvil Theatre: I and You

Category: Theatre

By Lauren Sanderson

Details TBA!

Shows are generally Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:00.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309,

Cattywampus Puppet Council: Giant Puppet Making 101

  • March 5, 2020 — March 8, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Kids, family

Thursday, March 5th, 6-8:30pm
Sunday, March 8th, 5:30-8pm
@ The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman St.

Come to a Workshop & Learn How to Make Art for the Parade on May 16, 2020!

These workshops are designed for teachers, community leaders, and any other individuals ages 13 & up who would like learn how to design and create giant puppets and other parade art for this spring's parade. We will focus on papier-mâché, cardboard sculpting, rigging, and other methods for making inexpensive parade art. There will not be enough time for participants to complete their own project during this workshop but each participant will receive a Giant Puppet Making Manual to take home, plenty of hands on experience, and time to work on their own design.
Cost: Sliding scale ($0-$35). To sign up, please reserve your spot at

Tennessee Theatre: Indigo Girls

Category: Music


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

Pellissippi State: Student Honors Recital

Category: Free event and Music

All music performances are in the Clayton Performing Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: How to Rite Good

Category: Lecture, discussion, panel and Literature, reading, writing

Humorist Sam Venable shares his process of writing, which was honed over decades of creating his column in the Knoxville News Sentinel. He joined the paper staff in 1970 as outdoors editor, a position he held until 1985, when he became humor columnist. He is the author of 14 books, including, most recently, The Joke’s on YOU! All I Did Was Empty My Files.

A member of the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame, Venable has won more than three dozen state, regional, and national writing awards. “Fragments of Hate,” a six-part News Sentinel series during Black History Month 2014, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Venable is also a comedic entertainer, joining with Bill Landry, Elizabeth Rose, and Jim Claborne in “Talk is Cheap” comedy tours.

Free and open to the public, $2 donation suggested. At Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

City of Knoxville: Diversity Business Expo

  • March 5, 2020
  • 8:00AM-12:00PM

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Free event

The City of Knoxville and fellow members of the East Tennessee Purchasing Association will host the second annual Diversity Business Expo on Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to Noon at Overcoming Believers Church (211 Harriet Tubman St.). Admission is free, and coffee and pastries will be available for purchase from on-site vendor Perk City.

Participants are encouraged to register online at If you have questions, contact Assistant Purchasing Agent Pamela Cotham, who heads the City’s Small Business and Diversity Outreach Office, at 865-215-2293 or via email at

The Expo will provide the opportunity for minority-owned, women-owned, service-disabled veterans-owned and small businesses – collectively known as Diversity Business Enterprises (DBEs) – to meet directly with decision makers from area agencies that purchase goods and services ranging from $100 to $25,000.
Requisitioners, p-card holders and warehouse clerks from the following agencies will be in attendance:

 Knoxville Police Department
 Knoxville Fire Department
 City of Knoxville Information Technology
 City of Knoxville Fleet Services
 City of Knoxville Engineering
 City of Knoxville Public Works
 City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
 Knox County Government
 Blount County Government
 Loudon County Government
 University of Tennessee
 University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
 Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority
 Knoxville Utilities Board
 Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC)
 Knoxville/Knox County Public Building Authority
 State of Tennessee GoDBE
 Tennessee Board of Regents

Also attending will be representatives from the following small business resource agencies: Knoxville Area Urban League; Tennessee Small Business Development Center; SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Greater Knoxville Chapter; Knoxville Chamber, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the expo should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Title VI Coordinator Tatia M. Harris at 865-215-2831.

UT Arboretum Society: Working Woodlands: Forest Carbon Projects in TN

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

The UT Arboretum Society will sponsor a program on forest conservation initiatives and related projects in Tennessee, led by an official of the Tennessee Nature Conservancy (TNC) on Thursday, March 5th at the UT Arboretum Auditorium, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge, 7- 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, this program is free and open to the public but donations are gratefully accepted. No registration is necessary.

Trish Johnson, Director of Forest Conservation for the Nature Conservancy, leads the Tennessee Chapter’s forest conservation programs, focusing on strategic planning and outreach initiatives to improve forest health and connectivity on public and private lands across the state. She has been spearheading the Working Woodlands program in the state, which combines voluntary forest carbon projects, with forest certification and forest protection. The UT Institute of Agriculuture entered into a new Working Woodlands partnership program with TNC late last fall which will include the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center forest landbase.

Assisting other states in growing the Working Woodland Program beyond Tennessee, Johnson has lead two successful voluntary carbon projects totalling 9,000 acres. She anticipates sequestering 750,000 tons of carbon (CO2) through 2037. So far, she has worked on the issuance of 215,500 credits. She leads management of the TNC’s newest preserve in North Carolina. The Bridgestone Nature Reserve at Chestnut Mountain is a 5,800 acre preserve located near Sparta, Tennessee, which lies in the heart of one of the most biodiverse wooded plateaus in North America.

Trish has been working with the University of the South to bring their forest under the TNC’s Forest Stewardship Council Certification. She is looking forward to leading the TNC’s the new partnership with the University of Tennessee to develop a forest carbon project leading to Forest Stewardship Council Certification.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 865-483-7277 or

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

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,

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