Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Clayton Center for the Arts: The Play That Goes Wrong

Category: Comedy and Theatre

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! As a result, called “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times) and “THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. Because there is an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

The Joy of Music School: Dining for Joy

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.
$45 per person, ticket includes dinner from a selection of food trucks.

Proceeds benefit the Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization providing free music lessons and instruments to financially disadvantaged, at-risk children and teens.

Join music lovers for a tasty and toe-tapping event to experience jazz at its very best! Ticket includes dinner from a local selection of food trucks! Gregory Tardy, an internationally treasured saxophonist, mulit-reedist, composer, band leader, music professor, and colossal talent will hold forth with his bona fide blossoming sound. Very special guest, Taber Gable, Joy of Music School graduate, and highly touted international touring jazz pianist and recording artist, will join Mr. Tardy on the stage. Other musicians include Robert Linton on bass and Griffen Photoglou on drums. Music will include songs by Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, and choice standards. And, hey, if we’re good they’ll roll out some original compositions. Expect jazz at its best as you dine for joy and drink in the vibe.
Bring friends. Celebrate music, food, and joy! Come as you are. Cash bar. Want to dance? Roll up your pants!

Joy of Music School, 1209 Euclid Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921. Information: 865-525-6806,

Random Acts of Flowers: Flowers After Hours

  • March 10, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops

Pot o' Gold - March 10th
May the luck of the Irish be with you while we make St. Patrick's Day arrangements featuring clover green vases and a rainbow's worth of beautiful flowers!
Ticket price includes container, flowers, and instruction on floral arranging.
Coffee, water, and light appetizers will be provided. BYOB for participants 21 and over.

Tickets at:

McClung Museum: When Did Vesuvius Explode

Category: History, heritage and Lecture, panel

When Did Vesuvius Explode?
Presented by Pedar Foss, Professor of Classical Studies, DePauw University on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm, McClung Museum.

It has long been held, on the basis of a letter of Pliny the Younger, that Mt. Vesuvius erupted on 24 August, AD 79. But after excavators began to work at the sites of Herculaneum at Pompeii, some scholars expressed doubts, suggesting a date later in the autumn of that year. Debate has increased with recent paleo-environmental research and the find of an inscription last year. Scholars have divided over a topic that might appear trivial—after all, most archaeological sites never enjoy such a precise date. But it is an excellent case study for testing our methods of historical and archaeological research, and Dr. Foss will lift the lid on those methods.

As part of a book project (Pliny and the Destruction of Vesuvius, Routledge 2021), IDr. Foss has collated, for the first time, every manuscript and printed edition of Pliny’s Letters 6.16 and 6.20, in order to track and analyze the literary tradition of the date through its surviving evidence. He has also compiled a reconstruction of the pre-eruption landscape and coastline, and collected all recent volcanological and archaeological research about the event. Having made a multidisciplinary reconstruction of what happened over the two terrifying days of the eruption, Dr. Foss now offers an answer to the question of when Vesuvius exploded.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-974-2144,

The WordPlayers: 3rd Annual Revue

Category: Fundraisers and Music

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Jewelry Television’s Timothy B. Matthews Theater, 9600 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 37922

The WordPlayers’ 3rd Annual Revue features popular songs from stage and screen performed by some of the area’s best musical talent! Directed by Leann Dickson and Tomi Robb with musical direction by Rhonda Mayfield. Choreographed by Leann Dickson and Brady Moldrup.

This event is a benefit for our production of Footloose to be produced at The Bijou Theatre, July 17-19, 2020. For more information please see or call 865-539-2490.

ADMISSION: Adults: $35 minimum donation per person, Ages 21 & under: $15

United Way Young Leader's Society: The Seventh Annual Great Conversation

  • March 10, 2020
  • 5:30PM

Category: Festivals, special events

Join the United Way’s Young Leaders' Society for our favorite event to share dinner, drinks, and great conversation with some of Knoxville's most influential leaders at
The Great Conversation, Tuesday, Match 10th, 5:30PM at The Press Room.

This year, the Great Conversation will include a professional clothing drive! Bring in professional clothes/shoes/accessories that you no longer use, and we'll distribute them to programs and individuals in our community.
Pick one conversation and you will be surprised with one more!
Conversations are first come first served.
Ticket price includes access to the event, 2 drink tickets, dinner and dessert. More drink tickets will be available for purchase at $6/piece.


March 10 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Press Room | 730 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Auditions for Twelve Angry Jurors**


Category: Auditions, Free event, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Tuesday, March 10 for the upcoming live stage adaptation of “Twelve Angry Jurors.” The play will be performed May 1st through the 17th: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

A 19-year-old man stands trial for the fatal stabbing of his father, and 12 jurors are charged to deliver a life or death verdict. What begins as the seemingly easy deliberation of an open and shut case becomes a close, personal, and sometimes rage-fueled battle. With tempers flaring each juror reveals both character and agenda as testimony is re-examined, murder is re-enacted, and justice itself stands trial before 12 angry jurors.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. Six auditionees will be seen at each appointment time; a maximum of 42 auditionees will be seen. There are 13 available roles, including excellent roles for both boys and girls. The minimum age to audition is 12 years old, and the maximum age is 18. There are at least two roles for actors making their KCT debuts.

Auditionees should prepare a SHORT (one-minute) monologue from a play or novel. The monologue should feature a theatrical level of volume and expression. The play’s genre is dramatic realism. Choose an appropriate monologue with large theatrical ranges, preferably from a published play. No songs or poems. Monologues will be evaluated on volume, clearness of diction, depth of emotional expression, and comic timing or dramatic depth of emotion. Ability of physical transformation is a major plus.

You will find some helpful tips for your audition by visiting our website:

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

KnoxWorx Job and Career Fair**

  • March 10, 2020
  • 9 AM - 12 PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

The annual KnoxWorx Job Fair boasts over 50 employers, 100's of jobs and a free training to help you prepare for the fair.

KnoxWorx, a program of the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, is hosting a FREE Job Fair on March 10, 2020 at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church (9132 Kingston Pike). Employers and HR representatives will be available to discuss open job opportunities and potential careers.

Why should you attend?
FREE "Career Consulting" the day of the event. HR Executives with years of experience will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions to help job seekers with their career search.
50+ Employers looking for the right candidate to fill 100's of positions
Opportunities range from entry level to management level in dozens of industries
For more information about the KnoxWorx program, visit us online at

Register online

Carpetbag Theatre: Last Call - New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project**

  • March 10, 2020
  • 6-8 PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Theatre

Did you go to Dyke bars in the 70's, 80's or 90's? Do you have a story about Knoxville Lesbian or Gay Bars? Join us for a Dyke Bar Story Circle with guest artists from Last Call: The New Orleans Dyke Bar History Project. As dyke and lesbian bars continue to close all over the U.S, our collective of next generation Queer artists, archivists and activists have come together to ask: Where have all the bars gone? And why were these bar spaces important to our community?

Last Call contact info:

Carpetbag Theatre at Fourth United Presbyterian Church, 1323 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-544-0447,

The Emporium Center: Victoria Phillips: A Place Within

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

A Place Within was created from a state of contemplation and exploration. It is an extension of the processes and ideas of previous works. In these paintings, I examine how each layer interacts with the next. There is a sense of sublime expression as I investigate the human condition. The frailties and hardships of humanity are reflected in the disruptive processes, as I reference the sublime spiritual aspects through the washes of pigments and the synergy found within the hues. Many of the paintings from this collection were created in Skopelos, Greece. The mountainous landscapes paired with the endless ocean views created an atmosphere of divine inspiration. The beauty and simplicity of the island are reflected in the mystical landscapes in this collection as the disruptive qualities allude to the universal human condition. Through exploring the transcendental qualities found in my processes and metaphorical connections, I aim to delineate a sense of hope while providing an environment that is conducive for a visceral experience.

Victoria Phillips graduated with a BA in Visual Arts in 2013 from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She earned her MFA in Painting at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019. She has been involved in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. as her private collectors continue to grow domestically and abroad. Phillips completed an artist in residency in Skopelos, Greece in 2019, giving her the opportunity to exhibit internationally. She resides in Atlanta, GA where she has a studio at Mutiny Artwrx. She is a part time Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University and a full time Visual Arts Educator. For more information, visit, follow her on Instagram @victoria_rose_phillips, or find her on Facebook at

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Gary Monroe and Denise Stewart-Sanabria: Tableau Vivant

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

A reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

In this new exhibition entitled Tableau Vivant, Gary Monroe provides work from three of his series: The Serpent Handler Group, The Velvis Group and Comedy County Cocke, and Denise Stewart-Sanabria exhibits her plywood drawings and Contemporary Altars of Misappropriated Mythology.

Gary Monroe resides in Knoxville and has exhibited extensively throughout the US since the early 1980s. Predominately a representational artist, he often includes non-representational elements in the work. The work tends to include subjects from his native state of Tennessee such as Appalachian serpent handlers, Moon-shiners, and Elvis Presley. Monroe’s work is held in numerous private and museum collections. He recently exhibited in Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia at the Asheville Art Museum. For more information, visit

Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and received her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville since 1986. Sanabria paints both hyper-realist “portraits” of everything from produce to subversive jelly donuts. The anthropomorphic narratives often are reflections on human behavior. She is also known for her life size charcoal portrait drawings on plywood, which are cut out, mounted on wood bases, and staged in conceptual installations. She is a recipient of the 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant for her work on wood. Her work is included in various museums, private, and corporate collections. She is represented by The Arts Company in Nashville, TN, Mitchell Hill in Charleston, SC, and District Arts in Fredrick, MD. For more information, visit or follow her on Instagram @denisestewartsanabria_.

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

The Emporium Center: Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers

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

A reception will take place on Friday, March 6, from 5:00-9:00 PM as part of First Friday activities

The artistic craft of ship modeling has been part of the building process to finish full size ships for hundreds of years. The Master Modelers of the Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers will display a collection of museum quality wood ship models built from scratch and kits. All models start with blueprints and supplied wood that require hours of shaping, sanding, painting and rigging, often taking months or even years to complete.

The Master Modeler presenters at this show include Butch Alline, Dave Amstutzd, Bill Gass, Vic Kaminsky, Dennis Kimbrough, Larry Moore, Carl Whitten and others, and their models vary from historic square riggers to modern ships.

The Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers group was founded to advance static and radio controlled ship modeling as a hobby. Anyone interested in starting the hobby or with limited modeling experience is welcome to join the club and benefit from other members’ years of experience. Membership is open to all who have an interest. For more information, contact Vic Kaminsky, President of Smoky Mountain Maritime Modelers, at

On display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Information: (865) 523-7543 or

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