Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival Staged Readings

Category: Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre


The 2020 New Play Festival includes three table readings, two staged readings and two full productions. The two staged readings will be followed by a discussion session with actors, audience, director and playwrights.

A House For Mandy by Robert Allen - A sleepy afternoon and evening on the front porch of a quiet southern street turns into
a harrowing reliving of family struggles, resentments and violence.
3/14 2:00 pm at Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue

A Graveyard In Madrid by Paul Leeper - A twisted tale of love and murder – perhaps a little short on love but with plenty of murder…
3/21 2:00 pm at Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280 or visit

Bijou Theatre: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Category: Film and Science, nature

MARCH 14 & 15 • 7PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Dogwood Arts: Winter Featured Garden

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Savage Garden, 3237 Garden Drive

We are honored that the owners of Savage Garden have opened their property to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff & volunteers will be on-site for questions. This event is free though a $5 donation is suggested.

Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage.

Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Information: 865-637-4561,

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Pierre Bensusan

  • March 14, 2020
  • 7 PM

Category: Music


Tickets: $20 adults/$5 students 12 to 18/Children under 12 free with adult admissions

Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album “Encore” (2014), “Rose d’Or” of the Montreux Festival for his first album, “Près de Paris” (Switzerland, 1976), “Best World Music Guitar Player ” by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time. If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today.

Concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville. Knoxville Classical Guitar: 865-694-4108,

Tennessee Theatre: America

Category: Music


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

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Cherokee Bead Work Class

Category: Classes, workshops and History, heritage

On Saturday, March 14th, Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will be hosting a Cherokee Bead Work Class, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring Eastern Band Cherokee Indian enrolled member Betty Maney. The project will be a bracelet.

A white oak and river cane basket weaver, bead worker, and potter, Betty Maney can often be found at her Cherokee, North Carolina home studio cutting and dyeing the oak strips to weave one of her exquisite baskets. That’s when she’s not working out a new design for her latest beaded creation or hand building her traditional Cherokee stamped pottery pieces. A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Betty’s one-of-a-kind contemporary, cultural art pieces are heavily influenced by traditional techniques and materials handed down with each generation.

While her passion is “preserving culture, tradition and technique through art and education,” Maney loves demonstrating, teaching and presenting her craftwork. One of her newest projects is designing a line of beaded accessories for men, including bolos and cufflinks.

Call the museum at 423-884-6246 or stop by to register. The cost is $15.00 class fee, plus a kit fee of $45.00. The kit will include a loom, beads, thread, and needle that students will be able to take home after the class. Bring a bag lunch. Class size limited to 8. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located at 576 Highway 360, Vonore, TN 37885.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Hours: M-Sa 9-5, Su 12-5. Information: 423-884-6246,

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Querying Process Workshop: From Start to Signed

Category: Classes, workshops, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

Much-published writer Victoria Griffin shares how to simplify the querying process and avoid common mistakes. Topics include writing an effective query letter, researching literary agents, and navigating the submission process in a professional way. Attendees will review the anatomy of a query letter and how to emphasize the strongest aspects of a manuscript. The workshop will also cover submitting to agents, responding to partial and full requests, and how to prepare for “the call.” Participants may bring a draft query letter for workshopping during the class.

Griffin is a full-time freelance editor and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. She is also a writer with more than 40 pieces of published short fiction and is represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency. She is the author of Craft Your Query: A Workbook and Edit Like a Pro: A Self-Editing Guide.

At Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Register at

Printshop Beer Company: Silent Disco

  • March 14, 2020
  • 9:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Come get weird with us and throw down St. Patrick's style Saturday, March 14, starting at 9:00PM.
We're bringing the Silent Disco back to Printshop, and we can't think of a better time to do it than St. Patrick's Day. It'll be the most fun this side of Dublin. You can kiss a blarney stone and dance with a leprechaun. Or hell, kiss a leprechaun and dance with a blarney stone if you want. Something something lucky charms Thin Lizzy. U2. I'm running out of Irish things.

Printshop Beer Company, 1532 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Info about this event:
Starts at 9pm.
Headphones are $10.
Headphones are not required for entry.
This event is 21+.
Wearing green is encouraged.

Women in Jazz Jam Festival Poetry Open Mic Hour**

  • March 14, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Hosted by Maple Hall and Women in Jazz Jam Festival
Saturday at 2 PM – 3 PM

414 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

In conjunction with the annual Women in Jazz Jam Festival, Maple Hall will be hosting a poetry open mic event from 2-3 PM on Saturday March 14th. The hour will be hosted by Rhea Sunshine and The 5th Woman. We invite everyone to participate and join us in supporting the festival's goal to build a bigger audience for female jazz musicians, while celebrating Knoxville as a travel destination for jazz.

The event is open to the public and FREE to attend.

Knoxville Movement Collective: Ecstatic Dance Wave

  • March 14, 2020

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Hosted by Knoxville Movement Collective and Angeliki Captain
Saturday at 6 PM – 9 PM
At Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and Event Center, 706 N Broadway St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Surrender to the dance inside of you. Find your inner rhythm & get in the flow.

6 pm Socializing & Warm-up
6:30 pm Dance

Ecstatic dance is an unstructured dance space which frees you to express your authentic self through dance and movement within a supportive, respectful community. The dances are conversation-free, drug-free, alcohol-free, smoke-free, and kid-friendly. Each dance event is unique; however, it follows a journey with a flowing beginning, into a more vigorous and intense middle, and ending in stillness. You can express playfulness, joy, passion, sadness, release, or whatever needs to be expressed in the dance…or just sweat your cares.

The dance is open to everyone! No partner or dancing ability required - only breath and soul.

Please dress comfortably and bring plenty of water. Dances are held at BAPA. The suggested donation of $10 to 15 helps keep the dance alive.

Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association: Irish Lore**

  • March 14, 2020

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Literature, spoken word, writing

Smoky Mountain Storytellers members Roland Mote and Sheri Liles present tales from Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 14, 6-7:30 pm. at Vienna Coffee House, 212 College St. Maryville. Donations Gratefully Accepted. Free Parking. Coffee and Deserts Available.

The Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 and is devoted to preserving and advancing the art of oral storytelling. Members are folks who love telling, listening to, and rejoicing in a rich heritage of stories. There is a multitude of telling styles and genres among members. Traditional Appalachian tales, classical stories from foreign lands, contemporary fiction, and personal narratives are among the narratives shared as each story unfolds. For more information about the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association and its events, visit For more information about this event or the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, contact C. Roland Mote at 865-803-8753, or

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Spring Porch Sale**

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

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center located in Norris, TN will hold its Spring Porch Sale March 13 - March 27. The Porch Sale held each Spring features work from juried and nonjuried members of the Craft Center. It’s an excellent time to shop for discounted artwork! The Porch Sale provides local artisans the opportunity to replenish their artwork for the remainder of the year.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

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