Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Ijams Nature Center: Ijams Seed Swap

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event 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!

March 15 (1-4 p.m.)
Using the seeds from the plants we grow in our own gardens helps us repeat our successes, maintain genetic diversity and be more self-reliant. Ijams’ Seed Swap is a FREE event to encourage local gardeners to share vegetable, flower and other seeds to promote healthy gardens. Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds!

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,

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,

Tennessee Stage Company: Amazing Graces

Category: Theatre

Tennessee Stage Company Presents its 25th Annual NEW PLAY FESTIVAL with a World Premiere Production of Amazing Graces by Lea McMahan

On a weekend trip to the Smokey Mountains, a family comes to realize that the insecurities and petty grievances that have been festering between them for years amount to nothing when confronted with real violence from outside the family.

At Historic Southern Railway Station, 306 W. Depot Avenue
Thursday – Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm
Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now. Call (865) 546-4280 for tickets & reservations. General Admission is $15. We proudly participate in the Penny4Arts Program!

Kara Lockmiller Exhibition

  • March 6, 2020 — March 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

At Culture Hair Studio, 115 South Gay Street


Art Market Gallery: Works by Ed Lewis & Pam Salyer

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

First Friday Reception: March 6, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Pam Salyer, Mixed Media
The infinite variances in color, texture and pattern of the natural world fascinate me, and I attempt to interpret and convey the relationship between these elements through mixed media collage. My latest series of work focuses on what we see when we look into flowing rivers and rocky streams, probing beneath the surface, freezing a moment in time. I build each collage with acrylic paint, paper and acrylic gels, layer by layer, creating new ways to consider the textures and colors of the natural world around us. I enjoy experimenting with different techniques and materials, always striving to push the boundaries of my art practice. Pamela is a Knoxville-based mixed media artist (

Ed Lewis, Segmented Wood Turning
Ed Lewis mainly focuses on laminated and segmented wood turning. He states, “In combining different wood this way, the endless possibilities of design and color are achieved. I seldom use any dyes or stains, relying on the natural wood colors and grain to show through. I enjoy building of the complex blanks, as much as the turning of the final shape. Though my work is designed to be decorative, most of which can be used functionally.” Ed is a woodturner, located in Seymour, TN (

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Renewal

  • March 6, 2020 — March 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Open show juried for prizes!

“Renewal” opens Friday March 6, 5:00-9:00.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Fri-Sat, 10-6, by appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: All My Sons

Category: Theatre

Fri Mar 6, 2020 | 8:00PM
Sat Mar 7, 2020 | 8:00PM
Sun Mar 8, 2020 | 2:00PM
Thu Mar 12, 2020 | 8:00PM
Fri Mar 13, 2020 | 8:00PM
Sat Mar 14, 2020 | 8:00PM
Sun Mar 15, 2020 | 2:00PM

With the marriage of his son to his former business partner's daughter on the horizon, Joe Keller's lie of a life unravels. A successful self-made man, he and his family fight for their future and struggle to stay intact while being forced to revisit the tragic outcome of a terrible business decision and face the sad truth about another son who went missing in World War II.


Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

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,

River & Rail Theatre Company: Constellations

Category: Theatre

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

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 Irish Society: Irish Language Class

  • February 23, 2020 — December 15, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and History & heritage

The Knoxville Irish Society (Cumann Gaelach Knoxville) - a local community organization promoting Irish culture and uniting the Ireland enthusiasts - is organizing a new meánleibhéal (intermediate) Irish language course for 2020.

The class will meet once a week every Sunday from 12:30PM to 2:30PM (except federal holidays) in the community room at 3131 Morris Avenue NW (the City of Knoxville’s public works center).

Due to the higher intensity of language study at meánleibhéal (intermediate) compared to bunleibhéal (beginner), the meánrang will occur over two years. Year 1 will run from February 2020 to December 2020 and Year 2 will run from February 2021 to December 2021. Each year of study will comprise two semesters. Tuition is $30 per semester. The first semester will also include a $55 fee for the student’s own copy of Gaeilge Gan Stró! Lower Intermediate Level. The cost for the first semester will be $85, but each semester thereafter will be a total of $30 (fees subject to change by KIS Board). Upon successful completion of the meánrang, students will be awarded a certificate of completion and a fáinne airgid (silver fáinne).

All students must be members of the Knoxville Irish Society, which is free of charge. If you’re not already a member, please go to and fill out the form (this form is in addition to the class registration one below). Class registration includes both years of study.

All students would need to have completed a bunrang or beginner level course before registering for the meánrang.

Please click this link and fill out the Google Form to enroll in the class.

If you have any questions or would like help, please email the meánrang instructor John McCaul (Seán Óg Mac Cathmhaoil), at

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