Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Central Cinema: Virtual Programming

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

Did you know that one of the things you can do to help us survive this mess is... watch movies at home? In the short time since we closed our doors, a slew of distributors have shown support for defunct independent cinemas with groundbreaking "virtual engagements" that directly benefit us directly... so take a look at what's showing "at" Central Cinema this week!

Now Playing

Online Premiere: Flirting With Azrael
Based on John Tod Baker's 2015 concept album, Flirting with Azrael: A Psychedelic Rock Musical is a film about Rabi Xaler, a woman abused and tormented by her alcoholic and adulterous husband, JD.

Oscilloscope Laboratories presents Saint Frances
Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O'Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams).

Fantastic Fungi
Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit— the mushroom.

Kino Lorber presents Bacurau
A few years from now... Bacurau, a small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants (among them Sônia Braga) notice that their village has literally vanished from online maps and a UFO-shaped drone is seen flying overhead.

Opening Saturday, March 28
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Film Movement presents Zombi Child
Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields.

Historic Westwood: Open Gardens**

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

While Historic Westwood is closed for tours through April 30th, spring has come to the gardens which remain open to the public. The daffodils in "Mickey's Cutting Garden" are beautiful right now and wonderful volunteers from Ossoli Circle have been sprucing up "Adelia's Shade Garden".

Bring a book and sit on one of the benches or in one of the front porch rocking chairs or simply walk-through on your way to the Third Creek Greenway. Please remember to keep an appropriate social distance from others while enjoying the grounds.

Free parking next door at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike.

Ijams Nature Center: 31st Annual River Rescue

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Ijams Nature Center announces its 31st annual Ijams River Rescue, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ijams River Rescue, now in its 31st year, draws between 600-800 volunteers annually and removes between 10-40 tons of trash from the river's shorelines and its tributary creeks.

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,

R&M Tribute Entertainment: Free Gospel Show

  • March 28, 2020
  • 7 PM

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

"Room at the Cross" with Erin Ott, Ronnie Miller, Kenzie & Skylar, Stewart Chapman, and Makenna Harmon. Entertainers perform during one or more of the monthly shows.

Mar 28, Apr 17

Free to attend, donations will be welcome!

At Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 4110 Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville. Info: 865-684-6082

UT Gardens: Wild Bird Eggstravaganza

  • March 28, 2020
  • 1200-3:00PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

The start of spring, Saturday, March 28, brings one of our most anticipated events - Wild Bird Eggstravaganza! We will have the annual egg hunt, fun prizes, and, of course, lots of great information about birds. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon in the Gardens. This will be a great event for families with children 12 and under. Each participant will make bird-related crafts and will take home seeds to plant. The Easter Bunny might be found hopping around the garden, too! Wear your favorite spring clothes, bring a basket and camera, and come ready for fun. This is a food-allergy friendly event, meaning it is food-free - sponsored by Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, University of Tennessee Federal Credit Union, and the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET). Pre-registration is required at

Saturday, March 28, 12 - 3 pm, $8 per child.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Historic Ramsey House: Basket Weaving workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Fine Crafts and History, heritage


9 AM – 3 PM

Need a new Easter basket? Want to learn the ancient art of basket weaving? Learn all about the art of basket weaving in this hands-on workshop with special guest Becky Weaver, of Fox Hollow Creations. Each participant will create and weave their very own Easter basket! Each basket has an 8 inch round base, and all the supplies and instruction will be provided. Please bring a bagged lunch. Beverages will be provided. Space is EXTREMELY limited.

Tickets: $45 which include all materials ($40 Historic Ramsey House members) Reservations are required. Credit card fees apply. Payments with cash or check are available. Call 865-546-0745 to arrange payment.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information:

Blount Mansion: Dinner with Mary Blount

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers, History, heritage, Lecture, discussion, panel and Music


Step back in time to 1796! Mary Blount requests the honor of your presence for dinner at Blount Mansion on Saturday evening, March 28th - 6-9 p.m.

Authentic late 18th-century food prepared over an open fire by Carroll Ross (“the Jolly Judge”) & served in Blount Mansion
Musical selections by Chip Bailey
Historical presentation by David Hearnes, Executive Director
Mary Blount portrayed by Laura Arnett Smith
Hosted by Ms. Sherri Lee

$250 per person - This intimate historical dining experience is limited to 20 participants.
RSVP by calling (865) 525-2375 or click here to reserve a ticket online:

Contact Michael Jordan at if you have any questions about this event.

City of Knoxville: 2020 Neighborhood Conference

  • March 28, 2020
  • 8:00AM-2:00PM

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


The City of Knoxville Office of Neighborhoods will host the 2020 Neighborhood Conference on Saturday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center. Registration is open now at Registrants without internet access may call 865-215-3232 to register by phone.

Established in 2013, the Neighborhood Conference resembles an industry convention that showcases the tools of the community-building trade. It also has elements of a pep rally celebrating the ways Knoxville neighbors are working together to improve their neighborhoods and strengthen their city.

“Active neighborhood organizations are key to a strong city,” says Mayor Indya Kincannon, who has been an active member of her neighborhood association, Historic Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization, since 2001. “During my campaign for Mayor, many residents I spoke with were concerned about neighborhood issues like blight, safety and job opportunities. The Office of Neighborhoods provides so many resources that empower residents. The Neighborhood Conference is a crash course in getting to know your neighbors and working together with elected officials, City departments and community groups to solve problems and improve our quality of life.”

Doors of the conference open at 8 a.m. followed by the morning program at 8:30 a.m. Mayor Kincannon will announce the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award recipient, the Neighborhood Achievement Awards and acknowledge the Knoxville Police Department Officer Liaison of the Year.

Conference attendees will choose from four workshops that address priorities identified by the Office of Neighborhoods and noted by Mayor Kincannon during her campaign:

• Neighborhood Give Day: Four neighborhood leaders will discuss creative and empowering ways they worked with City of Knoxville departments and staff, non-profits and their neighbors to address blight while also helping their neighbors in need.

• Grant Ideas Through Placemaking: Neighbors from a variety of city neighborhoods will present ways they developed and completed projects that showcase their neighborhood’s unique history and characteristics.

• Workforce Development: This interactive workshop will help participants understand what workforce development is, what impact it could have in neighborhoods, and why it might be important to your neighborhood’s future.

• Government 101: Learn the structure and mechanisms of city government and what residents need to know to make informed decisions as voters and residents.

Before and after the workshop session, attendees can visit with 80-plus exhibitors representing local non-profit, community and governmental organizations, including City of Knoxville and Knox County departments.

Drawings for the many door prizes donated by local restaurants, shops, salons, museums, and entertainment businesses will be held throughout the day.

Registration and more information at

Bennett Gallery: Artist Demo with Chris McAdoo**

  • March 28, 2020
  • 12-4 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

Bennett is thrilled to host an artist demonstration with Chris on March 28 from 12-4pm.
new work from @chrisvmcadoo

5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919. Contact us 865.584.6791 or

Clarence Brown Theatre: Airness

Category: Theatre

This production as been postponed until further notice.

By Chelsea Marcantel

“In a word, dazzling … the most talked-about production of this year’s Humana Festival.”

Prepare to have your face melted by Shreddy Eddy, Golden Thunder and the reigning champ, D Vicious, at the National Air Guitar competition! Nina, a real guitar player, enters the competition thinking it will be a cinch to take the championship. She soon discovers she has a lot to learn. A tribute to good friends, killer rock classics, and the joy of letting go.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

Clayton Center for the Arts: Shrek the Musical

Category: Kids, family and Theatre


Shrek the Musical (SUNDAY)
The Clayton Center for the Arts – Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre
March 27-29, 2020

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.


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

Big Ears Festival

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Film and Music


Our mission: We bring artists & audiences together to create and share transformative experiences.

Founded in 2009, Big Ears is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines. Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums, and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration.

Annually, the festival supports 100+ performances of music, film, and art over four days. Community engagement typically includes 50+ panels, workshops, and performances that are free and open to the public.

In 2016, Big Ears was hailed by The New York Times as “the widest-angle music festival in the country, bridging the spaces between the classical tradition, improvised music, electronics and guitars,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “the most open-minded music gathering in the country.”

With nearly 150 jazz, rock, classical, bluegrass and folk concerts in venues ranging from the Tennessee and Bijou Theaters to St. John’s Cathedral and Church Street United Methodist Church, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Standard, the Mill & Mine, the Square Room, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, and the Pilot Light. Visit for full lineup, schedule and details!

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