Calendar of Events

Friday, April 17, 2020

UT School of Music: UT Opera Theatre - Menotti’s The Old Maid and Amelia Goes to the Ball

  • April 17, 2020 — April 19, 2020

Category: Music and Theatre


Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale in March
$20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60+, and $5 for students with a school ID and youth under 18.

At the Bijou Theatre 803 Gay St., Knoxville, TN
Info: 865-974-5678,

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Commedian Bert Kreischer

  • April 17, 2020

Category: Comedy

Commedian Bert Kreischer comes to Knoxville Civic Auditorium April 17, 2020.

BERT KREISCHER is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and host who performs to sellout crowds across the country. His standup specials "Secret Time" and "The Machine" are currently streaming globally on Netflix. Described as having a "rare and incredible talent" (Interrobang), Bert has evolved from being named Rolling Stone's1997" Number One Partier in the Nation" to one of the top names in comedy. Between his two previous stand-up specials, "The Machine" on Showtime (2016) and "Comfortably Dumb" on Comedy Central (2009), his two podcasts: "Bertcast," and "Open Tabs," his YouTube cooking show: "Something's Burning," his book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child(2014), Bert has succeeded in finding the elusive blend of "being a cringe comedian with real insight" (Interrobang). Lauded as one of the best storytellers of his generation, Bert seamlessly and sincerely shares anecdotes about his family and fatherhood while showing his ability to prove "that there's a way to take his [party-boy] antics into middle-age," (Forbes).

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

UT Gardens: Winter/Spring Book Club Series

  • April 17, 2020

Category: Literature & readings and Science & nature

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." (Cicero) This book club is for those folks who love plants and books and even books about plants (or nature in general)! At each meeting, we will provide you with lively discussion, a new plant, tea, and snacks; you will provide your own copy of the book.

Time: 1 - 4 pm
Cost per session: $30 member/$45 nonmember
Cost per series: $145 member/$220 nonmember

• April 17 - The Overstory by Richard Powers
• May 15 - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five - Boys' Night Out

Category: Dance and Music

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

R&M Tribute Entertainment: Free Gospel Show

  • April 17, 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.

Free to attend, donations will be welcome!

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

East Tennessee Bluegrass Association and Ijams Nature Center: Jamboree

Category: Kids & family, Music and Science & nature

5:30-8:30 PM on select evenings at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association and Ijams Nature Center have partnered up to bring you the Ijams Jamboree presented by ETNBA! We will have four different concerts series throughout the year. Cost is $5 for those 6 and up. Beer and food available! Make plans to join us!

April 17: Buffalo Fiasco
August 8: Kasey Moore Project
November 14: TBA

Flying Anvil Theatre: Ideation

Category: Theatre

By Aaron Loeb

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,

Thompson Boling Arena: Cirque du Soleil

  • April 15, 2020 — April 19, 2020

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Cirque du Soleil brings their latest extravaganza to Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday, April 15 through Sunday, April 19.

The Canada-based entertainment troupe’s acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians will perform “Ovo” – Portuguese for egg.

According to the Cirque du Soleil website, Ovo portrays insects working, playing, fighting and looking for love in a world “filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion.”

Ovo debuted in 2009 and has since been performed for more than 6 million fans in 24 countries around the globe.

Thompson Boling Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN. Info/tickets: Concerts & Special Events - or (865) 656-4444.

Pellissippi State: Animation Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event


Be amazed by the technical prowess and imagination of Pellissippi State’s animation students. Professor Kent McQuilkin’s students display some of their finest animation work in this exhibit.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9 AM - 9 PM. Information: 865-694-6405,

Art Market Gallery: Works by Lynda Best & Harriet Howell

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

Friday Reception: April 3, 5:30 – 9p.m.

Harriet Howell, Silk Painting
My main focus in silk painting is exploring color, pattern and texture in nature. My goal is to create beautiful, wearable art that enhances and expresses the personality of the wearer. I have always loved textiles, and painting on silk is a fun and challenging medium with which to explore ideas and new adventures. Ultimately, I hope the wearer of my work also shares the adventure.

I have a BFA from the University of Tennessee and worked as a graphic designer for 20 years. I now paint full time on both paper and silk. I work primarily in plein aire or abstract painting in water media and pastel. Some of my silk dyes are derived from plants in my yard and some are commercially produced. In whatever medium I use, the imagery is always based on the natural world.

Lynda Best, Acrylic Painting
I was born in Wichita, Kansas and because my father worked for Boeing and the Apollo program, I moved around the Southern United States during my childhood. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. Even as a junior high student, I had an art studio in my daddy’s garage and taught art to children in the elementary grades. I sold my paintings to my teachers and I knew that I had a special talent in how I “saw” the world. I remember riding in the backseat of the car finding hidden images in the trees along the road as we drove by. Nature is a magnet for me to understanding myself. As I grew older, I developed a style showing the "frozen moment" we perceive when we look at anything in nature. For me, everything in nature is moving energy. That is a part of my spirituality. The spirit is found and often rediscovered in nature. This connection nourishes my being! The mountain seasons inspire changes in water, flowers, and the spirit. Nature's transforming power can be most directly witnessed in the growth cycle of the flowers and the seasonal changes in water levels in our streams and rivers. I use acrylic in a modern impressionistic style with entrancing outlines and colors that act to "freeze" the movement of the shape while capturing a moment in the continual change on display in our beautiful Tennessee.

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

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Of Good Stock

Category: Theatre


SHOW TIMES: Thu: 8:00 pm, Fri: 8:00 pm, Sat: 8:00 pm, Sun: 3:00 pm

by Melissa Ross
When legendary novelist Mick Stockton died, he left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books, and a whole lot of issues.

Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be a part of this elusive family’s legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the hurricane of the whip-smart and sharp-tongued Stockton Sisters. Especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps.

A raw, poignant, and hilarious look at the fun and dysfunction of family.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Central Cinema: Virtual Programming

  • April 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Film and Kids & family

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” this week! More info:

Central Cinema is a community moviehouse located in the heart of North Knoxville's Happy Holler neighborhood. Central Cinema's single auditorium features top-notch digital projection and 96 seats.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, (865) 951-2447,

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