Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Dogwood Arts: Spring Featured Garden

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


April 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Knoxville residents have opened their magnificent private gardens to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty. Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features. Join us to experience these magnificent gardens as we celebrate another blooming spring in East Tennessee.

Please check back for more information about garden locations, etc.

We are honored that these Knoxville residents have opened their properties to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee’s natural beauty. Each garden is unique in design and offers a variety of plant material and special features. 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. Donations allow us to maintain and expand the Dogwood Trails & Gardens Program.

Information: 865-637-4561,

Westwood Spring Open House & Sequoyah Tours

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


SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 | 11:00 AM
CONTACT 865-523-8008

Drop by Historic Westwood before exploring the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail and enjoy docent-led tours, refreshments, beautiful flowers and more! Hop on a bus for the Highlights of Sequoyah Hills Trail Tour, leaving at the top of each hour (11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM) from the front entrance of Historic Westwood. These guided, small bus tours will highlight notable residences and the unique Cherokee-inspired monuments, fountains and stone sculptures along the trail. This is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail. Tickets must be reserved in advance online. $10 per person. Reserve tickets HERE:

Free parking for this event is available next door at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Scandinavian Star Weaving Class

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


Join us in the Scandinavian Star Weaving Class on April 18th 10 AM to 3 PM here at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. The cost of the class is $25 per person and materials are included. Space is limited to 15 people. Call to register for the class.

Linda Bosket will be teaching the class. Linda Bosket learned basket weaving from Cherokee artisan Mary Thompson while working for the museum. Since her retirement, Linda has enjoyed being able to spend more time on working on quilts and weaving. She got her love of crafts from her mom who was always sewing or crafting items to sell.
This class is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission ABC Grant and the Museum.

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

Historic Ramsey House: Acrylic Bears and Brunch

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Fine Crafts

with Tiffani Mensch

Learn to paint the fun and easy way and create a beautiful masterpiece to hang in your home or give as a gift. It could even be a great Mother’s Day present for the mama bear in your life!

We’ll provide the coffee and pastries, you bring your favorite beverage. (Mimosas, anyone?) Bring a friend or make a friend!

Class Fee: $35 ($30 for Historic Ramsey House Members). All supplies included, and all skill levels welcome. Reservations required. Purchase tickets on our Facebook page, online at or call 865-546-0745

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914

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,

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.

The Winter Farmers' Market

  • April 4, 2020 — April 18, 2020

Category: Culinary arts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Our Winter Farmers' Market will be OPEN April 4, 11, & 18, with some modifications.
The market will be open from 10am - 1pm, and moved to the large parking lot at the corner of Morgan and Third Ave, just next to the usual venue, Central United Methodist Church, at 201 E Third Ave. The parking lot attached to the church and nearby street parking are available for customers.

If you or someone in your household has a fever or cough, please do not attend the market in person. Our staff will be happy to help connect you with vendors who offer delivery or alternative pick-up options.

Vendors will be spaced 10' away from each other, and customers are asked to stand 6' away from each other while waiting for their turn to check out. Please verbally order from vendors and refrain from touching product you do not intend to buy.

We continue to offer SNAP processing and SNAP doubling up to $20 per day for all SNAP customers.

We will not be hosting Kids Club activities, but will offer PoP Bucks as usual and a take-home activity. Parents will receive $5 for any child under their guardianship that has registered with Nourish Kids 2020, even if the child is not present at the market. Check-in at the information booth to receive PoP Bucks. Families who are new to PoP Club may also receive PoP Bucks by checking in at the information booth.

There will be handwashing stations at the market and we encourage customers to utilize them upon entering and exiting the market.

We encourage customers to pre-order from vendors to reduce time at market, if possible. Many can take payment by credit card over the phone, or via payment apps like Paypal, Square, or Venmo. We will post a list of vendors attending on Friday morning and invite you to contact them directly, or call us day of at 865-805-8687. April 4 vendors are listed a the bottom of this newsletter.

There will be one entrance and exit to assist in limiting the number of customers in the market area at one time.

We encourage those that are able to utilize delivery and preorder options mentioned above.

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,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 70th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year

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

Featuring Alex Foster

Reception: Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 5-7pm, free and open to the public

Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Gallery hours: M-R 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-4, Saturdays call ahead. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

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