Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

UT Humanities Center: Public Books Masterclass

  • April 22, 2020 — July 2, 2020

Category: Lectures and Literature & readings

Discussions take place on Wednesdays at 6 PM

Would you like to attend a terrific book discussion led by a UT expert without leaving your home? The UT Humanities Center has formed a regional partnership with Union Avenue Books, downtown Knoxville’s Independent Bookstore, to create a free public book discussion masterclass. The meetings feature a UT faculty expert who will lead the discussion and provide key insights on the texts.

Participants must buy their books from Union Ave Books. At a date announced on our media outlets, participants who have purchased the text can join a University of Tennessee faculty member in an online book discussion via Zoom. Our UT faculty read widely and deeply into perspectives ranging from the ancients to the moderns, from work in ancient archeology to contemporary poetry, new economic theory, and media studies. Join us to hear an expert in the field talk about the major ideas of a text that you have read, and engage in an enlightening discussion!

When you purchase your book, RSVP for the online masterclass discussion at RSVP@unionavebooks.com and you will be sent a link to the Zoom discussion for that book. Join us for a Zoom discussion of the book with a member of the UT faculty!

https://uthumanitiesctr.utk.edu/public/reading.php

River & Rail Theatre Co: Sweat

Category: Theatre

Celebrating our first season in the new "Old City Performing Arts Center" in downtown Knoxville's Old City! Our 2019-2020 inaugural season will include three productions: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby [December 11-22, 2019], Constellations [March 4-15, 2020], and Sweat [April 22-May 3, 2020].

Details TBA

Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State St. Knoxville, TN 37902
https://www.riverandrailtheatre.com/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-tickets-launch-a-season-river-rail-theatre#/

Townsend Artisan Guild: 11th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family and Science & nature

CANCELLED

Presented by the Townsend Artisan and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guilds

The dates for the 2020 Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival are set and we have a slightly different format for our eleventh year. We will offer three Pre-Festival classes on Thursday, April 22, beginning about 1pm. Our vendors will be ready to provide the marketplace of fibers, tools, and finished goods on Friday and Saturday. We will have a full range of classes on Friday and Saturday too. And of course there will be sheep, alpacas, llamas, and goats as well as demonstrators and experienced fiber artists to help with your pursuits.

Save the dates: April 23-25, 2020.

At Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend Tennessee
www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Earth Day Trash Run

  • April 22, 2020
  • 6:00-7:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Kids & family

Join us for our Earth Day Trash Run in honor of the 50th Earth Day on April 22 from 6-7pm!

The Trash Run is a non-competitive fun run and litter pickup for runners/walkers of all ages. There is no designated route for the event; rather, participants are encourage to spend an hour running or walking and collecting litter in the area. Keep Knoxville Beautiful will provide maps, gloves, bags, safety vests, and litter pickers.

Runners gather at Albright Brewing Company, 2924 Sutherland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37919, before and after the event for pint night, 5:00-8:00PM.

Sign-up and information at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUx55yAXh3ORaiW5JpEQLChUkk9Tjulpc1zdA_oQYvCcdu0w/viewform

Knoxville Museum of Art: Artists on Location, A Plein Air Painting Event**

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events and Free event

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location (AOL) 2020 – an art show and sale at the Knoxville Museum of Art Saturday, April 25 from 5 to 9pm. Artists on Location promotes the museum’s connection to the local and regional art community by providing an outlet for artists to sell their work and encouraging people to collect it.

This event will provide both new and seasoned collectors a rare opportunity to buy original paintings of Knoxville and East Tennessee.

From Monday, April 20, through Friday, April 24, talented artists selected through a juried process will be painting outdoors in and around the Knoxville area. The public is invited to watch the AOL artists in action as they capture on canvas a wide variety of subject matter, from urban street scenes to pastoral garden settings. The specific locations the artists will be painting in plein-air will be published on the Knoxville Museum of Art’s website (knoxart.org) prior to the event and will be followed on the KMA Guild’s Instagram page @artistsonlocation.

The annual art show and sale held at the KMA on Saturday, April 25, 5-9pm is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments and a cash bar. Proceeds of the sale will benefit both participating artists and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Painting in open air or plein-air became popular in the mid-19th century of the French Impressionist seeking to capture the effects of light and its changing ephemeral qualities in the atmosphere. The practice of painting on location increased in popularity with the development of transportable paint tubes and box easels. This event will provide both new and seasoned collectors the chance to acquire original paintings of some of Knoxville’s best-known sites.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-525-6101, www.knoxart.org

Pellissippi State: Animation Showcase

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

CANCELLED

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, www.pstcc.edu/arts

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, www.artmarketgallery.net

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: https://centralcinema865.com/

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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: info@centralcinemaknox.com, (865) 951-2447, https://centralcinema865.com

Self-Healing/Restorative Yoga Series

  • April 1, 2020 — May 6, 2020

Category: Free event and Health & wellness

With Ajeet Khalsa on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. Online classes by donation via PayPal to ajeetlotus@gmail.com or Venmo: Ajeet Khalsa. Join Yoga with Ajeet here on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/353334363

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, www.arrowmont.org

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.

https://centralcinema865.com/

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.
www.knoxheritage.org

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