Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Mabry-Hazen House: Live from the Parlor - Virtual Tour

Category: Free event and History & heritage

Tuesdays at 2 PM

Although our doors are still closed for regular visitation, we'll continue to offer our Live from the Parlor series! Once a week, we'll take a deep dive into the history of Mabry-Hazen House, get up close and personal with the original family collection, and share our stories with you.

Virtual tours will broadcasted via Facebook Live every Tuesday at 2pm! Look for the link at 1:55pm on each day of the tour.

Have particular artifact or story you'd like to know more about? Let us know by messaging us and we'll do our best to incorporate your request into our schedule!

The Maker City: New virtual Etsy Entrepreneurship Program

  • May 12, 2020 — May 29, 2020

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

Take your Etsy shop to the next level! Do you or someone you know make custom jewelry, decorative home items, or other handmade products to sell on Etsy? Whether you've been selling on Etsy for a while and seen some success, or you're stumped on one area in particular, this Etsy Entrepreneurship Program is designed to help you take the next step in your Etsy journey!

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is offering this program to help craft makers like you grow your online business to increase sales and reach a wider audience. The classes are designed for sellers who have opened an Etsy shop, and we're also offering an introductory workshop if you haven't opened your shop yet. This workshop is taught by successful online craft sellers who will share best practices on topics that impact sellers most, including getting discovered on Etsy, taking better pictures of your products, and building your brand. This program is specifically designed for creative makers from underserved communities.

We've hosted this program before, but this time we're switching things up and going totally virtual. All classes will be accessed via Zoom. You can choose the classes you want to take at $10 each, or gain access to all classes for $25. (This will also give you access to recordings of the class after the fact.)

Class Schedule
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 5-7pm: Introduction to Etsy: Why Etsy? + Opening Your Shop

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 5-7:30pm: Branding Your Shop + Finding Your Target Customer

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 5-7:30pm: Etsy SEO + Pricing Your Products

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 5-7:30pm: Shipping, Product Photography, and Intro to Social Media for Your Shop

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 5-7:30pm: Advanced Topics: Understanding Your Stats, Running Special Offers, and Paid Social Media


Einstein Simplified: Comedy Improv old shows

  • May 12, 2020

Category: Comedy

8:15 PM – 9:45 PM

Einstein Simplified has been entertaining Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area since 1994. In our 23rd year with over 1250 shows of comedy improv.

There is no need to feel isolated when you can watch one of our old shows!

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Clay Hearts

Category: Classes & workshops, Fine Crafts and Kids & family

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 12 PM – 2 PM

We have partnered with Studio 212 Arts, located in Maryville, TN to provide another online clay class for children ages 6-10. Children will work at home to create unique clay hearts using the coil building method.

How does it work?
- On May 12 parents can swing by the Appalachian Arts Craft Center between 12 pm - 2 pm to pick up the clay kits. (Can't make it then? We can arrange to leave your kits outside of the building to pick up at your convenience).

-Clay kits will include all of the necessary clay, tools, directions, etc. to complete the project.

-On May 19 we will host a live online zoom meeting for students to participate in discussion, show off their new creations, ask questions and more!

-On May 26, parents can drop of their finished projects to be fired at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center. Parents will be notified once the pieces have been glazed (painted) and ready for pick up (approximately 2 weeks)!

Registration Deadline: May 11
Registration Fee: $25

Random Acts of Flowers: Mums and Mimosas

  • May 12, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Bring your Mom, your sister, or a friend and have some fun learning about Random Acts of Flowers' mission and making beautiful bouquets while raising funds for delivering hope.

Doors open at 5:30pm and the class will be 6pm-8pm.

Enjoy a hands-on demonstration of basic floral design led by a local florist. Each attendee will produce a floral arrangement they will take with them and a second arrangement that will be delivered to an ill or elderly member of our community, adding enrichment to RAF’s mission of delivering hope and kindness.

Ticket price includes container, flowers, and instruction on floral arranging. Coffee, water, and light appetizers will be provided. BYOB for participants 21 and over.

All event proceeds benefit Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.

Old Gray Cemetery: Open Grounds

Category: Free event and Science & nature

Old Gray Cemetery located in downtown Knoxville occupies 13 acres of beauty and history. The cemetery was founded in 1850 and dedicated in 1852 when the first 40 lots were sold at public action. Today Old Gray clearly depicts Knoxville’s history and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design during the rural cemetery or garden movement.
The Ella Albers Fountain has been recently restored and serves as the anchor on the main drive and the centerpiece of Old Gray. The original fountain was erected in 1890 by A. J. Albers in memory of his 37-year-old wife. The symbolism of the Victorian fountain is twofold, representing both the respect for the memory of the dead and also offering hope and inspiration to the living. The original fountain was dismantled during World War II and the metal was used in the war effort.
You can stroll or drive through the winding avenues of Old Gray and see the excellent examples of Victorian art and architecture. The cemetery is a mixture of unmarked graves to massive monuments and mausoleums which honor the lives of those buried there.
The massive oaks and hackberry trees are part of a wide variety of trees and vegetation at Old Gray that are living witnesses to the history of Knoxville since before the Civil War at which time this area was an open pasture. Thanks to the vision of those who lived then we can now enjoy the park setting that these trees have created.
You are invited to take a walk back through history and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Old Gray. Our automatic gates currently open at 7 AM and close at 5 PM.

Old Gray Cemetery, 543 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-522-1424,

WDVX: Real Live Music Videos

Category: Free event and Music

We are bringing you even more Real Live Music Videos this month, with new performances posted every Tuesday & Thursday! Check out the release schedule:

YouTube channel:

The 30 Days of Real Live Music Challenge concluded in April, and visitors one can watch all 30 videos in a row at

Nief Norf: Virtual Norf Space

Category: Music

If we cannot venture from our houses, we will bring new and adventurous sounds straight to your living room! Experience great chamber music from Julius Eastman and Philip Glass, to Kate Soper and Joanna Bailie in selected concert videos from Nief-Norf and our Summer Festival. Around 40 works will be shared with you in this web special. Plus, we are proud to present Nief-Norf ensemble members in a livestream performance each week.

New videos will be posted around lunchtime every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The livestream performances will happen at 7:30 p.m. Eastern ("doors open" at 7:00 p.m.) on each Wednesday. We recommend opening each video into full screen to have the best experience.

More info:

Seven Islands State Birding Park: 1st Annual Photo Competition & Exhibition: Call for Entries

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Science & nature

The Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park announce a call for entries for its 1st annual Juried Photo Competition and Exhibition. The Competition was developed to promote the beauty and diversity of Seven Islands State Birding Park and to provide a forum for photographic artists to compete on a regional scale and display their work. Approximately 10 – 12 fine art works will receive monetary awards and will comprise an exhibition on the North Wall gallery of the beautifully restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street from September 1-30, 2020. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and other hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is midnight, Sunday, May 31, 2020. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards, and winning artists will have the opportunity for their imagery to be displayed in a variety of local galleries following the initial display and awards presentation at the Emporium Center.

Ewing Gallery: 2020 Honors Exhibitions online

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Initiated by the Ewing's Director Sam Yates 30 years ago, this exhibition recognizes outstanding students graduating from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art.

Selected by a School of Art Faculty Scholarship committee, seven art students from various art disciplines were chosen from the qualifying applicants for this year's exhibition. These students are Celine Gobert, Mera Ragsdale, Juniper Teffeteller, Shannon Frisco, Ali Bhimani, Nicole Gentry, and Dannie Trevino.

Click here to view a gallery of their work:

Congratulations to our exhibitors!

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Sauerkraut Making

  • May 11, 2020 — May 27, 2020

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

Online Cooking Class! $10
30-40 Minute Recorded Instruction
Link available on Friday, May 29th
Instructor: Emily Webb
Registration Deadline: May 27th @ Noon

Learn how easy it is to make your own gut-friendly sauerkraut at home! In this brief online tutorial, you will be given clear steps to help you confidently create a quart-sized batch of sauerkraut at home, along with tips and tricks such as sterilizing equipment and what to look for as it ferments! All ingredients, a mason jar, and a written recipe card will all be supplied. Students will need to be able to come and pick-up supplies and have access to a computer.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Printing & Sewing Tea Towels

  • May 11, 2020 — May 20, 2020

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

Bundle Class! $30
60 to 80 Minutes Recorded Instruction
Link available on Friday, May 22nd
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys & Emily Webb
Registration Deadline: May 20th @ Noon

With this bundled class you will get both the Printing Tea Towels and Sewing Tea Towels class! Join Amanda and Emily in this fun and informative class!

With this class you will get everything you need to sew your very own hand-printed tea towels from start to finish. The cost of this class includes all printing materials and tools as well as fabric and thread with written and video instructions! Students will need to have access to a computer and to be able to pick up supplies before class. Sewing machines are required - if you need one we may have some to lend.

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