Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Marble City Opera: Behind the Scenes

Category: Free event, Lectures and Music

May 14, May 28, June 11 and June 25 at 6 PM

Join us for an intimate discussion on what happens behind the scenes at Marble City Opera!

Executive Artistic Director, Kathryn Frady will be talking with guest artists who have performed and worked with Marble City Opera and finding out their favorite memories of some of YOUR favorite productions.

First up is Brian Holman on May 14: Maestro Holman conducted MCO's most recent production of Shadowlight and also conducted the beloved production of La Traviata at Historic Westwood.

Next is Vincent Davis on May 28: Vincent is no stranger to Marble City Opera and has performed the roles of James Baldwin, in Shadowlight, Joe in Blue Monday, and King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Gelli Printing

  • May 14, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Kids & family

$22 - All Ages - LIVE On-Line Class with Instructor: Kelly Sullivan

6:00pm- 6:45pm
Registration Deadline: May 12th @ Noon

Gelli printing is a fast, fun way to make colorful mono-prints from your kitchen table. Join Kelly as she shows you the process of gelli printing while using stencils, stamps and paper resists to create cards or small prints. KAFCC will provide all of the tools, materials and instruction on how to use this handy no-fuss, no press needed printing method. Warning: You may get hooked! This class is live and does require students to have access to Zoom and to be able to pick up supplies before class.


Tellico Blockhouse Virtual Visit

Category: Free event and History & heritage

East Tennessee Historical Society is excited to partner with Fort Loudoun State Historic Park for a virtual visit exploring the Tellico Blockhouse, which was in use from 1794-1807. Join us and Park Ranger Justin Rexrode at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, via Zoom or streamed live on our Facebook page for a 20 minute tour, followed by a brief Q&A session.

Those wishing to submit questions must attend the Zoom session - please RSVP to by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13; a link to the Zoom session will be sent the morning of the visit.

In response to the conflict amongst Native Americans and white settlers in the Southwest Territory, Territorial Governor William Blount called upon Secretary of War Henry Knox and President George Washington for Federal intervention. After a successful campaign against the Natives of the Ohio Territory, Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne dispatched the 3rd Sub-Legion US Army to bring the "wild" Southwest Territory under control. With approval by principal Cherokee Chief Hanging Maw, the 3rd Sub Legion built the Tellico Blockhouse to maintain peace in and around the Cherokee Overhill Towns. Join a Park Ranger as we explore the exciting history behind this lesser-known site of Tennessee history! Justin Rexrode is a Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park, a position he has held for seven years. He has done extensive research on the Tellico Blockhouse and has worked with other historic sites across the eastern United States on updating research for the United States Army under Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne from 1792 to 1796.

PechaKucha Night: Live & Virtual

  • May 14, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Lectures

Join us for our first ever LIVE VIRTUAL PECHAKUCHA NIGHT! The presenters are community members who have been nimble and creative in facing the challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown.

THURSDAY MAY 14 @ FACEBOOK LIVE - Live Feed | 7:45, Presentations | 8:00

Check out our website for up-to-date information here & Facebook event page.

We would love to see you in person but encourage you to please support this effort whole heatedly so our presenters feel appreciated in a time where it is so difficult to feel the love.

// Bailey Foster
// Mary Kathryn Kennard
// Adrienne Webster
// Margaret Stolfi
// Rusty Odom

// In lieu of donations at the door, we encourage you to support a current or past presenter during this time.

This is the first of a 2-event series.

Union Ave Books: Bells for Eli Discussion

  • May 14, 2020

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Union Ave Books invites you to attend a virtual book event with Susan Zurenda Beckham to discuss her new novel BELLS FOR ELI. This free virtual event takes place on Thursday May 14th @ 4pm (EDT) on Zoom, please send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the title of the book BELLS FOR ELI in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

This is a part of program called READER MEET WRITER, SOUTHERN EDITION put on by our regional bookselling trade organization SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association).

About the Book
"A stunning debut, Bells for Eli establishes Susan Beckham Zurenda as one of the most exciting new voices in Southern fiction," says Cassandra King Conroy, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. "In this tender, beautifully-rendered novel, the powerful connection between cousins Delia and Eli takes them on a journey fraught with longing, desire, and heartbreak. Through loss, Delia comes to understand that the bonds of love can never truly be broken."

First cousins Ellison (Eli) Winfield and Adeline (Delia) Green are meant to grow up happily and innocently across the street from one another amid the supposed wholesome values of small-town Green Branch, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 70s. But Eli's tragic accident changes the trajectory of their lives and of those connected to them. Shunned and even tortured by his peers for his disfigurement and frailty, Eli struggles for acceptance in childhood as Delia passionately devotes herself to defending him. Delia’s vivid and compassionate narrative voice presents Eli as a confident young man in adolescence—the visible damage to his body gone—but underneath hide indelible wounds harboring pain and insecurity, scars that rule his impulses. And while Eli cherishes Delia more than anyone and attempts to protect her from her own troubles, he cares not for protecting himself. It is Delia who has that responsibility, growing more challenging each year. Bells for Eli is a lyrical and tender exploration of the relationship between cousins drawn together through tragedy in a love forbidden by social constraints and a family whose secrets must stay hidden. Susan Beckham Zurenda masterfully transports readers into a small Southern town where quiet, ordinary life becomes extraordinary. In this compelling coming of age story, culture, family, friends, bullies, and lovers propel two young people to unite to guard each other in a world where love, hope, and connectedness ultimately triumph.

About the Author
Susan Beckham Zurenda taught English for thirty-three years and now works as a book publicist for Magic Time Literary Publicity. A recipient of several regional awards for her fiction, including The South Carolina Fiction Project, The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, and The Southern Writers Symposium, she has also published numerous stories and nonfiction pieces in literary journals. She lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Learn more at

UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

The District Gallery: New Fine Art and Small Works

  • May 13, 2020 — December 31, 2020

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

It's so good to be back! We've missed you enormously, and we're thrilled to welcome you back to the gallery! New creations, new makers, and new hours. We have so much to share!


New arrivals are on view in the gallery now! Plus, we've designed a Small Works space to make it easier to support your favorite artists. We're celebrating with a fresh look on our walls — be sure to stop in & enjoy it with us! Also, while we continue to embrace new health standards to ensure your health and safety, we remain committed to making custom framing accessible and enjoyable. We will do everything in our power to make your custom framing experience pleasant and fun! Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help you best.

The District Gallery & Framery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 200-4452 or

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!

UT Downtown Gallery: Knox County Art Teachers ArtSource 2020 (virtual)

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

This is a digital exhibition of the work of art teachers and art interns in the Knox County School System.

For more than a decade, Art Source, the exhibition dedicated solely to Knox County art educators, has given these same teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

We are excited to present the work of 43 art educators!

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.

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