Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 21, 2020

PechaKucha Night: Live & Virtual

  • May 21, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Lectures

Join us for our second 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 21 @ 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.

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

Union Ave Books: RX APPALACHIA Discussion

  • May 21, 2020

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Union Ave Books and Positively Living welcome medical anthropologist Lesly-Marie Buer to discuss her new book RX APPALACHIA: Stories of Treatment and Survival in Rural Kentucky. Lesly-Marie will be joined by Elizabeth Catte author of WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA.

This free virtual event takes place on Thursday May 21st @ 6pm on Zoom, please send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the the title of the book RX APPALACHIA in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

About the Book
Using the narratives of women who use(d) drugs, this account challenges popular understandings of Appalachia spread by such pundits as JD Vance by documenting how women, families, and communities cope with generational systems of oppression. Prescription opioids are associated with rising rates of overdose deaths and hepatitis C and HIV infection in the US, including in rural Central Appalachia. Yet there is a dearth of studies examining rural opioid use. RX Appalachia explores the gendered inequalities that situate women's encounters with substance abuse treatment as well as additional state interventions targeted at women who use drugs in one of the most impoverished regions in the US.

About the Author (s)
Lesly-Marie Buer, an expert in the field of harm reduction and medical anthropology, holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and a graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies from the University of Kentucky and master’s degrees in anthropology and public health from the University of Colorado. A Knoxville native, Buer is passionate about the region and is donating 100% of the book’s proceeds to the Hellbender Fund, which supports harm reduction efforts in Appalachia.

In her capacity as research director at Choice Health Network, Buer ensures Positively Living offers practical strategies and access to quality treatment methods that meet the individualized needs of clients. Her work at Choice Health Network spans a variety of services, all rooted in providing nonjudgmental care to East Tennessee’s most vulnerable populations. To learn more about how Positively Living provides compassionate care to empower, promote and inspire wellness, visit

Elizabeth Catte is a writer and historian from East Tennessee. She is the author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia and the forthcoming Pure America (Belt, February 2021). She writes about history, politics, and culture and her work has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Guernica, The Nation, McSweeney’s, In These Times, Boston Review, Gravy, and is reviewed in the New York Times, Bookforum, New York Review of Books, and the Lost Angeles Times. She's currently an editor-at-large for West Virginia University Press and the co-founder of Passel, an applied history firm. She has a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University.

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

Art & Garden at Lambuth: An Art & Garden Book Club

  • May 21, 2020

Category: Free event, Literature & readings and Science & nature

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1-2 PM (EST)

What life lessons have you learned by observing nature? Take part in a virtual book club discussion of Elisabeth Tova Bailey's beautiful memoir, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. Discuss the profound observations of the author during her time of illness. All are welcome to attend even if you haven't read the book! Click here to join the meeting:

Knoxville Swing Dance Association: Virtual Disdancing

  • May 20, 2020 — June 24, 2020

Category: Dance

Every Wednesday at 8:00 PM

While we can't meet in person on Wednesday evening, we'll be hosting a weekly zoom room starting around 8 pm on Wednesdays.

Most nights we'll just be hanging out, and sometimes we'll do something like have a theme or activity night or watch a live stream concert.

To avoid the "Zoom bombing" that's been occurring we won't be posting the link publicly. Message Aliceann Talley or one of the other organizers for more information.

Zoo Knoxville: Now Open

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

Zoo Knoxville is reopening to the public on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols to ensure the safety of their guests, staff and animals. The zoo closed to visitors on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the City of Knoxville and Knox County COVID-19 Reopening Phase 1 plan, Zoo Knoxville is open for passive outdoor use only, which means no indoor areas or interactive experiences like rides and animal encounters can be offered at this time. Playground areas, including the splash pad, will also remain closed in this phase.

To control the number of guests in the zoo daily, advance purchase timed entry tickets are required. Circle of Friends members and annual passholders will continue to receive free admission but will be required to make a reservation online for a timed entry on a specific date.

The zoo has added more than 30 additional hand sanitizing stations throughout zoo grounds and restaurants have modified their ordering and delivery systems to minimize contact.

Zoo Knoxville asks all guests to take the safety of other visitors, zoo staff and the animals seriously by following CDC recommendations:
• Wearing a mask or face covering
• Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer stations throughout the zoo frequently
• Maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between groups
• Using ground markings and directional signs to maintain safe distancing in areas where people may gather
• Staying home if you are sick or in a high risk group

To show appreciation for the outpouring of care and support during the closure, Zoo Knoxville will be offering tickets at a reduced price of $14.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors over 65. Ages 3 and under are free. The zoo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning May 18, 2020. Tickets and entry times can be purchased and reserved online.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Through the Lens: New Directions in Print Photography

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The exhibition will open for public view on Monday, May 18. We hope to be able to offer an artists' reception later in the run of the exhibition, but must wait and see if larger gatherings become possible.

Featuring all types of photography, print media, and a wide range of subject matter presented by local and regional artists.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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.

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

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