Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: "Sordid Lives" Livestream Benefit Performance

Category: Theatre

TKD is thrilled to be 1 of 20+ co-hosts for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
All proceeds from the event will be shared equally by the sponsoring locations.
• Set a Reminder for the YouTube broadcast here: https://bit.ly/2Lu9VMz
• Join the Facebook Live event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110149666028759/
• Get more info, donate, and bid on auction: https://www.delshoresfoundation.org

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. 865-544-1999, www.theatreknoxville.com, info@theatreknoxville.com

Union Ave Books: Victoria Raschke and Voices of the Dead

  • May 31, 2020
  • 2 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Union Ave Books welcomes local author Victoria Raschke to present book four in the Voices of the Dead Series STRANGE AS ANGELS on Sunday May 31st at 2pm. To attend this virtual Zoom event, please RSVP by sending an email to RSVP@unionavebooks.com. Please include the title of the book in the subject line of the email.

Purchase the book https://unionavebooks.indielite.org/book/9781734742237

Buy the whole series with newly released cover art for Books 1 - 3!
Book 1: Who By Water
Book 2: Our Lady of the Various Sorrows
Book 3: Like a Pale Moon

Victoria Raschke writes books that start with questions like “what if you didn’t find out you were the chosen one until you were in your forties?” When she isn’t holed up in her favorite coffee house to write, she can be found at the nearest farmers’ market checking out the weird vegetables or at her home where she lives with a changing number of cats and her family who supports both her writing and her culinary experimentation — for the most part. Her first book, Who by Water, was published in 2017.

Ijams Nature Center: Opening Quarry Swimming Area, Paddling Rentals

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

Ijams Nature Center has opened the swimming area at Mead's Quarry in phase two of the City/County reopening plan, which went into effect May 26.

River Sports Outfitters (RSO) began offering paddle rentals on the lake Memorial Day weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Rentals will close due to inclement weather and will be announced on the RSO Facebook page at @RiverSportsOutfitters.

The Ijams Outpost, which offers concessions, beer and other items, will mirror RSO hours. Restrooms at the quarry remain open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Visitor Center restrooms and limited-contact gift shop/concessions purchases continue to be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All restrooms will close for short periods at set times each day to allow facilities to be cleaned and sanitized. During those times, the front lobby of the Visitor Center also will be closed.

Navitat is open Monday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are by appointment only.

You are encouraged to wear masks when entering the Visitor Center and while passing other people on the grounds. Ijams remains committed to the health and safety of visitors and staff, and will be evaluating reopening policies, procedures and hours; changes may be implemented at any time. www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Clay Class: Stamp Making for Texture

  • May 27, 2020 — June 3, 2020

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

$12
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: June 3rd

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. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2350

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Stitching Class! Embroidered Words of Wisdom

  • May 27, 2020 — June 3, 2020

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

$12
30-40 minute recorded instruction
Link available Friday June 5th
Instructor: Kelly Sullivan
Registration Deadline: June 3rd

Whether you are new to embroidery or just wanting a new project to inspire you this virtual class will teach you some new tricks and keep you practicing some well known stitches. Kelly will go through tutorials on some popular stitches and teach you some new things to create a finished piece with your favorite quote or saying! We all need uplifting words during this trying time and they are much better when they are handmade by you! In this class you will also get to learn the magic of Solvy and Frixion pens. All materials will be provided. Students will need to be able to email quotes ahead of time, pick up supplies and have access to a computer for the class. https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/ViewCourseActivityDetails.aspx?id=C2351

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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2608912812682374

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, www.zooknoxville.org

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, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/244801236578936/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/oldgraycemetery

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

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: https://wdvx.com/new-real-live-music-videos-premiere-on-tuesdays-thursdays-in-may/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/wdvxradio

The 30 Days of Real Live Music Challenge concluded in April, and visitors one can watch all 30 videos in a row at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVDeTOdMcmYmKi_ayM0tYvx0zWkNhr6ry.

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: https://dots.livemusicproject.org/virtual-norf-space/

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