Calendar of Events

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Church Street UMC: Summer Lecture Series

  • July 12, 2020 — August 2, 2020

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Church Street is delighted to host its annual Summer Lecture Series, in which scholars from diverse disciplines
connect their research and efforts to our faith and beliefs. These are online events and are free and open to the public. Join us ON ZOOM on Sundays, July 12, 19, 26 and August 2 at 6:30 pm.

Join us: - Password: 12718.

Lineup of Speakers:

July 12, 6:30 pm: Rev. Dr. Charles Lomax Jr., Director of Community Empowerment, City of Knoxville - "Our Responsibilities as Christians and Voters in the Age of Black Lives Matter"

July 19, 6:30 pm: Dr. Erin Darby, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and Dr. Robert Darby, Lecturer in the School of Art, University of TN Knoxville - "Baptizing Soldiers on the Roman Frontier: An Archeological Dig and the Early Christian Church in Jordan”

July 26, 6:30 pm: Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn, Professor of Old Testament and Professor of Law, Duke Divinity School - Topic TBA

August 2, 6:30 pm: Dr. Thomas Heffernan, Professor Emeritus of English, University of TN Knoxville - “‘Take up the Cross and Follow Me’: Early Christian Martyrs Die for Their Faith”

Ijams Nature Center: Open Houses for New, Full-Time Nature Preschool

Category: Free event, Health & wellness, Kids & family and Science & nature

If you’re looking for a wonderful place for your preschooler to spend at least half of their day outdoors, make plans to attend an Open House for the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center Sunday, July 12, or Saturday, July 18, from noon-4 p.m. Knoxville’s only full-time nature preschool focuses on social, emotional and academic kindergarten preparedness while children explore, learn and play in nature. The new full-time program, which opens Aug. 10, is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Nature Preschool has added the option of aftercare from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for families who need extended hours. McGuigan said the Nature Preschool at Ijams Nature Center has created a full safety plan to care for families during COVID. No registration is required to attend an open house. Administrator and Lead Teacher Leslee Moore will be on the porch to answer questions from a safe distance and families will enter the preschool for individual tours while masked. Those unable to attend an open house may schedule an in-person or virtual tour by contacting Nature Preschool Administrator Leslee Moore at 865-679-5491 or

Mighty Mud: Bagels And Bowls

  • July 12, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Instructor: Anais Lux
Join Anais Lux and Mighty Mud Studios for a Sunday morning of wheel thrown pottery and a light breakfast of bagels, spreads, and coffee. Great for first-timers, learn to make functional pottery pieces such as mugs, bowls and cups. All students will have two finished pieces to pick up with one month after class. Gluten-free toast will be provided in leu of bagels for gluten-free students. Coffee & Tea provided. $55

Mighty Mud, 126 and 127 Jennings Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-595-1900,

Nief-Norf: Virtual Marathon Concert for 10th Anniversary

Category: Fundraisers and Music

“A cutting-edge laboratory for 21st-century avant-garde and experimental music.”
— Knoxville Mercury

More information at Tickets are available for $8.65 in the Norf Shop

Nief-Norf presents its first Virtual Marathon Concert on Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 3-9pm EDT. This six-hour marathon celebrates the Nief-Norf Summer Festival’s 10 years of gathering the brightest minds in contemporary music for performance, composition, discussion, and study. It will feature 30+ performances and 10+ interviews with past festival alumni, guest artists, and collaborators, spread out across the country.

Viewers and listeners are welcome to drop in and out of the marathon throughout the day to hear works by Wadada Leo Smith, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annea Lockwood, Carolyn Chen, George Lewis, Alvin Singleton, Nathalie Joachim, Yaz Lancaster, Joseph C. Philips Jr., and many more performed by Nief-Norf members, alums, and our broader community including: Ashley Walters, Jordan Munson, Annie Jeng, Nicole DeMaio, Nicholas Bruce, Michael Truesdell, Anna Meadors, Corey Martin, Lily Shababi, Kennedy Dixon, Allie Porter, Brianna Matzke, and more.

“This year marks 15 years as an organization and 10 years hosting a summer festival,” says Artistic Director Andrew Bliss. “Looking back on those years––and the hundreds of musicians that have participated in Nief-Norf’s activities––I’m overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Like many arts organizations nationwide, we are experiencing extreme financial strain due to the ongoing pandemic and economic recession. Rather than cancel our festival completely, we decided to move our marathon concert online and turn it into a fundraising concert. This way, we can stay connected to the Nief-Norf community, and raise funds to keep our organization going.”

“The marathon lineup features past guests, alumni, and other collaborations that have grown out of the festival’s annual gatherings. We hope that our Sunday marathon can bring our community together and help support each other, as we strive to continue sharing creativity during these trying times.”

Tickets for the Marathon are $8.65 and all of the proceeds from the full Dots fundraising campaign will support Nief-Norf’s future cutting-edge performances, adventurous programming, and outstanding educational experiences. Nief-Norf was hit particularly hard by the negative effects of COVID-19, along with the entire arts community. In addition to Nief-Norf’s own fundraising, our marathon audience can donate directly to marathon musicians and composers via Venmo/Paypal.

Full Line-Up:

Union Ave Books: SWAN SONG by Lisa Alther with Lee Smith

  • July 12, 2020
  • 2 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Union Ave Books invites you to attend a virtual book event with Lisa Alther to discuss her newest novel SWAN SONG. Lisa will be joined in conversation by Lee Smith, author of the newly released book BLUE MARLIN. This free virtual event takes place on July 12th @ 2pm (EDT) on Zoom, please send an RSVP to to attend. Please include the title of the book SWAN SONG in the subject line. We will send the zoom link the day of the event.

Order the book at this link: or call the store (865-951-2180).

A new novel, funny, wise, moving, true, as only Lisa Alther can write ("she had me laughing at 4 in the morning" --Doris Lessing), set on a cruise ship, about a woman, a doctor in charge of the ship's clinic, recovering from the loss of her longtime female lover, a much-admired writer, and coping with the high-wire madcappery of cruise ship life as she reckons with her past and feels her way into the future.

Dr. Jessie Drake, in her mid-sixties, following the sudden deaths of her parents and Kat, her partner of twenty years, has fled the Vermont life she has known for decades.

In an effort to escape the oppressive constancy of grief, she accepts a job from an old flame from her residency in New York City's Roosevelt Hospital, and agrees to assist Ben as the ship's doctor on a British liner. Jessie boards in Hong Kong, and, as the Amphitrite sails throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East, cruise ship antics ensue. Jessie is lulled back into a long-ago romance with the ship's co-doctor, and both she and her new/old beau become enmeshed with the ship's lead (female) singer/entertainer.


LISA ALTHER was born and grew up in Tennessee. She has written eight novels, among them Kinflicks, a feminist coming-of-age chronicle. Her other books include Original Sins, Other Women, Bedrock, and a book of conversations between Alther and the painter Françoise Gilot (About Women). Alther's books have been published in seventeen languages and have appeared on best-seller lists worldwide. She lives in Vermont and Tennessee.

Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, LEE SMITH began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.

Historic Ramsey House: Vintage Baseball**

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Kids & family

Join the fun while experiencing America’s game as it was played in 1864. This free public event is enjoying its 7th season and Historic Ramsey House is proud to be a part of this historic reenactment. The players play by 1864 rules, wear period uniforms and our local Knoxville teams bear the names of actual teams that existed in Knoxville during that time. The Knoxville Holstons and Emmett’s Machinists play other vintage league teams from around the state. The league has been in existence for 7 years and has grown from two teams to somewhere close to 15!

Saturday, July 11th Virtual!
6:00 pm: Knoxville Holstons vs Emmett Machinists

Sunday, July 26th
12:00: Farriers vs Knoxville Holstons
2:00: Farriers vs Emmett Machinists

Sunday, August 9th
11:00: Maroons vs Knoxville Holstons
1:00: Distillers vs. Knoxville Holstons
3:00: Distillers vs. Emmett Machinists

A local food truck will be on site to provide you with delicious eats! The 15% of the proceeds from the food truck sales help us to continue to bring this great educational event to our community. We encourage you to support these local food vendors throughout the season. Please bring a lawn chair an umbrella for shade and leave the coolers at home. Thank you!

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Case Antiques: Summer Auction!

  • July 11, 2020 — July 12, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Fine Crafts

Our two-day Summer Cataloged Auction will be held in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, July 11th at 9:00 AM and Sunday, July 12th at 1:00 PM and will feature fine art, antiques, and jewelry from several Southern estates including the estate of Kathleen Preston of Chattanooga, the estate of Jimmy Neely of Smyrna, the estate of Raeanne Rubenstein of Nashville, the estate of Dr. Howard T. Dehaven of Columbia, the estate of Anne Harrison & Joseph F. Taylor of Morristown, the estate of Joan Dearden of Johnson City, the living estate of Frances Fulton of Knoxville, the estate of Jean Payton of Kingsport, the estates of Janet Winn and Dr. Sara Parks Pendleton of Kentucky, the estate of Marion H. “Bit” Hutcheson, Happy Valley Farms, Rossville (Georgia) and furniture and textiles deaccessioned from the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis. The Summer Auction catalog is now online.

Previews will be held by appointment beginning June 29th. All persons planning to preview or attend the auction must RSVP so we can plan for a safe event. Email or call (865) 558-3033 for more information. Join our mailing list on our Website or follow us on the Internet auction bidding platform of your choice to be notified of future auctions.

Buyer’s Premium as follows:
Live bidders on floor or phone and absentee bidding:
20% – Cash, check, certified funds or Bank wire transfer (credit card payments incur a 3% convenience fee). Internet bidding on Live Auctioneers, Invaluable, Auctionzip: 28% (includes 3% convenience fee for credit card payments). Internet bidding on EpaiLive: 23%.
For additional details, visit our Website.

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Knoxville Ph: 865-558-3033 – Nashville Ph: 615-812-6096
Fax: 865-558-3032

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Shrek, Jr.


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live production of “Shrek The Musical, Jr.” based on the Dreamworks animation motion picture and the book by William Steig. The production was originally produced on Broadway with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesoro.

The live musical will be performed at the Knoxville Convention Center in the Lecture Hall from July 10 through July 26, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM. This production has been moved from KCT’s auditorium to the Knoxville Convention Center to allow for social distancing. Tickets will be limited and masks will be required for entry. Groups and families will be seated distanced from each other.

In a faraway kingdom, the green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who’ve been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Lord Farquaad, he’s handed a task – if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But a fairy tale wouldn’t be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way. Shrek is a heartwarming, uplifting story to be enjoyed by all ages. We promise you will leave the theatre with a smile on your face.
The play is performed by 26 talented young actors, from ages 8 to 17. Keegan Spurr plays the title role of Shrek and Natalie Duncan plays Princess Fiona. Lord Farquaad is played by Quintin Rhodes, and Donkey is portrayed by Dale Gross. Alyssa Vogt will portray the Dragon, and Conard Belitz will play Pinocchio. Leeland Robbins and Braelyn Read will portray the younger Princess Fionas and Avert Waller will play Gingy.

The rest of the cast features veterans Sydney Allen, Lydia Baxter, Davis Bowlin, Charlotte Chrimes, Danny Davis, Isabella Francisco, Skylar Justice, Sydney Parman, Celeste Paultre, Pressley Rule, Mary Helen Schow, Graham Sexton, and Eleanor Wood. Ansley Ball, Benny Ramirez, Andrew Sarphie, and Riley Watkins will make their KCT debut with this production.
The show is directed by student intern Jacob Sousley with musical direction by Paul Jones and Deena Seals and choreography by Donya Walker. Elijah Payne is the assistant director and Samantha Owens provides the scenic design with Tanner White as scenic assistant. Alex Montgomery provides the lighting design with Ally Summie and August King as his assistants. KCT veteran Charlotte Stark will design and build the costumes with assistance from Olivia Rhea and Lauren Norton. The properties master for the production is Nico Ellerbusch with assistance by Cooper Delamain. The play’s stage manager is Campbell Ella.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Tomato Head: Cityscapes and Organics - Photography by Terri Swaggerty

  • July 6, 2020 — September 7, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

On exhibition Downtown from July 6-August 2 and at the West location from August 4-September 7

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: July Workshops & events

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

Sat Jul 4, 10-12: Flag Dedication
Tue Jul 7, 10-12: Smorgasbord of Art: Mixed Media with Susan Smathers, $20
Tue, Thu, Fri Jul 7, 9 & 10, 1-4: Beginning Drawing with John Anderson, $105
Thu Jul 9, 16, & 23, 9-12: Christmas in July Tole Painting with Cindy Howson, $105
Fri Jul 10, 10-12: Basic ARTiE Training (short for ART in Electronics), free
Tue Jul 14, 10-12: Paint Along with Sam Hill (watercolor demo class), $25
Wed Jul 15, 12-2: Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session, free
Thu Jul 16, 1-4: Fundamentals of Making Chain Mail Jewelry, with George Gallant, $75
Fri Jul 17, 1-4: Watercolor for Beginners with Vera Bogle, $35
Tue Jul 21, 9-12: Acrylic Bloom Pour, with Cindy Howson, $35
Wed Jul 22, 12-2: Life Drawing is Back! with Dena Whitener, $5
Thu Jul 23, 1-4: Let’s Get Started with Alcohol Inks, with Pam Woodhouse, $35
Fri Jul 24, 1-4: Florals in Acrylics with Jo Anne Hickey, $35
Tue Jul 28, 1-3: Creating a Handmade Journal with Barb Pelak, $25
Fri Jul 31, 5-7: Paint and Wine with Barb Pelak, $25

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Art Market Gallery: Inna Nasonova Knox

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

July Featured Artist: INNA NASONOVA KNOX

Her paintings are energy and time captured on a canvas. Inna Knox’s vibrant colors and skillful use of a palette knife capture life and movement on the street. Her impressionistic oils sweep the viewer in, as if he or she were part of the scene.

Inna Nasonova was well known in St. Petersburg for her elaborate watercolor of The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The magnificent painting was one of her top sellers with tourists. She grew up in Russia, attending the prestigious St. Petersburg Art University in interior design and selling paintings to pay her way through school. She later graduated from fashion design school and worked as a designer and seamstress for well-to-do women. But her path didn't end in Russia. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 2000, she experienced some things for the first time, including working with oils.

Now Inna Nasonova Knox is happily ensconced in her studio in the Knoxville area where she also conducts painting classes. Her famous cathedral, in oil, hangs in the hallway, but she has fallen in love with Knoxville's people and street scenes.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11-6, Sunday 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265, and

Honeybee South: "Agri Chromatic" Exhibition by Jessica Borchert

  • July 3, 2020 — July 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Agri Chromatic, an expressive art exhibition by Local Artist Jessica Borchert, explores East TN with a sense of Southern "Pride" through an exhibition at Honeybee South. Borchert has exhibited her art in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and is delighted to open this show in East Tennessee where she grew up.

Come to the opening for First Friday, July 3rd from 4-7 pm. Agri Chromatic will be up for the rest of the month of July at Honeybee South, 700 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

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