Calendar of Events

Friday, September 11, 2020

RALA: Lost in Paradise with Harry Underwood

  • September 11, 2020 — September 27, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Come dip your toes into these colorful painted dialogues and view the magic of Harry Underwood! We are so grateful to have Harry as our September Featured Artist. It's not too late see the show. Pop by to view it in person (remember to mask up) or shop online 24/7.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Holes


Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The play will be performed Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present a live production of “HOLES” based on the 1998 award-winning novel by Louis Sachar, and the 2003 adventure comedy film produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures.

Tickets will be limited to 60 attendees for each performance and groups/families will be distanced from each other. Masks will be required for entry.

The play focuses on Stanley Yelnats, a troubled kid who is sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake. The warden tells the boys that they must dig holes five feet wide by five feet deep in order to “build character.” But Stanley soon realizes that this isn’t the real reason they’re being subjected to such treatment. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and Stanley will do his best to dig up the truth.

The show is directed by Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins.

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

Tennessee Valley Fair: Virtual Fair 2020

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

Join the Fun! While the traditional fair is not happening this year, the fair fun will continue!

On Friday, Sept 11th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 12th the Junior Dairy show will be held at the barns. In addition, the state cornhole tournament will be going on in Patriot Circle beginning at 10:00 AM. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

The Cotton Candy Classic 5K Virtual Edition will be held how until September 20th. Here is a link to sign up regardless if you are a runner or not: The Cotton Candy Classic directly supports the Fair Foundation, so please sign up and spread the word. When you sign up, you get a really neat t-shirt!

On Friday, Sept 18th we will be offering a Fair Food To-Go event from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the area which is usually Kiddieland. We have 5 great local food vendors that will be participating.

On Saturday, Sept 19th the Junior Beef show will be held at the barns. Fair Food To-Go will also be offered from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

Please check on the Fair’s website for other great events. We will also be offering a virtual Fair everyday day on the website with segments from the Marvelous Mutts, how to grow the perfect vegetable, and others.

During fair week, we will be sharing ag facts, fair trivia, virtual competitions, and more! Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates: and

UT School of Music: Virtual Concert and Lecture Series

  • September 11, 2020 — September 17, 2020

Category: Free event and Music

It's time for the second performance in our Virtual Concert and Lecture Series. Today, we have organ lecturer Edie Johnson performing the Finale from Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne.

To view the video:

These videos will also be available on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Gallery 1010: Motion Pictures

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Film and Free event

Moving posters by Jonathan Glenn
Reception Sep 11 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

Gallery 1010, 1150 McCalla Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: and

The Drive-In Concert Series

  • September 11, 2020 — September 12, 2020

Category: Kids & family and Music

Get ready for a unique live music experience you’ll never forget, the Drive-In Concert Series! Bring a lawn chair, listen to the sound system or tune in through your car radio and enjoy the music at a safe, responsible distance. Each ticket buys two spaces — one for your car and one dancing — so you can get out, have fun, and stay safe.

Here Come The Mummies
Friday, September 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

The Marcus King Trio
Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 7:30 PM
For information, please contact (865) 584-9740
You can thank our friends at Smokies Stadium for the use of their parking lot and facilities. Come on up to Exit 407 in Kodak. The restrooms at the stadium will be open. 3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764

Marble City Opera: Talk to me Like the Rain - Watch Party

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

Live on Facebook

Watch Party of Talk to me Like the Rain by Larry Delinger on Friday, September 11th at 7:30pm.

Join us as we explore the first World Premiers Marble City Opera produced in 2014.

Talk to me Like the Rain is based on the Tennessee Williams play about a man and woman who live in a crumbling apartment. He is drunk and she is purposefully wasting away, but between them there is an intimacy of desperation.

The WordPlayers: Staged Reading of Loving

Category: Music and Theatre

The WordPlayers of Knoxville presents a Staged Reading of Loving, a one-act play with music, by Peter Manos.

Sept. 6 @ 6:30 PM – Erin Presbyterian Church (Outdoors), 200 Lockett Rd.
Sept. 11 @ 7:30 PM – Central Bearden Church, 6300 Deane Hill Dr.
Sept. 12 @ 2:30 PM – Central Bearden Church, 6300 Deane Hill Dr.
Sept. 13 @ 6:30 PM – Erin Presbyterian Church (Outdoors), 200 Lockett Rd.
Sept. 14 @ 7:00 PM – The Square Room, 4 Market Square

Actors and audience will be socially distant. Masks required indoors. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

Saturday, Sept. 12 @ 2:30 PM EDT
If you wish to view the Live Stream, please contact us via email at and we will send you a link and password.

For more information, please see or call 865-539-2490.

Richard Loving, a white man, loved Mildred Jeter, an African American woman. Virginia state law prohibited inter-racial marriage. When state authorities found out Richard and Mildred had married, they were arrested and put on trial. In addition to a large fine, the Lovings had to leave the state or serve a 25-year jail sentence. They appealed their case. Finally, in 1967, the US Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, ruled unconstitutional Virginia's interracial marriage law.

Interweaving folk music from the Virginia hills, with the Loving’s story of romance and struggle, the play celebrates the triumph of love over prejudice and hate. (Length app. 60 minutes. Suggested for ages 13+)

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 theatre organization based in Knoxville, TN. Loving is sponsored by Leslie A. Hull, Attorney & Mediator and Brad Croisdale, Realty Executives.
Facebook: The WordPlayers
Twitter: @wordplayers
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Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Featuring Mary Bell & Women's Suffrage exhibitions

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

Mary Bell is the Art Guild’s Featured Artist for September. She will be honored at the Fun and Wine reception on Friday, September 4, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC), 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade. Attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing. Wine and soft drinks will be served outside only, weather permitting. Free & open to the public.

Also on display is a special themed exhibit, “Women’s Suffrage Centennial.” This theme incorporates artwork (in any medium) that was inspired by the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Achieving this women’s right-to-vote milestone required a lengthy and difficult struggle, for victory took decades of agitation and protest.

Mary Bell, watercolor and pastel artist, notes that “As a realistic painter, I enjoy capturing the beauty of the world around me.” Spending most of her childhood and working life as a “Jersey girl,” Mary attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, majoring in commercial art and then working for many advertising agencies in northern New Jersey. After her children were grown, Mary was able to devote more time to her watercolor and pastel painting, attending many workshops presented by famous artists. Seascapes, landscapes, and animals have always been her favorite subjects. Spending lots of happy times on the Jersey Shore, many of Mary’s paintings reflect her love of the ocean. In 2000, Mary moved to Fairfield Glade, where she immediately joined the Art Guild and has been an active, contributing member ever since!

The changing monthly displays at the PCAC include a wide variety of art mediums: painting, drawings, photography, ceramics, wood creations, glass mosaics, jewelry, fabric creations, card art and much more! The artwork is available for purchase.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. 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: Harriet Howell and Brenda Mills

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

Featured artists are Brenda Mills, painting and Harriet Howell, silk painting.

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,

UT Downtown Gallery: Living Epistle – Steve A. Prince

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

September at the UT Downtown Gallery

Large scale prints and drawings by Prince will be on display in the UT Downtown Gallery during the month of September.

The UT Downtown Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday from 11am – 6pm and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. When visiting the gallery, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Virtual Events
In conjunction with the exhibition, Prince will present several activities on Zoom and Instagram Live, including:
Saturday September 12: Watercolor Monotype Demonstration from the UT School of Art Printshop, 2pm.
Sunday September 13: Gallery Talk from the UT Downtown Gallery, 4pm. This event will also be broadcast from the gallery's Instagram Live. Follow the UT Downtown Gallery @utkgalleries.
Thursday September 17: Artist Lecture, 7:30pm.
See to register.

During his time on campus, Prince will work with faculty and students in the School of Art Printmaking Program in the creation of a large woodcut and a stone lithograph. His exhibition is co-sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and his campus visit is supported by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement and the UT School of Art.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

The Emporium Center: Robert Felker and Allen Monsarrat: Magic in Everyday Life

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Kids & family

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from September 4-25, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, September 4, from 5:00-7:00 PM to which the public is invited to attend at 75 people at a time. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

Robert Felker and Allen Monsarrat paint recognizable subjects, drawn from the world around them, often featuring scenes of Knoxville or other travels. For both artists, the play of light in a chosen scene is a priority and highlights their adeptness within each’s chosen medium. Strong compositions draw viewers in; Felker and Monsarrat’s brush work is markedly different, providing a contrast between the two artists' unique approach to painting.

Robert Felker has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York City where he studied painting and illustration. After seven years as a freelance illustrator, he then worked in graphic design for more than twenty years while continuing to paint for himself and do commissions. He now paints full-time, focusing on personal work for exhibition and commissions. He also pursues public art opportunities, recently completing the Clinch Avenue Firefly Mural for the City of Knoxville and the Bijou Theatre’s 111th Anniversary Commemorative Mural. Visit his website at and follow him on Facebook at and Instagram at

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or

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