Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Omega Gallery: Collected Marks by Ghenov & Van der Laan

  • September 17, 2020 — October 23, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Collected Marks: A Two-Person Exhibition by Lynne Ghenov & Jessie Van der Laan

Recent mixed-media work by two Knoxville-based artists.

Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Please wear a face covering!

Information: 865-471-4985,

Imagination Library of Knox County: Seeds of Imagination: A Legacy of Readers Luncheon

  • September 17, 2020
  • 12-1 PM

Category: Fundraisers, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Seeds of Imagination: A Legacy of Readers Luncheon to Benefit Imagination Library of Knox Co.
A splendiferous online affair to benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County

Please join the Advisory Board of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County on Thursday September 17 at noon to honor Dr. Nick Geidner for his outstanding work in producing The Library that Dolly Built.

We are pleased to present a virtual experience with flair. Visit friends at your "table," play Dolly trivia, win prizes, and more! Your ticket price of only $15 will provide books for a child in Knox County for a year.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still show your support by making a donation. For more information, contact Danielle Velez, sends e-mail), (865) 215-8784.

Blount Mansion: Constitution Day Lecture

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

Blount Mansion's annual Dr. Paul H. Bergeron Constitution Day Lecture will take place online this year. Stewart Harris, a Constitutional Law Professor at Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law, will be our featured speaker.

As our nation is convulsed by historic racial unrest in the wake of the deaths of black citizens at the hands of police officers, Harris will elucidate East Tennessee's role in America's "original sin," exploring the ways in which African-American slavery evolved in our area from its early days as a frontier outpost of North Carolina, through the failed State of Franklin movement, the Southwest Territory years, and as Tennessee gained statehood in 1796. The program will touch briefly on slavery at Blount Mansion during the Blount family's years at the site.

"Born into Sin: Slavery and the Creation of Tennessee" will take on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th. The Knoxville History Project has graciously offered to partner with Blount Mansion to facilitate the online program. In order to participate in the live program and take part in the question and answer period afterwards, you will need to register in advance. Click on the button below to register today. We will record the program and make it accessible on our YouTube page afterwards.

Bijou Theatre: Gaelic Storm livestream

Category: Festivals & special events and Music



Gaelic Storm are making up for the celebration we all missed in March! This livestream event will be a ridiculous extravaganza featuring TWO sets of Gaelic Storm’s most requested music, special appearances from our friends The High Kings and Carbon Leaf, dancing from the Trinity Irish Dance School, and yes, plenty of adult beverages!

At Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County: Seeds of Imagination (Virtual) Luncheon

  • September 17, 2020

Category: Fundraisers, Kids & family and Literature & readings

The Advisory Board for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County is pleased to present Seeds of Imagination, A Legacy of Readers Luncheon. The online event will be held on September 17 from noon to 1 pm and will include a musical tribute, Dolly Parton trivia, prizes, a VIP mash-up storytime and more. The Board will honor Dr. Nick Geidner, professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for directing and producing "The Library that Dolly Built," a documentary set for world-wide release in Winter 2020.

Tickets for the event are only $15 and can be purchased at All proceeds go directly to funding books and mailing.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County is celebrating 15 years and 3 million books mailed to children under the age of five since 2005. The program was launched in January 2005 and was the first major metro area in Tennessee to join the effort.

Early reading instruction has taken a hit amid the current health and economic crisis. With social-distancing requirements and potential shutdowns, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County’s mission of getting books into the hands of families with young children is more important than ever.

Since the COVID-19 crisis, all families enrolled in the program have continued to receive a book and newsletter each month. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated staff and postal workers, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County continues to mail nearly 20,000 books each month to all registered children. Nearly eight in 10 children from birth to age five in Knox County are enrolled in the program.

Currently, the program’s registration is evenly divided across all Knox County zip codes. For 34 percent of Knox County households, Imagination Library books are the main sources of reading material. Graduates of Imagination Library outperformed those who were not enrolled in the program on kindergarten literacy tests, according to four statewide studies.

"Mailing 3 million books to children sends a loud message that we value reading in this community," commented Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. "We are committed to helping reduce any barriers for young families to make early literacy a priority. Congrats to the board of Imagination Library for this great milestone."

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County is administered through the Knox County Public Library and relies on donations to fund the books. Each local community in Tennessee must raise 50 percent of the cost of book and mailing with a matching grant from the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation.

Historic Southern Railway Station: Third Thursday Food Truck Park

  • September 17, 2020

Category: Culinary arts and Free event

Hosted by Knoxville Food Truck Park, Blue Slip Winery & Bistro and Historic Southern Railway Station

Blue Slip Winery & Bistro is bringing back the Third Thursday Food Truck Park on September 17th from 5pm-9:30pm. Social Distancing will be enforced.

UT Gardens Knoxville: Soil Preparation and Using Cover Crops

  • September 17, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Thursday at 6 PM EDT – 8 PM EDT

Sometimes winter can feel like a dull time in the cycle of the garden, particularly when comparing it to the lush growth of spring and summer. But if you are diligent about your soil health, it is actually a very important time in the vegetable garden. In this class we will discuss the benefits of utilizing cover crops, how they help your soil, and how they are often excellent for pollinators. You will leave feeling empowered to care for your soil health even better than you have previously. This class does not have any garden materials as part of the fee. Instructor: Whitney Welch

*This class is scheduled to be in person. All attendees will be expected to follow University of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing face mask and completing a UTK screening for visitors form which will be provided. Classes may move virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of classes going virtual, participants will be given a garden kit with garden materials to compete the class at home. For more information on University of Tennessee’s COVID-19 event guidelines visit:

UT Medical Center and Karen Mills Comedy: Comedy for a Cause

  • September 17, 2020

Category: Comedy and Fundraisers

Hosted by UT Medical Center and Karen Mills Comedy

Join us for our 7th Annual, but 1st ever VIRTUAL Comedy for a Cause event featuring cancer survivor and comedian Karen Mills! We promise you a fun evening of laughter benefiting the Gynecologic Cancers Education and Research Fund at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute. This annual event was founded by Baker Donelson in 2014 and hosted in honor of former colleague, LeAnn Mynatt, who lost her courageous battle with ovarian cancer in October 2018. She was passionate about raising awareness and funds to assist with gynecologic cancer patient needs, awareness and education.

Registration is complimentary, but required! We look forward to a fun night of laughs!

Bijou Theatre: BANFF Mountain Film Festival

Category: Film

The World Tour has gone virtual! Get ready for films filled with mountain adventure, inspiration, and culture from around the globe in the comfort and safety of your own home.. The Bijou is excited to bring you early access to this incredible content from now until September 30. Simply visit the link below to purchase your choice of carefully curated programs, or go all in with the full virtual film bundle!

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

The Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

SEP 15, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Negative

SEP 16, 6 PM
Learning Series - The Print

SEP 19, 11 AM
Cyanotype Workshop

Our mission at the Knoxville Community Darkroom is to educate and provide facilities for our community to experience traditional film processes. The darkroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

UT School of Art: Special Events with Steve A. Prince

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

In conjunction with his September exhibition at UT Downtown Gallery, Steve A. 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. Please see the Facebook event for information about connecting via Zoom.

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. Please see the Facebook event for information about the artist and connecting via Zoom.

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.

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

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