Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Dorset Buttons Workshop

Category: Classes & workshops and Fine Crafts

Dorset Button Class (in person or remote) with Carolyn Fogelman, Thursdays, October 8 & 15 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | FEATURED TENNESSEE ARTIST WORKSHOP! In this two-part class students will learn how to make a bouquet and wagon wheel dorset button. At the completion of this class, Students will have two finished buttons with tie tack attachments ready to wear. For students wishing to take this class remotely, instructions will be sent on how to pick up the materials packet and how to join the class remotely. Please select either in-person class or remote during checkout. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. Member Rate: $40 | Non-Member Rate: $50 | Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $10 Registration deadline: October 1.

The Appalachian Arts Craft Center is a nonprofit center with a mission to support arts and crafts in Appalachia through education, sales, and community involvement. The center is located at 2716 Andersonville Highway 61, Clinton, TN, one mile east of I-75 north at Exit 122. For more information, stop by the center, call 865-494-9854, or visit or Facebook.

Our Place Art Organization: Bowl for Autism

Category: Festivals & special events and Fundraisers

Each year, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Our Place Art Organization is hosting the 3rd annual Bowl for Autism at Maple Hall, located at 414 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902.

In celebration of National Autism Awareness Month, Our Place Art Organization is hosting the 3rd annual Bowl for Autism at Maple Hall, located at 414 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902. The event will take place on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and will support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. All proceeds will benefit our life-skills and educational programs and our various therapeutic programs. For event sponsorship information or to register contact

Our Place Art Organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2013 that provides programs and services for individuals with Autism and other special needs. We are dedicated to enriching their lives through the arts. In the last year, our organization has expanded services including: successful partnerships with Whole Foods Market and Barnes and Noble to create inclusive monthly events.

Teams of 6--$100 per person includes: Bowling fees, Bowl for Autism T-shirts, Team and Individual Prizes, Food, and Beverages.

Information/registration: or

UT College of Law: Race and the Public Side of Family Law

  • October 8, 2020

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

October 8 at noon

Hosted by Prof. Wendy Bach

Housing, healthcare, public assistance, child welfare, the juvenile and criminal justice systems. These are all public systems that purport to support and protect poor families. They operate disproportionately in black and brown communities. Although these systems do in fact offer some support, in practice recipients and participants pay a high punitive price for that support. Scholars often refer to aspects of these systems as public family law - the legal rules and systems that play an outsized role in regulating families in poor communities.

Our second Critical Conversation on Race brings together two scholars whose work delves deeply into this field.

• Kelley Fong, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Fong’s primary research and teaching interests include poverty, inequality, social policy, social services, children and youth, education, and family life.

• Pricilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School. Professor Ocen teaches criminal law, family law, and a seminar on race, gender and the law. Her work explores the ways in which race, gender and class interact to render women of color vulnerable to various forms of violence and criminalization.

Info: ERIC FRANKLIN AMARANTE, Associate Professor, 865-974-5625,

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

  • October 8, 2020

Category: Free event and Lectures & discussions

Join the League of Women Voters for a virtual and live Q&A session with candidates for the US House of Representatives (District 2) and TN State Senate (District 6). This forum will feature candidates from District 2: (R) Tim Burchett (Incumbent) vs. (D) Renee Hoyos and District 6: (R) Becky Massey (Incumbent) vs. (D) Jane George

Co-Sponsors include The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy at UTK, Centro Hispano de East TN, Conversations on Race, Knoxville Alumni of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Knoxville Chapter of the NAACP, Knoxville Education Coalition, and YWCA of Knoxville and the TN Valley

Dial-In Information
Zoom link can be accessed on the League of Women Voters website,, on the day of the event.

Thursday, October 8 at 6:30pm
Virtual Event

Law & Policy

Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public

UT College of Arts & Sciences: Scientific Racism: Historical Roots and Contemporary Manifestations

  • October 8, 2020

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

Science has long colluded with white supremacy and colonialism to produce allegedly “evidence-based” justifications for racial oppression. Professor Nora Berenstain will trace historical lineages of scientific racism from early forms, such as craniometry and anthropometry, to more contemporary manifestation, such as genetic accounts of biological racial differences.

Whereas early race science was used to justify slavery as natural and even moral, contemporary race science works to mask the effects of racism on people of color by construing racial health inequalities as inevitable disparities rooted in biology. Contrary to popular belief, these theories have often been produced within mainstream institutions of higher education, rather than at the fringes of society. Indeed, racist theories have often been at the center of the discipline of philosophy rather than at its margins.

As a philosopher, Berenstain will address her discipline’s role in the production of theories that justify and maintain social and political structures of colonial white supremacy. Berenstain will introduce the framework of "active ignorance” as a way to understand the strategies that scientists and philosophers use to sow confusion around the fraught relationship between science and race.

Registration is required in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link and password. Register here.

Thursday, October 8 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Virtual Event

WDVX: Fall Fund Drive

Category: Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Music

Thank you for being a loyal WDVX listener! As a loyal listener of WDVX, here are some ways to show us some love during the Fund Drive:

Tell a friend: We all have that one friend who has never listened to WDVX. Tell them how much the music you hear on WDVX means to you. Tell them about your favorite specialty programs and hosts and how having local, community radio enriches the life of a community.

Spread the love: Head over to Facebook or Twitter and let us know why YOU support WDVX by using the hashtag #supportWDVX #EastTennesseesOwnWDVX #RealLiveMusic. Share our posts when you see them.

Make a gift: Make a gift to help further support the station you love that will go straight back into programming. You can do so at

Become a WDVX Sustainer: Support WDVX with a monthly donation. Sustainers help the station by allowing us to have a monthly flow of income that really does pay the bills and keep us on the air. You can become a sustaining supporter here.

We look forward to hearing from you and thanks so much for all of your support!

Help us continue our mission to create and provide content to promote the cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Southern Appalachian region by entertaining and educating audiences globally with original programs showcasing live radio performance, under-represented arts, and emerging and local talent.

Knoxville Barristers: Clean Out Your Closet

  • October 5, 2020 — October 19, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events

Make room in your closet and help others at the same time! Seeking professional clothing and coats for individuals in need in Knoxville. Women's clothing will be donated to the YWCA and Connect Ministries Career Closet. Men's clothing will be donated to the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). This 2020 Drive combines the annual KBA Barristers Professional Clothing Drive and the annual Coats for the Cold Drive.

Items needed are slacks & skirts, suits, blouses & shirts, dresses, ties, dress shoes, coats, jackets, parkas, rain coats, dusters. Please do not donate clothing wit holes, stains or rips. No undergarments, swimsuits, or intimate apparel.

Donation locations:

Gay Street - First TN Plaza (lobby) and BB&T Building (lobby)

Main Street - City County Building (3rd & 6th floor)
US Federal Courthouse
Bank of America Bldg (lobby)

Law Schools - LMU, UT

West Knoxville - Baker Donelson office (265 Brookview Centre Way, #600)

Questions: Charles or Meagan at 865-637-0203

The Knoxville Barristers are lawyers who are members of the Knoxville Bar Association and who are under 36 years of age or who have been practicing law less than five years. Probably no other local bar association and group of young attorneys work harder or have a more diverse list of public service opportunities than those right here in Knoxville. While providing valuable and appreciated public service, these young lawyers have fun enjoying each other and enjoying serving others.

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: Imagination Station Fall Break Camp

  • October 5, 2020 — October 9, 2020

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

October 5-9, 9 am-noon & 1-4 pm

For Children in Grades K-5

Weekly Rates: Half Day – Member $125, Non-Member $135
Full Day – Members $210, Non-Members $225

Don't delay - limited spaces still available! An exciting learning experience awaits your child or grandchild at CMOR’s Fall Break Camp. Children can attend all week or for just a day or two, giving your family flexibility for other plans. Daily rates are available upon request. Full Day campers must bring a lunch.

Click here to register and pay online: Questions? Please call (865) 482-1074 and leave a message or email

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge TN 37830

Rala: October Featured Artist Mike C. Berry

  • October 2, 2020 — November 28, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Considered a versatile painter who works in vibrant colors, bringing energy and rhythm to each work, Mike C. Berry creates urban compositions that bend and twist the cityscapes that have become his identifiable style. His paintings consist of gestural brushstrokes and pure bright color. He credits the work of Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, and Knoxville artist, Joseph Delaney for encouraging his use of color, line and the cityscape as subject matter.

"Urbanscape" is the latest exhibition of small works by the artist. This body of work features the city of Knoxville as the main subject, but also illustrates the energy of our American urban landscape and cultural expressions. This exhibition includes paintings and drawings, as well as prints and notecards of previous works.

On display at RALA, October 2 - November 28, this exhibition can be viewed in person or online at

112 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Cumberland County Woodturners exhibition

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

“Cumberland County Woodturners” is the special Themed Gallery Exhibit for October.

Cumberland Woodturners is an organization whose goal is to advance the skills of wood turning on a lathe. Their skill levels range from novice to professional, and the organization has a mentoring program to assist others in improving their skills. Members have access to an extensive library of wood turning resources. On the second Saturday of each month, the woodturners present a hands-on workshop.

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: Donna Conliffe and Jennifer Lindsay

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

Featured artists are Jennifer Lindsay, Bead Weaving and Donna Conliffe, Mixed Media Artist.

Jennifer Lindsay started doing bead weaving over 15 years ago. She is inspired by the colors and shape of natural to mix colors and beads to make the pieces.

Donna Conliffe: Painting is an evolving process for me often inspired by poetry, music, stories, and experiences. Much of my work is considered narrative or abstract. Working on canvas or wood I begin by adding mediums, multiple layers of paint, image transfers, writing, collage, metal etc., at the start. Mixed media painting allows me to enrich my work in many layers as it progresses. My diverse background, in the area of three dimensional art, of clay, fiber, glass, bookmaking and paper, provides me a variety of methods to incorporate in my work. Combining an assortment of materials and a mixture of techniques encourages my creativity. That’s what art is all about to me.

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,,

Awaken Coffee: Exhibition by Lesley Eaton

  • October 2, 2020 — November 1, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Lesley Eaton Friday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 pm. Lesley’s recent work is a collection of experimental pieces focused on the application of materials themselves, mostly acrylic and fluid paint, along with water-soluble crayon.

“There is an overwhelming sense of joy to these pieces, even more so when they’re sitting next to one another, and even though they don’t all match and some are quite loud. It’s not unlike living in the middle of a renovation project with four children; it’s joyful cacophony.” – Lesley Eaton.

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-951-0427 or

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