Calendar of Events

Friday, October 23, 2020

Central Cinema Returns with POSSESSOR and KHFF Tennessee Terrors

  • October 23, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Film

We've watched a few great new releases slip by us in recent months, so we jumped at the opportunity to include Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor in this year's horror film fest, and have decided to take the plunge back into business in order to share the acclaimed thriller with Knoxville audiences at large, starting Friday October 23.

As you may be able to guess, this wasn't an easy decision. We put a lot of work and hope into June's trial re-opening, only to have our plans dashed by skyrocketing COVID diagnoses. Things are, of course, not much better now. But the show must eventually go on, so we're going to take things week by week (usually with just one showing per day) and go from there! We hope that some of you will come out, but as always we respect and support individual health decisions that may keep you away. We want you safe.

The bulk of next weekend will be dedicated to Knoxville Horror Film Fest programming, but we will be offering general public screenings of Possessor at 9pm on Friday (10/23) and 7pm on Saturday (10/24). We plan to hold Possessor over through Halloween weekend, dates/showtimes TBA.

For anyone interested in local film productions, we'll also be offering a general public screening of this year's Knoxville Horror Film Fest "Tennessee Terrors" regional film block at 7pm on Friday. This hourlong program features the short films Crones Haulin' Bones, Secret Shed, The Lion's Den, Timekeeper, The Nice House, The Getaway, The Gift and That Kind of Friend.

Safety note: Facemasks are required at Central Cinema when not actively eating or drinking, and our capacity remains limited to 35% to facilitate proper distancing.

We also continue to offer and encourage private rentals, including discounted rates for films in current release at Central Cinema.

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917

Artsclamation! Fine Art Sale

  • October 23, 2020 — November 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Fundraisers

2020 Artsclamation Fine Art Sale To Be Held Virtually
Knoxville Artsclamation!, the annual fine art sale that supports behavioral health care services at Peninsula, is going virtual! This important fundraiser, which also serves to increase awareness of mental health issues in East Tennessee, has raised almost $1 million since its beginning in 2002 to support critical programs and care for patients and families served by Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center.

Traditionally held as an in-person two-day event in late October, Artsclamation! 2020 will host a secure, online store at from Oct. 23 to Nov. 30 where shoppers can view and purchase art from the convenience of their smart phone, tablet or computer. More than 2,000 original works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, as well as jewelry, glasswork and sculpture are available from 46 professional artists and Peninsula client artists Other items for sale include calendars, posters and prints featuring participating artists’ work.

Additionally, in its online format, the fine art sale is extended through to Nov. 30, which will allow more time for patrons to browse and select special gifts for the holiday shopping season. Event staff will coordinate pickup of artwork from the event’s climate-controlled warehouse and delivery to patrons, ensuring the artwork arrives in pristine condition. No-contact delivery options are also available.

“This decision to go virtual was made out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our artists, donors and community during this challenging time,” said Patrick Birmingham, Covenant Health’s vice president of philanthropy and government relations. “We have designed a plan that still allows art patrons to experience the uniqueness of Artsclamation!, while remaining safe from close indoor contact.”

Sarah Pollock uses oil paints to create landscapes and cityscapes that reflect her journey throughout the country. She is a former color stylist for Walt Disney Feature Animation and now works as a professional artist in East Tennessee. Sarah paints in oils, often working outdoors, to capture the many beautiful landscapes around her home. Pollock’s featured piece for Artsclamation! 2020 is titled “Autumn Blaze” and portrays the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains at the turn of fall. All proceeds from the sale of this featured piece will go directly to Peninsula.

One in four people in East Tennessee suffer from a mental health illness. However, there is a significant gap in funding for programs to serve these individuals compared to other diseases and diagnoses. Artsclamation! is Peninsula’s only fundraiser and helps to fill some of the gaps left in those funding sources. Proceeds in past years have funded garden courtyards for adult patients, vans for transporting clients in outpatient programs, play areas for hospitalized children, therapeutic games and activity supplies.

Elizabeth Clary, BSN, RN, MHA, vice president of behavioral health for Peninsula, noted how the community’s support of this year’s virtual art sale will help Peninsula meet a public health need, which because of the impact of COVID-19, has become even more critical.

“Peninsula relies heavily on proceeds from Artsclamation!,” she says. “We are good stewards of every dollar that is spent to provide care and treatment for those that need us. Funds from this event assist Peninsula with therapeutic spaces and activities for our patients that would otherwise not be an option.”

Peninsula has helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies to lead healthy, productive lives. Peninsula provides inpatient and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults in Knox and nearby counties, including individual and group therapy, specialized programs and peer support groups. Behavioral care is also provided at Parkwest Medical Center for senior adults with co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions. Peninsula is the region’s most comprehensive provider of mental health services; its outpatient centers serve more than 15,000 people annually, while the inpatient hospital treats more than 5,000 patients per

Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2020

  • October 23, 2020 — October 25, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events and Film

Screenings at the Parkway Drive-In in Maryville

The twelfth annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest was already set to be a great time for 80s horror connoisseurs with Saturday night's 35th anniversary double feature of Return Of The Living Dead and Demons, and now we're doubling down on Friday night with Sam Raimi's horror-comedy watershed Evil Dead 2 and the cult slasher Pieces!

All four films (along with this year's Grindhouse Grind-out filmmaking contest, selected short films and an indie horror premiere to be announced on Monday) will screen at Maryville's Parkway Drive-In, with additional film programming & events held at Central Cinema and Maryville's Southland Books. An increasingly limited number of standard ($60) and deluxe ($90) weekend passes are available now at FilmFreeway, and standalone drive-in passes will be available soon... so stay tuned and we'll see you there!

Gallery 1010: Pastoral Fertility & Love

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Works by Nichole Schappert
Reception Oct 23 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Big Ears: Streaming Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog live

Category: Music

Friday, October 23 | 8pm eastern
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog — with multi-instrumentalist Shazhad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith — is also releasing a new EP on Northern Spy, recorded in Shazad’s studio during quarantine, this coming Friday, October 2. It’s something of an appetizer for the full length record coming next year and will be available exclusively on Marc’s Bandcamp page, with 200 limited edition CDs (

We’re celebrating the occasion with a live stream from Brooklyn, NY, on the roof of St. Ann’s Warehouse, next to the Brooklyn Bridge. You can catch this remarkable band in full flight on Friday, October 23 at 8pm eastern.


A1LabArts: The Big Camera Artists Present: The End

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception on October 23rd 6-9 pm

The Big Camera Artists Present: The End
Alternative Photography Show
* Masks Required; Entry Limited to 10 People at a Time *

A1LabArts @ the Center for Creative Minds, 23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Bijou Theatre: Live from the Bijou with Trisha Gene Brady

Category: Music


We're excited to welcome fans back to the Bijou Theatre with 'Live from the Bijou', a reduced capacity, in-venue experience and live streaming concert series happening every Friday night as we close out 2020! New safety measures have been put in place to ensure fans' well-being while inside the venue. View a full list of these procedures and precautions on our Health & Safety Update page.

Few tickets will be made available to attend the live events in person, creating an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Bijou Theatre.

For those not able to join us in person, we're happy to bring the show to you! The Bijou Theatre has partnered with veeps to stream each performance live each week for a minimum donation of $10 plus applicable fees. This donation will allow you to tune in live and also view a replay of the show until the following Sunday at Midnight. Proceeds from 'Live at the Bijou' will support the artist and help sustain the venue during these trying times. We appreciate your support and cannot wait to bring you live music once again! View the current schedule and full details, including tickets for both in person and online options here.

Knoxville, Tennessee native Trisha Gene Brady’s seven-year run as vocalist and instrumentalist for The Black Lillies has seen her take the stage of the Grand Old Opry more than thirty times and perform for crowds at Bonnaroo, SXSW, & Pickathon. With vocals as sweet as southern ice tea, and impressive chops as a multi instrumentalist, Brady is embarking on new adventures as one sweetheart of a solo act.

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

The Mill & Mine: Movie Pod - Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • October 23, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Film, Kids & family and Music

We miss you Knoxville, and although we aren’t back to normal, we are hosting safely spaced events at The Mill & Mine via our “Pods”. We’re excited to begin offering Gameday Pods and Halloween Movie Pods the month of October! Pod sizes range from 2-10 people. Each pod offers your group their own space to hang out, safely distanced from others.

Reserve your spot either inside the venue or outside on the courtyard lawn via Tako Taco’s Resy page. For all pods, check in at the Tako Taco hostess stand to be seated. Food and beverage from Tako Taco available for purchase, both by walk-up ordering and by QR code without ever having to leave your spot. For everyone’s safety, masks are required any time you are not in your pod.

Indoor & Outdoor pods available.
2-8 people, $5 per person

Fri, Oct 23:
Rocky Horror Picture Show
7:00PM Doors
7:30PM Movie Starts

Union Ave Books: Deesha Philyaw & Arianna Rebolini

  • October 23, 2020

Category: Free event, Lectures & discussions and Literature & readings

The Bookshop at the Bottom and Union Ave Books welcome Deesha Philyaw (Shortlisted for the 2020 National Book Award in Fiction) to present her debut book of stories: THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES. Deesha will be joined in conversation by Arianna Rebolini, Books Editor at Buzzfeed News.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

This free virtual event takes place on Friday, October 23rd @ 7pm (Eastern) on Zoom. RSVP for this FREE event on EventBrite at the link below.

Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness with Natasha Fine: Masquerade

  • October 23, 2020

Category: Dance

Join us where our fusion of aerial, sexy, and dramatic will light up the night! It will be an evening of captivating artists and characters, performing twists, flips, and more. Knoxville's premiere Pole Dance Studio, Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness w/ Natasha Fine, is owned, directed, and operated by the illustrious Natasha Fine. It will be an unforgettable evening in the Old City ♥

$15 – $25

Fri, October 23, 2020
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness, 121 West Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2020

  • October 22, 2020 — November 28, 2020

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

2020 Juror: Kim Winkle, Executive Director of the Appalachian Center for Craft at Smithfield, TN and Professor of Art at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft, and Design

Open Show 2020 is the Art Center’s annual juried exhibition. That means that many were entered, but only a few were chosen to be shown. Only 100 of 292 entered remain with the exhibition. Through the generosity of our donors, awards totaled over $3,000 and is one of the main reasons Open Show has become so highly competitive.

Gallery Talk - Round One:
Gallery Talk - Round Two:

Closed Thanksgiving Day. Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forest

  • October 22, 2020 — October 25, 2020

Category: Classes & workshops, Free event and Literature & readings

The Plot Summit: Escape the Plot Forest is a free conference for fiction writers which will take place virtually on October 22-25, 2020.

During the four-day conference, attendees will learn how to stay confident while writing a first draft, build mystery, develop characters, structure a story around revelations, and earn their ending. On the final day, speakers will explain how to build an audience and market your book.

Attendees will have access to 20 live sessions, including: “Learn 7 Essential Keys to Planning Your Novel: Story Preparation for Pantsers,” a guided hands-on brainstorming and writing exercise session; “Getting the First Chapter Right—Let’s Talk About Scene and Structure,” a simplified approach to starting your book; and “Suspense and Intrigue,” during which writers will learn simple rules for creating page-turners that keep readers engaged in every scene.

Creator Daniel David Wallace has curated a list of presenters comprised of authors in various fiction genres, such as fiction writer April Davila, middle-grade fiction writer M. Shelley Coates, romance writer Kris Kennedy, and science fiction and fantasy book author Michael La Ronn, along with academic and professional writing instructors, and a panel of small press fiction editors including Meagan Cass, Samantha Edmonds, and Saba Syed Razvi.

Free registration includes full workshop attendance and replay access for 24 hours. Registrants can also purchase a Plot Pass for $67 for unlimited replay access, bonus content, and access to upcoming masterclasses. Sign up now using this link for a chance to win a FREE all-access pass to this week's conference!

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