Calendar of Events

Monday, October 26, 2020

Urban Bar & Corner Cafe: Funny Art Show by Jessica Newman

  • October 26, 2020 — November 30, 2020

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A selection of the artist's favorites!

https://www.facebook.com/jessicanewmanoriginalart/

109 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. http://www.urbanbarknoxville.com/

Tennessee Theatre: Zoom Session with Dr. Broadway (Kristin Stultz Pressley)

Category: Free event, Kids & family, Lectures & discussions, Music and Theatre

MISSING BROADWAY? LOVE HAMILTON? JOIN US! AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE SMASH HIT

Want to know more about this smash hit musical streaming on Disney®+? Join us for in-depth look at this hit show in a free virtual session with Dr. Broadway, musical theatre historian, on Monday, October 26. From its 2015 off-Broadway premiere, HAMILTON has had the theatre world on its feet in uproarious applause, but creator Lin-Manuel Miranda could hardly consider it an overnight success. He worked for nearly a decade on the piece, always uncertain how audiences would receive his unconventional take on the Founding Fathers. Miranda needn't have worried. Like the lyric in his show, HAMILTON continues to "passionately smash every expectation." In this free Zoom session, we'll discuss the development of the Broadway mega-hit and learn how it transitioned from an 800+ page biography by Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Chernow into an 11-time Tony Award winner that seems destined to run forever. There are two sessions, an all ages session and a student session that gives students the opportunity to explore a bit deeper.

All Ages Session - Monday, October 26 at 8pm
This is a general session for fans of all ages

Student Session - Monday, October 26 at 5pm
This session is geared toward middle and high school students and has an added component just for students

Free, but registration is required and space is limited
https://www.tennesseetheatre.com/broadway-at-the-tennessee/showbiz-sessions/

Tennessee Theatre: Behind the Scenes Tours

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

We’ve added more tour dates in November and December, and a few October dates are still available. We’ve also added a Family Tour, which is great for kids and adults alike, but has added elements to spark awe in children and includes activity and coloring sheets for them to take home to remember their visit and what they will learn. Join us for a behind the scenes tour and learn details about the history, performances, and complete renovation of the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. You’ll go to areas not usually open to the public, and walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for this architectural and cultural gem.

Once a tour reaches capacity, it will no longer appear in the list of available dates.
https://www.tennesseetheatre.com/visit/tour-the-tennessee/

Basic Tours are offered on Tuesdays at 11AM.
Tuesday, October 27 at 11am
Tuesday, November 10 at 11am

Deluxe Tours are offered on Saturdays at 11AM and 1PM.
Saturday, October 24 at 11am
Saturday, October 24 at 1pm
Saturday, November 7 at 11am
Saturday, November 7 at 1pm
Saturday, November 28 at 11am
Tuesday, December 1 at 11am
Saturday, December 5 at 11am
Saturday, December 5 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 8 at 11am
Saturday, December 12 at 11am
Saturday, December 12 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 15 at 11am
Saturday, December 19 at 11am
Saturday, December 19 at 1pm
Monday, December 28 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 29 at 1pm
Wednesday, December 30 at 1pm

Family Tours are offered select weekdays at 11AM, especially during school breaks.
Monday, December 28 at 1pm
Tuesday, December 29 at 1pm
Wednesday, December 30 at 1pm

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information: 865-684-1200

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
http://centralcinema865.com/

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
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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 Artsclamation.bigcommerce.com 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.”

FEATURED ARTIST SARAH POLLOCK
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.

SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH
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.”

ABOUT PENINSULA
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 year.www.peninsulabehavioralhealth.org/artsclamation.

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: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2749419425290596
Gallery Talk - Round Two: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=696686161204120

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, https://www.oakridgeartcenter.org/exhibitions

WDVX Stage at Dollywood

Category: Kids & family and Music

WDVX invites Dollywood guests to visit their stage at Adventures In Imagnation to enjoy the beautiful harmonies of gospel music. The Tenos, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express and more add their exceptional skills to Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana!

Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Wednesday, October 21
Joshua Gooding & The Tennessee Ramblers Friday, October 23
Sunrise Ridge Saturday, October 24
Sunrise Ridge Sunday, October 25

The Tenos Monday, October 26
The Tenos Wednesday, October 28
The Tenos Friday, October 30
700 South Saturday, October 31

https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/WDVX-Artist-Stage

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: October online classes

  • October 16, 2020 — October 30, 2020

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

Clay: Hanging Air Plant Holders
$10, Friday, October 16, Link Released at 9 am
20-30 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 14th at noon
Have you always wondered what people do with Air Plants? Well wonder no more! In these two short on-line demos Amanda will show you, first, how to make several designs of hanging planters from clay and decorate them. You will bring them back to be fired, glazed and fired again. After you pick them up you will receive materials to embellish and hang them as well as the link to show you how. No clay experience needed and all materials are included in the cost of this fun on-line project! Participants will need to have access to a computer and be able to pick-up and drop-off tools and materials.

Clay: Make-A-Mug
$12, Friday, October 16, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 14th
KAFCC brings our most popular one-day workshop to the internet! If you have ever wanted to make your own ceramic mug but do not want to throw on the potter’s wheel, or if you just want to brush up on your handbuilding skills, then this class is for you! No clay experience is needed to join in the fun! You’ll design and make your mug with the help of a recorded demo by Amanda Humphreys. We provide the clay, tools and instruction needed to complete one mug at home. Students will need to be able to pick-up and drop-off tools, have access to a computer and be willing to have fun! KAFCC Staff will fire and glaze the mugs and participants will be notified for pick-up upon completion.

PaperMaking (Home Edition)
$12, Friday, October 23, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Emily Webb
Registration Deadline: October 21st at noon
Learn how to make handmade paper from the comfort of your own home! We'll provide paper pulp, paper-making equipment, and an online demo. You'll just need things like extra scraps of paper, seeds, and flowers to make the paper your own, plus access to something absorbent, like old towels or felt, and some heavy objects for the drying process. This fun and easy way to make paper yields some really unique and great results! Participants will need to have access to a computer to watch the demo, and be able to pick-up and drop-off materials.

Clay: Leaf Trays
$20, Friday, October 23, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 21st at noon
Fall is the perfect time to make this beautiful leaf tray with all of the fallen leaves. In the online version of this class you can do it right at your kitchen table. Join Amanda as she shows you how to create trays using a press mold to create the shape of your tray. You will also learn how to press the leaves into the clay and apply slip to accentuate their beauty and shape. These techniques will lead to a beautiful finished tray in the end, great to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. All materials are provided and KAFCC staff will glaze and fire the pieces for you. Participants will need to have access to a computer to watch the demo, and be able to pick-up and drop-off materials.

Clay: Hedwig Windchime
$15, Friday, October 30, Link released at 9am
30-40 minute recorded demo
Instructor: Amanda Humphreys
Registration Deadline: October 28th
Okay Potter Fans, you asked for an adult Harry Potter class so here you go! Make your very own Hedwig windchime! Amanda will give you a tutorial on how to make Hedwig out of clay complete with letter chimes. Pick your Hogwarts House colors to decorate your scarf with underglaze! All materials included in this price! KAFCC Staff will glaze and provide string to assemble your chime. Participants will need to have access to a computer and be able to pick-up and drop-off tools and materials.

Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center, 1127 Broadway Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-523-1401, www.knoxvilletn.gov/kafcc

Register: https://registration.knoxvilletn.gov/CourseActivities.aspx?id=11&cat=3

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours & Fireside Stories

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Tour Dates: October 20 & 27
Fireside Stories Dates: October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30

COVID-19 policies will be followed

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort. Tours will depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45pm for check in. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort.

NEW THIS YEAR! Come and hear some of Knoxville’s scariest stories. The fireside chat, which last approximately two hours each, will cover some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. Ample free parking is available for participants at the Fort. The Fireside stories will begin promptly at 7:00 pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45 pm for check-in.

For both events, admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15. Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more.

205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville, TN 37915. 865-525-6514 or https://www.jameswhitesfort.org/hearthscares-tours-2020/

Presidential & Federal/State General Election Early Voting

  • October 14, 2020 — October 29, 2020

Presidential & Federal/State General Election
November 3, 2020
EARLY VOTING: October 14-29
https://www.knoxcounty.org/election/

Muse Knoxville Re-Opens

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids & family, Science & nature and Technology

Muse Knoxville Reopens to Public
Knoxville’s children's museum opens doors to visitors for weekend and fall break hours

After being closed for seven months, Knoxville’s children’s museum has reopened for visitors, with exciting new exhibits and ways to play. The museum has taken precautions to ensure the health and safety of their guests. Visitors reserve their playtime in two hour time slots using the online platform, Bookeo. All guests ages 5 and up are required to wear masks and are encouraged to follow safe distancing practices. Muse Knoxville has placed Ionopure air sanitizers throughout the museum, and will also conduct temperature screenings and shoe sanitizing for all guests and employees.

“Our team has worked very hard to reopen safely for children and the adults that love them,” said Ellie Kittrell, executive director of Muse Knoxville. “Play is critical to early childhood development and we can’t wait to share all our new ways to play!.” During their closure, the museum has added two new exhibit areas, and reimagined old favorites for an enhanced play experience.

Muse Knoxville will expand their hours of operation during Oct. 12-16, in accordance with Knox County Schools’ fall break schedule. To view the most updated list of hours, visitors can visit www.themuseknoxville.org.

Muse Knoxville is a non-profit children’s science museum located in Chilhowee Park with a mission to inspire and empower all children through transformative learning experiences. We exist to serve East Tennessee by bringing hands-on, inquiry-based programming to children ages 6 months to 12 years old. In 2019, Muse Knoxville served over 200,000 individuals throughout 24 East Tennessee counties.

The Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494, www.themuseknoxville.org

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 www.shoprala.com

112 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

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