Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Zoo Knoxville: Cans for Wristbands

Category: Fundraisers, Kids, family and Science, nature

Zoo Knoxville is offering free wristbands good for unlimited carousel and train rides with the donation of an item for Mission of Hope during their “Cans for Wristbands” drive.

Now through Nov. 25, guests who bring a donation item will receive their free wristband, (a $10 value) with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Members and annual passholders also receive a free wristband with a donation. Wristbands are also good for a 10% discount on purchases in the Zoo Shop, and members and annual passholders can use this in addition to their regular 15% discount. Wristbands are valid for the day of donation.

Items needed are non-perishable food items, hygiene items, and new children’s toys. All donations will support Mission of Hope, a non-profit volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken areas in rural Appalachia. Learn more about Mission of Hope at

Zoo general admission tickets are $19.95 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 4-12 and seniors age 65 and up. Children ages 3 and under are free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the zoo’s ticket window. Please present donations at the zoo’s ticket window to redeem wristbands.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

Knoxville Writers' Guild: The Life Cycle of the Book: From Writer to Bookseller and Everything In-Between

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

The Life Cycle of the Book: From Writer to Bookseller and Everything In-Between

Have you wondered how a book goes from a writer’s manuscript draft to a nicely bound volume in a reader’s hands?

Incredible detail and planning go into those few hundred pages. Davis Shoulders of Union Ave Books will host this program about the publishing process of trade-oriented university presses. We’ll hear from Ashley Runyon, Director of the University Press of Kentucky, as well as from an author and the editor, cover designer, and publicity manager. Davis Shoulders is the events manager at Union Ave Books in Knoxville, Tennessee. He worked for Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. for three years, and he estimates that he’s helped host more than 500 author events. Ashley Runyon is the Director of the University Press of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She directed the trade list for Indiana University Press and Red Lightning Books before becoming Director at UPK in 2020. She specializes in general interest titles and building promotional platforms with potential authors.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to receive the link.
November 5, 7-8 pm

Shora Foundation's Capital Campaign Kickoff

  • November 5, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Tanika Harper, Founder/CEO of Shora Foundation and Co-Founder of The Women, cordially invites you to Shora Foundation's Capital Campaign Kickoff that will provide economic development opportunities in East Knoxville. SF’s The Roots Collective Growth and Development Center will make way for Black Entrepreneurs in the African American Community, to include a co-working space and business development resources. Through varied partnerships, SF will provide access to social and financial capital as well as provide business growth opportunities through educational resources. The kickoff is at Perk City Café, 3229 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, 37914. For more information and to RSVP:

UT Arboretum Society: Mount St. Helens Program

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

What can Mount St. Helens teach us about current environmental disturbances?

Large ecological disturbances like the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 will be among the topics presented at the UT Arboretum Society virtual program on November 5th at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Dale will help us see the ecological connection in disturbances like Mount St. Helens and current events.

Presenting the program, “An Ecological Perspective on Large Infrequent Disturbances,” is Dr. Virginia Dale, adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and Corporate Fellow Emeritus at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Dale was among the first ecologists to enter the Red Zone after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Her study of the effects and recovery processes at Mount St. Helens is now in its 40th year.

Registration for this free online event is required. The format for this program will be Zoom. For the link to register go to:

Dr. Dale’s career also includes studies of the effects of fires, hurricanes, ice storms, droughts, invasive species, and floods. The 1918 flu and Coved 19 pandemics are other large, infrequent disturbances that affect ecological systems. Together these events show how important it is for society to consider the potential for such disturbances to occur and to mitigate their detrimental effects. She will discuss how management actions can be tailored to particular disturbance characteristics and specific end goals in order to foster conditions that promote desired recovery patterns and processes.

Dr. Dale earned an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Ecology at the University of Washington. She has served on national scientific advisory boards for five US agencies (the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Energy, and Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency) and several committees of the National Academies of Science.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to For more information on this event, contact

PechaKucha Night Knoxville Volume 37

  • November 5, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

PechaKucha Volume 37
Thursday November 5th on Facebook Live

Please join us for the next installment of our favorite event, PechaKucha Night Knoxville!
Feed Goes Live 7:45
Presentations Begin 8:00

// Confirmed Presenters
• Maggie Kornahrens, East Tennessee Community Design Center
• Jordan Prewitt, On Sexual Identity and Trauma In Conservative Culture
• Allie Biddle, Designer and Artist
• Shawn Mauer, The First Tee Greater Knoxville
• Anne Templeton and Forrest Kirkpatrick, The Maker City Council

// Poster Design
• Laurie Kay @monstersmadewithlove
• Marcus Williamson @therealmawill

Check out our website for up-to-date information here. We hope to see you there! Your friends at PKN Knoxville

// In lieu of donations at the door, we encourage you to support a current or past presenter during this time.

Japan American Society of TN: Women in Film and Fiction: Portrayals of Women in Anime and Manga

  • November 5, 2020

Category: Film, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

On November 5th, join Christopher Born, Ph.D., Jennifer Prough, Ph.D. and Lauren Salazar-Wright in conversation about iconic female heroes in Japanese animation and comics. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will enjoy this session about Japanese pop culture storytelling that inspires and entertains fans of all ages worldwide.

Dr. Christopher Born is Assistant Professor at Belmont University and teaches courses in Asian Studies and Japanese language. Dr. Born’s research interests include subjectivity and the autobiographical mode in modern Japanese literature and the philosophical underpinnings of anime and manga. Dr. Jennifer Prough is Associate Professor of Humanities and East Asian Studies in Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college, of Valparaiso University. Her research and teaching interests are the representation and ways that cultural meanings are produced and managed, experienced and interpreted through mass culture. Lauren Salazar-Wright is the current Director of Talent Relations for Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC), Tennessee’s largest and oldest anime convention. She also sits on the MTAC board.

The Women's Leadership Forum brings into focus the critical need to invest in the advancement of women everywhere, but specifically in the U.S. and Japan. By advancing social and economic equality, women from all walks of life stand to benefit from participating in societies free from gender bias. In turn, both the U.S. and Japan stand to reap rewards aplenty in the form of future jobs growth, economic and political stability, and inclusive prosperity.

Space is limited. To register for this free virtual event -

UT College of Arts & Sciences: Doing the Work to Be Good Relatives

  • November 5, 2020

Category: Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

Lisa King, Associate Professor - Department of English

The term antiracist incorporates the belief that racism is everyone’s problem and each person has a role to play in stopping it. The term, however, cannot fully encompass Indigenous peoples’ experiences or fully dismantle colonial systems without an active engagement with decolonial perspectives. In her presentation, Professor King will bring together the concepts of antiracist work and decolonial work to show how the two can be complementary, but how we need them both to deal with the ideological and cultural frames we live in, as well as the histories we inherit.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Cocktails & Conversation: Homegrown

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Join us for a Live Zoom Discussion with artists Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann from After Architecture, creators of the outdoor installation Homegrown in the KMA South Garden through November 29, 2020.

Register in advance for this Live Zoom Discussion:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom. Registrations will be accepted through the event start time.

For questions please contact

Gallery 1010: Rural

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Works curated by Jake Miller
Reception Nov 4 via Zoom
Open hours by appointment only on the weekends.

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

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Dr. Syd Hamilton's Webinars

  • November 2, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops and Science, nature

Learn how to protect your trees while helping ours!

Looking for a way to help the Gardens and learn at the same time? The next round of Dr. Syd Hamilton's webinar series is coming up so if you missed them the past months, you can still take them! Courses are offered throughout November & December. The registration fee for these classes will be used directly to help treat diseased and at risk trees on KBGA's property.

Offered will be the following:
• Integrated Pest Management
• Oak Decline Diseases
• Sycamore Anthracnose- What it is and how to treat it
• Beneficial Bugs- What they are, what they do, and how to keep them safe
• And more!
You can find out more and sign up here!

The Maker City: Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Monday Marketplace

  • November 2, 2020 — December 31, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

The Maker City: Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Monday Marketplace
Instagram @themakercity

With no end in sight to the pandemic, and with talented small business owners continuing to struggle, there’s every reason for shoppers to buy their Holiday gifts locally this year. The Maker City has made this easy to do with two very safe, very user-friendly online options.

The Holiday Gift Guide puts the best of over 300 local Makers front and center in a captivating online catalog. Convenient links direct to each Maker’s web page provide a smooth, stress-free shopping experience, and with categories such as Jewelry, Home Goods, Nature Lovers, Fashion, Grooming, Kitchen and much more, there really is something for everyone.

By spending their dollars close to home, Holiday shoppers support the local economy -- not only the Makers’ families, but also the many local suppliers and service providers with whom the Maker works. In addition, they support sustainability; Knoxville’s Makers use ecologically responsible practices, and cherished handmade items tend to get handed down through the generations rather than sent to the landfill. Most of all, nothing says “you mean a lot to me” better than a one-of-a-kind gift made with love, and carefully selected for that special someone.

Those who would like a little more excitement during this festive season can support Knoxville Makers in real time by bidding on auction items on the Holiday Monday Marketplace, live from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday, on Instagram. Bid on favorite pieces, and know that 100% of the purchase price goes to the Maker. Check out Instagram @themakercity #MondayMarketplace.

Looking for more? 100s more Maker City Makers can be found in the Maker Directory.

Rala: Art by Ryan Blair: Local Artist, Teacher, Father

  • November 2, 2020 — November 29, 2020

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

Rala is proud to carry works from Tennessee artist Ryan Blair. His works are funky, colorful, and representative of the American South.

Ryan Blair is a triple threat. He teaches kids at Claxton Elementary School in Anderson County, TN, is Dad to three adorable children, and maintains his own professional art practice.

Blair uses salvaged materials and colorful paint to create works that speak to the spirit of the Tennessee hills. Subjects like snake-handlers, country musicians, winged mules, and moonshine-sippers often show up in his funky pieces. These are a few works available now at Rala.

"Art is soothing for me -- It's a place where there's no right or wrong answer," he told Cityview Mag back in 2015. As an art educator at rural elementary schools, he strives to teach this freedom to others.

"I don't necessarily feel like I'm just teaching art. I'm teaching a lot of life skills and people skills and hopefully how to enjoy things," he said. "I've hopefully made several people's lives more interesting or thoughtful or happy that day."

Blair is often up late, working hard in his studio. He posts process photos and updates on his work through his Facebook and Instagram. Follow him to keep in the loop about what he's creating and upcoming art shows.

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

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