Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 7, 2020

The WordPlayers: Loving - Streamed Performance

Category: History, heritage and Theatre

Loving, a play by Peter Manos, is the story behind the landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, by which laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage were ruled unconstitutional.

A recorded performance of Loving will be available for viewing on:
• Nov. 6 (6:00 PM) – Nov. 7 (5:00 PM)
• Nov. 12 – All Day

If you would like to receive a private link to the Loving video, please see DETAILS HERE

In the 1950s, Richard Loving, a white man, loved Mildred Jeter, an African American woman. Virginia state law prohibited inter-racial marriage, and, when state authorities found out Richard and Mildred had married, sheriffs came in the middle of the night and dragged the Lovings from their bed. They were put on trial, fined hundreds of dollars and received a 25-year jail sentence, suspended if they left the state. They appealed their case to the Virginia Supreme Court where the state ruled against the Lovings. Finally, in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, laws prohibiting inter-racial marriage were ruled unconstitutional.

Interweaving the Loving’s courtship, romance and struggles with folk music from the Virginia hills, Loving celebrates the triumph of love over prejudice and hate.

(Length app. 60 minutes. Suggested for ages 13+)

Tennessee Art Education Association: Virtual Fall Conference

  • November 6, 2020 — November 8, 2020

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

Online Event

This year’s annual Tennessee Art Education Association state conference will be held virtually on Zoom. Your state conference will look a little different this year, but we have a fantastic line-up of presentations and workshops, and can’t wait for you to join us!

Our conference will kick-off Friday, November 6 at 6pm (Central time) with a keynote presentation by artist Derek Fordjour. Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8 will feature a panel discussion on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in art education, a presentation on Advocacy by ArtsEd Tennessee, super sessions, our general meeting, and hands-on art-making workshops with a variety of Tennessee artists. We'll also celebrate this year's state award winners with a virtual reception on Saturday, November 7 at 5pm (Central time). You won't want to miss the special appearances, games, and other fun of this virtual awards event!

Marble City Opera: Winterreise (Winter Journey) by Franz Schubert

Category: Film, Music and Theatre

7:30 PM each night

Presented as a monodrama, complete with staging and visually stunning projections, “Winterreise” is a song cycle written by Franz Schubert. Originally based on a collection of 24 poems by the German lyric poet Wilhelm Müller it tells a lone wanderer who finds both love and betrayal along a winding and fantastic journey.

Who: Blayne Ziegenfuss, tenor (Accompanied by: Grace McMullen, piano)
Directed by: Kathryn Frady
Approx 1 hour

First Baptist Knoxville Downtown, 510 Main St. SW, Knoxville, TN 37902
presented in person @ Trentham Fellowship Hall on the church’s campus AND via online streaming

Cost: $30 Streaming/Online ticket OR $40 In-person ticket (in person seating will be LIMITED based on the up to date city COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing and indoor events)

General Info:

Ijams Nature Center: Pop-up Festivities

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Friday/Saturday, Nov. 6-7
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pop-ups are scheduled next Friday and Saturday at the Visitor Center and Mead's Quarry on both days! You can schedule an experience, meet an Ijams animal staffer and more!

Pop-Up activities are free, but donations are gratefully accepted! Suggested donation: $5 for a program.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

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 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

Art Market Gallery: Featuring New Members

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

The Art Market Gallery welcomes its newest members for 2020 in a special New Members Show! There will be no opening reception because of Covid but many of the new members will be working various days in November and all of their works and bios can be viewed at the Art Market's web page,

New members are: John Adkins (painting), Julie Boisseau Craig (mixed media), Kim Emert Gale (painting), Curtis Imerman (painting), Carole Stoiber (painting), Kate Watson (painting), and current member in another category, Terri Swaggerty (photography)

Hours: Tue-Sat 11 AM - 6 PM, Sun 1-6 PM. Closed Thanksgiving.
Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Arts & Culture Alliance: Online Holiday Sale

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

With the holidays approaching, the Arts & Culture Alliance has coordinated the presentation of more than 125 unique works of art by local artists via its online shop so that patrons and the general public may purchase work.

The Holiday Sale, featuring 43 local artists, includes visual arts media (ranging from acrylic to photography), sculptural works, fiber works, glass, jewelry, and more, as well as ornaments, commissions of portraits, and musical performances. Artists will receive 100% of the proceeds after credit card processing fees.

Shop now!

“Our artists are always trying new ways to interpret the world around them, so we are excited to try new ways for them to share that new work,” says Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance. “These days, so many art buyers are increasingly going online to discover and add to their collection of local artwork, and we wanted to help them find it. And if they happen to also find a one-of-a-kind holiday gift, so much the better!”

All artworks are available for sale at and may be purchased 24/7 using a credit card. Work may also be purchased by calling the Alliance, Monday-Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, at (865) 523-7543.

The Online Holiday Sale runs Sunday, November 1, 2020 – Friday, January 1, 2021. Additionally, some of the works will be included in Black Friday through Cyber Monday and End-of-Year sales offering 10% discounts. For more information, contact: Suzanne Cada at (865) 523-7543 or

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 50th Anniversary Online Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

We've had to go virtual due to COVID-19, but those who believe in our missions of service & education can still contribute to our biggest fundraiser of the year.

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.

11th Annual Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Fall Festival

  • November 1, 2020 — November 7, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Health, wellness

Presented by Audi Knoxville

Bike raffle (by Harpers Bike Shop and Santa Cruz) - buy tickets before the drawing at 8 pm on Nov 7

Fall Fest Feast - order a delicious take-home meal before Nov 1

Checkpoint Ride - by TN Valley Bikes - register by Nov 7 ride and fill your passport

New AMBC merchandise at the Pop-Up Shop at REI, Nov 2-7

Silent Auction - bid online and bid often! Nov 1-7

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