Calendar of Events

Friday, November 20, 2020

Drive-in Movies at the Midway at Chilhowee Park

  • November 20, 2020 — December 4, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event and Kids, family

The City of Knoxville and the Knox County Public Library present Drive-In at the Midway Holiday Edition with free movie screenings at Chilhowee Park.

 Friday, Nov. 20: “Elf” (PG, 2003)
 Friday, Dec. 4: “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” (PG-13, 1989)

Admission is free, but attendees must pre-register at

“Our Drive-In at the Midway screenings earlier this fall were fun and very successful,” said City of Knoxville Special Events Director Judith Foltz. “We wanted to create that opportunity for families again for the Christmas season.” The holiday series is sponsored by Pilot Company.

The drive-in format allows attendees to watch movies on a 40-by-22-foot screen from the comfort of their vehicles or parking spots while maintaining pandemic protocols. Each vehicle may bring in the number of passengers for which it is rated (number of seatbelts). Each reserved space includes an adjacent parking space to accommodate blankets or lawn chairs. Guests will need an FM radio to receive the film’s audio from an FM transmitter.

Moviegoers must adhere to the Five Core Actions recommended by the CDC and Knox County Health Department to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19:

 Wear a mask when moving about the grounds.
 No physical gathering or interaction of any type between households within the designated parking lot footprint.
 Masks and hand sanitizers will be available on site.
 If you feel sick, or know you’ve had contact with someone positive for COVID-19, please stay home.

For more information about Christmas in the City activities, visit

Jubilee Community Arts: 51st Jubilee Festival

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

Friday-Saturday November 20-21 Virtual Jubilee Festival on Facebook

For a full half century we have showcased old-time music, ballads, blues, shape-note singing and other area music in this annual event. The 51st Jubilee Festival originally scheduled for late March will take place online. Planning for our first festival started in the fall of 1969 with the implementation of an Appalachian Craft Festival in the spring of 1970 that included a music stage. In the next few years the traditional music component grew and the event came to be known as Jubilee Festival which Jubilee Community Arts has continued to produce each year. Last year's 50th Jubilee Festival was held during a historic flood, but still filled the Laurel for three days with old and new friends. Though the current pandemic forced us to cancel this year's live event, we cannot let a year pass without the Jubilee Festival.

November 20-21 at the Laurel Theater on Facebook
There is no charge for the event but tips and donations will be very much appreciated!

Ijams Nature Center: Pop-up Programs

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

Friday, Nov. 20 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mead's Quarry
Saturday, Nov. 21 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ijams Visitor Center

Visit the educational tent outside Ijams Visitors Center to schedule one of the outdoor nature experiences the Ijams Educational Team is offering this weekend. First come, first served! 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,

Big Ears presents A Guitar Assembly - Marisa Anderson, William Tyler, Yasmin Williams

Category: Music

Friday, November 20 | 8pm (eastern)

Marisa Anderson, William Tyler, and Yasmin Williams — three of today’s most creative guitarists — gather for filming at the Loghaven Artist Residency. Performing solo, duo, and trio at this bucolic South Knoxville site, the musicians each showcase their unique musical vision on the instrument and then come together in collaboration.


The stream will be hosted on Tickets are $14 (plus service charges) in advance and $16 (plus service charges) on the day of show. For those unable to watch the initial stream, it will be available on replay for 48 hours after the initial stream. (Note: tickets may only be purchased, however, before or during the initial broadcast.)

UT: Women’s History through Objects

  • November 20, 2020

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

Laura Arnold Leibman will discuss her new book The Art of the Jewish Family in which she examines objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850. She uses these objects created and used by the women to create a biography through an object. By utilizing material culture to further understand early Jewish American women’s lives, Leibman restores their agency as creators of Jewish identity. Speaking to American Jewish life, women’s studies, and American history, Leibman sheds new light on the lives and values of these women, while also revealing the social and religious structures that led to Jewish women being erased from historical archives.

Laura Arnold Leibman is professor of English and humanities at Reed College. She received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. Her general field of interest is religion and American culture prior to the American Civil War. She is the author of Indian Converts (U Mass. P. 2008); Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life (Vallentine Mitchell 2012), which won a Jordan Schnitzer Book Award and a National Jewish Book Award and was a Choice Outstanding Academic Title; and The Art of the Jewish Family (University of Chicago, 2020). She has been a Fulbright scholar at University of Panama and Utrecht University (Netherlands) and a visiting fellow at Oxford University.

This presentation is sponsored by the UT Humanities Center Gender and Sexuality Research Seminar and the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies.

Register for this Zoom session.
Friday, November 20 at 1:30pm to 3:20pm

Humanities & Social Sciences, Diversity & Inclusion

The Mill & Mine: Movie Night: The Big Lebowski

  • November 20, 2020

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

Movie Night at The Mill & Mine featuring The Big Lebowski! We have indoor and outdoor pods set up with a great view of the big screen! Reserve via our Tako Taco Resy link below.

Doors 7PM; Movie 7:30PM
Inside & outside pods
$5 per person
More info:
Movie starts at 7:30PM, 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. If you have any further questions, please send us an email at

Workshops at Knoxville Community Darkroom

  • November 17, 2020 — November 21, 2020

Category: Classes, workshops

Tue Nov 17, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Camera will teach you all about analog shooting. Topics covered will be: selecting a camera, camera functions, operating in that mysterious "Manual" mode, metering your subject, lens selection, and more. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.
Wed Nov 18, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.
Sat Nov 21, 11 AM – 2 PM: Cyanotype Prints - Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. A materials fee of $40 is due at or before the event. This class is limited to 5* participants.
Sat Nov 21, 6-8 PM: Learning Series - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

Terra Madre Women in Clay: 11th Annual Virtual Fall Show

  • November 15, 2020 — November 22, 2020

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

Our Virtual Fall Show is coming soon.
The Virtual Fall Show is available only one week during this period; so, don’t miss it!!

We are an eclectic group of lively women who happen to be clay artists from East Tennessee. Together, we create a place where mutual support, education in clay and the pursuit of excellence are celebrated, not only with each other but with our community in East Tennessee and beyond, through regional exhibitions, shows and community events.

Big Ears presents Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Running November 6 thru December 11, ‘Sites & Sounds from Big Ears’ hosts the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival, a 15-act series highlighting many of the most compelling artists from that nation’s fertile musical scene.

Big Ears is teaming up with Musikkprofil Booking & Management, Oslo’s Sentralen performing arts center, and Hes & Falck to present the series which launches on Friday, November 6 and spans five weeks of programming. Big Ears is the exclusive North American presenter of the festival — the only place in the US, Canada, and Mexico where you can stream the series.

Norway has been home to a rich jazz landscape for decades, an ecosystem that has been documented notably over the years by ECM Records. The festival offers a multi-faceted portrait of the country’s unique jazz scene, over seven double-bill concerts, featuring artists including pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, saxophonist Tryvge Seim, guitarist Eiven Aarset, and trumpeters Mathias Eick and Nils Petter Molvær, plus an evening with pianist Tord Gustavsen — as well as many other essential Norwegian jazz artists. Each performance has been elegantly filmed on-site at the Sentralen in Oslo, Norway.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: People’s Choice Art Show

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

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s annual People’s Choice Art Show. This event will take place on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 5-7 p.m. at the Plateau Creative Art Center, 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. All in attendance can view over 80 show entries and cast their ballots for their favorite artwork. If unable to attend the reception, the public can come during regular hours between November 6 through the 25 to vote. Atlas Real Estate of Crossville, Tennessee is sponsoring this event. Cash prizes will be awarded to First through Fifth Place winners at the Awards Ceremony on December 4, 2020.

A unique feature of this year’s art show is that all award ribbons were handmade by a small group of the Art Guild’s talented artists. Each ribbon will be a treasured small piece of art for the winning artists.

An assortment of beverages will be served at this free reception event, weather permitting. Stonehaus Winery is providing a selection of fine wines. The Art Show will feature all genres of art. Please visit the PCAC to see all of this fabulous artwork from November 6th through December 4th. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Art Thru The Window

  • November 6, 2020 — November 30, 2020

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

Ongoing beginning First Friday Nov 6th.

"Art Thru The Window" Broadway Studios and Gallery. Featuring our 6 new resident artists!

Vincent Drake
Jes Distad
Laura Gasparrini
Larry Blount
Melinda Adams
William Holbert

24/7 viewing safely through the glass! Purchase info will be listed on the window.
1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917

Art Market Gallery: Elaine Fronczek & Terri Swaggerty

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

November Featured Artists

Terri Swaggerty, Painting
For me the process of creating Art is the place where soul meets body. I look for and discover Art every single day; in manmade structures, the natural world and even while looking down while crossing a street or parking lot. I especially like to document the many and varied details of Knoxville, my hometown. What I see and experience constantly sparks a creative response in me. I use my experience as a pro photographer and pro retouch artist to transform the literal image into a work of Art.

Elaine Fronczek
I come from a family that has made beautiful and functional objects with their hands. My mother baked, my grandmother sewed and crocheted, my father and aunt were multitalented. At an early age I could usually be found in my grandmother’s sewing room creating my first designs. Fiber fascinated me and drew me in. It was an avocation for over 50 years. In 2008 I attended a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts where I learned to wet felt. Here I realized that wool, silk and other natural fibers could be manipulated into both 2 and 3 dimensional creations in the shape and color of my choosing. Thus I began my current pursuit in the world of fiber. I am inspired by the colors of nature and the simplicity and functionality of pieces created by contemporary artists and designers. Using natural renewable materials and repurposed items allows me to create simple pieces that bring beauty and comfort to the eye.

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,,

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