Calendar of Events

Friday, December 4, 2020

Bijou Theatre: The Bad Plus

Category: Music

SITES & SOUNDS FROM BIG EARS: THE BAD PLUS PART 2
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 • 8:00PM

The Bad Plus — Reid Anderson (bass), Orrin Evans (piano), Dave King (drums) — traveled to our historic theatre in October 2020 to record a pair of concerts for Big Ears Festival's ‘Sites & Sounds’ streaming initiative. On Friday, December 4 at 8:00pm, Big Ears streams the second show; it’s a looser and deeper set — a performance that draws closer to the essence of this storied trio. RSVP and find full ticket details below. Trust us, you won't want to miss it.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: 2020 East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Art Education Association present the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition now through Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Now in its 15th year, the exhibition offers middle and high school students from around East Tennessee the opportunity to participate in a juried exhibition and to display their talents and be honored for their accomplishments in a professional art museum environment.

The East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition is open to students in grades 6-12 attending public, private, or home schools in 32 counties across East Tennessee. Approximately 311 works of the more than 530 entries in this highly competitive show made it through a rigorous jury process. The best-in-show winner will receive a purchase award of $500, and the artwork will become a permanent part of the collection of Mr. James Dodson, on loan to the Knoxville Museum of Art's Education Collection.

Since 2005, the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition has presented the work of nearly 4,000 students who have competed for a total of $7 million in scholarships made available to eligible juniors and seniors by colleges and universities from around the nation.

The Knoxville Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public on a limited schedule Wednesday through Sunday 1–5pm. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are recommended by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/knoxville-museum-of-art-timed-entry-visitor-registration-registration-109053985406.

For more information about this exhibition, contact Rosalind Martin at rmartin@knoxart.org or 865.523.6349. Or visit www.knoxart.org.

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Melanie Ford Fetterolf

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ijams Visitor Center’s Hallway Gallery features the diverse paintings of Melanie Fetterolf in December. Whether creating "rain paintings" (above left), capturing nature or studying human forms, Melanie employs a variety of techniques and styles to create something unique every time. She also teaches art classes and hosts painting parties at Painting Your World Studio.

https://www.facebook.com/Paintingyourworldstudio
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio: December Classes

Category: Classes, workshops, Dance, movement and Kids, family

We're excited to offer each of these classes for the 3 week period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Questions? Just reach out! We're looking forward to seeing you!

Intro to Aerials: Mondays 5:30-7pm: 2 spots left!
Stilt Walking: Mondays 7:30-9pm: 1 spot left!
Sling (full)
Trapeze (full)
Intro to Aerials: Thursdays 5:30-7pm: 3 spots left!
Embodiment (full)
Kids class: Saturdays 9-10:30 am: 2 spots left!
Kids class: Saturdays 11-12:30pm: 4 spots left!
Inversion Bootcamp: Saturdays 1-2:30pm: 3 spots left!
Creating a Routine (Knots B): Sundays 1-2:30pm: 1 spot left!

https://www.dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com/covid-19.html
Dragonfly Aerial & Circus Arts Studio
4506 Fennel Road
Knoxville, TN 37912

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: December Workshops & events

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

Monthly Happenings for December 2020 At the Plateau Creative Arts Center (PCAC)
Due to these uncertain times for gatherings, please check the Art Guild website or Facebook page for the most current information.
Facebook: The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade

In the Art Studio, class size and/or open studio gathering size is limited. All people inside the PCAC building should wear face masks and practice social distancing! To register for a class, visit the PCAC or call 931-707-7249. Payment must be received at the time of registration.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Chain Mail Jewelry: Christmas Joy Bracelet, with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests. $25 materials fee payable to the instructor. Number of students: minimum is 3, maximum is 6.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Watercolor 101 for Beginners with Vera Bogle, 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for guests. $5 materials fee payable to instructor. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 8.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249, www.artguildfairfieldglade.net

The WordPlayers: Sleepers, Wake!

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Sleepers, Wake!
A film by Cole Liles & Ethan Norman

Sleepers, Wake! is a modern portrait — with heart-gripping original music — of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Perfect for individuals/family, small groups, and church events, Sleepers, Wake! is an entertaining and enlightening view of Luke, Chapter Two.

Sleepers, Wake! is available for streaming during Advent 2020 (Nov. 29 – Dec. 27) on a “ Pay What You Wish” basis. Simply make a donation of any amount and the link and password will be emailed to you within 24 hours. http://wordplayers.org/sleepers-wake/

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to benefit TKD

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased from this web site benefits Theatre Knoxville Downtown.

A ticket entitles you to view the performance as many times as you like in one 24-hour period. Buy one ticket and invite the whole family to watch together!

Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other— past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island). Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays.

Starring JEFFERSON MAYS
Adapted by JEFFERSON MAYS, SUSAN LYONS, MICHAEL ARDEN
Production conceived by MICHAEL ARDEN & DANE LAFFREY
Directed by MICHAEL ARDEN

World Premiere Live Capture: NOVEMBER 28
Video available on demand until JANUARY 3
https://www.theatreknoxville.com/charles-dickens-a-christmas-carol/

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo Lights

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

If you haven’t heard, you can light up your nights this winter when you experience the all new outdoor lantern light-up at Zoo Knoxville! See a variety of animal lanterns, an enchanted forest, moravian stars, and a snake tunnel! Plus, hot chocolate, spirits, and some authentic Chinese wares! Starting November 27 and lasting until January 3, 2021, nightly from 5-9 PM

*Closed December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

https://www.zoolightsknoxville.com/

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

Downtown Knoxville's Peppermint Trail

  • November 27, 2020 — January 3, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Follow the Peppermint Trail - November 27 thru January 3

Follow the peppermints along the sidewalks in Downtown Knoxville to discover all sorts of treats featuring the favorite red-and-white candy, plus plenty of gingerbread, cinnamon, cranberry, apple spice, and other holiday flavors. From candy cane coffees and hot buttered rum, to eggnogs and peppermint martinis, you'll feel the holiday magic with every sip!

That's not all. Restaurants make holiday cheesecakes, fudge, donuts, cookies, and macarons, and boutiques and gift shops sell holiday t-shirts, soaps, and scented candles.

A list of businesses – and their treats – is below. Come back to this site often as we add new holiday specials.

We're excited to welcome you to the Peppermint Trail, but remember to make health and safety the top priority. Wear your mask (more festive, the better), practice physical-distancing, and stay home if you're sick.

Holiday magic awaits along the Peppermint Trail. Come back to this site often, as we add holiday specials throughout the season. Post photos of your peppermint adventures with #KnoxPeppermint. You’re MINT to be downtown this season! https://www.downtownknoxville.org/holiday/peppermint/

Town of Farragut: Light the Park

  • November 24, 2020 — January 1, 2021

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

Every evening at dusk from Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, thousands of lights come on at Founders Park at Campbell Station for the annual Light the Park event.

During Light the Park, a slate of socially-distant activities will be offered, including grab-and-go items and storybook trails. A calendar detailing events will be available closer to the event. For updates and more info, check out the Visit Farragut Facebook event page for Light the Park.

Park restrooms will be open until 10 p.m. during the light display, except on Dec. 25.

The Town of Farragut and Visit Farragut are hosting the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/366965894349125/

Knoxville's Christmas in the City activities

  • November 23, 2020 — January 1, 2021

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

Beginning Monday, Nov. 23, downtown Knoxville will be decked out in lights and greenery—including Krutch Park’s forest of twinkling trees and the 42-foot Christmas tree in the Krutch Park Extension on Gay Street—in time to serve as the background for fun family photos and selfies.

The Holidays on Ice skating rink will relocate from Market Square to the Civic Coliseum. The larger rink will allow skaters additional space to practice physical distancing while skating on the same ice where Knoxville Ice Bears play hockey. Starting Friday, Dec. 11, Holidays on Ice will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday with extended hours during Knox County Schools’ winter break. The full schedule will be posted at www.HolidaysOnIce.com.

Market Square will shine with new, peppermint-themed lighting displays provided in partnership with the Downtown Knoxville Alliance. Downtown visitors should look out for Window Wonderland decorations and special holiday treats on the menus and shelves of businesses participating in the Peppermint Trail.

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 https://www.knoxlib.org/movies.

“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 KnoxvilleTN.gov/Christmas.

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