Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Tri-Star Arts: Solo Exhibition by Althea Murphy-Price

  • March 9, 2021 — May 8, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition in their new gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show featuring works by artist Althea Murphy-Price (Knoxville, TN) will open on Tuesday, March 9, and run through Saturday, May 8, 2021. A closing reception will be held on the evening of Friday, May 7 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Althea Murphy-Price uses deception, desire, and ornamentation to form questions on the topics of truth, fascination, and attraction — often using manufactured hair (both synthetic and human) to exercise its role as embellishment and as a signifier of racial identity. In this work, hair functions as both subject and material and represents both assimilation and individuality. This body of her work consists of a variety of approaches to printmaking and sculpture to create works that are inspired by surface and texture. Her lithographic work is made to capture the realistic appearance of hair while screen-printed elements suggest object-like forms. Most recently, Murphy-Price has created 3D printed forms suggestive of wearable hair accessories.

This exhibition will be open to the public, alongside iconic spaces within the Candoro Marble Building, regularly from Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am until 5:00 pm going forward. Masks and social distancing (6 feet apart) is required. The gallery occupancy is limited to a maximum of 10 persons at a time.

In addition to the exhibition, five Knoxville-based artists have moved into the Tri-Star Arts studios at Candoro and begun their work. The studio artists are Jing Qin, Risa Hricovsky, Casey Fletcher, Jillian Hirsch, and Rachel Sevier Dallery.

Built in 1923, the Candoro Marble Building originally served as the offices and showroom for the Candoro Marble Company. The Aslan Foundation has just completed a restoration of the building. In partnership with the Aslan Foundation, Tri-Star Arts oversees programming at the site.

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5. Information:

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Mysterious Mosses

  • March 9, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops and Science, nature

Unless you look closely, you may never know all the wonders that lie hidden in the miniature world of mosses. Join Dr. Budke to explore the diversity of mosses that live in our lawns, between the sidewalk cracks, and in our local forests. You will gain identification skills, learn how these tiny plants are important players in our native ecosystems, and go on a photographic adventure to explore mosses from around the world.

Presentation by Dr. Jessica Budke, Assistant Professor and Herbarium Director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

March 9th, 2021
This event is being held virtually! You will receive a link to join after signing up.
Cost: Free for Members, $5 Non-members
Click here to sign up!

TN Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Virtual Art for Awareness

  • March 9, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Health, wellness

Tue Mar 9, 11 AM – 1 PM

Calling all Tennessee artists in recovery! The 2021 edition of Art for Awareness is going virtual! The Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) and TDMHSAS invite you to attend the 2021 virtual Art for Awareness celebration. The theme for this year is “Connecting with Art and Heart” and there will be a virtual art show, time to share what making art means to you, and other fun surprises. Click here for more information and the registration form for artists:

Tennessee Theatre's Ghostlight Series: Josh Oliver

Category: Free event and Music

We are overjoyed to announce Season Two of The Ghostlight Series, a free streaming concert series featuring Knoxville’s own amazing musical talent! Throughout the series, Tennessee Theatre will be collecting donations that will be split with the featured performers to support local musicians. Mark your calendars for four Tuesdays in March at 8pm for some fantastic music from the Tennessee stage and join us on Facebook live or Vimeo! A special thanks to our partner, Big Slate Media, for making this series possible.

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Josh Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has toured extensively over the past thirteen years as a side musician with several acts. After releasing his first album Troubles in 2011, Josh teamed up with producer Andrew Marlin to record the album Part of Life in 2014. Since 2012, Josh has been touring and recording with Chapel Hill, NC based band Mandolin Orange. Andrew Marlin and Clint Mullican, both of Mandolin Orange, join him for this Ghostlight performance delivering Josh’s unique take on bluegrass and Appalachian tunes as well as his original songs.

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

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Tennessee's Overmountain Men

Category: History, heritage, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is pleased to announce the return of our "Tuesdays at Two" programming. We have made a few alterations to the spring series due to the ongoing pandemic and the potential for cold temperatures in the amphitheater. The most significant change involves the actual delivery of the programming. We will be streaming the series on the Heritage Center website rather than having in-person meetings. Of course, members will have free access to these programs. Another change that we will incorporate into the spring offerings will involve program content. Rather than a standard lecture series, the series will be more demonstrative with artisans showing how they perform their craft. The line-up is very exciting, and we believe you'll enjoy the presentations. We will be sending log-in information to all members in future email blasts. This will allow you to access each program from the Heritage Center site, so please be on the lookout for that information.

March 9 -- Tennessee's Overmountain Men with Gordon Sisk, David and Jane Doan, Pearl, Tom Vaughn, Steve Ricker, and Dalton Wade.

April 13 -- Pottery Demonstration with Emily Burgess

May 11 -- Blacksmith Demonstration with Michael Ensor

June 8 -- The Art of Salt Making with James Bordwine

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

McClung Museum: An Introduction to NAGPRA: Universities, Museums, and Beyond

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

In 1990 the US government passed the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). This critical human rights legislation protects burial sites and requires the return of previously collected human remains and sacred objects to descendent communities. It also changed the way forward for collecting institutions that work with and house materials and ancestral remains from Native American cultures.

What exactly does that mean, though? At the University of Tennessee there are Native American object collections and ancestral human remains housed by the McClung Museum and others that are subject to NAGPRA claims, but what does that entail? Please join some of the UT staff and experts who work directly with NAPGRA as they demystify their work and describe how they strive to follow both the spirit and the letter of the law.

Panelists include Dr. Sandra Cridlin, Osteologist and Archaeological Research Associate for the McClung Museum; Dr. Ellen Lofaro, Director of Repatriation and Curator of Archaeology for Anthropology; and Dr. Donna McCarthy, Osteologist and Anthropology Research Associate for the McClung Museum.

This program will be the first in a series of panels about NAGPRA and is being proudly organized by the McClung Student Advisory Board.

Please register to participate in this Zoom-based presentation.
Tuesday, March 9 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Virtual Event- Free

UT School of Art: Brock Lefferts Lecture

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

Tuesday, Mar. 9 @6:30pm on Zoom
Brock Lefferts is a Senior Product Designer working on video and audio players at Wistia in Boston, MA. Brock served as the juror for the Graphic Design division of this year’s 74th Annual Art + Design Competition.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Design in the UT College of Architecture and Design.

Zoom registration:

2021 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture: Wiley Cash and Frank X Walker

  • March 9, 2021

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Literature, reading, writing

The John C. Hodges Society of the University of Tennessee Libraries and The Friends of the Knox County Public Library invite you to the 2021 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture.

Join us for a virtual conversation between two Appalachian authors. Frank X. Walker's latest poetry collection, Masked Man, Black: Pandemic & Protest Poems, speaks to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice. Wiley Cash's most recent novel, The Last Ballad, follows a single mother's struggle for her rights in a North Carolina textile mill.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30pm

Knox Pride: Open Forum

  • March 9, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Health, wellness

The Knox Pride board will have an open forum on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:45 PM EST via Facebook live to answer any questions or concerns.

The annual Knox Pride-organized event, Pridefest, has been canceled for 2021. With public safety as its number one priority, Knox Pride, along with other regional Pride organizations, elects to cancel in-person celebrations. And instead, host virtual pride events and share curated content through social media.

Typically celebrated during June, Pridefest events will now be virtual for 2021. Knox Pride will share content from local artists and creators and host interactive and collaborative events online, such as digital drag shows and virtual performances from local entertainers. Follow Knox Pride on Facebook and Instagram to take part.

Since 2006, Knox Pride has organized an annual “Pridefest” to provide a safe platform for the LGBTQ+ community to stand together in solidarity and love. In 2020, the effects of COVID-19 forced Knox Pride to postpone in-person events. According to Knox Pride president John Camp, “little has changed from 2020 to now. The health and safety of our community remain our number one concern, and so, we are once again taking the necessary precautions.”

Although Knox Pride hasn’t confirmed plans for Pridefest 2022, they remain hopeful that Fall 2022 will allow the next physical Pridefest. If it is publicly safe to do so, Knox Pride will consider hosting events like ArtOut as early as Spring 2022. Knox Pride is always looking for community support, whether through creative contributions from locals (artwork, stories, written content, photos, etc.) or remote volunteer efforts. Volunteer positions are available at

East Tennessee Children's Hospital & KARM: Rescue & Reimagine Auction

  • March 8, 2021 — March 15, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

The Best Reimagined Auction will take place following the competition from March 8-15.

Diamonds in the rough can always be mined at KARM Stores. The challenge, of course, is finding them. Competitors in Rescue & Reimagine are asked to do just that. The challenge is to reimagine, refurbish, or reinvent the item they've purchased in hopes of taking home the TOP PRIZE! Individual and corporate participants will compete to see who will create the best reimagined piece and/or will be our top fundraiser. The top ten Best Reimagined items will be auctioned off to raise additional funds for East Tennessee Children's Hospital and KARM. All proceeds benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital and Knox Area Rescue Ministries to further their important missions across our community. Through your creativity and support, our organizations can continue to help make a difference in the lives of local men, women and children in need. We can't do it without you!

Clayton Center for the Arts: Southern Circuit film "Warrior Women"

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: 2020-21 Season

Available to view for 4 days. Free screening.

Screening and Q&A with Director, Producers Christina D. King and Elizabeth A. Castle.

Warrior Women is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists’ children – including her daughter Marcy – into the “We Will Remember” Survival School as a Native alternative to government-run education. Together, Madonna and Marcy fought for Native rights in an environment that made them more comrades than mother-daughter. Today, with Marcy now a mother herself, both are still at the forefront of Native issues, fighting against the environmental devastation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and for Indigenous cultural values.

Through a circular Indigenous style of storytelling, this film explores what it means to navigate a movement and motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down and transformed from generation to generation in the context of colonizing government that meets Native resistance with violence.

Art Market Gallery: Sheltering in Place

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

Art created while quarantined

First Friday reception on Mar 5, with artists' talk 5-7 PM

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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