Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Zoo Knoxville: "All Together for the Animals" – A Virtual Concert

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 8:00 PM

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has teamed up with today's top country artists to produce an incredible, virtual concert fundraising event – exclusively for our members for a $30 contribution. You will receive exclusive members-only access to our "All Together for Animals" concert. You will see performances by Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Wynonna Judd, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter, and others! Part of the proceeds go to Zoo Knoxville.
Make your contribution and get your ticket today! Our animals need you!
Tickets at https://www.alltogetherforanimals.com/

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Sundress Academy for the Arts: March Reading Series

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

The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is pleased to announce the guests for the March installment of our virtual reading series. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 31st,2021, 7:00-8:00 EST via Zoom.

Red Samaniego writes short fiction about freak love, border worlds, and being a better communist. They were selected as the 2019-2020 Junior Fiction Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis; the 2019 Sandra Cisneros Fellow at Under the Volcano in Tepoztlan, Mexico; a 2018 Hattie Fitz Walker Scholar at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and the 2018-2019 Editorial Assistant at Dorothy, a publishing project. They're the founder of MFA App Review, a project providing free support to BIPOC and trans writers applying to MFA programs. On Instagram: @curveofjoy and Twitter: @notyrmomscandy

AJ Odasso's poetry, nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies since 2005. Their first full-collection manuscript, Things Being What They Are, an earlier version of The Sting of It, was shortlisted for the 2017 Sexton Prize. The Sting of It was published by Tolsun Books and won Best LGBT Book in the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Earlier chapbooks, Lost Books and The Dishonesty of Dreams, were published in 2010 and 2014 by UK imprint Flipped Eye. AJ holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University. Currently a PhD candidate in Rhetoric & Writing at the University of New Mexico, they teach at UNM and Central New Mexico Community College. They have served in the Poetry Department at Strange Horizons since 2012.

Noley Reid is author of the novels Pretend We Are Lovely and In the Breeze of Passing Things and the short story collection So There! Her stories and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Rumpus, Arts & Letters, Meridian, Pithead Chapel, Split Lip Magazine, The Lily, and Bustle. Reid holds an M.F.A. from George Mason University. She taught creative writing for 18 years in colleges, universities, and community centers before giving up tenure to write full time. She also serves as the booker for The Greatest Indoor Reading Series and lives in southwest Indiana with her two best boys.
Catch the event here, using the password "safta"!
https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/98295761120

Tomato Head: Exhibitions by Jessica Payne

  • March 29, 2021 — May 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Market Square Tomato Head from March 29-May 2
West Knoxville Tomato Head from May 4-May 31

www.JessicaPayneArt.com

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) and 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 (865-584-1075), in Knoxville. http://thetomatohead.com

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibition 2

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture is pleased to present the first group of three MFA Thesis Exhibitions. In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work. These exhibitions take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the Ewing Gallery.

The Ewing Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm.
The University of Tennessee and the Ewing Gallery will be closed Friday, April 2.
Exhibiting Students are:

Lauren Terry
Macaroni Titans

Nyasha Madamombe
NDEZVEDZINZA

Gina Stucchio
Parasite With a Proper Name

Conor McGrann
It’s Not Adding Up

The Ewing Gallery is open Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu

Oak Ridge Art Center: Metamorphosis IV: Recycle to Art

  • March 27, 2021 — May 8, 2021

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

This series has proven to push the artists of the region to revisit ideas, mix techniques, and mix and seek new materials in ways they never considered before.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org

UT Gardens: Spring Plant Sale

  • March 26, 2021 — April 5, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

UT Gardens, Knoxville will be holding their upcoming Spring Plant Sale online again this year. Current Gardens members will get the opportunity to shop early on March 26, and will also receive their 10% on their purchase. If you aren't currently a member, you can join now in order to receive the preview sale link when we send it out. If you are a member affiliated with either Crossville or Jackson, please contact Beth at ewillis2@utk.edu and ask to be included in the member sale preview email.

The sale will be open to the public from March 29 through April 5, and we will hold a contact-free curbside pickup on April 9 and 10.

Member Pre-Sale - opens March 26
Public Sale - March 29-April 5
Pickup will be scheduled for - April 9 - 10
2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville

https://ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Pages/default.aspx

WDVX: Live from Home with Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Category: Music

Friday, March 26, 7pm

Join WDVX “Live From Home” featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more. This is a series of shows that support musicians and WDVX. Tickets for WDVX’s initial spring Live from Home show featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, March 26th at 7pm, are on sale now through our website: https://wdvx.com/watch/

Big Ears: Streaming Lonnie Holley's Knoxville Sessions

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

LONNIE HOLLEY FROM BIG EARS (PART 2)
From The Mill & Mine and Southern Railroad Depot
Streaming: March 26 thru April 1

Big Ears captured Lonnie Holley's Knoxville sessions for a series of streaming films. This new 70-minute show — the second coming out of those sessions — has Lonnie making music with an expert ensemble of collaborators outdoors at the Southern Railroad Depot and inside at The Mill & Mine.

Musicians who participated in these sessions, supporting Lonnie, include cellists Ben Sollee and Dave Eggar, guitarists Christopher Paul Stelling and Phil Faconti, drummer Jordon Ellis, and fiddler Evie Andrus.

Ticket Options:
$10 | Livestream Ticket
$25 | Meet & Greet + Livestream Ticket

https://bigearsfestival.org/lonnieholley-part2/

Asian Culture Center of TN: Persona non Grata film

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Chiune Sugihara man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Join the Nashville Film Festival and the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville for a free screening of Persona non Grata, a film celebrating the life of Chiune Sugihara. Before the screening, enjoy in-depth discussion from experts which provides historical and emotional context to the film. This screening will be available from March 25-3, and is available for anyone to screen for free on their home computer or smart device. Registration is required to access this free film screening.
https://watch.eventive.org/personanongrata/play/60493974ec9201129fb67973

www.knoxasianfestival.com

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Fused Glass Workshop

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

Fused Glass Workshop with Carolyn Fogelman
Wednesdays, March 24 – April 7 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

In this 4-part workshop students will learn about glass, how to stack glass, how to make advanced shapes and elements along with learning about the process of firing the glass in the kiln. At the completion of the workshop, students will have 6 – 15 pieces ready to wear or give as gifts! Students need to bring safety glasses with side shields or goggles to wear while cutting glass. Member Rate: $125 | Non-Member Rate: $135 | Materials Fee (paid to instructor): $75 Registration deadline: March 17 | Space is limited to ensure proper social distancing. Face coverings are required.

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: 2716 Andersonville Highway, Clinton, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-6, Su 1-5. Information: 865-494-9854, www.appalachianarts.net

Fountain City Art Center: Open Photography Show

  • March 19, 2021 — April 21, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

March 19 – April 21, 2021
Featuring a variety of photography by local artists! Juried for awards by Clay Thurston.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787, www.fountaincityartcenter.com

UT Arboretum Society: Online Spring Plant Sale

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Spring is almost here and it will soon be time to plant your yard. If you want to buy plants to enhance your garden this spring, but want to avoid crowds, visit the UT Arboretum Society’s Annual Spring Plant Sale which will be held online with sales from March 19th to April 3rd with pick-up dates April 9th and 10th at the UT Arboretum. Our plant sales are some of our biggest fundraisers of the year and help support the Arboretum’s community education, trail improvements such as our Nature Book Trail, and children’s programs.

For two weeks, you can browse the selections of perennials, trees, and shrubs available from our vendors Tennessee Naturescapes, Riverdale Nursery and East Fork Nursery of Sevierville. The three vendors offer a wonderful selection of plants including unique conifers, both evergreen and native azaleas, hydrangeas, milkweed, beauty berry, and a wide variety of native pollinator plants to name just a few! Quantities are limited so we suggest early shopping! Beginning March 19th at 5:00 p.m., log on to https://utas-plant-sale.square.site/ to shop and make payment. Sales will end on April 3rd at 5:00 p.m. All payments must be made by credit card online in advance. No sales or payments on the pick-up days are possible.

Upon ordering, you will be provided a link to choose a pick-up time on either Friday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, April 10th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum, 901 S. Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge. You must schedule a pick-up time on these two days. Arboretum Society members will have your plant orders ready for pick-up. This is a no contact pick-up system. When you arrive at your scheduled time, you will come to designated pick up spots and your order will be brought to your car.

This is an amazing opportunity which allows the public to shop for an extended period of time without gathering in large groups on one day. People will also have access to a wonderful selection of plants from three outstanding nurseries all at one online site.

To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www.utarboretumsociety.org. For more information on the plant sale, contact mcampani@utk.edu.

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