Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Pellissippi State: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Since its indoctrination, the art department at Pellissippi State Community College has hosted an annual juried student exhibition. This annual exhibition exemplifies the hard work of both the students and the studio art faculty. During each exhibition, a purchase award (Best of Show) is awarded to a deserving student. That work of art is then placed in a permanent collection at the college. For 2021, the exhibition will be held for the first time virtually.

Any PSCC student from a past or present studio art class in the last two years, are welcome to apply for the exhibition.

The jurors for the exhibition are Professor Jeff Lockett, Associate Professor Caroline Covington, Professor Herb Rieth, and Professor Jennifer Brickey.

The Exhibition will run from April 1 through May 3.

Dogwood Arts: Trails & Open Gardens

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

Knoxville’s iconic dogwood trails date back to 1955 and today cover more than 85 miles in 12 neighborhoods throughout the city. Take a drive, a walk, or a bike ride and enjoy the scenic natural beauty of our region!

Established in 1956, the Holston Hills Dogwood Trail is located in an architecturally diverse neighborhood that offers sweeping views of the Holston River alongside panoramic vistas of the rolling East Tennessee hills. Here you will find an eclectic and historic mix of estates, cottages, and ranch homes which were built between 1920 and 1960. Beautiful lots in this neighborhood tend to be situated on big, rolling hills with old growth trees and an abundance of spring flowering dogwoods.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley: The Fulmer Auction

Category: Fundraisers

The Fulmer Auction is now open! Proceeds from the auction benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV). BGCTNV Clubs are in when schools are out to support our Club members. We offer programming that includes:
• Virtual Learning
• Healthy Lifestyles
• Social & Emotional Health
• and more

Visit the Auction Online

City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon: Poetry in Motion project kick-off

  • April 1, 2021

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

1 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2021
At Knoxville Area Transit Knoxville Station, 301 Church Ave.

Throughout the month of April, the City of Knoxville and Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) will mark National Poetry Month with Poetry in Motion, a project bringing poetry to the people led by City of Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea Carmon.

At Thursday’s event, Mayor Indya Kincannon will speak and introduce Carmon, who will read the first Poetry in Motion piece to begin the month-long celebration of the written and spoken word.

On Mondays and Fridays in April, a variety of local poets will hold pop-up performances at transit stops.

Also, area residents should keep an eye out for Poetry in Motion billboards, featuring poems by Carmon and previous Poet Laureates R.B. Morris and Marilyn Kallet.

Photos and videos of performances will be shared on social media using the #PoetryInMotion hashtag.

Visit for a list of poets and locations as well as more information about Rhea Carmon and the City’s Poet Laureate program.

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Open Mic Night Online

Category: Free event and Music

KCG's next Online Open Mic Night will be Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 6:30 PM. We invite you to join us!

Sign up for Open Mic Night - 4/1/2021

Central Cinema Returns!

  • April 1, 2021

Category: Film

Central Cinema Returns April 1, 2021

They say the third time's the charm... let's hope they're right!

After closing one year ago this week, reopening for two weeks in June, re-closing, reopening for three weeks in October, then re-closing again, we're ready to give this thing another shot as vaccination levels rise and case numbers drop. We'll still be requiring mask use for the foreseeable future, and will reopen with a reduced capacity of 40 tickets per screening, but Knoxville's neighborhood moviehouse is officially back in action, and we invite you to help us celebrate.

As ever, of course, we encourage you to make the right decisions for your personal health and safety. If that means staying home for now, we'll see you eventually.

Reopening Weekend at Central Cinema
Thursday April 1 & Friday April 2
$5 Late Show: April Fool's Day

Friday April 2 thru Sunday April 4
Back To The Future

Opens Saturday, April 3

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:,

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Love, Loss, and Morning Light

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

Don't miss the Thursday, April 1 (no fooling) program, which will include the winning entries from our 2021 poetry contest judged by two-time Knoxville poet laureate Marilyn Kallet and "Love, Loss, and Morning Light".

Poets Linda Parsons and Stellasue Lee will open National Poetry Month with "Love, Loss, and Morning Light," a call-and-response reading from their poetry collections Candescent (Iris Press 2019) and Queen of Jacks: New and Selected Poems (Bombshelter Press 2019). In finely crafted work about childhood's shaky ground, old and new love, caregiving for parents, animal spirits, and the healing path of meditation, Parsons and Lee explore grief and ungrieving into joy. A writing prompt will invite audience participation, with no poetry experience necessary.

The winners of our 2021 Poetry Contest will also be announced and read their winning entries.

Linda Parsons coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM's weekly reading series, with Stellasue Lee and is the reviews editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection (Iris Press, 2019).

Stellasue Lee was a founding editor of RATTLE, a poetry journal, and is now editor Emerita. She is a host of WordStream on WDVX with Linda Parsons. Two of her books have been entrants for the Pulitzer Prize, Firecracker Red, and Crossing the Double Yellow Line.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, Mar. 31. You will receive an email from our webmaster with the link on the morning of the event. Sign up at

Knoxville Writers’ Guild: Meetings take place at Central United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

Knox History Project: No Foolin’

Category: Free event and History, heritage

Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm on Zoom

Join us on April Fools Day for a special History Happy Hour discussion we’re calling “No Foolin.’” No tricks, we promise. (We’re an educational organization, after all.) This program will recount the 20 Most Unbelievable Facts about Knoxville History. Can it really be true that we were once the coldest spot in America? That France’s most famous existential philosopher spent time on Gay Street, and even wrote at least one essay here? That we were once the location of the tallest building in the world? Or that we once had an independent automobile factory? Find out about those and many other amazing but mostly forgotten facts to share with your friends—who will be sure you’re fooling.

Register for these online programs at:

Union Ave Books: The Girl from Shadow Springs

  • April 1, 2021

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

THE GIRL FROM SHADOW SPRINGS by Ellie Cypher w/ Ashlee Latimer

The Revenant meets True Grit with a magical twist in this thrilling and atmospheric debut fantasy about two teens who must brave a frozen wasteland and the foes within it to save their loved ones and uncover a deadly secret.

The answer to what freezes first is the eyes. That ain’t what most people would guess.

Everyone in Shadow Springs knows that no one survives crossing the Flats. But the threat of a frozen death has never deterred the steady stream of treasure hunters searching for a legendary prize hidden somewhere in the vast expanse of ice. Jorie thinks they’re all fools, which makes scavenging their possessions easier. It’s how she and her sister, Brenna, survive.

Then Jorie scavenges off the wrong body. When the dead man’s enemy believes Jorie took something valuable from the body, he kidnaps Brenna as collateral. He tells Jorie that if she wants her sister back, she’ll have to trade her for the item he thinks she stole. But how can Jorie make a trade when she doesn’t even know what she’s looking for?

Her only source of information is Cody, the dead man’s nephew and a scholar from the South who’s never been hardened by the harsh conditions of the North. Though Jorie’s reluctant to bring a city boy out onto the Flats with her, she’ll do whatever it takes to save her sister. But anything can happen out on the ice, and soon Jorie and Cody find they need one another more than they ever imagined—and they’ll have to trust each other to survive threats beyond their darkest nightmares.

Apr 1, 2021 07:00 PM

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

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

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

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,

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,

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