Calendar of Events

Monday, April 12, 2021

Zoo Knoxville: Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus OPEN

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

We’ve opened our new Clayton Family Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Campus.

We Dare You to Enter! The new, state-of-the-art Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is ready for you! Come explore 12,000 square feet of rare, venomous, beautiful and mysterious snakes, tortoises, frogs, and Cuban crocs. You might see Joe the sloth overhead, too!

The ARC is our commitment to animal conservation, where we will protect 85 species—38 of which are endangered. We can’t wait for you to experience this and help our mission of saving animals from extinction.


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

Pellissippi State: Music Mondays

Category: Free event and Music

Monday, April 12, noon: Music Monday featuring the Pellissippi State Bluegrass Ensemble

Monday, April 19, noon: Music Monday featuring the Pellissippi State Jazz Band

Monday, April 26, noon: Music Monday featuring the Bluegrass Ensemble

Monday, May 3, noon: Music Monday featuring the Variations Choir

Monday, May 10, noon: Music Monday honoring spring 2021 graduates

To view these and all performances, visit the Music Ensemble Performances YouTube playlist.

The WordPlayers: A Fly in November reading

Category: Free event, Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

The WordPlayers of Knoxville will produce a staged reading of Steve Sherman’s new play, A Fly in November on Monday, April 12 at 7:00 PM in the Square Room, 4 Market Square, Knoxville. Admission is free. Actors and audience will be socially distant and masks will be required of the audience. For more information, please call 865-539-2490 or visit

A Fly in November focuses on Lucas, a young slave in Knoxville, Tennessee, who is caught up in the conflict of two brothers fighting on opposite sides during the Civil War. The play takes place amidst the turmoil of a single week in November of 1863, just before and after the battle of Fort Sanders.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c) 3 theatre company based in Knoxville, TN. The Staged Reading Series is sponsored by Brad Croisdale of Realty Executives. Other plays in the series are Althea & Angela by Todd Olson and Till Death Do Us Part by Craig Smith.

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UT Humanities Center: Visiting Distinguished Speakers - Paul Jaskot

  • April 12, 2021

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

Paul Jaskot
Professor of Art History and Director of the Wired Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture
Duke University

Monday, April 12, 2021
Time: 3:30 P.M.

Title: Building Nazi Occupied Krakow: Digital and Analog Approaches to the Spaces of the Holocaust

Plans for rebuilding Krakow during its WWII Nazi occupation were ambitious and followed Adolf Hitler’s goal to rebuild cities such as Nuremberg and Berlin. Also ambitious were the regime’s Holocaust goals of concentrating and ultimately murdering the Jewish population of Krakow. Comparing Nazi plans, drawings, and photographs to digital renderings of the Jewish ghetto, Professor Jaskot shows how spatial visualizations help us to see how the ambitions for establishing Nazi presence complemented but also contradicted spatial planning for the threatened Jewish community.

Funded through the UT Humanities Center for use by faculty in one of our nine affiliated arts and humanities departments, the Visiting Scholars project brings distinguished humanities scholars and renowned artists to the Knoxville campus and connects UT humanities faculty to the best researchers in their fields. Because only speakers with exception records of publication and research activity are eligible to receive a nomination as a visiting scholar, the program brings to campus some of the most cutting-edge and prolific intellectuals in the humanities today. We are converting our Visiting Lecture Series this year to an online format. Lectures will be on Mondays and in a webinar format. More information will be coming soon! Learn more:

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Auditions for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Category: Auditions, Free event, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Monday, April 12 for the upcoming live stage adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The play will be performed June 4th through June 20th: Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Poor Charlie Bucket finds a Golden Ticket in his Wonka Chocolate Bar, sending him and his Grandpa on a magical tour of Willy Wonka’s renowned chocolate factory. One by one, the other children on the tour break the rules, but if Charlie survives the journey, he may find an even greater reward.

Guest Director Terry Silver-Alford will direct the production.

Knoxville Museum: Fully Awake - Black Mountain College Documentary

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Film, Free event and History, heritage

Exclusive online viewing as an enrichment to the exhibition currently at KMA. View the history, influence, and lasting imprint of the artists, students, and faculty of Black Mountain College. 60-min documentary provided through Vimeo and accessed on any computer, smartphone, or internet-capable device.

Clayton Center for the Arts: Southern Circuit film "Socks on Fire"

Category: Film and Free event

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers: 2020-21 Season

Screening and Q&A with Writer, Director, Producer Bo McGuire.

Free Screening available for 4 days

My name is Bo McGuire. I am the first grandchild of the late, great Evelyn Louise Blanton-Washington of Gadsden, Alabama. Now, even though I conjure her as a great historical figure, y’all don’t know her. Not yet. She is my mama’s mama, my Nanny, and I speak of her as royalty because she is—queen of my heart, my imagination. She was the savior of my young, incredibly queer life in the sometimes cruel geography of rural, working-class Alabama.

Socks on Fire is a lyrical testament to Southern women couched in the battle for my grandmother’s throne. I returned home from New York City to find that my Aunt Sharon, my favorite childhood relative, had locked her gay, drag-queen brother, my Uncle John, out of the family home. As a queer Southerner, who can be both equally protective and skeptical of the South, Aunt Sharon stoked a fire within me to document the place and the people I call home. Through a series of stylized reenactments spun in with family VHS footage, Socks on Fire documents the fluidity of identity, personality, and performance in my hometown among my Mama’s people.

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibition 3

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.

April 8 – 15, 2020
Erin Wohletz
Quynh Nguyen
Kate Clark

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,

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: April Classes & Workshops

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

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!

Open Studio – Come enjoy our studio space. The studio may be used every day during operating hours when no other class or event is scheduled. Members and guests are both welcome, $5

Smorgasbord Class: “Mobius Flower Earrings,” with George Gallant. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 for both members and guests. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 8.

Paint Along with Sam Hill, watercolor demonstration class, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Cost is $20 for AG members or $25 for guests. Students should bring their own watercolor supplies. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 9.

“Chain Maille Jewelry, the Ripples Bracelet,” with George Gallant. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration and materials cost (including a $25 materials fee) is $55 for members or $60 for guests. Number of students: minimum is 2, maximum is 6.

“Watercolor 101, for Beginners,” with Vera Bogle. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration and materials cost (including $5 materials fee) is $35 for members or $40 for guests. Number of students: minimum is 4, and maximum is 8.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20 (in person at the Plateau Creative Arts Center and also on Zoom)
Monthly Members Meeting: 9:30 a.m. In-person attendance will be limited due to social distancing.

Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session. Assess the artwork of participants and/or selected artwork in the gallery. The facilitator is John Anderson. 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Bring your artwork or just observe the session.

“Wire-Wrapped Natural Stones and Shells,” with Susan Smathers. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration and materials cost (including $5 materials fee) is $35 for members or $40 for guests. Number of students: minimum is 4, maximum is 8.

Life Drawing, with Dena Whitener, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. A live model will be available for artists to sketch. Bring your sketch pad, media of choice, and camera to capture the pose. Cost is $5 model fee.

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

Dogwood Arts: Chalk (Your) Walk

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Instead of our usual large event downtown, Chalk (Your) Walk will take place on neighborhood sidewalks, driveways, and community spaces all across Knoxville from April 3rd - 12th! The competition is open to individual artists and families throughout Knoxville and the surrounding counties (100 mile radius of Downtown Knoxville).

The first 500 artists/families who register for the event will receive a free 48-count box of Koss Chalk Pastels to create their artwork! Everyone can participate in the event by chalking at home and sharing your work on social media, but you must register online by Friday, April 2nd in order to be eligible for awards. A panel of judges including civic leaders, professional artists, and art educators will review the submissions and award cash prizes and free art supplies to select artists in each age division.


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

Postmark LaFollette: Homemade ArtShine Arts & Crafts Co-Op

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

Our Postmark LaFollette, Homemade ArtShine Arts & Crafts Co-Op is in our Center at 119 S. Tennessee Avenue, LaFollette, TN.

We are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 2 p.m. All local handmade handcrafted goods from local artisans. When the CDC Guidelines become such that we can have more than a few people at anyone time we will be starting some First Friday Events, etc.

Postmark LaFollette is a collaborative creative place making project to establish and maintain and Arts, Culture and History Center within an historic structure in order to strengthen social and economic opportunities for the public through the arts:

Rala: New Work by Pippin Long

  • April 2, 2021 — May 31, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

We are excited to announce Pippin Long as our featured artist for the month of April! All paintings are one of a kind originals, and prints of the works will be available as well. Please join us for the show opening and to meet Pippin from 6 to 8pm.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be limiting our capacity to 6 customers at a time and requiring masks covering the nose and mouth be worn inside at all times. Thank you for helping us stay safe!

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Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7888, Instagram: @ShopRala

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