Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Flying Anvil Theatre: Open Casket

Category: Theatre

August 26-29
Thurs-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00

The provocative, spoken-word performance artist Minton Sparks will be taking the stage at Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville presenting her Open Casket show for a live audience August 26-29, 2021. The performance will also mark the debut of new material from her album "Where Humans and Birds Begin."

The Open Casket program revolves around the people in Sparks' life and a review of the characters that make up a rural community. As they say in the south, "We don't hide crazy. We parade it on the front porch and give it a sweet tea." She invites you to grab a sweet tea, pull up a chair, set a spell and take a listen.

Minton has not only won over audiences with her show but left a lasting impression with media and applauded performers.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @flyinganviltheatre

Ijams Nature Center: Take Action! FREE Gardening Series

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Ijams and CAC Beardsley Community Farm invite you to a Take Action! Summer Gardening series! The first workshop, Sustainable Summer Gardening, is next Thursday, May 27, from 6-7 p.m. You’ll learn the basics of growing eco-friendly summer crops, maintenance tips and tricks, and sustainable practices for a healthy landscape and produce. All four classes are FREE and take place at the Farm!

Aug. 26: Using the Harvest: Homemade Pasta w/Zucchini & Herbs

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
1741 Reynolds St, Knoxville, TN 37921

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque in Concert

Category: Music

Goran Ivanovic & Fareed Haque in Concert
7:00 PM

After a 20-year hiatus, virtuoso guitarists Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque have joined forces again! A year of intensive touring and composing has produced IndoBalkan, the duo’s debut release on Delmark Records. Featuring rising star percussionist Juan Pastor and incorporating elements of jazz, classical, Indian and Balkan music, the duo explore longer, more complex compositions and stunning technical challenges while retaining their love for beautiful melodies and sweet tones. Two of the most gifted guitarists performing today, their styles and backgrounds are vastly different, but, as the Chicago Tribune wrote of them, “when their two guitars play, cultural barriers melt away.”
With IndoBalkan, Ivanovic & Haque are offering their audience a collaborative musical capstone. This multifaceted project combines the duo’s musical and geographical influences and showcases their virtuosity and creative lyricism.

Over time, Ivanovic & Haque’s music is thoughtful and expressive while retaining its natural athleticism. Their fresh musical language is propelled by strong rhythms, verging closely towards popular forms, meant to be felt and experienced, revealing an inner solidity.

Location: Holston Hills Country Club
5200 Holston Hills Rd, Knoxville, TN 37914

PechaKucha Night Knoxville

  • August 26, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

Live at The Mill and Mine
August 26, 2021
Doors 6:30pm
Presentations Begin 7:20pm

Join us for our 40th PKN! We are excited to celebrate this milestone with our first full capacity event since the start of the pandemic. Come to get inspired, learn something new, and celebrate the folks doing amazing things in Knoxville. Mark your calendars, RSVP to the Facebook event, and help us spread the word!

We will have a limited number of posters featuring the art from our past events to commemorate our 40th milestone. Proceeds from poster sales will help PKN continue as we rely on donations to cover the costs of producing these events. Buy a poster and show your support!

// Vol. 40 poster by @feralgiant
// Please remember to check The Mill and Mine's COVID guidelines prior to the event and plan accordingly.
// We encourage you to support a current or past presenter during this time.
// This event is family-friendly, however the content is uncensored.

Greater Knoxville Hospitality: Stars of the Industry Luncheon

  • August 26, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events

Come Join Us!
August 26, 2021 at 11:15 AM
PAULY Awards & Scholarship Presentations
Guest Speaker: Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs
Special Friendliest Face Award in memory of Mr. Bill Regas

We invite you to celebrate our STARS of the Hospitality & Tourism industry. We can't wait for you to hear their stores and meet our brightest stars! Hospitality Education College scholarships will be presented to the industry's rising STARS.

At The Foundry on the Fair Site

On the Lawn for LARC: Outdoor Concert Fundraiser

  • August 26, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

Event by A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee
At Ijams Nature Center

Join us for an evening of music and friends at our first-ever backyard benefit concert! Enjoy live music, barbecue, beer, kombucha, and sno-balls and send off summer in style. Proceeds will fund our mission to prevent unplanned pregnancies in our community by providing education and access to long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC).

Admission includes tickets for 1 food and 1 drink item, with a vegetarian option available by request.
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UT Downtown Gallery: First Year MFA Exhibition

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

August 25 - 28, 2021
reception: Friday, August 27, 5-8pm

Join us for an exhibition of the work of the UT School of Art MFA class of 2024. We are excited to welcome these students to Rocky Top! Exhibiting students are:

Casey Wolhar - Time-Based Art
Haleigh Eicher - Ceramics
Abby Hedley - Sculpture
Griffin Allman - Painting + Drawing
Landin Eldridge - Painting + Drawing
Saloni Parekh - Painting + Drawing
Megan Wolfkill - Painting + Drawing
Gino Castellanos - Printmaking
Anthony Huang - Printmaking
Chloe Wack - Printmaking

All UT Downtown Gallery events are free and open to the public. Masks are required. Thank you for working to keep our community healthy.

All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Open Wednesday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturdays from 10am - 3pm. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-673-0802,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2021-2022 Arrowmont Artists-in-Residence

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

August 23 – September 10, 2021

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Auditions for The Haunting of Hill House

Category: Auditions, Free event and Theatre

The Haunting of Hill House
Adapted for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie
Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson
Director: Sarah Campbell
Assistant Director: Dennis Hart

NOTICE: Out of caution we are asking that actors auditioning be vaccinated.
• Monday, August 23, 6:30-8:30pm
• Tuesday, August 24, 6:30-8:30pm
• Wednesday, August 26, 7:00pm
REHEARSALS: Begin August 29
PERFORMANCES: Oct 8-31 (Fri/Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm)
No one lives in Hill House for long, but they all agree; it should be burned to the ground. A professor and three others set out to investigate the old house to determine what strange events, if any, are happening inside its walls.
• ELEANOR VANCE | (20-40) After caring for her recently passed mother for many years, Eleanor escapes the bonds of her oppressive family in hopes of finding her place in the world.
• THEODORA | (20-40) Invited because of her sensitivity to the unknown or otherworldly, Theodora embraces life and relishes impulse.
• MONTAGUE | (30+) Having looked for a house truly seeped in the unknown, Dr. Montague was elated to finally find Hill House. Here he will use his and others’ findings to publish a paper, proving the existence of such places.
• LUKE SANDERSON | (18-50) An heir to the family who owns the house, Luke is there as a representative to ensure the doctor does not overstep his bounds, even if he would like to burn the place down himself.
• MRS. MONTAGUE | (30+) No proof of a realm of spirits is needed for Mrs. Montague who is armed with devices designed to communicate with beings beyond the veil and her desire to discover the truth where her husband cannot.
• ARTHUR PARKER | (40+) Accompanying Mrs Montague as her driver, Arthur is a dedicated headmaster who admires her discipline.
• MRS DUDLEY | (40+) The caretaker of the house, Mrs. Dudley accompanies the guests inside and keeps the house maintained and guests fed during the day… only during the day.
No monologue is necessary. The audition will consist of cold readings from the script.
A headshot and resume are recommended but not required.
Please bring a detailed list of conflicts from Aug 29 – Oct 31.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

McClung Museum: Between the Hand and Sky: The Art of Elizabeth Gould

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

Elizabeth Gould (1804–1840) is best known as the lifelong assistant of her husband John Gould. Together the couple published a series of ornithological texts chronicling thousands of bird species. However, Elizabeth Gould was more than just the assistant to or wife of her husband. Elizabeth’s artistic contributions to ornithology have been chronically underrepresented, though she is responsible for some of the most important illustrations of birds ever published. During her lifetime, she designed and lithographed more than 650 natural history illustrations. This exhibition of more than thirty lithographs and books seeks to bring Elizabeth Gould to the forefront and acknowledge her life’s work and artistic contributions.

The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. As part of the University of Tennessee, we adhere to UTK's COVID19 policies.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

Knoxville Museum of Art: Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art presents Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum August 20-November 7, 2021. Additionally, beginning August 1, the museum will resume full operating hours for the first time since 2020 (Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays).

Under Construction showcases the artistic technique of collage, a dynamic and engaging medium in which materials from different sources are cut, torn, and layered to create new meanings and narratives. Featuring nearly 80 works by more than 30 international artists, this exhibition explores the growth and impact of collage from the 1950s to the present. Although collage gained acclaim in the early 20th-century through the groundbreaking work of artists like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, it experienced a renaissance (particularly in America) after World War II. Charlotte, North Carolina native Romare Bearden is widely credited with rejuvenating and reinvigorating the technique. The exhibition brings together more than a dozen collages by Bearden. It shows how he inspired subsequent generations of artists, including Radcliffe Bailey, Sam Gilliam, Kojo Griffin, Robert A. Nelson, Man Ray, Kristina Rogers, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist. As is evident in many of the works in Under Construction, Bearden’s legacy continues to serve as a powerful touchstone for younger artists as they use new ideas, materials, and tools to define the medium’s voice in the Digital Age.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will also host Kolaj LIVE Knoxville. From Friday, November 5th, to Sunday, November 7th, 2021, artists, curators, and writers will gather for a weekend of collage making, slideshows, exhibition visits, and storytelling that deepen our understanding of collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st-century movement. Additional programming surrounding the exhibition will be available at

Under Construction: Collage from The Mint Museum is organized by The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations — Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts — the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community. Visit

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Odd Couple

Category: Comedy and Theatre

The Odd Couple (female version)

Performances: Aug. 20 – Sep. 12 (Fri/Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm) plus Thu, Aug 26 @ 8pm

Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constazuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. This show will be set in 1985.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

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