Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Sunshine Boys

Category: Comedy and Theatre

September 16-October 10
Thurs-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00

Two local legends team up for The Sunshine Boys at Flying Anvil Theatre. The classic Neil Simon comedy stars David Dwyer and Steve Dupree as the titular characters: two aging vaudevillians who reunite for one last show. Director Jayne Morgan says audiences familiar with the two actors are in for a surprise. “This is Dave and Steve as you’ve never seen them. They are creating characters very different from their own personalities. It’s been fun to see another side of these two beloved actors and a great challenge for them as well.”

Dwyer and Dupree play “Lewis and Clark,” top-billed vaudevillians for over 40 years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. The show was a hit on Broadway and revived several times with actors such as Dick Van Dyke, Walter Matthau and Danny DeVito.

Morgan says The Sunshine Boys was to be the theatre’s official grand reopening. “Instead, we’re still limiting seating and requiring masks. Plus, we’re joining the other theatres in town in requiring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test at the door. Keeping audiences safe is our highest priority.”

Rounding out the cast are Nick Silver, Yolanda Treece, Casey Kain, Ashley Guthrie Baker and Philip Brady. Randy Thompson is stage manager, set design is by Steve Krempasky, Jordan Vera designed lights and Virginia Baldwin is costume designer. Props and set dressing by Jordan McCready.

Tickets for The Sunshine Boys are available at or on the theatre’s Facebook page. The show opens with a Pay What You Can preview on Thursday, September 16, and runs through Sunday, October 10. (There is a second Pay What You Can performance on Wednesday, September 22.) Tickets are $25 and $27, $13 for students.

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

21st Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

  • September 16, 2021 — September 18, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

We are so excited to have everyone back here on the farm September 16-18, 2021. It seems like it has been an eternity since we were all together enjoying the music and camaraderie. The lineup is stellar and we are excited to present these fine entertainers for your enjoyment.

15 Bands perform in our Covered Performance Area
Rain or shine shows start each day at noon and go until 11 pm
Picking & Jamming all week
Sound provided by Blue Ridge Sound
Emcee Freddy Smith
Food and Merchandise Vendors
FREE Parking
Bring your own chair
Did we mention LOTS of jamming
Camping by Reservation only​​

525 East Dumplin Valley Road, Kodak, TN 37764
Tel: 865-397-7942

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Ancient Flowers

  • September 16, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

Ancient Flowers
September 16th, 6p
A seminar given by Dr. Joseph Williams of UT's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He will be speaking on the evolutionary role and development of flowering structures in plants. Check the website in the coming days for a fuller description!

Find out more and register here.

Bijou Theatre: Lost Dog Street Band

Category: Music


Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Knox County: 3rd Annual Seeds of Imagination Luncheon

  • September 16, 2021

Category: Fundraisers and Literature, reading, writing

Update 08/27/21:

Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in the Knoxville area, we are sad to say we have decided to CANCEL our 3rd Annual Seeds of Imagination Luncheon, which was scheduled for Thursday, September 16th at Cherokee Country Club. All donations will still go 100% to purchasing and mailing books to Knox County families.

Please follow our social media outlets as we plan to post videos, interviews, and our donation campaign on our Facebook (@knoxkidsread), and Instagram (@imaginationlibraryknoxco) pages. We hope you'll join us in this way to help honor the nurses of the Childbirth Center at Parkwest Medical Center for their exceptional contribution to early literacy in Knox County.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

To make a tax-deductible gift, please visit or Venmo @KnoxCounty-ImaginationLibrary.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Bach at the Botanicals

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Let the sounds of the symphony guide you through the Knoxville Botanical Gardens as KSO musicians perform the music of J.S. Bach alongside contemporary composers, including Dosia McKay, Rhiannon Giddens, and Mark O’Connor.

In the case of rain, KSO musicians will move into the Dogwood Center and continue performances as planned.

Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Knoxville Botanical Garden

Free and open to the public: 865-291-3310 or

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Tennessee Conversation with Bill Haslam and Gary Wade

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

Join us as Bill Haslam, former mayor of Knoxville and governor of Tennessee, discusses his new book, Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, on September 16 at 6:30 pm. Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will join Haslam for this special “Tennessee Conversation” event, to be held in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Knoxville.

The publisher, Thomas Nelson, notes that “Haslam has long been at the center of politics and policy on local, state, and federal levels, and he has consistently been guided by his faith, which influenced his actions on a wide range of issues. Yet the place of faith in public life has been hotly debated since our nation's founding, and the relationship of church and state remains contentious to this day.”

He continues that “Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square calls for a different way. Drawing upon his years of public service, Haslam will discuss his remarkable vision for the redemptive role of faith in politics while examining some of the most complex issues of our time.”

Registration Required; Please register on Eventbrite

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the event. If you would like to buy books beforehand, hardback copies are available from the Museum of East Tennessee History's gift shop. You may pre-order your copy prior to attending the event, and we will have it ready for pick up upon your arrival. We will also ship signed or unsigned books. To order, call 865-215-8830 or 865-215-8825.

Knoxville History Project: History Happy Hour - Women's Rights

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

A Fair Shake: The Leaders of the Fight for Women’s Rights in Knoxville with Laura Still
Thursday, September 16 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Despite the occasional live event, we're still Zooming like it's still 2020. On Sept. 16, our guest will be our partner Laura Still, of Knoxville Walking Tours. She'll be talking about her new illustrated paperback, published by KHP, A Fair Shake. Planned last year for the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, but a bit delayed by you know what, that book is the most comprehensive examination of the Knoxville people and places involved in the women's movement, from its earliest beginnings in the 1800s to the first women to be elected to office in the 1920s and later. Laura has been researching the subject for years now, partly to inform her popular walking tours, especially the one known as "Misbehaving Women" about early feminism in Knoxville. Her Zoom discussion will include lots of pictures of key figures and downtown settings for this dramatic story. We expect the new book to be in stock by the time of this program.

Register at:

Knoxville History Project, information: 865-300-4559,

Ancient Lore Village: "Field of Dreams" Movie Night

  • September 16, 2021
  • 6:30 PM

Category: Culinary arts, food, Film and Kids, family

We’re so excited to host a special outdoor movie night at the Village with a screening of everyone’s favorite, “Field of Dreams”, along with a ball-game themed dinner! Bonus: Our friend, University of Tennessee’s former Assistant Baseball Coach, Larry Simcox, will be joining us for some insight on what baseball has meant to Knoxville’s youth - and the city, in general.

Keep the night going and make your evening extra magical with an overnight stay in one of our eight dwellings. We build it, we hope you’ll come!

Ancient Lore Village, 7107 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-200-2434,,

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Open Mic Night

Category: Free event and Music

KCG's next Open Mic Night will be Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 6:30 PM. We invite you to join us at LeGrand Music Studios in Fountain City

Sign up for Open Mic Night to participate, watch and listen!

Ewing Gallery: Professional Practices

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

The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture is pleased to present an exhibition of the studio art faculty of the University of Tennessee School of Art.

Exhibiting faculty members are: Joshua Bienko, Emily Ward Bivens, Sally Brogden, Jason Brown, Rubens Ghenov, Paul Harrill, John Kelley, Mary Laube, Paul Lee, Beauvais Lyons, Frank Martin, Christopher McNulty, Althea Murphy-Price, John Powers, Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Jered Sprecher, and Koichi Yamamoto.

The Ewing Gallery, located on the first floor of the Art + Architecture Building, is open Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm.
Thursday evenings until 7:30pm. Sundays from 1-4pm. We are limiting gallery capacity to 25 visitors. Masks are required in University of Tennessee buildings. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

UT Gardens: Home Sweet Home: A Birdhouse Exhibit Auction

  • September 13, 2021 — September 22, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers and Science, nature

We will auction the fabulous bird houses that were created by local artists for the Home Sweet Home: A Birdhouse Exhibit that is currently on display in the Gardens. The online auction will open on Monday, September 13 and close on Wednesday, September 22. Winning bidders will be able to pick up their items at the Fall Plant Sale (Sep 24-25).

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

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