Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Momentum Dance Lab: Intermediate/Advanced Modern

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 PM at Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts
2906 Tazewell Pike Knoxville, TN, 37918
Various instructors

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Events

  • January 12, 2022 — January 17, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage and Kids, family

More info:
Please make plans to join us in 2022 for another year of celebration and commemoration honoring the life and legacy of the Dream and the Dreamer.

Wednesday, January 12, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location to be determined
The major opening of the MLK Celebration is traditionally an interfaith prayer service to bring people of our community from all faiths together in worship.

Thursday, January 13
8:30am – 11:30am
• LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM at University of Tennessee, Student Union
A highlight of the MLK Celebration is the annual leadership symposium providing a forum for dialogue and exchange of information about social justice issues.
12:00pm – 2:00pm
• LEADERSHIP/AWARDS LUNCHEON at University of Tennessee, Student Union
The business leadership awards luncheon will bring businesses from all segments of Knoxville together to honor special people who have made a difference in our community and will feature a special Keynote Speaker.

Friday, January 14
7:00pm – 8:30pm • COMMUNITY FORUM – OAK RIDGE ENVIRONMENTAL PEACE ALLIANCE at Beck Cultural Exchange Center
An especially important element in the MLK Celebration activities is a Community Forum with our partners of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

Saturday, January 15
The MLK Jr. Commemorative Commission Youth Symposium team has again partnered with the Knoxville Chapter of Jack & Jill of America to provide opportunities for students to enhance their oratorical and public speaking skills. The contest is comprised of students from local middle and high schools with the Knox County School district.

Monday, January 17
8:30am (Line-Up)
10:00am – 11:30am
The purpose of the parade is to offer the community a visual and audible display in tribute to the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Parade route will stretch from Chilhowee Park – Midway Entrance on N. Beaman Street to the Overcoming Believers Church on Harriet Tubman Street.

12:00pm – 2:00pm
• MEMORIAL TRIBUTE SERVICE at Overcoming Believers Church
The MLK Memorial Tribute Service culminates the MLK Memorial Parade and will feature a special Keynote Speaker.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Q Series

Category: Music

Q Series

Wednesday, January 12, 12:00pm

Elks Lodge

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the KSO Q Series at The Elks Lodge in West Knoxville for classical music Wednesdays! This concert features a one-hour performance by the KSO Principal String Quartet and the KSO Principal Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch.

865-291-3310 or

Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley: Behind the Blue Doors Tour

Category: Free event

Interested in learning more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley? Join us for a Behind the Blue Doors Tour at our Regal Teen Center Club, 967 Irwin Street, Knoxville.

Wednesday, January 12 – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Knoxville Adventure Collective: Social Adventure Series - Dirt & Water: Women in the Outdoors

  • January 12, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Science, nature

WEDNESDAY AT 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join us for an opportunity to hear what women are doing in the outdoors in our region. EveryBODY welcome!

We have an epic panel of women that will be sharing their stories, struggles, and successes in the outdoors:
Sarah Love - Team BUSAR
Kaysee Armstrong - Pro Racing & Roam Fest
Elizabeth Smith - Road tripping/Camping w/ kids
Lisa Mueller - CVTA President
Ani Roma - Dirty Bird Events
Karla Held - Azul Paddling
Julie Ferrara - AMBC Joy Ride
Missy Petty - Little Bellas
Sierra Sims - Pro Nats & Bike Racing
Liz McCalley - Stoke Signal
Heather Hutchinson - Sober Yogi & SUP Yoga
Shauna Nowlin - Lodge Life
Laura Carawan - Hardford50 @ 50!
Stacy Gunnoe - Class IV/V kayaker
Meagan - Spokeswomen
Katie Crawford - Rapid Expeditions
Marianna Ruth Wilson - Professional Landscaping
Amanda Lane - Aiding in MTB 101 & Virgina Creeper
Denita & Sara - Accessible Outdoors
Rachel Woods - Smoke Signal Media and outdoor photography

This evening is brought to you and sponsored by Legacy Parks Foundation, and HiWire Brewing. It is also a part of the Social Adventure Series at the Knoxville Adventure Collective. Beverages and prizes are available from our sponsors as well as other supporting businesses.

WUTK 90.3 FM: 40th Birthday Kickoff Party

  • January 12, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Fundraisers and Music

WUTK went live in January of 1982. We plan to celebrate our 40th birthday all year long! It all kicks off on Wednesday, January 12th , with a birthday blast off party at Alliance Brewing, beginning at 6 p.m.

Alliance will be hosting a pint night to benefit Volunteer Radio. There will be live music, giveaways, and info on WUTK’s 40th birthday events happening in 2022!

A local t-shirt shop will unveil two new WUTK t-shirt’s for sale to the public, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting WUTK. Check back for more info on our year long 40th birthday celebration!

Boyd's Jig & Reel: Artist in Residence: Matt Morelock featuring Kelle Jolly

  • January 12, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Music

We are excited to set forth a new music series on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday from 7:00-9:30, we are doing an artist in residence where the month's highlighted performer will be bringing in featured guests to showcase each other's songs and swap stories during dinner.

Shows are all ages and free.

January's artist and host is the amazing Matt Morelock!

Matt Morelock is mostly known as a radioman, banjo ace, and Knoxville ex-pat to Hawaii, but he’s back in town to join Boy’d Jig & Reel as the January Artist in Residence. You can hear his new music during his performances on Wednesday nights. Plus, he has invited a quiver of fine musicians to join him - with their own songs and voices - to celebrate, eat, drink, and laugh.

Matt will be featuring Renowned jazz singer and ukulele enthusiast Kelle Jolly joins us for dinner to sing a few songs, share a few stories, and take a deep dive on the UKULELE. Instrument demonstrations, surprise guests, and more…

Anchors Aweigh Challenge

  • January 11, 2022 — April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Literature, reading, writing

Ahoy, readers! Mayor Glenn Jacobs is inviting you to set sail on our 2022 reading challenge, Oceans of Possibilities, with a goal to read ONE MILLION HOURS! This year, we've broken our million-hour goal into three nautical challenges. You can participate in any one of the challenges, or all three.

Anchors aweigh! Set sail with us. By reading and logging your hours, you'll be part of Read City's quest to be the best-read community in America. It's more than a feel-good slogan. In an effort to support our schools, we are encouraging our children and their families to make reading a top priority. Currently, only 40% of Knox County students are reading on grade level at the end of third grade. Our community can help.

Got a Beanstack tracker app account? It's simple to join the next challenge--just click on Anchors Aweigh.

Don't have a Beanstack account yet? Also simple. With your library card, you can register for a free account and get started logging.

You can also drop by any library and pick up a navigation map with activities or try out our sailor hat craft.

It's 2022 and time for another reading adventure. I'm excited to set sail on our Anchors Aweigh challenge, and I hope you'll join us. When we read together, we're sending a strong message to our community that we value reading. If you can read with a child, that's even better, but all reading counts. It's easy to be a part of Read City. Just download the Beanstack tracker app or drop by any Knox County Public Library location to pick up a tracker map. Earn great prizes. Read and log 45 hours (that's about 20 minutes a day) to earn sea-worthy prizes!

Dogwood Arts: Close to Home with Michelle Barillaro and Vickie Bradshaw

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

Exhibition on Display: January 10th - February 25th

"Close to Home" featuring work by Michelle Barillaro & Vickie Bradshaw. Stop by M-F from 10AM-5PM to see the show! 123 W Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. The First Friday reception will be Friday, February 4th from 5-8PM.

Regular Gallery Hours: M-F 10AM-5PM

About the Artists:
Vickie J Bradshaw is a Southern Appalachian based artist who has been making art for the last thirty years across a variety of mediums. As a teacher at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, she is currently teaching metals classes as well as working with torched fired enamels. She is especially interested in mixed-media art and the functionality of found objects. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Arts.

Michelle Barillaro is an abstract painter based in Knoxville, TN. She works with a wide variety of mediums and enjoys discovering new ways to bring her work to life.

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

UT Student Union Gallery: Encore! Comics Beyond UT

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The artists represented in this exhibit are:
o Paige Braddock (BFA ’85)
o Peter Cotroneo (MFA ’16)
o Brandon McBath (BFA ’16)
o Alex Cline (BFA ’13)
o Mary Climes (MFA ‘21)
o Joel Trussell (BFA ’98)
o Emmy Lingscheit (MFA ’12)
o Guen Montgomery (MFA ’12)
o Marshall Ramsey (HCB ’91)
o Ed Gamble 1971-72
o James Greene (MFA ‘06)
o Danny Wilson (BFA '84)

The Student Union Gallery is located on the first floor of UT's Student Union. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no admission charge.

Clayton Center for the Arts: Minh Hoang Exhibit

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Blackberry Farm Gallery 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN

Art by MC alumnus Minh Hoang ’16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm. A reception will be held in the gallery on Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Pentaculum Winter 2022

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is proud to feature works by this year’s Winter Pentaculum Studio Coordinators; Adam Atkinson, Suzi Banks Baum, Brandon Donahue, Jason Schneider, Max Seinfeld, and Rena Wood. Also included in this exhibition is slide show featuring the work of participating invited artists, and a collection of writers’ short stories, poems, and essays. This colorful exhibition represents the spectrum of work created in a variety of media supported in the studios at here at Arrowmont.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

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