Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops: Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Category: Film and Music

Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Saturday, January 15th, 8:00pm | TICKETS

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Enjoy a sparkling new edition, celebrating 30 years since its Broadway debut and 80 years of that “wascally wabbit” himself. Featuring timeless scenes from “What’s Opera Doc?” and “The Rabbit of Seville” – plus two new Warner Bros. animated shorts projected above the stage while the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs live.

*LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & TM
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)

865-291-3310 or

Clayton Center for the Arts: Viva Momix

Category: Dance, movement

1/15/22 • 7:30pm

Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. In addition to stage performances world-wide, MOMIX has worked in film and television, recently appearing in a national commercial for Hanes underwear and a Target ad that premiered during the airing of the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. With performances on PBS’s “Dance in America” series, France’s Antenne II, and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries. Joining the Montreal Symphony in the Rhombus Media film of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, winner of an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special, the company’s performance was distributed on laser disc by Decca Records. MOMIX was also featured in IMAGINE, one of the first 3-D IMAX films to be released in IMAX theaters world-wide. MOMIX dancers Cynthia Quinn and Karl Baumann, under Moses Pendleton’s direction, played the role of “Bluey” in the feature film FX2; and White Widow, co-choreographed by Moses Pendleton and Cynthia Quinn, was featured in Robert Altman’s movie,The Company. Participating in the Homage a Picasso in Paris, MOMIX was also selected to represent the US at the European Cultural Center at Delphi.

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

YWCA: 26th Annual Race Against Racism and Diversity Day

  • January 15, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers, History, heritage and Kids, family

YWCA Knoxville Phyllis Wheatley Center, 124 South Cruze Street, Knoxville, TN

The YWCA's 26th Annual Race Against Racism kicks off with Diversity Day activities for the entire family beginning at 11:00 a.m. This event is for all ages and all people! Whether you like to run, walk, or just want to be part of the movement to Race Against Racism, we can't wait to welcome you at the Phyllis Wheatley Center! The certified 5k course route starts in East Knoxville at the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Community Center and takes runners through the vibrant East Knoxville community, down to the Old City, and loops back at the starting line. Looking for something a little more laid-back? Join our 1-mile walk to the Alex Haley statue at Morningside Park, and enjoy meeting your friends and neighbors. We'll also have a fun race for the younger kids!

Diversity Day and the Race Against Racism will happen, rain, snow, or shine - so please, come out and join us!

This is a day to celebrate our city's diversity! We look forward to welcoming you at this year’s event, as we celebrate diversity in partnership with local cultural and religious organizations, and once again join together as a community to stand against racism. Arrive early to enjoy breakfast treats, entertainment, inspirational speeches, and more. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event!

Proceeds raised from the event support the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley and ensure that the YWCA Phyllis Wheatley Center in East Knoxville continues to offer essential programs which provide students the tools necessary to overcome obstacles and to succeed in school and beyond.

Bijou Theatre: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Category: Music


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

Swingbooty at Brickyard

  • January 15, 2022

Category: Music

GENRE: Gypsy Jazz
Date of show: Saturday, January 15, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue: Brickyard, 4928 Homberg Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
Entrance: $5.00 at door

An evening of live jazz with Swingbooty. Seven-piece upbeat Manouche band with a great show to entertain and delight! Come for drinks or come for dinner. The menu is delicious. The food on the menu is even better! Come enjoy the friendship, music, dance, and good times. $5 at door. Music starts at 7:30 PM

Ijams Nature Center: Learn the Anatomy of a Bird

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 11+) The Ijams Beginning to Bird Program next Saturday, Jan. 15, explores bird anatomy. This class, held from 9-11 a.m., includes a PowerPoint lesson followed by a bird walk. Learn More and Register

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Ijams Nature Center: Rock Garden Workday

Category: Free event and Science, nature

Join the Ijams Natural Resource Team next Saturday, Jan. 15, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to help remove English Ivy and other invasive plants along the beautiful and historic Ijams Rock Garden. Learn More and Register

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

McClung Museum: Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)

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

Shane Pickett: Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land That I Have Travelled)
January 14 - May 7, 2022

During his lifetime, Shane Pickett (1957–2010) was acclaimed as one of Western Australia’s most significant contemporary Aboriginal artists.

Featuring 29 works from the most radical and significant phase of his career, Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) is the first major exhibition of Pickett’s work in the US. Pickett’s paintings capture the transformations of the country near Perth in the south-west of Australia in ever-changing and innovative ways. Over the course of his three-decade career, Pickett developed a new visual language to represent the cornerstones of the culture of his Nyoongar people: the pathways of ancestors, traditional healing practices and places, and especially the six seasons used by the Nyoongar to divide the year.

Djinong Djina Boodja (Look at the Land that I Have Traveled) shows the developments in the last decade of Pickett’s career, as his work transformed from figurative landscape painting into a ground breaking and expressive form of gestural abstraction. It was during this period that Pickett achieved his greatest acclaim, with his works being exhibited across Australia and acquired by major institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. The 29 works in the exhibition present a snapshot of these experiments, as Pickett explores the complex connections between the earth, creation, and spirituality that are united in the Aboriginal concept of “Dreaming.”

Pickett described his paintings as ‘windows into the Dreaming’, and the strength of his culture is delivered through his work with breathtaking lyrical intensity. His paintings show the persistence and adaptability of Aboriginal ways of seeing the country in the face of colonisation. Shane Pickett’s Nyoongar name, Meeyakba, or ‘soft light of the moon,’ captures the spirit of an artist who set a beacon for those who follow him. One of the great innovators of Australian landscape painting, he is remembered as one of the pre-eminent Aboriginal Australian artists of his time.

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

Oak Ridge Art Center: Souper Bowl 2022 Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

Available through Facebook, via a link from our website under “Events”, or by calling the Art Center with your bids.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Humpty Dumpty is Missing!

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

The play will be performed January 14th through January 30th, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Humpty-Dumpty Is Missing! is an affectionate spoof of the private-eye thrillers of the 1940s and ‘50s. Sammy Scoop is a private investigator in the tradition of his grandfather, Samuel Shovel and his father, Sam Spade. Sammy faces the biggest challenge of his illustrious career with the sudden fall and disappearance of the jolly Humpty-Dumpty who apparently had no enemies. But Sammy and his sidekick, Alice from Dallas, soon come up with a list of suspects who had motive and, perhaps, opportunity. Mistress Mary, Rip Van Winkle, Henny-Penny, Peter Rabbit and his sisters, Rapunzel and the Handsome Prince (who, because he is a painter, prefers to be called the Artist Formerly Known As the Handsome Prince) are among the many suspects called onto the carpet. A last-minute surprise appearance by two of fairy tales most celebrated characters, Mother Goose and Mother Hubbard, finally help Sammy and Alice nab the culprit.

The play is performed by sixteen talented young actors from ages 9 to 15. Playing the title role of Sammy Scoop is KCT veteran Truman Ball. He will be joined by Annabel Datillo playing Mistress Mary and the Police Chief portrayed by and Nico Ellerbusch. Lily Hungate will portray Flopsy and Rosalie Linnabary portrays Cotton Tail. Hattie Perry will play the role of Alice with Emma Reagan as Rapunzel and Ida Roberson as Little Billy Goat Gruff. The cast also features veterans Macon Sloan as Troll, Ally Summie as Mopsy, Eric Wahl as Peter Rabbit, and Kennedy Welch as Little Bo Peep and Mother Goose. Making their KCT debuts will be Carter Case as the Prince, Turner Duffy as Henry Penny, Jake Javors as Rip Van Winkle, and Ava Reagan in the roles of Little Red and Mother Hubbard.

The show is directed by guest director, Savannah Rootes. The play is designed by student designers from ages 11 to 17. Providing the scenic design is Cooper Delamain and the lighting designer for this production is Ethan Anderson. Conard Belitz will design and build the costumes with assistance by Pressley Rule. The properties mistress is Ellie Etheridge who is assisted by Noe Etheridge. The play’s stage manager is KCT veteran Janie Long and the assistant stage manager is Mara Kate Barker.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Tennessee Mountain Writers: January Jumpstart XXII

Category: Classes, workshops, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Tennessee Mountain Writers presents January Jumpstart XXII on January 14-15 to be held virtually on Zoom.

A “Meet and Greet” session will be held Friday from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern. On Saturday there will be concurrent Poetry and Fiction morning sessions from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern, and afternoon sessions from 1:30 – 4:30 Eastern. Poetry leader will be Jane Hicks. Fiction leader will be Darnell Arnoult. Zoom access will be made available in January after registration fees of $60 per participant are paid. Last day to register is January 5.

Go to for more information and to register.

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.

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