Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Monroe Area Council for the Arts: English Country Dance Classes

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

Presented by the Monroe Area Council for the Arts at the Cora Veal Seniors Center
“Where friends meet to dance, and new friends are made.”
English Country Dance is a style of folk dance preceding Square Dance and a forerunner of modern line dance.

• No partner needed
• Each dance is taught with a walk-through, having the music played to understand the pace of the dance, and called.
• Dance patterns are prompted throughout by the caller
• Classes will be held at the Cora Veal Seniors Center located at 144 College Street, Madisonville, TN
• Classes from 12-1 PM on January 20th & 27th, as well as February 3rd, 17th, & 24th.
• Classes are free of charge and are funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission

You must pre-register! TO REGISTER CALL: Carol Ann Johnson at 423-884-6591

Pellissippi State: Denise Burge: Recent Work

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

"Denise Burge: Recent Work” will be on display in the College’s Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, through Feb. 4. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Burge received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and has been a professor at University of Cincinnati in Ohio since 1992. She works in a variety of media including painting, film, installation and quilt making.

"Her work is beautiful and unsettling, using images of lush beach landscapes that are completely devoid of people," said Pellissippi State Professor Herb Rieth. "I described the work in our faculty meeting on Monday as 'a Destin spring break party where a neutron bomb went off.'"

"I am interested in the romance that we attach to natural space, an illusion onto which we project our desires and fears," Burge writes on her website. "Imagery of the tropical is usually glamorous, a sort of air-brushed cultural fantasy of profusion and sensuality. I like to expose its more corporeal reality, depicting vernacular tropical living spaces that one finds a few blocks back from the beachfront."

Burge has received multiple Ohio Arts Council Awards for Individual Artists and has carried out residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; and the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. In 2004 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Visual Art.

Burge’s exhibit is the first offering in The Arts at Pellissippi State for spring 2022. The Arts at Pellissippi State includes visual arts exhibits as well as theatre and music performances, all of which are open to the public. For a complete list of this semester’s events, visit

Appalachian Arts Craft Center: Introduction to Rug Hooking

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

with Lara Beard
Thursday January 20 & 27 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM (2 sessions)

In this beginner’s class students will learn techniques to create original works of art using wool yarns and textiles. Students will complete a small 4x4 mat and will learn multiple ways to finish and display their piece. No Experience Required. Students need to bring a 10” embroidery hoop (slip-proof is best), black Sharpie, scissors.

Member Rate: $40 | Non-Member Rate: $50
Material Fee: $25 (paid directly to instructor) includes rug hook, wool strips, yarn, burlap mat, binding tape.
Registration deadline: January 13

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: William Shaub & The Pines of Rome

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre

This brilliant homage to Respighi’s beloved Eternal City is a feast of sound featuring organ, a large battery of percussion instruments, antiphonal brass choirs, and recorded bird calls (shocking in 1924).

Aram Demirjian, conductor
William Shaub, violin

The KSO Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series features the KSO on the stage of the beautiful Tennessee Theatre.

SAMUEL BARBER Violin Concerto
ELLEN REID Petrichor

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.

Thursday, January 20 – 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Maker Meet-in: The Price is Right

  • January 20, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Free event

Hosted by The Maker City

We all need money to live, and most of us spend significant time and effort in pursuit of it. Meanwhile, invisible money "scripts" shape our thoughts and behavior—so much so that psychologists study them. Makers, creators, and freelancers are no exception. What we believe about money affects the products and projects we pursue (or don't), the prices we put on them, our relationships, and even what we think of ourselves. Let's have some fun examining 5 common limiting beliefs about money and upgrading them. A healthy money mindset will help you charge based on value.

Austin Church is a consultant and entrepreneur who helps freelancers, creatives, and executives grow their businesses.

Thu, January 20, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Online event - FREE!

Knoxville History Project: Photographic Book program

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

History Happy Hour on Zoom - Downtown Knoxville: The Book
Thursday January 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Come join us for a chat about our brand-new photographic book, which is soon to be out. It’s a collection of photographs, some of them well-known classics, some of them never before published, of downtown Knoxville across the era of photography. Paul James took the lead on photo research and organizing the book, and he and Jack Neely will be showing some of the more striking images in the book, and talking about each one.

You can register for this Zoom at

It’s produced by Arcadia Books, the first time we’ve dealt with another publisher, so you can bet you’ll see it on revolving racks in drug stores and convenience stores all over. Release date is Monday January 24. Order it early from KHP and we’ll mail you a signed copy.


Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559,

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,

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,

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