Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Ijams Nature Center: Bird Nerd Speaker Series

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

Aug. 2 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

​Aug. 6 - "The Mystery of Monarchs" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, as he gives you an inside look at one of this region's longest migratory fliers - the monarch butterfly!

​Aug. 9 - "Identifying Local Birds of Prey" (6-8 pm)
Join naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for an evening dedicated to learning the skills to easily identify Knoxville's local birds of prey.

Aug. 11 - "The Hidden Wonders of Hummingbirds" (6-8 pm)
Join local naturalist, artist, and bird nerd, Stephen Lyn Bales, for a lively exploration of all things hummingbirds!

Register in advance https://www.ijams.org/ijams-hummingbird-festival

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

Bijou Theatre: Shinyribs

Category: Music

Tuesday, August 2 | 7:30PM

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

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club: Big Fun Tuesdays

  • August 2, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event, Health, wellness, Music and Science, nature

Head to Mead's Quarry to ride, eat, swim, and enjoy live music with Ijams and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club on the first Tuesday of every month from June through October!

Self-guided single track followed up with Music, Food, and Libations!

Big Fun Tuesdays are from 6-9 pm (music starts around 6:45-7 pm).

Aug. 2 Featuring Evie Andrus and Chef Mo
Sept. 6 Coming Soon
Oct. 4 Coming Soon

Be sure to check the Ijams Calendar of Events for cancelations due to weather.
https://www.ijams.org/big-fun-tuesday

Tax-free weekend: Food & Food Ingredients

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Dates:

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients

Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.

The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.

Art Exhibition by Alan M. Jones (Theophilus) and Xavier Maurice Jones

  • August 1, 2022 — August 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring works by father and son!

AUGUST 1-31, 2022
BURLINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
4614 ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY, KNOXVILLE, TN 37914
EXHIBIT IS VIEWABLE DURING LIBRARY HOURS
MON, 10:30AM - 8PM; TUE-THU, 10:30AM-5PM; FRI-SAT, 1-5PM

RECEPTION WILL BE HELD THURSDAY ~ AUGUST 25 FROM 5PM TO 7PM

Ijams Hallway Gallery: COMMA - Natural Elements & Flights of Fancy

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

In the Ijams Visitor Center

COMMA Art Group presents two exhibitions:
Natural Elements: Artworks inspired by and related to Nature
Flights of Fancy: Artworks celebrating Hummingbirds
Reception: 1-3pm, Saturday, August 13, 2022, following the Hummingbird Festival

COMMA Art Group was founded in 2004 by award-winning former and current art teachers who meet weekly to create plein air artwork. Participating artists are: Phyllis Ball, Nancy Campbell, Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgenson, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, Suzanne Wedekind, Owen Weston, and Jackie Spaulding-Wright.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717, www.ijams.org

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Art Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers

READY, SET, BID! OVER 50 PIECES OF ART AVAILABLE at 5 PM

One week before our Celebration, our third annual art auction will go live online. We're excited over the coming weeks to share some of the pieces on social media, so stay tuned there, and once the auction goes live, we will send out an email with instructions on how to bid. The art will all be displayed for viewing at the Celebration, and the auction will close at 9 PM on August 3.

East Tennessee Community Design Center, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-525-9945, www.communitydc.org

Social Dance Knoxville: Newcomer/Beginner Social Dancing

  • July 26, 2022 — December 27, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

Tuesdays, 6 PM – 6:45 PM
At Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and Event Center

This is a drop-in 45 minute class that covers the basics of partnered social dancing including lead and follow, dance etiquette, basic rhythm, and some basic patterns in Waltz, East Coast Swing,Tango, Rumba, Foxtrot, and Cha Cha. No experience or partner is required. Each class covers one dance and all six dances will be covered every six classes. Dance shoes are not required, Heels are NOT required. The goal of this class is to enable the student to go out and dance socially with confidence. The cost of this class is $20.

https://www.facebook.com/events/5053796671324270/5053815547989049/

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket
https://zooknoxville.org/event/zoo-after-hours-2/

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331, www.zooknoxville.org

Tennessee Stage Co: Knoxville Shakespeare As You Like It

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Thu-Sun at 7:30 PM at Ijams Nature Center
Camp chairs recommended

Join us at Ijams Nature Center July 20th through August 7th for Knoxville Shakespeare's "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare, directed by Allison Crye. Love triangles (that's kind of like an octagon), forests, and fools! We look forward to seeing you soon. Keep an eye out for notifications for when you can get your hands on some tickets!

www.tennesseestage.com
https://www.facebook.com/events/408141327445375

Tri-Star Arts: Aerial by Mary Laube

  • July 15, 2022 — September 3, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the next exhibition in their main gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show, Aerial, featuring recent work by artist Mary Laube of Knoxville, Tennessee opens Friday, July 15, 2022 and will run through Saturday, September 3, 2022. This show also features a new music video with the Warp Whistle Project (Mary Laube + Paul Schuette).

A public reception will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5:00- 8:00 pm (artist in attendance). Laube will participate in a Q&A conversation with Brian R. Jobe (Director, Tri-Star Arts) prior to the reception on Friday, September 2 at 3:30pm in the main gallery.

Mary Laube (born Seoul, Korea, 1985) is Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her MFA (2012) from The University of Iowa, and her BFA (2009) from Illinois State University. Past exhibitions include Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC), VCU Qatar (Doha), Monaco (St Louis), The Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Coop Gallery (Nashville). Artist residencies include Yaddo, Wassaic Project, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Stiwdeo Maelor in Corris, Wales. Past publications include Art Maze Mag, Maake Magazine, and New American Paintings. In 2019, Mary received the Contemporary Visual Art Bronze Award from AHL Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Warp Whistle Project, a collaborative duo with composer Paul Schuette. Together, they make work that merges kinetic stage sets with music performance.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information: https://tristararts.org/visit

Oak Ridge Art Center: The Fabric of Memory

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

Memories are the fabric of our lives. Our experiences are woven together on the warp of time to create a tapestry of meaning: sometimes coming together to form a clear picture in one’s mind; sometimes waiting to be resolved, or unraveling. For some, fabric can hold memories – your grandmother’s quilt, the dress you wore to prom, the baby booties you knit for your first child, even the wine stain on your best tablecloth. Each represents a memory spun into the fabric of one’s life.

Dates: July 9, 2022 – August 19, 2022
Opening Reception: July 9, 2022

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

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