Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Bijou Theatre: Deer Tick with Country Westerns

Category: Music

Tuesday, October 17, at 8:00PM at the Bijou Theatre.

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

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Night of the Living Drag

  • October 17, 2023

Category: Theatre

RuPaul's Drag Race Night of the Living Drag
October 17, 2023
Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Imagine if you will… You're traveling through another dimension… Sashay into The Twilight Zone this Halloween with the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race for the 12th Annual Night of the Living Drag Tour! Witness the mysterious fates of Angeria, Denali, Icesis Couture, Jaida Essence Hall, Jorgeous, Plastique, Rosé, Tayce, and your host… Yvie Oddly as the infamous Rod Serling! Presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

UT College of Music: Sanctuary Walls, with Forrest Wentzel

  • October 17, 2023

Category: Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

“Sanctuary Walls” is a selection of 11 poems chosen from a larger work of poems being published by Mr. Griffin entitled “Single Lens Reflex”. The poems are reflections of his experience as the Youth Leader of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on the morning of July 27, 2008. That day a gunman entered the sanctuary, removed a shotgun from his guitar case, and began firing into the congregation during a presentation being given by the congregation’s youth. Three shots were fired. Two souls were lost. Many others were wounded in ways far surpassing the physical injuries endured.

Mr. Wentzel, then a youth at Church of the Savior United Church of Christ, a progressive protestant voice in Knoxville, and in many ways a sister congregation to TVUUC had connections to several of the youth of the assaulted church. When the opportunity to set these poems became available to him, Forrest felt the call to respond. “Sanctuary Walls” is the result.
"Sanctuary Walls" will be performed by Professor Emeritus Andrew Wentzel (voice) and Julia Haas (piano), a UT alumna.
Trigger warning: This performance contains references to trauma related to gun violence.

October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT College of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. In-person events that take place in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall or the James R. Cox Auditorium also have livestream options: Venues: Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center located at 1741 Volunteer Boulevard; James R. Cox Auditorium and Performance Hall 32, both in the Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive. Information: 865-974-8935,

Tennessee Artists Association: Monthly Meeting with Joni Smith

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Lecture, panel and Meetup

The Tennessee Artist’s Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr., Knoxville. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the arts in East Tennessee. CDC Covid guidelines will be followed. Refreshments will be served.

The program will feature artist Joni Smith who will demonstrate and present an overview of neurographic art. Smith will give a brief talk on the origins of this therapeutic art form, a few guidelines in creating neurographic art, its uses and benefits in art therapy, and how it can relieve stress in daily life.

Joni Smith is a mixed media artist who fluctuates between abstract and representational art using a variety of mediums. Smith has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Winthrop College. She lives in Farragut, TN and is a member of the Tennessee Artists Association and the Knoxville Arts and Cultural Alliance. Currently, her work can be seen downtown at the Frothy Monkey, 419 S. Gay Street, and on TAA’s website at

Tennessee Artists Association - A place to learn and grow as an artist. Monthly programs of TAA include practical art demonstrations, discussions, and opportunities for individual artists to get involved in learning, community and shows More on the Tennessee Artist’s Association can be found on the web at, on Instagram at @tn_artists, and on Facebook at TNArtistsAssociation.

UT Humanities Center: Prints & Books by Eric Avery, MD

  • October 15, 2023 — January 30, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, History, heritage and Literature, spoken word, writing

This event is available to the public at the UT Printmaking Showcase Gallery. The Printmaking Showcase Gallery is located in the UTK Art and Architecture Building, in the second-floor hallway outside of the Printmaking Lab (Room 241).

It will feature selected prints and books by medical doctor and visual artist Eric Avery MD as he explores issues such as social responses to diseases (specifically HIV and Emerging Infectious Diseases), death, and sexual health. As part of one of his exhibitions, Avery set up an HIV clinic at the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University. His work has been shown internationally, and is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the ARTS Medica Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University (New Haven, CT), among many others. His website is:

These events are free to attend and open to students, faculty, and the public.

TVUUC Gallery: COMMA Artist Group

  • October 13, 2023 — December 6, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Free and open to the public
When: Reception Friday, October 13, 2023, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Artists’ talk at 6:30 p.m.

The COMMA (Come, Make Art) Artist Group was founded in 2004 by Gay Nell Gray and Cheri Jorgenson as a plein air group that met weekly during the summer at UT Gardens. It grew to be a year-round endeavor of gallery and artist studio visits, creating artwork in other locations, and exhibiting as a group. This nature-inspired exhibition includes diverse media and processes.

The members are award-winning former and current art educators. Included here are Gay Nell Gray, Judy Jorden, Cheri Jorgensen, Shelley Mangold, Martha Robbins, Caitlin Seidler, Valerie Sigmon, Carol Vinson, and Suzanne Wedekind.

Gallery hours: 10-3 Monday through Thursday, 10-12:30 Sunday
Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Night of the Living Dead Live!

Category: Theatre

Fri. Oct 13th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Oct 14th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Oct 15th 2023, 3:00 pm
Thu. Oct 19th 2023, 7:30 pm
Fri. Oct 20th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Oct 21st 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Oct 22nd 2023, 3:00 pm
Thu. Oct 26th 2023, 7:30 pm
Fri. Oct 27th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sat. Oct 28th 2023, 7:30 pm
Sun. Oct 29th 2023, 3:00 pm

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Rumors

Category: Theatre

by Neil Simon
OCTOBER 13-22, 2023

A group of affluent friends gather for a dinner party to celebrate their host’s anniversary. However, things quickly go awry when the host is found unconscious with a gunshot wound, and the guests are left to piece together what happened while trying to keep the situation under wraps. A master of stage comedies, playwright Neil Simon offers a wild ride that is not only entertaining and light-hearted, but also keeps audiences guessing all the way up to the very end.


Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Zoo Knoxville: Boo at the Zoo

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

WE’RE CASTING A SPELL ON YOU! What’s in the potion for a perfect Halloween? Lucky for you, we’ve got all of the special components for a magical Halloween, at Boo! at the Zoo!

$15 per person

A special night exclusively for Zoo Knoxville members. Zoo Knoxville members get a $1 discount on tickets.
October 11 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 25 • 5:30-8:00 pm

October 12-15 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 19-22 • 5:30-8:00 pm
October 26-29 • 5:30-8:00 pm

An illuminated gallery of paintings by artist Russ Ronat will be on display throughout the Zoo and highlights wildlife animal conservation.

Sink your teeth in all the tasty seasonal menu items throughout the zoo. You'll find snacks, beverages, cocktails, dinner options, dessert, wine, and other refreshing drinks to enjoy during your visit. Whether you're in the mood for classic fare or something a bit spookier, there's something for everyone to delight in.

Muse Knoxville: FALLing for STEAM

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

- FALLing for STEAM inspired weekly programming takeover - Oct. 9-20

- Fall Break Construction Camp - Oct. 9-13 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
- Campers will unleash their creativity by crafting a collection of miniature origami
petting zoos and building captivating dioramas.

- Robotics Festival - Oct.13 | 10am - 4pm
- All day, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local area organizations as
they educate kiddos on the different areas of STEAM, using robots.

- Spooktacular Silent Disco - Oct.13 | 4:30pm - 7:30pm
- Activities include silent disco dancing, pumpkin decorating for all ages, custom
trick-or-treat bag making, a costume contest, and open museum floor play.
Along with onsite food trucks— food available for purchase.

- Family Science Fair - Oct. 14 | 9:30am - 11:30am
- We invite families to work together to design a science project and create those
aha! moments.

- Solar Eclipse Day Activities - Oct. 14 | 12pm - 4pm

Muse Knoxville (516 N. Beaman Knoxville,TN 37914)
Registration is open for all events and camps at
More info: 865-594-1494

East Tennessee Historical Society: Appalachia Sessions Season 2

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Music

New Location! The Point, 211 W. 5th Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Oct 9 at 5:30 pm
Oct 11, 17, 19 at 12 pm

Join us for the live tapings for Season 2 of Appalachia Sessions now hosted at The Point in Knoxville! Full schedule above.
Presented by The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS), “Appalachia Session Live” is a televised music series that debuted last fall. The series showcases music born out of the history of East Tennessee and Appalachian culture and features a diverse line-up of musicians and intimately focuses on the artists, their roots and the fundamentals of songwriting. The shows taped at LMU will be used for the first six episodes of season two. The series will air on WATE (ABC) in Knoxville, WJHL in the Tri-Cities, WWCW (CW) in Roanoke, Virginia and WDKY (Fox) in Lexington, Kentucky. The program will be syndicated nationally beginning in February.

For more information, visit

Medieval Faire

  • October 7, 2023 — October 22, 2023

Category: Dance, movement, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Save the date for the 8th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman. Festival dates Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2023.

Go back in time and LIVE THE AGE OF CHIVALRY!

A year after Arthur was crowned King of the Britons and allied with the Picts (circa 501 AD), Arthur and Guinevere are about to celebrate their first anniversary as man and wife. The kingdom is enjoying a time of relative peace, calm, and prosperity.

However, across the north sea, trouble brews. Nordic mercenaries, who used to be employed by various small kingdoms in northern Briton to hold back the Picts, find their services were no longer needed. This did not sit well with them, so they decided pay the “boy king” a visit.


Come witness live jousting! Cheer on your favorite warrior in human combat chess, where the characters ARE the chess pieces and fight to take over the squares. Come dressed in costume if you wish and enter the costume contest to win a prize. Play medieval games, laugh with the comedy shows, shop for original crafts, eat delicious food, and drink hot and cold beverages (including beer, ages 21+) FIT FOR A KING!

Enjoy all day family fun. LIVE THE AGE OF CHIVARLY!

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