Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Awaken Coffee: Michelle Barillaro Exhibition

  • November 1, 2023 — November 30, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Michelle Barillaro’s striking abstracts will be displayed! Michelle finds personal pleasure in abstracts because they allow the viewer to see something in them related to their own experiences and dreams. She primarily paints on wood panels with oil & cold wax medium. The addition of cold wax lends itself to different techniques for texturing, layering, and subtracting paint- conceal and reveal- to build a history within the painting.

First Friday reception on November 3. Please join us for some fantastic art, light refreshments, and great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, or

Mill and Mine: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

  • November 1, 2023

Category: Music

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue with New Breed Brass Band, November 1 at Mill and Mine.

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information: 865-343-6000 or

WDVX: Tennessee Shines Live at The Bijou Theatre

Category: Music

WDVX presents Tennessee Shines Live at The Bijou Theatre featuring Chris Knight, Darrell Scott and The Po' Ramblin' Boys, hosted by Jim Lauderdale
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM • $35.35–$55.80 • all ages

WDVX's Tennessee Shines returns to the Bijou Theatre! After a fantastic run from 2008-2011, we're delighted for this series to return to the Bijou on November 1 for this quarterly show. This in-person experience offers the magic of live radio from one of Knoxville's most historic and storied venues. Grammy-winning songwriter Jim Lauderdale will host and special guests include Chris Knight, Darrell Scott, and The Po' Ramblin' Boys. This series will continue at the Bijou on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, May 8.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 522-0832 or

Songs & Stories with Jay Clark

  • November 1, 2023

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Music

SHOW INFO: This event is festival seating with a limited crowd size. Please register your RSVP here to assure seating! The suggested donation per person at door is $15 cash to help cover the artist expenses (we'll have a donation box.)

Songs and Stories is a new midweek musical experience you don't want to miss! This one of a kind series of concerts and conversations will be twice a month on Wednesday night, hosted by author, music journalist, and Daily Times entertainment editor Lee Zimmerman!

This event offers an opportunity not only to share an intimate listening experience with the artists performing their songs, but also to learn about the craft and creativity that goes into their music and performance. (Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians.)

WHAT TO BRING: Cash for event donation or artist merch. We only offer water to drink so BYOB with small cooler is fine if you're over 21. Food isn't available for this event but you're welcome to bring your own food to enjoy pre-show on the deck if you like (weather permitting.)

WHERE: 4206 Miser Station Road, Louisville TN 37777.

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: SIX

Category: Dance, movement, Music and Theatre

SIX includes eight performances from Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2023. From Tudor queens to pop icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into a euphoric celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “totally rules!” (Critic’s Pick). The SIX: LIVE ON OPENING NIGHT Broadway album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard cast album charts and surpassed 6 million streams in its first month.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

UT Downtown Gallery: Jorge Lucero Study Collection

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Gallery is open on the First Friday of every month from 5-9pm as part of Downtown Knoxville’s First Friday Art Walk
FRIDAY, November 3, 5 - 9PM
FRIDAY, December 1, 5 - 9PM

The JORGELUCEROSTUDYCOLLECTION is a modest art library and ephemera archive assembled by Mexican-American artist and educator Jorge Lucero during his various teaching appointments across the American midwest. Most of the time the STUDYCOLLECTION is housed at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and it is open to the public once a week when classes are in session. Browsing, study, quiet reading, sitting, and open discussion is encouraged during a visit to the STUDYCOLLECTION.

The STUDYCOLLECTION is non-circulating. It is the primary mission of the STUDYCOLLECTION to be a forum for conviviality, especially over these unique items within this particular place and time, therefore its holdings are rarely lent individually. In 2017, the STUDYCOLLECTION was borrowed in its entirety by the University of North Texas for the duration of their Spring semester. The University of Tennessee is only the second institution or person to perform this gesture.

THEJORGELUCEROSTUDYCOLLECTION holds no special events other than the singular event of being open during its designated time each week. Visitors to the STUDYCOLLECTION have made reasonable suggestions about specific public events that could potentially increase the number of visitors and the visibility of the STUDYCOLLECTION (e.g. public readings, organized discussions, screenings or listening events, etc.). Although these suggestions are appreciated and understood as coinciding with other models of how similar spaces are normally participated in, the mission of the STUDYCOLLECTION is not necessarily to be consumed en masse or to provide purposeful entertainment of any sort. The staff of the STUDYCOLLECTION is perfectly at ease with nothing (or the appearance of nothing) happening during the open times of the STUDYCOLLECTION.

Lucero’s exhibition is presented by the UT Downtown Gallery in collaboration with the Tennessee Art Educators Association annual conference. Funding is generously provided by the Arts & Culture Alliance, Knox County, the Department of the Treasury, Tennessee Art Educators Association, the East Tennessee STEM Hub, and UTK co-sponsors from the Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences and the Department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education.

Location: The UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street
Times: W-F: 11am - 6pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
For more information: |

Broadway Studios and Gallery: HARVEST with Jean Hess & Emily Taylor

  • October 27, 2023 — November 28, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception on Fri Nov 3, 5-9 PM with artists
Artists also present Sat Nov 4, 1-6 PM. Other gallery hours by appointment: or

Jean Hess and Emily Taylor demonstrate a committed willingness to experiment, play and take risks in order to enchant and surprise you. Their visual vocabularies are highly personal yet show mutual sympathy: Using at-hand materials: Natural, recycled, damaged, re-worked; Imagery from nature; Floating and layering; Hesitations and back-tracks, erasures and re-thinking. These artist friends each follow threads and throughlines that, over time, demonstrate evidence of continuity and connection.

Jean Hess’ work can be seen in the Knoxville Museum of Art permanent collection and installed in the Knoxville Convention Center, and available at the KMA gift shop. Her studio in Fountain City is open by appointment: You will see a wider range of work including 3D box constructions, hanging mobiles of antique trinkets and jewelry, stitched tapestries of vintage and found fabrics, paintings and collages. Her on-line presence: and

Emily Taylor’s studio is located in Bearden. She welcomes you on publicized Open Studio days [together with studio mates] or other times by appointment. Please join the mailing list. You can contact Emily at Paintings, drawings, constructions, installations, as well as small objects, prints and commissions. Her on-line presence: and Instagram @emilytaylor9515

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: By appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676, and

Museum of Appalachia: Fall Heritage Days

  • October 26, 2023 — November 3, 2023

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

The Museum will host a student-focused event; a day to step back in time enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of pioneer Southern Appalachian traditions and old-time demonstrations of the fall harvest season. The event will feature demonstrations from blacksmiths, spinners, weavers, basket makers, sawmillers, sheep shearers, broom makers, beekeepers, and dozens of other artisans. We’ll also have tons of activities, from spelling bees to storytelling.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day

2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, TN 37716

Pellissippi State: "what abides here" by Anna Halliwell Gianferante

  • October 25, 2023 — November 17, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Photos developed from film and handwritten notes passed in class take on a new life in the mixed media exhibit “what abides here” at Pellissippi State Community College. The solo exhibition of artist Anna Halliwell Gianferante is on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus through Nov. 17. Admission to the gallery is free, and it is open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A public reception with the artist will be held 3 - 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Bagwell Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville.

The “what abides here” collection of mixed media works “meets at the junction of memory, photography, truth, glitches and loss,” said Gianferante, an Oak Ridge native who is now a full-time Art instructor at Pellissippi State. This body of work began with Gianferante’s master’s thesis, “Forget Me Not (Really)” for Savannah College of Art and Design. Gianferante sanded, erased and painted on personal photographs that depict moments with people and places no longer in her life. Gianaferante said the art creates separation between the figures and the viewer, just as the subjects of the photographs are now separated from the artist. Gianferante added to the exhibit with a collection of redacted notes she received in school as a teenager. The blank spaces serve as lapses in memory, she explained, while also abstracting the stories to make them unrecognizable. The final pieces of the exhibit showcase a different way of manipulating old photographs using artificial intelligence. Gianferante first erased parts of her original photos using AI and then printed them as cyanotypes to mimic the earliest processes of photography. By harnessing the sun to expose light onto fabric painted with light-sensitive chemicals, each print is unique based on both the weather and the time of exposure. “Some are so unrecognizable that the title is all that seems to be left of the original subject – pushing boundaries of memory and personal truth,” Gianferante said.

Gianferante earned her Master of Fine Arts in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and her Master of Science in teacher education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught Art courses for more than 11 years in both K-12 public schools and higher education institutions. To request accommodations for any campus event, call 865.694.6411 or email

Pellissippi State | 865.694.6638 | |
10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37933

UT Libraries: National Exhibit on Mental Health Care and Custody

  • October 23, 2023 — December 2, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Health, wellness and History, heritage

A national exhibition examining the nation’s past responses to mental health and current approaches to care will be on display at UT Libraries this fall. The National Library of Medicine’s Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health exhibit will be in the Jack E. Reese Galleria on the first floor of Hodges Library.

The traveling exhibit provides a historical overview of how mental health policies have evolved from custodial forms of treatment such as commitments to asylums and mass incarcerations to more inclusive approaches aimed at protecting the rights of those with mental health conditions. The exhibit also highlights how physicians, advocates, families, and government agencies have contributed to shaping mental health policies.

UT Libraries’ goal for hosting the traveling exhibition is to spark conversations surrounding mental health and effective coping strategies among UT students, faculty, staff, and community members.

A book display featuring related reads on mental health will be viewable on the second floor of Hodges Library.

UT Libraries was selected as a location for the traveling exhibition through the efforts of librarians Melanie Dixson, Niki Cobb, Calantha Tillotson, and Paris Whalon.

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Moors

Category: Theatre

The Moors
By Jen Silverman
The Lab Theatre
October 18 – November 5, 2023

Wait. What? An anthropomorphic Mastiff. A catfished governess. Two forlorn sisters on bleak English Moors yearning for love in a manor where every room looks the same. This is a new play the likes of which you have not seen before. It’s a dark, funny, genre-bending trip the New York Times calls, “the reason we go to the theater.” Try it!

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

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.

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