Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift

  • November 2, 2023

Category: Music

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Knoxville. Get your tickets now to discover the music of Taylor Swift at The Press Room under the gentle glow of candlelight.

General Info
Performers: Listeso String Quartet
Venue: The Press Room
Dates and times: select your dates/times directly in the ticket selector
Duration: 60 minutes (doors open 45 mins prior to the start time and late entry is not permitted)
Age requirement: 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Accessibility: this venue is ADA compliant
View the FAQs for this event here
Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis in each zone

At The Press Room
730 North Broadway, Knoxville, 37917

Bijou Theatre: Sam Bush Band

Category: Music


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

Hispanic Film Festival: El buen patrón (The Good boss)

  • November 2, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event and Lecture, panel

The Hispanic Film Fest will feature five independent award-winning films in Spanish with English subtitles. The Hispanic Film Fest seeks to enrich the moviegoer experience by presenting UT professors as guest speakers before the screenings. The festival was granted with a Pragda Grant. Occurs every Thursday in October and November at 6:30pm in Lindsay Young Auditorium 101 Hodges Library. FREE ADMISSION.

El buen patrón (The Good boss) (Spain, 2021, Fernando León de Aranoa) November 2nd

Information: Dr. Betsabé Navarro ( or

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Appalachian Ghost Stories

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 7-8 PM
At Addison’s Bookshop and Event Center, 126 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Join us for readings from 23 Tales: Appalachian Ghost Stories, Legends, and Other Mysteries, an upcoming book from Howling Hills Publishing. Several contributors will read from their work, including Jeannette Brown, Judith Duvall, Candance Reaves, Kevin Saylor, Laura Still, and Suzy Trotta. Howling Hill, which publishes nonfiction from Greater Appalachia, was founded by former KWG President Terry Shaw and Brad Lifford. Visit their website

In addition, adult and youth winners of the 2023 KWG Fiction Competition will read briefly from their works.


UT College of Music: UT Percussion Ensembles

  • November 2, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

The University of Tennessee Percussion Ensembles perform a concert of contemporary works for chamber ensemble, directed by Andrew Bliss.

November 2, 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,

Conversations & Cocktails: Inventing Our Golden Years with Ernest Freeberg

  • November 2, 2023

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

7 PM via Zoom
Register for the link at

Sixty years ago, Americans began to invent a new phase of life, those years between work and old age dependency that we call “retirement.” So entrenched in our culture has this idea become that we often consider this a natural part of the life span, but the modern experience of retirement is actually a post-World War Two creation. Reviewing the history of how Americans have come to understand and live their retirement years, this talk will explore our ambivalent and evolving relationship to our jobs, our culture of leisure, and our anxieties about aging. Starting in the mid-20th century, the search many Americans embarked upon for a “good retirement” has been a search for meaning; and so, the origin and evolution of retirement provides a vantage point from which we can reflect on what we think constitutes a life well and fully lived.

About the Speaker:
Ernest Freeberg’s teaching and research interests center on the cultural and intellectual history of the United States in the 19th and 20th century. His books have examined the history of disability, the origin of civil liberties and free speech doctrine in America, the impact of technology and invention on American life, and the founding of the movement to protect animal rights.

About the Series:
Conversations & Cocktails is a free public lecture series hosted by the UT Humanities Center, which showcases the original research of our distinguished University of Tennessee arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly talks give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating and groundbreaking work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literary studies. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation.

Marco Institute: Investigating the Childhood of Joan of Arc

  • November 2, 2023

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

The Lindsay Young Distinguished Visiting Senior Scholar program was created by the Marco Steering Committee in 2015. Designed to bring a distinguished scholar to campus for an extended visit, this program is intended to enrich both faculty research and graduate/undergraduate education on campus.

This year's speaker is Craig Taylor, Professor of Medieval History at the University of York. He is a Fellow of both the Société de l’Histoire de France and the Royal Historical Society, and is the former Director of York’s Centre for Medieval Studies. He is the author of eight books and dozens of articles on chivalry, knighthood, and the Hundred Years’ War.

Thursday, November 2 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
John C Hodges Library, Lindsay Young Auditorium, 1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

A1LabArts: Surreal Salon

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

At Birdhouse Knoxville
Stop by for refreshments, food, and music. We will also be hosting surrealist art and writing exercises to stimulate creativity and community! Open to A1 members and nonmembers.

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

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

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