Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 9, 2023

West Park Baptist Church: Inspired! A Theatrical Event

  • November 9, 2023 — November 28, 2023

Category: Theatre

Inspired! Inspired! is a theatrical event that tells the true stories behind the famous songs we have all come to love. Included are “Amazing Grace,” “It is Well With My Soul,” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”
It will world-premiere in the HUB at West Park Baptist Church at 8833 Middlebrook Pike, for six performances: Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 and Nov. 11 & 18 at 2 pm. The cast will then take the play to the Palace Theatre in Crossville to help raise funds for the C5 Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County, Nov. 28 at 7 pm.


Film Fest Knox

  • November 9, 2023 — November 12, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Film

The inaugural international FILM FEST KNOX will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee November 9-12, 2023. Festival passes for the 2023 festival go on sale Wednesday, August 30. Festival passes are $100 per person and will be available for purchase online at Additional programming and ticketing options will be announced closer to the festival.

Passholders will be able to attend the entirety of the festival with the exception of the Opening After Party. This includes two dozen narrative and documentary short and feature film screenings in various blocks (including the American Regional Film Competition and the Made in Tennessee Competition), the Live Pitch on Thursday evening, all 20 films in the Elev8or Pitch Screening, the Friday night Premiere, and all panels with industry professionals. FILM FEST KNOX is a producer-centric festival, acknowledging the invaluable contributions of film's creative producers, often overlooked yet vital to the success of a project. Passholders will experience an intimate festival environment with guest filmmakers in attendance.

The highly anticipated American Regional Film Competition is a major highlight of the festival hosted in collaboration with Regal. This unique showcase sheds light on exceptional works produced outside the traditional production centers of Los Angeles and New York. The winner of this competition will be awarded an Oscar-qualifying run by Regal. In addition to the American Regional Cinema Competition, FILM FEST KNOX will feature a Made in Tennessee Competition for shorts and feature films produced in the Volunteer State.

Another major component of the festival is the Elev8or Pitch, a pitch competition to provide further opportunities to filmmakers in East Tennessee and beyond. The Visit Knoxville Film Office hosted the Elev8or Pitch Kick Off Party at Scruffy City Hall on August 10, where teams in attendance learned rules and regulations for this competition. Teams have until October 12 to produce an 8-minute proof-of-concept short film along with a 1-minute elevator pitch to illustrate their vision for a full-length feature film. The top eight teams will be able to pitch live in front of a panel of industry judges and audience on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, November 9.

More details on FILM FEST KNOX will be provided throughout 2023 at Follow FILM FEST KNOX on Facebook and Instagram.

Bearden Theatre: The Music Man

  • November 9, 2023 — November 12, 2023
  • 7:00 PM

Category: Theatre

Bearden Theatre, in the Bearden High School Auditorium presents The Music Man November 9, 11 & 12 at 7:00 PM.

The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Prim librarian and piano teacher - Marian sees through him librarian. Can she prove to the town that he's up to no good?

BEARDEN THEATRE, Bearden High Auditorium - 8352 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Tickets at

Gallery 1010: From Farm To Gallery: An Interactive Soft Sculpture Exhibition

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

The opening reception will be November 9th, 5-7 PM and there will be open hours on Saturday, November 11th, 10 AM - 1 PM.

The exhibiting artist is Amanda McDonald. From Farm to Gallery will is an interactive, soft sculpture exhibition that brings produce and farming to life through playful, engaging, and interactive art.

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information:

Mill and Mine: Marcus King with Joshua Ray Walker

  • November 9, 2023 — November 10, 2023

Category: Music

November 9-10, Marcus King with Joshua Ray Walker at Mill and Mine.

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

Pellissippi: Fall Bluegrass Concert

  • November 9, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Fall 2023 Concert Series - All concerts start at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. All concerts are FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, November 9: Fall Bluegrass Concert
Tuesday, November 14: Fall Instrumental Concert
Tuesday, Nov 21: Fall Jazz Concert
Thursday, November 30: Holiday Spectacular

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-694-6405,

Pretentious Beer Company: Grady Spencer & the Work

  • November 9, 2023

Category: Music

Grady Spencer & the Work, Thursday, November 9, at Pretentious Beer Co., 131 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902.

We're so excited to have Grady Spencer & the Work coming in all the way from Texas for an amazing night of music at Pretentious Beer Co! This is one you don't want to miss!

Grady Spencer & the Work is a band built from blood, tears, and sweat. A whole lot of sweat. Grady was born and raised in the West Texas plains, where he learned not only the value of a hard day’s work, but also how to play the acoustic guitar.

Tickets at

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Sara Jordan Birthday Bash

  • November 9, 2023
  • 7:00-10:00PM

Category: Music

PRESENTS SARA JORDAN BIRTHDAY BASH November 9, 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Open Chord Knoxville 8502 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919

This is the 13th year anniversary of the Sara Jordan Birthday Bash! A night of Blues, from musicians that knew Sara and played with her throughout her career.

Before her untimely death in May 2001, Sara Jordan was known as Knoxville’s “Queen of the Blues”. With a big earthy voice and the stage presence to go with it, she lived and breathed the Blues. She performed in several bands – The Delta Flyers, The Jordan Project, Mojo, and The Leftovers, with whom she performed memorably at the 2000 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. She was also the creative force behind the concert, “Ladies Sing the Blues” at The Bijou Theatre in 1999 and the original “Blue Jam” at Sassy Ann’s, which spawned numerous Blues Bands around East Tennessee. This is always a fantastic night of music, merriment, fellowship, and love.

So excited for all these wonderful musicians:
Bands: Doug Harris Band, Marci Pace & The Goods, Mighty Blue featuring Chelsea Samples, Ray Beltran & BlueMax, Roger Hay Band.

Solo Performers with House Band: Michael Crawley, Foster Meeks,
Jaimie Cameron/Dick Quila, Jeanine Fuller, Jenna Jefferson.

House Band: Mark Caldwell – Keyboards, Michael Jordan – Guitar, Michael James – Bass, Robert Higginbotham – Guitar, Rich Wilson – Drums.

Cover charge at the door is $10 for non-members and $5 for SMBS members, with proceeds going to The Blues Foundation’s HART fund. Doors open at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM. Tickets sold at door, no advanced sales. This show will sell out so don’t be late! for more information.

Hispanic Film Festival: El olvido que seremos (Memories of my father)

  • November 9, 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 olvido que seremos (Memories of my father) (Colombia, 2022, Fernando Trueba), November 9th

Information: Dr. Betsabé Navarro ( or

Knoxville Opera: Recital: Metamorphosis in Song

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Music

Join Knoxville Opera for an evocative recital at the Lilienthal Gallery (23 Emory Place), as we explore women’s voices in song and art. Inspired by the Metamorphosis exhibit, each piece resonates with the works of three featured female artists. Experience art and melody intertwining on November 9 at 7:30 pm.

Experience the freedom to explore, mingle, and delve into the artwork at our exclusive standing-only event. Engage in vibrant discussions between musical sets, all while savoring a beverage and absorbing the enthralling live performances.

Performances by:
Caitlin Bolden, mezzo-soprano
Christy Lee, piano
Kate Smith, soprano
Katie Spencer, mezzo-soprano

Artwork by:
Eszter Bornemisza
lke Reeh
Martha Rieger

Info/tickets: 865-524-0795,

Jubilee Community Arts: Old-time Jam

Category: Free event, Meetup and Music

Thursday, November 9, 7-9 pm

Bring your instruments for old-time jam night at the Laurel Theater. Every month on the 2nd Thursday (except December). No charge.

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-522-5851,

UT Arboretum Society: Native Plant Rescue Society Virtual Program

Category: Free event and Virtual


Native Plant Rescue Squad to the rescue! Did you know there is a Native Plant Rescue Squad in East Tennessee? Join us via Zoom on Thursday, November 9th as co-founder Joy Grisson explains how her organization works with builders, developers and landowners to rescue native plants that would otherwise be destroyed.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Closed captions are available. Register at Please contact Michelle at for any questions or registration issues.

Sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society and the Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, the program, “The Native Plant Rescue Squad: Conserving Native Plants and Their Habitats,” will explain how land stewardship and conservation of native plants and their habitats are achieved through education and community collaboration. The rescued plants are then made available for educational opportunities or restoration projects with the goal of increasing the overall ecological health of our region.

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