Calendar of Events

Sunday, June 16, 2024

First Take Co: The Flick by Annie Baker

  • June 16, 2024 — June 23, 2024

Category: Film

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35mm film projectors in the state. A hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Jun 16 - 23, 2024
Central Cinema, 1205 North Central Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Knox County Public Library: Daytime Docs

  • June 16, 2024
  • 1:30 PM

Category: Film

Daytime Docs features Stories We Tell, Sunday, June 16, 1:30 PM, at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W Church Ave .

Join us this month on Father’s Day for Stories We Tell (2012), a fearlessly personal documentary about fathers and daughters. In this inspired, genre-twisting film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions.

Daytime Docs is a monthly film series featuring documentaries that bring awareness to diverse perspectives and life experiences through the power of visual storytelling.

Knox County Public Library,

Ijams Nature Center & The Big Camera: Summer Solstice Solargraph Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Science, nature

Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920

Join in the fun with The Big Camera on June 16 from 11-1 pm as you celebrate the summer solstice by learning all about solargraphy. Solargraphy is the art of long-exposure photography that captures the image of the sun moving across the sky. These exposures can last one day, days, months or even years using a pinhole camera.

In this workshop, you will make several pinhole cameras that will be loaded with photo paper. You will learn how to place the cameras for the best results and how to process the negatives after exposure. This is a simple process that does not require chemical development.

Cost: $10 or bring your family or friends for a group rate of $25 for four people.

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

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

6/15 • Butterflies, Bees, and Beetles
6/15 • JamFest
6/15 • Evening Paddle
6/16 • Summer Solstice Solargraphy Workshop with The Big Camera
6/16 • Self-Care Sunday Yoga
6/16 • Monthly Bluegrass Jam with ETNBA

And more!

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,

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: Beetlejuice

Category: Comedy, Music and Theatre

BEETLEJUICE includes eight performances from June 11-16, 2024. It’s showtime! Based on Tim Burton’s dearly beloved film, this hilarious musical tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon with a thing for stripes. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, BEETLEJUICE is “screamingly good fun!” (Variety). And under its uproarious surface, (six feet under, to be exact), it’s a remarkably touching show about family, love and making the most of every ‘Day-O!’

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

TVUUC Gallery: INDICIA by Jean Hess and Emily Taylor

  • June 9, 2024 — July 31, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception Friday, June 14, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Free and open to the public

“Indicia” is defined as indications, traces or evidence; something serving as a visible or tangible representation of a fact, quality or feeling. Mixed-media artists Emily Taylor and Jean Hess – long-time friends and colleagues -- make work about recollecting and reconsidering early memories, family history and chaotic life paths. They each gather and playfully experiment with found and natural materials along with traditional art media, aiming to surprise themselves and others.

Jean Hess’ work is in public collections including the Huntsville, Knoxville and Evansville museums of art as well as corporate and private collections. She writes about art, gives classes and opens her Knoxville studio and garden by appointment:

Emily Taylor teaches studio art locally as an adjunct professor and in other workshop formats. She has shown her work locally, regionally and in group shows and private collections. Contact her to visit or come to an open studio in Bearden!

Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00-1:00 Sunday
Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Tri-Star Arts: Outta Time with Joshua Bienko and Lester Merriweather

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A two-person show, Outta Time, featuring recent works by artists Joshua Bienko (Knoxville, TN) and Lester Merriweather (Memphis, TN). Curator: Brian R. Jobe.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be an artists’ reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artists in attendance). There will be an artist talk by Bienko and Merriweather beforehand on July 19 at 3:30pm.

Joshua Bienko (b. 1978, NY) received his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in 2008, and his BFA from the University of Buffalo in 2000. He has exhibited at NADA (NY), Dallas Contemporary (TX), Artpace (TX), Labor Ebertplatz (Köln), Vox Populi (PA), Big Medium (TX), OUTERSPACE (Facebook) and the Guggenheim Museum (in collaboration with YouTube Play Biennial). Most recently he has shown in New York, Portland, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. He has also curated shows in Brooklyn, Queens, Seattle, and Gainesville and is one of the founding members of the artist-run space Ortega y Gasset Projects in Gowanus, and C for Courtside in Knoxville. He is a 2009 Tanne Foundation recipient, and a Hambidge Residency and V.C.C.A Fellow. Bienko is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches Drawing and Painting. “Who’s the G.O.A.T.? Jordan! Or maybe J.M.W. Turner. Yeah, Either Jordan or Turner.”

Lester Julian Merriweather (b. 1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum (New York, NY), CAM (St. Louis, MO), TOPS Gallery, Crosstown Arts, and Powerhouse (Memphis, TN), Diverseworks (Houston, TX), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA). He has also exhibited internationally at the Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, Poland). Merriweather served as the first Curatorial Director of the Jones Gallery & the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis from 2010-2016. He worked on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. independent journal where he created the Art of the South exhibition series. He is a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel. He served as the Curatorial Consultant for the PPF Contemporary Art Collection (Memphis, TN). He is Emeritus for the Advisory Panel of TONE Memphis. Merriweather is participating in Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage. Originating at The Frist Art Museum (Nashville, TN), the exhibition travels to The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.).

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

Tri-Star Arts: Cien Años by Michael Giles

  • June 7, 2024 — August 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

This show is located within the unique architectural space of a narrow wooden stairwell.

A preview reception will be held on Friday, June 7, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm. Additionally, there will be another reception on Friday, July 19, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artist in attendance).

Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist working primarily in painting and drawing. He has exhibited nationally including SITE: Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY), Core New Art Space (Denver, CO), Channel To Channel (Nashville, TN), William King Museum (Abingdon, VA), Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), Walters State Community College, Carson Newman University, and Fluorescent Gallery (Knoxville, TN). Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, at the age of five he immigrated with his family to Baltimore, OH. He studied as part of the Reciprocal Exchange Program at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia, 1996) and received a BFA from The Ohio State University in 2000, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. He lives and works in Knoxville, TN, with his wife and son and various furry animals.

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

Art Market Gallery: Carole Stoiber and Lynn Straka

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

First Friday Reception: June 7th, 5:30 - 9 pm
Art Market Gallery, Knoxville

Lynn Straka, Jewelry
Lynn Straka is a Cleveland, Ohio native, avid Buckeye, and supporter of Arrowmont School Of Arts and Crafts. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, and is a self-taught jewelry artist that enjoys the art of technique and texture. While she has always been a maker in some form, she began making beaded jewelry which lead her to explore the art of metal working. Daily problem solving and using small hand tools as a veterinarian has helped her with mastering jewelry fabrication. This is her fourth season teaching community classes at Arrowmont, and her first season at Hands On Gatlinburg. Her work can be found at the Cliff Dweller’s gallery in Gatlinburg, TN, Ijams Nature center, the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, TN, the Arrowmont showcase gallery, and

The jewelry I make is adornment – created to produce joy to the wearer. Designs influenced by nature, they may evoke a memory, affirm a belief, or be an extension of the wearer’s personality. The common denominators of my work are texture and exercise in technique. Whether it is hand stamping designs or words, forging, creating three-dimensional forms, or impressing texture onto metal, each piece has its own one-of-a-kind, individual personality. The materials I use most are sterling silver, copper, and bronze, with semiprecious stone accents. Some of the materials are recycled or repurposed metal items that I have altered and incorporated into my jewelry. Typically, they are finished with an antiqued or aged patina to highlight their texture. This month’s featured artist collection is called ‘Trash To Treasure’. Most pieces will have unusual materials and found objects combined with sterling silver. This represents the idea that beauty and adornment can be found in everyday and discarded objects.

Carole Stoiber, Painting
Carole Stoiber is an artist who expresses herself in watercolors, oils, acrylics, and clay. Her works are presently on display and for sale at the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville. When living in Harrisonburg, VA, Carole began painting original watercolor portraits of homes as commissions. She called her business, “A Different Kind of House Painting”. Images of these watercolors and her amazing original oils can be viewed on her website:

Patrons marvel at her talent to create beautiful images with skillful techniques, vibrant colors, and imaginative designs that provoke emotions and memories with familiar, yet unique visions. Carole received a Fine Arts Degree with a Ceramic Concentration from Barton College (Wilson, NC). Carole continues to learn and create every day in all media. Her experiences in multi-media were indispensable when teaching K-12 at Greenfield School. She also taught at Wilson Community College through continuing education programs with seniors. In addition, Carole’s years of teaching include The Boys & Girls Club (Wake Forest NC), churches, and summer camps. Most recently, Carole retired from her position as Art Department chair at Greenfield Academy. Since moving to Tennessee, Carole has found fulfillment as a published fiction author, and is a member of the local Mossy Creek Writers. She has written and illustrated a book titled THE UNTOUCHABLES AND THE CIRCLE OF TRUST. Carole will now be teaching art to grades K-2, 2-4 and 4-6 entitled MAKE ART with MS. CAROLE. These original and cross curriculum STEAM lessons will be at the Rose Center for the Arts in Morristown, Tn. Carole’s philosophy? To stay young at heart, you must create something every day.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Awaken Coffee: Featuring Cevet Jones

  • June 7, 2024 — June 30, 2024

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

Please stop by for amazing art and great coffee!

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

HoLa Hora Latina: Sanctuary by Ivy Reid

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

"In a big family, it is often chaotic and I have found that photographing even the less than ideal moments is cathartic and it helps me to be present in the moments that matter and will not last forever. Documenting my life in this way records this passage of time in a beautiful and meaningful way."

The exhibit will be available starting June 7th from 5 PM – 9 PM and will remain at Casa HoLa Gallery for the rest of the month. We will also feature in our Tienda HoLa with merchandise, locally made and imported artisan crafts, accessories, jewelry, cards, ornaments, piñatas, alebrijes and more. As always, Hot Tamales will be available for purchase!
Info: 865.335.3358 or
HoLa Hora Latina’s Casa HoLa Art Gallery and Artisan Gift Shop
Bottom floor of the Emporium for the Arts (corner of Gay and Jackson streets in downtown Knoxville), 100 South Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Performed Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Roald Dahl’s much-loved story follows the vain attempts of three farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. Despite their efforts to get rid of the fox by any means possible, the hapless farmers are outwitted at every turn. Ultimately, Fantastic Mr. Fox devises a plan to ensure full stomachs for his family and friends, all of whom celebrate with a sumptuous feast.

KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.
Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

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