Calendar of Events

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Theatre

by Charles Dickens; adapted for the stage by Dennis Elkins; directed by Micah-Shane Brewer. At the Clarence Brown Theatre.

“Don’t miss this one….it’d be like celebrating the season without a Christmas tree or carols or gifts!” Knoxville News Sentinel

Whether you are continuing your annual family tradition or beginning a new one…join us as we tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman who needs the intervention of a few spectral guides to show him the true meaning of Christmas. Featuring beautiful live music, wonderful costumes, and exciting stage effects, Dickens’ tale of hope and redemption reminds us all what’s really worth celebrating.

Clarence Brown Theatre / Carousel Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444,

31st Annual Fantasy of Trees

  • November 25, 2015 — November 29, 2015

Category: Dance, Festivals & special events, Fundraisers and Kids & family

East Tennessee Children's Hospital presents the 31st Annual Fantasy of Trees Premier Christmas Event in Knoxville. This year's event is entitled "An East Tennessee Christmas" and takes place from November 25 - 29, 2015 at the Knoxville Convention Center. Get your tickets online today! Daily Show Hours:
Wednesday, November 25, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 26, 3 - 7 p.m.
Friday, November 27, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 28, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 29, Noon - 6 p.m.

At the Knoxville Convention Center,

Shape Note Singing from the New Harp of Columbia

  • November 25, 2015
  • 6:30PM

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Music

Sing traditional shape note music from East Tennessee's own songbook, The New Harp of Columbia at the Larry Olszewski Memorial Singing during the traditional Thanksgiving Eve potluck and singing. All are welcome to participate or listen. Loaner books are available.
Bring a potluck dish to share for the dinner.

Wednesday, November 25, 6:30PM. Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, 37916. or 865 982-7777.

Tennessee Theatre: Dave Rawlings Machine

Category: Music

The Dave Rawlings Machine consists of flat-picking legend Dave Rawlings, long-time musical partner and singer/songwriter Gillian Welch, and former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist, Willie Watson. Other musicians that have joined the Machine include members of Led Zeppelin, Punch Brothers, and more. Who knows who else will be part of the Machine when they come to the Tennessee!

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

Jubilee Community Arts & Epworth Old Harp Singers: Thanksgiving Singing

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Music

Jubilee Community Arts and the Epworth Old Harp Singers host our annual Thanksgiving get together. A potluck supper will be followed by a community singing from the New Harp of Columbia. Shape note singing has a long history in East Tennessee and the Epworth Old Harp Singers are actively carrying on that tradition. The New Harp of Columbia was first published in 1863 in Knoxville, based on the 1848 Harp of Columbia, also published in East Tennessee; a comprehensive edition restoring all omitted songs was published in 2001 thanks to the tireless efforts of singer Larry Olszewski. Copies of the restored New Harp of Columbia will be available for loan. Free • Bring a dish & sing for your supper.

At Jubilee Community Arts, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,

WDVX: Tennessee Shines with Alex Leach Band

Category: Literature & readings and Music

Join your host Paige Travis for Tennessee Shines Radio Show live at 7pm every Wednesday night from Boyd's Jig & Reel in the Old City.

WDVX listeners know Alex Leach as the host of The Bluegrass Special on Tuesday nights who began his on-air career with the station at age 9. Now in his 20s, this Campbell County native is an accomplished bluegrass musician who spends much of the year on the road with Ralph Stanley II. For this special Thanksgiving Eve show, Alex brings his own band to Boyd’s for a musical feast fit for the whole family.

Tickets are $10, $5 with a student ID at the Boyd's Jig and Reel door or on online. For more information visit Information: 865-544-1029,

Holiday Canstruction Benefiting Second Harvest

  • November 21, 2015 — December 3, 2015
  • 9:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event and Fundraisers

This month, nine local teams of architects, engineers, construction companies and other organizations will construct massive holiday-themed art sculptures made of canned food items – all to help fight hunger in the region.

For the third year, Messer Construction Co. is presenting the “Holiday Canstruction” art exhibition, which will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The sculptures will be on display Nov. 21-Dec. 3 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

On Nov. 20, the teams will gather at the Knoxville Convention Center for an eight-hour build of their holiday-themed sculptures. Each Canstruction sculpture typically uses between 1,500 and 5,500 canned food items, with only one-quarter-inch plywood or Plexiglas between the rows of cans and one-quarter-inch cardboard tubing for support. The color of the sculptures is determined by the colors of the cans and labels.
After the exhibition, the sculptures will be dismantled and the canned foods donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. Last year’s event contributed 19,000 items to Second Harvest, and organizers expect the donation to surpass that mark this year.
The Holiday Canstruction art exhibition will be open to the public Nov. 21-Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with expanded hours during East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s Fantasy of Trees event, Nov. 25-29.
Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St, Knoxville, TN 37902
For more information, visit

Envision Art Gallery: Art for the Holidays

  • November 20, 2015 — December 19, 2015

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Join us for a festive evening of Holiday goodies, hot cider, wine and live music
Opening Reception Friday Nov. 20th 5-8pm

Featuring DERRICK FREEMAN, well-known local autistic artist and oil paintings and prints by Inna Nasonova Knox & Kay List
• Reproductions of Derrick’s originals
• Derrick’s hand made Christmas ornaments
• Christmas cards and bookmarks
• Meet Derrick and his mother Angela Freeman Hunter*
*Envision Art Gallery is donating a portion of sales proceeds to “Our Place”, an organization founded by Angela Freeman Hunter to benefit artists with disabilities.

Envision Art Gallery, 4050 Sutherland Avenue (Corner of Sutherland Ave. and Carr St.), Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: Tue-Thu 10-5, Fri-Sat 10-6. Information: 865-438-4154,

The Arts at Pellissippi State: Photography: Annual Faculty Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

This exhibit showcases the personal art pursuits of Pellissippi State faculty through the eye of their own cameras.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405,

The Rose Center: Here and Now

  • November 13, 2015 — November 30, 2015

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

An exhibit of contemporary art featuring work by: Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Bobbie Crews, Bill Long, Millie Jarrett, Susan Roberts, Heather Hartman, Mustafiz Karigar, and Mike Cagle.

Opening reception Friday, November 13, 6-8 pm with live music by saxophonist Kyle Jones.

The Rose Center, 442 West Second North St., Morristown, TN, 37814. Hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 423-581-4330,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Altering Landscapes: Exhibit by Pamela Winegard

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

Arrowmont is exhibiting new works by Pamela Winegard in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. An opening reception will be held Thursday, November 12th, from 5-7pm. Admission is free and the community is encouraged to attend with their friends and family.

Altering Landscapes showcases mixed media works investigating visual narratives between community and place. The exhibit speaks to past and present cultural, historical, social and political identities.

Pamela Winegard is a working artist and art educator. She received her MFA in art and design from Winthrop University in 2011. Pam is a frequent lecturer and visiting artist at institutions across the country. She is currently featured in Studio Visit Magazine and has been selected to be a member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City. Pam is a retired professor of Wingate University, Mitchell College, Central Piedmont Community College, Winthrop University and Art Institute of Charlotte. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in public and private collections. For more information, visit her website at

Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Ewing Gallery: Distilled: The Narrative Transformed

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 11 5-8pm in the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

Inspired by place and process, Pinkney Herbert’s work is a spirited exploration in color and line derived from the sights, sounds, and energies of the two principal cities – Memphis and New York – in which this body of work was created. Graffiti-like gestures scrawl atop digital prints, which are collaged and integrated into his paintings. Herbert draws inspiration from art historical and vernacular sources — including patterns, street signs, advertisements, and architecture. In this 30-year survey, we follow Pinkney Herbert on his transformative journey from the narrative into abstraction.

The Gallery is open M-W, 10am - 5pm, Thurs: 10am - 7:30pm and Sundays 1-4pm
The Gallery will be closed November 26 - 29 for Thanksgiving.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

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