Calendar of Events

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fluorescent Gallery: A Violet, A Vein

  • September 30, 2016 — October 3, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Reception: September 30 6:00pm - 10:00pm

“a violet, a vein” brings together new, large-scale paintings by Anna Wehrwein. The work explores the intersection of perspectival, color, and social space. Using drawing as a starting point, the paintings construct the act of looking as having the potential to be both subjective and communal. Contained within the picture plane, this gaze is intimate instead of performative: a tool for self-reflexivity and self-imaging. In turn, the high-chroma of the work – rich magentas, deep blues, acidic greens – radiate out. The optics and vibrancies are both enticing and shifting, demanding attention but refusing a singular read. In this way the color – opaque and vibrant like color-aid paper – acts as both ground and figure. But the heart of the work is in the relationships and community it depicts: women artists, friends, who use the domestic space as a site of creativity. It’s an idealistic space, but also a very real one. One in which beers are had, ideas are shared, tattoos and haircuts are given, and paintings are made.

Fluorescent Gallery, 627 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:

37th Annual Greek Fest

  • September 30, 2016 — October 2, 2016

Category: Dance, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Food/dining, History & heritage, Kids & family and Music

Greek Fest is more than just delicious Greek foods…it’s also an opportunity to share our Greek culture and Orthodox faith with you! Greek Dance Shows, Cooking Shows and Church Tours are scheduled throughout each day of Greek Fest for you to experience more than just the food!

Hours: Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun 11-8

Admission to Greek Fest is $2.00 per adult. Weekend passes are $3.00. Children under 12 are free.

At St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.

Tennessee Theatre: Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight!"

Category: Theatre

Later this month join us for the longest running show in American Theatre history – the 62nd year of Mark Twain Tonight! The legendary one man show starring beloved actor Hal Holbrook is constantly changing. “Mark Twain never stops surprising me,” says Holbrook. “He keeps firing me up and asking questions.” Come see a master at work!

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

Bijou Theatre: Cereus Bright

Category: Music

In their lyrics and melodies, Cereus Bright aims to embrace life as both messy and beautiful. Tyler Anthony and Evan Ford join us this fall for their homecoming show in Knoxville!

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five

Category: Music

September 30 – Andy T– Nick Nixon Band

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-525-6101,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Category: Food/dining and Fundraisers

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will host its popular annual Oktoberfest Fundraiser at the Willow Ridge Garden Center in Oak Ridge on Friday, September 30, 2016. Join fellow music and beer lovers for a festive event that will include delicious German cuisine catered by Carmella Catering, plenty of craft ales, a selection of fine wines, and exciting silent and live auction items, all in support of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.

The Biergarten opens at 5:30 PM and guests will be greeted with light hors d’oeuvres and drinks while they browse the silent auction items. Battle Brass will provide delightful entertainment, including familiar German polkas and other dance music. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite beer stein to compete in the Best Beer Stein competition! Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM and will include German favorites such as chicken schnitzel and bratwurst. A live auction will be held after dessert, which is not to be missed!

Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased by calling the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569 or by visiting Willow Ridge Garden Center. All proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, which presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series.

Jubilee Community Arts: The Tennessee Stifflegs


Category: Music

Old-Time, Western Swing & Hillbilly Jazz! The Tennessee Stifflegs are a four-piece string band from Knoxville, TN featuring a repertoire of old-time country, western swing and hillbilly jazz. Steeped in the tradition of Appalachian string band music, the Stifflegs have played square dances and fiddler's conventions throughout the region. In addition to the group's spirited fiddle-led numbers, the Stifflegs also showcase a unique take on a wide variety of classic American music - including harmony-driven ballads and upbeat jazz standards.

Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through, 1-800-838-3006 ext 1, by mail, and at the door. At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,

Union Avenue Books: Reception and Book Launch

  • September 30, 2016
  • 5:30 PM

Category: Free event and Literature & readings

Reception and Book Launch for Maria Cornelius author of The Final Season: the Perseverance of Pat Summitt

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

UT School of Music: Hsiaopei Lee; piano


Category: Free event and Music

Guest artist recital; with Chialing Hsieh-piano - Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall , Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, and the Alumni Memorial Building is located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Cirque Italia Traveling Water Circus

  • September 29, 2016 — October 2, 2016

Category: Festivals & special events and Kids & family

Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia, September 29-October 2, a show like no other. We are proud to be the first traveling WATER circus in the US! Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid which lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing water to fall like rain from above as fountains dazzle below! This incredible show takes place under our majestic white and blue big top tent which came all the way from Italy........Inside we have such a theatrical and intimate setup, you just might forget you are under a circus tent!

The show owner and founder, Manuel Rebecchi, has a deep seeded history in the circus industry. When Manuel came to the states several years ago, he decided that Americans needed to experience a European style show. He wanted to create something special and memorable. The result? Something never before seen in the US – a cirque variety show featuring a 35,000 gallon water tank stage and performers from around the world! This incredible show is completely ANIMAL-FREE.

You will see a CONTORTIONIST who is able to bend her body in ways you would never imagine.... an Italian singer who stacks chair upon chair and then balances on top of them on his hands......Our crazy clown, Alex, who PLUNGES off the diving board during his acrobatic trampoline excursion! Want to get splashed? Who knows what can happen during our astounding JET SKI act......Breathtaking Aerial Divas will fly high in the sky like beautifully colored birds of paradise....... Our Laserman will be causing all kinds of explosions with his laser guns......maybe to scare away the large DINOSAUR that has invaded the show!! All this, plus thrilling highwire feats, twin juggling maniacs, elegant chiffons, and more!! Don't forget you also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a picture with a MERMAID.

For more information, check out the Cirque Italia website: Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You can purchase tickets through our website (
or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

September 29 – October 2, West Town Mall, in the parking lot on Morrell Road side of West Town Mall near the Cheesecake Factory under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

Sept 29 THURS: 7:30pm
Sept 30 FRI: 7:30pm
Oct 1 SAT: 2:30pm, 5:30pm & 8:30pm
Oct 2 SUN: 2:30 & 5:30pm & 8:30pm

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
Non-show days: 10am – 6pm
On show days open 10am – 9pm

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Crucible

Category: Theatre

Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” will play in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre September 28 – October 16, 2016. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, September 28. The second Preview will take place on Thursday, September 29 and Opening Night will take place on Friday September 30. The Talk Back with the cast will take place Sunday, September 9 following the matinee and the Open Captioned performance is Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm. A panel discussion about the impact of the play upon political discussions during its time and today will take place after the Sunday, September 16 matinee.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “The Crucible” is an ageless tale of fear, greed and power written by one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. When teenage girls are discovered trying to conjure spirits, the 17th century town of Salem explodes with accusations of witchcraft. The vicious trials that follow expose a community paralyzed by terror, religious extremism and greed, and a marriage forever changed.

Miller composed “The Crucible” as a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials, with the witch trials standing in for the anti-Communist “witch-hunts” of the 1950s during the McCarthy era. As with the alleged witches of Salem, suspected Communists were encouraged to confess and identify other Communist sympathizers in order to escape punishment. Many of those accused of Communism suffered loss of employment and/or destruction of their careers; some even suffered imprisonment.

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,

The Omega Gallery at Carson-Newman University: Art by Striped Light

  • September 27, 2016 — October 21, 2016
  • Reception Sept, 27, 3:00-5:00PM, M_F 8AM-4PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

New and recent work in a variety of media by the three talented co-founders of Striped Light, a Knoxville-based letterpress, graphic design and music recording studio, Bryan Baker, Sarah Shebaro and Jason Boardman. The show will run September 27 through October 21.

Opening reception with the artists on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 3:00-5:00PM.
Regular gallery hours are Monday Through Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM.
The Art Department phone number is 865 471 4985.

Warren Art Building, corner of Branner Ave. and S. College Street,
Jefferson City, TN 37760

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