Calendar of Events

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tennessee Theatre: Summer Movie Magic - Top Gun

Category: Film

There's something for everyone in the 18th Annual Summer Movie Magic lineup! Travel back in time with us and see these American classics as they should be: in a historic theater, with a bag of popcorn in your lap, and a cold drink in your hand. Come experience some of your favorite classics! Organists Bill Snyder and Freddie Brabson will play the Mighty Wurlitzer organ before each film.

26 Aug, 2016 at 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
28 Aug, 2016 at 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:00 PM)

Tom Cruise sets the screen ablaze as Maverick, a reckless F-14 pilot who flies by instinct and breaks all the rules. While attending the Navy's elite air combat training academy, Maverick romances the civilian astrophysics instructor (Kelly McGillis) and competes with crackerjack pilot Ice (Val Kilmer) for top honors. He is the quintessential rebel, upsetting senior officers with his antics and risk-taking while simultaneously amazing them with his skill, but can he come though when the stakes are raised and his skills are put to the test?

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

Knoxville Film Festival

Category: Festivals & special events and Film

The Knoxville Film Festival returns to Regal's Downtown West Cinema 8.
The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national and international filmmakers.

The Fourth Annual Knoxville Film Festival will take place August 26-28 2016, at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Produced in partnership between Secret City Films and Dogwood Arts, the festival will screen feature, documentary and short films and will include workshops and educational events, filmmaking competitions, networking opportunities, special guests and social events. In addition to the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition and a Student Filmmaking Competition, the festival will screen films that have been submitted for consideration by independent filmmakers from around the world.

Regal Downtown West Cinema 8
1640 Downtown West Blvd
Knoxville TN 37919
(844) 462-7342
Visit to view the complete schedule. Weekend festival passes are on sale now!

The Knoxville Film Festival is produced in partnership by Dogwood Arts and Secret City Films.


  • August 26, 2016 — August 28, 2016

Category: Comedy, Dance, Festivals & special events and Music

BLANKfest, a wide-ranging festival celebrating Knoxville, TN’s rich entertainment culture, will take place in Market Square. Presented by BLANK Newspaper and, this year’s iteration will benefit Knoxville-based nonprofit agency Positively Living. In addition to the outdoor stage in the square, participating venues will include Scruffy City Hall, Preservation Pub and Cocoa Moon. Tickets are on sale now! Beginning at 5:00 P.M. on August 26th, an entertainment roster comprised of over 60 acts will perform across four stages. Noted comic/emcee/Knoxville ambassador Zachary Fallon hosts a self-curated cavalcade of local comedians, improv artists and burlesque presenters at Cocoa Moon. Explaining the inclusiveness of the festival, BLANK Publisher Rusty Odom says, “The goal behind BLANKfest is to celebrate each vein of the entertainment scene in Knoxville.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Native American Music & Cultural Festival

  • August 26, 2016 — August 28, 2016

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

Enjoy the sounds of the Native American flute music, lively demonstrations and more. Nationally acclaimed, award winning Native American musicians will be performing all days of the festival and vendors will be on site showcasing handcrafted Native American jewelry, music, art and flutes. Performances and concerts will take place daily beginning on Friday, August 26th and carrying through to Sunday, August 28th. To view a current list of performers and to view more details about the Festival:
$7 per guest, per day - FREE for GSMHC Members

Fri Aug 26, 6-9 PM
Sat Aug 27, 10 AM - 10 PM
Sun Aug 28, 12-4 PM

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Beatles Birthday Bash

  • August 26, 2016
  • 7:00PM

Category: Free event, Kids & family and Music

Knoxville musician and composer Wendel Werner is hosting his annual "Beatles Birthday Bash" on Friday, August 26. Wendel will be performing along with 9 of his talented friends all coming together to put on a concert sure to please! It's a celebration of the music from the Fab Four.
Best of all, this event is Free!

Friday, Aug 26, 7:00 pm, Lane Music, 9648 Kingston Pike (Franklin Square Shopping Center), Knoxville, TN 37922, (865) 357-5025,

The Central Collective: Good Sport Night

  • August 26, 2016
  • 6:30-8:30 PM

Category: Festivals & special events

Activity: Wouldn't you like to know? CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS!
Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, an egg drop competition, and a garden party in a castle. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people. Worried that you won't be able to participate because of food/alcohol restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night.

At The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590,,

Farragut Museum Features "Timeless Toys" Exhibit

  • August 25, 2016 — December 30, 2016

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Farragut Museum invites the community to visit "Timeless Toys." This exhibit will be on display through early 2017 (closed Dec. 24 and 25). This special exhibit will feature items from the Museum's collection of artifacts as well as items belonging to Museum Committee members. The exhibit showcases a variety of antique toys, games and dolls dating from the late 1800s through the 1900s. A featured item is the Rice doll house, designed and built in 1929 by local architect Malcolm Rice and a National Architecture Award recipient in 1930. Originally with electricity, the doll house was enjoyed by three generations of the Rice family. Museum committee member Lou LaMarche has loaned several 1940s toys from his personal collection, including toy soldiers, a Rudolph radio and an electric football game. In addition, the exhibit features a 1940s toy steam engine donated by museum volunteer Malcolm Shell.

The Farragut Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information about the museum or the exhibit, please visit, like the museum at, or contact Museum Coordinator Julia Barham at or 966-7057.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Romantic Spirits

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection, featuring more than thirty 19th-century masterworks from the renowned Spartanburg, South Carolina-based collection.

The paintings in Romantic Spirits present an evocative glimpse into nineteenth-century Southern life, and reveal the importance of oral tradition and “a sense of place” in the development of the Romantic Movement in the South. The exhibition seeks to present a balanced view of how Romanticism evolved in the North and the South, the genre’s ties to Europe, and how culture, customs, education, and travel influenced each artist. It also reveals connections between featured painters and their contemporaries, specifically authors and poets such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a masterful still life of peaches by Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson.

The public is invited to an exhibition preview reception on Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:30pm.

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,

Lyric Theatre: Harvey

  • August 25, 2016 — August 28, 2016

Category: Theatre

By Mary Chase, directed by Stacy Littleton. Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium. When they arrive at the sanitarium, a comedy of errors ensues. The young, handsome, and very flirtatious Dr. Sanderson commits Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion. When Elwood shows up at the sanitarium looking for his lost friend Harvey, it seems that the mild-mannered Elwood's delusion has had a strange influence on the staff, including sanitarium director Dr. Chumley. Only just before Elwood is to be given an injection that will make him into a "perfectly normal human being, and you know what bastards they are!" (in the words of a taxi cab driver who has become involved in the proceedings) does Veta realize that she would rather have Elwood the same as he has always been — carefree and kind — even if it means living with Harvey. Tickets: $13.00 online or $15.00 at downtown merchants and at the box office prior to performances.

The Lyric Theatre, 320 Grove Street, Loudon, TN 37774.

Pellissippi State: Eight Artists of Vacuum Shop Studios

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Vacuum Shop Studios is a collaboratively run artist studio in Knoxville that provides space for contemporary artists to bridge the diverse conceptual and material concerns of each individual artist. ARTISTS: ELEANOR ALDRICH, HEATHER HARTMAN, KELLY HIDER, ASHTON LUDDEN, ERIN MULLENEX, CHELSIE NUNN, DEB RULE & JESSIE VAN DER LAAN


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 District Gallery: Terra Madre; Women in Clay

  • August 19, 2016 — September 10, 2016
  • Reception Aug. 19, 5:00-8:00PM

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

The District Gallery presents: Terra Madre: Women in Clay
Opening reception: Friday, August 19, 5-8 p.m. The show continues through September 10.

Terra Madre: Women in Clay is a group show featuring the work of an eclectic group of women ceramic artists living and working in the metro Knoxville area.
Through their diverse approaches to clay, Terra Madre seeks to encourage excellence in ceramic art, to promote clay artistry in the surrounding community, and to form a supportive creative network for its members. Comprised of over 35 artists, the group shows work as a collective two to three times annually. Their work is also exhibited individually throughout the country and can be found in galleries, small businesses, craft shows, and in private and public collections.

We are pleased to present Terra Madre as they return for their second exhibit with The District Gallery, showcasing a dynamic compilation of ceramic artwork ranging from functional to sculptural, traditional to whimsical. Please join us opening night for a special evening of fine craft, food, and drink.
The show will be on display August 19 through September 10. The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. For more information, please visit our website,, or call (865) 200-4452.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Three Musketeers

  • August 19, 2016 — September 4, 2016

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

A live theatre version of the famous adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas, especially adapted for young people and families. The play will be performed August 19 through September 4, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.

To fulfull his dream of becoming a soldier, young d'Artagnan heads for Paris and into romance, intrigue and adventure. On the way, he meets a secret agent, confronts a mysterious swordsman, rescues the beautiful Constance, and ultimately joins The Three Musketeers in their fight against an evil Cardinal. When d'Artagnan learns of a plot to destroy the queen, he accepts the chance to prove himself worthy of Constance and of the uniform of a musketeer. With The Three Musketeers, he declares: "All for one and one for all."

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

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