Calendar of Events

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: 4th Annual Holiday Homecoming


Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, History & heritage, Kids & family, Literature & readings and Music

Everyone is invited, and it's FREE for all! Come celebrate the Holiday traditions of the past and begin new traditions that bind the hearts of family and friends. Enjoy live music throughout the day, kids crafts, tasty treats from the open hearth, basket weaving demonstrations, guest speakers and more.

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Fun Fall Kids Activities
+ Old fashioned Christmas tree ornaments
+ Learn how baskets are made
+ Taste homemade fudge made over the open fire
+ Visit with Santa Claus

10:00 AM - 4:45 PM: Live music
+ Smoky Mountain Flute Circle
+ Brandywine
+ Mountain Shadow String Band
+ Shape note signing by New Harp of Columbia
+ Hand Bell Choir of Broadway United Methodist Church

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Hear Bill Landry
+ Bill Landry (The Heartland Series) to discuss Christmas traditions in the Smokies
+ Book signing, "Tellin' it for the Truth"

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: Monday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Information: 865-448-0044,

Bijou Theatre: Justin Townes Earle


Category: Music

Justin Townes Earle with Cory Branan are making a stop at the hallowed Bijou stage, coming up this November! Earle is a 32-year-old contemporary Americana musician and is the son of Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Recently married and recently sober, Earle is about to release his fifth full-length album Single Mothers that explores his newfound perspective on life. He’ll be joined by Cory Branan, the Memphis-bred roots-rocker who’ll perfectly set the tone for the night of unforgettable music.

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

UT School of Music: Community Outreach Choral Concert


Category: Music

Community Outreach Choral Concert
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Farragut Presbyterian Church, 209 Jamestowne Blvd., Knoxville, 37934

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Alumni Memorial Building located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. (The James R. Cox Auditorium is located in the Alumni Memorial Building.) The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd 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,

Children's International Summer Villages: CISV Fun Days

  • November 23, 2014
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Category: Kids & family

Parents and youth, ages 10 to 18, who are interested in international travel, cultural education and global friendship opportunities are invited to attend information and activity sessions at our upcoming Fun Days

Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
at the Central United Methodist Church at 201 East Third Avenue, 37917 and
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
at the Central United Methodist Church at 201 East Third Avenue, 37917

CISV is a global organization dedicated to educating and inspiring for peace through building inter-cultural friendship, cooperation and understanding. Since 1965, the Smoky Mountain chapter of CISV has given hundreds of East Tennesseans the opportunity to experience the excitement and enrichment of cultural diversity. This year we sent 30 delegates to educational programs in Austria, Norway, Algeria, British Columbia, Sweden, Brazil and France. For 2015, we have programs available in France, Italy, Norway, Rio de Janeiro, Germany, the Philippines and Austria.

For more information, visit our web site at or call 865-475-5775. CISV is a non-profit, independent, non-political, volunteer organization with over 60 chapters worldwide. CISV was founded in 1951 on the belief that peace is possible through friendship - and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.

ORCBA: Tschaikovsky's The Nutcracker

  • November 22, 2014 — November 23, 2014

Category: Music and Theatre

ORCBA’s annual performance of Tschaikovsky’s The Nutcracker features all your favorite characters come to life! Clara, Fritz, the Nutcracker Prince, and Sugar Plum Fairy all await to delight and enchant you. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

Saturday, November 22nd @ 7:00
Sunday, November 23rd @ 2:00

Tickets are $20 Adults, $15 Seniors, $10 Students.

Penny 4 the Arts – this program allows up to 3 students to attend Arts performances for a penny each, with a full – priced Adult or Senior ticket.

All Saturday evening/Sunday afternoon tickets include a voucher for free admission to our Spring 2015 performance!
Matinee Performance, Saturday, November 22nd @ 2:00 (All Matinee tickets are $10.)

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - Mainstage / Jr. Playhouse Musical

Category: Theatre

The most celebrated of all fairy-tale characters is back in Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. The ultimate rags-to-riches story sparkles in a far-away kingdom where princes, fairy godmothers, pumpkin carriages and soaring sweeping musical moments take you and the whole family on humor-filled flights of fancy and delight. Enchantment abounds in this newer version drawn from the ABC-TV production featuring Whitney Houston and Brandi.

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Knoxville Opera: H.M.S. Pinafore

Category: Kids & family, Music and Theatre

The Knoxville Opera proudly presents two performances of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the city’s hallmark Tennessee Theatre. Maestro Brian Salesky will host a special opera preview session 45 minutes prior to each performance. The musical comedy is perfect for a family outing or special date and is one of several productions offering cultural and entertaining variety throughout the Knoxville Opera’s 37th season.

“This classic comedy is known for its familiar melodies as well as clever wordplay that dares to poke fun at politics and authoritative figures, in a delightfully provocative way,” said Knoxville Opera Executive Director Brian Salesky. “People of all ages will enjoy the music, characters, elaborate stage setting, and costumes.”

H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The comic operetta opened in London in 1898 and ran for 571 performances. When it premiered in Boston the following year, one critic wrote, “Going to Pinafore has become a mania.” The plot plays out aboard a naval ship and centers on the conflicts of love between people from different social classes. Taking jabs at the British class system, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the ironic rise of unqualified people into authority, even the title injects humor by using the name of the female pinafore garment in reference to the masculine naval warship. The spectacle includes familiar songs such as, “I’m Called Little Buttercup”, “The Monarch of the Sea”, “When I Was a Lad”, and “I am the Captain of the Pinafore.”

The musical structure and style of H.M.S. Pinafore have been echoed by many composers and contributed significantly to music history and the development of modern musical theatre. A full plot summary, along with cast bios, can be read here.

Ticket prices begin at $18. Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

The Tomato Head: TN Critters by Lesley Eaton

  • November 20, 2014 — December 8, 2014

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Stop by The Tomato Head on Kingston Pike to see Lesley Eaton's new show, Tennessee Critters. If you've been wanting to own an original "Peppered Paper" collage, now's your chance! Enjoy some pizza or a cupcake, check out the art, and make me an offer!

Pellissippi State Community College: Faculty Photography Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Pellissippi State Community College showcases the work of its Photography faculty members during the Photography Faculty Exhibit, Nov. 18-Dec. 12. The exhibit is in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art gallery at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. A reception takes place 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. The exhibit and reception are free to attend, and the community is invited. “This exhibit allows our students to see what their professors are doing in their personal art pursuits,” said Kurt Eslick, an associate professor in Photography. “It’s great when students can see that their professors are out there creating, too.”

For more information, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Clayton Center for the Arts: Judith Rodriguez: Photography Exhibit, Wild Violets


Category: Exhibitions & visual art

DENSO Art Gallery
Judith Rodriguez: Photography Exhibit
Wild Violets

Judith Rodriguez, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took up photography after a trip to Paris. Wanting to discover her hometown in a new way, she took to the streets to discover the life and people in the streets. She is currently working on Street Portraits, Life at Home and the jxtapositions of shadows, light and what she calls “special one-second expressions”.
Of her works, “Wild Violets” in the DENSO Gallery, Rodiguez says, “I took these close up portraits of people I saw in public places in Buenos Aires. I have been doing that for three years. The streets are the places where routine everyday life takes place in a city. . . . I am amazed at these fleeting encounters, seeing such singular faces walking by, with stories written in the gestures, their dress, or the way they look into your eyes. Shadows, lights, gestures, expressions that last only for a second, reactions that might never be seen twice, as it is impossible to take the same photo twice.”

Artist Reception: The artist will be in from Argentina for the reception November 21 from 6 to 8 PM. Please join us to meet and welcome her.

The DENSO Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10am-6pm

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office M-F 10AM-6PM or by phone or online: 865-981-8590,

DENSO Gallery at the Clayton Center for the Arts: Argentinian Photographer Judith Rodriguez exhibit

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

In the DENSO Gallery at the Clayton Center for the Arts, November 17 through December 31, 2014, photographer Judith Rodriguez will exhibit her “Wild Violets” works. Ms. Rodriguez will travel from Argentina to attend the artist reception, November 21 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the Gallery. The DENSO Gallery is open 9 am to 6 pm and during Clayton Center events.

Judith Rodriguez, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took up photography after a trip to Paris. Wanting to discover her hometown in a new way, she took to the streets to discover the life and people in the streets. She is currently working on Street Portraits, Life at Home and the juxtapositions of shadows, light and what she calls “special one-second expressions”.

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804, 865-981-8263,

Oak Ridge Art Center: The Art of the Creche III: Folk Art Nativities from Around the World

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

Featuring new selections on loan from a private collection and Selections from the Permanent Collection. Featuring International Artists including Henri Matisse, Edouard Manet, Salvador Dali and many others. And in the Foyer Gallery, New Nativities by Local Artists and Mary - Mortal and Divine - Manifests the Feminine.

Opening Reception: Monday Evening, November 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM
The event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family!

Oak Ridge Art Center * 201 Badger Avenue * Oak Ridge, (865) 482-1441 or

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