Calendar of Events

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Category: Penny Performances and Theatre

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season!
by Charles Dickens; Directed by Micah-Shane Brewer

Ebeneezer Scrooge and the memorable ghosts return in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s long-running and most popular production. A magical tradition for the whole family and a great way to celebrate the season, “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens’ timeless classic, runs November 26 through December 21 on the mainstage with 7:30 pm and 2:00 pm performances. An Open Captioned performance will take place on Sunday, November 30 at 2:00 pm. A special “Deaf Night at the Theatre” production will be held on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm. And, a talkback with the director and actors will take place following the December 2 matinee. At each performance, patrons can enhance their experience with by enjoying the special holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with the “Ghosts” in a specially designed cutout which will be stationed in the main lobby. “A Christmas Carol” is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, whose ghostly journey and transformation through Christmas past, present and future is among the most beloved stories in western literature. Described by Dickens as his “little Christmas Book,” “A Christmas Carol” was first published in December 1843. The story was instantly successful, selling over 6,000 copies in one week. It has since been republished countless times and adapted for stage and screen. It remains one of literatures’ most enduring and often-quoted stories of hope, triumph, and communal spirit.

The production features UT Theatre faculty, professional actors and resident artists, UT graduate and undergraduate student actors, and actors from the community. Performing the role of Scrooge is visiting guest actor David Kortemeier. Some CBT credits include: “Sweeney Todd,” “Moonlight & Magnolias,” “The Music Man,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Amadeus,” “Oedipus the King,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” UT Theatre resident artists and faculty include David Brian Alley (Bob Cratchit/Ensemble), Neil Friedman (Fezziwig/Ol’ Joe/Musician/Ensemble) and Katy Wolfe Zahn (Elizabeth Cratchit/Ensemble).

To enhance the audience experience, the CBT will continue, and in some cases expand, several popular programs in 2014-2015. “Deaf Night at the Theatre” has been expanded to include three productions: Tuesday, Oct. 14 for “The Miracle Worker,” Tuesday, December 9 for “A Christmas Carol” and Tuesday, March 3 for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Produced through a partnership with UT’s Center on Deafness, these special events are designed to be fully accessible for members of the Deaf community with more than a dozen interpreters stationed throughout the theater and two teams interpreting the productions. Open captioned productions also will continue in the new season, taking place on the first Sunday matinee of each show. Talk backs, which are informative discussions with the director and cast, will continue to take place following the second Sunday matinee of each show.

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,

30th Annual Fantasy of Trees “A Winter Wish Come True”

  • November 26, 2014 — November 30, 2014

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

The 30th annual Fantasy of Trees - "A Winter Wish Come True"

All proceeds benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Knoxville Convention Center
701 Henley St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

+ Trees and Decorations
+ Shops and Vendors Marketplace
+ Walmart Raffle Tree
+ Fantasy Theater - Main Stage
+ Gingerbread Village
+ Visit with Santa and Other Children's Activities
+ It's a Snap Photo Spot
+ Commemorative Photos

Show dates & times:
Wed, Nov 26 ... 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thurs, Nov 27 ... 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(Thanksgiving Day)
Fri, Nov 28 ... 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat, Nov 29 ... 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun, Dec 30 ... Noon - 6:00 PM
Adults: $8. Children: 4-12: $4. 3-under: FREE. Family pack: $20 (online)

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,

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: TEXTILES

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

We invite the public to visit the Sandra J. Blain Galleries to see an exhibit draped in history, color, and texture. Whether used for utilitarian or decorative purposes textiles have been a part of the human experience since the dawn of civilization. They can provide warmth and comfort, illustrate social status, adorn and insulate living and other physical spaces, or be used for the carrying and storage of items. Textiles are still imperative for all of these reasons yet they have also become regarded as an art form. Through the hands of artists textile techniques have been used in innovative and conceptual ways. Arrowmont has conducted workshops in an array of textile and fiber topics since its beginning in the late 1960s, and throughout the years has amassed a variety of works from past instructors, studio assistants, and resident artists in myriad techniques for its permanent collection.

"This selection of textiles from Arrowmont's permanent collection hints at the scope of work in all craft media preserved at Arrowmont. Visitors will enjoy this exhibition for its historical significance and for the beauty of the works," said Executive Director, Bill May. On display is a selection that illustrate textile arts’ journey over the last several decades. Weaving, tapestry, embroidery, dying, felting, printing, sewing, quilting, knotting, macramé, and basketry techniques are represented. While many of these works push the boundaries of what textiles are they all pay homage to the past while paving the way for an even more inventive future.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon traditional arts and crafts.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
The Gallery is open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Tours are available by reservation, and can be arranged by calling 865-436-5860.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: Exhibition by Karin Lubart and Diana Dee Sarkar

  • November 14, 2014 — December 31, 2014
  • Opening Reception Nov. 14, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Category: Exhibitions & visual art

Opening reception Nov. 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; artists’ talks at 6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Karin Lubart presents “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Classical Portraiture” - Since the 1700’s artists have copied masterpieces in the galleries of the Louvre. Karin’s opportunity to participate in this time-honored tradition enormously enriched her training as an artist. To recreate a masterpiece brings one very close to the Master. She says that standing only three feet from the masterpiece, studying and recreating it was truly a gift. Working from life or photographs, Karin’s straightforward, sensitive style of painting emphasizes her ability to recreate her subject’s persona on canvas. Karin Kretschmann Lubart received her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, majoring in Communication Arts. She continued to enrich her academic foundation at the Art Students League of New York, studying with John Howard Sanden, Nelson Shanks and Jack Faragasso. With over 25 years of experience as a professional illustrator, Karin has worked for many major corporations, publishers and advertising agencies. Her passion for portrait art was born out of her career as an illustrator. Karin nurtured her passion by joining the copyist program of the Louvre and Musee D’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She currently resides in Maryville, thankful and blessed to be continuing her portrait art.

Diana Dee Sarker - she hopes her artwork kindles empathy for abused, neglected or unnecessarily killed animals. Many of the portrayed animals are horses that either have been rescued or work in some line of service. The people in the paintings are the folks who have taken in these animals or who train them for service. For example: the painting of the farmer Willis and his donkey George. Willis volunteers for the National Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue Organization and has many donkeys on his farm that he cares for while they wait to be adopted. George was found almost starved to death. Willis took him home and nourished him back to health. During her 34 years as a physician with a busy medical practice, Diana Dee found time to paint portraits and landscapes of the people and places she encountered doing volunteer medicine in third world countries. She wanted to share these wonderful experiences with her patients back home. This was her beginning in a life of art. She remained a self-taught artist until 2005, when she decided to obtain an art education. This began by studying oil painting at Woodstock School of Art with Hongnian Zhang, and figure oil painting with Nelson Shanks, Anthony Ryder, and Warren Chang. Also, she trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. She received her MFA in figure painting at the Academy of Art University in 2014. While at AAU, she continued to study pastel landscape painting with Gil Dellinger, Susan Olgilvie, and Clark Mitchell. The Art Market Gallery and the Arts and Culture Alliance in Knoxville, TN and the Olde Concord Gallery in Concord, TN represent her pastels, oil paintings and watercolors.

Where: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Fountain City Art Center: The Annual Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show and Sale


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening Reception November 14, 6:30-8:00 PM - everyone welcome! The public is invited; no admission is charged.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9AM-5PM; Wednesday & Friday, 10AM-5PM; 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, 9AM-1PM. Information: 865-357-2787,

Fountain City Art Center: Men at Work by Embry DuBose


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Fountain City Art Center will present a show of photographs by Embry DuBose entitled "Men at Work". Opening Reception November 14, 6:30-8:00 PM - everyone welcome! The public is invited; no admission is charged.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9AM-5PM; Wednesday & Friday, 10AM-5PM; 2nd and 3rd Saturdays, 9AM-1PM. Information: 865-357-2787,

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