Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Knoxvollidays: The 12 Songs Of Christmas

  • December 17, 2017
  • 7-10 PM

Category: Fundraisers and Music

Now that it's coming to the end of another year, how about we all come together to celebrate the holidays?!? We'll have a multitude of musicians performing their own, special take on holiday and Christmas tunes at The Central Collective in North Knoxville. They'll be performing "in-the-round" style, playing with others they may never have performed with together before!

Not only will it be a wonderful evening of music, but we'll also be giving all of the proceeds to help The Love Kitchen here in Knoxville. They have been working hard in order to help the folks of our community. We'll even have some baked goods available for purchase to help raise as much as we can. Now's our chance to give back!

A complete list of all involved to come at a later time. More and more keep pouring in, too quick to keep updated.

Tickets are $10 with 100% of the money going to The Love Kitchen. At The Central Collective, 923 N Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917.

Knoxville Horror Film Fest: Christmas Party & Central Cinema Fundraiser

  • December 17, 2017
  • 7-11 PM

Category: Film, Free event and Fundraisers

KHFF is returning to Relix Variety Theatre for our annual X-Mas event! Central Cinema is about to enter the construction phase, so we unfortunately can't hold the event at our new home, but we're thrilled to be back at the venue that we called home for so many years.

This year our good friends at AGFA (American Genre Film Archive) have donated a free screening for the event, and we've decided to show the late 90s horror classic, Jack Frost. If you haven't seen this gem, prepare yourself for more one liners than a Schwarzenegger film and one of the first onscreen appearances from American Pie star, Shannon Elizabeth.

Here's the trailer:

We'll also have our good friend Slasher Santa back for photo opportunities and he'll be giving out presents to everyone who makes a donation!

This event will be free, but with a suggested donation of $5 for the theater. Each person who donates will get to choose a present from Santa's gift bag and we always fill it to the brim with awesome swag, so it will be $5 well spent. If you are interested in donating more to Central Cinema, click the ticket link in the event and it will take you to our GoFundMe page.

At Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Nature and Neon

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

The theme of this year’s national juried exhibition is Nature and Neon.

Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Information: 865-436-5860,

Tennessee Theatre: Kinky Boots

Category: Dance, Music and Theatre

Part of the 10th Anniversary Season of Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre

The 10th anniversary kicks off with KINKY BOOTS, Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award®-winner Jerry Mitchell (LEGALLY BLONDE, HAIRSPRAY) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award®-winner Harvey Fierstein (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

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

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Clayton Holiday Concert: Music from the Movies


Category: Dance and Music

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 3:00pm

One of East Tennessee’s greatest holiday traditions, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra invites you to join Music Director Aram Demirjian and special guests for the annual Clayton Holiday Concert: Music from the Movies. Enjoy all your holiday favorites such as the Hallelujah Chorus Handel's Messiah, and special scores from holiday films including Polar Express, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and a few surprises.

We will welcome our friends to the stage from the Knoxville Choral Society, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, and Farragut High School Singers. This concert is sponsored by Clayton Bank, Clayton Homes and Clayton Volvo, there will be four chances to see this fantastic concert.

Discounts are available for groups of 10 more! Each concert includes a 30-minute pre-concert chat at 6:30 p.m. with conductor and guest artist, allowing an up-close Q&A session, insights and background to the music, composers and more.

At the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

Pellissippi State & The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

December 15, 7:30 p.m.
December 16, 2:30 p.m.
December 17, 2:30 p.m.

This homespun tale pieces together a portion of Ingalls family history missing from the beloved “Little House” books — the winter of 1876. Enjoy this tale of gratitude that’s a perfect beginning for the holiday season. Get tickets at:

In the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

The WordPlayers: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas will be presented by The WordPlayers, in collaboration with The Arts at Pellissippi, at Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN. Public performances are Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $8-$12 and may be purchased online at, at the door, or by calling 865.539.7529.

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas is a one-act play with music, based on the beloved series of "Little House on the Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Playwright, Laurie Brooks, imagines events that occurred when the Ingalls family had to leave Walnut Grove to run a hotel in Iowa. It is a story about hope, perseverance, and family. (Recommended for ages 8+)

The WordPlayers is a 501(c) 3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For school show or other information, please call (865) 539-2490, Email: or visit:

Zoo Knoxville: Santa's Village

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Santa Claus is coming to Zoo Knoxville and will be in residence at Santa’s Village this Thursday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. daily. Santa Claus will be listening to Christmas wishes and available for photos in the festively decorated Santa’s Village, located in the zoo’s Kids Cove area. Guests will have the option to purchase portraits taken by a professional photographer and can take their own photos.

Complimentary event activities included with general admission are a visit with Santa Claus, reindeer games, holiday crafts and a story time each day at 12:30 p.m. Kids can also write a letter to Santa and they will receive a personal reply from Santa himself in the mail after their visit. For an additional ticket, rides will be available on the “Polar Express” train and kids can opt for a face-painting session for some holiday flair. All activities take place in the enclosed and heated Kids Cove tent for guests’ comfort. Now through February 28, 2018, zoo admission tickets are $5 off during Kroger Discount Days.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

TVUUC: Exhibition by Coral Grace Turner and Marilyn Avery Turner

  • December 10, 2017 — February 7, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Opening reception January 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; artists’ talks at 6:30 p.m.

Coral Grace Turner: New Work
This series utilizes remnants of fabric that Turner designed and printed over ten years ago. She was introduced to a process of hand quilting called English paper piecing earlier this year and found it to be a great way to reimagine her fabric pieces. The fabrics were designed using a grid for registration, layered with random patterning and variations in color to create movement. Similarly, quilting starts with a standard shape that is repeated in a grid-like structure, while the pattern on each shape is random. She created movement within each piece by matching lines and colors at the seams where one piece of fabric is joined with another.

Turner grew up in a family that had a great appreciation for the arts. Her mother taught art classes, one grandmother was a textile designer by trade and the other was a knitter and sewer. At the Rhode Island School of Design, Turner made three- dimensional work using sewing and knitting, which led to installations and finally site-specific sound installations when she graduated with a BFA in Sculpture in 1996. She took a screen printing on fabric class at Arrowmont in 2001 with Clare Verstegen, and the following year continued working with Verstegen in the MFA program in Fibers at Arizona State University, when most of the fabrics used in this work were printed.

Marilyn Avery Turner: A Tale of Two Series
The images and the limited palette came first, and in the process of making the work the idea of blood types and bloodlines emerged. In all of humanity there are only four basic blood types; we are incredibly similar at our core. In our divisive world, where people and cultures choose to concentrate on our differences, which in turn are used to justify any number of prejudices and crimes against humanity, it would be helpful to take this fundamental fact into account.

The other series has a monochromatic palette. In the work that has figurative elements the subject led to that choice, whereas in the non-figurative work there was a conscious decision to use only variations of a particular color. In both series, the figurative elements are based on Pre-Columbian designs and images that she has worked with for the past fifteen years.

Originally from New York City, Turner received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1966. She has been concentrating on printmaking, specifically monoprinting and screenprinting, for the last 25 years, combining painting and collage, her main former mediums. She has taken classes since 1994 in the University of Tennessee Printmaking Department. She has been a member of The Art Market Gallery since its inception in 1982, exhibits her work in solo and group shows, and participates in juried exhibitions throughout the United States.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Gallery hours: M-Th 10-5, Su 10-1. Information: 865-523-4176,

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby

Category: Theatre

Thursday, December 7 through Sunday, December 24.
The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby dares to take the classic story at its word. There really is a pregnant virgin. There are shepherds, angels, foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men), a ratty extra room/stable at an inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything.

And obviously, it's a comedy. Seriously it is.
The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby surprises both virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing audiences alike by telling the most over-told story in a sincerely human way that bursts with imagination and wonder.

The Green Room at the Jackson Avenue Terminal in the Old City
211 Jackson Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902

River & Rail Theatre Company, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 106, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

Art Gallery at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church Exhibition

  • December 3, 2017 — February 2, 2018

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Art Gallery at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church will present an exhibit of multi-media art by six local artists, opening on Sunday, December 3, at 12:30 p.m. with a reception and gallery talk led by the artists. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit will continue through February 2.

The six artists whose work will be featured are Pat Fain, Mary Ann Damos, Jan Hill, Pat Fitchpatrick, Ina Sue Marlin, and Betsy Spooner. These six artists have studied side-by-side for the past five years under Chico Osten at the Oak Ridge Art Center. They all work with different paint media and in different painting styles.

ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Free and open to the public, Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm. and Sunday 9:30 am to 1 pm. For more information call (865) 483-6761.

Zoo Knoxville: Kroger Discount Days with $5 Admission

Category: Festivals & special events, Kids & family and Science & nature

Zoo Knoxville is offering $5 off admission tickets during Kroger Discount Days, December 1 through February 28, 2018. During Kroger Discount Days, guests can discover why winter is an enjoyable time to visit the zoo. Many animals, including red pandas, river otters, elephants, gorillas, red wolves, lions and tigers, enjoy the cooler temperatures. On days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, some animals will be moved indoors, but visitors can still see many in their indoor viewing areas. The Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure is a popular indoor area that’s an entertaining stop for creative play during visits as well.

A December trip to the zoo may even include a visit to Santa’s Village, a special holiday encounter and photo opportunity with Santa Claus. Santa’s Village will be open for holiday photos and Christmas wishes December 14 through 17, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day in the heated Kids Cove tent. Discounted tickets can be purchased at the zoo ticket window during regular zoo hours and online at Discounted admission tickets must be used by Feb. 28, 2018, and cannot be combined with any other promotion, discount, or coupon.

Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Open every day except Christmas. Information: 865-637-5331,

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