Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UT Humanities Center Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series with Laurent Dubois

  • September 20, 2017
  • 4 PM

Category: Free event, Lectures and Music

Laurent Dubois is the first speaker of the UT Humanities Center Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series. He will present “On the Trail of the Banjo: America’s African Instrument.”

What is the banjo? As an iconic American instrument, it has been part of a wide range of musical traditions. In this lecture, renowned historian Laurent Dubois traces the instrument’s origins, focusing on the earliest known descriptions from the 17th and 18th century Caribbean and North America, and offers an explanation for the banjo’s adaptability and enduring power as a creator of both sound and symbolism.

Laurent Dubois is a professor of romance studies and history and the director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. He is the author of six books, including A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804 (2004), which won the 2005 Frederick Douglass Prize. His writings on music and culture have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Slate.

There will be live music. This event is free and open to the public.
Lindsay Young Auditorium, UT Hodges Library.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures

With Jack Neely, Executive Director, Knoxville History Project - "The Knoxville of Beauford and Joseph Delaney"

Participants may bring lunch or call Kate Faulkner at 865-525-6101 x246 in advance to order a boxed lunch.

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 Unitarian Universalist Church: Photography of David Kocher

  • September 17, 2017 — November 30, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

The Art Gallery at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) will present an exhibit of the work of the photography of David Kocher from September 17, through November 30. A gallery opening talk and artist reception will be hosted at the church on Sunday September 17 at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited.

ORUUC is located at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. It is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information call the church office at (865) 483-6761.

Knox County Public Library: Celebrate Imagination Library Week

  • September 17, 2017 — September 23, 2017

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, Kids & family and Literature & readings

Join us for a state-wide celebration of the Imagination Library Program in Tennessee. Our celebration will include special Imagination Library themed story times at your local Knox County Public Library branch. What better way to celebrate Imagination Library than by reading together!

Toddler Storytime - Tues 9/19 @ 10:15 am
Preschool Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 10:15 am
Baby Bookworms - Fri 9/22 @ 10:30 am

Baby Bookworms Wed 9/20 @ 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime Wed 9/20 @ 11 am

Cedar Bluff
Toddler Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 10:30 am and 11:15 am
Baby Bookworms - Thur 9/21 @ 10:30 am and 11:15 am

Lawson McGhee Library- Children's Room
Evening Storytime - Tues 9/19 @ 6:30 pm
Baby Bookworms - Wed 9/20 @ 10:20 am
Preschool Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 11 am
Baby Bookworms - Thur 9/21 @ 11 am

Preschool Storytime - Mon 9/18 @ 10:30 am
Older Preschool Storytime - Tues 9/19 @ 10:30 am

Fountain City
Preschool Storytime - Fri 9/15 AND 9/22 @ 10:15 am
Baby Bookworms - Fri 9/15 AND 9/22 @ 11 am

Howard Pinkston
Baby Bookworms - Thurs 9/21 @ 10 am
Preschool Storytime - Thurs 9/21 @ 10:30 am

Baby Bookworms - Wed 9/20 @ 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 11 am

Preschool Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 2:30 pm

Baby Bookworms - Wed 9/20 @ 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime - Fri 9/22 @ 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime - Tues 9/19 @ 10:30 am

South Knoxville
Preschool Storytime - Wed 9/20 @ 10:30 am

HoLa Hora Latina: Frutos Latinos


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

A unique exhibition by HoLa Hora Latina member artists celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - one exhibition, two venues!

Opening Fri Sep 1, 5-9 PM at the Emporium and on display through Sep 8

Then, on display at the Knoxville Museum of Art from Sep 14 - Oct 15 in the Kramer Education Center. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101,

Information: 865-335-3358,

McClung Museum: Northwest Coast Art: A Community of Tradition


Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Fine Crafts, Free event, History & heritage and Science & nature

For thousands of years Northwest Coast Indians including the Coast Salish, Haida, Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw, Makah, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Tlingit peoples represented in this exhibition, have made art expressing their cultural norms and values with precision, clarity, and artistic exuberance. Using indigenous and trade materials obtained in their homes along the coast of Oregon and north to Alaska, Northwest coast peoples mark elaborate ceremonial life, social rank, and prestige through their objects and art.

This exhibition explores Northwest Coast art through over 60 objects made by known and unknown artists, representing traditional and modern forms of cultural expression. From model totem poles and bentwood boxes, to spoons, prints, and silver bracelets, these objects were created for different purposes––utilitarian, decorative, and ceremonial. What all of them share in common is the desire to preserve and perpetuate Northwest Coast cultural heritage and community.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144,

Ijams Gallery Presents: Robert H. Thompson


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Stop by to see this month's delightful exhibit by Robert H. Thompson, who re-imagines thrifted landscape paintings with thought-provoking ideas, as showcased by his talent for lettering.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Carson-Newman University: 13th Biennial C-N Art Faculty Exhibition

  • September 7, 2017 — October 13, 2017

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

Recent artwork in a variety of media by current C-N Art Dept faculty: Chad Airhart, Lisa Flanary, Heather Hartman, Cody Leihgeber, Julie Rabun, Raquel Roy, David Underwood, and Mark Wankel.

Opening Thur Sep 7, 3-5 PM

Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Warren Art Bldg, corner of Branner Ave & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Info: 865-471-4985.

Farragut Museum: "Vintage Kitchen" Exhibit

Category: Free event and History & heritage

The Farragut Museum invites the community to visit our new special exhibit, The Vintage Kitchen. This exhibit will open on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, and will be on display through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 (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, everyday kitchen items including plates, platters, waffle makers and more. A featured item is an antique stove that was previously housed in the Campbell Station Inn. Early metal stoves were used for laundry, heating, and cooking. Don't miss this opportunity to see these fascinating vintage kitchen items!

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 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 or contact Historic Resources Coordinator Julia Barham at or 218-3377.

Arrowmont: "Of the Earth: Selections from Permanent Collection"

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to attend our latest exhibit entitled Of the Earth: Selections from Arrowmont’s Permanent Collection.” The exhibit opens in the Sandra J. Blain Gallery September 1 and will run through December 9. Admission is free.

Works included in Of the Earth reflect a range of themes including nature, human emotion and the passage of time. Some of the pieces display overcoming struggle while others focus on hope. The earth tones and scorched surfaces found in many of the wood and ceramic pieces tie the show together. Arrowmont’s permanent collection is made up of pieces that were made by current and past artists-in-residence, instructors, national and international artists - all of the pieces and their creators have ties to Arrowmont and are part of the school’s history. This is the second large-scale curated exhibition utilizing works from Arrowmont’s permanent collection that Kelly Hider, Arrowmont’s Gallery Manager, has created, the first being Pieces of the Whole, in 2015.

The permanent collection includes nearly 1,000 works in a variety of arts and crafts media, including fiber, ceramics, wood, metals, and mixed media work. Made by the hands of current and past Arrowmont instructors, individuals from the settlement school’s days, and past artists-in- residence, the works represent the arts and craft school’s history, present, and future. “Arrowmont’s permanent collection encompasses such a diverse range of work,” Hider said. “It’s an impressive collection.”

The Sandra J. Blain Gallery is located at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway in Gatlinburg, and is open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It is closed on Sunday. The gallery serves as an educational resource, enabling students and visitors to learn about various media and techniques.

Westminister Presbyterian Church: Lee Edge & Angela Shilling

  • September 1, 2017 — October 31, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Paintings by Lee Edge and mixed media by Angela Shilling Westminister Presbyterian Church/Schilling Gallery

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 9-4. Info: (865) 584-3957 or

White Oak Gallery: Postings: Paintings by Bud Ries

  • September 1, 2017 — October 28, 2017

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Hosted by With Bear Hands and Magpies Bakery. Please join us for a First Friday Opening Reception with Knoxville-based artist and sign painter Bud Ries. Snacks and drinks will be served, artwork and prints by Ries and Beth Meadows will be for sale, and the artists will be present for questions or comments. White Oak Gallery is located inside Magpies Bakery and is open to the public during their regular business hours. It is managed by local artist Beth Meadows whose work is on display there throughout the year and features a new artist every two months.

About Bud Ries and his work: "I am a local sign painter who has lived and worked in Knoxville since 2011. When I first moved to town I began documenting the ever-changing local scenery of signs and hand lettering on my website (now on Instagram @KnoxFlair). These paintings are of particular favorite photos I've posted in the past."

White Oak Gallery, 846 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: M 10-4, Tu-F 10-5:30, Sat 10-4. Information:

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