Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Blues Cruise

  • September 18, 2016

Category: Music

Come join the Smoky Mountain Blues Society as they present some of the best known regional Blues Music artists performing on specialty cruises on the Tennessee River. From April through October, blues lovers will convene to celebrate this truly American art-form during a 3 hour Sunday afternoon cruise on the Star of Knoxville Tennessee Riverboat. The Riverboat is located just one-half mile east of Neyland Stadium at 300 Neyland Drive next to Calhoun's. It starts boarding at 3pm for a 4-7pm cruise each month.

9/18 - Groove Junction

Tickets are available through the Tennessee Riverboat Company’s website ( and by calling (865) 525-7827. Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available. More information at

Smoky Mountain Blues Society Blues Cruise

  • September 18, 2016
  • Boarding 3PM, cruise 4-7PM

Category: Music

The Smoky Mountain Blues Society CRUISE SERIES 4pm BLUES CRUISE aboard the The Star of Knoxville at the Tennessee Riverboat Company continues through the next six months with some wonderful national and local acts.

9/18 - Groove Junction
10/16 – The Blues Sessions featuring Jon Mason and Warren Pineda

Tickets are available at by calling (865) 525-7827.

Tickets are just $16 in advance and $20 at the door. (Use your current SMBS Membership and receive a $3.00 discount on every ticket in your order). Boarding 3:00pm, Cruise 4:00-7:00pm. Each voyage will also have a limited food menu and full bar available. More information at

UT School of Music: Chih-Long Hu, piano

  • September 18, 2016
  • 2 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor Debut Recital featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations, works by Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Hu's own composition "Afterthought on Bach's Goldberg Variations" - Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, and the Alumni Memorial Building is located at 1408 Middle Drive 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,

Cattywampus Puppet Council: Puppets in the Park!

  • September 18, 2016
  • 2-4 PM

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Come join the Cattywampus Puppet Council for their 2nd annual “Puppets in the Park” at Ijams Nature Center! From 2-2:30, there will be several puppet making stations set up to make your own puppet to bring to the show. All supplies are included with admission price. Our show will start at 2:30 and will feature puppets of all shapes and sizes, including both puppets from our spring show and some new ones we’ve recently dreamed up. This family friendly event is guaranteed to warm your heart and delight your senses.
Cost: $10/per child or adult (includes all puppet making supplies)
2 & under are FREE
*Please bring blankets and chairs to sit on. The show will be out outside.

At Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave).

Union Avenue Books: Book signing & reading

  • September 18, 2016
  • 2 PM

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

Book signing and reading with Melanie K. Hutsell author of The Dead Shall Rise published by Celtic Cat Pres

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Reading Series

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

The Sundress Reading Series is excited to welcome Charles Dodd White, Sybil Baker, and Randon Billings Noble for the September installment of our reading series! The event will take place at Bar Marley.

Charles Dodd White lives in East Tennessee. He is a recipient of the Chaffin Award for excellence in Appalachian Literature, a Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and an individual artist's grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. He is author of the novels, A Shelter of Others (2014), Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015). His work has appeared in Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Writing, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, Appalachian Heritage, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, The Rumpus, Tusculum Review and others. He is an Assistant Professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee where he chairs the James Agee Conference.

Sybil Baker’s most recent novel is Into This World. She is a UC Foundation Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and teaches at the Yale Writer’s Conference. Immigration Essays, partially funded by a Make Work Artist Grant, is forthcoming in from C&R Press. She is a 2017 recipient of an Individual Artist Grant by the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently she is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly, Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and a reviewer for The A.V. Club.

The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public!

McClung Museum: Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley


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

In honor of Knoxville’s 225th anniversary, this exhibition explores the city’s heritage as seen through archaeological discoveries in the “Heart of the Valley.” Using historic artifacts unearthed in and around Knoxville, along with historical images, maps, documents, and oral histories, the exhibition tells the story of Knoxville’s development from a frontier settlement to an industrialized city.

Opening reception for members on Fri Sep 16, 5-7 PM.

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,

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Living History Weekend

  • September 17, 2016 — September 18, 2016
  • Sat., 10:00AM-5:00PM, Sun., 11:00AM-4:00PM
  • Official Web site →

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Kids, family

Marble Springs State Historic Site is pleased to host a weekend of Living History in celebration of the life and times of the first governor of Tennessee, John Sevier, in commemoration of his 271st birthday.

John Sevier Days Living History Weekend will take place Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 – 4:00 PM. You can expect to enjoy 18th century demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking, spinning and weaving, blacksmithing, weapons demonstrations that will showcase period-appropriate firearms, 18th century style militia drills, regional craft demonstrations, historic lecture, hands on archeology activities, and more! Food, drinks, and special treats will be available. Details are subject to change.

Please join us with your family and friends and enjoy this early autumn event to kick off a memorable fall season at Marble Springs!

Admission for Sevier Days is $5.00 per adult (16+); $3 per child (7-15); 6 and under FREE; Parking is free. All proceeds benefit the mission of preservation and education of the Marble Springs State Historic Site.

Marble Springs: 1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

University of Tennessee: Hispanic/Latino Art Exhibition

  • September 15, 2016 — October 15, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Held in the Frieson Black and Cultural Center with an opening reception on Tuesday, October 4, 5-8 PM.

Curated by Argentinean artist Dina R. Ruta. The purpose of the exhibition is the integration of our Latin culture through the arts. The main objective is to show new Latino college students that our community has a space within the University for them and to show the possibility for cultures to coexist. Two local American artists will also display work.

Information: 865-974-6861,

Casa Hola: Frutos Latinos


Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

10th Annual Exhibit and contest of HoLa Hora Latina artist members, celebrating Hispanic Heritage month! Artists include: Angel Blanco, Rafael Casco, Antuco Chicaiza, Maria de la Orden, Daniela Esrequis, Susana Esrequis, Delia Flores, Astrid Galindo, Michael Giles, Miguel Aguilar Gonzalez, Cecilia Stella Martin, Nicole Perez-Camoirano, Hector Saldivar, Graciela Barlesi-Snyder, and Ivan Soto. Information: 865-335-3358,

On display at the 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,

The WordPlayers Presents: Last Train to Nibroc

Category: Theatre

The first offering in The WordPlayers’ 2016-2017 season will be Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton. This play explores the new relationship of two young people who meet in 1940 under the shadow of the threat of war. May and Raleigh grew up just a few miles from each other in Kentucky, but meet for the first time on a train from Los Angeles. As the story begins, we find that May has had dreams of getting married and becoming a missionary, and Raleigh of becoming a pilot and fighting in World War II, but both of them have recently found those dreams disappointed. Now they are looking for new purpose and direction, and we wonder if they might find it in each other.

WHEN: September 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p.m., September 18 & 25 @ 2:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Adults: $15, Seniors (60+): $12, Students: $10, Groups of 12 or more: $10 each. Thursday, Sept. 15 is Pay What You Can Night.

The WordPlayers performances are held at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information/tickets: 865-539-2490,

First Annual Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival

  • September 15, 2016 — September 18, 2016

Category: Festivals, special events

The first annual Smoky Mountain Burlesque Festival is coming to East Tennessee September 15-18.

Join us for a weekend of workshops, social events, and performance showcases
featuring burlesque performers from across the country.
Headlining performers include (in alphabetical order) Bazuka Joe (Chicago, IL), The Bishop of Burlesque (New York City, NY), Blache DeBris (Las Vegas, NV), Lola LeSoleil (Atlanta, GA), Mr. Gorgeous (New York City, NY), Ray Gunn (Chicago, IL), and Truvy Trollop (Nashville, TN).

More details available on our website!


Thursday, September 15th 2016 (8:00 PM ET) HOMEGROWN HOOTENANNY: A Showcase Of Local Flavors

Friday, September 16th 2016 (8:00 PM ET) THUNDER FROM UP YONDER: A
Collection Of Striptease Talents From The Southeast.

Friday, September 16th 2016 (11:00 PM ET) BEAUS AND TARTS NOT FROM THESE
PARTS: A Collection Of Striptease Talents From The Nation At Large.

Saturday, September 17th 2016 (10:00 PM ET) ROCKY TOPLESS: The Best Burlesque From Up The Road And Across The Globe.

Friday and Saturday, September 16th-17th 2016 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM ET) SMBF
Classes and Workshops

Sunday, September 18th 2016 (10:00 AM ET) Ecdysiasts Do Dollywood

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