Calendar of Events

Monday, September 19, 2016

Startup Day & Innov865 Week

  • September 19, 2016 — September 23, 2016

Category: Festivals, special events

East Tennessee has a rich tradition of innovation. Across the region, startups and entrepreneurs are spinning out new products and processes that change the way we live—from manufacturing the first 3D printed car to fighting cancer with protons and six global cable networks that bring content to more than 100 million homes worldwide.

Innov865 Week will celebrate Knoxville’s entrepreneurial spirit by bringing together startups, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students, and the East Tennessee community for a week of educational panels, pitch competitions, investor roundtables, and social events. This year’s event features Paul Singh and the North American Tech Tour.

Innov865 Week will kick-off with the Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Summit on Entrepreneurship on Monday, September 19, and features the signature event, Startup Day, on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Startup Day 2016 will feature six East Tennessee startups pitching their businesses for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize. The Innov865 Alliance will review applications and select the finalists who will get to make their pitches on September 22, 2016 on the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou. This year's fourth-annual Startup Day is the main event in the new Innov865 Week, which will be a weeklong series of events September 19-23. Besides the signature pitch competition, activities for the week will include educational panels, investor roundtables and social events. The events are geared toward startups, entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders, students and the East Tennessee community.

McClung Museum: Homeschool Enhanced Learning Program: Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee


Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family and Science, nature

Monday, September 19, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
$5 per student

The McClung Museum offers Enhanced Learning Homeschool Programs. These 90 minute sessions cost $5.00 per student and give students a chance to experience hands-on learning in the museum's galleries. See the museum's Events calendar for various sessions and dates.
This session, Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee, introduces students to types of rocks, stratigraphy, and dating and plate tectonics; also processes of fossilization, adaptations, and environmental change over time. Students examine actual fossils.
Online reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. With the exception of the Human Origins program, students must be K-12 in age. Reservations open July 1, 2016.

Register Online:
Contact: Debbie Woodiel,
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144,

UT School of Music: Cory Schantz; baritone and Brian Osborne; piano

  • September 19, 2016
  • 8 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Guest artist recital - 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,

Knoxville Maker City Summit

  • September 19, 2016
  • 12-9 PM

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Lecture, discussion, panel

MakeKnox has partnered with Etsy, and on September 19th at The Mill and Mine, we will be hosting the first Knoxville Maker City Summit. The summit will be a day of discussion about public policy and the local maker movement, featuring talks from Mayor Madeline Rogero, representatives from Etsy, as well as panel discussions, breakaway and feedback sessions, food trucks and a "Meet Your Maker" showcase.

Featured Panel Discussions:
- What is a Maker City
- Redefining Maker Spaces
- Surviving as a Newbie Business
- Creative Manufacturing

- Ribbon cutting with Mayor Rogero and Etsy, proclaiming Knoxville an official "Maker City"
- Maker City brainstorming and feedback session
- Meet Your Maker cocktail hour with local makers and businesses such as Retropolitan, Cold Gold, Native Maps, Central Collective, Striped Light, Knox Makers, KCHST and many more!

For more information please visit

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church: The Revive Love Tour

  • September 19, 2016
  • 7 PM

Category: Music

The Revive Love Tour in support of Black Lives Matter comes to Knoxville! The featured artists are Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost. This performance will lift up the local efforts of Black Lives Matter and SURJ-865 (Showing Up for Racial Justice), and is co-sponsored by Standing on the Side of Love. A $10 suggested donation will be asked for in support of the justice work being celebrated in the concert.

The Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is a minister, singer, organizer, and film maker. He has worked at great length with the young organizers in and around Ferguson, Missouri. Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost formed as a musical group in the streets of Cleveland in a haze of pepper spray and tear gas. Less than six months later they released their debut album, “The Revolution Has Come.” AFROPUNK celebrates the album’s “deep bone-marrow-level conviction.” The single “We Comin’,” featuring the 8 -piece Saint Boogie Brass Band, was labeled the new anthem for the modern Civil Rights Movement by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost provide a show that is explicitly pro-Black and pro-Trans.

The goal of the Revive Love Tour is to offer a space to recharge, replenish and build for artists and activists in the five cities it will visit. The tour aims to support the movement for Black, LGBTQ, and immigrant lives in a way that recognizes the need for healing space and spiritual accompaniment. It speaks especially to the needs and dreams of the young organizers who have been at the heart of much recent activism.

Black Lives Matter and Black Lives UU are organizations of and for Black people. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a growing movement by White people in support of and in alliance with Black Lives Matter. Standing on the Side of Love is a campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association “to harness love’s power to end oppression.” The Rev. Chris Buice has said, “One of the ways you can tell this is a new movement is that it is producing new songs and these are some damn good songs. If you let them, these songs will change your life and empower you to change the world.”

Press Contact: Chris Buice, 523-4176 (office) or 300-0180 (cell). Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-4176,

Writers in the Library Presents Novelist Leah Stewart

  • September 19, 2016
  • 7:00PM

Category: Free event and Literature, reading, writing

Novelist Leah Stewart will read from her work at the University of Tennessee on Monday, September 19, 2016. The event is part of the university's Writers in the Library reading series. The public is invited to this free reading at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of UT's John C. Hodges Library.

Stewart is the author of five novels, most recently The New Neighbor, a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman's curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor's complicated and cloaked life. The New York Times Book Review says of The New Neighbor, "Stewart never relaxes her tight focus on these complex characters." People Magazine calls it "a chilling page-turner."

Stewart's sixth novel, What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, is forthcoming from Putnam.

Stewart is professor and area director of creative writing in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. She has held visiting writer positions at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; Vanderbilt University; and Murray State University in Kentucky. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship and in 2014 the recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize.

Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Central United Methodist Church: Noonday Concert

  • September 19, 2016

Category: Free event and Music

Central United Methodist Church, 201 E. 3rd. Avenue, presents a noonday violin/piano recital in the fellowship hall, Monday, September 19, at 12:05. Performing will be violinist Mary Ann Fennell and pianist Danny Brian. The recital will be followed by a 6.00 lunch. Hope you can join us for good food, music, and conversation.

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,

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,

Pellissippi State: Vincible: Knoxville’s Collection

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

The Vincible sculpture series showcases the work of new Pellissippi State faculty member, Caroline Covington, and examines the moments when we discover that our bodies are no longer invincible.


Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 10-6:30. Information: 865-694-6405,

Ewing Gallery: Sarah Emerson's The Incredible Flatness of Being

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Emerson's paintings and installations present viewers with highly stylized versions of nature that combine geometric patterns and mythic archetypes to examine contemporary landscape. She uses the camouflage of beautiful colors combined with a deliberate composition to explore themes that reflect on the fragility of life, the futility of earthly pleasures, and the disintegration of our natural landscape. Emerson graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1998 and she completed her Masters Degree at Goldsmiths College, London in 2000. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Emerson will give a lecture in A+A 109 on Sep 29 at 7PM followed by a closing reception.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: MTWF: 10-5, Thursday 10-7:30, and Sundays 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

Arts & Culture Alliance: Emporium Center Features Resident Artists

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present recent works by the resident artists of the Emporium Center, on display at the Emporium Center through September 30, 2016. Artists included in the exhibition are Bobbie Crews, Connie Gaertner, Judi Gaston, Diana Kilburn, Bob Leggett, Fritz Massaquoi, Pam Radford, W. James Taylor, Clay Thurston, and Sandy White.

Managed by the Arts & Culture Alliance, the Emporium Center provides space in which professionals and artists can work. The ten resident artists of the Emporium use their studios to create artwork and promote the principles of the Emporium, are present and working during the Emporium’s public hours, and provide a cultural experience for its visitors and patrons. Represented in the exhibition are:

• Bobbie Crews, Suite 107 - Oil, watercolor, antique cars, portraits and figurative work, abstracts, seascapes, mixed media, courtroom sketch artist, caricature, design:
• Connie Gaertner, Suite 109 - Oil, acrylic, watercolor:
• Judi Gaston, Suite 108 - Fiber, hand-woven garments:
• Diana Kilburn, Suite 105 - Watercolor, painting
• Bob Leggett, Suite 101 - Watercolor, oil, pastel; fiction
• Fritz Massaquoi, Suite 111 - Fibers, painting
• Pam Radford, Suite 113 - Oil, watercolor
• W. James Taylor, Suite 102 - Painting:
• Clay Thurston, Suite 111 - Photography:
• Sandy White, Suite 113 - Oil, watercolor

For more information on the artists, please visit Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM with additional hours on Tuesday, September 13, 6:30-9:30 PM and Sunday, September 25, 3:30-6:30 PM for jazz jams in the Black Box with Vance Thompson & Friends. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

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