Calendar of Events

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knoxville Opera: The Pirates of Penzance Final Dress Rehearsal


Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

“I’ll be true to the song I sing, and live and die a Pirate King.” BUNGLING PIRATES AND BOBBIES… A BEVY OF BEAUTIFUL MAIDENS… THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR-GENERAL! Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic classic is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering police, and improbable paradoxes. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British Bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightful “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. Performed in English.

Admission to the final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages (with accompanying adults paying $5 at the door) and to The Pirates of Penzance ticket holders. Adults without tickets to the Friday or Sunday performance must accompany a student for admittance (be prepared to show student ID if an adult).

At the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and info from Knoxville Opera: 865 524-0795,

The Hive: UNDONE

  • October 19, 2016
  • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

Come and join us on Wednesday, October 19th for this month's meeting at the Hive! We are over the moon to have singer-songwriter Jess Ray coming to play worship and share stories with us. Jess is based out of Raleigh, North Carolina and writes songs threaded with vulnerability and hope. Come and join us!

The Hive, 854 N Central St., Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. Information: (865) 282-2018,

Knox County Library: Books Sandwiched in with Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

  • October 19, 2016
  • 12:00Noon

Category: Free event and Lecture, panel

Knox County Public Library is honored to welcome Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett for a discussion of I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt, at noon on Wednesday, October 19 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street, in one of two Books Sandwiched In programs this month, a series sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library.

"This book explores the mysterious story of Jimmy Hoffa, his relationship to Frank Sheeran and details about the assassination of John Kennedy,” Burchett said. “I Heard You Paint Houses is well worth the read and I am looking forward to the discussion about Hoffa and this fascinating time in our history.”

I Heard You Paint Houses is a compelling account of a dark side of American history that takes its title from the first words Jimmy Hoffa spoke to Frank Sheeran—to paint a house is to kill a man. But the book is about far more than killing. It is a rich cultural history told from the inside...and it introduces to the reading public to Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a figure as ruthless and as fascinating as a mob legend can be.

Noon on Wednesday, October 19 in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, 601 South Gay Street.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery Exhibition

  • October 16, 2016 — December 8, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art exhibit by Thomas Riesing and Koichi Yamamoto

Opening reception November 18 from 5 to 8:00 p.m.; artists’ talks at 6:30 p.m.

Thomas Riesing: These artworks, produced from 2007 to the present, utilize drawing not only to develop ideas before and during the painting process, but also as independent works of art. The drawing materials include graphite, silver point, and ballpoint pen. Riesing prefers sketching with ballpoint because of its fluidity and its unique ways of developing relative densities and layers of information. The graphite drawings allow for erasing and reduction, while the silver point drawings require a more deliberate, subtle approach to image and surface development. The places represented include East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains, the Pocono Mountains and Delaware River Gap, and the forests along the coast of Oregon. Riesing responds to the light and space between and beyond the persistent verticality of the trees.

Koichi Yamamoto: Layers of line and folds within the sediment provide a sense of connection in Yamamoto’s crafted illusion of landscape. The significance of each moment, a fraction of time, is not lost in the grand scale of the completed work. Removing copper from the plate surface, he begins to cultivate a specific landscape. Multiple prints from multiple plates provide maps of the excavation, each image a record of past events. Using these samples, he discovers a significant composition. In contrast, the monotype is transparent; there are no interruptions in form as it appears. It is a seemingly tangible moment and like tectonic plates, it is dynamic and in constant motion.

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

Union Avenue Books: Book signings & readings

  • October 16, 2016 — October 19, 2016
  • 6 PM

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Sunday, October 16th at 2 pm Book signing with children’s authorAlan Gratz reading from his latest novel, Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War 11

Monday, October 17th at 6 pm Book signing and discussion with Cynthia Graubart author of Chicken: a SAVOR THE SOUTH Cookbook

Tuesday, October 18th at 6 pm “Book Club Night” with Random House reps, Toni and Jess, presenting new, upcoming, and popular titles for the season.

Wednesday, October 19th at 6 pm The Southern Writers Book Group discusses Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

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

Fountain City Art Center: FCAC Annual Members’ Show


Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening reception on Fri Oct 14, 6:30-8:00 PM. Free and open to the public.

Exhibit viewing hours: Tu, Th 9-5; W, F 10-5; Sat 9-1. Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Wine and Canvas Knoxville: October events

  • October 11, 2016 — October 29, 2016

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

Sunset Sunsphere - Tue, 10/11/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Water 2 Wine Bistro - 607 N Campbell Station Rd, Knoxville, TN 37934

Red Moonrise - Wed, 10/12/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Hurricane Grill & Wings - 319 Lovell Rd, Knoxville, TN 37934

You Choose - Haunted House or Spooky Tree - Tue, 10/18/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Gibby's Dining & Drinks (inside Holiday Inn) - 9134 Executive Park Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923

Celebration Time in Tennessee - Wed, 10/19/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Quaker Steak and Lube - Sevierville - 1431 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Paint Yourself as a Zombie - Thu, 10/20/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Original Copper Cellar - 1807 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916

Family Day - Pumpkin Patch - Sat, 10/22/2016, 1:00 - 3:00 PM - Flapjack's Pancake Cabin - 603 E. Emory Rd., Powell, TN 37849 - $20

American Cancer Society **Give from the Heart with Art** Pink Hope - You choose your colors!! - Sun, 10/23/2016, 3:00 - 6:00 PM -
Swifty's Atomic Bar and Grill - Oak Ridge - 119 S Illinois Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Starry Night Over a Mountain Lake - Mon, 10/24/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Barley's - Maryville - 128 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37801

Cornucopia - Tue, 10/25/2016, 6:00 - 9:00 PM - Stir Fry Cafe - 7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Celebrate Halloween - Monster Madness! Fri, 10/28/2016, 5:00 - 11:00 PM - Books-A-Million - 8507 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 - $10

Family Day - Pumpkin Patch - Sat, 10/29/2016, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Camp Rivers Landing - Pigeon Forge - 304 Day Springs Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 - $20

$35 per session (unless otherwise noted). Wine & Canvas: Knoxville, TN, 865-356-9179,

Ewing Gallery and UT Collecge of Architecture and Design: Lecture and Video Projects by Liam Young

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, panel

In collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, October’s exhibition will be a presentation of video projects by Liam Young. Liam will be lecturing Monday, October 10, at 5:30PM in room 109, McCarty Auditorium of the Art and Architecture Building.

Liam Young is a speculative architect who, in his own words, “operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures”. With his London-based design think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, he explores the future implications of emerging urban developments. Named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, Young uses fiction and film to discuss probable futures.

Liam’s exhibition will open to the public on Monday, October 10th and will be on display at the Gallery through October 30th. Operating Hours: MTWF: 10am - 5pm, TR: 10am - 7pm, SUN: 1-4pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public.Operating Hours: MTWF: 10am - 5pm, TR: 10am - 7pm, SUN: 1-4pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public
Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Open Show 2016

  • October 7, 2016 — November 5, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Open Show 2016, Juried exhibition by regional artists, through November 5th.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

The District Gallery & Framery: "Mask" by Nan Jacobsohn

  • October 7, 2016 — October 29, 2016

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

The District Gallery is pleased to present Mask by sculptor Nan Jacobsohn. In her second showing at the gallery, Jacobsohn evokes the primal in her latest collection of striking animal masks. Exploring sculpture in its most original form, Jacobsohn’s work gives way to endless possibilities, both tactile and sacred, ancient yet contemporary. The use of masks for ritual and ceremonial purposes has been a human practice since antiquity, intimately linked with animal iconography. From the ancient cave paintings in France to the monumental totem images of the Northwest, artists have attributed to their fellow creatures powers and qualities both natural and magical. “I consider them, perhaps, guardian spirits,” Jacobsohn says. Working in ceramic and mixed media, Jacobsohn expresses the distinctive features of each creature with textural and stylistic elements, and captures the essence of their spirit. “I love the fact that you connect directly with the clay with your hands, and it responds almost like a living thing,” says Jacobsohn. With their primal power incarnated in clay, her masks are brought alive.

Please join us Friday, October 7 from 5-8 p.m. for an artist’s reception.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452,

UT Downtown Gallery: UT Collects Ceramics

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

UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to present, “UT Collects Ceramics,” a collection of work from the Ewing Gallery permanent collection as well as from private collections of professors and staff. Reception is October 7 from 5-9PM and is free and open to the public.

Free admission! UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sat 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802,

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Jan Lynch Retrospective

  • October 7, 2016 — October 29, 2016

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

Broadway Studios And Gallery presents Jan Lynch "A Retrospective" from in memorial of the 20th anniversary of his death. Jan Lynch, who died from AIDS in 1996, was a prolific photographer from the 1980's till the mid 1990's. He was raised and worked mostly in Knoxville.

Opening reception will be held on First Friday October 7th from 5-10pm. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is on premises.

Closing reception will be held Friday, October 28th from 5-9ish with a print sale and silent auction

His work has been seen worldwide through various means and publications that primarily feature LGBTQ communities and interests. Lynch has been compared to Robert Mapplethorpe who was another gay photographer from his era. But Lynch's work is Southern and Appalachian in nature which only Knoxville could provide. Much of his work is based on the sensuality of the male form in the outdoors in wide variety of locales around the Fort Sanders and UT area. He also made photographs that depicted demonstrations, the community at large and celebrities that were related to LGBTQ community.

This event is open to the general public yet a separate room will be designated for the "mature" work. This event is supported by many people including Ed White, official archivist, biographer, and close friend of Lynch and Tim Hinkle, owner of many original prints who has graciously allowed us to use. This exhibit is also sponsored by Hope Center which provides, at no charge, caring support and assistance to all individuals and families living with HIV. Donations will be taken at the door and select prints will be sold with all proceeds going to the Hope Center.

Broadway Studios And Gallery retail store is open Thursday through Saturday from 11am-7pm. Exhibit is free to the public. Broadway Studios And Gallery is located at 1127 N Broadway NE, Knoxville, TN 37917 and is one block south of WATE television studios in Greystone Mansion across the street from KBrew Coffee House. For information: Cynthia Tipton: 865-851-2824,

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