Calendar of Events

Monday, October 24, 2016

McClung Museum: Homeschool Enhanced Learning Program: Human Origins--Searching For Our Fossil Ancestors


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

Homeschool Enhanced Learning Program: Human Origins--Searching For Our Fossil Ancestors
Monday, October 24, 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, Searching for our Fossil Ancestors, is limited to students 5th grade and older who have basic science knowledge about heredity [DNA, mutations]; fossils of human ancestors and non-ancestors are examined, as well as early stone tools and art.
Online reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. 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's Writers in the Library: National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy

  • October 24, 2016

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

2015 National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will read from her work on Monday, October 24, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as part of the Writers in the Library series. The reading will be in the Hodges Library auditorium at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015, Angela Flournoy is the author of the celebrated debut novel, The Turner House, which tells the story of an African American family confronting the loss of their home and their familial bonds amid the blight and decline of contemporary Detroit. The Turner House was a New York Times notable book of the year, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and an NAACP Image Award. Flournoy’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School and Columbia University. Currently she is the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

In addition to the public reading, there will be a Q&A for students at 3 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower, also on October 24. Both of these events are co-sponsored by UT’s Ready for the World Initiative.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund. For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, at Visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Church of the Ascension: Chanticleer

  • October 24, 2016
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

The Friends of Music and the Arts (FOMA), a program of Knoxville's Episcopal Church of the Ascension presents Chanticleer, Monday, October 24, 8:00 PM.

Founded in 1978, the group has, over the years, developed a reputation for wide-ranging and adventuresome programming, ranging from Renaissance music to American folksong, jazz, gospel, and contemporary music. An a capella ensemble, Chanticleer was named for the "clear singing rooster" in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

For its Knoxville appearance, Chanticleer has submitted a program entitled, "My Secret Heart." The repertoire contained therein would bear out this group's penchant for wide-ranging programming: music of the Renaissance (works of Palestrina, Guerrero, Clemens non Papa); music of the Romantics and Neo-Romantics (Glinka, Rachmaninoff); works of the modern era (Poulenc); folksong (Stephen Foster); the American Songbook (Gershwin); contemporary (Augusta Read Thomas); and pop (Freddie Mercury). There's even some John Rutter and Edith Piaf included for good measure.
Tickets are $30.00 (
Church of the Ascension is located at 800 S. Northshore Drive, between Kingston Pike and Lyons View Drive. Telephone: 865-588-0589.

Tennessee Theatre: Trailer Park Boys


Category: Comedy

On Monday, October 24th The Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN welcomes the Trailer Park Boys. Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are back and they’re “STILL DRUNK, HIGH and UNEMPLOYED!” But not for long if Bubbles has his way! Having answered to the law in the “Community Service Variety Show;” preaching the dangers of substance abuse to avoid jail time, the crew are now on the road without parole officers. Spend an evening with the boys as Bubbles tries to create a new career for himself in the movie industry, Julian puts his latest money-making scams into action and Ricky has an idea that can 'change the world!’

Trailer Park Boys are Canada's most beloved miscreants from a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. Robb Wells (Ricky), John Paul Tremblay (Julian) and Bubbles (Mike Smith) have created loyal and loveable characters on their television series and their message has spread globally. Over the past 14 years “The Boys” have garnered much press and gained a hardcore following of fans.

Showtime: 7:30PM / Tickets: Adv. $35 - $55 Day of $36.50 - $56.50 / Call: 800-745-3000
The Tennessee Theatre is located at 604 S Gay St. Knoxville, TN 37902

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Benefit Concert with Mr. Bob Booker

  • October 24, 2016
  • 4 PM

Category: Fundraisers and Music

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center will present in his debut concert, Mr. Bob Booker, News Sentinel Columnist, Historian and former Beck Cultural Exchange Center Executive Director. Proceeds to benefit Beck and a portion to be used to support Knoxville College. Booker will perform easy listening Rhythm & Blues, Pop and Country music.

Having a desire to sing since his days at Green School, and humming along with his records as a DJ for dance parties, Booker learned hundreds of tunes through the years. For the past ten years he has performed for audiences at more than 20 karaoke bars across Knox County and is a popular figure in those venues. He says, “It is now time to come out of the shower and show that even 81-year olds can realize their dreams.” During the concert, Booker will sing songs made famous by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ivory Joe Hunter, The Drifters, The Platters, and the Temptations. His country selections include those of Hank Snow, Ray Price, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves and others.

The entire community is invited to an afternoon of music and entertainment along with light refreshments. Tickets are $11.41 if purchased in advance and $15.41 on the day of the concert and can be purchased at the Beck or online at Proceeds will benefit Beck and in honor of the 141st anniversary of Knoxville College, $1.41 from each ticket will go toward the support of Knoxville College.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-6. Information: 865-524-8461,

Blount County Public Library: Appalachian Basketry

  • October 24, 2016
  • 7 PM

Category: Fine Crafts, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

“Appalachian Basketry” will be the next presentation in the Southern Appalachian Studies Series at the Blount County Public Library. While the age-old craft of basketry can be traced back to Biblical times, this program will feature a demonstration of basic basket-making techniques and discussion of the importance of baskets in Appalachia including basket types, uses, and materials as well as Native American influences.

“Appalachian Basketry” will be presented by Bruce and Denise Robertson. Denise says, “Bruce Robertson specializes in two styles of baskets native to the East Tennessee area; the ribbed Egg Basket and the Cherokee design twill baskets. The ribbed egg basket was typically made of white oak by the mountain people. It is a sturdy design used to gather eggs, potatoes, or produce when paper or plastic sacks were not available. The ribbed egg basket is based on an old design of a Scottish Knitting Basket. “The Cherokee designed twill basket uses old historical designs such as ‘Chief’s Daughter’ or ‘Man in a Coffin’ in twill construction to represent Cherokee life. Some of the designs are simple, while others are extremely complicated. The Cherokee typically used split river cane for their material. Commercially available reed is used today.”

Bruce is a retired engineer who has always enjoyed crafting. He has seriously pursued basket making after retiring to the Maryville area in 2009. His wife, Denise, is also a basket maker and is an active volunteer at the Blount County Public Library.

Open to the public! Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, TN. Information: 865-982-0981,

Friends of Music and the Arts: Choral Concert - Chanticleer

  • October 24, 2016
  • 8 PM

Category: Music

Making its fourth appearance at FOMA! This professional choir is justly famed for its seamless blend and exceptional tonal quality. The 12 men will present an a cappella SATB program entitled "My Secret Heart". Tickets - $30

Church of the Ascension, 800 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-588-0589,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Pigment of Our Imagination: Jewelry Exhibit by Sam Mitchell and Aric Verrastro

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to view Pigment of Our Imagination – an exhibition by artists Sam Mitchell and Aric Verrastro. Pigment of Our Imagination showcases an array of mixed-media jewelry pieces created by Mitchell and Verrastro independently and collaboratively. Mitchell's whimsical adornment explores childhood themes through personal memory and new experiences she shares with her son. Verrastro's vibrant work reflects the energy of a city environment and its nightlife.

Sam Mitchell is a maker and educator residing in Iowa City, IA. She received her BFA from James Madison University in 2009 and her MFA in Metal and Jewelry Arts from the University of Iowa in 2014. Mitchell was a recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Grant in 2012. Her most recent work has been shown at Sieraad in Amsterdam (2015), AV Gallery in Vilnius, Lithuania (2014) and The Walker Center in Minneapolis, MN (2014). For more information, visit her website at

Aric Verrastro is currently a foundations lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI. Verrastro received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in 2015. Aric was recently selected as a finalist for the 2016 Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award. Verrastro’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Milwaukee, WI, Bloomington, IN, New York, NY, Houston, TX, Aspen, CO, Vilnius, Lithuania, Stockholm, Sweden, Munich, Germany and more. For more information, visit his website at

In the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

James White's Fort: HearthScares Tours

Category: Festivals, special events and History, heritage

October 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 29, 7:00pm

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort.

Tours will depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Please plan to arrive between 6:30-6:45pm for check in. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort. Admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15. Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more and may be made by calling the Fort at (865) 525–6514.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BEFORE THE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS DO! James White's Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information: 865-525-6514,

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,

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,

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