Calendar of Events

Friday, November 18, 2016

East Tennessee History Center: Rock of Ages

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and History, heritage

The public opening of the exhibition begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18, with light refreshments and remarks. Following the exhibition opening will be a special showing of “Quarry Project—Tennessee,” an exterior projection by artists Kate Katomski and Judd Mulkerin at 7:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

East Tennessee marble is prized the world over. Rock of Ages: East Tennessee’s Marble Industry, a new exhibition by the East Tennessee Historical Society, offers a first-time look into the industry that launched the rock’s fame and crowned Knoxville as the Marble City.

The marble industry was once an important sector of East Tennessee’s economy. By the mid- 1850s, East Tennessee marble from Knox County had been chosen for the interiors of the Tennessee State Capitol and marble from Hawkins County was being installed inside the new House and Senate wings of the United States Capitol. In the decades that followed, East Tennessee’s varicolored marble was sought by architects and patrons for the interiors of a variety of public buildings: state capitol buildings, courthouses, city halls. Tennessee marble would soon also be ordered for high traffic railroad terminal flooring across the United States and Canada. The exhibition includes more than two dozen artifacts and numerous photographs and illustrations representative of Tennessee’s unique marble story.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

Fountain City Art Center: Annual Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show & Sale


Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening reception on Fri, Nov 18, 6:30-8:00 PM with awards at 7 PM. Free and open to the public.

Also showing: Watercolor Paintings by the Students of Kate McCullough

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,

East Tennessee History Center: A Man and His Bike

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

A special exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History will remember the legendary life and legacy of Waymon Earl Terrell (1950-2015). Earl was well known to the Powell community, where he was regularly seen riding his bicycle and pulling a cart along the busy thoroughfares of Clinton Highway and Emory Road, his dogs often accompanying him. At his passing in December 2015, he left the legacy of a simple life, kindness, and decency. The display features Earl’s amazingly inventive bicycle and cart, whirligig, and a memorial sculpture, and will be on view in the lobby of the East Tennessee History Center through January 2. The public is invited to bring personal care items, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, paper towels, dish soaps, disinfectant sprays, to be donated to Knoxville Pays It Forward in Earl’s honor, and in return will receive one free museum admission per item. Knoxville Pays It Forward is a local non-profit that helps low income families, the homeless, the disadvantaged, and senior citizens in times of need.

Earl Terrell could fix anything. Although he chose to live a solitary life, he was a well-recognized and accepted member of the community. Most days he could be seen along the highways looking for trash and other items from which he could earn money to buy food and supplies. His home was crafted of tarps, sticks, and scraps of metal that he had fashioned with homemade tools and scavenged parts. He was originally from Kentucky, served in the United States Marine Corps, and by his own word, had a master’s degree in economics before coming to Knoxville.

Kristin Brown was a long-time friend of Earl and tended to him as his health began to fail. Realizing the community’s interest in Terrell, Brown launched a Facebook page to accommodate people’s well wishes, and soon there were 3,300 followers. After his death, the page helped raise money for his burial. His bicycle was on display when he was laid to rest. The bike has been donated to the permanent collection of the East Tennessee Historical Society.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Sunday is Community Day at the museum and admission is FREE to all. Information: 865-215-8824,

Foothills Craft Guild: 50th Annual Fine Craft Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Kids, family

Imagine being surrounded by the handmade work of over 140 fine craft artisans! Designated as a TOP 20 EVENT by the Southeast Tourism Society for the second year in a row, the 50th annual Fine Craft Show is presented by the Foothills Craft Guild, the oldest nonprofit artisan guild in Tennessee.

Hours are Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, 10 AM - 6 PM and Sunday, November 20, 10 AM - 4 PM at the historic Jacob Building in Knoxville’s Chilhowee Park.

Participants have been juried into the Foothills Craft Guild according to the highest standards for quality workmanship… woodwork, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, metalwork, sculpture, basketry, and more! It's a great time to shop for unique gifts representing Tennessee at ALL PRICE RANGES and support your local fine craft artisans! Enjoy a free Make It & Take It Crafts booth for all ages, daily demonstrations of artisans making their crafts, and an Authors’ Corner where local favorites will be personally autographing books.

Admission is Adults $8, Seniors 65+ and military $7, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5 and under Free.

Athens Art Center: 8th Annual Holiday Trunk Show

  • November 18, 2016 — November 19, 2016

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event and Kids, family

The Arts Center is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Holiday Trunk Show, a 2-day indoor exhibition and sale of fine art, crafts, and handmade gifts from local and regional artisans. The show begins Friday, November 18 with a Preview Party and ends on Saturday, November 19. The event is sponsored by Athens Federal Community Bank.

AACA's Holiday Trunk Show is a one-of-a-kind shopping opportunity for the holidays, featuring something for everyone's gift-giving budget. Among the featured items are accessories for home & holiday, original art and prints, jewelry, pottery, baskets, art gourds, scented soaps and body care products, hand woven, felted, and knitted scarves and shawls, handmade ornaments, handbags, books, candles, and more.

The event begins Friday, November 18 with a Preview Party from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Admission to the party is $5 at the door. Hosted by AACA Arts Ambassadors, the party features early shopping, refreshments, door prizes provided by the artists, and live music entertainment by guitarist Oneta Wright. Shopping continues Saturday November 19 from 10am to 8pm and is free and open to the public.

Old Fashioned Downtown Christmas, sponsored by the Athens Downtown Business Association, will take place Saturday, November 19. During the festival, downtown shops are open and the downtown square bustles with holiday cheer from vendors and special entertainment. The Arts Center is open from 10am to 8pm and invites festival goers to come in from the cold to shop for unique handmade items and free hot apple cider.

The Arts Center is located just two blocks from the downtown square at 320 North White Street, Athens, Tennessee. For more information on The Arts Center and all arts programming, go to or call 423-745-8781.

Liz-Beth & Co.: Art and Craft Affair

  • November 18, 2016 — November 19, 2016
  • Nov. 18, 5:00-8:00PM, Nov. 19, 10:00AM-5:00PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fine Crafts

SAVE THE DATE! for Liz-Beth & Co. Art and Craft Affair.
November 18 and 19.

New Works from Over 50 Local & Regional Artists & Craftsmen.
Featuring: Jeanne Leemon, Cynthia Markert, Jillie Eves, Sandy Brown,
Mike Ham, Betsy Heerdt, Jordan Byrd and Bill Cook!

Friday, Nov. 18 - 5PM til 8PM and Saturday, Nov. 19 - 10AM til 5PM.
Meet the Artists, Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres (Friday Night).
Silent Auctions!
RSVP Today! (865) 691-8129
Liz-beth Fine art Inc
7240 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Bijou Theatre: Darrell Scott

Category: Music

Nashville's premiere songwriter Darrell Scott makes his way back to Knoxville this November for a night not to be missed!

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five

Category: Music

November 18 – The Big Jon Atkinson featuring Alabama Mike

Alive After Five is a unique live music series that takes place in the smoke-free, casually elegant setting of the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall in the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is a live band on stage, seating at tables, two cash bars, food from area restaurants, free freshly popped popcorn, and free parking. Audience members can enjoy listening to music, dancing, and browsing the museum’s art galleries. Admission is $15 for general and $10 for museum members and college students with ID. Ages 17 and under are admitted free.

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,

4th Annual YPK Impact Awards

  • November 18, 2016

Category: Festivals, special events

4th Annual YPK Impact Awards, Friday, November 18th at the Foundry. Join us for music, food, drinks, and a celebration of those who impact young professionals in Knoxville.

For the past three years, YPK has honored local companies who are making an impact on young professionals (at work, with clients, customers, or in the community). They were categorized by small, medium and large business or nonprofit. In 2015, we also added Outstanding Young Professionals and Mentor of the Year awards.

Nominations for 2016 have been completed. Finalists will be announced in early November, and recipients will be announced at the awards gala. A panel of judges will determine the winners based on impact and empowerment of young professionals.

Friday, November 18th at the Foundry
747 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902.
For more information and to reserve your place please see

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Music in the Round


Category: Fundraisers

The ever popular, Music In The Round featuring three outstanding Singer / Songwriters, will take place again on Friday November 18th at the breathtaking Barn Event Center of the Smokies, located in Townsend, TN.

Please join us for an evening of music, storytelling, friends and wonderful food; all to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Please call, 865.448.0044, for tickets; $75 per guest.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is 501 c3 Museum and Cultural Center. The Heritage Center is open Monday thru Saturday 10 am - 5 pm and on Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission is free for Heritage Center members, Adults $7.00 ,Seniors 60 plus and children ages 6 - 17 $5.00, children 5 and under are free. Closed Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is a not for profit museum
and is located between the traffic light and the national park entrance,
on scenic Highway 73.

For more information, please call 865-448-0044

Lyric Theatre Company: Proof

  • November 17, 2016 — November 20, 2016

Category: Theatre

"Proof" is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. The play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000, and transferred to Broadway in October 2000. The play won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? Along with demonstrating the proof's authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal. Throughout, the play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

Tickets: $13.00 online or $15.00 at downtown merchants and at the box office prior to performances.
November 17-19 at 8 PM and November 20 at 2 PM

Lyric Theatre: 320 Grove Street, Loudon, TN 37774. Information: 865-458-9020,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Appalachian Spring


Category: Music

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season.

Join the KSO for fabulous music of Copland and a little ditty on the mandolin. Jeff Midkiff will bring life to the Tennessee Theatre stage with his Mandolin Concerto, “From the Blue Ridge,” plus Copland's Appalachian Spring.

Mandolinist and fiddler Jeff Midkiff feels comfortable in more than one setting—musically and personally. Even as he was immersing himself in the classical repertoire, he continued to gain attention as a mandolin and fiddle player. In 1983 he joined the Lonesome River Band, which would eventually become one of bluegrass’s most acclaimed groups. For the next five years, he completed his education and started working as a music instructor, recording two albums with the group, including its self-titled Rebel Records debut in 1987. Shortly after that, he enrolled in graduate school at Northern Illinois University, earning his Master’s degree in clarinet at the end of the decade. Jeff Midkiff's concerto for mandolin and orchestra, “From the Blue Ridge,” was composed in 2011 in a commission from Music Director David Stewart Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Tickets and information: 865-291-3310,

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