Calendar of Events
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol
With a brand new look, stunning costumes, traditional carols, an adaptation guaranteed to enrich your holiday season, PLUS $10 tickets for children 5 to 12, “A Christmas Carol,” returns to the Clarence Brown mainstage. At each performance, patrons can enhance the experience by enjoying special holiday treats at the concession stand and taking pictures with “Scrooge and Tiny Tim” in a new, specially designed photo experience which will be stationed in the main lobby. The $10 children’s tickets can only be purchased by calling or stopping by the Box Office at 865-974-5161.
A Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, November 23 from Noon to 7 pm at the theatre. A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, December 4 following the matinee. Deaf Night @ the Theatre, where all patron interactions including the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language, will take place Sunday, December 4 at 7:30 pm. On Tuesday, December 6 at the CBT Family Feast, families can attend dinner at 6:00 pm and then see the show for only $10. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 pm. Patrons can join the Clarence Brown Theatre Society (CBTS) and take part in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour on December 11 following the matinee. For more information on the various engagement events listed above, please contact the Box Office at 865-974-5161. To join the CBTS, please visit http://clarencebrowntheatre.com/support-us/cbt-society/.
In “A Christmas Carol,” miserly boss, Ebenezer Scrooge (whose name is now synonymous with greed and stinginess), is forced to face the true cost of his behavior in a series of supernatural visits from ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future.
Clarence Brown Mainstage, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information: 865-974-5161, www.clarencebrowntheatre.com. For tickets: 865-974-5161, 865-656-4444, www.knoxvilletickets.com
Fantasy of Trees
East Tennessee Children's Hospital presents the Fantasy of Trees, East Tennessee's premiere Christmas event. This year's event is entitled "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and takes place from November 23-27, 2016 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
At the Knoxville Convention Center. Tickets: Adults: $8, Children Ages 4-12: $4, Children 3 and under: FREE
Wednesday, November 23 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 24 3 - 8 p.m. (Thanksgiving Day)
Friday, November 25 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 Noon - 6 p.m.
10th Annual Larry Olszewski Memorial Singing
Tenth Annual Larry Olszewski Memorial Singing from the New Harp of Columbia during the traditional Thanksgiving Eve potluck and singing.
All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck.
Wednesday, November 23, 6:30PM at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. www.oldharp.org or Tina Becker, 865 982 7777.
Jubilee Community Arts: Annual Thanksgiving Supper & Harp Singing
Jubilee Community Arts and the Epworth Old Harp Singers host our annual Thanksgiving get together. A potluck supper will be followed by a community singing from the New Harp of Columbia. Shape note singing has a long history in East Tennessee and the Epworth Old Harp Singers are actively carrying on that tradition. The New Harp of Columbia was first published in 1863 in Knoxville, based on the 1848 Harp of Columbia, also published in East Tennessee; a comprehensive edition restoring all omitted songs was published in 2001 thanks to the tireless efforts of singer Larry Olszewski. This year’s singing will serve as the annual memorial singing in honor of Larry. Copies of the restored New Harp of Columbia will be available for loan.
Free • Bring a dish & sing for your supper. At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851, www.jubileearts.org.
With Bear Hands Small Hall Gallery Grand Opening
Come out to celebrate the Grand (Re-)Opening of the Small Hall Gallery, view and purchase work by local artists Amy Campbell and Beth Meadows, and treat yourself to some holiday sweets!
Magpies Bakery has generously provided a space for local artists to display artwork for the past several years. This space, known as the Small Hall Gallery, has been bequeathed to local artist With Bear Hands to display her work as well as other local artists.
Hours of the Grand Opening are the same as Magpies retail hours on the following days:
Monday, Nov 21 10:00-4:00
Tuesday, Nov 22 10:00-5:30
Wednesday, Nov 23 8:00-2:00
Original Artwork, Prints, Postcards, and Calendars will be for sale. Buy a treat for Thanksgiving at Magpies- or just because you're a lover of life- and receive 20% off select artwork. Gallery entrance is between Magpies and Holly's or you may access through Glowing Body or Magpies. At Magpies Bakery, 846 N Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917. https://www.facebook.com/events/195487344237589/
Oak Ridge Art Center: The Art of the Crèche IV
Folk Art Nativities from Around the World, from of a private collection of nativities, hand crafted crèche in a myriad of techniques and materials by folk artists from many countries.
Holiday Reception: Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a hands-on "make and take" for artists of all ages.
Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441, www.oakridgeartcenter.org
East Tennessee History Center: Rock of Ages
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, www.easttnhistory.org
Fountain City Art Center: Annual Fountain City Art Guild Holiday Show & Sale
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, http://www.fountaincityartcenter.com/
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, www.easttnhistory.org
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Symphony Storytimes
The KSO String Quartet will be dropping by a library near you to bring children's books to life with some classical music, sound effects ad some hands-on learning. For preschool kids and their families!
Mark your calendar:
Wed, Nov 16 at 11:00 at Karns Branch
Tues, Nov 22 at 10:30 at South Knoxville Branch
Tues, Nov 29 at 10:30 at Murphy Branch
Wed, Nov 30 at 11:00 at Carter Branch
Tues, Dec 6 at 10:30 at Sequoyah Branch
Wed, Dec 7 at 10:30 at Halls Branch
Thurs, Dec 8 at 10:30 at Howard Pinkston Branch
Fri, Dec 9 at 10:30 at Powell Branch
Wed, Dec 14 at 10:15 at Bearden Branch
Thurs, Dec 15 at 4:00 at Cedar Bluff Branch
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Piecing Together a Changing Planet
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is exhibiting over 25 quilts in Piecing Together a Changing Planet – a juried exhibition of fiber arts highlighting climate change in America’s national parks. Community members are invited to view the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6-8 pm.
Piecing Together a Changing Planet is a collaboration between Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Florida and Biscayne National Park. Opening at Biscayne National Park’s gallery, the exhibit has travelled to nine other national park venues across the country. The exhibition coincides with this year’s centennial celebration of the National Park Service, marking the beginning of a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks.
Unlike utilitarian quilts used as bed coverings, these art quilts convey beauty and fragility of the environment and the urgency of climate change in ways that touch the heart and soul. All quilts were created by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, a 3000-member national organization dedicated to promoting art quilts through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation and publications.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Arrowmont will be exhibiting quilts from it’s permanent collection. Arrowmont’s permanent collection includes nearly 1,000 works in a variety of arts and crafts media. Made by the hands of current and past Arrowmont instructors, individuals from the settlement school’s days and past artists-in-residence, the works represent the school’s past, present and future.
In the Sandra J. Blain 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, www.arrowmont.org
Pellissippi State: Annual Faculty Photography Exhibition
This exhibit showcases a myriad of fascinating images that are from the personal portfolios of Pellissippi State faculty.
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, www.pstcc.edu/arts