Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Farragut Museum: Exhibition by Bonnie Anders

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Town of Farragut Arts Council presents painter Bonnie Anders as the featured artist for March. Located in Farragut Town Hall, the exhibit includes scenes from Anders' travels with her husband. She took up painting after retiring from teaching middle school 15 years ago. Her love for color inspired her to purchase paint and brushes, and she was "hooked" after her first project - a still life of a bowl of vegetables on her kitchen table.

Farragut Museum, 11408 Municipal Center Dr, Farragut, TN 37934. Hours: M-F 8 AM - 5 PM. Information: 865-966-7057,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius Violin Concerto


Category: Music

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

The KSO's January Masterworks concerts ring in the new year with the fabulous Violin Concerto by Sibelius, featuring soloist Bella Hristova.

Violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone. Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. In 2003, she entered The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma at Indiana University in 2010. Recent highlights include the 2013 late spring release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied, (A.W. Tonegold Records) a CD of works for solo violin. Appearances included performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, at the Young Concert Artists Gala Concert at Alice Tully Hall, with the Mississippi Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, and at Seoul National University. As a result of winning the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Ms. Hristova made a critically acclaimed concert tour of New Zealand, and a similarly acclaimed CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot (Naxos).

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,

What a Joke: Knoxville

  • January 19, 2017 — January 20, 2017

Category: Comedy and Festivals, special events

A stand-up comedy festival taking place in more than two dozen cities across the country on Inauguration Weekend, including here in Knoxville. 40 comics are gathering in Knoxville to stand up for civil liberties and to take an oath to make you laugh.

WHAT A JOKE is not an affiliated entity with the ACLU. We are an independent entity donating proceeds. At the Pilot Light, Pretentious Beer Co., The Central Collective, Holly's Corner, Ironwood Studios, and Modern Studio.

The Public Cinema: The Love Witch

  • January 19, 2017

Category: Film and Free event

Directed by Anna Biller
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her.

The Public Cinema exists to share vital works of contemporary international and American cinema—works that might otherwise be unseen or overlooked by Knoxville audiences. Many of the films we screen are discoveries from the festival circuit; some will be Tennessee or regional premieres. Whatever we screen, our only agenda is to create a space for cinema as an art form and to promote discussion among discerning moviegoers.

UT Arboretum Society: Climate Change Program

  • January 19, 2017

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Science, nature

“It’s all in the Timing: Impacts of Global Warming on Ecosystems and Phenology”

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society will present a program on global warming and climate change on January 19 at Roane State Community College, City Room, in Oak Ridge, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dr. Joanne Logan, UT Associate Professor, a renowned expert on the subject, will present the program. In addition to a discussion on global warming and other aspects of climate change on managed systems such as agricultural lands, forests, impacts on humans, sea level rise, Arctic sea melt, and severe weather such as hurricanes and droughts, Dr. Logan will also discuss other factors that are already threatening various species.

“There are fewer headlines about the impacts to the natural world that cover two thirds of the land mass of our planet,” said Dr. Logan. “Numerous species are already at risk due to other environmental stressors. It’s been reported that it will take only a small amount of warming to push many organisms into areas they have never been before, an especially serious problem for animals that cannot regulate their body temperatures such as reptiles and amphibians. Such changes are also likely to disrupt the phenology, the cyclic and seasonal phenomena such as blooming or hatching of many organisms.”

Dr. Logan will also summarize recent research that has been conducted on turtles, butterflies and other species threatened by asynchrony; a timing mismatch between organisms and their food source or hosts. Also addressed will be the role of humans in advertising such disasters in the natural world by interventions such as species relocation. To learn more about this lecture or the UT Arboretum Society, go to For more information on the program, call 483-3571.

The Arts at Pellissippi State: Views of the Big Nothing

  • January 16, 2017 — February 3, 2017

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to "Views of the Big Nothing," a free art exhibit at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery. "Views of the Big Nothing" features painted works by Brandon Smith joined by physical ropes and metaphorical sculptural works by Travis Townsend.

A reception to meet the artists takes place 3-5 p.m., Jan. 17.

The exhibit is free. 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: Common Lineage: The Bensons

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Since 2005 Lee Benson, professor of sculpture and ceramics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee has worked with his wife Betty, and later their four children, Zach, Aaron, Mary, and Sarah to make sculpture and public works. They work mainly in mixed media, the earth, stone, timber, wood, clay and 24k gold producing large-scale architectural forms as well as figurative, narrative monoliths. Residing across the country, they maintain five studios.

The Bensons have produced works from New York City to Australia and have had wide public recognition. They have also recently developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to use materials used in their sculptures to be repurposed into homes throughout the community.


Common Lineage: The Bensons will close at 3PM on Friday, February 10.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Ewing Gallery Hours: M-W and Fri: 10-5, Thu 10-7, Sun 1-4. Information: 865-974-3200,

Wine and Canvas Knoxville: Upcoming events

  • January 10, 2017 — December 31, 2017

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

With the love of art and entertainment it's no wonder that a bottle or two of wine would get involved to create Wine and Canvas! Awesome local artists, great customer service and beautiful surroundings make for an amazing experience that you don't find anywhere else. Sipping your favorite wine or cocktail, letting your inner artist out to create a masterpiece and maybe breaking into song throughout the night is what we have planned for you! Leave your cares at the door and dive in to the paint party! Best part - you take your artwork with you and leave the clean up behind! Local artists in each city inspire and Instruct Wine and Canvas customers step-by-step to create their finished masterpiece. Each location hosts many events monthly with a different featured painting each night. With our step-by-step instruction method customers without a stroke of painting experience are at ease.

Upcoming events:

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Works by Mike Naney & Eun-Sook Kim

  • January 8, 2017 — February 26, 2017

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Westminster Presbyterian Church's Schilling Gallery presents photography by Mike Naney and pottery and wood cuts by Eun-Sook Kim.

Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 9-4. Info: (865) 584-3957 or

Dogwood Arts: Glass Guys

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

First Friday at Dogwood Arts with a reception on January 6 - GLASS GUYS :: Dogwood Arts will feature artworks created by the talented Glass Guys who call Knoxville and our East Tennessee region home. Featured artists include: Richard Jolley, Matthew Cummings, Matt Salley, Johnny Glass, Thomas Spake, Everett Hirche, Tyler Olson, David Wiss, Samuel Meketon, Curt Brock + More.

Dogwood Arts' First Friday events and exhibitions highlight our 18 unique programs and support the creativity of local and regional artists. Our doors are open, and we welcome you to join us as we showcase and celebrate artists and art lovers at our new office located at 123 W. Jackson Ave in Downtown Knoxville’s Historic Old City.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Viewing Hours (10-5) M-F. 865-637-4560,

Tori Mason Shoes: Exhibition of The Alley Cat Series

  • January 6, 2017 — January 29, 2017

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

Tori Mason Shoes is pleased to present The Alley Cat Series, by Knoxville photographer, Marianne "Ziggie" Ziegler, for January's First Friday! Tori Mason Shoes, located at 29 Market Square, will host an opening reception on Friday, January 8th from 6pm to 9pm. Complimentary treats from Wild Love Bakehouse will be provided and Ziggie's art will be featured for the month of January.

Growing up on the south fork of Long Island, NY, Ziggie spent a lot of her time star gazing on beaches before she discovered her love for backstage theater. She majored in Stage Management and Technical Direction at North Carolina School of the Arts before making the journey over the mountains to wind up in Knoxville, TN. She has been a Knoxville resident now for 14 years.
Photography has always been a passion in her life, but never considered utilizing it as an artistic release till she drifted away from the stage. She has shown works at 8 Shooters Studio before finding her current themed outlet. The Alley Cat series started over three years ago and has since been shown at Wells Fargo formerly on Gay St, Urban Bar, Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen, The Bearden Beer Market, The Red Piano Lounge, Sugar Mamas, Preservation Pub, Crafty Bastard, Ijams Nature Center, Central Flats and Taps, and Broadway Studios and Gallery. She is an avid wanderer and promoter of downtown Knoxville, and promoter of local businesses; always seeking 'the next shot'. Within the last couple years, she has been given the wonderful opportunity of now having both her loves of artistic output in her life; in photography, and finding a home again in the theater. She currently keeps very busy shooting, framing, and loading in touring performances for the Knoxville Stagehands Local Union 197. Artist's Website:

Info: 865.394.6951

Broadway Studios and Gallery: Opportunity Knocks – The Door Show

  • January 6, 2017 — January 28, 2017

Category: Exhibitions, visual art

"Opportunity Knocks" is the result of an open call art competition in which all participants create a work of art on a full size wooden door. The show will be juried for cash prizes. This show promotes recycling, re-purposing & reusing. This is expected to be a very creative display of local artists ability!

Opening night with refreshments is Friday (First Friday), January 6th, 5-9 PM. Cash prizes and winner will be awarded at 6pm.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: Thurs-Sat, 11-7. Information: 865-556-8676,

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