Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs: Beginning Bridge Lessons

  • January 22, 2017 — May 23, 2017

Category: Classes, workshops

The Knoxville Association of Bridge Clubs is offering an in depth, 17 week course on Duplicate Bridge, with a focus on learning the modern “2 Over 1” bridge system. Taught by certified instructors, these lessons are a fun and informative way to learn the basics of modern bridge. The cost is $5 per lesson (the first 2 lessons are free). Two class sessions are offered. The first begins Sunday, January 22nd at 1:30 pm. The second begins Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00 pm. You are welcome to attend either or both weekly sessions. Bring a partner or, if not, we will provide one for you.

Classes will be conducted at the Knoxville Bridge Center, located at 7400 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville TN 37919. Contact Jo Anne Newby at (865} 539-4150 or email

Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series: Chang-Yong Shin

  • January 22, 2017
  • 2:30 PM

Category: Music

Chang-Yong Shin introduces our series on January 22, and “is a pianist with passionate expression and profound artistry, representative of the best among his generation!” according to Dr. Douglas Humphreys, the chair of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, where Mr. Shin won First Prize. He has also earned First Prize at the Kookmin Ilbo and Hansei University Music Competition, the C. Bechstein & Samik Music Competition, the Hankook Ilbo Competition (2006), the CBS Competition and the Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition. Mr. Shin’s calendar includes performances at Salle Cortot in Paris, and in Prague, China and London during the 2016 – 2017 season. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute in May 2016, and he was awarded a full scholarship to continue his studies at The Juilliard School. His program for YPS will include selections from Bach, Busoni, Beethoven, Granados and Prokofieff.

In the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the University of Tennessee’s Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville 37996. Tickets/information: 865-408-8083 or

Comedian Tim Hawkins at Knoxville Civic Auditorium

  • January 22, 2017
  • 7:00PM

Category: Comedy

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions. Now Tim brings his hilarity to Knoxville Civic Auditorium in Knoxville Sunday, January 22 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now at Knoxville Civic Auditorium box office, online at or by phone at 865-215-8900.

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017 AT 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 7:00PM at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
Tickets at Knoxville Civic Auditorium Box Office, or 865-215-8900.

Knox County Public Library: Finding Flannery: the Life and Work of Flannery O'Connor

  • January 22, 2017
  • 2 PM

Category: Film and Free event

Knox County Public Library is pleased to partner with Pellissippi State Community College to present "Finding Flannery", a month-long exploration of the life and work of Flannery O' Connor. On Sunday, January 22, the Library will screen John Huston's film adaptation of her novel, Wise Blood. All events are free and open to the public.

Despite her premature death at age 39, Flannery O'Connor left behind one of the most haunting and strikingly original bodies of work in 20th century literature. With the rural South as her backdrop, she brought to life a string of eccentric characters torn between their worldly ambitions and the need for a more enduring truth. While critics called her stories "brutal" and "grotesque," O'Connor said, "All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it."

All events will be held in Lawson McGhee Library's Meeting Room. Knox County Public Library: 500 West Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8750,

The Central Collective: Good Sport Night

  • January 22, 2017
  • 5-7 PM

Category: Festivals, special events

Cost: $30. Activity: Wouldn't you like to know? CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS!
Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, an egg drop competition, a garden party in a castle, a walking tour of North Knoxville, live music with swing dance lessons, an underground arcade, and an actual wedding were attendees served as the bridal party, toast-makers and wedding guests. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.

Worried that you won't be able to participate because of dietary restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

The Central Collective, 923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-236-1590,,

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Sundress Reading Series

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Sundress Reading Series is thrilled to welcome Katharine Johnsen, Hank Backer, and L.A. Hoffer for the January installment of our reading series! The event will take place Sunday, January 22nd, from 2 to 4 PM at Bar Marley.

Katharine Johnsen received her MFA in creative writing as the Bernice Kert Fellow at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is the recipient of a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Five Points, Southern Indiana Review, American Literary Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Hank Backer teaches at the University of Tennessee. He recently graduated from Georgia State University’s creative writing program, where he worked as an editor for Five Points and New South. He’s been previously published in Red Paint Hill, Loose Change, The Rectangle, and Sixty Six: A Journal of Sonnet Studies.

L.A. Hoffer grew up on the state line between Tennessee and Virginia and writes about it and other places. Her fiction has been published in various journals, including Blue Mesa Review and Iron Horse Literary Review, as well as the anthology, A Cast of Characters and Other Stories. Sometimes, she works on a nonfiction book about her son.

The Sundress Reading Series is free and open to the public!

Akima Club of Knoxville: Diamonds in the Gym

  • January 22, 2017
  • 5-8 PM

Category: Comedy, Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

Starring comedian LEANNE MORGAN; Musical talent by folk singer ZOE NUTT; Chance to win custom jewelry from RICK TERRY JEWELRY; and Pre-show appetizers, wine and music with CHRIS CLAY. Diamonds in the Gym is Akima’s major fundraiser for this year. Profits raised by this event benefit our grants program. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased from any Akima member, or visit

At Sacred Heart Cathedral, 711 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919.

Knoxville Food Tour: 4th Sunday for Someone

  • January 22, 2017
  • 2 PM

Category: Culinary arts, food and Fundraisers

Throughout 2017, a percentage of our ticket sales will support No Kid Hungry, with each ticket purchase providing meals for 10 children in need! No Kid Hungry is a national program whose partners include The Food Network and Williams Sonoma. Additionally, in 2017, the 4th Sunday of every month will be our “4th Sunday for Someone”, where we will be designating a percentage of ticket sales for one tour per month to benefit a local organization.

January’s "4th Sunday for Someone" will benefit the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground & Park. A little over a year ago, Zaevion sacrificed his life to save the lives of three of his friends. This park will honor Zaevion, his courage, and heroism, while also providing a safe place for children to play. Tickets are specially priced at $49 per person, and $30 of each ticket go to the park. Your ticket price includes a guided history tour of
Downtown Knoxville plus food tastings at 4 restaurants.

To purchase tickets please visit our website Downtown Tours Calendar, or to give directly to the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground & Park
through Legacy Parks Foundation, do so at

UT Gardens: Winter Movie Series - Little Shop of Horrors

  • January 22, 2017

Category: Film, Free event and Science, nature

​Expand your horizons and enjoy time with fellow gardeners as we showcase documentary and other films of horticulturally-related themes on select Sunday afternoons. Some may be followed by a Q&A session with a UT expert. Concessions are available to add to the fun!

At 2 pm in the Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the UT Ag Campus (for directions Admission is free.

Start the New Year off with some fun and good laughs with this 1986 Broadway Musical movie. A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. Stars Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, John Candy, Ellen Greene, and Vincent Gardenia.

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Tennessee Stage Company: New Play Festival Kickoff Party

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Theatre

Join us for the 2017 New Play Festival kickoff party at the new Modern Studio, 109 W Anderson Ave. in Happy Holler. This FREE event includes complimentary refreshments, a meet-&-greet with the actors, directors and playwrights, plus a showcase of short scenes from the Festival’s selection of new plays.

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280,

Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo

  • January 21, 2017 — January 22, 2017
  • Sat. 10AM-6PM, Sun. 10AM-4PM

Category: Festivals, special events

The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo is coming to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on January 21 and 22.

The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo is an all outdoors exposition showcasing vendors and exhibitors for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Everything from hunting and fishing, hiking and kayaking, artisan knives, African safaris, 4 wheeling, adventure parks, and more will all be at the Expo.

The World Champion Jack Pine Lumberjacks will be educating and entertaining throughout the weekend and fashion shows will feature the latest in high tech gear and outdoor wear. Seminars from expert instructors will be scheduled throughout the two day event and a climbing wall will even be erected to test your skill or inspire a brand new passion!

The Great Smoky Mountains Outdoor Expo is coming to the Knoxville Civic
Coliseum, located at 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 this January 21st & 22nd, 2017. Show hours are Saturday, 10am-6pm & Sunday, 10am-4pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, kids 12 and under are FREE.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs

  • January 20, 2017 — February 5, 2017

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

The hilarious play by Linda Daugherty has been a hit at children's theatres all across the country, since its premiere in 2000. Three classic fairy tales ("The Three Little Pigs," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff") begin in their usual fashion, but along the way, the characters break a breaking point! The pigs wonder what life would be like if the Wolf weren't always at their door, th billy goats can't face one more trespasser, and Papa Bear has had enough of that meddlesome little girl! The three trios join forces to rewrite their stories, just as audiences are inspired to conquer their fears by taking control of their own destinies. A smash hit comedy, first created by Dallas Children's Theatre!

Friday 1/20 at 7 PM, Saturday 1/21 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 1/22 at 3 PM
Thursday 1/26 at 7 PM, Friday 1/27 at 7 PM, Saturday 1/28 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 1/29 at 3 PM
Thursday 2/2 at 7 PM, Friday 2/3 at 7 PM, Saturday 2/4 at 1 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 2/5 at 3 PM

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

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