Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Monroe Area Council for the Arts: Missoula Children’s Theatre: Treasure Island

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Monroe Area Council for the Arts Presents The Hiwassee College Performing Arts Series! Starring 60 local children, Missoula Children's Theatre presents an original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his Mother and six Sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Revolution is in its last days. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. While waiting tables in the family Inn, Jim finds a treasure map and, with the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, sails uncharted seas with only the ragged map and a flock of Gulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s Ruffian friends say farewell to their Village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) Pirate types. Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending. Then - at last - the treasure is found and hand in hand we’re homeward bound.

TREASURE ISLAND - it’ll shiver your timbers! Performances at 3:00 & 5:30 p.m.

At Hiwassee Performing Arts Center, 225 Hiwassee College Drive, Madisonville, TN. Information/tickets: 423-442-3210,

Fountain City Art Center: Annual “Try This” Tasting Party


Category: Festivals, special events


Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Information: 865-357-2787,

Jubilee Community Arts: The Freight Hoppers


Category: Music

Old-Time String Band
The Freight Hoppers have been presenting old-time string band music for more than 20 years. The band started presenting their energetic take on fiddle band music 4 times a day, 7 days a week at the Great Smoky Mountains Railway shortly after forming back in 1992. This afforded the group plenty of paid rehearsal time to hone a sound that has proven entertaining and distinctively theirs. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.

The Freight Hoppers play hard driving old time music with an emotional, raw excitement that keeps one foot planted in the past and the other in the present. Of course that's only when they keep their feet still, for this is high energy dance music of an older day played like there's no tomorrow. Finding their passion from a love of stringband music of the 1920's and 30's, The Freight Hoppers have been entertaining crowds of fans at festivals and music halls alike as they travel around the country, and beyond. The heart of the band is held together by the fiddle and banjo combo of Barry Benjamin and Frank Lee, while the rhythm section of Mclean Bissell on guitar and Bradley Adams on string bass hold down the ensemble. Based out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, The Freight Hoppers draw from a deep source of rural southern music for their inspiration, and are proud to present this music that is still meaningful today.

The Freight Hoppers are:
Merrit Smith, fiddle, vocals
Frank Lee banjo, bottleneck guitar, vocals
Allie Burbrink - guitar, vocals
Andrea Smith - string bass, banjo, vocals

Tickets (discounts apply to advance purchase, JCA members, students & seniors) available through, 800-838-3006 ext 1, by mail, and at the door. At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. For information: 865-522-5851,

UT Gardens: Conifers for Gardeners Symposium and Sale

  • January 28, 2017

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Science, nature

UT Gardens Knoxville, Plant Bio-Tech Building on the UT Agriculture Campus

Saturday, January 28th from 8:30 a.m. to noon (symposium)
Conifer sale to follow: 12:00-12:30 p.m. - open to symposium attendees only
12:30-2:30 p.m. - open to general public

Cost: $30 for members; $35 for non-members

Come and learn about some of the the most beautiful and low maintenance plants you can have in your garden. Conifers offer some of the best year-round interest, color, and form for your garden. They are an integral plant to a well-rounded garden design. Participants will learn about the most beautiful and low maintenance selections for your garden which are adapted for our region. This half-day symposium includes three educational lectures which cover not only the best conifers for our region but how to grow and care for these plants and how to use them in garden design. January is an ideal time to plant conifers in your gardens. Symposium attendees will get to shop early before the sale is open to the general public. *Symposium includes education, coffee break, and early entrance to conifer sale. Information: 865-974-7151,

Positively Living: Welcome to Fabulous Knox Vegas

  • January 28, 2017
  • 6:00PM

Category: Fundraisers

Spend the evening of Saturday, January 28, 2017, in fabulous Knox Vegas. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00PM.

There will be martinis, beer, wine, a buffet dinner, whiskey tasting, a cigar bar and poker, roulette and blackjack. The money is fake but the prizes are real! Black tie optional with Rat Pack attire encouraged. Tickets are $125 per person.

Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. Buy tickets at
Parking at Laurel Church of Christ.
Proceeds bennefit Positively Living & Project ACT.

Ijams Nature Center: Annual Seed Swap

  • January 28, 2017

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

Join us for the ever popular annual seed swap at the Visitor Center on January 28 from 1-4 p.m. Using the seeds from the plants we grow in the Ijams gardens allows us to repeat successes, maintain genetic diversity and be more self-reliant. Ijams’ Seed Swap promotes the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners. Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds!
This program is FREE.

More events at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

UT School of Music: Ben Pierce; tuba

  • January 28, 2017
  • 8 PM

Category: Free event and Music

Guest artist recital in Performance Hall #32, Alumni Memorial Bldg.

Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. The Natalie Haslam Music Center is located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, and the Alumni Memorial Building is located at 1408 Middle Drive on the UT campus. *For individual or small group performances, please check the web site or call the day of the event for updates or cancellations: 865-974-5678,

Trumpet Summit with Vance Thompson & Joe Gross

  • January 28, 2017
  • 9 PM - 12 AM

Category: Free event and Music

"The first day that I lived in Chicago," remembers Vance Thompson, "I attended a jam session and heard Joe Gross, the city's most revered jazz trumpeter. Unfortunately for me, that was the last night that Joe called Chicago home." The next day, he headed to West Point to take a position in the Army band. But before leaving, Joe gave Vance the name and number of every trumpeter and band leader in the city. "I never forgot how great he sounded, or that act of generosity and kindness." Gross has since relocated to Nashville, and the two reconnected a couple of years ago. They will perform together for the first time in a free concert at the Red Piano Lounge!

Bijou Theatre: Christopher Titus

Category: Comedy

Employing what he's labeled 'hard funny,' Christopher Titus has released seven ninety-minute albums in as many years. He has six one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central, and his seventh special, Born With a Defect, is set to premiere in 2017. Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life and family, Titus takes his audience on a 90-minute ride that will leave them exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus' shows, is to love him. This show will sell out, so get tickets now!

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

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Winter Stargazing Session

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage and Science, nature

Join us at Marble Springs for our winter nighttime viewing session. This session will be lead by Gary Noland, adjunct instructor of Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. Guests will meet at the cottage where they will begin with a discussion about navigating from constellations. The stargazing will begin at about 7 pm and go until 9 pm where guests will search for night sky landmarks such as winter constellations as well as identifying planets that are visible during the winter months. Participation in our nighttime viewing sessions is a $1 donation per person. Details are subject to change.

All nighttime viewing sessions will take place at Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Jered Sprecher: Outside In

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Knoxville Museum of Art announces a new contemporary exhibition, Outside In, by Jered Sprecher. Sprecher lives in Knoxville and is a professor with the University of Tennessee’s School of Art. He enjoys a growing national reputation as one of the leading representative of a generation of contemporary painters dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. He describes himself as a “hunter and gatherer,” pulling his imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays.

Preview reception: January 26, 5:30-7:30 PM

Outside In reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher’s recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery, and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist’s examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.

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,

Tennessee Theatre: 42nd Street

Category: Comedy, Music and Theatre

Part of the 2016-2017 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre season!

The season continues in the New Year with the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42ND STREET. The song and dance combines the fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

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