Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops

January 23rd Workshop (Cyanotype Prints) 11AM-2PM - Learn one of the original photographic processes! Cyanotype is one of the oldest printing processes invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one of a kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. A materials fee of $40 is due at or before the event. This class is limited to 5* participants. Be sure to register for the event by Friday, September 11th to secure your spot! You can pay in person or online. See additional details and sign up for the class here!

January 30th Workshop (Camera For Christmas) 11AM-2PM - Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Do you need some help figuring out all the buttons, dials, controls and settings? Many first time photographers have the same questions! What are all those settings for anyway? Do you need a computer? Or for film photographers, once they take the pictures, how do they develop them? Let The Knoxville Community Darkroom make it easy for you! Cost is $50 per person. Sign up for the event at the link here!

Tennessee Pirate Fest: Auditions

  • January 23, 2021 — January 30, 2021

Category: Auditions, Festivals & special events, Free event, Music and Theatre

Time to Strut Your Stuff! VIDEO AUDITIONS for street characters for the Tennessee Pirate Fest!
Saturdays, January 23 & 30 from 2-5pm ET.

SEEKING adults of all ages, sizes, and levels to play costumed street characters the our Pirate Fest. Mature minors will be considered if they have theatrical experience and reliable transpiration.

To audition:
1) Review show premise and characters
2) Fill out online contact form
3) For 1st audition, be prepared to:
a) SPEAK in an English and Pirate accent
b) SING any song in your key (1 verse 1 chorus or happy birthday)
c) READ for characters that interest you (see buttons for scripts below)
d) DEMONSTRATE MOVEMENT (if interested in choreography)

4) Contact Barrie the entertainment director at or 865-466-1902 to schedule a time to audition via Facebook Messenger Video. (Sat 1/23 & 1/30 2:00-5:00 pm ET). 15 minute slots for returning actors, 30 minute slots for new actors.

​NOTE: If you pass the first audition, you will either be cast in a general role to start (e.g. pirate, socialite, marine) OR invited to call backs to read with other actors to determine your specific part in the ensemble. Continued refinement of all characters will occur during rehearsals.

NOTE: The roles of Captain Jean Lafitte and Captain Chaz Bell have been cast.

Click on link for 2021 scenario, characters, audition form & dialogue.

UT Gardens class: Winter Tree Identification Class 2

  • January 23, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Class 2: January 23rd from 9am-11am

Do you love trees? Do you love them so much that you’ve wished you could identify them during the dead of winter? Look no further – we have a class for you! Join Alice Kimbrell, UT Gardens Volunteer Coordinator, Horticulturist and avid tree lover as she takes you through the garden in winter. In this class, we will learn the basic anatomy of trees and will look at different ways to identify several plant species during their dormancy with their bark, fruit, buds and more. You’ll be surprised how much you can identify during winter! Be sure to wear comfy walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing as these plant walks are entirely outside.

It is recommended to enroll in both tree identification courses for the best experience, though you may opt to just register for one of the classes.

Cost: Only Class 2 on January 23rd: Garden member $20.00/ Nonmember $25.00

*Classes are scheduled to be in person. All attendees will be expected to follow University of Tennessee COVID-19 guidelines which include wearing face mask and completing a UTK screening for visitors form and bring it to class (click here for a copy of the form). Classes may move virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of classes going virtual, participants will be given a garden kit with garden materials to compete the class at home. For more information on University of Tennessee’s COVID-19 event guidelines click here. Stock number: I121000037
Price: $45.00

Ijams Nature Center: Trail Maintenance Workday

Category: Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Trail Maintenance Workday (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Jan 23, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Mead's Quarry Parking Lot, 3518 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
Learn what it takes to maintain a trail!**

Learn More 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,

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center: Winter Heritage Festival

Category: Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, History & heritage, Kids & family, Literature & readings and Music

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is proud to present the 2021 Winter Heritage Festival.

Join us on Saturday, January 23rd for a series of demonstrations, storytelling, and live music in our historic village. Among the demonstrations you will see are open-hearth cooking, weaving, spinning, and blacksmithing.

We're also very pleased to welcome Joshua, Daniel, and Noah Smith--The Sons of Liberty! These classically trained violinists are dedicated to connecting audiences with their extraordinary history, from the elevated homes of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington to the frontier forts of Kentucky and Tennessee. The brothers perform their dynamic arrangements of authentic 18th Century music, ranging from rousing jigs and reels to tasteful classical selections. They will be on the grounds throughout the day but will be performing 30-minutes sets at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Join us as we celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains. Unfortunately, our friends at the Cades Cove Preservation Association will not be able to join us this year, but we certainly will include information pertaining to Cades Cove in the day's events.

The normal admission rates will apply: $10 per adult, $8 per senior adult, and $7 per child ages 6 to 17 years. Children 5 and under will receive free admission. For more information, please contact us at 865-448-0044.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 3/4 mile east of traffic light at the Highway 321 and 73 intersection towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN. Hours: M-Sa 10-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Snow Queen

Category: Kids & family and Theatre

The play will be performed Thursdays at 7 PM, Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

Snow Queen is adapted from the original famous story by Hans Christian Andersen. This is the story of Gerda, a little girl who searches for her friend Kay when she is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda's innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. With their help, Gerda travels to the Far North and confronts the Snow Queen in her ice palace in a struggle to save Kay’s life.

KCT Alumna Ashlee Latimer will direct the production.

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

WDVX: Live From Home with Thomm Jutz

Category: Music

This Winter WDVX will continue presenting Real Live Music wherever you may be. Please join us for the “Live From Home” series featuring artists from their home settings, studio and more.

Thomm Jutz - part of our Bluegrass Series

January 22, 7pm - available for viewing until January 28.

All the concerts predominately benefit the artists with WDVX taking a smaller share of the ticket proceeds. To purchase tickets,

Ewing Gallery: Learning from Piranesi: Architectural Representation and Tectonics

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and History & heritage

In January 2021, an exhibit opens that celebrates and conveys the influence of the respected Roman architect, Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

The exhibit, Learning from Piranesi: Architectural Representation and Tectonics, will be on display at the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture Jan. 20-Feb. 17, 2021.

The exhibit celebrates the 300th birth anniversary of Piranesi. Born in Venice and contributing to architecture around the world, Piranesi (1720-78) was an architect, delineator and theorist. His work has influenced generations of architects and painters during his own time and centuries later.

Piranesi produced as many as 4 million etchings from 1,000 copper plates. The exhibit is organized around these etchings and focuses on Piranesi’s many studies of ancient Roman construction techniques published in several of his major collected works.

The exhibit also includes works from Jacques Callot (1592-1635), Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) and Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782) as well as contemporaneous works of former fellows of the American Academy of Rome and of future architects.

The exhibit was curated by George Dodds, Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Design, and designed by Louis Gauci, principal of Louis Emmanuel Gauci Architecture & Design.

Due to health and safety restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, Ewing Gallery has instituted visitation protocols. Visitors should review the information before arriving at the gallery and contact Ewing Gallery for updates before traveling to Knoxville.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Souper Bowl 2021 & Soup Drive

  • January 18, 2021 — February 5, 2021

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

It seems Souper Bowl is on many a mind these days. We appreciate all the calls asking if, and how, we intend to continue this beloved event. As may of you have requested, we do plan to continue the event but, as you know, circumstances dictate it must be much changed from previous years. Our main focus is keeping our patrons safe while creating a little bit of normalcy in our lives. We hope you agree our newly envisioned Souper Bowl will spread the wealth of beautiful bowls, help market our food vending partners, and give the community some respite from the “pandemic pandemonium”.

Souper Bowl 2021, as in previous versions, will offer a beautiful selection of bowls for our guests to view and select. Current plans are for bowls to be available over three or more weeks to view and select in our foyer gallery between January 18 and February 5. For safety, viewings will be in limited numbers and require masks. We will give you vinyl gloves to wear while you are perusing the array of colors, patterns and sizes of bowls. Since we cannot host a crowd to come eat together, vendors will be offering coupons for various items or amounts, so guests may join them in their facilities as possible or for carry out. Guests will be able to choose the coupon that appeals to them just as they were able to choose soups. We hope this will prove to be a win for guests as they get out and select a gorgeous bowl and coupon, a win for the vendors as you patronize them, and a win for the Art Center as it will raise desperately needed funds!

And while we will miss our community soup dinner, we realize there are those in our community who may be struggling, especially in the pandemic. So, this year, instead of getting soup, we hope you will help us help our community . We ask our members and friends who can, to bring a can or cans of soup to the Art Center when selecting their bowls. Donations of soup will be given to a local food bank to assist those who may be struggling in the time of Covid. Please, help us help our community!

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Blue Heron Art Collective: Classes for Kids

  • January 13, 2021 — January 27, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops, Exhibitions & visual art and Kids & family

Online, live, interactive classes featuring how-to videos with art teachers Karen Bertollini and Betsy Hobkirk.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY? Save your cardboard for this GREAT Session! It’s all about recycling, constructing and ART! Hang on to cardboard boxes such as packaging, food boxes, any sort of roll, and cardboard egg cartons to prepare for this class.

One of the most important elements of our Sessions is our How-To videos. Our students can watch these videos at their own pace during the 3-week session. Our videos are intended to guide creative thought, rather than show specific step by step instruction. As educators, it is important to us that students create their OWN art, rather than what we think they should do. Our philosophy is to teach for artistic behavior, referred to as CHOICE.
Safe art tool usage is very important to us as well. When needed, we include age appropriate safety videos. Learn more at or

Beardsley Community Farm Benefit: Snow Day(s) 2021 Silent Auction

  • January 11, 2021 — January 31, 2021

Category: Fundraisers

How can we have Snow Day without our silent auction? We're moving things online this year. Visit our website to see dozens of items from your favorite local businesses such as Gypsy Circus Cider, Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Dollywood, Meadowsweet Massage, Highland Manor Inn, and gift baskets from your very own Beardsley Farm! The auction will be live from January 11 at 8am-January 31st at 10pm. The auction link will be posted on January 11th at 8am. Start looking at available items now-->

Snow Day(s) 2021 events:

Nourish Knoxville: Winter Farmers' Market

  • January 9, 2021 — April 17, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, Exhibitions & visual art, Festivals & special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids & family and Science & nature

Every other Saturday, January 9 – April 17, 2021

January 9 & 23
February 6 & 20
March 6 & 20
April 3 & 17

Mary Costa Plaza (outdoors at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum)
500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

The outdoor market will host vendors selling pasture-raised meats, eggs, winter produce, honey, baked goods, artisan crafts, and more on the plaza. Food and coffee trucks will be vending to-go style meals and beverages on Howard Baker Jr. Avenue.

Free parking is available in Garage A, across Howard Baker Jr. Avenue from Mary Costa Plaza. Additional parking is available along Howard Baker Jr. Avenue.

Before visiting the market, please remember: Wear a face-covering while in the market

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