Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Marble City Opera: YouTube Features for Royal Flush

Category: Free event, Literature & readings, Music and Theatre

Feb 18. Youtube - Behind the Scenes Royal Flush
Feb 25. Youtube - Live Text Reading, Royal Flush
March 4. Youtube - Royal Flush Preview

A one-act opera, Royal Flush is a comic piece interspersed with touching and vulnerable moments for all five singers. Four sisters (either by blood or common experience) size each other up over one hand of Poker. The fifth - their "Mother" - manages the proceedings, calls the game, and calmly deals.

With each card, one of the four sisters reflects on the hand they are dealt - both in the game, and in their lives - and in the process, reveals their "tell." The stubbornness and competitiveness of the four sisters push them all to advance terrible hands, while the dealer quietly assembles a Royal Flush. At the showdown, the Mother/dealer calls them all out, identifying their tells (which they didn't know they were showing) and advising them to "be kind to each other, because you're never alone."

Marble City Opera: 646-217-1580,

UT School of Art: Artist Talk with Cassils - The Body as Social Sculpture

Category: Exhibitions & visual art, Free event and Lectures & discussions

Cassils is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes.

Originally from Toronto and Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Cassils currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. They earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and their BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Cassils has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Visual Artist Award and a United States Artists Fellowship.

“Cassils – The Body as Social Sculpture” will be primarily a public lecture, but will also include some small group discussions with students, faculty and staff from the LGBTQ community. This event is part of ongoing effort to increase the number of diversity and inclusion programming events in the School of Art. Through arts and culture, we seek to increase visibility
for marginalized communities especially our trans students who need more support and allyship.

Via Zoom, Feb 18, 7:30 PM. Register at

East Tennessee Opioid Conference

  • February 18, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and Health & wellness

We are thrilled to announce the date for the Fourth Annual East Tennessee Opioid Conference presented by Cigna! Mark your calendars to join us VIRTUALLY on February 18, 2021.

Registration will be announced in the coming weeks. We look forward to having you all join us this year in our virtual platform! #CignaTN

The Maker City: Maker Meet-in: Maker Meet-in: Creating Digital Workshops

  • February 18, 2021
  • 6-7 PM

Category: Classes & workshops

Taking your wisdom online is more than setting up a zoom link. Presented by Kelly Sullivan, Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center. Kelly, online workshop extraordinaire, has perfected the art of taking creative learning virtual. Learn how to create videos on a budget, how to get supplies and information to participants and weigh your platform options between Zoom and Recorded Videos. This session is FREE. Please register through the Eventbrite link to receive the zoom address in your confirmation email.

Kelly Sullivan is currently the Arts Specialist, Sr. at Knoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center. In her role there she does arts programming and has had to switch gears from in-person learning to on-line classes a few times in the last year. She also teaches on-line art classes to other community organizations including the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee. She actually has enjoyed figuring out the ins and outs of the on-line format and how to bring creative learning to people in her community that cannot or may not be able to take classes.

A MONTHLY VIDEO CALL TO CONNECT MAKERS! These virtual gatherings are designed to provide makers, small business owners, and the community with education, connection, and inspiration as we all practice social distancing. Each month we’ll tackle a topic related to maker businesses, navigating the next set of pivots, or learning new skills through short workshops. All workshops are free and open for anyone to attend. RSVP on our Facebook event to receive reminders.

*Please note all topics are tentative until the hyperlink is attached to the date.
March 19 - Diversity Outreach
April 15 - Crisis Relief
May 20 - Canva Made Easy
June 17 - Grant Writing
July 15 - Maker Business 101
August 19 - Craft Fairs
September - see you at The Maker City Summit!
October 21 - TBD
November 18 - TBD
December 16 - TBD


Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Appalachian Spring

Category: Music

Livestream from the Tennessee Theatre - Thursday, February 18th, 7:30pm

Experience Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring in its original version for 13 instrumentalists!
Broadcast live from the Tennessee Theatre, this concert showcases music by American masters: Pulitzer prize winner Caroline Shaw, the legendary “Dean of Afro-American composers” William Grant Still, and icon Aaron Copland. Mozart’s delightful Divertimento rounds out the program.

Shaw Entre’acte
Still Serenade
Mozart Divertimento No. 1, K. 136 in D major
Copland Appalachian Spring

To receive the mobile version of the Digital Program Book: text “soldier” to 865-270-0091

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: Green Heron Compost talk

  • February 18, 2021
  • 10 AM

Category: Free event, Health & wellness, Lectures & discussions and Science & nature

Join us for the kick-off of our Thursday Talks series!

For our first webinar in our series, we will be joined by Kat McDearis from Green Heron Compost. Kat will go over everything compost, including how you can get started composting in your own home!

Be sure to sign up for the webinar, you will need to register in advance. We look forward to digging into compost with you!

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites you to experience the 20th Sevier County Biennial Juried Exhibition. This exhibition is a juried, mixed media art exhibition presented by Arrowmont to recognize and foster the skills and talents of artists and makers who call the region of Sevier County home.

Features 76 original works created by 51 Sevier County, Tennessee artists. This is the first show open to visitors since the onset of the pandemic. You may schedule your gallery appointment on Arrowmont’s website at or contact Gallery Manager Kelsey Dillow at 865-436-5860,

Mary Welch Thompson, award-winning basket weaver, juried the 20th Sevier County Biennial. She said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. Viewing this art let me forget for a short time. I had fun; it has been a learning experience and a challenge to select the Best of Show and the Awards of Merit pieces. The vibrant colors and imagination really stood out, paying tribute to the beauty of our natural surroundings, our mountain home.”

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes & workshops and Exhibitions & visual art

February 13th 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 Thursday, Feb 11th to secure your spot!

February 23rd Class (Learning Series - The Negative) 6PM-8PM - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

February 24th (Learning Series - The Print) 6PM-8PM - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall. Pricing for this individual class is $60. This class is limited to 3 participants.

Dogwood Arts: House & Garden Show

Category: Festivals & special events and Free event

The Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show which will return as an entirely virtual event in 2021. The event is completely free to attend and will be accessible online February 12th through March 14th on our brand new website,

For over forty years, the Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show has showcased the latest trends in home improvement, landscape design, decor, and more. The 2021 event will be no exception and will offer attendees the opportunity to engage with quality vendors without fear of safety and health concerns.

Attendees can attend Virtual Expert Sessions via Zoom, browse a comprehensive Exhibitor Directory, and save hundreds on their next home projects by taking advantage of our exclusive Show Specials––all from the comfort of home.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Flying Anvil Theatre: Re-Releases 2020 Virtual Theatre Season On-Demand

Category: Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre is rereleasing two shows from their 2020 virtual season as on-demand streaming videos on February 12-22. Streaming passes for the shows The Deadline and Branching Out are available starting on the 12th via their website,

The first on-demand offering is the original comedy Branching Out , by Jayne Morgan. Three bickering 60-something, White siblings discover they have a Black, much younger, half-sister during a family Zoom call. The three redefine their family tree in this adult comedy. Some mature language is used, themes are appropriate for high-school and up.

The next on-demand feature is the Halloween favorite The Deadline . Flying Anvil experiments with a new genre, the Horror Zoom, in this virtual production. Audience members follow a group of co-workers as their typical business meeting turns into something more sinister when strange lights and sounds start to disrupt their technology. This innovative and unexpected thriller is suitable for any audience that enjoys having their spine tingled.

“We’ve gotten many requests to make these shows available,” says Artistic Director Jayne Morgan. “We are happy to give our patrons the chance to enjoy the shows again and even binge them back to back. We are so lucky to have actors and creators who were willing to work with us while we learned the ropes of virtual live-theatre. It’s great that we can show their hard work again online.”

Get scared from The Deadline and then refreshed with Branching Out from February 12th to the 21st.
Each on-demand show is available at starting February 12th.
Tickets are recommended at $10, but audience members can choose their own price with “Pay What You Can'' starting at $1.

Centro Hispano: Spanish Conversation Table

  • February 11, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops, Festivals & special events and Free event

Looking to practice your Spanish? We’d love for you to join us for our virtual Spanish Conversation Table each Thursday from 6-8 p.m! This weekly gathering led by expert Argentine language instructor Inés Gadea is the perfect opportunity for speakers of all levels to practice their Spanish with a native speaker in a fun, casual and comfortable fashion. Learn more and register here.

O'Brien Art Gallery: The Sacred, the Secular, and the Space In Between

  • February 7, 2021 — March 27, 2021

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

The Sacred, the Secular, and the Space In Between: African-American Vernacular Art from the Collection of Michael D. Hill

This exhibit showcases the work of self-taught African American artists who examine the intersections of spirituality and material culture. Guided by a compulsion, in some cases even what might be seen as a divine calling, to create, they produced paintings, sculpture, and utilitarian objects that are startlingly powerful in both their aesthetic forms and the life force they channel. Among the artists featured in this exhibit are Mose Tolliver, David Butler, Lonnie Holley, and Mary T. Smith. Their work may also be found in such prominent collections as the High Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Guided gallery tours by Michael D. Hill will be held throughout the month. For more information, please contact Bryan Wilkerson at 865-354-3000 x4788 or by email at

O'Brien Art Gallery at Roane State Community College, OBrien Building room 276 Patton Lane Harriman, TN 37748

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