Calendar of Events

Friday, February 19, 2021

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Neverending Story

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.

Bastian, a lonely boy, stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—THE NEVERENDING STORY. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace.


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

Gallery 1010: Mending and Gnawing by Faith Belt and Rose Hamm

Category: Exhibitions & visual art and Free event

Gallery 1010, the UT School of Art student exhibition space, is pleased to present Mending and Gnawing, a collaborative art show by Faith Belt and Rose Hamm. The virtual opening will be held via Zoom from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 19. In-person viewings can be made by appointment from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 20 and 21.

2021 Pinnacle Business Awards

  • February 19, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events

February 19 2021 | 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Register for FREE

Celebrate the 2021 Pinnacle Business Award winners!
About this Event

The 17th annual Pinnacle Business Awards celebrates outstanding regional businesses and business professionals for their impact on regional economic prosperity.

The 2021 Pinnacle Business Award winners are:

Impact Award


Innovator Award sponsored by PureMagic Carwash

Integrity Laboratories

Minority-Owned Business Excellence Award sponsored by Accenture

Boston Government Services, LLC

Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award sponsored by LBMC, P.C.

Barre Skinny, LLC dba Neighborhood Barre

Small Business Excellence Award sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Big Slate Media

Mid-Sized Business Excellence Award

The Trust Company of Tennessee

Large Business Excellence Award

The Christman Company

Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by Rodefer Moss, PLLC

Bobby Haines, Haines Structural Group

UT Gardens class: Planting Cool Season Veggies

  • February 19, 2021

Category: Classes & workshops and Science & nature

Date: February 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m.-12 noon
Class size limit: 15
Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers

Did you know that we can grow plants even during the cold weather? This session will teach you about plants that love cold weather. We will plant a few cool season veggies in the garden, and each participant will get to take home their very own seeds to plant. Join us for some winter gardening fun!

* 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 be moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the event of classes going virtual, participants will be given a garden kit with garden materials to complete the class at home. For more information on University of Tennessee’s COVID-19 event guidelines click here.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Craft Night

Category: Classes & workshops

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021, 6:00 TO 9:00 PM
Enrollment Cost: $50 · Materials provided


Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Virtual Town Hall Meeting - Racial Justice

  • February 19, 2021
  • 4-6 PM

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

Health Care COVID 19
To access the meeting, visit

Pellissippi State + Knoxville Opera: The Black American Musical Experience

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Music

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to celebrate Black History Month next week with a virtual concert featuring Knoxville Opera artists.

Knoxville Opera soprano Adia Evans and baritone Michael Rodgers will present The Black American Musical Experience at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on Pellissippi State’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. The vocalists will be accompanied by pianist Brian Salesky, who also is the artistic director of Knoxville Opera.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s Blount County, Division Street, Magnolia Avenue and Strawberry Plains campuses. The deans of the four campuses wanted to host a virtual event to celebrate Black History Month.

Partnering with Knoxville Opera to record the concert so that it can be presented virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic also gave Pellissippi State students in the Media Technologies/Audio Production Engineering program the opportunity to practice their skills on a real project, she added. For more information about other Pellissippi State events celebrating Black History Month, visit

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: Instructor Roundtable Discussion

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


Arrowmont Instructor Roundtable returns for a conversation about craft that spans history: ANCIENT TO CONTEMPORARY. We invite you to join the discussion!

February 19, 2021 |12:00 - 1:15 pm EST | Click here to participate!
In this Instructor Roundtable discussion, three 2021 instructors share how historic techniques, approaches or concepts inform their creative work. Join the conversation to discuss taking craft practice from Ancient to Contemporary. Featuring:

• Alicia Goodwin, jeweler and sculptural designer
• Beth Ireland, woodturner, sculptor and instrument maker
• Lynette D. Youson, sweetgrass basket weaver

For more information and to see more Roundtable discussion videos, visit



Alicia Goodwin is a jewelry designer based in Chicago who creates her work under the line title of Lingua Nigra. She holds two Associates of Applied Science degrees in Fashion Design and Jewelry Design from the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Cultural Anthropology from City College of New York Hunter College. Goodwin’s work explores the randomness of nature, with uncontrolled texture techniques as well as an unusual design development method of assembling items as though they are collages.

Beth Ireland lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida where her studio provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. She earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo and an MFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the three-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Lynette D. Youson is a fifth generation sweetgrass basket weaver from the low country of South Carolina and a sweetgrass after-school instructor. She started weaving as a child, learning her craft from her great-grandmother, and has continued to weave with her mother for over 45 years. Youson is dedicated to sharing the historical importance of this ancient art form. She has appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. One of her Rice Fanner Basket is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Facebook: @sweetgrasscreationsbylynette

Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy: The Future of Policing in America

  • February 19, 2021

Category: Free event and Lectures & discussions

Baker Cafe: The Future of Policing in America
The question isn’t new, but after recent clashes between law enforcement and protestors across the country, providing workable answers seems more urgent than ever: What reforms are available to improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve?

In many communities, the police have become first responders for issues connected to poverty, lack of housing, mental illness and addiction. Added to these additional responsibilities are officers who exercise excessive use of force and calls to defund the police, which have further stressed an already strained relationship between citizens and the police.

The Baker Cafe Series is an informal discussion about various topics. Guests are encouraged to ask questions that pertain to the topic and gain insight straight from the experts. Former federal law enforcement officer and major crimes prosecutor, Joe Jarret, will discuss the future of policing in America and the changes that must be made to create a culture of mutual trust between the police and the communities they serve.

This virtual event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 19 at 10:00am

Cotton Eyed Joe: Southern Justis concert

  • February 19, 2021

Category: Music

Southern Justis, Corey Wise and Page Mackenzie performing at Cotton Eyed Joe.

February 19, 6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Advance tickets $20.00
* 18 and up welcome

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.

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