Calendar of Events

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Knoxville Writers' Guild: The Fifth Woman Abridged with Rhea Carmon

Category: Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Join Knoxville poet laureate Rhea Carmon and her collective of poets for The 5th Woman Abridged, a shortened version of their full-length show. They will use music and spoken word to tell the stories and struggles of some women in America during the pandemic. Grab a friend and join us for this energetic online event.

When the founder and executive director, Rhea “RheaSunshine” Carmon, began to express her narrative through the powerful tenet of spoken word poetry twenty years ago, she realized that there is healing to be found in the act of speaking our stories aloud. Poetry creates space for every story to be heard. The 5th Woman Poetry Collective uses poetry as a means of community, activism, and inspiration.

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, August 4.
You will receive an email with the Zoom link the morning after registration closes. (Please check your junk or spam folder early if the email isn't received and notify us before the event starts.)

Thursday, August 5, 7-8 pm
Sign up today!

Bijou Theatre: Heather Land

Category: Comedy, Literature, reading, writing and Music


We're two weeks away from opening our doors for the first full capacity show back and kicking off an amazing fall line-up! Join us for hilarious comedian Heather Land's debut performance at the Bijou. Known for making hysterical videos on Instagram this Tennessee-native's stand-up comedy is not only relatable but no topic goes untouched.

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

Dogwood Arts: Synergy Art Exhibition Closing Reception

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Kids, family

The Dogwood Arts Synergy Exhibition showcasing gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers from across East Tennessee at the Clayton Center for the Arts. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in our schools! All student artwork has been generously professionally framed by our friends at ExpressFrame.

• Gallery Hours: 9am-6pm (Monday - Friday)
• Address: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804

A closing reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts on Thursday, August 5th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. Awards will be presented at 6:30pm.

Clayton Center for the Arts: 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-981-8590,

UT Arboretum Society: How to Build a Screech-Owl Box

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event, Science, nature and Virtual

Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club on Thursday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. EST as we learn how to build a roost box for a screech-owl. Eastern screech-owls are the smallest owls that live in the woods around us. Like any animal they need food, water and shelter. Since they are nocturnal, these owls look for a hollow tree or other safe place to hide and sleep year-round during the day. We will show you some of the important features needed to provide safe habitat when you build a roost box. You provide your own stay-at-home supper, and we provide the nature as local naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales will entertain and teach us via Zoom. There will be a question-and-answer session after the “how to” program. A PDF of the Screech-Owl Box plans will be sent to all those that register for the class.

Please register for this free Zoom Program at  This program will be recorded, and closed captioning is available. Please contact Michelle Campanis at with any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at
In accordance with the University of Tennessee guidelines for COVID-19 precautions, programs are currently being presented online.  Though the UT Arboretum Society’s educational programs are not on-site activities, the UT Arboretum Society is pleased to bring the public some great online options.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of ten outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

Ijams Hallway Gallery Presents: Ame Houston

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Ame Houston is a painter/maker from East Tennessee. Come see her art throughout August in the Ijams Hallway Gallery. Visit Instagram to see more of her fun, fabulous work!

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Ijams Nature Center: Art of Oliver Guerguis

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Oliver Guerguis is an 11-year-old illustrator, doodler and sketcher from Knoxville. This multi-talented, young artist is passionate about helping children with special needs, especially children with autism. You'll find his artwork in the Visitor Center lobby. A portion of the sales from his art will help children with special needs.

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: August Classes & Workshops

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Kids, family

Aug 3-31: Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Classes & Workshops
Tue Aug 3, 10-12: Smorgasbord Class: “Little Marquise Earrings,” with Michalanne Sloan, $30
Tue Aug 10 & 24, 9-12: “Heart of the Sketch” with special guest instructor, Bill Quillen, $80
Fri Aug 13, 1-4: “Digital Painting – The Mystery Solved” with special guest instructor, Dale Turner, $75
Tue Aug 17, 9:30: Monthly Members Meeting
Wed Aug 18, 12-2: Project Discussion, a bi-monthly artwork review session
Thu Aug 19, 1-4: Chain Maille Jewelry “Harvest Bracelet,” with George Gallant, $70
Wed Aug 25, 12-2: Life Drawing, with Dena Whitener, $5
Fri Aug 27, 9-12: “Let’s Make Art Felt” with Cindy Stroud, $70
Tue Aug 31, 9-12: “Drawing Conclusions” with special guest instructor, Bill Quillen, $40
Located at 451 Lakeview Drive in Fairfield Glade (off Peavine Road). 931-707-7249 or

Fountain City Art Guild: Exhibition at Tomato Head

  • August 2, 2021 — August 29, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Members of the Fountain City Art Guild will be exhibiting at Market Square Tomato Head through the month of August.

The mission of the Guild is to create an atmosphere that promotes, encourages, guides, supports, and informs artists in our guild. The Fountain City Art Guild began in 1979 as a group of women who met in the “Art Cellar,” the basement of Chloe Harrington’s home. Most of the Guild members were watercolor artists. For several decades, they were known as the Fountain City Watercolor Guild, and they met in various churches and homes in the community, holding exhibitions in local businesses. In 2000, the Guild voted to allow other 2-D media in their exhibits, and in 2015 members voted to allow nonfunctional 3-D work as well. In 2004, the Guild was instrumental in helping open the Fountain City Art Center at 213 Hotel Avenue, the location of the old Fountain City Library. They welcome creative, committed artists who will bring fresh ideas, energy, and enthusiasm to join the Guild.

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square (865-637-4067) in Knoxville.

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Nunsense

Category: Theatre

by Dan Goggin

What happens when a convent cook (Sister Julia, Child of God) accidentally poisons fifty-two nuns and the order can’t afford to bury the last four? The surviving Sisters raise the money by putting on a show! Their God-given talents are put to the test as they sing, dance, and joke their way through an outrageous evening of hilariously hysterical fun and frolic in our return to live performances! Guaranteed to lift your spirits, you don’t have to be Catholic to love the inspired madness of Nunsense!

Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Fountain City Art Center: Member's Show

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

Our members show is coming up: July 30 – September 15.

Our RECEPTION and show opening will be Sunday, August 1st from 2pm – 4pm! Awards will be announced at 2:30pm.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu-Th 9-5, or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

WDVX: The Swerve

  • July 29, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Music

WDVX is happy to announce the return of “The Swerve” with host Wayne Bledsoe on Thursdays at 6 PM at Barley's in the Old City.

You can also tune in to WDVX on Saturday nights at 11pm, right before Wayne's live radio show "All Over The Road" to hear the recorded "Swerve" show on the air.

200 East Jackson Avenue,

Info: 865-544-1029,

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Online Art Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Fundraisers

Our Art Auction goes live online! From July 28th through the start of the Celebration at Lakeshore Park, you can bid on over forty (!) items from local artists.

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