Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Ewing Gallery: Grant Gibson

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A registered architect and founding principal of CAMESgibson, Inc., Grant Gibson is committed to creating culturally relevant work. Desiring close and lasting relationships, he seeks to work with collaborators and clients equally committed to a more progressive future. He has oversaw the design and construction of a variety of projects, ranging from multi-family housing developments to small art installations to large civic planning initiatives. Prior to the founding of CAMESgibson, his most notable professional work was the development of Wabash Valley’s Urbanscape Furniture and the Sanders Residence in Jefferson City, MO and realizing UN Studio’s design of the Burnham Centennial Pavilion. (All of which was done as a member of Garofalo Architects.)

Gibson graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has prior degrees from Purdue University in Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology.

Engaging the full spectrum of the discipline of architecture, Grant gives equal weight to writing, exhibiting, and teaching. A clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Grant teaches design and building technology courses.

Initiated in 2009 and incorporated a few years later, CAMESgibson, Inc. is not envisioned as a conventional architectural firm or practice. Founded by registered architect and educator Grant Gibson and the fictitious T.E. Cames, the office is best understood as a sustained architectural performance carried out with similar convictions to those held by Gibson’s late mentor, Doug Garofalo. Like (the now defunct) Garofalo Architects was, CAMESgibson is a cultural endeavor that challenges some and enables others to make the world a better place.

The Ewing Gallery is open M-F 10am - 5pm, Thursday evenings until 7:30pm, and Sundays from 1-4pm. Masks are required. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!

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

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

  • October 7, 2021 — October 24, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts, Kids, family and Music

Filling the 150,000 square feet of downtown’s Gatlinburg Convention Center, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed, as these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality-and without duplication. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, and many more unique items.

There is something for everyone at the Fair. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair and Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries provide a free Kid’s Corner during our July fair, with a selection of DIY crafts for our youngest visitors to take home with them. Also be sure to stop by one or all of our daily music shows included with the price of admission. Check out the stage and enjoy contemporary country, bluegrass, and your favorite gospel tunes at 12 and 3 daily.

Concessions are available for sale through the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Oct 7-24, daily 10 AM - 5 PM

The WordPlayers: Big Mama's Kitchen

Category: Theatre

Discover Big Mama’s “magic.” Re-discover the healing power of the performing arts after our Covid-induced hiatus. Performances are on Oct. 7, 8, 14 & 15 @ 7:30 PM and Oct. 10 & 17 @ 2:30 PM at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd., Knoxville. Tickets are $15-$20 except for Thursdays which are Pay What You Wish. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, see or call 865-539-2490.

Big Mama’s kitchen was special, no question — but when Albert and Bethany move into her house to keep the memory of Big Mama alive, they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. This delightful farce introduces us to the wonder of Big Mama, hungry locals who aren’t ready to let go, and the grandson who must find a way to rekindle Big Mama’s loving spirit without letting everything fall apart in the process.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 company of Christian theatre artists. Other programming includes The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Pellissippi State Community College in December.

Facebook: The WordPlayers
Twitter: @wordplayers
Instagram: wordplayers

Tennessee Theatre: The Monkees Farewell Tour

Category: Music


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

The Mill & Mine: Parker McCollum

  • October 7, 2021

Category: Music

Thursday, Oct 7

Breakthrough country artist and "Pretty Heart" singer Parker McCollum is coming to Knoxville on October 7th! The now 27-year-old sensation bridges the gap between Texas' homegrown music scene and Nashville's country-industry headquarters. His songwriting earned him a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Nashville and a recording deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. His current single, "To Be Loved By You" continues to climb the charts. Catch this rising star while you can this October!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Marceaux in Concert

Category: Music

Marceaux synchronously combines classical, jazz, and other genres into entertaining and affecting musical performances. Danny Webber (guitar), Candice Mowbray (guitar), and Anita Thomas (woodwinds) bring their unique individual experiences into creative collaboration as they perform classic and contemporary music, their own arrangements, and original compositions. From the energy of Khachaturian's "Masquerade Waltz" to the joy of Ralph Towner's "Icarus," the nostalgia of classic French melodies, and the evocation of landscapes in Thomas' original composition, "Australian Mood," audiences are led on an inspiring musical journey.

Masks required.

Location: St. John's Cathedral
413 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902

Bijou Theatre: Henry Cho

Category: Comedy


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

Community Church at Tellico Village: Chanticleer

  • October 7, 2021

Category: Music

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. Tickets $10

Tellico Village Community Church
130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN

UT Arboretum Society: 1st Thurs Nature Supper Club - Local Birds of Prey

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Join the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society for our First Thursday Nature Supper Club on Thursday, October 7th, 7:00 p.m. EDT as we learn some quick tips on identifying East Tennessee's eagles, vultures, owls, hawks, and falcons.

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. Often you see a bird of prey at a distance or you only get a fleeting glimpse. You may ask yourself, “Is that large bird a hawk, an eagle or maybe even an osprey?” Stephen Lyn will provide the answers.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Memory Care Art Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Health, wellness

October 07, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Clay Relief Mirrors

This workshop is open to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss.

Participants will explore beginning clay hand building and create ceramic relief mirrors with Tennessee Arts Commission Teaching Artist Annamaria Gundlach in a safe and relaxing environment. No experience necessary. Workshops are free and all supplies are provided.

Space is limited, please call Rosalind Martin at 865.523.6349 to register.

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, masks are required for all museum visitors, and workshop participates regardless of vaccination status.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: Attention-Getting Strategies for Behind-the-Scenes People

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

Join freelance writer and former image consultant Carrie McConkey as she goes back to the basics of what it takes to be a savvy self-marketer, and learn how to get the word out about what you have to offer in a way that feels most comfortable to you.

Owner of Carrie M. Creative, a content and copywriting business, McConkey enjoys helping clients find their written voice through blogs, articles, and website content. In 2020, she was chosen Best Blogger by the American Advertising Federation’s Knoxville Chapter. She is a quarterly contributor to the Knoxville News Sentinel’s magazine and has been published in VIE Magazine, Next Avenue, Everything Knoxville, AICI Global, and Knoxville Style Magazine. She’s a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

As always, programs are free, but you must register by midnight on Wednesday, October 6.
Thursday, October 7, 7-8 pm
Sign up today!

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.)

Heart To Heart concert: Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo

  • October 7, 2021

Category: Free event, Music and Virtual

Heart To Heart - Live Stream Concert: Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo

Join us for an afternoon of fun while enjoying soothing, sophisticated duets on Chinese and Arabic lutes, improvised by virtuosos Gao Hong on the pipa and Issam Rafea on the oud. The Duo won two Gold Medals from the Global Music Awards for their “From Our World to Yours” album in 2020. Artists will play and interact with the audience virtually.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, October 7, 3 PM ET, Student Union Ballroom or Watch it Live (link provided after registration)
272C Ballroom 1502 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916

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