Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: The Nutcracker

  • November 20, 2021 — November 21, 2021

Category: Dance, movement and Kids, family

Time: Sat at 2 PM & 7:30 PM and Sun at 2 PM
Location: Oak Ridge HS Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

ORCBA will begin it’s 58th season with our annual production of The Nutcracker at Oak Ridge HS Performing Arts Center. Performances are Saturday, November 20 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, November 21 at 2:00pm. Special guest artists Courtney Walker and Francisco Aguilar of The Georgia Ballet and Murillo Barbosa of Golden State Ballet. Tickets may be purchased via or at the box office the day of the performance.

Contact: Cyndy Wills, 732-423-3071,

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra

Category: Kids, family and Music

Saturday, November 20, 7:30 PM

Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra: Musical Soundscapes with guest soloists Shelby Shankland, flute; Karen Kartal, violin; and Malcolm Matthews, harpsichord

How do sounds and music define a sense of place? Journey with Music Director Dan Allcott, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and the music of composers Jennifer Jolley, Takuma Itoh (photo credit Ben Ferrari), Gabriela Lena Frank, and J. S. Bach as their musical soundscapes take you around the world, throughout time, and wherever your imagination takes you. The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under. Soloists Shelby Shankland, flute; Karen Kartal, violin; and Malcolm Matthews, harpsichord, add to the adventure.

Youth Interest: Live orchestra music. Solo violin, flute, clarinet, harpsichord. Music depicting Hawaii, the Andes in South America, Europe, and wherever your imagine takes you. Professional music careers. Women composers. Living composers. Family friendly. All subscription concerts feature at least one composition by a composer from an underrepresented group, i.e. women and people of color.

Admission: General admission seating. Adult $25. Young Adult (19-29) $10. Admission is free for Youths 18 and under. Tickets for Youths and Adults are available at the door, by phone at (865) 483-5569, or at Masks and social distancing are required.

Venues, programs, and artists subject to change or cancellation depending on health guidelines.

Free admission for chaperones of youth groups of 5 or more. Chaperones must call or email to reserve by 3:00 PM on the Thursday prior to the concert.

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN
Website link for more information:
Contact phone: (865) 483-5569

Tennessee Stage Company: Shakespeare Out Loud, Merry Wives: Drunken Edition

Category: Comedy, Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual

The Tennessee Stage Company will present our second installment of Shakespeare Out Loud Virtual Programming this November on Zoom, with select performances simulcast on Facebook Live. These performances are free to sign up for, although donations are welcome.

November 20th, 2021
Merry Wives: Drunken Edition
Pre-Show 7 pm EST
Showtime: 7:30 pm EST

After the sold-out showing of our MACBETH: Drunken Edition, we somehow convinced a whole new set of actors to come do The Merry Wives of Windsor in front of a live audience, while drinking their preferred nightcap. Will Mistress Ford make it through? Will our Falstaff have to tag out? Follow Shakespeare’s famous drunkard Falstaff as he tries to woo two of the wittiest housewives in town—who happen to be best friends and up for a whole lot of mischief. Due to the nature of live theatre being done by actors who are imbibing, this show will not be broadcast outside of the Zoom webinar—so be sure to register today and have your favorite cocktails ready to go!

Tennessee Stage Company: 865-546-4280,

Oak Ridge Playhouse: It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play

Category: Theatre

It’s Christmas Eve 1946 and WBFR Radio is broadcasting live from their luxurious New York studio overlooking Manhattan. The airwaves of America are alive with this year’s holiday program when WBFR’s troupe of stars brings you an evening of comedy and music, and treat you to a radio presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” featuring six performers taking on the dozens of characters in the charming and heartwarming classic tale of how the angel Clarence got his wings!

The show is sponsored by GREATER SUM VENTURES and features some of our best-known performers including Josh Bigwood, Anna Elizabeth Gant, Chad Burchett, Marybeth Davis, Sheila Michel, Braxton Kiser, Kathy Tallent, Kirk Hoxie, and Reggie Law.

As we continue to navigate our way through COVID-19 safety measures, seating will be limited due to social distancing. Masks will be required for audience, volunteers, and staff.

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

Backroads Market: Christmas Open House

  • November 19, 2021 — November 20, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Coffee - home goods - gifts
It’s Christmas time at Backroads Market!!
Our little elves are working hard to get the store ready for holiday cheer! So save the date and follow us on IG or FB for more updates!

Backroads Market, 514 Walker Street, Knoxville, TN 37919

Ewing Gallery: WORKFORCE

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

November 15 - December 7, 2021

The Ewing Gallery is pleased to present the art of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Join us Monday, November 15 - 4:30 - 7pm for a reception for WORKFORCE, an exhibition of staff members working in the Art + Architecture Building. Exhibiting staff are: Mike C. Berry, Eric Cagley, Elysia Mann, Baxter Stults, Emory White, Ronda Wright, Whitney Caruthers, Casey Fletcher, Jeremy Hammond, Anders Van Harpen Nienstaedt, and Stephanie Phillips. Individually wrapped refreshments will be provided.

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

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Flying Anvil Theatre: The Thanksgiving Play

  • November 11, 2021 — November 28, 2021

Category: Comedy and Theatre

November 11-28
Thurs-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scramble to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The play is directed by David Ratliff, who previously directed two of Flying Anvil’s original Zoom plays in 2020. He says the show, written by a member of the Lakota nation, is topical, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud funny, but also connects with the history of this area. ““Here in East Tennessee, we’re surrounded by Native American place names, because this was Yuchi, Muskogee Creek, and Cherokee land. But we hardly take note of it. This play offers us a chance to see this holiday in a new way while also poking fun at the worst parts of our own best intentions.”

The cast of local actors includes Mitch Moore, Celeste Pelletier, David Hutto and Amber Collins Crane. Edina Bobreck is the costume designer, Jordan Vera designs lighting with set by Jax Wright and props by Jordan McCready. Randy Thompson is stage manager.

The Thanksgiving Play continues Flying Anvil’s commitment to reopening safely. The theatre requires everyone to show a vaccination card or negative Covid test and wear masks within the space. In addition, only 60 seats are sold for each performance, so audience members can distance themselves within the theatre.

There is a Pay What You Can preview on November 10 and shows Thursday through Sunday through Nov 28.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @flyinganviltheatre

Tennessee Environmental Council: Eco Challenge

  • November 8, 2021 — December 8, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Science, nature

Participate in Tennessee Environmental Council's Eco Challenge for a chance to win!

Until December 8th, you can get points for doing many of the sustainable actions you take on a normal basis and by pushing yourself to level up. Tennessee Environmental Council is hosting an exciting challenge from now until December 8th. Earn points for planting a native plant, calling up junk mail senders, refilling with KnoxFill (wink, wink), and so much more!

How to Participate:
- Register on their website at
- Report your action items to earn points. The more actions you take, the more chances you have to win some of their awesome prizes!
- Check the leaderboard and tune in on December 10 (and keep an eye on your email) to see if you won!

AIDS Memorial Quilt: UT campus-wide Display

  • November 8, 2021 — December 3, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events and Free event

Join the Pride Center and our several hosting locations for a cross-campus, month-long public display of eight blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

See below for the list of display sites and relevant visitation information (dates and hours per location coming soon!):

Ewing Gallery in A&A (1715 Volunteer Blvd)
Student Union Gallery (1502 Cumberland Ave)
McClung Museum Lobby (1327 Circle Park)
The fourth and fifth floors of Bailey Education Complex (1122 Volunteer Blvd)
College of Veterinary Medicine (2407 River Drive)

Parking information can be found online. Free parking is available in Circle Park throughout the day, and free parking is available in staff lots (including the lots by Neyland Stadium and the Clarence Brown Theater) after 4pm.

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The Bottom: Strips & Strangs: String Quilting Workshops with Gary White

  • November 6, 2021 — November 20, 2021

Category: Classes, workshops, Fine Crafts and History, heritage

A three weekend course designed for beginners & experts alike. We'll explore the history of string quilts, the importance of quilting within the African American/Southern experience, and will create our own unique string quilt blocks that will be assembled in a culminating community quilting bee!

Nov 6, 13 or 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Knoxville, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, USA

Workshop leader Gary White, a native of Nashville, received his Bachelors of Fine Arts at Watkins College of Art and Design in 2011 and is currently pursuing his MFA at UTK. His works have been included in solo shows and group exhibitions throughout the country, and are inspired by the rich complex history of the American South, from the perspective of a multi-ethnic southern experience. A category of which he has termed the “Other”. His work pays homage to the past and celebrates the present. He gathers inspiration from histories, life ways, Ancestors, tribal traditions, folklore, and religious practices to create hybrid archetypes.

The workshop will not only allow your creativity to blossom, but will also strengthen the goal of the Bottom Knoxville in Building community and in maintaining and holding Cultural space. A community Quilting Bee (quilting the quilt together) will take place after the individual blocks have been pieced together.

Participants will:
-Create Eight 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 blocks using strips of fabric to complete each block.
-Learn the history and cultural importance of the string quilt piecing technique.
-Be able to continue making string quilt blocks independently, thus carrying on the tradition of string quilts into the 21 st century.

Tri-Star Arts: Emotional Architecture

  • November 5, 2021 — December 11, 2021

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts announces a new exhibition in their Golden Chain Gallery project space located at the historic Candoro Marble Building. Emotional Architecture, composed of 5 new paintings by Zahar Vaks (Brooklyn, NY) opens on Friday, November 5, and will run through Saturday, December 11, 2021. This site-specific exhibition has been installed within the unusual architectural space of a steep wooden stairwell. A public reception will be held on Friday, November 5 from 5:00- 8:00 pm with the artist in attendance.

These exhibitions will be open to the public alongside iconic spaces within the Candoro Marble Building (located in the Vestal neighborhood of Knoxville). The use of masks and social distancing is encouraged.

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5. Information:

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: People’s Choice Art Show

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

The public is invited to the opening reception of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade’s annual People’s Choice Art Show. This free event will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Art Center, 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. All in attendance can view a wide variety of show entries and cast their ballots for their favorite artworks. If unable to attend the reception, the public can come during regular hours between November 6 through the 25 to vote. Atlas Real Estate of Crossville, Tennessee is sponsoring this event.
Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served during the November 5th opening reception. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first through fifth place winners at the awards ceremony on December 3, 2021. The popular tradition of handmade award ribbons will continue, thanks to a committee of talented Art Guild artists who create the ribbons. Each ribbon will be a treasured small piece of art for the winning artists.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 4 PM. Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

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