Calendar of Events
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tennessee Theatre: A Drag Queen Christmas
Shora Foundation: Soul Brunch fundraiser
It's Shora Foundation's Inaugural Fundraiser, Soul Brunch. Eat, Drink, Be Merry!
Tickets are $125 – $5,000
Shora is excited about its Inaugural Soul Brunch Fundraiser that will be held on November 21st from 12:00 - 4:00 at The Emporium Center on Gay Street. The Soul Brunch is a fundraiser celebrating our city's Black youth and entrepreneurs. While attire is business casual, there's nothing casual about this event. With great food from amazing Black chefs, Chef Mo and Meik Meals, a party rocking DJ, J3Entertainment, tasty cocktails, and live performances by Knoxville's very own Brian Clay, the Soul Brunch will be like nothing you have experienced before.
It's definitely the day party you don't want to miss. While supporting Shora Foundation's mission, to create a safe place culture for those in under-resourced areas by creating opportunities and transforming communities.
Sould Brunch will feature Black food makers, artists, and creatives. Food, wine, spirits, live music, OH MY!!! It is sure to be a good time.
Shora provides youth programming and economic development resources for entrepreneurs in East Knoxville. The organization's leaders advocate for economic equity for those in the margins. Learn more about Shora Foundation at www.shorafoundation.org for youth programming and www.shorarootscollective.org for economic development.
Retropolitan Craft Fair
November 21, 2021
The Mill and Mine
227 West Depot Avenue
The Retropolitan Craft Fair is a hand selected indie-craft marketplace featuring the South East’s finest talents in contemporary craft and design while also incorporating upcycled goods with a funky, vintage inspired, and fabulously quirky vibe. The Retropolitan Craft Fair has been bringing indie-craft markets to the Knoxville area twice a year since 2014.
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: The Nutcracker
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 www.orcba.org or at the box office the day of the performance.
Contact: Cyndy Wills, 732-423-3071, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oak Ridge Playhouse: It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
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, www.orplayhouse.com
Ewing Gallery: WORKFORCE
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, www.ewing-gallery.utk.edu
For more general information on the quilt, check out www.aidsmemorial.org.
Flying Anvil Theatre: The Thanksgiving Play
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, www.flyinganviltheatre.com. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @flyinganviltheatre
Tennessee Environmental Council: Eco Challenge
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 https://www.tectn.org/ecochallenge.html
- 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
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.
For more general information on the quilt, check out www.aidsmemorial.org.
Art Market Gallery: Featuring Roger Hankins and Jennifer Lindsay
NOVEMBER Featured Artists
Roger Hankins – Oil Painting
Jennifer Lindsay – Beaded Jewelry
First Friday Reception: November 5, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Roger Hankins, Oil Painter
Roger Hankins, born in Shreveport, LA, after World War II, is the sixth generation of family in Greene County, TN. He trained as an architect at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and graduated with honors in 1970. His architectural experiences included teaching at the School of Architecture, working in New York City, and partnering design build construction and private consulting. Good design brought within designated budgets were his goal and trademark. In the mid 1990’s Roger turned his attention to fine crafts, where he once again excelled in design and building. His architectural birdhouses were exhibited and sought after by collectors attending fine art and craft shows nationwide, including The Smithsonian Craft Show. His work was accepted into the highly regarded Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Pursuing his love of oil painting, he took private classes under a noted local artist and returned to university to earn a minor in fine art. Roger’s distinctive brush work and compositional excellence make his oil painting highly sought to grace the walls of homes and businesses through out the region.
Jennifer Lindsay, Beaded Jewelry
Artist Jennifer Lindsay fashions unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces using various beading techniques and imported seed beads, focal beads, semi-precious stones or crystals. She says that she gets her inspiration “from everywhere-architecture, gardens and historical customs.”
Closed on Thanksgiving Day; open Mondays in November.
Awaken Coffee: Featuring Allen Minecci
Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artists Allen Minecci Friday, Nov. 5, from 6-8 pm.
“Being lost has been a theme for my life, on multiple levels. I bring that energy into my art by making things I’ve never seen before but like to imagine existing somewhere out there in the infinite expanse of everything. On one level, I make art to bridge the gap between our limited 3D worldview and the multi-D reality in which we exist.” -Allen
Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!
Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Info: 865-951-0427 or https://www.facebook.com/awakencoffeeoldcity/
John C. Hodges Library: Exhibition by Kara Lockmiller
I am a chromesthete which means I see a vast array of real colors in my mind when I listen to music. I like to think of it as my own personal light show. My goal for each portrait is to let you glimpse music and musicians the way I do. There is a kinship between color and music – both can say what words can not.
I paint in shadowed hues using the grisaille technique. After sketching out my musician in a grayscale underpainting, I add opaque and translucent acrylic colors according to what I see when I listen to their music. They come together like puzzle pieces on my canvas. I DO NOT use editing software or trace my portraits. They are hand drawn according to their highlights and shadows.
I began painting for others in 2017 as an outlet to share all the mesmerizing colors I see. While I can remember the lyrics to almost any song I’ve ever heard, I am most fascinated by the people who pen them.
My 10+ years as a journalist and graphic artist left me with a great understanding of design principles as they relate to color.
I think Wassily Kandinsky said it best: “Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting and … stop thinking. Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to walk about into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”
John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37996