Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church Exhibition: Photographs by David Liles

  • December 8, 2021 — January 20, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Showing 22 images of Landscapes, Abstracts, and Flowers by David G. Liles

809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 483-6761
Hours: M-F 9-4 and Sun 10-12:30

The Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church hosts art exhibitions in the central corridor hall of the church. This not-for-profit gallery programs approximately six exhibitions per year, showcasing regional artists working in a wide variety of styles, media, and genres.

Flying Anvil Theatre: The Big F.A.T. Holiday Cabaret

  • December 8, 2021 — December 31, 2021

Category: Comedy, Music and Theatre

December 8-31
Wed-Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2:00

It’s back! Our wacky original musical arrives just in time to alleviate your holiday stress. From the world’s worst living Christmas tree to a jazzed-up Hanukkah and a distinctly East Tennessee rendition of A Christmas Carol, this musical romp has something for everyone! Featuring new material and old favorites, with a special New Year’s Eve performance. Good for anyone who loves (or secretly hates) the holidays. Good for most everyone.

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

River & Rail Theatre Company: The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph's Baby

Category: Theatre

THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY & JOSEPH’S BABY – meant for the virgin-believing and non-virgin-believing alike, this musical dares to take the nativity story at its word with whimsy, humor, and humanity. There really was a pregnant virgin. There really are shepherds and angels and foreign dignitaries (a.k.a. wise men). There’s a ratty extra room/stable at the inn, and a maniacal, bloodthirsty dictator whose menacing shadow hangs over everything. And obviously, it’s a comedy. When people engage this over-told story on a sincere human level, it bursts with imagination and wonder.

Previews: Dec. 8-9
Performances: Dec. 10-12; Dec. 15-19; Dec. 21-23

River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Q Series

Category: Music

Q Series

Wednesday, December 8th, 12:00pm

Elks Lodge

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the KSO Q Series at The Elks Lodge in West Knoxville for classical music Wednesdays! This concert features a one-hour performance by a KSO String Trio and the KSO Principal Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch.

865-291-3310 or

Random Acts of Flowers: Flowers After Hours

  • December 8, 2021

Category: Fundraisers and Science, nature

olly Jolly Arrangements – December 8
Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your holiday cheer to an floral evening inspired by greenery, vibrant colors and lots of fun winter embellishments. Get ready to sip cocoa, listen to holiday tunes and wear your favorite holiday sweaters!

Looking for a fun and creative way to spend an evening with friends that also allows you to provide a positive impact on your community? Come join us at Flowers After Hours. One of our talented florists will demonstrate how to make a beautiful flower arrangement, then assist you and your friends in doing the same! Music, refreshments and snacks will be available, and feel free to bring your own, too! BYOB for those participating who are over 21.

You’ll make two arrangements using our tools, warehouse space and, of course, flowers. You will fall in love with how much fun it is to create a beautiful recycled arrangement, the Random Acts of Flowers’ way, which means that you’re sharing smiles with others. Attendees get to take home one arrangement each; the rest will go to an individual in a local healthcare facility.

$45 - tickets at

Random Acts of Flowers - Knoxville
2936 Middlebrook Pike · Knoxville, Tennessee 37921

UT Humanities Center Public Books Circle: Pride and Prejudice

  • December 8, 2021

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual

Wednesday, December 8

Hilary Havens, Associate Director of English

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Would you like to attend a terrific book discussion led by a UT expert without leaving your home? Students, faculty, and members of the public are all welcome. With the support of Union Avenue Books, an independent bookstore, we will help you to keep reading and learning at all stages and walks of life. Hosted via Zoom. Our UT faculty read widely and deeply - Join us to hear an expert in the field talk about the major ideas of a text that you have read, and engage in an enlightening discussion! How it works:
+ Check the discussion schedule below to find a book that you really want to read and discuss with others (we hope you choose them all!)
+ Register for the book discussion meeting by clicking on the registration link (you'll be sent a confirmation email with your own unique link to the discussion)
+ Buy a copy of the book (Union Ave Books in downtown Knoxville will be happy to handle your order)
+ Read, enjoy, and join the book discussion online on the date of the event!

Questions at or 865-974-4222 or

Tennessee Theatre: The Beach Boys: Holiday Harmonies

Category: Music


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

Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley: Youth Arts Initiative Holiday Snowcase

  • December 8, 2021

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Join us! Doors open: 5:30pm
Show starts: 6:30pm
Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville, TN 37923

Light refreshments will be served prior to the show. The show is free and open to the public.
Kindly RSVP by December 6 at

Spark: Toy Tech

  • December 8, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events and Kids, family

Santa Claus is coming to Toy Tech!

The local nonprofit Spark is happy to announce the return of its annual Toy Tech event. It will once again provide adapted toys for children with disabilities, from 3-6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Toys will be provided free at a drive-thru distribution, with assistance from some holiday helpers: a Santa Claus and elf who are themselves people with disabilities. The distribution will take place at the Spark office in South Knoxville, 116 Childress St.

Spark is East Tennessee’s technology access nonprofit agency for people with disabilities. Spark’s mission is to innovate and individually tailor technological solutions and accommodations that allow East Tennesseans with disabilities to live, work, play and contribute their skills more fully. It works to provide everything from mobility equipment to specially modified toys, depending on individual needs.

You can support Toy Tech and all of Spark’s services by donating at

Each year, Spark staff members and Knox Makers volunteers modify toys for children with specific needs and distribute them at the popular Toy Tech. Overseeing the festivities this year will be Santa (Gary Harmon) and his helper (7-year-old Elliot Crabtree).

Spark Center, 116 Childress Street, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-219-0130,

Knoxville Bar Association and Legal Aid of East TN: Free Legal Advice Clinic

  • December 8, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Health, wellness

We are very pleased to announce that the Veterans Legal Advice Clinic event will once again be held in person at the Knox County Public Defender’s Office on December 8.

Any veteran seeking legal help is encouraged to attend the Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans on December 8, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Masks are required for all participants.

Veterans who are not able to attend the clinic in person are encouraged to continue to use the telephone clinic option. Preregistration is required for telephone clinic and veterans are asked to call Legal Aid of East Tennessee at (865)637-0484 to preregister.

This is a general advice clinic with a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues.

12 Noon – 2:00 P.M. at Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37919

Attorneys will be available to provide consultations in legal issues such as:
· Landlord/tenant
· Veterans Benefits
· Bankruptcy
· Criminal defense
· Consumer protection
· Contract disputes
· Estate Planning
· Child support
· Personal injury
· General Legal Issues

Tri-Star Arts: Graft by Edra Soto

  • December 7, 2021 — February 12, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts announces a special exhibition in their gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show, Graft, featuring work by artist Edra Soto of Chicago, Illinois opens on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 and will run through Saturday, February 12, 2022. Public receptions will be held on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 4:00- 8:00 pm and Friday, February 4, 2022 from 5:00- 8:00 pm (artist in attendance on February 4).

This exhibition will coincide with the unveiling of a permanent, outdoor sculpture by Edra Soto, Graft Knoxville, in early February 2022 at the UT GATOP Arboretum & Education Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. This site-specific sculpture initiative has been organized and curated by Tri-Star Arts in partnership with the UT Department of Plant Sciences, UT School of Art/ Sculpture Department, UT College of Architecture + Design/ FabLab, Sanders Pace Architecture, Johnson & Galyon Construction, Mallia Engineering Company, and Tennessee Marble Company. Graft Knoxville is in its final stages of production with more information and related public events forthcoming.

The Graft exhibition at the Candoro Marble Building features sculpture and prints by Edra Soto alongside a visual exploration of her design process, including scale models, a real-scale block module, and project renderings by Knoxville-based firm Sanders Pace Architecture.

Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5. Information:
The use of masks and social distancing is encouraged.

Follow Tri-Star Arts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Holiday at Safety City

  • December 7, 2021 — December 21, 2021

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Head out to Safety City for family fun under the Holiday lights during the following public hours:

Evening times:
Dec. 7th 4pm-7:30pm
Dec. 8th 4pm-7:30pm
Dec. 9th 4pm-7:30pm
Dec. 14th 4pm-7:30pm
Dec. 15th 4pm-7:30pm
Dec. 16th 4pm-7:30pm

Day times:
Dec. 20th 10am-2pm
Dec. 21st 10am-2pm

165 S Concord St, Knoxville, TN 37919

You must have a helmet to ride your scooter or bike and nothing motorized! Contact this number 865-215-7103 for any questions.

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