Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Ancient Lore Village: Movie Week

  • December 16, 2021 — December 23, 2021

Category: Culinary arts, food, Film and Kids, family

'Tis the season for ho ho holiday movies and we're bringing you some of our Village favorites! You're invited to join us all week long to cozy up to dinner and one of these Christmas classics... better yet, all five of them!

Dec 16, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec 20, Elf
Dec 21, A Christmas Story
Dec 22, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 23, It's a Wonderful Life

Ancient Lore Village, 7107 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-200-2434,,

Volunteer Ministry Center: Carry the Torch Knoxville

  • December 16, 2021
  • 10:00AM-2:00PM

Category: Fundraisers and Lecture, panel

Rescheduled to Thursday, December 16, 2021
Knoxville Convention Center
Mission Fair 10:00 am-11:30 am
Lunch and Program 11:45 am-1:00 pm
Book Signing 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

The Volunteer Ministry Center presents Carry the Torch Knoxville, A Benefit Luncheon Featuring Father Gregory J. Boyle, New York Times Best Selling Author and Founder of Homeboy Industries.

Carry the Torch will begin with a Mission Fair at 10:00 am. Agencies which provide housing, general assistance, medical, and behavioral health services throughout our community, along with VMC will present booths and interact with visitors who are looking for volunteer opportunities. The Carry the Torch luncheon on September 15th will begin promptly at 11:45 am in the Ballroom of the Knoxville Convention Center.

Father Gregory J. Boyle is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship and Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award. Father Boyle is also the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, now the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Father Boyle has received the California Peace Prize and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

For information regarding sponsorships please contact Mary Beth Ramey
(865) 524-3926 Ext. 229.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley: Behind the Blue Doors Tour

  • December 16, 2021

Category: Free event

Interested in learning more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley? Join us for a Behind the Blue Doors Tour at our Regal Teen Center Club, 967 Irwin Street, Knoxville.

Thursday, December 16 – 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Knoxville History Project: History Happy Hour on Zoom: A Knoxville Christmas

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel and Virtual

Thursday December 16 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

On Dec. 16, our monthly Zoom event will be, inevitably, about Christmas, specifically the earliest evidence of celebration of the holiday during the mostly obscure eras before the Civil War. We’ve turned up a few more intriguing clues about the obscure origins of our most extravagant holiday. Register at:

Missed an online History Happy Hour talk? We have many recorded versions online, including the last on Knoxville and Passenger Pigeons with KHP staffer, Paul James. You’ll find recordings at

Knoxville History Project, 516 West Vine Avenue #8, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-300-4559,

Trees Knoxville: Holiday Tree Walk

  • December 16, 2021
  • 6 PM

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

With Urban Forester Kasey Krouse
Meet at the Big Christmas Tree on S. Gay Street downtown
Holiday social to follow at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery or Clancy's around 7 PM

Register for updates!

Knoxville Opera: Music for Seniors: Holiday Concert

Category: Free event and Music

December 16, 2021, at 1:30 PM
Free admission to the public.

At Episcopal Church of the Ascension
Vaccination and masking protocols, if any, are subject to the requirements of MFS and ECA. Free parking.

Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

Circle Modern Dance continues its annual holiday tradition of Modern Dance Primitive Light, a Winter Solstice performance of dance and live music, after a year-long hiatus of live performance. The 2021 performances will take place December 15-17 at The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.

Modern Dance Primitive Light features performance art by area choreographers, dancers, and musicians. Each performance showcases live music, directed and scored by Klay Brooks. The performances include choreography & improvised work from past and current Circle Modern Dance core members, including Nate Barrett, Meg Beach, and Kimberly Matibag. Also included are work from local guest artists Momentum Dance Lab, belly dance group Zaniyah, and swing dancers Kelly Arsenault & Mickey Fortanasce.

“The two years since our last live performance have been hard for everyone, including artists and arts organizations,” said Amelea Everett, co-director of the production. “We feel incredibly lucky to be able to bring musicians, dancers, and our community together again for Modern Dance Primitive Light.”

Attendees can join the “Pay What You Wish” Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:00 PM or performances on Thursday, December 16 at 8:00 PM and Friday, December 17 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM at the beautiful Emporium Center / Arts & Culture Alliance (100 S. Gay Street). Tickets are $15 in advance on Eventbrite and $20 at the door with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and military service members. Modern Dance Primitive Light is a show for all ages and participates in the Penny4Arts program, allowing children to attend for one penny when accompanied by an adult.

Circle Modern Dance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Knoxville, TN. The organization was founded in 1990 by Mark Lamb, Claire Barratt, Wendy Nash Remick, and Kimberly Matibag. The philosophy of Circle Modern Dance is that Every Body has the Right to Dance. For more information, visit or call (865) 309-5309.

Exhibition from the Basement: Annual Art Education Exhibition

  • December 9, 2021 — January 31, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Please join us for our Annual Art Education Exhibition featuring the work of our graduate students!

Congratulations to all of the art education students involved for such fantastic artwork and a job well done!

This is a culminative project for our Visual Culture and Critical Pedagogy course.

Every year, art education graduate students create a body of artwork as part of their graduate coursework and display the work through an art exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display at the Cookie Aytes Elliott Art Education Gallery in Bailey Education Complex, Room 105, and will be open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm from December 9th - January 31st.

Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, Room 105
1122 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

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,

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.

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