Calendar of Events

Friday, April 8, 2022

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Category: Music and Virtual

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - April 8-10 (5 performances)

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.  With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

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

Foothills Community Players: The Actor's Nightmare & Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

  • April 8, 2022 — April 10, 2022

Category: Comedy and Theatre

One act comedies by Christopher Durang, directed by Nicci Grigsby

At the Bird & The Book, 1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37804. Information: 865-984-4847,

865-712-6428 or

UT Opera Theatre: Die Fledermaus

  • April 8, 2022 — April 10, 2022

Category: Free event, Music and Theatre

The UT Opera Theatre program presents a *free* production of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, to be performed in Room 135 of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
April 9 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
April 10 at 2:00 p.m.

UT School of Music: 865-974-8935,

UT Gardens: Spring Plant Sale

  • April 8, 2022 — April 9, 2022

Category: Free event and Science, nature

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Time: 9am - 2pm

Preview Sale on Friday, April 8 from 4 - 7pm - for Gardens members and UT employees
Members receive a 10% discount on their plant purchases. Memberships can be purchased or renewed at the sale.

Plant sale list will be available soon.

The UT Gardens, Knoxville will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 9, from 9am - 2pm. Get into the swing of spring by purchasing choice selections from our fantastic inventory.
We will have annuals, including a number of different heat- and drought-tolerant cuphea; tropicals, with several unique cultivars offered; shrubs, featuring Perfecto Mundo azaleas; a wonderful selection of clematis vines; choice conifers for year-round interest; trees, including a new weeping redbud and the Sunsphere dogwood. Included also will be seasonal vegetable plants, small fruits, and houseplants, which are all the rage right now, including unique kokedama, terrariums, and potted plants. Our featured plant will be the Fairytrail Bride® Cascade Hydrangea. Our own Jason Reeves, horticulturist at UT Gardens, Jackson, sang the praises of this breeding breakthrough in a recent article in Fine Gardening magazine:

"Fairytrail Bride® is the first hydrangea with the ability to produce flowers from every leaf joint, and it has a unique trailing habit to boot. White lacecap blossoms appear down the graceful trailing stems like garlands of lace in late spring to early summer. The flowers start out as green buds that open to pure white."

If cabin fever has done a number on you this winter, get out and join us April 8-9 for a spectacular good time!

UT Gardens, Chapman Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-7151,

Bijou Theatre: Girl Named Tom

Category: Music

8 PM

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

Thompson Boling Arena: Elton John

  • April 8, 2022

Category: Music

APRIL 8, 2022 - 8:00 PM

Elton John's show originally scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2020 has been rescheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022. All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled date are still valid. Though not required for entry to Thompson-Boling Arena or movement throughout the seating bowl, facial coverings are encouraged for arena patrons.

All ages must have a ticket. There is a ticket limit of 8 tickets per customer.

Thompson Boling Arena, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN. Info/tickets: Concerts & Special Events - or (865) 656-4444. Athletic Events - or (865) 656-1200.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Music

APRIL 08, 2022 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Admission Price: Members $15/Non-members $20
Enjoy the casual elegance of the Knoxville Museum of Art for this vivacious Friday night tradition filled with music, dancing, and fellowship. Details coming soon!

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Mondays. Information: 865-525-6101,

UT Science Forum: Chasing the Mysterious Microbes that Live Deep in Earth’s Crust

  • April 8, 2022

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

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Karen Llyod, associate professor in the UT Department of Microbiology, will present “Chasing the Mysterious Microbes that Live Deep in Earth’s Crust,” Friday, April 8 at 12 p.m. via Zoom.

Ancient Lore Village: Movie Night – Robin Hood

  • April 8, 2022

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

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It’s Movie Night at Ancient Lore Village! Join Robin Hood live in person before the movie for photo ops – and then enjoy a special screening of Robin Hood made magical with private headphones! Dinner included with your ticket.

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

Tennessee Theatre: Girl Named Tom

Category: Music

Friday, April 8 | 8PM

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Category: Free event, Music and Virtual

Friday, April 8 at 8 pm on Facebook & Youtube:

Presenting traditional blues and folk repertoires from Civil War days to the present, Sparky Rucker is a highly accomplished banjoist, guitarist, storyteller, historian and humorist. Having learned his craft from master musicians John Shines, Rev. Pearly Brown and Homer Walker, Sparky is proficient in Delta, Piedmont and Mountain acoustic traditions. Harmonica player and vocalist Rhonda Rucker joins Sparky. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances. Rhonda released the historical novel Welcome to Bombingham in 2019.

There is no charge but tips are encouraged!

Bluegill Productions: The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

  • April 8, 2022

Category: Dance, movement and Music

Friday Night Live at The Concourse!
Friday, April 8, 2022
Tickets: $10 Advance | $15 At The Door (children 12 & under are free)
5PM Doors | 6PM Show
Limited seating available.

We're going to swing into spring with Knoxville’s premier swing band. This 17-member band was originally formed as a smaller band over 20 years ago by bassist Mischa Goldman and trumpeters Michael Spirko and Thomas Heflin before it blossomed into the fabulous big band that they are today. With Spirko sharing vocals with the lovely and talented Kayley Burton Farmer, The Streamliners play the classics of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee, with some Louis Jordan and Louis Prima mixed in for extra fun. A big dance floor in front of the stage will be waiting for you, so don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

The Concourse, 4328 N. Broadway Avenue, Knoxville, TN, 37917. Information/tickets: 865-851-7818,

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