Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Koe Wetzel

  • April 16, 2022

Category: Comedy

Saturday, April 16, at 7 PM // Civic Coliseum

Just before closing time at any bar in the world, certain songs will play, and you know the artist right away (no matter how many drinks you’ve had). With whiskey in his glass, smoke in the air, a head full of stories, and a guitar in his hands, Koe Wetzel writes those kinds of songs. Brewing a homegrown blend of grunge, country, Americana, and anything else he pleases, the Texas-born, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer has unapologetically bulldozed a path of his own since 2015 without permission. For the uninitiated, the music sounds like Waylon Jennings making a record in Seattle circa ’91. After moving 200,000-plus units of independent releases such as Noise Complaint [2017] and Harold Saul High [2019], racking up over 485 million streams and views to date, selling out countless shows, and even launching his own live extravaganza Koe Wetzel’s Incredible Music Festival, he makes his major label debut in 2020 with his third album, Sellout [Columbia Records].

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Bijou Theatre: The Lees of Memory

Category: Music

Saturday, April 16 | 8 PM

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

Knoxville Botanical Garden: SEE! – Drawing from Life

  • April 16, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Science, nature

April 16th, 10a

The world around us pulses with life, the more we get to know one another, the more we see the fullness and diversity that envelops us. One strategy for getting to know the many more-than-human folks that we share the world with is through careful observation. Ashlee Mays and Logan Szymanowski are co-founders and directors of the Museum of Infinite Outcomes, a neighborhood museum of conservation. Join us for a Saturday morning stroll through the Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, learning how to take nature notes and practice drawing from life.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk. Information: 865-862-8717,

Tennessee Theatre: The Bachelor Live on Stage

Category: Festivals, special events and Theatre

Ladies, do you want a chance to experience a wild night in your hometown as one of our on stage participants? Join our Bachelor for an evening full of fun, flirting and a chance to take home the iconic final rose. A thrilling night of laughter, lively games and lighthearted connections. Click HERE to learn more about participating!

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

The Carpetbag Theatre's Homegrown Ambassadors Youth Theatre: A Child's Place

  • April 16, 2022

Category: Dance, movement, Free event, Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing and Theatre

The Carpetbag Theatre’s Homegrown Ambassadors Youth Theatre program is back in full swing with an original production that asks the questions, in today’s climate, “what is a child’s place?”.

For generations, our young people have heard parents and elders alike, tell them that children should be “seen and not heard” and they should stay in “a child’s place”, but with the onset of a global pandemic, gun violence senselessly taking the lives of their schoolmates, and teen mental health crises rising higher than ever before, our young people need so much more than to stay silent right now.

Birthed from a series of story circles and guidance by Youth Director, Kisha Rockett, our Homegrown Ambassadors have written A Child’s Place in order to be seen and heard, while opening up the space for conversation about the issues our young people are facing in their everyday lives; from their social media pages to their school hallways.

Come listen, watch, and ask questions as our young people tell their side of the story through theatre, poetry, and dance and provide their own answer to the question, “what is a child’s place?”

Snacks and desserts will be on sale before and after the production. We also want to invite the audience to stick around after the show for a talkback session with the Homegrown Ambassadors as we open the space up for real, heart-to-heart conversation with some of the brightest youth in our city.

At SouLoung, 211 Harriet Tubman Street, Knoxville, TN 37915
Saturday, April 16, 2022 @ 6:00pm
Pay What You Can - no amount you offer is too big or too small

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Easter Craft Fair

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Come visit us at Marble Springs State Historic Site for our Easter Craft Fair on April 16th from 10am to 4pm! Join us for our first event of the year full of local vendors with a variety of crafts, goods, and treats to take home! There will be crafts, games, and an Easter egg hunt to delight the whole family! So come put on your Easter bonnets and enjoy a lovely spring day here at Marble Springs. Admission is FREE! Featuring music of Boogertown Gap.

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-573-5508,

Postmark LaFollette: Jamboree

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Music

April 16 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Live musical entertainment, variety of music. Tickets at door $5. ArtSHINE Co-Op open. Concessions by Katies Carry Out -
Greg Marlow sings his new recording release, The Roberts Sisters, most recently appeared at the BlueBird Cafe, The spectacular House Band, Special Delivery, Joseph Hensley and music from Ethan and Eli Ferguson.

119 S Tennessee Avenue, LaFollette, TN 37766

Gallery 1010: The Nature of Fate

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Sarah Maxwell solo art exhibition, “The Nature of Fate”

There will be an opening reception on April 15 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Open hours will be April 15, 5:00-7:00 PM, and April 16, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

In this exhibition, Sarah Maxwell explores the human condition and her understanding of fate through natural objects, prints, paintings, and drawings.

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information:

TVUUC: New Exhibitions by Suzanne Jack and David Liles

  • April 10, 2022 — June 7, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception: Friday, April 29, 2022, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Artists’ Talks: 6:30 p.m.

"THE PROMISE OF THE HEART" in Exhibition Hall B
I believe that the power of art can inspire and affect change in one's self and others. This exhibit is an expression of a joyful heart that flows from a spirit that is nourished by understanding one's emotions, character, and passions. It features thirty-six original works of art by Suzanne Jack.

Photography by David Liles Exhibition Hall A
I seek to create art through photographic imagery. Inspiration often comes from the natural world. Great material is everywhere & seeing it is limited only by opportunity and imagination. My eyes are trained to look for textures, patterns, contrasts, and plays of color in everything I experience on a daily basis. My imagery is often an abstraction, a departure from the normal “snapshot” type photograph. I use mostly digital photography with cropping and image enhancements of color saturation, tone, and contrast, but no additions. The computer is my darkroom, via software tools of digital manipulation.

Gallery Hours: Mondays 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am - 3 pm. Other times are by appointment only. Sign-in and masks are required. At Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-523-4176 x101,

Bennett: Richard Jolley Retrospective

  • April 9, 2022 — May 28, 2022

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

Sat Apr 9, 11 AM - 4 PM - champagne opening and meet the artists (1-3 PM)

In conjunction with the premier of the concerto Cycle of Life, created in celebration of Richard Jolley’s monumental Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity permanently installed in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Bennett is proud to be mounting a gallery-wide exhibition of Richard Jolley’s work focusing on both large scale hot formed glass sculpture, smaller blown pieces, and acrylic paintings from the last 20 years. The work of his partner, Tommie Rush, will be displayed alongside Richard’s work.

The progression of work during Richard’s 4-decade career will include glass pieces, works on paper, and paintings. Bennett has partnered with Richard and the KMA to present a truly spectacular reflection of Richard’s career and growth as a glass artist, and as a Knoxville art icon. Cycle of Life is a violin concerto composed by Michael Schachter that was jointly commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Museum of Art, and their supporters. GRAMMY nominated violinist Tessa Lark will return to Knoxville to take perform this long-awaited concerto.

Richard’s art falls into distinct series, each serving as a stage in his evolution toward increasingly evocative and technically challenging forms. Jolley spent much of his childhood in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and became fascinated with sculpting glass as a student at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. Since 1975, he has maintained a studio in West Knoxville, where he continues to create glass sculpture notable for its inventiveness and sophistication. He is represented in public and private collections across the country.

For more information contact or Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791,

Rhea Carmon celebrates National Poetry Month

  • April 4, 2022 — April 30, 2022

Category: Free event, Literature, reading, writing and Virtual

During April, I will be doing a short reading every Monday at 7pm. I will also be issuing a writing challenge every day for NatPoWritMo.

Award-winning wordsmith Rhea Carmon is a force that weaves passion, purpose, and power into poetry. She is a teacher, mentor, motivational poet, and inspiration to all that come in contact with her. Rhea's life lessons and stories create space for conversation and understanding. She will motivate and inspire students and adults to be the best form of themselves on a daily basis. She is the City of Knoxville's Poet Laureate.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: The Orchids Awards

  • April 3, 2022 — April 30, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL CELEBRATION! The Orchids Awards have been presented to Knoxville and Knox County's most beautiful properties, public spaces, and public art since 1979. Throughout the month of April, Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards online via our Facebook page. Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: New Architecture, Redesign/Reuse, Outdoor Space, Community Space, Public Art, and Regreening.

Join us in celebrating the architects, artist, developers and community members that are beautifying our dynamic city.

Stay tuned for information to support Keep Knoxville Beautiful Mural Fund, which will support Knoxville's next murals. Four generous sponsors will match your individual donations. Help us reach our goal of $9,500!

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