Calendar of Events
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Nourish Knoxville: Market Square Farmers Market
2022 MARKET SQUARE FARMERS’ MARKET (WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS)
Every Wednesday (10 am – 1 pm), May 4 through November 16, 2022
Every Saturday (9 am – 1 pm), May 7 through November 19, 2022
Market Square in downtown Knoxville
The Market Square Farmers’ Market is an open-air farmers’ market located on Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Everything at the MSFM is grown or made by our vendors in the East Tennessee region. Products vary by the seasons and include produce, eggs, honey, herbs, pasture-raised meat, plants, bread, baked goods, salsas, coffee, artisan crafts, and more!
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Q Series
Wednesday, May 4, 12:00pm
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 the KSO Principal String Quartet and the KSO Principal Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch.
865-291-3310 or https://knoxvillesymphony.com
Tennessee Theatre: Tom Segura
Knoxville History Project: When the World Came to Knoxville: Remembering the 1982 World’s Fair
Wednesday May 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center
The Knoxville World’s Fair is 40 years old this year—but does that make it historic?
In this program, hear how five different historians would answer that question. Jack Neely, director of the Knoxville History Project, will be joined by three professors from the University of Tennessee, and Dr. Michael Camp, author of a recent book that examines the key role of East Tennessee in addressing the national energy challenges of the 1970s and 1980s.
In addition to examining how and why the world came to Knoxville in 1982, the event will explore some surprising aspects of the fair that deserve to be remembered.
The evening will include rare film clips from the fair, provided by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. Attendees will receive a free copy of a limited-edition short booklet produced by the Knoxville History Project on the fair and its legacy. Booklets will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. The program will also provide a preview of a four-part podcast series on the history of the World’s Fair, produced in collaboration with WUOT-FM.
This program is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Lisa Oakley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul James at email@example.com
Explore the 1982 World’s Fair Online - A gallery of more than 600 images of the 1982 World’s Fair shared by members of the community can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/khpwf82
Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book with Mic Harrison
Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book continues its ongoing series of concerts and conversations with another free show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 with special guest Mic Harrison. As always, this event offers an opportunity not only to share an intimate listening experience with the artists performing their songs in stripped down settings, but also to learn about the craft and creativity that goes into their music and performance.
The Bird and the Book is located at 1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN, below Southland Books and Cafe.
Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians. Mic Harrison has a road case full of great songs. He’s a journeyman musician who, along with his band the High Score, has been a part of some of the best bands to come out of the South. They specialize in great rock ‘n’ roll and honky tonk songs that play over and over in the listener’s head. Harrison, who started his young adulthood working in a saw mill in Bradford, Tenn., a town so small it barely shows up on the map between Memphis and Jackson. He moved to Knoxville in the 1990s to become co-lead singer-songwriter (with Scott Miller) in The V-Roys, a band that defined “Americana” before it was genre. After that group split, he played with the short-lived favorites The Faults and, later, in the now legendary power pop act Superdrag. When Superdrag ended, Harrison enlisted established Knoxville rock act The High Score to back up a tour and the chemistry was so good that the partnership never ended. In the past 12 years or so, Mic and the guys have traveled the country, performing at festivals from Bonnaroo to Easyriders Rodeos, headlining bills from concert halls to the stickiest bars, opening shows for everyone from Billy Joe Shaver to Huey Lewis and the News to ZZ Top, and recording a terrific single with classic country singer Con Hunley.
The Bird and the Book is one of Maryville’s newest venues for all kinds of entertainment. With a bar and food service, it’s the ideal place to gather with family and friends to enjoy an evening of informal entertainment. It’s located at 1509 E Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN, below Southland Books and Cafe.
Phone (865) 984-4847 or go to their website: https://southlandbooksandcafe.com/the-bird-and-the-book
Lee Zimmerman is the host for Songs and Stories from the Bird and the Book, which will take place the first Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Albright Grove Brewing Co: Conservation on Tap - The Geology of the Smokies
Wednesday 5/4 at 7pm
“The Geology of the Smokies – Where is the Love?”
“Where fermentation and preservation meet!”
Long-time geologist, hiker, and trail guide author James Wedekind will prove to you once and for all that Smoky Mountain geology is NOT boring. In fact, this talk is geared especially to those who believe otherwise. This is your big chance to actually know something about the mountains you love so much!
Although James, a native Knoxvillian, is perhaps best known for carrying mini kegs of homemade beer to the top of Mt. Le Conte for an annual celebration at the summit, he is actually a working hydrologist/geologist who has been consulting in the field for some 40 years. He is also one of the co-authors of “Hiking Trails of the Smokies” (the ‘Brown Book’—James wrote descriptions of the trails with lots of geological interest) and “Hiking Trails of the Cherokee National Forest.”
Proceeds from this event benefit Discover Life in America, the national park’s biological science and conservation partner. Visit DLiA.org to learn more.
Albright Grove Brewing Co, 2924 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919. Information: 865-851-9712, www.albrightgrovebrewing.com/
Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra: Concert
WEDNESDAY AT 6 PM – 8 PM
Ijams Nature Center
Join Ijams for a fantastic FREE all-ages concert with the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra on the Visitor Center lawn! This amazing, auditioned band of high schoolers really swings, so grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some jazz classics! There will be food truck and the Ijams beer garden will be open for your dining and snack needs. NO COOLERS OR OUTSIDE ALCOHOL, PLEASE. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on leash.
Westminister Presbyterian Church: Exhibition by Michelle Barillaro and Charles Osten
Paintings by Michelle Barillaro and Jewelry by Charles Osten
Westminister Presbyterian Church, 6500 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-R 9-4, Fri 9-12. Information: (865) 584-3957 or www.wpcknox.org
The Bottom: Quilting Workshops with Gary White
Gary White is back to lead a 2 weekend quilting course, April 30 & May 7, designed for beginners & experts alike. Participants will explore the history of string quilts, the importance of quilting within the African American/Southern experience, and created unique string quilt pieces to take home. Free to attend & participate - RSVP HERE! https://www.thebottomknox.com/events-1/strips-strings-part-2-string-quilting-workshops-2022-04-30-14-00
Arts in the Airport
For the past thirteen years, the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) have partnered to present a biannual exhibition entitled “Arts in the Airport”. This juried exhibition was developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in the most visited site in the area. The selected art features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork by:
Cosima Aryee, Kate Aubrey, Sally Brogden, Jan Burleson, Gino Castellanos, Elle Colquitt, Barbara Bolton Cornett, Denise Cumming, Yvonne Dalschen, Vincent Drake, Melissa N. Everett, Diana Ferguson, Alan Finch, Elena Ganusova, Carl Gombert, Brian Horais, Anthony TungNing Huang, Kathleen A. Janke, Siobian Jones, Gretchen Kaplan, Anne W. Kinggard, Andreas Koschan, Judy Lavoie, William M. Long, Allison Meriwether, Anders V. Nienstaedt, Tom Owens, Dennis Sabo, Phil Savage, Baxter Stults, Kelli L. Thompson, Chloe Wack, Carl Whitten, Douglas Wielfaert, Marianne Woodside, and Museum of Infinite Outcomes.
View and purchase artworks at https://www.knoxalliance.store/product-category/airport
River & Rail Theatre Company: Sweat
Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. When layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT examines the impact of a national economic shift on a local, tight-knit community in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the year 2000, layoffs and lockouts threaten their factory floor jobs, thrusting them into a bitter fight for survival. Produced across the country to critical and popular acclaim, SWEAT considers the effects of America’s economic decline and deindustrialization alongside a heart-wrenching examination of friendship, race, class, and trust within this community of family and friends.
River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727, www.riverandrailtheatre.com
Flying Anvil Theatre: The Knoxville Covid Story Project,
Flying Anvil Theatre shares Knoxville stories. A new play captures the real-life stories of a diverse group of Knoxvillians in Flying Anvil Theatre’s The Knoxville Covid Story Project, opening April 28. Using interviews compiled over the past two years, the show covers the gamut of pandemic experiences from teachers, students, front line workers, engineers, artists and more. Each audience will get the chance to share their Covid stories as well. Director Jayne Morgan says the play is an interactive experience. “In addition to hearing the moving and funny stories we’ve gathered through interviews, audiences can share what they’ve learned, what aggravated them and what challenges they faced. But we’ve learned that people also talk about surprising benefits that came out of this time. About how they’ve grown, the sublime and the ridiculous. Sharing these stories is really cathartic and healing.”
The Knoxville Covid Story Project interviews were conducted by Linda Parsons, Jayne Morgan, Summer Awad, Brandi Augustus, Jazmin Witherspoon and Ginger Lyvere Peck, beginning in 2020. “We originally had the show planned for last year,” Parsons says. “But the continuing pandemic made that impossible. The blessing was that the cancellation allowed us to continue interviewing people as conditions changed. The result is an overview of the past two years in local people’s lives, a tapestry of their journeys both individually and in community.”
Parsons and Morgan compiled the final script, which will include new stories from the audience each night. The stories will be read by actors Josh Brandon, Brandi Augustus, Carolyn Corley and Barbara Kistler-Martin. Jade Hurst is stage manager, set design by David Hutto and lighting by Adam Baranowski.
The show is partly underwritten by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tickets for The Knoxville Covid Story Project are available at flyinganviltheatre.com or on the theatre’s Facebook page.
Following CDC guidance, the theatre no longer requires masks, but they are highly recommended.
Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, www.flyinganviltheatre.com. Facebook and Instagram @flyinganviltheatre