Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Zoo Knoxville: After Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Starting May 19th, Zoo Knoxville’s popular After Hours is back—from 5 PM – 8 PM each Thursday! Each month will feature a special menu, craft beers, specialty cocktails and wine. Sip and stroll on your twilight visit! After Hours is FREE for zoo members.

Starting May 19th, come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM each Thursday! These evenings are free for annual pass members or with a general admission ticket.

The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open.

Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-637-5331,

Free Spirit Theatre Company: Proof

  • May 19, 2022 — May 22, 2022

Category: Theatre

Free Spirit Theatre presents: PROOF by David Auburn
May 19-21 @ 7:30 PM; May 22 @ 2:30 PM
Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN

All tickets $20 (available from and at the door)

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—has she inherited?

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

“When we think of the great American playwrights, we think of Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill and Lillian Hellman, in earlier generations; Wendy Wasserstein and Tony Kushner, Jon Robin Baitz and Donald Margulies today: They are always writing about big ideas and wrapping them in family squabbles that get us where we live. Welcome David Auburn to the club.” —NY Magazine.

“…combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling to provide a compelling evening of theatre…[PROOF is a] smart and compassionate play of ideas.” NY Daily News.

“PROOF surprises us with its aliveness…Mr. Auburn takes pleasure in knowledge…At the same time, he is unshowily fresh and humane, and he has written a lovely play.” —NY Observer.

“[A] wonderfully funny…ambitiously constructed work…” —Variety.

Tickets are available for the play at For more information contact

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Beats & Bolero

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre

“The only love affair I have ever had was with music.” --Maurice Ravel

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Indigenous Vibes African Drum Ensemble

The KSO Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series features the KSO on the stage of the beautiful Tennessee Theatre.

JAMES P. JOHNSON Drums: A Symphonic Poem
JAMES DeMARS SABAR: Concerto for African Drums & Orchestra
DUKE ELLINGTON Black, Brown & Beige

865-291-3310 or

Knoxville Civic Auditorium: Dance Gavin Dance

  • May 19, 2022

Category: Music

Thursday, May 19 at 7PM //

Rejecting tired formulas at every step, Dance Gavin Dance merge progressive rock and post-hardcore with thick groove, brilliantly combining experimental music with hooks and a warped sense of humor. The group has amassed over 1.35 billion global streams, and 1.2 million album equivalent units sold across their catalog in the US alone. With hundreds of thousands of rabid fans engaged with Dance Gavin Dance on socials and their very own festival event, Swanfest, which sold out its inaugural edition in 2019 and is slated to see a triumphant return in 2022 in the band's hometown of Sacramento this April, it all amounts to a full force band facing a mainstream that has overlooked them for too long.

Dance Gavin Dance are:
Tilian Pearson: Vocals
Jon Mess - Vocals
Will Swan - Guitar/Vocals
Tim Feerick - Bass
Matt Mingus - Drums

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

Concerts on the Square: Variety Thursday with The Coveralls

  • May 19, 2022

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Bring your kids, lawn chairs, blankets, pets, and friends to enjoy outdoor Knoxville nights, live music, food, fun, and community in Market Square. The City of Knoxville provides these free Concerts on the Square all summer long.

Variety Thursdays – Every 3rd Thursday at 7 pm
Features a broad spectrum of musical genres.

May 19 - The Coveralls
June 16 - Evelyn Jack & Soule4
July 21 - K-Town Music
August 18 - Mike Snodgrass Band
September 15 - Dirty Grass Soul

To stay updated on bands and any cancellations due to weather, visit the City of Knoxville Special Events Facebook page. No Tickets. It's Free!

Knoxville History Project: History Happy Hour - Col. David Chapman: Father of a National Park

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

Col. David Chapman: Father of a National Park
Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Take the Henley Street Bridge across the Tennessee River and you’ll be on Chapman Highway headed south towards the Great Smoky Mountains. That highway honors a community leader, a civic booster, and prominent wholesale druggist, who achieved something extraordinary on a national level. David Carpenter Chapman (1876-1944) is known within the pages of regional history as the “Father” of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – he was fearless in his attempts to make the national park a reality, and through sheer dogged determination was ultimately successful in helping acquire 6,600 individual tracts of land to help establish a national park that now serves more visitors than any other national park in the country. Join KHP’s Paul James for a look at one of Knoxville’s own whose name we may often take for granted every day.

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

PechaKucha Night Knoxville - Vol 43

  • May 19, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event, Health, wellness and Lecture, discussion, panel

At Mill and Mine, 227 W Depot Ave

Join us for an inspirational in person event. We will be live before a full house at The Mill and Mine and are looking forward to hearing from this diverse line up of presenters.

• Doors open at 6:30pm • Presentations to begin at 7:20p
This a free event, but we welcome donations to support future PechaKucha Knoxville Night events.

PRESENTERS: // Mohana Yethiraj & Sarah Dewitt - Smart Yards // Michelle Barillaro - Art // Alexandra Garcia - Difficult Pursuits (hiking) // Kendra Berry - Can We Go to Lunch (mentoring teens) // Patrick Hollis - Mabry Hazen // John Camp - Knox Pride // Femeika Elliott - Meik-Meals (plant based food) // Justin Couch - Design Thinking // Leona Skiles - LIttle Fixes (woman owned handyman services)

Family friendly event however the content is uncensored.

Ewing Gallery: Honors Exhibition 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Initiated by the Ewing’s Director Emeritus Sam Yates over 30 years ago, this exhibition recognizes outstanding students graduating from The University of Tennessee’s School of Art and College of Architecture and Design.
Selected by a School of Art Faculty Scholarship committee, three art students were chosen for this year’s exhibition.

These students are:

Tammy Castany
Jace Hermanto
Thais Lloyd

The College of Architecture and Design participants were selected by the faculty-at-large, and by outside review teams.

Those exhibiting students are:
Marilyn Reish
Kristin Pitts
Riley Doty
Madeleine Smith
Phillip Minton
Raven Carrier

The Honors Exhibition will be open Monday - Friday from 10am - 5pm and Sunday, May 22 from 1-4pm.

Ewing Gallery, 1715 Volunteer Blvd on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-3200,

Oak Ridge Art Center: Celestial Phenomena

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

For artists who work in any medium. We invite artists to interpret this theme as they see it—heavenly, outer space or stellar formations, angels, mythic beings, otherworldly imagery or any others.

Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, showcases what two important Tennessee cultural organizations are doing to support and empower women artists. Women Artists: Highlights from the Hunter Museum of American Art is on view at the KMA April 22-July 24, 2022, and Currents: Women Artists from the KMA Collection is on view May 13-August 14, 2022. Both exhibitions pay tribute to contemporary women artists represented in each museum’s respective collections.

Since 2000, the Hunter Museum of American Art has prioritized the acquisition of works by women artists from around the United States, who have long lagged behind their male counterparts when it comes to museum-level recognition. Highlights of the Hunter exhibition include an installation by Lesley Dill featuring floor-to-ceiling banners and hand-embroidered text, a silhouette pop-up book by Kara Walker examining the history of American race relations, a textile by Vadis Turner questioning inherited gender roles, and a mixed media installation by Beverly Semmes inspired by composer John Cage’s minimalist music.

Like the Hunter, the Knoxville Museum of Art has actively sought to acquire outstanding works by women for its collection. The selection on view reflects women’s broad technical and aesthetic range found in contemporary art. A mixed media painting on wooden sections by Alison Moritsugu conveys a monumental landscape, expansive yet incomplete. Nancy Rubins elevates graphite drawing into a large sculptural construction apparently shaped by violent forces. British artist Marilène Oliver constructs provocative portraits of her family in the form of acrylic sheets imprinted with digital medical scans. Patty Chang uses water and mirrors to transform her own image taken in a Belgian church into a complex photographic work fragmented by harsh angles and provocative reflections. In her video Joan of Arc, Alex McQuilkin responds to Maria Falconetti’s memorable lead role in the legendary 1928 French silent film by Carl Dreyer and the film’s themes of adolescent desire, faith, and suffering. These and other selected works call overdue attention to women’s significant role in reshaping the contemporary art landscape.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Fountain City Art Guild: Spring Show

  • May 13, 2022 — June 22, 2022

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

Reception May 13, 6:30-8 PM
Food, fine art & friends! Free and open to public.

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu 9:30-3:30, W-R 9:30-4:30 or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Alex Rifwald Photography

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Science, nature

Visit the Ijams Hallway Gallery in May to view the work of Knoxville native Alex Rifwald! This collection, entitled "Revival," celebrates her return to photography after a 10-year hiatus. After running a commercial photography business, Alex had lost her joy for the medium and put her camera down, but she has rediscovered herself and her love for this art form. You'll be inspired!

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-577-4717,

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