Calendar of Events

Friday, June 17, 2022

Beck Cultural Exchange Center: Juneteenth 2022

  • June 17, 2022 — June 20, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family, Lecture, panel, Music and Virtual


Racial Justice Town Hall Part XXII
Friday June 17 @ 4P | Virtual & In-Person | Beck Cultural Exchange Center | Free
Join the panel at Beck or feel free to join Live online.

Juneteenth Exhibition Tribute
Saturday June 18 @ 10A | In-Person | Beck Cultural Exchange Center | Free
Special Juneteenth exhibition tribute with the Piano Project of Knoxville.

Juneteenth Father’s Day Freedom Dinner
Sunday June 19 @ 2P | In-Person | Beck Cultural Exchange Center | Tickets $35
Families are invited to a special Juneteenth Father’s Freedom Dinner at Beck with live music by Jazzspirations with Brian Clay and a dinner buffet by Chief Chris Baylock with Heart & Soul Catering and more.

Juneteenth MLK March/Parade & Celebration Program
Monday June 20 @ 10A | In-Person | Martin Luther King Jr., Drive &
Dr. Walter Hardy Park | Free
The entire community, individuals and groups are invited to participate in the march/parade. For parade information contact Parade Chair, Mabrey R. Duff at (865) 803-8981 or by email at

The Celebration Program following the parade in Dr. Walter Hardy Park will feature remarks by Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook, music by Brian Salesky with Knoxville Opera along with classically trained vocalist Michael Rodgers, and special Juneteenth presentation by Arteece Slay and more.

Tennessee Theatre Summer Movie Magic weekend

Category: Film and Kids, family

On Friday nights, movies about some of the best bands of all time will be featured for the Summer of Sound series. Popular Picks will be a staple for Saturday nights. Matinees on Sunday will be all about Family Fun and feature movies that everyone can enjoy. Friday and Saturday night showings will begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Doors open one hour prior to each movie’s start time at 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively. The full schedule of the Summer Movie Magic series includes:

Summer of Sound
• Pink Floyd: The Wall – Friday, June 17
• Almost Famous – Friday, July 8
• The Last Waltz – Friday, July 29
• A Hard Day’s Night – Friday, Aug. 5
• The Song Remains the Same – Friday, Aug. 19

Popular Picks
• Stand by Me – Saturday, June 18
• Dirty Dancing – Saturday, July 9
• The Godfather – Saturday, July 30
• The Big Chill – Saturday, Aug. 6
• Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Saturday, Aug. 20

Family Fun
• Shrek – Sunday, June 19
• Space Jam – Sunday, July 10
• The Sandlot – Sunday, July 31
• Mary Poppins – Sunday, Aug. 7
• The Princess Bride – Sunday, Aug. 21

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 12 as well as seniors 65 and older. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,

Ijams Nature Center: Morning and Evening Paddles

  • June 17, 2022 — June 18, 2022

Category: Health, wellness and Science, nature

(Ages 16+) If you're looking for a water adventure, join Ijams for a beautiful morning or evening kayak trip on the Tennessee River and learn about animals, history and scenery! These are small-group programs, so don't wait to save your spot.

Register for June 17, 6-8 p.m.
Register for June 18, 9-11 a.m.
Register for June 24, 6-8 p.m.
Register for June 25, 9-11 a.m.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Bijou Theatre: Town Mountain

Category: Music

Friday, June 17

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

Friday Night at The Concourse: Boys’ Night Out

  • June 17, 2022

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

FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2022 AT 6:30 PM
Bluegill Productions Presents: Friday Night Live at The Concourse! Featuring Boys' Night Out

Tickets: $13.20 (including service fee) Advance | $15 At The Door (children 12 & under are free)
5:30PM Doors | 6:30PM Show

Food will be available from F.A.T.S. BBQ.

The Summer Series is here and the time is right for dancing at The Concourse! There'll be laughing, singing and music playin' with Boys' Night Out in the house!

Boys' Night Out has been playing classic Soul, R&B, and Carolina Beach Music since the '80s. The 13-member group brings a new richness to the classics of the mid-1960s with their original arrangements of the hits by such superstars as James Brown, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Blues Brothers, Sam & Dave, legendary roadhouse rocker Delbert McClinton, and the late great Otis Redding, to name a few. The band features three lead vocalists, Bill Capshaw, Kathy Hill, and guitarist David Freeman, and the group’s horn section includes three trumpets, three saxophones, and a trombone.

Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.

All you need is music, sweet music, and there'll be lots and lots of it and plenty of dance floor space for dancing at The Concourse!

Alive After Five: Trumpeter Melvin M. Miller and Vocalist A.R.I.A.

Category: Music

FRIDAY AT 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art

Kick-off your weekend with musicians and entertainers as they take the stage with a backdrop of awe-inspiring art from East Tennessee and beyond.

Melvin Miller – The Man with the Horn
(Recording Artist, Radio Personality, Composer, Educator, Recording Academy Member)
Melvin M. Miller’s brand has grown to now include Radio Personality! Melvin has his own radio show on WJZA Smooth Jazz 101.1fm based in Atlanta and heard around the globe. Melvin’s music blends funky pop-influenced grooves, soulful melodies, and traditional jazz artistry. His style delivers a taste of the sound and phrasing of Miles Davis mixed with Melvin’s dynamic stage presence.

ARIA’s vocals have graced the stage with artists like Howard Hewitt and Grammy Award winner William Bell. Her new release “Lose Control” is available on iTunes and several other digital platforms. ARIA’s music mixes the perfect blend of funk with an edge ODF Soul. Her style gives you a taste of the power of Aretha and the flavor of Jasmine Sullivan mixed with a beautiful and engaging stage presence.

Non-Members: $20
Members: $15
Members with AA5 pass: FREE
Kids under 12: FREE
-Doors open at 5:30pm.
-Music begins at 6:30pm.

-Cash bar. -The KMA Gift Shop is open to guests until 6pm and offers a variety of exciting and unique gifts for everyone. -Street level galleries remain open until 8pm and attendees can view the beautiful exhibitions on display. Food will also be available for purchase.

Flying Anvil Theatre: A Kid Like Jake

  • June 16, 2022 — June 26, 2022

Category: Theatre

Flying Anvil Theatre, is preparing to present A Kid Like Jake this pride month. The play tells the story of parents Alex and Greg as they attempt to navigate enrolling their 4-year old into the competitive New York City kindergarten landscape. Jake has an affinity to take on the role of “princess” during playtime, and matters are complicated when he starts showing aggressive behaviors at school interviews.

The adults in Jake’s life are all grappling with the idea that Jake may be transgender. “Jake reminds us that labels can help us put order to the world around us, but at what cost?” says director Doug James, who has approached the play with more questions than answers. “We actually never see the character of Jake in the play- just the adults speaking about and for him. I just want to know, and I think it’s up to the audience to decide, what’s best for the child?”

James, Theatre Teacher at Austin East High School and Adjunct Professor at Maryville College, says that the spectrum of what gender truly means is at the center of national discussion. "No matter what side you fall on this issue, the discussion of gender cannot simply be avoided,” he says. “The beautiful aspect of this play is that it does not preach, but asks questions.” A line that James says perfectly sums up the play is from the preschool principal. “All I'm saying is, we don't always have to know the answers, as long as we keep listening."

A Kid Like Jake, sponsored by Positively Living and Choice Health Networks, runs at Flying Anvil Theatre from June 16-26, and tickets start at $27 for adults and $15 for students.

Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road, Knoxville. Information: 865-357-1309, Facebook and Instagram @flyinganviltheatre

Tennessee Valley Players: Musical “Something Rotten”

Category: Music and Theatre

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing, Tony-award winning musical farce, “Something Rotten!” Annual summer collaboration with the Tennessee Valley Players and the University of Tennessee School of Music Choral Area returns after a two-year hiatus!

At Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre on the University of Tennessee campus - 1714 Andy Holt Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916

Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

Don't miss this hilarious show by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years". Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine. Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences... in the beginning of the first act! It's become clear that "nothing's as amazing as a musical!"

TICKETS: Purchase at the box office - as early as 45 minutes prior to the show or online
Prices: Adults and children 12+: $25
Children (under 12): $15

UT School of Art: Printmaking Summer Showcase

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Prints by UT Knoxville Undergraduate & Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff

Art & Architecture Building, second floor
1715 Volunteer Blvd.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

June 6 – September 2, 2022

Each summer for the past few years the Printmaking Program in the UTK School of Art presents an exhibition of recent prints by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. The works represent a wide variety of methods and approaches, including intaglios, relief prints, lithographs, and screenprints, reflecting a diversity of ideas and approaches. The MFA Program in Printmaking at UTK is ranked #3 among public universities nationally by US News and World Report.

The Art and Architecture building is accessible to the public through the summer weekdays from 8 am-5 pm.

Nief-Norf Summer Festival

Category: Festivals, special events and Music

Nief-Norf Summer Festival will take place from June 5-19, 2022 at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Approximately 50 performance, composition, and music technology performance fellows will gather in an immersive think-tank environment during Nief-Norf Summer Festival. They will participate in 20+ events including concerts, lectures, masterclasses, and group hangs; engage in networking and in-depth collaboration; and work with our guest artists and composers.

We are thrilled to welcome guest artists Mark Applebaum (composition/improvisation/piano) in residence for Week 1 and Pamela Z (composition/technology/voice) in residence for Week 2, in addition to our all-star faculty line-up!

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Opening Concert
Friday, June 10, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Mark Applebaum & Nief-Norf Composition-Fellows: Theme in Search of Variations Concert
Saturday, June 11, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Music of Mark Applebaum

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | NNSF22 Composition Fellows' Concert #1
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | NNSF22 Composition Fellows' Concert #2
Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:30-9:30PM | Music of Pamela Z
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 3-5:30PM | Final NNSF22 Concert

Concert tickets are $10 (students) and $15 (general); VIP festival passes are $60 (students) and $90 (general). All tickets and passes are available at the door, and will be available on the Nief-Norf ticket website.

Artistic Director Andrew Bliss and Managing Director Abby Fisher lead a stellar faculty for the 2022 Nief-Norf Summer Festival, including: Erin Rogers (Composition Director); Mark Applebaum (Guest Artist); Pamela Z (Guest Artist); Allison Adams (Saxophone & Woodwinds); Maria Castillo (Flute); Claire Chenette (Oboe & Woodwinds); Andrea Lodge (Piano); Jordan Munson (Music Technology); Kendall Williams (Steel Pan and Percussion); and Ashley Walters (Cello).

Tennessee Artists Association: Exhibition at Ijams Nature Center

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Reception will be June 4th, 6 – 8pm in conjunction with a Bluegrass Band performance.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Grounds and trails open during daylight hours. Call for Visitor Center hours. Information: 865-577-4717,

Tennessee Artists Association: 865-675-2285,

Bennett: Carl Sublett - The Golden Years

  • June 4, 2022 — June 25, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Champagne opening June 4, 11 AM - 4 PM

Bennett is proud to present a retrospective of Carl Sublett’s work post-retirement from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Carl Sublett was a Knoxville local who divided his time between Knoxville and his home in Maine; much of his work is influenced by the landscapes of Eastern Tennessee and Maine. Carl is best known for his landscape paintings and abstract works; his dark color palettes evoke a sense of nostalgia and draws the viewer in with the essences of his works.

Carl Sublett studied at Western Kentucky State College before joining the US Army in 1941. He was stationed in Italy, and after the end of the war Carl enrolled at the University Study Center in Florence, Italy. By 1954 Carl had returned to the United States and was living in Knoxville with his wife and their two children. Carl became a founding member of The Knoxville Seven, a prolific art group, and began teaching painting at UT Knoxville in 1966 until his retirement in 1982. Bennett has been representing Carl and his work since the 1980s. Carl’s influences came from a wide range of sources, most notably his expansive collection of art books and magazines, the work of Marsden Hartley, and his contemporary, Andrew Wyeth.

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

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