Calendar of Events

Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Maker City: Maker Meet-in: Product Photography Styling

  • July 28, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts, Free event and Virtual

Thu, July 28, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Online event

Having product photography that displays what you have to sell is important. What is more important is having photography that demonstrates why your clients want it and what makes it attractive. Doing this easily and affordably is the trick. Some topics covered in the workshop are:
• coming up with a profitable shot list
• how to determine the style and look
• where to go and how to get props
• approaches to using props
• keeping costs down
• what to do after the shoot

Maker Meet-ins are online workshops designed to provide makers, small business owners, and the community with education, connection, and inspiration. We tackle topics related to maker businesses, navigating the next set of pivots, or learning new skills through short expert-led workshops. All Meet-ins are free and open for anyone to attend.

Workshop leader Colby McLemore is a regional commercial photographer who does product photography in his downtown Knoxville studio as well as onsite at clients’ locations. You have likely already seen his work in advertisements online, in magazines, or on companies’ websites or brochures. He is the president of the region’s professional photography trade organization, is on the council of the nation’s largest and oldest trade organization, and speaks to professional groups around the nation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the TN Valley: Youth Arts Initiative Variety Show

  • July 28, 2022

Category: Dance, movement, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family, Music and Theatre

We invite you to join us on a Magic Blue Carpet Ride at the Youth Arts Initiative Variety Show. Featuring a special production of Aladdin, music performances and art gallery and much more!

Thursday, July 28th at the Tennessee Theatre. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show starts at 6:30pm.

604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

The show is free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Historic Tennessee Theatre.

East Tennessee Historical Society: An Evening Lecture with Bo Roberts

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual

"Knoxville Took on the World: Lessons Learned and Remembering the Joy"
on July 28, 2022, at 7 pm
In-Person Location and Reservations: East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.)

Online Reservations:
Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom. (Or visit the ETHS Facebook Page at the start of the program to watch this on Facebook Live.)

Bo Roberts will present "Knoxville Took on the World: Lessons Learned and Remembering the Joy," a brief tour linking his East Tennessee roots in Anderson, Roane, Sevier, and Knox counties. Roberts will then give a tour of the world as he led the effort to secure, organize, recruit, and operate the most successful special category world's fair in U.S. history: the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Roberts will share interesting anecdotes and also answer questions as time allows.

Nashville-based marketing consultant Bo Roberts is still working on figuring out exactly what he wants to be when he finally grows up. The East Tennessee-raised, University of Tennessee-educated journalist, Air Force veteran, author, and writer has sampled several somewhat-related professions, enjoying every one of them. At the beginning of his career, Roberts was the youngest newspaper editor in the U.S. while overseeing two weekly newspapers in Sevierville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, before becoming the youngest governor’s cabinet staff appointee in Tennessee history. He then became the youngest vice president ever at the University of Tennessee before taking on the world as the youngest president and CEO of an international exposition while overseeing the highly successful 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. His first book, titled Forever Young, is certainly appropriate. Meanwhile, he continues to dabble in politics. The working title of his second book, “Flaming Moderate,” aptly describes his hope for a more balanced outlook with better outcomes for the citizens of our planet.

Social Dance Knoxville: Introduction to Lindy Hop and Charleston

  • July 28, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

At Broadway Academy of Performing Arts and Event Center

We will be hosting two workshops on July 28th. No experience, no partner, and no special shoes are required. Each workshop costs $20 per person or $30 for both workshops.

At 7pm, we will be teaching Introduction to Lindy Hop. In this workshop you can expect to learn the basics of Lindy Hop and its relationship to East Coast Swing, including the Lindy Circle, and Swing Outs if time permits.

At 8pm, we will be teaching the Basics of Charleston. In this workshop you can expect to learn the partner Charleston basic, transition to & from East Coast, Charleston swings, and the traveling Charleston. If time allows: open kicks, stomps, and cross kicks.

East Tennessee Community Design Center: Art Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Fundraisers


One week before our Celebration, our third annual art auction will go live online. We're excited over the coming weeks to share some of the pieces on social media, so stay tuned there, and once the auction goes live, we will send out an email with instructions on how to bid. The art will all be displayed for viewing at the Celebration, and the auction will close at 9 PM on August 3.

East Tennessee Community Design Center, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-525-9945,

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: Suite Surrender

Category: Theatre

By Michael McKeever and directed by Barry Wallace

Fri. Jul 22nd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 23rd 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 24th 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Jul 28th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Jul 29th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Jul 30th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Jul 31st 2022, 3:00 pm
Thu. Aug 4th 2022, 8:00 pm
Fri. Aug 5th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sat. Aug 6th 2022, 8:00 pm
Sun. Aug 7th 2022, 3:00 pm

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Zoo Knoxville: Zoo After-Hours

Category: Culinary arts, food, Kids, family and Science, nature

Come enjoy our extended After-Hours from 5 PM – 8 PM every Thursday! These evenings are free for members or with a general admission ticket. The Splash Pad is open all day and evening! The carousel and train will also be open and providing free rides! NEW, every After-Hours Thursday we will now have a DJ in the Plaza! Come out and dance to the beats! Each month will feature a special menu and local draft beer.

Thursdays 5-8 PM
Member Admission - Free
General Admission - Free with Zoo Ticket

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

Oak Ridge Playhouse: Forever Plaid

Category: Music and Theatre

Update 7/13/22:
Due to complications related to a positive COVID case within the company of FOREVER PLAID, we regret that we are forced to cancel performances on opening night, Friday July 15 and on Saturday, July 16. No more tickets will be sold for those performance dates. Our new opening date will be Thursday, July 21.

Written by Stuart Ross
Musical Arrangements by James Raitt

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a “guy group” specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This “Heavenly” smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the ‘50s and includes hits such as “Three Coins in the Fountain” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”.


Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999,

Tennessee Stage Co: Knoxville Shakespeare As You Like It

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Thu-Sun at 7:30 PM at Ijams Nature Center
Camp chairs recommended

Join us at Ijams Nature Center July 20th through August 7th for Knoxville Shakespeare's "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare, directed by Allison Crye. Love triangles (that's kind of like an octagon), forests, and fools! We look forward to seeing you soon. Keep an eye out for notifications for when you can get your hands on some tickets!

Tri-Star Arts: Aerial by Mary Laube

  • July 15, 2022 — September 3, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to announce the next exhibition in their main gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A solo show, Aerial, featuring recent work by artist Mary Laube of Knoxville, Tennessee opens Friday, July 15, 2022 and will run through Saturday, September 3, 2022. This show also features a new music video with the Warp Whistle Project (Mary Laube + Paul Schuette).

A public reception will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022 from 5:00- 8:00 pm (artist in attendance). Laube will participate in a Q&A conversation with Brian R. Jobe (Director, Tri-Star Arts) prior to the reception on Friday, September 2 at 3:30pm in the main gallery.

Mary Laube (born Seoul, Korea, 1985) is Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her MFA (2012) from The University of Iowa, and her BFA (2009) from Illinois State University. Past exhibitions include Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC), VCU Qatar (Doha), Monaco (St Louis), The Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Coop Gallery (Nashville). Artist residencies include Yaddo, Wassaic Project, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Stiwdeo Maelor in Corris, Wales. Past publications include Art Maze Mag, Maake Magazine, and New American Paintings. In 2019, Mary received the Contemporary Visual Art Bronze Award from AHL Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Warp Whistle Project, a collaborative duo with composer Paul Schuette. Together, they make work that merges kinetic stage sets with music performance.

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

UT Downtown Gallery: Small Expressions 2022

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

Small Expressions is an annual juried exhibition produced by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. and showcasing contemporary small-scale works (not to exceed 15 inches in any direction) using fiber techniques in any media. Small in scale but visually compelling, this exhibit features work that speaks to the intricacy of expression, intimacy of design, thoughtful communication, and visual excitement. The artists in this exhibit create a big impact through small pieces.

All UT Downtown Gallery events are free and open to the public. Masking is strongly encouraged. UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: W-F 11-6, Sa 10-3. Information: 865-673-0802,

Oak Ridge Art Center: The Fabric of Memory

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

Memories are the fabric of our lives. Our experiences are woven together on the warp of time to create a tapestry of meaning: sometimes coming together to form a clear picture in one’s mind; sometimes waiting to be resolved, or unraveling. For some, fabric can hold memories – your grandmother’s quilt, the dress you wore to prom, the baby booties you knit for your first child, even the wine stain on your best tablecloth. Each represents a memory spun into the fabric of one’s life.

Dates: July 9, 2022 – August 19, 2022
Opening Reception: July 9, 2022

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

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