Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Carson-Newman University: Michael Alvis Exhibition

  • August 30, 2022 — October 6, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A solo exhibition of works in a variety of media by C-N alum and former C-N Adjunct Instructor of Art

Opening reception and celebration of the renovated and renamed gallery: Tue Aug 30, 3-5 PM

The Michael Alvis Art Gallery (formerly known as the Omega Gallery) at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

Bijou Theatre: PJ Morton

Category: Music


Tuesday, August 30 | 8PM

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

Tennessee Theatre: Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change with Bettye Lavette

Category: Music


Get your tickets now for our next PASS THE MIC: CREATING A STAGE FOR CHANGE event! Bettye Lavette and Danielle Ponder take the stage on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:30pm. Plus, we’ll be hosting a conversation with Danielle the night before the show – stay tuned for more details about this free event. To learn more and purchase tickets:

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

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club: Big Fun Tuesdays at Ijams

  • August 30, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Health, wellness, Music and Science, nature

Big Fun Tuesdays are Back! Head to Mead's Quarry to ride, eat, swim, and enjoy live music with Ijams and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club on the first Tuesday of every month from June through October!

Big Fun Tuesdays are from 6-9 pm. There will be a local food truck at each event and the Ijams beer garden will be open for food/drink needs. Local musicians will kick off the tunes around 6:45 pm.

This is a FREE event for all ages. Grab your friends and family, and come to the quarry for fresh air and fun!

NEW! Aug. 30 Featuring Evie Andrus and TBD
Sept. 6 Featuring Steph Cabell and TBD
Oct. 4 Coming Soon

United Way of Greater Knoxville: Campaign Kickoff

  • August 30, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Fundraisers and Music

Join us for a family-friendly community block party to kick off UWGK's 2022 Campaign!

Come out to United Way of Greater Knoxville's building on August 30 as we connect with friends and partners, launch this year's campaign, and celebrate our Knoxville community together!

When: Tuesday, August 30 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: 1301 Hannah Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921
Who: Partners, community members, friends, and families!

Food and drinks will be provided, with some sweet treats to help keep us cool! We will have face painting, yard games, music, and more.

Knox Crafts TN: DIY Macrame Owl Wall Hanging

  • August 30, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

At Trailhead Beer Market
Tickets · $35

Flashback to the 70s with us and tie up a macrame owl wall hanging with vintage craft cord, beads and step by step instructions! Class will be lead by local fiber artist, Victoria Walsh, AKA Macrame Momma. Illustrated knotting guides will also be available to help you learn the four basic knots for this month’s project. This class is perfect for beginners, but class size is very limited. Sign up early to save your seat!

Ijams Nature Center: Big Fun Tuesday

Category: Culinary arts, food, Free event, Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

(All Ages) Join Ijams and Appalachian Mountain Bike Club for a SPECIAL Big Fun Tuesday at Mead's Quarry Aug. 30 from 6-9 p.m.! Ride your bike; rent a paddle from River Sports Outfitters; swim and enjoy great tunes from Evie Andrus starting around 6:45! Learn More

2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN 37920. 865-577-4717 or

Ijams Nature Center: Forest Bathing Workshop

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness and Science, nature

6-8 PM on Tue Aug 30

Spend a relaxing two hours connecting with nature with ANFT-trained forest therapy guide Sarah Schortz at the Ijams Homesite. Everyone knows that being in nature is good for our wellbeing, but often we don't know how to slow down and just BE to receive all the healing, restorative gifts that nature has to offer.

During this two-hour, immersive experience, you will be guided through a series of relaxing activities designed to help you slow down, and mindfully engage with and explore the natural world through your senses while you discover new ways of being in and with nature.

Forest bathing is different from educational nature programs in that the purpose is not to learn any new information, but to experience and connect with nature. Much like you would not read a book or study facts about a new friend, forest bathing facilitates a way of deeper knowing and understanding the natural world.

This event is NOT a hike and involves very minimal walking. Most of the time will be spent together in the same area near the Miller Building. During the event, participants will alternate between gathering as a group and wandering about exploring on their own with suggested prompts provided by your guide. The purpose of this event is to create a space for you to have a meaningful, restorative experience in nature. All activities offered are optional for you to participate in or adapt as you like.

You may wish to bring a journal, something to write with, water, and a snack. You may also wish to bring a blanket or small outdoor chair if you prefer not to sit on the ground. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you do not mind getting a bit of dirt on, and bring a raincoat if it's drizzly. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased prior to the event.

Pellissippi State: Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton Solo Exhibition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton will be displaying her paintings and installation work

Sisavanh Phouthavong Houghton is a Lao American mixed media visual artist born in Vientiane, Laos. Her artworks have been exhibited nationally at venues including Gadsden Museum of Art, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Hunter Museum of American Art, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Huntsville Museum of Art, The Reece Museum, and upcoming exhibitions at Knoxville Museum of Art. As a refugee and immigrant from the post-Vietnam War era, these experiences are the driving force behind her body of work. Her work has been featured in The New Art Examiner, The Wall Street International, Houston Voyager, ShoutoutHTX, Click_Bait, Create Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, The Tennessean, The Pinch Journal Publication, Voices of America, and The Next Door Neighbor. She has been a guest on Art Fight Podcast, The Art of Outreach, and Drawing South. Permanent collections include Hunter Museum of American Art, American Embassy, Paramaribo, Suriname; Legacies of War Office, Washington, D.C.; Tennessee State Museum; and Pinnacle Bank Headquarter, Nashville, TN. Houghton earned her BFA from the University of Kansas and MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL. She was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Arts Award 2020, a 2019 Artfields' Painting Award, and the 2017 Tennessee Arts Individual Artist Fellowship recipient. Sisavanh lives and works at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a Professor of Painting at Middle Tennessee State University. Houghton has won a MTSU’s Teacher of the Year Award and her research has been funded numerous times by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the generous support of MTSU grants. She has lead community art projects with non-profit organizations such as SEAD (South East Asian Diaspora), Legacies of War, The Frist Art Museum, Oasis Center, and CRIT, Center for Refugees+Immigrants of Tennessee. She is represented by Tinney Contemporary gallery in Nashville, and more information can be found on her website:

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Bagwell Center Gallery hours: M-F 9-5. Information: 865-694-6405,

McClung Museum: The Spirit of Día de los Muertos

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

August 26–December 11, 2022

For the first time in its exhibition history, the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead. The Spirit of Día de los Muertos (The Spirit of Day of the Dead) is the museum's first community collaboration exhibit created with guidance from Latino/a/x community members. The exhibition will open to the public on August 26 and be on view through December 11, 2022.

With displays in Spanish and English, The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that remembers loved ones passed. The exhibition opens with a traditional ofrenda (or altar) installation displaying an array of materials dedicated to deceased friends or family members. Familiar sights include colorful cempazúchitl (marigolds), ofrendas (altars) with food offerings, papel picados (decorative banners), and smartly dressed calaveras (skeletons).

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144

Catron Gallery: A Modern Bee

  • August 22, 2022 — December 2, 2022

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

The artistry of quilting is the focus of the fall exhibit at the Catron Art Gallery. The gallery is located inside the R. Jack Fishman Library on the Walters State Morristown Campus.

“The Modern Bee” celebrates the quilts of Emily Doane, Melissa Everett and Michelle Bolt. The quilts were created during a decade of the trio’s friendship, challenge and artistic growth. The artists take a modern approach to the historically significant quilting bee, social gatherings of quilters dating back to the 1800s.

“Each quilt in this room has its own story, and each quilt’s stitches hold grief, rage, heartache, compassion, joy, and beauty in tension,” the artists said in a written statement. “Through their creation, we three women have grown closer over a decade of deep friendship shared creating quilts and honing our artistic perspectives. The techniques used to design and create the quilts are timeless, but the designs are distinctly modern, influenced by improvisation, careful use of negative space, solid colors, and bold graphic statements.”

Artists will be on campus to discuss their work during an artist talk at 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Catron Gallery.

The Catron Gallery is open during the library’s regular hours, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Admission is free.

Walters State Community College, 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway Morristown, TN 37813
423-585-2600 or

Fountain City Art Center: Student Show

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

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,

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