Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Knoxville Community Darkroom: Classes

Category: Classes, workshops and Exhibitions, visual art

We have new classes and workshops posted for the month of August leading into September. Be sure to check out all that we have to offer this month. Summertime darkroom trips are a great way to beat the heat!

August 31st Class (Learning Series - The Camera) 6PM-8PM - The Camera will teach you all about analog shooting. Topics covered will be: selecting a camera, camera functions, operating in that mysterious "Manual" mode, metering your subject, lens selection, and more.

September 6th Class (Learning Series - The Negative) 6PM-8PM - The Negative will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn to load and process your film.

September 7th Class (Learning Series - The Print) 6PM-8PM - The Print will take you inside The Darkroom where you will learn the basics of enlarger use, burning and dodging and developing finished prints. For this class, you must bring your developed film and B&W photo paper. We suggest buying film and paper locally from F32 near West Town Mall.

September 15th Workshop (Cyanotype) 6PM-8PM - In this workshop, you will learn to make a unique one-of-a-kind handmade print by coating various papers with Cyanotype chemicals and developing them in the sun. Bring found objects, plant materials or print digital negatives on acetate. Paper will be provided for the workshop, but feel free to bring your own if you'd like to experiment. You'll need to register for this class at least 2-days in advance so we can get the materials ready for you to use!

September 23rd Workshop (Lumen Printing) 6PM-8PM - Lumen printing is an early photographic process developed in the 19th century. Using sunlight as developer and (mostly) organic objects as subjects, a lumen print makes a creative impression of our physical world. Come learn the fun Lumen process and discover how to apply it in your design and creative process. You will be making prints within minutes in this exciting workshop as you learn to expose and develop your works.

Schulz Bräu Brewing Company: Stammtisch - Start a Conversation

  • August 31, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM
Recurring monthly, last Wednesday of every month, Stammtisch is a German conversation group!

What to Expect: Sprichst du Deutsch? Would you like to practice your German? Join us monthly at the Stammtisch - a friendly get-together to practice your German language skills over authentic beer and food. All levels from beginner to native speakers are welcome! No need to be fluent, just come and practice what you know. *Please locate group by "Stammtisch" Reserved Sign placed on a taproom table - Prost!
Hosted by: Susie Morgan

Marble City Opera at Central Cinema: Amelia Lost & Shadowlight

Category: Film and Music

Marble City Opera Movie Magic

Make plans to join us at this summer where we're re-showing three of our most popular productions on the big screen.

August 31 - "Amelia Lost" & "Shadowlight"

Stay tuned for info on tickets and showtimes!
Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-951-2447,

Marble City Opera: 865-226-9756,

Knox Crafts TN: DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

  • August 31, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Fine Crafts

At The Bird & The Book
Tickets · $45

Join us for a night of crafts and drafts at The Bird and The Book! This month we'll be macraMAKING macrame plant hangers with vintage craft cord with guest instructor, Victoria Walsh of Macrame Momma! Tickets provide you with all vintage craft materials, knot by knot instruction, illustrated knotting guides, AND a new potted plant baby to compelte your hanger!

Knoxville History Project: Tennessee Theatre Tour Live and In Person

Category: History, heritage and Lecture, discussion, panel

Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street

Once a year, the historic Tennessee Theatre invites the Knoxville History Project to lead an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with historian Jack Neely of Knoxville’s 1928 Moorish-revival “motion-picture palace.”

Jack knows more than a thing or two about the theatre, as he researched and wrote the official history of the cathedral-like venue, published as The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace in 2015.

Jack will relate the theatre’s extravagant story, which has included countless first-run regional movie premieres (and a few world premieres), but also thousands of live performances: on that stage, Desi Arnaz sang Cuban songs and demonstrated the rhumba; Glenn Miller led his famous orchestra in a national radio broadcast; Fannie Brice and the Ziegfeld Follies drew a standing-room-only audience, the biggest in the theater’s history; the legendary cowboy Tom Mix hosted a small rodeo; and, in recent years, major performers Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash, Lionel Hampton, and composer Philip Glass gave concerts to big audiences, some of which have earned international attention. It was also the first theater that Roy Acuff performed in, and the last for Chet Atkins—and, by the way, it's the theater where the late Nanci Griffith recorded her 2002 live album, Winter Marquee.

A limited number of tickets are available for this tour at $25.00 per person plus tax:

The Bluetick Tavern: Songs and Stories with the Waymores

  • August 31, 2022

Category: Free event, Lecture, discussion, panel and Music

Songs and Stories is branching out as part of its ongoing series of concerts and conversations with another free show at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 with special guests The Waymores. 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.

Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians.

American Songwriter described the husband and wife Atlanta-based duo Willie Heath Neal and Kira Annalise as bringing to mind a rebooted incarnation of Conway and Loretta, Porter and Dolly, and Johnny and June... sharing instead songs flush with aptitude and appeal... It’s an unapologetic approach that Waylon, Willie, and Johnny helped pioneer early on and would likely approve of even now.”

In fact, The Waymores play authentic country music with an Americana flourish, combining elements of folk, blues and Honky Tonk into an instantly recognizable sound. Willie Heath Neal’s husky baritone and the warm alto of Kira Annalise complement each other perfectly. Their lush harmonies, and down home lyrics reflect an easy-going sense of humor that makes every crowd feel like a room full of old friends.

The singing, songwriting and guitar-playing duo met 14 years ago at a bar in their home state of Georgia. “We were singing covers in a freewheeling ensemble called the No Count Palookas,” Annalise recalled. “We both had touring bands, which can stretch you financially. After years of struggling, we finally decided to collaborate and play locally, as a duo, resulting in two exceptional albums.

The Bluetick Tavern 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 128 W Broadway Ave., Maryville TN.
Phone (865) 983-0808 or go to their website:

Lee Zimmerman is the host for Songs and Stories.

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,

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,

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Open Ensembles

Category: Free event and Music

Come play music with us on August 18th! If you play guitar or ukulele, consider joining the fun! Participation in the KCG ensemble is open to the public, and all skill levels are welcome. The Knoxville Classical Guitar Ensemble will meet weekly at 7 PM at the Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Road, in Knoxville.

For more information, contact Andy LeGrand at

Information: 865-686-2067,

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