Calendar of Events

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

At the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville 37916

Circle Modern Dance continues its annual holiday tradition of Modern Dance Primitive Light, a Winter Solstice performance of dance and live music. The 2022 performances will take place December 14-17 at the show's traditional venue - the historic Laurel Theater in the Fort Sanders neighborhood.

Modern Dance Primitive Light features performance art by area choreographers, dancers, and musicians. Each performance showcases live music, directed and scored by Klay Brooks. Guest artist Jill Frere of Fearless Motion and Moving Ground ( is debuting an interactive piece with audience participation at the show. The performances also include choreography & improvised work from past and current Circle Modern Dance core members, including Darby O'Connor, Nate Barrett, and Kimberly Matibag.

"Circle Modern Dance has not been able to perform at the Laurel Theater since 2019" said Kelly Rhyne, co-director of the production. "We are thrilled to be back at this beautiful venue that feels like home for Modern Dance Primitive Light."

Attendees can join the "Pay What You Wish" Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM or performances on Thursday, December 16 at 8:00 PM, and Friday & Saturday, December 17 & 18 at 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM at the historic Laurel Theater (1538 Laurel Avenue). Tickets are $15 in advance on Eventbrite and $20 at the door with a $5 discount for students, seniors, and military service members. Modern Dance Primitive Light is a show for all ages and participates in the Penny4Arts program, allowing children to attend for one penny when accompanied by an adult. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Arts Commission.

For more information, please contact: Kelly Rhyne, Director, Circle Modern Dance,

Bijou Theatre: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Category: Music

We're excited to announce Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will join us for two very special evenings at the Bijou Theatre on December 14 & 15. Tickets are on sale now!

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

Knoxville Classical Guitar: Jason Vieaux

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Music

December 14, 2022
7 PM @ The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Classical Guitar concerts take place at Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN 37923. Information: 865-686-2067,

Tennessee Theatre: Behold the Lamb of God

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

AT 7:00PM

Join storied Nashville singer-songwriter and author Andrew Peterson as he presents the Advent song cycle Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ. Now in its 23rd year, Behold the Lamb will feature guest artists Jess Ray, TheArcadian Wild, Andy Gullahorn, and Jill Phillips, along with an all-star cast of Nashville songwriters and session musicians. The concert brings the singing and playing of Peterson's original folk-roots infused rendition of the Christmas story as it is foreshadowed in the Old Testament and brought to bear in the New. The tour is sponsored by International Justice Mission and Kyser Capos.

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

Trees Knoxville: Urban Forest Master Plan Kickoff Event

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Free event, Health, wellness and Science, nature

Join us and become a part of Knoxville's Urban Forest Future!

The City of Knoxville is moving forward with an Urban Forest Master Plan. Our goal is for Knoxville to have the most vibrant urban forest and urban forestry program in the country, and we need YOUR help.

Get involved in the planning process by joining us at the kickoff event on December 14th, 2022. You will have a chance to hear from speakers from Ohio and Florida about the importance and benefits of having an Urban Forest Master plan as well as opportunity to speak with representatives from the City and Trees Knoxville about the planning process.

The event will be from 5:30-7:00 PM at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville. (500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue)

There will be light refreshments and free parking available at the Coliseum's parking garage. We hope to see you all there! If you have any questions regarding the event or the Urban Forest Master Plan, feel free to reach us by email at

Relix Theatre: Pints For Purpose - Happy Holler Holiday Market

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, Free event, Fundraisers and Kids, family

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022 AT 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Holiday Market! Join us on Wednesday, December 14th at Relix Theatre to support Second Harvest Food Bank.

We will have 25+ local vendors and makers attending to help you stock up on all of your holiday gift needs! There will be a cash bar and complimentary small bites and finger foods, as well. Pints will be contributing all event donations directly to Second Harvest. All of our makers and vendors will be supporting Second Harvest, as well! We are so excited to benefit this amazing organization that leads our community in the fight against hunger and food insecurity.

More info on Second Harvest found here:
During the event, you will have the opportunity to meet with their team members, learn about their cause, and network with other young professionals in our area.
Donations to @pintsforpurpose Venmo can be made leading up to the event!

Knoxville Poetry Slam: Christmas Sweater Slam!

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Literature, spoken word, writing

At Central Cinema

We’ve got a feature poet stopping in this month! None other than Knoxville’s Poet Laureate - Rhea Sunshine! Be ready to show off your ugliest Christmas sweater and your best Christmas Poetry!
You won’t want to miss this!

Knoxville Botanical Garden: Winter Solstice Story Thyme

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing and Science, nature

We will be continuing our tradition of celebrating the winter solstice by making kid-friendly wreaths (no cutting or sharp wires required!). Just like our regular weekly Story Thyme meetings, preschoolers and kindergartners (and folks a bit older and younger!) are invited out on a Wednesday morning for a craft, time to explore the garden, and a solstice-themed readaloud.

To ensure that we take the right amount of greenery from our trees, we ask that you register your wreath-makers in advance. Babies and toddlers who won't be making a wreath don't need to register. There's only a few seats left, so be sure to register soon!

Time: 10:30-11:30
Cost: Free to members of the gardens, $5 for non-members

Find out more info and register at

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from sunrise to sunset. Information: 865-862-8717,

Professional Photographers of East Tennessee: Holiday Party

  • December 14, 2022

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event


Graciously hosted by The Knox Exchange

Everyone please bring a appetizer to share.... nothing messy!

We'll have a quick talk, not a class. An auction for several great items.

Water and sodas provided by Professional Photographers of East Tennessee.

1326 N Broadway Ave, Knoxville, TN, United States, Tennessee

TVUUC: Works by the TVUUC Art Gallery Committee

  • December 11, 2022 — February 7, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Free and open to the public
Reception Friday, January 13, 2023, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.
Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday, 9:00-1:00 Sunday. Closed: December 23–December 30.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

The TVUUC Art Gallery Committee’s mission is to support the programming and outreach of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church through the presentation of high quality and diverse works of visual arts. The committee consists of members and friends of the church, who manage exhibits in the gallery spaces and consult on other art-related matters in the building. There is no minimum or maximum number of members. There are two co-chairs, responsible for soliciting and judging artwork, making sure that hangings and receptions are well attended, and keeping everyone well informed. There are six exhibits of approximately two months each per year. There may be an artist in each of the two gallery spaces or there may be one artist in the combined gallery, and there may be group shows, by area art organizations or by the committee itself. Exhibiting artists come from within a 250-mile radius. The gallery program is self-funded through donations. In existence since before this building and gallery existed, the TVUUC gallery is both an enhancement for the interior activities of the church and an effective element of outreach, well respected in the area art community.

Current members of the art gallery committee:

Athanasios Bayiates, Ann Birdwell, Betty Bumgarner, Joy Fels, Diane Fox, Faye Joyce, Roger Kroll, Trevor Lord, Beauvais Lyons, Kate McCullough, Roy McCullough, Cindy Moffett, Ken Moffett, Diana Ritter, Kathy Seely, Sylvia Smith, Jenny Snead, Terri Swaggerty, Bobbie Crews Thurston, Clay Thurston, and Karen Worthy.

Central Flats and Taps: Lauren Kelly - A Full Year

  • December 7, 2022 — January 1, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Lauren Kelley is a native Knoxvillian and abstract artist, working primarily in acrylic and mixed media.
She is fascinated by color and luminosity, so the juxtaposition of light and darkness is a reoccurring theme in her work. Through her presentation of vibrant color and mark-making, her mission is to encourage others to choose hope and to reach beyond difficult external circumstances. She has often found that trying or painful times can serve as a catalyst to provide a dramatic shift in life. It is her hope that viewers may find the boldness within themselves to pursue the freedom that is found when embracing one's true calling.

Lauren's solo show, presented now through New Years Day 2023, at Central Flats and Taps in Knoxville has been titled "A Full Year." She shows 15 pieces that have all been created during 2022.

She explains: "as we all prepare to celebrate the holidays and the end of the year, we also anticipate a new year, with new experiences, joyous moments, and the inevitable difficulties that come with day to day life. I have chosen to title this show "A Full Year," to celebrate the trials and triumphs of living life that are universal to all.

Reflecting this theme, pieces featured include: "Northern Lights Shine Brightest in the Dark," "Surprise Party!,"
"Serendipity," and "The Phoenix." All pieces are for sale in time for the holidays.

Additionally, her work can be found at: Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917

To schedule a gallery tour or inquire about purchases and commissions:

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Sarah Brobst

  • December 7, 2022 — December 31, 2022

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

Come out during the month of December to see a wild collection of mixed media collages and sculptures from Ijams' own Sarah Brobst. Her show, Dreamworlds and Hidden Gems, was created using recycled and upcycled items to create one-of-a-kind compositions!

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,

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