Calendar of Events

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Clayton Center for the Arts: Christmas With The Annie Moses Band

Category: Music

December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

From the roots of the Grand Ole Opry to the wings of Carnegie Hall, the Annie Moses Band has been taking music to new heights for more than a decade. As the “first family of American music,” this sibling band applies its classically honed, all-American talent to a cornucopia of iconic melodies through innovative arrangements and masterful original songwriting. The Nashville-raised and New York-trained ensemble delivers a spellbinding musical odyssey.

Christmas with the Annie Moses Band has become a holiday tradition for families at sold-out shows all across America. The Annie Moses Band’s riveting virtuosity brings audiences into the cinematic wonder of the season’s favorite songs from O Holy Night to Carol of the Bells.

Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590, www.ClaytonArtsCenter.com

The Maker City Santa Gift Exchange & Maker Mingle at techstars

  • December 15, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events and Free event

Thu, December 15, 2022, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
465 S Gay St 465 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

Maker Mingles are casual gatherings to meet up with other makers, check out a maker space, and enjoy a little social time. This Mingle addition is also the gift pick-up for The Maker City Santa Gift Exchange.

You can sign up to participate in the gift exchange until November 17th at midnight! If you miss the sign up to exchange gifts, come out and celebrate with fellow makers anyway!

When the techstars accelerator is not in session their space becomes a co-working location – a gathering place for Knoxville's finest to meet, collaborate, build new connections, increase communication, and accelerate growth.

Don't miss out on the fun!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-maker-city-santa-gift-exchange-maker-mingle-at-techstars-tickets-464601183647

Knoxville Opera: Holiday Concert at Blount County Library

Category: Free event, Kids, family, Literature, reading, writing and Music

Knoxville Opera will perform a Holiday Concert at the Blount County Library on Thursday, December 15 at 7 pm. The performance is free to the public and sure to inspire holiday cheer for all who attend. The performance will showcase Soprano, Jacqueline Brecheen; Mezzo-soprano, Caitlin Bolden; Tenor, John Overholt; Baritone, Jacob Lay; and pianist, Elizabeth Moore. The quartet will perform a selection of classical Christmas music, sacred songs, and familiar holiday favorites.

https://www.blounttn.org/982/News-Events
508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, TN 37804
865-982-0981

Old City Buskers Holiday Night

  • December 15, 2022

Category: Culinary arts, food, Dance, movement and Music

7 pm Thurs Dec 15th
Phoenix Pharmacy & Fountain in downtown Knoxville

Come see the Old City Buskers at the Phoenix Pharmacy and enjoy some holiday spirit, delicious ice cream, and swingin’ tunes! The wood floor is open if you want to dance a bit too!
https://www.facebook.com/events/5392320934212408/

Knoxville History Project: Holiday Zoomery

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, discussion, panel and Virtual

Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Rather than telling a long story, or exploring a tedious theory, as is our habit, we’re just going to be showing lots of amazing pictures of Christmas as only Knoxville could do it, since the 1860s, from weird ads to festive photographs, and talking about them, and welcoming your comments. Join us, and help us figure them out. Ugly sweaters are optional, and we don't even have to see them unless you press the camera option.

Register on our Events page.
Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559, www.Knoxvillehistoryproject.org

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 (fearlessmotion.net) 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, circlemoderndance@gmail.com
www.circlemoderndance.com

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, https://knoxbijou.org/

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.

Monroe Area Council for the Arts: English Country Dance Classes

  • December 8, 2022 — December 29, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops, Dance, movement and Free event

Another series of English Dance classes will begin December 8th and continue to be held at the Cora Veal Senior Center each Thursday in December (12 -1 pm). All are welcome to attend. These classes are free through grant funding provided by the Tellico Community Foundation.

English Country Dance is a style of folk dance preceding Square Dance and a forerunner of modern line dance.

No partner needed. Each dance is taught with a walk-through, having the music played to understand the pace of the dance, and called. Dance patterns are prompted throughout by the caller.

Please visit www.monroearts.com for more information, or call 423-442-3210.

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:
Instagram:@laurentheabstractartist
website: http://www.laurenkelley.art
email: artbylaurenkelley@yahoo.com

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Work by Sarah Brobst

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, www.ijams.org

Knox County Public Library: Visits with Santa

  • December 5, 2022 — December 22, 2022

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Merry, Merry at the Library! Join us for some ho! ho! ho! with the big man in red. Bring your wish list and bring your camera! Most events include a snack and a craft. Call for details: https://www.knoxcountylibrary.org/about/hours-and-locations

Dec 5 | Howard Pinkston | 10:00-11:00
Dec 7 | Carter | 10:30 - 11:30
Dec 8 | Cedar Bluff | 11:00 - 12:30
Dec 8 | Farragut | 3:30 - 5:00
Dec 12 | Karns | 11:00 - 12:00
Dec 12 | Sequoyah | 5:00 - 6:00
Dec 13 | Burlington | 11:00 - 12:00
Dec 13 | Halls | 4:00 - 5:00
Dec 14 | Lawson McGhee | 10:30 - 11:30
Dec 14 | Bearden | 3:30 - 4:30
Dec 15 | Corryton | 4:00 - 5:00
Dec 16 | Fountain City | 10:15 - 11:15
Dec 19 | Norwood | 6:00 - 7:00
Dec 22 | South Knoxville | 11:00 - 12:00
Dec 22 | Powell | 4:00 - 5:00

Made possible through the generous support of Friends of the Library.

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