Calendar of Events

Friday, December 16, 2022

Knoxville Museum of Art: Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Landfall Press: Five Decades of Printmaking celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the country’s most renowned printers-publishers. Founded in 1970 by Jack Lemon, Landfall Press played a key role in expanding the geography of the American postwar print renaissance. In the late 1950s and 1960s, new printmaking workshops, including Universal Limited Art Editions, Tamarind Lithography Workshop, and Gemini G.E.L., opened on the East and West Coasts. Jack Lemon helped bring this printmaking revival to the Midwest. He learned lithography at the Kansas City Art Institute, then later established and directed lithography workshops there in 1965 and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1968. He opened Landfall Press in Chicago, effectively creating a new hub for printmaking that attracted artists from around the country.

Landfall Press is known for its outstanding innovation and exacting technical standards. It specializes in lithography but has also produced etchings, woodcuts, books, and multiples that have often redefined what a print can be. As a publisher, Lemon has collaborated with a diverse range of international artists, introducing many of them to the process of printmaking. Landfall operated out of Chicago for thirty-five years and, in 2004, relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it continues to serve new generations.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: 36th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert

Category: Kids, family and Music

Friday, Dec. 16, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 3 p.m.

One of East Tennessee’s favorite holiday traditions takes a Celtic twist this year as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the 36th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert.

The KSO will be joined by Irish band Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville Pipes & Drums, GO! Contemporary Dance Works, Knoxville Choral Society and the newly established Knoxville Symphony Youth Choir to bring festive Celtic tunes to the stage alongside classic holiday favorites. Highlights include “Bagpipe Christmas Melody,” “Christmas in Killarney,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.”

“For us, playing with the Knoxville Symphony is a special experience because it allows us to collaborate in our beloved hometown of Knoxville and to share the stage with all the amazing musicians that make up the symphony,” said Chad Beauchaine, fiddler for Four Leaf Peat. “Being on stage with so many great musicians is humbling but also gives us some fresh motivation to keep pressing forward with our own music. We absolutely cannot wait to be a part of the Clayton Holiday Concert with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra!”

Aram Demirjian, conductor
865-291-3310 or

Oak Ridge Playhouse: LEVI KREIS: Home for the Holidays 2022

Category: Music

December 16-18, 2022

Back again LIVE for his 8th Annual "Home for the Holidays" concert, Tony Award winner Levi Kreis brings you an intimate evening at the piano on the Playhouse stage, singing your favorite holiday tunes, old and new.

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

Friday Night at The Concourse: Holiday Dance Party! with The Streamliners Swing Orchestra

  • December 16, 2022

Category: Dance, movement and Music

Dec. 16 - "Holiday Dance Party!" featuring The Streamliners Swing Orchestra @6:30PM (Doors open at 5:30.) $15 at the Door, or $13.20 (including service fee) in advance

Food will be available from Rasta Pasta Food Truck

The Concourse
4328 N. Broadway Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917

Muse Knoxville: FREE Family Night

Category: Free event, Kids, family, Science, nature and Technology

Once a month, we open our museum to everyone for FREE. Get your whole crew together for a night of community and play on the house!

Muse Knoxville, 516 N. Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-594-1494,

Ijams Nature Center: Prowl for Owls

Category: Kids, family and Science, nature

(Ages 6+) Whooo's ready to meet Ijams owl ambassadors before heading out on the trails after dark? You'll learn about owls, then prowl for barred, screech and great horned owls, practice owl calls and more from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 16!

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,

SalsaKnox Dance Company: The Salsa Social

  • December 16, 2022

Category: Classes, workshops and Dance, movement

8pm to 1am - Every 3rd Friday of the Month
*** 8 pm: Intro Bachata Dance
***8:30 pm: Intro to Salsa Dance
***9:00 pm: The Salsa Party Starts

Instructor-Led Latin Dancing, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Location: Champion Ballroom Center Of Knoxville (4028 Papermill Dr NW Ste 16, Knoxville, TN 37909)
Save 30% by PRE-ORDERING TICKET prior to the day of the event!

Red Moon Sessions presents: A Very Pretentious Christmas

  • December 16, 2022

Category: Free event and Music

Friday, December 16th, 7pm - Eggnog and cookie hour, 8pm - Music

A charity concert and holiday party featuring many familiar faces spreading Christmas cheer, singing loud for all to hear. Free to attend! Donations are encouraged, and required to enter raffle drawings taking place throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to Mountain Access Brigade.

Music Lineup:
Haley Labelle,
Zach Gilleran,
Dee Smiff,
Stranger May,
Cecilia Wright,
Ben McLaughlin,
Jake Smith

At Pretentious Beer Co, 131 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902

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,

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

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,

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:

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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