Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Berean Christian School: Steel Magnolias - Dramatic Theater

  • February 16, 2023 — February 18, 2023

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

All of our Fine Art Events are open to the public!

2329 Prosser Road, Knoxville, TN 37914;

Bijou Imagination Series: Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Thu • Feb 16, 2023 • 6:00 PM

The Bijou Imagination Series invites our youngest patrons to join us in the theater for a fun time filled with music and laughter. All ages are welcome to wiggle, dance, and sing along in the audience!

The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour Presents Acoustic Rooster's Barnyard Boogie: Starring Indigo Blume

New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander brings two of his beloved children's books -- Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blume -- to the stage in this exciting musical commissioned by the Kennedy Center. Barnyard Boogie tells a story about being scared, being brave, and believing in yourself. With special guests like Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton -- and Acoustic Rooster himself! -- this musical adaptation will have children and families dancing in their seats.

This 70 minute performance is recommend for children in grades K-3, but all ages are welcome!

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

Knoxville Civic Coliseum: Whiskey Myers

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Music

For this band of renegade brothers, the goal isn’t to fit into a format or try a new direction for its own sake, it’s to be true to the music they love — and with Whiskey Myers they continue pushing in all directions and sharpening their attack, whether country, rock, blues, whatever — even adding the legendary McCrary Sisters’ gospel influence to the project on background vocals. “Everybody wants you to pick a genre, but we did this our whole career,” says Cody Cannon. “We like it all, so we’re gonna do it all. We’re better than we were at 20 years old — you try to hone your skills and get better, write better, play better. This is just how it came naturally, and it works better that way.”

Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37915. Information:

Knoxville Bar Association: Free Legal Advice Clinic for Black-Owned Businesses

  • February 16, 2023
  • 4:00-7:00PM

Category: Classes, workshops and Free event

FREE Legal Advice Clinic for Black-Owned Businesses – Thursday, February 16, 2023
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 East 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
The location is a short walk from KAT Bus Stops for Route 30 and Route 31.

The Knoxville Bar Association is pleased to announce that the Black-Owned Business Clinic and Legal Advice Clinic will provide legal guidance for Black-owned business owners to help them navigate legal issues and have the opportunity to meet individually with attorneys to ask questions and seek advice. The event is scheduled for February 16, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. Fifth Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917

As part of the clinic, business owners can bring their questions to be addressed by local attorneys experienced in business law. Those wishing to attend this session should plan to arrive by 4:00 p.m. to hear a presentation from Professor Eric Amarante of the UT College of Law. The presentation will educate business owners and entrepreneurs about legal and business issues that affect business ventures and other tips on how to protect and enforce their legal rights. Many of the legal issues that business owners face can be avoided or minimized with proper legal guidance from the start. Appointments are first come, first serve. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required – sign up at

This program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Black-Owned Business Directory (#BuyBlackKnox), the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, the Tennessee Access to Justice Initiative, the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, and the attorneys, law students and others volunteering their time and talent.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful: The Orchids Awards

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 5:30-9:00PM
at The Mill and Mine | 227 West Depot Avenue
Dressy Casual (Clean, Green, and Beautiful)

We hope you can join us this year to celebrate the people who are beautifying our dynamic city in support of Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Wine and beer reception, dinner, awards ceremony and live music.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will continue our 44-year-old tradition of honoring the most beautiful spaces and places that elevate our local landscape. We hope you will join us at The Mill and Mine as we recognize winners in seven categories as well as winners of six honorary awards. We will also be raising funds for our placemaking fund for Knox County Schools.

Outdoor Space: Claude Walker Ball Park Renovation, Edith Henderson Garden, Fountain City Park Improvements, Inskip/Norwood Rec Center Playground, Sam Duff Park Improvements, Wild Yards Garden at Seven Islands
Public Art: Colonial and Chapman Mural (Colonial Village), East Tennessee Sunrise Mural in Park Ridge, Maker Exchange Mural, Love is the Answer Mural (Change Center), The Muse We Bee-Long Hexagon Exhibit, South Knox Elementary School Mural
New Architecture: Bill Haslam Center for Math & Science at Pellissippi State Community College, ETCH (the Chiller), First Creek at Austin Phase 1, Orthopaedic Institute at the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm, Phillips Avenue Townhouses, UT Rocky Top Dining Hall, UT Zeanah Engineering Complex
Redesign/Reuse: All Souls Church, ETCH (the Emergency Dept), Dogan Gaither Flats, Golden Roast Coffee on Sutherland, Exterior Renovation of Historic Sutherland Avenue Church, Home Federal Bank, Knoxville Marriott, Maker Exchange, PetWell Clinic, Vida and the Vault
Community Project: South Doyle Neighborhood Association Welcome Sign, Lake Moor Legacy Park and Garden
ReGreening: Everly Brothers Park - Tennessee Music Pathway
Green Organization: KnoxFill

Maker Meet-in: Writing About Your Work: Artist Statements & Bios

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Virtual

Tell your story! Having a carefully crafted bio and a well-written artist statement can show your audience who you are and the intention behind what you create. Learning best practices for how to write artist statements for your work and your personal bio will help you showcase what you want people to see.

Topics covered will include:
• The different types of artist statements
• Things to include/consider in an artist statement
• What to include in a bio
• Examples bios
• Steps for writing an artist statement and bio

When: February 16, 6-7pm
Where: online

Meet the Presenter: Kelly Hider is a regionally and nationally exhibiting studio artist living in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Recent solo shows include exhibits at Unrequited Leisure in Nashville, Mighty Mud in Knoxville, the Clayton Arts Center in Maryville, TN, and Lincoln Memorial University. Hider’s work was featured on the cover of the independent art journal, Number: Inc. in 2016, and she has been twice awarded Ann & Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants through the Arts & Culture Alliance’s Heritage Fund in Knoxville. A proud Hambidge Fellow, Hider completed an artist residency at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia in 2019. Kelly Hider works at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts as their Youth Education Programs Manager, facilitating Arrowmont’s local programming and outreach for area kids and young adults, as well as the new youth outreach program ArtReach on the Road, which brings craft education to K-12 students throughout central Appalachia. Hider has served on the Tennessee Craft Board since 2021.

Maker Meet-Ins are online classes designed to provide makers, small business owners, and the community with education, connection, and inspiration. We tackle topics related to maker businesses, navigating the next set of pivots, or learning new skills through short expert-led workshops. All Meet-ins are free and open for anyone to attend.

Black Musicians Alliance: Black and Boujee

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Free event and Music

The Black Musicians Alliance's Black and Boujee is a celebration of music and other mediums of art by Black artists. All UT students are welcome to attend or perform.

February 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT School of Music: Unless otherwise noted, concerts are FREE and open to the public. Venues: Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard; James R. Cox Auditorium and Performance Hall 32, Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive. Information: 865-974-8935,

Knoxville History Project: The Remarkable Story of an Island Home House

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

Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Our February Zoom will be a bit of a departure—but then, pretty much all of them are, aren’t they? Our guest will be Michael Jordan, development executive at WUOT, talking about his century-old house in the Island Home neighborhood. In recent years, he has worked for Blount Mansion’s staff, but he’s originally from Savannah, where Jordan made a name working on historic projects about that old Georgia port. (Author of three books about Savannah’s history, he has given seminars about how to write history.) Next month he’ll be sharing the story of researching his historic house in Island Home, one of South Knoxville’s more unusual neighborhoods, with tips about the whys and hows. Visit our Events Page to register. Free program1

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

Central Cinema: Collectively Speaking Live Poetry Event

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing

Shoe Game and RheaSunshine present Collectively Speaking, a bimonthly live poetry event spotlighting poetic creators from our area and beyond, hosted by Knoxville Poet Laureate Rhea “Rhea Sunshine” Carmon.

This month’s headliner is award-winning New York poet Drew Drake, who brings passion, creativity and power to the stage! Also featured will be February’s “Rising Star” Daisha Suber, a local poet whose beauty and style is unmatched!

Since we’re Collectively Speaking be prepared to grab the microphone to share some of your favorite poems. You will be encouraged and supported by local poetry lovers from the area.

Seating is limited so get your tickets today!

Central Cinema, 1205 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-951-2447,

Pellissippi State: Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra

  • February 16, 2023

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra kicks off Pellissippi State’s spring 2023 concert series with a free performance Feb. 16, with special guest trombonist Matt Niess of Washington, D.C.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Goins Building College Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville.

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is an honors band under the direction of Knoxville Jazz Orchestra lead trombonist Tom Lundberg, who also is a Music instructor at Pellissippi State. The band is open to high school students from across East Tennessee and is chosen by audition each fall. The 2022-2023 roster includes 17 students from Bearden, Central, Halls, West, Greeneville, Oak Ridge and Roane County high schools as well as Berean Christian and Concord Christian schools, both located in Knoxville.

“The KJYO explores the repertoire of outstanding jazz ensembles as well as the music of the Great American Songbook,” Lundberg explained. “The group offers students the opportunity to learn about and develop jazz improvisation skills.”

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra will be joined Feb. 16 by Niess, an Edwards Trombonist and Summit label recording artist. Niess served in the U.S. Army Band “Pershing's Own” as lead trombone with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and trombonist with the U.S. Army Brass Quintet. Niess is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones and the National Jazz Workshop, a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and director of Jazz Studies and professor of Trombone at Shenandoah Conservatory.

All Pellissippi State concerts are free and open to the public. For the full list of our spring 2023 concerts, including the venues where they will be held, visit You can also watch recordings of our fall 2022 concert series on the website.

Pellissippi State | 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37933

River & Rail Theatre Company: Free Community Preview of The Mountaintop

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Theatre

February 16 | 7:30pm

We are so grateful to Accord Federal Services for sponsoring a performance of The Mountaintop. All tickets to the February 16th Community Preview are free. The performance runs 90 minutes with no intermission. To reserve your spot on Preview Night use code MLKJR.

When playwright Katori Hall discusses The Mountaintop, she often mentions her mother, Carrie Mae Golden, who was in Memphis the night King gave his final address. Carrie Mae heeded her own mother’s advice didn’t attend. She regretted it for the rest of her life.

The Mountaintop imagines a world where King and a mysterious hotel maid (named “Camae” for Hall’s mother) finally get to meet. This is a story of King the man, not the myth; a moving portrait of his humanity.

Run time: 90 minutes with no intermission
River & Rail Theatre at Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

TVUUC: Exhibition by Lisa Kurtz & Kate McCullough

  • February 12, 2023 — April 6, 2023

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

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, Free and open to the public
Reception Fri Feb 17, 6-7:30 PM with artists' talks at 6:30 PM

Lisa Kurtz
I have made wall pieces out of clay since way back in graduate school. Before I made pottery, I painted, so I often think of these wall pieces as clay canvases or clay landscapes with texture. I also like to add mixed media to some of my wall pieces, such as driftwood, shells, and other found objects. All my clay wall art is wired on the back or mounted on wood and wired so that it hangs easily - just like a painting would. I also love to make clay wall pouches, which can hold water and be used as wall vases for flowers. I have worked with clay for over 40 years and fell in love with the fluid and impressionable characteristics of this wonderful medium in college. Rocks and water have always inspired me. I love the streams running through the mountains, and I also love the ocean. I am fascinated by the effect that water has on the earth and the calming effect water has on people. The textures and colors in water, sand, sea birds, shells, rocks, and marine creatures inform my work and my glazes. I mix up all my own glazes and am often tweaking them to highlight the textures that I put on my pieces. My goal is to infuse my work with the peaceful feelings that water worn rocks, landscape, and waves give to me and share those feelings with others through my art.

Kate McCullough
I began painting in watercolor about 20 years ago after a 35-year hiatus from art. Initially my studies at Villa Marie College and SUNY College at Buffalo included general design, art history and oil and acrylic painting. When I returned to painting, I decided that watercolor was a medium that I would like to explore. I immediately fell in love with it and I have not looked back. I started with courses with Marcia Goldenstein and Whitney Leland at UT and then moved on to workshops at Arrowmont with Don Lake and Sue Archer, Kanuga with Linda Baker and Don Andrews, Cheap Joe’s with Linda Kemp, three workshops with John Salminen and a couple with Paul Jackson. I presently teach a watercolor class at the Fountain City Art Center. I am the former president of the Knoxville Watercolor Society, a member of the Art Market Gallery in downtown Knoxville, a signature member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.

Gallery hours: Mon-Thu 9:30-4:30, Sun 9-1.
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church Gallery, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

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