Calendar of Events

Monday, March 6, 2023

East Tennessee Historical Society: Appalachia Sessions

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

The Appalachia Sessions is social impact and purpose-driven initiative to bring the history of Appalachian music, culture, and education to students who are directly impacted by its history. The Appalachia Sessions is a televised, one-hour music show featuring a live audience of students from Appalachia. The ten-episode series showcases music born out of the history of East Tennessee and the Appalachian Cultural Region. It features a diverse line-up of musicians and intimately focuses on the artists, their roots, and the fundamentals of songwriting. Each episode begins as a three-hour concert filmed at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The three hour concert is edited into a one-hour TV show that will air across central and southern Appalachia. We will host 150 – 200 students from the inner cities and rural Appalachia to tour the Museum of East Tennessee History and attend each concert. 100% of the net proceeds from the concert series will benefit the Appalachia Sessions Fund to support student literacy and education in Appalachia.

Appalachia Session passes for the live taping at the Bijou Theatre (803 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902) are available at the Museum of East Tennessee History (601 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902) front desk during regular hours. Passes are free to the public. Donations welcome. For more information, visit or call the East Tennessee Historical Society at 865-215-8830

Starting in 1927, record labels came to multiple areas in Appalachia including Bristol, Johnson City, and Knoxville in search of an old-time, genuine sound. During their search, they found influential voices of jazz, blues, and gospel. With this newfound, diverse music, they decided to teach the next generation the joys of music and creativity. The sole mission of The Appalachia Sessions is to leverage the power of music to advocate for literacy for the children of Appalachia. It showcases music that was born out of the history of East Tennessee and the Appalachian Cultural Region. Each Appalachia Sessions season will have 10 episodes, with one episode per month, running from September through May. For more information and to make a donation or join the A-list visit

More info: (865) 215-8824 or

UT Humanities Center: Narrative Fusion: Clinical Arts and Literary Science

  • March 6, 2023

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

When: 3:30 PM EST
At Lindsay Young Auditorium (rm. 101), John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville TN
OR via livestream at

On March 6, Rita Charon, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, will give a public talk titled "Narrative Fusion: Clinical Arts and Literary Sciences."

Narrating the self has long been the foundation of both literary and clinical practices. Whether in a published memoir or novel or in a visit to one’s doctor or psychoanalyst, one discovers aspects of the self by telling of it to another. Narrative medicine has grown from crossing the literary with the medical. We have achieved clinical success in training health professionals to listen for what their patients tell them and conceptual advances in investigating the interpersonal and aesthetic properties of literature. A just and effective health care may emerge from the creative and self-making capacities of patients and clinicians that are developed in rigorous practices as readers, writers, and seers.

The lecture is free and open to the public and is held in Hodges Library’s auditorium on the UT Knoxville campus. Public parking is available in the Volunteer Hall parking garage for our off-campus visitors. Everyone is welcome!

About the speaker:
Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar who originated the field of narrative medicine. She is the Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, the founding chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, and Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. She serves as the Executive Director of Columbia Narrative Medicine. She completed the MD at Harvard and the Ph.D. in English at Columbia, concentrating on the works of Henry James. Charon’s research investigates narrative medicine training, reflective practice, health care justice, and health care team effectiveness and has been supported by the NIH, the NEH, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, and many other private foundations. She was selected by the NEH to deliver the Jefferson Lecture in 2018, the highest academic distinction awarded by the Endowment. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited four books on narrative medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on narrative medicine and is widely published in leading medical and literary journals.

Rita Charon was invited to campus by Stan Garner, James Douglas Bruce Professor of English at UT.

865-974-4222 or

Tennessee Theatre: Mighty Musical Monday with Tinca Tinca

Category: Free event and Music


We are pleased to welcome you to the Theatre to enjoy a live concert featuring House Organist Freddie Brabson on the Tennessee Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Freddie will be joined by Tinca Tinca, a melodic, lyrical, retro-futuristic indie rock band based right here in Knoxville. Tinca Tinca has been featured on WDVX, WUTK, Real Knoxville Music; performed at an array of venues and festivals including the historic Bijou Theatre, the Emporium, Sunset on Central; and has appeared live on WATE Channel 6 ABC. Tinca Tinca formed in the summer of 2021, and released their debut album that fall. Learn more at

Please note that we will not be providing lunch, but concessions will be available for purchase.

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

Dogwood Arts: Converge: Coming Together, Embracing Balance

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

Join us at Dogwood Arts during March First Friday for the opening reception featuring work by 25 local immigrant & refugee artists.

• Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd from 5-8PM
• Gallery Hours: M-F 9AM-5PM

Converge is a multimedia group exhibition that explores the concept of balance. Seemingly opposing forces are really two sides of the same coin and both must be embraced to live fully. As we reckon with light and dark, loss and joy, loneliness and belonging amidst the organized chaos of life, we find ways to deposit beauty into the world through artistic self-expression. Featuring work by 25 local immigrant and refugee artists, the exhibition aims to reveal the beauty of community when many people and cultures come together. The choice of media in the selected artworks varies as much as the artists’ individual stories, experiences, and cultures. Standing side by side, embracing all that life brings, we are weaving a new tapestry together. The exhibition was curated by Jalynn Baker, the Inclusion & Community Outreach Coordinator for Dogwood Arts. Collaborating with several local organizations to assemble this multinational group of artists, we hope viewers will consider how they can embrace the convergence of different people and ideas in their own lives.

Participating Artists: Eugenia Almeida, Maria Elena Mendez Aquino, Reem Arnouk, Ilina Arsova, Kybreiana Barham, Jose and Pepe Calabres, Manuel Carreon, Enrique Cruz, Luiza Francisco, Maria Pedro Francisco, Marina Gulevich, Nidhi Jani, Estefania Jose, Markiian Lukyniuk, Mene Manresa, Eve Andres Martin, Hei Park, Dolores Francisco Pedro, Arely Recimos, Ramirez, Héctor Saldivar, Antoine Seni, Ruchi Singh, R.E. Toledo, Rocio Valenzuela, and SK Yi.

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

HoLa Hora Latina: Astrid Galindo Artistic Scholarship & Competition

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Kids, family

Participating students ages 15 - 21 will showcase their artwork and the community will vote to determine the winners during March First Friday.

HoLa Hora Latina, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 112, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-335-3358,

Art Market Gallery: Lynda Best and Sherrie Wilson

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

March Featured Artists
First Friday Reception: March 3rd, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Lynda Best, Painting
Lynda developed her own style for showing the frozen moment - “That moment when time stops, when we are a witness to nature and it fills us with a sense of wonder and awe.” Our spirit is found and often rediscovered in nature and it is this spiritual connection that nourishes and inspires her art. Lynda captures this “moment” with acrylic paint in a modern impressionistic style using entrancing outlines and colors to “freeze” that continual, ever changing movement of nature.

Sherrie Wilson, Fiber
A 4th generation fiber artist, Sherrie created couture clothing, art quilts, and watercolors before discovering SAORI weaving in 2015. She was immediately enthralled by the philosophy of self- expression without the need to conform. SAORI’s four directives inform her work: “Consider the difference between man and machine; See with eyes that shine; Be bold and fearless; Share freely within the group.”. Sherrie often uses found items, hand spun wool and wool locks in her work as well as traditional weaving yarn.

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

RED Gallery: Old and New: Works by Carl Gombert

  • March 3, 2023 — April 2, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opens 6:00 to 9:00 PM, runs through March.

RED Gallery, at 130 E Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN, features local and regional artists. The gallery is located in the historic Jackson Atelier building in Knoxville’s Old City. Gallery owner Robin Easter is proud to provide a unique space for Knoxville to experience and enjoy a broad range of visual arts. To learn more about RED Gallery, email
865-524-0146 |

Awaken Coffee: Photography by Emily McTyre

  • March 3, 2023 — April 2, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Awaken Coffee will host an opening reception for artist Emily McTyre Friday, March 3, from 6-8 pm.

Emily McTyre is an artist, filmmaker, and writer from Maryville, Tennessee. From 2021-2022, Emily studied for an MPhil degree at the University of Cambridge, during which she was able to travel across the UK and parts of Europe. This collection of 35mm black and white film spans many miles and seasons. It includes scenes from Nürnberg, Germany, and cities across England: Cambridge, Brighton, Ely, and Glossop. Place is a distinct feature of this collection, as is the photographer's (or viewers’) position in it.

Please join us for some amazing art, light refreshments, and of course great coffee!

Awaken Coffee, 125 W Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Open daily. Information: 865-951-0427, or

Broadway Studios and Gallery: The GAUDY GOLD FRAME show

  • March 3, 2023 — April 1, 2023

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

March 3rd 2023 “The GAUDY GOLD FRAME show” juried open show…… its back! Anything goes as long as it is in a gaudy gold frame.

Broadway Studios and Gallery, 1127 Broadway St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Hours: By appointment, or when the "open" sign is illuminated. Information: 865-556-8676, and

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade: Members Gallery Exhibit

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

Fun Friday Art Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Art Center Gallery. Wine and soft drinks will be available. Free & open to the public. Also, browse through “Endless Possibilities,” the AG’s fine arts and craft shop.

The Members Gallery Exhibit for March include a wide variety of art mediums: Painting, drawings, photography, ceramics, wood creations, glass mosaics, jewelry, fabric creations, card art, and much more! Gallery visits challenge thoughts, extend concentration, and inspire new ideas.

The featured artist for the month is Susan Smathers and Bill Hutton.

Art Guild at Fairfield Glade at the Plateau Creative Arts Center, 451 Lakeview Drive, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Information: 931-707-7249,

Arts & Culture Alliance: Sheila Chesanow: Long Term Parking

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 3 – April 1, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, March 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Wendel Werner. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at

When driving down the road in the countryside in Tennessee, it is common to see abandoned beauties on the properties of people who never had the time to keep up with the maintenance of their vehicles. Often, the car will sit for years in the location where it last ran, waiting to be worked on with the potential to somehow wake up and drive happily down the road again. Quietly rusting away is both beautiful and depressing; automotive enthusiasts will be reduced to crying bittersweet tears at the sight of these rusting beauties.

Born and raised in Hackney, Ohio, Sheila Silvus Chesanow first started taking photographs with a Brownie Hawkeye camera as part of a 4H project. She continued to take "snap shots" of family and friends over the next several years. Always interested in art and photography, she took a college level black and white film course and learned to develop her own images. Her love of photography grew, and she studied black and white photography with Terry Lindquist at Fredonia State. During this time her work was exhibited in the gallery of the Stockton, New York, Library and was published in the Best of Photography Annual twice. She purchased her first digital camera in 2015 and began to transfer the knowledge of film photography to digital. In the last few years, she has studied photography at Lee University with Tom Kilpatrick. Chesanow has received numerous awards both locally and nationally, and her photos have been published in books and magazines. She has exhibited in Arts in the Airport, Mayors’ Shows, and at the Emporium Center in Knoxville; the Mayfield Gallery at the E.G. Fisher Public Library, Fullers’ Frame Shop and The Art Center in Athens; Gallery on Main in Sweetwater; Richard Low Evans Gallery in Blue Ridge, GA; and the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. Her work is also in private collections in Japan, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington, and Washington, DC. Chesanow focuses on nature and fine art photography which is reflected in her work.

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (except Fri Mar 17), and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see or call (865) 523-7543.

Arts & Culture Alliance: Bruce Bunting: Paper Frames

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 3 – April 1, 2023. A free gathering with the artists will take place on Friday, March 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM and features live music inside the Emporium by Wendel Werner. Most of the works will be for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition by visiting in person or the online shop at

During this year-long project, I more fully merged my art with the frames in which it is displayed. Previously I created paper-based art on a wooden base and then enclosed the base with wood strips to create a shadow box, a precise technique. I began to wonder if I could also cast my frames from paper to integrate them more fully with the art. Because of the large amount of pulp needed, I use my paper making stamp mill to work with raw plant materials for the frames. The different plant materials in conjunction with how they were processed and dried are responsible for the color, texture, shrinkage, and distortion of the individual frames. Some of the art therefore is cast as part of the frame and then decorated, while other works are inserted into the frames in the form of collages. My subject matter has many influences and is generally whimsical and macabre.

Bruce Bunting is a retired automotive engineer and self-taught artist. He has always been interested in art as a viewer and a maker; as well, he is an avid do-it-yourselfer. When he retired and began devoting more time to art, he settled on papermaking because it represents a juxtaposition of equipment, materials, chemistry and art. While normally quite expensive to become a fully equipped papermaker, he built and adapted all his equipment at relatively low cost. He continually seeks to collaborate with other artists.

The exhibitions will be on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is open to the public Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (except Fri Mar 17), and Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. For more information, please see or call (865) 523-7543.

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