Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Clayton Center for the Arts: Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience

Category: Music

March 9, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tickets on sale January 10, 2023

Shaun Johnson, an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter, seemed destined for a life of music from the very beginning.

“One of my earliest memories,” he says, “is of performing at state fair talent shows with my little sister. We’d sing Sonny and Cher songs, a cappella, when neither of us was quite tall enough to reach the microphone.” Originally from the small town of Saint Joseph, Iowa, Shaun attended Saint John’s University before settling in Sioux Falls, where he began his career with the nationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa. This quartet has sold nearly two million albums independently and has been featured in Newsweek and on the Today Show. Shaun is still an active member.

In 2016, Shaun put together a group featuring some of the best instrumentalists and arrangers in the Midwest– guys who’ve toured with numerous luminaries, who are Music Educators of the Year and who are integral members of collegiate jazz faculties. His vision was to create a contemporary big band sound with a pop air, honoring legends like Frank Sinatra, with a nod to Michael Bubblé, while giving the music his own twist – performing songs ranging from the “Spiderman Theme” to increasingly popular original work.

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Laurel Old-Time Jam

Category: Free event and Music

Old-time jam night at the Laurel Theater.
Every month on the 2nd Thursday at 7 PM - free!

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Information: 865-522-5851,

Bijou Theatre: Bodeans

Category: Music

BODEANS, Thursday, March 9, at 7:30PM at the Bijou.

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

Roots of Indigenous Heritage

  • March 9, 2023

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

Roots of America, An Exploration of Cultures: A Four-Part Series
Hosted by ORICL - Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning
*Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a reception for the speakers. Light food will be served. Presentations begin at 5:30 p.m.

Roots of Indigenous Heritage – proposed renaming of Clingman’s Dome to “Kuwhoi.” March 9, 2023, 5:00 p.m., *Pollard Auditorium, ORAU, 210 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge
Speaker: Levita Hill, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Roots of Hate Crimes in America – focusing on ethnic and religious persecution. April 20, 2023, 5:00 p.m., *Pollard Auditorium, ORAU, 210 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge
Speaker: Martha Manuel, FBI Special Agent. Followed by Periodic Tables small group discusssions and light meal (see

Roots of Immigration – panel discussion of current Latino immigration issues locally and nationally. May 23, 2023, 5:00 p.m., *Pollard Auditorium, ORAU, 210 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge
Panel moderated by Madeline Rogero, former Mayor of Knoxville.

McClung Museum: Homegoings and Remembrance

Category: Film, Free event and History, heritage

Join us for a screening of the documentary "Homegoings" (2013). The film will be preceded by light snacks and activities. After the movie, stick around for a Kernel Convo as led by Dr. Robert Bland from UT's History Department and Multicultural Student Life's peer educators.

Doors open at 5pm. Film starts at 6pm.

About the film: Through the eyes of funeral director Isaiah Owens, the beauty and grace of African-American funerals are brought to life. Filmed at Owens Funeral Home in New York City's historic Harlem neighborhood, Homegoings takes an up-close look at the rarely seen world of undertaking in the black community, where funeral rites draw on a rich palette of tradition, history and celebration. Combining cinéma vérité with intimate interviews and archival photographs, the film paints a portrait of the dearly departed, their grieving families and a man who sends loved ones "home."

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12–4 p.m.

UT School of Music: Guest Artist: Šarūnas Jankauskas; clarinet

  • March 9, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Clarinetist Šarūnas Jankauskas enjoys a rewarding performance and teaching career. His performance engagements have taken him through Europe, Canada and various parts of the United States. Jankauskas appeared as a concerto soloist with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, several university orchestras and collaborated with accomplished artists, including St. Petersburg and Jasper String Quartets, pianists Domenico Codispoti and Johan Botes.

March 9 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,

UT School of Art: Artist in Residence Lecture with Warith Taha

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Lecture, panel and Virtual

Warith Taha is the Artist in Residence at the University of Tennessee School of Art, Spring 2023. He is scheduled to present a lecture on March 9, 7:30 pm in room 109.

Warith Taha is a visual artist from Oakland, CA. Working primarily through the medium of painting, Warith creates work that addresses his Black queer relationship to time, space, and material. Warith’s practice draws from a diverse field of research ranging from abstraction to 90’s Black Inches Magazines, family photos to found domestic objects, self-portraiture to autobiography.

Thursday, March 9 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Art and Architecture Building, Room 109
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Dogwood Arts: Synergy Student & Art Educator Exhibition

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

Synergy showcases gifted K-12 art students alongside their teachers and current art interns/student-teachers from East Tennessee. See the results of the artistic student-teacher synergy that happens every day in our schools! Awards and scholarships are presented to encourage further development of these art students’ artistic aptitude.

March 8 - 23, 20223: Exhibition Open (Monday - Friday 9AM-6PM)

A Closing Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Clayton Center for the Arts (502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804) on March 23rd from 5:30-7:30PM. Awards will be presented at 6:30pm. All artists, families, and friends are encouraged to attend this wonderful celebration!

Best In Show Student: $100
Student Awardees (13 total): $50 Cash Each (First place in grade levels K-12)
Best In Show Educator: $500
First Place: $200
Second Place: $100
Best in Show Student’s Educator: $100

Dogwood Arts: 865-637-4561,

UT School of Music: Kaleidos Duo

  • March 7, 2023 — March 9, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Kaleidos Duo: Marisolav Hristov; violin & Vladimir Valjarević; piano

Mozart's Complete Violin Sonatas, Concert 3.
March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

Mozart's Complete Violin Sonatas, Concert 4.
March 9 at 7:30 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,

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,,

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