Calendar of Events

Friday, March 17, 2023

Knoxville Museum of Art: Kolaj Magazine's Mythical Landscape: Secrets of the Vale

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

Opening Reception SUNDAY MARCH 19, 2:30 PM – 4 PM

During this reception, Ric Kasini Kadour will present a Curator's Talk. In addition to any artists in attendance, we will be joined by artists in the Folklore & Collage Residency taking place that week at the museum. If you plan to attend the opening event, please RSVP to Christopher Byrne at After the opening, we invite you to join us and the residency artists at Marble City Market for dinner and/or drinks at 6pm.

Kolaj Magazine is a quarterly, printed, art magazine reviewing and surveying contemporary collage with an international perspective. The publication explores collage as a medium, a genre, a community, and a 21st century art movement. Critical reviews and essays are cut and pasted with artist profiles, event highlights, and articles on techniques and materials. Kolaj is published in Montreal, Quebec by Maison Kasini.

“The peaceful valley,” wrote William Wilson in 1904, “appears to have had a peculiar attraction for beings supernatural; and for generations its bosky glens and leafy braes have been the reputed haunt of ghosts, fairies, witches, and other beings of an uncanny kind. This sweet, pastoral vale in its nine miles course can boast of scenery unequaled in its quiet beauty, possessing in its woods and waters, its hazelly glens and green-clad hills, everything that can contribute to the making of the finest landscape, while to increase the charm it abounds in the most romantic tales of byegone days.” Sanquhar is a village on the River Nith, up from Dumfries, down from Glasgow, a former Royal Burgh, home to the world’s oldest working post office and the oldest curling society. The Crichton Family ruled the land from the time of Robert the Bruce until they threw such a lavish party for James VI and I in 1617 that they went bankrupt. A monument in town is dedicated to Covenanters who fought against government interference in religious affairs. A forge on Crawick Water made shovels and other tools. A carpet factory boasted fifty-four working looms at the height of production. Saint Bride’s Church, the Tolbooth, sheep grazing the fields, the castle ruins, rabbits in Queensberry Square. What stories does this mythical landscape hold? “Mythical Landscape: Secrets of the Vale” is an exhibition by an international group of artists, all of whom traveled to Sanquhar to investigate a sense of place and make artwork that speaks to the rich history and folklore of the region. Artworks reference stories from the past (true or otherwise) and consider the history of the region. Many of the works were shown at MERZ Gallery during Sanquhar’s Festival of Folklore, 22-25 September 2022. The artwork will be the subject of a film by David Rushton and used to illustrate a forthcoming, abridged version of William Wilson’s 1904 book, Folk Lore and Genealogies of Uppermost Nithsdale.

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

Dogwood Arts: Winter Featured Gardens

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

Join us March 17-19th for our Winter Featured Gardens event! Explore two spectacular private gardens — Savage Garden in Fountain City & Dr. Jimmy Milan's garden in Holston Hills.

• Friday, March 17th: 10AM-4PM
• Saturday, March 18th: 10AM-4PM
• Sunday, March 19th: 12PM-4PM

We are honored that the owners of these gardens have opened their property to the public as a part of our annual celebration of East Tennessee's natural beauty. Tours are self-guided; although Dogwood Arts staff & volunteers will be on-site for questions. A $5 donation per garden is suggested. Donations allow us to maintain and expand the Dogwood Trails & Gardens Program.

Dr. Jimmy Milan
5205 Green Valley Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
Inspired by Dr. Milan’s trips to Great Britain and Ireland, the garden provides a respite for guests with its stone walkways, boxwood hedges, lush foliage of hostas and ferns beneath the dogwood trees, and an outdoor room for entertaining.

Savage Garden
3237 Garden Drive, Knoxville, 37918
Savage Garden was inspired by Arthur Savage’s visit to his native England. He then began building stone walls, ponds, arbors, and multiple follies. Savage became known as “the father of rock gardening in Knoxville.” The garden is quirky and eclectic, combining multiple themes. Although the main arbors and pagoda reflect a Japanese influence, the latter is topped with a “Dutch Girl” weather vane and there are two “Irish” water towers. After many years of extensive restoration, including rebuilding stone walls and borders, constructing faithful copies of the original arbors and gates, and planting thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials, Savage Garden is once again the kind of magical place envisioned by Arthur Savage. Winter reveals the extensive bones, or structures, of Savage Garden and features thousands of snowdrops, daffodils, wood hyacinths, and other flowering bulbs. Savage Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please note that these gardens require uphill walking on dirt and stone; comfortable shoes are recommended. For accessibility questions, please call (865) 637-4561.

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

Bijou Theatre: The Mavericks

Category: Music


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

Friday Night at The Concourse: Soul Connection

  • March 17, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food and Music

Featuring the vocal talents of Danny McGrew, Kayley Burton Farmer, Chelsea Samples, and Rodney Satterfield, and backed by a dynamic band with a power-packed horn section, Soul Connection always puts on a heckuva show. We will have an extra special performance during the intermission of this show by Marki Lukyniuk, the exciting young Ukrainian violinist who has taken Knoxville audiences by storm in recent months. Marki is a student in the UT Music Department.

Food will be available from Rasta Pasta Food Truck close to the front door.

The show starts at 6:00 PM, and Doors open at 5:00. Tickets at $15 at the Door and $13.20 (including service fee) in Advance.

The Concourse, 4328 N. Broadway Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 851-7818 or

Clayton Center for the Arts: Primitive Quartet’s Farewell Tour

Category: Music

March 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on the Primitive Quartet’s Farewell Tour, with friends: The Inspiration, Karen Peck & New River

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

Jubilee Community Arts: Four Leaf Peat

Category: Music

Irish Music
Friday, March 17, 2023 at 8 pm

Born out of Irish traditional music in pub sessions, Four Leaf Peat brings together musicians from various backgrounds. The band is influenced by Ireland’s traditional pipers, fiddlers and singers; they owe a debt to innovators of the music such as the Bothy Band, Planxty, Dervish, Lunasa, and Danu. Four Leaf Peat is Chad Beauchaine on Fiddle; Gil Draper on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin; Rick Hall on hammer dulcimer, bones and bodhran; and Jason Herrera on vocals, bodhran, flute and whistle. Whether it’s lively jigs and reels, slow airs, or songs, the spirit that gave birth to Irish traditional music can be felt in every set.

Tickets/reservations available at Eventbrite or at the door 30 minutes prior to show
$20 at the door, $15 General Audience Advance, $14 JCA members, students & seniors 65+

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

Clarence Brown Theatre: Men On Boats

Category: Comedy and Theatre

In the CBT Lab Theatre

No men. No boats. All adventure! In this true(ish) retelling of the 1869 Grand Canyon expedition, a one-armed captain and a crew of loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place following the March 19 following the matinee. A Talk Back will take place Sunday, March 26th following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00 pm.

Ashlee Latimer (Director) is a writer, producer, and director focused on creating work that supports and celebrates young people of all ages.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

Marble City Opera: The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace

Category: Music and Theatre

Marble City Opera will produce 3 American operas for their 2022-2023 season. The season’s focus is strong women, and each opera will be performed in English.

By: Kamala Sankaram & Rob Handel

This opera, composed in 2019, follows Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Lord Byron's daughter, who has been asked to help Charles Babbage with his work on the Difference Engine. She struggles between her work in mathematics and upholding her reputation as a wife, mother, and public figure. This is the first opera by a contemporary female composer to be produced in Knoxville, TN, and the production is led by a female creative team.

Theresa Kesser, soprano as “Ada Byron Lovelace”
Ben Werley, tenor as “William King-Noel”
Daniel Spiotta, baritone as “Charles Babbage”
Kathryn Grumley, soprano as “Harriet Beecher Stowe”
Kayla Beard, soprano as “A Nanny”
Joel Brown, baritone as “A Butler”

Stage Director: Sierra Hammond
Conducted by: Amy Wilson
*Performed with orchestra

Venue: Old City Performing Arts Center

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Ijams Hallway Gallery: Melanie Fetterolf

  • March 15, 2023 — April 2, 2023

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

Come to Ijams during the month of March to view Melanie Fetterolf's collection, which features watercolor, acrylic and 3-D metal mesh works. The beautiful colors of nature are her inspiration for these creations!

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,

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: 2022-2023 Artists in Residence Exhibition

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

Details TBA

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Information: 865-436-5860,

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: 50th Anniversary Gallery Exhibition

  • March 12, 2023 — July 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, History, heritage and Kids, family

CMOR @ 50: Past, Present, Future
in the Imagination Gallery

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge with this special exhibition that features historical photos, objects from the Museum’s collection, and a chance to think about what the Museum means to our community. This exhibition is curated by Mary Klages, CMOR’s Gallery Coordinator, with assistance from Caitlynn Fine, the Museum’s Collections Assistant.

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: T-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. Information: 865-482-1074,

Bennett: DUO - Italian Furniture & Art

  • March 11, 2023 — April 1, 2023

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

Includes work by Scott Duce, Franco Cimitan, Brad Aldridge, Michael Underwood & others

Champagne Saturday - March 11, 11-4

Bennett, 5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30. Information: 865-584-6791,

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