Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Cattywampus Puppet Council: Big Ears Parade - Open Studio Days

  • March 19, 2023 — March 27, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts and Kids, family

At West Jackson Armature

Sunday, March 19th~2-6pm: Giant Flag Making
Monday, March 20th~4-7pm: Parade Art Workday
Sunday, March 26th~2-6pm: Kids & Family Make n’ Take
Monday, March 27th~4-7pm: Parade Art Workday

We’ll be hosting maker space at the Cattywampus Clubhouse during the days leading up to the Big Ears Festival for community members to help us work on big puppets for the parade, as well as make their own art to carry. We’ll have cardboard, paint, and some additional supplies available for making giant cardboard flats, flags, and noisemakers. Feel free to bring your own projects already in process. All ages are welcome! Masks are encouraged.

Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series: Katherine Benson

  • March 19, 2023
  • 2:30 PM

Category: Music

Young American pianist Katherine Benson is quickly emerging as an important artistic figure of her generation through her “stunning” (ArtsKnoxville) performances and passion for arts leadership.

A native of Jonesborough, TN, Katherine has performed as a soloist across the USA and abroad in Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand. Katherine has additionally garnered numerous triumphs in the competition sphere, having won top prizes in the Seattle, Kerikeri, Walled City Music, Teresa Carreño, and Thousand Islands International Piano Competitions, as well as the grand prize of the 2020 George R. Johnson Concerto Competition. Katherine was most recently one of only four finalists in the prestigious Heida Hermanns International Music Competition.

An avid chamber musician, Katherine is the Artistic Director and pianist for The Paramount Chamber Players (TPCP), one of the premier chamber music ensembles of the the Appalachian region and now in its eighteenth concert season.

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

Bijou Theatre: Boombox

Category: Music

SUNDAY, MAR 19 | 7:30PM

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

Ijams Nature Center & East TN Bluegrass Assoc: Bluegrass Jam

  • March 19, 2023

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

East Tennessee Bluegrass Association (ETNBA) and Ijams Nature Center are partnering to bring folks together to create music in a beautiful space! Join the fun at a community jam session for all acoustic bluegrass instruments (no harmonicas or spoons at this time) every third Sunday from 2-5 pm (winter hours).

All skill levels are welcome. Pre-signup is requested to get an idea of how many people will participate. Jam sessions will be inside the Visitor Center during the winter months. Chairs will be set up and ready for you to enjoy the show!

Not a musician? Feel free to come out and enjoy the music! Always FREE and open to the public.

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,

Knoxville Jazz Orchestra: NXT GEN Concert - Margherita Fava: TATATU / Bernell Jones Project

Category: Music

Margherita Fava: TATATU / Bernell Jones Project
Sunday, March 19th, 7:30pm
Set One: Italian pianist Margherita Fava and her quartet will present music from her debut album “TATATU.” The title is a reference to one of Fava’s first sentences as a child and roughly translates as “I can do it myself.” The project is self-produced from top to bottom and features a variety of original compositions and arrangements that reflect her unique perspective on the music.
Set Two: Saxophonist/keyboardist Bernell Jones II is a native of Memphis, TN. He graduated from the Jazz Studies program at UTK in 2020, and moved to New York City where he has quickly made a name for himself. Jones has performed with artists as diverse as singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill, rapper Wyclef Jean and trumpeter Philip Harper.
Bernell will present a set of his own music which represents a balance between the Big Apple’s fabled jazz presence and the sound of Memphis’ beloved soul music.
Margherita Fava - piano
Bernell Jones - saxophone
Dean Torrey - bass
Griffin Photoglou - drums

The mission of the NXT GEN series is to offer a platform for a younger generation of Knoxville-based musicians to produce and promote their own music, laying the foundation for the success of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra long into the future. NXT GEN is curated by pianists Sam Adams, Margherita Fava, Taber Gable and guitarist Jack Roben.

At Old City Performing Arts Center, 111 State Street in downtown Knoxville

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Lecture Series: Dawn Arneach

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

March 19th at 1 p.m. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

Learn how to find your Ancestors and hear what they shared through the generations with Dawn Arneach.

Dawn Arneach, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, works for the tribal newspaper, the Cherokee One Feather. She has been sharing Cherokee stories publicly since 2011. Dawn has had a lifelong interest in researching family trees, and she started working with Cherokee ancestry research in 2005. She will have some handouts about looking up your genealogy and a few books that you can access and ask questions about. She will share some traditional Cherokee stories that she grew up listening to her father share.

This free lecture will be held in the multipurpose room.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, 576 Hwy 360, Vonore, TN 37885. Information: 423-884-6246,

Smoky Mountain Blues Society: Mississippi Heat Band.

  • March 19, 2023
  • 6:00PM

Category: Music

On Sunday, March 19th, the Smoky Mountain Blues Society and Bluetick Tavern will be pleased to present The Mississippi Heat Band.

Tickets cost $20 for SMBS members and $25 for the general public. Doors open at 5 pm and the performance will run form 6 pm – 9 pm. Sorry no advance tickets are available.

Bluetick Tavern has a wonderful selection of food, beer, and liquor available to purchase and is located on 128 W Broadway Ave, Maryville, TN 37801

Mississippi Heat is a world-class Chicago Blues Band. Their motto is "Traditional Blues With A Unique Sound" as they present fresh yet vintage-based musical ideas.


Create with Me - Meetup with Karl Hess

  • March 19, 2023
  • 7 PM

Category: Classes, workshops, Exhibitions, visual art and Virtual

Journey through art while creating community, trust and friendship with fellow healers, metaphysicians, and Earth lovers.

The theme is trust and connection. The purpose is to open our hearts and be fully present. The goal is to make friends and heal from the inside out.

This event is open to everyone.

Acrylic paint- various colors
Canvas such as a 16 x 20"
Ceramic plate or the like to pour paint on
Cup of water to dip brush in
Dish towel or towel to dry brush
Stand for canvas or something to prop it against
Something to write with, something to write on, e.g. paper and pen

Donations accepted.
Venmo @ Kahlulee7

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 3542 9908
Passcode: 141233

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge: Third Sunday Open House

  • March 19, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Kids, family and Science, nature

Spring is on the way… the Kids Go Green! Environmental Center and Gardens reopen this month.

On March 19 from 1-4 pm, visitors to the Museum will enjoy an open house of the Environmental Center and Gardens, Solar House, and Train Garden (weather permitting). Third Sunday visitors can also meet members of the Knoxville Area Model Railroaders and see their clubhouse. Members of the Amateur Radio Club of Oak Ridge will be on hand in the Discovery Lab with radio equipment that you can explore. You can also visit with members of the Knoxville Philatelic Society in the Craft and Science Room and learn about stamps. Third Sunday is free with admission.

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,

Knox Shamrock Fest

  • March 19, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Kids, family

Mark your calendars! The Knox Shamrock Fest is back and better than ever next Sunday March 19. Head down to World's Fair Park from 1-5PM to be part of the St. Patrick's Day festivities. Featured at the festival will be the Lucky Kidney Run, starting at 3PM at the World's Fair Park Performance Lawn.

The event is sponsored by Fresenius Kidney Care and organized by the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. For more information, visit the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation website:

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,

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