Calendar of Events

Monday, March 27, 2023

Niswonger Performing Arts Center: Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration

  • March 27, 2023
  • 7:00PM

Category: Dance, movement

Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration comes to Niswonger Performing Arts Center
March 27, at 7:00 PM.

WINGS is a brand-new Irish dance production created in Ireland by a critically acclaimed artistic team. Like no other show in its genre, WINGS features exquisite Irish and World champion dancers together with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos.

Complete with original music and choreography, this ground-breaking production, infused with world dance and musical influences, will thrill audiences with its transformative emotional energy and imaginative design.

A vivid and illuminating production portraying rich Irish heritage themes, in spectacular dance and musical performances by this superb cast. Witness the dexterity and skill of these world champion tantalizing Irish dancers in this awesome captivating spectacle as they defy gravity.

TICKETS: $30-$40 at

Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 212 Tusculum Blvd, Greeneville, TN 37745. Information: 423-638-1679,

UT Humanities Center: How to Look at Ice

  • March 27, 2023

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

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

On March 27, Maggie Cao, David G. Frey Assistant Professor of Art History at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will give a public talk titled, "How to Look at Ice."

During the Civil War era, American artists traveled to and painted sublime landscapes of the Arctic. But ice was not just a substance associated with the poles. The period’s enchantment with polar expeditions also coincided with the booming industrial ice trade, which transported frozen water from the United States deep into the tropics. This lecture connects these two icy enterprises, showing that the perceptual strategies used in the frigid north and the technologies of globalization used in the torrid south indelibly linked ice, art, and racial politics during an age of imperialism.

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:
Maggie Cao is an associate professor of art history at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American art. Her research focuses on the history of globalization with particular interest in intersections of art with histories of technology, natural science, and economics. Her first book, The End of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century America, published in 2018, examines the fate of the nation’s preeminent artistic genre in the face of new conceptions of nature and physical alterations of terrain. Cao has also written on media theory, material culture, and ecocriticism. Her recent publications include essays on the print culture of the earliest worldwide financial bubbles and the materiality of export art made in eighteenth-century China. Cao is currently writing a book entitled Painting and the Making of American Empire, the first synthetic treatment of nineteenth-century U.S. art and empire in a global context.

Maggie Cao was invited to campus by Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s Professor in the UT School of Art.

865-974-4222 or

East Tennessee Historical Society: Lecture: Southview to Gettysvue with Bill Schmidt

Category: Free event, History, heritage, Lecture, panel, Literature, spoken word, writing and Virtual

Southview to Gettysvue: From a Small Coal Camp to Olympic Podium to Courtside
March 27, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m.

Bill Schmidt discusses his new memoir Southview to Gettysvue, which begins with his childhood growing up in the small Appalachian Pennsylvania coal camp Southview. Though he suffered from family tragedy and personal struggles his interest in sports helped create a path forward. After graduating from college he made the 1972 US Olympic team and won the bronze medal for the javelin throw. Bill parlayed his success into sports marketing and served as the Sports Director for the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, President for Sports at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and Vice President of Worldwide Sports Marketing at Gatorade. His perseverance provides the core of Bill’s message of determination and testimony to dreams coming true.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,

UT School of Music: Spotlight on Diversity Concert Series

  • March 27, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

A faculty concert performing works by underrepresented composers.

March 27 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,

Artist Trading Cards: Monthly Trading Meet Ups

  • March 27, 2023
  • 1-2 PM

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Meetup

Artist Trading Cards are small artworks traded or given away by the maker. No experience needed! Have fun, create, and connect with others. Materials, topic prompts, conversation and demonstrations are all provided in this FREE monthly gathering. Come explore your inner creative!

4th Mondays of each month, 1-2 PM at O'Connor Center, 611 Winona St, Knoxville, TN 37917
Info: 865-523-1135 or

Oak Ridge Art Center: Carl Gombert: Big Heads and The Real Me

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Both exhibitions feature beautifully rendered, larger than life portraits. The Real Me, has a real twist. The concept is fascinating and a real eye-opener. Come join us for the opening reception on March 25 from 7 to 9 PM to meet Mr. Gombert, or any day during the exhibition. A gallery talk will precede the opening at 6:30 PM.

At Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions

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

Reception: Friday, March 24, 5-7pm

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Art and Architecture Building, Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture: A+A 115
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

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.

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,

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,

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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