Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Pellissippi State: Radio Noir "The Attitude Caper"

  • April 20, 2023 — April 30, 2023

Category: Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing, Theatre and Virtual

Necessity is the mother of invention, and renovations to a performing arts space has led to a collaboration between two different groups of students. Pellissippi State Community College presents Radio Noir: “The Attitude Caper,” a radio play available through April 30 on the college’s YouTube channel. The play stars Theatre Arts students, but was recorded, edited and mixed by Audio Production Engineering students.

Recording a radio play was a creative solution to not having use of the college’s Clayton Performing Arts Center, which is undergoing renovations.

Theatre Arts students and faculty teamed up with students and faculty from Audio Production Engineering to record the performance of Radio Noir: “The Attitude Caper,” a 75-year-old script by Dashiell Hammett, author of classic hard-boiled detective novels like “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man.” The story features detective Sam Spade, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 film version of “The Maltese Falcon.”

After the recording, Audio Production Engineering students brought the performances to life with sound effects and a musical score. Audiences can access the radio play, which is closed captioned, through the college’s YouTube channel.

Berean Christian School: OZ, No place like home

  • April 20, 2023 — April 23, 2023

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Presented by High School Musical Theatre
All of our Fine Art Events are open to the public!
suitable for all ages

2329 Prosser Road, Knoxville, TN 37914;

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Requiem

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series
Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Tennessee Theatre

TJ COLE: Death of the Poet
HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS: Sinfonietta No. 1 (In memory of Mozart)
W.A . MOZART: Requiem

Knoxville Choral Society
Aram Demirjian, conductor
865-291-3310 or

St John's Episcopal Cathedral: Evensong for Easter 4 / Good Shepherd Sunday

  • April 20, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Sunday April 20, 4:45pm Prelude recitalist: Jason Overall

Good Shepherd Sunday brings the premiere of an extended anthem by Robert Lehman, See, see, the Word is incarnate. St. John’s commissioned this towering work to celebrate the completion of the new pipe organ, and its first performance was delayed by the Covid pandemic. St. John’s Cathedral’s music director, Jason Overall, prelude recitalist.

Saint John's Episcopal Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-525-7347,

Ijams Nature Center: First Pickin' on Nature Bluegrass Concert

  • April 20, 2023

Category: Kids, family, Music and Science, nature

Enjoy performances from Sleepy-Eyed John's Stringband and True Blue at the first Pickin' on Nature concert of the series Thursday, April 20, from 5-8 p.m. Don't forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket! Learn More and Get Tickets

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 History Project: History Happy Hour: Satan is Busy in Knoxville with Ted Olson

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

Thursday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Find out what Satan was up to in our hometown back in 1930 on our free public Zoom next week. Our guest is multiple-Grammy nominee, Ted Olson. Olson is a well-known music scholar—his recent work about Doc Watson, was nominated for two 2023 Grammy Awards—who recently produced Satan Is Busy in Knoxville, a CD that highlights the best of the Knoxville Sessions, the big comprehensive box set from Bear Family Records of the fascinating variety of music recorded at the St. James Hotel on Market Square in 1929 and 1930. That boxset was a big, gorgeous, expensive product, with a book Olson co-wrote.

The alarming title track is one of two unforgettable songs recorded then by Knoxville cafeteria worker Leola Manning. Others on the CD include some early big-band jazz by Maynard Baird and His Orchestra, two jazzy string pieces by the Tennessee Chocolate Drops (featuring Howard Armstrong and Carl Martin), recordings by legendary duo Mac & Bob and influential fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson (a late-life recording by a guy who learned to play the fiddle during the Civil War), and Ballard Cross’s original version of “Wabash Cannonball.”

Despite the city-specific title, last we heard, the record was very hard to find in Knoxville retailers earlier this year. Are they scared? We’ll let you know how to get one. (Full disclosure; KHP’s Jack Neely contributed an essay to the liner notes.)

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Meeting with Julie Boisseau-Craig

Category: Fine Crafts, Free event, Literature, spoken word, writing and Meetup

Thursday, April 20

Join us as Julie Fawn Boisseau-Craig, a contemporary glass artist, talks about her experience as a full-time artist. Photos of her art will show the evolution of her work from being strictly a glass artist to one who combines clay, metal and/or wood with her glass.

Meeting begins at 10:00 am with coffee from 9:45; optional lunch afterward in the Blue Heron restaurant.

Our meetings are always free and open to the public; on the top floor of the Yacht Club. ELEVATOR OUT OF SERVICE!

Clarence Brown Theatre: HAIR

Category: Music and Theatre

The Clarence Brown Theatre will close its 2022/2023 Season with the Grammy and Tony-award winning “Hair,” April 19 – May 7. UT Faculty/Staff receive 15% off ticket prices. UT Students previews and Tuesday night performances for FREE and the rest of the performances for $5, excluding Opening Night. The production contains adult content. Tickets at:

A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, “Hair” defined one generation and continues to inspire today. The first great rock musical, it has some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage, including "Let the Sunshine In," "Good Morning Starshine," "Aquarius," and the infectious title song, "Hair."

The Pay What You Can performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, April 19th. Behind the Scenes Sunday will take place Sunday, April 23rd after the 2:00 pm matinee. A Talk Back will take place Sunday, April 30th following the matinee. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 pm.

Free and convenient parking is available in the Upper Parking of McClung Tower Garage (G2) on Volunteer Boulevard. Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

The District Gallery: American Impressionist Society

  • April 14, 2023 — June 3, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

The District Gallery will be hosting a national show and weeklong art event. We are honored to present this national exhibition by the American Impressionist Society’s Signature and Master Members. This 7th annual small works showcase will feature 174 juried paintings by some of the top contemporary impressionist painters in the country. Awards will be judged and presented by longtime Nashville artist Anne Blair Brown.

Friday, April 14, 5-8 pm: Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony of Impressions
174 juried paintings by some of the top contemporary impressionist painters in the country will be judged with a top prize of $4000. We'll have over 60 artists from around the country, including judge Anne Blair Brown from Nashville, at this prestigious event.

During the week of April 11-15, there will be several art events and workshops that require registration. For a full calendar of events and our show catalog, please go to

Saturday, April 15, 5-7 pm: Wet Works Exhibit and Awards
The impressionist painters will be in Knoxville painting at various locations the week of April 11-15, this exhibit is a culmination of their freshly painted works that will be on display for one day only.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452,

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions - Sean Latif Heiser, Noah Lagle, Emily Rice

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

Reception: Friday, April 14, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

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.

Sean Latif Heiser: Discretionary Monuments
Discretionary Monuments explores ideas of world-building, personal histories, time, and the pathways between reality and fantasy.

Noah Lagle: Raised on Replicas
Raised on Replicas is an installation of structural prints and plaster multiples that explores the gap between commemoration and conservation. Envelopes that evoke architectural spaces and imitations of common shipping materials construct interconnected provisional enclosures that address facets of identity and communication through a historical lens.

Emily Rice: Gleaning the Spirit
From intimate scales to monumental immersion, their work embodies storytelling and belief sourced through archival research and memory. These generative fictions make way for imagined narratives that explore collaboration with living and non-living things and consider the transmutation and transcendence of materials and witnesses.

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Wed and Fri 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-7:30pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm

Art and Architecture Building, Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996 or 865-974-3200

River & Rail Theatre Company: White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Category: Theatre

River & Rail’s White Rabbit/Red Rabbit Features A Different Actor Every Night
by Nassim Soleimanpour

No director. No set. No rehearsal. This one-person show is written to be handed to its performer on the night of their performance, in front of a live audience. Called “playful, enigmatic and haunting”, “a tense, entrancing piece of theatre” and “unpredictable, and completely unforgettable”, White Rabbit/Red Rabbit experiments with new ways of making and understanding theatre.

Barred from leaving his country after refusing military service under Iran’s brutal dictatorship, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour sent a play out into the world instead. The result is a thrilling, experimental allegory which has been performed in over 30 languages since its premiere in 2011, and which is different every night. Performed live at River & Rail's Old City Performing Arts Center by nationally-recognized artists like pulitzer-nominated playwright Octavio Solis, Tony-nominated actor, Andy Grotelueschen, the Book of Queer's Marlon Meikle, Pokemon’s Martha Harms, Kenneth Herring and Emily Ernst of River and Rail, and Knoxville’s own Jed Diamond, Jonathan Clark, and Dale Mackey! Tickets are $25 for General Admission, $40 for premium seating, and $10 for students with ID: Stay tuned for a full list of performers.

Kenneth Herring - Performing April 11th at 7:30pm
Dale Mackey - Performing April 13th at 7:30pm
Marlon Meikle - Performing April 14th at 7:30pm
Martha Harms (Performing April 15 at 2:30pm)
Octavio Solis (Performing April 18 at 7:30pm)
Andy Grotelueschen (Performing April 21 at 7:30pm)

River & Rail Theatre, 111 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-407-0727,

Rala: Tallulah Dearest and Her Coterie by Cynthia Markert

  • April 7, 2023 — May 28, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Rala is pleased to present Cynthia Markert as our featured artist for April and May. "Tallulah Dearest and Her Coterie" continues Cynthia's unique and recognizable style of oil painting on wood. Please join us for the show opening from 6 to 8pm on Friday, April 7.

Artist Cynthia Markert has been creating her mixed media portraits on wood for over four decades. She finds inspiration in historical icons such as The Odd Woman, The New Woman, The Flapper, and The Free Thinking Woman from the 1890s to the 1930s, and the Belle Époque to the jazz age. Her paintings infuse these inspirations with personal expression of spiritual bonding.

Rala: Regional and Local Artisans, 112 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 11-5. Information: 865-525-7888, or

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