Calendar of Events

Friday, April 28, 2023

Knoxville Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Category: Music and Theatre

Knoxville Opera is proud to present a production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's classic opera, The Marriage of Figaro, on April 28 & 30 at the Bijou Theatre in Downtown Knoxville. This production features an all-star cast of world-class opera singers and musicians, led by the first ever female conductor at Knoxville Opera, Laurie Rogers, and directed by Eve Summer.

The cast includes baritone Nicholas Davis in the role of Figaro, soprano Flora Hawk as Susanna, bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba as Count Almaviva, and soprano Bizhou Chang as Countess Almaviva. The supporting cast includes Zizhao Wang as Bartolo, Lisa Chavez as Marcellina, Jason Ferrante as Basilio/Curzio, Eliza Bonet as Cherubino, Teyah Young as Barbarina, and Jacob Lay as Antonio.

The Marriage of Figaro is a comic opera that tells the story of Figaro, a servant preparing to marry his fiancée Susanna, and the complications that arise when Count Almaviva tries to seduce her. The production promises to be a delightful blend of comedy, romance, and vocal virtuosity, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Bijou Theatre.

Performances will take place on Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 30 at 2:30pm.

Tickets range from $25 to $125 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (865) 524-0795.

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Art Show

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts, Free event and Music

The Art Guild of Tellico Village's annual show will be held on April 28, 29 & 30, 2023.
Fri 10-6 (opening reception 4-6 PM), Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.

Presented at the Community Church at Tellico Village in Loudon TN, this acclaimed display showcases more than 250 pieces of art, highlighting the exceptional and varied talents of Art Guild members.

The Art Show offers a wide variety of subjects, styles and media, in both 2- and 3- dimensional works. Watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, inks, graphite, colored pencil, scratchboard, photography, gourds, wood carving, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, weavings, fused glass, stained glass, collage and mixed media will be featured. Much of the artwork will be for sale. Throughout the 3-day Art Show guests are invited to watch and learn from “Artists at Work.” Over a dozen member artists will demonstrate various media while sharing their inspirations, techniques, tips, materials and more. The public is also invited to vote for Peoples’ Choice Awards, to be announced at the end of the show. Jerry’s Artarama of Knoxville, which sells an extensive selection of fine art supplies, will be awarding a total of $500 in gift certificates to the chosen winners.

Visitors will be treated to live music each day of the show. Food trucks will be on site each day of the show. On Friday, Noodles North will be serving from 11am to 6pm. On Saturday and Sunday, Blazing Flames will be on site from 10am to 4pm, and they have added muffins and biscuits to their menu choices for Art Show visitors.

The Community Church at Tellico Village is located at 130 Chota Ctr, Loudon, TN. Art Show attendance is FREE to the public and all are welcome.

Dogwood Arts: Dogwood Arts Festival

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

Established in 1961, the Dogwood Arts Festival is one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville! The festival is held at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN and features over 100 fine art vendors, live music, entertainment, children's activities, food & beverage vendors, and more.

100 Artists will be selected by an internal jury to participate this year! The Dogwood Arts staff, Festival Committee, and community volunteers are committed to ensuring the quality and diversity of artwork showcased at the festival while providing participating artists an ideal setting to engage with potential patrons. Established and emerging artists working in all mediums are invited to apply.

The festival is produced by Dogwood Arts, a (501c3) organization that promotes and celebrates the art, culture, and natural beauty of East Tennessee. We have a 67-year history of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in East Tennessee. The Festival is one of 20+ year-round programs and events that help make Knoxville a great place to live, work, and play!

Friday, April 28th: 10AM-7PM
Saturday, April 29th: 10AM-7PM
Sunday, April 30th: 10AM-5PM

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

Gallery 1010: Sweet Nothings (Whispered Nevers)

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

A Collaborative Video Exhibition by Casey Wolhar & Chloe Wack

Sweet Nothings (Whispered Nevers) is a year-long collaborative video project by Casey Wolhar & Chloe Wack. The exhibition addresses themes of womanhood, anticipation, and disappointment through stoic portraiture.

Dates: Opening Reception on Friday, April 28th, 2023, from 5-7pm. Ice cream will be served as refreshment and all ages are welcome.

Additional hours on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 from 10am-1pm.

Gallery 1010, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 114, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information:

Hip To Be Square Comedy at the Square Room: Camille Solari

  • April 28, 2023 — April 29, 2023

Category: Comedy

Shows at The Square Room will be one weekend a month, March through August with 4 shows each weekend: two on Friday nights and two on Saturday nights, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. The 7 pm shows will be rated PG-13, and the 9:30 shows will be rated PG-13 to R.

CAMILLE SOLARI (Comedy Central, Arsenio, Oxygen, Amazon, and TMZ) April 28, 29

Tickets at the door are $40; Preshow online tickets are $30; Group discount – $100 (4 persons); UT Knoxville, ETSU, Pellissippi Student, Military discounts (with valid student and military ids) – $20 or 865-333-4577 or
4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902

Oak Ridge Art Center: Art à la Carte

Category: Film and Free event

Art à la Carte, the Art Center’s brown bag luncheon and learning series, meets the fourth Friday in each month at 12 noon. While programs in the series may include artist or gallery talks, primarily we use films. Films typically focus on art history, museum collections, interviews with and/or demonstrations by various artists, and the creative muse or spirit. Programs are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and a friend to lunch while you learn! The Art Center will provide coffee and/or tea.

In March and April we will continue showing films from the Exhibition on Screen series with a look at one of the most loved art movements of all times, the Impressionists. The film, Degas: Passion for Perfection, features exclusive viewings of some of the rare works by the artist. According to the film jacket, “The film uncovers the fascinating story of Degas’ obsessive pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but now, through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era.” The film will be shown in two parts on March 24 and April 28th at noon. For those who miss the first showing and wish to catch up, we can begin the film just before 11:30 AM on April 28th.

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

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Leah Marlene

Category: Music

Leah Marlene, a finalist from last year’s American Idol competition, will headline the season-opening concert for the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN, on Friday, April 28, 2023 at 7:00PM.

Leah Marlene is a songwriter, artist, and producer with a deeply rooted desire to create art unlike anything you have heard before. With a unique, engaging voice and a songwriting style that combines elements of folk, rock, pop, soul, funk, jazz and more, she cannot be put into a box!

Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 865-448-0044. Doors open at 5:30 PM, and the show will begin at 7:00 PM.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Scruffy City Orchestra: Spring Concert - A Composer's Sketch

  • April 28, 2023

Category: Free event and Music

Scruffy City Orchestra, Knoxville’s other orchestra, presents its 2023 spring concert, “A Composer’s Sketch.” Led by Ace Edewards, the orchestra is part of the Cathedral Concert Series at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville.

This spring’s program includes Sevillaña, Op. 7 by Edward Elgar; D'Un Cahier D'Esquisses by Claude Debussy; and Finish Sketches, Op. 89 by Aleksandr Glazunov. It ends with a rousing performance of Symphonic Sketches by George Whitefield Chadwick.

WHEN: Friday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 711 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
ADMISSION: Free (donations welcome).

See or for more information.

Knoxville Opera: Bubbles & Bravos

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers, Meetup, Music and Theatre

Hosted by the Knoxville Opera Camerata

As the curtain falls opening night of The Marriage of Figaro at the Bijou Theatre, we invite you to join us in the Bijou upstairs gallery for a celebratory champagne toast. Raise a glass with fellow opera-goers and toast to the talented performers who brought the production to life. Fruit, cheese, and dessert bites will also be served.

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795,

The Bottom: Youth Violence Prevention Week Open Mic

  • April 28, 2023

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

Learn how you can make your school and neighborhoods safer during Youth Violence Prevention Week! During this week we are raising awareness about ways to prevent youth violence. Hosted by The Bottom and Knox County Health Department for weeklong workshops from April 24th-28th, 2023 from 5-7pm. There will be a culminating open mic night on Friday 4/28!


The Bottom, 2340 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information:, 865-444-5915 or

UT Science Forum: Biodegradable Agricultural Plastics and Their Impact

  • April 28, 2023

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel, Science, nature and Virtual

Biodegradable Agricultural Plastics and Their Impact on Soils and the Environment
Friday, April 28
12 PM via Zoom

The evolving concern for plastic particles in agricultural soil relates to their reported or potential harm to plants and organisms, their impact on soil geochemistry and groundwater quality, and their ability to serve as vehicles for transport of pesticides. The use of biodegradable plastics in agriculture addresses some, but not all the concerns since particles still form and reside in soils for some time.

Sean M. Schaefer, UT associate professor of biosystems engineering and soil sciences, will present examples of how biodegradable plastics impact soils and describe current projects to assess the fate and transport of plastic particles from terrestrial to aquatic systems.
Join us Friday, April 28 for "Biodegradable Agricultural Plastics and Their Impact on Soils and the Environment" at noon via Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Once registered, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting via Zoom.

UT College of Social Work: Blood Done Sign My Name

  • April 28, 2023

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

The School of Music is proud to co-sponsor this special event from the College of Social Work. This play by Mike Wiley is a drama based on a true story, in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman, who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the acquittal. Please register here by April 27 to reserve your seat for the performance.

April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Room 180, Student Union

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