Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Tennessee Theatre: Autumn Nicholas with Adeem the Artist

Category: Music

As part of our Pass the Mic: Creating a Stage for Change, we are pleased to partner with eQuality Events to bring the talented Autumn Nicholas (with special guest Adeem the Artist) back to the Tennessee Theatre stage on September 13 at 7:30pm. eQuality Events is a community of artists, influencers, marketers, and allied humans and companies that believe no one voice should be silenced or muted. “That who you are is more important than who you love, the color of your skin or what pronoun represents the authentic you.” With each event, eQuality works to partner with local LGBTQIA+ organizations to raise awareness make connections so no one feels like they are alone. Be sure to get your tickets for this event - you won't want to miss it!

Songs & Stories with The Dirty Dougs

  • September 13, 2023

Category: Lecture, panel and Music

This is a RSVP Event (RSVP register link included) at


Songs & Stories - A Live Music Performance w/ Conversations & Audience Q&A's
This twice monthly Wednesday night musical experience is unlike any other! Unlike our weekend shows, this is a RSVP festival seating, twice monthly, Wednesday night event 7pm - 8:30pm with a limited crowd size. Please register your RSVP here to assure seating! The suggested donation per person at door is $15 cash to help cover expenses (we'll have a donation box.)

This fun midweek event is something you don't want to miss! The series of concerts and conversations will be hosted by author, music journalist and Daily Times entertainment editor Lee Zimmerman!

This event offers an opportunity not only to share an intimate listening experience with the artists performing their songs in stripped down settings, but also to learn about the craft and creativity that goes into their music and performance. (Think “The Actor’s Studio,” but geared to musicians.)

FEATURED ARTIST: The Dirty Dougs — singer, harmonica player Doug Harris and singer, guitarist Doug Sneed — play an assortment of originals and a wide variety of covers from multiple genres. When harmonica player Doug Harris and guitarist Doug Sneed first started jamming together 23 years ago — as part of the Murfreesboro-based band Fuzzy Dice — the chemistry, anchored in Sneed’s intricate, bluesy fingerpicking style and Harris’s harmonica-wailing and high, lonesome vocals, was immediate. They hit it off almost from the beginning and soon started writing songs together; over the years, they’ve played together and separately, always maintaining a close friendship and getting together to pen new tunes. More than a decade ago, they started The Dirty Dougs, a band that can entertain with some lighter acoustic numbers and go full-on power duo, with Harris blowing a harmonica with enough power to push the glass out of a window, and Sneed’s style of guitar playing fitting the vocals and the harp like a glove. Check out The Dirty Dougs on YouTube at

WHERE: 4206 Miser Station Road, Louisville TN 37777. DOORS OPEN: 6:30 PM ET, SHOWTIME: 7:00 PM ET

Sundress Academy for the Arts: The Poetry of First Date Impressions

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

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to present “The Poetry of First Date Impressions,” a workshop led by Maya Williams on September 13, 2023, from 6-7:30 PM. This event will be held over Zoom. Participants can access the event at (password: safta).
First impressions are fun to observe for their embodiment of awkwardness, the effect of imagery of first sights, and the setting of location that could either help or hurt a first meeting. This can especially be true in first date impressions whether you have experienced them, know you’re about to experience them, or heard of a person’s Bumble/Tinder/Hinge related befuddlement. This goes for romantic and platonic dates. Maya Williams will be using poems from their second collection Refused a Second Date, Khadijah Queen’s I’m So Fine, and Chen Chen’s Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency to encourage participants to write and discuss the poetic devices of displaying first date impressions.
While there is no fee to participate in this workshop, those who are able and appreciative may make donations directly to Maya Williams via Venmo @MayaWilliams16, PayPal through, or CashApp at $williamsmay13.
Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a religious Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Eir debut collection Judas & Suicide is available now via Game Over Books. Maya was one of three artists of color selected to represent Maine in The Kennedy Center's Arts Across America series in 2020. Maya was also selected as one of The Advocate's Champions of Pride in 2022. You can follow more of their work at

Central Cinema: LADY ADHD with GRIEFCAT

  • September 12, 2023 — September 13, 2023

Category: Comedy

“LADY ADHD”: Hilarious Observations from a Hyper-Insightful Mind + Cat Ladies, UNITE! “LADY ADHD” leaps from the perpetual-motion mind of comedian, quirky genius, and overall rather loud person, Blaire Postman. Part Stand Up, part Ted Talk, the show is an unexpected, high-energy tour of her neurodivergent brain, her signature flip-chart stand-up comedy pieces, and unexpected clarity she’s received about the world and herself where they overlap. Imagine if all the open tabs on your computer from a weekend of spiraling down Wikipedia rabbit holes were then woven into a cogent and brutally funny theory about the brain, art, Americana, the boxes we try to force ourselves and others into, and the humor and self-appreciation that can help us break free of them.

“LADY ADHD” will be at Central Cinema in Knoxville on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 7PM, preceded by a meet and greet/mini performance at Scruffy’s Cafe on Tuesday, September 12.

This time she’ll be joined by special guest, musical comedy duo, GRIEFCAT. Their hilarious songs – including the viral hit “Revolution! (Poop at Work)” (admired by none other than Questlove & approaching 2 MILLION views on TikTok)– have a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Their music has been featured by ABC News and NPR, and are favorites at venues like the legendary 9:30 Club (Washington, DC), the Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC) & Rockwood Music Hall (NYC).

Questions or requests? Email

Bennett: September Craft Show

  • September 8, 2023 — September 30, 2023

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

Including work by Anna Boothe, Ashley Benton, Josh Copus, Eric Pardue, Tommie Rush, Andrew Saftel, Marty McConnaughey, the Estate of Roger Luebke, and many others!

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

103rd Annual Tennessee Valley Fair

Category: Culinary arts, food, Exhibitions, visual art, Festivals, special events, Fine Crafts, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

Get ready for 10 fun-filled, action-packed days full of your fair favorites: concerts, rides, food, competitions, and more! See for all details.

Concert calendar:
Friday, Sept. 8, 8:00 PM
38 Special

Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:00 PM
KC and The Sunshine Band

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8:00 PM
Travis Tritt

Thursday, Sept. 14, 8:00 PM

865-2151-471 or

16th Biennial Carson-Newman Art Faculty Exhibition

  • September 7, 2023 — October 28, 2023

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

Featuring varied works by current faculty: Heather Hartman Folks, Matthew Jessie, Julie L. Rabun, Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, and David Underwood.

Opens Thu Sep 7, 3-5 PM and closes Sat Oct 28, 9:30 AM - 12

The Michael Alvis Art Gallery at Carson-Newman University, Warren Art Building, corner of Branner & Ken Sparks Way, Jefferson City, TN 37760. Gallery hours: M-F 8-4. Information: 865-471-4985,

Clarence Brown Theatre: Murder on the Orient Express

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

By Agatha Christie
Clarence Brown Theatre
September 6 – 24, 2023

The story you are about to witness is one of romance and tragedy, primal murder, and the urge for revenge! Wax your mustache and hop on board the Orient Express for a ride you won’t soon forget! A snowdrift has halted the train in its tracks…with a killer onboard. Over the next 48 hours, Hercule Poirot must find the villain before he or she strikes again. Back by popular demand!

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

Westminster Presbyterian Church: Current Works by Mike Berry and Linda Sullivan

  • September 5, 2023 — October 27, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Local-scape is an exhibition of works illustrating the beautiful and poetic places in and around East Tennessee. These places have inspired Berry to use his own personal language of color and composition to create unique works that are created from everyday scenes to become a work of the local-scape. These works fix one's memory onto one particular moment that in turn inspires a thousand interpretations of place or experience through expressive color application. Mike Berry received his M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1997, and has been managing the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery since 2004. Berry’s artwork has been exhibited regionally, including solo and group exhibitions throughout the southeast during the last 20 years. Berry maintains a studio in Knoxville TN and works with private collectors and corporate businesses on commissioned pieces. Berry also is the official framer for the Beauford Delaney Estate located in Knoxville. Knoxville has been the main subject of Berry’s work for more than a two decades and he has made Knoxville his home since 1999.

Linda Sullivan has a Bachelor of Arts and Math from the University of Evansville (Indiana) and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University where she focused on glaze chemistry and glaze testing. Her functional pottery has evolved to include interpretations of landscapes through the glazing process. All her glazes are self developed and poured to overlap each other in a painterly way. She especially draws inspiration from the landscapes of the Southwest.

Works will be on view in the Schilling Gallery Monday-Thursday, 9-4; and Friday, 9-noon.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Schilling Gallery, 6500 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
Information: 865-584-3957.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts: National Juried Exhibition

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

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

Pienkow Art Gallery: RETRoSPECT with UTK Printmaking Faculty & Staff

  • September 1, 2023 — February 23, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

RECEPTION: Friday September 8th, 5-7pm

“RETRoSPECT” surveys recent and past works by UT Printmaking faculty members Beauvais Lyons, Althea Murphy-Price and Koichi Yamamoto, as well as 2D Printmaking Technician Elysia Mann. Included in the exhibition are both traditional print processes, from engravings and intaglios, to screenprints and lithographs, as well as experimental uses of print media. The UT Printmaking program is consistent ranked among the top graduate programs in the United States. It has a long-standing exchange program with the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and is a project of the Marek Maria Pienkowski Foundation. For more information on the UTK Printmaking Program, see:

Pienkow Art Gallery, 7417 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 and Sat 8-11

Lilienthal Gallery: Metamorphosis

  • September 1, 2023 — November 26, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Opening Night, September 1, First Friday, 5 - 8pm

Please join us for the unveiling of our new exhibition, Metamorphosis, which features creations suspended on the precipice of blossoming—encapsulating hibernation, transformation, and rebirth. At 6:00 pm, Hungarian artist Eszter Bornemisza will give a gallery talk about her mixed media fiber works. Dress Code: Exquisite Autumn Colors with Gold Accessories

Metamorphosis is a familiar occurrence in nature, as the changing seasons bring leaves from vibrant greens to the subdued, regal hues of ochre, amber, and earth tones. Nature evolves silently before one's eyes, a constant process of metamorphosis. Like a breath held in anticipation, the moment before transition is pregnant with possibility and quiet vitality. The very change itself holds an extraordinary power– energetic hope and new life. These works, made with raw materials, are suspended on the precipice of blossoming, encapsulating hibernation, transformation, and rebirth.

Eszter Bornemisza
Alke Reeh
Martha Rieger

Lilienthal Gallery, 23 Emory Place, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-200-4401,

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