Calendar of Events

Monday, September 18, 2023

Tennessee Theatre: Daniel Tosh

Category: Comedy

DANIEL TOSH: SWEET T TOUR, Monday, September 18, at 7:00PM and 9:30 PM at the Tennessee Theatre.

Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. For information/tickets: 865-684-1200,,

East Tennessee History Center: Evening Lecture

Category: History, heritage and Lecture, panel

A Most Tolerant Little Town with Dr. Rachel Louise Martin at East Tennessee History Center on Monday, September 18, 2023 - 6:00 to 7:00pm.

When most Americans think about the history of school desegregation in this country, they think of Little Rock, Arkansas and the nine students that attended Little Rock Central High School in 1957. However, there is a lesser known story, the one of Clinton, Tennessee. In September 1956, Clinton High School became the first school in the former Confederacy to undergo court mandated desegregation. Join historian and author Dr. Rachel Louise Martin as she weaves together accounts of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to reveal this Civil Rights story which is little known regionally as well as nationally. Her book, A Most Tolerant Little Town, serves as a poignant reminder of the steep cost of trying to rewrite history and the heavy burden on those at the front lines of movements for justice.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Rachel Louise Martin, PhD, is a historian and writer whose work has appeared in outlets like The Atlantic and Oxford American. She is especially interested by the politics of memory and by the power of stories to illuminate why injustice persists in America today. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Reserve your seat at

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,

UTHC Distinguished Lecture Series: “Thinking with Bees” with Joseph Campana

  • September 18, 2023

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

Monday, Sept. 18, 3:30 PM
Lindsay Young Auditorium (rm. 101), John C. Hodges Library, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville TN
OR via livestream at

Visiting scholar Joseph Campana (Rice University) will give a public talk titled "Thinking with Bees" on September 18 as part of the UT Humanities Center’s 2023-2024 Distinguished Lecture Series. Claude Lévi-Strauss said animals are good to think with. That couldn’t be more true in the case of bees, whose entanglement with human life spans millennia. This talk begins with a case study of bee books written around the time of William Shakespeare. To read these works of husbandry alongside literary and political works of the era and earlier is to put natural history back into human history and to understand how bees enabled thinking about political and environmental dilemmas still with us as the extinction of bees, or a larger insect apocalypse, is all too easy to imagine. 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!

Knoxville Children’s Theatre: Auditions for Elf: The Musical, Jr.

Category: Auditions, Free event, Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) will hold auditions on Monday, September 18th for our upcoming production of “Elf: The Musical, Jr.” based on the Broadway adaptation of the comic holiday film. The audition will take place from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM at KCT at 109 E. Churchwell Avenue. KCT Intern Evie Braude will direct the production, Teresa Seals will serve as Musical Director, and Donya Walker-Bacon will choreograph.

Auditions are by appointment only. Auditionees may choose from the following appointment times: 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, and 7:30 PM.

There are at least 18 available roles, including excellent roles for both boys and girls. The minimum age to audition is 8 years old, and the maximum age is 18. There are at least three roles for actors making their KCT debuts.

Actors must also be available for all 16 regular performances: December 1 – 17, Thursdays through Sundays. To make an audition appointment please use the online audition request form found at:

No calls for appointments, please. Due to time restrictions, auditioners without an appointment will not be seen.

Pellissippi State: Todos Somos Familia (We Are All Family)

  • September 17, 2023 — October 24, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Film, Free event, History, heritage, Kids, family and Music

Family festivals, musical performances and guest speakers are among the events Pellissippi State Community College has planned for Hispanic Heritage Month – and all are free and open to the public. Themed “Todos Somos Familia” (We Are All Family), Hispanic Heritage Month at the college will celebrate the rich and beautiful complexity of Latino and Hispanic culture at Pellissippi State as well as recognize the importance of the contributions of Latino and Hispanic culture to the local community and the world.

Keynote speakers Karen Ocon-Mora, community schools site coordinator for Knox County, and Megan Barolet-Fogarty, director of youth and family engagement for Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, will kick off the month’s festivities Tuesday, Sept. 19, with an address on “Familia: Relationships and Resilience in Latino Culture.” The event will be held 10:30-11:15 a.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, and livestreamed on Zoom.

Families have two opportunities to come out to Pellissippi State for festivals including games, activities, food and a screening of the film “Encanto” at sunset: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus and again 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, on Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains Campus, 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike

And don’t miss a lively performance by Knoxville’s own Latin jazz band Candela on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Hardin Valley Campus Courtyard. Candela will play 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

For a full list of Pellissippi State’s activities planned for Hispanic Heritage Month, including concerts and lectures, visit To request accommodations for any campus event, call 865.694.6411 or email

Schulz Brau: Oktoberfest

  • September 16, 2023 — October 8, 2023

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Music

Willkommen to Schulz Brau! Oktoberfest is our biggest festival of the year here at our Brewery and Biergarten! Meticulous planning goes into creating this special 3-week celebration of Bavarian culture. We proudly follow Munich traditions to offer our guests an authentic and fun experience. Prost!

Public Event, No Ticket Required
*Ticket Required to Attend Opening Tap Ceremony from 5-9AM on Sep 16

Clarence Brown Lab Theatre: Cato by Joseph Addison

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Theatre

A collaboration between the Clarence Brown, the Institute of American Civics, the departments of English, Classics, History, and Theatre at UT, and the international research group the R/18 Collective.

Cato is the play Washington staged at Valley Forge after that 1777-78 winter. It is set in north Africa in 46 BCE, as Cato braces for the invasion of Caesar and imperial Rome. It's about how a republic slips into empire and becomes vulnerable to dictators. The play raises key questions for our time about the nature of citizenship and the challenges of keeping democratic institutions healthy.

Sep 16, 19, 20 & 21 at 7 PM and Sep 17 at 2:30 PM
Each performance will run for about 1:15, after which there will be a brief panel consideration of one of the key questions listed here, followed by a time for the audience to talk to each other about that question. We hope it will model the kinds of conversations we need to have to find our way forward in these times.

Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance:
The conversation after is a chance to bring our community together around issues that matter to all of us.

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,

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,

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