Calendar of Events

Thursday, September 21, 2023

River & Rail Theatre Company: A Case for the Existence of God

Category: Theatre

By Samuel D. Hunter

In a small office in Southern Idaho, two single fathers develop an unlikely but powerful friendship. Samuel D. Hunter’s intimate, empathetic play is a thoughtful meditation on human resilience.

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

UT Gardens: Fanciful Foxes Art Auction

  • September 21, 2023 — October 3, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers and Science, nature

Enhance your home garden with utterly unique fox-themed pieces by bidding in the online auction of our Fanciful Foxes exhibit! Around 80 works in total were created by local artists of all ages as part of our annual Art in the Gardens project. Bidding is open now and will close on Tuesday, October 3, at 5pm! You can preview the pieces in person at the UT Gardens, Knoxville until October 3.

Local amateur and professional artists donated their time and talent to artistically interpret this year’s theme with a fun and creative design. Teen/adult artists were given a large 3-D plywood fox to embellish using media of their choice. Again this year, we invited younger artists to participate by decorating either a fox head or a tree silhouette. Works have been on display throughout the Gardens for visitors to enjoy all summer. These unique art pieces will now be sold during this on-line auction with all proceeds benefiting the UT Gardens, Knoxville. This annual project was designed to promote community participation and foster artist collaboration as well as raise awareness and support for the Gardens. Our choice of a fox theme this year sought to bring a focus on urban wildlife and the need to protect them and their habitats from encroachment.

Winning bidders can pick up their item(s) during our Fall Plant Sale on Friday, October 6 (from 4-7 pm) or Saturday, October 7 (from 9 am - 2 pm). Payment can be made by credit card on Handbid or by cash or check at time of pickup.
Sponsors for the exhibit were Jerry's Artarama, Bench Dog Work Shop, UT Biosystems Engineering Machining and Fabrication Shop, Ed Dudrick, and the UT Wildlife and Fisheries Society. We are grateful to our sponsors and to our project artists!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Pictures at an Exhibition

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series
Thursday, September 21, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 22, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
At Tennessee Theatre

The Knoxville Symphony’s exuberant Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series kicks off with vibrant orchestrations of art in Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Adam Schoenberg’s GRAMMY-nominated Picture Studies, which has been described as a “21st-century Pictures at an Exhibition.” Arutiunian’s show-stopping Trumpet Concerto features the impeccable William Leathers whose trumpet solos have been noted for their “sparkling clarity.”

Aram Demirjian, conductor
William Leathers, trumpet

ADAM SCHOENBERG: Picture Studies
MODEST MUSSORGSKY (arr. RAVEL): Pictures at an Exhibition

Information/tickets: 865-291-3310 or

Concerts on the Square: Variety Thursday

  • September 21, 2023

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Music

Bring your kids, lawn chairs, blankets, pets, and friends to enjoy outdoor Knoxville nights, live music, food, fun, and community in Market Square. The City of Knoxville provides these free Concerts on the Square all summer long. No Tickets. It's Free!

Variety Thursdays – Every 3rd Thursday at 7 pm

Features a broad spectrum of musical genres.
Sept. 21 - Square Dancing on the Square

To stay updated on bands and any cancellations due to weather, visit the City of Knoxville Special Events Facebook page at

Bijou Theatre: Emily Ann Roberts

Category: Music

THURSDAY, September 21, at 7:30PM at the Bijou Theatre.

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information/tickets: 865-522-0832,

Goodwill Industries: 13th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic

  • September 21, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Goodwill Industries will hold its 13th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic tournament
featuring UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HEAD BASEBALL COACH TONY VITELLO on September 21st at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville, named one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.”

Golfers can look forward to a fun day of golf to include 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and refreshments throughout the event. Tournament check in and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Following golf, the event will conclude with an awards presentation with complimentary food. Golf foursomes are $550, single players are $150. The top three teams will be awarded prizes and there will be a $10,000 Hole-In-One Cash Contest along with other contest opportunities.

Goodwill Industries is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to changing lives and strengthening families by helping people reach their full potential through community-relevant job training, work experiences, and career services. Proceeds from the event will support our mission.

Contact Cindy Dodson 865.806.6982, Eventbrite or email for more information or to register. Golf registration is open.

Goodwill Industries - Knoxville,

Knoxville History Project: Black in Appalachian with William Isom

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Virtual

History Happy Hour: Black in Appalachia
Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

Our next Zoom will take place on September 21, when our guest will be filmmaker-historian William Isom, of Black in Appalachia, who will be talking about his organization and his latest projects.

Black in Appalachia is a non-profit that works in collaboration with public media, residents, university departments, libraries, archives and community organizations to highlight the history and contributions of African-Americans in the development of the Mountain South and its culture. Click below to learn more about their work.

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

Union Ave Books: An Author Event with George WB Scott

  • September 21, 2023

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Union Ave Books invites you to celebrate author George WB Scott and the release of his newest book THE GOOD KING. This launch event will take place on Thursday September 21 at 6 pm in our store in downtown Knoxville. Please register for your free spot at

Scott is an East Tennessee book author and video producer, with a life-long interest in European and American history. He was born in Stuart, Florida, and graduated from Martin County High School and Appalachian State University. His previous books include Jonathan, A Charleston Tale of the Rebellion and Growing Up In Eden: a childhood memoir. He lives in Knoxville with his wife Mary Leidig. They have two sons, Daniel and Gideon, and an English Setter, Emma.

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-951-2180,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Cocktails & Conversation: Jane Cassidy

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, panel

September 21, 2023 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for an evening lecture with the artist Jane Cassidy! Free and open to the public! Cash bar and light refreshments. Cocktails starting at 5:30pm, lecture at 6:00pm. Eventbrite reservations are requested.

Jane Cassidy (b. Galway, Ireland, 1984) is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator living in Galway City on the west coast of Ireland. Cassidy’s main interests lie in immersive audiovisual environments, multi-sensory work, and synesthesia, most often used to interpret the mysticism of nature. Her exhibition Drink Up the Moon celebrates how life can be better lived when we are in tune with the world around us.

Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916. Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5. Information: 865-525-6101, Admission and parking are free.

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Reading Series with Liz Chang and Maya Williams

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the September installment of our reading series, poets Liz Chang and Maya Williams. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at Pretentious Beer Co. from 7:00-9:00 PM for a reading followed by an open mic hosted by Shlagha Borah. Sign-up for the open mic begins at 7PM sharp and is limited to 10-12 readers.

Liz Chang’s poetry has recently appeared in Verse Daily, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Rock & Sling, Exit 7, Breakwater Review and Stoneboat Literary Journal, among others. Chang was 2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her fourth published collection, Museum of Things, is available now from Finishing Line Press. Chang’s translation of Claude de Burine’s poetry is anthologized in Paris in Our View from l’Association des Amis de Shakespeare & Company. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Moravian University.

Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Eir debut collection Judas & Suicide was released in May 2023 by Game Over Books; eir second collection Refused a Second Date will be released in October 2023 by Harbor Editions. Judas & Suicide was selected as a finalist for the New England Book Award in July 2023. 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

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Meeting with Lil Clinard

Category: Fine Crafts, Free event, Lecture, panel and Meetup

*NEW* Meeting Program! Lil Clinard: Not Afraid to Experiment
Thursday, September 21, 2023 – 10:00 AM

AGTV Member Lil Clinard began to pursue art and painting full time after her 30-year career in research and technical management. Upon retirement, she took art classes and workshops and began to paint in earnest, teaching herself through practice. Attracted to the elusive quality of light and the wonderful colors that emerge, she began to try different media, surfaces, and techniques. Lil discovered that while fear will hold you back, trying new things can create great results and be a lot of fun!

In 2008, Lil began to exhibit and was encouraged by awards and sales of her artwork. Today, she considers herself a professional artist who paints realistically with a nod to impressionism. Her work is available through her website, her studio, and the Art Market Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is active in several art organizations including the National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society and is current president of the Tennessee Watercolor Society.

Come hear about her journey as an artist who is willing to experiment with no fear!

Coffee at 9:45; meeting starts at 10. Members and guests welcome!

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

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