Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Domino Ensemble: New Music from el Rio de la Plata

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

Live performance! New Music from el Rio de la Plata
September 23rd
Sounds, history and movement of Argentine tango

This project is the natural continuation of the successful Tango night that took place at the UT Tyson Alumni in September 2019 during the Hispanic Heritage month. For that event the collaboration involved the UT School of Music, the UT Institute of Agriculture, the Domino Ensemble and guest dancers Julieta Barrionuevo and Alejandro Montes de Oca.

The performance will include original tango music for quartet featuring members of the Domino Ensemble along with international guest Matias Pedrana (bandoneon) and dancers Julieta Barrionuevo and Alejandro Montes de Oca.

Date: September 23rd - 4PM EST
Location: University of Tennessee Student Union Auditorium.
Free and open to the public.

For more information visit

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Sevier Day

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

10 AM - 4 PM

Join us for our annual Sevier Day open house, a unique re-enactment event that celebrates the life and times of John Sevier, one of the most influential figures in Tennessee's history. This year, we'll be honoring John Sevier's birthday and deathday with a day-long celebration filled with 18th-century re-enactments, demonstrations, and activities. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the 18th century as you watch skilled re-enactors bring history to life. Explore our historic cabins, try your hand at traditional crafts and games, and discover what life was like for early settlers in Tennessee. Whether you're a history buff, a fan of re-enactments, or simply looking for a fun and educational day out, Sevier Day is an event you won't want to miss. Admission is FREE, and all ages are welcome. Bring your family and friends and make a day of it!

There will also be an English Country Dance! RSVP for the dance at

Marble Springs State Historic Site: 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920. Information: 865-712-9076,

Union Ave Books: A Meet & Greet with Dr. Joe B. Maddox

  • September 23, 2023

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

Union Ave Books is excited to host local author Dr. Joe B. Maddox at our store for an author meet & greet. Interested customers are invited to drop by on Saturday, September 23, 2023 between 10:30 am & 12:30 pm to get your copy, chat with Dr. Maddox, and browse!

Dr. Joe Benny Maddox is the ninth of nine children born on a farm in Harris County, Georgia. He was educated in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and is a graduate of North American School of Theology. In college, he secretly married his high-school sweetheart, Vivian Goodwin. They have two daughters Tonya Yvette Maddox Lewis (deceased) and Treasure Yvonne Maddox Bell. Some of the dark days of his life are centered around the medical crisis of his wife and the death of his daughter. He has served as pastor-teacher of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee since February 1986 and founded the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Malila, Kenya (Africa). His ministerial journey includes prominent leadership roles in local and national organizations. He served as president of the Oak Ridge Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP and is still active in the fight against social injustice.

Despite systemic racism faced in his secular career, he, a black man from a farm in west central Georgia, reviewed and commented on the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 before it was signed into law. He has held important supervisory titles in government jobs. Now, he adds author to his resume of achievements. Won't He Do It! Trusting God in the midst of... A Memoir of Relationships, Racism, and Redemption is a peek behind the curtains of the stoic Pastor Joe B. Maddox. It is his prayer that those who may be in what they believe to be the gutter-most of life, will trust in the God who protects him and brings him through difficult times.

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

The WordPlayers: Auditions for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Category: Auditions and Theatre

By Joseph Robinette
Directed by Caroline King
Performance Dates – December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13
At Clayton Performing Arts Center, Pellissippi State Community College – Hardin Valley Campus

AUDITIONS (at Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Rd., Knoxville)
Saturday, Sept. 23, starting at 10:00 am
Call or text (865)-539-2490, or email to to set your audition time.
Please prepare a 1 minute monologue which shows authentic emotion.
Callbacks Sunday, Sept. 24, 5:00 pm

This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and end the reign of Aslan.

Crafty Brewery: Pretty Fun Market

  • September 23, 2023

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

KNOXILLE will be home to an exciting new vendor market in 2023! Following a packed test event in 2022, Knoxville's Crafty Bastard Brewery will be home to PRETTY FUN MARKET. This market will highlight 40 local and regional vendors who specialize in incredible artisan crafts, handmade good, vintage clothing finds and art! Crafty Bastard brewery will be pouring an incredible array of locally crafted beers along with local food trucks serving up delicious food all day. Local musical acts will fill out the weekend along with lively music played throughout the event.

Event hours are 12pm-6pm with plenty of parking in the neighborhood nearby. This event is FREE to all, ALL AGES and dogs are welcome.

Visit 6 Emory Pl., Knoxville TN 37917 to check out Knoxville's newest must-attend community event!

Union Ave Books: International Day of Peace - Peace Cranes

  • September 23, 2023

Category: Fine Crafts, Free event and History, heritage

Each year, our chapter partners with OREPA to observe International Peace Day by folding origami cranes
known as “Peace Cranes,” in honor of Sadako Sasaki, who died after the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. OREPA and CISV Smoky Mountain will be at Union Ave Books Saturday, Sept 23, 2023 from 10am-7pm

Come fold one or more Peace Cranes and stay as long as you like. Don't forget to bring a chair! Shirts will be given to those that fold 30 cranes, while supplies last!

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

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts & Aatmos: Nona Faustine’s "A Moment in the Mountains"

Category: Festivals, special events, Health, wellness, Literature, spoken word, writing and Science, nature

Exploring Appalachia and deepening one's relationship with nature while starting important conversations about identity, process, femininity, craft and race

As part of their Juneteenth observances, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts welcomed acclaimed poet Pamela Sneed (via Instagram) to perform a live reading of one of her original works, followed by a moment of silence. Sneed’s performance launched the official announcement for ‘A Moment in the Mountains,’ an immersive creative experience, that will be guided by visual artist and photographer Nona Faustine from September 22 – 24, 2023, in the beloved Appalachian town of Gatlinburg, Tenn. During the three-day retreat, attendees will celebrate local artists and build relationships within this creative community. Sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, which has been educating and preserving culture since 1912, along with local hospitality leader
Aatmos, ‘A Moment in the Mountains’ will focus on enhancing and reclaiming the BIPOC community’s relationship with the great outdoors.

Nona Faustine will be joined by acclaimed photographers Rene Cox and Justine Kurland, and poet Pamela Sneed, in sharing their stories, experiences and work that spark conversations and connections. Together, guests and artists will share moments as they build an empowered experience exploring and reconnecting with the diverse smoky mountain landscape and deep woods of Appalachia.

The weekend includes: eight in-person classes hosted by Arrowmont, presentations of work, panel discussions, intimate roundtable conversations, trips within Great Smoky Mountains National Park for poetry readings, shared meals, and opportunities to visit local artists' studios.

A welcome event will take place at Heirloom Room – Rocky Waters’ upscale dining destination – Friday, September 22. During the cocktail reception, guests will retrieve their weekend passes and mingle with fellow participants and artists. For more information, a full schedule of weekend events and to purchase tickets, visit

Gallery 1010: Polish Print Exchange

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Hours: Friday 5-7 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM

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

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!

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

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