Calendar of Events

Friday, December 8, 2023

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

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

By Joseph Robinette
Directed by Caroline King
Performance Dates – December 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13

Public Performances
Friday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 PM
Sunday Dec. 10 at 2:30 PM

School Matinees
Friday, Dec. 8 at 9:30 AM
Monday, Dec. 11 at 9:30 AM & 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 9.30 AM
At Clayton Performing Arts Center

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.

All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowning of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and Tumnus the Faun.

This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State: 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville, TN 37932. Information: 865-694-6405,

The Bottom: Give the Gift of Reading Book Fair

  • December 8, 2023 — December 11, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Literature, spoken word, writing

Join us for a weekend of book giveaways, cookie decorating, and holiday shopping!
The Change Center, 203 Harriet Tubman St, Knoxville, TN 37915, USA

Dec 8, 9 and 11, 2:30 PM – 9:00 PM; Sun Dec 10, 6-9 PM

Bring your friends and family, immerse yourself in the magic of books, and make a difference in the lives of others. The "Give the Gift of Reading Book Fair" is not just an event; it's a celebration of literacy, community, and the joy of giving! In the spirit of community, we are proud to partner with East Tennessee Freedom Schools, The Change Center, and UTK Children & Young Adult Lit Center. By joining forces, we aim to promote literacy, education, and empowerment in our community. Kick off the weekend with a sprinkle of sweetness! On both Friday and Saturday, engage your creative side with our first-come, first-served cookie decorating station. Delight in the art of cookie design as you explore the pages of captivating stories. Throughout the event, we'll be hosting exciting book giveaways to help you experience the magic of gifting and receiving. Attendees have the chance to take home some literary gems and share the love of reading with others.

Gallery 1010: Below the Surface: Works by Hannah Jun Langer

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:

Highland Pottery: Holiday Art Sale and Open House

  • December 8, 2023 — December 9, 2023

Category: Fine Crafts

Highland Pottery looks forward to welcoming you to our second Holiday Art Sale and Open House in Westwood subdivision, 5912 Westover Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919, on Friday, December 8th, noon until 7:00PM and Saturday, December 9th, 11:00AM-3:00PM.

Functional ceramics, sculptures, mixed media, paintings, cards, wearable art, jewelry and more will be available just in time for the holidays. Need a present for someone special? A gift for the host at your holiday dinner? A nice stoneware cup or mug to to treat yourself to a cup of holiday cheer? The gifts you can buy this season at the sale are all unique and handmade works of art by local artists: Lisa Kurtz, Betsy Heerdt, Melanie Richards, Lynnda Tenpenny, Cynthia Tipton and Cynthia Yeager

A fun way to do your holiday shopping! Enjoy refreshments while you shop! There is no better place to shop! We hope to see you there!

Mill and Mine: Megan Moroney

  • December 8, 2023
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

Megan Moroney with Mackenzie Carpenter at the Mill and Mine, Friday, December 8,
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information: 865-343-6000 or

Jubilee Community Arts: Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle

Category: Music

Jubilee Community Arts presents Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle at the Laurel Theater, December 8 at 8 pm

Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle have been married (to each other!) for for 25 years, and make their home in Walland, TN in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jeff and Sarah are 1st place winners of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest. They performed their winning song, "When I Come Home" at Merlefest for a crowd of 50,000+. Their duo album, The Barb Hollow Sessions was released on January 1, 2004 and received rave reviews around the country... The album debuted at # 6 on the Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Airplay Charts. The single, "Bury Me In The Red Clay" peaked at # 12 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Chart for November 2004. It was on the charts for 8 months. Jeff and Sarah released a gospel album, Family Singing in 2012. Their latest album Sweet Creation was recorded in 2018. For more information on Jeff and Sarah, please check out

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door 30 minutes prior to show. $20 at the door, $15 General Audience Advance, $14 JCA members, students & seniors 65+

Jubilee Community Arts at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916. Tickets: Information: 865-522-5851,

WDVX: Secret City Radio Show

Category: Festivals, special events, History, heritage, Music, Science, nature and Theatre

East Tennessee’s Own WDVX and Oak Ridge Periodic Tables present the Secret City Radio Show at the historic Grove Theatre on Friday night December 8th at 7pm with your host Chad Beauchaine and special musical guests Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricious and Four Leaf Peat. The Grove Theatre is located in High Places Community Church,
123 Randolph Rd, Oak Ridge.

The Secret City Radio Show is uniquely Oak Ridge featuring science, history and music. Get your tickets and more information at

WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-544-1029,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Soundscapes - "My Favorite Things" Holiday Celebration

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Music

The Knoxville Museum of Art is thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited lineup for the upcoming 2023-2024 season of Soundscapes at the KMA, the museum's signature concert series. Formerly known as “Alive After Five,” the rebranded series promises an unforgettable musical journey, showcasing a diverse array of talented artists and genres. Soundscapes at the KMA continues its tradition of providing an enriching cultural experience for music enthusiasts and art lovers alike. "Soundscapes is more than just a concert series" says coordinator Brian Clay, "it's the fusion between of music performance and fantastic visual art, one-of-a-kind performances with the exhibitions and collections of the KMA as a backdrop. We have a fantastic new season scheduled, and we invite you to join us for these unforgettable musical experiences in the stunning setting of the KMA.” Enjoy curated performances, cocktails, and dancing in beautiful Bailey Hall, or explore the art on view as music weaves through the galleries. Kick off your weekend in an extraordinary atmosphere that allows you to see, hear, and feel art in a whole new way.

2023-2024 SEASON LINEUP:
· December 8, 2023, 6-9pm—"My Favorite Things" Holiday Celebration
· January 12, 2024, 6-9pm—Karen Bryant
· February 16, 2024, 6-9pm—Kyle Schroeder
· March 8, 2024, 6-9pm—Kimberlye McKinney
· April 12, 2024, 6-9pm—"A Tribute to Motown Soul II"
· May 10, 2024, 6-9pm—To Be Announced
· June 14, 2024, 6-9pm—To Be Announced
· July 12, 2024, 6-9pm—Adam Hawley
· August 16, 2024, 6-9pm—Season Finale

TICKETS: Members: $20, Non-Members: $25, Member’s Pass: FREE, Kids under 12: FREE
SEASON TICKETS: Members: $160, Non-Members: $200, Secures entry to all nine performances (one show discount)
Season details, including the full lineup, ticket information, and artist bios, are available at

The museum is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

River & Rail Theatre Company: It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Adapted by Joe Landry
'It's a Wonderful Life' is based on the story, 'The Greatest Gift' by Philip Van Doren Stern

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve

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

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: Jagged Little Pill

Category: Dance, movement, Music and Theatre

JAGGED LITTLE PILL includes eight performances from Dec. 5-10, 2023. Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE – everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show – is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. Directed by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, 1776) with a Tony Award®-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy Award®-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet.” (The Guardian).

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

The Tennessean Hotel Holiday Teas

  • December 2, 2023 — December 16, 2023
  • 1:00PM

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Come celebrate the holidays at the Tennessean! Join us for a luxury tea service complete with our signature teas along with tier courses of scones, tea sandwiches and holiday desserts. It is an experience that you will treasure for years to come!
Saturday, December 2, 9, and 16 at 1:00 PM at The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel,
531 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37902.

Advance reservations required.
Tickets at:

Appalachian Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

Category: Dance, movement, Kids, family and Music

The Nutcracker, a full-length classical ballet, will be presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company in their 52nd season. Live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, beautiful sets and scenery, lavish costumes and accomplished dancers will put you in the holiday mood! Dancing the role of the Sugarplum Fairy will be ABC alum, Laura Morton La Russa, “25 to watch” in Dance Magazine 2021. ABC will be featuring James La Russa as Herr Drosselmeyer and the Arabian Prince. For over 100 years, this classic story has proven to be a favorite, enchanting audiences of all ages. Come see the magic! Show runs 90 minutes with one intermission.

Knoxville Civic Auditorium
December 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 3, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts, Ronald & Lynda Nutt Theatre
December 8, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
December 9, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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