Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: The Heavenly Life: Mahler Symphony No. 4

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series
Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 26, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.
At Tennessee Theatre

The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra takes center stage in January to celebrate its 50th anniversary with three stellar works by Jesse Montgomery, Engelbert Humperdinck, and Georges Bizet. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra rounds out this celebratory program with Mahler’s intimate and enchanting Fourth Symphony, which explores the themes of childhood and innocence.

Aram Demirjian, conductor
James Fellenbaum, conductor
Laura Strickling, soprano
Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Knoxville Symphony Youth Choir

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK: Three Excerpts from Hansel & Gretel
GUSTAV MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 (featuring “The Heavenly Life”)

Information/tickets: 865-291-3310 or

Clayton Center for the Arts: Jesse Cook – Guitarist

Category: Music

January 25, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$27.50 – $43.50

Cook studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music, moving on to York University, and jazz at Berklee College in Boston. On his albums, and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco, and it’s many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. He has released ten genre-defying albums, garnering eleven Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominations – and one win, in 2001 for Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental categories.

“I want to take people to places they haven’t been.” Jesse Cook, Juno winning master guitarist, known for his intoxicating fusion of world music, has travelled the globe looking for sounds that resonate with him. “I like finding common ground for different music traditions, a space where music from around the world can come together,” Cook explains. “A place where modern sounds can mix with ancient timbres.”

Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804. Information/tickets: 865-981-8590,

The Bottom: At the Movies with The Color Purple

  • January 25, 2024

Category: Film and Meetup

The Bottom at The Movies presents a private screening of 'The Color Purple' ! Join us at Regal Riviera Stadium 8 at 7 pm. Meet up at The Bottom at 5:00 pm for pre-movie mingling and enjoy complimentary movie concessions! Snag a special edition 'The Color Purple' themed tote bag to make your movie night extra special. Get your TICKETS at

UT Center for Global Engagement: Holocaust Remembrance Day Event Book Talk

  • January 25, 2024

Category: Free event, History, heritage and Lecture, panel

The Atrocity of Hunger focuses on the Jews in the Łódź, Warsaw, and Kraków ghettos as they struggled to survive the deadly Nazi ghetto and, in particular, the genocidal famine conditions. During World War II, the Germans put the Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland into ghettos which restricted their movement and, most crucially for their survival, access to food. The Germans saw the Jews as 'useless eaters,' and denied them sufficient food for survival. Jews had no control over Nazi food policy but they attempted to survive the deadly conditions of Nazi ghettoization through a range of coping mechanisms and survival strategies. The hunger which resulted from this intentional starvation impacted every aspect of Jewish life inside the ghettos. In this book, Helene Sinnreich explores their story, drawing from diaries and first-hand accounts of the victims and survivors.

Helene Sinnreich is head and professor of the Department of Religious Studies and director of the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She serves as co-editor-in-chief of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's academic journal Holocaust and Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press). Dr. Sinnreich has served as a fellow the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., at the Institute of Advaned Study at Central European University in Budapest, and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Thursday, January 25 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

John C Hodges Library, Room 258
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

A1LabArts: Surreal Salon at Birdhouse

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Meetup

Join us again on Thursday, January 25th at the Surreal Salon for at the Birdhouse Knoxville. Open to A1 members and nonmembers, we will be hosting surrealist art and writing exercises with food and beverages provided. Bring an open mind and your creativity!

Birdhouse Knoxville
804 N 4th Ave NE, Knoxville, TN 37917

Ewing Gallery: 77th Annual Student Art Competition

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

Begun in 1947 by C. Kermit Ewing, founder of the University of Tennessee School of Art, the annual student exhibition has become one of the oldest competitions in the country and one of the highlights of the Ewing Gallery’s exhibition season. This competition has been an outlet for UT’s talented students for 77 years, wherein countless works of art of every form have been displayed and applauded by the university and Knoxville community.

Reception Thu Jan 25, 5-7 PM

This exhibition was jurored by Stacey Robinson, Associate Professor of Graphic Design & Design for Responsible Innovation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Location: The Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard
Times: M, T, W, F: 10am - 5pm, Thur: 10am - 7:30pm, Sun: 1-4pm
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Tri-Star Arts: One Solitude Speaking by Mandy Cano Villalobos

  • January 19, 2024 — March 30, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

special reception Jan. 19, 2024

Tri-Star Arts at Candoro Marble Building, 4450 Candora Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-5. Information:

Rarity Bay Art Gallery: Making Our Marks by Judy Lavoie

  • January 14, 2024 — March 30, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Scratchboards and more fine art by Judy Lavoie
Also featuring scratchboards by some of her students.

Opening reception Jan 14, 2-4 PM

Rarity Bay Art Gallery, Community Activity Center, 150 Rarity Bay Pkwy, Vonore, TN

The Bottom: Exhibition by Gary White and Nyasha Madamombe

  • January 13, 2024 — January 31, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Join us on Saturday, January 13th for the Exhibition Reception of Gary White and Nyasha Madamombe. Curated by LaKesha Lee, Gary and Nyasha's Sculpture and Painting Exhibition will be on display at The Bottom from January 13th to January 31st. Learn more about both artists and their work at

Gary White's work pays homage to the past while celebrating the present. Histories, lifeways, ancestors, folklore, and tribal traditions all influence his artwork. An interdisciplinary artist, Nyasha Madamombe combines tradition and technology to tell the untold story of the collective African experience. Moving between disciplines allows her to examine and spotlight issues related to collective memory, tradition, the spiritual, and the contemporary.

McClung Museum: Coming into View: Oil Paintings from the Permanent Collection

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and History, heritage

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is excited to announce the special exhibition, Coming into View: Oil Paintings from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition will feature several artworks never before displayed to the public alongside pieces that have been the focus of recent research.

Aligned with the museum’s newly implemented strategic plan, this exhibition underscores the significance of the museum’s ongoing collaboration with students, the university, and external partners. Coming into View explores three key themes—student research, collaboration, and coursework—providing an insider’s perspective on the research efforts conducted behind the scenes on the museum’s permanent collection.

Featuring both beloved “fan favorites” and previously unseen works, the exhibition spotlights paintings central to coursework, internships, and student research projects at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Beyond a mere display of art, Coming into View demonstrates the integral role of students, faculty, and the campus community in deepening the museum’s understanding of its collections.

The exhibition also provides a peek behind the metaphorical museum curtain into the importance of conservation of the museum’s permanent collection. Learn more about the exhibition and stay up to date with exhibition-related programming by visiting

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Information: 865-974-2144. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 12–4 p.m.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: The Lion in Winter

Category: Theatre

Fri. Jan 12th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan 13th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. Jan 14th 2024, 3:00 pm
Thu. Jan 18th 2024, 7:30 pm
Fri. Jan 19th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan 20th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. Jan 21st 2024, 3:00 pm
Thu. Jan 25th 2024, 7:30 pm
Fri. Jan 26th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. Jan 27th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. Jan 28th 2024, 3:00 pm

Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 800 S. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information & tickets: 865-544-1999,

Knoxville Children's Theatre: Junie B. Jones is not a Crook

Category: Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present “Junie B. Jones is not a Crook,” a hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. The play will be performed January 12th – January 28th, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; and Sundays at 3 PM.

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So, when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders’ keepers, losers’ weepers. And guess what? There’s a new boy in kindergarten, and he is the handsomest. The only thing is… both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will like Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It’s okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she?

The play is performed by seven talented young actors, from ages 10 to 15. KCT veteran Rosalie Linnabary plays Junie B. Jones. Other seasoned KCT performers include Maggie Ingle playing the characters of Jim/The Mitten Thief/Grandpa Frank Miller – and Madisyn Beckman playing the characters of Lucille/Grouchy Typing Lady. Joining them are Emily Rowe as Grace/Pink Fluffy Girl and Shepherd Shafer as Ricardo/Principal/Lucille’s Grandpa. Making their KCT debuts will be Barnes Shafer as Handsome Warren/Live Fireman and Olivia Vanover as Mrs./Mother.

The show is directed by KCT guest director Chris Freeman who previously directed KCT’s Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon. Tiger Ladaa will provide the scenic design with assistance from Tabi Maanum and Addy Kate Thomas. The lighting design is provided by Carter Case. The costume design is provided by Amelia Bumpus with assistance from Chloe Beeler. The properties are designed by Lyric Westerfield-Dyer and Caroline Simmons. The play’s stage manager is Hattie Perry and Michelle Phelps is the assistant stage manager. KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of plays for children and families.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

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