Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Tennessee Mountain Writers: 35th Annual Conference

Category: Classes, workshops, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

April 4-6 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Ridge.
Writing Contests
Manuscript Evaluations
Book Signings
And more!

Susan O’Dell Underwood - Banquet Speaker and Poetry Session

Mill & Mine: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

  • April 4, 2024
  • 8:00PM

Category: Music

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors - Find Your People Tour
8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)
Ages 18+

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information:

UT Humanities Center: Conversations & Cocktails: “How the Nazis Made Disinformation Appealing” with Daniel Magilow

  • April 4, 2024

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

Thursday, April 4
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: via Zoom. Register at

In interwar Germany, photographically illustrated magazines informed and entertained readers much as television and the internet do today. And they were equally popular, with millions of copies circulating each week. Yet surprisingly, little scholarship exists about one of the most influential illustrated titles: the Illustrierter Beobachter (Illustrated Observer), the Nazi Party’s official illustrated magazine. This talk revisits this popular Nazi publication in which antisemitic screeds and excerpts from Mein Kampf occupied the same pages as swastika-shaped crossword puzzles, cartoons, and ads for toothpaste. In a manner that sheds light on contemporary strategies of media disinformation, this talk examines how the Nazis’ enormously consequential tabloid paradoxically copied the cosmopolitan and modernist-inspired visual style of politically mainstream illustrated titles to advance anti-modern, anti-Enlightenment, and anti-democratic ideas.

About the Speaker:
Daniel H. Magilow is Lindsay Young Professor of German as well as an affiliated faculty member with the Fern and Manfred Steinfeld Program in Jewish Studies, the Cinema Studies Program, and the Department of History at UT. He earned his BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and his MA and PhD in German from Princeton University. With Helene Sinnreich, Dr. Magilow serves Co-Editor-in-Chief of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He serves on the Academic Council of the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University and the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Magilow’s teaching and research, which have been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Getty Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Blavatnik Archive, and the University of Tennessee Humanities Center, center on photography and film and their intersections with Holocaust Studies, Weimar Germany, and postwar memory. Alongside many articles, book chapters, and reviews focusing on photography, film, and memorials, he is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of the several books.

About the Series:
Conversations & Cocktails is a free public lecture series hosted by the UT Humanities Center, showcasing the original research of our distinguished University of Tennessee arts and humanities faculty. Our monthly online talks give you the opportunity to hear about fascinating and groundbreaking work in the arts and in fields such as philosophy, history, and literary studies. Presentations are 30-40 minutes long and are designed for the general public. A spirited question-and-answer discussion follows each presentation.

Tennessee Theatre: Monologue Masterclass

Category: Classes, workshops, Free event and Theatre


We are thrilled to offer a monologue workshop with Lance Baker - a cast member from the national tour of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird! This FREE workshop will take on Thursday, April 4th at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 4pm. Participants can either perform a monologue (60 seconds or shorter) or observe their fellow students. At the time of sign up, please upload a copy of the monologue that you will perform. Following the monologue workshop, there will also be time for participants to ask Lance questions about Broadway, touring, and more. To keep the experience most comfortable for students, parents will not be allowed to observe the class.

When: Thursday, April 4 from 4-5:30pm
Where: East Tennessee Historical Society (601 S Gay Street)
Cost: Free

Dogwood Arts: Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail Opening + Artist Market

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

Dogwood Arts is celebrating 69 years of blooming trails by featuring the Trails of West Knoxville this year: Sequoyah Hills, Westmoreland, Deane Hill, West Hills, and Farragut. A ribbon-cutting and community celebration to ‘officially’ open the Dogwood Trails is scheduled for Thursday, April 4th from 5-7:30PM in Talahi Park along the Sequoyah Hills Dogwood Trail (the first trail, established in 1955). The event will take place at 1034 Cherokee Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37919 and include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with City and County officials, food vendors, music, and a maker market.

Visitors can find Trailhead addresses, trail maps, and a list of Open Gardens, Camera Sites, and Walking Trails online at Printed Trail Guides are available at Visit Knoxville, all ORNL Federal Credit Union Branches, and the Dogwood Arts office [123 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902]. Info: 865-637-4561

Company West Theatre: 10-Minute Play Festival

  • April 4, 2024
  • 6:30 PM

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Company West is thrilled to bring its 13th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival back to Ijams for the third year in a row. The evening of April 4 is guaranteed to make you think, make you laugh, and pull you into an emotional journey with the actors, directors, and writers! Pieces range from 1-10 minutes, so you'll experience a range of theatre! From excerpts of classics to new material written by student playwrights, the Ten Minute Play Festival is most definitely worth coming out for. May we never take LIVE THEATRE for granted again!

This event is one night only. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and performance begins at 6:30 pm. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under are free. The performance will take place on the lawn outside of the Visitor Center, so bring your own chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the performance will move indoors.

The Avocado Toast Truck will be out for your dining needs, and snacks will be available in the gift shop.
Guests for this event do not need to pay for parking. Parking is included with your event ticket.

UT Arboretum Society: A Rare Emergence for Cicadas

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


The cicadas are coming! They should arrive in late May or early June depending on weather temperatures. Where will they show up in East Tennessee? For the first time since 1803, Brood XIII and Brood XIX will emerge at the same time. Join us via Zoom on Thursday, April 4 at 7pm for the April edition of the First Thursday Nature Supper Club sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society. Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum education coordinator and Stephen Lyn Bales, naturalist, author and artist, will discuss these fascinating insects and where in Tennessee they will emerge in 2024. The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. The program will be recorded and sent to all who register. Register at Please contact Michelle at for any questions or registration issue.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him at

UT College of Music: Ensemble Knox & UT Gamelan Ensemble

  • April 4, 2024

Category: Free event, Music and Virtual

In collaboration with the UT Gamelan Ensemble directed by Professor Jonathan Adams, Ensemble Knox (directed by Professor Andy Bliss) presents Indonesia-Bound, featuring works by Aurel Hollo, Akira Nishimura, and James Wood.

Livestream information can be found online. Performers reserve the right to change their program without notice.

Thursday, April 4 at 7:30pm

Natalie Haslam Music Center, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
1741 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster Series: Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Category: Music

Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series
Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
At Knoxville Museum of Art

Concertmaster William Shaub rounds out the Merchant & Gould Concertmaster & Friends Series season with a Boroque-inspired program, featuring Bach’s immensely popular and timeless Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

HEINRICH BIBER: Passacaglia for Solo Violin
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Laudamus Te (from B Minor Mass)
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Violin Concerto in A Minor
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Information/tickets: 865-291-3310 or

Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD includes eight performances from April 2-7, 2024. The New York Times Critic’s Pick TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is “the most successful American play in Broadway history” (60 Minutes). New York Magazine calls it “a real phenomenon. Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) – has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR).

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

TennGreen Land Conservancy: 4th Annual Hikeathon

  • April 1, 2024 — April 30, 2024

Category: Festivals, special events, Fundraisers, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

TennGreen Land Conservancy's fourth annual Hike-a-Thon is taking place during the entire month of April 2024.

The month-long fundraising and adventure competition supports the protection of Tennessee's lands and waters and encourages people of all ages and abilities to get outside for the chance to win awesome prizes. While this event benefits Tennessee nature, participants can adventure and compete from anywhere in the world.

Compete by hiking, paddling, trail running, climbing, mountain biking, or photography with a team or by yourself!

Proceeds from the Hike-a-Thon benefit TennGreen Land Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit and the oldest accredited statewide land conservancy in Tennessee.

Registration is free and opens on March 1 at
Questions? Email

Dogwood Arts: Open Trails

Category: Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

Since 1955, Dogwood Arts has hosted Knoxville’s favorite springtime celebration. What started as a neighborhood beautification project, has blossomed into a year-round celebration of our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty. With the month of April quickly approaching, Dogwood Arts is gearing up to do it all again with events and programs for the entire community to enjoy.

Knoxville’s historic Dogwood Trails date back to 1955 and today cover more than 90 miles in 13 neighborhoods throughout the city. The Dogwood Trails, Open Gardens, and Camera Sites are open April 1-30th and visitors are invited to drive, walk, or bike the Trails as they take in the natural scenic beauty of East Tennessee in the springtime. Open Gardens and Camera Sites are open 10AM-6PM daily.

Visitors can find Trailhead addresses, trail maps, and a list of Open Gardens, Camera Sites, and Walking Trails online at Printed Trail Guides are available at Visit Knoxville, all ORNL Federal Credit Union Branches, and the Dogwood Arts office [123 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902]. Info: 865-637-4561

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