Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Knoxville Cheese Fest

  • April 11, 2024 — April 13, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food and Festivals, special events

Knoxville Cheese Fest is BACK in April - AND BETTER THAN EVER! We have events from Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13th at Euphoric Cheese Shop, West End Shopping Center, 139 West End Ave.

LOVE cheese? We have the perfect festival for you. Back for it’s 4th year, the Knoxville Cheese Fest brings together all things cheese. Sample cheeses from around the world and learn more about how to select a cheese when you’re shopping at your favorite store.

Thursday, join our friends at Euphoric Cheese Shop for a DIY Charcuterie Class. One ticket includes admission for 2 people, material for one charcuterie board and two Gypsy Circus Ciders.

Friday, we have two Cider and Cheese Pairings. The first session is cider and cheese pairing only, guided by our World Cheese Judge Michael Landis, representatives from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Gypsy Circus Cidery Company. The second session includes the pairing and a dinner.

See complete schedule at: and purchase tickets at:

Bijou Theatre: The Psychology of Serial Killers Featuring Dr. Rachel Toles

Category: Lecture, panel

The Psychology of Serial Killers and why they fascinate us, at the Bijou Theatre Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 7:30PM.

Dr. Rachel Toles, true crime's preeminent psychologist, seeks to help us understand these burning questions: What makes a serial killer? Why do they commit such horrific crimes? What drives them to murder?… and perhaps the most important question of all… why are we so fascinated by them?

Bijou Theatre,, 803 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902
Box Office, 865-684-1200, Monday through Friday 10am to 3pm

Mill & Mine: Restless Road

  • April 11, 2024
  • 8:00 PM

Category: Music

Restless Road, Thursday, April 11, 8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM) at The Mill & Mine.

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

Knoxville Museum of Art: Dine & Discover with Bobbie Crews

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Lecture, panel
12-1 PM

Join us for a lunchtime discussion with Knoxville artist Bobbie Crews, who will talk about “The Survivor Project” collaboration she did with the Family Justice Center. “The Survivor Project” is a collection of paintings Crews created as she listened to the survivors share their stories while painting their portraits.

Lunches are $15. To order a lunch contact DeLena Feliciano by April 5 at or 865-934-2041.

Crews is known for her “Intimate Portraits of Automobiles” as well as her portraits of people. Concours d’Elegance classic automobile shows, as well as museum exhibitions, exhibit her fine automotive art. Her work has been described as “Rubenesque.” Crews lives and works in Knoxville, TN. She teaches workshops, does courtroom sketching, portraits, murals, consulting and design, juries, and critiques art shows. Her work is shown internationally, and her BFA is from the University of Tennessee. She accepts commissions from anywhere.

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.

Knoxville Writers' Guild: A Tapestry of Poetics

Category: Free event, Lecture, panel and Literature, spoken word, writing

The Knoxville Writers Guild is thrilled to announce an enchanting evening of poetry featuring celebrated poets Linda Parsons and Susan O’Dell Underwood. Parsons will showcase selections from her latest collection, "Valediction," while Underwood will mesmerize the audience with excerpts from her compelling work, "Splinter."

In this unique presentation, Parsons and Underwood will skillfully interweave their poems, illuminating the shared human experiences that inspire their artistry while showcasing the distinct voices and themes that define their work. This captivating dialogue promises to offer attendees a deeper understanding of the creative process and the myriad ways in which poetry can connect and resonate with audiences.

Linda Parsons, a multifaceted literary talent known for her poetry, plays, essays, and editorial contributions, serves as the poetry editor for Madville Publishing and the copy editor for Chapter 16, the esteemed literary website of Humanities Tennessee. Her extensive body of work has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. Parsons' latest collection, "Valediction," masterfully blends poetry and prose, offering readers a rich tapestry of emotions and insights.

The event will take place on the 2nd Thursday of April, April 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at Addison's Bookstore in Knoxville. While the Knoxville Writers Guild's monthly meetings typically occur on the 1st Thursday, the April gathering has been rescheduled to accommodate the Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference, demonstrating the Guild's commitment to supporting the broader literary community.

Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening of inspiration, creativity, and poetic brilliance. This meeting will also feature readings from the winners of the 2024 Poetry Contest. Don't miss this opportunity to witness two master poets share their powerful new work in an intimate setting.

The Red Branch Arts Festival

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing


A collaboration between the Appalachian Cultural Center at Carson-Newman University and The Red Branch Review

Hosted at the Appalachian Cultural Center, 1603 Russell Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

A poetry reading and discussion with Jeff Hardin, Maggie Rue Hess, and Greg Ramkawsky, 10:00-11:30

An artist talk and gallery show with Rubens Ghenov and Lynne Marinelli Ghenov, 12:00-1:00

Free and open to the public!

Union Ave Books: An Author Event with Steven Hale

  • April 11, 2024

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

We are thrilled to host author Steven Hale for a reading of Death Row Welcomes You.

This event will take place on April 11th at 6:00 pm at Union Ave Books.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP on our website.

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

LIVIN’ LIVE Music Festival

  • April 11, 2024

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Music

Student plans downtown Maryville music festival

A Pellissippi State Community College student is putting into practice everything he’s learned in Audio Production Engineering to put on a music festival in Maryville this month. Addison Clark has organized the LIVIN’ LIVE Music Festival that will be held Thursday, April 11, from 4-10 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 127 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville. Bands include Siren Sounds, The Analog Kid, Tennessee Love Connection, Saddle and Milk Man & The Big Band.

Organizing the event is Clark's capstone project before he graduates with his Associate of Applied Science in Media Technologies with a concentration in Audio Production Engineering. He is serving as promoter, production manager and sound engineer for the festival. “I wanted to do something that would catch people’s eye,” Clark said. “Go big or go home.”

Audio Production Engineering students complete a capstone project before they graduate to “harness all the knowledge they’ve accrued,” said Associate Professor Mischa Goldman, program coordinator. They can work for Panther Records, Pellissippi State’s record label, or pursue a project that means something to them personally. Clark found his focus in his hometown of Maryville, where he attended the Foothills Fall Festival and saw big-name musical acts perform between 2000 and 2014.

“There are plenty of amazing local artists and assets right here, and I wanted to get local businesses and the community involved,” said Clark, who booked bands from Cedar Bluff, Greenback, Knoxville and Maryville. “ML Sound has happily donated the PA system, and we’ll also have a local food truck, REO Cheesewagon.”

Students from Audio Production Engineering’s Production Logistics Management and Live Sound Production classes will help Clark with the concert along with other classmates who are completing their internships and capstone projects. Tickets are available in advance or $12 at the door. To learn more about the bands, see the lineup or purchase tickets, visit

Muse Knoxville: Beer & Blooms

Category: Culinary arts, food, Festivals, special events and Fundraisers

Who said kids get to have all the fun? Join us for this adult-only fundraising event at Muse Knoxville! Paint flower pots, pick out and plant your bloom, participate in fun activities, and enjoy a beer with friends at Muse! There will be a food truck onsite for food purchases, along with complimentary beer and cheese pairings.

Fundraising events like this one are key to help Muse maintain their mission. Funds raised at this event will help programs within the museum, schools across East Tennessee, and throughout Knoxville bring STEAM, the arts, health & wellness & emergent literacy to life in children’s minds.

WHEN: April 11, 2024 from 6 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Muse Knoxville (516 N. Beaman St., Knoxville,TN 37914)
DETAILS: Tickets are available online at
● Smoke Stack BBQ will be our onsite food truck for additional food purchases.
● Jacks will be providing plants.
● Tennessee Valley Fair Foundation is providing planters.
● Activities to include: Beer tasting stations, giant pong, and a beer goggle obstacle course!

George Denninger Artist Open House on the Dogwood Trail

  • April 6, 2024 — April 28, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 PM, April 6 - 28 (or for appointment call 636-256-6555)

Come talk with the artist and explore examples of his fine art, sculpture, and furniture throughout his gallery home. Mr. Denninger is an internationally known artist, designer, and author. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Open houses are free.

At 2109 Manor Road, Knoxville, TN 37920.

Tri-Star Arts: Extended Materiality

  • April 5, 2024 — June 1, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to present the next exhibition in their Main Gallery at the historic Candoro Marble Building. A two-person show, Extended Materiality, featuring recent works by artists Mie Kongo (Evanston, IL) and Althea Murphy-Price (Knoxville, TN) opens Friday, April 5 and will run through Saturday, June 1, 2024. Curator: Brian R. Jobe.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 5:00—8:00 pm (artists in attendance). There will be an artist talk by Kongo and Murphy-Price beforehand at 3:30pm. The address is 4450 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920 and admission is always free of charge.

The artists will also appear at an event at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 12:00—1:00 pm. Attendees are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. The address is 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Mie Kongo grew up on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, and now lives and works in Evanston, IL. She creates multidisciplinary works that have been exhibited nationally and internationally. This includes two solo exhibitions at 65Grand in Chicago, IL, a recent two-person Exposure booth represented by 65Grand at EXPO Chicago, and participation in NADA Miami represented by The Landing Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her other selected solo and group exhibitions were held at Harper College in Palatine, IL; Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO; Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, IL; Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago, IL; Arts and Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI; and 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, IL. She completed residencies at Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park in Shiga, Japan, and the European Keramic Work Center in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Mie Kongo received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Currently, she serves as an Associate Professor, Adjunct, in the Ceramics Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 2021.

Althea Murphy-Price began her studies in Fine Art at Spelman College before receiving her Master of Arts in Printmaking and Painting from Purdue University, and later studying at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. Murphy-Price maintains an active exhibiting practice. She has exhibited in venues throughout the country and abroad such as the Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Howard Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Wellesley College, Boston, MA; Wade Wilson Art Gallery, Houston, TX; Indiana University Art Museum; The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA; The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN. International exhibits include the International Printmaking Exhibition, Jingdezhen China; the American Youth Printmaking Exhibition, Lui Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China; and Print Resonance, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan. In addition to her exhibition record, she has been an artist-in-residence at the Frank Lloyd Wright School; University of Hawaii, Hilo; the Vermont Studio Center; and the Venice Printmaking Studio. Her writings and work have been featured in such publications as Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, and Printmakers Today.

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

Tri-Star Arts: Dusk by Shahnaz Lighari

  • April 5, 2024 — June 1, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Project Space, Apr. 5 - Jun. 1, 2024

Tri-Star Arts is pleased to present the next exhibition in their Golden Chain Gallery project space located at the historic Candoro Marble Building. Dusk by Shahnaz Lighari (Nashville, TN) opens Friday, April 5 and will run through Saturday, June 1, 2024, with a thematic focus on the transitional moment between day and night. This show is located within the unique architectural space of a narrow wooden stairwell.

Shahnaz Lighari is an artist based in Nashville, TN. She is self taught as a painter but attended Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film where she became inspired by art history and film. Incorporating a cinematic time-based approach to 2D media her work embodies the process of creation highlighting the many phases and layers involved in the evolution of each piece. Her work has been featured in publications and has shown in galleries nationwide, especially in the southeast. She has taught painting and printmaking at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center and recently attended a workshop on Byzantine Iconography and sacred arts.

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

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