Calendar of Events

Friday, April 12, 2024

TVUUC Gallery: Works by Pamela Salyer and Jack Retterer

  • April 12, 2024 — June 5, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Art Exhibit at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37918

Reception Friday, April 12, 2024, 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Artists’ talks at 6:30 pm.

Free and open to the public, Gallery hours: 9:30-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 9:00-1:00 Sunday

Pamela Salyer: A View Through the Trees

This series uses mixed media (acrylic, collage, photo transfer) to explore the relationship between bare trees and their surroundings—how a tree, a group of trees, or even just a few branches, can change our perspective on the world around us. Pamela Salyer studied with UK’s Open College of the Arts and was juried in as a member of the Art Gallery in 2017. She has been part of many juried exhibits in the Knoxville area, including the Arts & Culture Alliance National Alliance National Juried Exhibition, Arts in the Airport, and The District Gallery’s “The Big Tiny Show.”

Jack Retterer

Jack Retterer says his goal as an artist is simple: “Use photography to help others experience and understand life more deeply and more completely by making it easier to ‘stop and smell the roses.’” He maximizes the emotional impact in his photography to increase the viewer’s awareness. Retterer is a fine art photographer, teacher and poet. His American Impressionist style photography and large canvas prints have been displayed at the Art Market Gallery, the Arts & Culture Alliance, Arts at the Airport, and many other locations in East Tennessee. He is an active member of both the Professional Photographers of America and the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee.

Fountain City Art Center: Members Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Featuring a variety of media by local artists.
Reception: Fri Apr 12, 6:30-8 PM with awards at 7 PM

Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Hours: Tu 9:30-3:30, W-R 9:30-4:30 or by appointment. Information: 865-357-2787,

UT Arboretum Society: 57th Spring Plant Sale

Category: Festivals, special events and Science, nature

The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society’s 57th Spring Plant Sale will take place on April 12th and 13th. The public sale will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the UT Arboretum at 901 S. Illinois Ave. (Hwy. 62) in Oak Ridge. The Society’s “Members Only” sale will be on Friday evening, April 12th from 4-7 p.m.

Society memberships or membership renewals may be purchased on Friday evening for this “early bird” shopping opportunity. By joining UTAS on Friday night, people can enjoy the membership benefit of having the first pick of our beautiful selection of plants, some of which sell out that evening. Checks, cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Tennessee Naturescapes from Clinton, Riverdale Nursery from Knoxville and East Fork Nursery from Sevierville will be offering a large and varied selection of shrubs, native plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable starts, berries and brambles.

Each nursery will be featuring special plants. East Fork Nursery will feature four native azaleas new to the sale in limited numbers: Bob's Choice Yellow, Auburn Orange, Pink Peppermint Stripe and Coleman's Sunshine. They will also feature one new conifer, Chamaecyparis thyoides ‘Red Velvet’ and an evergreen azalea, Venus' Baby. Tennessee Naturescapes will feature Elderberries in quart and gallon pots. Riverdale Nursery will be featuring the re-introduction of some old-fashioned hydrangeas that they are bringing back into cultivation. These include Michael Dirr’s Hydrangea serrata ‘Painter’s Palette’, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Jogasaki’ and Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ and many more! Riverdale will also feature beautiful White Lady Banks Roses.

UT Arboretum Society members will be on hand to help answer questions and to help load plants. We will also have our red wagons available to help you in loading your plants. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to

The District Gallery: Colorful Conversations with Pamela Padgett and Karen Philpott

  • April 12, 2024 — April 13, 2024

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Friday, April 12 from 5-8, Opening of Colorful Conversations by Pamela Padgett & Karen Philpott
The District Gallery is thrilled to present "Colorful Conversations," a two-person exhibition by Pamela Padgett & Karen Philpott. This show features large landscapes by both artists. Pam’s work is a celebration of color, creating light and shadow with moody hues and vibrant shades. Karen’s work is a contrasting combination of line work and delicate brushstrokes that capture the peaceful views that surround us.

Join us Friday, April 12 from 5-8 for cocktails and live jazz by Nashville based composer, producer and pianist, Will Padgett. We are excited to explore these colorful conversations between artists and lifelong friends.

Saturday, April 13 from 1-4, Demo & Discussion by Pamela Padgett & KarenPhilpott
Join us Saturday, April 13 from 1-4 for a two-person demo & discussion. Karen & Pam will be walking viewers through the show paintings as well as at their easels for a dual demonstration.

The District Gallery, 5113 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Hours: M-F 10-5:30, Sa 10-4. Information: 865-200-4452,

Knoxville Museum of Art: Soundscapes - "A Tribute to Motown Soul II"

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:
· 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

Bluegill Productions: Friday Night Live! with The Deltas

  • April 12, 2024

Category: Music

Presented by Bluegill Productions and The Concourse
5:30 PM Doors | 6:30 PM Show

Admission: advance tickets at
Tickets: $10 + fees Advance | $15 At The Door
Children 12 & under are free
Limited seating available


Jubilee Community Arts: Sam Lewis with Daniel Kimbro

Category: Music

April 12 at 8 pm

Sam Lewis is a songwriter based out of Nashville whose music invariably circles back to a universal truth: "We are all trying to get somewhere — all running from something or toward something; we're all in it together, though." His discography reveals his artistic evolution. These include his self-titled debut (2012), the yearning "Waiting On You" (2015), the introspective "Loversity" (2018), and the stripped-down intimacy of "Solo" (2020). Each album, co-produced by legends like Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers) and graced by the talents of musicians like Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Darrell Scott (Robert Plant), and the McCrary Sisters, has garnered critical acclaim, showcasing Lewis' unyielding commitment to raw songwriting. 2021 saw the birth of Harley, Kimbro, and Lewis, a collaboration simmering for nearly a decade. The trio, Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro, and Sam Lewis, weave their musical voices into a tapestry of original songs, channeling the spirit of "The Band" in their writing and recording process.

Knoxville's own Daniel Kimbro is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist and an in-demand touring bass player with acts including Jerry Douglass, Eric Clapton, Amythyst Kiah, Molly Tuttle, and many others.

Tickets available at TicketLeap (, 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,

West Fifth Studios: Spring Fling

  • April 12, 2024

Category: Dance, movement, Fundraisers and Music

Pull out your party pants and join us for a groovy night at West Fifth Studios! Get ready to dance the night away at our Spring Fling Silent Disco. It's going to be a unique experience with a silent disco twist. Put on your headphones, choose your favorite music channel, and let loose on the courtyard dance floor. This event is all about having fun while supporting a great cause. So grab your friends and come enjoy a night of music, art, and good vibes. Tickets are limited and trust us—you're not going to want to miss this.

Before the Silent Disco starts at 7pm, we will have Open Artist Studios at 5pm! The artists of West Fifth will have their individual studios open and you'll be able to see the direct impact of your donations.

Can't make it to the party, but what to support the studios? You can still make a donation to the studios through the event page.

We thank you for your thoughtful consideration in support of West Fifth Studios. All proceeds from the event go directly to supporting the individual artists of West Fifth through rent stabilization.

The Red Branch Reading Series

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

Poetry reading and open mic at Pretentious Beer Co., 131 S. Central St.

Readings from Amber Albritton, Maggie Rue Hess, Wesley Scott McMasters, Greg Ramkawsky, Anna Laura Reeve, and Kate Wright

Event starts at 7:00 p.m., open mic to follow

Presented by Pretentious Beer Co. and The Red Branch Review

Muse Knoxville: Tech Play Unveiling

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

April 12, 2024 at 9 AM
Join us for brief remarks from Executive Director, Allison Comer and community partners!

Muse Knoxville is thrilled to introduce our newest exhibit - “Tech Play” - a technology-based hands-on exhibit in the heart of our museum. Tech Play will be home to interactive stations that will provide children and their families with the opportunity to embrace the “T” in STEAM! Join us at the “Tech Play” ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil this one-of-a-kind learning environment and dive into the exciting world of Tech Play with interactive demonstrations and inspiring conversations about shaping the future for generations through tech!

Experience our newest additions, Norilla and Draw Alive. NoRILLA is a patented mixed-reality educational system bridging physical and virtual worlds to improve STEM learning. Paper Draw Alive is a unique interactive wall projector drawing game in which users can watch their drawings come to life on a large screen.

Muse Knoxville (516 N. Beaman St., Knoxville, TN 37914)

Black Musicians Alliance and UT College of Music: Tiny Desk Concert (Inspired by NPR)

  • April 12, 2024

Category: Free event and Music

Inspired by National Public Radio’s popular Tiny Desk series of concerts, this program within the George F. DeVine Music Library will feature some of our own Student Library Assistants, as well as a diverse group of talented musicians from the Black Musicians Alliance and the UT College of Music. The program will be an opportunity to bring audiences to the music library to showcase its space and collections. The Tiny Desk Concert will take place on Friday, April 12, from 6pm-7pm (after closing) in the music library with a short reception at 5pm.

Natalie Haslam Music Center, Ground floor across from the elevators
1741 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

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:

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