Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 18, 2024

UT Downtown Gallery: Art Source

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

Reception on First Friday, May 3, 5-9PM | UT Downtown Gallery

Every day, Knox County Schools art teachers devote their time and energy to cultivating creativity and critical skills in their students. Now in its 15th year at the UT Downtown Gallery, Art Source, an exhibition dedicated to Knox County Schools art educators, has given these teachers an opportunity to nourish and showcase their own artistic talents.

This year’s exhibition was jurored by Ashton Ludden and Andrew Messersmith of Relay Ridge. The show is in partnership with Knox County Schools, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Jerry’s Artarama.

Award-winning educators will be recognized at the gallery’s May First Friday reception. The gallery will be open from 5-9pm with awards at 6:30pm.

UT Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay Street. Hours: W-F: 11am - 6pm, Sat: 10am - 3p. For more information: |

Clayton Center for the Arts: Lionel Bart’s OLIVER!

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Thursday, April 18, 2024 8:00 PM
Friday, April 19, 2024 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2024 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 21, 2024 2:00 PM

$20.00 General Admission
$15.00 Seniors, Students (under 18), MC Theatre Alumni and College Students with ID
Free for MC Students, Faculty and Staff – Must get ticket from Clayton Center Box Office

Join the Maryville College Theatre Department and Broadway Center for the Arts for a theatrical event that will not be forgotten!

South Doyle High School Musical Theatre Program: Mamma Mia! the Musical

  • April 18, 2024 — April 20, 2024

Category: Kids, family, Music and Theatre

Full length with live orchestra
At South Doyle High School Auditorium, 2020 Tipton Station Rd, Knoxville, TN
Dates / Times: Thu 4/18/24 7:00 pm
Fri 4/19/24 7:00 pm
Sat 4/20/24 1:00 pm
Sat 4/20/24 7:00 pm

Price: $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at:
Questions please contact: South Doyle High School Booster Club at

This sunny, funny, international smash hit sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, along with the magic of ABBA's hit songs that include “Super Trouper," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," "Take a Chance on Me," "Thank You for the Music," "Money, Money, Money," "The Winner Takes It All," and "SOS," combine to make this enchanting show a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Cosmos Festival: The Planets

Category: Music

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series
Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.
At Tennessee Theatre

In April, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra celebrates the cosmos with a stellar program featuring four pieces inspired by different aspects of the celestial. Joyce Yang returns performing Jonathan Leshnoff’s KSO co-commissioned Piano Concerto, hailed as “a soulful piano concerto [that] enthralls” (BBC Music Magazine). The evening culminates with Gustav Holst’s evocative and awe-inspiring The Planets.

Cosmos Festival is aptly named for the KSO’s April Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series and Chamber Classics Series concerts happening within five days of one another. The KSO celebrates how humans relate to their place in the universe – spiritually and physically – through specially programmed works inspired by the cosmos.

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute
JONATHAN LESHNOFF: Piano Concerto (KSO co-commission)

Information/tickets: 865-291-3310 or

Mill & Mine: Houndmouth

  • April 18, 2024
  • 8:00 PM

Category: Music

Thursday, April 18, 8:00 PM (Doors 12:00 AM) at The Mill & Mine.

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

Joy of Music School: Dining for Joy

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, April 18, 6:00 PM at Marble Hall at Lakeshore Park,
5930 Lyons View Pike Knoxville, TN 37919.

We're thrilled to announce the return of Dining for Joy! This tasty springtime event toasts our local food and music scene while creating opportunities for the next generation of musicians.

Dining for Joy will be an unforgettable evening filled with delectable cuisine and the soulful sounds of popular Knoxville band, Smooth Sailor.

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:
Spring-Themed Cocktails & Mocktails
Delicious Food from Real Good Kitchen
Special Performance by Joy of Music School Students
Live Music by Smooth Sailor
Connection with fellow music enthusiasts


All proceeds from this event will directly support tuition-free music education for kids in need at the Joy of Music School.

Joy of Music School, 1209 Euclid Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921. Information: 865-525-6806,

Historic Ramsey House: Local Voices with Marilyn Mascaro

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

Join us for an evening with Marilyn Layman Mascaro, author of When the Rivers Flowed. In her newest book, Marilyn shares the story of an Ambitious Hillbilly and a Southern Flapper - experiences of Earl and Marie. This documented history covers events such as Knoxville's riot of 1919, the energetic 1920's, and the Great Depression. It does so by recounting the true stories of ordinary Americans who encountered the extraordinary events of their time. It promises to be an enchanting evening. Mark your calendars now for an unforgettable evening!

Local Voices: Author Talks at the Historic Ramsey House is a year-long event that will spotlight a different author each month, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to explore the diverse talents shaping the region's literary landscape. Attendees can expect engaging presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions with featured authors, providing an enriching experience for writers and book lovers of all ages. Admission to all events is free, and the entire community is invited to join in celebrating the power of storytelling.

Historic Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914. Information: 865-546-0745,

Union Ave Books: An Author Event with Melissa Ferguson

  • April 18, 2024

Category: Free event and Literature, spoken word, writing

We are thrilled to host author Melissa Ferguson for a reading of How to Plot a Payback.

This event will take place on April 18th 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,

Knoxville History Project: Divas!

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

Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom

We recently conducted a live-audience slide show about what we’ve learned about standout local appearances by notable female performers, from Lillie Langtry to Sarah Bernhardt, from Ethel Barrymore to Marian Anderson, from Sophie Tucker to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, from Fanny Brice to Helen Hayes, from Ida Cox to Janis Joplin, with some Dolly and Taylor Swift thrown in for fun, using recently discovered advertisements and news articles, discussing where they were in their careers and what we know of their shows here, and the impact they made on Knoxville. We thought this one deserved an encore on Zoom, and we’ll do that on April 18.

Register Here:

Knoxville History Project: 865-300-4559,

Art Guild of Tellico Village: Meeting with Dan Podsobinski

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Lecture, panel and Meetup

Photoshop for Digital Art

Art Guild Meeting at the Yacht Club top floor 10 AM; Coffee at 9:45

Have you ever wanted to see what Photoshop is all about? Or maybe you’ve tried Photoshop and threw your hands up in the air? Join us to see a wide variety of what Adobe Photoshop has to offer. This high-level overview will show examples from watercolor, oil, and impressionistic painting to professionally retouching photographs and combining digital assets to make a masterpiece — all with an unlimited supply of paint and never having to clean a brush! Future class offerings will be discussed for the Art Guild from Beginning to Intermediate Photoshop, Advanced Photoshop for Artists and Photographers, and Photoshop Fabric and Fashion Design.

Artist Bio: Dan is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, and the Tellico Village Art Guild. Described as “the Van Gogh of Beach Art” Dan’s lifelong passion has developed with decades of travel, family, and nature photography. His skills have been refined with education by leading photographers from National Geographic Magazine and digital editing techniques by leading instructors, built on hours of experience in the darkroom spanning as far back as the 1970s. Sharing the inspiration from the intro of Jimmy Buffett’s One Particular Harbor, “La ora te nature” (Long Live Nature), Dan and his wife, Tracey, support the Sea Turtle Conservancy with their art as sea turtles are one of the leading indicators of the health of our oceans. Dan’s works have been selected for showings in the southeastern US, ranging from his hometown of Knoxville to Tampa with collectors spanning Seattle to San Francisco, and New York to Key West.

PLUS! Dan Has an Upcoming Exhibit!
See an exhibit of more than 40 original works from islands near and far by our April speaker, Dan Podsobinski, at the Rarity Bay gallery on April 28 from 2:30 to 4 PM. The afternoon includes live music inspired by Jimmy Buffet and performed by Trop Rock award winner John McDonald. Tropical hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be offered. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Dan:

Sundress Academy for the Arts: Reading Series

Category: Literature, spoken word, writing and Meetup

The Sundress Academy for the Arts is pleased to announce the guests for the April installment of our reading series, poets Lexi McDonald and Chrissy Stegman. Join us on Thursday, April 18th at Pretentious Beer Co. from 7:00-9:00 PM for a reading followed by an open mic hosted by Shlagha Borah. Sign-up for the open mic begins at 7 PM sharp and is limited to 10-12 readers.

Lexi McDonald (they/she) is a queer poet from Central Pennsylvania who writes to make peace with their memories and explore the threads that connect past to present. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and serves as the Assistant Poetry Editor for UT's literary journal, Grist. Lexi's work appears in The FruitSlice, RiverCraft, The Sanctuary, and Essay Lit magazines.

Chrissy Stegman is a poet/writer from Baltimore, Maryland. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Rejection Letters, Gone Lawn, Gargoyle Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Poverty House, Stone Circle Review, Fictive Dream, The Voidspace, 5 Minutes, and BULL. She is a 2023 BOTN nominee.

Clarence Brown Theatre: Kinky Boots

Category: Music and Theatre

Kinky Boots
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Clarence Brown Theatre
April 17 – May 5, 2024

A Tony-winning Broadway sensation packed with fun and a kick of pure joy! Looking to save the family shoe business, Charlie turns to his new friend Lola -- a cabaret performer and drag queen-- who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that’s ever rocked the runways of Milan… giving the factory and its hard-working family a sparkling new future.

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Ave on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. For information/tickets: 865-974-5161,

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