Calendar of Events

Friday, April 19, 2024

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: 'Art'

Category: Theatre

A translation of a French-language play, Art is set in Paris and revolves around a discussion between three friends–Serge, Marc and Yvan. When Serge buys a large and very expensive painting for 200,000 francs. However, the canvas is completely white with just a few white lines. While Serge is very proud of his latest painting, the reaction of his friends does not mirror his own sentiments. Marc responds with shock and anger, labeling it as a “piece of white sh#t”. But does he dislike the painting, or Serge’s independent thought?

In turn, Yvan acts as the peacemaker, trying to mediate the hostility between his friends. While he laughs about the ridiculous nature of the painting with Marc, he also reassures Serge that he likes the white canvas. However, his attempts at brokering peace fail and Serge and Marc’s anger is redirected him. As the discussion moves from the theoretical to the personal, the three friends are forced to ask questions not only about the nature of art, but about the nature of friendship. As they attack each other about their various personal failures, Serge, Marc, and Yvan risk ruining their friendship forever.

Fri. Apr 19th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. Apr 20th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. Apr 21st 2024, 3:00 pm
Thu. Apr 25th 2024, 7:30 pm
Fri. Apr 26th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. Apr 27th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. Apr 28th 2024, 3:00 pm
Thu. May 2nd 2024, 7:30 pm
Fri. May 3rd 2024, 7:30 pm
Sat. May 4th 2024, 7:30 pm
Sun. May 5th 2024, 3:00 pm

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

Ijams Nature Center: Upcoming Events

Category: Classes, workshops, Health, wellness, Kids, family and Science, nature

4/19 • Forest Bathing Workshop
4/19 • Pickin' on Nature: 18strings and Blue Ridge Gathering
4/20 • Early Morning Birding: Spring Migration
4/20 • Spring Fungi ID: Beginners Workshop
4/20 • H.A.L.T Dog Adoption Event at Ijams
4/21 • ETNBA Monthly Bluegrass Jam
4/21 • Fleurish: A Sustainable Fashion Event and Fundraiser
4/22 • Nature Nerd Hike
4/24 • Becoming a Community Scientist
4/25 • Nature Nerd Trivia
4/26 • Big Night Hike- Bioblitz Edition

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Bearden High School Theatre: Treasure Island

  • April 19, 2024 — April 21, 2024

Category: Kids, family, Literature, spoken word, writing and Theatre


Bearden Theatre will unveil Treasure Island as adapted by Bryony Lavery at the Bearden High School Auditorium on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 21st at 2:30 pm.

A beloved classic novel by Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is timeless entertainment for children and adults alike. This production offers a perfect blend of suspense and excitement that will appeal to young adventurers and seasoned theatre-goers alike.

Navigate the tumultuous waters of loyalty, ambition, and friendship. Join Jim Hawkins and a cast of unforgettable characters for an expedition that promises to be as perilous as it is exhilarating. This play includes acts of violence in it as a way of storytelling. View discretion is advised.

Running time of 1 hour 45 minutes. Recommended for children ages 10 and up. Tickets are available at $15 general admission tickets to pre- order on the website or at the door

Little River Art: The Lost Weekend: The Photography of May Pang

  • April 19, 2024 — April 21, 2024

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

Few people knew John Lennon as intimately as May Pang. Pang was Lennon’s lover during the infamous “Lost Weekend” which lasted 18 months during late 1973 through 1975. During this highly creative time for Lennon, Pang took candid photos of Lennon in a comfortable, relaxed environments. A collection of these private photographs will be on display and available for purchase at Little River Art.

May will be in attendance, meeting customers and telling stories behind these amazing limited-edition photographs of one of the most iconic figures of the Twentieth Century.

We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting event. We welcome our friends and art-loving patrons from Knoxville and beyond to our gallery as we fuse art, fun, friends and...a bit of fame.

When and Where
+Friday, April 19 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
+Saturday, April 20 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
+Sunday, April 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Little River Art & Frame
4313 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37909. Questions? call us at (865)200-8448

Knoxville Opera: Le Bal de Paris

Category: Culinary arts, food, Fundraisers and Music

6:30-10 PM
Location: Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike Knoxville, TN, 37919

Experience an evening of unparalleled elegance at Knoxville Opera's annual opera ball, Le Bal de Paris. Journey to the City of Lights for one night as the event transforms into a Parisian dreamscape. This fundraiser promises not only a sumptuous dinner and the soulful strains of live music but also the thrill of a curated auction. As guests dine and dance beneath the Parisian-inspired ambiance, every moment, bid, and note goes towards supporting the future of Knoxville Opera. Revel in the magic of a night in Paris while championing the timeless beauty of opera.

Knoxville Opera: 865-524-0795

Knoxville Botanical Gardens: Hats in Bloom

  • April 19, 2024

Category: Fundraisers

Hats in Bloom Luncheon, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, April 19.

On Friday, April 19, 2024, the Knoxville Botanical Garden will host the annual Hats in Bloom luncheon, which has become a “must attend” event with nearly 250 participants.

All Top Hat tickets include the Top Hat Reception with champagne, Bloody Marys and hors d’oeuvres at 10:30 a.m. followed by a seated luncheon in the Dogwood Center at noon catered by Holly’s Eventful Dining.

Patricia Frankum will have her new collection of designer hats for guests to try on and purchase.

Please call the Gardens for ticketing inquiries: 865-862-8717.

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914. Hours: Gardens open daily from sunrise to sunset. Information: 865-862-8717,

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair

Category: Classes, workshops, Festivals, special events and Fine Crafts

April 19, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

Discover a new craft, skill, or hobby! Join us for the 3rd annual GSM Fiber Fair, where skills are learned, wool is spun, and a fiber enthusiast can shop to their heart’s desire! Over 20 vendors are set up throughout the Heritage Center’s 10 acres and a variety of classes are offered. Check out our Social Time and bring your knitting, crochet, or other project, a mug of tea or coffee and get to know one another! It’s designed to share stories and learn from one another!

Our classes include:
- Cartwheel Dorset Button
- Dying Roving for Spinning
- Pin Loom Basics
- Fiber Prep for Spinning
- Beginning Drop Spindle
- 3D Figure Sculptures
- Needle Felting with Armatures
- Tapestry Garment Felting
- Beginning Spinning on a Wheel
- BYOT to Dye for
- Intermediate Wheel Spinning

Tickets at

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Dr, Townsend, TN 37882. Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5. Information: 865-448-0044,

Bluegill Productions: Friday Night Live! with Mt. Olive Pleasure Club

  • April 19, 2024

Category: Music

With special guests Geoff Trabalka and Bluegill

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: Ashlee Watkins & Andrew Small

Category: Music

Jubilee Community Arts presents at the Laurel Theater, April 19 at 8 pm.

Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Ashlee Watkins & Andrew Small range from heartbreaking country duets to foot stomping breakdowns. Ashlee and Andrew have won many awards from fiddlers conventions throughout the region including first place with their string band The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee at the 85th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention.

As songwriters, Ashlee and Andrew were featured in the 2022 IBMA Songwriter Showcase and won first prize in the 29th Annual MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. The duo has been featured on the PBS television show Song Of The Mountains, played on the Cabin Stage at MerleFest, and performed for the inauguration of the 74th Governor of Virginia. In 2021-22, they hosted the 10th season of The Floyd Radio Show and their music is also featured on the soundtracks of The Green Tunnel podcast and the PBS documentary Rock Castle Home.

Having grown up in a musical family in New South Wales, Australia, Ashlee Watkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter whose powerfully unadorned vocals exhibit a refreshing directness of expression reminiscent of Maybelle Carter, Molly O’Day, and Hazel Dickens. She has been awarded a number of blue ribbons from fiddlers’ conventions around the Southeast for her folk singing and old-time banjo and guitar playing, and in 2021, her string band The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee won first place at the 85th Annual Old Fiddlers' Convention in Galax, VA. In 2022, she completed a Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship with Floyd County master musician Mac Traynham. Ashlee also performs with Larry Sigmon and string bands including the Mustard Cutters and Nobody’s Business.

Andrew Small is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and composer who currently serves as Artist-In-Residence for The Crooked Road - Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Originally from Eastern North Carolina, Andrew holds a master’s degree in music performance from Yale University and has performed around the world with artists including Sierra Hull, Mandolin Orange, and the North Carolina Symphony. He performs in the house band for the PBS television show Farm and Fun Time and tours internationally as bassist for Bill and the Belles. A former Bluegrass Mandolin Champion of Australia, Andrew was awarded first prize in the bluegrass category at the 29th Annual MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. In 2022, he completed a Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship with National Heritage Award-winning fiddler Eddie Bond of Fries, VA. Andrew is a member of the teaching faculty for the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music program at East Tennessee State University.

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,

Yee Haw Brewing: Taylor Swift Silent Disco Party

  • April 19, 2024

Category: Music

The Taylor Swift Silent Disco, Friday, April 19th at Yee Haw Knoxville.

The Taylor Swift Silent Disco is back!
And just in time to celebrate the release of her new record, The Tortured Poets Department. There will be three channels of music. One of them will be all Taylor, including songs from the new record and all the old favorites from each era. The other two channels will be a mix of all the music you love to hear at silent discos.

This event is open to ages 18+.

Tickets at

Yee-Haw Brewing (Knoxville)
745 North Broadway

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!

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