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Knoxville TN is a progressive, friendly, and rapidly growing city accessible from an international waterway. It is situated at the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Three Interstates run through Knoxville which is home to The University of Tennessee Volunteer sports teams and the Knoxville Ice Bears.
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Parking is free at Market Square, State Street, and Locust Street garages,
and on meters, from 6 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

January 4 to November 22
Live Jazz Brunch
Five Bar, 430 Gay Street

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A live jazz band every Sunday from 10am-3pm during brunch service.

January 1-31
Metamorphosis: Angel-Phoenix Figures
Burlington Public Library
4614 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN
Metamorphosis: Angel-Phoenix Figures; Art By Theophilus

January 1 to February 1
Made in Tennessee: Milestones in Manufacturing Exhibition
East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Today's Tennesseans, while not totally abandoning their agricultural heritage, have moved into an age of advanced technology and global competition symbolized by elelctronic, chemical production, and automobile manufacturing. Tennesseans may wear cowboy hats and listen to the Grand Ole Opry, but at work they are more likely to produce automobiles or sophisticated machinery than to till a small farm or make country crafts.

January 1 to March 20
Dogwood Arts Festival: Art in Public Places
Art in Public Places Knoxville is a monumental installation of large-scale outdoor sculptures by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists. The sculptures are located in downtown Knoxville as well as McGhee Tyson Airport.

January 1 to March 21
America's First Investigation based Ghost Tour
Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours
22 Market Square, Knoxville TN
Hands on paranormal investigation of Knoxville's traumatic past. You will be taken to factual ground zeros of traumatic happenings, but participants are given real ghost hunting equipment to use.

January 1 to April 8
Arts in the Airport
McGhee Tyson Airport
An exhibition featuring selected artwork from 36 artists in the East Tennessee region. Features contemporary 2- and 3-dimensional artwork and is exhibited in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint. The exhibition is normally available for viewing only by visitors flying in or out of the airport. The following artists’ works is on display: Sheila Chesanow of Athens; Anne Freels of Clinton; Veronica Fay of Crossville; Amy Masters of Gatlinburg; J. Brooks Brann, David Butler, Valentino Constantinou, Delia Foster, Marcia Goldenstein, William Goolsby, Beauvais Lyons, Tom McDaniel, Rose Montgomery, Althea Murphy-Price, Dick Penner, Indra Sahu, Jenny Snead, Daniel Taylor, Clay Thurston, Mary Julia Tunnell, Marilyn Avery Turner, Richardson Turner, Hawa Ware, Lida Rice Waugh, and Kurt K. Weiss of Knoxville; Steve Chastain of Louisville; Mary Bogert, Carl Gombert, Adam Griffin, John Patterson, and Bill Womac of Maryville; Eric Buechel of Pleasant Hill; Yvonne Bartholomew-Thomas of Seymour; Pat Clapsaddle and Marty McConnaughey of Sharps Chapel; Tyson Smith of Townsend. A gallery of images may be viewed at

January 1 to May 29
"Hearth and Home" Exhibit
Farragut Folklife Museum
11408 Municipal Center Dr, Farragut, TN 37934
The exhibit showcases interesting artifacts from the museum's permanent collection that have not been displayed in many years or have never been on display. Spanning numerous decades, featured items include personal household items such as electronics, tools, clothes, hats and hat boxes, children's toys, and more. In addition, the vignette in the Doris Woods Owens Gallery will display furniture and household items from an 1890s-era bedroom.

January 1 to June 30
Lark in the Morn English Country Dance
Jubilee Community Arts
1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
17th-18th Century Social Dancing with live music. Sundays at 8 p.m. This is a performance group and newcomers are welcome. No partner necessary. Also Rapper Sword dance meets most Sundays at 7:00 PM. Free. Call 865-546-8442.

January 1 to September 10
Tennessee Tastes & Toasts Cocktail Tours by Knoxville Food Tours
Club LeConte
800 S. Gay Street Suite 2700, Knoxville TN
Follow Paula — make your way through Knoxville like a local, learn the history of the city, and sample delicious foods!

January 1 to December 31
Architectural Salvage Program
Knox Heritage, 1300 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
Browse through a collection of salvaged architectural pieces such as doors and hardware, wood flooring and trim, pedestal sinks, light fixtures and more. Open Thursdays from 1:00-5:00 PM.

January 1 to September 9
Wine Down Wednesday with Acoustic Guitarist Thomas
Blue Coast Grill & Bar
37 Market Square, Knoxville TN
Enjoy half-off select bottles of wine as you listen to acoustic guitarist Thomas out on the patio starting at 6:30 pm.

January 2-31
Art Market Gallery: Work by Eun-Sook Kim and Harriet Smith Howell
422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN
Featured artists are Eun-Sook Kim of Oak Ridge and Harriet Smith Howell of Rutledge. The opening reception during downtown Knoxville’s traditional date for the First Friday Art Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, with light refreshments and Bluegrass music performed live by Caring Committee.

January 2-31
Bliss Home: Phil Savage
29 Market Square, Knoxville, TN
Photographer Phil Savage is featured artist. Opening Reception, Jan. 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Phil Savage was born in Mexico City and is a world-traveler, which has helped him hone his ability to "turn the ordinary into the extraordinary". Phil loves to explore the endless possibilities that photography has to offer by embracing black and white panoramic photos with hand-tinted touches. Phil's art exhibit aims to challenge viewers to rediscover the beauty and complexities that can be found all around Knoxville.

January 2 to April 18
Civil War History Cruises
Star Landing
300 Neyland Drive, Knoxville TN
NavCal River Rides Civil War History cruises use an 1864 map to help show you Civil War sights along the river. Descriptions of significant fortifications, background and aftermath of the battle of Fort Sanders. Learn about this heavily divided area and its importance because of the river and the railroad.

January 4 to November 22
Live Jazz Brunch
430 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN
A live jazz band every Sunday from 10am-3pm during brunch service.

January 28
KSO Q Series at The Square Room: Woodwind Quintet
Cafe 4 & the Square Room
4 Market Square, Knoxville TN
Join one of the talented KSO ensembles for this exciting new lunch series. The Q Series in The Square Room features a performance by the KSO Woodwind Quintet and a boxed lunch from Cafe 4.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

January 29
Umphrey's McGee
Tennessee Theatre
604 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN
UM has built a rabid fan base through endless touring, putting them on the road 100+ nights a year. Their constantly evolving sound channels a wide spectrum of influences while still preserving their distinct voice through crafty songwriting. With a massive repertoire of originals and note-perfect covers, their live shows are like flipping through the presets on your radio dial. Their A.D.D. approach to "progressive improvisation" utilizes a set of Zappa inspired hand signals allowing them to orchestrate their melodic creations on the fly.

January 29
Sturgill Simpson
Bijou Theatre
803 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN
Sturgill Simpson's authenticity stands out like an island of hope in a sea of tacky. Pure and uncompromising, devoid of gloss and fakery. Bonafide mountain hillbilly soul. Formerly the leader of Sunday Valley, an energetic roots outfit that made some waves in the early years of the new millennium, Sturgill Simpson gained greater renown as a solo artist, thanks in large part to his muscular 2013 solo debut High Top Mountain. An outlaw country record in form and feel - its debt to Waylon Jennings clear and unashamed - High Top Mountain became a word-of-mouth hit in 2013, thereby establishing Simpson’s country credentials and opening the door to a wider future.

January 29
Knoxville Ice Bears vs. Fayetteville Fireantz - 7:30 p.m.
Knoxville Civic Coliseum Auditorium
500 Howard Baker Jr Avenue, Knoxville TN

January 29
Wine and Canvas
The Original Copper Cellar
1807 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville TN
Come down to the Original Copper Cellar and paint "Black Wind". They've got a great menu and wonderful wine selection to help with your masterpiece! Food and beverages not included.

January 30
Ron White
Tennessee Theatre
604 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funny man from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. White has always been a classic storyteller. His stories relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to sharing stories of his daily life to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America. All 4 of his comedy albums charted #1 on the BillboardTM Comedy Charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and over the past 9 years (since 2004) been one of the top three grossing stand up comedians on tour in America.

January 30
Gaelic Storm
Bijou Theatre
803 S Gay Street, Knoxville TN
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish - The Best of Gaelic Storm. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic. The album features sea shanties and drinking songs, traditional tunes and Gaelic Storm originals, instrumental workouts and vocal showcases. Regularly playing more than 120 shows a year, Gaelic Storm has built a loyal following as diverse as the band’s own music. Fans of traditional Irish music have championed the group for years, as have fans of harder-edged Celtic rock. On tour, Gaelic Storm is just as likely to play a large rock club as a plush theater. The band makes regular appearances on cruises, too, joining artists like the Barenaked Ladies and Michael Franti. Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades, infusing traditional Celtic music with modern influences, and updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the group has topped the Billboard World Chart four times and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band.


Through February 28, 2015
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville

Smoky Mountain Winterfest is in its 25th season. It features more than 12 million lights, enchanting light displays, unique shopping, award-winning shows, family attractions, lots of special events, and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

January 30, 2015 — February 8
The Man Who Came To Dinner - Mainstage Comedy
Oak Ridge Playhouse, 227 Broadway, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
In Kaufman and Hart’s 1940s comedy, famed author and personality Sheridan Whiteside, invited to dinner during a speaking tour, slips on the doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follows as the irascible and disagreeable invalid takes over the host family’s home and destroys their domestic tranquility with the arrival of strange and exotic get-well gifts, a parade of celebrity friends, and a devious plot to undermine his secretary’s budding romance. Information and tickets: 865-482-9999

January 30, 2015
Soul Connection
Knoxville Museum of Art: Alive After Five
1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Enjoy live music, food, spirits, and art in the casually elegant atmosphere of the Knoxville Museum of Art. This early Friday evening program is a great way to wind down from the work week or to start the weekend or both. Mostly showcasing the rich treasure trove of local and regional musical talent, Alive After Five has also presented acts from New Orleans, Boston, Dallas, Canada, Peru, France, Japan, Australia, and more. Food is available from a variety of area restaurants or caterers, and there are two cash bars.
Admission: $15; $10 w/ Membership or student ID · Free for ages 17 and under.

January 30, 2015
UT School of Music: Faculty Duo recital
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
8:00 PM
Kevin Class, piano and Wesley Baldwin, cello
Admission: Free

January 30, 2015
The Salon Series
The Carpetbag Theatre
Emporium Center
100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville TN 37902
7:00 PM
$5 cover charge.
Featured artists are Shekita Arnold, Oh So Coy, Artese Slay, Jeremiah Welch and Kristopher Tucker.

January 24 and 31, 2015
Marble City Opera: La Femme Bohème
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All-female cast. The production will be presented with chamber orchestra, conducted by Peter Leonard, former Artistic Director of the Volkstheater in Rostock, Germany. The La Femme Bohème cast will feature online magazine Sexi Soprano writers as well as Knoxville favorites, including Kathryn Frady as Musetta and Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Semi-Finalist, Linda Barnett as Rodolfo. There will be an open bar before, during, and after the performance. Admission: $20 adults, $10 students. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

January 31, 2015
Clayton Center for the Arts: Enso String Quartet
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804

The Lambert Recital Hall Performance Series. The Enso’s members all were drawn to the string quartet repertoire because of its richness and diversity, and the ensemble is committed to exploring the four corners of that repertoire. The Enso regularly performs the classics of the string quartet literature, but also champions lesser-known works that deserve to be heard, along with much contemporary music, including works the Enso has commissioned. The ensemble also performs many of its own transcriptions, including arrangements of 16th Century Renaissance music.
Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office M-F 10AM-6PM or by phone at 865-981-8590 or online.

January 31, 2015
WDVX Worldclass Bluegrass feat
Clayton Center for the Arts
502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804
Phil Leadbetter with all-star guests playing familiar favorites and songs from his new critically acclaimed release, 'The Next Move.' Guests include John Cowan, Paul Brewster, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Mike Bub, Sierra Hull, Steve Thomas Cory Walker, and more to be announced.
Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office M-F 10AM-6PM or by phone at 865-981-8590 or online.

January 31, 2015
Fountain City Art Center: 3rd Annual Tasting Party
4-6 PM
This event is a member favorite because it presents the perfect occasion to meet new people interested in art or just in sharing great food! The cost of admission is $10 per person. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Fountain City Art Center by providing for extra high heating bills in the winter and by providing some of the other operational funds needed. The dishes will be prepared by FCAC members; many of the recipes have been featured in FCAC Recipe Books from 2012 and 2013. Guests will be able to choose from soups, salads, meat or vegetable casseroles, breads and desserts. LeGrand Music Studio, located in the Art Center, will provide guitar music during the party.

January 31, 2015
Wallace Coleman - Blues
Jubilee Community Arts, 1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
8:00 PM
Growing up in East Tennessee, Wallace Coleman was captivated by the sounds he heard late at night from Nashville’s WLAC … the Blues. The sounds haunted him by day where, he says, “I would be sittin’ in class and hear the Howlin’ Wolf singin’ just as clear in my head.” It was on WLAC that Coleman first heard those who would become Blues Legends and his greatest musical influences: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters. Coleman left Tennessee in 1956 to find work in Cleveland. A self-taught musician, Coleman began playing professionally with Cleveland’s Guitar Slim at the Cascade Lounge. There Coleman caught the ear of audience member Robert “Jr.” Lockwood and joined his band in 1987. Still based in Cleveland, Wallace has been leading his own band since 1997.
Admission: $12 JCA Members; Students, Seniors, $13 Advance, $14 Day of Show; $7 Children 12 & Under; For tickets: 865-523-7521,

January 31, 2015
Ijams Nature Center: Seed Swap
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Annual seed swap at the Visitor Center. Using the seeds from the plants grown in Ijam’s own gardens allows them to repeat their successes, maintain genetic diversity and be more self-reliant. Ijams’ Seed Swap is a free event to promote the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners. Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds! This program is FREE for everyone.

January 30, 2015 — April 19, 2015
Lift: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916
This is the fifth installment of an annual group show of 3-4 artists living and working in East Tennessee. LIFT: Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension examines the work of international contemporary artists who use a variety of strategies to bring a sculptural dimension to printmaking. Featured artists include Enrique Chagoya, Lesley Dill, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Gober, Red Grooms, Jane Hammond, Hideki Kimura, Nicola Lopez, Leslie Mutchler, Oscar Munoz, Marilene Oliver, Dieter Roth, Graciela Sacco, and Jonathan Stanish. This exhibition is the culmination of a series of lectures, demonstrations, studio visits, and the creation of an online video archive documenting each artist’s studio practice. The series is intended to garner support for contemporary art in East Tennessee, and is accompanied by an illustrated publication. Organized by the KMA. Located in the Hall & Rogers Gallery.

January 30, 2015 — April 19, 2015
Knoxville Museum of Art: Contemporary Focus 2015
Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World's Fair Park Dr, Knoxville, TN 37916
Contemporary Focus is vital to the KMA’s mission to support and highlight art and artists of East Tennessee, bring them together with the museum’s audience in meaningful ways, and provide incentive for them to maintain their studio practice in the region. The public is invited to a free opening preview at the museum Thursday, January 29 5:30-7:30pm. Contemporary Focus 2015 artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work: Caroline Covington, Mira Gerard, and Karla Wozniak. The three artists selected have a common interest in creating works that examine the uncertain terrain between personal experience and external reality, abstraction and representation, and civilization and nature.

Contemporary Focus is an exhibition series launched by the KMA in 2009 that recognizes, supports, and documents the development of contemporary art in East Tennessee. It features the work of innovative emerging artists who are living and making art in this region, and who are exploring issues relevant to the larger world of contemporary art. The exhibition gives artists an opportunity to exhibit recent work, or consider creating a new body of work. In addition to giving feature artists the opportunity to showcase their latest work in a museum setting, it also allows them to engage with KMA audiences in gallery talks and lectures about their approach to making art, and about the challenges and benefits of basing their studio practice in East Tennessee. In several cases, inclusion in Contemporary Focus has created important new exhibition opportunities for the featured artists.

January 31
Knoxville Expo Center
5441 Clinton Highway, Knoxville TN
It's a truly sweet event to benefit Knoxville's Ronald McDonald House. Enjoy Chocolate, Candy, Cakes, Cupcakes, and more. There will also be live entertainment, fun for the kids, and a silent auction. Includes a variety of events including live entertainment, a silent auction, face painting, and more!
Admission: Free; Chocolate Tasting Pass: $15
You will be given a box (or you may bring your own) that you take from booth to booth picking up their delicious samples and shopping to your heart’s content.

January 31
Ijams Gardening Series: Seed Swap
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville TN
Annual seed swap at the Visitor Center. For all ages. Ijams’ Seed Swap is a free event to promote the sharing of vegetable, flower and other seeds among area gardeners. Everyone is welcome, with or without seeds!



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