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Cults, Power & Trafficking: Alcatraz East Crime Museum new exhibit on master manipulation

Gaylord Opryland welcomes fall with Goblins & Giggles annual event

plein air artist great smoky mountains national park Watch artists paint across the national park Sept. 26-30
Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites the public to watch 20 nationally acclaimed artists paint “en plein air” (in open air) style across the park beginning Monday, September 26 through Friday, September 30.
wayne booker brooks Between The Lakes Blues music event coming to Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Sounds of the Blues are coming to Jefferson City at the historic Mossy Creek Station. The event featuring internationally touring artist, Wayne Baker Brooks will be the start of a new music festival that is planned to take place annually in Jefferson County, TN hosting some of the top names in Blues Music today.
dogwood arts maker exchange Dogwood Arts launches Maker Exchange on World's Fair Park
Dogwood Arts announces the launch of the Maker Exchange, a new place to discover Knoxville artists and makers alongside creative spaces to shop, dine, drink, and gather. Owner and developer Rockbridge created this vibrant independent public space at the connection point of the Knoxville Convention Center, Worlds Fair Park, The Tennessean, and new Marriott Hotel; and has generously gifted it to Knoxville’s maker community.
east tennessee corn mazes Fall fun includes corns mazes and pumpkin patches
Think Fall is only for leaf watchers? Think again! East Tennessee farms feature lots of great entertainment for people of all ages. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, and farm markets offer adventure for everyone.

Check out these fun farms in the East Tennessee area.
wonders of wildlife museum best aquarium Wonders of Wildlife voted “America’s Best Aquarium”
SPRINGFIELD, MO -- For the fourth time since opening in 2017, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium has been voted “America’s Best Aquarium” through a national public poll conducted by USA TODAY.
plein air artist kathie odom Friends of the Smokies to host first "Plein Air in the Park" event and gala this fall
MARYVILLE, TN, June 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Friends of the Smokies, the official nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is bringing 20 nationally acclaimed artists to the park to paint "en plein air," an outdoor painting practice and style, throughout various park vistas.

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Arrowmont Gallery opens in downtown Knoxville
Central Cinema
Local production company’s film wins Best Narrative Short at Sarasota Film Festival
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Astra Lumina at Anakeesta to open on Nov. 1

2022-23 season of Broadway at the Tennessee could be the most exciting season yet

Anakeesta opens Lumina Enchanted Night Walk experience

KMA unveils two exhibitions celebrating, empowering women artists

Carpetbag Theatre’s Homegrown Ambassadors Youth Theatre program returns

The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art presents Artists on Location 2022

Clayton Otter Creek opens with a big splash!

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By Alan Sculley

needtobreathe review

Once concerts began to happen again, Seth Bolt and Bear Rinehart, two members of the group Needtobreathe, got to see one of their favorite bands, the Black Crowes, in concert. After 18 months or so of living through the pandemic, the two musicians got to be music fans that night. ​Now that Needtobreathe has returned to touring as well, the memory of that Black Crowes show came right back to Bolt.
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While Justice Sleeps: the number 1 New York Times bestseller: a gripping new thriller that will keep you up all night!

When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out…

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CLARKSVILLE, TN -- Visitors to Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement have an opportunity to learn even more about mid-19th Century history and life during their time at the rural attraction.
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ABINGDON, VA — Barter Theatre announced its 2022 Season featuring a full year of shows. This season marks the return to both Barter stages, with shows being produced at Gilliam Stage and Smith Theatre.
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KNOXVILLE -- Knoxville Cycleboats welcomes back warm-weather adventures.
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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season marks a new and exciting year.
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Rosanne Cash, JJ Grey & Mofro, headlining Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2022

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Southern Skies Music Festival 2022 lineup includes The Dirty Guv'nahs

Knoxville Opera adds new artistic team for 2022-23 season


New book details the breakthroughs, victories and blessings of ‘Pioneer Black Clergywomen’
New release Pioneer Black Clergywomen (published by WestBow Press) from Josephine Whitely-Fields, PhD, MDiv, puts the spotlight on the successes, breakthroughs and victories of nine Black clergywomen who overcame racism, sexism and economic discrimination in the United Methodist Church from 1974 to 2016.

pioneer black clergywomen Witness the story of a prominent white family who adopted an African American boy at the beginning of the 1900s
Robert Joe Martin has always been an observer of human nature and has vivid memories of events that happened during the time that he grew up on Central Pike, Tennessee. This is a fictionalized account of a prominent white family who adopted an African American baby in the early 1900s.
central pike by robert joe martin

Penny 4 Arts Events:

The following guidelines apply to every Penny4Arts event:
• Open to Knox and surrounding County residents (with a few exceptions).
• All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult.
• Proof of Knox and surrounding County residency may be required.
• At least one in a group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts

Blount Mansion: Free Admission & Tours
Tue-Fri 10 AM - 5 PM (last tour at 4 PM); Sat 10 AM - 2 PM (last tour at 1 PM)
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Please note, Blount Mansion is open in January & February by appointment only.

Contact: David Hearnes, 865-525-2375,,

East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission
Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM; Sat 10 AM - 4 PM; Sun 1-5 PM
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs. Please let the front desk associate at the East Tennessee History Center know that you are attending with the Penny4Arts deal to receive free museum admission.

Historic Ramsey House: Historic Home Tours
Wed-Sat 10 AM - 3 PM
2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914

Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions.

Historic Ramsey House offers free tours to Knox, Jefferson and Sevier County students ages 17 and under with a student ID. All children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult. We are open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 AM – 3 PM. Please check the “Events” tab on our website for the most up-to-date information on our House Tour times.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – Jefferson and Sevier

Historic Westwood: Free Tours
Tue-Thu 10 AM - 4 PM
3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville

Bring the kids and let one of our wonderful docents tell the story of this special house. Historic Westwood was built in 1890 as a “wedding promise” by John Edwin Lutz for his wife, Ann Adelia Armstrong Lutz, a prominent local artist and daughter of Robert Armstrong (Bleak House) and granddaughter of Drury Paine Armstrong (Crescent Bend). Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors enjoy free tours by trained volunteer docents and can experience grand Gilded Age architecture, a large collection of original art by Adelia Lutz, and beautiful gardens.

James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort
Mon-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

Visit James White’s Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. No groups.

Knoxville Museum of Art: Tours
Tue-Sat 10 AM - 5 PM; Sun 1-5 PM
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916

To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

View the ongoing exhibitions: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond, Cycle of Life glass and steel installation, Thorne Miniature Rooms, and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass. Additional exhibitions include: Whistler & Company: The Etching Revival (Aug 23 – Nov 10), East TN Regional Student Art Exhibition (Nov 29 – Jan 12), Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door (Feb 7 – May 10), and Landfall Press 50th Anniversary Show (Jun 7 – Aug 2).

Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: DeLena Feliciano, 865-525-6101 ext. 227,,

Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery: Free Tours
Mon-Fri 11 AM - 5 PM; Sat 10 AM - 3 PM
Free tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House (1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915) and Bethel Civil War Cemetery (1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915).

These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites. Tours typically start at the top of each hour and are available Monday-Friday 11 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM, or by appointment.

Advance reservations required? Large groups only.

Open by appointment only in January & February. Contact: 865-522-8661,,

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Free Children’s Tours
Wednesdays, 2-4 PM (CLOSED January & February weekdays except by appointment)
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
Marble Springs State Historic site is happy to offer free tours to children ages 5 to 18 from Knox, Blount, and Sevier Counties. Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. One paying adult is required for every three children. Visitors should register for their tour at the site cottage. Advance reservations are required for groups with more than six children.

Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last home and farm of John Sevier, Tennessee’ s first governor, who was elected in 1796. Sevier served six terms as Tennessee governor in Knoxville, the state’s first capital city. He also acted as the first and only governor of the short-lived state of Franklin. Sevier was a congressman from the Eastern District for four terms, a high-ranking officer in the North Carolina militia, and a hero at the 1780 battle of Kings Mountain against the British. Farmer, trader, land speculator, soldier, politician, husband, and father of 18 children, John Sevier embodied the pioneer spirit of the day. When he passed away in 1815, the approximate 350-acre Marble Springs had been the home he shared with second wife Catherine Sherrill, or “Bonny Kate”, and his youngest children for more than 15 years. Named for its picturesque and soothing springs and the Tennessee “pink marble” quarried nearby, the site features a period tavern, kitchen, cabin, loom house, and spring house that help interpret Tennessee’s late 18th and early 19th century history

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – including Blount and Sevier Advance reservations required? Only for groups of more than six children and in January-February Contact: 865-573-5508,,

WDVX: Blue Plate Special
Mon-Sat at 12 PM
WDVX inside the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a free live music performance every Monday through Thursday and Saturday at noon at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center (exceptions: Thanksgiving & Christmas). On Fridays, The Blue Plate Special becomes the Big Plate, taking place at Barley’s on Jackson Ave in the Old City. WDVX is a community radio station that plays a variety of music so you never know what you’ll hear or see at the Blue Plate Special. It could be Classical or Country, Blues or Bluegrass, Jazz or Old Time or something completely surprising. No need for reservations unless you have a big group, in which case, please contact the Knoxville Visitor Center at You can also tour the station by contacting 865-544-1029 or

Advance reservations required? For large groups or studio tour.

Contact: Anne Williams, 865-544-1029,,



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