A Sad Day: The Knoxville Mercury Shuts Down

As if there wasn’t enough consternation in our lives, Knoxville’s journalism scene has suffered yet another blow–the Knoxville Mercury will cease publication with the July 20 issue. As editor Coury Turczyn summarized in his goodbye announcement, “The reason is pretty simple: We were unable to raise enough money via advertisers, readers, and large donors to…

nief-norf Summer Festival Performances Begin Monday, June 12

nief-norf describes its Summer Festival as “an interdisciplinary summer music festival,” but that really falls substantially short in communicating just how important and compelling it is in the world of contemporary music. The festival brings together performers, composers, and scholars in an immersive participation and performance experience that also absorbs those audience members that find themselves…

KSO Appoints William Shaub As Its Next Concertmaster

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of William Shaub as its next concertmaster, replacing Gabriel Lefkowitz who has taken the concertmaster position with the Louisville Orchestra following six years with the KSO. Shaub was one of two finalists for the position. His audition week included the March Masterworks concerts and a solo recital.…

‘Gathering Light’, Works by Beauford Delaney, Opens at KMA

In an article from the Knoxville Mercury in 2016, Jack Neely wrote this about painter Beauford Delaney: “Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) is the best-known artist who ever lived in Knoxville.” That statement is inarguably true, but sadly requires some qualification. Although born in Knoxville in 1901, his artistic, but impoverished, life was spent in the art and literary…

This Weekend: Dogwood Arts Fair Downtown

Festival month continues this weekend as Market Square and adjacent streets will become the Dogwood Arts Fair this weekend—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—with over 75 juried artists showing and selling their work. The artist work on display covers a huge range of media: drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass, and metal. There will be food vendors in…