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…

‘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…

March First Friday: A Few Hints

Disclaimer: I make no claim that this is anything approaching a complete list of the many events that spring up on Knoxville’s First Friday. But, these recommendations may whet your appetite for more or remind you of an event you’ve forgotten. Use the contact form here to let me know of something I may be missing in the categories of music, theatre, or visual art.

July 1 First Friday Shows at the Emporium Center

Downtown’s First Friday is always a big day for the Emporium Center; this month’s events are no exception. The First Friday openings of the shows listed below can be viewed from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The shows are hosted by the Arts & Culture…

Big Ears Festival Impressions

I felt a rising tide in downtown Knoxville over the weekend. John Luther Adams’ orchestral journey Become Ocean, which was performed on Day 1 of the Big Ears Festival by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, describes such a thing—the interaction between our existence and the planet’s oceans. Thankfully, that wasn’t it, at least not this time.…