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…

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.

Film Series Adds Even More to the 2016 Big Ears Festival

The choices at the Big Ears Festival this year are truly mind-boggling–there is so much to see, listen to, and experience, that it is impossible to take in everything. Case in point is the film series that has grown this year thanks to a collaboration between the festival and The Public Cinema. Of special note…

The Knoxville Mercury Launches

Knoxville’s new alt-weekly, the Knoxville Mercury, has finally arrived! You can find an issue in racks in retail stores, restaurants, and street racks around Knoxville. More distribution rack locations are coming. Please support local, independent journalism by picking up a copy and patronizing the advertisers. In this inaugural issue, you will find my first column with…

Sunday: The Public Cinema Series At the KMA

We’re just now hearing about the Public Cinema Series at the Knoxville Museum of Art–but if you gravitate toward cinema art, you will want to put this bi-weekly series on your Sunday to-do list. The free-admission program on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. features two pieces from 2013: The Strange Little Cat by German director…

A New Weekly For Knoxville: ‘The Knoxville Mercury’

The demise of the newsweekly Metro Pulse at the hands of its parent company, E.W. Scripps, two months ago, was painful for both its staff and its Knoxville readership. For many—and there is actual evidence to support this—Metro Pulse was the voice of the Knoxville downtown’s miraculous revitalization and of Knoxville’s cultural scene. Its closure seemed…