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…

A Big Weekend for Knoxville

Not particularly by design, there are those weekends in Knoxville when multiple diverse arts events converge on the same time period. This weekend, April 21-23, is one of those biggies. Music, theatre, and street fair festivals offer more opportunities for entertainment and enlightenment than a normal human being can absorb. But, do your best. Friday,…

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.

CBT’s ‘The Busy Body’ – The Force of Necessity

Not entirely by accident, I recently stumbled upon an 1808 printing of Susanna Centlivre’s The Busy Body (1709) in a volume drawn from productions of that play by the Drury Lane and Covent Garden Theatres. The printing, coming roughly 100 years after the play was first produced in 1709, drew me in with scholarly fascination.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown: ‘Clybourne Park’ – Feb 17-Mar 5

When awards are handed out for cultural perseverance, Theatre Knoxville Downtown will undoubtedly be one of the first called to the stage to receive acclaim for their tenacity and longevity. According to their website- Theatre Knoxville was chartered in March 1976 as part of a downtown development program. It was felt that a community theatre…