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VOL. 42 | NO. 23 | Friday, June 8, 2018

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Front Page Follies. An evening of music and skits poking fun at news – and local newsmakers – and serves as a major fundraiser for college scholarships at the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College. The event, now in its 40th year, is Knoxville’s version of “Saturday Night Live,” and includes dinner and silent and live auctions. The show begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with reception at 7 p.m. $25-$150. Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information:


Concerts on the Square

Knoxville’s live music series on Market Square includes jazz on Tuesdays. Variety Thursdays will feature the following acts every Thursday, from 7-9 p.m.:

• June 14: Square on the Square

• June 21: Josh Cottrell

• June 28: Bary Jolly’s Jimmy Buffett Tribute

All Concerts on the Square events are free, including parking for motorists entering City-owned garages after 6 p.m. No alcohol or food will be sold on Market Square proper, although 14 restaurants – many with patios – are located on the Square. Information:

160th anniversary

Mabry-Hazen House will host a celebration and fundraiser for the antebellum Italianate home. Dr. Carroll Van West, state historian of Tennessee and the director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, will be the featured speaker. The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Guests will have the opportunity to make a donation. RSVP by emailing Patrick Hollis at 11:30 a.m. Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Ave., Knoxville. Information:


Knoxville Brewfest 2018

The 8th annual event breweries, beer and enthusiasts for an afternoon and evening of sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and favors. All net proceeds benefit Cure Duchenne, a national nonprofit that raises awareness and funds to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The 2018 location is the World’s Fair Park around the fountains and lake at the base of the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater. Check-in begins at 3 p.m., with gates opening at 4 p.m. $50 per ticket; $45 if bought by May 31. World’s Fair Park, 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive Knoxville. Information:

A Venetian Masquerade

The Knoxville Opera Guild will hold its annual Martini Party, the proceeds of which benefit Knoxville Opera Guild and arts education in public schools. The event features live entertainment, self-guided home tours at Villa Collina, dinner and open bar. A premium ticket provides access to the “Signature Martini Bar” provided by PostModern Spirits. Valet parking provided. Festive cocktail attire. Masks are optional. 7 p.m. $150 per ticket; $175, premium ticket. Villa Collina, 5628 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information:


Solstice Supper

CAC Beardsley Community Farm celebrates its 20th anniversary Celebration with its annual farm-to-table benefit. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction, and dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. The dinner features four courses paired with craft beer and local wine. Solstice Supper is a collaboration among OliBea, Old City Wine Bar, Rebel Kitchen, Oliver Royale, Pretentious Brewing Company and Mothers Daughter. The supper will include some of Beardsley’s produce in addition to donations from A&B and Spring Creek Farm. Individual tickets are available ($110 per ticket, $400, table of four, $760 for table of eight). A business sponsor table of eight is $1,000 and includes recognition at the dinner. Solstice Supper raises funds for the farm’s operating budget to provide sustainable grown produce to those in need in Knoxville. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information:


Kuumba Festival

The event serves as the largest African-American Cultural Arts Festival in East Tennessee. The 2018 theme is “Kuumba Forever,” in memory of Nkechi Ajanaku, the longtime executive director of the festival who died June 1, 2017. Market Square. Information:

Trivia Night

InterFaith Health Clinic has partnered with Summit Medical Group for Doctors vs. Lawyers Trivia Night, which will bring together the medical and legal communities in healthy competition to raise money to provide health care for the underserved. 6:30-9 p.m. $75 per ticket, sponsorships available. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information:

Summer Solstice Dinner

The 6th event at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum features local food, brews and music. Enjoy an evening under the stars and a meal made with fresh ingredients from KBGA’s Center for Urban Agriculture. 7-9 p.m. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave., Knoxville. Information:


All You Can Eat Crab Fest

Join Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville for the festival, 2-5 p.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank 136 Harvest Lane. Enjoy all you can eat steamed Southeast blue crabs, fried fish and French fries and boiled corn for only $50! Water, sodas, wine and beer will also be available. Each ticket will provide 75 meals to those in need in the 18 counties Second Harvest serves. Includes tour of Second Harvest facility. Information:

Dragon Boat Festival

The 16th annual KARM event draws corporate and community teams that compete for a variety of awards, while serving as a primary fundraiser for Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Teams of paddlers race 41-foot-long dragon boats to support the programs that KARM offers the homeless in the community. Teams pay a registration fee to enter. 4-8 p.m. Spectators free. The Cove at Concord Park, 11808 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Information:

Knoxville PrideFest 2018

The event is an open celebration of music, entertainment and speakers focused on promoting equality and inclusion of all people. Held at the Mary Costa Plaza and Performance Lawn at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, this festival attracts thousands and includes a parade at 11 a.m. Knoxville Civic Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. Information:

KMA: Painting with a Purpose

Hosted by Art House at the KMA, the event will feature wildlife and animal painter Freddy Paske, who will travel from London. Paske uses his art to bring attention to the difficulties facing what remains of the world’s wildlife population through the project “The Bigger Picture.” Elephants, for example, are the world’s largest living land mammal. In 1979 there were just 1.3 million left; today only 450,000 survive in the wild. Paske also will bring a selection of current works and speak about what it means to create art with purpose. A cocktail buffet, along with a selection of summer wines and cocktails, will be available. 7-9 p.m. $75, Art House members; $125, non-members. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information:


The City of Alcoa celebrates Independence Day early, 6-11 p.m. at the Alcoa Duck Pond. Pyro Shows, Inc., a fireworks productioncompany headquartered in LaFollette will again provide the event’s patriotic firepower. The 49-year-old pyrotechnics company has a long-standing relationship with the City, having provided the City its fireworks products since the 1980s. Now, the company does the entire show, from setup until the last shot is fired. Musical performances will begin at 6:00 p.m. breaking for the 20-minute fireworks spectacle at approximately 9:45 p.m. Entertainers will return to the stage at the end of the pyrotechnic presentation to treat event goers to music and “dancing in the street.’’ Food vendors will operate on the same 6-11 p.m. schedule, stopping only for the 20-minute fireworks display. A children’s area will be located between the Duck Pond and Springbrook Pool. Activities from will include a climbing wall, bounce house, inflatable slide, obstacle course, and face painting by Faces Gone Wild and Making Faces. Information:


4th in Knoxville

Celebrate Independence Day with music, food and fun at Knoxville’s festival on the performance lawns of the World’s Fair Park. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present the KSO 34th Annual FREE Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert at World’s Fair Park. The two-hour show features the KSO performing a mix of patriotic and Americana pieces with a spectacular fireworks show. The event is held rain or shine. 4-10 p.m. 1600 World’s Fair Park Drive. Information:

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