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VOL. 43 | NO. 6 | Friday, February 8, 2019

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Chocolate & Wine Opener. Marble City Opera’s event features singers Michael Rodgers, Maurice Hendricks, Dominick White, Breyon Ewing and Brandon Gibson (accompanied by pianist Brandon Coffer), who will serenade attendees with romantic selections from operatic, musical theater and standard repertoires. The event includes a selection of chocolate desserts, provided by Holly Hambright of Holly’s Eventful Dinning, expertly paired with a variety of wines. The three-evening event is held from Feb. 14-16. Holly’s Gourmet’s Market & Café, 5107 Kingston Pike. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $75 per ticket. Information

SATURDAY, FEB. 16

Martinis & Movies Gala

The benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Knoxville Chapter includes red carpet runway, entertainment, dinner, signature martinis, beer and wine, silent and live auctions, and an award show recognizing the accomplishments of “Rising Stars” who have been chosen on the basis of leadership, volunteer roles and business excellence. 7-10 p.m., $100 per ticket, $1,250, table of 10. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

Southern Winter’s Night (RSVP by Feb. 8)

The event is a fundraiser in support of the Hope Center. Previously held in the summer, Southern Winter’s Night features heavy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktails. A silent auction will be held from 6-8:50 p.m. Special entertainment begins at 8 p.m. with a live auction at 8:15 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 8. $150 per person. Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

For the Love of Mickey

Knox Heritage will host a Valentine tea, a special afternoon event to benefit the creation of “Mickey’s Cutting Garden” on the grounds of Historic Westwood. The late Mickey Mallonee was a Knox Heritage board member, director of events for Historic Westwood, special events coordinator for the City of Knoxville, avid volunteer and longtime Knoxville advocate. Several of Mallonee’s closest friends want to honor her memory and legacy by establishing a cutting garden that will keep fresh flowers in the historic home throughout the year, a special touch for which she was known. Proceeds from the afternoon tea will benefit the garden. 3-5 p.m. $75. Historic Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20

Knoxville Area Urban League

The organization will hold its annual membership meeting to recognize the board, corporate sponsors and volunteers. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the awards program and lunch starting at noon. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

THURSDAY, FEB. 21

UT’s Pride Center

Vol Means All will hold a cocktail reception to update the efforts of alumni and friends to help fund the center and provide updates on current programs at the center. Attendance is free; attendees will be asked to make a contribution. RSVP to Chad@ChadGoldman.com. 6 p.m., Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville. Information

Honoring Rick Barnes

The Great Smoky Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America will honor Coach Barnes at the 2019 Distinguished Citizen Dinner. Barnes, the head coach of the Tennessee men’s basketball team, has more than 650 wins and led the Vols to the 2018 SEC title last season. He has coached more than 20 NBA draft picks. Reservations are required, and funds will be accepted at the event. 6:15 p.m. Contributions accepted at event; reservations required. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St. Information

THURSDAY, FEB. 7

Art Series

Aaron Coleman, an Arizona artist whose mixed media and prints focus on political and social issues, will offer a free lecture, the second in a series as part of the UT School of Art spring lecture series. He will spend Feb. 20-27 in residence at the UT Printmaking Studio, collaborating with students and faculty. Coleman will exhibit his work in the UT Printmaking Showcase Gallery through Feb. 28 and will serve as juror for the 72nd annual student art competition, to be held in the Ewing Gallery on March 4–14. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public and will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in McCarty Auditorium. Additional dates:

• March 7: Brandon Ballengée, a visual artist, biologist and environmental educator based in Louisiana. He creates transdisciplinary works inspired by his ecological research. He is a 2015 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship.

• March 14: Zuzanna Dyrda, an assistant professor at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland. She experiments with various nontraditional materials and substrates and focuses on the conceptual and social aspects of printmaking.

• April 4: Tommy Kha, an award-winning photographer based in New York and Memphis, is an En Foco Photography Fellowship recipient and a former artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Light Work, Fountainhead and Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York. His work appears on the cover of Vice magazine’s 2017 photography issue. Kha holds an MFA in photography from Yale University. In conjunction with his visit, the UT Downtown Gallery will host a First Friday reception for his exhibition from 5 to 9 p.m. on April 5.

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

Women & Philanthropy

A luncheon and symposium will be held as part of the 11th annual Women & Philanthropy Program, the Alliance of Women Philanthropists’ signature event focusing on philanthropy, volunteerism and leadership. Alliance of Women Philanthropists members receive complimentary admission for the symposium. Members may bring guests for a fee of $40 per person. The 2019 speakers are Kara Lawson, a member of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and NBA analyst for the Washington Wizards; Dr. Elizabeth Strand, founding director of Veterinary Social Work at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; and Lesley Stiles Scearce, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Chattanooga. Noon-2 p.m. The Press Room, 730 N. Broadway, Knoxville. Information

Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Warmer

The organization will hold its fourth annual fundraising dinner, and the menu will be a celebration of the winter harvest in East Tennessee, featuring locally sourced ingredients prepared by Knox Mason and Emilia chef and owner Matt Gallaher. Cocktail hour and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by 7:30 p.m. dinner and 9:30 p.m. dessert and close of silent auction. Vegetarian and/or gluten-free options are available by request. Attire is festive cocktail. $75 per person. The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

Knoxville Heart Ball

The annual black tie gala event celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers and the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s efforts. The event includes cocktails, silent auction, seated dinner and entertainment. Sponsorships are available; limited individual tickets to be sold. For additional information, email marissa.hughes@heart.org or call 865-293-5114. The 2019 event also will have a “Late Party” from 9 p.m. until midnight for $50 a ticket. The Late Party includes drinks, live band and snacks. The Late Party ticket does not include admission to the Heart Ball. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

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