McClung Museum hosts ‘Mr. Mummy’

KNOXVILLE—The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host Dr. Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost experts on mummies and Egyptology, to lecture on ancient Egyptian mummification processes on February 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture, which is organized by The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and the McClung Museum, reveals why the ancient Egyptian mummified and then goes on to describe a modern mummification.

Dr. Bob Brier, known as ‘Mr. Mummy,’ worked with Ronald Wade in 1994 to become the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style, using ancient tools and materials. The goal of the project was to learn more about the tools and surgical procedures used by ancient embalmers.

Brier and Wade went to Egypt to obtain natron, the dehydrating agent used by the ancient embalmers and also obtained frankincense and myrrh, just as the Egyptians did. Working at the University of Maryland Medical School, the two researchers used replicas of ancient tools to remove the brain through the nose and the internal organs through a three-inch abdominal incision. The project was the subject of a National Geographic television documentary

The lecture is part of exhibition-related programming for Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, which runs at McClung Museum through May 7, 2017. The exhibition, which is organized by the Brooklyn Museum, explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through nearly eighty different representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

Photo exhibit calls for artists

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for photographic works for its fifth annual Knoxville Photo 2017. The national call for entries is open to all artists. This juried exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 photographic works from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from July 7-28, 2017. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Prizes include over $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at

The call for entries is open to all artists. Entries must be original works taken within the last two years in the following categories: The Human Experience, Our Earth, Still Life, Travel, and Digital Imagination. The nonrefundable entry fee is $30 for up to three images ($20 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to seven additional images may be submitted for $5/each ($4 for members/students).

Juror Baldwin Lee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied with Minor White and a graduate degree from the Yale School of Art where he studied with Walker Evans. Lee’s work in photography has been shown widely including venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His work has been recognized by the award of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Lee teaches photography classes of all levels, spanning traditional silver-based image making through photography made by digital means. His efforts in the classroom have been honored with the University’s two highest teaching distinctions: the UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. For more information about Baldwin Lee, please visit

Knoxville Photo 2016 Best of Show – “Enigma” by Nathan Dean. Photo courtesy Arts & Culture Alliance. The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.

Open House at Lloyd Branson home

Knoxville, TN – Knox Heritage will be hosting an open house at the recently renovated Branson House, former residence of acclaimed Knoxville artist Enoch Lloyd Branson, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 10AM to 2PM. The house is located at 1423 Branson Avenue in North Knoxville.

Built in 1922, the culturally significant Lloyd Branson House had been declared blighted by the City of Knoxville and included in the annual Knox Heritage Fragile Fifteen list of endangered historic places. After an initial design concept by Brian Pittman and two-year renovation by High Oaks Construction, the three bedroom, three bath house is ready for its new homeowners.

The renovation of the historic house was made possible by generous grants and donations from 1772 Foundation, City of Knoxville Preservation Fund, The Lloyd Branson Family, Chapman Family Foundation, Valspar and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Scripps/HGTV, Modern Supply, Ferguson Plumbing, Knox Heritage Vintage Properties Committee and SESCO Lighting.

Knox Heritage was able to purchase the home through the City of Knoxville’s Homemaker program which seeks buyers for properties needing significant renovation. Initial funding came through the organization’s J. Allen Smith Endangered Properties Fund.

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About Lloyd Branson

Enoch Lloyd Branson (1853–1925) was best known for his portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early East Tennessee history. One of the most influential figures in Knoxville’s early art circles, Mr. Branson was a mentor to fellow Knoxville artist Catherine Wiley and is credited with discovering twentieth-century portraitist Beauford Delaney. He operated a popular portrait shop with photographer Frank McCrary on Gay Street and is responsible for the development of the neighborhood in which this home is located, serving as the planner and builder for many homes on the street. Originally named Rhode Island Avenue, the street name was changed to Branson Avenue by the City of Knoxville to recognize his cultural contributions.

About Knox Heritage

Knox Heritage works to preserve the structures and places with historic or cultural significance in Knox County, Tennessee. Established in 1974 as a non-profit historic preservation organization, Knox Heritage is chartered by the state of Tennessee and governed by a board of directors representing all areas of our community. Knox Heritage is the only organization in the region that works every day to protect our treasured structures and places. Without Knox Heritage, many of our important buildings, along with the history and charm of the area, would have been demolished.

Knox Heritage carries out its mission through a variety of programs and encourages community support through education and advocacy. Membership in the organization is by annual dues, which are tax deductible, and is open to all individuals, businesses, and organizations recognizing the foresight of historical preservation.

Daniel Tosh at Knox Civic April 21

Knoxville , TN –Daniel Tosh and special guests will be appearing at Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Friday, April 21, 2017 for one night only. The appearance is part of Tosh’s “Tosh.Show On Campus Tour,” which travels to college towns like Knoxville where the University of Tennessee is located.

“Tosh.0” currently airs on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. Daniel Tosh will host and perform an evening of standup comedy featuring writers and comedians from his Comedy Central show “Tosh.0.”

Tickets are $ 75, $59.50 and $45.00 for reserved seating, and go on sale Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at,, the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Box office or charge by phone at (865) 656-4444 or any Knoxville Tickets outlet locations

All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

Auditions for TSC Shakespeare

The Tennessee Stage Company will hold auditions for the 2017 Shakespeare On The Square season on Saturday, March 4, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and Sunday. March 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay Street.

Auditionees for Shakespeare on the Square are requested to prepare two contrasting monologues, at least one classical, of no more than one minute each. Please bring two copies of a resume and standard theatrical headshot. All auditions are by appointment only. Photo by

For appointments please contact the Tennessee Stage Company by calling 546-4280 or by e-mail at

The two shows to be performed this summer are The Two Gentlemen Of Verona and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged). They will run from July 13 – August 13, 2017. Rehearsals will begin the end of May.

For more information contact Tennessee Stage Company at 546-4280 or visit

KKB presents 2017 Orchid Awards

Keep Knoxville Beautiful will host its annual Orchid Awards dinner on March 7, 2017 at 6:00 at The Standard, 416 W. Jackson Avenue. The evening will include live music, live painting by muralist Perry Dodson, a silent auction with complimentary beer and wine reception, dinner, and the awards ceremony. Gale Fulton, Director of the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, is the speaker.

Awards will be presented to winners in six different categories: Environmental Stewardship, New Architecture, Outdoor Spaces, Public Art, Redesign/Reuse, and Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery.

“Each year the list of nominees reveals a snapshot of the progress and values of our developing city,” stated Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “The Redesign/Reuse category continues to be our strongest, with projects exemplifying the continued rebirth of downtown Knoxville. We were also very pleased to see a big jump in the number of strong contenders for the Public Art award. And while there were only three Environmental Stewardship nominees, they are large or culturally significant projects. As an organization with an environmental mission, we are especially excited about these additions to our community.”

The nominees for New Architecture are the Local Motors Microfactory, the Market Square Restroom Facilities, Mountain Commerce Bank, the Natalie Haslam Music Center, and the Student Union at the University of Tennessee. The nominees for Outdoor Spaces are the Baker Creek Preserve, the Blueberry Falls Extension at the University of Tennessee, Hank Rappe Playground at Lakeshore Park, the Old City Gardens, the Secret Garden at the Knoxville Botanical Garden Arboretum, and Suttree Landing Park.

The nominees for Public Art are the Alliance Brewing Company mural, the Chilhowee Park mural, the Jerry’s Artarama mural, Pat Summit Plaza, The Emporium Center Underground Mural, and the Third Creek Greenway mural.

The nominees for Redesign/Reuse are Anderson and Rahman Dermatology, Geo Hair Lab, the Locust Street Pedestrian Bridge, Lululemon Athletica, Patricia Nash Designs, the Powell Airplane Service Station, the Depot at Powell Station, Premier Surgical Associates at Papermill, The Daniel, The Mill and Mine, the Kennedy-Walker-Baker-Sherill House, the 6th Avenue Warehouses, and the 1894 Saloon Building.

The nominees for Restaurant/Café/Bar/Brewery are: A Dopo Sourdough Pizza, Alliance Brewing Company, Balter Beerworks, J.C. Holdway, Juice Bar in Market Square, K Brew, Lonesome Dove, Remedy Coffee, Schulz Bräu Brewing Company, and Wild Love Bakehouse.

Additionally, The Mary Lou Horner Beautification Award will be granted to a former Orchid Award winner whose property remains Orchid-worthy.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is honored to have the East Tennessee Community Design Center serve as judges of the dozens of award nominations.

The nominees for Environmental Stewardship are the Beardsley Farm Education Center, the City of Knoxville Public Works Complex, and the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials.

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All proceeds benefit Keep Knoxville Beautiful’s programs.

Scholarships available for tourism college

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Official Tennessee Vacation Guide publisher Miles, are offering two full scholarships to Tennessee tourism marketing professionals for the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College May 14-19, 2017 on the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia.

For Tennessee tourism professionals interested in pursuing educational opportunities, scholarship applications are now available. The deadline for application submission is March 10, 2017.

The STS Marketing scholarships will cover tuition, accommodations and most meals for the 2017 session. The scholarships will be granted based on criteria established by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association in cooperation with Miles and TDTD, that encompasses professional aptitude and future career goals in the tourism industry. Miles has sponsored Southeast Marketing College scholarships for Tennessee professionals for nine years.

The STS Marketing College is a three-year educational program for members of the tourism industry in the Southeast United States. During this week, students experience a broad-based curriculum of courses designed to teach marketing techniques from all facets of the tourism industry. Marketing College professors are working, experienced professionals from across the U.S. who bring expertise and experience to the classroom. Those who attend three years of Marketing College receive a Travel Marketing Professional certification that is presented at a special graduation ceremony at the STS spring meeting.

For an STS application, please contact or

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New works displayed at Emporium

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from March 3-31, 2017. A public reception will take place on Friday, March 3, from 5:00-9:00 PM to which the public is invited to meet the artists and view the artwork. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition. The First Friday reception also features music and dance by Pasion Flamenca from 6:00-6:30 PM and live music by Swing Serenade from 7:00-9:00 PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Abingdon Arts Depot – Juried Members Exhibition in the lower gallery
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present a new exhibition of mixed media works by 27 members of the Depot Artists Association in Abingdon, Virginia.

Image: Jose Roberto: The Art of Surrealism in the Balcony gallery
“When I was a little boy, I put my hand in a meat grinder and lost most of my left arm,” says artist Jose Roberto. That was the beginning of his life as an artist.

“The loneliness and isolation I experienced during childhood now allow me to delve into the deepest realms of my emotions and release them at will onto the image,” Roberto says. “My subjects are usually emotionally-charged themes brought about by my own life experiences.”

The exhibit also includes new work by Coral Grace Turner in the display case; “New Beginning” by Joe Bracco on the North Wall; and Vintage Re-Inventions: Steampunk Creations by Eric Holstine, Jason Lambert, and Jason Edwards in the Atrium.

The exhibitions are on display at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, please contact the Arts & Culture Alliance at (865) 523-7543, or visit the Web site at

Evergreen Ball raises $725k for Park

KNOXVILLE, TN – Friends of the Smokies gathered for an evening of elegance at Cherokee Country Club to celebrate Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and to raise more than $725,000 for the park’s annual needs at the 2017 Evergreen Ball.

The fundraiser featured a silent auction, wine auction, and live auction which included one-of-a-kind experiences and vacation packages to the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Andes Mountains of Argentina.

The recent fires in Gatlinburg weighed heavy on the heart of Rev. Dr. Matthews, a North Carolina native.

“Our brothers and sisters on this side of the mountains have been through so much this past year,” Matthews said. “Let’s come together tonight and show the world what Smokies Strong looks like.”

At the close of the evening’s live auction Sharon Miller Pryse, President and CEO of The Trust Company and Friends of the Smokies board member, announced a challenge gift of $30,000 to establish the Cades Cove Preservation Fund in recognition of The Trust Company’s 30th anniversary.

Generous donations by the guests in attendance exceeded this goal, for a total of more than $75,000 dedicated to the preservation of Cades Cove. Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas of America’s most-visited national park, claiming more than 2 million of GSMNP’s 11 million total visitors in 2016.

Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $55 million in support of GSMNP since the organization was founded in 1993.

“After a challenging season, it is heartwarming to see the outpouring of love and support for the Smokies shine through,” said Superintendent Cash. “We are so thankful for the support of Friends of the Smokies and all of you here tonight.”

2017 Evergreen Ball Co-Chairs Tim Chandler and Sam Curtis with their wives Katie Chandler and Jody Curtis. The evening’s program was emceed by WBIR anchors Robin Wilhoit and Russell Biven, and included welcome messages by Friends of the Smokies board chair Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews and GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash. Photo by Bob Franklin.

CBT presents The Busy Body

KNOXVILLE, TN – A fast-paced farce packed with memorable characters, “The Busy Body” runs in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Carousel Theatre February 22 – March 12, 2017. In this comedy, a young woman, her handsome lover, and their friends plot to escape a controlling guardian. Will a nosey nobleman ruin the plan or save the day?

Charlotte Munson as Miranda in the CBT’s “The Busy Body.”  The play was written by Susanna Centlivre in 1709, with adaptations by UT Faculty Misty Anderson and John Sipes. Photo Liz Aaron.

A Pay What You Wish Preview performance, where patrons can name their own price, will be held Wednesday, February 22 from Noon to 7 pm at the theatre. A Talk Back with the actors will take place Sunday, March 5 following the matinee. A panel discussion in association with the Commission for Women will take place on March 9 at 3:30 pm in the Carousel Theatre. The Open Captioned performance is Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm.

According to Restoration scholar Anderson, Centlivre’s comedy was the most popular play written by a woman in the eighteenth century and among the 10 most popular plays of the entire period. Audiences in Charleston, Williamsburg, Baltimore, New York, and other colonial theatre towns in the early days of America flocked to it. It even played in Havana and Kingston, Jamaica! The play’s pace calls for the kind of physical comedy one might have seen on “The Carol Burnett Show.”

“The Busy Body” gives us a window into the world of marriage at a time when women’s roles were just beginning to change, and playwrights like Centlivre were beginning to see women as equals to men. Manners and codes of conduct required curtsies, bows, and polite forms of address, but marriage contracts were also big business.
The two heroines struggle against arrangements that would turn them into mere goods traded between men using secret identities, tricks, messages in code, and helpful waiting maids. The results are hilarious and surprisingly modern; the young women are frank, spunky, and unstoppable, and their lovers seem to love them all the more for it.

Free and convenient parking is available in the McClung Tower Garage on Volunteer Boulevard.