Broadway Studios presents new art

Broadway Studios and Gallery proudly presents artist Charlesey Charlton-McCallister in her solo exhibit entitled “Interrupted Signal,” with a gallery opening for First Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5-9 p.m. In this exhibit Charlesey displays abstract work dealing with digital media as a way to make the viewer contemplate it’s role in society. Image below courtesy the artist.

For the opening reception of “Interrupted Signal,” there will be a tent provided by All Occasions Party Rentals. Performances under the tent will include poetry readings by Sundress Academy for the Arts, abstract music by Laith Keilany, and Asian cuisine will be provided by popular food truck/stand Oishii Knox for under $10/plate.

The event opens “First” Friday April 7th from 5-9pm.

The exhibit will be on display from April 7-29, 2017. Parking is on site. All ages are welcome.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located at 1127 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Broadway Studios and Gallery is located across Broadway from the historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood and is situated next to Vinyard Floor Covering Co. in Wright’s Place.

Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm.

Violinist performs in Oak Ridge

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to announce a series of performances and outreach activities featuring internationally renowned violinist, Rachel Barton Pine, March 30–April 2, 2017. Ms. Pine is an American violinist who made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 10, and was the first American and youngest ever gold medal winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.

Saturday, April 1:
Ms. Pine will perform Dvorak’s Violin Concerto with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Led by Maestro Dan Allcott, the orchestra will also perform music by Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, and Smetana. Audience members are invited to bid on delightful items at a spring-themed silent auction in the lobby. A reception will be held after the concert.

Tickets for adults are $25 and young adults, ages 19-29, are just $10. Students 18 & under are free. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (865) 483-5569. Ms. Pine’s four-day Oak Ridge residency is made possible with the generous support of Mr. James Rome.

Sunday, April 2:
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine will perform a solo recital on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge. Ms. Pine will perform “American Partitas,” a recital program of newly commissioned works by David Wallace Bruce Molsky, April Verch, Darol Anger, Billy Childs and Daniel Bernard Roumain partnered with the Bach Partitas for solo violin.

Tickets for adults are $25 and young adults, ages 19-29, are just $10. Students 18 & under are free. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are recommended. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (865) 483-5569.

An elegant dinner with Rachel Barton Pine will follow the concert in the lobby of the Pollard Auditorium. Catered by Bidwell Catering, the menu will feature Maple Syrup & Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Loin, Pasta Primavera, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Zucchini and Squash, and Mixed Berry Cobbler.

Dinner tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. Please call (865) 483-5569 or e-mail by Thursday, March 30 for reservations.

Thursday, March 30:
Classical violinist Rachel Barton Pine shows off her versatility with a metal-rock concert at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM. The nationally recognized Oak Ridge High School Orchestra will perform selections at the beginning of the concert before Ms. Pine takes the stage with string players from the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Pine and members of the orchestra will perform popular selections by Led Zeppelin, Rush, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and more.

Admission is free for this performance and no tickets are required. For more information, please call (865) 483-5569 or e-mail

Friday, March 31:
Four local violin students have been selected to participate in a special master class led by violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

The master class is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, please call (865) 483-5569 or e-mail

About Rachel Barton Pine:
Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.

Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Neeme Järvi and Marin Alsop.

About ORCMA:
The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. Subscription and individual tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (865) 483-5569.

Gass serves as state’s TSSP president

KNOXVILLE, TN – South College School of Pharmacy student Joshua Gass began his term as president of the statewide Tennessee Society of Student Pharmacists (TSSP) at the organization’s recent meeting in Nashville. The TSSP is the student affiliation of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association (TPA), the largest statewide organization of pharmacists, student pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians to advocate for the health of pharmacy patients and the future of the profession. The TSSP has more than 1,700 student pharmacist members, with representation from each of the six pharmacy schools in Tennessee.

Gass is a second professional year student pharmacist at the South College School of Pharmacy and is the first TSSP president from the school. South College also has representation on the statewide TSSP board with student pharmacists Rachel Cole and Emily Thompson serving as members-at-large.

“I am excited about the ability to work with the TSSP and TPA to make a difference in the profession that I have chosen,” Gass said. “During my time as president, I hope to develop leadership and education opportunities for student pharmacists in Tennessee. I am also passionate about ensuring the profession of pharmacy is equipped with every resource and opportunity necessary to continue to take care of patients in the best manner possible across the state of Tennessee.”

As president, Gass will work with the TSSP board to help organize the Winter Meetings of the organization, as well as assist with the organization of the annual Pharmacy Day on the Hill when pharmacists and student pharmacists meet with legislators to advocate for the profession and the patients it serves.

The 2017 Day on the Hill was held Feb. 28 and in addition to lobbying, included a Legislative Health Fair for senators, representatives and their staffs to check blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular health. More than 30 student pharmacists from South College attended this year’s event.

“We congratulate Josh on this honor of being the first TSSP President from South College. Election to this office by student pharmacists across Tennessee shows recognition of his leadership skill,” South College School of Pharmacy Dean Walter Fitzgerald said. “Our South College student pharmacists are passionate about advancing the profession and patient care, and I am confident that Josh will represent South College and the pharmacy profession effectively on a statewide level as TSSP president.”

Gass will serve as president until the TSSP Winter Meeting in February 2018.

About South College

South College is a private institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to offer programs at the doctorate, masters, baccalaureate, and associate levels. To learn more about South College, visit

Volunteers needed for river clean-up

If getting a little dirty to make Knoxville a cleaner place excites you, you’ll want to volunteer for Ijams River Rescue Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA, the 28th annual Ijams cleanup event focuses on 30-40 locations along the Tennessee River and its associated creek tributaries from the river’s headwaters in Knoxville to the shores of Loudon County.

“Between 800-1,000 people pick up 10-14 tons of trash and debris as well as numerous old tires during this event each year,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “We welcome individuals as well as groups of all sizes from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and scout troops. It’s a fun way to get involved and help ensure healthier, cleaner water for the residents and wildlife of East Tennessee.”

Volunteers can register online at through March 31. All supplies will be provided, including gloves and bags that have been donated by TVA and American Rivers’ National River Cleanup program.

Participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt designed by Ijams senior naturalist, artist and author Stephen Lyn Bales. This year’s shirt features a frog, one of the earth’s most environmentally sensitive creatures.

“Frogs live in two environments: land and water,” Bales said. “They have very thin skin, which easily absorbs toxic chemicals and other pollutants, so frogs are a good indicator of environmental stress. We can tell how healthy an environment is by how many amphibians live there.”

The 28th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by Keurig Green Mountain and TVA is sponsored by the City of Knoxville, First Tennessee Foundation, Grayson Subaru, Dow Chemical Company, Mesa Associates Inc., Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, River Sports Outfitters, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wood Realtors, Knox Area Climbers, AmeriCorps, and the Water Quality Forum.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 300-acre educational and outdoor adventure park for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from school field trips and off-site programs to on-site outdoor and classroom education programs that focus on topics from birding and wildflowers to yoga hikes, cooking classes and art programs. The Ijams grounds and trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 865-577-4717.

Poets read for library series

KNOXVILLE, TN – On Monday, March 27, 2017 poets Maria James-Thiaw and Bobby C. Rogers will present readings at the University of Tennessee. The event is part of UT’s Writers in the Library reading series. The mission of Writers in the Library is to showcase the work of novelists, poets, and other literary craftsmen. Some of the best voices on the literary scene today are invited to read.

The reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium of the John C. Hodges Library. The event is free and open to the public; all are encouraged to attend.

Maria James-Thiaw began bringing poems to life on stages during the spoken word revolution of the mid-nineties. Her works have been published in several journals including Cutthroat Journal of the Arts, Black Magnolias, Love Your Rebellion, the Spirit Speaks anthology, and others. She serves on the board of Philadelphia Stories and the Writer’s Wordshop. She is the author of three poetry collections including “Talking ‘White,’” which deals with issues of class and culture while celebrating our literary history. She is a professor of writing in the Department of English and Communication at Central Penn College in Pennsylvania.

Bobby C. Rogers is Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Union University. His first book, “Paper Anniversary,” won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. In 2015, he was named a Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress by Poet Laureate Charles Wright. His new book, “Social History,” has just been released by LSU Press in their Southern Messenger Poets series.

Writers in the Library is sponsored by the UT Libraries and the Creative Writing Program in association with the John C. Hodges Better English Fund.

For more information, contact Erin Elizabeth Smith, Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at the UT Libraries, or visit for a complete schedule of Writers in the Library readings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Fire departments receive donations

KNOXVILLE, TN – Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors have teamed up and are pleased to announce a joint donation of $12,000 to the local fire departments who served during last year’s wildfires in Blount and Sevier counties.

Each of the following fire departments will receive a $1,000 gift:

Blount County Fire Department

Caton Chapel Volunteer Fire Department

English Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Kodak Fire Department

Pigeon Forge Fire Department

Pittman Center Volunteer Fire Department

Sevier County Rescue Squad

Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department

Sevierville Fire Department

Seymour Fire Department

Walden’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Wears Valley Volunteer Fire Department
For every case of Coors Banquet beer sold during the month of December, Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors donated 50 cents to local fire departments whose areas were affected by the fires. The proceeds from the campaign totaled $12,000.

Cherokee Distributing Company area manager Mike Dunn (center) presents a check for $1,000 to the Blount County Fire Department. Cherokee Distributing Company and MillerCoors teamed up to donate a total of $12,000 to the fire departments who bravely fought the wildfires in Blount and Sevier counties in 2016. Pictured from left: Blount County Fire Department Lieutenant Tim Ogle, Mike Dunn and Blount County Fire Department Captain Kermit Easterling. Photo submitted.

Cat Fanciers come to Knoxville

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show has expanded to two days on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park and Exposition Center. Hundreds of felines will compete in 40 breed categories, and the show is adding a new event this year: feline agility.

“Feline agility is a new event that we’re debuting this year,” said Pennie Pendleton, show secretary for the Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association. “The event features a racetrack for cats to jump, run and race through tunnels, over bars, around obstacles and through hoops. The kitties with the best time win rosettes and regional ranking.”

Cats representing approximately 40 longhaired and shorthaired breeds will compete from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in three different categories: kittens between 4 and 8 months old, championship cats and premiership class. The championship and premiership classes are distinguished by whether or not a cat has been spayed or neutered (with the spayed/neutered cats competing in premiership). The show is also adding a new eligible breed this year, the Bengals.

“Cats are judged against physical characteristics determined by a national breed council for each breed,” Pendleton said. “Those standards change over time, and new breeds are being recognized and added to competition. The Bengal is new to our show this year and is a very popular new breed now accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association.”

All purebred competitors are registered with the Cat Fanciers Association, a nonprofit organization that holds the world’s largest cat registry. The association also presents a household pet competition event for cats that are not documented as purebred. Cats in this category are judged for uniqueness, pleasing appearance, unusual markings and sweet dispositions.

“As breeders and fanciers, one of our goals is to help the public understand the proper care for their cats,” Pendleton said. “We showcase shelter groups and foster groups and invite them to bring cats for adoption. Shelters can enter their kitties who are looking for forever homes in our household cats’ events.”

The Stray Connection feline rescue and other rescue groups will be on-site with adoptable cats and kittens and with booths to sell merchandise to support their organizations. The Winn Feline Foundation, a nonprofit group started by the Cat Fanciers Association to promote feline health through research and education, also will have a booth with information on the latest research for health and behaviors, as well as opportunities to support the organization’s ongoing mission.

The Tennessee Valley Cat Fanciers Association is affiliated with the international organization, which hosts more than 400 cat shows each year across the world. Competition rules are set by the international CFA organization, and judges are internationally certified by the CFA.

The event is open to the public. In three years, event attendance has grown from 800 visitors in 2014 to more than 1,300 visitors attending the show in 2016. Tickets are $6 at the door for adults, and $4 for seniors and students. A coupon is available on the website for $1 off adult admission at

About Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center

Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center is an 81-acre, multiuse venue owned by the City of Knoxville. It is located blocks away from interstate access and minutes from downtown Knoxville. The facility includes a three-acre lake, bandstand, 4,500-seat amphitheater, 57,100-square- foot exhibition hall, barns, arenas, playground and picnic shelters. Chilhowee also is home to the Tennessee Valley Fair.


DNA testing lecture at ETHC

(Knoxville, TN) In a free workshop on March 25, 2017, from 1-3pm, noted genealogist Dr. George K. Schweitzer will explain how DNA testing works and how you can use it in family research. A frequent lecturer and the author of 22 books on genealogy, Dr. George K. Schweitzer is a professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee and member of the ETHS Board of Directors.

Every cell in your body has a set of chemical strings called DNA. They contain DNA inherited from many of the ancestors in your family tree. Modern technology permits us to find the portions given to you by your forebears. By correlating this information with your genealogical research, you can trace back to most, if not all, of your ancestors through the past five generations. Comparison of your results with those of others can help you discover unknown cousins who may have valuable genealogical information which lets you expand and enrich your family tree. The test will also estimate your ethnic origins.

The workshop is part of the East Tennessee History Center’s free genealogy courses presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society, Knox County Public Library, McClung Historical Collection, and Knox County Archives. The workshops are free and open to the public. The lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.

For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at

CBT presents ‘Top Girls’

Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” will be performed in the Clarence Brown Theatre’s Lab Theatre March 29 – April 16, 2017. Patrons are encouraged to purchase quickly as performances do sell out. A Pay What You Wish Preview performance will be held Wednesday, March 29, a talk back with the cast will take place Sunday, April 9 following the 2:00 pm matinee, and an Open Captioned performance is on Sunday, April 16 at 2:00 pm. Media sponsors are WUOT, WUTK, and The Daily Beacon.

Career-driven Marlene (played by Meg Sutherland, pictured above) lands the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. She celebrates her promotion by throwing a “Mad Hatter” type dinner party for a variety of mythical and historical women, including a Victorian-era Scottish traveler, a Japanese courtesan turned Buddhist nun, Pope Joan and Chaucer’s Patient Griselda. Photo courtesy CBT.

Crossing cultures, generations and politics, the sparkling dinner conversation reveals the sacrifices made as well as the joys experienced by these extraordinary women. Originally a rebuke of Margaret Thatcher’s England in the 1980s, the play remains as relevant and as powerful today.

“This play is not just made up of discussions about weighty issues; it’s made up of stories told by individual women with fantastic tales to tell. By listening to them, we have a chance to see the world from a different vantage point,” said Director Casey Sams.

Casey Sams is Head of Undergraduate Studies in Theatre at UT, where she works in both the Graduate and Undergraduate programs teaching Movement and Acting. In addition to the CBT, she’s had the great fortune to direct, choreograph or be the movement coach at such theatres as Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Round House Theatre (DC), the Utah Shakespearean Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill), Virginia Stage Company (Norfolk), Knoxville Opera Company, and Vermont Stage Company (Burlington). Favorite projects include: “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” and “The Who’s Tommy,”” A Year with Frog and Toad,” and “Underneath the Lintel.”

The cast is comprised of UT Theatre undergraduate students Gracie Belt (Lady Nijo / Angie), Emily Helton (Isabella Bird / Joyce /Mrs. Kidd), Alyssa Miller (Waitress / Jeanie / Nell), Celeste Pelletier (Cull Gret / Kit / Shona), Danielle Pressley (Pope Joan / Louise), Meg Sutherland (Marlene), and Chauncey Whitlock (President Griselda / Win).

The creative team for this production includes UT MFA candidates Jelena Andzic (Scenic Designer), Devin O’Neill (Costume Designer) and Jordan Vera (Lighting Designer); and UT Theatre staff Mike Ponder (Sound Designer). Also assisting with the production are Abigail Langham (Voice Coach); Kerri Ann Considine (Dramaturg) and UT Theatre undergraduate student Kara Eble Trusty (Stage Manager).

Two Previews for “Top Girls” are Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 followed by Opening Night Friday, March 31. The production runs through April 16. For tickets, call the Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office at 865-974-5161 or order online 24/7 at

This production is part of the Clarence Brown Theatre’s commitment to training. Our Lab Theatre productions are an important part of our dual mission. The production you will see is helping to prepare the students in our Master of Fine Arts and undergraduate programs to take their place as theatre artists.

For more information, tickets or accessibility accommodation requests including Open Captioning, American Sign Language, and assistive technologies, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at Stay Connected to the Clarence Brown Theatre on Facebook (Clarence Brown Theatre), follow us on Twitter (@ClarenceBrown) (#CBTTopGirls) and view Clarence Brown videos on YouTube (Clarence Bro).

Knox Makers share work space

Knoxville Mayor Rogero is scheduled to cut the metal ribbon to kick off the grand opening of Knox Makers new community-oriented makerspace on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 AM. The event, located at 116 Childress Street, is open to the public and will include tours of the new workshop spaces and displays of projects made using the tools in the space that consist of 3D printing, lasercutting, wood working, metal working, and more.

Knox Makers is a place for the Knoxville area’s engineers, artists, hobbyists, innovators, educators and entrepreneurs to work and play. It is a technology and art collective dedicated to the promotion of creativity enabled and informed by science. Knox Makers provides lectures, workshops, and outreach programs that inspire and educate both members and the general public. The nearly 7,000 square foot workshop enables projects ranging from making your own costumes to building your own furniture to designing your own electronics.

“Knox Makers is more than just tools and a workshop,“ says Knox Makers President, Doug Laney. “We have almost 100 members who come together and share what they know. By combining skills and working together, they can make things that they wouldn‘t be able to make alone. That collaboration brings a real sense of community to the space. Being a part of that community is the best thing about Knox Makers.”

The Grand Opening will begin with the ribbon cutting at 11AM, with tours and demonstrations continuing until 4PM. Knox Makers will be signing up new members and selling t-shirts during the event. Mean Mama’s Burgers and Such along with Big O’s Famous Barbecue food trucks will be on site serving lunch.