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.

Basketball Hall of Fame names finalists

Knoxville, TN – The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 12 finalists for induction into the 2017 Hall of Fame; they are: Yelena Baranova (player), Rose Marie Battaglia (coach), Sally Bell (official), Evelyn Blalock (coach), Joan Bonvicini (coach), Nora Lynn Finch (contributor), Christine Grant (contributor), Rick Insell (coach), Louise O’Neal (veteran), Crystal Robinson (player), Sheryl Swoopes (player), and Kara Wolters (player).

The six-member Class of 2017 will be selected from the 12 finalists and announced on ESPN on February 12.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors serves as the selection committee in determining the individuals to be inducted each year. Voting is based on minimum candidate requirements, which include record of performance, national or international recognition, and contributions to the game of women’s basketball.

The mission of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is to “honor the past, celebrate the present, and promote the future” of women’s basketball.

For information regarding the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame or the 2017 Induction Ceremony please visit www.wbhof.com.

Zoo Knoxville breaks attendance record

Zoo Knoxville had a record attendance in 2016, surpassing the 2015 record of 440,115 by more than 30,000 visitors. The 2015 record was officially broken on Nov. 11, 2016 during the zoo’s popular Dollar Days event.

“It’s been a very successful year, so we thought it only fitting to finish in the spirit of the fun and sometimes unexpected experiences we’ve offered our guests in 2016 to celebrate,” said Lisa New, President and CEO of Zoo Knoxville. The Zoo offered the last visitors of 2016 the chance to win a behind-the- scenes tour of an animal area or an annual pass.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.

Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.

IJAMS opens new adaptive dock

Great news for sports lovers who have physical challenges! This month Ijams, the City of Knoxville, and Catalyst Sports celebrated the opening of a new adaptive dock at the Ijams River Landing on the Tennessee River.


In addition to expanding paddling opportunities, the dock is the first step in Ijams offering adaptive recreation for individuals with physical challenges. Ijams plans to partner with Catalyst Sports to offer adaptive paddling programs in 2017. The nature center also recently purchased two adaptive kayaks.

The dock is free and open to the public. Motorized watercraft are not permitted. Future plans for the River Landing include new space for environmental education programs, as well as paddling rentals for those who do not have their own boards or boats.

In addition, Mead’s Quarry at Ijams has a creative new place visitors to lock up a bike or take a seat. The new bike racks and benches, created by artist Derek White of Bird on the Wire Studios, pay homage to the industrial history of the Ijams Quarries. White, along with the help of Ijams staff members, Ben Nanny and Jack Gress, and community members Kelly Brown, Gregory Tune, Claude Hardy, Duke Brown, and Noel Kuck, installed the one-of-a-kind gear-and-cog design near Mead’s Quarry Lake on Dec. 19, 2016.


Five Points project hosts meeting

Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) will hold a public meeting to present a site plan for Phase 3 redevelopment of the Walter P. Taylor Homes and Dr. Lee L. Williams Senior Complex to Five Points’ residents and community stakeholders on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walter P. Taylor Boys & Girls Club, 317 McConnell St.

KCDC’s design team of Barber McMurry Architects in Knoxville and Urban Design Associates, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will present the site plan for Phase 3 of the Five Points Master Plan, which will include 34 duplex and triplex buildings located at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and McConnell Street. The 98 one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be constructed to reflect the design and fabric of the existing community.

“This is a very exciting next step of the Five Points revitalization project. The proposed phase will serve as the new ‘front porch’ to Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue,” KCDC Board of Commissioners Chair Dan Murphy said. “The site plan is designed to create neighborhood connectivity, outdoor community spaces and housing amenities that will enhance the Five Points community.”

Phase 3 of the plan will also include a new playground and in the center of the community, open green space and park with proposed historical markers. The greenway will be prepared adjacent to the proposed improved Kenner Avenue for future connection to the City of Knoxville greenway system.

The total cost of the Five Points revitalization project is approximately $85 million and is estimated to take place over 10 to 12 years. The City of Knoxville has dedicated $8 million over a 10-year period to the project.

Since 1936, KCDC has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County. KCDC’s mission is to improve and transform neighborhoods and communities by providing quality affordable housing, advancing development initiatives and fostering self-sufficiency.

For more information, call 865-403- 1100 or visit http://www.kcdc.org.

Knoxville writers host potluck supper

Members of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild will share their works and hold a mix and mingle potluck for December’s monthly program. Both current members and the public are encouraged to attend and to bring a covered dish or holiday snack.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Central United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 E. Third Ave. Attendees should enter off of the large parking lot behind the church. A $2 donation is welcome at the door with free and accessible parking available.

We will also have sales tables provided for KWG members to sell their work.

For those interested in reading, there are a few simple guidelines:

1) You must be a current member of the Knoxville Writers’ Guild. You can join or renew your membership before the readings begin. There will be a sign-up sheet at the door for those taking part to establish speaker order.

2) What you read should be your own work or that of another group member. If it will be the work of another KWG member, you are required to have permission to read his/her work.

3) Your reading time will be three minutes maximum. It’s not necessary that your reading last the full amount of time allotted. For instance, if you have a one-minute poem and don’t have anything else you’d like to read, that would be fine.

4) What you read should be suitable for a general audience. In other words, please show courtesy to those attending. Think of approaching your reading as something to be shared and appreciated by one-and-all.

The Knoxville Writers Guild membership is $30 and $15 for students. Visit www.knoxvillewritersguild.org.

Call for artists for MLK tribute

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission announce a call for entries for the third annual Gallery of Arts Tribute, developed to recognize local artists and honor the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Approximately 40-50 fine art works of all media will be selected for display in the Atrium, North Wall, and display case galleries of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location, from January 6-27, 2017.

The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and additional hours for special events.

Artwork should be delivered on Tuesday, January 3, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The exhibition seeks to feature:
Works by African and African American artists living within 50 miles of Knoxville; and/or
Works that pertain to the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Civil Rights by any artist living within 50 miles of Knoxville.

Entries must be original and completed within the last five years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 60” x 60” in any direction including frame or stand. Weight is not to exceed 50 lbs. unless special arrangements are made. Artwork must be suitably framed/mounted and wired for installation.

There is no entry fee. Each artist may bring up to three pieces for consideration. Submitted works will be juried by staff members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission and the Arts & Culture Alliance.


The Gallery of Arts Tribute in 2015 featured the work of 26 local artists. Pictured works from the 2015 Tribute, by: Hawa Ware-Johnson, Albert Baah, and Tina Curry. Photo submitted.

The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is to reaffirm and reflect upon the American ideals of freedom, justice and peace. To that end, we pledge to work inclusively with community partners to: lift and live principles of non-violence, equality and love; tell the stories of the struggles; and provide education and leadership training for adults and youth.

Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/mlk-tribute/.


Knoxville Film Fest is Aug 26-28

The 2016 Knoxville Film Festival, produced by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, will include more than 40 hours of film screenings at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 beginning Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28.

In addition to the screenings of feature and narrative documentaries and shorts, a Tennessee Film Competition, the 7-Day Shootout Competition, Student Filmmaking Competitions, and informative panel discussions will also highlight the festival.

“With more than 30 teams participating in the 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition, the enthusiasm from our local filmmaking community is intense. One reason might be that the winner of the competition will leave with a cash prize of $5,000,” says Knoxville Film Festival Executive Director Keith McDaniel.

The opening night film, Opposite of Ernest, was directed by Knoxville-based filmmaker Chad Cunningham, the 2015 winner of the Knoxville Film Festival’s 7-Day Shootout Filmmaking Competition. Along with support from the Visit Knoxville Film Office, the Knoxville Film Festival awarded Cunningham $20,000 to create a feature-length film.

Tickets may also be purchased at the Knoxville Film Festival Box Office located inside the Downtown West Regal Cinema 8 during the festival ranging in price from $10 for individual block screenings to $75 for the full festival plus opening night reception. A Student Festival Pass is $25 with valid current Student ID.

The mission of the Knoxville Film Festival is to recognize and celebrate the art of independent cinema. It exists to provide a stimulating gathering in which the lovers and creators of independent cinema come together to see and discuss interesting works from local, regional, national, and international filmmakers.


Knoxville Marathon registration begins

KNOXVILLE, TN – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon celebrates 13 years this year and race organizers are offering discounted fees to runners who sign up during the first 13 days of registration.

“Through Aug. 13, 2016 runners registering for the full or half marathon, relay races or 5K will receive a $10 discount, and registration fees for the Kids Run will be reduced to $10,” said Jason Altman, race director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

“It’s our small way of celebrating the 13-year mark and thanking the runners who have helped the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon maintain its status as the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee.”

The Covenant Kids Run and Covenant Health 5K will take place Saturday, April 1. The marathon, half marathon and relay races are set for Sunday, April 2. All of the races start in downtown Knoxville and end on the 50-yard- line of Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee.

“Covenant Health is committed to improving the quality of life in our region through better health. The marathon helps us promote fitness and good health and has a positive impact on tourism and quality of life in East Tennessee,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO. “I am proud of our association with the Knoxville Track Club and very pleased that we are continuing to host the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.”

For more information, call 865-684- 4294.

2016-04-03 CHKM Start line

Bark in the Park June 11

Knoxville’s Bark in the Park, a celebration for dogs and people, will be held at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Gates will open at 3 pm with a five-dollar entry donation.

The festival includes games and contests for people and their pooches, plus the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley’s Kid’s Corner will feature face painting, henna tattoos, balloon art and more.

Festival vendors will include artisans, pet-oriented businesses, and pet-friendly businesses. There will be lots of great food and festival goers will be able to cool off with a cold drink at the “Barkin’ Beer Garden sponsored by the Bearden Beer Market and Yazoo Brewing Company.

And to help keep Fido cool, there will be cool-down pools and Grayson Subaru’s Misting Tent. Of course, Rescue Alley will be there as well, representing hardworking specialized animal rescues.

For more information, visit HumaneSocietyTennessee.com.