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Oct. 20, 2016 Volume 02 / Issue 41


“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams.” —Herb Caen

HERE IT IS: the ultimate guide to everything that Knoxvillians love most about Knoxville. Inside this special issue, you’ll find the top vote-getters in all the categories we could think of that help define Knoxville’s quality of life. Among them there are upset winners, beloved icons, and longtime favorites finally getting their due—plus names that you might not even recognize. This is your handy index to all things Knoxvillian, one that you helped create with your savvy knowledge of our town.

community P.11 • food P.13 • drink P.28 • music & nightliFe P.32 • shopping P.38 services P.50 • arts & culture P.55 • Education & media P.57 • Home & Garden P.60 health & beauty P.62 • Recreation & fun P.67 • knoxville online P.69 A Key to the Writers

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Elections: District 13 As this bizarre election season enters its final stretch, both candidates for the 13th District’s state House seat are well-funded and itching for a rematch. The big question on their minds: How will GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s presence on the ballot affect voter turnout? Incumbent Republican Eddie Smith beat Democratic challenger Gloria Johnson by a mere 182 votes in the 2014 election. Johnson says low Democratic voter turnout in the midterms accounted for the loss of her seat. Her prospects look better this year, and even Smith concedes that point, reports Thomas Fraser.

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Jack Neely pays his (most probably) final respects to the once-amazing, slightly demolished WNOX Auditorium.

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The Knoxville Flag? Many wouldn’t recognize it, but it’s enjoying another mini-revival Most people probably don’t know Knoxville has its own city flag, but it’s catching a fresh breeze this year, thanks in part to the city’s 225th anniversary, which culminated this month.

Parthenon in Greece. Along the same lines, Memphis, which is named for an ancient city in Egypt, erected a pyramid. The Knoxville Building was less extravagant than those two, but a dignified two-story Romanesque white building, designed by the Knoxville firm of Baumann Brothers, with wings and four small tower “observatories” on each corner. Although it was painted to look like marble, it was built mostly of wood.

It was designed in 1896 in time to represent the city at the Tennessee Centennial in Nashville. It would be the biggest fair ever held in Tennessee in that century, and Knoxville was invited to represent itself in Nashville’s Centennial Park with its own city pavilion. To go with the Knoxville pavilion in Nashville, a young local attorney proposed that Knoxville have its own flag. Horace Van Deventer was a 29-year-old Harvard Law School graduate originally from Iowa. He had lived in Knoxville for only three years, but it was a busy, exciting city, and he was already proud of it.

The United States flag and Branson’s new Knoxville flag both flew over the Knoxville Building for the six-month duration of the fair.

Artist Lloyd Branson’s original 1896 sketch of the first-ever Knoxville Flag.

Knoxville was so proud of the building that the city moved it to downtown Knoxville after the fair, and erected it on Main Street across from the courthouse, where it was known as the Women’s Building, serving as a location for art exhibitions and balls—until it burned down as a result of Christmas fireworks in 1906.

The Chamber of Commerce liked the idea, Image courtesy of the City of Knoxville and sponsored a prize for the best design. Though it was claimed to be a “nationwide” contest, the winner was Knoxville’s best-known artist, Lloyd Branson, whose studio was on Gay The Knoxville flag, rarely used after the Street, near Clinch. Branson was best known as a painter, and had dabbled in exposition, was sometimes forgotten altogether. One problem was its sculpture and photography, but he had never designed a flag before. intricate design, which called for so many different colors and shapes it was expensive—twice as expensive as a U.S. flag—to produce. Branson’s flag, Knoxville’s first flag design, was laden with symbolism. The black stripe was meant to represent coal, the white stripe marble. However, it has seen several revivals over the years, notably during the (Other sources claim the white represented faith, others that it was an city’s sesquicentennial in 1941, when it underwent a redesign, including a homage to Knoxville founder James White!) Nine stars symbolized the correction of the year. The city’s founding date—that of the real-estate nine city wards. The golden winged wheel represented progress. Within lottery considered the city’s founding event—was long based on one old the wheel are a derrick, as one might find in a marble quarry, then one of man’s memory as having occurred in February, 1792. However, librarians Knoxville main industries; crossed picks represent miners; a locomotive proved in the early 1930s that it actually happened four months earlier, on transportation and commerce; and a factory, manufacturing—with an Oct. 3, 1791. So they made that change, and some less-obvious modernizing extra blue and red square to represent bravery by one account, loyalty of the figures. and harmony by another (and by still another, war!). By the end of that year, new Knoxville flags were being sold at downtown Lawyer and author Joshua Caldwell presented Branson’s flag to Mayor department stores like S.H. George’s. Samuel Heiskell, and to the Knoxville public, in a ceremony at City Hall on Market Square, 120 years ago this week. The flag was almost forgotten again after World War II, until Valley Fidelity Bank ordered a new copy made in 1965, to fly above its Market Street headquarThe 100th anniversary of Tennessee was in 1896, but as a result of ters, spawning a revival of interest. construction delays, it was held in 1897. (That sounds embarrassing, but the same thing happened earlier that decade in Chicago, which planned its In 1967, Capt. Donald Severance, a U.S. fighter pilot in Vietnam who Columbian Exposition for the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses, became known for displaying a America in 1892, but held it in 1893.) Knoxville flag on his plane’s fuselage. Nashville, the state capital, was sometimes called “the Athens of the South,” reputedly for its educational institutions, and built a replica of the

Knoxville’s 225th anniversary, combined with a revival of interest in all the work of artist Lloyd Branson, has gotten people talking about the flag again.

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HOWDY DUMPSTER highlights DIVE Weekly from our blog Read more at CITY’S “EQUALITY SCORE” RISES Knoxville scored reasonably well in the Human Rights Campaign’s fifth annual city-by-city measure of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Tennessee cities together averaged 33 points (out of 100), below the national average of 55. Nashville, with 60, and Knoxville, with 55, were the exceptions. Photo courtesy of City of Knoxville

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5 p.m., City County Building, Main Assembly Room. Free. Yes, that’s how the city names stuff. At this meeting, the committee will consider a resolution by the Veterans Heritage Site Foundation to rename Sharps Ridge Memorial Park to Sharps Ridge Veterans Memorial Park. (There’s also been talk of reconfiguring Sharps Ridge into a Mount Rushmore-style sculpture, but that’s probably a different committee.)

9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Harvest Center Plaza (2410 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.). Free. Community group Five Points Up is hosting this third-annual cleanup effort, which provides tools, gloves, and supplies to volunteers who will be picking up litter in their neighborhoods. Five Points Up has a mission to “unify and beautify East Knoxville through increased community engagement and community pride.”



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2-6 p.m., Candoro Arts & Heritage Center (4450 Candora Ave.). Free. Come for the chili supper and music by Knox County Jug Stompers. Stay for the stories of South Knoxville’s marble history at this celebration of Candoro Marble Company’s artisans. Visitors are encouraged to bring marble items made by the craftsmen here from the 1920s through the 1970s for a “show and tell” session. Info:

SMOKIES FOLIAGE MUTED Intense and prolonged summer heat and drought may drain the color from East Tennessee ridge faces this fall. It was the second hottest summer in Knoxville, and all of East Tennessee is suffering drought conditions ranging from moderately dry to extreme and exceptional, according to federal weather records. SCHOOLS SCREEN FOR ASTHMA East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and a private asthma treatment practice are conducting asthma screenings in many local schools. The hospital’s Breathe Easy program first tested children in 2013, with a formalized process being developed and broadened since. Now the program offers tests for lung function in all the Knox County Title I schools—schools where poverty rates are high— as well as in some surrounding rural counties.


5:30 p.m., Cox Auditorium, UT’s Alumni Memorial Building. Free. This year’s Siddiqi Lecture in Islamic Studies features Muslim feminist Asma Afsaruddin, a professor in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She’ll be addressing “Islamic Feminisms: Challenging Patriarchy in Muslim-Majority Societies.” Info:

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The Modern Marvel of Whittle Springs The once-amazing, slightly demolished WNOX Auditorium BY JACK NEELY


ear the northern end of Whittle Springs Road, just across White Oak Lane from Whittle Springs Middle School, is—for the moment at least—a large box of a building. It’s torn open on its eastern end, long strips of roofing hanging down like entrails over a gaping hole. A few weeks ago it was the target of a demolition effort, one that was discouraged by the city when it pointed out that demolitions do require permits. The landowner, known as DFS Properties LC, duly applied for a permit for a “2-story commercial building.” Demolition permits include two lines asking the owner to ascertain whether the building was more than 50 years old. That’s one of several criteria for historical significance. The applicant jotted “N/A.” If it’s not historic now, this building was meant to be historic from the day it was announced, 62 years ago. The WNOX Auditorium was planned to be a regional center of broadcasting for a modern era. Hailed as “the most unusual and only radio auditorium-studio of its kind in the world,” it was little less than a performing-arts center, with state-ofthe-art live-audience television and radio facilities, and even recording studios. Its acoustically excellent auditorium held 1,250 people, bigger than most of the New York studios, but designed so each seat seemed close to the stage. It would be “the most modern radio facility in the South.” It drew comparisons to Radio City Music Hall. Maybe, given Knoxville’s


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association with the early careers of several popular musicians—former WNOX regulars Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins were then national stars—maybe it would be as famous. Its grand opening on May 12, 1955, featured a concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and a speech by Gen. Leslie Groves, manager of the Manhattan Project. His presence was proof that WNOX’s new facilities were as modern as the A-bomb. Joining him was bug-eyed Hollywood comedian Jerry Colonna and Homer and Jethro, national musical/comedy stars who’d been associated with WNOX early in their careers. The plan was that this auditorium would expand on the popularity of the station’s famous live-radio shows like Mid-Day MerryGo-Round, which had been performing for jammed houses in their former Gay Street studios for 20 years. Mayor George Dempster announced it was a major step forward for the city. Things rarely go as planned. WNOX never got license for the television station they were expecting, reportedly due to their association with Scripps-Howard, the big corporation which the Federal Communications Commission thought wielded too much control of the Knoxville media market. Worse, there were flaws in the radio plans, too. A lot of WNOX’s live daily radio audience was composed of people who lived or worked downtown, and could walk to shows on a lunch break. They didn’t necessarily have time or inclination to drive out to the suburbs to do the

same thing. And live radio was dwindling as a phenomenon, anyway. TV was new in Knoxville. People were staying home and watching it. It had some moments. Singer-songwriter Don Gibson and a few other country stars did perform for good audiences there. But one of its biggest moments wasn’t country at all. In September 1955, when it was only four months old, the big new auditorium hosted a two-night stand by Bill Haley and the Comets. It was the year of their greatest fame, just a month after they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. They were rocking around the clock right here in this big box of a building on Whittle Springs Road. For whatever it’s worth, in the 1950s, most of the great black rock ’n’ roll acts performed for predominantly black audiences at Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building and elsewhere. Very few of the big white rock acts performed in Knoxville then, likely just because the managers of the white venues were skeptical of the rock phenomenon. WNOX was apparently an exception, at least for a couple of nights in September 1955. Maybe the building never had a heyday. The fact that within a year of opening, WNOX was advertising it for rent to religious and political groups makes it sound like audience response was disappointing from the beginning. Albert Gore Sr. spoke there in 1956, the year he refused to sign the segregationist pledge urged on Southern senators. The auditorium witnessed six years of Mid-Day MerryGo-Round, which died there in 1961. After that, it was used a lot for the News-Sentinel’s annual spelling bees. Later years saw poignant attempts to revive it. In 1985, Chet Atkins and Archie Campbell came there for a show to rededicate the

place as Lowell Blanchard Auditorium, to honor the impresario of WNOX’s live-music years. It was hoped that it could be an authentic country-music mecca. That never worked out. In the 1990s, it became an offbeat evangelical church. That explains the scrap-metal cross in the yard. That didn’t last, either. Here’s where the historian’s supposed to arch his eyebrow and talk knowingly about short-sighted planning, when the fate of changing times should have been all too obvious. Making fun of people in the past always draws an easy laugh. In fact, if done right, I think it could have worked. It could even work today. Call it ironic, but when I witness PechaKucha presentations, or Ted Talks, or crowds watching movies in bars, or attending festivals like Big Ears, I get the impression that people actually like to get together in auditoriums much more today than they did 50 or 60 years ago, when staying home was the exciting new thing. And they especially like to get together in odd and surprising places. Demolition work is on hold until next month, thanks to the city’s demolition-delay ordinance for potentially historic properties. Most of the building’s still there. Today the property’s being sold by the people who bought it at auction just last year, apparently just for its real estate. “2.6 Acres,” as advertised. But lately there’s a For Sale sign on the slightly demolished building, too. If they do demolish it, there’s one item to be careful of. It was built with a cornerstone time capsule of artifacts from 1955 and earlier, meant to remind the People of the Future of the musical legacy of a radio station called WNOX. It holds some history. ◆

Its grand opening on May 12, 1955, featured a speech by Gen. Leslie Groves, manager of the Manhattan Project. His presence was proof that WNOX’s new facilities were as modern as the A-bomb.

Elections: District 13 In a rematch to a very close race, Gloria Johnson aims to reclaim the House seat from Eddie Smith BY THOMAS FRASER


s this bizarre election season enters its final stretch, both candidates for the 13th District’s state House seat are well-funded and itching for a rematch. The big question on their minds: How will GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s presence on the ballot affect voter turnout? Incumbent Republican Eddie Smith beat Democratic challenger Gloria Johnson by a mere 182 votes in the 2014 election. Johnson says low Democratic voter turnout in the midterms accounted for the loss of her seat. Her prospects look better this year; even Smith concedes that point. “I think it’s going to be difficult,” Smith says of retaining his seat during an interview at his campaign office in East Knoxville. Johnson says her base is galvanized by support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—and distaste for Trump. But turnout, which she says is traditionally low among Democrats during midterm elections, is key. “When more people go vote, I win,” she says at Knox County Democratic Party headquarters. That was the case in 2012, when she beat Republican Gary Loe by 288 votes in a three-way race with independent Nick Cazana. Nearly 21,000 people voted that year; only 13,278 people cast ballots in 2014, when Smith eked out the general election win following a close GOP primary against Jason Emert. That race was also close— Smith won by 38 votes. It is a closely divided district, and Republicans fear that Trump’s recently publicized comments condoning sexual assault—and more recent allegations from women who say Trump sexually assaulted them— could lead GOP voters to stay home Nov. 8. But Democrats might not generate a big turnout, either. “It’s my sense that Democrats are not very happy with Hillary Clinton, either,” says Susan Richardson

Williams, a former state GOP chairwoman and a local political observer. “It may balance itself out to be a wash on election day.” Johnson held a press conference last week in which she urged Smith to repudiate Trump’s comments and candidacy. “My opponent’s silence indicates a lack of leadership and an inability to be part of the solution—to clean up Tennessee’s own sexual harassment scandals,” Johnson announced at the conference. Smith, while agreeing that Trump’s comments were “reprehensible and repugnant,” says Johnson is merely diverting attention from the local race. “This issue once again showcases my opponent’s desire to focus on any issue other than those directly affecting the lives of residents in this district,” he said in a statement following Johnson’s press conference. Meanwhile, Williams says she and other local Republican leaders will stand by Trump. Williams says she was “very offended” by Trump’s comments, in which he bragged to a reporter about his supposed sway over women as a powerful figure and said he could simply grab a woman by her genitals. But Williams, sticking to GOP talking points, says, “I know what kind of president Hillary Clinton will be,” claiming she will raise taxes and pursue health care policies unpopular with the GOP base. “We know her. Trump could surprise me. I hold out hope that if he’s elected he’ll be a better president than hoped,” she says. “Unfortunately we’ve descended into the gutter when it comes to politics.” Knox County GOP chairman Buddy Burkhardt cites Christian values in backing Trump despite his missteps. “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone,” he says. “Donald Trump was elected in a popular vote to receive the nomination to run for president on the Republican ticket, and that still stands.”

Smith, for his part, says he has not yet made up his mind whether he will vote for Trump.

Johnson—who retains a nameplate that reads “Rep. Johnson” on her desk not far from a package of bacon jerky—says she would indeed represent the will of the people should she win. The electorate supports Insure Tennessee, Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 200,000 uninsured Tennesseans earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, she says. (Haslam did not accept federal funds to expand TennCare under the Affordable Care Act.) Voters are also opposed to diverting state funds to voucher programs or charter schools, Johnson—a former special-education teacher—adds. She says Smith didn’t respond to a request for a debate about education, but hopes at least one candidate forum will take place prior to the election. It is, she says, “unfair to voters to not have an open discussion.” (The League of Women Voters was unable to find a debate date agreeable to both candidates, though Johnson made herself available.) Smith pins his hopes on constituents rewarding him for a range of area transportation programs he takes credit for, though some were years in the making. He cites improvements to Alcoa Highway, planned improvements to Interstate 640 interchanges, and increased money for the transportation state-aid program, which he says has provided Knox County and Knoxville extra money for street-paving programs. He plans to keep his focus on

EDDIE SMITH JOB: Incumbent 13th District state House representative AGE: 37 EDUCATION: Tusculum College; business and organizational management PRIOR POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: First-term 13th district representative FAMILY: Wife, Lanna; two children

jobs, education, and infrastructure, and is personally vested in an anti-bullying bill that would step up school-system responses to bullying claims; his own daughter, who is homeschooled with his other child, was a victim of harassment and bullying, he says. As for health insurance expansion, he says he plans a bill that would increase incentives for small businesses that offer health insurance to their employees. But he is well aware of the “battleground district” the 13th has become, and he raised $50,000—including $20,000 from political action committees largely outside of Knoxville—in the third quarter for the campaign. Johnson, who has raised $55,000 in the third quarter, largely through individual donations, says she won’t have “all the outside money” that Smith has raised through PACs, but she has more than 200 volunteers working on her campaign. Smith reported an ending balance of $102,000 on his third-quarter financial disclosure filing after spending $10,000 in August, September, and November. Johnson spent four times that much during the period, and reported $73,000 heading into the final five weeks before the election. She hopes to have at least two more fundraisers, including a performance from former Knoxville singer/ songwriter Scott Miller, set for Monday at a home on Cherokee Boulevard. “The reality is I’m going to support every single person in the district,” should she win the rubber match with Smith, she says. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of extremes, she says: “Ideas begin in the middle.” ◆

GLORIA JOHNSON JOB: Retired Knox County Schools special-education teacher AGE: 54 EDUCATION: University of Tennessee; education PRIOR POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: 13th District state House representative, 2012-2014 FAMILY: Single, no children October 20, 2016


The Ultimate Guide to Everything Knoxvillians Love About Knoxville


hat makes for a great town? The people who love it so much that they try to make it a better place. Knoxville is in the midst of a renaissance because it has a lot people pulling for it: forward-thinking policymakers, business owners aiming to fill unmet needs, preservationists and conservationists rallying support for things worth saving, entrepreneurs making not-so-crazy dreams a reality. You’ll find many of them here, honored in our Top Knox

2016 Readers’ Poll—a celebration of pure Knoxvilleness. We believe this is the most indispensable guide to Knoxville’s best, determined by Knoxvillians who really know: our readers. They’re the smartest, savviest consumers in town, with a passion for the places and people that make Knoxville unique. We’re living in a fortunate time in Knoxville’s history. Read on to find out why. —Coury Turczyn, ed.

community P.11 • food P.13 • drink P.26 • music & nightliFe P.32 • shopping P.38 services P.50 • arts & culture P.55 • Education & media P.57 • Home & Garden P.60 health & beauty P.62 • Recreation & fun P.66 • knoxville online P.69 10

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Madeline Rogero Mayor Madeline Rogero’s popularity is obvious every time she gives a speech. She’s Tennessee’s first female mayor of a large city and when she mentions that fact, well into her second term, folks still applaud. Knoxvillians are proud of her and proud of themselves for putting her there. If she wasn’t the tax-hungry monster some conservatives predicted, she was ahead of the national curve on implementing the practical aspects of marriage equality within city government, and has supported green initiatives all around town, from curbside recycling and energy-saving improvements, to Knoxville’s suddenly amazing outdoor recreational opportunities. She has a profile well beyond city limits, earning a place in the national dialogue on smart growth and climate preparedness. Downtown has continued to bloom, as Downtown North has become an attraction of its own, livelier and better-looking each month, and the urban energy seems poised to advance to the east. The Cumberland Avenue traffic-calming, pedestrian-enabling project—a far-fetched ideal when it was proposed during the Haslam administration almost 10 years ago—promised to be a major headache during construction, coinciding with KUB’s massive downtown infrastructure rebuild. This perhaps unprecedented cluster of traffic inconveniences might have seemed intolerable with a less likable mayor. But there haven’t been riots. It’ll all be finished before her term is over, better than ever, in time for her to cut the ribbon.

That is, if she doesn’t find a better job first. It’s been rumored since at least 2008 that the Democrat, who’s been politically active since the ’80s, would one day be part of a Hillary Clinton presidential administration. (Jack Neely) POPULAR PICKS: Tim Burchett, Pat Summitt


Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization Fourth and Gill can draw votes just because it’s Knoxville’s most obviously improved neighborhood of the last 40 years. Lacerated by decades of highway construction and once considered a scary inner-city slum, the 1880s-’90s community is now a model of the American Dream, a serene walk among beautiful Victorian houses that some hard-working folks can afford. In fact Fourth and Gill may be the city’s liveliest, most engaging neighborhood, throwing regular potlucks, “porch hops,” ice-cream socials, and best-yard competitions. Weeks to come will see Fourth & Gill’s annual Halloween Party, the Pumpkin Parade, and the Holiday Homes Tour. Misanthropic loners might prefer the suburbs. (J.N.) POPULAR PICKS: Kingston Pike Sequoyah Hills Association, Old North Knoxville Inc.



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Knox Area Rescue Ministries KARM may be most recognizable around town for its many thrift stores, but its impact is most felt on center-city streets where the Christian-based organization provides shelter, food, and recovery services to the poor and homeless. With an annual budget of some $6 million— gathered mostly through individual donations—KARM dishes out nearly 1,000 meals a day and shelters about 400 people a night. It’s a mission that started in 1960, and—sadly—seems to be one that keeps expanding. Learn how you can help at: get-involved. (Coury Turczyn) POPULAR PICKS: Legacy Parks, Love Kitchen


Ijams Nature Center We’re not so sure how well-kept the Ijams “secret” is, these days. It’s an

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mored, finally completed basement bowling alley at 414 South Gay St., just because it’s something different than another restaurant and bar downtown... even though it is a restaurant and bar, which is one thing that makes it different from most bowling alleys. Its hip menu, more locovoratious than the usual bowling-alley fare, includes hot chicken and Benton’s bacon. You don’t have to bowl if you don’t want to. But it is still, after all, a bowling alley, with 11 lanes, which stay pretty lively on a Friday evening, plus intimate lounge areas and—with a two-lane VIP section—room for private parties. Like most New Things downtown, it’s in an old building, one of the big stores built just after the Great Fire of 1897. It was later the basement of J.C. Penney’s, back in the days when J.C. Penney himself made annual visits. And in 1865, when this site didn’t even have any buildings on it, it witnessed the new thing of that year—besides emancipation, that is: East Tennessee’s first baseball game was played down here. (J.N.)

eclectic outdoors destination that manages to cater equally to the hardcore, high-energy adventurer, the serene gardener, and the family full of kids that love bugs and frogs and whatever they can find in the woods. During the last few years, Ijams has partnered with for-profit businesses so that now you can balance through a tree-top adventure course, rent a stand-up paddle board at Mead’s Quarry, and sip a beer by the quarry lake afterward. But its naturalists still lead family hikes and educational programs and it offers nature and arts festivals like the Meadow Lark extravaganza of Americana music. Summer camps provide kids some of the area’s best youth opportunities for bouldering and canoing while learning about

the plants and animals of East Tennessee. Among some of Ijams’ lesser-known adventures are family camping nights, climbing clinics and mushroom ID classes. But it’s perhaps best known for its popular hiking and biking trails. Our readers didn’t specify which was their favorite, but arguably the most interesting for those on two feet is the Keyhole trail at the old Ross Marble Quarry, which takes you over and under blocks of stone, fuzzy with moss and furrowed with the marks of dynamite sticks. (S. Heather Duncan) POPULAR PICKS: Fort Dickerson Quarry Park, Happy Holler SEE ALSO: Top Free Stuff to Do and Top Walking Trail in Recreation & Fun


pass up the chicken liver gyoza with egg yolk ponzu. (Dennis Perkins)

Babalu Tacos & Tapas Babalu has been packed since opening last November on Gay Street. With touches like the old J.C. Penney’s sign, still-mint poster cards from Knoxville music and theater shows going back years (with lots by Yee Haw Industries), and menu items like a Sugarlands Moonshine margarita, this regional restaurant feels homegrown. Its unusual blue-corn soft taco combinations contain ingredients from tuna to oysters to pork belly. For just $3 to $3.50 each, you can try the pulled pork taco with roasted peanut slaw and pickled red onions, or my favorite, the orange and soy-braised duck taco. But the star at Babalu is the fresh guacamole made table-side, hands-down the best you’ll ever eat. It is a religious experience. (S.H.D.)

Popular Picks: Nama Sushi Bar, Taste of Thai Popular Picks—Top Appetizers: Downtown Grill & Brewery, Knox Mason/Calhoun’s (tie) Popular Picks—Top New Restaurant: Emilia, Kaizen Popular Picks—Top Taco: Chivo Taqueria, Senor Taco



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Sweet P’s is smokin’ the Top Knox barbecue category for the second year in a row as its renown spreads along with its locations. The longtime Soul House at the marina

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Knoxville’s sweet scene continues to get sweeter every year, but the queen of the cupcakes still captures Knoxville’s heart in a winning way. Of course Magpies does a lot more than cupcakes—it’s the wedding cake maker to the groovy, author of incredible oatmeal crème pies, quality cookies, profound cherry


It seems unlikely that Knoxville would be home to a Japanese gastro-pub, and, yet, there it is right downtown on Clinch Avenue. Kaizen, the brainchild of chef Jesse Newmister, has a brief but effective menu with noodles, steamed buns, gyoza, and a handful of other delights including a dry fried eggplant happily seasoned with Sichuan peppers. Kaizen doesn’t always stick to pure tradition: You’ll find some fun fusion in the form of the Nashville bun—a sambal-laced take on hot chicken. Newmister keeps things pretty accessible, though the adventurous (real Southern) eater won’t

Popular Picks: VG’s Bakery, Wild Love Bakery

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pie, and more. Owner Peggy Hambright and her team of buttercream mavens helped start the Central Avenue revival and continue to make it a real sweet spot. (D.P.)

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watch the game at the Downtown Dive while noshing 50-cent wings and $2.50 pints of Tennessee brews. It’s a distinctively Knoxville experience. (S.H.D.) Popular Picks: Archer’s BBQ, Dead End BBQ


Pete’s Coffee Shop For 30 years, Pete and Rita Natour have been dishing up generous portions of simple, homey food for what seems like the same price in this Union Avenue diner. It’s one of the only places you’ll fi nd bankers and politicians rubbing shoulders with construction workers. The flaky biscuits, fancy omelettes, pancakes, and cinnamon French toast—all available early on weekdays—have put Pete’s breakfast at the top of our reader’s poll for years. And while it’s hard to keep any downtown lunch tab under $10, Pete’s is the exception. It’s probably also the only place (downtown or elsewhere) where you can get a high-quality, delicious hamburger

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for $4. Pete’s keeps it simple and traditional with homemade pimento cheese, a classic patty melt, or meatloaf. But it also offers lighter, more trendy options like wraps—try the sun-dried tomato pesto wrap when it’s on special. (S.H.D.)

can replace your pumpkin spice overload with a healthy helping of gingerbread waffles. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Copper Cellar, Tomato Head


Ma Gallaher

Popular Picks—Top Breakfast: Holly’s Gourmet Market, OliBea Popular Picks—Top Meal That’s a Steal: Good Golly Tamale, Soccer Taco

For many Knoxville diners, Matt Gallaher will forever be the man who brought pork rinds to fi ne



Bistro at the Bijou This brunch may be legendary for the Cool Hand Luke—a 10-egg omelet— but the reason it remains tops for one of the city’s favorite meals lies in the general quality and freshness of the food. Impressive vegan and vegetarian options open the menu to all sorts of eaters, and the jazz that often accompanies the meal (along with a brilliant Bloody Mary) are important grace notes in this spot’s appeal. Red Flannel Hash made with potatoes and beets and chicken fried steak with sawmill gravy give you an idea of the menu’s range. And if you hurry, you

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off Maryville Pike has attracted those in-the-know to the Middle of Nowhere for years. But more and more people are in the know, especially since the successful Downtown Dive outpost has had time to become a lunch magnet and catering go-to for businesses in town. The vibe at both is both homey and hip, and the food is distinctive—the side dishes, especially, are variations you’ll never fi nd in some cookie-cutter joint. That smashed potato salad with eggs could have come from your mama’s kitchen, and the collards peppered with carrots, black-eyedpeas, celery, and bacon offer an unexpected twist that still feels 100 percent authentic Southern. Sweet P’s delicious (and generously portioned) banana pudding was ranked among the best in Tennessee (no. 2) by this year; its barbecue, with a tangy red sauce or a thinner cross between Tennessee and Carolina styles, has made a list of the 50 best in the country; and the Travel Channel featured the restaurant’s Gigante Burrito on Man Vs. Food. During football season, you can

good builder will tell you the most important part of your home is the foundation. A good SANDWICH builder will tell you that bread is the foundation for the best sandwich. Lucky for you, we’re pretty obsessed with bread. Since day one, Frussies’ success has been built on an assortment of homemade breads; 11 varieties to be exact. All made from scratch every day, including our famous Marbled Rye. A delicious marbling of light and dark rye, this tasty favorite is the foundation for the perfect Reuben… and any other deli classic. It has to be good to stand up to all the house-cured meat we pile on top.

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dining. Of course, that’s just one of the chef’s many tasty contributions to the city. Gallaher’s food, whether it’s his take on Southern classics or classic Italian, is vibrant, intense, and satisfying to both eye and appetite—and that’s true whether it’s bar snacks at Knox Mason or antipasti at Emilia. That he so easily handles the comfort food of two nations speaks to both his skill and his popularity. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Holly Hambright, Jesse Newmister


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K Brew is the kind of coffee shop where you’ll run into barristas from other coffee shops—and that’s perhaps the highest endorsement your morning cup of joe can get. The rotating high-end blends, the informed and patient staff, and the multiple brewing methods will please the purists, but K Brew makes world-class coffee anybody can appreciate, from connoisseurs to entry-level enthusiasts. Plus, the new location on Broadway, an easy

destination from anywhere in the central city, is one of the most fun places to get a caffeine fix, with its sleek, open design and jungle of hammocks for luxurious lounging. And don’t forget the new downtown outlet, located in the federal courthouse building at the south end of Market Street. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Old City Java, Remedy


Chandler’s Deli Once again, Chandler’s Deli wins honors for warming the cockles of our heart and gullet. It’s not just that the food is comforting, but it’s delicious, too. The truth of the matter is that if you haven’t had a piece of their fried chicken—particularly a thigh—you just haven’t lived comfortably at all. Of course the chicken couldn’t do it alone—there’s also very uplifting BBQ and daily specials like meatloaf, salmon patties, and chicken tetrazzini, along with a slate of utterly soothing side dishes like macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, and




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chicken and dumplings—all of which clearly make Knoxvillians feel much better about whatever ails them. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Jackie’s Dream, Tupelo Honey


Frussie’s Deli & Bakery For many diners, the great surprise about eating in town is the quality of sandwich making—and the current king of that noble art is Jay Brandon, owner of Frussie’s. Good sandwiches are built from the bottom up—so it’s hardly surprising that this much loved deli’s excellence is based on the combination of homemade bread and house cured meat. It’s a tough life, and we’re awfully glad that Brandon feels compelled to do it. The Reuben is legendary, and the Italian sub, the stuff of dreams. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Nixon’s Deli, Market House Cafe & Curious Dog (tie) Honorable Mention (RIP): North Corner Sandwich Shop


Lion’s In a city of really good desserts, Litton’s ever full and unendurably tempting dessert case stands out to voters across Knoxville who make a pilgrimage to Fountain City for a slice of legendary red velvet cake. There’s plenty more, from cookies to crustless cheesecake; the cream-cheese brownie is an exercise in joyful eating, and the restaurant’s coconut cream pie was named one of the South’s best by Southern Living—though we could have told you that any old time. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Magpies, Tomato Head & Coolato Gelato (tie)


Savory & Sweet At the beginning of Knoxville’s food road trip, Sweet and Savory owners Byron and Kiki Sambat were among the fi rst and fi nest to join the convoy. Four years later, they

remain one of the best mobile meal sources for inspired tacos and other treats: the brunch bowl and burritos; their signature bacon-wrapped, stuffed dates; and a bacon and pimento cheese-fi lled delight called Go Big Orange Biscuit. The food is consistently well made, delicious, and fun to eat, and sourced from suppliers more near than far. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Cruze Farm, Good Golly Tamale


The French Market & Café The French Market has had a tough year, with its flagship Gay Street location hidden behind wood paneling erected by the owner of its building. An ongoing struggle with its landlord has played out in social media, but its loyal fans have turned out to eat (and vote) in its favor. The creperie (also located in Farragut) offers no less than 15 savory, paper-thin French pancakes full of fresh ingredients, and large enough to satisfy a famished lunch appetite. The vegetarian deluxe

with spinach, tomato, artichoke hearts, avocado and goat cheese offers a complex blend of flavors. There’s plenty of good bacon, turkey, and ham on the menu, too, as well as breakfast crepes and omelettes in the morning. It’s hard to leave room for the array of sweet crepes, which vary from the grown-up crepe suzette to a kid-approved s’mores version—but you should try. (S.H.D.) Popular Picks: Northshore Brasserie, Oliver Royale


Stock & Barrel From the moment it opened, Stock & Barrel gave Knoxville’s meat eaters a whole new wave of burger craving. Made with local beef from Mitchell Family Farms, the burgers are big, mouthwatering and topped with delectables that run the gamut from the ordinary to the decidedly unexpected—things like peanut butter and fried bananas (that would be the Elvis) to corn salsa. There’s lamb, bison, salmon, and

Winner... and still champion. For the second year running, Hard Knox is honored to be named ‘Best Pizza” by the readers of The Knox Mercury. Coming in the next few months there will be even more to love with our rennovation and expansion. Expanded seating, table service, wine, more craft beers, some new menu items and much more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Thanks again Knoxville. Wood is Good. 4437 Kingston Pk. 865.602.2114. 18

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black bean burgers that are made with the same drive to please that makes the whole menu a joyful read. (D.P.)

Cruze Farm Milk Bar

A quick glance at the menu will tell you all you need to know about why Curious Dog is a favorite of flavor hounds—it reads like a Food Network recipe line-up. A Cuban Dog leads the pack, and it’s followed by a Texan, a Tennessean, a Thai, and more. Each dog comes with a lively array of distinctive toppings in creative combinations that make it nearly impossible to actually decide what to eat—A Venezuelan includes cabbage, carrots, mustard, Russian sauce, house sauce, and a final layer of potato chips on top. One dog is topped with salami, another with roast beef, and others still come with kimchee, tzatziki, BBQ sauce, olive pesto, or even pineapple. (D.P.)

Like so many of the joys of summer, Cruze Farm Milk Bar was with us only for a season. But the line was often out the door of the Union Avenue “pop-up shop,” a fi rst foray into a permanent location for the dairy that has long scooped for downtown markets, festivals, and fairs. Unusual ice cream flavors like lavender honey and bourbon peach attracted adults along with the kids (and the buttermilk lime cardamom was the wildly-unexpected epitome of summer to this grown-up palette). The distinctive Cruze Farm girls with their calico shirts and kerchiefs fi nished off the summer season by serving an early harbinger of fall: pumpkin ice cream under torch-scorched marshmallow fluff. The word is that they will return downtown next summer— maybe as a pop-up shop again, maybe more permanently. Can’t wait. (S.H.D.)

Popular Picks: Cruze Farm Milk Bar, Public House

Popular Picks: Coolato Gelato, Rita’s Italian Ice

Popular Picks: Litton’s, Not Watson’s


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Sitar Indian Cuisine It’s a comfort to know that Sitar has been in business for as long as it has and still captures the attention of Knoxville eaters. Their buffet remains a popular lunch choice for folks looking for a bountiful fi x of tandoori chicken and sometimes curried goat, too. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Bombay Palace, Woodlands


Naples Italian Restaurant Knoxville and Naples go together like an old married couple—it’s hard to imagine the one without the other. But the romance hasn’t left this Bearden staple; it’s a longtime winner of awards as diners and their dates can’t get enough of its classic dishes and checkered table clothes. It looks much the way it always has, so every lasagna comes with a side of nearly cinematic romance and nostalgia. But it’s not just red sauce and reminiscence. Naples is a reliable source for osso buco, steak Chianti, and veal Marsala, too— and the tiramisu and chocolate chip cannoli are legendary. (D.P.) Popular Picks—Top Italian: Altruda’s, Emilia Popular Picks—Top Romantic Dining: Bistro By The Tracks, Emilia October 20, 2016


Juice Box Get a big 16-ounce plant-based boost at this North Knoxville sipping spot, which offers a huge selection of raw, all-natural, cold-pressed juice and fresh fruit smoothies. Your choices run from the refreshingly simple (the Belize, made with apple, ginger, lemon, and cayenne; or the Rawkstar, with coconut water, mango, banana, and strawberry) to the slightly more complex (the East of Eden includes a wheatgrass shot, kale, celery, apple, parsley, and ginger), or you can opt for a quick shot of essential oils or concentrated wellness concoctions. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Fruition, Market House Café


Tomato Head Despite being 26 years young and an icon of modern downtown dining,

Tomato Head remains a vibrant and fresh spot for a midday repast of fabulous pizza and more. Vegetable-loving Knoxvillians are especially fond of the selection of crunchy and inventive salads that have kept them happy for years. The food is appetizing, filling, and the restaurant remains a leader in providing good menu options for vegetarians, vegans, the gluten sensitive, and old fashioned picky eaters, too. The restaurant was among the first in the area to have a serious conscience—so organic ingredients abound, many of them from close to home. (D.P.) Popular Picks—Top Lunch Spot: Sunspot, Yassin’s Falafel House Popular Picks—Top Salads: Aubrey’s, Trio Cafe/Calhoun’s (tie) Popular Picks—Top Vegetarian/Vegan Menu: Dinner Bell (food truck), Sunspot


Soccer Taco When it first opened more than decade ago, the combo of soccer and tacos seemed downright odd,

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YASSIN’S FALAFEL HOUSE but the quality of the food along the exuberant atmosphere turned skeptics into fans and created a Knoxville institution. Whether it’s huevos rancheros, chiles rellenos, exotic sopes, huaraches, or tacos made with cheek or tongue, Soccer Taco makes lots of friends with its quality fare and large margaritas, too. (D.P.)

Popular Picks: Chez Guevara, Senor Taco


Yassin’s Falafel House There’s seemingly no stopping Yassin Terou’s ever-expanding falafel emporium. Knoxville’s favorite




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Syrian refugee started selling falafel at a local mosque not long after landing here in 2011, soon moved into a small downtown storefront with lunch hours, and has now expanded his space, his menu, and his hours, staying open for dinner during the week and currently trying out Saturday hours. The secret to Yassin’s success? Make simple, convenient, affordable street food, and make it delicious. But another attraction is Terou himself, ebullient and welcoming to all. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Holy Land, King Tut


Lakeside Tavern In our city, award-winning outdoor dining always seems to come with a sight of water—in this case Fort Loudoun Lake. And it’s clearly a winning view, often with a nice breeze, and one that makes this patio the place to be. The Tavern is home to a popular Sunday Brunch that seems as long as the lake itself with nearly every brunch item you can imagine plus pasta; the regular menu, just like the view, has something to please everyone. (D.P.)

the traditional Neapolitan pie. Is it the fresh mozzarella? The sweet and spicy tomato sauce? The creamy white sauce? The brick ovens that create a nearly perfect crisp and chewy crust? It’s everything—all that attention to detail elevates Hard Knox above the usual, and its inventive recipes promise a flavorful surprise with each visit. (M.E.)

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Popular Picks: Sergeant Pepperoni’s, Tomato Head


Calhoun’s Based on awards, polls, and happy eaters, it’s almost hard to believe that anyone else serves ribs in Knoxville. There’s something in the sauce, perhaps, that makes these tender and smoky treats a constant city favorite. It doesn’t hurt that the ribs are served in a perennially popular location on the riverfront. Between the view and bliss of chowing down on good ribs, Calhoun’s makes for excellent therapy, an awfully good mood, and a happy meal for all ages. (D.P.)

Popular Picks: Calhoun’s, Balter Beerworks & Central Flats & Taps (tie)

Popular Picks—Top Ribs: Archer’s BBQ, Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House Popular Picks—Top Waterfront Restaurant: Lakeside Tavern, Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House



Hard Knox Pizza


This modest, unassuming pizzeria in Western Plaza offers a new take on

For the land-locked, seafood restaurants can seem like an ocean of the

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deeply fried. Not so at Chesapeake’s—although they do offer an excellent fried seafood platter, the quality of their fish shows beautifully under the broiler, in the steamer, and in classic presentations like Crab Imperial and stuffed Maine lobster. And it feels like a place for seafood, too, with a pleasantly nautical but not too kitschy decor that has an attractive selection of aquariums of beautiful fish that are not available for eating. (D.P.)

Popular Picks: The Chop House, Connors Steak and Seafood


Nama Sushi Bar Nama is Knoxville’s original

rock-star sushi joint with a menu that reflects its urban-cool vibe and combines traditional sushi service with a modern flair. You find that duality best expressed in things like wasabi hummus or any of the flavor- and ingredient-packed rolls with names like the Ex-Girlfriend,

Ocean Commotion, and the popular and delicious Soy Joy. All of those live in blissful harmony with lovely tako, ebi, hamachi, and hokkigai, too. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Anaba Japanese Cuisine, Tomo Japanese Restaurant


Central Flats & Taps

Popular Picks: Shrimp Dock, Shuck


Ye Olde Steak House

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Tradition carries a lot of weight in this town, and Ye Olde Steakhouse has slabs of tradition that are almost as thick as their slabs of red meat. Family owned and operated by the venerable King clan for over 50 years, the restaurant and its rustic environs are planted immovably in the minds of many Knoxvillians as the prime source for celebratory and carnivorous satisfaction. (D.P.)


Happy Holler is all the more cheerful a place after a stop at Central Flats & Taps for a helping of some of the city’s most thoughtful chicken wings. Slow-roasted then baked, the wings come either gladly bathed in sauce selections that include Sriracha Buffalo and Key lime BBQ or happily rubbed with one of the house’s spice blends (try the Jamaican Jerk). They take a minute longer than your average deep fried, buffalo drenched wing, but, once you get a taste, you’ll be glad they take the time. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Rooster’s Bar & Grill, Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House

We are a local family business proud of our great food, great service and great value. Thank you Knoxville for consistently voting Pete’s TOP KNOX! Call us to cater your next special event.

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Drink Public House It’s hard to believe that it was only four years ago when this brave little-bar-that-could opened its doors on Magnolia just a block away from the bus station. It was an area, one imagined, that was ill-suited for up-market cocktails and gourmet nosh. And yet, once again, Public House takes top honors in our poll. It’s a place that relies on the quality of drink and good company to keep you coming back as there are no electronics or live acts to distract you from real conversation. Of course, the nonpareil selection of bar snacks (that include some of the city’s best hot dogs) is a major draw, too. Public House Sunday Suppers attract a seriously epicurean crowd who relish good food with great drink. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Sapphire, Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern


Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria Yet again, this Old City stalwart proves that you can’t have too many beers. With 96 on tap and plenty more in the bottle, the froth runs deep and wide and makes Knoxville’s drinkers a hoppy bunch. That’s especially true on Tuesday’s Pint Night when draft beer is half price. Barley’s popular pizza and regular commitment to great live music help make all those beers taste even better. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Central Flats & Taps, Sunspot


Bearden Beer Market The popularity of this place speaks volumes about the growth of beer culture and the proliferation, and

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BEARDEN BEER MARKET commitment, of beer aficionados in our city. It’s not air-conditioned because, mostly, it’s not inside, yet beer lovers flock to this big patio/ beer garden along with their dogs, their friends, and their thirst whatever the weather. The beer board is always full of noteworthy selections on tap that you can sip while contemplating the vast supply

of kegs and bottles to take home. The beer market is also a center for the Active Beer Culture that combines froth and fitness in a weekly run to help you earn your beer—should you need a reason. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, Hops and Hollers

Bistro The

at The Bijou

Thank you Knoxville for voting for us! Top Brunch Lively traditional farm to table American cuisine. Vegetarian and Vegan options available.

Live Jazz Weekly 807 South Gay Street • Downtown Knoxville (865) 544-0537 •

Downtown Knoxville's only wine + spirits shop since 2007. Offering artisan spirits, naturally made wines and a rotating beer selection. Follow us on Instagram (@dtwineandspiritsknox) for weekly specials and tastings.

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Peter Kern Library Had Colonel Mustard been in this library he would have dropped that wrench and ordered Miss Scarlet a cocktail. Downtown’s uber-classy and bookish speakeasy features well-crafted and correctly presented classic cocktails as well as unusual and delicious concoctions crafted by inventive mixologists. The atmosphere is cozy, the space is intimate, even snug, and it can be hard to find a seat on one of the bar’s comfy couches. But the swank feel that you get while sipping a properly fashioned Old Fashioned is well worth the wait. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Public House, Sapphire


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It’s not just Knoxville’s favorite small music venue—the venerable Old City hole in the wall Pilot Light, headquarters for the local underground etc. rock scene, is open most evenings, whether there’s a show or not.

Sometimes there’s an early comedy set or a film screening, but sometimes it’s just a good time to sidle up to the bar for a beer (the selection’s bigger than you think), some tunes—ranging from obscure to classic, as selected by the staff—and some conversation you’re unlikely to get anywhere else in town. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Marie’s Old Town Tavern, Toot’s Little Honky Tonk


Downtown Grill & Brewery Sometimes it’s just best to let the numbers speak: 4 p.m.—8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. That’s when this Gay Street watering hole gets its award-winning Happy Hour on. And it’s time that’s fi lled with activity—music, trivia, poker—and drink specials that draw a wide demographic of savvy tipplers who can spot a good time at a fair price from miles away. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Balter Beerworks, Sapphire


East Tennessee’s wine cellar since 1970 Thank you Mercury voters for selecting us

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Cray Bastard This Emory Place nanobrewery stands out from the rest of Knoxville’s craft-brew class of 2015 not just for the quality of its beer but also for its imagination and fearlessness. Where else in Knoxville will you fi nd locally brewed porter with cacao nibs and toasted coconut, chile beer, or a saison infused with gin? Count on fi nding at least one surprise on tap every time you visit. Visit often enough, and you might fi nd something you’ll remember for years. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Alliance Brewing Co., Saw Works


Bob’s Liquor & Wine For years, Bob’s has dominated polls about potent potable purchasing opportunities—and this year the streak continues. The store is packed to the gills with libations you never even knew you needed or thought that you could afford— Bob claims he has almost 5,000 labels to tempt your thirst. Pricing, service, selection, and sales continue to make this bottle shop a destination not just for Knoxvillians but for East Tennesseans far and wide. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Ashe’s, McScrooge’s October 20, 2016


of spirits. Corn whiskey may be the flagship product, but tasters have high praise for Jackson Ave Gin and Old City Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Don’t believe it? Go visit and taste for yourself. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Ole Smoky, Sugarlands Distilling Co.

Knox Whiskey Works For Tennesseans who recall old relatives who were intimately acquainted with revenooers, it’s funny to see moonshine and other spirits being distilled in public at all, let alone right downtown. And yet Knox Whiskey Works operates its stills right there where God and everybody can see them on West Jackson Avenue. It is, in fact, the city’s fi rst legal distillery (at least, they say, in the modern era) and produces an already acclaimed line

Fieldhouse Social There may be many things to like about the University Commons, but it’s the Fieldhouse Social with the largest TV screen in the Southland and the comfy chairs that come along with it that make this brownfield development a truly happy place for sports lovers and their adoring fans. It’s a comfortable and open space with lots of TV, cold beer, and creative drinks—heck, they even serve Jell-o shots for special occasions. And, of course, there’s good snacking here—they have fine fish and chips, burgers and the like, but there’s also a surprising kale and cabbage salad. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Rooster’s, Soccer Taco

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Old City Wine Bar Cheerfully ensconced on Jackson Avenue behind the Jig and Reel, the Old City Wine Bar tempts the palate with over 48 wines by the glass and 150 bottles. The offerings include an excellent variety of labels and grape varieties from across the world’s vineyards, from Alsace to Yakima. Its popularity isn’t founded on selection alone— that many wines can overwhelm all but the most intense oenophile—the wine bar is staffed with folks who know and love their wine list and are eager to help you fall in love with it, too. (D.P.) Popular Picks: drink., Knoxville Uncorked & Cru Bistro & Wine Bar (tie)


Bistro by the Tracks If you’re looking for a really good glassware collection, Bistro by the Tracks has it—and it’s proof positive that this restaurant cares a lot about wine. The wines that they serve in those excellent glasses come from a well-curated list of selections that run the gamut of style, flavor, and price, and it’s the combination of care and variety


that make this a destination spot for oenophiles. You’ll fi nd classics from Piedmont, the Rhone, and Oporto as well values from the Mosel, Marlborough, and Minervois, too. It’s also a place where service is professional, but friendly—so you’ll feel comfortable whether you’re having the house white or a fi rst-growth Bordeaux. (D.P.) Popular Picks: Cru Bistro & Wine Bar, Knoxville Uncorked


Ashe’s Wines & Spirits Wine service in Knoxville has never been better, and much of the credit for that goes to Ashe’s and its proprietor, Thad Cox. Cox and company have been tireless and knowledgeable advocates for oenological appreciation since a long time before it was cool to swirl, sniff, and sip from your own set of Riedel glasses. The store’s selection is always full of well-chosen values and the cream of the vinous crop, and wine lovers trust Ashe’s well-trained staff to help them fi nd the right bottle. Shopping, education, and wine all in one spot— what’s not to cheer? (D.P.)



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The Black Lillies The Black Lillies have survived a tough couple of years: After some significant lineup changes in 2015, a trailer full of the band’s gear— some of it vintage equipment that can’t be replaced—was stolen from a hotel parking lot in Texas in January. But adversity will only make Cruz Contreras and company stronger. Hard to Please, the band’s fourth album, from 2015, demonstrates the Lillies’ commitment to keep moving forward, with the addition of hard-edged jukehouse R&B and honky tonk to their formidable country/folk/rock sound. (M.E.)

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The Romeo Kings This hard-working band delivers blue-collar electric blues, favoring classics by B.B. King, Freddie King, and the Nighthawks, with a little ’70s boogie—Eric Clapton and ZZ Top—thrown in for good measure. (M.E.)

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Popular Picks: Crawdaddy, Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp, Grits From Dumplin Valley (three-way tie)


DJ Rev. Phil The Rev has been holding down Thursday nights at Sassy Ann’s for years now—his throwback dance nights there are a big part of the reason the Fourth and Gill institution won Top Dance Club in this year’s poll—but he’s all over Knoxville, from regular nights at the Edge in West Knoxville to frequent appearances downtown at Preservation Pub. (M.E.) Popular Picks: DJ Eric B, DJ Stan duh Man


Trae Crowder Knoxville’s own Liberal Redneck and his pals have stormed this nation this summer after Crowder’s profanity-drenched back porch rants against racists and gay-bashers went viral on YouTube. He has since quit his day job in Oak Ridge, become the “Hillbilly-in-Chief” for the New York Daily News website, launched a successful national tour from Scruff y City Hall, and pub-

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lished a book this month co-written by his fellow touring comics Drew Morgan (a former Knoxville public defender) and Cory Forrester. Crowder’s stand-up is less intense than his Liberal Redneck persona, but just as full of Tennessee twang, culture, and a genuine love for the same blue-collar folks that (misguidedly, he believes) line up behind Donald Trump. Among Crowder’s more moving recent rants are a very personal take on opioid abuse (his mother was an addict who sold pills) and a really convincing argument about why rednecks, of all people, ought to be the fi rst to support the Black Lives Matter movement. (S.H.D.)

band, chances are the Coveralls know it. Popular Picks: Pop Rox, Same As it Ever Was


Sassy Ann’s Take a stately old three-story house in Fourth and Gill. Add a couple of bars, three weekly dance nights, big holiday dance parties, and one of the best drinking patios anywhere in Knoxville, and you’ve got Sassy Ann’s, a community center for Knoxville’s most free-wheeling and liberated party population. (M.E.)



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The Coveralls The consummate cover band—if there’s a song you want to hear, whether it’s a ’60s pop hit, an MTV-era smash, or a favorite deep cut from your favorite classic rock

Joseph Woods is a hip-hop renaissance man—rapper, producer, spoken-word poet, and all-around advocate of old-school hip-hop. (Check out Black Doom, his recent tribute to MF Doom, to verify his bona fides.) His latest effort to

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promote good music and good vibes is the Good Guy Collective, an affi liation of other local rappers and producers designed to build an infrastructure for Knoxville’s hip-hop scene. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Good Guy Collective, Hypenkrunk


Knoxville Jazz Orchestra The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra gets around—the local big band, under the direction of founder and director Vance Thompson, takes the stage at the Bijou and Tennessee theaters several times a year with some of the biggest names in jazz (recent guest stars have included Christian McBride and Cécile McLorin Salvant), and the monthly jazz lunch series at the Square Room showcases the best local players paying tribute to icons of jazz history. And during the summer, the Marble City 5 combo jams on the Market Square stage every week. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet, Marble City Five


Toot’s Lile Honky Tonk Lots of bars may offer karaoke, but few can compete with Toot’s atmosphere and its cast of regulars. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Bullfeathers, Marie’s Old Towne Tavern


Club XYZ Long before Happy Holler was a destination for craft beer, vinyl, and vintage, Club XYZ was there. Credit the club as an anchor for the hip development of the last several years—but credit it even more as a fun, open, friendly late-night hot spot with karaoke, drag shows, and more. (M.E.) Popular Picks: The Edge, Kristtopher’s October 20, 2016


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Just like musicians, comics need a good room. This recent addition to Scott and Bernadette West’s Market Square empire is just right for comedy—not too big, not too small, conveniently located, and with two full bars. The best way to judge it is by hitting the Scruffy City Comedy Festival in November, when Scruffy City Hall fits the best local, regional, and national comedians into one weekend. (M.E.)

The demise of the Dirty Guv’nahs in 2015 left a hole in the local scene— one that ex-Guvs Cozmo Holloway and Kevin Hyfantis went to work on filling almost immediately. But instead of a straight-up revival of their previous band’s Southern-fried alternative Americana, the duo recruited Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin and took a welcome, fresh direction toward hard, soulful psychedelic blues rock. (M.E.)

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Tennessee Theatre The classy dame of Gay Street approaches her 90th birthday in great shape, with a newly refurbished marquee outside, the still-glorious interior improvements from a $25 million 2003-05 refurbish, and a consistently impressive lineup of performances, ranging from the dazzling Broadway at the Tennessee series to the high-class artistry of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Knoxville Opera to top-notch rock shows. And history’s still being made there—next month’s Bob Dylan concert will be the first headlining performance by a Nobel laureate at the Tennessee. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Bijou Theatre, The Mill & Mine


Pilot Light This humble Old City dive is a veritable institution. It’s hosted some surprisingly big-name acts (Neil Hagerty, Junior Boys, and Destroyer have headlined there in just the past few weeks), incubated top local bands like the Royal Bangs, and provided an outlet for some of the weirdest, most sublime music experiences that Knoxville has seen in the last decade and a half—experiences that almost certainly wouldn’t have happened if this place didn’t exist. Its attainment of nonprofit status may ensure that it will keep existing. (M.E.) Popular Picks: The International, Open Chord

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Nostalgia Give me a free afternoon and I will gladly surrender it to Nostalgia. Its treasure troves in Homberg Place and on McCalla Avenue contain generations’ worth of furnishings and bric-a-brac that I am completely unaware I need until I see them: a ceramic hand model for whenever I take up palmistry; a starbust clock that tells time from another galaxy; a monster-sized Polaroid camera awaiting its cache of instant fi lm, someday. And in the back of the Homberg Place location sits the mother lode: crates upon crates of LPs populated by lifetime jazz/R&B collector Bob Kirk as he slowly divests his holdings. Have you fi lled out your Funkadelic collection yet? Now’s your chance. (C.T.)

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Taking your car to the dealer is usually not unlike going to get your taxes prepared—it has to be done, so let’s just try to get it over with as quickly as possible. At Harper, you’re tempted to hang out for a while and relax. The staff is cheerful, the accommodations comfy, and you can brew your own coffee. Even better, the service staff works with you instead of against you. And if you’re in the market for a new car, Harper’s brands (from

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Acura to VW) are superlative, and its dealers clearly love cars beyond just their profit margins. As hosts of Knoxville’s mega-huge Coffee and Cars meetup at West Town Mall (next one is Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.), Harper celebrates all makes and models (and their owners) with equal passion. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Grayson Auto Group, Rusty Wallace Honda


Tennessee Valley Bikes Knoxville’s most urban of bike shops also just happens to be one of its most family friendly. Let’s say your kid yearns for that Kona Hula in blue—yet the thought of spending $450 on a bicycle that may be outgrown within a year could send you running to Walmart for one that will more likely fall apart in a year. But wait! TVB has your back: Buy a much higher-quality kids’ ride at TVB and you can trade it in for store credit once it gets too small, for up to half of what you paid for it. Now it’s a wise investment in your child’s future. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Bike Zoo, Harper’s Bike Shop


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Popular Picks: Union Ave Books, John Coleman Book Seller/Book Eddy


Luttrell’s Eyewear Bobby Luttrell’s eponymous shop not only supplies an A to V collection of designer frames (from Adidas to Vuarnet) but it also shows a genuine concern for how your


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glasses make you feel and look. One trip to Luttrell’s and you’ll be walking out with a new view on things—and on yourself. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Clancy Optical Co./Spex, Winston Eye & Vision Center


Sunrise Supermarket From the exotic (canned squid in ink or a giant catfish head) to the familiar (ramen and rice), Sunrise Grocery offers an international array of foods and flavors smack in the middle of West Knoxville suburbia. The Walker Springs store emphasizes Asian imports, though it has a healthy stock of Hispanic fare, as well as a limited assortment of imported beer and soft drinks. A customer can marvel at its vast assortment of tea and otherworldly vegetables—nama root, jackfruit, lemongrass, and green coconuts—to the audio backdrop of multiple languages. A full fish and meat counter is not for the squeamish. Carp and cow legs are simply and

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power—but sometimes the trading and selling get frenetic at McKay’s. Especially on Saturdays, the buzzing crowds make it abundantly apparent that this Knoxville institution (in business since 1985) is the city’s favorite used book store. But that’s not all! While you can certainly find the best in pulp fiction—and who doesn’t want to read a Tom Clancy novel a second time—you can also score some gems from the music and video game sections, as well as buy their associated electronic devices. Thankfully, this emporium of physical media shows that plenty of people still prefer paper to Kindle, and hisses and pops to Spotify. (Thomas Fraser)

unapologetically displayed next to more standard American-friendly fare such as ground pork and ribs. Sunrise also seems to carry every variety of noodle and rice known to humankind, and can offer bulk

bargains. And if you’d rather not cook yourself, check out its huge freezer section for Asian standards from multiple countries. (T.F.) Popular Picks: Holy Land Market, La Esperanza

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Bliss Home Owners Lisa Sorensen and Scott Schimmel have impeccable taste when it comes to furniture, and they always manage to hit the sweet spot of style, sturdiness, and affordability. Unpretentious, comfortable, and attractive, this is furniture you’ll be happy to live with for many years to come. It’s a formula we’re proud to see exported from Market Square to Nashville—they could use some East Tennessee style sense. (C.T.) Popular Picks: O.P. Jenkins, Mid Mod Collective


Bliss Women who love fringe, sidetail hems, funky layers, and fluff y vests fi nd their Bliss on Market Square— not to mention unusual and stylish orange gear for UT games. The jewelry is especially unique, with

lots of tasteful Tennessee- or sorority-inspired items but also lots of touches from the natural world, like pressed dandelion-puff necklaces and bracelets made of huge geode slices. But if you don’t get something there for yourself, you’ll be guaranteed to fi nd a gift the recipient doesn’t have, for anyone. And I do mean anyone, from your beer/mountain bike/Star Wars-obsessed buddy to the teenage hipster (hedgehog earbuds!), pet lover (emory boards for cats), or expectant mom (cashmere baby socks and wine-scented candles). (S.H.D.)

The 8-year-old cat—rescued from a Maryville parking lot—netted the high honor of top in-store pet for the second straight year. Gypsy loves people (other cats, not so much) and will greet you with a lively step and meow when you walk through the door. Some people even patronize the shop just so they can get a loving hand on Gypsy, who patiently endures seasonal attire ranging from butterfly wings to Santa suits and a witches’ hat. He still maintains his dignity. And affection for people. Gypsy will make a cat lover out of you, yet. (T.F.)

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Gypsy at White Fox Beads Signs remind customers and visitors to White Fox Beads: Please mind the cat. But Gypsy the cat won’t mind you, despite his celebrity.


Markmans Harold and Ida Markman originally opened shop in 1976 with a simple plan: “best quality and best service at the best price.” This approach created a local institution. Despite Harold’s passing earlier this year, Markmans proudly continues his tradition of providing only the

fi nest diamonds and gemstones, featuring the creations of top-name jewelry designers and watch makers. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Lamon’s, Kimball’s


Three Rivers Market This is not your standard urban “hippie” grocery store. Though it is well-stocked with granola and grains, the less-crunchy among us can still appreciate the largely local and organic fare at Three Rivers Co-op. You can skip the tofu and kombucha for grass-raised beef or bison and local beer. Notes describing the origin of locally and regionally sourced natural products abound throughout the store, and it also offers lines of nontoxic cleaning supplies, and birdseed and pet foods. The co-op welcomes the general public, but you can buy a patron membership for $25. It still boasts its traditional locally baked goods, bulk nuts, seasonings and grains, but pre-made foods, al fresco dining, and a hot bar lend a

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No matter how gnarly your Vans, or the number of tattoos displayed on your legs beneath your Costco shorts, you will be respectfully greeted as a guest when you walk through the Melrose Place door of upscale clothier and tailor M.S. McClellans. Customer service and individual attention has been a mainstay of the upscale shop throughout its 50-year history in Knoxville. It peddles all manner of high-cotton clothes, from formalwear to more casual (yet high-quality) sartorial fare that brings to mind polo grounds or fall in the Hamptons. The shop boasts European, British, and Irish brands such as Canali, Dubarry, Barbour, and Peter Millar that are hard to fi nd in the Knoxville market. It also offers

tailoring services, gift s, and shoes. Granted, you will pay for the quality, but a man could put together a high-caliber rough-hewn preppie ensemble for about $300. And it’ll work for both post-hunt cocktails and the club. (T.F.) Popular Picks: Nothing Too Fancy, Mast General Store


Knoxville Harley-Davidson Motorcycle dealerships are not always just places to buy two-wheeled vehicles. In the case of Harley-Davidson, they’re more of a lifestyle destination—and Knoxville Harley-Davidson on Clinton Highway has been drafting riders to the Harley way since 1968. Meanwhile, its West Knoxville sister store, Bootlegger Harley-Davidson, launched its own outdoor performance venue, Back Porch on the Creek, which featured none other than Dwight Yoakam this summer. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, Yamaha/Honda/Suzuki of Knoxville

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The Open Chord isn’t just a music store—it’s also a performance venue, a cafe, a guitar repair shop, and a school. The shop’s motto is “all things music,” and they’re not exaggerating—it offers a full circle experience: You can buy a guitar, learn how to play it, and perform in front of audiences all in the same place. Or, if you’re content just being in the audience, you can attend a variety of performances, from the Tuesday night poetry slam to the Wednesday night open mic night or the Thursday night Brews and Blues Jam, plus national touring acts on the weekend. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Rik’s, Rush’s

PRODUCE: Musick Mountain Farm • Sunny Creek MEAT: Springer Mountain Farm GROCERY: Apple Wedge Cider • Bold Rock Hard Cider • Buchi Kombucha • Green Man Brewery • Green River Picklers • Highland Brewing Co. • Lusty Monk Mustard • Mattie’s Mountain Mud • Roots • Roots & Branches • Twin Oaks Community CHEESE: Meadow Creek Dairy • Yellow Branch Farm WELLNESS: Gaia Herbs • Our Father’s Healing Herbs • Red Moon Herbs • Zenjenskin


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gear, and quaff a beer or a coffee— just some of the many advantages to prepping for your outdoor adventures at a local store instead of a faceless online retailer. Kayaking? Hiking? Climbing? Camping? They’ve been there and done that, and can tailor needs ranging from boots to backpacks. Inventory includes gear and clothing from Patagonia, Asolo, Marmot, and Kuhl. The 30-year-old outfitter rents kayaks, canoes, and other gear (also at outposts like Ijams Nature Center and the Cove), and offers lessons and time on the aforementioned climbing wall. With another location in Cedar Bluff, River Sports also offers a variety of special events and serves as a clearinghouse for information related to conservation causes and outdoor activities in East Tennessee. (T.F.)

Agri Feed Pet Supply Open since 1976, Agri Feed is not just a fine pet shop to purchase kibble—it’s a place to adopt your new best friend. Every day, there are rescue kittens and guinea pigs; on the first Saturday of each month, there’s Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue (10 a.m.–1 p.m.); on the second Saturday, Greyhound Pets of America (noon–2 p.m.); and on the third Saturday, East Tennes-

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see Border Collies (10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.). (C.T.) Popular Picks: Citi-fid-o, Natural Pet Supply


Lost and Found Records Shopping at Lost and Found Records is like hanging out at a friend’s house and digging through crates— and that’s not just because it’s located in a former house on North Broadway. The real reason is the staff. Owners Mike and Maria Armstrong and steadfast employee Nathan Moses treat their customers like family, and they provide a wealth of arcane music knowledge without the attitude—in fact, they’re the anti-snobs of music retail. Their stock is vast, their grooves are clean, and their prices are more than fair in a resurgent vinyl market. Forget eBay. This is what buying records is supposed to be like. (C.T.) Popular Picks: McKay’s, Raven Records and Rarities Honorable Mention (RIP): Disc Exchange


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Chilhowee RV Center Are you ready to hit the road? We certainly are—and Chilhowee RV Center has every kind of vehicle (or vehicular travel item) to aid you in your journeys. That silver Airstream you’ve been fantasizing about is available here—along with full-on Winnebago motorhomes, travel trailers, and toy haulers. If the open road beckons, make your first stop here. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Buddy Gregg Motors, Tennessee RV Supercenter


Market Square For several decades, there wasn’t much shopping on Market Square beyond the steadfast Watson’s department store. But after that shut down in the late ’90s, the Square’s retail future looked bleak—until the late Andie Ray took a leap of faith: She bought an old liquor store and converted it into

Vagabondia, a cozy boutique that you couldn’t fi nd anywhere else in town. Thankfully, the rest of Knoxville caught up with her vision of a vital retail district, and we now enjoy a place synonymous with the soul of the city itself. (C.T.)


Mid Mod Collective

Thrift shopping can be hard work— it takes time, patience, and experience to dig through the racks and uncover that rare piece that’s worth taking home. At Planet Xchange, most of that work’s already been done. After nearly 20 years in business, the staff and management know what to look for, and what you’re looking for—whether that’s a vintage Christmas sweater, some shirts for the office, an ironic T-shirt, new jeans, or some snazzy sneakers. (M.E.)

Just last month, the New York Times ran a piece headlined, “Why Won’t Midcentury Design Die?” A panel of design experts attempted to answer the question, but they seemed to miss the most obvious explanation: It’s still cool. And you won’t fi nd any cooler pre-loved furniture and housewares than at Mid Mod Collective, located in the increasingly cool North Central Street corridor (alternately referred to as Downtown North or Happy Holler). They know what makes for great design and select their offerings accordingly—you’ll never fail to fi nd something you’ve got to have for your house in the showroom. Throw in John Coleman’s equally well curated used books and records, and you have a whole afternoon of time travel ahead of you. (C.T.)

Popular Picks: KARM, Repeat Boutique

Popular Picks: KARM, Nostalgia

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Services Fisher Tire The father of the current owner of this auto repair service center, Ray Fisher, opened Fisher Tire Company Inc. in 1948. Nearly 70 years later, Fisher Tire continues to provide top-notch service—repairing brakes, aligning wheels, replacing tires, and much more—and has expanded to three locations in Bearden and North and West Knoxville. (Hayley Brundige) Popular Picks: Auto Technicians, RT Clapp


TVA Employees Credit Union Structured on a not-for-profit, cooperative model, the TVA Employees Credit Union has 19 locations throughout East Tennessee and about 158,000 members. In

2015, its assets rose by $107 million, a nearly 8 percent increase from 2014. And no, you don’t have to be employed by TVA to join. (H.B.) Popular Picks: First Tennessee, ORNL Credit Union


Holly’s Eventful Dining There’s no question that Holly Hambright is a Knoxville favorite. Anyone who’s dined at Holly’s Corner or Holly’s Gourmet Market knows that Hambright brings personality and a distinct vision to her work—and anyone who’s had her food will rave about it. With Holly’s Eventful Dining, she offers that same keen attention to detail and a delicious array of appetizers, main dishes, platters, and more to events large and small. (H.B.) Popular Picks: All Occasions Catering, Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen

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Prestige Cleaners Last year, Prestige Cleaners celebrated 30 years of cleaning up the Scruffy City. The company has 10 locations throughout Knoxville and offers a free

pickup and delivery valet service. Prestige Cleaners lives up to its name, providing customers with efficient and high quality shirt services, alterations, shoe repair, laundry, dry cleaning, and more. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Crown, Farragut Cleaners

Dedicated Employees Empowering Our Community

Better Together For a credit union to succeed, it takes passionate employees and committed members. Voted the best credit union by the Knoxville Mercury, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union has proudly served the East Tennessee community for over 80 years.

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Opened in 1972, the Flower Pot is Knoxville’s oldest local florist and serves both the downtown area and North Knoxville. (H.B.)


Insurance? Beyond coincidentally making it easier for customers to remember their insurer’s name, Farmer works with customers to answer their questions, review their policy, and help them save money on insurance for auto, home, life, motorcycle, and more. (H.B.)


Popular Picks: Phil Nichols, Cindy Doyle

Popular Picks: Crouch Florist, Petree’s Flowers


The Flower Pot The Flower Pot offers vibrant, fairly priced arrangements for every imaginable occasion, like weddings,

anniversaries, Halloween, and even National Boss’s Day. Whatever you need to say, the Flower Pot has a way to elegantly punctuate your message, from a “Yellow Fellow” flower bunch to say “thank you” to “A Little Pink Me Up” bouquet “just because.”

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The next time you’re looking for a place to get a diploma, photo, poster, or piece of art framed, Frameworks should be at the top of your list. They’ve been in the custom framing business in Knoxville for over 25 years, and their beautiful work, quick turnaround time, and attention to detail definitely make them stand out. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Bennett Galleries, Jerry’s Artarama


Gary Farmer at Farmers Insurance Could it be fate that Gary Farmer became a local agent for Farmers


Stephen A. Burroughs Stephen A. Burroughs, a personal injury attorney, gained the sacred status of meme-dom back in 2011 when advertisements featuring his full beard and Blue Steel stare went semi-viral. After he proved he has a sense of humor by throwing a party called “Swagfest,” Burroughs continued to be a Knoxville favorite for personal injury law. He fights for clients who have experienced motorcycle, boating, and construction accidents as well as medical malpractice, social security disability, and more. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Don Bosch, G. Turner III

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Meadowbrooke Kennel Meadowbrooke Kennel calls itself “Knoxville’s Happy Dog Place,” and Knoxville is happy to agree. The kennel, which provides grooming, boarding, and training services for all your furry friends, has been around since 1997 and has taken care of thousands of dogs. Their friendly staff members are self-proclaimed dog lovers and make sure every dog is treated with a little TLC. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Happy Yap’s, Hush Puppy’s


Colby McLemore If you’re looking for some new, crisp headshots or stunning drone photography of your property, Colby McLemore’s got you covered. McLemore has won several awards for his photography—most recently, a gold medal at the 2016 International Photographic Competition—and has worked with a variety of clients, like USA Today and

ABC’s Extreme Makeover. Reviewers say working with McLemore is comfortable and professional—necessary traits for anyone working with children or the camera shy. (H.B.) Popular Picks: John Black, Bill Foster


Jessica Rodocker at First Neighborhoods Realty Jessica Rodocker is the principal broker for First Neighborhoods Realty, a boutique real estate firm that focuses on the historic neighborhoods surrounding downtown Knoxville. Rodocker, who graduated from UT in 2003, works with a small team to sell properties in areas like Fourth and Gill, Island Home, and Old North Knoxville. In a prime example of practicing what you preach, Rodocker and her family live in historic Island Home, a Knoxville neighborhood that formed in the early 1900s along the Tennessee River, where they are renovating a 1915 Craftsman home. (H.B.)

Popular Picks: Melinda Grimac; Rob Howard, Suzy Trotta, & Kimberly Dixon Hamilton [three-way tie]


Vivid Taoo Top-notch tattoos designed and drawn by the only all-female staffed shop in Knoxville—need we say more? Sarah and Rosie, whose shop is located in a little white house on Sutherland Avenue, are dedicated and friendly, creating beautiful designs for their clients. Honestly, their work speaks for itself. And if you’re a budding tattoo artist yourself, they’re offering an apprenticeship for a fellow talented female. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Purple Heart Tattoo, Saint Tattoo


The Standard It’s hard not to fall in love with the vibe at the Standard. The venue’s exposed brick, wide open skylights, arched doorways, and expansive space make it the perfect location

for weddings, concerts, fundraising events, and more. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville on West Jackson Avenue, the Standard is named after what came before it: the Standard Wilson Glass Company. It’s a prime example of imaginative reuse, saving a worthy building and creating new memories. (H.B.) Popular Picks: The Mill & Mine, Relix


Butler Animal Clinic Butler Animal Clinic, located on Oak Ridge Highway, is a full-service veterinary medical center. They take care of everything from bathing and blood transfusions to surgery and senior care for your canine and feline friends. Their staff is professional and attentive, and many of them graduated from the University of Tennessee. They know your pets are cherished, and they take pains to ensure that they get well-rounded care. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Central Vet Clinic, Fountain City Animal Hospital

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Arts & Culture TOP ACTOR


David Keith

The Emporium Center

From An Officer and a Gentlemen to striding the sidelines at University of Tennessee home football games— it’s been quite a ride for this local boy made good. (M.E.)

The big building at the corner of Gay Street and Jackson Avenue, lavishly renovated in 2004, serves as an unofficial headquarters for Knoxville’s visual and performing arts community, with one of the biggest First Friday celebrations

Popular Picks: David Brian Alley, Dale Dickey

every month, frequent theatrical and music performances, studio space, and five full galleries for monthly exhibits by local and regional artists. It’s Knoxville’s one-stop art center. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Art Market Gallery, Bennett Galleries


Cynthia Markert Markert’s distinctive visions of flapper fantasia have been visible around downtown for decades, but they’ve lost none of their enchantment over the years; her expressionistic icons retain the same sense of mystery and glamour today, no matter how many times you’ve encountered them. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Richard Jolley, Colby McLemore Photo by Tricia Bateman



Wendy Seaward Wendy Seaward’s masks are

masterpieces of detailed craft—tiny colorful beads stitched together to form face shapes that mix myth and pop art, mysterious and whimsical. Seaward’s jewelry is just as impressive, fantastical combinations of color and form that stretch and bend history and tradition. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Preston Farabow, Judy Gaston


Circle Modern Dance For more than 25 years, Circle Modern Dance has been both a benchmark of excellence—the company’s core performers bring professional training and excellence—and an outreach for movement as art; the company believes that everyone is a dancer, and part of its mission is to allow anyone who wants to dance a space to do it in. The company’s annual Modern Dance Primitive Light show in December is a reliably moving and stirring experience. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Angela Floyd Dance Company, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble

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Popular Picks: McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Museum of East Tennessee History

The Emporium

Popular Picks: The Central Collective, Striped Light


Regal Riviera Stadium 8 Few attractions have made as big a difference downtown as Regal’s first-run movie theater. It’s hard to believe anyone was skeptical when it opened in 2007—now it’s hard to imagine downtown without it. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Regal Downtown West, Regal Pinnacle



Knoxville Museum of Art Over the last several years, KMA has successfully redefi ned itself. Rather than compete with bigger, older, and wealthier regional museums in Charlotte and Atlanta, KMA has turned its focus to East Tennessee art, craft ing the growing and impressive permanent exhibit Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee and spotlighting work by local artists in the Contemporary Focus series. It’s given the museum a new future and clarified its vision. If we’re not going to promote and protect the city’s art, after all, who will? (M.E.)

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With five galleries spread over two stories, the Emporium is an all-in-one First Friday extravaganza all on its own—in any given month, you might find exhibits by regional art groups, like the Tennessee Artists Association or Arrowmont’s artists in residence, alongside local amateur and professional painters, sculptors, jewelry designers, fabric artists, furniture makers, potters, and more. It’s enough to fill your entire First Friday excursion, if you choose. (M.E.)

Michael Knight It’s impossible to pin down Michael Knight. He’s a short-story writer whose best book so far is his most recent novel, The Typist; he’s written in various styles on various subjects, from holiday stories to historical fiction. What connects all of his work is his glittering prose style, influenced by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver: economical, precise, elegant. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Jefferson Bass (Jon Jefferson and Bill Bass), Pamela Schoenewaldt


R.B. Morris Some people might have identified R.B. Morris as Knoxville’s poet laureate, at least unofficially, long before he was named to that position by Mayor Madeline Rogero in June. The official endorsement

came as no surprise, and yet it still felt like a long-overdue acknowledgment of Morris’ talent—as a poet, a songwriter, a playwright, and a performer—and as an advocate for Knoxville and its distinguished literary legacy. No one has done more than Morris to encourage the city to remember James Agee, in particular, and few artists in the city’s 225-year history have been as committed to Knoxville as a source for inspiration. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Black Atticus, Marilyn Kallet


Clarence Brown Theatre Knoxville’s only pro theater company offers a complete dramatic season all on its own, with a lineup that every year includes cutting-edge contemporary drama, classic revivals, comedy and music, and one or two unexpected gems (and yes, A Christmas Carol). (M.E.) Popular Picks: Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Tennessee Stage Company

Join us in celebrating 50 years of Montessori Education in Knoxville!

1966 We began as the Knoxville Montessori Children’s House at Messiah Lutheran Church.

2016 Now we’re the Knoxville Montessori School at 4311 Kingston Pike.

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Education & Media Tennessee School of Beauty This beauty school, located on Western Avenue, was founded as a family business in 1930 by Knoxvillian Jean Brown. It has been run by her great-great-grandson, Adam Brown, since 1987. The school, which became a Redkin Premier School in 2012, was in the news earlier this month after they offered a free “Butch Jones Special” haircut to celebrate the Vols’ win over Florida. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville, Visage Advanced Hair Academy


Angela Floyd Schools Since 1997, the Angela Floyd Schools have taught over 5,500 students at their two locations—from

preschool to adult, experienced to just starting out, summer camps to private lessons. And there’s not much they don’t teach. Beyond tap, classical ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance classes, the school also provides music lessons for voice, guitar, drum, violin, and more. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Dancers Studio, Studio Arts for Dancers


Knoxville Academy of Music Looking to learn how to play an instrument like guitar or piano or brush up on your music theory skills? The Knoxville Academy of Music, established in 2003, is one of the best options available in Knoxville. The school, which has 10 teaching studios, offers lessons for all ages and prides itself in having knowledgeable instructors, friendly staff members, and

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KNOXVILLE ACADEMY OF MUSIC reasonable lesson prices. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Joy of Music School, Open Chord


Webb School of Knoxville

Spartans win! The 61-year-old private school features small class sizes, an emphasis on community service, and a sprawling campus west of Cedar Bluff. Webb’s 2016 graduating class had a 100 percent college placement rate and accrued $8 million in scholarship offers. It’s easy to see how the K-12 school can claim an Olympic

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gold medalist, Tennessee Supreme Court judge, and even Governor Bill Haslam as alumni. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Christian Academy of Knoxville, Grace Christian Academy


Hallerin Hilton Hill (98.7 FM) Triple H is a force to be reckoned with. His drive-time interview and call-in show on NewsTalk 98.7 has featured prominent Tennesseans like Gov. Bill Haslam and “newsmakers” like Rep. Martin Daniel (who indeed made news on the show itself, with an altercation that resulted in a misdemeanor assault charge). A slew of other projects—including a show on WBIR called Anything is Possible—keep him the most visible radio personality in Knoxville. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Marc and Kim (102.1 FM), Benny Smith (90.3 FM)


WUTK 90.3 FM WUTK ensures that the airwaves coming from Andy Holt tower on UT’s campus are always filled with diverse, alternative tunes. The radio station, which has been proudly playing “cutting edge” music since 1982, has been instrumental in giving students the chance to learn the ropes of radio and fledgling deejays the opportunity to share their unique musical tastes. With General Manager Benny Smith at the helm, WUTK has become a hub for great music and an effective training ground to boot. Just last week it was named the sixth best College Campus Radio Station in the country, according to (H.B.) Popular Picks: WDVX, WUOT


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class of 45 students after being founded in 1974. Its four campuses in Knoxville and one in Blount County now enroll thousands each semester and provide students with a wide variety of career and certificate programs, from engineering technology to videography. The college was visited by President Obama in 2015 when he unveiled America’s College Promise program, making two years of community college free to students. Earlier this month, Pellissippi received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a center for teaching excellence which will provide teacher training programs and opportunities for professional development. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Carson-Newman, Maryville College


Robin Wilhoit (WBIR) Robin Wilhoit delivers the news with the steady and confident tone of a TV anchor you trust immediately. From her reporting on pill addiction in East Tennessee to her coverage of the Summer Olympics on the ground in Rio, the news anchor has become a long-trusted voice and admired figure in the Knoxville community. (H.B.) Popular Picks: Abby Ham (WBIR), Todd Howell (WBIR)


WBIR The largest station in the region, founded in 1956, is known for its Emmy Award-winning Heartland Series and consistent coverage of local news, while keeping an eye to national issues. It boasts a roster of talented and recognizable anchors and reporters, like Robin Wilhoit, John Becker, Beth Haynes, and Russell Biven. And though he retired 16 years ago, legendary former co-anchor Bill Williams continues to contribute to the station in special projects. (H.B.) Popular Picks: WATE, WVLT

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Marble Alley Finally open to tenants after years of planning and construction, Marble Alley Lofts is the first new residential construction in downtown Knoxville in 30 years. It was worth the wait. Not only does Marble Alley have a salt water pool and a private parking garage for its residences, the interior of the lofts includes granite kitchen and bath countertops, stainless-steel appliances, and hardwood-inspired plank flooring. If you’re looking for a stylish pad to fulfill your urban lifestyle dreams, this is the place. (Maria Smith) Popular Picks: JFG Flats, Steeplechase Apartments


McGaha Electric Company Fixing things for Knoxville for over

35 years, the McGaha Electric Company is family-owned and well-known in the community for its services, both electrical and voluntary. Not only does this company pride itself on community service with organizations like Variety the Children’s Charity, but it also has wide range of skills to offer from providing emergency power to structured wiring and cable management. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Lloyd’s, Sitara


Broadway Carpets Serving both homeowners and professionals in the world of contracting, home building, and real estate, Broadway Carpets prides itself on providing excellent service. It guarantees correct installation every time. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Frazier’s, Tile Sensations

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Stanley’s Greenhouse Perched atop a ridge in South Knoxville, Stanley’s Greenhouse not only produces admirable plants, but also partners with organizations like the Pat Summit Foundation and the Ronald Mc-

Donald House to help make a difference in the community. With its products ranging from poinsettias to fruit trees to cacti, this family-owned business knows its stuff—they’ve been around since 1955. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Ellenburg Nursery, Mayo Garden Center


room into a true masterpiece. (M.S.)


AA-Air Co.

Popular Picks: The Drawing Room, Law’s Interiors

Sco’s Plumbing

AA-Air Company lives up to their slogan of being “always available for your comfort.” Serving the Knoxville area for over 40 years, this family-owned HVAC company that originated out of a garage has the NATE-certified technicians and customer reviews to back up its reputation for quality. (M.S.)


Known as Knoxville’s premier supplier of kitchen and bath cabinetry, Dixie Kitchen Distributors has been around for 50 years and supplies various cabinet lines for any budget. (M.S.)

Originating as a home business in 1977, Scott’s Plumbing not only has expanded its size, but also its percentage of happy clients, which includes well known contractors and businesses like Sonic and Merit Construction. With a slogan like “getting dirty to keep you clean,” we can only imagine the depths Scott’s goes to keep their customers satisfied. (M.S.)

Popular Picks: Kitchen Sales/Open Door (tie), Standard Kitchen & Bath

Popular Picks: Hiller, Sanders & The Plumbing Co. & Knoxville Plumbing (3-way tie)



Dixie Kitchen

Popular Picks: Hiller, Rocky Top Air


Todd Richesin Todd Richesin believes that rooms are not decorated, but collected. Maybe this philosophy on interior design is what has made him one of the most prominent designers in Knoxville. Featured in publications like Southern Living, House Beautiful, and Traditional Home, Richesin has proof that he knows exactly what he’s doing when it comes to transforming a simple

Earthadelic Earthadelic’s services in hardscapes, lawn maintenance, and water features have won multiple awards, proving it’s got the expertise to back up its cool name. One of its core values is a commitment to truly “green” landscaping, using sustainable practices whenever possible. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Black Willow Tie, Carex

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Fred E. Trainer F. E. Trainer Construction doesn’t compromise on delivering exactly what its clients ask for. They pride themselves on being flexible and responsive, and have the customer reviews to prove it. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Clinch River Custom Builders, McCamy Construction

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Health & Beauty TOP BARBER SHOP

Frank’s Barber Shop Voted the Best Barbershop in America three years in a row by’s reader choice awards, Frank’s Barber Shop is best known for paying close attention to detail. With an upscale feel, Frank’s makes sure to give its clients the ultimate pampering experience with hand blade shaves and mugs of ice cold root beer. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Union Avenue Barber Shop, Western Plaza Barber Shop


Patrick Zi/Activize Chiropractor Optimizing mobility and maximizing vitality, Dr. Patrick Zitt and the Activize Knoxville Chiropractic Clinic aim to help you get out of pain the natural way. Dr. Zitt and

his practice are certified by Integrity Doctors, a chiropractic mentoring service. Activize lives up to its high expectations and rave reviews. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Apple Health & Wellness/ Hosenfield, Judy Roy/East Towne Chiropractic Health and Wellness


Winston Eye Care

Popular Picks: Campbell Cunningham and Taylor, the Eye Group

Dr. Richard Barbee


Popular Picks: Downtown Dental, Dr. Buzz Nabors

Popular Picks: Fort Sanders Health and Fitness, National Fitness Center

The Winston Eye and Vision Center is a family-owned practice that has been helping people see clearly since 1942. With three generations of Winstons running the show, this optometric practice aims to always have their customers happy to see them. (M.S.)


With a 99.4 percent referral rate, Dr. Richard Barbee must be doing more than making people smile. Dr. Barbee has been serving smiles across Knoxville since 1982 and continues his craft with a team of highly skilled clinicians who stay up to date with the latest educational updates in dentistry. (M.S.)

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Lox Salon Lox has become not only the best place to get a trendy hairstyle in Knoxville, but an Old City destination for fashion shows, art markets, and even concerts. But its strength is the quality of the basics: Great haircuts and color, especially for those who want to try something bold. Manicures, massages, facials, and extreme eyelash extensions are also on offer. The atmosphere is a cross between a hip boutique and your grandmother’s to-die-for retro closet, and customers are treated with the hospitality due old friends. This is a place where I’ve been offered to borrow an umbrella during a downpour and someone has run out into the rain to fetch it back from my car. (S.H.D.)

YMCA With various locations around Knoxville, the YMCA is doing more than keeping individuals in shape, but also plays a part in “working out” the community. Not only do the locations offer fitness classes, equipment, and pools, the mission of the Knoxville YMCA is “to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive” by continuously working to

Popular Picks: Chop Shop Hair Studio, Salon Visage

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Glowing Body Yoga Studio Glowing Body has a couple of sayings, which you encounter right there on their homepage: 1 “Yoga meets you where you are.” 2. “It’s all yoga.” What do they mean? In short, that no matter your size, shape, attitude, or ability, yoga is available and appropriate for you—and no matter how easily or difficult it seems in the doing, it’s doing its work. That attitude makes for an open, inviting, inclusive studio that offers classes for every level, workshops for every interest, and even an array of massage therapists to address every ache and pain. (Hillari Dowdle) Popular Picks—Top Holistic Health Center: Gypsy Hands, Meadowsweet Wellness Popular Picks—Top Yoga: Blue Ridge Yoga, Real Hot Yoga Photo by Tricia Bateman



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Named after a white healing flower, the Meadowsweet Message and Wellness studio makes sure they cater to the needs of each individual. They are located on S. Gay Street and have massages starting as low as $45. Students even receive 10 percent off! (M.S.)

Spa Visage, an extension of Salon Visage, provides only the most elite of services to its clientele. They offer a wide range of nail care, massage, waxing, and facial services in package deals for both men and women of any age, so that everyone can feel fabulously refreshed. (M.S.)

Popular Picks: Longevity Massage, Spa Visage


Broadway Family Karate Broadway Family Karate provides Taekwondo classes for all ages. They aim for the physical and mental development of the whole family and have no previous requirements for joining. It’s great way to grow and bond with your family, with a lifetime of potential benefits. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Bullman’s, Knoxville Martial Arts Academy


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Brion Leitch / Provision Health Britton Leitch, a fitness manager for Provision Health and Performance, is a Knoxville native with over a decade of experience. No wonder Leitch comes highly recommended when it comes to finding the best strength and conditioning coach. Not only is he a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, Leitch has won competitions as a Scottish Highland Games athlete. (M.S.)

Popular Picks: Roderick Haynes / Fitness Studio 111, Erin Shoun / Gold’s Gym South


Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic The Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic stays up to date with the latest information in orthopaedic medicine so that you can heal faster and stay healed longer. Trusted with recovery of injured UT athletes, the KOC has proven that their techniques can not only help you get better, but can also help you stay in the game. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Prompt Physical Therapy, Provision Physical Therapy


Summit Express Clinics At Summit Express Clinics, you don’t have to be a member to be treated, and the clinics even offer after-hours care to provide the best quality care service whenever problems occur.

Having physicians that rank top 10 in the nation is part of what makes the Summit Express Clinics great, but their commitment to bringing convenience into possible chaos makes them even better. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Trinity Medical Center, Well-Key Urgent Care


Lisa Ross Birthing Center The all-female staff of the Lisa Ross Birth and Women’s Center aims to make the experience of their patients one full of satisfaction and comfort. This nonprofit birth center offers a wide range of maternity services as well as your basic gynecology needs. Aiming to promote wellness, personal empowerment, and family involvement, this women’s health center offers a sense of community along with its services. (M.S.) Popular Picks: Contemporary Women’s Health, Women’s Care Group




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This is what most people mean when they talk about Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness—a mammoth 12.5-mile hiking and biking trail in the heart of residential South Knoxville, with 30 additional miles of trails branching off from the main loop and all of it connected to miles and miles of adjacent trails and greenways in nearby parks, preserves, and neighborhoods. (M.E.)

Since Knoxville has lately become an outdoor wonderland, why shouldn’t our dogs enjoy it, too? Concord Park’s canine retreat offers 4 acres of land to sniff, water fountains to splash in, a dock with access to the river, and even a dog shower. (C.T.)

It’s where all walks of life mingle in our city, surrounded by boutique shopping and an array of restaurants with shaded outdoor patios. On a regular day, it offers prime people-watching: buskers playing everything from banjo to classical violin, and the laughter of children as they splash in the fountain. But the thriving twice-weekly farmer’s market, Shakespeare on the Square, free movie nights and concerts, festivals that offer everything from biscuits to history, and chalk-art extravaganzas have made Market Square an eclectic place to hang out on weekends without spending a dime—if you can stand to take a pass on some of the best pizza, burgers, Italian ices, and fried okra in town. (S.H.D.) Popular Picks: Ijams Nature Center, Zoo Knoxville See Also: Top Shopping District, in Shopping

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Popular Picks: PetSafe Dog Park at Victor Ashe Park, PetSafe Downtown Dog Park


Big Ears It’s become one of the most interesting and acclaimed music festivals in the world. Every year, it gets a little harder to defi ne—what do you call an event that includes ’90s alt-rock band Blonde Redhead, the far-out jazz keyboard legend Carla Bley, indie guitar hero Ben Chasny,

and Pulitzer-winning jazz bandleader Henry Threadgill? Explaining what it is, though, is about as difficult as Big Ears gets; despite its reputation for “challenging” music, it’s instead a weekend of connection, surprise, profound experiences, and unexpected gift s. (M.E.) Popular Picks: Dogwood Arts Festival, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival


The Sunsphere Neglected for years, the big gold ball—designed to represent the source of all energy—has gotten more attention recently thanks to its Primo Ristorante Italiano, which based on first impressions may be the best restaurant the place has housed since 1982. But the Sunsphere’s not actually “historic” yet, at least not by the guidelines of the National Park Service, which determines such things. And a few years ago, the well-known Savannah preservationist Lee Adler, a fierce opponent of demolition in almost all cases, startled a packed house at the


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Knoxville Museum of Art by declaring the first thing Knoxville had to do to be taken seriously was to tear down the Sunsphere. But you can’t beat it for conspicuousness. And maybe our readers are showing foresight; the Sunsphere will be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places in just 16 years. And to give it credit, it’s Knoxville’s only building ever represented on The Simpsons, and the only one believed to be imitated in Eurasia. (Look at the taller, frillier Bayterek, built in Astana, Kazakhstan in the 1990s.)

Tennessee River

Popular Picks: Tennessee Theatre, James White’s Fort


Zoo Knoxville Zoo Knoxville has been undergoing a major revamp, and it’s not just the name change or its marketing plan. The physical overhaul to come over the next five years will not only be the zoo’s largest in a decade, but it also signifies broader changes in

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Maybe by 2032 it’ll seem historic. (J.N.)

ZOO KNOXVILLE the nonprofit’s vision and identity. And central to that vision is becoming an even bigger family destination than it already is, not only with new animal habitats, but also with attractions that give you even more

SOMETIMES DISCOVERY STARTS WITH A PATH. Right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is your own o u t d o o r a m u s e m e n t p a r k . We o ffe r m i l e s o f g re e nw a y s p a c e s t o unwind and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer. From stream side trails, wilddower elds, forests, waterways and open spaces; all loc located within just a few minutes of quaint neighborhoods and downtown. Walk , run or c ycle, the options are endless in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. You’ll discover that you’re going to need a longer stay.


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reasons to make repeat visits, like the recently added train, splash pad, and gem-mining features. (C.T.) Popular Picks: Ijams Nature Center, World’s Fair Park

The Tennessee River flows slow and deep, like the city it bisects, and it offers a mellower paddling experience than adrenaline-pushers like the Upper Pigeon and Ocoee. For those who want to leave the steep-creeking and combat kayaking to the young and the reckless, the Tennessee—née Fort Loudoun Lake—is a perfect flat-water destination. You can put in and take out your kayak, paddle board or canoe at a number of official (and unofficial) ramps. You can also integrate the Holston and French Broad rivers into your paddling trip for a longer, wilder—yet still mellow—excursion. You might want to limit your contact with the water in its more urban stretches, but the length of the river through the city is home to wildlife ranging from herons to bald eagles and bass. Remember to take out at Farragut, lest you find yourself well en route to the Gulf of Mexico. (T.F.) Popular Picks: French Broad River, Mead’s Quarry


Inside Knoxville With his laser focus on the happenings of downtown Knoxville, Alan Sims (aka, KnoxvilleUrbanGuy) has become the online go-to resource for news on business openings, new restaurants, and the occasional kerfuffle (such as the Great Rick Dover vs. French Market War). He even ventures out into the Urban Wilderness. But a big part of Inside Knoxville’s success is also due to Sims’ online personality—friendly and supportive, always rooting for the hometown team. (C.T.) Popular Picks—Top Blog: The Blue Streak, The Daily Dumpster Popular Picks—Top Facebook Page/ Group: Knoxville Mercury, Moxley Carmichael


Visit Knoxville By its very mission, Visit Knoxville’s Instagram feed is boosterish—but Knoxville is in the enviable position of having a lot to brag about these days, so VK’s gallery of cupcakes,

hikes, ice cream, bike rides, burgers, events, and brunch always has something worthwhile to share. (C.T.) Popular Picks: KnoxFoodie, Striped Light


Our Humble Beer Podcast Chris Hill and D.J. Loope take the podcast category again with their sort-of-monthly, hour-long hangin’ out session over regional craft beers. They often interview guest business owners—not always directly beer-related, like the bakers at Sugar Mama’s or promoters at a boat show—and take field trips to joints like Highland Brewing Company in Asheville. Hill, Loope, and their guests may understand the different types of hops that go into the ale, but their assessments boil down to the same kind of language your buddy Lou might use. In fact, the entire podcast is just as casual, unrehearsed, and full of background laughter as the pub you hit after work to unwind. The random-overheardness of it is pretty amusing (i.e. “If you sit on your porch and read Pride and Prejudice long enough, the Beer Fairy will come by.”). (S.H.D.) Popular Picks: Einstein Simplified, Sharing Needles With Friends


Knoxville Pains “Even the best city on the planet has its pains,” declares @knoxvillepains, though the Vols’ season seems to have cured this feed of its cynicism. But scroll back a dozen or so orange-and-white tweets to September, and you’ll fi nd at least this remnant of its crusty yet lovable nature, under a photo of the Alcoa Highway sinkhole: “Alcoa Highway, you are a turd. Hope everyone in SoKno had fun getting to work 2 hours late.” (C.T.) Popular Picks: Tim Burchett, Knox Foodie October 20, 2016



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Thursday, Oct. 20 SHIMMY AND THE BURNS WITH MARY ELLEN KIRK AND RUTH ACUFF • WDVX • 12PM • Part of WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, a six-days-a-week lunchtime concert series featuring local, regional, and national Americana, folk, pop, rock, and everything else. • FREE THE BARSTOOL ROMEOS • Scruffy City Hall • 6PM • Part of Wayne Bledsoe’s weekly Six O’Clock Swerve show on WDVX. • FREE BLUE OCTOBER • The International • 8PM • With lush, atmospheric songs such as “Bleed Out,” “Angels In Everything” and “Fear,” and the edgy rocker “Put It In,” the Texas four-piece comes back strong with a revitalized energy and a positive outlook. All ages. • $25-$50 LIONEL YOUNG • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 8PM  PETE SCHLEGEL • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 8PM  THE WHISTLES AND THE BELLS • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 10PM  THE STEPSISTERS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.  Friday, Oct. 21 CALEB WARREN AND THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN WITH COLD HEART CANYON • WDVX • 12PM • Part of WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, a six-days-a-week lunchtime concert series featuring local, regional, and national Americana, folk, pop, rock, and everything else. • FREE THE ROYAL HOUNDS • Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg) • 7PM • The Royal Hounds flaunt blistering chops, estimable wit, and anarchic showmanship that reigns at their live performances. • FREE TIM LEE 3 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HAPPY HOUR • Pilot Light • 7PM • Knoxville band Tim Lee 3 and their offspring alt duo, Bark, have announced a four-week series of early shows at Pilot Light on every Friday during the month of October. With Karl Mountain, Eric Lee and Jason Boardman, and Bark. • $5 ALABAMA WITH CHARLIE DANIELS • Knoxville Civic Coliseum • 7:30PM • Alabama is the band that changed country music. With a record that remains unparalleled across any genre, the band reeled off 21 straight #1 singles.  WDVX-TRAVAGANZA: RAY WYLIE HUBBARD AND ELIZABETH COOK • The Standard • 7:30PM • Elizabeth Cook didn’t quite know what she was doing. But she knew there were songs, and they had to get out. Six even years since her critically acclaimed Welder, as well as much personal tumult, there were songs that needed to be born. Exodus of Venus will be something of a shock. If she maintains the tang of her drawl, what emerges – beyond Cook’s always vibrant and vivid sense of detail – is a song cycle soaked in turpentine, musk and honey. • $30-$100 • See Spotlight. FROG AND TOAD’S DIXIE QUARTET • The Crown and Goose • 8PM • Live jazz featuring a mix of original music, early jazz and more. • FREE BAND OF HORSES • The Mill and Mine • 8PM • In the months leading up to today’s release of fifth studio album Why Are You OK (Interscope), Band Of Horses have truly made the most of every precious moment—taking every opportunity to share with press and radio, home audio companies, streaming services, independent record retailers–and most importantly their fans – just how passionate they are about this album which is finally available for all to hear. • $35-$38 BILL MIZE • Laurel Theater • 8PM • Tennessee native Bill Mize is a past winner of the National Fingerstyle Guitar 72

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Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. • $13 THE TEMPER EVANS BAND • Two Doors Down (Maryville) • 9PM  TALKING DREADS WITH ELECTRIC DARLING • Scruffy City Hall • 9PM  THE MATT COKER ORGAN TRIO • The Bistro at the Bijou • 9PM • Live jazz. • FREE ISLANDS WITH STEADY HOLIDAY • The Concourse • 9PM • Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s “Solaris”) Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to it’s essentials, performed live off the floor. 18 and up. Visit • $12-$15 FISH STICKS • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 9PM  THE YOUNG FABLES • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 9PM  FAUX FEROCIOUS • Pilot Light • 10PM • The Nashville indie rock band (which originally formed in Knoxville) celebrates the release of its new album, Cloning the Rubicon. 18 and up. • $8 JADEN CARLSON AND THE COMET CONDUCTORS WITH SHIMMY AND THE BURNS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.  CALEB WARREN AND THE PERFECT GENTLEMEN • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 10PM • FREE MAYFEST WITH ROBINSON PARK, THE SEDONAS, AND FIELD NOTES • The Open Chord • 8PM • All ages. • $7 Saturday, Oct. 22 JEFF RUBY WITH LIGHTNIN’ ROD AND THE THUNDERBOLTS • WDVX • 12PM • Part of WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, a six-days-a-week lunchtime concert series featuring local, regional, and national Americana, folk, pop, rock, and everything else. • FREE J.B.’S BOOGIE ON BROADWAY • Two Doors Down (Maryville)• 2PM • Featuring Jason Ellis, the Jailhouse Review, the Dixie Highway Band, and Southbound.  A TRIBUTE TO GUITAR HEROES • The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (Maryville) • 6PM • A benefit for Harbour’s Gate. • $10 THE WHISKEY RIDERS • Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg) • 7PM • Raised on the soul of Southern Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Americana, The Whiskey Riders music hits the heart of life in Kentuckiana and America. • FREE NICK LOWE WITH JOSH ROUSE • Bijou Theatre • 8PM • Nick Lowe has made his mark as a producer (Elvis Costello-Graham Parker-Pretenders-The Damned), songwriter of at least three songs you know by heart, short-lived career as a pop star, and a lengthy term as a musicians’ musician. But in his current ‘second act’ as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Visit • $35 JOHN PAUL WHITE • The Open Chord • 8PM • Beulah. It’s a small, complicated word with a tangle of meanings. It’s the title of John Paul White’s new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. • $18-$20 SMOOTH SAILOR • Scruffy City Hall • 9PM  MARK BOLING • The Bistro at the Bijou • 9PM • Live jazz. • FREE SHORT TERM MEMORY • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 9PM  MOJO:FLOW • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 9PM 

KITTY WAMPUS • Paul’s Oasis • 9:30PM  THE AQUADUCKS WITH STEADY FLOW • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.  MARSHMELLO • The International • 10PM • With Slushii and Speaker of the House. 18 and up. Visit • $22-$25 Sunday, Oct. 23 SHIFFLETT’S JAZZ BENEDICT • The Bistro at the Bijou • 12PM • Live jazz. • FREE SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH • Downtown Grill and Brewery • 12:45PM • Knoxville’s coolest jazz artists perform every Sunday. • FREE

J. LUKE • Wild Wing Cafe • 6PM • FREE RICHARD BUCKNER • Pilot Light • 8PM • Throwing out the “tricks and trades” of his previous efforts, Buckner hunkered down at home and chose a few unfamiliar pieces of gear—a Suzuki QChord electronic autoharp and an Electro-Harmonix POG2 pedal—to create basic tracks and open up more sonic possibilities. Buckner decided to get each song out of his house as soon as it was finished to avoid the contamination of over-thinking. 18 and up. • $10 THE STOOP KIDS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.  Monday, Oct. 24

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Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 30

ELIZABETH COOK The Standard (416 W. Jackson Ave.) • Friday, Oct. 21 • 7:30 p.m. • $30-$100 • or

In 2010, Elizabeth Cook released Welder, the follow-up to her 2007 breakthrough Balls. She seemed to be on the verge of major success, and then—nothing. Well, not nothing, actually— Cook went through a series of personal and professional travails, including divorce, rehab, and the death of her father, that kept her sidelined. Finally, with not much fanfare, she released Exodus of Venus this summer; it’s a resounding comeback record, one that finds Cook not just taking the next obvious step after Welder but making an artistic quantum jump forward. There’s no trace of the vintage honky-tonk rhythms Cook favored on Balls and Welder here; Exodus of Venus is a rock album, and a dark one, closer in spirit and subject matter to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave than Alison Krauss. Some of that’s because of Cook’s new band, which includes veterans of Soundgarden and Eric Clapton and David Bowie’s bands. Mostly, though, it’s the sound of maturity—all the twang she demonstrated before sounds like a mask that Cook’s come out from behind on Exodus. This weekend, she’s playing the WDVX-Travaganza, a fundraising concert for WDVX. Texas maverick Ray Wylie Hubbard is headlining. (Matthew Everett)


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CALENDAR GRACIE DAY WITH THE SPEEDBUMPS • WDVX • 12PM • FREE BOB BOOKER • Beck Cultural Exchange Center • 4PM • The local historian and columnist makes his public performance debut with a concert of songs made famous by Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ivory Joe Hunter, the Drifters, and more. $1.41 from each ticket will benefit Knoxville College, which is celebrating its 141st anniversary. • $11.41 OHTIS • Pilot Light • 9PM • 18 and up. • $5 THE HOOTEN HALLERS • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 10PM • The Hooten Hallers are a blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll band from Columbia, Missouri. THE SPEED BUMPS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up. Tuesday, Oct. 25 MARK MANDEVILLE AND RAIANNE RICHARDS • WDVX • 12PM • FREE MARK MANDEVILLE AND RAIANNE RICHARDS • Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg) • 7PM • FREE BONNIE RAITT • Tennessee Theatre • 8PM • After selling out much of her North American tour to date, Raitt continues her journey across America through November, playing at storied venues in Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Austin. • $69.50-$99.50 WILLIE WATSON AND AOIFE O’DONOVAN • Bijou Theatre • 8PM • Folk singer-songwriters Willie Watson and Aoife O’Donovan come together for a co-headlining event. Willie Watson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, who was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show. In 2014, he released his debut solo album, Folk Singer, Vol. 1, produced by Dave Rawlings. In addition to touring in support of his debut solo album, he is also a touring member of the Dave Rawlings Machine. Aoife O’ Donovan is best known as the lead singer for the progressive bluegrass/stringband, Crooked Still, and a member of the female folk trio, Sometymes Why. In addition to these projects, she has performed and recorded with Jerry Douglas, Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and many more. She has released two solo albums, Fossils (2013) and In The Magic Hour (2016) and has also made frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. • $21 OOZING WOUND • Pilot Light • 9PM • “Speed space metal” from Chicago. 18 and up. • See Spotlight on page 80. TWIZTID’S SPOOKTACULAR HORROR SHOW 2016 TOUR • The Concourse • 9PM • With Mac Lethal, Zodiac Mprint, Lex the Hex Master, Menace 2 Sobriety, and Godz of Kaos. 18 and up. • $24-$27 THE GREYHOUNDS WITH THE CERNY BROTHERS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up. Wednesday, Oct. 26 MELANIE BRESNAN WITH CHUCK BRODSKY • WDVX • 12PM • FREE FROG AND TOAD’S DIXIE QUARTET • The Crown and Goose • 6:30PM • Live jazz featuring a mix of original music, early jazz and more. • FREE LUTHER ALLISON • The Bistro at the Bijou • 7PM • Live jazz. • FREE LOREENA MCKENNITT • Tennessee Theatre • 8PM • Loreena McKennitt is well known as a composer and singer. In a recording career spanning more than two decades, Ms. McKennitt’s ‘eclectic Celtic’ music has received critical acclaim world-wide, and gold, platinum and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. • $39.50-$69.50 NONEED • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up. Thursday, Oct. 27

ETHAN BORTNICK: A MUSICAL EVENING TO BENEFIT THE JOY OF MUSIC SCHOOL AND EAST TENNESSEE PBS • Bijou Theatre • 7PM • Recognized at age nine by Guinness World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his Own Concert Tour,” Ethan Bortnick embarked upon his musical career early in life. He asked for piano lessons at age three, and by five was composing songs. Now at 15 he is performing at venues worldwide and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel and Oprah, where he was named one of “Oprah’s All-Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.”He’ll share those amazing gifts with new audiences when he appears in his Knoxville debut in a concert to support East Tennessee PBS and the Joy of Music School. Packed with energy and excitement, the family-friendly concert features Ethan and his band, a children’s choir and local guest artists. Crowd favorites range from The Beatles and Elton John to Motown and Michael Jackson, along with classical and Jazz favorites, recent hits, Broadway tunes and his original songs. Purchase tickets at or by calling 865-522-0832. • $22-$102 JONNY MONSTER WITH THE FORLORN STRANGERS • WDVX • 12PM • FREE CHELLE ROSE • Scruffy City Hall • 6PM • Part of Wayne Bledsoe’s weekly Six O’Clock Swerve show on WDVX. • FREE THE LONETONES • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 8PM JONNY MONSTER WITH OMARR AWAKE • Preservation Pub • 8PM • 21 and up. MANDOLIN ORANGE WITH DEAD HORSES • The Concourse • 8PM • Lean in to Mandolin Orange’s new album, “Blindfaller,” and it’s bound to happen. You’ll suddenly pick up on the power and devastation lurking in its quietude, the doom hiding beneath its unvarnished beauty. You’ll hear the way it magnifies the intimacy at the heart of the North Carolina duo’s music, as if they created their own musical language as they recorded it. All ages. Visit • $15-$17 SHAUN ABBOTT WITH JIMMY AND THE JAWBONES, BRANDON HARMON AND THE HALFWAY HEARTS, AND CHRIS SUGGS • The Open Chord • 8PM • All ages. • $5 FORLORN STRANGERS • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria • 10PM • Forlorn Strangers is an all acoustic band using guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, a stomp box, and some percussion. Friday, Oct. 28 THE BATTLEFIELD WITH DON GALLARDO • WDVX • 12PM • FREE THE BATTLEFIELD WITH DON GALLARDO • Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg) • 7PM • FREE ROBIN SPIELBERG • Clayton Center for the Arts (Maryville) • 7:30PM • Robin Spielberg is one of America’s most beloved pianist/composers. A prolific composer, Spielberg has seventeen recordings to her credit and appears on over 40 compilations around the world. Her discography includes albums of original piano solos, arrangements of American standards, original pieces for piano/ensemble, recordings for the holidays, a CD of Americana melodies, and a CD of lullabies. Her newest recording is Another Time, Another Place, is a recording of original piano solos that the composer says “explore the mysteries of time.” • $12.50-$25 FROG AND TOAD’S DIXIE QUARTET • The Crown and Goose • 8PM • Live jazz featuring a mix of original music, early jazz and more. • FREE ROUX DU BAYOU • Laurel Theater • 8PM • Accordionist Paul Gregoire from the town of Dulac in South Louisiana leads



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CALENDAR this Nashville based band, always a treat for Cajun dance enthusiasts. On guitar and vocals is South Louisiana native Wade Bernard; Jerry Prevost on drums and rounding out the group, Stephan Dudash on fiddle and guitar. • $11 MOJOFLO WITH MOJO:FLOW • The Open Chord • 8PM • Two different bands named Mojo Flo(w)—one from Ohio, the other from Maryville. What are the odds? All ages. • $8 K-TOWN MUSIC • Two Doors Down (Maryville) • 9PM  BETHANY HANKINS AND SWING SERENADE • The Bistro at the Bijou • 9PM • Live jazz. • FREE CITY LIMITS • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 9PM  THE BARSTOOL ROMEOS • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 9PM  CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT WITH THE SOUTHERN BELLES • Scruffy City Hall • 9PM  FREAKIVAL III • The International • 9PM • It’s time for our third annual Freakival. We will be utilizing both rooms for this show. On the Midnight Voyage stage at the International: Minnesota, Wick-It the Instigator, and Huglife. On the Temple stage at the Concourse: DJ Fallen, JC, and DJ Bone. 18 and up. Visit • $10-$50 MARBLE CITY 5 • Red Piano Lounge • 9PM  TIM LEE 3 WITH THE KEVIN ABERNATHY BAND, CAPS, AND BRANDY ZDAN • Pilot Light • 10PM • Since moving to Knoxville around 2000, Tim and Susan Lee have become

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the local music scene’s most prominent power couple. They’ve played with nearly everybody else in town at one point or another and appeared on dozens of local records. They’ll pitch in at any fundraiser. And they’ve still managed to release four full-lengths in nine years with the Tim Lee 3 (not to mention Tim’s three solo albums before that, plus a bunch of EPs and live recordings). The trio specializes in inventive, melodic guitar rock with pop instincts and bar-band muscle. There are hints of L.A.’s Paisley Underground, early R.E.M., X, and the Blasters— you’ll occasionally catch a ZZ Top tone from Tim, even. The band celebrates its 10th anniversary and the release of its new album, Tin. 18 and up. • $10 THE WOODY PINES • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 10PM • FREE BIG COUNTRY’S EMPTY BOTTLE WITH THE BARNYARD STOMPERS • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.  Saturday, Oct. 29 BRANDY ZDAN WITH THE BIG VALLEY MUSTANGS • WDVX • 12PM • FREE FORT DEFIANCE • Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg) • 7PM • Fort Defiance is high-energy folk duo from Nashville, Tennessee, born from the solo careers of multi-instrumentalists Jordan Eastman and Laurel Lane. • FREE BABY BABY WITH REALM, HUDSON K, BEL HEIR, AND LA BASURA DEL DIABLO • Scruffy City Hall • 7PM • Scruffy City Hall’s massive Halloween lineup for the Knox Zombie


Don’t be fooled by the high tone of this lecture title—this isn’t a narrowly focused event exclusively for academics and hardcore feminists. On the contrary, gender is a subject that affects every one of us, every day, in every area of our lives. And lately we’ve been fed a daily diet of misinformation about how Islam, in particular, relates to gender. It fosters bigotry, disunity, and fear. The way that sensationalist negative headlines have linked militarism, terrorism, authoritarianism, and oppression with the Muslim faith is not only unfair and unjust—it is flat-out untrue. During the current election cycle, it engenders a toxic nationalism that flies in the face of the pluralism and multiculturalism that make the United States vibrant and strong. Globally, it undermines our strength as a single human family to work together to create a safe, just, and peaceful world where everyone can flourish. As a Muslim and a first-class scholar, Asma Afsaruddin is uniquely qualified to take on this charged topic. (She’s a professor of Near Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University, specializing in Islamic texts and gender.) In this lecture, she will present the findings of female scholars whose reading of the Qur’an through the lens of gender has had a significant impact in Muslim-majority countries. Many Americans have a distorted view of Muslim women; Afsaruddin’s talk, based on extensive research, shatters these notions. Another benefit of attending the lecture is the chance for non-Muslims to meet some of their Muslim neighbors. Few things are as important these days as forging strong bonds of friendship, human heart to human heart. (Sharada Nizami) 74

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Walk after party.  *REPEAT REPEAT WITH HELLAPHANT • The Concourse • 8PM • *repeat repeat takes its inspiration from surf rock and California beach music of the ‘60s. It’s a three-piece band, with Jared Corder on guitar and vocals, Andy Herrin on drums, and Corder’s wife, Kristyn, on vocals. While there’s certainly a surf-rock influence, *repeat repeat gives the genre a modern twist, with each member adding his or her own interpretation. Corder was reared on West Coast punk and ska, his wife brings in a more hippie California sound ala the Mamas and the Papas, while Herrin’s influences lean more toward ’90s alternative rock. 18 and up. Visit • $10-$15 THE COVERALLS WITH PEAK PHYSIQUE • Preservation Pub • 8PM • Knoxville’s long-running bar/wedding/special event favorites are masters of mood—they know what an audience wants, whether it’s Top 40 hits, Motown, classic rock, or jazz standards, and they deliver, on time, every time. 21 and up.  MIDDLEFINGER • Two Doors Down (Maryville) • 9PM  WILL BOYD • The Bistro at the Bijou • 9PM • Live jazz. • FREE THE BARNYARD STOMPERS • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 9PM  SHAUN ABBOTT • Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria (Maryville) • 9PM  KELEN HELLER, INWARD OF EDEN, AND DIVIDED WE STAND • The Open Chord • 9PM • The Open Chord’s hard-rock Halloween party. All ages. • $10-$12 GUY SMILEY • Paul’s Oasis • 9:30PM  THE REFLECTORS • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 10PM • FREE

Hosted by Sarah Pirkle. • FREE Wednesday, Oct. 26 TIME WARP TEA ROOM OLD-TIME JAM • Time Warp Tea Room • 7PM • Regular speed old-time/fiddle jam every Wednesday. All instruments and skill levels welcome.  SCHULZ BRÄU OPEN MIC NIGHT • Schulz Bräu Brewing Company • 8PM • Every Wednesday. • FREE BRACKINS BLUES JAM • Brackins Blues Club (Maryville) • 9PM • A weekly open session hosted by Tommie John. • FREE Thursday, Oct. 27 SCOTTISH MUSIC SESSION • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 7:15PM • Held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. • FREE


Thursday, Oct. 20 THE SPINS • The Open Chord • 8PM • Vinyl Me, Please presents a monthly record night with giveaways, a preview of a newly released record, and live music performances. Visit • FREE Friday, Oct. 21 TEKNOX V. 30 • The Birdhouse • 10PM • The monthly techno, house, and underground dance night features C Powers and D2T from Georgia and Saint Thomas LeDoux. 21 and up. • FREE

Sunday, Oct. 30 SHIFFLETT’S JAZZ BENEDICT • The Bistro at the Bijou • 12PM • Live jazz. • FREE SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH • Downtown Grill and Brewery • 12:45PM • Knoxville’s coolest jazz artists perform every Sunday. • FREE J. LUKE • Wild Wing Cafe • 6PM • FREE PHANTOGRAM • The Mill and Mine • 9PM • Electronic rock duo Phantogram came out of nowhere in early 2010 with the release of their debut album Eyelid Movies, which was widely lauded by press from Pitchfork to Alternative Press, Spin to NPR. Founders Josh Carter (vocals, guitar, samples) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keys, samples) have replaced their previous day jobs with new careers touring the world and living on the road. • $25-$28 FLORAL PRINT WITH SWEET YEARS AND EX GOLD • Pilot Light • 10PM • 18 and up. • 5 HOTSTOP • Preservation Pub • 10PM • 21 and up.

Thursday, Oct. 27 VALHALLAWEEN: VIKING SAMHAIN FESTIVAL • Bar Marley • Celebrate Halloween like the Vikings in this three-night carnival of ceremonial costumes, fire, and dance. The celebration begins with a modern freakout with DJ Eric B, the Calendar Girls, and a Halloween costume contest (Thursday, Oct. 27) and continues with a pumpkin carving, Kris Long’s “deepfunk dance electronica beats with hard hallows-eve-gothic-emo, classic freak metal and alternative EDM fusion,” an art/music/dance performance of “Danse Macabre,” and a live zombie attack (Friday, Oct. 28); Celtic music and folk tales, historical reenactments, music and dance by Tuatha Dea, and an All Hallows Eve fire dance and drum circle (Saturday, Oct. 29). 



Thursday, Oct. 20 IRISH MUSIC SESSION • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 7:15PM • Held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. • FREE Saturday, Oct. 22 KNOXVILLE STEEL GUITAR JAM • The Open Chord • 12PM • Join us for the very first Knoxville Steel Guitar Jam. Musicians of all ability levels are welcome. • FREE Tuesday, Oct. 25 PRESERVATION PUB SINGER/SONGWRITER NIGHT • Preservation Pub • 7PM  OLD-TIME JAM SESSION • Boyd’s Jig and Reel • 7:15PM •



Thursday, Oct. 20 SCRUFFY CITY ORCHESTRA • First Baptist Church • 7PM • Prospective members, especially string players, are encouraged to contact Alicia Meryweather at for more information. • FREE UT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL • University of Tennessee • Big Ears isn’t the only local music festival that explores the outer reaches of modern music. The University of Tennessee’s second annual Contemporary Music Festival will bring a program of 21st-century music

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to campus and downtown this fall. The festival runs through Saturday, Oct. 22, and features the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble and guest artist Yarn/ Wire, a New York new music chamber ensemble featuring two percussionists and two pianists, one of whom is UT grad Laura Barger. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Friday, Oct. 21 KNOXVILLE OPERA: ‘THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE’ • Tennessee Theatre • 7:30PM • Knoxville Opera brings a production of The Pirates of Penzance to the stage of the Tennessee Theatre for two performances. Although the operetta was staged by KO as recently as March 2010, this production will feature a completely different cast and director, and a fresh take on classic Gilbert and Sullivan. • $21-$99 UT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL • University of Tennessee • Big Ears isn’t the only local music festival that explores the outer reaches of modern music. The University of Tennessee’s second annual Contemporary Music Festival will bring a program of 21st-century music to campus and downtown this fall. For more information and a complete schedule, visit Saturday, Oct. 22 UT CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL • University of Tennessee • Big Ears isn’t the only local music festival that explores the outer reaches of modern music. The University of Tennessee’s second annual Contemporary Music Festival will bring a program of 21st-century music to campus and downtown this fall. For more information



and a complete schedule, visit Sunday, Oct. 23 KNOXVILLE OPERA: ‘THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE’ • Tennessee Theatre • 2:30PM • Knoxville Opera brings a production of The Pirates of Penzance to the stage of the Tennessee Theatre for two performances. Although the operetta was staged by KO as recently as March 2010, this production will feature a completely different cast and director, and a fresh take on classic Gilbert and Sullivan. • $21-$99 UT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA • University of Tennessee Alumni Memorial Building • 4PM • FREE Saturday, Oct. 29 BRAD RICHTER • Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan • 7PM • Brad Richter may be one of the most influential classical guitarists working today. His ability to defy the technical limits of his instrument has earned him comparisons to the likes of Franz Liszt and Nicolo Paganini by luminaries of the American classical music scene. Visit • $20 Sunday, Oct. 30 KSO CHAMBER CLASSICS: THE FOUR SEASONS OF BUENOS AIRES • Bijou Theatre • 2:30PM • Join the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in October for a spicy Latin American program! Maestro James Fellenbaum conducts Marquez’s Danzon No. 4, Romero’s Fuga con Pajarillo, Copland’s Three Latin American Sketches, and Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. • $13.50-$31.50

Thursday, Oct. 13 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THE CRUCIBLE’ • Carousel Theatre • 7:30PM • Arthur Miller’s searing play chronicles the historical events in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The fear and accusations of Salem may be an aberration of the American Dream, but it has lent its name to later witch hunts that recur from time to time in the ongoing American story. Sept. 28-Oct. 16. Visit OAK RIDGE PLAYHOUSE: ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’ • Oak Ridge Playhouse • 8PM • It’s opening night of Broadway’s newest play, and the wealthy producer is throwing a lavish party at her Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a collection of theatre insiders (including the excitable playwright, the unstable director, and the pill-popping leading lady) await the reviews. Toss in an acerbic theatre critic and an insecure TV actor, and you have a hilarious recipe for the narcissism, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre. Oct. 7-16. Visit ONCE • Clayton Center for the Arts (Maryville) • 7:30PM • Once is the celebrated musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new

heights … but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. • $39.50-$62.50 Friday, Oct. 14 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THE CRUCIBLE’ • Carousel Theatre • 7:30PM • Sept. 28-Oct. 16. Visit OAK RIDGE PLAYHOUSE: ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’ • Oak Ridge Playhouse • 8PM • Oct. 7-16. Visit Saturday, Oct. 15 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THE CRUCIBLE’ • Carousel Theatre • 7:30PM • Sept. 28-Oct. 16. Visit OAK RIDGE PLAYHOUSE: ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’ • Oak Ridge Playhouse • 8PM • Oct. 7-16. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Sunday, Oct. 16 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THE CRUCIBLE’ • Carousel Theatre • 2PM • Sept. 28-Oct. 16. Visit OAK RIDGE PLAYHOUSE: ‘IT’S ONLY A PLAY’ • Oak Ridge Playhouse • 2PM • Oct. 7-16. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 3PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Thursday, Oct. 20

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CALENDAR THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Earth and Sky is a poetic thriller about a would-be poet and part-time librarian named Sara McKeon whose lover of ten weeks, David Ames, is found dead one hot August morning in the city of Chicago. It appears that David, owner and manager of an expensive art-deco restaurant, may have been involved in several illicit activities including kidnapping, rape and murder. Unable to believe that the man she gave her heart to was a killer, and outraged that the police seem to have closed the book on the case, Sara begins her own investigation of the crime and is led deeper and deeper through the urban labyrinth into the contemporary underworld. Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Friday, Oct. 21 THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Saturday, Oct. 22 THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 MOMENTUM DANCE LAB: SONDER • West High School • 2PM • Momentum Dance Lab presents Sonder, a modern dance performance combining acclaimed local choreographers and musicians. Visit for tickets, or call (865) 386-3464 for more information. • $15

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Sunday, Oct. 23 THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 3PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Wednesday, Oct. 26 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THIS IS OUR YOUTH’ • Clarence Brown Lab Theatre • 7:30PM • Strikingly funny, arrestingly fresh, caustic, and compassionate. Three wayward adolescents on the cusp of adulthood navigate Reagan-era New York, recreating their broken homes in their dysfunctional friendships and bungled attempts to find love. Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Visit Thursday, Oct. 27 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THIS IS OUR YOUTH’ • Clarence Brown Lab Theatre • 7:30PM • Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 THE MAN WHO LIVES HERE IS LOONY • Knoxville Museum of Art • 7PM • R.B. Morris’ one-person play adapted from the life and work of James Agee. The title comes from an anonymous person who wrote it on the door of the building on St. James Place in Brooklyn where Agee was living, and where he sometimes kept a goat. The setting of the play is a room in the garret of a building in Brooklyn on one night in the mid 20th century. Through the long night, the man (Agee) reflects on his life and work, God and humanity, art and artists, literature and

writers, New York and Knoxville, and the current American culture in the Nuclear Age. Oct. 27-Nov. 6. Visit • $15 Friday, Oct. 28 KNOXVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE: ‘THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE’ • Knoxville Children’s Theatre • 7PM • Three strangers volunteer to accompany Dr. John Montague in an investigation of Hill House, a mysterious mansion with a reputation for being haunted. While the four are there, supernatural events drives them to the edge of sanity and pushes one toward a terrible end. Oct. 28-Nov. 13. Visit • $12 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THIS IS OUR YOUTH’ • Clarence Brown Lab Theatre • 7:30PM • Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Saturday, Oct. 29 KNOXVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE: ‘THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE’ • Knoxville Children’s Theatre • 5PM • Oct. 28-Nov. 13. Visit • $12 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THIS IS OUR YOUTH’ • Clarence Brown Lab Theatre • 7:30PM • Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 8PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 Sunday, Oct. 30


ISLAMIC FEMINISMS: Challenging Patriarchy in Muslim-Majority Societies Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5:30 PM JAMES R. COX AUDITORIUM, UT ALUMNI MEMORIAL BUILDING

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KNOXVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE: ‘THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE’ • Knoxville Children’s Theatre • 3PM • Oct. 28-Nov. 13. Visit • $12 CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE: ‘THIS IS OUR YOUTH’ • Clarence Brown Lab Theatre • 2PM • Oct. 26-Nov. 13. Visit THEATRE KNOXVILLE DOWNTOWN: ‘EARTH AND SKY’ • Theatre Knoxville Downtown • 3PM • Oct. 14-30. Visit • $15 THE MAN WHO LIVES HERE IS LOONY • Knoxville Museum of Art • 3PM • R.B. Morris’ one-person play adapted from the life and work of James Agee. Oct. 27-Nov. 6. Visit • $15


Thursday, Oct. 20 THIRD THURSDAY COMEDY OPEN MIC • Big Fatty’s Catering Kitchen • 7:30PM • We will showcase local and touring talent in a curated open mic of 6 to 8 comics. The event starts at 7:30, and there is no charge for admission. The kitchen will be open as well as their full bar. • FREE DAVID SEDARIS • Bijou Theatre • 8PM • With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers

CALENDAR addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris’ next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding (summer 2017). • $59.50 Friday, Oct. 21 THE FIFTH WOMAN POETRY SLAM • The Birdhouse • 6:30PM • The 5th Woman Poetry slam is place where all poets can come and share their words of love, respect, passion, and expression. It is not dedicated solely women but is a place where women poets are celebrated and honored. Check out our Facebook pages for the challenge of the month and focus for our poetry every month.  Sunday, Oct. 23 UPSTAIRS UNDERGROUND COMEDY • Preservation Pub • 8PM • A weekly comedy open mic. Visit Monday, Oct. 24 ON THE MIC WITH MIKE • Scruffy City Hall • 7PM • Bee Valley Productions and Scruffy City Hall are proud to present an attention-deficit, topsy turvy take on the late-night talk show format. Visit beevalleyproductions. com/comedy/onthemicwithmike.  TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE STILL DRUNK, HIGH, AND UNEMPLOYED TOUR • Tennessee Theatre • 7:30PM • See what happens when the boys leave Sunnyvale behind to bring Julian’s latest money making scams, Bubbles’ Hollywood dreams and Ricky’s big ideas on the road. The boys promise more drinking, swearing, drinking, hot dogs, music and drinking in the anything-can-happen, uncensored live show. • $35-$55 FRIENDLYTOWN • Pilot Light • 7:30PM • A weekly comedy night named after the former red-light district near the Old City. Visit 18 and up. • FREE Tuesday, Oct. 25 EINSTEIN SIMPLIFIED • Scruffy City Hall • 8PM • Einstein Simplified Comedy performs live comedy improv at Scruffy City Hall. It’s just like Whose Line Is It Anyway, but you get to make the suggestions. Show starts at 8:15, get there early for the best seats. No cover. • FREE OPEN MIC STAND-UP COMEDY • Longbranch Saloon • 8PM • Come laugh until you cry at the Longbranch every Tuesday night. Doors open at 8:30, first comic at 9. No cover charge, all are welcome. Aspiring or experienced comics interested in joining in the fun can email us at to learn more, or simply come to the show a few minutes early. • FREE SPIKE COLLAR COMEDY: JENN SNYDER • The Open Chord • 8PM • At 5’2, comedian Jenn Snyder packs a whole lot of funny in her one-two punch style of comedy. Topics ranging from her days growing up as a lesbian in a “good ol’ boy” town, to her dealing with the public on a daily basis, this comedian will pull you in with her stories and leave you wanting more with her quick wit and hilarious observations. Born and raised in Columbia South Carolina her ultimate goal is to unite all people through laughter. With supporting acts Gail Grantham Moore, Aaron Chasteen, and Shane Rhyne. Hosted by J.C. Ratliff. 18 and up. • FREE Wednesday, Oct. 26 FULL DISCLOSURE COMEDY • The Open Chord • 8PM • Full Disclosure Comedy is Knoxville’s long-form improvisational troupe, bringing together community members for laughs and overall general merriment.  Thursday, Oct. 27 SUGAR HIGH! COMEDY SHOW • Sugar Mama’s • 8PM • A new comedy showcase at the brand new home of Sugar

Mama’s on the 100 block. No cover. • FREE Saturday, Oct. 29 SMOKY MOUNTAIN STORYTELLERS ASSOCIATION • Vienna Coffee House • 7PM • Spooky, scary stories live, presented by Smoky Mountain Storytellers Cuz Headrick, Millie Sieber, Stephen Fulbright and Janice Brooks-Headrick. • FREE Sunday, Oct. 30 UPSTAIRS UNDERGROUND COMEDY • Preservation Pub • 8PM • A weekly comedy open mic. Visit 


Friday, Oct. 21 UT ARAB FEST 2016 • University of Tennessee • 12PM • Arab Fest 2016 Join us on UT’s Pedestrian Walkway between Hodges Library and Humanities and Social Sciences for our third annual Arab Fest. The event runs from 12:00-9:00 pm on Friday, October 21 and from 12:00-6:00 pm on Saturday October 22. There will be food and craft vendors, children’s activities, and demonstrations of Arabic music, dance, fashion, cooking, and much, much more. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit and • FREE KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit HAITI FEST 2016 • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church • 5:30PM • With steel drum music by Carib Sound, authentic Haitian food, silent auction, kids’ corner, and more. Funds support school in Fond des Blancs Haiti. • $20 Saturday, Oct. 22 WOLFSTOCK • Wolf PAWS Positive Awareness Wolf-Dog Sanctuary • 12PM • The second annual fundraiser for Wolf PAWS Positive Awareness Wolf-dog Sanctuary. There will be live music, BBQ by the Gigglin’ Pig, vendor booths with local arts and crafts, a silent aucton and tours of the sanctuary where you can meet our resident wolf-dogs. Come on out and support Wolf PAWS. Free admission, but donations will be appreciated. Visit wolf • FREE KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit REI THINGAMAJIG! USED GEAR SWAP AND BEER GARDEN MUSIC FESTIVAL • Schulz Bräu Brewing Company • 12PM • It’s a community gear swap with music by Dave Kennedy and Handsome and the Humbles and local food trucks and beer. Sell your favorite gear to fellow outdoor enthusiasts and make some beer money, swap some outdoor stories, rock out to live music, grab a German brew in Schulz Brau Brewery’s bier garden, visit the local food trucks, and feel good about donating to a good cause. (100% of tickets sales support’s the Bike Elf’s






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CALENDAR mission to provide bicycles to children in East Tennessee who earn them.) Email for info. • $5 UT ARAB FEST 2016 • University of Tennessee • 12PM • For more information, visit and • FREE HAPPY HOLLERPALOOZA • Happy Holler • 12PM • Come party in the streets of Happy Holler with your neighbors, friends and family. This great local event takes place in Historic Happy Holler on a closed section of North Central Street between Baxter Avenue and Scott Street. There will be free parking, music and various sights to take in and enjoy. No admission fees mean you can spend more money on the fabulous items you find at the shops of Happy Holler, the wonderful artists, crafters, and street vendors on display, as well as, food of all kinds from local food trucks and restaurants in the Holler. Visit • FREE GIBBS HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION BBQ RIB COOKOFF AND CAR/TRACTOR SHOW • Gibbs High School • 10AM • Featuring inflatables for kids, food, music and more. Sunday, Oct. 23 HOWL-O-WEEN POOCH PARADE AND PET EXPO • University of Tennessee • 1PM • Catering to dogs and dog lovers, this event will promote the invaluable resource of the UT Gardens and the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as many other dog-related nonprofits and businesses in the Knoxville area. Contact Beth Willis at ewillis2@utk. edu for additional information. • FREE KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Scruffy City Hall • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in

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bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN FALL FESTIVAL • Knoxville Botanical Garden • 1PM • Craft vendors, live music, food vendors and food trucks, and a craft area for children to make fall crafts will highlight this outdoor, family-oriented event. Hayride tours will be given and there will be fall photo opportunities throughout the garden, including at the garden’s new Big Red Chair, in the Le Conte Meadow. A Blessing of the Animals will take place at 3:00 p.m., by the Reverend James Anderson, of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The garden’s new Secret Garden will be open to tour, as well. BEARDSLEY COMMUNITY FARM FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL • Beardsley Community Farm • 1PM • A free, family-friendly celebration. The festival will celebrate the farm, the community, and the final fall harvest. There will be delicious food, live music, and children’s games free for all to enjoy. Please call (865) 546-8446 with questions. • FREE Thursday, Oct. 27 BLOUNT MANSION MYSTERIOUS PAST TOURS • Blount Mansion • 7PM • Come join us for a night of fun as we explore legends, customs, and myths at the Mysterious Past of Blount Mansion. The tours are at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. • $10

New Age Fair & Masquerade Ball

Friday, Oct. 28 FANBOY EXPO HALLOWEEN WEEKEND • Knoxville Convention Center • 4PM • Featuring celebrity guests Cherrie Currie (the Runaways), Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, Dead Zone), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), William Forsyth (Raising Arizona), P.J. Soles (Halloween, Stripes), and many more. Oct. 28-30. Visit • $17-$50 JAMES WHITE’S FORT HEARTHSCRES BALL 2016 • James White’s Fort • 7PM • Spooky surprises await you at the 6th Annual HearthScares Ball. The Fort will be transformed into a scary landmark for an evening of dancing. Come dressed in your most impressive costume. The event includes dancing, frightening finger foods, silent auction, costume contest and other Halloween hi-jinks. Proceeds benefit preservation at James White’s Fort. Must be 21 or over to attend. • $75 Saturday, Oct. 29 INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL • World’s Fair Park • 11AM • This is your chance to taste some of the most popular and tastiest foods from different countries around the world. Our bazaar will give you the feel of shopping in the market place of some of your favorite countries and will will have authentic products to purchase. Our kid’s corner includes inflatables and crafts for your child’s entertainment. Purchase a $5 unlimited play armband and your child receives a Kids Passport to travel our festival looking for different countries to stamp their pages. HALLOWEENFEST • A Touch of Magic and Such will be

hosting a New Age Fair and Halloween Ball on Oct. 29-30, at the Jubilee Center on Callahan Road. FANBOY EXPO HALLOWEEN WEEKEND • Knoxville Convention Center • 10AM • Featuring celebrity guests Cherrie Currie (the Runaways), Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, Dead Zone), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), William Forsyth (Raising Arizona), P.J. Soles (Halloween, Stripes), and many more. Oct. 28-30. Visit • $17-$50 CELTIC NEW YEAR CELEBRATION • Bar Marley • 5PM • The Knoxville Irish Society invites you to their Celtic New Year celebration, a traditional harvest festival with a bonfire ceremony, Irish food, and Irish music. Sunday, Oct. 30 HALLOWEENFEST • A Touch of Magic and Such will be hosting a New Age Fair and Halloween Ball on Oct. 29-30, at the Jubilee Center on Callahan Road. FANBOY EXPO HALLOWEEN WEEKEND • Knoxville Convention Center • 11AM • Featuring celebrity guests Cherrie Currie (the Runaways), Anthony Michael Hall (Weird Science, Dead Zone), Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), William Forsyth (Raising Arizona), P.J. Soles (Halloween, Stripes), and many more. Oct. 28-30. Visit • $17-$50

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Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 30

SCHULZ BRÄU FILMNACHT • Schulz Bräu Brewing Company • 9PM • A free weekly movie screening—check social media for the week’s entry. 21 and up. • FREE KNOXFERATU: AN EVENING OF SILENT HORROR FILMS • Scruffy City Hall • 7PM • Get a jumpstart on Halloween with a lineup of classic silent movies, including several early horror shorts and F.W. Murnau’s chilling unauthorized Expressionist adaptation of Dracula. • $10


Friday, Oct. 21 KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit

Tuesday, Oct. 25 BEST OF ENEMIES’ • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 7PM • In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult— their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed, and a new era in public discourse was born. • FREE

Saturday, Oct. 22 KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit

Thursday, Oct. 27 NOKNO CINEMATEQUE: ‘FRAILTY’ • Central Collective • 8PM • A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.” With Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, and Powers Boothe. • FREE SCHULZ BRÄU FILMNACHT • Schulz Bräu Brewing Company • 9PM • A free weekly movie screening—check social media for the week’s entry. 21 and up. • FREE

Sunday, Oct. 23 KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL • Scruffy City Hall • The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is committed in bringing the best (and worst) of genre cinema to East Tennessee through our annual film festival and feature screenings throughout the year. Since 2009 KHFF has been a force in the local film community, hosting screenings and events throughout the year and bringing it all together each October for our festival. Visit THE PUBLIC CINEMA: HOMO SAPIENS • Knoxville Museum of Art • 7PM • Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we’re gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. Visit • FREE


Monday, Oct. 24 UT OUT FILM SERIES: STONEWALL UPRISING • University of Tennessee • 6PM • This film tells the story of the massive police raid of the Stonewall in June 1969 and riots that followed. Part of the OUT Film Series at the John C. Hodges Library. • FREE NUCLEAR SAVAGE: THE ISLANDS OF SECRET PROJECT 4.1’ • St. James Episcopal Church • 6:30PM • Filmmaker Adam Jonas Horowitz documents a government program, Project 4.1, to study secretly human beings exposed to radiation from nuclear test fallout. Nuclear Savage was made for PBS which has so far required significant editing and still refuses to air the film. Sponsored by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance with the assistance of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. • FREE THE BIRDHOUSE WALK-IN THEATER • The Birdhouse • 8:15PM • A weekly free movie screening. Visit

Thursday, Oct. 20 CYCOLOGY BICYCLES THURSDAY MORNING RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 10AM • Visit • FREE NORTH KNOXVILLE BEER RUNNERS • Central Flats and Taps • 6PM • Meet us at Central Flats and Taps every Thursday night for a fun and easy run leading us right through Saw Works for a midway beer. • FREE FLEET FEET GROUP RUN/WALK • Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville • 6PM • Visit • FREE BEARDEN BIKE AND TRAIL LAPS ON CHEROKEE BOULEVARD • Bearden Bike and Trail • 6PM • Visit • FREE RIVER SPORTS GREENWAY RIDE • River Sports Outfitters • 6PM • Visit • FREE-$10 CEDAR BLUFF CYCLES BEGINNER ROAD RIDE • Sequoyah Park • 6:20PM • Visit • FREE CEDAR BLUFF CYCLES THURSDAY NIGHT RIDE • Cedar Bluff Cycles • 6:20PM • Visit • FREE Friday, Oct. 21 RIVER SPORTS FRIDAY NIGHT GREENWAY RUN • River Sports Outfitters • 6:15PM • Visit • FREE Saturday, Oct. 22 WEST BIKES SATURDAY RIDE • West Bicycles • 8AM • Visit • FREE BIKE ZOO SATURDAY MORNING RIDE • The Bike Zoo • 9AM • Visit • FREE BIKE N’ TRI GROUP CLIMBING RIDE • Bike N’ Tri • 5PM • Join us for our group climbing ride of 30-40 miles, for intermediate to advanced riders only. • FREE SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIKING CLUB: MOUNT CAMMERER • Mount Cammerer, also called White Rock, offers 360 degree views of fall color. Our approach will be by the

Low Gap Trail, rising 1,900 feet in 2.9 miles, then by a gentler climb on the AT. Hike: 16 miles, rated difficult. Meet at the Comcast, 5720 Asheville Hwy, at 6:45 am. Leaders: John Smiley, and Mary Brewer, • FREE PADDLE THE RIVER • Riverside Landing Park • 9:30AM • Come paddle with us every fourth Saturday of the month. We will be paddling from Holston River Park to Ned McWherter Dock. We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at McWherter Landing and set up our shuttle system. We will put in at Holston River Park and paddle down and take out at Ned McWherter. Come on out and paddle with us. Cost is $20 per person. Boat/paddle/PFD will be provided. Show up with your water attire and bring something to drink and sunscreen for those sunny days. Visit UT ARBORETUM OWL PROWL • University of Tennessee Arboretum • 6:30PM • Naturalists from the Clinch River Raptor Center, Kathy Strunk and Katie Cottrell will bring live owls for display and will give information about their natural history. The evening event will begin at the UT Arboretum Program Shelter (follow the signs and drive to this location). The initial program will be followed by walks on the grounds of the Arboretum led by Kathy, Katie and John Byrd. The goal is to hear some owls. Those who do not wish to go on the walks may stay at the shelter and visit with the center’s educational owls. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights if they plan to participate in the “owl prowl” in the woods. To learn more about the Arboretum Society, go to www. Sunday, Oct. 23 CYCOLOGY BICYCLES SUNDAY MORNING GROUP RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 9AM • Visit • FREE Monday, Oct. 24 KTC GROUP RUN • Mellow Mushroom • 6PM • Visit • FREE TVB MONDAY NIGHT ROAD RIDE • Tennessee Valley Bikes • 6PM • The soon to be famous Monday night road ride happens every Monday. We usually split into two groups according to speed. Both groups are no-drop groups. The faster group averages over 17 mph and the B group averages around 14 mph. • FREE BEARDEN BEER MARKET FUN RUN • Bearden Beer Market • 6:30PM • Visit • FREE BIKE N’ TRI MONDAY GROUP RUN • Bike N’ Tri • 6:30PM • Every Monday evening, join us for a social three- to six-mile group run. All runners/joggers/walkers welcome. • FREE Tuesday, Oct. 25 CYCOLOGY BICYCLES TUESDAY MORNING RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 9AM • Visit • FREE CYCOLOGY BICYCLES TUESDAY MORNING RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 10:30AM • Visit • FREE AMBC BIG GROUP MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE • Ijams Nature Center • 6PM • Visit • FREE THIRD CREEK GREENWAY SOCIAL RIDE • Bearden Bike and Trail • 6PM • Visit • FREE CEDAR BLUFF CYCLES TUESDAY NIGHT RIDE • Cedar Bluff Cycles • 6:20PM • Join Cedar Bluff Cycles every Tuesday night for their group ride. Riders will divided into 2 groups. The A group rides an extremely fast-paced 40-plus-mile loop at a speed of 22-24 mph. The B group is a little more relaxed, riding at an 18-20 mph pace. Visit • FREE HARD KNOX TUESDAY FUN RUN • Hard Knox Pizzeria •

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CALENDAR 6:30PM • Join Hard Knox Pizzeria every Tuesday evening (rain or shine) for a 2-3 mile fun run. Burn calories. Devour pizza. Quench thirst. Follow us on Facebook. • FREE BIKETOPIA TUESDAY ROAD RIDE • Biketopia • 6:30PM • Visit • FREE FOUNTAIN CITY ROUNDABOUT • Casual Pint (Fountain City) • 6:30PM • Visit • FREE Wednesday, Oct. 26 SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIKING CLUB: EAST LAKESHORE TRAIL • 9AM • We will hike the Glendale Branch and Coytee Loop at the East Lakeshore Trail at Tellico Lake. Hiking distance is about 9 miles along Tellico Lake. Meet at Lenoir City Cracker Barrel, 325 Ft Loudon Medical Center Drive, at 9:00 am. Leader: Terry Nyenhuis, terrynyenhuis@gmail. com, 865-206- 9476. • FREE BIKE N’ TRI GROUP RIDE • Bike N’ Tri • 10AM • Every Wednesday, join us for a social group ride of 20-40 miles. We’ll split into two groups to make the ride suitable for all riders. All riders welcome. • FREE FLEET FEET WEDNESDAY LUNCH BREAK RUN • Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville • 12PM • Visit • FREE KTC GROUP RUN • Runner’s Market • 5:30PM • Visit • FREE TVB EASY RIDER MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE • Ijams Nature Center • 6PM • Check out our Facebook page or give us a call at 865-540-9979 for more info. We meet near Mead’s Quarry. • FREE AMBC CONCORD PARK MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE • Concord

Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 30

Park • 6PM • Visit • FREE WEST BIKES WEDNESDAY BIKE RIDE • West Bicycles • 6:15PM • Visit • FREE

participate in the Irish sport of hurling, which has been played in Ireland for 3,000 years. It is addictively fun, and has been described as a hybrid of field hockey and lacrosse. If you enjoy the dynamic of soccer and ultimate frisbee, the excitement of swinging at a baseball, or the physicallity of rugby, this is the sport for you. The Irish sports are open to the public; anyone interested is invited to spectate or participate. All gear is provided. We host weekly practices year-round. Find Knoxville Gaelic Athletic Club on facebook and twitter, or google “fastest game on grass” for more informaiton on Hurling. • FREE FARRAGUT 13.1/5K/KIDS’ RUN • Farragut High School • 7:30AM • Visit • $30-$55 WEST BIKES SATURDAY RIDE • West Bicycles • 8AM • Visit • FREE SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIKING CLUB: BIG FORK RIDGE TRAIL • 8AM • We will start this clockwise loop on the Big Fork Ridge Trail in the Cataloochee Valley. We will hike over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Junction, then up the Caldwell Fork Trail to again reach the top of Big Fork Ridge at a junction with the Rough Fork Trail. Then we coast down to our starting point. Elk bugling may punctuate our hike. Total distance of 9.2 miles and total climb of 1,800 feet make this a hike of moderate difficulty. Meet at the Comcast, 5720 Asheville Highway, at 8:00 am. Leader: Steve Dunkin, • FREE BIKE ZOO SATURDAY MORNING RIDE • The Bike Zoo • 9AM • Visit • FREE BIKE N’ TRI GROUP CLIMBING RIDE • Bike N’ Tri • 5PM • Join us for our group climbing ride of 30-40 miles, for intermediate to advanced riders only. • FREE

Thursday, Oct. 27 CYCOLOGY BICYCLES THURSDAY MORNING RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 10AM • Visit • FREE NORTH KNOXVILLE BEER RUNNERS • Central Flats and Taps • 6PM • Meet us at Central Flats and Taps every Thursday night for a fun and easy run leading us right through Saw Works for a midway beer. • FREE FLEET FEET GROUP RUN/WALK • Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville • 6PM • Visit • FREE BEARDEN BIKE AND TRAIL LAPS ON CHEROKEE BOULEVARD • Bearden Bike and Trail • 6PM • Visit • FREE RIVER SPORTS GREENWAY RIDE • River Sports Outfitters • 6PM • Visit • FREE-$10 CEDAR BLUFF CYCLES BEGINNER ROAD RIDE • Sequoyah Park • 6:20PM • Visit • FREE CEDAR BLUFF CYCLES THURSDAY NIGHT RIDE • Cedar Bluff Cycles • 6:20PM • Visit • FREE Friday, Oct. 28 RIVER SPORTS FRIDAY NIGHT GREENWAY RUN • River Sports Outfitters • 6:15PM • Visit • FREE Saturday, Oct. 29 CELTIC NEW YEAR CELEBRATION • Sam Duff Memorial Park • 12PM • The Knoxville Irish Society invites you to their Celtic New Year Celebration—you can watch or Photo by Joe Martinez Jr./Thrill Jockey Records

OOZING WOUND Pilot Light (106 E. Jackson Ave.) • Tuesday, Oct. 25 • 9 p.m. • 18 and up • or

A Google search for “oozing wound” will turn up info about this Chicago noise/punk/thrash trio: a link to Thrill Jockey, the band’s label; a Pitchfork review of the group’s 2014 album, Earth Suck; and a profile from the English newspaper the Guardian, from the same year. But don’t click the images tab—the search also leads to some pretty gross stuff on medical websites: “Why does my wound keep oozing?” Singer/guitarist Zack Weil, bassist Kevin Cribbin, and drummer Kyle Reynolds showed up fully formed in 2011 with Retrash, their debut album as Oozing Wound. There’s not been much development or creative growth on the subsequent Earth Suck or the brand-new Whatever Forever, mostly because there’s no need. From the start, the band has demonstrated their command of scorched-earth punk-metal crossover—fast/faster dynamics, maniac drum fills, lacerating guitar riffs, and economical songwriting in which no guitar lick or vocal howl is wasted or out of place. (Matthew Everett)


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Sunday, Oct. 30 CYCOLOGY BICYCLES SUNDAY MORNING GROUP RIDE • Cycology Bicycles • 9AM • Visit • FREE


Art Market Gallery 422 S. Gay St. OCT. 4-27: Paintings by Brenda Mills and clay art by Karyn Kyte. Broadway Studios and Gallery 1127 N. Broadway Oct. 7-29: Jan Lynch: A Retrospective. The District Gallery 5113 Kingston Pike OCT. 7-29: Mask, an exhibit of animal masks by sculptor Nan Jacobsohn. East Tennessee History Center 601 S. Gay St. APRIL 16-OCT. 30: Come to Make Records, a selection of artifacts, audio and video recordings, and photographs celebrating Knoxville’s music heritage and the 1929-30 St. James Hotel recording sessions. Emporium Center for Arts and Culture 100 S. Gay St. OCT. 7-28: Tennessee Artists Association Fall Juried Show; The Arrowmont Experience; pottery by Rex W. Redd; Impressions of Nature, photographic paintings by Dennis Sabo; and artwork by Melanie Fetterolf. Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center 1127B Broadway

AUG. 1-OCT. 31: Whimsical Creatures, paintings and photographs by Lela E. Buis. Knoxville Museum of Art 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive AUG. 26-NOV. 6: Romantic Spirits: 19th-Century Paintings of the South From the Johnson Collection ONGOING: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art From East Tennessee and Beyond; and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture 1327 Circle Park Drive SEPT. 17-JAN. 8: Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley. JULY 12-OCT. 19: Land, Sea, and Spirit: Alaska Native Art From the 19th and 20th Centuries. ONGOING: The Flora and Fauna of Catesby, Mason, and Audubon and Life on the Roman Frontier.


Thursday, Oct. 20 LITTLE LEARNERS • Blount County Public Library • 10:30AM • Recommended for ages 3-5. • FREE CHESS AT THE LIBRARY • Blount County Public Library • 1PM • For middle and high school students, with coach Tom Jobe. Visit • FREE LEGO CLUB • Blount County Public Library • 4PM • FREE Friday, Oct. 21 S.T.E.A.M. KIDS • Blount County Public Library • 4PM • For grades K-5. • FREE BOO! AT THE ZOO • Knoxville Zoo • 5:30PM • Boo! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. Oct. 6-23. Visit • $9 Saturday, Oct. 22 CHESS AT THE LIBRARY • Blount County Public Library • 10AM • Visit • FREE BLOUNT COUNTY NERD GROUP • Blount County Public Library • 3PM • Starting this summer, students can learn the basic principles of computer programming, also known as coding. • FREE BOO! AT THE ZOO • Knoxville Zoo • 5:30PM • Boo! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. Oct. 6-23. Visit • $9 MEAD MONTESSORI SCHOOL FALL FESTIVAL • Mead Montessori School • 11AM • This is a family event that is open to the public. This Year’s Activities: Onsight Rock Gym, Silent Auction, Games, Music, Costume Parade, Henna Tattoo, Cake Walk, and more. Entertainment by Sean McCullough, Red Shoes and Rosin, and One World Circus. Admission is free, but tickets are needed for games and food. Tickets can be purchased at • FREE KNOX LIT EXCHANGE • Central Collective • 11:30AM • The Knoxville Literary Exchange is a free, monthly poetry and prose writing workshop open to high school age students. The workshop will focus on giving students the opportunity to engage in writing, share their writing, and receive encouraging feedback--all in a supportive, safe space. The Knoxville Literary Exchange meets every third

Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 30

Saturday in the fall (September, November, and December—the October meeting is on Oct. 22) and spring (February, March, April, May). For further information, please contact organizer Liam Hysjulien at • FREE RIVER SPORTS TRICK OR TREAT ON THE WATER • Ijams Nature Center and Concord Park • 11AM • Halloween is just around the corner. On Oct. 22 and 23, come out to one of our two rental locations wearing your Halloween costume and get candy to start off your trick or treating a week early. It will be an awesome way to spend your Saturday and Sunday with family or friends. Visit  Sunday, Oct. 23 BOO! AT THE ZOO • Knoxville Zoo • 5:30PM • Boo! at the Zoo is Knoxville’s largest Halloween event, featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. Oct. 6-23. Visit • $9 RIVER SPORTS TRICK OR TREAT ON THE WATER • Ijams Nature Center and Concord Park • 11AM • Halloween is just around the corner. On Oct. 22 and 23, come out to one of our two rental locations wearing your Halloween costume and get candy to start off your trick or treating a week early. It will be an awesome way to spend your Saturday and Sunday with family or friends. Visit  Tuesday, Oct. 25 LITTLE LEARNERS • Blount County Public Library • 10:30AM • Recommended for ages 3-5. • FREE


SENSORY STORY TIME • Blount County Public Library • 6PM • An interactive storytime with stories, songs, movement, and activities designed to increase early literacy skills and provide a safe and open space for children and families to learn and interact. Open to children of all abilities but especially designed for the kids with special needs between the developmental ages of 3 - 5. • FREE Wednesday, Oct. 26 BABY AND ME • Blount County Public Library • 10:30AM • Recommended for ages 2 and under. These lapsit sessions for baby and caregiver feature short stories, action rhymes, music and pre-literacy tips and tricks for caregivers. It is also a great time for caregivers and babies to socialize. • FREE Thursday, Oct. 27 LITTLE LEARNERS • Blount County Public Library • 10:30AM • Recommended for ages 3-5. • FREE CHESS AT THE LIBRARY • Blount County Public Library • 1PM • Visit • FREE LEGO CLUB • Blount County Public Library • 4PM • FREE


Thursday, Oct. 20 LISPECTORFEST: A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF CLARICE LISPECTOR • University of Tennessee • 10AM • Hailed as one of the premier Latin American prose writers of the


modern era, Brazilian author Clarice Lispector has been compared to the likes of Woolf, Kafka and Nabokov. Events include a screening of The Hour of the Star, Suzana Amaral’s 1985 film adaptation of Lispector’s 1977 novel of the same name (Oct. 18); a lecture and workshop by Katrina Dodson, who translated the new English-language edition of Lispector’s short stories (Oct. 19 and 20); and a related art exhibit at the Central Collective by UT art professor Rubens Ghenov, who was born in Brazil (Oct. 19-21). Visit for details and a complete schedule. • FREE JIM TUMBLIN: ‘FOUNTAIN CITY: PEOPLE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE’ • East Tennessee History Center • 12PM • Local historian and Shopper columnist Dr. Jim Tumblin will discuss his new book, Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference, the history of Knoxville’s most fiercely independent community as told through the stories of 56 extraordinary citizens. Visit • FREE MATT MURRAY: “PRESIDENTIAL ECONOMICS: RHETORIC AND REALITY” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 12:30PM • Murray is the Baker Center director and Boyd Center associate director. • FREE “AN ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 1PM • Becky Jacobs, a Waller Lansden Distinguished Professor of Law, will moderate an interdisciplinary panel. • FREE MONIQUE WELLS • Knoxville Museum of Art • 5:30PM • Wells, founder and director of the organization dedicated to preserving Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney’s artistic legacy in Paris, will speak at the Knoxville Museum of Art. • Free

Friday, Oct. 21 UT SCIENCE FORUM • Thompson-Boling Arena • 12PM • The University of Tennessee Science Forum offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical, or technology developments. Visit • FREE Sunday, Oct. 23 RITA QUILLEN • Union Ave Books • 2PM • Book signing with poet Rita Quillen reading from her new collection of poems, The Mad Farmer’s Wife. • FREE MCCLUNG MUSEUM CIVIL WAR BUS TOUR • McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture • 2PM • Join the McClung Museum for the bus tour “Forgotten Memorials: Designed for Remembrance, Relegated to Obscurity,” highlighting Knoxville’s neglected Civil War cemeteries and memorials. For questions or to purchase tickets by phone, call Stacy Palado at 865-974-2143. • $40-$60 BIRDHOUSE SUNDAY DINNER POTLUCK AND PRESENTATION • The Birdhouse • 6PM • Every month, the Birdhouse hosts a Sunday dinner program. It begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a speaker and presentation on a wide range of timely topics. • FREE Monday, Oct. 24 EBAN GOODSTEIN: “REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, AND SUSTAINABILITY” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 1PM • Goodstein is director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College in New York. • FREE EBAN GOODSTEIN: “HOW TO GET A JOB SAVING THE PLANET” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 3:30PM • Goodstein is director of the Bard Center for

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PATRIARCHY IN MUSLIM-MAJORITY SOCIETIES” • University of Tennessee Alumni Memorial Building • 5:30PM • FREE • See Spotlight on page 74. Wednesday, Oct. 26 BOOKS SANDWICHED IN • East Tennessee History Center • 12PM • The Friends of the Knox County Public Library’s monthly reading series this fall includes Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett leading a discussion on I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa, by Charles Brandt (Oct. 19); Vrondelia Chandler of Project Grad and Jackie Clay of the Save Our Sons initiative on Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms, by H. Richard Milner IV and Tyrone Howard (Oct. 26); UT journalism professor Stuart Brotman on Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, by Timothy Garton Ash (Nov. 16); and Patricia Robledo, business liaison for the city of Knoxville, on The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez (Dec. 7). • FREE Thursday, Oct. 27 PETER Z. GROSSMAN: “ENERGY POLICY AND THE NEXT PRESIDENT” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 1PM • Grossman is a Clarence Efroymson Professor of Economics at Butler University. • FREE PETER Z. GROSSMAN AND LORNA A. GREENING: “ANALYZING THE PROCESS OF ENERGY POLICY” • Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy • 3PM • Grossman and Greening, a Baker Center Energy and Environment Fellow, will discuss why policy responses to the same problems

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Thursday, Oct. 20 GENTLE YOGA AND MEDITATION • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • 12PM • Call 865-577-2021 or email Donations accepted. PORTRAIT AND LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS • Historic Candoro Marble Company • 12:30PM • Portrait and life drawing practice at Candoro Art and Heritage Center. $10. Call Brad Selph for more information (865-573-0709). • $10 CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY: KNIT YOUR WAY TO WELLNESS • Cancer Support Community • 1PM • Whether you are a novice knitter or an old pro, you are invited to bring your own project or join others in learning a new one. Special attention will be provided to beginners interested in learning how to knit and experience the meditative quality of knitting. Supplies provided. Call 865-546-4661. All Cancer Support Community programs are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer. KNOXVILLE CAPOEIRA CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 6PM • Visit • $10 KNOXVILLE PERSONAL TRAINING PILATES • Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church • 6:30PM • Every Tuesday and Thursday. First class is free. Call (865) 622-3103 or visit • $4

THIRSTY (FOR KNOWLEDGE) THURSDAY • Old City Wine Bar • 6:30PM • Join our sommelier, Matt Burke, every Thursday in the cellar of the Old City Wine Bar for our ongoing wine education series. Free to listen and only $20-$25 to partake in the libations. • $20-$25 COMEDY IMPROV CLASS • Broadway Academy of Performing Arts • 7PM • Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified will be teaching a six-week improv/comedy improv class Sept. 22-Nov. 3. (There’s no class on Oct. 13.) Contact Paul at or 865-898-6448 for more info or to register. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $100 for the six classes. ADULT COLORING SESSIONS • Blount County Public Library • 7PM • Remember the carefree joy of picking up your favorite crayon or marker and adding color to a beautiful picture? Experience the same fun and relaxation even though you are now an adult. Held on the third Thursday of every month. • FREE BELLY DANCE LEVELS 1 AND 2 • Knox Dance Worx • 8PM • Call (865) 898-2126 or email • $12 SUP YOGA • Concord Park • 7PM • Yoga on a SUP board? Come join us every Thursday at the Cove. We will meet at the River Sports Outfitters building. Cost is $25 and includes board, paddle and PFD. Register at • $25 Friday, Oct. 21 KNOX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY WINDOWS 10 COMPUTER WORKSHOPS • Lawson McGee Public Library • 9:30AM • Knox County Public Library is pleased to announce a new

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series of computer workshops based on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. All classes are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (865) 215-8723. • FREE Saturday, Oct. 22 YOGA AT NARROW RIDGE • Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center • 9:30AM • For information call 865-497-2753 or email • FREE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY: MINDFULNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE • Cancer Support Community • 10AM • Life is full of challenges. What can we do when our lives feel out of control? A practice of mindfulness can help. RSVP. Call 865-546-4661 for more info. All Cancer Support Community programs are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer. LEARN TO GO GREEN GENTLY SEMINAR • Pellissippi State Community College • 10AM • Come and learn how making your home green can not only make you feel better about the environment, but put money back into your pocket too. 50 exhibitors to help you learn how to lower utility bills, make your home more comfortable and healthier, and other green living ideas. Seven classes for homeowners at no charge: energy efficiency info, kitchens, bathrooms, historic homes, renovations, getting off the grid and more. Two classes for contractors and handymen and women - $10 a class. IMPROV COMEDY CLASS • The Birdhouse • 10:30AM • A weekly improv comedy class. • FREE KNOX COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS • Cedar Bluff Branch Library • 10:30AM • Jack Frost is on his way. It’s time for the end-of-season cleanup. Whether you grow herbs, veggies, or flowers, there are things you should do now. Join Master Gardener Joe Pardue for a review of clean-up tasks for your pots and containers, flower beds, veggie beds, and your tools before you hunker down for the winter. Call 865-470-7033. • FREE LEARN TO MEDITATE WORKSHOP • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • 2PM • Led by the author of 800 Stepping Stones to Complete Relaxation. E-mail or call (865) 851-9835. • FREE FLY FISHING 101 • 3 Rivers Angler • 9AM • 3 Rivers Angler is offering lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging at absolutely no charge. Each class teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro to fly fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance. Call 3 Rivers Angler 865-200-5271 for more information or drop John an email at john@3riversangler. com. Visit • FREE SUP YOGA • Concord Park • 9AM • Yoga on a paddle board, every Saturday at 9 a.m. Cost is $25, including rental, or $12.50 if you already have you own board. Visit • $12.50-$25 SAFTA POETRY CROSS FIT • Sundress Academy for the Arts • 1PM • Learn how to conquer writer’s block and how to overcome over-editing at the very first Poetry Cross Fit, a class presented by our own Erin Elizabeth Smith. The class is free though there is a suggested donation of $10. • FREE KAYAK 101 • Concord Park • 10AM • Have you been wondering when you’re ever going to find an opportunity to learn how to kayak? We have you covered! Come learn to paddle with us out at the Cove. Cost is $35 Kayak and PFD is included. Just show up and learn. You’ll be paddling around in no time. You must register for this event so we know if we need to bring any extra boats. Visit • $35


Sunday, Oct. 23 CIRCLE MODERN DANCE BALLET BARRE CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 1PM • Visit • $10 CIRCLE MODERN DANCE OPEN LEVEL MODERN TECHNIQUE CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 2PM • Visit • $10 CIRCLE MODERN DANCE IMPROVISATION CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 3:30PM • Visit • $10 CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY: MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION SERIES • Cancer Support Community • 5PM • This Mindfulness series teaches practices which help develop the skill of self-compassion while living with the stressors of a cancer diagnosis. Research shows that increasing levels of self-compassion are correlated with a greater sense of wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression levels, maintenance of good health habits and more satisfying interpersonal relationships. RSVP. 865-546-4661. All Cancer Support Community programs are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer. ACROKNOX FOUNDATIONAL ACROYOGA • World’s Fair Park • 5:30PM • AcroKnox offers a Foundational AcroYoga Class on Sunday evenings from 5:30-6:00pm on the festival lawn at World’s Fair Park. The class is followed by the Knoxville Acro-balance, Fire, and Flow Jam. Never tried AcroYoga? Come and gain a bit of experience before the rest of the group arrives for an open jam and play time. Visit • $5 BEGINNING BRIDGE LESSONS • Knoxville Bridge Center • 1:30PM • Contact Jo Anne Newby at (865} 539-4150 or email • $5 Monday, Oct. 24 GENTLE YOGA AND MEDITATION • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • 5:30PM • Call 865-5772021 or email Donations accepted. BEGINNER MODERN BELLY DANCE • Broadway Academy of Performing Arts • 6PM • Tribal fusion belly dance is a modern blend of traditional belly dance infused with hip-hop, modern dance, and more to create a new, unique dance form. Each class will include an invigorating warm-up designed to increase flexibility and strength followed by an overview of posture, isolations, and basic footwork. At the end of class we put the moves together in a fun and simple combination. No dance experience is necessary. • $13 KNOXVILLE PERSONAL TRAINING BOOT CAMP • Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church • 6:30PM • First class is free. Call (865) 622-3103 or visit • $15 SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN STUDIES SERIES: APPALACHIAN BASKETRY • Blount County Public Library • 7PM • Today’s crafts were yesterday’s necessities. One craft, basketry, yields items that are both beautiful and useful. Basket weavers Bruce and Denise Robertson will demonstrate basic basket making techniques and discuss their importance in Appalachia. Basket types, uses, and materials will be covered as well as Native American Influences. The program will be in the Sharon Lawson Room. • FREE BEGINNING CHEN-STYLE TAI CHI • Breezeway Yoga Studio • 8:15PM • An eight-week introductory-level training with Shifu Russell Sauls in the original form of Tai Chi. Chen style is significantly more dynamic than most other styles while expressing the mindful, fluid movement for which Tai Chi is famous. No experience necessary for this beginners’ series. Begins Monday, Oct. 10. $120 for the

eight-week series. Visit or email for more info • $120 Tuesday, Oct. 25 OPEN PROFESSIONAL-LEVEL CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 9:30AM • Taught by Harper Addison. First class is free. Class is designed to develop a well-rounded set of technical skills as well as encourage individual artistic expression. Her movement style and choreography highlight dynamic quality changes, level changes, and movement through space. • $10 GENTLE YOGA AND MEDITATION • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • 12PM • Call 865-577-2021 or email Donations accepted. ARTS AND CULTURE ALLIANCE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ARTISTS’ SEMINARS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 5:30PM • The Arts and Culture Alliance’s 2016-17 series of professional development seminars for artists and other creative people includes Social Media for Artists and Creatives with Lisa Gifford Mueller (Sept. 13); Writing From Dreams with Marilynn Kallet (Oct. 25); Research and Apply for Juried Shows with Kelly Hider (Nov. 15); Lessons From Ansel Adams in the Digital Age with Steve Zigler (Jan. 10); the Power of Video and Photo to Tell Your Story with Mueller (Feb. 7); and Social Media and Branding with Dale Mackey (April 11). Visit • $5-$8 KNOXVILLE CAPOEIRA CLASS • Visit • $10 KNOXVILLE PERSONAL TRAINING PILATES • Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church • 6:30PM • Every Tuesday and Thursday. First class is free. Call (865) 622-3103 or visit • $4 BEGINNING BRIDGE LESSONS • Knoxville Bridge Center • 6PM • Contact Jo Anne Newby at (865} 539-4150 or email • $5 Wednesday, Oct. 26 MEDICARE PLANS AND CHANGES FOR 2017 • Blount County Public Library • 11AM • Joani Shaver, Blount County Office on Aging Director, will discuss Medicare and the changes for 2017: What’s new this year, what Medicare Parts A and B cover, Medicare costs, health and prescription drug plans, and Fraud prevention. Participants are encouraged to visit prior to the presentation to come to the presentation with their questions. The program’s goal is solely to help consumers make informed decisions. • FREE CIRCLE MODERN DANCE INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED MODERN TECHNIQUE CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 6PM • Visit BEGINNER MODERN BELLY DANCE • Broadway Academy of Performing Arts • 6PM • Tribal fusion belly dance is a modern blend of traditional belly dance infused with hip-hop, modern dance, and more to create a new, unique dance form. Each class will include an invigorating warm-up designed to increase flexibility and strength followed by an overview of posture, isolations, and basic footwork. At the end of class we put the moves together in a fun and simple combination. No dance experience is necessary. • $13 CIRCLE MODERN DANCE OPEN LEVEL BALLET CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 7:30PM • Visit • $10 CLIMBING FUNDAMENTALS • River Sports Outfitters • 6PM • Come learn the basics of climbing every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Space is limited so call 865-673-4687 to reserve your spot now. Class fee $20. Visit • $20 October 20, 2016


CALENDAR Thursday, Oct. 27 GENTLE YOGA AND MEDITATION • Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • 12PM • Call 865-577-2021 or email Donations accepted. AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS • Halls Senior Center • 12PM • Call 382-5822. PORTRAIT AND LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS • Historic Candoro Marble Company • 12:30PM • Portrait and life drawing practice at Candoro Art and Heritage Center. $10. Call Brad Selph for more information (865-573-0709). • $10 AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS • Asbury Place • 1PM • Call 382-5822. KNOXVILLE CAPOEIRA CLASS • Emporium Center for Arts and Culture • 6PM • Visit • $10 KNOXVILLE PERSONAL TRAINING PILATES • Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church • 6:30PM • Every Tuesday and Thursday. First class is free. Call (865) 622-3103 or visit • $4 THIRSTY (FOR KNOWLEDGE) THURSDAY • Old City Wine Bar • 6:30PM • Join our sommelier, Matt Burke, every Thursday in the cellar of the Old City Wine Bar for our ongoing wine education series. Free to listen and only $20-$25 to partake in the libations. • $20-$25 COMEDY IMPROV CLASS • Broadway Academy of Performing Arts • 7PM • Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified will be teaching a six-week improv/comedy improv class Sept. 22-Nov. 3. (There’s no class on Oct. 13.) Contact Paul at or 865-898-6448 for more info or to register. Walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $100 for the six classes. BELLY DANCE LEVELS 1 AND 2 • Knox Dance Worx • 8PM •

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Call (865) 898-2126 or email • $12 BACKPACKING 101: PACKS AND TENTS • River Sports Outfitters • 6:30PM • Make sure your backpack is fitted properly before your next adventure! Come hear one of our specialists going over the specifics of picking the right pack and tent to carry you well through your time in the woods. Join us for the whole backpacking series through the end of November. • FREE SUP YOGA • Concord Park • 7PM • Yoga on a SUP board? Come join us every Thursday at the Cove. We will meet at the River Sports Outfitters building. Cost is $25 and includes board, paddle and PFD. Register at • $25


Thursday, Oct. 20 CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY FAMILY BEREAVEMENT GROUP • Cancer Support Community • 4:30PM • CSC is committed to providing bereavement services to those who have lost a loved one to cancer. Please contact our clinical staff before attending. Call 865-546-4661 for more info. All Cancer Support Community programs are offered at no cost to individuals affected by cancer. ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS/DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES • The Birdhouse • 6PM • Contact Laura at 706-621-2238 or for more information or visit the international ACA website at • FREE

STOP SCHOOL PUSHOUT OPEN HOUSE • Mount Calvary Baptist Church • 6PM • You are invited to join us to learn how you can be part of Stop School PushOut Coalition efforts to end the school-to-prison pipeline and bring discipline reform to the children of Knox County. • FREE BLACK LIVES MATTER • The Birdhouse • 7:30PM • #BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. Visit • FREE Saturday, Oct. 22 AL-ANON • Faith Lutheran Church • 11AM • Al-Anon’s purpose is to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Visit our local website at or email us at FindHope@ • FREE NARROW RIDGE SILENT MEDITATION GATHERING • Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center • 11AM • For information call 865-497-2753 or email • FREE Sunday, Oct. 23 SUNDAY ASSEMBLY • The Concourse • 10:30AM • Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation without deity, dogma, or doctrine. Our motto: Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More. Our monthly celebrations feature a different theme every month, with inspiring speakers and lively sing-alongs. To find out more, visit or email • FREE Monday, Oct. 24

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CALENDAR Wednesday, Oct. 26 KNOXVILLE WRITERS’ GROUP • Naples Italian Restaurant • 11AM • Guest speakers read from and discuss their work. All-inclusive lunch is $12.00. RSVP to 865-983-3740.  THE BOOKAHOLICS BOOK GROUP • Union Ave Books • 12PM • Union Ave Books’ monthly book discussion group. Visit • FREE KNOX HERITAGE PRESERVATION AND LIBATIONS • The Crown and Goose • 5:30PM • Join friends of historic preservation for a drink and good conversation. No need to RSVP, just stop by. Free and open to the public. Visit • FREE


Thursday, Oct. 20 FRIENDS OF THE BLOUNT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PRE-OWNED BOOK SALE • Blount County Public Library • 12PM • A fundraiser for the library where more than 50,000 books are available by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library (FOL). Thursday, October 20, 12 noon until 8 p.m. “Members Only Sale,” an opportunity for FOL members to purchase books before other members of the public are admitted to the sale. FOL memberships are available at the elevator doors, before accessing the Library Lower Level. Friday & Saturday, October 21 and 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  EAST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY DESIGN CENTER FALL AWARDS GALA • The Foundry • 5:30PM • The ETCDC will hold its annual gala and Halloween party in support of the organization. The Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award, which is a tribute to the legacy of architect Bruce McCarty and the contributions he made to the region as one of the founders of the East Tennessee Community Design Center, will be presented. The new Annette Anderson Community Award also will be presented at the event. • $150 Friday, Oct. 21 FRIENDS OF THE BLOUNT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PRE-OWNED BOOK SALE • Blount County Public Library • 9AM • A fundraiser for the library where more than 50,000 books are available.  LAKESHORE PARK FARMERS MARKET • Lakeshore Park • 3PM • Offering a wide variety of hand-picked produce, artisan breads, grass-fed beef, natural pork and chicken, farm fresh eggs and farm-based crafts. • FREE APPALACHIAN PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE • University of Tennessee • The APIEL conference brings together hundreds of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and citizens in the interest of achieving environmental and social justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding areas.  Saturday, Oct. 22 HALLOWEEN ART SHOW • Mary Boyce Temple House • 6PM • We’ll be conjuring all the sprits at the Temple House. Halloween-themed artwork will be for sale and Theatre Obsolete will perform Washington Irving’s The Devil and Tom Walker. Admission is free but we’ll graciously accept donations. Artists retain 100 percent of their sales. • FREE FRIENDS OF THE BLOUNT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY PRE-OWNED BOOK SALE • Blount County Public Library • 9AM • A fundraiser for the library where more than 50,000 books are available  BOOMS AND BLOOMS • Krutch Park • 10AM • To promote Breast Cancer awareness month and cancer survivorship, Dogwood Arts is hosting a scarf-making fundraiser,

Boobs & Blooms, in Downtown Knoxville. Buying a ticket allows participants to BOGO (buy one, give one) colorful and cheerful silk scarf. (Purchase tickets in advance here at Tickets will also be available on-site at the event for $35.) Funds raised during Boobs & Blooms will allow Dogwood Arts to collaborate with the Cancer Support Community of East Tennessee on artist-led creative workshops for cancer patients and caregivers. • $30-$35 OAK RIDGE FARMERS MARKET • Historic Jackson Square • 8AM • FREE MARKET SQUARE FARMERS’ MARKET • Market Square • 9AM • The MSFM, a project of Nourish Knoxville, is an open-air farmers’ market located on historic Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Visit • FREE APPALACHIAN PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE • University of Tennessee • The APIEL conference brings together hundreds of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and citizens in the interest of achieving environmental and social justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding areas. Sunday, Oct. 23 FAITH CHARITIES F.E.A.S.T. • Knoxville Convention Center • 11AM • We will facilitate connections to resources, non-profits, churches, and businesses. Guests may enjoy a stage play, music, comedy, magic, dance, speakers, educational break-out sessions, a connection area, celebrity meet/greet, bingo, a Family Feud style game, great food, corn hole, a trade show area, prizes and more. • FREE APPALACHIAN PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE • University of Tennessee • The APIEL conference brings together hundreds of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and citizens in the interest of achieving environmental and social justice throughout Appalachia and surrounding areas. Tuesday, Oct. 25 EBENEZER ROAD FARMERS MARKET • Ebenezer United Methodist Church • 3PM • FREE


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Dividing Lines Where did the time go? BY DONNA JOHNSON


was riding my pink bicycle down Gill the other day—enjoying the fall sunshine and my new corduroy pants I had just purchased at a thrift store—when I saw the homeless couple I had fed and clothed the day before. Feeling all puffed up because of my charitable act, I waved mightily at my new friends, almost toppling off my bike. The man pointed at me and distinctly said to his girlfriend: “There’s that old woman who gave us those tacky clothes yesterday.” I stopped pedaling, got off my bicycle, and just stood there, staring at the ground. Rarely has the wind been taken out of my sails so thoroughly and rapidly. I barely had the energy to lift my feet, but on I went, now walking my bicycle, trudging home. It wasn’t the first time I had let words or opinions ruin my day. But here’s the thing: I never think of myself as old. I ride a bike or walk approximately 6 miles a day. I frolic endlessly with my dog, Mallory, and have as much energy as a 25-year-old. Sexually, I must admit I’m not the spitfire I used to be, but with the help of a few hormones and a lot of foreplay, I manage. Old is a state of mind, right? Some people are older at 25 than others are at age 60, right? Old is not determined by your years but by your abilities, right? Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong, my inner voice kept telling me. I reviewed my last few weeks. I had met with a Social Security expert to determine how I could get the most for my money when I turn 65 next month. SIXTY-FIVE! How did it happen? I tell myself it’s not a big deal, but it is—I am eligible for benefits.


KNOXVILLE MERCURY October 20, 2016

How did so many years pass? It wasn’t that long ago when I was walking barefoot to class at UT, with my Samoyed dog, Daniel, by my side; long, wavy blonde hair falling to my waist; going to Billy Graham crusades with my forefinger reaching toward the sky: “One way! One way!” How many years and religions have I gone through since that time, with none quite satisfying the longing in my soul? At Sassy Anne’s the other night, a young man came up to me. “I wish my grandmother was as cool as you,” he said, giving me a hug. Grandmother?! When did I stop being the same age as these youngsters? When did I stop being young? Where is the line between young and old? Who determines it? And does it matter? Being young is not always that great, anyway. When I was in my 20s, I was miserable. Always waiting for some guy to call who didn’t. Wearing skirts so short my legs got frostbit in the winter, burnt in the summer. Skipping classes and driving to the mountains to escape. Escape what? Myself. But there was no escape from that. Now I wander the streets with my dog, Mallory, wondering what the meaning of life is. But the meaning of life is nothing more than just that— wandering and wondering and walking. Why need there be more than that? And now these thoughts of growing old: They are real. The loss of one’s mental functioning is real. Was it today or yesterday that I started to introduce one friend to another and could not remember one of their names? This is indeed alarming. It was at just my age that my mother

began forgetting things and tried to cover up the fact. At just my age, my father began losing his balance. When my grandmother was just one year older than me, she died of leukemia. Someday I’ll die. And what then? A vast golden street through the heavens, a screaming eternity of flames? An endless bliss that comes from within? We don’t really know, do we? On the day that the homeless man called me an old woman, exactly one month from my 65th birthday, I peered into the mirror. Undeniably, there were multiple lines crisscrossing my face this way and that, like the intricate puzzle of existence. There is no erasing them, disguising them, altering them. I have not lived a clean life and it shows. Then I remembered a photograph of one of my favorite writers, Ellen


Gilchrist, in which she had not made any effort to cover up the lines on her face—the sorrows and joys and endless burdens of a lifetime. It was a beautiful photograph and I applauded her for it. Then it occurred to me, those lines are a map of our life, the roads we have traveled, the people we have met along the way, parted from, and moved on along our path. We should be proud of those lines, and cherish ourselves for having made it this far, I still put on make-up to try and cover the ravages of my life—it makes me feel better. Yet from now on I will not look at the wear and tear of a lifetime as something ugly, but rather as a badge of merit. We are the only ones with those particular lines, who have traveled on just that path at that time. Let us honor ourselves and others we meet on the road to a higher place. ◆

Spir it of the Staircase



October 20, 2016


Vol. 2, Issue 41 Oct. 20, 2016