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VOL. 44 | NO. 2 | Friday, January 10, 2020

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MLK Awards. The annual leadership awards luncheon Thursday honors people who have made a difference in the community and includes a keynote speaker. The luncheon is part of the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville celebration, the largest consortium of MLK events in East Tennessee. The MLK Special Awards will be presented. The Leadership Educational Symposium is held before the luncheon from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Rothchild Catering and Conference Center, 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Information

THURSDAY, JAN. 16

Opera Up Close

The Knoxville Opera Guild will hold a new event that will include dinner, cash bar and a staged, costumed and abbreviated performance of Romeo & Juliet by the Knoxville Opera in English and music from Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Attendees can converse with the performers and ask questions. For reservations by phone and additional information, call 865-524-0795, ext. 1. $75 per person. 6:30 p.m. The Square Room, 4 Market Square, Knoxville. Information

JAN. 16-17

Mozart and Mahler

The first Masterworks performance of 2020 features two Viennese composers, separated by a century – Mozart and Mahler. Mahler’s “Titan” is a musical and spiritual journey of the universe, spring, a funeral procession of animals, klezmer band and one of the most dramatic finales in music. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 will be performed by prize-winning guest artist Aristo Sham. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”).Aram Demirjian, conductor; Aristo Sham, piano. 7:30 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

THROUGH JAN. 31

Gallery of Arts Tribute to MLK

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville to provide five new exhibitions for King Week (Jan. 15-20) at the Emporium Center. The Gallery of Arts Tribute is a juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and, most importantly, honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit will feature works by local artists reflecting the 2020 theme, “Let Freedom Ring: Through Social Justice, Economic Empowerment, Love, Peace and Unity.’’ Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Emporium will be closed Jan. 20 for the holiday. Emporium Center, 100S Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Information

SUNDAY, JAN. 19

A Night with the Arts

The Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Commission, in collaboration with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and The Carpetbag Theatre, will present the event: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will feature the MLK Holiday Choir and Knoxville area singers, dancers, actors and poets for an inspiring and uplifting MLK tribute. 6 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Information

FRIDAY, JAN. 24

Snow Day

The 12th annual event, a CAC Beardsley Community Farm Benefit, will be hosted at the Mill and Mine 7-10:30 p.m. There will be live performances by a diverse group of musicians, a soup contest between some of Knoxville’s finest restaurants, and a silent auction. Local artisans, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to participate in the large silent auction by donating prizes. Tickets are $15 (plus fees) if pre-ordered online (or $20 at the door) and include all-you-can-eat soup. All sales are final and support our important mission. Pre-order tickets. Free for children younger than 8. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

SATURDAY, JAN. 25

KAMA ‘Doc Rock’

A benefit for local charities. The event began in 2006 and is a “battle of the bands” with at least one member of each band being a physician. Attendees vote for their favorite band, and proceeds are distributed to designated charities based on number of votes. Contact Susan for additional information. 7-11 p.m. $20 general admission, $100 VIP ticket. The Concourse at the International, 944 Blackstock Ave., Knoxville. Information

Tennessee Baseball First Pitch Banquet

The event will include dinner and a program featuring head coach Tony Vitello and the 2020 Tennessee baseball team. Guests also will have the opportunity to visit with notable Tennessee baseball alumni such as J.P. Arencibia, Julio Borbón, Luke Hochevar and 2019 World Series champion Yan Gomes. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Guests who reserve a table of 10 will receive preferred seating near the stage, a signed baseball and drink tickets. $80 per ticket, $1,000 table of 10. The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Information

Green & Gold Gala

Hosted by the Office of Alumni Affairs, the event is Knoxville Catholic High School’s premier fundraiser. The event features cocktails, silent and live auctions, dining, dancing and music. 6 p.m., $100 per person. For additional information, contact Megan Locke Erpenbach at 865 560-0509 or megan.erpenbach@knoxvillecatholic.com. University of Tennessee Student Union, 915 Volunteer Blvd. Information

Evergreen Ball

The event is a celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its supporters with Friends of the Smokies. The event features cocktails; dinner; silent and live auctions; and live music. Attire: Formal/black tie. 6-11 p.m. $500 per person; $5,000 for table of 10. Cherokee Country Club, 5138 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Information

THURSDAY, JAN. 30

William Blount Book Talk

The event will be held inside the Blount Mansion Visitors Center with Christopher Magra, a history professor for the University of Tennessee. In 2019, Blount Mansion was able to secure republication of William H. Masterson’s 1954 book, William Blount, the only biography of the man who built Blount Mansion, signed the U.S. Constitution and shepherded Tennessee into statehood. The original publisher, Louisiana State University Press, granted permission for Blount Mansion to republish a limited number of copies. Magra will present a critical analysis of Masterson’s work, including possible new avenues of research for scholars interested in Blount and his times. Magra is an acclaimed author and award-winning teacher who has published two books on the maritime dimensions of the American Revolution. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by Magra’s presentation at 6 p.m. $5 per person. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. Information

FRIDAY, JAN. 31

Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast

The event is held by the Knoxville Chamber, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Blount Partnership, and outlines the legislative priorities of the region. Following the breakfast, there will be a tour of Y-12. Pre-registration is required for the tour, and space is limited. To be placed on the list, email Shelby Fowler. 7:30 a.m. $25 per ticket. Y-12 New Hope Center, 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge. Information

FRIDAY, FEB. 7

Region State Legislators’ Hospitality & Tourism Lunch

A networking and luncheon event will be held, sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association, Visit Knoxville and Middle East Tennessee Tourism Council with the region’s state legislators. The keynote speaker will be Melanie Beauchamp, assistant commissioner, Rural Tourism & Outreach, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. A special presentation, “9 Lake Excellence in Tourism Awards,” also is part of the luncheon. 11 a.m., $30 per ticket. Bridgewater Place, 205 Bridgewater Road, Knoxville. Information

Pinnacle Business Awards

The 16th annual gala presented by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is a black-tie affair that has become one of Knoxville’s premier social events with hundreds of business and community leaders in attendance. The awards include categories for excellence in small, midsized, large, women-owned and minority-owned business; young entrepreneur, community impact and innovator. Contact Michelle Kiely for table and sponsorship information. 6-11 p.m. $120 for members, $150 for non-members. Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley St., Knoxville. Information

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