Shine, Stanley, Strolls, and So Much More

Looking at the calendar these days is getting difficult, i.e., there are so many things going on it is simply hard to choose. It may not be possible to attend or partake of every offering, but here’s a quick list of some of the fun things we’re looking forward to in Knoxville and Maryville.

Tennessee Shines is Wednesday, April 28, starting at 7pm. If you haven’t heard of Tennessee Shines before (or only think of shine and Tennessee in the Mason jar sort of way) then you’ll want to take note. Tennessee Shines is a live-music event that takes place the last Wednesday of each month at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Each show features between four and six performers who showcase some of the best local and regional music. It all happens thanks to WDVX and AC Entertainment.

April’s line up features Frontier Ruckus, Mary Gauthier, Matt Urmy, Paleface and Southern Culture on the Skits. What a night.

Don’t feel like venturing out on a Wednesday night? Perfect solution…order food to go and tune in to WDVX and listen from home.

If you’re lucky enough to have Thursday, the 29th, off from work or free of indoor responsibilities, you might want to visit the Organic Crops Tour at the University of Tennessee. This is a morning to early afternoon event that looks pretty interesting, from learning about plants that you didn’t know you could eat (from Jeff Rose of Blackberry Farm) to learning more about methods and approaches to organic farming.

On Thursday, April 29, Maryville will be rolling out the Clayton Center’s red carpet for Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Cherryholmes will also be performing. If you haven’t seen or been to the Clayton Center for the Arts, yet, this would be a performance worth the inaugural visit. The show starts at 7:30pm and promises to be a memory maker. The Center is located on Maryville College’s campus and is within nice-weather-for-an-evening-stroll distance from the Maryville location of The Tomato Head.

What else, what else?

Last Friday takes place on the 30th in Maryville. The monthly Art Walk opens shops and venues throughout downtown Maryville in the evening hours and the spring season is one of the nicest for the event. This will be one of your last chances to see Julie Armbruster’s show, “Doomed Mammals,” at The Tomato Head in Maryville. We’ll send another reminder, but the closing reception for this exhibit takes place May 1. And that said, there is so much going on from the 30th through the weekend that it’s going to require a whole ‘nother post. It’ll be coming together in the next couple of days.

Until then, get out and enjoy!