It’s a dangerous business, going out your door

Beth KinnaneOur Town Arts, West Knoxville

August 13-29

The Knoxville Children’s Theatre presents “The Hobbit,” a stage adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkein novel that launched a fantasy empire.

Bilbo Baggins is one of the most conservative of all hobbits and rarely travels beyond his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground. One day his contentment is disturbed when a wizard and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. It’s the last thing that any sensible hobbit would do, but great benefit eventually results – not only for Bilbo but for all of the hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth – and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this magical fantasy.

The play will be performed Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. at Knoxville Children’s Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, 37917. Tickets are $12-$15. For more information or to purchase tickets go here or call 865-208-3677. The August 13 performance is already sold out.

Monday, August 16

The movie “Lost and Found” is premiering at The Tennessee on Monday, August 16, at 7 p.m., and the public is invited to attend for free. This locally-produced movie is a modern-day retelling of the parable of The Prodigal Son, set on a farm in Tennessee. It was written, produced and performed by members of KnoxCAM, the Knoxville Christian Art Ministries. It’s a faith-based community organization consisting of singers, actors, musicians and dancers, from 40 different Knoxville area churches. KnoxCAM’s primary ministry is outreach to prison inmates throughout Tennessee. After The Tennessee Theatre premiere, the film will be shown at various prisons. For more information go here. Watch the trailer below:

Wednesday, August 18

The Knoxville Opera Company performs A Musical Homecoming to Temple Beth El at 7 p.m., at 3307 Kingston Pike. The event is free to the public and features mezzosoprano Jennifer D’Agostino, baritone Michael Roemer, and artistic director and pianist Brian Salesky. Reservations are not required. Please bring Covid-19 vaccination card and/or wear mask at all times. For more information go here.

August 18-22

Flying Anvil Theatre presents “SuffRAGE:To Give Voice,” a play that celebrates Tennessee’s important role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment while acknowledging those who were left out. The fight to gain the vote for women was dramatic, fractious and sometimes violent. Written by two local playwrights, this World Premiere honestly examines the complicated history of women’s suffrage. For all audiences. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Flying Anvil Theatre, 1300 Rocky Hill Road. Tickets start at $13 for student members and $25 for adult members. For tickets or more Information go here or call 865-357-1309.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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