Knox arts weekend revs up for Halloween

Shannon CareyArts 865, Feature

All signs point to spooky this weekend in the Knoxville arts scene in the run-up to Halloween, admittedly one of my personal favorite holidays. While you consider your costume and pick your pumpkin, maybe give some of these events a try.

A Spooky Night of Slammin’ Under the Stars

Ijams Nature Center will host Knoxville Poetry Slam for an outdoor, spooky poetry slammin’ event Friday, Oct. 19, starting at 6 p.m.

For the uninitiated, a poetry slam is a competition of written and performed poetry. Bring your best spooky-themed pieces to perform, or just come and enjoy the works of others under the stars. Parents should use their best discretion when bringing children, but the event is for all ages.

Tickets are $5, with social hour starting at 6 p.m. and the mic open at 7 p.m. There will be food trucks and a beer garden. No outside coolers or alcohol, and don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket. Info:

‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ at the Tennessee Theatre

If you’re a fan (like me) of this cult classic starring Tim Curry, come out to the Tennessee Theatre at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the following that grew around it redefined audience participation. Wear your best costume and brush up on your “Time Warp” dance moves, as a live shadow cast leads the audience in the time-honored tradition of yelling back at the Rocky Horror screen.

The theatre will offer thematic drink specials and door prizes starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10-15.

I bet you’re shivering with antici … (say it, say it) … pation!


‘Wait Until Dark’ at Theatre Knoxville Downtown

This play holds a special place in my heart due to its movie adaptation starring my favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn. “Wait Until Dark” is a thriller about a young and capable blind woman alone in her Greenwich Village apartment, where she is imperiled by three nefarious men. They try to take advantage of her blindness, but eventually she realizes that it might give her an advantage.

Theatre Knoxville Downtown is showing the play at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday through October 28, with tickets on sale for $15.


Last night for ‘You & Me’ at A1LabArts

The closing reception for the A1LabArts member exhibition, a portrait project titled “You & Me,” is set for 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, giving you a non-spooky alternative for this weekend. Each artist created a self-portrait, plus a portrait of another artist with whom they were paired. More than 30 artists participated in this collaborative project.



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