Shakespeare, Bowie and Ada Vox – oh my!

Betsy PickleOur Town Arts

Everything you always wanted to know about “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” but were afraid to ask is yours for the listening this Saturday, June 15, in “Shakesology.”

The 2 p.m. program at Lawson McGhee Library, 500 W. Church Ave., will give you a jump on the Tennessee Stage Company’s summer production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Dr. Jennifer Horn will share two and a half hours of multimedia-illustrated information about Shakespeare’s story and influences, some of the choices other productions have made and the background behind the selection for this year’s show.

Members of TSC’s artistic team will also be on hand to discuss the 29th Summer Shakespeare Festival on Market Square and their creative process. TSC is presenting two comedies this year – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Comedy of Errors” – with “Dream” debuting July 11 and “Comedy” on July 12. They run through Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, respectively.

Admission to Saturday’s family-friendly event is free. It will be held in the children’s reading room at Lawson McGhee.


Just pitch a tent at the Bijou

Ada Vox

The Bijou Theatre has a busy lineup for the rest of June.

The David Bowie tribute Live on Mars will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. New York Times best-selling spiritual author Rob Bell will present “An Introduction to Joy” at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

“American Idol” semifinalist Ada Vox will perform with the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus in a benefit for Knox Pride at 8 p.m. Friday, June 21. An “America’s Got Talent” alum and YouTube star, “the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice,” will perform in “An Evening With Puddles Pity Party” at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider and the Raelyn Nelson Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23. Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Sam Amidon are scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

Closing out the month’s entertainment will be “Return to Earth,” the ninth feature from award-winning adventure filmmakers Anthill Films, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. It’s a “cinematic journey that will immediately transport you into that feeling of total immersion you get on a bike ride” and features some of the sport’s top athletes.


OR Philharmonia performs June 22

The Oak Ridge Philharmonia’s next concert will include works by Ravel, Gluck, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Bach – and the talents of the Salt and Light Dance Studios from Sweetwater.

The performance will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge.

The program will feature Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero”; Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Danse des Champs Elysees” from the opera “Orphée et Eurydice”; Johann Strauss’s “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” – sensing a dance theme yet? –Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major, BMV 1042; and the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, the “Reformation Symphony.”

Admission to the concert is free, but the orchestra appreciates donations at the door to support routine operating expenses. The Oak Ridge Philharmonia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization. Dr. Marcelo Urias is the conductor and music director.


Master Woodworker entries sought

The East Tennessee Woodworker’s Guild and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville have announced a call for entries for the 20th Master Woodworkers Show.

The biennial juried show will highlight the work of craftspeople and artists in East Tennessee and the surrounding region. All types of woodwork, from traditional to whimsical, are encouraged, in fine furniture, cabinetry, turning, sculpture and lutherie.

Selected works will be displayed in the main gallery of the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St., Nov. 1-3, 2019. The deadline for entries to be received is Thursday, Aug. 1.

The entry fee is $65 for up to three works, and additional works may be submitted for $20 each. Entries will be selected by a formal jury that includes Richard Dwyer, Harold Galbraith and Ron Young.

The 2017 Master Woodworkers Show featured 32 artists from four states, and more than 2,500 people attended the three-day show.

Info:; Scott DeWaard at [email protected] or 865-681-4798; and Master Woodworkers Show on Facebook.



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