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Art Briefs for June 9 [News Sentinel]

June 8, 2013


TN Valley Players to do 'South Pacific'

The nonprofit community theater group Tennessee Valley Players perform the musical "South Pacific" during the first three weekends in June.

Shows are at the Carousel Theatre on the University of Tennessee campus. Performances are 3 p.m. today and June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 14- 15 and June 21-23.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and $11 for children under age 13.

Jim Gray work on exhibit at Liz-Beth

A 5-8 p.m. June 14 artist's reception and "beach party" at Liz- Beth Gallery, 9211 Parkwest Boulevard, will feature a new work by painter Jim Gray.

Gray moved from Knoxville to Florida in 2009, where his paintings are often inspired by those new surroundings. A limited edition print of his newest painting "Sunset Voyage" will be released at the reception.

The event also features the ocean-inspired art of 14 artists. Among the art work is the marine glass sculptures by Cody Nicely, oil paintings on canvas from Chriss Hardy, Tom Bluemiein, Yvonne Kimbrough and Carol MacConnell, photography from David Patterson and watercolors from Darryl Steele. The exhibit continues until July 15.

Rugby hosts antique street fair

Historic Rugby hosts its first Antique Street Fair 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15. Admission is free.

Booths lining streets of the restored Victorian village will sell 18th-century to mid-20th-century items or regional handcrafts. Historic Rugby is on State Scenic Highway 52 and next to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

Swing dance back at Clayton Center

Free swing dancing on the plaza of the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville returns for two nights this month.

The dancing is 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 10 and 14. Ensemble Swing Time will play dance music.

The Clayton Center is on the Maryville College campus.

Children's Theatre presents 'Babe'

The Knoxville Children's Theatre presents the play "Babe, The Sheep-Pig" on select dates this month.

The play is based on the book that was also the basis for the 1995 film "Babe."

Shows are 1 and 5 p.m. June 15 and June 22; 3 p.m. today and June 16; 7 p.m. June 13-14 and June 20-21. Tickets are $12 a person, $10 each for an adult and child arriving together. Reservations are recommended by calling 865-599-5284 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The play is the group's first production in its new location at 109 E. Churchwell Ave.

Brown Bag lecture tells of memoir

Dr. Henry A. Fribourg will talk about his autobiographical memoir "Escape to Freedom" at noon June 12 at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.

Fribourg's story tells of his childhood as a French Jewish boy who, with his parents, sister and baby brother, escaped from occupied Europe in January 1942.

Guests are invited to bring a "brown bag" lunch.

Music set at Heritage Center

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center's "Sunset Music Series" starts June 14 with a 7 p.m. performance by the bluegrass group Early Morning String Dusters.

Other performers are singer E.G. Kight, who will perform blues, jazz and Americana music June 21; bluegrass/country/gospel group Jerry Butler & the Blu-J's on June 28; The Sons of Bluegress on July 12; and Americana performer Randall Bramblett on July 19.

The Dando Dondo Show featuring Nancy Brennan Strange perform bluegrass, jazz and swing music July 26. The George Harper Band performs country and Americana music Aug. 9. Three-time national guitar champion Steve Kaufman closed the series on Aug. 30.

Concert admission is $5. All concerts start at 7 p.m. in the center's covered outdoor amphitheater.

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