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June 29, 2014

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

June 29--OR Playhouse presents '1776'

Oak Ridge Playhouse gets into the Fourth of July spirit with the musical "1776." Performances are 8 p.m.July 4-5, July 10-12, July 18-19 and 2 p.m.July 13 and July 20. Tickets for the July 10 show are $16 or $22; a ticket for any other show is $18 or $22. Tickets are at 865-482-9999 or

Exhibits opening at Emporium Center

Two exhibits presented by The Arts & Culture Alliance open July 4 at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay St.

The exhibit "Then & Now" marks the 10-year anniversary of the July 2004 reopening of the renovated Emporium. Work by 24 regional artists will be shown. The artists will exhibit a piece from the "then" that is at least 10 years old beside a work from the "now" that's been created within the past two years.

"Then and Now" includes acrylic, charcoal, clay, photography, woven works, sculpture, oil, pen and ink, and watercolor.

Also opening July 1 is local artist R.L. Gibson's series of Xerography on canvas. Gibson, who lives in Gatlinburg, hand draws on the canvases in the series called "Do I Know You?"

Both exhibits are on display through July 29. An opening reception is 5-9 p.m.July 4 as part of downtown Knoxville's First Friday events. The exhibits' hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday as well as 3:30-6:30 p.m.July 6 and July 20. The Emporium is closed July 5.

Dragons, Mayan influence exhibit

Dragons created from driftwood and "ancestor" masks created by artist Stephen R. Hicks are on display at the Casa Hola offices in July. The exhibit opens with a 5-8 p.m.July 4 reception at Casa Hola, Room 109 of the Emporium at 100 S. Gay St.

The exhibit mixes East Tennessee and Hispanic cultures. The masks Hicks made represent the Mayan culture. Hicks, who moved to Tennessee from California, has visited Mayan locations of Chichen Itza and El Rey in Mexico and the 15th-century Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru. Those trips are among the inspiration for his masks.

Art Market opens July exhibits

The Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St., shows the work of painter Kathy Holland as well as a group of wood artists in July. The exhibits open with a 5:30-9 p.m.July 4 reception. The works will be shown through July 27.

Holland is an Oak Ridge artist who draws, paints and creates prints. In addition to her art, creations by wood artists Gordon Fowler, Stan Fronczek and Janis Proffitt, all of Knoxville, and Nelson Ziegler of Sevierville, will be shown.

Owned and operated by about 60 professional regional artists, the gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

'Liberty!' plays at Sycamore Shoals

The outdoor drama Liberty! begins its 36th season July 10 at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. The play is performed Thursdays through Saturdays for three weekends at the Fort Watauga Amphitheater. Each performance starts at 7:30 p.m. to tell the story of the area during the late 18th century.

Liberty! tells the story of hunters and settlers who cross the Appalachian Mountains before the days of the American Revolution. Performance dates are July 10-12, July 17-19 and July 24-26. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens age 55 and older, $5 for children. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.

Heritage Center series tunes up

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center's Sunset Music Series continues through August. Each concert is $5; free for center members. Concerts start at 7 p.m. in the covered outdoor amphitheater. The center is at 123 Cromwell Drive in Townsend, three-fourths of a mile east of the traffic light at the intersection of Highways 321 and 73. The R.B. Morris Trio plays country and Americana music on June 27; Uptown Stomp performs old-time jazz and blues July 11. WestWend plays country and Americana July 18; The Bearded play old-time country and bluegrass on July 15. Jerry Butler and The Blu-J's play bluegrass, classic country and gospel on Aug. 15. Three-time national guitar champion Steve Kaufman performs Aug. 29.

'Collector's Eye' at McClung

"The Collector's Eye: American and European Art from the McClung Museum" is on exhibit through Aug. 9 at The McClung Museum for Natural History and Culture. The museum is at 1327 Circle Park Drive on the University of Tennessee campus. The 49 paintings, works on paper and sculptures in "The Collector's Eye" -- many likely never seen at the museum previously -- come from the museum's archives. Some 200 years of art is represented. The museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Gallery tours of the exhibit will be offered at 2 p.m.June 29 and July 20. Knoxville Museum of Art Curator Stephen Wicks will talk at 6 p.m.June 26 on "Grand Ambitions: Branson, Krutch, and Early 20th-Century Knoxville Painters."

Greenwood mural at UT Downtown Gallery

Marion Greenwood's 1955 "The History of Tennessee" mural is on exhibit through Aug. 9 at the University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, 106 S. Gay St. Also on exhibit is another Greenwood mural as well as some of her sketches and lithographs. The gallery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Summer Movie Magic' at Tennessee Theatre

The Tennessee Theatre's "Summer Movie Magic" series continues through Aug. 24. Tickets for any film are, before service fees, $8 for an adult or $6 for a child age 12 and younger or a senior citizen age 65 and older. Tickets are at 865-684-1200 or or at the theater's box office. The theater is at 604 S. Gay St; the box office around the corner on Clinch Avenue.

The Summer Movie Magic lineup is:""Vertigo," today at 2 p.m.June 29;Thunder Road," 8 p.m June 13 and 2 p.m.June 15. This 1958 film starring Robert Mitchum tells about running moonshine in the Tennessee and Kentucky hills in the 1950s. It's said to be based, at least in part, on a Knoxville accident when a man transporting moonshine crashed and died on Kingston Pike. "The Wizard of Oz," 8 p.m.July 25 and 2 p.m.July 27; "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," 8 p.m Aug. 8 and 2 p.m.Aug. 10; and "Dirty Dancing," 8 p.m Aug. 22 and 2 p.m Aug. 24.

War of 1812 exhibit at Blount Mansion

An exhibit marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 continues at the Blount Mansion Visitors Center, 200 W. Hill Ave.

"Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812" will be at the center through Aug. 19. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is included in admission to the historic mansion which is $7 adults and $5 children.

The exhibit was created by the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville with the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. It includes portraits, weapons and period artifacts plus maps and illustrations.

America's War of 1812 was fought against Great Britain and culminated in the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. The war made Tennessee'sAndrew Jackson a hero, and he used his military success to help him become president. And the War of 1812 in the south was particularly a Tennessee war, waged predominately by Tennessee militia, volunteers or regular army units raised in the state. So many Tennesseans volunteered for service the state was called the "Volunteer State."

Clarence Brown gets $10,000 grant

The University of Tennessee'sClarence Brown Theatre has received a $10,000 grant from the New York-based Shubert Foundation.

The money will go to general operating support at the UT theater. Organizations selected for the money must prove records of artistic achievement, administrative strength and fiscal responsibility.

The foundation is connected to the Shubert Organization, a theatrical powerhouse that operates 17 Broadway theaters, an off-Broadway location as well as theaters in Boston and Philadelphia.

Swing time at Clayton Center

The Clayton Center for the Arts is hosting outdoor swing dances on its plaza. The dances are free and are 6:30-9:30 p.m.June 30, July 7 and July 14. The group Ensemble Swing Time performs the music. The center is located on the Maryville College campus in Maryville.

Printmaker's work at Bliss Home

Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, will show works by printmaker Callie Farmer through July. An opening reception is 6-9 p.m.July 4.

Farmer uses printmaking and gouache techniques in her work that is nature inspired.


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