Big Ears 2018 Announces Daily Lineups and More

There’s really no way to predict who will agree to play the Big Ears Festival one year to the next. From an unlimited pool of international musicians, the possibilities are simply too big. We’ve come to appreciate that even after lineups are announced, the magic often lies in how they are paired, sometimes intentionally, sometimes […]

Asian Festival Highlights a Fun-Filled Weekend

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the “recent unpleasantness,” from last weekend, but what an incredible, fun-packed weekend it was! The Market Square Farmers’ Market is at its peak. The Lego Fan Expo in the Convention Center paired off with the sixth annual Tattoo Convention at the Holiday Inn to keep the World’s […]

We Talked About History All Week, Had a History Fair and Now Turn to Science (of the History Making Sort)

Has there been a week in which more Americans discussed our history than this past week? While the controversy over Confederate monuments isn’t new – New Orleans removed theirs with great angst on all sides this past winter – certainly, the extent of the nationwide public conversation born out of the events in Charlottesville was […]

The Dogwood Arts Festival Fills Downtown with Beauty and Fun

It’s sort of like the grand finale of a fireworks show. We’ll have more festivals as the summer and fall move along, but the most intense portion of festival season has come and gone and it ends in spectacular fashion with the Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square. It really starts months ahead of time […]

Rossini 2017 Dances Around the Rain Until It Can Dance No More

The forecast looked bleak. The history is spotty, at best. We all remember the year the Rossini Festival, sponsored by Knoxville Opera, was washed out by buckets of day-long rain. I slipped out early to watch the dogged preparations, as vendors and planners put on their game-faces and went about the business of getting ready […]