First Friday Fun in Downtown Knoxville, March 2014

Michael Jackson Art, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Michael Jackson Art, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

As I’ve done before, I’ll let the photographs carry most of the weight for First Friday. It was one of those nights I’ve experienced before in which I was dragging about and not real sure about getting out at all. But then, the weather was awesome and I can’t resist the buzz on the streets on First Friday so, well, you know. Out I went.

Urban Woman and I started with a nice meal on the patio at the French Market. We were  a little bad, following our crepes up with a croissant with chocolate inside along with their great Italian coffee. We love the slower-paced people watching from that spot which, along with Krutch Park makes it a calmer alternative to Market Square. And the food doesn’t hurt.

Michael Jackson Art, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Michael Jackson Art, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Market 211, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Market 211, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

With Urban Woman excusing herself to get the rest I should have been getting, I plunged onward. I enjoyed Michael Jackson’s art in Market 211 (above Oodles). I believe I’ve run into it before. His thing is making art out of the artists I love so much, so that cant’ be all bad.

Dennis Sabo Photography, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Dennis Sabo Photography, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Kristine Taylor Jewelry, The Art Market, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Kristine Taylor Jewelry, The Art Market, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

The Art Market on Gay Street always has a good opening on First Friday, so I stopped there to see Dennis Sabo’s photography and Kristine Taylor’s Jewelry. I also always enjoy the music at the Art Gallery. Often jazz, sometimes folk, it’s always a good fit for their entry space. It’s a necessary stop.

Lonetones, Knoxville Visitor's Center, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Lonetones, Knoxville Visitor’s Center, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Sarah Brobst Jewelry, Knoxville Visitor's Center, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Sarah Brobst Jewelry, Knoxville Visitor’s Center, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Sarah Brobst Art, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Sarah Brobst Art, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Next I checked in on my friends, the Lonetones, for their show at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Good, as always, I got a bonus when I met Sarah Brobst whose jewelry was on display. That led to the most interesting coincidence of the night: Later at the Emporium I photographed only one piece of art that caught my eye in the large gallery. I really liked all the “upcycled” work and it wasn’t until I was writing this post that I realized the single piece I selected was by the same woman I’d met at the Visitor’s Center – Sarah Brobst.

Brianna Radar, and friends, UT Sex Week Exhibit, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Brianna Rader, and friends, UT Sex Week Exhibit, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

After the Vistor’s Center I ran into friends Tama and Dewayne at a gallery on the 100 Block. Their daughter, Brianna Rader, who I’ve had the privilege to know for a decade or so is the person recently “condemned” by our state legislators for her role in organizing Sex Week at UT. She’s one of the brightest, kindest, most sensitive and earnest people you’ll ever want to meet. I’d stake the future of our culture and country with her and her like-minded friends in a heartbeat over the people we have passing out condemnations in our state capital.

Gallery Nuance, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Gallery Nuance, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Gallery Nuance, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Gallery Nuance, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

I looked inside Gallery Nuance, which has become on of the most popular galleries on the block. The crowd made it almost impossible to have a good look at the massive collection of art, though I did see the works of my friend Carrie Hamilton. The music was also good. I’d recommend you stop in to look at all the art when you have a bit of time and the crowds are smaller. They are doing good things there.

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

March Food Truck Madness, Jackson Avenue, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

I had fun talking to friends Michael and Evelyn on the street before stopping by the March Food Truck Madness event, which was fun. One of the food trucks, Gonzo Gourmet, gets extra credit for having music playing and for selecting a Bob Dylan bootleg to play. Other food truck peoples: the bar has been set.

Salute to Women, Casa Hola, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Salute to Women, Casa Hola, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Salute to Women, Casa Hola, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Salute to Women, Casa Hola, Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Jazz at the Emporium, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

The Emporium is always a good place for art and music. In Casa Hola I found art celebrating famous women and I had to stop in for a few minutes of jazz. I wish the jazz didn’t start until everything else finished. That way I could hit everything else and unwind at the end of the night with the excellent jazz we are so blessed to have in this city.

One of my favorite buildings, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

One of my favorite buildings, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

After passing through the Old City, I walked back into the uptown area, photographing one of my favorite buildings along the way. Once back on Gay Street I stopped into Mast General Store for a photo session with local bon vivant Tinah and her friends Lindsey and Chelsea. Mast General Store had a dog adoption event earlier in the night and no single person does more for the dogs of the city than Tinah with her Tru Dog Network.

Tinah, Lindsey and Chelsea, Mast General Store, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

Tinah, Lindsey and Chelsea, Mast General Store, First Friday, Knoxville, March 2014

It wasn’t late at that point, but I was out of gas. I really need to take a nap in the afternoon before I go out at night – particularly if I’m going to be out late. I wonder if my boss would mind?

A Home, a Dorm and a Entertainment Hall – All on Market Square

4 Market Square, Girl's Dorm Space, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

4 Market Square, Girl’s Dorm Space, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

Instead of trying to cram it all into one post, I’m going to give you a tour of three buildings on Market Square in this post and three others in a second post. There are only so many photographs I can cram into one post and, in this case if not most of the time, the photographs are the most important pieces for the readers who were unable to attend this tour.

4 Market Square, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

4 Market Square, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

What you are viewing in this post are buildings which are just a bit over 100 years old, some around a quarter of a century beyond that mark. That they have survived is remarkable, that they are so valued and vibrant today is something of a miracle. I will make the point once again, they are not that much older than the two buildings on Walnut which St. John’s Episcopal Church seems determined to destroy even as we celebrate their near contemporaries just a few blocks away.

4 Market Square, Boy's Dorm Space, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

4 Market Square, Boy’s Dorm Space, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

The tour started above Cafe Four and the Square Room at 4 Market Square. It is home to dormitories and common areas for sixteen young people (according to the brochure, though the websites says, “twelve”) who are interns in a program called Knoxville Fellows. Their website indicates they are “learning how to follow the teachings of Jesus — exploring His values of being together, serving the city, and living out of truth.” Beyond that, I’m not sure what their internship involves. James Tremble of the Dirty Guv’nahs was, I believe, an intern there at one point.

4 Market Square, 3rd Floor Dorm Rooms, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

4 Market Square, 3rd Floor Dorm Rooms, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

View from 4 Market Square, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

View from 4 Market Square, 3rd Floor, Community Design Center, Knoxville, June 2013

So, what you find are separate dorms for men and women with really good views. The men’s common room resembles (and was actually labeled) a “man cave,” while the women’s common room was quite attractive and prepared for company. A ping pong game continued uninterrupted as people passed all around looking at the quarters.

7 Market Square, Front View, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, Front View, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

Across the square at 7 Market Square, just above Steamboat Sandwiches is one of the most beautifully appointed condos I’ve seen in downtown Knoxville. Though I’d seen it before, I found it just as striking a second time around. It’s pretty heavy on beautiful wood, which is something I’m partial to. Little touches from the wine cabinet to the very clever drop-leaf table in the kitchen make it a very special place. The hardwood floors throughout and the tile work in the bathroom only add to the charm.

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from 7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from 7 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

The balcony is worth the price of the place, alone. With its distinctive arches drawing eyes from Market Square, to its railings draped with colorful flowers, it’s beautiful from above or below. As for outdoor above-ground seating on the square, this is unparalleled. I’d love to have my coffee on that balcony every morning.

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

I’ll end this post with one other property, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post when I attended an author reception there. Located at 22 Market Square, the space is actually above Earth to Old City, though the entrance is through Oodles interior courtyard. Formerly a residence, the space, now called Market 211.  Sara Spangler (sara@prolificliving.biz) is the booking agent for both this space and the entertainment space available in the Sunsphere.

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

The space features a long entertainment area with a table in front of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking Market Square and a beautiful kitchen at the other end. Two bedrooms are included, one smaller and one master. It’s a delightful space, but that’s not all that the company has to offer for entertainment usage – there’s more to explore on the roof-top.

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

View from atop 22 Market Square, 2nd Floor, Community Design Center Tour, Knoxville, June 2013

I’d noticed people on top of the building, but had never been given a chance to walk around up there. It’s a small space – maybe room to entertain around fifty people without chairs, but with a buffet line. The views are great, of course, and a steady breeze blew as we walked around, keeping it from being unbearably hot. I think that space is considered separate from the other, but I’m assuming both could be rented in conjunction.

Tomorrow I’ll take you through three other spaces, one that was re-developed quite a long time ago and two that have returned to usefulness very recently.