Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (7/22 – 7/31/2018)

Mighty Wurlitzer, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, July 2018

If you want to be certain your event is included on this calendar, I’ll need your event two weeks in advance. The absolute best way to make sure I include your event is to make a FB event and invite me – two weeks in advance. My FB “events” are the one place I’ll go to every time – if you invite me before I write the post.

If you see an event I’ve missed and you’d like to plug, please comment below. I am no longer able to add to the list events about which I was not informed in advance – it’s just gotten too big, and that’s a good thing. Staying true to the scope of the blog, I’ll only list downtown or near-downtown events. Any number of venues outside of downtown have some great events, but I have to draw a line somewhere. If you want to add those in a comment, that’s fine. Please “Friend” me (Alan Sims) on Facebook and invite me to your events. Look over to the right of this post and not only “friend” me, but “like” Inside of Knoxville. Subscribe (also to the right) to make sure you catch all the posts.

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Sunday, July 22


Monday, July 23


Tuesday, July 24

Market Square, Knoxville, July 2018

Wednesday, July 25

  • Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference, Hilton Knoxville, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • July SMK Round Table: IGTV vs. IG Stories, Remedy Coffee, 800 Tyson St, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Market Square Farmers’ Market, Historic Market Square, Market Street, Union Avenue, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: RJ Comer / A’Rose, Visitor Center, Noon, FREE!
  • Books Sandwiched In with Marshall Stair, who will discuss The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, East Tennessee History Center, Noon, FREE!
  • End of Summer Party, Lawson McGhee Knox County Public Library, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Taste and Toast to benefit East Tennessee Access Center (ETTAC) at Sweet P’s Downtown Dive! 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, $15
  • Women in Music Night with Host Warner / Chappell and Songwriter Sam Hatmaker, Vienna Coffee at the Regas Building, 6:00 PM, FREE!
  • The Magic of Kon Mari: A Bower and Bird Workshop, Hosted by The Maker City, Smart + Becker, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, $45
  • What Exactly is a Tripel??? Hosted by Pink Boots Society Knoxville, The Brewing + Distilling Center, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, FREE to PBSK members, $5 donations requested of non-members
  • Josh King, Bistro at the Bijou, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Tennessee Shines Presents Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, $7 – $10
  • Climbing for Beers, Bar Marley, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Open Door Comedy Night at Scruffy, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Folkfaces, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM


Thursday, July 26

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What in the World is a Scrappalachian Metal Work?

Scrappalachian Metal Work, 141 West Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, July 2018

Gregory Tune’s business is, perhaps, an unlikely one. Located at 141 West Anderson (less than a block west of the heart of Happy Holler), you know something funky must be happening here when you see the bench out front made from the tailgate of a truck and other found metal parts. A mustached, pipe smoking road warrior of some mysterious progeny guards the door and a very large metal guitar hovers in the air. The place has the feel of a sorcerer’s playground. And that’s kind of what it is.

Gregory has settled very comfortably into the city that he says has been so welcoming. He feels he’s found his spot on the earth and he’s very happy about that. He got his first name from his grandmother’s maiden name. He values his family history and says one side was full of oil men and the other side was full of water men. His grandfather drilled, perhaps, a majority of the wells in Monteagle. “My daddy was a millwright and my mother was a florist, so I make metal flowers.”

Scrappalachian Metal Work, 141 West Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, July 2018

Scrappalachian Metal Work, 141 West Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, July 2018

He grew up in California because his grandparents had migrated to the bay area. He drifted a bit after high school. “A buddy said, ‘Let’s go fishing.’ I cleaned the fish because I was good with a knife.” He became a prep cook using those knife skills, prepping at one restaurant in the morning and another in the afternoon. It seemed that would be his direction, but he never made much money.

That may be why he was ripe for a change at age 27. “My brother was an iron worker on the Bay Bridge and at 27 I went to community college to study metal working.” Thirty units were required for graduation, but he wanted to take every class offered. He also made money through the program. When he got to 80 credits, “they told me to go get a job.”

He entered the work force at a time the economy was struggling. His first job paid $8 an hour. The routine was that welders would be hired for a job and then laid off when it was finished. Each time he started back, the pay increased. “I got up to $20 an hour and I was working 80 hours a week. He talked to an older guy who worked the same hours and told him that he never got to know his daughter. That struck Gregory who has a child of his own and didn’t want that to happen to them.

Gregory Tune, Scrappalachian Metl Work, 141 West Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, July 2018

Gregory Tune, Scrappalachian Metl Work, 141 West Anderson Avenue, Knoxville, July 2018

While he was born and grew up on the west coast, but felt a tug to move east. His in-laws had moved to Texas, so with not much in the way of plans, he and his wife drove east. He had a job lined up in the Nashville area, but his wife wasn’t excited about the size of the city. “The further I drove, the greener it got. When I got to the mountains, I knew this was it.” He’d researched and learned that Knoxville had a “24% lower cost of living than California,” and that gave them further reason to settle here.

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The Proposed “T at Riverfront” Grows from Nineteen Stories to Twenty-Six

Is the skyscraper back in vogue? If the current version of the proposed "T at Riverfront," is constructed, it would be the second tallest building (by stories) in the city behind the First Tennessee Plaza. Its base, however, would be down the bluff … [Continue reading]

South Knox Healing Arts Opens at New Location

Evelyn Barnette moved her South Knox Healing Arts into a space inside The Bees Knees Hairdressing Salon at 1133 Sevier Avenue across from Alliance Brewing Company. It's a continuation of her commitment to a lifelong interest in massage therapy and to … [Continue reading]

Matt Robb’s Biscuits & Brew Opens at 800 Market Street

Last April when I first wrote about Matt Robb's Biscuits and Brew, the plan called for it to open in May. This being July, you might imagine a few misadventures happened along the way. While it took a little longer to open his doors and start serving … [Continue reading]