What to Do in Downtown Knoxville, August First Friday and more

As always, there is far more to do this weekend and especially First Friday than any mere mortal could possible conquer. For an extensive listing of artist exhibitions at various venues, always tune in to Knoxville First Friday which has the most complete listing of gallery showings as well as  a good many in other locations. Some of my listings come from that site. This collection includes things that catch my eye a bit. In any case, have fun, and I hope to see you out and about.


  • 2 Many Pixels (130 West Jackson Avenue) – This place is worth stepping a bit out-of-the-way. Always interesting, this months photography includes sports photographs by three artists – one from London, one from Atlanta and one from Knoxville – Get the Olympic Spirit!
  • Bliss Home – (on Market Square) Artist Beth Meadows displays her Mason Jar art. That’s got to be interesting.
  • Emporium – Always a necessary stop on First Friday, this month features an opening by two watercolor artists, Stephen Black and Betty Bullen.
  • Gallery 133 – This may be the happening spot as downtown denizen Larry Crowell displays his collection of beer hats. This has to be entertaining and Larry will be on hand and indicates he may have a beer babe or two. I first had a picture of Larry on the blog two years ago this month!
  • Rococo Boutique – 2 Market Square is an interesting place to visit on its own merits and I love the duct tape art on permanent display, but this First Friday they have Derek Williams whose skateboard art is featured in the store. Yes, skateboard art.
  • Tennessee Archive of Moving Sound at the East Tennessee History Center – Classic episodes of the Heartland Series with Bill Landry on hand to sign his book.
  • The Tree and Vine (Union Avenue) – art by Steve Lareau. He calls it “Flame Fractal” and it is definitely worth taking a look. I already have and I really like it. Also, you need to see this great new store.


  • Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego – 9:00 Friday at the Bistro at the Bijou, Latin Gypsy Jazzish – great group
  • Blue Mother Tupelo – Amazing harmonies, muscianship (can you say, “tambourine?”) and songwriting. This is a must-see show at the KMA, Alive After Five starting at 6:00 Friday. See my complete review of one of their shows here. Best music in town this weekend and it’s cheap. Drinks and (cheap) dinner for sale in the museum.
  • Jenna and Her Cool Friends play the Sunset Blues Cruise on the Star of Knoxville Knoxville Riverboat at 6:00, Sunday*
*A footnote and a little story on the local music scene: There are many other artists playing this weekend who may be great, but I haven’t gotten a chance to hear them. Check out Metropulse or call your local venue. Last Saturday night I had a couple of college students to entertain downtown and I didn’t recognize any of the musical artists playing that night (except Woody Pines). I read the Metropulse description of them and realized that starting at 10:00 PM last Saturday night, within easy walking distance of my house we  could choose to hear Indie music, country music, jazz, contemporary folk, blues and old time. They were impressed and so was I.
  • Tennessee Stage Company – As You Like It – Friday night at 7:00, Market Square
  • Tennessee Stage Company – Julius Ceasar – Saturday night at 7:00, Market Square
  • Tennessee Stage Company – As You Like It – Sunday night at 7:00, Market Square*
*Last week for this production begins Sunday!
  • Summer Movie Magic: Cassablanca at the Tennessee Theatre, 8:00 PM Friday Night
  • Summer Movie Magic: Cassablanca at the Tennessee Theatre, 2:00 PM Sunday Afternoon
  • Hallerin Hilton Hill will be on hand for open house Friday night at the Arcade Building along with Rick Terry, the jeweler who will soon open his store in that building.
  • Market Square Farmer’s Market: Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Come get your veggie on!