Cormac McCarthy, A German Band and a Freshly Painted Wall

Many of us love both books and Knoxville. When the two merge in the form of Knoxville writers or writing about Knoxville, it’s a pretty heady intersection for someone like myself. Knoxville has lots of literary connections, none more celebrated than Cormac McCarthy, though he wasn’t the first to win a Pulitzer. That would be […]

11th Annual Dylan Bash Draws a Large, Happy Crowd

The Bob Dylan Birthday Bash is one of those rare times of the year when I allow myself to take a First Friday and just settle in for an event I love, though there are often many other fine events happening around the city. It was certainly the case last Friday night, but I pitched […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at the Tennessee Theatre

I love mash-ups of cultural elements not usually situated in close proximity, so to see African drummers, a jazz band, a symphony orchestra and slam poets all on the same stage is naturally going to grab my attention. Such was the celebration last night at the Tennessee Theatre. The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, under the […]

More First Friday with a Little Bit of Saturday

  After leaving Preservation Pub last Friday night I walked to Sapphire. Sapphire almost always has an interesting artist of one variety or another just inside the window to the left. It’s sort of like an artist-in-a-fish-bowl, making it a cool of its own. This particular First Friday David Teeters brought his glasswork and, as […]

Jazz All Stars Make a Very Special Evening at KMA

Friday night found an amazing array of talent assembled on – and one of them off – stage at the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five. I’ve described these shows before and I’ve ¬†been to many very, very good editions, but I have to say I can’t remember one that felt more special than […]