Tennessee Tourism Round Up: Plays, Music And More

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.com/calendar.


Knoxville – “The Whipping Man” – See the play about a wounded Jewish Confederate soldier who returns home and spends Passover with two former slaves raised in the Jewish faith through Feb. 16 at Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre.

Nashville – ScienceQuest summer camps – Registration for summer camp at Adventure Science Center is now open with action-packed programs for youth Kindergarten to 9 years-old. For more information, visit www.adventuresci.org/camps.

Feb. 7-8

Nashville – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony – Dizzying flights of fancy and lovely music from Rossini, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns will be featured 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Nashville – African-American Contributions to Textile and Fashion – Danielle Ullrich will lead a hands-on workshop in the care and maintenance of heirloom textiles 10 a.m. and at noon Ashley Bouknight will present a program about Gracy Bradley, the enslaved seamstress of The Hermitage at Cabin by the Spring.

Feb. 8

Vonore – Winter Lecture Series – The series continues as Katy Stringer will do a presentation entitled “The Blount Mansion” 1 p.m. at Fort Loudoun’s visitor center.

Savannah – Chocolate Tour – Indulge in chocolate delights 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Savannah’s Main Street. Tickets are $10.

Feb. 10

Maryville – “Starry Globe at Night” – Dawn Dextraze will discuss the stars and constellations 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Herron Room A at the Blount County Public Library then will lead a group to view the sky.

Feb. 14

Jackson – Valentine’s Day Serenade – Hire a barbershop chorus to serenade your sweetheart with two songs and a rose for a $30 donation to the Therapy and Learning Center. For more information, call 731-984-2142.

Nashville – Sgt. Tippler’s Lonely Hearts Club Dance Party – Attend a raucous dance party with songs about breakups, heartache and pain 9 p.m. at the Music City Tippler. A themed photobooth and a special Lonely Hearts signature drink will be featured. The cover is $10 and benefits The American Heart Association.

Feb. 15

Huntingdon – John Anderson – The Dixie Live Concert Series will feature the country singer in an acoustic performance 2 p.m. on the Hal Holbrook Stage at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25. 

Memphis – Carnivals from Around the World – Special performers from New Orleans, Brazil and Venezuela will be in attendance during this cultural celebration 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Feb. 17

Johnsonville – Raising the Hunley – Discover the desperate ingenuity behind the creation of the first submarine ever to sink an enemy ship in battle 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Civil War Museum-Visitor Center at Johnsonville State Park.

Feb. 18

Nashville – Chris Thile – See the mandolin virtuoso perform his music from his new album “Bach Sonatas and Partitas Vol. 1” 7:30 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Feb. 21-22

Chattanooga – Sleep in the Deep: A Family Sleepover – Sleep under the peaks alongside sharks and stingrays complete with a tour, an IMAX film and dinner beginning Friday 5:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Aquarium.

Feb. 22

Memphis – Celebrating Black History Month in the Heritage of Southwest Memphis – Seminars, a film screening of “Black Diamonds Blues City” and lunch will be included in the celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa. The event is free and open to the public.

Feb. 23

Memphis – Taste of Elegance – Attend the Victorian Village’s first progressive dinner with a Victorian Era menu 2-6 p.m. Appetizers will be served at the Mallory-Neely House Museum, dinner at Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum and desserts at James Lee House Bed & Breakfast.

Memphis – The Tenors – As seen on PBS, The Tenors blend classical music with contemporary pop to create compelling anthems and beautiful melodies 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.

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Tennessee Aquarium Announces A New Pair Of Baby Gentoo Penguins

What’s better than a new baby penguin at the Tennessee Aquarium? Two new baby penguins! The Gentoo chicks - born to two separate penguin pairs – are just over a month old and already showing their plucky penguin personalities. The oldest, and the first Gentoo to hatch this year at the Aquarium, is the offspring of Biscuit and Blue. “This chick is already testing boundaries,” ... (click for more)

Severe Storms Moving North Of Chattanooga

Severe storms were moving north of Chattanooga on Wednesday night. Some initial damage was reported in the vicinity of Athens, Tn. Here is the latest warning: THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... BRADLEY COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE... SOUTHEASTERN HAMILTON COUNTY IN EASTERN TENNESSEE... * UNTIL 645 PM EDT * AT 607 ... (click for more)

Man Robbed, Stabbed At Hixson Pike Bus Stop

A man was robbed and stabbed at a bus stop on Hixson Pike on Tuesday night. At approximately 9:30 p.m., officers were called concerning a robbery at 3800 Hixson Pike. Phani Tangirala, 22, was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS for treatment of a stab wound to the abdomen. Medical personnel stated that Mr. Tangirala appeared to have a non-life threatening wound to ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House?

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Roy Exum: Chief Delmore: ‘You Blew It!”

Far more than 50,000 people, most police officers and law enforcement authorities, have gone to a website, “LawOfficer.com” to read a scathing letter that first appeared on Sunday. Veteran lawman Ed Delmore, who became the Police Chief in Gulf Shores, Ala., after a brilliant career as the “Top Cop” in St. Louis (which he still loves), has written what was entitled, “An Open Letter ... (click for more)