Tennessee Tourism Round Up: An Artful Spring

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visittnvacation.

com/calendar.

Ongoing

Knoxville – “Woven of Wood: East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940” – See the hand-woven containers along with family stories and photographs on display through June 1 at the East Tennessee History Center.

Memphis – Don Estes and Carroll Todd – “Fabricated Lies,” Todd’s latest body of work and “Perdido” by Estes will be on display through May 31at the David Lusk Gallery.

Chattanooga – Dr. Pepper Fridays – Every Friday, all guests who purchase one Unlimited Ride Ticket at regular price will receive an additional one at half-price with a can from any Coca-Cola product at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park.

April 19-26

Statewide – National Park Week – Celebrate with fee-free days during the weekend and week-long celebrations at all Tennessee national parks.

April 19

Nashville – Earth Day Celebration – Learn about forms of renewable energy and “green building.” See the special presentation of “Giants of Electrical Science” and more 10 a.m. at the Adventure Science Center.

Memphis – “Southern-Soul Blues” – Author David Whiteis will sign his new book “Southern-Soul Blues” 2 p.m. at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

April 21

McNairy – UTM World Percussion Roots of Rhythm – The University of TN at Martin World Percussion Ensemble will perform a sampling of African, South and all-American, and rhythm music 7:30 p.m. at The Latta stage in the McNairy County Visitors and Cultural Center.

April 22-27

Memphis – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” – Attend the family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son at The Orpheum Theatre.

April 24

Chattanooga – The Rite of Spring – Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 will be performed as well as Stravinsky’s avant-garde ballet and orchestral work 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre.

April 24-26

Memphis – Twin 25 Lap Shootouts – Don’t miss your chance to race in The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience Twin 25 Lap Shootouts at Memphis International Raceway.

April 25-26

Nashville – All Mozart! – Listen to the Nashville Symphony pay tribute to one of the greatest musical geniuses in history 8 p.m. at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

April 25

Nashville – “Looking East” Food and Film Event: “Yojimbo” – Have a bento box supper from Zumi Sushi and see the movie set in the 1860s during the decline of the Tokugawa Shogunate, a nameless, rogue samurai.

Jackson – Spring Choral Concert – Performances include Union University Singers, Voices of Proclamation, Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church.

Townsend – Music of the Mountains Concert – Featuring Good Thymes Ceilidh Band, Celtic music will kick off a weekend of music to celebrate the mountains’ musical past 7 p.m. at the Great Smoky Mountains Amphitheater.

April 26

Murfreesboro – 28th annual Pioneer Days – Cloggers, Old Time music, blacksmith demonstrations, an art car show and a Bluegrass concert are on the bill 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village.

Memphis – National Autism Awareness Day – Create symbolic candles; enjoy music, sensory crafts and fun 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Rugby – Appalachian Writers Series – Anita Skeen will do a free reading and book signing 7 p.m. in the Rebecca Johnson Theater.

Gallatin – Gallatin Square Fest – Hit the downtown square for a sampling of area fare, arts and crafts for kids and area vendors 10 a.m. in Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square.

Jackson – Casey Jones Day and the Spring Arts Festival – The arts festival welcomes more than 60 artisans and is held in conjunction with free admission in honor of the legendary railroad hero Casey Jones at Casey Jones Village.

Huntingdon – Moe Bandy – See one of America’s all-time leading classic country music artists 2 p.m. at The Dixie.

Nashville – Zoovie Night – The first feature, “The Croods,” will kick off the family movie night series 6 p.m. at the Nashville Zoo.

Statewide – Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup – Tennessee counties will participate in beautifying the state’s communities as part of the largest volunteer event in America.

Spring City – An Evening with Josh Miller – Singer/songwriter Josh Miller will perform a selection of songs he’s written over his 10-year career7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Valley Theatre.

April 26-27

Kingsport – Spring Garden Fair – The oldest garden fair in the region will feature artisans, musicians, writers and more at the Exchange Place Living History Farm.

April 27

Cookeville – A Gentle Ending – Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major will be performed by the Bryan Symphony Orchestra 3 p.m. at Tennessee Technological University’s James A. Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Crossville – Rigney Family Bluegrass Band – This award-winning family band will play their own blend of original work and traditional arrangements 2:30 p.m. in the Adventure Theater at Cumberland County Playhouse.


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