An Artistic Flair In This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Friday, July 21, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

The arts come alive in Tennessee as smash-hit Broadway musicals excite audiences, music is performed on stages and even in vineyards, and poignant art exhibitions are celebrated. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit tnvacation.

com/calendar.

Ongoing

Crossville – Sister Act, the smash hit musical based on the 1992 film, brings the original music and non-stop humor beginning July 21 through Sept. 8 at Cumberland County Playhouse.

Gatlinburg – Groups and individuals can sign up for voluntourism, assisting to care for campgrounds, trails, rivers, gardens and more July 22 through Oct. 28 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Knoxville – Jazz on the Square, performed by Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, continues 8-10 p.m. ET through Aug. 29 with weekly, outdoor concerts every Tuesday on the Outdoor Stage at Market Square. The event is free and open to the public.

Nashville – Kroger Plus Card holders can receive one free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal or greater value during Kroger Safari Fridays beginning July 21 through August at Nashville Zoo.

July 21

Knoxville – Alive After Five is a live music series with two cash bars, local food, popcorn and free parking 6-8:30 p.m. ET in the Ann and Steve Bailey Hall at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Nashville – The vocal duo, Duette is an alternative ukulele and guitar acoustic band performing 6-8 p.m. CT inside the Frist Center Cafe at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

July 22

Memphis – Ghost Town Blues Band, Marcella and Her Lovers, and The MD’s perform at WEVL 89.9 Blues on the Bluff at The Metal Museum.

Nashville – Backstage Nashville features songwriters Kendell Marvel, Ray Stephenson, Jason Eskridge and Bill Lloyd 12:30 p.m. CT at 3rd & Lindsley.

Rugby – Historic Rugby has expanded its artists and writers forums with a special double event featuring photographer Jeff Graham and acclaimed author Lisa Kaye Presley, author of The Wait beginning 4 p.m. ET at the Harrow Road Cafe.

July 23

Memphis – Enjoy the opening reception and gallery talk for the new exhibition “With Love, From Brent” noon to 2 p.m. CT at The Metal Museum.

Nashville – Tig Notaro is a standup comedian, storyteller and writer who performs 7:30 p.m. CT at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater.

July 24

Maryville – Mike Clemmer, a celebrated dulcimer builder whose dulcimers have been played internationally, is the featured speaker and musician of Mountain Dulcimers 7 p.m. ET at the Blount County Public Library.

Jonesborough – True stories around the Great Depression and World War II are part of the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Show’s “Greatest Generation” theme 7 p.m. ET at the International Storytelling Center.

July 25-30

Memphis – Disney’s The Little Mermaid brings its classic story of the mermaid Ariel and her dream to live above the sea to the stage 7:30 p.m. CT July 25-278 p.m. CT July 282 p.m. CT and 8 p.m. CT July 29; and 1 p.m. CT and 6:30 p.m. CT July 30 at the Orpheum Theatre.

July 27

Nashville – Have a flashback to the 1980s for the adults-only Way Late Play Date featuring hands-on exhibitions, local brews and wines, themed science activities, planetarium shows and more 6:30-10 p.m. CT at Adventure Science Center.

July 28

Jackson – Little Boys Blue brings blues to the stage 6:45 p.m. CT at the West Tennessee Farmers Market.

Memphis – Family Science Night: Astronomy includes a scavenger hunt, indoor and outdoor activities, planetarium shows, star gazing and the world’s largest-working eclipse glasses provided by American Paper Optics on display 7-10 p.m. CT at the Pink Palace Museum.

Nashville – Wander the trails while tasting unlimited samples of wine at Red, White & Zoo and enjoy live music, animal encounters and food trucks 6-11:30 p.m. CT at the Nashville Zoo.

July 29

Lewisburg – Enjoy sips and sounds with live music featuring Moriah Domby 6 p.m. CT at Pickers Creek Winery.

Murfreesboro – A fun-filled day of Minion Mania is planned including rocket testing, a costume contest, liquid nitrogen fun and more 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT at the Discovery Center.

Nashville – Enjoy the free Day of Dance to celebrate National Dance Day with the Nashville Ballet that includes contemporary, ballet and hip hop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT at Nashville Ballet.

July 30

Goodlettsville – Watch a game of vintage base ball as the Highland Rim Distillers go against the Brentwood Travelers, adhering to the 1800s game rules noon CT at Historic Mansker’s Station.

Murfreesboro – Continue to celebrate Discovery Center’s 30th anniversary this year and be one of the first 30 guests to receive a free pair of solar viewing glasses to view the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 at Discovery Center.

July 31

Knoxville – Zomboy brings the Rott n’ Roll Tour to Knoxville 8 p.m. ET, with doors open 7 p.m. ET at The Mill & Mine.



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