The Weekly Fringe: Mar 27-Apr 2

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7pm at Barley’s

Calling all fringe arts performers! Join us for our third get-together to discuss the local fringe arts scene and continue efforts for collaboration, cross promotion, and community. March’s meeting will be hosted by members of Marble City Performance Company at Barley’s! We will be electing officers to the Knox Fringe board at this meetup. Come prepared to campaign for President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer! Invite your friends and bring your ideas. Magical things are happening and we want YOU to be involved! For more information, visit knoxfringe.com.


Poetry vs. Hip-Hop Knoxville
April 1, 8pm at Modern Studio

5 Poets vs. 5 Emcees in a FRIENDLY head-to-head “battle”! Featuring nationally touring poet & founder of The 5th Woman, Rhea Sunshine! Hosted by internationally award-winning poet & comedian Queen Sheba (as seen on Verses & Flow, 106 & Park, Apollo Theater and as the nine-year host of Famous 4th Sundays in Atlanta) leads #TeamPoetry against the guest Captain of the selected Memphis emcees on #TeamHipHop. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


April Boobs Day!
April 1, 9pm at Kristtophers

Come join us for a night of dancing beauties, fun games, prizes and more! This Marble City Performance Company show will benefit Young William’s Animal Shelter! Bring in a bag of food for a cat or dog and receive 1 raffle ticket per bag. VIP’s get 5 raffle tickets up front and one ticket per bag of food. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


Renew: A Pole Dance Soiree
April 2, 8pm at The International

Gather with us and celebrate our unique brand of performance art. Our specialty performance features jaw-dropping flips, twists, and stilettos in the flyest stage show in East Tennessee. Brought to you by Sheer Inspiration Pole Fitness, Knoxville’s premiere Pole Dance Studio, and under the direction of Natasha Fine: Owner, Choreographer, and Judge. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page.


COMING UP

Knox Generation Poetry Slam
April 3, 6:30 pm, Awaken Coffee

LUXE Weekend
April 7-8, Various Locations

Salomé Cabaret Burlesque Revue with Flame Cynders
April 15, 11 pm, Edge Knox

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

Mind Your P(erformance Art)s and (Burly)Qs

When I moved to Knoxville from Virginia at the beginning of last summer, I was intent on finding the places that creative people gather and make art. I was still riding the creative high from attending the first annual Shenandoah Fringe Festival; and so, when I heard about Knox Fringe, I knew it was a place I wanted to be.

Knoxville is a place the embraces makers of many types, but often the performative arts are overlooked as something people “make.” Maybe it’s the ephemeral nature of the beast – a song, a dance, a play exist in that moment, in the special interaction between performer and audience, and no matter how many times an artist performs a piece, it’s never exactly the same. Performers are often not seen as makers in the same way that someone who creates a tangible object is.

But, the performative arts are crafts like any other. They take dedication, perseverance, and cultivation (of course, talent helps, too!). And, even more so, they require the tenacity to find the right venues and audiences. Much like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to support the arts.

And, I found a community like that with Knox Fringe. At my first meeting, I felt so welcomed by the diverse group of burlesque performers, comedians, actors, dancers, singers, and performance artists of all kinds. And, best of all, it became clear immediately that this was a group of movers and (tassel) shakers bent on getting the fringe arts in the public eye in Knoxville. 

And, boy howdy, were they! At the end of that first meeting, Salomé Cabaret (one of Knoxville’s amazing burlesque troupes) put out a call for performers. Their next show, in less than three weeks’ time, was going to be a Knox Fringe showcase and feature performers from all types of performance backgrounds. They invited all of us to submit acts for consideration for inclusion in the evening’s entertainment. So – of course – I couldn’t resist the opportunity.

Thus, last Saturday night, I found myself at The International alongside a group of performers ready to show our scruffy city what Knox Fringe has to offer. It was a smashing success! The night opened with comedy by Lance Adams and then continued with a full docket of performers from Salomé Cabaret, The Ooh Ooh Revue, and Marble City Performance Company, as well as a bellydancer, several singers, a clown (me!), and a – frankly –  incredible jump rope number. The show was well-received by its audience, and they, I think, were surprised by the depth and diversity of talent that took the stage.

I might be biased, but I believe that Knox Fringe is going to change the face of Knoxville for performers. It will allow those who don’t fit into a traditional community theatre create art and for audiences to find something new in a city they already love. 

The Weekly Fringe: March 20-26

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


Find Your Fringe! Knox Fringe Open House
March 23 at Modern Studio

Hey Knoxville! Come join us for Knox Fringe’s first meet, mix and mingle and find your fringe! The Knoxville fringe arts community is here to help you find the right fondness for the freak, fan, or fabulousness inside you. Whether you’re into puppetry, burlesque, spoken word, theatre, cabaret, dance, drag or anything in between, we want to get to know you! Come and see the fringe benefits of our artistic community. For more information, visit knoxfringe.com.


Big Ears 2017 Spoken Word Expo
March 23-25 at Jackson Terminal

The 2nd annual, 3-day event features some of Poetry Slam’s finest champions and a few local legends who have gained world-wide recognition for their work with words, as well as the Big Ears debut of Knox Generation, a spoken-word mentoring program for Knoxville teens. Thursday and Friday feature Open Mic nights and Saturday features Knoxville Poetry Slam legend Julia Nance, 3-Time Slam Champion El’Ja Bowens, and the Poetry Slam qualifier for The 5th Woman 2017 Slam Team. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page.


Set The Night To Music
March 25-26 at The Red Piano Lounge

One night only and always a new show! OOHX2 PRODUCTIONS presents OOH Set the Night to Music: Live Music Cabaret and Burlesque, a showcase featuring all live music! With Jeanine Fuller on vocals and Sam Adams on piano. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oohoohrevue.com.


Flicker & Wow
March 26 at Knoxville Museum of Art

The Public Cinema hosts this collection of experimental short films as part of the Big Ears Festival. These avant-garde films are curated from film festivals the world over. For a full schedule and more information, visit publiccinema.org.


Coming Up

Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7 pm, Barley’s

April Boobs Day
April 1, Kristtophers

LUXE Weekend
April 7-8, Various Locations

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: March 13-19

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


La Traviata
March 16-18 at the Historic Westwood Mansion

Come be a part of La Traviata as never before. In this onsite production of Verdi’s masterpiece the audience will become a part of the show as guests and onlookers into Violetta’s public and private world. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit marblecityopera.com.


Tickled! A Show to Fondle Your Funny Bone!
March 16 at Cocoa Moon

Talented Stand-Up Comedians and Tempting Neo-Burlesque Artists join forces up to make you laugh and feel a bit teased and well…tickled! An early show for the end of the week and a great way to welcome in your Friday! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit oohoohrevue.com.


Modern Studio Grand Opening
March 18 at Modern Studio

Come see the beautiful space, meet the amazing team, and party hard at the Modern Studio Grand Opening. At 6:00, a very special announcement will be made about what’s to come at our space. Enjoy beverages & food from local food trucks & breweries, followed by a sampling of local performing arts groups (INCLUDING LOTS OF KNOX FRINGE ARTISTS!) and Sound Graffiti to round out the party. For more information, visit modernstudio.org.


On The Fringe: A Local Showcase
March 18 at The International

Join Salomé Cabaret for a celebration of the local fringe arts community! Enjoy your favorite Salomé Cabaret cast members, as well as special guests from throughout the area! Come see what magic happens when the city’s best and brightest variety entertainers unite! It’s sure to be a showcase you won’t soon forget! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit salomecabaret.com.


Coming Up

Find Your Fringe: Knox Fringe Open House
March 23, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Set the Night to Music
March 25-26, Red Piano Lounge

Knox Fringe March Meetup
March 30, 7 pm, Barley’s

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.

The Weekly Fringe: March 6-12

There is always a bit of fringe happening in our scruffy little city and we want to make it easy for you to find the fringe in your community. Here is a curated list of events happening this week.


The 6th Annual Circus Extravaganza: Adventures in Neverland
March 10-12 at the Clayton Center for Performing Arts at Pellissippi State

Adventures in Neverland has all the familiar characters you would expect in a Peter Pan story: Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinkerbell, pirates and lost girls. But this story is set in a circus called Neverland complete with antics on stilts, trapeze and fabrics, juggling, trampoline, cyr wheel, bungee and more. With Dragonfly Aerial Arts and One World Circus, this extravaganza is a fundraiser for Dragonfly’s Community Outreach Circus Classes. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com.


Women in Jazz Jam Festival 2017
March 10-12 at various locations

The Women in Jazz Jam Festival uncovers the stories of women in all aspects of the jazz genre, throughout the jazz community. The festival consists of performances by women jazz musicians from Knoxville community, East Tennessee region and the country. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit womeninjazzjamfestival.com.


Coming Up This Month

Modern Studio Grand Opening
March 18, 5 pm, Modern Studio

On The Fringe: A Local Showcase presented by Salomé Cabaret
March 18, 11 pm, The International

Find Your Fringe: Knox Fringe Open House
March 23, 7:30 pm, Modern Studio

Visit the Knox Fringe Event Calendar for more information.