Weekend Guide: Dogwood Arts, T.I., Circle Modern Dance, Knox Opera, and More

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Here’s a list of what to do this weekend—Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knox Opera’s Queen of Scots, Volapalooza, Circle Modern Dance, Brewhibition, Mothership, and T.I. Visit the Knoxville Mercury online calendar or pick up this week’s issue for a full list of the weekend’s offerings.

Dogwood Arts Festival
Market Square • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. • Free
Three days and nights of arts and crafts, music, kids’ entertainment and more. Dozens of local and regional painters, potters, glass artists, jewelry makers, and metal workers will have work on display and for sale; performers include Daje Morris, Cattywampus Puppet Council, Blond Bones, Knoxville Children’s Theatre, Pale Root, the Accidentals, and One World Circus, among others. Plus tons—probably literal tons—of junk food. The festival continues on Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

Knoxville Opera: Mary, Queen of Scots
Tennessee Theatre • 7:30 p.m. • $21-$99
The promising young Canadian mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel takes on the heavy-hitting role of Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s elaborate (and fictionalized) account of one of England’s most dramatic struggles for the throne. We’ve got two previews by Alan Sherrod: a profile of Daniel  and a conversation with stage director Brian Deedrick on the dramatic liberties  Donizetti took for his 1835 opera. A matinée performance will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m.

Thompson-Boling Arena • 5:30 p.m. • Free-$30

Electric Darling

The University of Tennessee stages a big concert at the end of every spring semester—this year’s headliner is the New York pop-rock band X Ambassadors, with opening acts COIN, Pell, Luke Pell, Mountains Like Wax, Electric Darling, and DJ A-Wall. Tickets are free for opted-in students, $25 for everyone else, and $30 at the gate. (Volapalooza was originally scheduled for World’s Fair Park, but this week’s heavy rains prompted organizers to move the concert indoors—the park lawn gets pretty gross when it’s wet.)

Circle Modern Dance: Layer by Layer
Modern Studio • 7 p.m. • $13

Kevin Hancock

Circle Modern Dance’s ambitious spring showcase. Choreographers include Amelia Breed, Kim Matibag, Kat Milligan, Callie Minnich, Darby O’Connor, and Sarah Whitaker. Modern Studio, a new multi-purpose community space, promises to provide audiences an unusually intimate viewing experience. Additional performances will be held on Saturday, April 29.

Dogwood Arts Festival
Market Square • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. • Free
See Friday’s listing.

Historic Southern Railway Depot • 2-6 p.m. • $45-$65
With over 75 craft beers from Tennessee and surrounding areas, Brewhibition is a celebration not only of the end of Prohibition, but of the regional brewers born out of it. Sample offerings from local brewers like Alliance Brewing Company, Balter Beerworks, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Cold Fusion Brewing, Crafty Bastard Brewery, Fanatic Brewing Company, Hexagon Brewing Company, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, Saw Works Brewing Company, Schulz Brau Brewing Company, and Yee Haw. Plus a handful of unique liquor and beer collaborations and music by Frog and Toad’s Dixie Quartet and the Marble City Shooters.

Circle Modern Dance: Layer by Layer
Modern Studio • 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. • $13
See Friday’s listing.

Dogwood Arts Festival
Market Square • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free
See Friday’s listing.

Knoxville Opera: Mary, Queen of Scots
Tennessee Theatre • 2:30 p.m. • $21-$99
See Friday’s listing.

Open Chord Music • 7 p.m. • $8-$10 • All ages

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Texas-based power trio Mothership  inhabits a world where rock ’n’ roll is still a larger-than-life proposition—a world of black-velvet sci-fi posters and psychedelics, where willowy rock stars wander arena stages in rhinestone kimonos, all Les Pauls and leather pants and flowing feathered hair. Read Mike Gibson’s preview. With Indighost, Mass Driver, and Part of the Problem.

The International • 9 p.m. • $35-$100 • 18 and up

Matt Jones

The Atlanta rapper T.I. has found new purpose: He describes his 2016 EP Us or Else—his response to the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner—as “revolutionary art” in the socially conscious spirit of Public Enemy, Common, and KRS-One. It’s a heartfelt and urgent record that makes one of the best rappers of his generation sound more relevant than he has in almost a decade.



Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at matthew@knoxmercury.com.

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