• Shuptrine Gallery WalkThursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m.Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain is closing on Jan. 17. This is the last chance to do a walk-through of the exhibit …
• Shuptrine Gallery Walk
Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain is closing on Jan. 17. This is the last chance to do a walk-through of the exhibit along with the artist, Alan Shuptrine.
Museum Center at Five Points
200 Inman St., Cleveland TN 37311
• Ocoee Theatre Company auditions for 'Sylvia'
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan 21, 7 p.m.
Ocoee Theatre Company is holding auditions for the Broadway show "Sylvia." It’s a modern comedy about a man who finds an adorable dog (Sylvia) in the park and brings her home. The dog tries to fit in with her new family, but not everyone is happy to see Sylvia.
The script calls for three lead characters (two females, one male) and three supporting characters (flexible casting). The show has lots of physical comedy, and all actors must be able to express themselves freely on stage. For more info, see Ocoee Theatre’s Facebook page.
Bradley Central High School
1000 South Lee Highway, Cleveland TN 37311
• Art Garfunkel in Chattanooga
Saturday, Jan 19, 8 p.m.
Legendary singer/songwriter Art Garfunkel will be performing at the Robert Kirk Walker Theatre in Chattanooga on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Garfunkel was half of the American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel who birthed hits such as "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence." Tickets are $54 and up.
Robert Kirk Walker Theatre
709 Broad St., Chattanooga TN 37402
• Valor Fighting Challenge 54
Saturday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
Tennessee's No. 1 MMA Promotion. Come down to the Knoxville Coliseum for an action-packed night. Watch these unbelievable athletes compete for glory. Tickets are $33-$106.
Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave., Knoxville TN 37915
• Knoxville Opera: A Musical Trip Around the World
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
The Knoxville Opera has prepared this unique concert designed for the Monroe Area Council for the Arts' annual performance series. “A Musical Trip Around the World” will feature an international assortment of popular Broadway, movie, operetta, and opera hits performed by soprano Brittany Robinson, tenor Brandon Russell, and baritone Eric McKeever — the stellar cast of Knoxville Opera’s outreach production of "Lucia di Lammermoor."
This show reflects the vast musical experiences available through the Knoxville Opera, from its traveling opera to its African American Voices series to its educational programs for local schools to its highly esteemed annual opera season. This exciting concert will be hosted and accompanied by Knoxville Opera’s distinguished artistic director, Brian Salesky.
Sweetwater Elementary School Auditorium
301 Broad St., Sweetwater TN 37874
• Sandhill Crane Festival
Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2019 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is set for Jan. 19-20, 8 a.m to 5 p.m., at the Hiwassee Refuge and Birchwood Community Center.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is the primary sponsor for the festival and many staff members and volunteers will again be contributing their services. The festival is a celebration of the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate through or spend the winter on and around the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, as well as an opportunity to focus attention on the rich wildlife heritage of the state and the Native American history of the area.
Beginning in the early 1990s, the recovering population of eastern sandhill cranes began stopping at the Hiwassee Refuge on their way to and from their wintering grounds in Georgia and Florida. TWRA has been managing the refuge for more than 60 years for waterfowl, and it provides sandhill cranes a combination of feeding and shallow water roosting habitat. Thousands of birds now spend the entire winter at the confluence of the Hiwassee and Tennessee rivers.
Free bus shuttle service will be available from the Birchwood Community Center to the Hiwassee Refuge and Cherokee Removal Memorial Park each day beginning at 8 a.m. No public parking is available at the refuge.
Various vendors will be at the Birchwood Community Center also beginning at 8 a.m. In addition, breakfast will be available for purchase at the community center each day, beginning at 7 a.m. Lunch will also be available and the cafeteria will be open throughout the day.
Music, special programs, and children’s activities will be ongoing throughout each day. The American Eagle Foundation will be present for its always-popular live raptor show each day, with shows at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Along with the wildlife viewing at the refuge, wildlife and birding experts will be on site. They will provide visitors with a unique educational experience by sharing information and viewing scopes.
Parking is at the Birchwood Community Center and a shuttle will be provided to the festival. The shuttle and Sandhill Crane Festival are free. Opportunities for concessions and vendors will be available.
For more information about the festival or this magnificent bird, visit https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/birds/sandhill-crane-festival.html
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