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  • Life Cycle: Will Richard Jolley’s Seven-Ton Magnum Opus at KMA Finally Bring International Recognition to the Museum and the Artist? Published 4/23/2014 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments

    The biggest event in the Knoxville Museum of Art’s history since the building opened in 1990 is coming May 3: the unveiling of “Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity,” a seven-ton, 105-foot wide, ...

  • Inside Knoxville's Sustainability Efforts Published 4/16/2014 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments

    In our annual Earth Day special, we take note of the City of Knoxville’s growing reputation for sustainability programs and policies—and ask what they all mean. Do they make a difference for the area? And what new initiatives are next? ...

  • Moonshine Myths: So Who Was That 'Mountain Boy' From 'Thunder Road'? Published 4/9/2014 at 9:56 a.m. 2 comments

    “The Ballad of Thunder Road” was written and recorded by Robert Mitchum in 1958 to go along with the movie he wrote and starred in. Backed by a twanging guitar, Mitchum sings of “the mountain boy” running moonshine and trying ...

  • Love for Lykois: Werewolf Cats Are Real, and They Are Amazing. But Are They Natural? Published 4/9/2014 at 9:38 a.m. 0 comments

    We send Cari Wade Gervin to Vonore to investigate reports of “werewolf cats,” and she discovers a veterinarian trying to save a new breed of cat.

  • Tributes to Rikki Hall Updated 4/4/2014 at 1:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Knoxville remembers Rikki Hall.

  • Politics & Warblers: The Wit, Wisdom, and Frank Opinions of Rikki Hall Published 4/2/2014 at 3:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Richard “Rikki” Hall (1965-2014) was precisely the type of political columnist that Tennessee most needs: reasonable and logical, yet with a passion for justice. With his passing last Sunday, we present some of his most unsparing, inspiring bits from his ...

  • Big Ears 2014: The Rest of the Lineup Published 3/26/2014 at 3:30 p.m. 0 comments

    A quick look at all the rest of the performers from Big Ears 2014.

  • Big Ears 2014: Rachel Grimes Published 3/26/2014 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Grimes has lived in Louisville, Ky., her entire life. Over the years, she’s become one of the most recognized names of the city’s storied musical scene, in no small part because of sharing the name of her former musical outfit, ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Lonnie Holley Published 3/26/2014 at 3:27 p.m. 0 comments

    Where most of us see garbage, Lonnie Holley sees raw material for a sculpture. While all of us have thousands of fleeting thoughts a day, here and gone in an instant, never to be recalled again, Holley turns his into ...

  • Big Ears 2014: Connecting the Dots Published 3/26/2014 at 3:26 p.m. 0 comments

    Since its inception in 2009, Big Ears has been something of an enigma. It’s unlike almost any other music festival in the United States, and it’s made even more unusual by the fact that it’s in Knoxville.

  • Big Ears 2014: Body/Head Published 3/26/2014 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Most of you reading this only have to know one thing to decide if Body/Head is worth your time when planning out your Big Ears schedule, and that one thing is that Kim Gordon is in it.

  • Big Ears 2014: Keiji Haino Published 3/26/2014 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments

    Keiji Haino is a legend, a hero, and an inspiration to many underground musicians. With his lengthy improvised solos, poetic album track titles, and haunting voice, there is no one else quite like him.

  • Big Ears 2014: Tim Hecker Published 3/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Throughout seven albums and numerous EPs and collaborations, Tim Hecker has blended the seemingly disparate sounds of ambient and noise to create music that holds a barbed sort of loveliness. In a typical Hecker track, ethereal electronic tones mingle with ...

  • Big Ears 2014: John Cale Published 3/26/2014 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments

    John Cale will forever be best known as a member of the Velvet Underground, the band he formed with Lou Reed in 1965. While Reed was clearly the band’s leader and guiding force, it was Cale, more than anybody, who ...

  • Obamacare in Knoxville Published 3/19/2014 at 12:11 p.m. 1 comment

    The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than 200,000 people in Tennessee are eligible to purchase plans through the marketplace, and more than 100,000 are eligible for subsidized premiums. But as of March 1, only 77,867 people have signed up. ...