The Knoxville Foraging Meetup

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Knoxville Foraging Meetup was started in 2015 and is an educational opportunity for people wanting to get hands on learning experience identifying and using wild plants. Danna Sharp talks about the beginnings and growth of the group. They frequently partner with the East Tennessee Permaculture Research Institute to hold events in the area. The group promotes using the natural abundance of resources that grow around us and are easily within reach. The Knoxville Foraging Meetup is a family friendly group and has a great time having fun outdoors together!


How the American South Transformed the World

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The American South – and particularly our corner of it in East Tennessee – is commonly imagined as insular, isolated, and disconnected from the larger world. In fact, this is far from true. In this presentation, Tore Olsson demonstrate how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in the region – particularly through the Tennessee Valley Authority – came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places as far-flung as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. East Tennessee, it turns out, has a global footprint far greater than you may expect! 


The Online Dating Game: Over 40 Edition

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Curious about the online dating world? Wondering if you’re too old for this crap? Jacene Phillips shares some tips and tricks about online dating for those over (and under) 40 from someone who was divorced, with a kid, over 40 and has lived to tell the tale. It is a cornucopia of lessons learned, just in time for Thanksgiving.


Play in Public Spaces

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Cattywampus Puppet Council, which is a Knoxville based nonprofit seeking to build community and promote play for all ages through the puppetry arts. This spring, Cattywampus will organize and facilitate the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Knoxville’s first community puppet parade. This project will invite members of the community of all ages and backgrounds to come together and create puppets, masks, and costumes rooted in local ecology and stories of “place.” As an act of public play and storytelling, this parade will celebrate the culture of love, creativity, and mutual dependence we wish to create in Southern Appalachia.  


KnowHow / Youth Programs at the Intersection of Creativity and Critical Thinking

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Elizabeth Wright presents "KnowHow" a local community organization that builds youth leadership and community engagement through the arts. KnowHow youth work at the intersection of creativity and critical thinking to engage with their communities, develop solutions to issues that affect their lives, and build vital life skills. Tonight, KnowHow adult allies  will share the inspiration and design behind this work, information about their many programs, and their dreams for the future of their organization and our city. 


Respect the Process

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

In this presentation Chef Jesse Newmister, owner of Kaizen in Knoxville, discusses his past experiences, the path to opening his own restaurant, and how he develops a dish.


Big Ears – Listening and Changing the Conversation

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

The Big Ears Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural gatherings in the world.  Bringing thousands of visitors to town, Big Ears not only hosts many of the world’s leading artists, but showcases Knoxville’s symphony, jazz orchestra, local music scene, poets, theaters, clubs, churches, museums, galleries, restaurants, shops…the texture and character of the city. It brings the world to Knoxville and it showcases Knoxville to the world. In this presentation Ashley Capps discusses how Big Ears is changing the conversation about Knoxville - how the world sees the city as well as how Knoxvillians see themselves and their possibilities as a community.


Lyrics, Letters, and the Forgotten Lives of Ben Irving

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Ben Irving (born Irving Hurwitz in Hartford, CT in 1901) hit the road as a salesman when the Great Depression cut short his promising musical career. Throughout the 1920s, he led several musical combos and toured the Northeastern Vaudeville circuit. Throughout the Depression, he travelled all 48 states, 3 Canadian Provinces, and 3 Mexican states in search of income to send home to his family. Though he would eventually resume his entertainment career upon retirement, he unwittingly left a legacy in postcards he sent from the road. Here, his great-grandson Tyler Sonnichsen unlocks the visual counter-narrative of America as Irving saw it.


Discovering Bangladesh

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Bangladesh, a small country in the South Asia, makes headlines in the newspapers across the world that emphasize its poverty, overpopulation, natural disasters and political unrest. Through the lens of his camera, Mohammad Moniruzzaman set out to discover the true face of his motherland. From 2007 to 2011, he traveled across the country and captured  the story of its people. He discovered a Bangladesh which is incredibly resilient – an epitome of undaunted human spirit.


Making Knoxville Dementia Friendly

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

In this presention Angela Grant speaks about a grassroots movement to make Knoxville the first dementia friendly city in the US. Alzheimer’s and dementia are thieves…they steal memories, finances, independence, and relationships. Norm MacNamera of Torquay, England started this movement and it finally landed in Knoxville. The Purple Cities Alliance is working to make Knoxville dementia friendly through basic educational trainings, hospital bracelets and public events. They were featured in Parade magazine and that exposure caused other cities across the US to get involved and join the cause.


Letterpress (or…Biting off more than you can chew)

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

"You forget all about the lines that you originally drew because they go on a journey and come back to you looking like this!"

In Letterpress (or…Biting off more than you can chew) from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 2, we hear the story of Camp Nevernice, a budding letterpress design and illustration shop, owned and operated by Laura Baisden. Laura has ten years experience in the field, but in her first year as a sole proprietor- she’s learning many lessons…including the lesson of time-management.

This was PechaKucha of the Day on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017.


Knox Brew Tours

@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

Knox Brew Tours was established to share a love of beer with the Knoxville community. Owner Zack Roskop shares his story.