Penny Performances give every child in Knox County, including home-schooled and private-schooled students, an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year.

These weekly notices include Penny Performances for the upcoming two weeks. Please visit for future performances and more information!

Wednesday-Friday, March 6-8, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun

The first play to portray African American characters, themes, and conflicts in a natural and realistic manner on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. Hansberry was the youngest playwright, the fifth woman, and the first African American writer to win the award. Recently widowed, Lena Younger receives a life insurance check and plans to buy a house for her family, freeing them from the cramped tenement she shares with her two children, daughter-in-law and grandson in Chicago’s south side. Her son, Walter, has other ideas for the money. In the struggle that ensues one dream will be fulfilled, another deferred. Will the family collapse or will they seize this opportunity to create a better life? The Washington Post said A Raisin in the Sun is “one of a handful of great American plays” and The New York Times called it “a play that changed American theater forever.”  Don’t miss this powerful and hopeful portrait of one family’s quest for the American dream during the 1950s. Appropriate for high school and up.

Contact: CBT Box Office, 865-974-5161, e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the campus of the University of Tennessee
Advance reservations required? YES; please make reservations 24 hours prior to performance time.



Sunday, March 10, 8:00 PM
Bijou Theatre: An Evening with Get the Led Out

Live performance on the U.S. Cellular Stage. Get The Led Out was formed in 2003 when a couple of Philadelphia-area musicians contacted Paul Sinclair about singing in a Led Zeppelin project they were trying to get off the ground. Sinclair, who had spent the majority of his musical career performing in his own original band “Sinclair,” had reservations about joining a ‘tribute’ act. “I had no interest in going the impersonator route,” says Sinclair. “I’ve always found it a bit hokey. I was much more intrigued by the thought of playing this music that I loved so much, and playing it accurately. With ALL the instrumentation.” Now dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” GTLO presents a two hour set each night that spans the mythic career of the legendary British supergroup. And with it, they are achieving strong box office scores throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Not uncommon are return-visits and sell-outs at a number of the region’s most prominent venues and PACs including The Nokia Theatre (NYC Times Square), House of Blues (Boston and Atlantic City), Pennsylvania’s Sovereign Center and Keswick Theatre, and Oswego New York’s “Harborfest” as well as countless others.

With one paid adult admission per child, 10 Knox County children up to 18 years of age can purchase a ticket to the performance for ONE PENNY! Available only by contacting the Tennessee Theatre Box Office in advance or the Bijou Theatre Box Office the night of the performance.

Contact: 865-684-1200 ext. 2, e-mail
Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Blount Mansion Association: Explore Blount Mansion, Tennessee's Home for American HIstory

We offer guided tours of Governor William Blount's Mansion, built in 1792, and his office from which he governed the Southwest Territory. Blount led the territory to statehood in 1796. The Tennessee Constitution was drafted in his office. On site, a reproduction 18th Century kitchen is open for viewing as well as a daylight basement room telling the story of Blount's slaves. Tour the Colonial Revival garden, an oasis in downtown Knoxville. Free tours are provided for up to three students (per paying adult). No groups. Tours are given at the top of each hour. The last tour starts at 4:00 PM. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays and major holidays.

Contact: 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Wednesday-Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - noon
Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission
Crescent Bend

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century. The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Up to three students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission. Last tour on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday begins at 3:00 PM.

Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, e-mail
2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 |
Advance reservations required? YES; please call ahead to schedule a tour.



ONGOING: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission
East TN History Center  

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child.

Contact: 865-215-8824, e-mail
East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Friday, 3:30 PM
Ijams Nature Center: Nature Fun Station

Join Ijams’ naturalists every Friday afternoon for our nature fun stations. We set up in the Park with a surprise fun station that could be anything from making giant bubbles, to dipping for tadpoles in the pond, or setting off water rockets on the hill. Whatever nature activity strikes our fancy that day is what we will have for you and your favorite youngster to share! Program is free and registration is not required. Come join us!

Contact: 865-577-4717, e-mail
Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort
James Whites Fort  

Visit James White's Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission.
Admission is free for up to three children per paying adult. No groups.

Contact: 865-525-6514, e-mail
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Saturday, 11:00 AM
Alexia's School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance: Belly Dance Classes

Beginner belly dance classes.  Class fee is $15 for drop-in or $74 for six classes; two students per paying adult will be able to take the class for $0.01.

Contact: Alexia Smith, 898-2126, e-mail
Studio: 1563 Crestwood Drive, Louisville, TN 37777
Advance reservations required? YES; please give notice one week in advance.



ONGOING: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee
Knox Museum of Art  

The Higher Ground exhibition traces the development of the fine art craft in the region and surrounding area over the past century. It tells the largely unknown story of the area’s rich artistic history and its connection to the larger currents of American art. Many of the featured artists spent their entire lives and careers in the area, while some moved away to follow their creative ambitions. Others were drawn to the region by its natural beauty, as the wealth of landscape imagery in this exhibition attests. Parent/guardian may register in the Museum Gift Shop for their student visitor(s) to receive a free art-related gift.

Contact: Rosalind Martin, 865-523-6349, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 |
Advance reservations required? NO



March-December: Wednesday-Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, or by appointment (January-February: By appointment)
The Mabry-Hazen House & Bethel Civil War Cemetery: Guided Tours

Guided tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery. These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites.

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, e-mail
Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Advance reservations required? YES



ONGOING: Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 12:00-5:00 PM
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours
Marble Springs  

John Sevier was elected Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. His property at Marble Springs in South Knox County was a working farm and a weekend retreat until 1800 when he resided at the farm till his death in 1815. Today, Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s cabin, a tavern, loom house, smoke house, and trading post. Tours are provided for students for FREE (with a paying adult) every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events and holidays). Gates close at 5:00 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour; the last tour starts at 4:00 PM.

How to obtain admission: Upon entry to the historic site, visitors should approach the Trading Post Gift Shop. This building is the closest to the parking lot and has an information sign on the outside wall. A tour guide will be available unless otherwise posted (work is often conducted in our on-site offices), in which case, please call 865-573-5508 and a tour guide will be with you shortly. Please mention Penny4Arts to receive this deal.
Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, e-mail
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 |
Advance reservations required? NO



ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 12:00-1:00 PM
WDVX-FM Radio: WDVX Blue Plate Special

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. Students will also be given a studio tour upon request. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9, online at, and on mobile devices through Public Radio Exchange (iPhone app) and Tune-In Radio (Droid app). Select shows will be held live at special locations throughout the year, including the Market Square Stage in downtown Knoxville.

Contact: 865-544-1029 x231, e-mail
Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (other locations as announced) |
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

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