The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN

 

Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

Jubilee Games and Coffee Pop-Up

  • Cost is $5 - bring cash or credit card to event!
  • Direct questions to jubileeknoxville@gmail.com.

Come enjoy an afternoon of board games and delicious coffee. Jubilee has a library of 100+ board games and knowledgable teachers prepared to recommend a game based on your preferences, and more importantly equipped to teach you the rules without you ever having to look at a rulebook! They will also have hot or cold pour over coffee available for purchase that will keep your spirits lifted and your tastebuds happy. Join Jubilee and be a part of the wonderful and welcoming community that has formed around their events! 

 

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

NoKno Cinematheque Presents: Love Me If You Dare

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  • Doors open: 6:30 PM
  • Film begins: 7:00 PM
  • Free and open to the public
  • BYOB

Love Me If You Dare

  • 2003
  • 93 min
  • Drama  / Romance / Comedy
  • R
  • As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children – a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.
  • Marion Cotillard, Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche
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Feb
25
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Indigo and Shibori Dyeing with Aaron Head

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  • Learn basics of shibori resist dyeing, with a concentration on folded, tied and clamped resist.
  • Learn the terminology of shibori and indigo dyeing.
  • Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat.
  • 2 scarf-sized pieces of linen and small cotton tote will be provided.
  • Feel free to bring your own goods to dye, but please avoid bulky pieces (towels, jackets, bedding etc.). Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Pre-wash in hot water before the workshop.
  • If time and materials allow, more experimental dyeing (paper, yarn, hair) can be done at the end of the workshop.
  • Wear old clothing that can be stained. The dye will splash.

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Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, critic, and visual artist based in Nashville, TN. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison and has traveled to teach workshops throughout the Southeast. His art practice investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending and hand- stitching. 

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Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday: leftovers with Robmat Butler

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This is a new body of work that is beginning to explore our relationship with the environment and how it could potentially shape our future. The work is influenced by thoughts of nostalgia and place, human consumption and its implications, and what the consequences of our behaviors might be. The dioramas imagine a fragmented, desolate future after the collapse of technology and civilization. They are visions of what remains, how we may adapt and how we could rebuild from the leftovers.

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Robmat Butler, a graduate of The University of Tennessee’s MFA program in
sculpture, lives and works in Knoxville, TN.  He received a BFA in Studio Arts with a
minor in Art History from The University of South Florida.  In addition to being the
preparator at The Knoxville Museum of Art, Robmat is an active contemporary artist,
whose work has been shown both nationally and internationally.  His work has, most
recently, been included in Miami’s Art Basel and featured in The Foosaner Art
Museum’s show Naval Gazing.  Robmat also collaborates with Barron Hall as The Art
Team, building site specific, large scale installations. Butler also works as a freelance
fabricator while pursuing an interest in curating local and regional art events.

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Mar
18
5:00 PM17:00

Advanced Sushi Making Class

(vegan/vegetarian friendly)

NOTE: This class is suitable for beginners as well as those who have taken Kumi's basic sushi making class.  Students who have taken the basic class can attend for a reduced rate of $60.)

Join Kumi Alderman of The Sushi Academy of Knoxville as she teaches us to make five different types of sushi.  This class is suitable for beginners as well as those who have taken basic sushi making. This interactive class will include how to make sushi rice, finding the best ingredients, rolling sushi, decorating sushi platters, and proper use of chopsticks.  Best of all, we'll get to eat the sushi we've made.

You will learn:

  • How to make Sushi Rice

  • How to make Basic Sushi Roll

  • How to make Nigirizushi/Temari 

  • How to make Inarizushi

  • How to make Gunkanmaki

  • How to roll Traditional Japanese Sushi 

  • How to decorate Sushi Platter

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Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Utility: First Friday with Melissa Everett

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From Artist Melissa Everett:

My journey as an artist began with the comfort and connection associated with quilt making.  I taught myself to quilt in 2012 upon the arrival of my first son.  It was one of those huge transitions in life when you don’t really know what is about to happen next but you hold on and go for it.  Much to my surprise, this “little hobby” I was embarking on would lead to huge personal growth, branching out and meeting some of the most inspirational people here in Knoxville.   

Domestic life was a difficult adjustment for me, and through quilting I was able to find beauty and calm in the day to day hustle of child rearing.  The historically woman-dominated craft of quilting was becoming a way of life for me, as it has for so many before me.  For many years, women have been making these utility objects to provide warmth and security to their loved ones, pouring their prayers and hardships into each one and weaving broken pieces back together.  A quilt’s utility was so appealing and practical to me, yet I longed for them to be recognized for their visual appeal as much as their warmth and comfort.

There is a movement happening within quilt making which has spurred me to keep exploring, asking questions and searching for more.  My work is evolving, centering me and satisfying my need to be stimulated visually through color, composition and concept.  I’ve been influenced greatly by cut paper collage, abstract expressionism, print making and a love for what I call organic geometry.  The calculated imperfections that come from creating by hand and being a work in progress are also very satisfying.  There’s a great deal of beauty in life’s imperfections.  This show is about being more than UTILITY.

This show is dedicated to the women who have taught me and encouraged me to explore.

BIO: 

I am a textile artist and self-taught quilter who finds joy in the expressiveness of improvising colors and shapes. With an eye for transformation, I utilize existing materials to fabricate unique and original pieces.  Textiles give me an outlet to express my thoughts and hopes.

I grew up in the belly of Appalachia, where quilting is a folk tradition driven by functionality, art and storytelling. I now live in Knoxville, Tennessee, with my husband and two sons. When I'm not deep into my next project, I'm often enjoying the outdoors with my adventurous boys and gaining inspiration for the next piece.

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Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

Good Sport Night

CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS! 

Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, a walking tour of North Knoxville, live music with swing dance lessons, a yacht trip on the Tennessee River and a mini horse petting zoo. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.   

Worried that you won't be able to participate because of dietary restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

Alcohol: BYOB

Food: Light snacks

Dress Code: Your clothes may get dirty

Physical Activity: Low

 

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Basic Sushi Making Class

Class cost is $55.  Purchase via sushiacademytn.com.

Contact sushiacademytn@yahoo.com for more information!

Join Kumi Alderman of The Sushi Academy of Knoxville as she teaches us to make two basic sushi rolls.  This interactive class will include how to make sushi rice, finding the best ingredients, rolling sushi, decorating sushi platters, and proper use of chopsticks.  Best of all, we'll get to eat the sushi we've made.

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Pizza and a Movie: Romeo and Juliet + A Dopo Pizza with NoKno Cinematheque

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  • Ticket includes vegetarian and/0r meat pizza from A Dopo Sourdough Pizza
  • BYOB
  • Doors open: 6:00 PM // Film begins: 7:00 PM

NoKno Cinematheque and The Central Collective are teaming up to provide you with a casual dinner you can eat while enjoying the 90's classic, Romeo and Juliet. Come with your valentine, your pal, or yourself for good eats and a 90-licious film.  Prefer not to eat with us?  No problem!  Swing by and enjoy the movie at no cost.

NoKno Cinematheque Presents:Romeo + Juliet

  • 1996
  • 120 min
  • Romance / Drama
  • PG-13
  • Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Brian Dennehy, Paul Rudd, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jesse Bradford, M. Emmet Walsh, Jamie Kennedy, Dash Mihok
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Feb
11
3:00 PM15:00

Good Sport Night

Activity: Wouldn't you like to know?

CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS! 

Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, a walking tour of North Knoxville, live music with swing dance lessons, a yacht trip on the Tennessee River and a mini horse petting zoo. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.   

Worried that you won't be able to participate because of dietary restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

Location: The Central Collective

Alcohol: BYOB

Food/Dietary Restrictions: Light Snacks  // not suitable for gluten-free/vegan diets

Dress Code: Whatever you please.

Physical Activity: Low (some standing)

Good Sport Level: 2/5

 

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Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

Meet Hazel the Sloth and Friends

UPDATE: Appointments with Hazel are sold out, but if you'd like to meet an armadillo, baby crocodile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise, you can come any time from 2-6pm with a suggested cash donation of $10.

Hazel the sloth is coming to The Central Collective with some of her animal pals to raise money for the fantastic Wildlife Discovery Center in Lake Forest, Illinois. Read more about Hazel, her family and the WDC below, and then book your spot to have your picture taken with Hazel.*

You MUST reserve a spot to meet Hazel. Your ticket gives you and up to one additional guest (you can both be in the photo, but only one of you will be able to hold Hazel) a ten minute photoshoot with Hazel, but we recommend that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to make sure you don't miss your time slot and to give you time to meet Hazel's other animal friends (armadillo, baby crococdile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise).  All ticket proceeds will go to the Wildlife Discovery Center.

*Hazel's comfort is our biggest concern. While we will make every effort to get a picture of you holding Hazel, we won't make her do anything she doesn't want to.  If for some reason Hazel isn't feeling up for getting her picture taken with you, you will receive a full refund.  

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This is Hazel the Sloth. Hazel is a Linnaeus Two-Toed Sloth that is 9 months old. Her parents originated in Paraguay where they were injured due to the logging industry. During rehab, a female gave birth prematurely to Hazel and immediately abandoned her. It was decided to bring her to the Wildlife Discovery Center where she received daily physical therapy and lots of TLC by Curator Rob Carmichael and his wife. She is now doing great and is a beautiful looking sloth! AND SHE'S COMING TO VISIT THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE along with some of her friends, including an armadillo, baby crococdile, Burmese Python, and a tortoise.

Hazel will be joined by Rob Carmichael. Rob is the founder/curator of the Gold Medal Award Winning Wildlife Discovery Center. In addition to his curatorial duties, he also works with National Geographic and Smithsonian Channel in a number of wildlife documentaries. He has teamed up with 7-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer Neil Rettig. Rob also speaks at a number of international symposia including the International Union of Conservation of Nature's Crocodile Specialist Group. Rob teaches Environmental Biology and Herpetology at several nearby colleges. He is married to a school teacher/coach who is earning her doctorate in education, and, two very talented daughters who are professional athletes and work for Naked Foods!

The WDC is an award winning, accredited, free admission zoo/nature center with a mission to motivate all generations to come to know, respect and protect our challenged and often endangered ecosystems with a focus on their wildlife. This nature center features over 200 species of animals including reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals and focuses on wildlife and ecological conservation.

*While we will make every effort to get a picture of you holding Hazel, we won't make her do anything she doesn't want to.  If for some reason Hazel isn't feeling up for getting her picture taken with you, you will receive a full refund.  

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Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

The Hair Museum with High Five Hannie

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Why humans have evolved to maintain the hair on our heads and faces is a great mystery. Some theorize that it’s a residual trait from when we were aquatic apes; a means by which we could hold onto our parents. Others believe that it is a defense against UV rays and to help retain heat in the body during the colder months.

What we can be sure of is that hair is both “fly” and “fashionably fun.” The way we style our furry little heads is an expression of how we see ourselves and of how we want to be seen by the world. It’s an important part of the human mating dance (who of any gender has not swooned over Prince & his gorgeous locks), of navigating the confusing sexual awakening that puberty brings (those dollops of hair gel and tall, skinny cans of mousse), and our decision to run with the herd or diverge in an attempt to redefine the zeitgeist.

The hair parlour is also a center of the community; a space that acts as a great equalizer. Like Eddie says in the American classic film Barbershop, “If we can’t talk straight in a babershop, then where can we talk straight?” So leave your cheap inhibitions at the door, set free your wild and wonderful self, and step backstage of this tedious life. Welcome to life’s grand dressing room: The Hair Museum.

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High Five Hannie, otherwise known as Hannah Bingham, is a self-taught, local Knoxville artist. She doesn’t give high-fives and she’s ironically terrible at managing her own hair.

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Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

NoKno Cinematheque Presents: Hard Eight

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  • Doors open: 6:30 PM
  • Film begins: 7:00 PM
  • Free and open to the public
  • BYOB

Hard Eight

  • 1996
  • 101 min
  • Crime / Drama
  • Rated R
  • Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.
  • Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson
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Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Sunday Supper with Rebel Kitchen

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$40 Tickets includes four course meal AVAILABLE HERE • BYOB • Does not include service fee or gratuity 

Rebel Kitchen Presents a "Sunday Supper" Pop-Up Dinner Series. Join us as we celebrate family, friends, community, and food with a Sunday Supper each month. A shared four-six course dinner will be offered with seasonal inspirations. Dinner is BYOB, so bring your favorite beverage for pairing or to share with friends. Glasses will be provided for your convenience. 


MENU:

• Greek Avgolemono
Lemon & Rice Soup w/Fresh Dill

• Local Greens
Beets, Radishes, Shakerag Blue Cheese, Creamy Pine-nut Dressing

• "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner"
Organic Chicken Slow Roasted with Lotsa Herbs & Yogurt, Spring Creek Glazed Carrots & Whipped Kennebec Potatoes

• Good Ole' Apple Pie
"Nitro" Ice Cream, Orange Carmel


Please note event tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to another guest. If you would like your ticket transferred to another name, please notify Rebel Kitchen via rebelkitchenknx@gmail.com. If there are any dietary restrictions, please notify rebelkitchenknx@gmail.com, so accommodations can be made. 

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Dec
29
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy! With Trey Galyon, Drew Whitney Morgan, Jeff Blank, Shane Ryhne and Aaron Chasteen

Cost: $5 (pay at door)

Join comedians Trey Galyon, Drew Whitney Morgan, Jeff Blank, Shane Ryhne and Aaron Chasteen for an evening of comedy.

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Trey Galyon has appeared on 'Doug Loves Movies' podcase and participated in the New York Comedy Festival.

 

 

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Drew Whitey Morgan is the co-author of the "Liberal Redneck Manifesto" and has appeared on ABC's the View, MTV's greatest party stories and the Sirius FM political comedy channel.

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Shane Rhyne was named Knoxville’s 3rd best comedian in 2015 and 2016 by the readers of a now-defunct newspaper.  He has performed at comedy festivals across the nation, including Hell Yes Fest (New Orleans, LA), Gilda’s LaughFest (Grand Rapid, MI), and Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival (Columbus, OH).

Aaron Chasteen is a young comic from Knoxville, TN.  He has appeared in several festivals including: Scruffy City Comedy Festival, New South Comedy Festival, Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival, Motor City Comedy Festival, and Cinder Block Comedy Festival in NYC. Aaron has opened for names such as Trae Crowder and Theo Von.

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Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Happy Knoxvollidays: The 12 Songs Of Christmas

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Now that it's coming to the end of another year, how about we all come together to celebrate the holidays?!? We'll have a multitude of musicians performing their own, special take on holiday and Christmas tunes at The Central Collective in North Knoxville. They'll be performing "in-the-round" style, playing with others they may never have performed with together before!

Not only will it be a wonderful evening of music, but we'll also be giving all of the proceeds to help The Love Kitchen here in Knoxville. They have been working hard in order to help the folks of our community. We'll even have some baked goods available for purchase to help raise as much as we can. Now's our chance to give back!

Tickets are $10 with 100% of the money going to The Love Kitchen.

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Dec
3
3:00 PM15:00

Fried Pie Workshop

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Class cost is $60 - includes all materials, Dale's Fried Pies limited edition mug, and 12 take-home pies.  RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

For the first time ever, Dale Mackey of Dale's Fried Pies is going to share her pie secrets with the public. During this two-hour workshop, participants will learn to mix and roll the perfect pie dough, prepare Dale's class old fashioned apple filling, create beautiful and consistent pies, and fry them on your stovetop. You'll leave with twelve pies of your own.

Class size is limited to 6 participants- don't wait to register!

 

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Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

AIGA Knoxville presents: Avoiding Liability In Branding

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Doors: 6:00 PM
Talk begins: 7:00 PM
Tickets available here! ($5 for AIGA members // $15 for non-members)

Good brands and branding practices can create enduring business value; however, failure to engage in good branding practices can be very expensive. Last year Walmart was ordered to pay Variety Stores, Inc. over 32 million dollars because Walmart used a name that Variety Stores, Inc. owned. Picking the wrong brand name can be really expensive. On November 8th Tracy Edmundson and John Wood from Egerton, McAfee will be discussing the elements of a good trademark and how to avoid liability when helping your clients pick a brand name.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday: Museum of Civilization

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In a post-apocalyptic world, many of the items that we interact with every day will become useless relics of the past. From lipstick to cell phones, our interactions with countless commonplace items will transform or cease.

In partnership with Knox County Library’s Big Read initiative, which is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment, The Central Collective will host “The Museum of Civilization” group show for its November 2017 First Friday reception.  Inspired by the fictional airport museum in Station Eleven, this show will be comprised of artistic renderings or replications of physical items that the artists believe deserve a place in a museum memorializing modern society, either for their usefulness or hindrance.

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Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Fermentation Workshop

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Not sure what you would do if civilization collapsed? Without electricity, you couldn’t google it. In partnership with Knox County Libraries and the Big Read, we're celebrating the fantastic post-apocalyptic book "Station Eleven" with our Apocalypse survival skill workshop series.

FERMENTATION: Preserving Food after the Pandemic

In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate various food and beverage fermentation techniques. Our goal is to ensure that every attendee not only learns how to create these foods and drinks at home, but also walks away with a better understanding of (and passion for!) the world of microbes and ferments.  

All materials provided: ingredients for making your own ferment, a jar for taking their handmade creations home, and support materials/resources (attendees are encouraged to bring note taking supplies).

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About the instructors: John Capps and Nicole Poquette are life-long students of healthy and ethical living, as well as overall food fanatics! This includes incorporating a wide spectrum of whole foods and natural medicines into everyday life.

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Oct
26
6:30 PM18:30

Healing Herbs Workshop

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Not sure what you would do if civilization collapsed? Without electricity, you couldn’t google it. In partnership with Knox County Libraries and the Big Read, we're celebrating the fantastic post-apocalyptic book "Station Eleven" with our Apocalypse survival skill workshop series.

HEALING HERBS: Building Your Apocalypse Apothecary

In this 90 minute workshop, participants will learn about the useful properties of common herbs and essential oils that can be used for endless purposes once traditional medicine is no longer available. Participants will leave with their own custom tea blend, a soothing peppermint balm for aches and pains, and a valerian sleep aid tincture.

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Dale Mackey has been building her home apothecary since 2008 and has taught herbal workshops at Erin's Meadow Herb Farm and the Central Collective and has published pieces about herbal home remedies for Offbeat Home. 

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Oct
14
6:15 PM18:15

Good Sport Night

Activity: Wouldn't you like to know?

CALLING ALL GOOD SPORTS! 

Here's the deal. You purchase a ticket to a mystery event. Show up to The Central Collective at the specified date and time, and be ready for anything. Past events have included: a live studio game show, an egg drop competition, a garden party in a castle, a walking tour of North Knoxville, live music with swing dance lessons, an underground arcade, a yacht trip, and a spy-themed escape game. These are events for folks who are curious, adventurous, and like trying new things & meeting new people.   

Worried that you won't be able to participate because of dietary restrictions, physical ability or other preferences? We'll do our best to give you the information you need to decide if this month's Good Sport Night is right for you. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to give us a shout! If you show up and cannot participate for an unforeseen reason, we're happy to give you a credit for a future Good Sport Night. Unless otherwise noted, these events are not programmed for children.

Alcohol: BYOB

Food: Light Snacks

Dress Code: Stuff you don't mind getting a little messy

Physical Activity: moderate/standing

Good Sport Level: 2/5

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Oct
12
6:30 PM18:30

Farewell to Summer Pop Up Dinner with Rebel Kitchen

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Join Rebel Kitchen as they bid farewell to the bounty of summer, and look forward to the fall harvest season. Chef Paul will utilize ingredients from the last of what summer has to offer, and create a multi-course dinner celebrating those flavors and whats to come.

Farewell to Summer Menu-

"Conversations" Crudite
Creamy Eggs & Dill

Spiced Duck Ham, Springcreek Potatoes

Tomatoes "Last Call"!

Cobia Olive Oil Poached, Salted Cream, Lemon Preserve

"Pot Roast" Red Wine Short Rib, Confit Carrots, Celery Root

"Crispy" Local Apples, Clotted Cruz Cream, Almonds

"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influence of the earth." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Second Friday: Butler, Goldenstein, Riesing, Recent Work

From the artists: We came up with the idea of exhibiting together since we are artists who each approach landscape with different media, variety of images, and from very personal approaches. Goldenstein and Riesing both have a long history of painting the landscape; from panoramas, dominating skies, night images, to finely represented dense trees. Butler comes at it from an art historical background finding images in urban Italian architecture. Each finds inspiration in the world around us through travel or by analyzing the world close to home.  The show will have prints, drawings and paintings.

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David Butler joined the Knoxville Museum of Art as executive director in 2006 after serving as the director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the Emerson Gallery at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.   He earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1976 and a master’s degree in art history in 1980, both from Florida State University.  He received his Ph.D. in art history with concentration on seventeenth-century Italian art and architecture from Washington University in 1991. Butler is past president of the Southeastern Museums Conference, and past chair of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission. 

Marcia Goldenstein received her MFA degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Nebraska. She has been a visiting artist at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia; Sichuan University, Chengdu, China; Beihang University, Beijing; the University of Texas, San Antonio; Arizona State University, Tempe, University of Indianapolis; Tudor Hall, UK, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; and other universities, schools and museums. She has also attended residencies in the US, China and the UK. Her works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and China. She is represented in permanent collections at the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE; Sheldon Memorial Gallery, Lincoln, NE; Institute for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, NE; Knoxville Museum of Art, Sioux City Art Center, Arkansas Art Center, Hallmark, Kansas City, TVA; Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN and many other museum, corporate and private collections.  As a faculty member of the University of Tennessee she was awarded the Ellen McClung Berry Professorship, the Lorayne Lester College of Arts and Science Award and received Chancellor and College awards in advising and outreach. She was also a 2015 finalist for the YWCA Tribute for Women. In 2016 she was named Outstanding Alumna at the University of Nebraska Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.  She is currently Professor Emerita of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee School of Art.

Thomas Riesing retired as Director of the School of Art at Ball State University on July 1, 2015.  Previously, he was a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Tennessee from 1973 to 2010.  He was a visiting professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1992; the National Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1993; Beihang University in Beijing, China in 2009; and the National Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in 2013, 2014, and 2017.  Since 1995 he has been a visiting artist/lecturer at eighteen different universities and academies in China including the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan Institute of Fine Arts in Chongqing, Guangxi Normal University in Guilin, and Fujian Normal University in Fuzhou.  He was awarded the position of Guest Professor 2000-05 at Sichuan University and was subsequently awarded a Permanent Guest Professorship in 2006.   He has been the recipient of numerous Professional Development Awards and an NEH Endowment grant from the University of Tennessee to facilitate his work in China.  He was also the recipient of the Ellen McClung Berry Professorship for Art at the University of Tennessee from 1999-02 and again in 2002-05. He received a Lily Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in 1978.  Riesing has exhibited his work extensively in the USA and abroad.  He was one of three western artists invited to participate in the 1998 Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Exhibition in Fuzhou, China.  In February of 2008 he had a two-person exhibition, Under the Peaceful Sky, at the Blue Dreamland Gallery in Chengdu, China, and in June of 2009 he had a two-person exhibition, Shared Spaces, at the Beihang University Gallery in Beijing, China.  He had a solo exhibition at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in May of 2014. His work is in many public, corporate, and private collections including Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA; Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN; Opryland, Inc. in Nashville, TN; Northern Telecom Corp. in Nashville, TN; Zhongyin International Industrial Corp. in Fuzhou, China; Miami University and Miami Fine Arts Gallery in Oxford, OH; Davidson College Art Gallery in Davidson, NC; Sichuan University in Chengdu, China; and the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, TN.  His curatorial work includes eight exhibitions featuring Chinese artists.  Two of which are Writing the Real, 2006, an exhibition of drawings from the Central Academy of Fine Art; and Tradition and Transnationalism: Three Chinese Artists, He Gong, Gu Wenda, and Chen Danqing, 2001.  He attended the University of Nebraska from 1966-73 where he received his BFA and MFA degrees.  He was the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus Achievement Award from the Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska.

 

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Aug
31
6:30 PM18:30

Rebel Kitchen Presents: The French Table

Cost is $70 per person - BYOB. Reserve your spot here.

Come and enjoy a great night of food and community at "The French Table". Rebel Kitchen and Chef Paul will create a progressive multi-course French dinner using modern techniques. Cooking French cuisine was the foundation of Chef Paul's training as he began cooking at a very young age along side his father, a classically trained French chef. This will definitely be a great night and one you do not want to miss!


"BON APPÉTIT À TABLE"!

"The Cuisine, it is all about putting generosity before rigour and pleasure before lucidity." ~ Chef Pierre Gagnaire

Menu-

*Amuse Bouche

*Vichyssoise
Chilled Potato and Leek Soup

*Coquilles St. Jacques
Nantucket Bay Scallops, Sauce Vénitienne

*Salade Avec d’Oeufs
Local Greens and Eggs

*Canard À L’orange
Various Duck Preparations with Oranges and Foie Gras

*Veau Aux Champignons
Veal Breast and Local Mushrooms

*Semelle Véronique
Dover Sole with Grapes and Cream

*Peach Melba “Par Auguste Escoffier”
Preserved Kentucky Peaches

*Petite Fours

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Aug
27
8:30 PM20:30

Comedy! Trey Galyon and Jeff Blank

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Doors at 8:30pm // Show at 9pm // BYOB

Tickets $10.  RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE or pay at the door.

Trey Galyon: Originally from Austin, TX, Trey Galyon started his comedy career after failing out of Texas A & M University Architecture School, and getting fired from most of his 'real' jobs. He quickly became a favorite at the local Austin clubs and began hitting the road up and down the Midwest. He’s been lucky enough to perform with some of the best Comedians of the last decade, including Ron White, Mitch Hedberg, Doug Benson, Greg Giraldo and Joey Diaz. With his underground style, stoner sensibility and quick wit, Trey was called the ‘Anti Hero of Comedy’ by the Austin Chronicle. He's been a part of SiTV's Latino Laugh Festival, the Charleston Comedy Festival, Philly Fringe Festival, NY Underground Comedy Festival and has appeared numerous times on Doug Loves Movies Podcast and Getting Doug With High web series. His album, The Moronic, was released by Rooftop Records in 2014. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY and smokes weed every day. He would love for you to come say ‘high’ after the show!

Jeff Blank: Raised in Tennessee, Jeff began performing in 2006 and rapidly established himself as a strong, unique comic throughout the Southeast.  He has performed at the Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Burning Bridges Comedy Festival, and Rock Bottom Comedy Fest.  Jeff's distinctive style has allowed him to share the stage with Kyle Kinane, Ryan Singer, Baron Vaughn, Nikki Glaser, and Blake Clark to name just a few.  He was voted Top Knoxville Comic in the Knoxville Mercury 2015 Top Knox Readers' Poll and a Runner Up in the Rocky Top Comedy Contest in 2013

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Aug
19
1:00 PM13:00

Dale's Fried Pies Five Year Anniversary Party

Join us as we celebrate Dale's Fried Pies' 5 year anniversary.  Central Collective co-owner Dale Mackey started Dale's Fried Pies in August of 2012 as a creative side-project, not knowing that fried pies would eventually take over her life (but she doesn't mind). Help DFP celebrate the past five years with live music, giveaways, and plenty of pie.  

What to expect:

  • *Music by Adeem the Artist, Liz & Tim and Graham Marema*
  • *Free fried pies and Dale's Pale Ale to first 40 guests*
  • *Newly minted DFP swag*
  • *Giveaways*
  • *Games*
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Aug
5
3:00 PM15:00

Yoga with Goats!

Cost $32 - includes half hour goat meet and greet, goat photo booth, goat food and one-hour yoga class - RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Join us for a gentle yoga flow class with Rebekah Luhrs of AcroKnox... and her baby goat pals!  BYO yoga mat. You'll get a chance to meet and feed the goats, have your picture taken with them, and then enjoy a one-hour class as the goats roam around.  It's a true delight. 

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Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Redeeming Adornment: First Friday with Beth Meadows

Beth Meadows has been making artwork about fashion for several years now, typically using recycled materials such as food packaging to re-create the beautifully designed clothing that adorns supermodels. The work in "Redeeming Adornment" breaks down her study of the fashion industry into three parts: the Designer, the Materials, and the Model. Just in the past few months, she has begun to realize what these elements symbolize and reference in her work, and these pieces begin to touch on those aspects.

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Beth has been making artwork in Knoxville for over a decade, and may best be know for her business name With Bear Hands. She is the Director of 17th Street Studios, a private work space located near downtown for visual artists. She is also the manager of White Oak Gallery, located in Magpies Bakery, which features her work as well as other local artists. Beth draws inspiration from many of her interests: hiking in the Smokies, going on long walks in beautiful locations all over Knoxville, eating and drinking good things with friends, children's book illustrations, and flipping through design magazines. You may learn more about her and shop for her work at withbearhands.com

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Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Look Up // Look Down: First Friday with Jody Collins

look up: #cloudporn

Feels like we are all mired in task-oriented projects, like we’re just checking things off a list. “I need to get to the store, pick up things off the shopping list, get home, cook, clean up…” etc, etc, etc. We don’t take time to look up anymore. I’ve started taking the technology, the in-the-moment fact that I have a quality camera in my pocket, stopping to obeserve the moments of beauty in everyday life. For me, those typical revolve around clouds. Not in a “that cloud is shaped like a viking war ship,” or “hey, that looks like a Ninja Turtle.” More in the beauty of nature. There are stunning moments in everyday life. In the rainy days, along with the sunny ones.

look down: Somebody lost their smokes.

Randomly started noticing cigarette packs laying here and there, as if someone had lost them. Thought of the line from Friday, “somebody done lost their smokes,” and started capturing these unintentionally abandoned artifacts.

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Jody Collins, born and raised in Knoxville, is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer. Currently President of AIGA Knoxville, and owns his own business called Feral Giant. Responds to Kunta, Hoss, Chief, Big 'Un, Grape Ape, Boss, Extra Tall Man. 

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Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Farm and Forage Dinner with Lost Creek Farm

Cost: $75 for six-course BYOB small plate dinner - RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE

Chef Mike Costello and Amy Dawson of Lost Creek Farm come back to the Central Collective for a special dinner featuring summer bounty foraged from the West Virginia woodlands. 

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MENU:

  • Platter of house made heritage sausages and pates  ||  grandma's communion wafers with WV salt ||  pickled Lost Creek ramps || garden herbs || Knoxville cherry and sassafras mustard 
  • Mountain trout and fennel chowder || charred sweet corn  || early mountain apples || crispy trout cracklins || Bloody Butcher cornbread for the table
  • Fried green tomatoes with heirloom WV blue corn crust ||  salad of collard sprouts and baby buckwheat greens || salted cherry tomatoes || buttermilk nasturtium dressing
  • Smoked and pulled WV venison ||  wood roasted beet barbecue|| turnip and wild ginger chow chow || foraged berries
  • Woodland "chicken" and dumplins: pan roasted chicken of the woods mushroom || wild nettle dumplings ||  garlic scape and black walnut pesto || wilted foraged greens
  • Salt rising bread pudding || strawberry and wild mint chutney || maple candied Benton's bacon || cultured whipped cream 
Menu is based on projected wild harvesting conditions and availability from small farms. If weather, blight or other unforeseen circumstances affect product availability, certain menu items may change slightly.  

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Chef Mike Costello and Amy Dawson bring their traveling Appalachian kitchen back to The Central Collective for a special popup dinner featuring new twists on mountain traditions, heirloom preserves from summer's harvest, local pastured meats, Tennessee artisan dairy products, and a variety of wild harvested ingredients. 

Back in 2013, Mike Costello and Amy Dawson began restoring a historic family farm as the first step towards a longtime goal of producing foods inspired by time-honored cooking, preserving, and harvesting traditions. While their work to bring back the farmstead is far from finished, they have found their home at Lost Creek Farm. 

Mike and Amy currently stay busy taking their traveling kitchen across Appalachia and caring for rabbits, chickens, honey bees and a wide variety of heirloom crops. In the near future they hope to expand, working to make Lost Creek Farm a destination for cuisine and quality products inspired by Appalachia's culinary and agricultural heritage. 

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Jun
25
2:00 PM14:00

Cake Decorating Class with VG's Bakery

Class cost is $65. Reserve your spot here. BYOB.

In this 3 hour class, VG's Bakery cake decorators will teach you all the essentials; from achieving smooth buttercream frosted cakes to filling & handling decorating tools. Next, you'll be ready to learn buttercream techniques using different decorating tips & applying your skills to your very own cake! All the tools you need will be provided for you in your very own cake decorating kit that is yours to keep at the end of the class!

-In each cake kit: 1 cake turntable & a non-skid pad, disposable decorating bags & couplers, icing smoother, 7 piping tips

-In addition to the kit: 1-layer 8" round vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting (decorated by themselves), vanilla buttercream recipe, hours of cake decorating instruction & hands-on learning

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