The Central Collective

923 N. Central St. Knoxville, TN

 

Nov
18
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. We have 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! We also have hot or cold pour over coffee available for purchase that will keep your spirits lifted and your tastebuds happy. Please join us and be a part of the wonderful and welcoming community that has formed around our events! 

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Haley Kennedy is a certified barista and has worked in Birmingham and Knoxville making coffee for others for close to four years. She has a passion for teaching others about the wonders of coffee and the conversations that sitting behind a cup of coffee can bring about.

Cameron Puckett has been hooked on board games since playing Monopoly with his grandparents. He has moved onto other games (His favorites being Cosmic Encounter, Power Grid, and Lords of Vegas) and loves learning new games and teaching games to others.

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Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

NoKno Cinematheque Presents: Grumpy Old Men

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

Grumpy Old Men

  • 1993
  • 103 min
  • Comedy / Romance
  • PG-13
  • A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.
  • Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Buck Henry, Christopher McDonald
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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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Dec
4
6:00 PM18:00

Good Sport Night

IMPORTANT: THIS GOOD SPORT NIGHT WILL BE MEETING OFFSITE. ATTENDEES WITH RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH MEETING LOCATION BY 12PM ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  LOCATION IS WITHIN 1 MILE OF THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE.

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.

IMPORTANT: THIS GOOD SPORT NIGHT WILL BE MEETING OFFSITE. ATTENDEES WITH RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH MEETING LOCATION BY 12PM ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  LOCATION IS WITHIN 1 MILE OF THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE.

Alcohol: Cash Bar

Food: Come Hungry! (vegetarian friendly)

Dress Code: Whatever you please.

Physical Activity: Low

Good Sport Level: 2/5

 

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Pop Up Dinner with Jonathan Zaragoza

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This Pop-Up Dinner will feature a six course meal by Jonathan Zaragoza, traveling from Chicago to share his love of Mexican cooking with the Knoxville community.

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1st: Roasted fall vegetables, chapulin vinaigrette, queso fresco, seeds. 

2nd: blue corn tostada, avocado, chipotle shrimp, cilantro, onion.

3rd: consommé de chivo, mirliton, carrot.

4th: beef tongue, pipian, tomatillo relish. 

5th: beef short rib, mole poblano, jocoque, potatoes.

6th: butternut squash & goat cheese fried pie, cajeta crema.

About Jonathan:

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In December, 2014, Jonathan re-joined the family business, Birrieria Zaragoza as Executive Chef, overseeing the day-to-day operations, in particular, all aspects of the kitchen for process improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining Birrieria Zaragoza, he served as Executive Chef at Logan Square's Masa Azul from September 2012-August 2014. Previously, Jonathan worked as a cook in kitchens at Sepia from 2011-2012.

He started in the kitchen at an early age.  Food is clearly important to the Zaragozas: both as a physical link between the generations and as a real way to keep the family sustained. He began helping his father, John, cooking Birria since the age of 12.  In 2007, when Birrieria Zaragoza opened its doors, Jonathan also helped to cook the specialty oven-roasted goat served at Birrieria Zaragoza.  

 

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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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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

NoKno Cinematheque Presents: Home For The Holidays

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  • Doors open: 6:30 PM
  • Film begins: 8:00 PM
  • Free and open to the public
  • BYOB

Home For The Holidays

  • 1995
  • 103 min
  • Comedy / Drama / Romance
  • PG-13
  • After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.
  • Directed by Jodie Foster
  • Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Dylan McDermott, Geraldine Chaplin, Steve Guttenberg, Claire Danes
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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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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Good Sport Night

IMPORTANT: THIS GOOD SPORT NIGHT WILL BE MEETING OFFSITE. ATTENDEES WITH RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH MEETING LOCATION BY 12PM ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  LOCATION IS WITHIN 1 MILE OF THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE.

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.

IMPORTANT: THIS GOOD SPORT NIGHT WILL BE MEETING OFFSITE. ATTENDEES WITH RECEIVE AN EMAIL WITH MEETING LOCATION BY 12PM ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT.  LOCATION IS WITHIN 1 MILE OF THE CENTRAL COLLECTIVE.

Alcohol: Beer available for purchase

Food: Light Snacks

Dress Code: Closed toed shoes, no polyester clothes.

Physical Activity: Low/Moderate (standing and light lifting)

Good Sport Level: 3/5

 

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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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Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Father's Day Pop-Up Shop

Join us the Saturday before Father's Day for a pop-up shop full of stuff dads and dudes will love.

There will be someone every man will love: hand-blown glasses, grooming products for guys, handmade knives, posters, cigars, wood goods, and more.

Vendors include:
Arcadian Grooming
Amanda Humphries Pottery
Feral Giant cards and prints
Gritty Knives
Mid Mod Collective
Native Maps
Park City Cigar
Pretentious Glass
Striped Light Letterpress
Woodtones Designs Custom Furniture
And more!

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Jun
2
7:00 PM19:00

A Howling Respect: First Friday with Ashley Addair

This body of work explores interconnectedness as a rumination on memory, legacy, and cultural ties.  Both the materials and process serve as a metaphor for the human experience.  As the paintings evolve, first from a memory or from an oral history, they contend with the mysteries and paradox of the creative process and our primal urge toward making meaning.  Addair uses pattern, color and imagery to create both dissonance and harmony in exploring her Appalachian background and the complexities of shifting identity. 

Ashley Addair is a visual artist, mama of three, and collector of chairs.  She is a modern dancer and holds track and field records in the state of Illinois.  She tells on joke every year at Christmas.  If she weren't a painter she would be a scientist.  Her chief interest is in color and it's use as a metaphor for being.  Addair is an active member of her arts community in Knoxville, Tennessee and her paintings are collected internationally.

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May
20
11:30 AM11:30

Knox Lit Exchange

The Knoxville Literary Exchange is a free, monthly poetry and prose writing workshop open to high school age students.  The workshop will focus on giving students the opportunity to engage in writing, share their writing, and receive encouraging feedback--all in a supportive, safe space.  The Knoxville Literary Exchange meets every third Saturday in the fall (September, October, November, and December) and spring (February, March, April, May).  For further information, please contact organizer Liam Hysjulien at KnoxLitExchange@gmail.com

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Liam Hysjulien is an educator and staff member at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  Before moving to Knoxville, he taught high school courses in essay writing and sociology at the Carolina Friend Schools in Durham, North Carolina.  He currently is the coordinator for academic advising and engagement for the Political Science Department.  His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Ploughshares, Salon, and Crazyhorse. 

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May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Hands-On Cheesemaking Workshop: Feta Cheese

Class cost is $37. Reserve your spot here

You don’t have to be Greek to love it. Feta is one versatile tangy, salty flavor.  It’s a cheese that you can add to all kinds of veggies and cooked dishes. Or enjoy it plain.  We’ll be learning all about it and how to do it. Participants will make some and take some home. BYOB. (Please feel free to bring the adult beverage of your choice to enjoy as we make cheese. Yes, wine does go well with cheese, doesn’t it?)

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Eileen Moffatt first got started making cheese after attending The San Francisco Cheese School while living in the Bay Area. New to Knoxville, she brings her west coast curds and wheys to the great state of Tennessee. With a background that includes writing, psychology and racewalking marathons, she spends as much time in the kitchen as possible. In addition to cheese, she’s got a treasure of gluten-free capabilities and hopes to bring together foodies to create fun times in her new hometown.

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May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Framing Choice Photography Show

Planned Parenthood's FYI Peer Educators are proud to present
the 10th annual Framing Choice Photography Show! Join us on First Friday, May 5th from 5:00-8:00PM at The Central Collective as this year's Peer Educators showcase photographs depicting the choices these young people have made in their lives. 

The show is free and open to the public; light snacks will be served. The photographs will be available for purchase, and all donations support the ongoing work of the FYI Peer Education Program.

Donate to FYI online here: http://bit.ly/SupportFYI

More about FYI: FYI Peer Educators are high-school age students from the Knoxville area who participate in two semesters of education sessions on human sexuality topics. These peer educators then go back into their schools and provide accurate, non-judgmental information on sexual health to their peers. FYI Peer Educators also advocate for issues that are important to them, such as safer sex, HIV awareness, transgender rights, and related social justice issues.

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Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

Kimchi Class and Tasting

Class cost is $20. Reserve your spot here.

Join kimchi expert, Daejin Shin, and her daughter, Susan Shin, for a kimchi making and tasting workshop. Daejin is a native of Seoul, South Korea and has been making kimchi for over 30 years. The workshop will focus on learning how to make a few different types of kimchi-- cucumber, radish, and cabbage, that participants will be able to take home with them. Also included in the workshop will be a sampling of different foods, Korean and Korean-American fusion, that show the different ways kimchi can be used in deliciously easy recipes.

Class cost includes all the ingredients and supplies needed for kimchi making, as well as the Korean and Korean-American fusion sampler lunch. If you would like to attend the class but need assistance with the workshop fee, please contact Susan Shin at snails.shin8@gmail.com

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Apr
23
5:30 PM17:30

Rooftop Yoga with Cheryl Maslar

One hour class is $10. Reserve your spot here.

Take your yoga practice outside and breathe in some fresh air. This class will be accessible to all levels, and will include some breath and body awareness at the beginning to help calm the mind and get centered for class. Bring your own mat and enjoy some yoga outdoors on the roof at The Central Collective!

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 Cheryl Maslar began practicing yoga in college as a way to help relieve stress. After leaving her first class, she felt both calm and alert, with a fresh perspective. She wanted to help others find peace in their lives as well, so in 2014 she became a Registered Yoga Teacher. Her classes include a focus on breath and body awareness, while helping to bring balance and build strength. One of her goals in teaching is to help students create and cultivate a sense of awareness to encourage positive change on and off the mat.

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