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Valarium closure creates vacancy in Knox entertainment

Valarium closure creates vacancy in Knox entertainment

An East Tennessee entertainment venue will soon close its doors, but not before the last few scheduled shows wrap.

The Valarium and Ciderhouse, near downtown Knoxville, will shut down November 25th. On the club's Facebook page, managers say they have no choice due to rule changes by the state regarding food service and the number of days they must remain open each week.

The club has hosted many concerts and events during the last several years, including many well known bands.

City plans changes to "First Night" celebration

A few changes are coming to an annual Knoxville holiday tradition. City organizers plan to scale back parts of the city's annual New Year's Eve celebration "First Night Knoxville."

Knoxville Director of Special Events Judith Foltz said many favorite features like the ball drop and fireworks will continue this year, but the admission "buttons" fee and some other events will not.

She explained, as the downtown area continues to grow and thrive, many business have begun throwing their own parties and New Year's events and no longer need the help drawing crowds to the area.

ETCH holds book signing for book written by and for patients

ETCH holds book signing for book written by and for patients

Folks at East Tennessee Children's Hospital rolled out the red carpet on Thursday. They held a book signing for a new book called "East Tennessee From A to Z."

A 12-year-old patient wrote the book, while current and former patients did the illustrations.

Black McCoy of Independent Insurance Consultants has sponsored the book, meaning the hospital will get all proceeds from book sales. The hospital says the money is very important for making children feel welcome in a hospital.

Fine Craft Fair at Jacob Building Nov. 16-18

Fine Craft Fair at Jacob Building Nov. 16-18

Attend a spectacular exhibit of fine crafts and holiday gift ideas at the 46th annual Craft Fair presented by the Foothills Craft Guild! 

The dates are Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17, from 10 to 6 and Sunday, November 18, from 11 to 5 at the Jacob Building in Knoxville's Chilhowee Park. 

This event features the original work of 140 artisans who have been juried into the Guild according to the highest standards of excellence in quality workmanship. 

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra has first performance of the season

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra has first performance of the season

More than 200 student musicians shared their talents with the community on Monday night. The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra performed its first program of the season at the Tennessee Theatre.

The concert featured performances from all five youth orchestras. The orchestras are made up of more than 265 students from across East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky. Levels range from the host advanced high schoolers who have played instruments for 10 years to beginners.

Opera performance comes after months of work

Opera performance comes after months of work

They perform with an orchestra, without microphones, in multiple languages.

"Producing an opera is so difficult it is almost impossible," James Marvel said.

The University Of Tennessee Opera Theatre presents La Boheme this weekend after months of preparation.

"We devote an entire semester to it, five even six days a week in learning all of those notes, all of those rhythms, and of course learning all of that Italian and drilling it into the singers," Kevin Class said.

WDVX celebrates 15 years as Knoxville music icon

WDVX celebrates 15 years as Knoxville music icon

Monday marked the 15th birthday for listener-supported radio station WDVX.  The iconic bluegrass and Americana station has played a vital part in strengthening the live music scene in East Tennessee and sharing our musical roots with a worldwide audience.