‘Oak Ridge Has Talent’ fundraiser at Grove Theater on Friday

Ridge City Ramblers

Members of the Ridge City Ramblers, who will play at Oak Ridge Has Talent on Friday, are, from left, Gary Coleman, Mary Tuskan, Scott Linn, Abbie Hoerner, Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan and Steve Reddick. (Submitted photos)

The Grove Theater will host a fundraising talent show on Friday that will feature 10 groups from Oak Ridge and East Tennessee.

The show, called “Oak Ridge Has Talent,” starts at 7 p.m. Friday. It will mark the kickoff of Friends of the Grove Theater, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to maintain the Historic Grove Theater as a performing arts center for the Oak Ridge area.

Representatives from Sound Company Children’s Youth Choir will perform along with ensembles from Oak Ridge Community Band, Oak Ridge Symphony, and dancers from the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet. Bands will include the Ridge City Ramblers, an Oak Ridge Bluegrass band; the MOOD, a classic rock band; and an Irish music session representing the Traditional Irish Arts of Knoxville. Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Talent winners will also perform, and a distinctive surprise from the Emory Valley Center is planned. Comedian and humorist Tyler Gouch will serve as the master of ceremonies. [Read more...]

Oak Ridge Symphony, Chorus perform Verdi, Shostakovich on Saturday

Dan Allcott

Dan Allcott


The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will turn Saturday night into a magnificent musical evening when the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents a program of Verdi, Gorecki, and Shostakovich at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

Joining the orchestra for the concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will be the Oak Ridge Chorus along with the South Doyle High School Chorus for Giuseppe Verdi’s “Stabat Mater” and “Te Deum.”

Symphony conductor Dan Allcott wanted to do a Verdi choral work and chose these works in celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday year. “The ‘Stabat Mater’ is one of my favorite works by the composer,” Allcott said. “Verdi was a small town boy who had a great work ethic, having composed 30 operas in his lifetime. These particular works were done in his later years.” [Read more...]

Comedy night at Grove features five comics Saturday

High Places Community Church

A comedy show at the Grove Theater on Saturday will feature five comics and one host.

A comedy show at the Grove Theater on Saturday will feature five comics and one host.

The 90-minute show, which will feature local and touring comedians, starts at 8 p.m. It will be hosted by comedian and magician Danny Whitson, a regular host for Side Splitters Comedy Club in Knoxville, who has performed at festivals, clubs, bars, and other special events up and down the East Coast.

Those who attend must be 18 to enter and 21 years old to drink. A cash bar will be available before show time and during intermission. Doors open at 7 p.m. To buy a ticket, call Whitson at (865) 255-0618. The ticket must be presented at the time of entry. They are $10 per ticket, per person. [Read more...]

TN Mountain Writers’ conference in Oak Ridge in April

The Tennessee Mountain Writers’ 26th Annual Conference, scheduled Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5, will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oak Ridge. The conference will include writing contests, workshops, networking, manuscript evaluations, publishers, editors, book signings, a bookstore, vendors, and more.

The conference, which is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, will kick off with a 6 p.m. reception on Thursday, April 3. Conference sessions will be held from 9 a.m. through 5:15 p.m. Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by the banquet on Saturday evening.  The Writer’s Block, a bookstore featuring works published by workshop leaders and conference participants, will be open all day Friday and on Saturday morning.  [Read more...]

First Cumberland Presbyterian has Family Kite Festival in April

Family Kite Festival Logo 2014

First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Of Oak Ridge has a free family kite festival in April.

It’s the Eighth Annual Family Kite Festival, and it’s scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The festival will be held on the front lawn of the church, which is at 127 Lafayette Drive, on the corner of Lafayette Drive and Laboratory Road.

“The Eighth Annual Family Kite Festival is totally free with free registration, treats, water, and even a free Family Kite Festival Kite Workshop beginning at noon, when kids and parents can build and decorate their own kite with free supplies and kit builder instructors provided by the event staff,” a press release said. [Read more...]

Oak Ridge talent showcase, pub quiz benefit Grove Theater on March 28, 29

High Places Community Church

An Oak Ridge talent show and pub quiz night will benefit the historic, renovated Grove Theater on March 28 and 29.

An Oak Ridge talent show and pub quiz night will benefit the historic, renovated Grove Theater on March 28 and 29.

On Friday, March 28, the new nonprofit organization Friends of the Grove Theater will have a showcase titled “Oak Ridge Has Talent.” It will benefit the Grove, a legacy of the Manhattan Project era that is celebrating 70 years of history and a decade since its re-opening by High Places Community Church, a press release said.

The Manhattan Project was a top-secret federal program to build the world’s first atomic bombs during World War II.

All proceeds from the March 28 show at the Grove will be used to maintain the facility as a performing arts center for Oak Ridge and East Tennessee organizations, the press release said. The show starts at 7 p.m., and it will include performances from community partners and other locals who want to support the Grove. Comedian and humorist Tyler Gooch will entertain between acts. [Read more...]

Enjoy music with a Spanish flare in Community Orchestra concert Saturday

Oak Ridge Community Orchestra

The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra is pictured above during a Sept. 28, 2013, concert. (Photo courtesy Travis Witherington)

In a free Saturday afternoon concert, the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra will play Spanish music written by some very famous composers.

The provocative Spanish flavor can be savored in “España” by Chabrier, “Capriccio Espagnole” by Rimsky-Korsakov, “Malagueña” by Lecuona/Grofé, “Boléro” by Ravel, and “Andalucia” by Lecuona/Gould, a press release said.

“Just a few opening bars in each of these compositions will be enough to awake your heart to the welcome return of an old favorite,” the press release said.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge on the corner of the Oak Ridge Turnpike and LaFayette Drive. Admission is free. But, modest donations at the door to support the orchestra’s routine operating expenses will be appreciated. [Read more...]

ORHS Band Concert at Grove Theater Tuesday night

Oak Ridge High School Band All-East 2014

The Oak Ridge High School Band will play in a rescheduled concert at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Historic Grove Theater.

The band includes 29 students who earned chairs through auditions to participate in the annual ETSBOA All East Clinic.

“We had the second largest number of band students from any school to participate in the event and had players on flute, B-flat and bass clarinet, bassoon, alto and baritone sax, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion,” a press release said. “Directors Spence Milligan and Mike Spirko would like to invite you to come enjoy the combined talents of these students and the entire ORHS Band.”

Season ticket holders should note that the date and venue for this concert was rescheduled from February due to weather; bring your tickets! [Read more...]

Spotlight: March art display at library by Jacqueline Page

Jacqueline Page Oil Painting at Oak Ridge Library


The art display at Oak Ridge Public Library for March is a collection of vibrant oil compositions painted by Jacqueline Page.

Page is a native of East Tennessee and received a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College in Greenville. After working 28 years at the Y-12 National Security Complex, she now dedicates her time to pursuing her lifetime dream of becoming a freelance artist. She has won many awards at local competitions and placed first, second, and third at the Tennessee Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair in September 2012.

The collection includes studies in the relaxed poses of children, floral still lifes, and views of the touching relationship between people and dogs. One focal point of the collection is a large painting of a young woman in a blue evening gown.

Please visit Oak Ridge Public Library during the month of March to view the beautiful paintings that are on display.

Oak Ridge Masquers performs ‘Guys and Dolls’ this weekend

Masquers "Guys and Dolls"

The Oak Ridge High School Masquers’ production of “Guys and Dolls” starts Friday, March 7, and ends Sunday, March 9. Pictured above are Maguire James as Nathan Detroit and Emily Bultman as Adelaide. (Submitted photo)

By Gwendolyn Hay

The Oak Ridge High School Masquers are bringing to life “Guys and Dolls,” which will be presented at the Performing Arts Center at Oak Ridge High School from March 7-9. Directed by Dana Wham, the production is an exciting performance by the cast and crew to finish out their fourth season.

This Damon Runyon story takes place in 1950s New York City and follows Sarah Brown, an object of affection for Sky Masterson, a high-rolling gambler. Masterson must get Brown to agree to go on a date with him to win a $1,000 bet placed with Nathan Detroit, a gambler obsessed with the idea of the next game.

“This will not be your regular ‘high school production,’” said Wham, who has been involved in more than 100 shows in the region. She is the former director for the Knoxville Performing Arts Institute and has worked with multiple area theaters. [Read more...]

Free coffee concert Sunday features double bass, piano

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will present a free Coffee Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, located at the corner of Lafayette and Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Preston Davis will perform on double bass along with Will Yager on double bass and Pam Robertson on piano.

They will perform Bach’s “Double Violin Concerto” arranged for double bass and piano, as well as G. Bottesini’s “Passiona Amorosa.” Their musical selection will also include performing other double-bass arrangements.