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For Immediate Release
First Friday Event Downtown Nov. 2005
Market Square District Association
October 4, 2005 - Come downtown and enjoy First Friday in the Market Square District!

First Friday is a highly successful event held in downtown's Market Square District that began in October of 2003. On the first Friday of every month each downtown business offers something special for all Knoxvillians and visitors. Promotions include artist receptions, gallery openings, special food and drink offerings and more. Each of these events has drawn between 500 and 1,000 people to the Market Square District.

When: Friday, November 4th 5:00 - 9:00pm
Where: In the Market Square District
What: First Friday is a special downtown evening showcased by a unique experience provided by 20+ restaurants, shops and galleries plus live deomonstrations and an outdoor movie!
More Info: Call 865-256-2469

The next First Friday event will be November 4th from 5:00 - 9:00pm in the Market Square District which includes not only Market Square, but much of Gay St. as well. We will welcome the James Renwick Alliance from DC. The Renwick is the Smithsonian's fine craft gallery. The JRA is the "Friends of the Renwick" and will be on a "Craft Study Tour."

Due to the weather's lack of cooperation last month we welcome back both Gypsy Hands and the Taoist Tai Chi Society. "A true amalgam, the Gypsy Hands Tribal Belly Dance Troupe integrate seamlessly into their performance indigenous influences from as far away as India to as near as the Appalachians. Belly Dance, Fire, and American Hip-Hop are ever present in this continuously evolving performance. Accompanied by musicians from disparate musical backgrounds (traditional middle eastern to indie rock), these performance events reflect our contemporary global society."

The Taoist Tai Chi Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit society dedicated to making the health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi available to all.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The grand opening of The Art Gallery of Knoxville, a friday night opening for the November exhibition: Building an Archive (1 - 25). View works by Felix Gonzales-Torres, On Kawara, Sean Micka, and Empyre.

  • As if one grand opening isn't enough Through the Lens gallery and Gifts will debt as well. They feature 30+ photographers exhibiting various types and styles of photographs. Danny Scates will be their first special exhibitor with his collection entitled "Stream of Consciousness." Many of the photographers will also contribute items such as note cards, greeting cards, calendars, posters, books, refrigerator magnets, bookmarks, etc. to the gift shop.

  • UT Downtown Gallery hosts 'Enduring: The Social Conscience of Eleanor Dickinson.' On view will be paintings, drawings, and prints that span over five decades of work by this internationally-recognized artist and Knoxville native. A variety of refreshments will be served.

  • Sapphire offers a FREE vodka tasting. Tastings aren't just for wine. Join Sapphire at 6 PM for a free tasting of vodkas from around the world. Must be 21.

    First Friday
  • The Arts & Culture Alliance presents the 13th Master Woodworkers Show, a special weekend-only launch to the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild exhibit that remains in the Emporium Center during the month of November. The opening reception features Wood, Wind & Wire, performing "roots nouveau music" on hammered dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and bowed psaltery. The reception is open to the public, and complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served. Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, 100 S. Gay Street.

  • Oodles will feature harpist Cynthia Anderson.

  • Three Flights Up Gallery invites you to stop by for their last evening of art, at least for awhile as they are planning majot changes for 2006. Enjoy art, food and music featuring work by several local artists including UT artists, as well as other special guest artists in a non-traditional exhibition space, where all are welcome to wander and enjoy. Included in the show are works by artists: Elizabeth Aaron, Alex and Chris Spinosa, Annie Fletcher, Linda Nieman, Kavita Mistry, Brian Pittman, Richard Beem, Melisa Cherry and Richard Lee.

  • The Downtown Grind will unveil their autumn surprise; a 16oz Pumpkin Latte for only $2.79.

  • Preservation Pub will host a benefit for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Both the Ghosts and the French Broads will perform. They will offer FREE Pizza til 6:30 and an extended Happy Hour til 9:00pm.

  • Reruns will feature Caroline Mooney of Afri-kan Art & Catering who will show new lines of authentic African clothing and various food creations.

  • MaCleod's will offer a BBQ special for $9.99

  • Village Marketplace will feature their new Nativity sets.

  • Downtown Grill & Brewery will extend their happy hour until 10:00 featuring $2 pints, Long Island Ice Tea, and margaritas as well as double wells and calls and $1 off house wines. Shono in City will offer a buy one get one half-off entree special.

  • Bliss HOME will the host the Mbantua Gallery exhibition from Alice Springs, Australia. Some of the best known aboriginal artist are represented, including Gloria Petyarre, Minnie Pwerle, Barbara Weir, Dolly Mills and Greeny Purvis Petyarre. FREE Pasta Trio and wine await.




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