Author Archives: Frank Murphy

Snow Place Like Home

The forecast called for snow, followed by freezing rain on Friday night into Saturday morning. It was supposed to switch to liquid rain after that. My wife had a performance with the Knoxville Choral Society on Friday night and I was … Continue reading

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Saw Her Standing There

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Choral Society missed a rehearsal earlier this week due to the ice storm. You wouldn’t have known it based on their excellent performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at the Tennessee Theatre. I was ready … Continue reading

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GIF You’re Happy and You Know It

The fourth annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest will be held on March 6 and 7 at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre and I can hardly wait. There will be five returning groups and four new participants. Festival organizers created posters that fans can print or … Continue reading

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Franklin, My Dear

In episode one of the web series State of Franklin, the main character fights with his estranged wife and her new boyfriend. He ends up getting hit on the head. When he returns home, he sees a flash of lightning … Continue reading

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Ice Isn’t Nice

The ice storm that started on Monday gave me two unexpected vacation days in a row. For my wife, it meant she didn’t have to use a sick day. The precipitation began while I was taking my wife to the … Continue reading

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Make Yourself at Home

A few of the members of Einstein Simplified normally record the troupe’s podcast after our Tuesday night show. Aaron Littleton records and edits the audio on his laptop computer. Aaron missed last Tuesday’s show due to illness. I thought it … Continue reading

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Singer, Nerds, Lobsters

Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show brought back a flood of great memories. I got hooked on the show while in high school and I have watched it regularly since. I was lucky enough to attend a dress rehearsal of … Continue reading

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Carmen Declaration

The priest in one of the later scenes of Knoxville Opera’s production of Carmen looked especially authentic. There’s a reason for that. The supernumerary part was played by Fr. Rich Andre of St. John XXIII University Parish. The music was wonderfully familiar, … Continue reading

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Dixie Win

 Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede held a media preview to show off its new set and some of its new show. Those of us who attended were treated to a free lunch that included a tasty rotisserie chicken and their famous … Continue reading

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Gram of Tweet

Twitter is still my favorite social media site. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends are now using Instagram. I get frustrated when I see them tweet an Instagram link, rather post their photo to both sites. Valley Fig Growers … Continue reading

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The Beard Board

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee asked me to interview Fr. Eric Andrews, who will be the guest speaker at their upcoming Emerald O’Ccasion fundraising dinner. The catch is that Fr. Eric won’t be in Knoxville until the day before the … Continue reading

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Bangor Galore

Maestro Lucas Richman is in his final season as music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He will conduct performances of Stabat Mater on February 19 and 20. His final concerts will be on May 14 and 15. Since 2010, … Continue reading

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Fitness Likes a Glove

The East Tennessee locations of Koko FitClub recently joined Twitter. I’ve been a member of Koko since I started doing radio commercials for them in November, 2013. I’m also a big fan of Twitter. I thought it was great that … Continue reading

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Hello, Folly!

The 2015 Front Page Follies are over five months away but David Lauver has been hard at work developing concepts for parody songs that poke fun at local events. He invited last year’s cast members to a meeting to discuss his … Continue reading

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