Good Birds


Many of you know that we’ve been working hard to get our kitchen finished by the new year.


This week we were given the gift of a new (to us!) fridge, from Alice Schoo Jerger and Chris Jerger!  We have grand plans for our new fridge, we’re especially excited about having real coffee creamer and all kinds of preserved foods.  It’s going to make having potlucks and gatherings so much better, and we’re SO THANKFUL!Image

 Local artists Gerry Moll and Emily Janowick teamed up to make the Jergers a Good Birds trophy to show them the Birdhouse’s appreciation.
Thanks, Chris and Alice!

November Schedule!


We’ve got a big month coming up!

Regular events :
Every Monday, 8:45pm -10:45pm
Birdhouse Walk-in Theater! Free movie and popcorn!

Every Tuesday, 6:30pm
UBS: Hands Off Appalachia! Local activists meet and organize to oppose the funding of mountaintop removal coal mining by UBS, a Swiss-owned wealth management company.

Almost Every Wednesday y Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Community Garden Work Day

Every Saturday, 10am – 12pm
Improv Comedy Class

Every Sunday, 12-2pm
Sunday S’cool is a weekly meeting for artists and creative people to gather, share ideas, make projects, and have intellectual discourse. All are welcome!

First Friday, November 1
Art : Alexis Pickett and Chelsie Blair Nunn

Saturday, November 2, 3-4 pm
Naturalizing Your Lawn Seminar: Turning urban spaces into natural habitats for native Tennessee plants and animals, in order to reduce “pesky” insects and exotic plants. We will discuss strategies and practices to save energy and time on your lawn and benefit our community and environment!

Sunday, November 3
5pm Couchsurfers potluck –This happens the first Sunday of every month!
9pm Music : Seven Story Fall. Pop punk from Michigan

Tuesday, November 5
9pm Music : The Saturday Giant is the one-man art-rock band from Columbus, Ohio, established in 2010. Since then, The Saturday Giant has produced three releases, played dozens of shows across the U.S., collaborated with technology conferences and performing arts groups, and become one of the most respected acts in his hometown—all while crafting an innovative and compelling live show in which he sculpts layers of guitars, drums, bass lines, beat boxing, keyboards and vocals into towering walls of sound, without the aid of prerecorded samples. Jay Allen and Luke Brogden will also be playing.

Saturday, November 9
9p, Music : Kate and Corey. Kate Shaffer and Corey Coleman are a Bluesy Americana duo that have quickly made a big name for themselves. In the last two years, they have gone from playing on the street in downtown Buffalo, NY, making 300 dollars a month, to appearing at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN as one of five National finalists in the Texaco Country Showdown.

Sunday, November 10
6pm GMO free Tennessee Potluck

November 15
9pm Music : Harold Honey with Jenn & Basho. Sweet, harmony-rich, indie folk music from the moody hills of the Pacific Northwest. Fused with lofty strings and hauntingly lush vocals, Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks’ duo project is a delight to behold onstage. Ranging from up-tempo folk-Americana to classic country, Rawling composes highly melodic songs from fascinating scraps of images and phrases, singing them with an engaging yodel-edged alto.

Saturday, November 16
9pm Music : Swingbooty with Oroboro and Appalachian Fury.

Sunday, November 17
9pm Music : Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang and Pete Donnelly & The Wise Easy

Monday, November 18
5pm 4th and Gill Board Meeting

Friday, November 22
9pm Music : T E K N O X showcases underground techno, house, and electronic music from local and regional talent. Combining fresh music with a high quality sound system and a relaxed atmosphere makes this party a great place to get lost on the dance floor. Featuring St. Thomas LeDoux, Dialectic Sines, and Alex Falk.

Saturday, November 23
9pm Music : Join us for a night of raucus fun with Asheville’s Sirius.B!  Sirius.B’s music is created with an eclectic mix of vocal harmonies and instruments including cello, accordion, violin, marching band & African percussion (by Imhotep, also of Rising Appalachia), charango, flamenco and acoustic guitar, banjo, and melodica.  Sirius.B brings to you the finest Absurdist Gypsy Folk Funk Punk that the world has to offer. Their “impressively irreverent, combustible, three-ring circus of sound [and] high-energy style is difficult to neatly categorize. They play foreign music as well as upbeat and serious originals, with a lyrical style ranging from the quirky to the absurd.”

Friday, November 29
9pm Music: Dead Man’s Lifestyle / Camillo the Ocean


Hello There! the birdhouse is currently asking for donations to complete the renovations with the kitchen project. We hope to begin moving the kitchen into a Certified Facility status. THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN!

We survive only through donations from individuals, so please consider giving. In return, you’ll have contributed to the long term preservation of the 4th & Gill Neighborhood Center.



September Events!

September Gallery Exhibition


First Friday opening, 6pm -9pm

Jonathan Rattner’s


a lens-based artist that primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. Come see his show, in collaboration with artist Jill Baker, called The Untitled Bombsite Project, an experimental documentary project that investigates public history through a series of local retellings and explorations in landscape.
The Untitled Bombsite Project is as much about the act of storytelling, the desire for community, and the fragility and fragmentation of memory and image as it is about generally forgotten bombings in September of 1942.

See more about Jonathan Rattner here:

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UBS: Hands Off Appalachia!

Local activists meet and organize to oppose the funding of mountaintop removal coal mining by UBS, a Swiss-owned wealth management company.

Every Saturday

10am – 12pm

Improv Comedy Class

Almost Every Wednesday y Saturday

11am – 3pm

Community Garden Work Day

7th: Saturday

8pm – $5

Music by Keith Kenny. This show will be a part of Keith’s national tour to promote his new record, And the light came blaring in… Keith has been touring solo as a “one-man rock band” influenced by artists like Neil Young, John Butler Trio, The White Stripes, Stevie Ray Vaugn & Keller Williams.

10th: Tuesday

9pm – Music by Radiator King (from Brooklyn, NY) / Fax Holiday (Boston – indie/folk) / Criswell Collective. Radiator King is touring in support of their new album “Launching Day.”

13-14th Friday, Saturday

EarthBeats Festival is an Earth Day themed awareness and fundraising music event to benefit Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM/ formerly Save Our Cumberland Mountains) and UT’s Students Promoting Environmental Action in Knoxville (SPEAK). Proceeds from this event will not only go to further educate students and members of our community about social, economic, and environmental injustices they face, such as mountaintop removal, irresponsible dumping, racism, immigrant issues, voter rights and more, it will also make you feel so good!


14th Saturday

4pm – Labor Day Sunflower Winnowing Party

You and your sunflowers have been identified as potential participants in the Labor Day Sunflower Project, a community art event. We invite you to harvest your seed heads/sunflowers with a 2-foot stem and bring them with you.

20th Friday

9pm – Music by James Johnson, Mudras, Oroboro. Demo release show!

21st Saturday

6pm – Local hardcore show

22nd Sunday

9pm – Music by Michael O’Neil / Matt Hectorne.

Michael ONeill is a legendary roots-rock singer/songwriter who spent his early years touring with U2 and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He consistently receives nationwide radio airplay and will be supporting his new release “I Like it Like That” with a nationwide tour in September.

Mat Hectorne & The Family Tree is an Americana/folk band based out of Nashville.

27th Friday

9pm – Music by Port City Prophets

The Port City Prophets are a Soul/Blues/R&B (along the lines of Govt Mule) project out of Charleston, SC.


Construction Task Force work days

(aka fixing up the house)

are usually on Sundays, but could be working any day!

text william 423-277-7162 or gerry 480-239-0506

if interested in helping fix stuff up



The Birdhouse, a project of the Neighborhood Center, is an open community space in the historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Birdhouse is an all volunteer-run effort, incorporated with the State of Tennessee and fiscally sponsored through Community Shares of Knoxville.

This project, funded only by the people, is a completely unique enterprize where the whole region comes together to create, build, eat, garden, dance, learn, share and organize with and for each other.

Currently, we are actively raising funds for the repair and upkeep of the building; an 1880′s Victorian-era home.

Our mission is to provide a community-operated and organized venue in the interest of fortification and preservation of community space, The Neighborhood Center provides venue for the building and strengthening of the 4th and Gill neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee. The overall goal of this project is the preservation, renovation and viable operation of the building known as the 4th and Gill Neighborhood Center. We partner with the residents of the community in providing community space where active skill sharing, DIY workshops, gardening, participatory media production, historical documentation, and artistic creation, performance and exhibition can contribute to the life of the immediate community and the general public.

You can find information on our Regular Programming, Events Schedule and our Volunteer Needs in the menu bar (or by clicking on appropriate hyperlink)