Clarence Brown in ‘Black and White’

Who is this? Read on!

Who is this? Read on!

The Clarence Brown Theatre this year took the theme for its annual fundraising gala from Truman Capote’s famous 1966 Black and White Ball held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

This one, however, was held at the Jackson Terminal in downtown Knoxville. Folks here had no hesitation about throwing themselves into the spirit of the evening, many wearing masks, as the original guests did.

Guest of honor was University of Tennessee alumna Paula Pell, a writer for “Saturday Night Live” for more than 20 years and an actress who has guest starred in television’s “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.” She also wrote the 2015 hit movie, “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The Clarence Brown Theatre is part of the University of Tennessee’s renowned Department of Theatre, whose broad mission is to provide study for graduate and undergraduate students and to operate a professional theater to foster professional standards for the students to emulate and to provide a top-notch cultural experience for East Tennesseans. We are very lucky to have it in our community.

Love this Truman Capote quote on the cocktail napkins!

Love this Truman Capote quote on the cocktail napkins!

So, who was that masked man at the top of this post?

Burke Pinnell of Hickory Construction!

Burke Pinnell of Hickory Construction!

His wife, Leezah, also threw herself in to the spirit of the evening.

His wife, Leezah, also threw herself into the spirit of the evening.

Cocktails on the porch launched the evening.

Cocktails on the porch launched the evening.

Becky and Bob Paylor.

Becky and Bob Paylor.

Bobby Brown, left, and Todd Richesin.

Bobby Brown, left, and Todd Richesin.

I loved this swing, which was one of the auction items.

I loved this swing, which was one of the auction items.

LeAnne Dougherty.

LeAnne Dougherty.

Now, isn't this a good idea? The servers had the name of their offering on their t-shirts. Thus avoiding the requirement that they answer the question, "What's this?" all night long!

Now, isn’t this a good idea? The servers had the name of their offering on their T-shirts. Thus avoiding the requirement that they answer the question, “What’s this?” all night long!

Or, maybe you'd prefer some Coq au Vin?

Or, maybe you’d prefer some Coq au Vin?

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, left, with Dean Michael Wirth of the UT College of Communications and Information.

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, left, with Dean Michael Wirth of the UT College of Communication & Information.

Tanja and Tony Johnson.

Tonja and Tony Johnson. She is vice president of communications and marketing at the University of Tennessee.

When it was time to move inside, we saw this stunning scene.

When it was time to move inside, we saw this stunning scene.

Our table was beautiful.

Our table was beautiful.

Jeffrey Stanley, left, and David Byrd. David's managing director of the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Jeffrey Stanley, left, and David Byrd. David is managing director of the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Masters of Ceremonies, Robin Wilhoit and John Becker of WBIR-TV, with honoree, Paula Pell.

Masters of Ceremonies, Robin Wilhoit and John Becker of WBIR-TV, with honoree, Paula Pell, center.

Sylvia Lacey, left, and Sherri Gardner Howell.

Sylvia Lacey, left, and Sherri Gardner Howell.

Hahaha! Love this, Townes Osborn!

Hahaha! Love this, Townes Osborn!

Knoxville Symphony Executive Director Rachel Ford and her husband, Terry, with photobomber Cal MacLean, the artistic director of the Clarence Brown Theatre. Ha.

Knoxville Symphony Executive Director Rachel Ford and her husband, Terry, with photobomber Cal MacLean, the artistic director of the Clarence Brown Theatre. Ha.

Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler, left, and Ted Smith. I love the way the arts leaders in Knoxville support one another.

Knoxville Museum of Art Executive Director David Butler, left, and Ted Smith. I love the way the arts leaders in Knoxville support one another.

David Lauver with his friend Karen Clark.

David Lauver with his friend Karen Clark.

Images from the original Black and White Ball were projected on giant screens. Here's Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote.

Images from the original Black and White Ball were projected on giant screens. Here’s Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote.

From left, Lee Radsiwill, Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at the original ball.

From left, Lee Radziwill, Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at the original ball.

Alice Wirth, left, with her parents, Bernice and Obasi Onuoha.

Alice Wirth, left, with her parents, Bernice and Obasi Onuoha.

First course was a very unusual strawberry soup. It was very sweet. I think I would have liked it had it been served in demitasse cups. "A little goes a long way," agreed one of my table mates.

First course was an unusual strawberry soup. It was very sweet. I think I would have liked it had it been served in demitasse cups. “A little goes a long way,” agreed one of my tablemates.

Sara and Ben Pinnell.

Sara and Ben Pinnell.

Ben's parents, Leezah and Burke -- without their masks!

Ben’s parents, Leezah and Burke — without their masks!

Susan Lauver with her son, Xxxxxx.

Susan Lauver with her son, Will.

Tom and Evelyn Shaw.

Tom and Evelyn Shaw.

Fran Scheidt, left, and Georgiana Vines.

Fran Scheidt, left, and Georgiana Vines.

John Gill and Margie Nichols, vice chancellor of communications and marketing for UT-Knoxville.

John Gill and Margie Nichols, vice chancellor of communications and marketing for UT-Knoxville.

John North and Sharon Lord.

John North and Sharon Lord.

Jeffrey Pappas, director of UT's school of music.

Jeffrey Pappas, director of UT’s school of music, and his wife, Joni.

The entree was delicious, more than making up for the first course.

The entree was delicious, more than making up for the first course.

The festive crowd.

The festive crowd.

Clarence Brown's artistic director, Cal MacLean, and his sweet wife, Rebecca.

Clarence Brown’s artistic director, Cal MacLean, and his sweet wife, Rebecca.

Charlie Brakebill and Alice Torbett.

Charlie Brakebill and Alice Torbett.

From left, Kent and Susan Farris with Melanie and Tom Wood.

From left, Kent and Susan Farris with Melanie and Tom Wood.

Ilene and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, left, with Jan Simek.

Ilene and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, left, with Jan Simek.

Elizabeth and Thad Cox.

Elizabeth and Thad Cox.

Paula Pell telling a few behind-the-scenes tidbits not appropriate for repeating here. (But very funny.)

Paula Pell telling a few behind-the-scenes tidbits not appropriate for repeating here. (But very funny.)

Liz and Wes Stowers.

Liz and Wes Stowers.

(Margie with two men. No clue.)

Margie Nichols with Lee Riedinger, left, and John Zomchick.

John and LeAnne Dougherty.

John and LeAnne Dougherty.

Cynthia Sowa.

Cynthia Sowa.

Couple. (Waiting for info.)

Geri and Bill Muse.

Angela Massini and Terry Grove.

Angela Masini and Terry Grove.

Brooks and Karen Clark. He's chairman of Clarence Brown Theatre's advisory board.

Brooks and Karen Clark. He’s chairman of Clarence Brown Theatre’s advisory board.

Ice cream and cookies -- one of Alan's favorite desserts!

Ice cream and cookies — one of Alan’s favorite desserts!

Hahaha!

Hahaha!

 

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9 Responses to Clarence Brown in ‘Black and White’

  1. Wayne Christensen, on June 20th, 2016 at 2:42 pm said:

    Who catered the event? Looks yummy . . . .

  2. Cynthia Moxley, on June 20th, 2016 at 2:44 pm said:

    Wayne: Everything except the cloyingly sweet soup was delicious. I believe Jackson Terminal has its own catering staff.

  3. Gay Lyons, on June 20th, 2016 at 2:47 pm said:

    Looks like fun–hate to have missed it. And I wouldn’t have needed to buy anything new to wear since I have a closet full of black & white–my favorite color combo. Many great dresses here–I think I like Karen Clark’s best.

  4. Alan Carmichael, on June 20th, 2016 at 3:46 pm said:

    Here’s what I think Truman Capote was saying to Marilyn Monroe in that photo: “Don’t look at him! Dance with me!

  5. cmmoxley, on June 20th, 2016 at 5:14 pm said:

    Gay: I also loved Karen’s dress!

    Alan: Poor Truman. That probably was what he was saying!

  6. Georgiana Vines, on June 20th, 2016 at 5:17 pm said:

    Really enjoyed the photos which captured a wonderful event. I didn’t see all the masks that you did!

  7. Cynthia Moxley, on June 20th, 2016 at 5:42 pm said:

    Thanks, Georgiana. People tend to like to wear masks when they see me coming! Ha. But Alan’s was the cutest, wasn’t it?

  8. Sara Pinnell, on June 22nd, 2016 at 10:25 am said:

    It was a wonderful event! You covered it so well!! We had the BEST table mates! (wink, wink)

  9. Kelly Webster, on June 22nd, 2016 at 11:13 am said:

    Wayne Christensen, All Occasion Catering catered the meal for this wonderful event. We had the help of the planning committee in selecting the menu and heard many wonderful compliments. The event venue at Jackson Terminal is part of All Occasion Catering.

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