Night Of 1,000 Dollies

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The Basics
Location: The World Grotto, Knoxville
Date: April 14, 2007
Art exhibit of Dolly-inspired pieces (showing throughout April)
Silent auction begins at 8 p.m. to benefit Knox County Chapter of Imagination Library
Jenna and the Joneses concert at 9 p.m.
Starting at 11 p.m., Dolly look-a-like contests, live Dolly music featuring Dolly's niece Rebecca and other performers, and much more.

The Pictures
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The Press Release
      The World Grotto, Knoxville, in conjunction with Resident Artist Christopher Hamblin, is proud to present the world’s first NIGHT OF 1,000 DOLLIES: ALL PARTON ALL NIGHT with special guests Jenna and the Joneses on April 14, 2007. Inspired by Chi Chi Valenti’s legendary New York party Night of 1,000 Stevies, in tribute to Stevie Nicks, this evening celebrating the career of Dolly Parton is already reaching an international audience and is sure to be a bra-buster where Dolly fans from all over the world will convene in one place. Her home state! It is the perfect grand finale to Dollywood’s already amazing opening weekend.
      In addition to the Dolly-inspired Art that will be hanging in The Grotto Gallery, the show cast includes Mr. Hamblin as host, Knoxville songwriter Christina Horn of Hudson K, mezzo-soprano and Knoxville Opera Studio member Candra Marshall, the girls of White Lightnin’ Burlesque, drag legend and Dolly impersonator Angel Collins, and Dolly’s own niece and namesake, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Rebecca. Cousin Jamie Howard and other surprise members of Dolly-kin will be judging the BIGGEST BOOBS, BIGGEST HAIR, LOOKALIKE, AND TACKIEST CONTESTS! Dolly fans of all generations and lifestyles are welcome and encouraged to attend.
      A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s festivities will benefit Dolly’s literacy campaign that sends free books to children who might not otherwise have access to them. To start the evening off, there will be a silent auction at 8PM, the profits of which will be completely donated to the Imagination Library. Jenna and the Joneses will follow and contests and the all-Dolly performance will be at 11pm. Door cost will be $10 general admission and a $8 discount for those dressed as Dolly, Kenny, Cas Walker, or any Dolly-related costume. (((Balloons will be available at the door for those who feel “chestfully” under-equipped.))) The World Grotto is open to only those over the age of 18 after 9 pm, however those under 18 wishing to attend may do so with the accompaniment of a legal guardian at a cost of $12.
      Dolly and art fans alike are encouraged to join The World Grotto for wine and cheese on April 6 as well for Knoxville’s monthly First Fridays art walk. It is then that the original Dolly art will be unveiled. Admission is free for this event.
      Listen for host Christopher Hamblin on WDVX’s Blue Plate Special April 13 at noon. Sponsors include, Local Color Ink, Carl’s Salon, The MetroPulse, Studio Mischief Photography, Flashback/Whatever, The Hippie Sweatshop and The Disc Exchange.
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Who is Christopher Hamblin?
Learn about the event organizer here.