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June 10, 11 & 12 is STATE OF THE ARTS WEEKEND in Historic Downtown Bristol!!!

June 01, 2011
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR STATE OF THE ARTS WEEKEND!

Downtown Bristol has been officially named an Arts and Entertainment District and to commemorate this declaration, we are hosting a weekend-long celebration: State of the Arts June 10, 11 & 12

During this weekend, we are encouraging all arts and entertainment based businesses to hold arts-related events. Some of the events that are already scheduled are listed below!

For questions or information, please contact Katherine bowman at Believe in Bristol, 423-573-2200 or kbowman@believeinbristol.org.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR STATE OF THE ARTS

Friday, June 10, 2011
10 am: Live music at Blackbird Bakery
Noon: Press conference and ribbon cutting at the Bristol Train Station. The logo for the district will be unveiled, and the mayors of Bristol VA/TN will be participating in an impromptu art piece which will be displayed for the duration of the weekend
Noon: Tunes at Noon at The Paramount Center: Harpist, Mrs. Martha E. Painter performs harp repertoire throughout our region for many special events as a solo artist as well as ensemble/orchestra work. The one hour program begins at noon on Friday and a $5 donation is suggested admission.
Noon: local chalk artists will be decorating our sidewalks with State of the Arts inspired images
6 pm: Rex Montgomery to perform downstairs at Stateline Bar and Grille.
7 pm: Art D’Vine, A Gallery Hop on State Street: Kil’n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, 606 State Street Gallery and blowfish emporium will be hosting a gallery hop and wine tasting from 7 pm to 9 pm. Each gallery will offer a different wine selection, and participants are invited to purchase a special arts and entertainment wine glass that will allow special VIP treatment at each gallery. In addition, the galleries are offering Art D’Vine participants the opportunity to take part in their art poker run. The player with the best hand at the end of the night will win a $100 gift certificate to the art gallery of their choosing. That evening Kil’n Time will be featuring a live flameworking demonstration by local glass artist Melanie Atkins.
7 pm: Live music, free appetizers and tour of KP Duty’s new banquet facility on Bank Street
7:30 pm: Cha Cha ballroom class at Bristol Ballet. Learn to cha cha Friday, June 10 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Bristol Ballet Studio, 628 Cumberland St. An hour-long class will be followed by social dancing. No partner required. Recommended for older teens and adults. $10 per person includes refreshment.
8 pm: Theatre Bristol presents Bat Boy the musical. Bat Boy is found in a cave in West Virginia and taken to the local veterinarian’s house to be taken care of. Bat Boy learns how to interact socially and romance ignites with the veterinarian’s daughter. Unfortunately for Bat Boy, in a town of ignorance and bigotry, his happiness is short lived and chaos ensues. Hysterically funny and at times poignant, Bat Boy is paired with an unforgettable musical score as it deals with acceptance, bigotry and the ever changing social climate. Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors (62+)/Students $12, Children (<12) $8.
9:00 pm: Sanctum Sully will be performing at Machiavelli’s. Three part harmonies, blues based guitar riffs, a ringer of a mandolin, and you've got yourself a 'Sully show. Foot stompin' good times and grassed up versions of blues, rock, and jamband tunes could sneak their way between covers of traditional and contemporary artists such as the Steel Drivers, a favorite of these hillbilly rapscallions.
10:00pm – 1:00am: Qualla Boundary to perform upstairs at Stateline Bar and Grille.
10:00 pm – Soulfinger to play at O’Mainnins Pub and Grille. Spearheading a neo-classic soul movement, Soulfinger is bringing the "original" soul sound and influence back to today's music scene. With over 50 years of combined live musical experience, Soulfinger plays (and listens to) the music that made the classic Soul and R&B sound.

**Joseph Danke to play live music throughout the weekend at Burger Bar

Saturday, June 11, 2011
8:00am – 11 am: Open Mic Bluegrass Jam at the Farmers’ Market. Calling all blue grass pickers: come on down to the State Street Farmers’ Market and share your talent! There is no charge and players of all levels on acoustic instruments are welcome.
10:00 – 1 pm: Kids day in the A&E district. Children of all ages are invited to come paint their very own terra cotta pot in the Tri-Summit parking lot on State Street from. In addition, Chef Richard from the Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College will be helping kids decorate delicious gourmet cookies while one of the Tri-Cities best balloon animal artists will be on hand to delight and fascinate with his air filled creations. Parents and their children will also be treated to live magic and martial arts demonstration as well as a creative movement class. Sponsored by Home Depot and Belfor Property Restoration.
10:00 am: Jewelry Expo at 606 State Street Gallery. Local jewelry artists will be exhibiting their one of a kind work at the gallery. Snacks are available for all gallery patrons.
10:00 am: Live art demonstrations all day at blowfish emporium and One of a Kind Gallery
11:00: Book Brunch. The Bristol Public Library will have a Book Brunch on June 11 at 11 a.m., with fresh pastries and doughnuts from the Blackbird Bakery. The library invites everyone down to hear about some interesting new publications and to share your own favorites!
11-12:30: Ballet dancers will be showcasing their skills in local art galleries
2:00 pm: Rex Ward will perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer at The Paramount followed by a power point presentation on the history of The Paramount Center.
3:00 pm: Join members of Art in Public Places as they take a tour and discuss the current AiPP sculptures downtown. The public is invited to meet at “Windsock for the Aliens” at the State Street Farmers Market and walk from there. The tour is estimated to take approximately 90 minutes. In the event of rain, the tour will not take place.
4:00 pm: Wine Tasting at Inari Wines. Want to try something new in the world of wine? Inari Wine and Gourmet Market will be hosting a wine tasting from 4 pm to 7 pm for $5 per person.
5:00pm – Music and Movies in the Park. Bring the whole family out to Cumberland Square Park for dinner, music and a movie. Families will be treated to live music by the Oddly Well and Pickle while having a host of concessions to dine one. The Green Hornet will be our feature film of the evening. This event sponsored by BVU and the City of Bristol, Virginia.
8:00 pm – Theatre Bristol’s performance of Bat Boy
9:00pm – Johnson’s Crossroad to perform at Machiavelli’s. Formed some six years ago in the mountains of West Virginia and tested by over half a decade spent on the road, the passion that Paul Johnson shares with co-founding member Keith Minguez for their own acoustic crossroad — a meeting place of honest, soulful music that draws deeply from bluegrass, roots country and Appalachian old time — has brought Johnson's Crossroad to the forefront of the North Carolina music scene.
10:00 pm – That 80s Band to perform at O’Mainnins Pub and Grille.
10:00 pm – Live music at Stateline Bar and Grille

Sunday, June 12, 2011
1pm – 3pm: Photography 101 “Let’s Take Pictures” at 606 State Street Gallery. If you are a budding photographer or just someone who enjoys take point and shoot pictures this will be a wonderful learning experience for you! Join three professional photographers at 606 State Street Gallery as they show teach the basics of photography and answer questions. A photographic display of their work and equipment will also be available for your perusal.
2:30pm: Bat Boy a musical at Theatre Bristol
8:00pm: Open Mic Night at Machiavelli’s. Like to sing? Love to play the guitar? Bring your talent and your performing spirit out to Machiavelli’s Open Mic night and be ready to share your skills!
10:00pm: Ryan Ward to perform at O’Mainnins Pub and Grille

Downtown Bristol Blog

Bristol Chamber of Commerce To Host Digital Photography Workshop

June 04, 2011
Photographer and digital artist, Malcolm J. Wilson, will lead a basic digital photography workshop on June 4 at the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.For nearly 20 years, Wilson has worked with digital photography. Before moving to Bristol, Tennessee several years ago, he worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 19 years. He currently uses his digital photography skills in advertising and marketing work and for his personal fine arts projects. His photography has been exhibited in both the Appalachian region and nationally, and his work is included in permanent collections at the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Southeast Community College Appalachian Archives, The Kennedy Center Gallery and Archives and the Julia Louis Dreyfuss Collection.
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Friday June 3rd — Charlie Parr and Jill Andrews take the stage at Border Bash...Because It's Great on State — Summer Concert Series


Jill Andrews
June 03, 2011
Believe in Bristol, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance are proud to announce it’s time for Bristol’s’ Twelfth Annual Border Bash Summer Concert Series!!! The third summer concert of the year will be held on June 3, 2011. The evening’s events will start with children’s activities, crafters, and concessions at 6:00 PM, LIVE music begins at 7:00 PM with Charlie Parr, followed by Jill Andrews starting at approximately 8:30PM. Remember that Border Bash is free to the public! We look forward to seeing you on State Street!!!
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Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy, the Musical!


Meredith Parker (Elizabeth Paxton) pleads with Dr. Parker (Logan Thurman) to keep Bat Boy (David Gwaltney) alive in Theatre Bristol's upcoming performance of Bat Boy, the Musical
June 03, 2011
Theatre Bristol is closing out its 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy, the Musical starting June 3 and running thru June 18, 2011. Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy, the Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.
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The David Caldwell Tunes at Noon 2011 at The Paramount!

June 03, 2011
Now in its 12th year, The Paramount’s summer concert series, The David Caldwell Tunes @ Noon, will begin Friday, June 3th at noon. The first concert features Bristol Music Club’s young Artist’ Concert, staring the club’s 2011 scholarship winners. Always an audience favorite, the students are judged on their musical ability and the command of their discipline. The Young Artist’s concert will showcase the talent of these amazing young musicians.
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"Journey of Images" exhibit on display at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of June!


Floral Frenzy Water Color by Joyce Samuel
June 01, 2011
“Journey of Images” , an exciting and eclectic exhibit of artwork by Art of the Highlands, a group composed of five women artists, E. Mynard Blanton, Joyce Kistner, Claudia Rutherford, Kitty Williams and Joyce Samuel, will be featured in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery for the entire month of June. In this exhibit, each artist will use a variety of subject themes and techniques.
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Bristol Public Library Hosts Summer Reading Program for Children and Teens

June 01, 2011
The Children and Teen 2011 Summer Reading Program will start June 13th and lasts through July 28th. Registration for both begins, Wednesday, June 1st. The schedule is as follows for the Children’s Summer Reading Program:
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Upcoming Events

Artists Making A Difference To Regional Storm Victims

May 20 - June 03, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 03, 2011

Community Hospitality Outreach Program and Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College hosts golf tournament

June 03, 2011

Charlie Parr and Jill Andrews...take the stage at Border Bash...Because It's Great on State Summer Concert Series!

June 03, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy the musical!

June 03, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy, the musical

June 04, 2011

Donna Ulisse appearing at Sessions 27

June 04, 2011

BALLET ARTS ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE

June 04, 2011

Basic Digital Photography

June 04, 2011

MOUNTAIN MUSIC GOSPEL SING

June 05, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

June 08, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 10, 2011

Theatre Bristol closed 45th anniversary with Bat Boy, the musical

June 10, 2011

State of the Arts Kick-off

June 10, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary season with Bat Boy the musical

June 11, 2011

State of the Arts Kids Day

June 11, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes its 45th anniversary with Bat Boy, the musical

June 12, 2011

Summer Dance Camps at Bristol Ballet

June 13 - 18, 2011

David Cladwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 17, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary with Bat Boy the musical

June 17, 2011

Theatre Bristol closes 45th anniversary with Bat Boy, the musical

June 18, 2011

The Crooked Road General Store presents

June 19, 2011

Summer Dance Camps at Bristol Ballet

June 20 - 24, 2011

Cigar Smoker featuring Rocky Patel Cigars

June 24, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 24, 2011

Set The Controls recreating the Music of Pink Floyd

June 24, 2011

Who Art You? Find Yourself at Art Camp

June 27 - July 01, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

June 30, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

July 07, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

July 08, 2011

Advanced Summer Intensive Dance Camp at Bristol Ballet

July 11 - 29, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

July 14, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

July 15, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

July 21, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

July 22, 2011

Who Art You? Find Yourself at Art Camp

July 25 - 29, 2011

Music and Movies in the Park

July 28, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Toon at The Paramount

July 29, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount Center

August 05, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount Center

August 12, 2011

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