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Calendar of events for "STATE OF THE ARTS" WEEKEND — HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRISTOL!

June 08, 2011
June 10, 11 and 12, 2011 is this weekend, are you ready Bristol for some creativity? Say yes!!!

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.

6:30: The Corklickers to perform at KP Duty

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. 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; at Benjamin Walls Gallery, “String Fever” will be playing live and there will be a secret celebrity guest as well.

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.

8:00 pm – 10pm: Southbend to perform at Borderline Billiards

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!

11am — Bristol Ballet dancers to perform “The Dying Swan” at Kil’n Time

11:20am – Bristol Ballet dancers to perform “The Dying Swan” at Benjamin Walls Gallery

11:40am – Bristol Ballet dancers to perform “The Dying Swan” at 606 State Street Gallery

Noon: Bristol Ballet dancers to perform at One of a Kind Gallery

12:20pm – Bristol Ballet dancers to perform at blowfish emporium

2:00 — 4pm: Rex Ward will perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer at The Paramount followed by a Pictorial History PowerPoint presentation and 2 classic silent films; Buster Keaton in COPS & Laural & Hardy in LIBERTY.

2:00pm – 4pm: Snyder Family Band to perform at Sessions 27

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.

6:30pm – Acoustic music on the veranda at KP Duty

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

10:00 pm — Live music at Borderline Billards

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, VA City Officials to Present "Year in Review" to Historical Association

June 13, 2011
The city manager and mayor of Bristol Virginia will be the upcoming guest speakers of the Bristol Historical Association on Monday June 13 to present a city “Year in Review” and will follow with an open forum with the city officials. The meeting will be held at the Bristol Public Library at 6:30pm. The meeting is open to the public.
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State of the Arts WEEKEND ENENTS!

June 10, 2011
FRIDAY June 10, 2011:
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Tribute Bands Take Stage at Downtown Center — Aerosmith Endorsed "Draw the Line" Band Up First!

June 09, 2011
Our evenings have been spent the past few months watching Steven Tyler appear as a judge on the Fox Network’s American Idol. A few of us were hoping just to hear a few notes of one of our favorite Aerosmith’s legendary songs. As you know it turned out to be a long wait, then to hear only a few lines on the final night. Well, that is about to be remedied. Draw The Line, is the only endorsed Aerosmith Tribute Band in the world and they are coming to Bristol’s Downtown Center on June 9, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. This band boasts accolades from Steven Tyler as well as family and friends of the legendary rock group. This is as authentic as it can ever get. Come see for yourself!
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Bristol VA- TN themed greeting cards and post cards created by Denise Beverly are now at White Dog Papery!

June 08, 2011
Bristol VA- TN themed greeting cards and post cards created by Denise Beverly, owner of db visual arts, can now be found at White Dog Papery and Gifts, 504 State Street Bristol, TN. Previously these cards were available at Treasures in Time Antiques, which recently closed.Available 5x7 cards include Bristol area scenes teamed with sentiments suitable for birthdays, illness, sympathy and thinking of you. Postcards and a new line of note cards featuring vintage scenes of Bristol are also available. Any of these cards are also available for custom card orders, ie. a wedding at the train station could have the station featured on the announcement or invitation as well. http://dbvisualarts.blogspot.com
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Summer Heat? No sweat...we're chillin' at Kil'n Time!

June 08, 2011
This June and July, we're busy little bees. Art Camp Afternoons, Father's Day, State of the Arts Weekend and Bowls Make it Better...there's lots of fun simmering in the studio. Check out our events and join the summer fun!
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Celebrate Bristol announces MISS PHOTOGENIC Contest!

June 08, 2011
Submit your own 8x10 head shot only photo on Sunday, June 26, 2011 (one day only) between 2-5 p.m.to the Bristol Public Library , 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia in the Frances E. Kegley Conference Room. Winners will be notified by Wednesday, June 29, 2011. If you have any questions email: tberry@bvunet.net More info below: Rules: 1) Photo must not be digitally enhanced or computer generated. 2) MUST FILL OUT CONSENT FORM AND ENTRY FORM 3) Must be a current photo taken within the last six (6) months. 4) All results by judges are final.
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Upcoming Events

"Journey of Images" exhibit on display at the Bristol Public Library's Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery during the month of June

June 01 - 30, 2011

Warner on Your Corner

June 08, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

June 09, 2011

Tribute Bands Take Stage at Downtown Center

June 09, 2011

Live music featured at Burger Bar

June 10 - 12, 2011

Theatre Bristol presents Bat Boy, the musical

June 10, 2011

Cha Cha Ballroom Lessons at bristol Ballet

June 10, 2011

Soulfinger to play at O'Mainnins

June 10, 2011

Qualla Boundary to perform at Stateline Bar and Grille

June 10, 2011

Sanctum Sully to perform at Machiavelli's

June 10, 2011

Southbend to perform at Borderline Billiards

June 10, 2011

State of the Arts Kick-off

June 10, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 10, 2011

The Corklickers to perform at KP Duty

June 10, 2011

Art D'Vine, a gallery hop on State Street

June 10, 2011

Rex Montgomery to perform at Stateline Bar and Grille

June 10, 2011

State of the Arts ribbon cutting ceremony

June 10, 2011

Live music at Blackbird Bakery

June 10, 2011

Special Movies and Music in the Park!!!

June 11, 2011

Live artist demonstrations

June 11, 2011

Kids Day in the A&E District

June 11, 2011

Jewelry Expo at 606 State Street Gallery

June 11, 2011

Theatre Bristol presents Bat Boy the musical

June 11, 2011

Book Brunch at Bristol Public Library

June 11, 2011

Open Mic Bluegrass Jam at State Street Farmers Market

June 11, 2011

Art in Public Places walking tour

June 11, 2011

Johnson's Crossroad to perform at Machiavelli's

June 11, 2011

Live music at KP Duty

June 11, 2011

Wine Tatsing at Inari Wines

June 11, 2011

Snyder Family Band to perform at Sessions 27

June 11, 2011

Rex Ward to perform on the Mighty Wurlitzer

June 11, 2011

Bristol Ballet Dancers to perform in area galleries

June 11, 2011

State of the Arts Kids Day

June 11, 2011

Open Mic at Machiavelli's

June 12, 2011

Photography 101: Let's Take Pictures

June 12, 2011

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

June 12, 2011

Ryan Ward to perform at O'Mainnins

June 12, 2011

Summer Dance Camps at Bristol Ballet

June 13 - 18, 2011

Rutherford To Offer Watercolor Classes

June 13, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

June 14, 2011

Full Moon Jams Concert Series

June 16, 2011

David Caldwell Tunes at Noon at The Paramount

June 17, 2011

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