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February 27, 2013
Believe in Bristol Announces Fourth Annual Downtown Showcase!

Bristol TN/VA — Bristol is gearing up for our fourth Downtown Showcase! This year’s showcase will be an amazing event featuring a signature dish from many of our downtown restaurants, a beer & wine tasting, live music & performances, local art and much, much more — all from our Historic Downtown District! A live & silent auction will be held during the course of the evening with exclusive and interesting offerings! We invite you to experience all the best the heart of our community has to offer.

Bristol’s Downtown Showcase will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2012 from 6pm – 8pm at the Historic Bristol Train Station. Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. Space is limited and interested attendees should call Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700
or email info@believeinbristol.org to reserve tickets. Bristol’s Downtown Showcase is a fundraiser for Believe in Bristol; all proceeds will benefit the Main Street Program and downtown revitalization efforts. For more information about Believe in Bristol, please visit www.believeinbristol.org.

As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.

By donating to, volunteering with and/or becoming involved in Believe in Bristol, you can become an active part of Bristol’s ongoing success story. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, Downtown Bristol has been, and will continue to be, a source of pride and delight for the people of Tennessee and Virginia—because we BELIEVE IN BRISTOL!

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Jazz Phenomenon Perpetuum Jazzile at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 05, 2013
One thing about Bristol, we tend to be music connoisseurs. Bristolians like all types of music as long as it is good and done well. Walk around the music venues and festivals, and you’ll hear old time country, bluegrass, today’s country, old rock and roll, Celtic, jazz, hip hop, reggae, show tunes, classical, and pop all being played and enjoyed by huge crowds. Bristol is about to be witness to a group that has never performed in the region before and are here for one night one performance only. The XL vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile is currently the biggest Slovenian pop and jazz vocal ensemble. The performance is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the historic Paramount Center for the Arts.
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Kids' Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05, 2013
Kids' Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery — five Tuesdays beginning March 5, 4-5:30p.m. This class will learn color theory, along with drawing techniques using colored pencils and pastels. Cost is $100, which includes everything you need ($10 discount if you bring your own materials!). For further information, please contact One of a Kind Gallery at 423-652-2648.

Tuesday Adult Pottery Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05, 2013
Tuesday Pottery Classes for Adults at One of a Kind Gallery — running five Tuesdays beginning March 5, 7-9p.m. Learn and perfect throwing, trimming, and glazing on the potter's wheel. Cost is $100 plus $25 material fee covers everything but your tools. For further information, contact One of a Kind Gallery on 423-652-2648.

Pasta Fiesta Fundraiser for Tri-Cities Christian School's Junior Class at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

March 03, 2013
Fundraiser for Tri-Cities Christian School's Junior Class at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe on Sunday, March 3, 11am-5pm (or until it’s gone)! Menu will be a Pasta Fiesta — Spaghetti Bake, Chicken Alfredo or Rigatoni with Swedish Meatballs, and all entrees include Green Beans, Dinner Roll, and Tea. Pay at the door — no tickets necessary (Adults — $10.50,Children under 12 — $7.50). For further information, contact Shelbee’s Vintage Cafe, 504 State St. Bristol, TN, 423-652-1000.

Cocktail reception at Benjamin Walls Gallery to Support "Tiger Now, Tiger Never"

March 02, 2013
Bristol native Benjamin Walls has photographed on six continents, won four international awards, and exhibited his work in some of the world's biggest museums, but he has not photographed the wild Bengal Tiger...yet! On February 8th, Walls officially launched "Tiger Now, Tiger Never," an ambitious effort to photograph the last remaining wild tigers in India. Walls plans to share those images in Bristol’s Benjamin Walls Gallery and other gallery/museum exhibits over the course of his career in order to raise awareness about the critically endangered cat. Ben's photographic safari hinges on his campaign to boost sales and raise funds for his trip scheduled for April and May. Thus far, Walls has seen a $20,000 surge in overall sales, but must reach his $40,000 goal by March 9th in order to see his project successfully funded. The campaign features a “Never Before Offered” discount of up to 20% off his fine art images, as well as other products starting at $25. There will be a cocktail reception at the Benjamin Walls Gallery on Saturday, March 2nd from 6-9PM to support this campaign. Ben will be sharing details of his tiger trip and debuting never-before-seen images at both events. Cocktail attire is requested, and all are welcome.
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Zumba Classes coming to Bristol Ballet!

March 02, 2013
Zumba is coming to the Bristol Ballet from March 2nd — Party Yourself Into Shape!Classes will begin Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30 a.m. This is an hour-long, fun-filled, stress-relieving class! SPECIAL DEAL: For the first 5 classes — buy a 5-class punch card for $10!!! After the first five classes, punch card will be available for $15! For class details, contact Kimberly Toby at laprofzumba@yahoo.com or call Bristol Ballet at (276) 669-6051.

Comedian James Gregory at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 02, 2013
Comedian JAMES GREGORY — “The Funniest Man in America” — will be at the Paramount on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm. Delivering common-sense wisdom, old-fashioned values and politically-incorrect humor, James Gregory is known for inspiring fanatic devotion, whether it’s the first or fifteenth time you’ve seen him. Tickets $35 VIP and $27.50 Individual. Please contact the Paramount for further information: 423-274-8920.

Theatre Bristol presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

March 01, 2013
Theatre Bristol presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, running March 1 through 17 at the 512 State Street ARTspace Theatre, in Bristol, TN. Directed by Daniel Reed Potts and starring veteran actors and newcomers in performances of this timeless classic of love, enchantment, and practical jokes, as well as Athenian court royalty, woodland fairies, and hardworking tradespeople — making for plenty of confusion and great entertainment. Show performances are Fridays March 1 and 15 at 8:00 pm; Saturdays March 2 and 16 at 8:00 pm; and Sundays March 3 and 17 at 3:00 pm, with tickets available at the door and in advance online through theatrebristol.tix.com. Reservations and ticket sales for the Thursday, March 14, 10:00 am school performance must be made in advance by contacting info@theatrebristol.org by March 1 (additional shows may be added). General admission tickets are $12 and student and senior (65+) tickets are $10. School performance tickets are $8 each with a discount of $5 per ticket for groups of 12 or more. For more information, visit www.theatrebristol.org, or contact Spence Flagg at 423-383-5979 or email info@theatrebristol.org.
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Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: "Wine Cellar"

February 28, 2013
Come to blowfish emporium on February 28th, 6-8:30 for the regular Thursday Night Painting Party open to whoever signs up! Cost is $32 & includes EVERYTHING! There is a 5-person minimum, so we will be sure to contact all that have signed up by phone/email in case a class is cancelled. For further information, contact blowfish emporium: 276-644-1428 or info@blowfishemporium.com.

Night Life at KP Duty in February

February 27, 2013
Come enjoy Night Life at KP Duty on State Street! On Wednesdays they have 1/2 off on selected wines. For more information, call 423-764-3889.

Ryland's Jewelry Store space now available for lease!

February 27, 2013
The retail space once occupied by Ryland's Jewelry is now available for lease! Located at 531 State Street, this prime spot in Downtown Bristol will be available from March 1. Rent is $750 per month for the first year with a deposit of $750 required; renter pays all utilities. Please contact Jim Daniel on 423-341-4104 for more information.

Winners of the 11th Session of Paper Windows Photography Project Announced


Happy Train by Marlisa Osborne Moura
February 27, 2013
The final session of the Paper Windows Photography project is now open to the public. At the end of this session the project will see its conclusion. “This has been a great project. We have had so many people who wanted to participate, I think we will most likely have close to 300 pictures when the project is completed,” said Lisa Beckner, project coordinator. “We have so many talented photographers in our area.” The 11th session titled “Seeing Red” was just completed and the winners for the project are 1st place, “Happy Train” shot by Marlisa Osborne Moura. The picture was of the Steele Creek Park train winding its way through the park. “This picture reflected the descriptive titled, it was just happy, it made you smile when you looked at it,” reported a judge who serves on the three judge panel that chooses the winners each session. “You could just hear the laughter of the children and feel the warm sun while looking at this picture, it was great!”
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A Variety of Classes and Creative Parties are Available at The Purple Loon!

February 27, 2013
The Purple Loon offers a variety of interesting beading classes and events — look out for information on individual classes on specific dates. But did you know you can also do music lessons and private parties at The Purple Loon? Would you like to learn to play the guitar, mandolin or fiddle? Well-known local musician John Snyder is now offering evening classes at The Loon! He has one slot left so make it quick if you are interested. Cost is $55 a month for a half-hour private lesson once a week. For more information please call John Snyder at (423) 383-5025. The Purple Loon also offers Parties and Private Beading Classes, a creative party experience! They offer parties for both children and adults. Children’s parties are $12 per child and include all needed supplies to make one necklace. Adult parties are $10 per person plus materials. They ask that you try to make reservations a month in advance.

Upcoming Events

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Weekend Passes on Sale for $45

January 01 - May 31, 2013

Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery to Feature Twin City Photo Club in Exhibit in January & February

January 03 - February 27, 2013

Youth Karate Classes at Japan Karate-Do on State Street

January 29 - March 05, 2013

February storytime, youth and family activities, and the Nevermore Book Club at the Bristol Public Library

February 01 - 28, 2013

606 State Street Gallery presents February's Featured Student Artist Kandee Wallace and Featured Artist Judy O'Hara

February 01 - 28, 2013

Night Life at KP Duty in February

February 01 - 27, 2013

HUGE sale at Serendipity in February!

February 13 - 28, 2013

Adult Ballet Classes at the Bristol Ballet

February 28, 2013

Andy Crawford at O'Mainnin's Pub

February 28, 2013

Thursday Night Painting Party at blowfish emporium: "Wine Cellar"

February 28, 2013

March Featured Artists at 606 State Street Gallery: Bruce Cole and Ken Simmelink

March 01 - 31, 2013

Theatre Bristol presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

March 01 - 17, 2013

James Meadows at State Line Bar & Grille

March 01, 2013

Westwend at Machiavelli's

March 01, 2013

The New Familiars at 620 State

March 01, 2013

SoundDrivers at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 01, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 01, 2013

Wine tasting at Inari Wines

March 02, 2013

Zumba Classes coming to Bristol Ballet!

March 02, 2013

Comedian James Gregory at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 02, 2013

The Broadcast at 620 State

March 02, 2013

Cocktail reception at Benjamin Walls Gallery to Support "Tiger Now, Tiger Never"

March 02, 2013

Well Dogs at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 02, 2013

Pasta Fiesta Fundraiser for Tri-Cities Christian School's Junior Class at Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

March 03, 2013

Open Jam at O'Mainnin's Pub

March 04, 2013

Southern Gentlemen at the Pickin' Porch at the Foundation Event Facility

March 04, 2013

Tuesday Pottery Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05 - April 02, 2013

Kids' Color Drawing Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 05 - April 02, 2013

Guido Au'Some Open Mic Players

March 05, 2013

Jazz Phenomenon Perpetuum Jazzile at the Paramount Center for the Arts

March 05, 2013

Wednesday "Whatever" Workshops at One of a Kind Gallery

March 06 - April 03, 2013

Wednesday Pottery Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 06 - April 03, 2013

Thursday Advanced Pottery Class at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Pottery for Youth Classes at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Kids' Art Hour at One of a Kind Gallery

March 07 - April 04, 2013

Adult Ballet Classes at the Bristol Ballet

March 07, 2013

Believe in Bristol presents the 4th Annual Bristol's Downtown Showcase at the Train Station

March 07, 2013

HTV's Spotlight on Music Taping The Shifters at CityMac

March 07, 2013

Beaver Creek Storytellers at 606 State Street Gallery

March 07, 2013

Contemporary Christian Artist David Crowder Performing at the Paramount

March 08, 2013

Art D'Vine in Downtown Bristol

March 08, 2013

Beer tasting at Inari Wines

March 08, 2013

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