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Stonewall Jackson Elementary Communities in Schools Large Scale Murals Showcased in Historic Downtown Bristol


The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 6th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“The student art gallery is an invaluable tool for growth for our future artists, engineers, designers, and painters of tomorrow,” says Maggie Bishop, Director for Believe in Bristol. “By giving children the chance to be part of our arts community, we hope that they will grow to love the arts and make them an important part of their lives – and one day they will be the ones keeping the arts alive here in our downtown.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The third gallery of art went up last week, showcasing artwork from third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Stonewall Jackson Elementary. The large scale murals were created for the Communities in Schools program.

Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia continues its mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The “Hidden Closet” project came about due to the awareness of needed items such as clothing, shoes, undergarments, socks, personal hygiene products, food, cleaning supplies and school supplies. The closet is a private and confidential space set aside for students and their families to receive items needed to make their life less stressful. The “Hidden Closet” is financially supported by Speedway Children’s Charity and Wells Fargo Bank.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to serve our students and their families with this project,” says Deborah Wagner, Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia. “The community support and outreach for the “Hidden Closet” has been overwhelming!”

Bristol Virginia Public School Art Teacher, Pam O’Quinn and her students worked hard to create an artistic mural which will decorate and bring life and color to the lockers in the closet, located at the Bristol Virginia Public School Central Office building on Lee Street.

“The contact paper has a slick surface so we used acrylic paint and it worked really well,” explains O’Quinn. First, a class of students used large paintbrushes to create a black design for the overall mural. Students used lines, shapes, and symbols for the design. Next, they connected them together with a variety of lines. “If you look closer,” O’Quinn continues, “You will find smiley faces, hearts, stars, flowers, triangles, squares, and even a few “Pokémon Balls” hidden in there. The next few classes filled in the designs with different colors and experimented with making new tints of colors using white. The first week we painted one-half of the paper and the second week we flipped it over and painted the other half.”

Artwork by the students from Stonewall Jackson Elementary will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until April 3, 2017.



Downtown Bristol Events

Loose Leaves

March 15 | O'Mainnin's Pub


Loose Leaves are an alternative collective from East Tennessee. Fusing elements from multiple genres, Folk to Hip Hop, Loose Leaves have developed a sound all their own. Their self-produced recordings convey a strong sense of writing and arrangement complimented by earnest lyrics and vocal melody.

Bringing a fervent love of performance and music to the stage a live show is even better than their studio work. With an honest and humble philosophy Loose Leaves seek to make a connection with their listeners that will form long lasting relationships through music.

Affordable Care Act Forum

March 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce


Health care policy seems to shift daily. Join fellow business leaders for a conversation about the impact of the ACA on Tri-Cities employers Thursday, March 16 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn (Exit 7). Health care and policy experts will provide updates on options Washington is considering to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Breakfast will be provided. There is no cost to attend the forum.

RSVP is required for admittance to this event.
As space is limited, please click here to register today.

Mark Larkins

March 16 | Blackbird Bakery


Mark Larkins performs what he terms “Summer spirited” music on stage for a fun audience as the music lets them reflect on the fun Summer times in their own lives. Born in Tennessee, Mark spent part of his childhood growing up in California in the area around West Covina, where his love for the ocean and Summer music was first instilled. Mark's family moved back to the Tri-Cities when he was 11 years old. From then on Mark was all about focusing his energies as a musician and singer, with a goal of crafting his guitar playing, writing original songs, and sharing his style of music with the listening audience.

Children’s Acrylic Painting Class: "Cool Dog in Town" (Ages 7-12)

March 17 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts


Your child will explore using different brush strokes to create a German Shepherd wearing sunglasses in this class with artist Laura King at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts on State Street in Downtown Bristol. It will be loads of fun, it might be messy, and all students will come home with their own work of art! All supplies are included in the cost of the class. Class limit is 10 students. Registration closes three days prior to class. To find out more information, contact the gallery via Facebook, or email info@aworkofartgallery.com. To register, visit the gallery.

Instructor: Laura King
Cost: $25
Time: 6-8pm

Radio Bristol Premieres: Jenni Lyn Gardner, Old Salt Union

March 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings and projects from nationally recognized artists debuted before a live audience in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. March 17 Jenni Lyn Gardner and Old Salt Union will introduce new music on the show. Listeners may be part of the live, studio audience or listen online atlistenradiobristol.org.

Tickets: $20 | Click here to purchase tickets.

About Jenni Lyn Gardner
Jenni Lyn is perhaps best known for her work with Della Mae, the astounding all-female bluegrass group that achieved the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2013. She is also part of the ensemble that produced Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass that won the IBMA’s Recorded Event of the Year in 2009. Della Mae also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2014.

From baby boomers to millennials, seasoned festival­ goers to country converts, Jenni Lyn’s music offers a current approach to the evolving bluegrass sound, while maintaining the perfect balance of that down­ home comfort. Her broad span of shared experiences and collaborations has shaped Gardner as an artist and as a performer, all culminating in an exciting new album that showcases her well-developed repertoire of songs.

About Old Salt Union
Old Salt Union is known for playing music by their own set of rules. While the men who make up the group are not complete rebels, they are certainly focused on exposing people to a purer, more exciting, and more original form of music. Drawing influence from Bill Monroe, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, to jazz great Bill Evans and Composer Danny Elfman, it’s obvious the group has a unique and broad genetic make-up. What makes Old Salt Union special is their ability to further explore the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass in a mature and refreshing manner. With in-depth musical compositions, a catchy hook, and a high- energy metaphorical punch to the gut, they are truly front runners in the new generation of string music.

Faded Travelers

March 17 | Studio Brew


Faded Travelersformed in early 2015. After playing together with various groups for several years, we decided to move in a creative direction. Together we were able to blend individual styles and influences into our own sound. Theseinfluences can be traced to, in no particular order : Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, Johnny Cash, George Jones,Billy Joel, Merle Haggard, Van Halen, David Allen Coe, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Reckless Kelly, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Tom Petty, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Knight among others.

My New Favorites

March 17 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


About My New Favorites
Award-winning songwriters hook up with top-notch players to fly off into an Americana frenzy. Eclectic in all things, they combine musical styles without fear and serve up high energy at every show.

Bristol Ballet presents Celtic Flair

March 18–19 | Various locations


The excitement of Irish dancing and music will fill the air as Bristol Ballet presents “Celtic Flair” on March 18 at Heritage Hall Theater in Mountain City and on March 19 at the McGlothlin Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.

Music from the wildly popular “River Dance” is featured in much of the production, with tempos that vary from upbeat and exciting to soft and lyrical. Choreographed in the style of Irish Step Dance, some movements may be slightly familiar but with a balletic twist.

Adding to the excitement of this production is the inclusion of the crowd pleasing Celtic band, “Sigean”, who will be performing more traditional Irish music live on stage. Tom Swadley, a member of the band, said, “This is really exciting. We haven’t played as part of a dance production before, and we’re thrilled to be creating this experience with the dancers.”

Originally planned as a school educational program, “Celtic Flair” will also be performed at Anderson Elementary School, Avoca Elementary School, and Virginia High (for all of its elementary school 2nd through 5th graders). Bristol Ballet is dedicated to providing arts education to the community whenever possible. The artistic director, Michele Plescia, thought that a Celtic piece would be perfect to take to the schools, since this area was settled by Celts.

After thinking it through, Michele decided that the production is just too fun and exciting to exclude from the public, and so made arrangements for the two public performances. “Anyone who comes to these performances will love them”, said Plescia. “The music is great, the dancing is exciting. When you put the two together, it’s a sure success in entertainment.”

Sponsored by Food City

March 18th – 7:00 pm
Heritage Hall Theater, Mountain City, TN
Phone (423) 727-7444 to purchase tickets.

March 19th – 3:00 pm
McGlothlin Center for Performing Arts, Emory, VA
Click here to purchase tickets online or phone (276) 944-6333.

Rockin' Road to Dublin

March 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Following sell-out shows in the Northeast, Rockin' Road To Dublin is coming to Bristol on their 2017 national tour! Come see the show that Irish Dancing Magazine called " WORLD CLASS... a one-two punch of style and mastery...they made some magic here."

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE @ PARAMOUNTBRISTOL.ORG

Rockin' Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production.

Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, the cast includes 14 dancers, 8 musicians and two vocalists.

Here's what people are saying about Rockin' Road To Dublin:

"Unique, upbeat, and I love the combination of traditional Gaelic music with rock music and the dancing was extraordinary." — Anne B., Green Bay

"An incredible dance troupe, a phenomenal musical ensemble, killer staging and lighting. BRAVO! — Ellis K. Davenport

Tickets can be purchase at Box Office, by phone (423) 274-8920

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE @ PARAMOUNTBRISTOL.ORG

For more information go to ROCKINROADTODUBLIN.COM or check out our facebook page. Hope to see you there!

Price: $22-47, Group Discount Available

Websites: http://www.rockinroadtodublin.com
www.facebook.com/rockinroadtodublin

Rhythm & The Roosevelts

March 19 | Studio Brew


Rhythm & The Roosevelts say are a simple Indie-Soul quartet based out of Johnson City, TN, who like to make people dance.

Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting

March 20 | YWCA


Join Relay for Life for Team Rally and Team Captain University Part 1!

State Street String Band

March 20 | Blackbird Bakery


Clap along to the bluegrass sounds of State Street String Band.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends

March 24 – April 2 | Theatre Bristol


One of the wonderful series of plays kicking off a packed 2017 season! Performed at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace. Stageplay by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Laura O'Bryan. Buy tickets and see full schedule at www.theatrebristol.org. Shows are Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 10:30am and 5:30pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm.

Public performances are March 24, 25, 26, 31, April 1 & 2. Schools interested in public performances can contact info@theatrebristol.org.

Believe in Bristol's Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party

March 30 | Bristol Ballet


You're invited to Believe in Bristol's 8th Annual Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party!

Your presence is requested at the A-list party hosted by Believe in Bristol on Thursday, March 30th from 6-9 pm at Bristol Ballet. After a night of accolades at the Noscar Awards Show, you will attend the A-list after-party. While socializing and schmoozing with Hollywood’s elite, careers will be made, secrets will be revealed, scandals will be broken and a homicide will happen.

With a V.I.P. victim and the celebrities all suspect, you will be called upon to find the criminal by cracking this red carpet caper.

Will it be an aspiring actress, tired of living in the shadows? A livid lover who has been pushed too far? Or possibly the teen starlet trying to attract a more mature audience?

As the night unfolds, so will a web of lies and scandals intricately woven to point you to a killer. It is up to you to uncover the clues or the culprit will remain concealed.

Come walk the blood red carpet for a night of secrets, celebrities & scandal. Call 276-644-9700 or email info@believeinbristol.org for more information or to order your tickets.

$55 per individual & $100 per couple. Ticket holder will receive food, beverage and entertainment; portion of total ticket price will be tax deductible.

Also Coming Up

Loose Leaves
March 15 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Affordable Care Act Forum
March 16 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Mark Larkins
March 16 | Blackbird Bakery
Children’s Acrylic Painting Class: "Cool Dog in Town" (Ages 7-12)
March 17 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Radio Bristol Premieres: Jenni Lyn Gardner, Old Salt Union
March 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Faded Travelers
March 17 | Studio Brew
My New Favorites
March 17 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Bristol Ballet presents Celtic Flair
March 18–19 | Various locations
Rockin' Road to Dublin
March 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
March 18 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Rhythm & The Roosevelts
March 19 | Studio Brew
Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting
March 20 | YWCA
State Street String Band
March 20 | Blackbird Bakery
The Diamonds
March 23 | Blackbird Bakery
Fly Fishing Film Tour (f3t)
March 24 | Studio Brew
Children’s Acrylic Painting Class: "Let’s Get Messy!" (Ages 7-12)
March 24 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
The Adventures of Peter Rabbit and His Friends
March 24 – April 2 | Theatre Bristol
Below 7
March 24 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Shape Note Sing
March 25 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Blackwood Quartet presents The Gospel Side of Elvis
March 25 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Diamonds
March 26 | Studio Brew
Book Signing: Gayle Trent
March 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Believe in Bristol's Downtown Showcase: An Old Hollywood Murder Mystery Themed Party
March 30 | Bristol Ballet
Mama Molasses
March 30 | Blackbird Bakery
The Fustics
March 31 | O'Mainnin's Pub
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
April 1 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
April 1 | Studio Brew
Singer Songwriter Event featuring Adam Bolt, Logan Fritz & Jamen Denton
April 2 | Studio Brew
How to Advertise in Social Media Class
April 4 | Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Radio Bristol Premieres: Western Centuries
April 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Loose Leaves
April 7 | O'Mainnin's Pub
My New Favorites
April 7 | Studio Brew
Easter Eggstravaganza
April 8 | YWCA
Bristol Half & Half Marathon
April 8 | Downtown Bristol
Paramount Chamber Players Singing in the Rain
April 8 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Ryan Ward
April 13 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
April 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
JV Squad
April 14 | Studio Brew
Relay for Life ELT Committee Meeting
April 17 | Studio Brew
Shake it Like a Caveman
April 20 | Studio Brew
Tanya Tucker — Benefit Performance for the Appalachian College of Pharmacy
April 21 | Paramount Center for the Arts
If Birds Could Fly
April 21 | Studio Brew
Energy and Rejuvenation
April 22 | Wellness Yoga of Bristol
Ricky Skaggs
April 22 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Redleg Husky
April 27 | Studio Brew
Logan Fritz and The Comet Conductors
April 28 | Studio Brew
Ronnie Milsap
May 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Bristol Ballet presents Mulan
May 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Relay for Life New Team Party
May 15 | Studio Brew
Triumphant Quartet
May 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
The Grand Ole Uproar
May 20 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Below 7
May 26 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Relay for Life Bristol
June 2 | Cumberland Square Park
Beauty and the Beast by Theatre Bristol
June 17–25
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
June 19–23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Hope Griffin
June 21 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
June 26–30 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 1 — Intermediate
July 10–14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Quarter Bounce w/ Rusty Steel
July 14 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Pick Along Summer Camps: Week 2 — Beginner
July 17–21 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

More Upcoming Events »

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through March 17


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Countdown to Rhythm & Roots

Tuesdays & Thursdays

The countdown to Bristol Rhythm is on! Tuesdays and Thursdays through March and April keep your eyes on our Website, Facebook and Twitter for a sneak peek at acts scheduled to perform at the festival in 2017. Weekend passes are $62.50 for a limited time. Visit the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Website and check out our awesome Fan Package, complete with parking, special seating, festival merchandise and more! Mark your calendars for Bristol Rhythm, Sept. 15-17 — we'll be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions!

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