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PUSH! Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions


Mark your calendars! PUSH! Film Festival is returning to Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia and Tennessee for a fourth year! The Festival plans to host a variety of curated movies, workshops and presentations about film, along with screenings of juried films including shorts, features, and films focused on Tennessee and Virginia over the course of a three – day weekend on October 12th – 14th, 2018.

PUSH! is now accepting film submissions for the 2018 Festival. The opening date has been moved to January 17th as opposed to March, which has traditionally been the time that PUSH! has opened for film submissions.

“Opening earlier in the year, allows the Programming committee to go through its process of selecting films and to coordinate with the Festival’s film jurors, but also allows the Marketing and Logistics committees to coordinate their efforts with better ease as the Festival gets closer in October,” said Jessica Barnett, PUSH! Film Festival Programming Chair. “Over the last three years we’ve matured as a Festival. Going into this year, we wanted to look at what we could tweak to make our planning better and easier for the committees and for our filmmakers.”

Filmmakers who wish to submit their films to PUSH! Film Festival will need to visit www.pushfilmfest.com for information on film categories, awards, and more.

For more information about PUSH! Film Festival, visit www.pushfilmfest.com, or contact Maggie Bishop at 423-573-2201 or maggie@believeinbristol.org.



Vote to help BCM win Virginia Association of Museums Grant


A rare transcription disc containing a live broadcast performance of The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys on the former WCYB Radio Farm and Fun Time show has been listed among the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Over time, the degradation of the fragile, lacquer disc recording has made it unplayable and its content unaccessible. A public vote will determine if the rare recording can be restored through grant funds from VAM, so the museum is asking for your help in securing enough votes to help them win $5,000 to preserve this valuable piece of American music history.

“We are so excited that this Farm and Fun Time radio transcription disc from our museum collection has been chosen as one of the Virginia Association of Museum’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts,” said Rene Rodgers, Head Curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. “This object’s vulnerable condition means that its content is in real danger of being lost forever. This honor from the VAM gives us the chance to receive much-needed funds to save an important piece of American music and radio history. Even better, preserving it means that we will be able to make this recording accessible to others—it’s not every day that you get a chance to hear live Clinch Mountain Boys tracks that have likely not been heard in over 60 years!”

The fact that an original live recording of the Clinch Mountain Boys from Farm and Fun Time still exists is a rarity, because discs used to record radio broadcasts in the mid-20th century are highly unstable. Back then, these recordings were made on lacquer discs with an aluminum core. Over time, the lacquer flakes off and the disc can no longer be played with a stylus. The transcription disc was donated to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in early 2017 by local musician and WZAP Christian radio program director Glen Harlow.

VAM Grant
Thanks to a generous donation from the Blandford Rees Foundation, the VAM’s renowned program will for the first time be able to provide conservation awards totaling nearly $19,000 to the honorees, which will be granted by the Selection Committee or by outcome of an online public voting competition. The pubic is invited to help bestow $9,000 of these conservation awards by voting for their favorite endangered artifact. The two artifacts garnering the most votes will be recognized as the People’s Choice Awards and will receive $5,000 and $4,000 respectfully to conserve their artifacts and care for its continued preservation.

Public Voting
Ten unique artifacts from across the state and spanning Virginia’s extensive history from the 1700s to the 20th century were chosen following a thorough review process by an independent selection committee of collections professionals from partner organizations Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Virginia Conservation Association, and Virginia Department of Historic Resources. To view the entire list of artifacts and to vote in the People’s Choice Awards, please visit www.vatop10artifacts.org. Voting starts on January 15 and ends January 24, 2018 at midnight.

VOTE NOW



Downtown Bristol Events

BPL Movie Night: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

January 25 | Bristol Public Library


To kick off January, Bristol Public Library will offer a free showing of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) at 5:30 p.m. on January 25, 2018. Starring Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary, a man who encounters alien beings, Close Encounters of the Third Kind tells the story of what could happen when interstellar visitors reach out to planet Earth.

Popcorn and water will be provided to all movie attendees.

Rated PG. 138 minut

Bristol Becomes... Community Workshop

January 25 | Slater Community Center


What will Bristol be like 5, 10, or 20 years from now? You tell us! Join the City of Bristol, TN, at the third and final Bristol Becomes... community workshop at the Slater Center Thursday, January 25th at 6 pm. Learn more about Bristol, TN’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is community driven and citizen participation is a vital component of the planning process, and city leaders need to hear from you!

This final workshop will involve a review of framework plans and implementation strategies.

Visit the Comprehensive Plan page at bristoltn.org to learn more.

The Cluttered Desk live podcast recording

January 25 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Colin and Andrew and a few special guests will take the stage at Bloom for a special live episode on the Harry Potter series! Grab a drink, put your feet up, and enjoy an evening of laughter and literary criticism.

The Diamonds

January 25 | Blackbird Bakery


From East Tennessee, The Diamonds play a diverse mix of music, specializing in jazz standards. The group performs at various venues and events throughout the region, including weddings, parties, and restaurants. They have also volunteered at many nursing homes, assisted living homes, and charitable organizations in the area.

An Evening with Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson

January 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join BCM Friday, January 26 at 7pm for an evening of stories and music with luthiers Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson. Jayne will give a talk on her road to becoming a luthier, learning from her father Wayne, and the innovations in eco-sustainability she is bringing to the craft. She will also present a brief demonstration showing some of the tools, woods, and techniques she uses. After the talk and demo, Wayne will give a short performance playing some of Jayne’s instruments for the audience.

This program is inspired by the current special exhibit The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge. Both Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson are featured in this exhibit.

An Evening with Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson is free and open to the public, though there is a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited, so BCM asks that people RSVP for the event.

Dan Deel

January 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Dan Deel is a singer/songwriter who was born in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised in Buchanan County, Virginia (pronounced BUCK-anan not BYOO). Singer/songwriter who has performed solo and with bands in honky-tonks, bars, restaurants, nursing homes, and private parties all throughout the Appalachians. He has opened for a wide diversity of acts such as Roger Alan Wade, Kentucky Headhunters, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, and several others. Hardcore rockin honky tonk music at its core., Dan always weaves captivating, motivational , and even humorous tales with every song he performs. Dan really gets the crowd involved and feeling good!

Kirk Fleta with Fritz & Company

January 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Kirk Fleta will perform with Fritz & Company at 8pm.

Loose Leaves

January 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube


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.

Computer Privacy & You: Security and Safety Online

January 29 | Bristol Public Library


Fake links, phishing, viruses, and scams. They make the Web a very scary place, but you can still protect yourself and your privacy.

Join Bristol Public Library for a free workshop on computer safety and security. Learn how to avoid phishing scams, identify fake links, ensure your privacy while using open WiFi, and create strong passwords to protect sensitive accounts. Other topics included will help beginners and long-time users alike.

The first class will be held at the Bristol Public Library at 5:30 p.m. on January 29. A second class will be held on February 1 at the Avoca Branch Library at the same time.

State Street String Band

January 29 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass with State Street String Band.

Also Coming Up

BPL Movie Night: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
January 25 | Bristol Public Library
Bristol Becomes... Community Workshop
January 25 | Slater Community Center
The Cluttered Desk live podcast recording
January 25 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Diamonds
January 25 | Blackbird Bakery
An Evening with Jayne Henderson and Wayne Henderson
January 26 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Dan Deel
January 26 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Kirk Fleta with Fritz & Company
January 26 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Loose Leaves
January 27 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Computer Privacy & You: Security and Safety Online
January 29 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band
January 29 | Blackbird Bakery
Fire Safety with the Bristol Virginia Fire Department
January 31 | Bristol Public Library
Candy Lab
January 31 – February 7 | Bristol Public Library
The Oblations with The Bosses
February 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Self-Defense & Personal Safety with Stryker Martial Arts Academy
February 3 | Bristol Public Library
Kids Create-a-Dough Workshop
February 3 | That Cookie Dough and Sweets Bar
The Paramount Chamber Players present For the Love of Country
February 3 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Garlic with Rhythm & the Roosevelts
February 3 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Understanding Credit Reports & Scores with ECU
February 6 | Bristol Public Library
Farm & Fun Time ft. Willie Watson, Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer
February 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Author Fair
February 10 | Bristol Public Library
Singer Songwriter Night
February 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Holifields with Mind Modes
February 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy
February 17 | Theatre Bristol
Black Mass: Art Exhibition by Brian Serway
February 17 | Elder Brew
The Barbaric Yawps
February 20 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
1927 Society Concert: Merlefest on the Road
February 23 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Farm & Fun Time ft. Bumper Jacksons, Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
March 8
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
March 9–25 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Ballet's 10th Annual Father Daughter Ball
March 11 – February 11 | Holiday Inn
Wynonna & The Big Noise
March 17 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Confederate Railroad with special guest Jim Brown
March 31 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Phil Vassar
April 7 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Triumphant Quartet
April 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
James Gregory, "America's Funniest Man"
May 4 | Paramount Center for the Arts
18th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
September 21–23 | Downtown Bristol

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