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PUSH! Film Festival is This Weekend!

We have a great lineup in store! Keep reading for more information, or click here to skip straight to our film schedule. Visit to watch trailers, learn more about the films and filmmakers, and buy your pass.

Downtown Bristol Blog

Believe in Bristol Announces Solar Power Presentation for Downtown Business and Building Owners

Bristol, TN/VA – Believe in Bristol is hosting an event on June 23rd, 2015 at 5:30pm to present the facts and concepts of solar power today to downtown business and building owners.

Summer Reading Programs Set to Begin at the Bristol Public Library

The highly popular summer reading programs for children and for teens are ready to begin at the Bristol Public Library and the Avoca Branch Library.. Featuring great books for reading, special events, movies, and other fun activities the summer reading programs serve approximately 5,000 young people each summer. The goals of the program is to engage ages 0-18 to maintain and improve their reading skills, help young people develop more social literacy ,and provide a safe and fun environment for activities. Registration for the program is currently underway.

LEAD Bristol Seeks Community Service Projects

LEAD Bristol! Is a program for companies and organizations dedicated to helping their employees become leaders. A nine-month adult training program which focuses on providing skills essential to leadership development, it is available to all area businesses.

While participants learn a variety of new skills that will aide in their careers and business relationships, they also have the opportunity to give back to the community. Service projects are solicited from agencies, governmental entities and other non-profit organizations each year and each LEAD! participant then is assigned to one of the projects. Class members then are charged with planning, executing and ensuring the project is successful. While these projects make a significant impact on the community, they also make quite an impression on the participants. By incorporating community servant leadership skills.

The LEAD Bristol! program, coordinated by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, is seeking Non Profit, and Agency applicants who may need aide in organizing a project, coordinating an event, devising a marketing plan or marketing materials or other projects. The time frame of the group to be able to provide input is from October to April. There will be 5 – 7 people in each group to work the organizations.

The deadline for application is JULY 16. Any questions should be directed to the two representatives listed on the application form.

State Street resurfacing begins June 7

The Cities of Bristol, TN and Bristol VA will begin resurfacing of State Street from 5th Street/Lee Street to 2nd Street/Washington Street and East State Street from Pennsylvania Avenue/Goodson Street to Sullivan Lane on Sunday, June 7th at 6:00 pm. The work will consist of removal of the existing asphalt surface followed by placement of a new surface. The project is anticipated to be completed in less than two weeks and the majority of the work will occur from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Downtown Bristol Events

Push! Film Festival

June 12–14 | Downtown Bristol

PUSH! Film Festival is a first-year event that will take place on the weekend of June 12—14, 2015 in bustling Historic Downtown Bristol TN/VA. As a celebration of the cinematic and visual arts in the heart of the twin cities of Bristol, the festival will bring diverse films to our community and showcase the best regional filmmakers. PUSH! aims to expand the artistic image of our region, engage new audiences in the world of film, and inspire creativity in all of us.The festival will also play host to exciting parties and workshops for filmmakers and audience members alike. PUSH! will offer something for people of all ages; you won't want to miss any of the three days of this unique cultural experience.

Click here to download the PUSH! schedule poster.

PUSH! Schedule


Shorts Block 1: International
2:00 — 3:00pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Workshop: Film History
3:15 — 4:15pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Fantastic Mr. Fox
4:00 — 5:27pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Opening Night Party
6:00 — 9:00pm | Bristol Train Station

While We Were
6:30 — 8:00pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

9:00 — 11:00pm | Cumberland Square Park


O Brother Where Art Thou?
10:00 — 11:46am | Bristol Public Library

This World
10:30am — 12:15pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Workshop: Acting
12:30 — 1:30pm | Bristol Public Library

The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead
1:00 — 2:11pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

1:00 — 2:38pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Shorts Block 2: Regional and National
3:00 — 5:00pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Big Moccasin
3:00 — 4:04pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Workshop: Cinematography
3:00 — 4:00pm | Bristol Public Library

The Lost Colony
4:30 — 5:54pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Johnny Walker
5:30 — 6:55pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Workshop: Costuming
5:30 — 6:30pm | Bristol Public Library

Banjo Romantika
6:16 — 7:20pm | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Shorts Block 3: Virginia & Tennessee + Awards
7:30 — 9:30pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Crossing Streets
7:30 — 9:30pm | Bristol Public Library

10:00 — 11:49pm | Paramount Center for the Arts


Outcasts: Surviving the Culture of Rejection
11:00 — 11:59am | Paramount Center for the Arts

Shorts Block 4: International
11:00am — 12:30pm | Bristol Public Library

Coming Back to the Hoop
1:00 — 2:24pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Human Virus
1:00 — 2:27pm | Bristol Public Library

Ballad of Shovels and Rope
3:00 — 4:12pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Workshop: Storyboarding
3:00 — 4:00pm | Bristol Public Library

The Unwanted
4:30 — 6:06pm | Paramount Center for the Arts

Workshop: Filmmaker Panel
4:30 — 5:30pm | Bristol Public Library

PUSH! Opening Night Party

June 12 | Bristol Train Station

Believe in Bristol cordially invites you to PUSH! Film Festival's Opening Night Party – in the spirit of old Hollywood!

Featuring live music & dancing, revelry & libations. Party to be held June 12th, 2015 from 6 — 9 pm at Bristol Train Station.

Tickets: $55 per person, $100 per couple

Click here to order your tickets online, or visit the Believe in Bristol office at 36 Moore Street in downtown Bristol, VA. Open 10 am — 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Merengue Lesson

June 12 | Bristol Ballet

Friday June 12th, Bristol Ballet will host a Merengue lesson at the Bristol Ballet Studio (across from the Paramount Theater in downtown Bristol).

The lesson will be taught from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, followed by dancing until 10:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Cost is $5 per person with all fees going to support the Bristol Ballet (a 501(c)3 non-profit).

Art D'Vine

June 12 | Downtown Bristol

Bristol, TN/VA (June 4, 2015)-On Friday, June 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the downtown Bristol galleries are again joining forces to bring Art D'Vine to the local community. This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region.

As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping at Kil'n Time, Benjamin Walls Gallery, One of a Kind Gallery, Mooska, and A Work of Art Gallery. Many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.

"Art D'Vine is an amazing experience for artists and art enthusiasts that love Bristol, it is also great to be able see all that Downtown Bristol has to offer," says Brie Houser, Believe in Bristol.

The Art D'Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists, including:

* Benjamin Walls Gallery will be showcasing 2 brand new dwelling pieces for Art D'Vine

* A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts will host a 6x6 Art Fundraiser during Downtown Bristol's Art D'Vine Gallery Hop & Wine Tasting. To kick off the event on the evening of Friday, June 12, over two dozen local artist members have created 6 inch by 6 inch artwork to be unveiled at 6pm at A Work of Art, at 600 State Street, with live music in the gallery from 6-9pm. These 6x6 pieces will be available for purchase for $36 during the PUSH! Film Festival in Downtown Bristol, June 12-14. Proceeds from the 6x6 Art Fundraiser will benefit renovation of the gallery space and will support the local artist cooperative. Media available in 6x6 format will include paintings, photography, encaustic wax art, stained glass, as well as other unique and creative works unveiled that evening. For full details, visit

* One of a Kind Gallery will be introducing, Sarah Frazier Countiss.

* Mooska will be having wine and food, they will also have their windows decorated for PUSH! Film Festival.

* Kil'n Time will be having live music.

This event is free to the public, though there is a suggested one-time donation of $5 with the proceeds supporting the work of the Arts & Entertainment District of Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA. For more information, contact Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or

Music & Movies in the Park: ET

June 12 | Cumberland Square Park

This week's movie: ET

FREE Music & Movies in the Park sponsored by BVU.

Bring a blanket, ride your bike, and wear a red hoodie in honor of the movie!

Movie starts at 9pm

Second Sunday Concert Series: Todd Day Wait's Pigpen

June 14 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

After years on the road, Todd Day Wait arrived at a musical aesthetic that blends blues, folk, country, early R&B, and soul. With his band, the seasoned roadman's heartfelt, original tunes can often be found playing on the streets of the French Quarter and in venues throughout New Orleans.

Every second Sunday, March through August 2015, music brings two of the region's premier museums together for one amazing concert series! The Second Sunday Concert Series, presented by Birthplace of Country Music and William King Museum of Art.

Admission is $15. Cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be available, two (2) free drink tickets included per person. Must be 21 and over with valid photo I.D. to consume alcohol at the event.

Purchase tickets to Todd Day Wait's Pigpen.
Purchase tickets to any three (3) concerts in the Second Sunday Concert Series.

Full Moon Jam — Appalachian Trail

June 16 | Downtown Center

Appalachian Trail was formed around 1984. Original members Linda Lay and Carson Cooper were traveling to their first show and did not have a name for the band when they saw a sign that read 'Appalachian Trail' and decided on that until they thought of something better but the name has lasted and fitting it is... 30 years later, the band is still burning new trails in the bluegrass arena. This band helped cultivate the careers of the likes of Adam Steffey, John Bowman, Becky Buller and countless others.


For the 19th year, the City of Bristol Tennessee will be hosting the free concert series "Full Moon Jam" on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Center (Country Music Mural), 810 State Street. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 9 or 9:30 p.m. through September 24th.

Bring a lawn chair or come early to grab one of the 350 chairs provided on-site. Refreshments are sold in the concessions area for a nominal fee. Clean, well-stocked restrooms also available.

You are asked not to park in the bank drive-through area adjacent to the venue and please do not to bring skateboards or bicycles into the venue. Parking is available on Shelby Street in the Municipal parking lot or on State Street in designated parking spaces.

Bands subject to change without notice. For more information visit the City of Bristol TN website.

The Crooked Road presents Lonesome River Band and Dale Jett & Hello Stranger

June 16 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Sammy Shelor and the Lonesome River Band joins Dale Jett & Hello Stranger for a very special evening at the Paramount Center for the Arts on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 7pm. This 2015 Mountains of Music Homecoming Event commemorates the historic 1927 Bristol recording sessions as descendants of the original musicians take the stage.

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor has led the award-winning bluegrass sensation Lonesome River Band for nearly twenty years. In 2011, Shelor won the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Award For Excellence in Banjo and appeared with Martin on the David Letterman show. The Lonesome River Band released their acclaimed new album, “Turn on A Dime” in late 2014.

A grandson of A.P. and Sarah Carter, singer/guitarist Dale Jett is a third generation of the legendary Carter Family. Dale and his trio, Hello Stranger, have brought Carter Family music to a new generation through performances throughout the US and Canada.

Tickets: $25 general admission, $35 VIP seating

Tickets are available at the Paramount box office, or online at

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Charlotte's Web Auditions

July 5, 6 & 7 | Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol is proud to announce auditions for the fall show of its 50th anniversary season. Auditions for E.B. White's Newberry award-winning "Charlotte's Web" will be July 5, 6, &7 at Theatre Bristol, 512 State Street, Bristol, Tennessee. The Sunday, July 6, audition is at 3:30 for children and 4:30 for adults. The Monday and Tuesday auditions are at 6:30 for children, and 7:30 pm for adults.

Brought to the stage by Dramatic Publishing with a script by playwright Joseph Robinette, all the enchanting characters are here: "Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship and enchantment."

Theatre Bristol veteran Dottie Havlik will direct "Charlotte's Web." Havlik has been a valuable friend to Theatre Bristol and the theatre community over the years as a talented and respected actor, playwright, and director. Havlik is known for her own Theatre Bristol portrayal of "Charlotte," as well as many other roles, and looks forward to directing a new cast in this 2015 production.

The play calls for a cast of 20, with roles for male and female actors age 6 and up, with many roles for teens and adults. No prepared material is necessary for the July 5, 6 & 7 auditions, and no prior experience is required. Please come to the auditions at 512 State Street wearing close-toed shoes, and bring a list of potential scheduling conflicts during the rehearsal dates of July 13-Aug. 27. Callbacks, if necessary, will be July 9 and casting calls will be made July 10-12. Rehearsals will begin July 13-16 with read-throughs, meetings, stagecraft, and paperwork. Rehearsals will continue July 28 and run Monday through Thursday at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Performances will be in the Theatre Bristol ARTspace 506 State Street, Fridays and Saturdays, August 28, 29, September 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m, and Sundays, August 30, September 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee and now celebrating its 50th season. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120. Theatre Bristol is entirely volunteer run and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol's website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-383-5979, or email