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Downtown Bristol Events

Chicken4Charity: Cancer Outreach Foundation

November 11 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Come out to Quaker Steak & Lube November 11th to support Cancer Outreach Foundation. Download and print this flyer and bring with you to Quaker Steak & Lube. 15% of your bill will be donated to the organization. It's that easy!

Plus, don't miss your chance to participate in the 05/50 and silent auction!

Chicken4Charity is a fun way to raise money for your club, sports team or school. Contact Quaker Steak & Lube for more information.

Casting Call for Orthophonic Joy Documentary

November 13 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Nearly 90 years after Ralph Peer ran a newspaper advertisement seeking regional musicians to sing for Victor Company’s new recording machine, the States of Tennessee and Virginia are putting out a call for artists and actors to participate in a new film celebrating the Bristol Sessions and the “Big Bang of Country Music.”

Plan A Films, led by Sundance Award-winning director Chusy Haney-Jardine, will hold a casting session at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. this Friday, November 13, 2015. Men, women and children ages five (5) to 70 who can sing and play instruments, and musicians with no acting experience, are invited to audition.

Those interested in advance consideration, please submit a video (QuikTime or .mp4) singing and playing an instrument, along with a 30-second self-introduction using a Southern accent, to Filming will take place in Bristol in early December.

The film, commissioned by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Virginia Tourism Corporation, is scheduled for release in Spring 2016 and will compliment last year’s release of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which features popular modern artists’ re-recordings of original 1927 Bristol Sessions classics such as “Shall We Gather at the River,” “Black Eyed Susie,” and “Bury Me Beneath the Willow.”

“Many Americans know about the birth of rock-and-roll or the rise of the Motown sound, but fewer people know the real story behind the roots of country music,” said Leah Ross, Executive Director of The Birthplace of Country Music. “This will help us share the history of what has become the world’s most popular musical form and attract more visitors to Bristol and the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia regions.”

For more information about the film and casting, please contact Plan A Films at

2015 Fall Gala featuring a performance of Beyond Glory

November 13 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Paramount Center for the Arts will host its Fall Gala on Friday, November 13th. The reception begins in the lobby at 6pm, including hors d'oeuvres and an open bar, followed by a performance of Beyond Glory, featuring award-winning actor Stephen Lang, at 8 pm.

The Paramount Gala event is by invitation only. Tickets are $135, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a localVeteran Support Organization.

Visit this link and complete the contact form to ensure you receive your invitation to this highly anticipated event.

About Beyond Glory
Award-winning stage and screen star Stephen Lang brings the stories of eight different Medal of Honor recipients to the stage in his exciting one-man show. Adapted from Larry Smith’s book, Beyond Glory will reach into your very soul and keep you thoroughly spellbound.

Beyond Glory presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first-hand accounts of valor which resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. The oral histories of these eight men are brought to life through Lang’s commanding performance.

Beyond Glory enjoyed a celebrated run on Broadway in 2007, after its initial production at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Since then,Lang has performed the show on military bases, and gave a command performance on the floor of Congress with Medal of Honor recipient Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii in attendance. As a tribute to fallen soldiers,Lang is now taking it to various states for a limited run in October and November.

Additional performances of Beyond Glory will be held Saturday, November 14th at 3 and 8 pm.

Foxtrot Lesson

November 13 | Bristol Ballet

Join Bristol Ballet for a Foxtrot lesson October 9th at Bristol Ballet Studio. The lesson will begin at 7:30pm, followed by dancing from 8:30 – 10:30 pm.

Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds benefit Bristol Ballet, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Refreshments will be provided, but a snack to share is always welcome!

Turkey Trot 5k

November 14 | YWCA

The Turkey Trot is an event hosted by the YWCA Women's Fitness Spa that encourages women to achieve their fitness goals. It is the longest running women's 5K in the Tri-Cities that features joggers and walkers of all skill levels. Every year, the YW cheers on first-time participants and veteran runners who achieve a new personal best. The race route certified by USA Track and Field. All proceeds from the race benefit the health and wellness programs of the YWCA's Women's Fitness Spa.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015
Trot begins at 8:00 a.m.
Walk begins at 8:05 a.m.
Early Packet Pickup: November 13th from 2-6 p.m.

Registration is $25. Payment can be submitted online (a convenience fee will apply), by mail, or at the front desk.

All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a FREE t-shirt and goody bag; breakfast will be provided after the race.

Josiah Stam's "Diversity United" Reception

November 14 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

The work of student Josiah Stam will be featured at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts during November. The title and theme of this exhibit is "Diversity United", displaying the idea that shapes, colors, and strokes can be combined to make something deliberately beautiful, while their differences and uniqueness make them stunning — much like the diversity in our lives, and around the world, still united under one God.

Josiah Stam works in both acrylic and watercolor and is passionate about creating abstracts — many of which he says are inspired and influenced by music. Originally from Iowa, he is now a 17-year-old, home-school student living with his family in Meadowview, VA. Since attending painting classes when he was younger, he has participated in many group shows at the Arts Depot (of which he is now a member) and has won awards in local competitions. Josiah believes that art should reflect the creativity and joy of our Creator, and hopes to pursue a career in art after graduation. All proceeds from work sold in this exhibit will go toward expenses incurred in preparation for the national Bible Bowl competition.

Josiah will host a reception on November 14, 2015 from 2-4pm at A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts, 600 State Street, Bristol, TN.

Radio Bristol Sessions: Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenburg

November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Join WBCM Radio Bristol for an exciting Bristol Sessions concert featuring Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg. Event will be held at the Birthplace Place of Country Music Museum.

Doors Open at 1:30 p.m. Concert Begins at 2:00 p.m. (Please be in your seat by 1:50 p.m.)

About Chris Coole
His unique style of clawhammer banjo playing began to reach a wider audience with the release of his first C.D.- “Five Strings Attached With No Backing” in 1997 and later, “Five Strings Attached, Vol. 2” in 2000. Both albums were collaborations with long time musical partner, and fellow Torontonian, Arnie Naiman. The combination of sparse, well played arrangements of traditional tunes, as well as creative originals struck a chord with old-time music fans worldwide.

Since 2001, Chris has played guitar, sang and written songs for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Foggy Hogtown Boys. His love for the golden era of bluegrass music is apparent to anyone who hears his singing and songwriting. In 2006 he was awarded “Guitarist of the Year” at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.

From 2000-2007 Chris collaborated with old-time fiddler Erynn Marshall. In 2005 He co-produced her critically acclaimed CD “Calico”. In 2006 the duo recorded “Meet Me in the Music” which has been nominated for best traditional album at the 2007 Canadian Folk music awards.

Chris is acknowledged as a skilled teacher of both banjo and guitar. He has taught at many workshops across Canada and the U.S. including The Augusta Heritage Centre, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, The Midwest Banjo Camp, The B.C. Bluegrass Workshops, Sore Fingers (U.K.), California Bluegrass Association, Dusty Strings Banjo Weekend and many more. In 2007, Woodhall Music released “The Elements of Clawhammer Banjo” an instructional DVD featuring Chris’ approach to teaching the banjo.

Apart from his own recordings he can also be heard as a sideman on over fifty CDs by Canadian artists such as Sylvia Tyson, Jim Cuddy, David Francey, April Verch and Justin Rutledge.

Chris Coole says his current projects include “clawhammer banjo/dobro duets with Ivan Rosenberg, pounding out old-time music with The Lonesome Ace Stringband, adding banjo and guitar to the songwriting genius of David Francey, and finally playing solo, all by myself.”

About Ivan Rosenburg
Since releasing his first solo album in 2001, Ivan Rosenberg has gained a dedicated following for his melodic, expressive acoustic music on Dobro and clawhammer banjo. Millions have heard his original songs in the background of over 300 television programs and films including The Daily Show, Oprah, Call of the Wildman, History Detectives, HBO’s Making Deadwood, the Special Edition DVD of Serenity, and the Hollywood blockbuster Kangaroo Jack.

Ivan earned an IBMA Award for co-writing the 2009 Song of the Year; played on the CD Southern Filibuster: A Tribute to Tut Taylor (produced by Grammy winner and Dobro legend Jerry Douglas); and performed with Chris Coole, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, the April Verch Bigger Band, Lizzy Hoyt, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, and many more.

Ivan is also in high demand as an instructor, having taught a combined 45 weeks at music workshops such as Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, Sore Fingers Week in England, Walker Creek Music Camp, California Bluegrass Association Music Camp, ResoSummit, 108 Mile Cabin Fever Bluegrass Workshop, NBCMS Acoustic Music Workshop, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop, Midwest Banjo Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and Grand Targhee Music Camp.

Chicken4Charity: United Way of Bristol

November 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Come out to Quaker Steak & Lube November 11th to support United Way of Bristol. Download and print this flyer and bring with you to Quaker Steak & Lube. 15% of your bill will be donated to the organization. It's that easy!

Plus, don't miss your chance to participate in the 05/50 and silent auction!

Chicken4Charity is a fun way to raise money for your club, sports team or school. Contact Quaker Steak & Lube for more information.

Special Screening of The Ford Show Double-Bill

November 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum

In cooperation with Tennessee Ernie Ford Enterprises, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum hosts a special double-bill of The Ford Show episodes, Ernie Ford’s prime-time variety show, in the Performance Theater. There will also be special evening screenings of one of Ford’s Christmas television specials, and a biographical film on Ford.

Admission to all the film screenings are free. Regular admission fees apply for visiting the museum exhibits and tours of the “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage” special exhibit.

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King University Photography Club Help Portraits

November 14 | Bristol Public Library

This yearly event is done as a community service by the student members of the King University Photography program. Help Portrait gives families and individuals who cannot afford to go to a photography studio to have Christmas photos done free. The portraits are beautiful and it gives a holiday boost to the whole community. For more information, call 276-821-6148.