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Samuelsohn Trunk Show

April 14 | Wm. King Clothiers

Wm. King Clothiers cordially invites you to attend their Samuelsohn Trunk Show.

Mr. Bob Weakley will be available to show you our exclusive presentation of Samuelsohn’s classic collection of spring and summer clothing.

As one of the select number of stores in the country to carry Samuelsohn clothing, Wm. King Clothiers is proud to make this custom service available to you.

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Downtown Bristol
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Take advantage of incentive pricing during this one day trunk show.

Catfish Frye Band

April 15 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Catfish Frye Band is the Tri-Cities based "Rockin Boogie Blues" band! If you like to feel the soulful old school electric blues along with tappin your feet to the boogie feelin then this is the band for you. Several blues/rock classics are thrown in to cover all styles of blues.

Paramount Chamber Players

April 16 | Paramount Center for the Arts

Style goes beyond fashion. What is fashionable in music today may be not be around in a few years. Style on the other hand returns in ever longer cycles until it is a part of our artistic canon. TPCP presents two great works of inimitable style in Mozart’s Oboe Quartet and his E flat Major piano quartet. We balance the program with two works that are still developing a stylistic reputation — Anton Arensky’s Piano Trio op. 32 and Robert Muczynski’s Fantasy Trio. Our bets are that these two works will be stylistically important in generations to come. Guest Artists: oboist Larry Mueller and violinist Cameron Lugo, the 2015 Paramount Chamber Players Award winner and students from Colpi d’Arco, a Johnson City based youth chamber ensemble. Also appearing: Craig Combs, piano; George Figueroa, violin, Luis Casal, viola, Cherylonda Fitzgerald, cello and Eugene Jones, clarinet.

Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370 by W. A. Mozart
Piano Trio op. 32, Elegie and Finale by Anton Arensky
Fantasy Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, Op.26 by Robert Muczynski Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello in E-Flat Major, K493

For more information see the official website at

Salsa & Tango Dancing and Dinner

April 16 | Shelbee's Vintage Cafe

Hit the floor in a 60-minute dance lesson followed by Dill Infused Salmon and Salad for dinner, and finally a dance party. What better chance to learn new moves, get exercise and listen to live music while you socialize and have fun. Cover $10.

HB Beverly at Bristol Brewery

April 16 | Bristol Brewery

Bristol Brewery is proud to welcome back HB Beverly to perform at the Brewery Saturday, April 16, at 8:00 PM. Come out to Bristol Brewery for some good tunes, some good food, and, of course, some good beer!

Billy Crawford Band

April 16 | Studio Brew

About Billy Crawford Band
Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise.

The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues.

For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.

But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.

Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.

Barter Youth Academy Demonstration Day

April 18 | Paramount Center for the Arts

The Barter Youth Academy is a performance-based educational program that allows students of all ages a chance to learn and develop their performance and storytelling skills. Using the acting and rehearsing techniques of the Barter Resident Acting Company, students work through the theatre experience from the audition to the final performance on-stage in front of a live audience. BYA provides a safe, positive environment to enhance the abilities for the beginning performer, as well as shaping the talents of the advanced youth actor.

Each workshop begins with a casting call similar to an audition process, which the BYA directors use for a teaching tool to enhance audition skills. The workshop then runs for eight weeks and culminates in a live, minimally produced demonstration onstage called “Demo Night”. This gives each student a chance to display their hard work for their family and friends!

BYA teaches everything from basic theatre terms to help any young student feel comfortable in a professional theatre environment to advanced acting techniques utilized by such great teachers as Meisner, Chekov, and Strasberg. Workshops change every session with new plays or musicals to work on, as well as new techniques to help your student grow. All while working on some of the greatest plays and musicals ever written for the American Theatre.

Spring and fall workshops are dedicated to traditional acting and performance with classic and contemporary plays. Sessions generally start around early February and early September. Summer workshops focus on musical theatre and start after school ends in June. Workshops meet more often in the summer to allow for extra time needed for music rehearsal and choreography.

Anyone between the ages of 5-18 can enroll in Barter Youth Academy classes! Visit for more information.

Click here to purchase tickets to BYA Demonstration Night.

Calligraphy Class — Session One

April 23 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts

The Two-Session Class in Calligraphy by Virginia Hiss will teach the Bookhand alphabet, including the rounded, arched, straight, diagonal, individual, and mirrored letters. You will learn a fundamental lettering style for creating signs, invitations, name tags, price tags — and anything that should be neatly lettered.

This class is taught by Virginia Hiss, an art educator with a B.F.A from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's in Art Education from the University of Pittsburgh. The class will consist of two sessions held at the local artist cooperative, A Work of Art Gallery and Gifts in Downtown Bristol on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, April 30 from 10 am — 12 pm.

Cost is $45 per person and includes both sessions. Class is limited to 9 persons, ages 12 & up. All supplies are included. To reserve your spot, visit the gallery (seven days a week), call 423.797.0089, or email Deadline for registration is April 16, 2016.

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Stonewall Jackson Elementary Student Artwork Brightens Historic Downtown Bristol for Spring!

Through May 2 | Hayes Furniture Building

The Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the 5th Annual Student Art Gallery in Downtown Bristol. In an effort to “Cultivate Bristol’s Creativity,” the district has invited the local schools to help us beautify our community by providing art to decorate the front windows of the former Hayes Furniture Building on State Street.

“By allowing students to display their artwork in our downtown community, we are not only exposing the creativity of a younger generation to the public, but we are also rewarding those students for their creative expression. We are exposing them to words of encouragement that are so desperately needed at that age — and any age, for that matter,” says Briana Morris, Vice President of A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts. “The Student Art Display fills a void that is so often overlooked; because of displays like this one, students are inspired to be unique, motivated to continue self-expression through art, and assured that they can proudly be themselves — at home in Bristol's supportive arts and entertainment community, and out in the world, wherever life takes them.”

Each school or group that participates has a month-long period to display their students’ art in the space. The fifth gallery of art went up this week, showcasing colorful 3-D spring flowers, in honor of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, from students in the fourth grade at Stonewall Jackson Elementary.

Pamela O’Quinn’s students learned the importance of Georgia O’Keeffe as a female American artist, who created a path for women in the art world. “One of my favorite art books is “My Name is Georgia: A Portrait” by Jeanette Winter,” says O’Quinn about her inspiration for her student’s project. “It talks about how Georgia saw the world in her own way. She didn’t do things other people did – she was an original.”

To create their flowers students drew three flowers on paper plates, each one a bit smaller than the last. After cutting out their last flower, students stacked up all three flowers and stapled them together. Last, students used pencils to curl the petals on their 3-D flowers. In their second art class, students were given bright paint colors to choose from. They made their color selections and created their own patterns for their flowers and background paper. For the final result, they combined the background paper as a frame with their flower and a pompom for a fabulous finishing touch!

Artwork by the students from Stonewall Jackson Elementary will be on display at the Hayes Furniture Building until May 2, 2016.

For more information, please contact Maggie Bishop at Believe in Bristol at 276-644-9700 or

Phyl's Race Week Saturday Sale

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Bristol Office Supply Weekly Specials

Through April 15

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