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PUSH! Film Festival Kicks Off This Weekend!

PUSH! Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Historic Downtown Bristol! The full film and workshop lineup for the 2017 festival can be found at! PUSH! will 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 20-22, 2017.

In its third year, PUSH! Film Festival received over 100 film submissions for the juried film competition, which represented 13 different countries. The Programming Committee reviewed each film submitted in order to select a lineup of 117 hours worth of film to be screened over the three-day weekend. There will be 12 feature length films, as well as several short film blocks, including Tennessee, Virginia, International, and Student films.

“There’s something for everyone,” said Programming Committee Chair, Rusty Sheridan. “This year’s submissions were the best we have received yet. The process to vet the films was difficult, because every submission to PUSH! was amazing! However, we feel like we chose the best of the best to be screened at the festival. I’m excited to see and hear the audience reaction to these films.”

A few selected films that filmgoers are sure to enjoy include “Strange Tales from Appalachia,” “Forgive, Don’t Forget,” “The Breaks: Centuries of Struggles,” and more. To see the full lineup,

PUSH! has also scheduled workshops throughout the weekend for filmmakers and filmgoers to attend; these workshops are free and open to the public. The workshops include:

Fundamentals of Production
Women in Film
Scriptwriting: Building Characters & Worlds

Join us for the Producers' Party at the new Warehouse 817 space downtown. Mingle with filmmakers and guests, play film trivia, and experience live music by The C47s. The dress code is smart casual. Tickets are$45 Individual / $80 Couple. Please RSVP tomaggie@believeinbristol.orgor 423-573-2201, or purchase ticketsHERE.

Check out the festival’s online store, where filmgoers and PUSH! supporters can purchase festival tickets! Tickets may also be purchased at Believe in Bristol located at 20 6th Street Bristol, Tennessee.

Festival attendees should note that because seating is limited, film attendance will be based on a first-come, first-served basis at each film venue. Film venues will be The Paramount Center for the Arts, The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, and The Bristol Public Library.

For more information about contributing to PUSH! Film Festival and helping to make this year’s festival an event to remember, please, or contact Maggie Bishop at 423-573-2201,

Downtown Bristol Events

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium presents "Observing the Night Sky"

October 18 | Bristol Public Library

As part of Bristol Public Library’s community read project, “One Book, One Bristol,” the library will offer special space-themed events and presentations for library patrons, visitors, and friends throughout October. On October 18, the library is pleased to welcome Jason Dorfman from Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium.

During Dorfman’s presentation, “Observing the Night Sky,” guests will have the opportunity to learn about the night sky and look into the history of rocketry, including how it has forever changed how we view—and visit—the stars. If you have ever been curious about stargazing and the history behind rockets, make sure to stop by the library on October 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room to take advantage of this free presentation.

BPL Book Club: Rocket Boys

October 19 | Bristol Public Library

As part of Bristol Public Library’s community read project, “One Book, One Bristol,” the library will offer special space-themed events and presentations for library patrons, visitors, and friends throughout October. BPL Book Club will read Rocket Boys (otherwise known as October Sky) and will discuss Homer Hickam’s classic memoir on October 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Frances Kegley Conference Room.

If you’re interested in joining BPL Book Club, visitors are invited to drop in at any time! The library’s monthly book club is open to everyone and is completely free. No registration is necessary. BPL Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Ambrea at Bristol Public Library by phone at 276-821-6147 or by email at

Wells Fargo Presents: John Silvia – "Ten Issues in a Two-Percent Economy"

October 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts

John Silvia is Managing Director and the Chief Economist for Wells Fargo. He is frequently seen on national network television. Previously, John worked on Captiol Hill as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and chief economist for the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

Admission is free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Liz Weaver at

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet

October 19 | Blackbird Bakery

Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet is Tom Peterson, Ed Davis, Joe Pendergast, and Ernie Braganza.

PUSH! Film Festival

October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol

PUSH! Film Festival is a third-year event that will take place on the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 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.

PUSH! spotlights films that provoke thought and spur action. We're a change agent — challenging audiences to push the boundaries of their own worldview.

We are also a filmmaker's film festival.

We believe in empowering filmmakers by giving them a platform to share thoughtful ideas through any genre.

Sure, there are awards to be won, but we also put a lot of focus on the overall festival experience.

To us, it's about community, conversation, and calls-to-action.

It's also about showcasing quality storytelling in desirable venues and providing filmmakers with a chance to network and grow through a variety of workshops, Q&A sessions, and social events.

Hosted in twin cities that know no borders, PUSH! provides the platform, you provide the perspectives.

Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss

October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts


Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, Terri Clark is a 3-time JUNO Award winner and 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year and she has taken home the Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She still holds the honor of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Terri has sold more than four million albums worldwide and has made her mark on radio with 13 Top Ten singles – hits that include “Better Things To Do,” “Poor Poor Pitiful Me,” “Girls Lie Too,” and “I Just Wanna Be Mad.” Terri is host of Country Gold, a four-hour Classic Country radio show that airs on more than 100 stations across the US and Canada. In 2016 Terri brought her critically acclaimed “Back to My Roots Solo Acoustic Tour” to Canada. The 40-city tour traversed Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia and showcased Terri’s hit songs in an intimate acoustic setting with stories and laughs along the way. Terri isn’t slowing down in 2017 — she’ll continue to tour in the US and Canada with her full band and solo shows. In October of 2017 Terri will join forces with Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss for a guitar-pull acoustic tour call the “Chicks With Hits Tour.”

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Pam Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. With 6 number ones and 14 top ten singles, Pam knows all about breaking the platinum barrier. With more than 30 singles charting on US Billboard charts and selling more than 7 Million copies of her studio albums, Pam’s critical acclaim has not diminished. Sony Records “It's All Relative” (a tribute to Mel Tillis) was USA Today’s #4 Country Album of the Year and most recently Pam has released 3 Albums from her own record label Stellar Cat Records landing her a #1 on the European ECMA Chart. Pam is a 15-time CMA nominee and 2-time winner, a 9-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, a 2-time Grammy award winner and 6-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award’s nominee. Most recently, a 2 time IBMA nominee and one time winner. As a songwriter, Pam’s songs have been recorded by respected names throughout all genres of music, including Chaka Khan, Juice Newton, Dan Seals, Gloria Gaynor, Conway Twitty and Highway 101. She is currently a reoccurring guest on the TV show “Nashville”, performed an extended run on Broadway in New York in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career.

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 million records with sparkling radio hits like “Outbound Plane”, “Someday Soon”, “Letting Go”, and “Drive South”. But you can’t peg Suzy that easily. In the midst of her country popularity she took time off to make a duets album with the legendary Chet Atkins. In 2003 she made an album of modern swing music with Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. An album of original music in 2007 landed her at number 4 on the jazz charts. Her folk music roots show through in her frequent appearances on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, in the Grammy she earned for her work on Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster, and in her critically acclaimed album and book project from 2011, American Folk Songbook. In 2014 she released Lucky, a collection of songs written by Merle Haggard and interpreted through Suzy’s crystal vocals from the female point of view. Her latest offering, Aces Redux, is a re-recording of her platinum selling album Aces produced by Suzy with fresh arrangements and her signature sparkling vocals. So yes, you can call her a country singer if you want, but really that’s just the beginning.

Black Wolf Harley Davidson Charity Ride for Bristol Crisis Center

October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube

Black Wolf Harley-Davidson® is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride benefiting The Crisis Center on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Registration and lunch will start at Black Wolf HD® beginning at 1130 with lunch being served. Kickstands are up at 1:30 pm.

Pre-registration for Motorcycle riders is $20 (passenger riders $10) and includes a t-shirt, door prize ticket and lunch ticket. After October 14, registration is $25 for Motorcycle riders (passenger riders $15) and includes a t-shirt (while they last) and a door prize ticket.

The route will be announced day of event.

The ride culminates at Quaker Steak & Lube (downtown Bristol) where there will be door prizes, 50/50 drawings, music and a charity chicken dinner.

The ride benefits The Crisis Center located in Bristol, VA. The Crisis Center has been a part of the community since the early 1970’s first as a local chat line for area youth and now expanding to include such services as: answering the National Suicide Hotline, Rape Hotline & local hotline; providing education, awareness and training in the areas of Sexual Assault, Clery Act/Title IX, PREA and Suicide and providing walk-in crisis services to members of our community and throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. “We’re pleased to partner with Black Wolf Harley-Davidson® and Quaker Steak & Lube again this year for this fun fundraiser. We think fall is a great time to get out and ride.” Says Dr. Lynn Darnell, Executive Director, The Crisis Center.

For more information or to register, contact Scooter @ Black Wolf HD ® (276.644.9653) or Lynn Darnell @ Bristol Crisis Center (276.466.2218).

Haunting Tales

October 21 | Anderson Park

A brisk autumn evening is the perfect time for a family-friendly experience complete with spooky tales and treats. On Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., King University’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe will perform Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” and “My Son, John,” from the classic old time radio series “Quiet, Please,” at the second annual “Haunting Tales at Anderson Park.” The event is hosted by the Bristol Tennessee Parks and Recreation Department and King’s Twin City Radio Theatre Troupe.

“We’re thrilled to co-host the 2nd annual ‘Haunting Tales at Anderson Park.’ Halloween is the perfect time of year to highlight one of the masters of the macabre. With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience,” said Chris Slaughter, associate professor, and chair the Theatre Department at King.

Each performance promises to be a unique theatrical experience, not unlike what might have been seen in a radio studio in the 1930s or 1940s with actors gathered around microphones with scripts in hand, live sound effects, and colorful hosts setting the proper mood for the evening’s dramatic offerings. A brief question and answer session will take place following radio drama performance.

“We’re very excited to bring this show back to Bristol again this year,” says Mike Musick, recreation superintendent for the City of Bristol, Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department. “The city will provide free popcorn and cotton candy while supplies last.”

Contact Chris Slaughter at 423.652.4800 or Mike Musick at 423.764.4026 for additional information.

Beaver Creek Storytellers

October 24 | Bristol Public Library

Are you ready to get spooky?

Then join Bristol Public Library for Spooky Storytelling on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. With the help of the talented Beaver Creek Storytellers, the library will offer an hour of spooky stories and creepy graveyard tales to frighten your sense, chill your bones, and make your skin crawl.

It’s going to be a scary good time! Recommended for ages 6 and up.

UT presents: "The Intersection of Science and Space"

October 25 | Bristol Public Library

As part of “One Book, One Bristol,” Bristol Public Library’s exciting new community read project, the library will offer space-themed events to patrons and visitors throughout October. On October 25, the Bristol Public Library is excited to welcome a professor from the University of Tennessee to the Tri-Cities for “The Intersection of Science and Space.”

At 6:00 p.m. a professor from the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineer (MABE) Department at UT will speak with visitors about the history of the space program, including how Sputnik kicked the space race into high gear, and look at the incredible work NASA has done since man was first sent into space. Make sure to drop in to the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room for this very special program celebrating science, space, and the power of human ingenuity!

Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating

October 28 | Downtown Center

It's time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday October 28, 9am to 12 noon, kids of all ages can come to the Farmers' Market at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street for a spooktacular event! Hosted by Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department and Believe in Bristol, there will be fun and games galore — children can decorate a pumpkin with a variety of fun craft materials. There will be treat bags for kids to take home (while supplies last), along with the pumpkin they decorated. The fun continues as downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street from 10am until 12 noon, or until the candy runs out! It's fun for the whole family!

Also Coming Up

Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium presents "Observing the Night Sky"
October 18 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Book Club: Rocket Boys
October 19 | Bristol Public Library
Wells Fargo Presents: John Silvia – "Ten Issues in a Two-Percent Economy"
October 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet
October 19 | Blackbird Bakery
PUSH! Film Festival
October 20–22 | Downtown Bristol
Chicks with Hits: Terry Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss
October 20 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Black Wolf Harley Davidson Charity Ride for Bristol Crisis Center
October 21 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Haunting Tales
October 21 | Anderson Park
Beaver Creek Storytellers
October 24 | Bristol Public Library
UT presents: "The Intersection of Science and Space"
October 25 | Bristol Public Library
BPL Movie Night: Frankenstein
October 26 | Bristol Public Library
The Diamonds
October 26 | Blackbird Bakery
Appalachian AACA Trunk & Treat
October 27 | Downtown Bristol
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating
October 28 | Downtown Center
Creative & Crafty: Mini Fall Fabric Wreath
October 28 | Bristol Public Library
RTE. 23 Halloween Bash featuring Circus No. 9
October 28 | The Inn at Wise
BPL Movie Night: October Sky
October 30
October 30 | Blackbird Bakery
Songs Come Apart: A Workshop with Ed Snodderly
November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Paper Quilting Class
November 4 | A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts
Farm & Fun Time: John McEuen and The Brother Boys
November 9 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Classic Hits 102.7 presents: 1964 The Tribute (Beatles)
November 10 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 11 | Downtown Bristol
Corey Smith
November 11 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Theatre Bristol presents Annie
November 17–26 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 20 | Downtown Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 25 | Downtown Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 27 | Cumberland Square Park
The Cleverlys with Paul Harris — Laugh Your Bluegrass Off!
November 30 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
December 1–17 | Theatre Bristol
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 7 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents The Nutcracker
December 8–9 | Paramount Center for the Arts
East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick East Tennessee PBS Presents Ethan Bortnick
January 5 | Paramount Center for the Arts
Emporium Presents The Black Jacket Symphony: Led Zeppelin II
January 19 | Paramount Center for the Arts

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