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Chicken 4 Charity: Tennessee High Football Team

October 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Your Tennessee High Vikings are playoff bound, so come out and help them raise money and awareness for their team! Bring your family by before or after you Trick or Treat and we will donate 20% of your food sales to the team. All you have to do is turn your receipt back in to your waiter/waitress after you pay for your meal!

Banjo Gathering

November 1–4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Since 1998, the Banjo Gathering has beenthe platform for banjo collectors, researchers, instrument builders, and musicians to share new scholarship and findings about the banjo as a historical, cultural, and built object.

This year the Gathering will celebrate with an anniversary concert, broadcasts on Radio Bristol, and their traditional community gathering with three days of presentations, exhibitions, and a banjo marketplace for studying, buying, selling, and trading historical and vintage banjos, parts, and related items, as well as banjos from some of today’s finest instrument makers.

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Creative & Crafty: Happy Fall / Let it Snow

November 1 | Bristol Public Library


Join the Bristol Public Library on November 1 at 5:30 p.m. for a special Creative & Crafty class: Happy Fall Y'all/Let it Snow! For this project, participants will have the chance to paint a double-sided wood sign. On one side, we'll have a snowman, while, on the other, we'll have a scarecrow — and you can decorate them however you like!

The project is $10 per person, but all supplies will be provided, including wood sign, paint, brushes, decorations, and glue. Registration is limited to just 15 students, so make sure to contact the Bristol Public Library at 276-821-6147 or ajohnson@bristol-library.org to sign up.

Fire Poi w/ Shelly

November 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Just because Bike Nights are "officially" over, doesn't mean we can't play with fire and drink beer! Come join us this Thursday for a Fire Poi presentation by Shelly!

Stemwinder

November 1 | Blackbird Bakery


Take a musical journey with this new quartet across time and musical boundaries.Bluegrass to folk and then some.From Norman Blake and Tony Rice to Tom Paxton, & the Carter Family with stopsalong the way to visit the Eagles, the Byrds, Sam Bush, Dan Fogelberg,Richard Thompson, Michael Martin Murphy, and even the Rolling Stones.Each of the four band member brings their own personal influences to the mixcreating an interesting and diverse listening experience.

Doors Open Downtown: Mini Golf Edition

November 2


Join us Friday, November 2nd for the very first Downtown Mini Golf course through the shops and restaurants of Downtown Bristol! Each participating location will have their own unique mini golf hole to challenge you along your way. This is a family friendly event, all ages are welcome!!

$5 each to get your card and very own golf ball. $3 each for families with 3 or more children and $1 each for children 5 and under. Turn in your completed card at your last location at the end of the night to be entered in for a prize drawing!

Special Thank You to Turtleson for Sponsoring this month's First Friday!Tickets on sale at each participating location on November 2nd). Check out the Facebook event for most current updates.

In partnership with downtown businesses on the First Friday of each month, customers and visitors will be able to enjoy after hours shopping in participating retailers until 8 PM as well as extended happy hours featuring a variety of food and drink specials at participating restaurants. As an added bonus, there's always affordable entertainment to be had on Fridays in Downtown Bristol.

Remember: when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. For a full list of events going on in Downtown Bristol visit:www.believeinbristol.org.

Ice Cream Godzilla

November 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Solo art exhibition by Leslie Worsham. Come see!

3 Loose Leaves, Trey Epling, and Dallas Danger

November 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


8pm / $5 / All Ages

JP Parsons

November 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube


JP Parsons is a Singer/songwriter from Bristol, VA. Locals know him as Bristol's Troubadour. JP's albums 'Appalachian Travels' and 'Until This Day is Done' move listeners to turn up the volume and memorize the words. He is a Song Writer, and he crafts new songs all the time. He writes them on napkins, receipts, whatever is near... when the words arrive, sometimes from an unknown muse; quickly...sometimes they are labored over throughout a notebook; slowly. He does not write hooks and riddles, he links words together to tell stories. He writes with purpose. Listen with intent and enjoy.

Hope Gala 2018

November 2 | Paramount Bristol


The Caleb Hope Foundation presents HOPE GALA 2018 featuring the screening of COMING HOME, a Josh Mancuso Film.

6:30 PM — Doors open to VIP Gold ticket holders / Red Carpet Arrivals Cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live music.
8:15 PM — Doors open to Silver Ticket holders, screening of COMING HOME and special musical performances.
9:45 PM — After Party, dessert buffet, cashbar, and Live Entertainment
11:00 PM — Event concludes

COMING HOME tells the story of hope and divine calling, chronicling the personal accounts of the Caleb family, the harsh realities of the slum conditions in India and the hope that was born from a journey of simplicity and empathy. It is the product of 60 hours of footage, a dedicated production team, and an original musical score, and is based off the Caleb Saga books.

Rev. A.S.K Caleb (1934-2002) was born into a Brahmin family but was disowned at the age of 15 for becoming a Christian. He went to live among the poorest of the poor and later became known as “Radio Uncle”, a live radio broadcast for children at the Far East Broadcasting Association in India. In the summer of 2006, his son Jeremiah made a 40-day pilgrimage to India to trace his father’s life. During this journey, he was shaken by the poverty he saw which eventually led to the founding of the Caleb Hope Foundation which empowers destitute children in India through education.

MISSION: The Caleb Hope Foundation serves to work with the poor and the oppressed in the slums and rural communities of India empowering them in creating a culture of education, justice, mercy and hope.

JEREMIAH CALEB is an actor, author, and activist who began his artistic career in Bristol, TN. A graduate of King University, Jeremiah went on to pursue his career in New York and Los Angeles where he makes appearances in film, television, theatrical productions and national commercials. He proudly returns to Bristol with to present his long awaited film and books.

JOSH MANCUSO is a filmmaker and actor in East Tennessee. He is known for writing, producing, and starring in comedic shorts, but has credits in a wide variety of genres. Josh has directed documentaries, music videos, short narrative films, and multiple social content videos.

BPL Anime Theater: Mushi-Shi

November 3 | Bristol Public Library


The Bristol Public Library is playing Mushi-Shi for our BPL Anime Theater on Saturday, November 3. Join us in the large meeting room to catch the first five episodes of the series, munch on Japanese snacks and popcorn, and discuss related manga.

Mushi are creatures, but not like normal living things: they hold supernatural like powers that can cause disturbances in the living world. Few people can see them, even fewer can interact with them; however, Ginko has a special ability to both perceive and attract Mushi. He travels Japan as a Mushi Master (otherwise know as a mushi-shi) seeking and researching strange mushi and helping people who suffer from problems caused by the ethereal mushi.

Rated TV-14; approximately 120 minutes

Sidewalk Prophets

November 3 | Paramount Bristol


Christian pop/rock bandSidewalkProphetsis coming to The Paramount with their Something Different Tour and tickets will sell faster than a hot knife through butter. Like all their major tours, this promises to be an unparalleled immersive experience combining film, music and top-notch production putting the message of the Gospel front and center. The concert is presented by Bristol's Sunnybrook Church.

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Bill Edwards

November 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube


We love Bill! Do you love Bill? Come see Bill play at Quaker!

Uncle Dave Macon Talk and Author Book-Signing

November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


On Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m., Michael D. Doubler, the author of Dixie Dewdrop: The Uncle Dave Macon Story and the great-grandson of Uncle Dave, will give a presentation in the museum’s Performance Theater entitled “Uncle Dave Macon: Unknown Elements of Success.” Mike will explain those key factors in Uncle Dave’s individual background, musical experience, personal attributes, and family setting which helped him to achieve stardom and sustained his career for over three decades. While many music fans know much about Uncle Dave’s professional career, almost nothing is known about these other, critical aspects of his life. Doubler’s talk will be followed by a book-signing of Dixie Dewdrop, essential reading for anyone who loves banjos, Uncle Dave, and good music!

For those wanting to learn more about Uncle Dave and the early roots of country music, this will be an event not to be missed!

This event is free and open to the public.

Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane

November 4 | Paramount Bristol


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Award-winning singer-songwriter John Anderson has one of the most instantly recognizable voices in the history of country music. Anderson notched his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Jo Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).” Two years later came the instant hit “Swingin’” and the classic “Wild and Blue.” A stream of hits followed, including “She Just Started Liking Cheatin’ Songs,” “Your Lying Blue Eyes,” “Seminole Wind,” “Straight Tequila Night,” and “Money in the Bank.” Though he would never compare himself to his heroes, the fact is, John Anderson is now the standard-bearer for traditional country music, of the 100 Proof variety.

Anderson’s Country Music Hall of Fame-worthy career has produced 23 albums, more than 60 Billboard singles (20 reaching the Top 10), and a wealth of industry awards. His latest album, Goldmine, released 40 years after his debut hit, proves that there’s still a lot of gold in John Anderson. Rolling Stone Magazine recognized Goldmine as one of its “40 Best Country Albums of 2015,” an honor aspired to by young artists the world over. Anderson has made his home in Smithville, TN, for more than 30 years.

The opening act is Elvie Shane, “gospel-born and southern rock bred, a little country blues mixed with a whole lot of soul.” If his name rings a bell, you might have seen Elvie as a featured contestant in the final season of American Idol where his perfect pitch and deep vocals wowed the judges.

PC Class: Hardware and Peripherals

November 5 | Bristol Public Library


During November, the JCC will be offering a special class on “Hardware and Peripherals.” Interested students can learn more about computers, laptops, and electronic devices and uncovering what makes them tick. We'll be dissecting a computer, learning all about the individual pieces that go into making it work, and understanding how to upgrade outdated computers.

Classes will be held at the Bristol Public Library on November 5 at 5:30 p.m. and the Avoca Branch Library on November 8 at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact the JCC at 276-645-8790.

State Street String Band Bluegrass

November 5 | Blackbird Bakery


Join Blackbird Bakery for live bluegrass October 15th at 7pm.

Portlandia Trivia

November 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Bloom is hosting the ultimate trivia for ultimate hipsters. Come test your knowledge of Portlandia trivia! Winner gets a $25 bloom gift card. PUT A BIRD ON IT!

The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Deb Slaughter

November 6 | Blackbird Bakery


This month's featured artist is Deb Slaughter. Come by to meet Deb and view her works from 6-8 pm, or stop by to view her art all through November.

Featuring music by Zamar!

Fiddler on the Roof

November 9–18 | Paramount Bristol


It's tradition! Theatre Bristol presents the award-winning, long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof for the holidays, November 9-18,at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Bristol, TN; tickets on sale now at www.ParamountBristol.org.

Directing Fiddler on the Roof will be highly respected and talented actor/director, Theatre Bristol veteran Glenn Patterson (Disney's Beauty and the Beast,The Music Man, Les Misérables, Scrooge! The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miracle on 34th Street).

Fiddler on the Roof features iconic and beloved songs such as "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker."Fiddler on the Roof's music and messages transcend time and culture. "Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness" (MTIshows).

Fiddler on the Roof opens November 9, and runs for two weekends at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, closing on November 18. Tickets are $16 for adults plus fees ($20 total) and $12 for seniors and students plus fees ($15.75 total), and will be available atwww.ParamountBristol.org.

Theatre Bristol is pleased to present Fiddler on the Roof as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River's Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio;and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service

November 10 | Downtown Bristol


For well over 50 years the veterans of Bristol have honored their fallen comrades with a parade and memorial service in downtown Bristol. Whether through years of recognition or obscurity the parade has reminded the region of the sacrifice of our own citizens in wars and military engagements since the beginning of our nation. The annual event will once again be held in the streets of downtown Bristol on Saturday November 10. Any veteran is welcome to participate in the parade. Line-up begins on Morrison Blvd at 9am, with the parade beginning at 10am using the traditional parade route. Following the parade, approximately at 11am, citizens will gather for the traditional memorial service at the Bristol War Memorial at Cumberland Square Park.

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Serendipity Fall Sale

Through October 31


Now through October 31, take an additional 50% off all SALE merchandise at Serendipity (YES! That is 75% off original retail prices!) Plus, look for racks of30% off select Fall transition items. This sale is in store only andfor a limited time. Thiswill help you jumpstart your Fall wardrobe's must have looksand freshen up your Fall style.

Ladies Night — 50% Off Pints

Wednesdays | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Bristol Station offers something special for the ladies on each Wednesday. Enjoy half-priced pints all night long!

Growler Day — Save $4 On Fills

Wednesdays | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom


Each Wednesday, Bristol Station offers a $4 discount on growler fills. 64 oz. fills start at $13.50. Perfect for social gatherings, parties, or just enjoying a pint at your comfy confines.

Happy Halloween from L.C. King Mfg. Co.!

Halloween 2018


Use coupon code "Trick20" for 20% off at L.C. King Mfg. Co. Shop now at lcking.com.

Serendipity Anniversary Sale

November 2 & 3


Serendipity is celebrating 11 years in business. Please join us for our Anniversary SALE as we celebrate this business milestone. Enjoy 25% off the ENTIRE store this Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. See you all at Serendipity this weekend!

For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

November 10 — January 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Coming in November! For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rightsexamines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts,this exhibit traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement and jolted Americans, both black and white, out of a state of denial or complacency.

Visitors to this immersive exhibition will explore dozens of compelling and persuasive visual images, including photographs from influential magazines, such asLife, Jet,andEbony;CBS news footage; and TV clips fromThe Ed Sullivan Show. Also included are civil rights-era objects that exemplify the range of negative and positive imagery—from Aunt Jemima syrup dispensers and 1930s produce advertisements to Jackie Robinson baseball ephemera and 1960s children’s toys with African American portraiture.

For All the World To Seeis not a history of the civil rights movement, but rather an exploration of the vast number of potent images that influenced how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality. AsEbonyfounder John H. Johnson put it, magazines and television “opened new windows in the mind and brought us face to face with the multicolored possibilities of man and woman.”

A supplementary display focused on the local African American schools in Bristol – Douglass School in Virginia and Slater School in Tennessee – has been added to the exhibit.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Chicken 4 Charity: Tennessee High Football Team
October 31 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Banjo Gathering
November 1–4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Creative & Crafty: Happy Fall / Let it Snow
November 1 | Bristol Public Library
Fire Poi w/ Shelly
November 1 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Stemwinder
November 1 | Blackbird Bakery
Doors Open Downtown: Mini Golf Edition
November 2
Ice Cream Godzilla
November 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
3 Loose Leaves, Trey Epling, and Dallas Danger
November 2 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
JP Parsons
November 2 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Hope Gala 2018
November 2 | Paramount Bristol
BPL Anime Theater: Mushi-Shi
November 3 | Bristol Public Library
Sidewalk Prophets
November 3 | Paramount Bristol
Bill Edwards
November 3 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Uncle Dave Macon Talk and Author Book-Signing
November 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Evening with John Anderson – Acoustic — special guest Elvie Shane
November 4 | Paramount Bristol
PC Class: Hardware and Peripherals
November 5 | Bristol Public Library
State Street String Band Bluegrass
November 5 | Blackbird Bakery
Portlandia Trivia
November 5 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Nest Featured Artist Meet & Greet: Deb Slaughter
November 6 | Blackbird Bakery
Farm & Fun Time ft. Blue Highway and Five Mile Mountain Road
November 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Fiddler on the Roof
November 9–18 | Paramount Bristol
Theatre Bristol 2019 Season Reveal and Opening Gala
November 9 | Paramount Bristol
Marques Puckett & Paul Viers
November 9 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Veteran's Day Parade & Traditional Memorial Service
November 10 | Downtown Bristol
Metal for Maddie
November 10 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Kelly J
November 10 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Graphic Novels and Under-represented Stories: A talk about persons of color in comics and graphic books
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Place Called Home
November 16 | Machiavelli's
Turkey Trot 5K
November 17 | YWCA
The CK5, Stringer, Nerve Endings, and Moose Roberts
November 17 | Studio Brew
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 24 | Paramount Bristol
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
Soundtrack for a Revolution
November 29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Tom's Handgun w/ Loose Leaves
November 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Sweetheart of the Rodeo
December 1 | Paramount Bristol
The Brewery Comedy Tour
December 1 | Bristol Station Brews & Taproom
Community Conversations about Race: A moderated panel discussion
December 4 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol Christmas Parade
December 6 | Downtown Bristol
Bristol Ballet presents "The Nutcracker"
December 7–8 | Paramount Bristol
Andrew Alli
December 7 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Jane Kramer w/ Momma Molasses
December 7 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Andrew Alli
December 8 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
A Clint Black Christmas
December 9 | Paramount Bristol
Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Damn the Torpedoes"
December 14 | Paramount Bristol
Corey Smith
December 15 | Paramount Bristol
EmiSunshine Christmas Show with Etta May
December 16 | Paramount Bristol
Farm & Fun Time ft. The Church Sisters, Carolina Blue and Sally & George
December 20 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
January 4 | Paramount Bristol
AAME Speaker Series: An Artist’s Journey through Virginia
February 25 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: The Play's the Thing
March 4 | Bristol Public Library
AAME Speaker Series: Art in Advertising
March 14 | Bristol Public Library

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