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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.

Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Tune in or turn up to be part of the studio audience for this free Radio Bristol Session with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen!

Admission is free!

Barre Series with Andrea Rickard

November 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga


Join Barre Certified, Andrea Rickard for this 10 class series on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:15 pm. Begins November 15th and runs through December 20th. Limited space, so reserve today for the low price of just $75!

Graphic Novels and Under-represented Stories: A talk about persons of color in comics and graphic books

November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m., Thomas Bryant will discuss images of persons of color in comics, particularly the recent, growing trend of Afrocentric graphic novels focused on historical figures and events. This presentation is part of the programming to accompany the special exhibit For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, which examines 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. During the Civil Rights era and beyond, that visual culture has also included comic books with superheroes such as Black Lightning or focused on topics like the Harlem Hellfighters, where graphic design helped to make these heroes and stories part of the wider popular culture and also to bring awareness to and understanding of various social issues and histories.

This event will be held in the museum’s Performance Theater, and it is free and open to the public.

Thomas Bryant is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Highlands Community College. He has an undergraduate degree from King College and a graduate degree from Hollins University. His stage play Level to the Ground was selected for the Henri Edmonds’ New Works Festival in Washington, D.C., and his screenplay Our Moon was a finalist in the Canada International Film Festival script contest. He is an avid superhero comic and film buff.

Gerald Sheppard

November 15 | Blackbird Bakery


Sheppard has been repairing, refinishing, and building guitars for over thirty years. In 2013 he celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Gerald Sheppard Guitars. Gerald builds nine to twelve guitars per year. His guitars have been used by professional artists and featured on the Grammy winning Pink Guitar CD. He has been a featured luthier at the renowned Swannanoa Gathering for thirteen years. As an accomplished lifelong fingerstyle guitarist himself, Gerald understands how to match custom design components to the needs of his client. His instruments have been used for professional studio work and on stage by today's top guitarists.

Place Called Home

November 16 | Machiavelli's


Place Called Home is a roots rock band that finished in the top 6 VA bands in the Rockn’ to Lockn’ competition & plays regional festivals & listening halls.

Annie Robinette

November 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Award-winning singer-songwriter Annie Robinette has enjoyed a diverse artistic career. Portrait artist, illustrator, actress, dancer, lead singer in rock, blues, and alternative bands... But her work as a singer-songwriter is her first love. Robinette writes songs fueled not only by her own experiences, but largely by her empathic observations of other people’s lives. Her lyrics are direct, visual, relevant. And her sultry, powerful voice will really hit you where you live, delivering stories within which you might even find a piece of yourself you never knew was there.

Ghoulgasm w/ The Big Bad

November 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Join Bloom in welcoming Ghoulgasm and special guest The Big Bad this Friday at 9 pm.

The Grand Ole Uproar

November 16–17 | O'Mainnin's Pub


The Grand Ole Uproar's musical gumbo conjures up the Texas twang of Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm, the electric carnival of Dylan, the improvisational impulses of the Grateful Dead, and the laid-back swampy sound of J.J. Cale, as well as many other(and older) songs and artists in the American tradition.

The Grand Ole Uproar frequently tours the Southeast and Midwest, appearing recently on Knoxville TN's Blue Plate Special Radio Program on WDVX and Balcony TV Nashville. The Uproar has shared the stage with artists like Zach Deputy, PALEFACE, The Corbitt Brothers, The Deadstring Brothers, and Cosmic Charlie.

Turkey Trot 5K

November 17 | YWCA


On Saturday, November 17, 2018, YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will host the 38th Annual Women’s Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5K.Both the run and walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. The race begins on State Street near the historic Bristol sign and ends in the YWCA parking lot at 106 State Street. The race route is certified by USA Track and Field. All proceeds from the race benefit the health and wellness programs of the YWCA's Women's Fitness Center.

Registration forms may be picked up at YWCA NETN and SWVA or register at Athlinks.com. The preregistration cost is $25 and $30 on race day. All preregistered participants will receive a race tee shirt.

For more information please email ywca@ywcatnva.org or call 423-968-9444.

The McLain Family Band Masterclass

November 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


Join bluegrass sensations, The McLain Family Band, for a morning of music and mastery! Watch these artists help area students polish their talents and learn high-level skills. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Jam Sessions

November 17 – December 31 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will begin hosting a monthly gathering of local musicians for a full-on community jam session starting on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The community jams are open to all ages and all skill levels.

The jam events have been organized to provide a space for local musicians to gather and pick, collaborate, share their experiences, and—most importantly—to have fun!

Jams will be scheduled for the third Saturday of each month from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., serving as a great warm-up for Saturday night gigs! Musicians are asked to bring their own instruments.

The sessions will be heldin the Learning Center at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

For more information call 423-573-1927.

Honky Tonk Night

November 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Come on out for the very forst Honky Tonk night at Bloom Cafe, featuring some fantastic country music by JP Parsons, Virginia West, The Sammy Guns Band and The Kind Thieves.

Things will be kicking off at 7:30. The bar will be featuring $2 drink specials as well as food. Cover is $5 but if you get there at 7 or before and get in FO FREE!

The CK5, Stringer, Nerve Endings, and Moose Roberts

November 17 | Studio Brew


8PM // $7

Victor Lawson

November 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube


Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen are among the talented bands in the burgeoning blues scene in the Tri-Cities. Established about nine years ago and led by Lawson, the tight three-man band take their name from the song, “Boogie Chillen,’” which was made famous by late Delta blues icon, John Lee Hooker.

Bella Pelle Day of Beauty

November 19 | Isla Day Spa


Bella Pelle is having THE BEAUTY EVENT of the year! Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Participants will choose from a FREE HydraFacial or FREE Airbrush Spray Tan. Everyone gets a swag bag with awesome products and exclusive deals on beauty packages and products!

Pre-Registration fees: (non-refundable)

  • HydraFacial $50 ($199 value + swag bag)
  • VIP HydraFacial $139 ($199 value + swag bag with full size Image products valued at $180)*
  • Airbrush Spray Tan $20 ($35 value + swag bag)
  • VIP Spray Tan $80 ($35 value + Swag bag with full size products)**

*Hydrafacial registration fees can be used toward products and/or packages purchased the day of the event.
**Spray tan registration fees can be used to purchase special priced packages.

Hydrafacial registration: 423-956-1710
Spray Tan registration: 423-534-6624

For more information visit bellapelleginger.com.

Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House

November 19 | Downtown Bristol


Ready or not, it’s time to GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! Believe in Bristol will again sponsor the Annual Christmas Open House in Historic Downtown Bristol on Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Come kick off the holiday season with merriment and good cheer! Santa Claus will be giving out candy canes, Bristol Ballet will have dancers in costume, there will be carolers amongst the early Christmas shoppers!

Last, but certainly not least, a holiday favorite has returned — Horse & Carriage Rides! Come to the Downtown Center (Farmer's Market) to catch your ride through downtown, $5 each person, children 5 and under are free.

“We look forward each year to showcasing our beautiful downtown to the community and surrounding areas. Our Believe in Bristol Downtown Open House is the perfect way to ‘kick-off’ the holiday season. This event offers something to every age, and we hope the attendees will feel the warmth and hospitality of Bristol” said Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director.

Be sure to keep a look out for your favorite decorated window as the downtown merchants will be participating in the Merry Merchants Window Decorating Contest.

The Open House has traditionally been a customer appreciation night when merchants stay open late, have special discounts, and refreshments are served at participating locations. Join us and support your downtown shops; it’s a great way to stimulate our local economy and find special one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. Don’t miss an evening planned for the entire family’s enjoyment!

Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram

November 19 | Blackbird Bakery


Anthony Mangram will provide Christian Christmas music.

Small Business Saturday

November 24 | Downtown Bristol


Believe in Bristol announced its participation in the ninth annual Small Business Saturday on November 24th to support small businesses in Historic Downtown Bristol. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate the small businesses that help support their neighborhoods and is held every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Now in its eighth year, Small Business Saturday has been embraced as part of the holiday shopping tradition as each year shoppers, businesses and public officials come together to Shop Small® and show their neighborhood pride.

Understanding the important contributions small businesses make to their communities, Believe in Bristol is pleased to be part of Small Business Saturday and the Neighborhood Champion program. On November 24 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the greater Bristol area is encouraged to take part in the Small Business Saturday. Stop by to support small businesses and pick up some unique gifts for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to receive Shop Small® giveaways like tote bags, buttons and balloons as well as special sales and promotions. This year, be sure to pick up your Passport to Prizes in participating businesses and complete 15/20 stops in Downtown Bristol to be entered in for drawings for some awesome prizes! No purchase necessary to get a stamp on your Passport, just have to make it in the door (it'll be hard to pass up the unique gifts once you're in those doors, though)!

American Express created the Neighborhood Champion program to help rally communities around Small Business Saturday and is working alongside numerous business organizations to support local Small Business Saturday celebrations throughout the country. Participating organizations include the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the International Downtown Association, The Latino Coalition, the National Main Street Center, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Small Business Saturday plays a key role in driving customer traffic and growing revenue for our Historic Downtown during the important holiday retail season,” says Maggie Bishop, Believe in Bristol Executive Director. “By shopping local and small, the majority of the money stays within the community. We’re also encouraging consumers to ‘dine small’ by grabbing a bite at a local eatery.”

Small business owners can learn more about taking part in Small Business Saturday and download free marketing materials on www.shopsmall.com. Consumers can also visit the site to find small businesses to shop at on Small Business Saturday. For questions or more information about Small Business Saturday, visit www.believeinbristol.org or call 423-573-2201.

State Street Market and Rummage Sale

November 24 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room


Join us on Saturday November 24th for our first Market and Rummage Sale!

We’ll have multiple tables available to rent! Let us know if you are interested in being a vendor. $15 table fee. Bring your weird things, bring your art! This will be a great night to pick up that present for the hard to buy for person in your life.

Coffee. Beer. Thrifting. Friends.

Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting

November 26 | Cumberland Square Park


Bristol’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Monday, November 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Cumberland Square Park in Historic Downtown Bristol. The event showcases the site’s nearly 50-foot Norwegian Spruce and its younger counterpart, a 25-foot Douglas Fir decorated with thousands of warm-white Christmas lights – about 30,000 of them – for a dramatic and joyous display.

Also Coming Up

The Casual Word: Teen Poetry Class
July 17 – January 1 | Bristol Public Library
Fiddler on the Roof
November 9–18 | Paramount Bristol
Radio Bristol Sessions ft. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Barre Series with Andrea Rickard
November 15 | Breathe Bristol Yoga
Graphic Novels and Under-represented Stories: A talk about persons of color in comics and graphic books
November 15 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Gerald Sheppard
November 15 | Blackbird Bakery
Place Called Home
November 16 | Machiavelli's
Annie Robinette
November 16 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Ghoulgasm w/ The Big Bad
November 16 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Grand Ole Uproar
November 16–17 | O'Mainnin's Pub
Turkey Trot 5K
November 17 | YWCA
The McLain Family Band Masterclass
November 17 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Honky Tonk Night
November 17 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The CK5, Stringer, Nerve Endings, and Moose Roberts
November 17 | Studio Brew
Victor Lawson
November 17 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Bella Pelle Day of Beauty
November 19 | Isla Day Spa
Downtown Bristol's Annual Christmas Open House
November 19 | Downtown Bristol
Christmas Music by Anthony Mangram
November 19 | Blackbird Bakery
Steve Earle and the Dukes: 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road
November 23 | Paramount Bristol
James Meadows
November 23 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Small Business Saturday
November 24 | Downtown Bristol
Kids Hand Building Class: Christmas Bell Ornament
November 24 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
November 24 | Paramount Bristol
State Street Market and Rummage Sale
November 24 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
The Swing Band
November 24 | Blackbird Bakery
Alli Epperson
November 24 | Quaker Steak and Lube
Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting
November 26 | Cumberland Square Park
Christmas Music by Fellowship Chapel Children's Choir
November 28 | Blackbird Bakery
Holiday Sip & Shop Ladies Night Out
November 29 | Downtown Bristol
Soundtrack for a Revolution
November 29 | Birthplace of Country Music Museum
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
November 29 | Paramount Bristol
Christmas Music by Mama Molasses
November 29 | Blackbird Bakery
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
November 30 – December 16 | Theatre Bristol
Tom's Handgun w/ Loose Leaves
November 30 | Bloom Cafe & Listening Room
Matt Smile
November 30 | Quaker Steak and Lube
How To Workshop: Cookie Plates
December 1 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
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 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
Kids Hand Building: Snowman
December 29 | Kil'n Time Ceramics Studio
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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