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State of the Arts Weekend Full Lineup

June 14, 2016

Downtown Bristol will be alive with the arts for a special State of the Arts Weekend, June 17-19, coordinated by the Believe in Bristol Arts & Entertainment District Steering Committee!

Friday – June 17th, 2016

Art D’Vine – 6:00-9:00 PM

Downtown will be filled with art lovers as several galleries and some local favorites join together to host another Art D’Vine event! This art walk offers patrons the chance to gain after-hours access to merchants, sample domestic and international wines, and enjoy a range of works from artists across the region. As with the previous gallery hops, participants are invited to stroll around Historic Downtown Bristol, stopping and enjoying all that our downtown has to offer! Refreshments will be provided and many of the galleries will feature different varieties of wine for sampling.The Art D’Vine galleries will be highlighting various special events, releases or artists. Free to the public!

Border Bash – 6:30-10:30 PM

Border Bash, a free summer concert series held annually May through August, celebrates its 17th anniversary including children’s activities, arts & craft and food vendors in addition to live music and much more. June 17th Border Bash will feature artists Abbie Gardner with Jesse Terry & The Midatlantic and will be held in the Downtown Center in Bristol, TN.

Moon Taxi @ Studio Brew – 7:00 PM

Moon Taxi is an American indie-progressive rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. Known for popular songs like "Morrocco," "All Day All Night," and "River Water," Moon Taxi is sure to entertain the crowd at Studio Brew with opening bands C2 & The Brothers Reed and Robinson Park.

Theatre Bristol Presents The Music Man @ The Paramount – 7:30 PM

Theatre Bristol's 51st Season features the Broadway favorite The Music Man! "Meredith Wilson's six-time, Tony Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize — this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall." The Music Man is directed by Glenn Patterson who recently directed Les Misérables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Paramount Center for the Arts. THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Saturday – June 18th, 2016

SPLAT! Water Gun & Water Balloon Outdoor Painting Event @ Cumberland Square Park made possible by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Water balloon painting and water gun painting are great summer arts activities for kids — using water guns and water balloons filled with all-natural, handmade paint to create canvas artwork! Be sure to arrive in old clothing that you don’t mind getting messy! A16inx20incanvas is provided for each child to take home after they've created their very own masterpiece. Each child will have access to a painting station, eye protection, a poncho, three paint balloons, and a water gun filled with paint at one of several painting stations in the park! The event beginsat 10am inCumberland Square Park beside the Bristol VA Courthouse, and canvases are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All canvases must be picked upby 12:30pm atthe park. You don't want to miss SPLAT!, the outdoor painting event made possible by A Work of Art Gallery & Gifts in Downtown Bristol! Cost is $5 per child.

Art Fair & Celebration @ Piedmont Avenue – 11:00 AM — 4:00 PM

For the first time, the Arts & Entertainment Committee has decided to host an Art Fair and Celebration on Saturday, June 18. This fair will give artists and artisans an opportunity to showcase and/or sell their handmade arts and crafts to those in attendance. Free to the public!

Artist Power Hour @ Bristol Public Library – 1:00-2:00 PM

Artists will have only one hour to start and finish their art project. Artists will need to bring all their supplies to complete their masterpiece – the winning artist will be spotlighted in Believe in Bristol’s weekly E-News and will be displayed in a Downtown gallery! No prior registration, first come first serve sign-up.

PUSH! Presents “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” @ Bristol Brewery – 9:00 PM

PUSH! Film Festival and Bristol Brewery will celebrate the ultimate day off by offering the screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The film was written and directed by John Hughes and stars Matthew Broderick. The film follows Ferris Bueller (Broderick) and two friends as they cut class and have the ultimate day off in Chicago. Attendees are encouraged to dress in late 80’s attire to receive a free single screening pass for this year’s PUSH! Film Festival.

Movies in the Park “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” @Cumberland Square Park – 9:00 PM

Free to the public and family friendly, bring a lawn chair or blanket – concessions will be sold. Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing, this movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Experience the heartwarming tale of a courageous nine-year-old girl from Tennessee and the loving family that taught her the power of inner strength.

Sunday – June 19th, 2016

Local Talent Showcase @ Birthplace of Country Music Museum Performance Theater – 2:00-5:00 PM

With musicians rotating every twenty minutes, you’ll want to make sure to join us for this exciting music event! Come out and support the local music and art scene. Refreshments will be served for this free community event!