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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2019

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REVIEW: Enter for a Wild Ride . . . Exit Laughing

Wouldn’t life be so much more fun if only you could dance like no one is watching, sing like no one is listening, and speak your mind like no one cares a fig what you say?

REVIEW: Enter for a Wild Ride . . . Exit Laughing



BCM Earns Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency

The Birthplace of Country Music earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information.

Tusculum University's provost returns to Harvard for research fellowship on lithographs

A widely recognized interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Sowell received the Howard D. Rothschild Visiting Fellowship in dance.

Rocky Mount: Different historic eras to share spotlight for upcoming festival

“Time travel lite” could serve as a theme for an upcoming festival that seeks to offer visitors glimpses into various periods in American history.

Railroad an important theme in Bristol, Johnson City sessions in 1920s

When a big city record producer came to Bristol and Johnson City in the 1920s to discover new Appalachian region talent, local performers sang about love, death, religion and the railroad lifestyle.


Sounds of Summer concert series revving up with a hot line-up

Bristol is known for its plentiful and diverse music scene and most concerts are free to the public — just like the Sounds of Summer concert series.

Student pianist takes third in international competition

Jianzhi Wu, a freshman at East Tennessee State University, recently took third prize at the Monolov International Piano Competition held in Garden City, New York.

Barter Theatre dedicates stage to Smith family

Barter Theatre’s Stage II was renamed and dedicated to Steve and Debbie Smith and the Smith family at the official opening night performance of "Shrek The Musical" at Gilliam Stage.

Chen earns American Prize honors, performs with U.K. symphony

Yi-Yang Chen of East Tennessee State University recently received national honors in The American Prize competition.

"Church Basement Ladies" serve a casserole of laughter and memories

Step into Barter’s Stage II and you can almost smell the coffee brewing and pies baking.

Mountain Makins Festival wins another Kaleidoscope Award

The best and brightest were spotlighted at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Appalachian Adventures: A laugh-out-loud comedy of musical proportions hits Barter

ABINGDON, Va. — Rarely would cornpone country humor meet the sophistication of an opera.







Charles Vess: Still fantasizing after all these years

ABINGDON, Va. — Charles Vess has pulled out the posters and the prints.

Hometown Stories: VHS senior wins statewide art contest

BRISTOL, Va. — Alyssa Heath has been drawing since she was a child.

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