10 Out and About Things To Do

Jessica Fuller • Nov 15, 2018 at 12:03 PM

1. Civil Rights and comic books: What role did graphic novels play in in the struggle for racial equality in America? The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, 101 Country Music Way, Bristol, will be hosting a special lecture with Virginia Highlands Community College assistant professor Thomas Bryant focusing on the under-represented stories of people of color in comics and graphic novels. The presentation will begin at 6:30 tonight, and is free and open to the public. The lecture is a companion to the museum’s current exhibit, “For All the World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

2. History Happy Hour: For your monthly dose of local history, the Heritage Alliance is partnering with Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park for a program on the restoration of Sabine Hill property in Elizabethton — a federal-style house that has been restored to its 1818 appearance by the Tennessee Historical Commission. The free event will begin at 6:30 tonight at the International Storytelling Center, 100 W. Main St., Jonesborough, and is the final happy hour for the year.

3. Recital in three courses: Enjoy dinner and a show Saturday night at the Blackthorn Club, 1501 Ridges Club Drive, Jonesborough, with a recital dinner for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra beginning at 6 p.m. A $100 ticket includes a performance, a silent auction, a three course dinner and two glasses of wine for guests 21-up. Call 926-8742 or visit jcsymphony.com/special-events to purchase tickets.

4. A concert of note: One of the oldest military jazz bands, Airmen of Note, will perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Seeger Chapel on Milligan College’s main campus. The jazz band is one of the six musical ensemble that comprise the U.S. Air Force Band and consists of 18 active-duty musicians. The concert will honor local veterans, and is free and open to the public.

5. ”The Toymaker’s Wish”:  Usher in the holidays with a new Yuletide Show by LampLight Theatre, “The Toymaker’s Wish.” Showings this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. at the theater, 140 Broad St. in downtown Kingsport. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for students and free for children 5 and younger. Saturday’s performance will incorporate a Thanksgiving Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Emporium, next to the theater. Reservations for that performance are $30 for adults, $25 for students and $20 for children 12 and younger. Call 343-1766 for reservations or visit lamplighttheatre.com.

6. Color My World: East Tennessee State University’s premiere a capella group Greyscale is bringing a concert full of versatile vocal styles to Brown Hall on ETSU’s main campus Sunday afternoon at 5. Admission is $10 and all students through college are admitted for $3.

7. Stories, songs and spoons: Stop by the Storytelling Capital of the World for a worldwide storytelling event. This year’s Tellabration features global sensations Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodrigues with their stories of riding the rails and busking across the country. Stay tuned for other acts including Barbara McBride Smith, Betty Ann Polaha and Dr. Bruce Montgomery. The show starts at the McKinney Center, 103 Franklin Ave., in Jonesborough, at 2 p.m. on Sunday and suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children 11 and younger. Light refreshments will be sold.

8. For my next trick . . . Traveling magician Chastain Criswell will stop by Gypsy Circus Cider Company, 2645 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, on Saturday night at 7:30 for a show steeped in Vaudeville Variety. Criswell has been performing for more than 20 years, and includes a healthy dose of humor in between unusual juggling, impossible escapes and imaginative stunts.

9. Celtic at Capone’s: Celtic punk-grass band The Tan and Sober Gentlemen are returning to the Capone’s stage, 227 E. Main St., Johnson City, along with Marcus Bunch of Cutthroat Shamrock Saturday starting at 10 p.m. The show is 18-up and $5 for 21-up, $7 for ages 18-20.

10. Before the Boy Who Lived:  Newt Scamander is back on the screen this weekend for the second installment of “Fantastic Beasts” series, “The Crimes of Grindelwald.” The movie is rated PG-13 and opens Friday. Check your local theater for listings.

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