The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
Homecoming Art and Craft Fundraiser
Continuing through Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Slocumb Galleries
This annual fundraiser, featuring work by local, regional and student artists, benefits Slocumb Galleries’ visiting artists exhibit program and the downtown Tipton Gallery. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Threads of Empowerment”
Continuing through Oct. 22, see hours below, Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring Street
This exhibition features works by artists whose advocacy is conveyed through fiber art. Speaking through cloth, needle and thread, the artists express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance. The opening reception and gallery talk is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 2 in conjunction with downtown Johnson City’s First Friday celebration. Other gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. and by appointment. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or email@example.com.
Celebration of ETSU Authors
Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m., D.P. Culp Center ballroom
ETSU faculty and staff who have authored books or media within the next five years will be on hand to discuss their works with patrons, as well as sign copies of their works. Contact: Carolyn Bond, Sherrod Library, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Women, Uninterrupted” Concert
Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall
In this first performance in the 2015 “Music and Friends” concert series, Drs. Sun-Joo Oh and Esther Park along with Karen Smith, all of the ETSU Department of Music faculty, will give voice to women’s words and songs. The program will include works by Cécile Chaminade, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Lori Laitman, Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzke, Katherine Benson and ETSU Department of Music Chair Dr. Maria Niederberger. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or email@example.com.
“Magnificent Magnavox” Exhibit
Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This exhibit chronicles the history of Magnavox, which opened its first southern plant in Greeneville in 1947 and operated a cabinet plant in Johnson City from 1962-79. Featuring radios, record players, televisions, advertising, memorabilia and text panels, the display is gathered from the collection of the Magnavox Historical Preservation Association and other sources. An opening reception will be held Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
Fall Yard Sale
Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., ETSU at Kingsport Allandale, 1501 University Blvd.
Proceeds from this annual sale sponsored by the Student Service Board of ETSU at Kingsport Allandale will benefit the Megan Smith Scholarship Fund. Smith, a Church Hill resident and 2008 Volunteer High School graduate, had just completed her freshman year at ETSU at Kingsport Allandale at the time of her death in 2009. Contact: ETSU at Kingsport Allandale, 392-8000.
Family Movie Night
Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Amphitheatre/D.P. Culp University Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This evening features games, “tattoos,” inflatables, prizes and more in the Amphitheatre area beginning at 5 p.m., followed by a showing of “The Minions” at 6:30 in the Culp Auditorium. Co-sponsored by Adult, Commuter and Transfer Services, along with Alpha Sigma Lambda, Buctainment and Tau Sigma. Contact: Adult, Commuter and Transfer Services, 439-5641.
Mid-Autumn Chinese Moon Festival
Oct. 3, 6 p.m., Baptist Collegiate Ministry
This evening of cultural understanding and entertainment in celebration of the traditional Chinese Moon Festival includes performances, games and food. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men in Song Choral Festival Concert
Oct. 4, 4 p.m., Milligan College, Seeger Chapel
This concert is the culmination of the second annual choral festival for male singers co-sponsored by the departments of music at both ETSU and Milligan College. Over 250 singers from throughout the region are expected to participate, including the ETSU BucsWorth Men’s Choir, Appalachian Men’s Ensemble, Milligan’s Heard Mentality, the Appalachian Express Chorus and the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or email@example.com.
Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, dining room 3
This training program allows participating faculty, administrators and staff to place a symbol on their doors identifying their offices as “safe zones” for members of the LGBTQ community, who may not feel able to be honest or open about their sexual/affectional orientation for fear of reprisal. The training will be facilitated by Dr. Alison Deadman, Department of Music; Dr. Keith Green, Department of Philosophy and Humanities; and Dr. Stacey Williams, Department of Psychology. Contact: Dr. Stacey Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETSU Library Associates Book Discussion Group
Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., 409 Sherrod Library (Quillen Conference Room)
Members will meet to discuss The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz. Contact: Pat Van Zandt, 439-6988 or email@example.com.
“LAYERS: Quilt as Form” Exhibit
Oct. 5-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Slocumb Galleries
This exhibit, curated by Pat Mink of the ETSU Department of Art and Design, is co-sponsored by the department and Slocumb Galleries in collaboration with the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and Honors College at ETSU and the Tennessee Arts Commission. It features work by internationally known artists who are “redefining what ‘quilt’ means,” Mink says, while perpetuating various traditional elements of the American form and exploring nature and the environment. Renowned teacher and artist Joan Schulze, who has work in the exhibit, will give a gallery talk titled “The Restless Explorer” on how travel impacts her work; this talk will be held Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium. Contact: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, 483-3179 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Martin School of the Arts, 439-8587.
“The 2015 FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art”
Oct. 5-Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Reece Museum
This national juried show, now in its third year, explores the current trends and trajectory in the field of social and politically engaged art, and recognizes and advances this form of art by providing a venue for its exhibition. It was established in memory of former ETSU student Fletcher H. Dyer, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2009 at the age of 22, when he was a senior in the Department of Art and Design, pursuing a B.F.A. degree with a concentration in graphic design. The juror is Southern Indiana artist Joyce Ogden. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392
“Why Beauty Matters”
Oct. 6, noon, 223 Campus Center Building
Through visual and written activities and expressions led by local artist and creative coach Pam Murray, participants will examine questions of what beauty means, how it is described, and where it may be found. Part of the Women’s Personal Enrichment Lunch Break Seminar Series. Reservations are required. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
“Selling the South: Greene County, Magnavox and the Roots of Post-World War II Industrialization”
Oct. 8, noon, Reece Museum
This lecture by Dr. Tom Lee, ETSU associate professor of history, is planned in conjunction with the Reece Museum’s exhibit, “Magnificent Magnavox,” which will be on display from Oct. 1-Dec. 15. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
The Malpass Brothers
Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
Traditional country music artists Christopher and Taylor Malpass of Goldsboro, North Carolina, have toured with Merle Haggard and Hank Williams’ steel guitarist Don Helms and now headline their own shows full of classic country, rockabilly and honky-tonk songs of decades past. The ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band will open the show. Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students with ID. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-8587.
“French Connection” Recital
Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
Nearly all the works on the program of this Guest Artist Piano Recital featuring Gregory Wang relate to the court dances of 17th century France. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or email@example.com.
“Catch the Rainwater and Prepare Your Garden”
Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Johnson City Public Library amphitheatre
Participants will work with members of the Boone Watershed Partnership to build rain barrels for home gardens. This workshop in the “What’s the Buzz?” series sponsored by the ETSU Pollination Project covers the benefits of rain barrels, where and how to install one, and steps to paint and personalize it. Contact: Dr. Judith Hammond, firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Fossil Day
Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
Visitors can learn about different types of fossils found at the Gray Fossil Site and how they are processed in this local observance of the National Fossil Day celebration organized by the National Park Service and American Geological Institute. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning
Oct. 12-Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m., ETSU at Kingsport Allandale, 1501 University Blvd.
The Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning will offer weekday classes – with no prerequisites, tests or homework – on a variety of subjects. A fee of $45 allows enrollees to take any or all classes; additional family members may enroll for $22 each. Contact: Gwen Bays, 392-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Maintain Your Brain”
Oct. 13, noon, D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
Tabitha Ebbert, manager of programs and education for the Alzheimer’s Association in Johnson City, will discuss research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement that may be incorporated into a plan for healthy aging. Part of the Women’s Health Lunch Break Seminar Series. Reservations are required. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Hutcheson Hall planetarium
“Storytelling in the Stars” examines the mythology behind the constellations in this planetarium show sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Contact: Dr. Gary Henson, 439-6906 or email@example.com.
Zombie Survival 5K
Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m., Tri-Hall Field (behind Centennial and Governors halls, in front of Davis Hall)
This 5K is hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy to benefit the non-profit Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapists and PT assistant students across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Each runner will receive two flags to wear during the race. Zombies will be hidden throughout the course and will try to steal runners’ flags. Those making it to the finish line with one or both flags will be considered survivors. A prize will be awarded for best costume. Registration is $25 in advance and $35 the day of the race. Those wishing to pose as zombies may do so for $15 (spots are limited). Registration: http://bit.do/zs5kr.
“Grow Earthworms and Enhance Your Garden Soil”
Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, Johnson City Public Library amphitheatre
Participants will create earthworm nurseries that will be released into their home gardens next spring. In this workshop, which is part of the “What’s the Buzz?” series sponsored by the ETSU Pollination Project, Dr. Colleen Smith will show how to build an earthworm habitat, make compost and replicate worms to assist in soil improvement. Contact: Dr. Judith Hammond, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Observatory Open House
Oct. 17, 8-10 p.m., Harry Powell Observatory
Visitors may hear a brief talk on “Pluto Revealed: The New Horizons Fly-by” by ETSU astronomer Dr. Mark Giroux and view the night sky through the observatory’s telescopes. The open house will be cancelled in the event of rain or cloud cover. Contact: Dr. Beverly Smith, 439-8418 or email@example.com.
Oct. 18, 3 p.m., Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St.
The Department of Music’s Fall Choral Concert features the ETSU Chorale, East Tennessee Belles and BucsWorth Men’s Choir. Free; a donation of $10 is suggested. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film Screening: “Shield and Spear”
Oct. 19, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This documentary film describes a revolution taking place as artists, musicians and designers tackle issues of activism, race and history in the changing political climate of South Africa. A question-and-answer session and reception with filmmaker Petter Ringbom will follow the screening. Part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers Series, sponsored locally by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-8587.
“The Evolution of Style and Design in Home Entertainment”
Oct. 21, noon, Reece Museum
This lecture by Dr. Kristi Julian, an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying and Digital Media, is planned in conjunction with the Reece Museum’s exhibit, “Magnificent Magnavox,” which will be on display from Oct. 1-Dec. 15. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Reece Museum, 439-4392.
Book Review Group
Oct. 21, noon, Women’s Resource Center, 220 Campus Center Building
Members will meet to discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. New members are welcome, and participants may bring their lunch. Contact: Women’s Resource Center, 439-5772.
“Beethoven and His Contemporaries”
Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Mathes Hall
Featuring the Paramount Chamber Players. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or email@example.com.
Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Brown Hall auditorium
This piano recital featuring Dr. Chih-Long Hu includes Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” followed by the world premiere of Hu’s new composition, “Afterthoughts on Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations.’”. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students with ID. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Blood and Guts: Re-Generation Story Slam”
Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main St.
Patrons wishing to tell a Halloween-related story will be chosen at random to compete for a cash prize in this Story Slam sponsored by the ETSU Storytelling Program and Department of Communication and Performance. A donation of $5-$10 is suggested. Contact: Storytelling Program, 439-7606 or email@example.com.
Oct. 24, 9 a.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
This second annual 5K will benefit the exhibition and education programs of the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site. Packet pick-up and registration will be Oct. 23 from 5-6 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 7-8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. start. The race will start and finish at the museum. Registration at www.runtricities.net is $20 in advance and $25 after Oct. 21; participants who register by Oct. 9 will receive an exclusive Fossil 5K T-shirt. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 24, 7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This performance features finalists in the third annual “ETSU Voice” competition. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or email@example.com.
Big South Fork Scenic Railway Excursion
Oct. 25, 7 a.m. check-in, parking lot 22a
ETSU’s George L. Carter Railroad Museum and the George L. Carter Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will host this 16-mile train excursion into the Daniel Boone National Forest and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, past scenic vistas and mountain streams, and 600 feet into a gorge. The train will stop at Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp, a National Park Service outdoor interpretive site, and time is also allotted for a visit to the McCreary County Museum in Stearns, Kentucky. Fees of $85 for adults and $65 for children includes the round-trip bus ride to Stearns from Johnson City, train fare and museum admission (lunch not included). Visit www.memrr.org. Contact: Charlene McLeod, 386-717-2925.
Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, Martha Street Culp Auditorium
This Grammy Award-winning, all-male vocal ensemble was established in 1978 to perform medieval and Renaissance music but now tours the world with a repertoire spanning 10 centuries. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, Chanticleer is known around the world for its blend of voices that range from countertenor to bass. A pre-concert with the ETSU Chorale begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 6 p.m. Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students with ID. Contact: Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, 439-8587.
Brown Bag Dialogue
Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m., D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
“MonoRaciality vs. <, =, >, ≠, ≤, or ≥ Diversity?” is the topic of this discourse on why diversity, multiculturalism, social justice and interfaith are essential elements of civil society. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. Contact: Multicultural Affairs, 439-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fossil and Artifact ID Night
Oct. 27, 4-6 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
Members of the community are invited to bring fossils, rocks, minerals and artifacts to be identified and photographed by the team of experts at the museum and visitor center at the Gray Fossil Site. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
ETSU Retirees Association Annual Meeting
Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Johnson City Country Club
Dr. Daniel Schumaier, chair of the Tweetsie Trail, will be the guest speaker during this annual meeting and luncheon for retired faculty and staff. Music will be provided by the Men of Note from the Appalachian Express Chorus. Eastman Credit Union has pledged a donation to ETSURA to offset the luncheon expense, so the cost is $15 per person. The first 100 attendees will receive an ETSURA stadium cushion. Reservations required by Oct. 23. Contact: Human Resources, 439-5825.
Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Acoustic Coffeehouse Next Door, 415 W. Walnut St.
This performance celebrating Halloween through musical escapism and entertainment by Dada Cabaret, an ensemble comprised of ETSU music faculty members Drs. Heather Killmeyer, Stephanie Frye and Alan Stevens, along with local writer and pianist Andrew Ford. The narrative portion of this recital is for mature audiences and is not appropriate for children. Contact: Department of Music, 439-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Natural History Museum
Continuing through Nov. 11, Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
“Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas” features more than 200 actual artifacts and specimens of these invertebrate animals that lived, thrived and became extinct long before the age of dinosaurs. The exhibit tells the story of the discovery, history, research and preparation of these ancient fossils from around the world and the United States. Contact: Natural History Museum, 439-3659 or email@example.com.
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Notable Women of ETSU Colloquium
Nov. 18, 5-7 p.m., D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee Room
This annual awards program and colloquium highlight the expertise and accomplishments of women academicians at ETSU. The 2015-16 honorees will be Dr. Mary Langenbrunner, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Learning in the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education, and Dr. Cecilia McIntosh, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biological Sciences. Contact: Women’s Studies Program, 439-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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