Hands-On Events: Test out robotic coding blocks Tuesdays through Thursdays at the Hands-On! Discovery Center. Also, through Sunday, Nov. 3, experience Frida Khalo inspired collages, Pablo Picasso inspired cubism drawings and crayon watercolor leaf paintings. All activities are self-guided with instructions provided, with facilitated programs announced periodically throughout each day. For more info on these and other ongoing events at Hands On, visit visithandson.org.
Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room Open Mic: In addition to a lineup of live music throughout the week, Johnson City’s Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room hosts its Open Mic Night every Wednesday at 6 p.m., allowing “aspiring artists of all kinds to share their magic with a beautiful audience of respectful listeners.” For more information on this and other live Willow Tree events, visit www.facebook.com/willowcoffeehouse.
Tipton Gallery hosts photographic exhibition: East Tennessee State University’s Tipton Gallery, located in downtown Johnson City, will display Meg Roussos’s Master of Fine Arts Exhibition through Oct. 11 this fall. Titled “Blaze,” Roussos’s artistic display features photographic and video graphic pieces that capture nature and personal experiences within nature. A reception for Roussos’s work will be held on Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-8 p.m.
SFEA Exhibit at ETSU: The Southeast Fibers Educators Association’s fall 2019 exhibit, “In Flux,” will be displayed at East Tennessee State University through Oct. 25 at the Slocumb Galleries. A closing reception for the exhibit will also be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the galleries and will feature a 6 p.m. lecture in the Ball Hall auditorium by artist Cathryn Amidei, whose work is included in the exhibit. Amidei will also give an art demonstration for ETSU students on Friday, Oct. 25.
Symphony of the Mountains: Symphony of the Mountains presents "The Magic of Opera - Puccini: Le Boheme" at 3 p.m., Oct. 6 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Visit symphonyofthemountains.org or call 423-392-8423 to learn more.
Bert Street Music: The Bert Street Music Series continues with JP Southern Band, Thursday and the funky, high-energy dance party band Jae Marie Project, Oct. 10. Both free concerts are from 7-9 p.m. at 510 Bert St., Johnson City. For more information, call 423-283-5827.
Live music at Capone’s: Johnson City’s Capone’s will host Waxing Gibbous and Nobushi, Friday 10 p.m. On Saturday, Dimestore Cowboys, Ragged Sally and the Usual Suspects will take the stage at 10 p.m., followed by Nonpoint, Sunday at 6 p.m. For more info, call 423-928-2295 or visit caponesjohnsoncity.com.
Live music at the Hideaway: Johnson City’s Hideaway will host Tangled Roots and Loose Leaves, Friday at 10 p.m. For more info on this and other concerts at the Hideaway, visit their Facebook page or call 423-926-3896.
Live music in Bristol: Blackbird Bakery will host Gerald Sheppard, Thursday at 8 p.m.; The Keep, Saturday at 8 p.m.; and State Street String Band, Monday at 7 p.m. Quaker Steak and Lube will host Bad Mountain Brew, Friday at 8 p.m., and Tennessee Champagne, Saturday at 8 p.m.