Kenny Chesney at Bristol Motor Speedway
This event may not be occurring on campus, or even in Johnson City for that matter, but it is still worth including because this concert gives an opportunity to country music fans in the Tri-Cities to experience great entertainment from a big-name star and ETSU alumnus. Kenny Chesney graduated from ETSU in 1990. He now returns to the Tri-Cities to perform at Bristol Motor Speedway at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 9. According to Bristol Motor Speedway’s website, Cheney said, “My days at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City are where I first learned to love what I do…to say I’m excited to be coming back to play in an area where this dream started is an understatement!”
Art of the Prank, documentary film
“Art of the Prank” was created by filmmaker Andrea Marini and focuses on the subject of Joey Skaggs, a master prankster who has been manufacturing media hoaxes since the late 60’s. Skaggs has fooled the public and large news organizations on many occasions, being the mastermind behind famous media pranks like the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs and the “Portofess” mobile confessional. Marini’s film gives viewers a chance to see Skaggs’s pranks from his perspective. The documentary will screen at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the D.P. Culp Center Auditorium. The event is free, and there will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker and subject after the show.
Free Outdoor Concert: Demon Waffle
Hosted by Buctainment, this free Demon Waffle concert will take place at the Amphitheater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 15. Demon Waffle is a band which is hard to define. They blend musical genres of rock, punk, soul, reggae, funk and ska to establish their own unique sound and style. The band has performed at ETSU numerous times and always provides a fun, active environment for students to enjoy.
Paul Taylor Creative Domain, documentary film
Sponsored by the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, this documentary film will be shown in the D.P. Culp Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 15. Directed by Kate Geis, “Paul Taylor Creative Domain” works as a sequel to the 1998 film “Dancemaker” and follows Taylor as he choreographs his next great dance. According to a Mary B. Martin press release, “The 2014 film is a rare documentation of the creative process of one of the seminal artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.” Geis will be present to answer audience questions following the screening.
Family Movie Night: ‘Finding Dory’
As a continuation of Buctainment’s Fun Movie Fridays, the organization will host a screening of the family friendly movie and summer blockbuster, “Finding Dory,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 16, in the D.P. Culp Center Auditorium. “Finding Dory” picks up where “Finding Nemo” left off. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a blue tang fish who suffers from short term memory loss, realizes that she has lost her family long ago and sets off on a journey to find them. However, she gets lost herself, and Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (newly voiced by Hayden Rolence) must set out across the ocean to rescue her. This Pixar film is fun for all ages and is sure to delight ETSU students and their loved ones.