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Nashville Symphony Chorus to Hold New Member Auditions

The Nashville Symphony Chorus, fresh off a 50th anniversary season that included a number of high-profile performances in Music City and a guest appearance at Cincinnati’s renowned May Festival, will be holding its next round of new member auditions in August for individuals interested in joining the ensemble. The all-volunteer Chorus, which was formed in […]

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Music Review: Jazz vocalist Dara Tucker lights up Nashville’s Jazz Cave

The challenge for any contemporary jazz performer, vocalist or instrumentalist, is to strike a balance between mastery of traditional requirements and an approach that is fresh and personal. Dara Tucker consistently excelled in both ways throughout her show last Friday at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave. The concert was designed to spotlight her third studio […]

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Alias’ Fifth Annual Arts & Flowers comes to W.O. Smith Music School

Nashville’s Alias Chamber Ensemble is like a world-premiere-generating machine. Since its founding a dozen years ago, this adventurous group has premiered nearly 20 new works. Three of them were presented during the ensemble’s excellent spring concert last May. The event that helps make all of Alias’ adventurousness and creativity possible is Arts & Flowers. The […]

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Profound Questions Populate ’100 Saints You Should Know’

In a compelling and heartrending journey presented in Nashville Friday through July 27 by Actors Bridge Ensemble, we meet a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation. They are all brought together on one […]

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Eddie George one of TN Rep’s Actors for Eclectic 2014-15 Season

Tennessee Repertory Theatre has worked with Pulitzer Prize winners, Tony Award winners, and Academy Award winners through its burgeoning Ingram New Works Project.  Now it can add a Heisman Trophy winner to that list in Eddie George:  The former Tennessee Titan is cast in the February production of The Whipping Man, which The New York Times calls […]

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From the Back Row: Go See ‘Life Itself’ at Belcourt Theatre

Roger Ebert and his longtime print competitor/TV co-host Gene Siskel were often accused of reducing film critique to thumbs up or down. That view of their TV opinions was ultimately ridiculous given the mountains of words they put together in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune regarding good, bad and mediocre cinema. Does that mean they were […]

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Film Review: Tedious ‘Third Person’ Focuses on the Self-Absorbed

Writer-Director Paul Haggis’ Third Person provides the umpteenth example of why success in art, no matter who’s involved, is never a sure thing. The gifted man behind Crash and In the Valley of Elah is back with a film full of fine actors where three stories “of love, passion, trust and betrayal” (to quote the […]

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See Mystic Truths Saturday Night

While I was at the Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston events this past Saturday night, I struck up a conversation with Zack Rafuls about a show of work by Co. H — Rafuls is the art collective’s current chair. Co. H is a student group at Watkins that’s been active since 2011 — fulfilling the […]

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OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

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Theater/Puppetry: Phantom Limb Company

Memory Rings (World Premiere) June 18 (Preview), 19 & 20, 2015 All performances at 7pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle In June 2015, OZ will present the world premiere of Memory Rings, from New York City’s famed Phantom Limb Company. The work isa theatrical storytelling of 5,000 years of human and environmental change from the […]

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Music/Visual Art/Discussion: Pi Day

Roy Wooten, Laurie Anderson, Ben Davis (ISHKY), Cano Ozgener and more March 14, 2015 Saturday Time TBD OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle On Pi Day 2015, OZ brings together visual art, performance and discussion with a focus on the connections of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Roy Wooten (five-time Grammy-winning percussionist with Bela Fleck […]

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Dance: Trisha Brown Dance Company

Repertory Works May 14 & 16 Program A, Thursday at 8pm Program B, Saturday at 7:30pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Over the course of fifty years, Trisha Brown’s movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of what constitutes performance. She pushed the limits of chorography and altered modern dance […]

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Music/Performance: Laurie Anderson

The Language of the Future March 12 & 13, 2015 Thursday & Friday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle The composer, storyteller and performer Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for […]

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Music/Film: Andy Warhol, Dean & Britta

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests January 17, 2015 Saturday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot almost 500 Screen Tests, revealing portraits of various individuals, both famous and anonymous, who visited his studio, the Factory. They were asked to pose, lit, and filmed by Warhol […]

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Music/Film: Vijay Iyer

Mutations I-X RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi November 8 & 9 Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle The Guardian UK has called Vijay Iyer “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists.” His most recent honors include a MacArthur fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, an unprecedented “quintuple […]

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Dance/Spectacle: Bandaloop

Look Up Nashville! Harboring October 10 & 11 Friday & Saturday at 7pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP is a pioneer in vertical dance performance. The company seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. […]

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Theater: The Actors Gang

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Directed by Tim Robbins September 12 & 13 Friday & Saturday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Founded in 1981 by Tim Robbins and led by him and co-Artistic Director Cynthia Ettinger, The Actors’ Gang has garnered international acclaim for its productions of unconventional and uncompromising plays and its dynamic […]

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Film Review: A Funny and Compassionate ‘Obvious Child’

When I first heard someone talking about writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s new feature Obvious Child I wasn’t sure what to think – a romantic comedy entwined with the subject of abortion? No matter what one’s stance on that hot-button topic, I’m confident I’m not the only one who was wondering how – or if – that […]

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Art of Work

Like it or not, the work we do defines us. Whether we serve food, design logos, or push products into a box to be shipped across the world, we structure our days and our lives around the things we do to make ends meet. In the latest exhibition at Coop, The Family Business of Removing […]

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Alex Useted is New Nashville Children’s Theatre Tech Director

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theater for young audiences, is pleased to announce the addition of Technical Director Alex Useted. Useted brings extensive experience from Chicago’s theaters to Nashville. “Alex absolutely has the chops, and is going to be a great fit,” says NCT Artistic Director Scot Copeland. “We’ve been fortunate to […]

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Music Review: Philip Glass and Tim Fain at Oz Nashville

Composer Philip Glass received a standing ovation the moment he walked onstage at Oz Nashville on Friday. “Don’t stand now,” Glass protested playfully to the cheering crowd. “I haven’t done anything yet.” Glass is in town this weekend with the terrific violinist Tim Fain to present the final concert of Oz Nashville’s inaugural season. On […]

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New Satire-in-Song ‘Casey Stampfield’ Next Up for MCTC

Political satire has long been a theatrical staple, and when there are politicians that invite such attention regularly it’s hardly surprising to find a new show on the subject is in the works. Music City Theatre Company is now preparing the world premiere of Casey Stampfield: The Musical, featuring an original script, lyrics and music by […]

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Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Comes to Nashville

Nashville is celebrating Arts Leadership Weekend Friday through Sunday as the 2014 Annual Convention for Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, welcomes more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders and supporters of the arts to the Music City. Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean proclaimed Arts Leadership […]

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Nashville Opera & ‘Mary Poppins’

The third annual Nashville Opera movie sing-a-long at Franklin Theatre on July 13 should be practically perfect in every way – it’s Disney’s Mary Poppins in glorious, full-screen Technicolor complete with lyrics so the whole audience can join in, and there are two screenings because of demand! “Nashville Opera is pleased to present one of the most-beloved movies of all time, […]

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The Secret Room at Threesquared

Last Friday night I went to the opening of The Secret Room at Threesquared. The exhibition included videos and paintings by David Hellams, Jaime Raybin and Jenna Maurice — all three of whom work for Watkins as admissions recruiters. The trio all log lots of time on the road, evangelizing talented teens on the value […]

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