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Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies 2014-15 Ingram New Works Fellow

Add another very distinguished award-winning playwright to the impressive list of Ingram New Works Fellows at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Donald Margulies‘ plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut. Among […]

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Dance Review: New Dialect attracts record crowd to Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville bills its Thursday Night Things (TNT) series as a blank canvas, a clean slate that encourages local artists to experiment and try new things. Last night’s TNT, however, seemed more like the opening of a much anticipated new restaurant, one serving a cuisine that the population has long been craving. The featured item […]

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NSO’s Mark Blakeman: Heading West, Young Man

There was good and bad news in the release the Nashville Symphony Orchestra sent out on Thursday. The good news is that the symphony’s veteran chief operating officer, Mark Blakeman, will soon become captain of his own ship, taking over as president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (apparently, the weather just wasn’t hot enough for […]

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Polish Posters Play with Protest at Vanderbilt University

France’s Belle Epoque came to an end with the first rumblings of World War I. The period had lasted for more than a quarter-century, and its peace, optimism and artistic advancements were celebrated in its stylized posters. If World War I ended the Great Poster Period in Paris, World War II prompted another in Poland. […]

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Dance Preview: New Dialect premieres new works at Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville always presents explosively original programming, so naturally it calls its Thursday night performance series TNT (Thursday Night Things). This week’s adventurous program features the Oz debut of New Dialect, Nashville’s new contemporary dance collective. New Dialect founder and dancer Banning Bouldin and her troupe will present a multi-media, multicultural program consisting of original […]

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Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]

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Shaw Festival 2014 Review: Eclectic Mix Yields Strong Results

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Although the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is known primarily for its booming wine tourism industry, this bustling little tourist town is also home to the Shaw Festival, which despite its humble beginnings has grown to become the second largest summer theater festival in North America with a budget exceeding $27.8 million. Originally founded in […]

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Theater Review: Americana Heart and Spirit Flavor ‘As You Like It’

The boundless humanity of William Shakespeare allows for many settings; some of the most appealing placements come when music that endearingly conveys heart and spirit accompanies the production. Such is the case with Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Americana-infused version of As You Like It now playing in the 27th annual edition of Shakespeare in the Park. […]

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1930s ‘As You Like It’ Strolls Through Shakespeare in the Park

The optimistic comedies of the 1930s have inspired this year’s Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard’s As You Like It, with original music by songwriter David Olney, that opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 14 at Centennial Park. The festival’s 27th annual park presentation has a Depression Era-camp setting designed by Morgan Matens […]

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Nashville Ballet’s Martin Center set for a long overdue expansion

The Nashville Ballet’s headquarters is about to get a much needed makeover. On Thursday morning, the ballet announced the public launch of its capital campaign “Elevate,” which will help pay for a major expansion of the company’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood facility. “We have run out of space,” says artistic director Paul Vasterling. “Our dance classes […]

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Nashville Stagecraft Has Dust Bowl Cinderella Twist in ‘Cindy & Ella’

While it’s based on the pan-cultural fairy tale of Cinderella, Nashville Stagecraft’s adaptation of the ancient tale is a far cry from the classic 1950 Disney animated film version. Cindy & Ella, premiering Friday at the 4th Story Theater, follows three women coping with life in an isolated Oklahoma farming community at the height of the Dust Bowl. […]

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Film Review: The Powerful Illusion of Reality in Brilliant ‘Boyhood’

Richard Linklater (who turned 54 on Wednesday) is my age group’s great American filmmaker: Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock and the Before trilogy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) haven’t been exclusively about us, but they’ve certainly explored our society and, in the case of the Before […]

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Innovative Fourth Sideshow Fringe Festival Ready to Fly High

Four years on the annual Sideshow Fringe Festival presented by Sideshow @ Actors Bridge is “Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event” and so much more; it has even garnered national exposure with CNN naming it one of  the country’s of Most Intriguing Festivals in its 2014 “Best of the US” section. The festival that starts Thursday and […]

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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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