Archives for February 2013

Playhouse Nashville Overcomes Challenges to Mount ‘SEXTAPE’

Mounting any play can be a challenge, but when you’ve got the made-from-scratch obstacles of a new work the task can be, well, so stimulating that it’s exhausting. Add the potentially incendiary subject of sex – and a late cast change – and you’ve got some idea of the mountain playwright Nate Eppler, director Christopher […]

Film review: Stunning ‘West of Memphis’ Doc Advocates for Justice

Nearly 20 years have passed since the horrific murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. After the bodies of Steven Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers were discovered in a shallow muddy creek on May 6, 1993, the stories of their deaths and of the three young men subsequently convicted of their murders […]

Review: High Museum mixes passion, politics and myth with ‘Frida and Diego’ show

Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait as Tehuana Diego in My Thoughts” (1943), oil on masonite, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. Two of the most important Mexican artists of the 20th century take center stage in Atlanta with “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” on view through May 12 at the High Museum of […]

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Nashville’s vibrant arts scene has kept the editors, writers and interns of ArtsNash busy. Since the beginning of this season, we have posted more than 300 stories and reviews. Naturally, we have written about many of Nashville’s major cultural institutions – the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera […]

Theater review: Strong TWTP Cast Keeps Us Focused on ‘Distracted’

I took my daily 100 mg dose of Strattera just before writing this review; my daughter’s on one Concerta pill a day. I disclose this because I’m quite biased on the subject of attention deficit disorder (or more precisely in our cases attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and the search for treatments explored in Lisa Loomer’s […]

Brandi Carlile, Bob James and David Sanborn will appear in Nashville

Schermerhorn Symphony Center announces two additions to its concert calendar. Singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile will be making an appearance with the Nashville Symphony on May 17, and jazz legends Bob James and David Sanborn will make a headline appearance together at the Schermerhorn on June 19. Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. […]

Dance Theatre of Tennessee finds inspiration in ‘Muses’

When the choreographers of ancient Greece needed inspiration, they turned to Terpsichore, the muse of dance. Similarly, the American choreographer George Balanchine turned to George Gershwin, the muse of Tin Pan Alley. This weekend, Dance Theatre of Tennessee will present the Nashville premiere of “Who Cares?,” Balanchine’s loving tribute to America’s legendary songwriter. The performance, […]

Video Files: ‘The Master’ reaffirms Phoenix’s brilliance

Whatever else one might think about Joaquin Phoenix and his penchant for odd (to put it mildly) behavior, his acting talent should not be questioned. Having missed its theatrical run, the DVD of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” was definitely on my list. It will be available Tuesday (Starz/Anchor Bay, both Blu-ray and standard definition), […]

Nashville Film Festival’s Brian Owens Live Tweets on Oscar Night

Brian Owens, Artistic Director of the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), is one of Nashville’s leading experts on movies. He will be live tweeting (click to go to NaFF’s Twitter account) during today’s 85th Annual Academy Awards®, offering his insight to the world of cinema. Brian will release his Oscar picks, offer his impressions about the Red […]

Classical review: Opera star Eric Owens presents a serious, stellar concert at Blair

Eric Owens sings serious songs that explore the full spectrum of human sentiment. His recitals, as a general rule, don’t make for easy listening. So the renowned bass baritone seemed genuinely gratified at the end of his concert on Saturday night at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall. Owens and his collaborative pianist, Warren […]

Thespian Dance Fever: Nashville Theater Does the Harlem Shake!

It’s not just sweeping the country, it’s sweeping the world! What is it? The Harlem Shake, and Nashville theaters are now in on the Internet’s latest viral sensation. Playwright/actor Nate Eppler, whose new show SEXTAPE opens Thursday, thought it would be fun for area theaters to get involved in the craze. “There’s so much exciting […]

Jazz review: Roland Barber brings New Orleans spirit to Jazz Cave

The Barber brothers have long been Nashville’s twin jazz aces, two superb soloists with a thorough knowledge of the idiom’s multiple influences, histories and directions. While Rahsaan has lately busied himself doing everything from running a label and producing sessions to heading various bands, Friday night Roland unveiled the latest thing in his arsenal. He stepped out as the […]

Theater review: Studio Tenn Keeps Rolling Along with ‘Big River’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Since 2009 Studio Tenn has taken Middle Tennessee theatergoers on a remarkable ride. That enjoyable journey continues with a buoyant Big River. Artistic Director Matt Logan has creatively steered the Tony Award-winning 1985 Roger Miller/William Hauptman musical adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1884 novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” away from any rocky theatrical […]

Studio Tenn Makes TPAC, Schermerhorn Stops in 2013-14 Season

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Studio Tenn has already set the bar high in its quest to present Broadway-quality theater productions. They’ll continue to challenge themselves toward the goal of rewarding their ever-growing audiences with “A Season of Contemporary Classics” for 2013-14 that includes stops at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Artistic Director Matt Logan […]

Back Pages: New book dissects Scientology

Readers should try hard not to approach Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright’s comprehensive new volume “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief” (Knopf) expecting either a hatchet job or celebrity expose. Some of its detractors, particularly those in the Church, have already labeled it both of those things in a dismissive manner, trying […]

Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens performs Saturday in Nashville

As a teenager, Eric Owens once took a train from his home in Philadelphia to New York City, where he got a standing-room-only ticket to watch James Levine conduct Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera. Little did Owens suspect that he would one day be the undisputed star of the same opera at that […]

Mangia Nashville Feast Benefits Nashville Shakespeare Festival

William Shakespeare tells us through the title character in Macbeth, “Now, good digestion wait on appetite, and health on both!” Mangia Nashville, named “Nashville’s Best Weekly Food Event” by the Nashville Scene, is about to supply great food for good digestion to benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Nick Pellegrino, owner-chef of Mangia Nashville, will create a delightful […]

Belcourt Spring Films Include Nashville-Filmed ‘Stoker’ Premiere

Spring programming for The Belcourt Theatre is highlighted by the March 22 Nashville premiere of the much-anticipated Nicole Kidman feature Stoker. The locally-shot movie is billed as a haunting, Hitchcockian tale as unsettling as it is stunning. The film garnered rave reviews when it screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Directed by visionary Korean director […]

Pop review: The Chieftains work their musical magic in Nashville

What, is it St. Patrick’s Day already?  Nah, Nashville just felt like “Dear Ould Ireland” on Thursday night, what with cloudy skies, rain and the presence of Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Moloney and his legendary Irish folk band are in Nashville this weekend to perform a pops concert with […]

Theater review: Terrific Actors Make ‘Venus in Fur’ an Electric Thrill

“…You don’t have to tell me about sadomasochism,” the young actress going after a rather juicy part tells the director she’s auditioning for in Venus in Fur, now making its highly-charged Tennessee debut courtesy of the Music City Theatre Company. “I’m in the theater.” The actress uttering that funny and truthful observation is Vanda (Carrie […]