Archives for November 2013

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents an enchanting ‘Nutcracker’

It’s Nutcracker season in Middle Tennessee. Every year around Thanksgiving, Dance Theatre of Tennessee hits the road, taking its itinerant staging of The Nutcracker to various cities and counties across the region. The company is in Davidson County this weekend, and on Friday night it presented a Nutcracker at Ensworth High School that was chockfull […]

Film Review: Painfully Beautiful American Underside in ‘Motel Life’

There are melancholy shades of John Steinbeck and James Leo Herlihy (with perhaps dashes of Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver) in The Motel Life, Willy Vlautin’s novel turned movie by brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky (in their directorial debut). This is a buddy tale about the American dream only if that dream is a sad […]

Music Preview: Good Tidings for ‘Messiah’ Fans this Holiday Season

Few classical works have received as many disparate interpretations as Handel’s Messiah. Over the years, this seasonal favorite has been performed by huge symphonic choirs and small period ensembles, by gospel groups in church sanctuaries and sing-along choruses in church basements. A true masterpiece, Messiah will always sound great, provided it’s performed with requisite joy. […]

Mark Cabus One-Man ‘Christmas Carol’ Returns to Nashville Dec. 11

Former Music City actor Mark Cabus brings his acclaimed one-man stage version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol back to Nashville for one public performance this December. The veteran actor plays 18 characters from the classic tale of transformation and redemption at First Unitarian Universalist Church (1808 Woodmont Blvd.) Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. “This is the third year I’ve […]

Next at STC: Shining, Gleaming, Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen ‘Hair’

Street Theatre Company has made a strong impression on the Nashville theater scene since its 2004 founding. One of the many reasons for that is its stellar “In Concert” series of musical offerings. The momentous and still-relevant Hair is the sixth production in that series, and it runs Dec. 4-8 at the troupe’s 1933 Elm […]

Tony Youngblood Debuts His BYOB Short Film

Man-about-town Tony Youngblood is constantly stirring up Nashville’s art and experimental music scenes with his Theatre Intangible blog and podcast, and his hosting of the Noa Noa experimental music house concert series. For the September Art Crawl, Youngblood put together a Bring Your Own Beamer show at Track One for the Art & Music @ […]

Pictorial: A Look Back at Actors Bridge/Belmont’s ‘Anne Frank’

The profoundly moving Actors Bridge Ensemble–Belmont University Department of Theatre and Dance production of The Diary of Anne Frank ended its run Saturday, but not before Rick Malkin preserved some moments in photographs that day.

Film Review: Well-Dressed ‘Kill Your Darlings’ a Largely Empty Suit

“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” The quote above is quite well known in writing circles – it is good advice that’s been attributed to William Faulkner and a host of other scribes. And it provides the double-entendre title of a new fictional film called Kill Your Darlings focused on the roots of […]

Art Review: Atlanta High Museum’s “Go West!” finds sweet spot where popular appeal and substance meet

ATLANTA – Mention Western art, the genre featured in the High Museum’s “Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,” and you are likely to encounter enthusiasm and disdain in equal measure. There are those who are attracted to both the accessibility and the content. The artists, Rockwells […]

Music Review: Vanderbilt Community Chorus, wishing Benjamin Britten and Giuseppe Verdi a happy birthday

Some people attending Sunday’s Vanderbilt Community Chorus concert at Ingram Hall were probably expecting a holiday program. They were in for a surprise. Instead of conducting the anticipated Handel “Hallelujah,” chorus director David Binns Williams presented a short program devoted to the music of Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten. This year marks the 200th anniversary […]

Nashville artists will perform a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

Dance Theatre of Tennessee artistic director Christopher Mohnani grew up in the Philippines, so naturally he was concerned when he first heard about Typhoon Haiyan bearing down on the country. “The Philippines get hit by about 20 typhoons a year, so people are used to them,” says Mohnani, who was on the phone earlier this […]

COMPTONPALOOZA! Benefit Has ‘Doyle and Debbie’ & ‘Schoolhouse’

This news flash hot off the, uh, email account: Nashville Children’s Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre and Friends present “ComptonPALOOZA!, the Monster Truck Rally of David Compton Benefits!”  This innovative and dynamic pairing of two of Nashville’s hottest shows together for the first time will be on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at NCT (25 Middleton St. between Hermitage […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony, giving Joan Tower and Beethoven their due

American composer Joan Tower and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra are like old friends. In 2008, the NSO won its first three Grammy Awards for its recording of the composer’s Made In America. Clearly, Tower’s angular, muscular music appeals to NSO musicians. Tower is back in Nashville this weekend to hear the NSO and its music director, […]

Belcourt Theatre Presents Restored Jacques Demy Films

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Will Feature Demy’s Digitally Restored Classic THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG starring Catherine Deneuve The Belcourt Theatre will present The Films of Jacques Demy today (Nov. 22) through Dec. 1. The series includes nine films – most of them digitally restored – by this master director of the French New Wave plus a documentary about Demy by his […]

‘Nashville 2.0’ Headlines Night of Music City Sounds on NPT

“We were doing it for a long time,” says Emmylou Harris as she performs Americana music onstage with Rodney Crowell in NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana that airs today in Nashville at 8 p.m. on NPT (available over-the-air on 8.1, on Comcast Channel 1008 and Charter Cable channel 708) as part of the PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL. “We just didn’t know what […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

‘JFK 50’ is Musical Tribute to Slain President and His Vision

Half-century dream fulfilled by retired professor, Kennedy admirer Dan Jewell’s stark, acoustic-guitar-accompanied dream — born in a time of national trauma and personal confusion and loss — percolated 50 years, unfinished but never forgotten. Perhaps his own advancing years – he’s 73 now – convinced him it was time to finish the task sparked when bullets […]

Theater Review: An Unforgettably Moving ‘Anne Frank’

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”  – Anne Frank Anne Frank’s words are undoubtedly powerful and inspiring. But beyond the millions who’ve read her diary since it was published in 1947 – and […]

Music Review: Bruce Dudley Quartet gets downright contemporary at the Jazz Cave

Pianist, bandleader and composer Bruce Dudley’s amassed both a strong reputation and impressive credits as a player and contributor to several outstanding area sessions. Plus he’s widely admired for his stellar interpretations of works from such greats as Thelonious Monk. The presence of several young faces at Saturday night’s Bruce Dudley Quartet performance at the […]

Music Review: Zeitgeist Gallery’s Indeterminacies Series highlights the music of Stanley Link

Last Thursday’s Indeterminacies concert at Zeitgeist Gallery featured the work of composer Stanley Link, with composer Mark Volker moderating. The evening opened with a brief fixed media piece – what composers used to call tape – titled “Endless Song.” This 50-second divertimento opened with a synthesizer sound and featured the vocalizations of mother and infant, […]