Archives for December 2013

Once Upon a Time in Nashville: Casey Pierce’s New West

This review was originally published by Nashville Arts Magazine. That piece was edited for length. The following version restores the review to its original word count.  Nashville painter Casey Pierce’s new series of large narrative paintings depicts scenes from the Old West. But, while these canvases are loaded with badmen, bullets and buttes, they’re also […]

Music Review: Amy Grant and Vince Gill spread the Christmas cheer with the Nashville Symphony this weekend

Amy Grant has long been one of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s best friends. As a young Christian-pop singer, Grant came to the NSO’s rescue 20 years ago, staging an important benefit concert to help steer the orchestra out of bankruptcy. This weekend, Grant is helping the symphony yet again. On Thursday night, Grant and her […]

CD Review: Nashville Symphony delivers red-hot renditions of Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra’s music

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra is clearly hungry for more Grammy gold, because it has spent the fall cranking out CDs. In September, the orchestra under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero released a terrific recording of composer Richard Danielpour’s music. Now it’s composer Roberto Sierra’s turn. The newly released CD, recorded last season at the Schermerhorn […]

Ray Price: For the Good Times…For All Times

“Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over.” That line from the lover’s lament, “For The Good Times,” which Ray Price took to No. 1 on the country charts and No. 11 on the pop charts in 1970, is appropriate after the 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member – regarded by many as country’s […]

Pictorial: ‘Scrooge the Musical’ at Boiler Room Theatre

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) will end its run of Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge the Musical this Sunday (Dec. 22). Here are some images of the show “in flight” – click here for tickets or call BRT at (615) 794-7744. *Photos by Rick Malkin courtesy Boiler Room Theatre.

The Lorgnette: The Return of Slapstick Tragedy in ‘The Mutilated’

Tennessee Williams’ one-act play The Mutilated just completed a month-long run—extended a week by popular demand—at the New Ohio Theatre in the Village. It’s an odd play, certainly, and that oddness was embraced and reveled in by the two perfectly cast stars: Penny Arcade and Mink Stole. This production, directed by Cosmin Chivu, followed the lead Williams provided with his script and, instead […]

Time is running out …

The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Jazz Plus: Ron Wynn picks some of his favorite blues and world music CDs just in time for Christmas

James Booker “Classified: Remixed and Expanded” (Rounder) New Orleans piano marvel James Booker combined artistry, soul and technique in a flamboyant, remarkable fashion that established his rank in the upper echelon of pianists in any genre. Originally issued in 1982, “Classified” remains perhaps the only Booker album that those not plugged into the underground scene (where bootleg cassettes […]

Theater Review: Studio Tenn’s 2013 ‘Carol’ is Tremendous

If Studio Tenn’s 2012 A Christmas Carol was transcendent, its 2013 version is even more tremendous. Like a good Nutcracker – or two, given the excellent work of our leading dance companies – Charles Dickens’ tale of redemption when it’s done this well should be on everyone’s perennial holiday entertainment calendar. The expansion from the […]

Sundance Film Festival USA Selects Belcourt For ‘Low Down’

Filmmaker to Attend Event; Sell-Out Expected For Exclusive Screening For the fifth year Belcourt Theatre has been selected by the Sundance Film Festival to screen a specially selected film on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. This year, the Belcourt will screen Low Down directed by Jeff Preiss. This will be the film’s first screening outside of […]

TV Review: Denyce Graves headlines this year’s joyous ‘Christmas at Belmont’

Few college music programs offer their students the chance to perform on national television. At Belmont University, this opportunity is practically a given. For the past 11 years, the university’s school of music has presented its Christmas at Belmont holiday show to a national audience on PBS. This year’s glistening Christmas special, taped in November […]

Film Review: A Picturesque Whirl through Rome in ‘Great Beauty’

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) took home best film and three other prizes from last Saturday’s European Film Awards. Paolo Sorrentino’s (Il divo) latest slice of Italian life – given its story, setting and lead character – has been favorably compared with Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, which certainly puts it in good company. […]

Book Review: Essays in Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage are personal, universal

Whether Ann Patchett discourses about the merits of opera or recounts her adventures in a rented RV, her compelling new book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Harper, 320 pps.), hums with the pitch-perfect prose evident in her best-selling novels Bel Canto and the recent State of Wonder. This 2013 compilation of previously […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony Chorus celebrates its 50th anniversary with a glorious ‘Messiah’

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra Chorus is singing “Hallelujah” this weekend, and it’s not just because they’re performing Handel’s Messiah. This season marks the chorus’ 50th anniversary, and it’s also conductor Kelly Corcoran’s first official year serving as chorus director. Corcoran admittedly had some humongous shoes to fill. Her immediate predecessor, George Mabry, led the chorus […]

Abstract Boundaries and Big Black Birds at Tinney Contemporary

The 5th Avenue galleries are the centerpiece of the First Saturday Art Crawl and Tinney Contemporary consistently sets the pace for the busy block when it comes to smart art. The space is closing the year with a bang, hosting a show that reintroduces a new Nashville favorite alongside an exhibition that finds an art […]

Theater Review: ‘Plaid Tidings’ Provides Holiday Stress Relief

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – For those who like their holiday tidings light, Roxy Regional Theatre’s Plaid Tidings is a retro revue that offers an alternative to Scrooge and A Christmas Carol. A spinoff of the popular Off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid, it tells the tale of a four-man harmony group that died in a 1960s collision with a busload […]

Dance Review: ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’ works its magic in a setting that’s close to home

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is without question the world’s most popular ballet. It has a ubiquitous presence in America, where some 800 productions occur seasonally in more than 120 cities. For children of all ages, The Nutcracker has become an annual rite of passage. Little girls in their bright holiday dresses and boys in their smart […]

Music Review: Nashville in Harmony brings its inclusive brand of holiday cheer to the Ryman

A fierce winter storm raged outside the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night, but inside the hall, all was calm, all was bright. That, at least, was the premise of “Sugar Plums,” Nashville in Harmony’s terrific holiday show. Nashville’s premier GLBT chorus staged Thursday’s concert as a kind of old-timey radio program. An onstage radio host […]

Music Review: Annie Sellick, Nashville Jazz Orchestra and Blair Big Band ring in the holidays with swing

Annie Sellick has been an area favorite for many years. Her consistently strong voice and personable stage presence, coupled with an equally distinctive delivery and sense of swing, place her in the upper echelon of the city’s jazz vocalists. Thursday night she debuted before songs from her first holiday release, “Let’s Make A Christmas Memory,” before an […]

Cumberland Gallery’s Small & Large Packages is Full of Surprises

A bustling group of gallery-goers braved the beginnings of this weekend’s bad weather on Thursday night to participate in a Nashville art scene holiday tradition: the opening reception for the 19th Annual Holiday Exhibition: Small & Large Packages at Cumberland Gallery. It was a friendly hang that found artists, collectors, dealers and designers looking back on 2013 […]