Archives for February 2014

Music Preview: Organ phenom Christopher Houlihan will perform at Christ Church Cathedral

“People have a lot of misconceptions about the organ,” says organ virtuoso Christopher Houlihan, who was on the phone during one of his rare breaks in concertizing. “They think of it as either a spooky instrument or a boring church instrument. My mission is to change people’s attitudes.” Houlihan, a 26-year-old organ phenom who has […]

David Lusk Gallery Opens Saturday Night

 This Saturday marks the beginning of a new era for contemporary art dealer and gallery owner David Lusk. After the continued success of its Memphis location, the David Lusk Gallery, one of the most established galleries in the south, will officially open the doors to its second location in Nashville’s Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood. Though he’s the […]

Hollywood’s Biggest Night on Belcourt’s Screens for 13th Year

The nonprofit Belcourt Theatre holds its annual fundraiser, A Red Carpet Evening, this Sunday, March 2. This popular event offers an entertaining and glamorous setting for Nashville movie fans to experience Hollywood’s biggest awards show on the Belcourt’s big screens with a red carpet entrance, a silent auction, a VIP backstage lounge and more. This year’s […]

In its Second Year, the Nashville Print Revival Expands its Reach

Celebrating its second birthday, the Nashville Print Revival expanded this year into a week-long series of printmaking workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and events. From February 14th to the 22nd, local and out-of-town lovers of print gathered to experience the area’s many work-spaces, shops, and educational resources. Hatch Show Print anchors Nashville’s strong, close-knit printmaking community, partially due to the willingness of […]

Tony-Winning ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ Next for TWTP

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project continues its season – and its penchant for local premieres – with the Nashville opening of Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony® Award for Best Play. The production starts a three-week run at Nashville’s Looby Theater Friday (Feb. 28) that ends March 16. In […]

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents a visually striking ‘East Meets West’

Dance Theatre of Tennessee soared to new heights during its winter program on Saturday night. For the first time in its history, the company included live music in one of its performances.  The program, called “East Meets West,” also featured strikingly beautiful costumes and some remarkably adventurous dancing. The performance repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday, […]

Theater Review: Studio Tenn Produces Gripping ‘Frost/Nixon’

“He is back among us. And, as always, in a memorable manner, both painful and poignant, sometimes illuminating, usually self-serving. … A public that may have grown quite weary of Richard Nixon can hardly deny its fearful fascination with, and continuing curiosity about, the man who became and still remains America’s antihero.” – Time Magazine […]

Collective Memory in the Plays of Nilo Cruz

Nilo Cruz, who in 2003 became the first Latino writer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, uses lyrical language to create a sense of atmosphere and often to transport the audience to sites of collective memory. The play that won him the Pulitzer, Anna in the Tropics, for example, is set in a cigar factory in […]

Oscars: Belcourt Theatre Hosts Nominated Shorts Screenings

Today the Belcourt Theatre opens its annual look at animation, live action and documentary shorts nominated for Academy Awards™ in the run-up to March 2’s Oscars™ ceremony. (And remember that the best place in Nashville to watch that ceremony is at the Belcourt’s A Red Carpet Evening – click here to get tickets now if […]

Music Review: Guitar legend Pat Metheny makes a long overdo return to Nashville

Pat Metheny has always prided himself on being a maverick in musical circles, ignoring genre conventions and looking ahead rather than behind. After not having a saxophonist or reed instrumentalist in his group for nearly three decades, Metheny recruited ace multi-instrumentalist Chris Potter for his Unity Band in 2012. He was a key addition. The […]

Music Review: The air is sweet in Alias Chamber Ensemble’s performance of Moravec’s ‘Tempest Fantasy’

A veritable sonic tempest roared through the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall on Tuesday night. The proximate cause of the storm was the Alias Chamber Ensemble, which performed American composer Paul Moravec’s half-hour long, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy. As you might expect from a work inspired by a sorcerer, the performance was utterly […]

Nashville jazz icon William “Billy” Adair dies at 66

Nashville’s jazz scene suffered a tremendous loss today. William “Billy” Adair, the founder of the Blair Big Band and a fixture in the city’s jazz community, died this morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was 66 years old and had been suffering from melanoma cancer. Adair boasted a musical resume that was second-to-none. A multi-instrumentalist, […]

Dance Preview: ‘East Meets West’ at Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s next program

Dance Theatre of Tennessee will mark another milestone this weekend: For the first time in its four-year history, the company will introduce some live music into one of its performances. Music City Baroque, Nashville’s premier period-instrument group, will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach during DTT’s “East Meets West” program this weekend at Father Ryan […]

Vids in the Hall

One of the biggest surprises of February’s First Saturday event was Zack Hall’s video installation at 444 Humphreys Street. It was the artist’s very first show in a gallery – sort of. The Humphreys space is a porch with a lot of windows in the same Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood building that houses both the Julia Martin […]

Theater Review: Return to a Masterpiece with Powerful TN Rep ‘Red’

Gaining further appreciation and understanding or spotting something one has missed – for these and other reasons there are potential benefits to revisiting a work of art. Such is certainly the case when seeing Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of John Logan’s Red. This marks the second full production by a Nashville professional theater of […]

Dance Review: Love burns like a ‘Ring of Fire’ in Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash

You knew the Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was going to be a love story almost from the outset. As the lights dimmed, a giant screen lowered to the stage, and suddenly we saw photos of the couple as they appeared throughout the years. There were pictures of the two on […]

Music Preview: Guitar legend Pat Metheny, finding ‘Unity’ in music at Ryman Auditorium

Guitarist, bandleader and composer Pat Metheny has enjoyed a stellar career and managed the difficult feat of maintaining popularity while constantly tackling new artistic challenges. From his early days with Gary Burton right up to his latest project with his Unity Band, Metheny’s continually been willing to operate in different musical arenas, while simultaneously developing […]

Dance Review: The wonderful wizards of Oz Nashville inaugurate their new space with the far-reaching choreography of Wayne McGregor

Nashville is not exactly a mecca of modern dance. But you wouldn’t have guessed that on Thursday night, when the unapologetically modern Random Dance made its debut at Oz Nashville. The London-based company, which performs the works of its brilliantly adventurous founder and choreographer, Wayne McGregor, was in town for the official opening of the […]

Valentines are ‘Closer Than Ever’ at Street Theatre Company

Street Theatre Company marks the Valentine’s Day weekend with a presentation of Closer Than Ever, a musical revue that won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.  The revue displays in song the trials and tribulations we all experience as we travel through life’s ups and downs. Its timeless representation of love, happiness […]

Book Review: The Hurrahs and hand grenades of Charles Krauthammer and James Wolcott

More than 30 years ago, Charles Krauthammer left the world of medicine for political journalism, evolving into a prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning pundit and conservative voice (despite once being a speechwriter for Walter Mondale). The extensive anthology “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” (Crown Forum) collects his work on a variety of subjects, and shows he’s a thoughtful, […]