Archives for May 2014

Dance Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

This weekend, the Nashville Ballet presents Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec.  This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center.  By owning a studio space that has room for an audience, artistic director […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony Chorus marks its golden anniversary with a glorious Brahms requiem

Music director Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are celebrating the beauty of the human voice this weekend. Their program, which received a memorable performance on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, includes two masterpieces of the choral repertoire – Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (“A […]

Shana Kohnstamm and Carrie Alter at Rymer

Figuratively Speaking is a new exhibit at Rymer that finds gallery director Natalie Dunham presiding over a show that she juried, choosing a handful of work from a flood of submissions that came in from all over the globe. While Dunham chose all the work without knowing any information about the artists who made the individual […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet, Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble join forces for this week’s cutting-edge Emergence series

How does Nashville Ballet cap a season that included the world premiere of the Ben Folds Project? It goes all out, ending with a program that features three new dances set to the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec. Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling puts a premium on collaboration, so his dancers will perform […]

Music Preview: NSO Chorus marks its 50th anniversary with Brahms Requiem

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in high style this season. In October, the 200-plus choristers helped music director Giancarlo Guerrero usher in the season with a memorable performance of Vaughan Williams’ seldom heard (in these parts) A Sea Symphony. And earlier this month, the group and its newly minted […]

Pay-What-You-Want at J. Todd Greene’s Art Sale Tomorrow

Laura Hutson and I have been talking a lot lately about how Nashville’s art scene has evolved over the last three decades. Thinking back on some of the highlights over the years, one of the first things that came to mind for me was artist J. Todd Greene’s Paw Paw Sermons painting series. In 1997, […]

Music Review: Laubrock and Rainey headline Indeterminacies’ last concert

Indeterminacies is one of the most vital events in our city’s artistic and musical landscape.  Unique to Nashville, this true salon is held at Zeitgeist as a labor of love (and ideas) by Lesley Beeman and Lain York (with curatorial support by Rodger Coleman). In other cities, salons like this are sponsored by local universities or contemporary […]

Theater Review: A Stupendous ‘Suit’ Fits Perfectly at OZ

With Peter Brook it’s the tale and not the teller that matters; many theater artists pay lip service to that idea, but Brook and his Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord colleagues actually show how that’s done. And because they have more interest in the questions than the answers we become active participants in the story […]

‘The Suit’ From Iconic Peter Brook & Colleagues Comes to OZ

OZ, Nashville’s groundbreaking new contemporary arts center, is the last US stop this year on an internationally acclaimed tour of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord’s production of The Suit, directed by iconic theater artist Peter Brook in conjunction with his long-term collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne. The work will play for three nights beginning Thursday (May 22) […]

Virtually Real: Ann Catherine Carter at 40AU

Ann Catherine Carter‘s Nothing Never Happens exhibit at 40AU is yet another entry in the big, bold abstractions category in a local spring season that’s been packed with shows of similar work. It’s not a bad thing to be a part of a trend, but I point it out as timely comparisons always inspire a […]

Aisle Seat – Tony Nominations: The Snubs Less Noted

The annual Wednesday meet-the-Tony-nominees event that traditionally follows the Tuesday nominations announcement is always a jolly occasion. The chosen few, guided by press representatives, parade before television cameras and photographers. They drop by desks where reporters from all sorts of publications ply them with questions that rarely include “What’s your favorite color?” Most nominees show […]

Music Review: From John Adams to John Williams, the Nashville Symphony plays it all

Music director Giancarlo Guerrero is leading the Nashville Symphony Orchestra this weekend in a concert that expertly balances the bold and new with the tried and true. The daring part of the program, performed Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, consists of contemporary American composer John Adams’ City Noir, a wondrous and complex work […]

Born From the Bomb: Sixty Years of Godzilla, ‘King of the Monsters’

Continuing his six-decade reign of rampage and destruction, Japan’s largest export returns to the screen this weekend to show us why he remains “The King of the Monsters.” Not just any old reptile could sustain sixty years of films, television shows and video games. Even the “zilla” affix has become a part of our everyday […]

Blackbird Brings John Updike’s Novel ‘Roger’s Version’ to Stage

Blackbird Theater completes its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of Roger’s Version, a new play adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Updike. It runs May 30 – June 8 in Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theatre and is co- sponsored by the Lipscomb University Department of Theatre and the Christian Scholars […]

Actors Point JR Stages ‘Children of Eden’ Musical This Summer

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Actors Point Theatre Company is currently enrolling students for its third annual four-week musical theater “kids” camp (children and students aged 5 through college seniors) that culminates in a production of of John Caird and Stephen Schwartz‘s Children of Eden. Camp rehearsals begin May 27 and will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to […]

Film Review: Loyalty and Friendship in Gentle ‘Ernest & Celestine’

Ernest and Celestine packs a potent message about loyalty and friendship into its soft-pastel look. The Oscar-nominated and Cesar-winning film from the creative team behind Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kells is overall a gentle (though entertaining and at times quite boisterous) tale that is certainly geared for children but can be appreciated for its artistic value and thoughtful story […]

Spend Time with Karen Seapker this Weekend

I was chatting online with Laura Hutson last weekend about her story in the Nashville Scene and the happenings at the Art Crawl and in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. She missed the weekend events — she was busy researching an upcoming Nashville Scene cover story out of town — so I promised to keep my eyes open at the […]

Pictorial: Red Carpet for Nashville ‘Fault in our Stars’ Film Preview

“The Fault in our Stars,” the beloved bestselling novel by John Green, comes to the big screen June 6. In celebration of the film’s upcoming release, 20th Century Fox and Tumblr created the “Demand Our Stars” viral contest for fans to “demand the stars” of the movie visit their state. With more than 185,000 Tennessee teens successfully voting, […]

Music Review: Alias springs into action with three world premieres

Alias Chamber Ensemble is in the mood for love. Judging from its terrific spring concert on Wednesday night at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, the group is also in the groove.  Nashville’s adventurous chamber group premiered no fewer than three new works during its two-and-a-half hour performance at Turner Recital Hall. That’s likely a […]

People Get Ready: Jerry Lawson Records with Red Beet Records

Jerry Lawson praises God almost every other breath. “Ain’t God good?” he’ll ask, without waiting for an answer, of course, when talking about his recent stint in Nashville to record a country and R&B-laced album for Eric Brace’s Red Beet Records. The CD will be released in the autumn. “It’s the first-ever Jerry-only recording,” says Lawson, […]