Archives for July 2014

Innovative Fourth Sideshow Fringe Festival Ready to Fly High

Four years on the annual Sideshow Fringe Festival presented by Sideshow @ Actors Bridge is “Nashville’s Progressive Performing Arts Event” and so much more; it has even garnered national exposure with CNN naming it one of  the country’s of Most Intriguing Festivals in its 2014 “Best of the US” section. The festival that starts Thursday and […]

Nashville Symphony Chorus to Hold New Member Auditions

The Nashville Symphony Chorus, fresh off a 50th anniversary season that included a number of high-profile performances in Music City and a guest appearance at Cincinnati’s renowned May Festival, will be holding its next round of new member auditions in August for individuals interested in joining the ensemble. The all-volunteer Chorus, which was formed in […]

Music Review: Jazz vocalist Dara Tucker lights up Nashville’s Jazz Cave

The challenge for any contemporary jazz performer, vocalist or instrumentalist, is to strike a balance between mastery of traditional requirements and an approach that is fresh and personal. Dara Tucker consistently excelled in both ways throughout her show last Friday at the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Jazz Cave. The concert was designed to spotlight her third studio […]

Alias’ Fifth Annual Arts & Flowers comes to W.O. Smith Music School

Nashville’s Alias Chamber Ensemble is like a world-premiere-generating machine. Since its founding a dozen years ago, this adventurous group has premiered nearly 20 new works. Three of them were presented during the ensemble’s excellent spring concert last May. The event that helps make all of Alias’ adventurousness and creativity possible is Arts & Flowers. The […]

Profound Questions Populate ‘100 Saints You Should Know’

In a compelling and heartrending journey presented in Nashville Friday through July 27 by Actors Bridge Ensemble, we meet a priest who must reconcile his desires with his role in the church, a teenage boy confused about his sexual identity, and a young woman desperate for spiritual validation. They are all brought together on one […]

Eddie George one of TN Rep’s Actors for Eclectic 2014-15 Season

Tennessee Repertory Theatre has worked with Pulitzer Prize winners, Tony Award winners, and Academy Award winners through its burgeoning Ingram New Works Project.  Now it can add a Heisman Trophy winner to that list in Eddie George:  The former Tennessee Titan is cast in the February production of The Whipping Man, which The New York Times calls […]

From the Back Row: Go See ‘Life Itself’ at Belcourt Theatre

Roger Ebert and his longtime print competitor/TV co-host Gene Siskel were often accused of reducing film critique to thumbs up or down. That view of their TV opinions was ultimately ridiculous given the mountains of words they put together in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune regarding good, bad and mediocre cinema. Does that mean they were […]

Film Review: Tedious ‘Third Person’ Focuses on the Self-Absorbed

Writer-Director Paul Haggis’ Third Person provides the umpteenth example of why success in art, no matter who’s involved, is never a sure thing. The gifted man behind Crash and In the Valley of Elah is back with a film full of fine actors where three stories “of love, passion, trust and betrayal” (to quote the […]

See Mystic Truths Saturday Night

While I was at the Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston events this past Saturday night, I struck up a conversation with Zack Rafuls about a show of work by Co. H — Rafuls is the art collective’s current chair. Co. H is a student group at Watkins that’s been active since 2011 — fulfilling the […]