NSO’s Mark Blakeman: Heading West, Young Man

There was good and bad news in the release the Nashville Symphony Orchestra sent out on Thursday. The good news is that the symphony’s veteran chief operating officer, Mark Blakeman, will soon become captain of his own ship, taking over as president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (apparently, the weather just wasn’t hot enough for […]

1930s ‘As You Like It’ Strolls Through Shakespeare in the Park

The optimistic comedies of the 1930s have inspired this year’s Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Shakespeare in the Park production of the Bard’s As You Like It, with original music by songwriter David Olney, that opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 14 at Centennial Park. The festival’s 27th annual park presentation has a Depression Era-camp setting designed by Morgan Matens […]

Nashville Stagecraft Has Dust Bowl Cinderella Twist in ‘Cindy & Ella’

While it’s based on the pan-cultural fairy tale of Cinderella, Nashville Stagecraft’s adaptation of the ancient tale is a far cry from the classic 1950 Disney animated film version. Cindy & Ella, premiering Friday at the 4th Story Theater, follows three women coping with life in an isolated Oklahoma farming community at the height of the Dust Bowl. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Theater/Puppetry: Phantom Limb Company

Memory Rings (World Premiere) June 18 (Preview), 19 & 20, 2015 All performances at 7pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle In June 2015, OZ will present the world premiere of Memory Rings, from New York City’s famed Phantom Limb Company. The work isa theatrical storytelling of 5,000 years of human and environmental change from the […]

Music/Visual Art/Discussion: Pi Day

Roy Wooten, Laurie Anderson, Ben Davis (ISHKY), Cano Ozgener and more March 14, 2015 Saturday Time TBD OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle On Pi Day 2015, OZ brings together visual art, performance and discussion with a focus on the connections of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Roy Wooten (five-time Grammy-winning percussionist with Bela Fleck […]

Dance: Trisha Brown Dance Company

Repertory Works May 14 & 16 Program A, Thursday at 8pm Program B, Saturday at 7:30pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Over the course of fifty years, Trisha Brown’s movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of what constitutes performance. She pushed the limits of chorography and altered modern dance […]

Music/Performance: Laurie Anderson

The Language of the Future March 12 & 13, 2015 Thursday & Friday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle The composer, storyteller and performer Laurie Anderson is one of America’s most renowned—and daring—creative pioneers. Her work, which encompasses music, visual art, poetry, film and photography, has challenged and delighted audiences around the world for […]

Music/Film: Andy Warhol, Dean & Britta

13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests January 17, 2015 Saturday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot almost 500 Screen Tests, revealing portraits of various individuals, both famous and anonymous, who visited his studio, the Factory. They were asked to pose, lit, and filmed by Warhol […]

Music/Film: Vijay Iyer

Mutations I-X RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi November 8 & 9 Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle The Guardian UK has called Vijay Iyer “one of the world’s most inventive new-generation jazz pianists.” His most recent honors include a MacArthur fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, an unprecedented “quintuple […]

Dance/Spectacle: Bandaloop

Look Up Nashville! Harboring October 10 & 11 Friday & Saturday at 7pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP is a pioneer in vertical dance performance. The company seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. […]

Theater: The Actors Gang

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Directed by Tim Robbins September 12 & 13 Friday & Saturday at 8pm OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle Founded in 1981 by Tim Robbins and led by him and co-Artistic Director Cynthia Ettinger, The Actors’ Gang has garnered international acclaim for its productions of unconventional and uncompromising plays and its dynamic […]

Alex Useted is New Nashville Children’s Theatre Tech Director

Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), the nation’s oldest professional theater for young audiences, is pleased to announce the addition of Technical Director Alex Useted. Useted brings extensive experience from Chicago’s theaters to Nashville. “Alex absolutely has the chops, and is going to be a great fit,” says NCT Artistic Director Scot Copeland. “We’ve been fortunate to […]

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention Comes to Nashville

Nashville is celebrating Arts Leadership Weekend Friday through Sunday as the 2014 Annual Convention for Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, welcomes more than 1,000 arts professionals, community leaders and supporters of the arts to the Music City. Nashville Mayor Karl F. Dean proclaimed Arts Leadership […]

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Nashville Opera & ‘Mary Poppins’

The third annual Nashville Opera movie sing-a-long at Franklin Theatre on July 13 should be practically perfect in every way – it’s Disney’s Mary Poppins in glorious, full-screen Technicolor complete with lyrics so the whole audience can join in, and there are two screenings because of demand! “Nashville Opera is pleased to present one of the most-beloved movies of all time, […]

Tense Two-Hander ‘Blackbird’ Has Nashville Premiere at ABE

The tense two-hander Blackbird has been gripping audiences around the world for several years now. The award-winning play comes to Nashville Friday through June 15 thanks to Actors Bridge Ensemble. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at the Actors Bridge Studio in the rear of the building at 4304-F […]

Acclaimed Musical ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Opens 14th BRT Season

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) opens its 14th season  with the Tennessee premiere of the musical Bonnie and Clyde June 5, 6 and 7 in Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin. The acclaimed show sports a non-traditional score that combines blues, gospel and rockabilly music. The edge-of-your-seat musical about the real life story of Bonnie Parker […]