Review: Nashville Opera Delivers the Goods in Sensuous Carmen

For its final production of the season, Nashville Opera calls on the power of one of music’s most-loved and oft-performed operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Director John Hoomes presents a compelling, well-acted, and beautifully sung treatment of this operatic staple, filled to the brim with all the passion, fire, and lust present in this work. TPAC’s […]

Skybetter Business Bureau: When Artists Expect to Earn a Living

This is a guest post is by Ken Tabachnick – designer, arts manager, dean and thinker. I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations. Recently, three published pieces raised the question of our expectations as artists and how we present our work. (Many thanks to Thomas Cott and You’ve Cott Mail for alerting us to these and […]

Greg Pond Branches Out At Seed Space

There’s a lot going on in Greg Pond’s new exhibit at Seed Space, The Place You Will Wait for the Rest of Your Life. The show combines Pond’s previous work with an ongoing documentary project about the community of Patten Towers, a Section 8 housing facility in Chattanooga. The show features sculpture and video work […]

Downtown Presbyterian Church Celebrates 20 Years in the Arts

Once, art and religion played nice: The Catholic Church underwrote Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco, and its patronage of the arts ensured that religious subjects remain among the most popular in Western art. And even as recently as the 1930s, Nashville artist William Edmondson claimed that a divine voice commanded him to sculpt. But these days, […]

Art Versus Craft: Selvage at TSU

Selvage brings together artists from across the country who push the boundaries of textile-based work. The exhibition opened last Thursday night at Tennessee State University’s Hiram Von Gordon Gallery, and was curated by two notable movers and shakers in the Nashville art scene, Jodi Hays and Laura Hutson. Hays is an artist and former faculty […]

Selvage Opens Tonight at TSU

An exhibition of contemporary, abstract textile art opens tonight at TSU. Nashville Scene Arts Editor, Laura Hutson curated the show with local artist Jodi Hays, and the two have pulled together quite a lineup. In addition to local luminaries like Alex Blau and Courtney Adair Johnson, Selvage includes a selections by a TSU professor and […]

Belmont Hosts ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly

The Belmont Theatre and Dance Department has arranged quite a treat for lovers of dance and movies: on Oct. 24 and 25 Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, will take Troutt Theater guests behind the scenes to share an intimate portrait of the man that changed the look of dance on film forever and […]

William Edmondson Exhibit at Cheekwood Reveals a Life in Stone

As a living timeline of Edmondson and his legacy, William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold traces the working history of a self-taught Nashville artist and the national ripples left behind by his lasting impression. Born the child of freed slaves in 1874, Edmondson started carving his limestone sculptures when he was nearly 60 years […]

Look Up Nashville! BANDALOOP is Here (and at UBS Tower Monday)

BANDALOOP is coming to OZ Arts Nashville this week, and it’s announcing its arrival Monday with a very special performance that involves one of the city’s downtown buildings. The group’s dancers will present Look Up Nashville!, which takes place down the side of the 28-story UBS Tower (315 Deaderick St.). This unique “sneak peek” of BANDALOOP […]

Picturing Music: Kandinsky at the Frist

It’s not often we see a single artist take center stage at the Frist. Kandinsky: A Retrospective celebrates the life and legacy of modern art master Wassily Kandinsky, displaying over 100 paintings, drawings, and photographs that chronicle four decades of Kandinsky’s life, from his earliest work to the last watercolor made in 1944, the year […]

It’s the Month of Artober Once Again in Nashville!

It says Oct. 1 on the calendar, which means that for the fourth straight year Artober has started in Nashville! Hundreds of events are scheduled in this month-long celebration of everything the Music City offers in arts and culture. The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (Metro Arts) seeks to connect every Nashvillian to the thriving creative […]

Should Nashville Have Two Art Crawls?

Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl came creeping to life eight years ago when a collection of newbie galleries in the Arcade joined forces with the commercial art spaces on Fifth Avenue to create a monthly one-stop art event that shifted the gravity of the city’s art scene. Today, the crawl is as good as it’s […]

Polish Posters Play with Protest at Vanderbilt University

France’s Belle Epoque came to an end with the first rumblings of World War I. The period had lasted for more than a quarter-century, and its peace, optimism and artistic advancements were celebrated in its stylized posters. If World War I ended the Great Poster Period in Paris, World War II prompted another in Poland. […]

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 […]

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 […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

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 […]