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(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure GivingMatters.com form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

TV Review: ‘The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over’ on PBS

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Contemporary pop culture has created a sort of false binary between the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. While fans duke it out over whose catalog is better, a lot of other British Invasion bands don’t get anywhere near the recognition they deserve – bands like The Animals or Herman’s Hermits. All of them played an important […]

Time is running out …

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The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

TV Review: Denyce Graves headlines this year’s joyous ‘Christmas at Belmont’

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Few college music programs offer their students the chance to perform on national television. At Belmont University, this opportunity is practically a given. For the past 11 years, the university’s school of music has presented its Christmas at Belmont holiday show to a national audience on PBS. This year’s glistening Christmas special, taped in November […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

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It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

‘Nashville 2.0’ Headlines Night of Music City Sounds on NPT

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“We were doing it for a long time,” says Emmylou Harris as she performs Americana music onstage with Rodney Crowell in NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana that airs today in Nashville at 8 p.m. on NPT (available over-the-air on 8.1, on Comcast Channel 1008 and Charter Cable channel 708) as part of the PBS ARTS FALL FESTIVAL. “We just didn’t know what […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

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Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

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A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Local Producer Sees “Country Christmas” with Dolly Parton Hit TV

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When folks watch A Country Christmas Story on Lifetime today (at 7 p. m. Central, Channels 42 and 1305 on Comcast, 25 and 738 on Charter; repeated at 11 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Sunday as well as 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15) they’ll see the on-screen efforts of music legend Dolly […]

Review: Some Entertaining ‘Company’ on PBS Great Performances

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Ah yes, phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company ! Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s landmark 1970 musical has been performed in so many ways – including a 2008 Great Performances broadcast of the chamber-style 2006 Broadway revival starring Raúl Esparza as Robert – that the contours of this concept musical have sometimes been obscured by the, well, concept […]

‘A Raisin In The Sun Revisited’ Behind-the-Scenes Doc Airs on NPT

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PBS’ new performance documentary A RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: THE RAISIN CYCLE AT CENTER STAGE explores the history and legacy of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 play through the lens of a culturally significant milestone:  the staging of two contemporary, issues-oriented plays that Raisin inspired: Bruce Norris’s Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park (which Tennessee Rep successfully produced […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

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Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

TV/Film review: ‘Hollow Crown’ Packs All of Shakespeare’s Punch

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“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” Shakespeare has King Henry IV of England tell us toward the end of that usurper’s reign. That may be true, but “The Hollow Crown” quartet of films that begins tonight on PBS (NPT 8 p.m. in Nashville) with Richard II has no such worries. The sharply focused […]

‘Shakespeare: The King’s Man’ Doc Connects Us with Bard’s Words

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Like many whose introduction to William Shakespeare has come through the dry instruction of an English class James Shapiro was no fan of the Bard while growing up. “I was turned off by it in junior high and high school and I never took a college course on Shakespeare so I came to it late […]

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Nashville’s vibrant arts scene has kept the editors, writers and interns of ArtsNash busy. Since the beginning of this season, we have posted more than 300 stories and reviews. Naturally, we have written about many of Nashville’s major cultural institutions – the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera […]

Video Files: ‘The Master’ reaffirms Phoenix’s brilliance

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Whatever else one might think about Joaquin Phoenix and his penchant for odd (to put it mildly) behavior, his acting talent should not be questioned. Having missed its theatrical run, the DVD of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” was definitely on my list. It will be available Tuesday (Starz/Anchor Bay, both Blu-ray and standard definition), […]

Video Files: With ‘Argo’ and ‘Skyfall,’ it’s action time on disc

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Seldom has there been as much controversy regarding director’s snubs as this year’s Oscar nominations have generated. Despite the fact that Zero Dark Thirty’s Kathyrn Bigelow already made history by being the first female to earn a Best Director award for The Hurt Locker, her absence from this year’s list spawned a host of columns and commentaries […]

ArtsNash Launches Internship Program Fundraising Campaign

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From ArtsNash Co-Founders John Pitcher and Evans Donnell Dear Readers, At ArtsNash we certainly strive to inform, but we also want to educate. It’s our hope that arts lovers will continue to read about the groups and artists they love from a new generation of writers. And our nonprofit organization needs your help to do that. Giving […]

Video Files: Denzel Washington soars in ‘Flight’

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After hearing about Denzel Washington’s latest film Flight, my initial thought was, “wow, another transportation movie.” With such remakes as Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable, it seemed he was stuck in a rut. But those were my impressions before seeing Flight. Watching it was the equivalent of seeing a championship fighter whose skills seemed […]

Review: ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’ Encourages Us to Explore

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In the six-part television series Shakespeare Uncovered, Richard Eyre, the former head of the UK’s National Theatre, puts his finger on the pulse of the world’s greatest playwright: “…If you say, ‘What is Shakespearian?’ Everything that is Shakespearian is ambiguous.” Yes, but that didn’t stop series producer Richard Denton from bringing actors, directors, academics and […]