Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

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In the Metro Nashville Police Department, the official chaplain is always on call in case of emergency. In this role, James Duke counsels other police officers in crisis, and he also delivers death notifications to families around the city when someone has died.

It's an intense job, and in our live series Movers & Thinkers, he talked about how it affects his own life. 

Emily Siner / WPLN

People who go to the opera, and many who don't, are probably familiar with the classics of the art form. Carmen. La Traviata. The Magic Flute.

But the Nashville Opera tries to get outside the mainstream at least once a year, and its latest foray is decidedly modern: a show that deals with unusual relationships in the 21st century. 

Tennessee State Prison
Tennessee State Library & Archives

The old Tennessee State Prison, also known as “The Castle,” has drawn a lot of attention this year. There’s been talk of redeveloping the largely dormant site along the Cumberland River. And with the blessing of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, a flying drone video documented the property extensively.

But it was in a different medium, back in 1933, that the prison produced some little-known musical recordings.

As music journalists are compiling their top ten and best of lists, we asked a small group of Nashville writers to define the sound of the city's music scene over the last year.

Cindy Wall

The Belcourt Theatre has received the state’s highest honor in the arts.

Nashville’s only arthouse movie theater, which underwent a massive remodeling this year, is one of ten recipients from across Tennessee to be presented with a 2017 Governor’s Arts Award.

Versify, Poetry on Demand, WPLN, The Porch
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Nashville Public Radio is among seven public media stations accepted into an intensive podcast training project, made possible by a $1 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Nashville’s new podcast — called Versify — is a partnership between WPLN and The Porch, Nashville’s nonprofit literary center.

Strong Inside Wallace Maraniss
Courtesy of Andrew Maraniss

A Nashville author who saw surprising success with his first book is trying to extend his hot streak. With, “Strong Inside,” Vanderbilt University alum Andrew Maraniss delivered a bestseller about Perry Wallace, the first black basketball player in the Southeastern Conference.

Now, Maraniss has crafted the story into a condensed version for young adults — with a full-color action shot on the cover — and it joins an emerging trend of true sports stories for teens.

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