Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Photograph: Ilpo Musto, By Permission From Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

When musician and poet Leonard Cohen died last year, there was little mention made of the time he spent in Tennessee. But the songwriter lived for nearly two years in a remote cabin outside of Nashville in the late '60s and early '70s, where he worked on songs like "Bird on the Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Those who did mention of Cohen’s Tennessee period always brought up the cabin, which was located near Leiper's Fork. 

Gallagher & Associates / Tennessee State Museum

The Tennessee State Museum is sharing images of what its new home will look like on the inside once completed.

State Library & Archives

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is attempting to preserve as many artifacts from World War I as possible, a century after it was fought. Historians are traveling around the state to photograph papers, uniforms, even firearms that have never been documented.

The state just wrapped up a similar project with items from the Civil War. That project got a big response, helping the state archives digitize about 4,000 Civil War artifacts.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

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.

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