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The Nashville Repertory Theater (formerly the Tennessee Rep) has announced a 2016-17 season that balances old favorites with new plays, and offers a mix of shows ranging from introspective drama to slapstick comedy.

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Millions of people in China could be reading about Nashville in the coming days. That’s because the city is hosting eight Chinese delegates — entertainment executives who came here for the Nashville Film Festival. As it turns out, that’s big news overseas.

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The Nashville ballet takes on one of the most retold stories in the Islamic world, this weekend: Layla and the Majnun. It’s something of a coincidence that the company is premiering a dance based on a Middle Eastern legend in a political season full of talk about Islam in schools and Syrian refugees.

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Like so many of his friends and fans, I've spent the last week thinking about Jim Ridley, who died on April 8, at the age of 50.

While watching everyone post and talk and share stories about Jim, there was one particular passage of his own writing that kept coming up — a piece of a Bruce Springsteen concert review from 2014. 

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For the first time, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is investing money in a major show that will feature local talent. The venue's Broadway Series normally consists of national tours making brief stops in Music City, and the local companies that utilize its smaller theaters are essentially renters.

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Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s upcoming Broadway season is largely made up of the touring productions that have been its mainstay for years. But the 2016-17 schedule begins and ends with shows that have Middle Tennessee connections: one is a locally produced rendition of a favorite musical, the other a show co-written by a veteran of Music Row.

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The Nashville Film Festival has attracted buyers for the first time this year. Industry representatives will be mixing in with the crowd, watching movies and potentially making deals.


I asked Ted Crockett, executive director of the film festival, to read me the list of buyers. I recognized most of the names, like Amazon and Starz, until we got near the bottom. 


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The Nashville Ballet has announced its 2016-17 season, including a greater presence than ever for one longtime member of the company.

Christopher Stuart joined Nashville Ballet as a dancer in 2003, and has a number of featured solo roles on his resume. A few years ago, audiences were introduced to his choreography in the company's experimental, black box performances, Emergence. This season, his 2014 dance Under the Lights makes up half of the annual contemporary show, Attitude. Stuart is also the choreographer of the final mainstage show of the season.

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There may have been a little history made today at the groundbreaking of the new Tennessee State Museum. Chattanooga-born author and historian Jon Meacham shared some remarks that left an impression on those who attended.

Scouting For Diamonds
Scouting For Diamonds

A baseball documentary by a Nashville filmmaker has landed an all-star narrator.

Actor and avid Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray has signed on to voice and co-produce the film “Scouting For Diamonds.” It tells the stories of baseball’s greatest talent scouts. View the trailer below: