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Country music superstar Dolly Parton has her sights set on Broadway and the silver screen — but first, she's hitting the road again.

Parton announced Monday morning that she's taking her biggest North American tour in more than 20 years this summer, following the release of a new album. She'll perform hits like "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You," in addition to new songs, but on a pared-down stage with mostly acoustic instruments.

The tour, Pure & Simple, is named after her upcoming album. "I don't know how pure I am, but I know I'm pretty simple," she said.

Nashville Children's Theatre

The man who led the Nashville Children’s Theater for the last three decades has died. Scot Copeland passed away suddenly overnight.

As a teen, Copeland co-founded a children’s theater in a small Alabama town. He went on to devote his entire career to producing plays for young audiences, saying he enjoyed how willing children were to follow along with all kinds of stories. At the Nashville Children’s Theater, he built a reputation for staging immersive shows that introduced kids to fanciful worlds, historical events, and great works of youth literature.

Carl Van Vechten Gallery
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Fisk University’s famed Alfred Stieglitz Collection has returned to Nashville. After two years hanging in the Crystal Bridges museum in Arkansas, the artwork will get an unveiling here on April 7.

Alanna Styer

For over a year, a Nashville artist went on an unusual pilgrimage: She travelled around the country, to sites in 15 cities and towns where people of color were killed in encounters with police.

Alanna Styer. a recent graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, undertook the journey for her senior thesis. She photographed street corners, business storefronts, and other outdoor spaces that have this one grievous commonality. She called the project “Where It Happened.”

Anthonis Mor, 1549 (oil on canvas) / Dukes of Alba Collection, Liria Palace, Madrid

Visitors to Nashville’s Frist Center have a rare opportunity right now: the chance to see works by master artists that are normally displayed where only Europe’s elite can see them.  The paintings, tapestries and books belong to one of Spain’s most storied noble families, the House of Alba.


A statue of a boxer by Nashville artist William Edmondson has drawn a record-setting price at auction — $785,000, the highest price ever garnered for what's called "outsider art."

Edmondson did briefly achieve insider status during his lifetime: In 1937, he became the first African-American to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Courtesy of Triple Point

Next week, hundreds of video gamers — many decked out in costumes — will head to a place where they typically don't hang out: the Nashville Symphony.

The occasion? A set of gaming-themed concerts that the symphony is putting on to attract this segment of the audience.

The orchestra and chorus will be performing the score from The Legend of Zelda, an epic, high-fantasy gaming series that’s about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. 

Macon St. Hilaire Nashville art
Gallery Luperca

A Nashville gallery has challenged artists to show their love for the city, with one catch. The artwork that debuts this weekend cannot depict the downtown skyline.

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Some authors hope to get their books turned into movies. After all, it comes with a lot of publicity and a big paycheck. But a book by Nashville award-winning author Ann Patchett had its world premiere this month in a different form — as an opera. 

Annika Best

When presidential candidates call Syrian refugees a threat to national security, Annika Best cringes. The Nashvillian spent five weeks on the ground with Syrians living in settlement camps in Lebanon, and now, she's using photography to show Americans the faces of those stuck in the middle of crisis.