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Erica Ciccarone

In the space left by a missing brick in a West Nashville wall, there's a tiny art gallery — complete with its own lighting and very small sculptures and paintings by Nashville artists.


Ben Griffith says it's all about having fun with art. In that spirit, visitors are directed to the gallery via scavenger hunt. (Go to Griffith's website and click "Clues for Gallery 1.") 

Kathleen Barry / United Methodist Publishing House

As long as the United Methodist Publishing House has had its headquarters in downtown Nashville, there’s been plenty of room to store dozens of rare books — some even older than the United States. But now the office is getting ready to downsize, so it’s time to assess what’s there and make some decisions.

The Methodist Publishing House dates back to the 1780s, and from the beginning, editor Brian Milford says the clergymen once known as “book stewards,” needed to have reference material on hand.

Still Rolling Productions

The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.

Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.

“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”

Elbert Barnes / Flickr

The Country Music Hall of Fame named its class of 2015 Wednesday morning in a ceremony hosted by singer Brenda Lee.

The Oak Ridge Boys accepted the honor in person, as did Jim Ed Brown and the Browns (his two sisters, Maxine and Bonnie). Guitarist Grady Martin, who rounds out the class, died in 2001.

Courtesy Block family

A champion of Nashville’s emerging artists has died after a bout with cancer, according to a Facebook post by his wife.

Joe Nolan


Gallatin Pike is gritty, but it's also groovy — and even gorgeous if you know where to look. It's the main vein of the beating heart of one of the city's most dynamic communities, the East Nashville and Inglewood neighborhoods. The pike's used tire shops, fast food chains, vintage boutiques, music venues, bars and markets are as diverse as the neighbors they serve.

Nina Cardona / WPLN

The new exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts offers a glimpse into a grand English country estate called Houghton Hall. It was built by the first prime minister and has stayed in the same family ever since.

Stephen Jerkins

When Vee-Jay Records released The Beatles’ first American single, “Please Please Me” on a 45-RPM record in 1963, vinyl wasn’t the format of choice for audiophiles. It was the only format. 

Emily Siner / WPLN

Nashville has a new fund to help artists purchase affordable housing and studios. The Housing Fund, a nonprofit that finances affordable housing around Middle Tennessee, has received a $200,000 grant and pledged $400,000 of its own for loans.

Nina Cardona / WPLN

Nashville’s Music Row has been officially declared a National Treasure.  That means local groups trying to preserve the character of country music’s home neighborhood will have hands-on assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  The Trust helps local groups organize, plan and raise money. In some cases, it spearheads legal battles.  This year, it successfully lobbied Congress to add Oak Ridge and the other Manhattan Project sites to the National Parks system. It took the Army Corps of Engineers to court—and won—over a cruise ship port in Charleston’s historic district.