Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

© The Irving Penn Foundation / Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Irving Penn Foundation

The 2017 exhibit season at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts shows a particular emphasis on American art, with solo shows, a retrospective and an examination of how war contributed to the development of American Modernism.

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These people start with a blank page and end with something that didn't exist before: a completely new piece of music, poetry or art. Featuring country songwriter Victoria Banks, poet TJ Jarrett and public artist Bryce McCloud.

Courtesy of Cumberland Heights

Nashville's Music Row is home to recording studios, publishing houses — and now, an addiction treatment facility. Cumberland Heights cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new outpatient clinic in what has been the center of of the Nashville music industry. 

Tennessee State Library and Archives
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Long before Tennessee digitized a collection of traditional folk songs and storytelling, a small group of trained researchers had to collect those recordings in the field. That started in earnest in state parks in 1979.

Cayce Russell Tennessee folklife archives
Tennessee State Library & Archives

From ghost stories, to advice on how to build a banjo, to tales from the early days of electricity — all these subjects, along with traditional music, are captured in the Tennessee State Parks Folklife Collection.

Cindy Wall

Six months after temporarily shutting its doors, the Belcourt Theatre reopened last week, showing off both new updates and meticulous preservations.

MTSU bluegrass music
MTSU

A rare collection of live bluegrass recordings has a new home at Middle Tennessee State University.

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North Nashville has long been a center of artistic expression — from the Fisk Jubilee Singers in the 1860s to vast murals, painted in recent years, that span buildings and blocks.

But organizers of the Jefferson Street Art Crawl are hoping to get more of the city paying attention to an often overlooked creative scene.

Actors Bridge Ensemble

Not many playwrights can boast of having two world premieres in less than half a year. Nate Eppler can. His fourth play, the comedy The Ice Treatment, opens today at the Actors Bridge Ensemble, almost five months to the day after his drama Good Monsters premiered at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, to excellent reviews.

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