Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Joe Nolan

Dickerson Pike was always on my list for the first four installments of the Pikes Project, and I’ve had a lot of time to explore it while working on my portraits of Gallatin, Nolensville and Charlotte Pike.

Choral Arts Link Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

After several years of unsuccessful lobbying, Nashville’s arts organizations are celebrating a boost in Metro government funding. Every group that was approved for a grant will get more this year — with some increases of 50 percent, 100 percent, or even 300 percent.

Mack Linebaugh / WPLN

The Barbershop Harmony Society holds its annual international convention over the Fourth of July holiday each year. This year, it's in Nashville — as it was in 2008. 

OZ Arts Nashville

An unusual take on the idea of a group art show is reappearing at this week’s OZ Arts Fest. Modular Art Pods offer festival-goers a trip through tiny, interconnected spaces, each its own art installation.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Country music superstar Dolly Parton gave a diplomatic response when CNNMoney asked her this week about North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law. She had just toured through the state, where they now require people to use the bathroom of their birth sex.

Mildred Jarrett

When Mildred Jarrett started her studies at Watkins College of Art and Design (or, as it was then known, Watkins Institute), she was considered too young to be in figure studies classes with nude models. When she graduated with her Associates Degree in Fine Art in 2001, she was a half-century older than her classmates.

Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

A singer-songwriter is accusing pop star Justin Bieber and music producer Skrillex of stealing a vocal riff in Bieber's 2015 hit song "Sorry." Casey Dienel, who performs under the name White Hinterland, sued for copyright infringement this week in federal court in Nashville. 

Donn Jones for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Guy Clark is being remembered as one of Music City's most respected songwriters. He died Tuesday morning in Nashville.

Clark was successful as a songwriter but might be best remembered as a mentor: Generations of troubadours counted Clark as a major influence and called on him for advice at his Nashville home.

James DeMain

Brian Siskind is more artist than documentarian, but his latest pet project does a bit of both: exploring the essence of color and form as it captures for posterity some of old Nashville's vanishing landscape.