Monday, July 27, 2015

Now Playing: Charlie's Country at The Belcourt

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Charlie's Country
When: Through Tuesday, July 28
Where: The Belcourt

David Gulpilil, the charismatic actor who made his stunning debut as a teenager in Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 heat vision Walkabout, co-wrote this picturesque drama with director Rolf de Heer, the Dutch-born Australian filmmaker perhaps best known for the skeevy 1993 squirmfest Bad Boy Bubby.

Gulpilil plays an aboriginal dweller being pushed farther and farther to the fringes by white society, a tension that threads through his interactions with a cagey policeman (Luke Ford). Screening for three days only, the film’s the latest in The Belcourt’s ongoing series of limited runs — movies that may not have broad enough appeal to sustain a week’s run, yet have been on the radars of diehard local cinephiles for months. These constitute some of the theater’s most exciting programming: upcoming titles along this line include Mia Hansen-Love’s EDM epic Eden (July 29-Aug. 2) and Xavier Dolan’s suspenser Tom at the Farm (Aug. 19-20). 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

NPT Celebrates the Film Music of John Williams Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 11:08 AM

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Without John Williams’ bone-chilling music, the movie Jaws might have been just another fish story. The timeless characters from the Star Wars saga, meanwhile, would have been lost in space, and Superman would have been just another guy in tights.

The legendary Hollywood composer’s six-decade-long career is the focus of Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the L.A. Philharmonic, which airs at 8 p.m. tonight on NPT. Gustavo Dudamel, the L.A. Phil’s red-hot music director, will lead the orchestra in music from Star Wars, Amistad and Catch Me If You Can.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman, who performed on the original soundtrack to Schindler’s List, will appear in music from that film as well as music from Fiddler on the Roof. The concert will open with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets joining the orchestra to perform the "Olympic Fanfare and Theme," which Williams composed for the 1984 Olympic Games.

The program, which was taped at Walt Disney Hall, will include archival footage along with a conversation between Dudamel and Williams. Natalie Portman will host.

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Alien: The Musical, Now Playing at TPAC's Polk Theater

Posted By on Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Alien: The Musical
: Through July 26
Where: TPAC's Polk Theater

Following its early December presentation in Old Hickory at The Arts at Center Street, plus an engagement in Columbus, Ohio, this musical written by Gregg D. Garner moves in to TPAC’s Polk Theater for four performances.

In a backstory worthy of our uber-creative digital age, Garner, formerly a guitarist-composer with the Christian band UnNamed Servant, received inspiration for this piece while on a plane to Nashville from Africa, quickly developing song ideas by singing quietly into his iPhone.

The play’s themes of race, class struggle, labor, power and discrimination come to life in the intersecting stories of two immigrant American families, one Irish, one Mexican. Alien spans 100 years in three acts, telling a story about conflict and the question of what it means to be human. Garner’s score features more than a dozen songs ranging over four different musical styles — Irish, folk, Latin and pop.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Get Up Close and Personal at Lane Motor Museum's Fun Day This Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 5:33 PM

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Through next April, the Lane Motor Museum's collection of French autos built between 1924 and 1985 is the cause célèbre, as a parade of Citroëns, Renaults, Peugeots and others representing France's array of smaller manufacturers takes over the main gallery space in Les Autos Françaises: 60 Years of French Automotive History. This Saturday is an especially good time to check it out, since the museum is offering guests some extra special peeks behind the scenes for Museum Fun Day.

Events include education director Rex Bennett's demos of some unusual cars, like the pedal-powered 1931 Mochet Velocar and the coal-fired 1938 Citroën Berline 11 Gazogene (on the main floor at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.), plus a chance for 24 lucky riders to take a spin with museum director Jeff Lane in one of two eye-catching, years-ahead-of-their-time cars, either the 1959 Citroën ID 19 or the 1947 Tatra T-87 (1 p.m. and 2 p.m.).

The icing on the cake: rare opportunities to tour the museum's basement, where some 250 vehicles of the 400-strong collection await rotation to the main hall. Museum members are free to roam the basement from opening at 10 a.m. until noon; guided tours, limited to 40 guests, begin at 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

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Artists' Forum: Amanda Valentine and Mclaine Richardson, Tonight at the Frist

Posted By on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 8:30 AM

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Artists' Forum: Amanda Valentine and Mclaine Richardson
: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23
Where: The Frist

The Nashville fashion community has experienced quite a growth spurt in the past few years, from the 2011 launch of Nashville Fashion Week to the recent coalescence of the Nashville Fashion Alliance, which recently surpassed a $100,000 crowdfunding goal to build a sustainable and globally recognized fashion industry. The Frist has kept our sartorial appetites satiated with not one, but two fashion-focused exhibits in the recent past, 2010’s Golden Age of Couture and the current summer blockbuster, Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945.

To accompany this dazzling show, the Frist is offering several educational panels and discussions, including an artists’ forum featuring Nashville designer, two-time Project Runway alumna and all-around badass Amanda Valentine, who will be joined by collaborator Mclaine Richardson, jewelry designer at Margaret Ellis Inc., in what is sure to be a fascinating glimpse into the creative process. Attendance is free and first come, first seated. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Flipping Channels: Sharknado 3 — Fin de Cinema

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 12:08 PM

In 2013, when Syfy debuted what it viewed as a throwaway B-movie — Sharknado, a what-is-it blend of horror, disaster and bizarre humor — few thought it would be anything more than a one-time summer spectacle. But Sharknado became a surprise sensation, particularly on social media. The prospect of witnessing the most patently ridiculous premise in all of cinema was just too good to pass up.

While Los Angeles was the site for the first epic, 2014's Sharknado 2: The Second One moved the airborne macropredatory action to New York. It kept the original couple, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, as former surfer turned humanity's hero Fin Shepard and his wife April Wexler, and this time Syfy took advantage of the momentum from the first one. They put more money into the project on the front end, then went to work on the back end with a publicity campaign that included appearances at Comic-Con. The result was Syfy's most successful original film ever, a huge (for Syfy) audience of 3.9 million.

Expectations are even higher (if that's the right word) for Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, airing 8 p.m. tonight. Ziering, Reid and director Anthony C. Ferrante all return, as well as screenwriter Thunder Levin. This time the scene has shifted to Washington D.C., where Fin is preparing to receive the Medal of Freedom from the POTUS (Mark Cuban, flanked by Ann Coulter as the veep) for saving both New York and L.A. But things change in a hurry when the latest sharknado erupts over the city, with sharks threatening the White House and administration.

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That Time of the Month Book Launch Show, Tonight at Tin Cup Coffee

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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That Time of the Month Book Launch Show
: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22
Where: Tin Cup Coffee

I could make a bunch of unfunny PMS jokes and then mansplain to you about why they’re actually hilarious. Or I could just tell you that Melanie Vare’s regular assemblage of “funny female storytelling” — those aren’t scare quotes but an acknowledgement that she also invites dudes from time to time — draws bigger crowds with each outing, and that its audience should grow even more with the release of a printed compendium devoted to Nashville contributors. (You’ll recognize some of the names from the Scene’s popular Vodka Yonic column, including Vare, Kim Green and Yonic creator-editor Abby White.)

Tonight’s book launch features readings from Vare and Green along with Kathleen Cosgrove, Amy Townsend, Cindy Hinton-Church, Kelly Lynne and (insert joke here) Peter Gross, hosted by Paulina Combow. Tickets $7; books will be on sale for a discounted $10, but the tissues and chocolate will be free. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Second Show on Sale for Sold-Out A Poem Is a Naked Person with Leon Russell at Belcourt

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Good news for those who couldn't get tickets to next week's sold-out Belcourt screening of A Poem Is a Naked Person, the recently rediscovered Les Blank doc that captures Leon Russell at the height of his 1970s rock stardom. From The Belcourt:

Although our July 31, 7:00pm opening screening of A Poem Is a Naked Person, with post-film discussion with Leon Russell and other guests, is sold out...we've added a 9:45pm screening that night, which will be introduced by Leon Russell, along with Harrod Blank, exec producer/son of filmmaker Les Blank, and Maureen Gosling, sound recordist, assistant editor and longtime Blank collaborator. Tickets now on sale!

Radio host and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman will moderate. Tickets available here.

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Chris Black, Author of I Know You Think You Know It All, Tomorrow at Wilder

Posted By and on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 2:02 PM

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Author Event With Chris Black
6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22
Where: Wilder, 1212 Fourth Ave. N.

Laura Hutson: If you're anything like me, you hate jerks. And if you're anything like me, you define a jerk as someone who thinks they're better/smarter/cooler than everybody else. Chris Black has our back, you guys. His book I Know You Think You Know It All is full of advice for jerks that will stifle their need to dress like Johnny Depp (No. 296 Only Johnny Depp can get away with looking like that) or saying dumb shit (No. 363 Don't ever use the word "curate" when mentioning your social media accounts).

Megan Seling: The problem here, though, is that Chris Black is ALSO A JERK! So can a jerk really stop other jerks from being jerky? Because only a BIG JERK would be as bossy as he is in regards to other people's life choices.

LH: He does seem to have a lot of rules. Maybe Rule No. 1 should be "Don't buy advice books." But the event at Wilder will feature limited-edition T-shirts with a photo of Andy Warhol and Dolly Parton on it! That's reason enough to go, right? That's basically the best combo of people on a T-shirt since that Gilda Radner/Gene Wilder T I bought in 2003 that's too small for me now.

MS: HE DOESN'T GET TO CO-OPT DOLLY FOR HIS BULLSHIT BOSSY BOOK. Dolly Parton is the most thoughtful, open-minded woman who wants people to live however makes them happy. And here's this douche-bro coming in telling people what kind of car to drive? GROSS. Dolly should sue him.


MS: I don't think I'd hate his rules as much as I do if they weren't so lazy. He's punching down on the easiest targets. He literally makes fun of rollerbladers and says the Rolling Stones are good. REAL FRESH TAKES, DUDE! It reads like a listicle from a dude who reads the Chive.

LH: I still think the more people yelling about stupid hashtags, stupid reality TV and stupid "alternative" pets, the better. But I'm bossy.

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The Agents of Fortune Need Your Help

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 12:13 PM

The Agents of Fortune is an ambitious undertaking. The story, a serial comedy about two CIA agents trying to live undercover in Nashville, is told through a clever concoction of live scenes connected by filmed elements. The production is high-fidelity, and leading men/head writers Mac Cushing and Dean "Tex Rambunctious" Shortland lead a cast and crew stocked with some of Music City's top rising comedy and theatrical talents.

Two episodes have played played to packed houses, but like the agents' secret identities, the production budget is in danger of being blown. In order to finish the two remaining episodes of this inaugural season, the group needs a grand total of $5,500, and they're offering some predictably nutty incentives to coax that wallet out of your pocket. Want some help from professional comedians sprucing up your Tinder profile or coaching you on your first date? How about a Men of Agents of Fortune 2016 Underwear Calendar? See Tex Rambunctious return from the grave? Or maybe just get tickets to the rest of the season's performances? Any or all of these can be yours if you chip in to their IndieGogo campaign.

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