Girls! Girls! Girls!
When: Artists' reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 3
Where: Groundfloor Gallery & Studios, 427 Chestnut St.
As a general rule, I almost always ignore an artist's statement. They're notoriously pretentious and almost always detract from the work. But sometimes there's a statement that speaks so eloquently that all we critics are left to do is post it and let the accolades roll in. Such is the case with Girls! Girls! Girls!, the all-lady exhibition that's opening on Friday at Groundfloor. Curator Rachel Growden, a senior at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, took the exhibition statement from a Craigslist Missed Connections poem.
Here it is, in its entirety:
Coco Pebbles and wax
Tell me true
Dr Pepper and popcorn too.
Heard from you the other
Tell me wrong or right?
Paint and polish
craft and art
Roses that match
Bind our heart.
Growden follows up with a few details about the exhibit, which "highlights a variety of female artists reflecting on matters ranging from teenage heartthrobs and relationships to female role models, manicures and memory — all with a sense of wit."
Artists include Country Life favorite Emily Clayton, as well as Kellie Bornhoft, Rachel Growden, Sarah Growden and Hannah Taylor. We'll see you on Friday — B.Y.O. Coco Pebbles.
Randy Foster is a former Metro Nashville Council member and a Nashville attorney. Read the 10 other Poetry in Motion contest winners here.
2. Semple's appearance tonight is part of a cool Parnassus program called "Wine with the Author," where the store basically pours you a glass just for showing interest in a book and author the staff loves. Real life should be more like this. (This should tell you something: The next such event is with The Yellow Birds author Kevin Powers May 21.)
Your efforts on behalf of the Global Amphibian Assessment have been so appreciated that a species of frogs discovered in Sri Lanka was named for your daughter. Can you explain your enthusiasm for amphibians?
God bless you for asking this question. My boyfriend, George Meyer, and I got interested in frogs over 20 years ago when we learned they were mysteriously disappearing. As of today, 40 percent of all frog species are on the verge of extinction. This is due to habitat destruction, global warming and a mysterious deadly fungus. It turns out frogs are more susceptible than any other animal to man's heedless consumption and environmental annihilation. (Sorry you asked?) Anytime we can help out the frogs, we do.
4. You'll want to read the book and meet the author before the movie version comes out. (It's being adapted by the screenwriters behind an audience favorite at this year's Nashville Film Festival, The Spectacular Now.)
5. Did we mention the wine?
FX doesn't get as much publicity or critical acclaim as its competitors HBO or Showtime, but a good case can be made that it has delivered just as many outstanding original shows as either.
Rescue Me certainly was a landmark program, and Damages excelled even if FX decided the ratings didn't justify its cost. (The verdict's out since it moved to the appellate court of DIRECTV.) Speaking of justification, Justified has been an instant classic since it started. And while others like Sons of Anarchy a lot more than I do, it has a faithful following.
Now FX has hit the jackpot again with The Americans, a program that neatly combines espionage, suspense and soap opera elements — not to mention some of the most explicit sexual content ever seen on network TV. It's set in the '80s, which is far enough back to present some degree of the past, but not so ancient that it bores the 18-49 demographic whose attention advertisers demand.
The show has reversed the scenario in terms of heroes and villains (though that's something of an oversimplification). The leads are Russian spies posing as a suburban couple in Reagan-era Washington, D.C. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell seem just like the folks next door, only they're working for the KGB. They've also raised children totally oblivious to what their parents are doing.
WORK & PLAY: An Artist's Talk With Chris Roberson
When: 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 1
Where: Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Room 804
Former Country Life artist Chris Roberson will be giving an artist's talk at Watkins at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. The talk is titled WORK & PLAY — a fitting combination for an artist who deals with playground and basketball court aesthetics, as you'll remember Roberson does — and it will focus on his work and personal practice. Bring your Air Jordans, your Mars Blackmon glasses and your best Rosie Perez dance moves: Roberson takes play seriously.
Kat Zhang is a Vanderbilt University student and novelist.
Scott Smallwood: Hideout
Where: Seed Space
When: Through April 29
Artist Scott Smallwood has composed chamber music for traditional instruments, but his creative curiosity takes flight when he’s composing for networked laptops, or designing sound and light installations that are powered by the sun and influenced by wind and other environmental factors. This kind of technological interactivity means that many of Smallwood’s pieces are site-specific creations that take advantage of unique environmental qualities like natural light and air currents.
The artist’s “Rainforest Arcade” piece consisted of custom-designed solar sound circuits. A YouTube video of the piece’s debut at the Latitude 53 Gallery in Alberta captures what sounds like a cacophonous jungle, with tones that morph as the sun’s position in the sky changes. It’ll be interesting to see how Smallwood negotiates the challenges of the Seed Space layout. It’ll be even more interesting to hear how he does it.
Watch a video of Smallwood discussing his work at Seed Space above, and check out "Rainforest Arcade" after the jump.
If you're looking for something to do on May 5th that does not involve tequila and frat boy antics, we recommend the upcoming NorthernGRADE men's pop-up shop.
We love a good pop-up, and the NorthernGRADE market promises to raise the bar on this continually rising trend of transient shopping opportunities. NorthernGRADE, produced by upscale husband-and-wife accessories line Pierrepont Hicks, is mobile menswear market featuring products — clothing, footwear, gear, games, paddles, paper goods, grooming supplies — manufactured in the United States.
Roger Ebert called Do the Right Thing “the finest, the most controversial, most discussed and most important film of 1989.” It’s hard to argue with him. More than 20 years later, the third Spike Lee joint maintains a practically unparalleled relevance: Swedish dance-pop superstar Robyn has borrowed all her recent choreography from Rosie Perez’s vicious opening sequence. Public Enemy, whose “Fight the Power” blasted from Radio Raheem’s boombox at full blast, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week — only the fourth time a hip-hop group has been awarded such an honor. Not to mention catapulting the early careers of Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Martin Lawrence and Giancarlo Esposito (and preserving the late, great Robin Harris).
On Saturday at 11 a.m., join Frank Dobson, the director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt, at The Belcourt for a pre-screening lecture about the film and its enduring cultural impact. Click the clip above for one of the most electrifying opening-credits sequences in movie history.
Nashville can't get enough Studio Ghibli. Last year's Belcourt salute to the Japanese animation studio was a blockbuster, and crowds turned out again for the greatest-hits recap that's been running Saturday mornings at the theater for several weeks. That ends 10 a.m. Saturday with one of Ghibli's most revered films, the 1984 fantasy Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind — just in time for The Belcourt to open Ghibli's latest animated feature, From Up on Poppy Hill, which starts today.
From The Belcourt's site:
From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli comes this uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school’s ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama’s harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly details, the film provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli.
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