Thursday, June 20, 2013

That's Not Neil Hamburger: Tony Clifton, Cleopatra Jones and The Dude Grace Two Boots Mural

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 5:05 AM


Fans of public art, Andy Kaufmann and delicious pizza have something new to celebrate: Check out the mural that just went up on the old Great Escape building on Broadway. The new tenant is Two Boots, which Bites reported on back in January. Thankfully the Two Boots folks didn't follow Chuy's lead — instead, they kept the facade on the subtle side, enlisting help from local artist Sheila B. to paint the namesakes of their most popular slices.

See the mural in its natural, construction-zoned habitat after the jump — we're betting the Dumpster and roofers will probably be out of the way by Two Boots' opening, which is slated for sometime before July 4.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cahiers du Coco: Forbidden Games

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

[Join Ettes leader and Fond Object founder Coco Hames as she moves through the Janus Films Essential Art House DVD box set one film at a time.]

Running time: 86 minutes
En français avec les soutes-titres en anglais

I've made no bones about my sensitivity to wartime cinema, and Forbidden Games is no exception. The film opens with tiny Paulette (played by 5-year-old Brigitte Fossey) and her parents fleeing Nazi air raids and bombings, and bad things happen. I don't feel responsible for a spoiler, as most everything written about this film starts with telling you she's an orphan. She WASN'T an orphan, until enemy planes gunned down her family as they were fleeing Paris. (The casualties include a dog, something I INSIST people tell me beforehand, because I get very upset.) And so our little protagonist moves on, alone, just trying to keep daily life going — um, with the corpse of said dog in hand.

She finds a friend in country boy Michel (Georges Poujouly, who would later voice the animated Tintin series, among other things). He stumbles upon her during his daily farm routine, and the two make an immediate connection about family, life, war and death. The death part is the biggest deal. You're slackjawed watching these two small kids just dealing with the daily turmoil and loss that is wartime life, and you're arrested by the way they deal with the tragedy, in their actions and in their imaginations. They're protective of each other, and they're sacred in their weirdo kid renditions of the rituals we adults observe, religious and otherwise, for the sake of family and country without questioning.

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Tomorrow: Movies in the Park Presents Life of Pi

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Last November, Ang Lee’s ferociously gorgeous Life of Pi roared into theaters, and Thursday night, Richard Parker & Co. will headline the penultimate edition of Movies in the Park.

If you or your family missed out on the Oscar-lauded film in its original release, seeing the SFX extravaganza on the park’s makeshift big-screen might be your best bet for fully taking in the film’s grandeur (sans the 3-D effect seen in theaters).

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Notes from the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference: 'Three Sisters'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Mountain Eyes, Amelia Garretson-Persans
  • "Mountain Eyes," Amelia Garretson-Persans

[Editor's Note: This is the latest installment of 'Notes from the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference,' a biweekly series of story and art that artist Amelia Garretson-Persans has created for Country Life. Trace its roots by reading the previous 11 entries.]

I hurried out of the abandoned exhibition hall where I had just received some portentous messages. Once I reached the main hall I could tell I wasn’t alone. Three sister-spirits revealed themselves one by one at equal intervals along my path. Everyone knew they were crazy and mean so I kept my eyes down and kept walking. Some short distance later, they revealed themselves in the same order. I stuck to my stratagem, but they continued to light my path like evil torches. Their similarity in appearance (black hair, white dresses, vaguely contorted expressions) added to their illusion of infinite repetition.

“What do you want?”

Before I finished the question they sang it back to me in a cascade of shrill voices. Sometimes a person’s voice after death is like a mirror after it’s been shattered.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dirty Wars Journalist Jeremy Scahill at Belcourt Via Skype Sunday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Good news: Dirty Wars, a documentary from Rick Rowley and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill on America's ever-expanding covert wars around the world, opens at the Belcourt this weekend.

Better news: Scahill will appear via Skype after Sunday night's 7:35 p.m. screening. Get your tickets, and look here for more on Dirty Wars later this week.

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The Armchair Cinephile: Watch Warrior on Netflix

Posted By on Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Warrior is a gritty, no-nonsense drama that sadly flew under the radar during its initial release in September 2011. While most would simply write off a movie about two brothers fighting for a cash prize in an MMA tournament as direct-to-DVD piffle, Warrior pummels any negative expectations by putting on a gut-wrenching thumper of a show.

Tom Hardy, who would later skyrocket into stardom with his mask-clad Bane in last year’s The Dark Knight Rises, grips as the sulking giant Tommy, an AWOL Marine looking to help a fallen friend’s family, while the always reliable Joel Edgerton plays his estranged brother Brendan, a teacher and family man in a financial burden. Tommy resurfaces in his hometown to receive training from his scraggly fireball-of-a-pop Paddy (Nick Nolte), while Brendan seeks the help from an old, gym-owning friend (Frank Grillo).

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Flipping Channels: Hannibal Cleans Its Plate

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Considering how many times the character Hannibal Lecter has appeared in various films, the odds were not high that yet another project could succeed using him as its foundation, let alone a weekly TV show. But that's exactly what's happened with Hannibal for NBC, a network desperately in need of successful scripted dramas. Mads Mikkelsen's portrayal of the erudite serial killer and cannibal Lecter has been exceptional, and the program did well enough to merit a second-season renewal.

Lecter's relationship with FBI profiler Will Graham (well played by Hugh Dancy) has ranged from fascinating to disgusting to baffling, with Graham also battling encephalitis that causes blackouts and hallucinations. Lecter's used his knowledge of that situation to personal advantage, and the Lecter/Graham dynamics have affected other situations in Graham's life, especially his interactions with both Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) and Beverly Katz (Hettienne Park).

The first-season finale Thursday (WSMV-4, 9 p.m.) provides some powerhouse resolutions to a series of issues, which executive producer Bryan Fuller tells TV Guide will result in "the worst is yet to come." Fortunately, he also assures audiences that he's not going to leave them hanging with loose ends, and instead will conclude the year in a manner that enables the program to restart itself when it returns for a second 13-episode season in 2014.

As with The Following, those who don't like gore and overt violence are advised to avoid Hannibal. It's not quite the revolting equal of Showtime's Dexter, because this is still network TV — but it gets about as close as possible.

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Nashville Symphony Musicians Issue Statement Ahead of Contract Negotiations

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 3:34 PM

With their current collective bargaining agreement with the Nashville Symphony Association set to expire July 31, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center scheduled for sale to the highest bidder at the end of this month, the Nashville Musicians Association has released a statement:

The financial troubles of the Nashville Symphony have been a subject of much discussion and analysis in local and national media over the past few months, some of which has been speculative and misleading. The recent announcement by Bank of America of their intention to foreclose on the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and auction off the building on June 28th is the latest symptom of a long and complex process that defies easy description.

The Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257, shares the belief of many citizens that the Nashville Symphony’s positive artistic contributions to our community far outweigh the financial smokescreens and public relations posturing of the banks who control the Schermerhorn’s debt and are threatening this great institution by their inability to come to a reasonable solution. We appreciate the support for the NSO musicians already voiced by many, including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and others, and we respectfully point out that the current financial position of the Symphony Association is absolutely not due to the musicians making too much money. The Nashville Symphony musicians’ total compensation is less than 30 percent of the NSO annual budget.

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The Selby Is in Our Place: Todd Selby Visits Nashville

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM


Todd Selby has been taking gorgeous photographs of interesting people and their spaces since 2008, and his website The Selby has been the go-to blog for artists/designers/creatives who want to see how their heroes really live. Think of it as a contemporary version of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, rebranded as something more like Lifestyles of the Eccentric & Super-cool. Everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Kate Spade to Robert Longo and Tom Sachs has been featured on The Selby, and thanks to a few stylish locals we can count ourselves one step closer to that kind of mega-stylish glamour.

Selby was in Nashville recently to visit Libby Callaway, a fashion journalist and media consultant who runs the Joint pop-up projects with Susan Sherrick. If you had any doubt that Callaway was Nashville’s Diana Vreeland, you’ve got to see these shots. And stay tuned for more of Nashville on The Selby — we can't tell you who it is, but we'll tell you to expect plenty of motorcycle jackets, turquoise jewelry and denim details.

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Tomorrow: Craig Johnson, Author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, at Parnassus

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Author Event w/Craig Johnson, Author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18
Where: Parnassus Books

Until last year, novelist and playwright Craig Johnson’s work was mainly known by crime/mystery and Western fans. His biggest creation, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, had been featured in eight novels. Longmire represents the classic Western hero, an outsider with a strong sense of right and wrong who’s so out of touch with contemporary sensibilities he doesn’t even own a cellphone. As the main law enforcement officer in Absaroka County, Wyo. (a variation on Ucross, Johnson’s small hometown), Longmire battles criminals, the elements, sometimes even staff and family.

But after Longmire, the A&E series based on the novels, attracted the network’s largest audience for a debut episode (4.1 million) last summer, Johnson’s fame has skyrocketed. Expectations are even higher for the latest Longmire novel, A Serpent’s Tooth. What seems to be a simple case of reuniting a lost boy with his mother quickly proves far more complicated for Longmire, deputy Victoria Moretti and friend/comrade Henry Standing Bear.

Johnson will be reading excerpts from A Serpent’s Tooth and discussing his beloved character at Parnassus Books’ latest author event.

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