Friday, August 30, 2013

DVR Red Alert: The Story of Film Starts Labor Day on TCM

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Maybe I never got to experience Los Angeles' legendary Z Channel first-hand, but a contender is about to make its bid for being the best-programmed movie channel now or ever: Turner Classic Movies.

For the next three months, starting Labor Day, TCM is devoting a lavish block of its programming to Mark Cousins' excellent 15-part series The Story of Film. That in itself is momentous: Cousins' artfully arranged attempt to survey the entirety of cinema, across continents, genres and disciplines, left audiences thunderstruck when The Belcourt showed the whole thing last year. If that's all TCM were doing, the channel would still be doing movie lovers a favor (as usual).

But it's not. From TCM's website:

Beginning this month and continuing through early December, one new episode will be introduced each Monday on TCM, with a lineup of feature films and shorts related to that episode. Tuesday evenings the thematic programming continues, and includes a re-airing of the previous night's episode. By December, the entire festival will include 119 movies from 29 countries, many of them TCM premieres.

Monday's programming already joins an amazing block devoted to the Telluride Film Festival — e.g., Les Blank's brilliant Werner Herzog doc Burden of Dreams (4:45 p.m.) followed by Blank's famous self-explanatory short "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe." Then ... let's just say if you've ever wanted to catch up on the first 20 years of cinema, from the Lumieres and Thomas Alva Edison to pioneering female director Alice Guy-Blaché, here's your chance.

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Five Reasons to Vote Right Now in The Scene's 2013 Best of Nashville

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

1. You have a say in what's best about Nashville. Feel like caulking your ears now whenever you hear the phrase "It City"? Vote for your favorites and tell people where they really should be looking. Nashville isn't just about country music these days, or so we hear.

2. Your vote counts. In years past, winners in some categories have been decided by single digits. The store you frequent, the mechanic you trust, the doctor you love, the coffee you can't wake up without — your vote could determine the outcome in too many categories to list.

3. You might produce an upset. Feel like the selections could use some new blood? Start it pumping by voting. And by the same token ...

4. You can't complain if you don't vote. Hear us and tremble, O ye who griped all those years when Best Breakfast used to go to Shoney's. If you don't vote for what you think should win — be it a restaurant, a band, a gallery, or a local politician — we can all but guarantee you it will lose. And finally ...

5. You wouldn't want to disappoint this dog dressed as Yoda, would you?

Didn't think so. Vote here.


The Nazi Horror Picture Show: Shock Waves This Weekend at Logue's

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM

There are so many reasons to love the 1977 Nazi zombie flick Shock Waves. First, there’s the simple fact that it is a Nazi zombie film and the first entry in that always appealing sub-sub-genre. It also features some of the sharpest-dressed zombies ever to appear on the silver screen. Not to mention a cast that includes horror film veterans Peter Cushing and John Carradine, along with Brooke Adams, just one year before her appearance in Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven and Philip Kaufman’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. (How’s that for a triple play on the ol' resume?)

Last, but certainly not least, the film plays out like one of the wacked-out pop-art gonzo-fests Jack Kirby was creating in the pages of Captain America during the same time period. Can’t you just see Peter Cushing as a dissolute, gone-to-seed Red Skull?

Check it out, this weekend, tonight and Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m.. at the Cult Fiction Underground in Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, 2915 Gallatin Pike.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Children's Mental Illness Doc Hear Our Voices Premieres Tonight at Belcourt

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Relating the stories of nine children and young adults who struggle with mental illness, Hear Our Voices is a new documentary by local filmmakers David and Patricia Earnhardt (Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections). The movie explores the connections between mental health, physical health, trauma and brain development, and illuminates the complex web of causes and effects that can define mental illness in young people.

Voices advocates for community-based treatment options that refrain from isolating minors who may be suffering from mental illness, favoring the natural support that can be found in familiar homes and neighborhoods even as funding cuts often target these programs while continuing to subsidize outmoded, less effective treatment methods in hospitals and institutions. The film is already garnering reviews that call it “brave and beautiful.”

Tonight's 7 p.m. show at The Belcourt will be followed by a panel presentation, while the 9:30 p.m. show will feature a post-film Q&A. Tickets are $12 at the door.

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Musicians Hall of Fame Reopens Today in Municipal Auditorium

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Front row: (l-r) Shane Keister, Bobby Emmons, Ron (Snake) Reynolds, 4x, Ernie Winfree, Lou Bradley, Pete Finney, Gordon Kennedy, Will McFarlane, Clayton Ivey and JI Allison (standing) Middle row: Bruce Bouton, Mark Miller, Ray Edenton. Back row: Jim Horn, Sonny Curtis, Chris Leuzinger, Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman, 6x, Reggie Young, Corky O’Dell, Duane Eddy, Joe Chambers, Steve Cropper, Brian Ahern, Charlie McCoy, Chuck Mead, Garry Tallent, Matthew Beckett, Mark Beckett, Mike Chapman, Jay McDowell
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  • Front row: (l-r) Shane Keister, Bobby Emmons, Ron (Snake) Reynolds, 4x, Ernie Winfree, Lou Bradley, Pete Finney, Gordon Kennedy, Will McFarlane, Clayton Ivey and JI Allison (standing) Middle row: Bruce Bouton, Mark Miller, Ray Edenton. Back row: Jim Horn, Sonny Curtis, Chris Leuzinger, Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman, 6x, Reggie Young, Corky O’Dell, Duane Eddy, Joe Chambers, Steve Cropper, Brian Ahern, Charlie McCoy, Chuck Mead, Garry Tallent, Matthew Beckett, Mark Beckett, Mike Chapman, Jay McDowell

After closing over three years ago to make room for the Music City Center, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum reopens today. In a reception last night, founder and CEO Joe Chambers thanked the many supporters in the room, especially for their assistance in restoring many instruments that were damaged in the 2010 flood.

Chambers said that this is the first phase of the museum, and the exhibits aren't quite completed. "It will keep growing every week, every day," Chambers said from a stage filled with Hall of Fame members, several of whom are pictured in the photo above. Representing high points in 20th century pop music from "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" and "That'll Be the Day" to Blonde on Blonde and Born to Run, they included Duane Eddy, Steve Cropper, Sonny Curtis, J.I. Allison, Garry Tallent, Bobby Wood, Reggie Young, Charlie McCoy, Ray Edenton, Will McFarlane, Gordon Kennedy, Brian Ahern, Bruce Bouton, Pete Finney, Chuck Mead and Jay McDowell.

The original location of the museum, which opened in 2006, was at 301 6th Avenue South, displayed music memorabilia and instruments played by well-known artists and their more under-the-radar session-musician colleagues. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are nominated by industry professionals and members of the American Federation of Musicians.

Many of the museum's instruments — including one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars — were stored in Soundcheck and submerged in floodwater, but nearly all were restored and will be on display at the museum. While much of the area is still being renovated, the museum features the various epicenters of American recorded music — Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City — with replicas of landmarks like Sun Studios and the Ryman Auditorium.

It will be interesting to watch the museum's evolution as more instruments and artifacts are added, as the organization has the luxury of space compared to its previous home. One glaring absence that Chambers noted was the relative lack of women in the museum, apart from pioneers like the great Wrecking Crew session bassist Carol Kaye; he promised that they'd make sure more female musicians were recognized. Currently, a wall near the entrance showcases photos of recipients of the Source Foundation Award, which is presented to women who have contributed to the music industry. That's a start.

The Museum is located in Municipal Auditorium at 417 4th Ave. N. and will be open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $15.95 for senior citizens/AAA members/military/groups of 10 or more, $10.95 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 5 and under. Below, some highlights from last night's walkthrough.

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Kernels of Comedy: MST3K Plus Pizza Dogs Equals Tonight's Popcorn Pals

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Did you miss the RiffTrax Live skewering of Starship Troopers at The Belcourt earlier this month? Are tickets to their next target, a Halloween-themed riff on Night of the Living Dead — on sale 10 a.m. Friday for $39.95 — a little too rich for your blood?

Corporate Juggernaut, the amorphous comedy group that has been creating and booking shows across town for a couple years now, has a discount solution to that particular first-world problem: a comedy movie night called “Popcorn Pals.”

Hosted by local comics Sean Parrott and Brad Edwards, Popcorn Pals pokes fun at goofy movies in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, except with the added benefit of pizza dogs — a thing that is really sold at The East Room. Corporate Juggernaut founder Gary Fletcher joins the duo for their inaugural production, a film that combines tae kwon do with upbeat synth rock jams. You’ll have to buy a ticket to see the connection.

The show's tonight at 8 p.m. at The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Rd. Tickets are $5. Oh, and Popcorn Pals is in no way associated with the videos below:

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Notes From the 422nd Annual Wraiths for Writing Conference: 'Death'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Spirit of the Storm, Amelia Garretson-Persans
  • "Spirit of the Storm," 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 entries.]

According to a Japanese sculpture I saw at the Met, Death is a mean-faced dwarf hobbled by the weight of its many hats. After my flight from the woods, I found myself looking for him behind every low-lying rock. In the library with every light switch I could find switched on, I thought I heard his clunking footsteps twice.

With the arrival of morning’s listless light, I breathed easier and made my way to a slide presentation on finding faces around the house. I hadn’t seen the Professor since our late night excursion.

Our presenter was a slender woman sitting cross-legged on a student's desk and smoking a cigarette. She was wearing a pencil skirt and a hat with a netted veil, so I guessed she’d been dead a while. The slide projector whirred benignly.

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Only One More Day to See Mellow Mountain Coalition at Belmont's Leu Gallery [Installation View]

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM


Those of you who, like me, sometimes find yourselves waiting until an exhibit is practically out the gallery door before managing a visit will appreciate my plea to check out Belmont’s current exhibit of abstract work by Hamlett Dobbins and Tad Lauritzen-Wright. And if we’re being honest here, any exhibition with a title that stirs up imaginings of Led Zeppelin album covers and 1977 D&D campaigns deserves my full attention, and I am ashamed to have waited so long to investigate.

From Joe Nolan's Aug. 8 review:

Mellow Mountain Coalition decorates the Leu Art Gallery foyer with a mosaic of unframed painted portraits on paper. Among the faces, a hobo smokes a cigarette and a weird dog dresses up in Mickey Mouse ears and a bowtie. Enigmatic fragments of text appear: "This is for you," "Looking for an idea," and "Sour Leaf." One piece reads, "Hulk smash!" and features a gaggle of green blob-like heads in misshapen states of transformation — it's like Altered States through the lens of Ang Lee. Throughout, Dobbins' vibrant, sensual lines, circles, dots, spirals, swirls and squiggles pulsate with painterly pleasure.

In his review, Joe focused mainly on Dobbins’ large-scale abstract works. Those are the ones that really impressed Joe’s poetic sensibility, and made him draw connections between the giant canvases and, say, old cartoons that illustrate drunkenness with a pink elephant dancing across the room.

But me, I’m a sucker for the collaborative, on-the-fly style of Dobbins’ work with Lauritzen-Wright. I’ll take humor and an edge over conceptualism in painting any day.

Look through the photos I snapped of the exhibit after the jump, and let me know which you exhibit you prefer.

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Nashville Fashion Week 2014 Dates Announced

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM


The fourth annual Nashville Fashion Week will be held April 1-5 at venues around the city. Once again, the event will feature local and national designers and an variety of runway shows, educational workshops, shopping events and parties to celebrate and highlight Nashville's creative fashion and retail community.

NFW also has a philanthropic edge, raising money for a fund for emerging designers through the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. This endowed fund through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is awarded each year to a promising fashion industry professional with Nashville ties, supporting the next generation of fashion industry talent. Past winners include designers Julianna Bass and Lauren Leonard (Leona).


If you're a fashion industry professional — such as a designer, model, hair and makeup artist, stylist, photographer or blogger — you may be eligible to apply for the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund. The award recipient is selected by a committee of the Board of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and will be announced in January. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 30, and you can apply here.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Required Reading: Your Ideal Library, According to Jen Uman

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM


Following up on Tim Kerr's list of must-reads, Nashville-based artist and illustrator Jen Uman has submitted a list of her own. If you're looking for autumnal literary inspiration, look no further: Jen's list includes a legendary biography of a legendary civil rights activist, a midcentury children's book illustrator, and a young man who disappeared mysteriously in the Southwest desert in the 1930s.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Alex Haley

From Wikipedia:

The Autobiography of Malcolm X was published in 1965, the result of a collaboration between Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley coauthored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The Autobiography is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of black pride, black nationalism, and pan-Africanism. After the death of his subject, Haley authored the book's epilogue,a[›] which describes their collaboration and summarizes the end of Malcolm X's life.

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