Back in June, yours truly made a rather bold claim in his lengthy Country Life post concerning Space Jam, a film I believe to be the defining cult film of my generation:
So, Belcourt, you heard it here first. Host a midnight screening of Space Jam, and the house will be packed with college students and fresh post-grads. Trust me.
It’s now incumbent on us to pack the house this weekend when Space Jam screens tonight and Saturday night at midnight.
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Our cult movie champion finally ascends the halls of midnight movie greatness. How glorious!
Who on earth wants to see a movie where Naomi Watts and Robin Wright play friends on a seaside vacation who embark on sexually charged encounters with each other's hunky grown sons?
Let me know, as I might have an extra ticket.
Christian Moeller is about to join Alice Aycock's "Ghost Ballet" and the Batman building in the race for Nashville's most iconic structure: His installation was just approved by Metro Arts for the roundabout at Korean Veterans Boulevard.
Moeller is a German-born artist who currently teaches at UCLA's department of Design Media Arts and works out of a studio in Silver Lake, Calif. The proposed installation will be "an homage to the Native Americans who first populated Middle Tennessee," composed of 35 painted red cedar poles. Each pole will be 85 feet tall, and will be spaced in an irregular organic pattern on the roundabout. At night, the installation will be lit by up-lights, and a custom-made LED cap will glow from the tip of each pole. A timetable for the project has not been established.
Read Metro Arts' full press release after the jump.
Paul Kelly: Stories of Me
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: Nashville Public Library
Paul Kelly is the Richard Thompson of Australia — by which we mean that every time the guy puts out another album of sterling songcraft, acoustic or electric, we think, “All right, surely this is the one that puts him over the top.” He's a national hero at home but a cult figure among discerning U.S. audiences, despite 30 years of top-shelf LPs and singles such as 1987's “Darling It Hurts” — a hooky marvel powered by one of the breeziest organ lines since “Hungry Heart.”
If those couldn't do the trick, maybe this will: director Ian Darling's documentary portrait Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, which provides an overview of his sprawling career along with biographical detail about his Adelaide childhood, his family and relationships, and his 25-year off-and-on heroin use. Consider the 1 p.m. screening Saturday at the downtown Nashville Public Library an appetizer for his early-evening show 8 p.m. at Mercy Lounge as part of the Americana Music Festival.
What's more, the screening is the movie's U.S. premiere, and it will be followed by a brief performance as well as a Q&A with Kelly conducted by Australian DJ and music journalist Emma Swift. We suggest arriving early.
Note: This week's Scene print edition has the screening venue incorrectly listed. The real venue, as noted above, is the downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.
In this week’s issue of the Scene, you can read about my visit with Dathan “Dee” Ostrander, a crab-leg-loving skateboarding star who grew up in Antioch. (Side note: When I turned onto Ostrander’s street in a well-maintained subdivision, I noticed exactly one beat-up sedan covered in skate stickers. Ah, I thought, this must be the place.)
Though Ostrander is Nashville’s highest-profile skater, he is not the first Middle Tennessean to achieve international renown within the skateboarding world. That distinction belongs to pro skater Raymond “Ray” Underhill, who grew up in Hendersonville and went on to join the 1980s skateboard dynasty The Bones Brigade, a super-team notable for nurturing the career of Underhill’s close homie Tony Hawk, among other stars.
Throughout the ’80s, Underhill toured the world, and while in Britain with the Brigade, even wound up taking an epic trip to George Harrison’s mansion. (Harrison’s son loved skateboarding.)
By all accounts, Underhill, who died of a chordoma brain tumor in 2008, was an extraordinarily talented and super-nice dude — someone with the social finesse to navigate California’s treacherous skateboard subculture while staying true to the better angels of his small-town nature.
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More Love opens tomorrow at Cheekwood, and inside today's Scene Abby White gives her firsthand account of the exhibit — but as a participant, not just an observer. "First Love" is Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander's conceptual project, and it requires participation from the public to see it through. Abby, guinea pig-ing her way to a good story in the usual fashion, sat with one of Neuenschwander's forensic sketch artists to provide the exhibit with a composite sketch of her first love.
Cicero is a composite sketch artist in Nashville, and I'm describing a man to him. We've already had an in-depth conversation wherein I did my best to recall his height, weight, skin color, hair color, eye color, what he was wearing when I first saw him, and what his most prominent facial feature was. But I'm struggling with the chin.
I close my eyes. I can see it in my head, but I can't articulate it. I flip through the FBI identification book — pages and pages of photos of different shapes of heads, eyes, eyebrows, noses, chins, cheeks and cheekbones, ears, hair, facial hair, facial lines and foreheads — and find one that looks similar, but it still isn't his chin. Nobody's is.
Cicero's training enables him to create sketches of suspected criminals based upon descriptions from eyewitnesses, but the man we're drawing today is no fugitive. Although at the risk of sounding maudlin, I'd argue that this particular man committed a crime against my heart. We're drawing my first love.
Read the rest of the story here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information if you'd like to make a date with a sketch artist to draw your first love.
This just in from Lipscomb art prof Rocky Horton: On Oct. 7 at 6 p.m., Lipscomb University will host an art opening for Joshua Dildine. Why should you pay attention? Because Dildine makes work that will grab you — think late-’90s Mark Romanek video stills overpainted by Jose Parla or Harmony Korine — but also because Lipscomb secretly harbors one of the hippest art programs in Nashville, name-checking Daniel Johnston and Nick Cave among its recent visitors.
Read Dildine's artist statement and bio after the jump, and scroll through more images of his work while you're at it.
[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on our sister blog, Nashville Cream.]
The charming photo pictured above is a screengrab from Bravo’s website for their new reality program, Thicker Than Water. What, pray tell, is this show about? According to a press release from the network, it …
[…] follows Ben and Jewel Tankard, self-dubbed “The Black Brady Bunch.” This southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life.
With the belief that “God wants us all to be millionaires,” the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do.
Oh, He does? I can see how the prosperity gospel would be attractive for people who enjoy things like croquet and owning airplanes, and anyone with a cursory knowledge of theology knows that the Bible is full of contradictory statements. Why listen to the rare explicitness of 1 Timothy 6:10 or Matthew 6:24 when you can double down on whatever is happening in Malachi 3:10?
The series is described as “Nashville-based,” but don’t worry guys: According to Ben’s treasure of a website (there’s a section titled “Benspirations”), they clearly operate out of Murfreesboro.
Thicker Than Water debuts on Bravo Nov. 10.
Those careful Country Life readers who've been tuning into Fort Roll-Up, the weekly podcast we produce with Fort Houston, may already know about the artist residency that Nina Mayer has been developing for the past several months. It's called Watershed, an appropriate title for the movement Mayer hopes it will unleash: a single-occupancy residency in rural Watertown, Tenn., about 45 minutes from Nashville, that affords emerging and mid-career artists the time and space to work on their craft and engage with the local creative community.
The first artist to benefit from Watershed's mission is Louis M. Schmidt, whose work has been shown in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In the press release announcing his residency, Mayer says Schmidt is "actively involved in the self-publishing world, producing numerous limited-edition zines and other ephemera, and showing regularly at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA P.S.1." It's handy, then, that he'll be in residence for the months of October and November — just in time for the Southern Festival of Books and Watkins' Handmade & Bound Festival.
If you'd like to apply for a Watershed residency, fill out an application here.
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