Thursday, October 31, 2013

Esteemed Local Actor David Compton in Critical Condition

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM

The next few hours are critical for actor David Compton, an esteemed figure and friend to many in the Nashville theater scene, who collapsed yesterday and experienced cardiac arrest. As of roughly mid-afternoon, he was in critical condition in the ICU at Summit Hospital in Hermitage.

What we know so far is that in order to minimize the damage to his organs, doctors have administered a paralytic and have lowered his body temperature. Today, his medical team is going to begin warming him up and trying to bring him out of a medically induced coma. Once his temperature is back up, they will be able to better assess any neurological damage. Doctors suspect that the reason for the heart event was a valve issue that likely has been going on for months unnoticed.

Compton is originally from North Carolina. His family will be in today and he is surrounded by close Nashville friends.

This is a tough time for Nashville's theatrical community. Compton is a leading performer and director and teacher, and in the past recent years has been producing stellar artistic work, including an amazing star turn in Tennessee Rep's recent production of Cabaret. Friends say to keep him in your prayers.

UPDATE, 4 p.m. Nov. 1: Per close friends (including his ex-wife, actress/director Martha Wilkinson), David Compton opened his eyes today and is responding to stimuli and voices. These are positive signs in a situation that still has many unanswered questions. Friends say the theater community's outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and the prayer vigil continues with no letup.

UPDATE, 7 p.m., Nov. 1: Tonight's performance of The Producers at Boiler Room Theatre has been designated as a benefit for Compton. "I have faith he is going to recover," BRT's managing director Corbin Green said, "but what a financial burden he will have even if he has good insurance. I have talked with the cast and crew and everyone is down with it. All proceeds will benefit David. Come out and join with us in support of one of Nashville's most beloved artists. As individuals we can only do so much. As a group we can do anything."

In addition, a CaringBridge page has been established for Compton.

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Best Man Holiday Tonight Kicks Off 2013 International Black Film Festival

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Got your tickets yet for tonight's opening night kickoff of the 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville, featuring an advance screening of The Best Man Holiday? In the new Scene, Ron Wynn tells why you shouldn't wait:

As the IBFF begins its 2013 fall festival Thursday, running through Nov. 3, they have plenty to celebrate. The first is the opening-night event, the U.S. premiere of the much-anticipated sequel The Best Man Holiday. The second is the relocation of the festival screenings to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 700-seat CMA Theater, a move [festival chief Hazel] Joyner-Smith says was critical for IBFFN.

"This gives us downtown proximity and also a central location for our events," Joyner-Smith says. "We started working months ago on lining up Best Man Holiday for our opening night. Unfortunately, it took so long for the studio to finally decide to go with us for the national premiere it got backed up against the rollout for the press campaign. So we won't have anyone here from the film for a Q&A, but there will be a studio representative to discuss the production and its importance."

The Best Man was a sizable hit in 1999, a relationship/buddy comedy/drama about secrets, alliances and surprises among old friends reuniting for a wedding. It may have been most notable for the sterling cast it assembled, catching talents such as Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Harold Perrineau on their way up. Again written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the sequel checks in with the group 15 years later as they gather during the Christmas holidays, bringing back excellent performers such as Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Regina Hall and Melissa De Souza.

The screening is 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Country Music Hall of Fame's CMA Theater, where the festival continues through Sunday with films, panels, workshops and parties; for ticket info and a full schedule, click here.

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Nashville Recap: ‘It Must Be You’

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM

When was the last time you were interviewed by Robin Roberts? (Never.) When was the last time you had a singalong in the stables? (Never. Probably.) When was the last time your best friend hooked up with your ex? (Last month, I’ve been meaning to tell you. Sorry Becky.) All this intrigue may not happen in your town, but it sure happens in Nashville.

Scattered newspapers reveal headlines like “RAYNA IS BACK” and “LAMAR INDICTED” and we zoom around and realize that Rayna is being interviewed by Robin Roberts. Presumably Robin Roberts was frantically cramming because she has no idea who or what Rayna is, because Robin Roberts has a life. Rayna tries to defend her father. Rayna tries to talk about her label. “Do you have any time for romance?” No romance we’d want to hear about, Robin Roberts.

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Nash-Up in Tweets

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 6:15 AM

If you missed out on yesterday's Nash-Up conference — a rousing success, if we do say so ourselves — consider yourself lucky that technological advances have allowed a Cliff's Notes version of the event to be available: We storified it!

Browse the greatest hits from the conference below, and look for a feature on it in next week's print edition.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tomorrow: Join Metro Arts and the Nashville Scene for Nash-Up, Nashville's Creativity Summit

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM


Nash-Up: Remixing Nashville's Arts, Culture and Creative Future
When: 9;30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street

Originally designed to be the culmination of Metro Arts’ Artober campaign, this year’s Nash-Up conference tomorrow will take the elements that made last year’s conference successful and kick them up a notch. The morning starts with a panel on art and technology, moderated by the Scene’s own Steve Haruch. He’ll lead the conversation with some of the city’s brightest innovators — like Mike Butera, who invented the Artiphon, and glitch artist Robbie Hunsinger — about where art and tech intersect, and how local artists can leverage technology to expand their creative practice.

Robin Rather, CEO of the Austin-based market resource company Collective Strength (and daughter of the longtime CBS Evening News anchor) will lead an afternoon panel on art and the urban environment. Expect lively discussion about the roles artists play in shaping their civic environment from panelists like Sideshow Fringe Festival’s Jessika Malone and social change activist Molly Secours.

But it’s what happens between the panels that we’ll likely learn the most from: The panelists will lead a conference-wide discussion about placemaking, and everyone will break into smaller groups to discuss potential challenges and solutions. Isle of Printing’s printmaking cart will be on hand to make printed portraits, and the ideas the small groups come up with will inform the bulk of the afternoon panel.

The event is free; click here for registration info. We’ll meet you there!

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Watch the Trailer for TNT's The Private Lives of Nashville Wives

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Shove it right up your ass: The classiest show in town won't be on the air until Monday, Feb. 24, reports Entertainment Weekly, but you can watch a trailer now. It's produced by the same people who created The Real Housewives of Orange Country and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — whether or not Bart Durham is directing is TBD.

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Tonight: Vanderbilt's Holocaust Lecture Series Presents Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Where: Vanderbilt's Commons Center Multipurpose Room

Almost 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, and soon we’ll no longer be able to hear from Holocaust survivors firsthand. That’s why any opportunity to listen to their stories is noteworthy, including this 60-minute documentary, Refuge: Stories of the Selfhelp Home, screening as part of the Holocaust Lecture Series at Vanderbilt. It tells of a resourceful group of Jewish residents of Chicago who worked to create a welcoming home for Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors. Called the Selfhelp Home, the nonprofit has sheltered more than 1,000 people in the decades since the war. It’s also created an ideal stop for historians seeking first-person accounts of the Holocaust. “Please listen to us,” says Edith Stern, an Auschwitz survivor interviewed in the film. “We are dying out.”

The film tells the remarkable survival tales of Stern and five other members of the Selfhelp community, along with chronicling the home itself, which has had to evolve along with its aging residents. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Stern and director Ethan Benziger.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Tomorrow: Salon@615 Presents Pat Conroy at Hume-Fogg

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM


Salon@615: Pat Conroy
When: 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29
Where: Hume-Fogg Academic High School Auditorium

Acclaimed novelist Pat Conroy will be in Nashville tomorrow to discuss his latest book, a memoir called The Death of Santini, as part of Salon@615's excellent fall lineup.

Ed Tarkington wrote about Conroy for this week's Scene. Read an excerpt of that story below, and look for Salon@615 events featuring Wally Lamb, Amy Tan and Doris Kearns Goodwin in the coming weeks. Advance online tickets for tomorrow's event are no longer available, but a limited number of free tickets will be at Hume-Fogg — get there early.

"I've been writing the story of my own life for over 40 years," admits Pat Conroy in the prologue to his new memoir, The Death of Santini. "My own stormy autobiography has been my theme, my dilemma, my obsession, and the fly-by-night dread I bring to the art of fiction." Though he is beloved as a novelist, Conroy's career began with a well-received memoir: In The Water Is Wide, he writes of his time as the teacher of Gullah children on Daufuskie Island (off the coast of South Carolina) during the early 1970s — and of his dismissal for "unorthodox" teaching practices, including the refusal to administer corporal punishment.

Conroy followed this first success with a novel about his childhood. The Great Santini centers on the mercurial figure of his "Thor-like" father: "Because I had studied the biography of Thomas Wolfe with such meticulous attention, I thought I knew all the pitfalls and fly traps into which I could fall by writing on such an incendiary subject as my own family," Conroy writes in The Death of Santini. But he was unprepared both for the book's massive success and for the degree of hostility with which it would be met by its subjects. "Nice going, Pat," his mother told him. "You stabbed your own family right through the heart." Not long after that, however, the same mother who angrily dismissed her son as "a lousy writer, and a shallow one, too," was reportedly handing his book to a divorce-court judge as evidence. Similarly, the hardened father who had been brought to tears by the unvarnished portrait of his own tyrannical cruelty was proudly showing up at Conroy's readings to sign copies. "When I began to write the book, I had never heard the phrase 'dysfunctional family,' " Conroy explains in the new memoir. "Since the book came out, that phrase has traveled with me as though a wood tick had attached itself to my armpit forever."

Read the rest of the story here.

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This is Love: Six Affecting Works from Cheekwood's More Love

Posted By on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM


More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the 1990s
When: Through Jan. 5
Where: Cheekwood

1. "Happy Birthday," 2000, by Laurel Nakadate
While still in graduate school at Yale, Nakadate began to explore ideas that would dominate her video work for years to come — the intersection between sexuality and awkwardness, and the fine line between earnest expression and exploitation. "Happy Birthday" was one of the earliest videos Nakadate created, and in many ways it's the perfect embodiment of her work. The three-channel video documents the sweet, baby-faced artist as she shares a birthday cake with a different middle-aged man in his apartment. Each of the men was a stranger whom Nakadate approached randomly, sometimes minutes before the video takes place. As Nakadate and her subjects attempt to celebrate her birthday by lighting candles on a cake, singing "Happy Birthday," or eating together in silence, the men look uncomfortable, Nakadate looks uncomfortable — and almost immediately, as if through osmosis, the viewer becomes uncomfortable.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Music City Yoga Fest Fuses Fitness and Fundraising

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM


Perhaps you're recovering from a sugar binge of epic proportions and looking for something to cleanse your palate. Or maybe you just really like yoga. Either way, check out the inaugural Music City Yoga Festival at the Factory in Franklin tomorrow, where you can try sample yoga classes from a variety of awesome area teachers.

If you've been curious about our rapidly growing yoga scene here, this is a great opportunity to meet representatives from different studios and try a bunch of different kinds of yoga like power vinyasa, ashtanga, yin and kundalini. Unfortunately, nobody asked me to teach my favorite kind of yoga, which I like to practice at home with a glass of wine next to my mat. Sorry, yogis, but it's fun.

In addition to classes, there will be live music, a raffle, and a local marketplace where you can get everything from fresh-pressed juice (yum) to handmade jewelry. It's $40 to get in, but that's a tax deductible donation to the Africa Yoga Project, a nonprofit that educates, empowers, elevates and employs youth from Africa utilizing the transformational practice of yoga. I've been told by Liz Veyhl, an incredible yoga teacher who is helping organize this rad yogapalooza, that a representative from the nonprofit, who teachers in Nairobi, will be in attendance to share the impact that the organization has in Kenya and beyond.

The event lasts from 1-6, and involves a lot of familiar yogi faces from around town, including Shakti Power Yoga, Studio Dakini, Hot Yoga of East Nashville, Iyengar Yoga Center of Nashville, ALIGN Wellness Studio, Fahrenheit Yoga, Sanctuary, Epic Yoga, Nashville Power Yoga, Hot Yoga Plus, Steadfast & True, The Yoga Room, Half Moon Yoga, Yoga Harmony, Unity Yoga, Gold's Gym Hot Yoga, Vanderbilt Center for Integrated Health, Simply Balanced, YMCA, Kundalini Rising Yoga, Kali Yuga Yoga, Bikram Hot Yoga of Nashville/Cool Springs, Hot Yoga House, One 2 Yoga Studio, The Ivy House, My Hot Yoga Place and Illuminate Yoga.

Wow. That's a lot of yoga. See you on the mat, sans wine — for tomorrow at least.

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