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Monday, July 28, 2014

Meet the Artist: Bryan C. Adams and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

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On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, the Scene asked 25 of our favorite local artists, painters, designers and printmakers to art up our newspaper boxes and turn them into something uniquely Nashville. Every Monday and Wednesday on Country Life, we'll be highlighting a specific artbox and give you a little insight into each artist's creative practice.

Today's artist is Bryan C. Adams, whose artbox is dispensing papers at its new location at the Starbucks in downtown Franklin. Look through some other examples of Adams' work after the jump.

• What was the inspiration behind your box design?

I love dogs. I love the sun. I wanted to portray our fun canine friends on a bright and cheery background.

• What materials did you use?

I used acrylic paint on this Nashville Scene rack.

• When you're not making Nashville Scene newspaper boxes, what kind of art do you make?

Lately I have been painting with oils in a more Contemporary Realism style. I have had such fun painting critters such as a green tree frog, goldfish and penguin — just to name a few.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet the Artist: Megan Kelley and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

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On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, the Scene asked 25 of our favorite local artists, painters, designers and printmakers to art up our newspaper boxes and turn them into something uniquely Nashville. Every Monday and Wednesday on Country Life, we'll be highlighting a specific artbox and give you a little insight into each artist's creative practice.

Today's artist is Megan Kelley, whose artbox is dispensing papers at its new location in Five Points in East Nashville. Look through some other examples of Kelley's work after the jump, and keep an eye out for a studio visit post with the artist tomorrow.

• What was the inspiration behind your box design?

The box design is based on mythology, symbolism and narratives within The Inbound Lands, a transmedia experience in the form of an online text-based adventure game, created physical and digital "artifacts," real world "Outbound" puzzles, and writing and art-making explorations. The Inbound Lands is very much about the physical and psychological currency of belief: the idea of asking visitors to travel to this imaginary place with me, and how far they'll walk, and how fun and immersive that experience can be.

I imagine the Scene box as a sort of landmark, something that functions as a gift of goodwill much like the Statue of Liberty; the box commemorates the joint partnership of the Inbound Lands with the "Outbound" World; Nashville provided the site and the Scene provided the pedestal, and The Inbound Lands provided the content and clues.

And the box is more than a marker, it's also intended to serve as a gateway into the Inbound Lands. The content provides wayfinding clues that will help a visitor solve new puzzles in the upcoming forest region, which is being released in Winter 2014. Using landmark-specific information will help a player unlock bonus content in-game. As the game itself grows and alters based on player feedback and suggestions, I look forward to the box itself as a locus of interaction on several levels.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

William Shatner, Lauren Cohan, Alan Tudyk, Peter Bagge Among Guests at September's Wizard World Nashville Comic Con

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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Grab your comfortable shoes and start saving your shekels for the next Wizard World Nashville Comic Con. The three-day autograph orgy and fandom frenzy will be rolling into the hallways and exhibit space of the Music City Center Sept. 26-28.

Heading the list of guests is the Shat-man himself, William Shatner, with autograph prices ranging from 80 bucks for a simple signature up to 500 smackers for the full “VIP” experience. (Which I hope would include a close-up look at the famous Shat-toupee.)

For the more budget-conscious, $40 autographs will be available from a star freighter full of folks from that “other” Star Trek show. The announced TNG line-up includes LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner.

Representing Joss Whedon projects from Buffy to Firefly and Dollhouse, Whedon-verse faves Eliza Dushku and Alan Tudyk will also be on deck. So will Charmed alumni and Lifetime Movie Network regulars Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs. X-Men: Days of Future Past star Evan Peters will be on hand to sign autographs and collect Andrew Jacksons Quicksilver fast.

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Meet the Artist: Sam's Myth

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, the Scene asked 25 of our favorite local artists, painters, designers and printmakers to art up our newspaper boxes and turn them into something uniquely Nashville. Every Monday and Wednesday on Country Life, we'll be highlighting a specific artbox and give you a little insight into each artist's creative practice.

Today's artist is Sam's Myth, whose artbox is dispensing papers at its new location at Fido in Hillsboro Village. Look through some other examples of his work after the jump.

• What was the inspiration behind your box design?

Trying to do something not too ambitious, something where I could just draw, and mainly something that I thought might catch your eye on the street. I decided to paint the box in black and one bright color for this reason. I was also inspired by the work of my dad, Dan's Myth, who made many of my favorite pieces of his at his Chestnut Street studio around the time the Scene launched in 1989. Most of my art is influenced by him, but this is an intentional homage. He played a lot with the duality of nature and civilization, or to put it more simply, city and country, and that city and country life duality has always been a big part of what I love about Nashville. So, it's kind of an abstract portrait of the city.

• What materials did you use?

Yellow and black paint. For the black lines, I used different sizes of paint pens.

• When you're not making Nashville Scene newspaper boxes, what kind of art do you make?

I design posters for films, bands and other events, as well as album covers and other things. I hope to work more on my own personal illustration projects this year.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meet the Artist: Trevor Bradshaw and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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On the occasion of our 25th anniversary, the Scene asked 25 of our favorite local artists, painters, designers and printmakers to art up our newspaper boxes and turn them into something uniquely Nashville. Every Monday and Wednesday on Country Life, we'll be highlighting a specific artbox and give you a little insight into each artist's creative practice.

Today's artist is Trevor Bradshaw, whose artbox is dispensing papers at its new location at Edgehill Cafe. Look through some other examples of Bradshaw's work after the jump.

• What was the inspiration behind your box design?
I like to think I work in a psychedelic folk art style. I love contrasting colors and have a keen interest in history, geometry, and botany.

• What materials did you use?

Vintage stock Kyrlon Enamel, Posca Markers, latex paint and Polyurethane.

• When you're not making Nashville Scene newspaper boxes, what kind of art do you make?

I like to sit down and work on really intense line drawings. I have a keen interest in incredibly detailed images. I do printmaking and ink work along with my paintings. My head is always in a dumpster or abandoned building looking for my next canvas.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No, The Batman Building Won't Be In Batman v. Superman

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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If you've been on Facebook within the past 12 hours, chances are pretty good that you've seen an article titled “Nashville Landmark Selected for Batman Film” plastered across your newsfeed, asserting that downtown's AT&T Building will be transformed into Wayne Enterprises for the upcoming superhero flick Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

As entertaining as the thought of Ben Affleck doing the Batusi to country covers at Robert's Western World may be, it ain't happening.

The article, which was posted to the city-unaffiliated website Nashville.com, was lifted wholesale from an April Fool's Day joke posted by geek bloggers Nashville Geek Life earlier this year. Despite attempts from the geeks to put out the fire with disclaimers and social media posts, the post has taken on a viral life on its own, infecting your social media networks and apparently taking Nashville.com offline. Whoops!

In any case, this concludes your daily reminder that you can't trust anything on the Internet.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

'You Are So Nashville If …' You Wait Until the Last Day to Enter

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

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You too could be the next Wando Weaver, Meredith Hunter or Ken Lass. But that means you'll have to act before 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night — Friday, June 27 — to ensure your shot at immortality in the Scene's "You Are So Nashville If ..." contest.

Even so, you're going to have stiff competition as the YASNI contest enters its 25th year. You've got less than 36 hours to submit the magic entry that slays your neighbors, tickles our readers and leaves your competitors shaking their fists. All you have to do is complete the phrase, "You are so Nashville if ..."

What've we got to talk about this year? Let's see … The Amp, charter schools, craft brews, Vanderbilt baseball, the World Cup, the drained lake at Centennial Park, the Green Hills skyscraper, the Sylvan Park roundabout, the Melrose marquee, the Ryman facelift, RCA Studio A, the First Saturday Art Crawl, wine in grocery stores, Will Pinkston, Record Store Day, Pilot Flying J, Two Ten Jack, James Franklin leaving, OZ Nashville, Al-Jazeera Nashville, Private Lives of Nashville Wives, Stacey Campfield, barbecue on Belmont, Scarlett on drugs, Policymic on East Nashville, competing farmers markets, Diarrhea Planet, Crazy Hearts, drones, Third Man Records, Barista, Thicker Than Water, Two Old Hippies, decriminalizing marijuana, The Contributor, that other street paper that's not The Contributor. Oh, and having improper relations with an ATM and a picnic table.

Do not post your entries below in the comments box. We will route them straight to YASNI Siberia, the special purgatory reserved for entries about the intricacies of Old Hickory Boulevard or pronouncing "Demonbreun." Instead, fill out the online form — again, by the end of tomorrow night — and start rehearsing an acceptance speech for the July 17 issue that sounds humble. May the best YASNI win!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Watch 'The Nashville You Haven't Seen on Nashville'

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 5:09 AM

These days it seems like everyone is flooding here to grab a piece of Nashville they can a) claim as their own or b) showcase to the rest of the world. But there’s a lot of the city that will never find its way onto ABC’s Nashville, TNT’s Private Lives of Nashville Wives, A&E’s Crazy Hearts: Nashville, MTV’s proposed Kids of Nashville, or any other TV show of the like.

Southern Word, a spoken word organization based in Nashville, recently teamed up with the Tennessee College Access and Success Network, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, and the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority to create a truly one-of-a-kind video that showcases some of our city’s least heard stories. The video is entitled “The Nashville You Haven’t Seen on Nashville,” and it highlights the delicate relationship between a city, its mass transit system, and the residents that depend on it.

Casting Nashville’s MTA in a different light, “The Nashville You Haven’t Seen on Nashville” does a good job of encapsulating all the various walks of life that rely on mass transit, while managing to raise deeper questions about some of our city’s most basic infrastructure. The video features various notable spoken word artists and rappers from throughout Middle Tennessee, including Malcolm DeWayne, Rashad Tha Poet and Raziya.

Take the time to check out this brilliantly shot tribute to our fair city, whether or not you’ve ever stepped on a MTA bus or know anyone in the video personally. Because if you do, you’ll see great hope in these stories — and perhaps even a little bit of yourself.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Converse About Aphids Like a Champ After Saturday's Urban Gardening Festival

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 4:53 AM

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When we bought our 12South home and set about greening up the trashed yard, I didn’t know annuals from perennials. My mom suggested that she and I take the master gardener course offered by the Davidson County UT Extension office. Those marvelous classes kick-started a love of horticulture that has become … obsessive.

Since then, Nashville’s fascination with small-scale husbandry has surged. Dinner party conversations often turn to aphid control, bee gardens or this winter’s rosemary die-off. Clearly these burgeoning home gardeners, most self-taught, crave information. Curious sodbusters are in luck: This Saturday, the Master Gardeners of Davidson County will host the fifth annual Urban Gardening Festival. It’s a free event at Ellington Agricultural Center’s Demonstration Garden highlighting creative urban agriculture techniques, from beekeeping and worm composting to keyhole and tower gardening — modern approaches to growing plants in small spaces.

Also in attendance: five Nashville food trucks and a host of regional CSAs, local artisans and certified master gardeners offering demonstrations, plants (and other wares) for sale, and informed answers to your gardening questions. It runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Rd.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Photo of the Day: El Jaliciense's New Signage

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 2:43 PM

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Everybody's favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican eatery off Gallatin just got a facelift. I go to El Jaliciense for the tortas, but I love to stay for the floor-to-ceiling mural on the restaurant's east side. Luckily, there's more to look at in the recently expanded space — check out the restaurant's stellar new restroom signage. Now tell me, why aren't more restaurants and shops utilizing these kinds of painted signs? Give me 20 self-painted umbrellas over slick vinyl letters or reclaimed barnwood any day.

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