Does it glorify drug addiction? How about blond hair? Smelling nice? Judge for yourselves in the above director's cut of Harmony Korine's just-released commercial for Dior's fragrance, Addict. If you like what you see, make sure to pick up a copy of tomorrow's Scene where I review the Gagosian Gallery exhibit of Korine's paintings, up through July 11 in New York's Upper East Side.
And just so you know, the song is "Enter The Ninja" by Die Antwoord, the South African band that Korine has worked with previously.
Here’s what I learned about Paganism after spending a day at the Pagan Unity Festival in Burns, Tenn.: Defining Paganism is about as easy as driving 15 miles anywhere in our venerable city without passing a church, or spotting a Biblical bumper sticker — it’s doable, but difficult.
Tish Owen, a leader in the Nashville Pagan community and owner of Goddess and the Moon, the metaphysical store on Eighth Avenue South, organized the May 15-18 festival with Star Bustamonte, an aromatherapist and storage facility manager from Asheville, N.C. They tried to sketch out Paganism as a whole for me at the beginning of my visit. Qualifiers like “That’s not true for all of us,” or “Some of us, not all of us,” were never far behind.
“You get three Pagans in a room,” said Owen, “you’re gonna have three different opinions on how things are done.”
“That was the reason we started this [festival],” said Bustamonte. “So we can all learn and understand each other and try to get along without hexing the crap out of each other.”
[Editor's note: This was originally posted in Nashville Post.]
Louisville-based boutique hotel operator 21c Museum Hotels has acquired a downtown Nashville building in which it wants to open its boutique hospitality brand, according to The Tennessean. The morning daily reports that 21c Museum Hotels won an auction last Friday for the structure, which Metro had owned and is located at 222 Third Ave. N. 21c Museum Hotels placed a winning bid of $6.8 million.
Look for more developments about a 21c Nashville outpost in the coming weeks.
What’s it take to get hired as a faculty member at the Blair School of Music? Hard to say, but obviously a little divine intervention couldn’t hurt. On Tuesday, the school announced that it was hiring violinist Stephen Miahky, a dynamic young virtuoso who has performed for no less an eminence than the Dalai Lama himself.
“Steve Miahky is a consummate artist,” Blair dean Mark Wait wrote in an email. “When he came to Vanderbilt to interview, he taught a master class of penetrating insight and sensitivity, gave a stylistically diverse solo recital that included one of the finest performances of a contemporary work I’ve ever heard, and demonstrated assured leadership in working with the other members of the Blair String Quartet.”
Miahky has to be good because he’s following a local legend, violinist Christian Teal, who is retiring from the music school and the Blair String Quartet after a resoundingly successful 42-year tenure. Starting this fall, Miahky will succeed Teal as the Blair Quartet’s first violinist. Wait said Miahky made a big impression when he auditioned with the quartet earlier this year.
This video for Salemtown Board Co.'s been making the social media rounds today, and while we don't always buy into feel-goody commercial endeavors, we'll certainly make an exception in this case. Sure, they make great looking skateboards — I'm a fan of The Pamela myself — but that's not what this video is about. It's about community, building relationships with kids who need mentors, and finding value in hard work. You should watch it.
Join Paul Vasterling, artistic director and CEO of the Nashville Ballet, at The Belcourt this Saturday for a screening of Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq. Vasterling will introduce the documentary, which follows the life of Le Clercq, a great ballerina whose singular grace and talent was cut short by polio when she was only 27. From the film's website:
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. She mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike, and her elongated, race horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. A muse to both Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, they loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her, and Robbins created his famous “Afternoon of a Faun” for Tanny. She was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. At age 27, Tanny was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.
The recent New York Times review of the doc calls it unusually hardheaded and filled with commentary about the rigors of a dancer's life, and how everyone who chooses a dance career is aware of its brevity.
"Here today, gone tomorrow," writes critic Stephen Holden, "they are like rare birds, seldom glimpsed, who remind us of the evanescence of all things, most of all physical beauty and the casual grace of youth. Therein lies a primal attraction of ballet: Its evocation of the ecstatic moment is as fleeting as it is haunting."
The screening begins at 3:10 p.m. this Saturday, March 22.
Dr. Drew Pinsky will be the final speaker for the 2013-14 Project Dialogue Season. On Thursday, March 20th at 7:30pm in the Student Life Center Ballrooms, Pinsky will speak on “When Painkillers Become Dangerous.”
You know, between the continued presence of Dr. Drew any time television (HLN, MTV, VH1) needs an attractive, paternal professional to elucidate common-sense advice about drugs and sex and the bizarrely respectable rise of bro-comic Jimmy Kimmel to the upper echelons of late-night television hosting, I find myself with just one question: is Adam Carolla okay? (He’s fine.)
The event is free and open to the public.
Linton, a composition professor at Middle Tennessee State University, has set to music the original poetry and translations of contemporary Italian-American author Cody Franchetti. He’s also composed music to selected verse of the ancient Roman poet Catullus. Both works will present extreme technical challenges to the musicians. But the 17 songs of Catullus, which Linton has titled Carmina Catulli, will test the sensibilities of the audience as well.
That’s because Gaius Valerius Catullus, a contemporary of Julius Caesar, wrote some of the most daring, psychologically probing and sexually explicit poetry in the history of Western literature. In one of his most infamous poems, “Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo,” Catullus mercilessly ridicules his critics with some of the nastiest language ever found in a poetry book.
The poems he wrote about his lover, a sex-crazed Patrician named Clodia Metelli (referred to in the verse as “Lesbia”), are full of fiery passion. All of the Catullus songs will be sung in Latin, which, as Father Mulcahy of the sitcom M*A*S*H once noted, makes even the most lewd confessions seem somehow noble.
Linton’s music is lyrical, original and extraordinarily virtuosic. French baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer, who will premiere the work, must sing melodies that range over two octaves. He must also produce seemingly every vocal color — from dark chocolate chest notes to a vaporous falsetto. Pianist Jason Paul Peterson, for his part, must navigate the entire four-foot range of his Steinway grand’s keyboard.
To go along with its current exhibit Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan, the Frist's gift shop has stocked its shelves with examples of consumer goods inspired by Eastern aesthetics, from notecards printed with cherry blossoms to Hello Kitty coffee mugs. But perhaps nothing is better suited to represent the inspiration Western culture has taken from the East than this series of limited-edition skate decks by Zubelle.
The deck on the far right shows a Japanese woodblock called "Three Beauties in the Rain" that was created sometime between 1786 and 1790 by Katsukawa Shunsho.
The Frist's gift shop is open today, and Looking East is up through May 11. See a detail shot of the Zubelle decks after the jump.
After more than a year of planning and preparations, the Nashville Community Darkroom is finally getting off the ground, and as of yesterday they're accepting membership applications. The plan is to open on or around March 1, and there are only around 30 spots left for new members. Interested? Email email@example.com to set up a meeting.
Membership applications include a background check and orientation class, and a $50 application fee is required. The rates for membership decrease as your commitment increases: A 12-month membership is $35/month, and a one-month membership is $100.
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