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Comment Archives: stories: Arts and Culture

Re: “Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town: July at Cult Fiction Underground

What I really want to know is, can anyone verify the rumors I keep hearing about the "ring toss" at the freak show last weekend?

Posted by mr. pink on 07/08/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town: July at Cult Fiction Underground

It's not too far out — I think they've had people perform live accompaniment to films before.

RUBY director Curtis Harrington was a pretty interesting figure — an early experimental filmmaker who moved on to studio thrillers like the James Caan-Simone Signoret GAMES, only to wind up in low-budget exploitation and TV movies. His early feature NIGHT TIDE with Dennis Hopper is a dreamy, atmospheric chiller that contains elements of all those phases. Picture Roger Corman crossed with RABBIT'S MOON-era Kenneth Anger, and you're kinda in the ballpark.

Posted by mr. pink on 07/08/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Meet the Artist: Huxley King and the Scene's 25th Anniversary Artbox Project

These artistic phase, very abstract space, is very romantic

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Posted by Jessise Jessise on 07/07/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Ann Catherine Carter at 40 AU

I enjoyed seeing this young artist's works. They stimulate thought as well as just being enjoyable!

Posted by E Brawley on 07/07/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “In Honor of Sorcerer: Your Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Dream Top 10, Baby

@ justsayin' : It's the other way around. Six Marimbas was composed three years *after* Risky Business. The Reich piece was composed ca. 1974-1976. I listen to Reich, Glass, and TD, and find they have little in common, really.

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Posted by Daniel U. Thibault on 07/05/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Spread the Anti-Gospel! 'Atheist Church' Sunday Assembly Coming to Nashville

Many people desire community and fellowship, not just religious people. There are reasons why so many people go to church, and belief in a god is only one of them.

Posted by community for all on 07/05/2014 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town: July at Cult Fiction Underground

I saw RUBY at a drive-in circa '77. Didn't care much for it. Good cast, though.

They're showing the 1926 Garbo silent, THE TEMPTRESS? It somehow seems out of place with their other offerings.

Posted by Mark on 07/03/2014 at 3:23 PM

Re: “The start of an ongoing oral history of Nashville's art scene since 1989

Thank you for the article and thank you Lain York for your comment. I do not think anyone could have explained the group and it's motivation any better. We have an impressive list of artists that ran through the untitled gauntlet, but why drop names. I see original untitled core members [family] around Nashville still giving as they always have. untitled was in your faces for a reason and the Glow Shows were brilliant and epic. Nashville took a kick in the pants forward thanks to the untitled folks, you guys know who you are...

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Posted by W Richard Reesman on 07/03/2014 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Fright Night: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Excels On Stage

In October, 2013, our newspaper, The Akron Beacon Journal did a featured story in the Calendar section stating "The Ghost Brothers of Darlkland County" was a scary Musical with Book by Stephen King and a 13 year musical journey of songwriting by John Mellencamp would play for one night. Since there was no age restrictions noted in the story, I took my two younger cousins, a very innocent 14 year old and her 17 year old sister to the production Oct 19, 2013. An intended Halloween treat- It was there first visit to a live professional stage performance! We had row D center aisle seats.

The 14 year old was quite shocked by a central character "The Shape's" provocative, extraordinary, "nasty", juicy moves with his guitar and body and his songs. She was alternately hiding her eyes from The Shapes moves and then covering her ears from his character's excessive use of "F" bombs.

While we loved some of the music, due to the excessively long first act we started becoming restless in our seats as did many other front orchestras occupants. We felt that at least two to three or more songs could have been cut from the first act without any loss to the story. A few of the songs were just excessively long. The audience make a huge sigh when the first act was over. While the music was at times beautiful and moving; enough is enough and the second act needed a number of musical cuts as well. The musical needed a director who understood that when an audience becomes increasingly weary with the music and or story, it's time to cut. It's always best to have the audience desire more, not less.

The Musical was billed as a scary ghost story. We were anticipating a Stephen King type of scarrrrrryyy ----at any moment----- and were quite disappointed when we didn't get it. Instead of a scary ghost story we just got a story about a couple of ghosts. Mellencamp and his band did a nice job, but some of his songs needed editing - just too many songs and too long.

Just wish they could get the scary in and shorten the story to about two hours.

One of the teacher's of the 14 year old was at the performance and asked her how she liked her seat which provided additional embarrassment for the teen. Their mother was quite understanding and forgiving.

Musial Theater Patron

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Posted by Carly on 06/29/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “On the Move: Ground Floor Gallery Relocates, Owner Janet Decker Yanez Talks Art

Thanks for publishing, Scene! I write a blog about life in Nashville after New York at

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Posted by Erica Ciccarone on 06/28/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Satanists, Car Crashes, Tentacles and Green Slime — This Weekend at Logue’s

I was shocked when the GREEN SLIME theme didn't knock the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" out of the Number One spot!

I guess a RACE WITH THE DEVIL remake would change the ending to something a bit more upbeat. Gotta give 'em a feel-good ending these days.

Posted by Mark on 06/27/2014 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Satanists, Car Crashes, Tentacles and Green Slime — This Weekend at Logue’s

What, your pulse wasn't racing after that groovy theme song?…

I really like RACE WITH THE DEVIL, a mash-up of some of the ’70s sturdiest drive-in genres (the hail-Satan movie, hixploitation, car-chase movies). Director Jack Starrett was as reliable a brand as exploitation movies had that decade, when the distinction really mattered.

Posted by mr. pink on 06/27/2014 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Satanists, Car Crashes, Tentacles and Green Slime — This Weekend at Logue’s

I recently watched RACE WITH THE DEVIL and noticed one thing that would have to be changed if it's ever remade. When the Satanists attack, the men (Fonda and Oates) do all the fighting, while the women (Swit and Parker) scream and cringe in fear. Today the women would be kicking butt alongside the men.

As for THE GREEN SLIME, I can personally attest that it was must-see viewing for every 10-year-old boy in 1969. If only the movie had been as thrilling as the Famous Monsters of Filmland cover that got us excited about it!

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Posted by Mark on 06/27/2014 at 2:56 PM

Re: “On the Move: Ground Floor Gallery Relocates, Owner Janet Decker Yanez Talks Art

Ditto, great article, and can tell you, the new space is excellent...a tiny step around the corner, past the tracks , for Wedgewood/Houston crawl. Janet is always on the move, in all the right directions.

Posted by heidimartinkuster on 06/26/2014 at 9:12 PM

Re: “A talk with artist Patricia Piccinini, whose disquieting yet appealing works explore the bond between man and animal

Sculpture is as artistic as oil painting which is always credited regardless of where the concept came from. I love Patricia concepts but most people think she is a sculptor because she doesn't credit any of the artist. I believe the sculptors should at least be credited in the show. In the fine print if nothing else.

Posted by Elijah on 06/26/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Movies That Made Me Want to Start a Band

ALMOST FAMOUS has made a lot of people want to become writers. Just don't show it to someone who has no interest in journalism or rock music. They'll find it utterly boring. I've learned this from the experience of recommending it to people who were left cold by it.

Posted by Mark on 06/26/2014 at 12:58 PM

Re: “The start of an ongoing oral history of Nashville's art scene since 1989

Thanks, Laura!

Did have one point I wanted to clarify. The comment about Untitled being untalented was very much the perception of few more established artists outside the group (not mine); it was labeled by others as UN-talented, UN-bridled, UN-professional, etc.. There were SO many talented folks there that were talented in SO many areas and were flatly uninterested in the available channels at the time. I believe there will always be a place for that group esthetic in Nashville.

That group worked VERY hard because we all believed we were doing something different that mattered. It was very disappointing to have “professional” colleagues that were that clueless as to what the nature of the group was about. I believe the group went a long way in providing tools/opportunities to its constituency that the other industry hubs were not and thanks to that group, I personally had a better understanding of what I was doing.
Lain York

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Posted by hqpork on 06/26/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “On the Move: Ground Floor Gallery Relocates, Owner Janet Decker Yanez Talks Art

Great article. Can't wait to see the new space, new work and next show!

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Posted by Adrienne Outlaw on 06/26/2014 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Movies That Made Me Want to Start a Band

Ironic that most of those movies focus on how much of a pain in the ass it is to be in a band, yet that's what drives people's interest. Go figure. The scene really can be as brutal (and still as fun) as these movies show.

Check out this article for an insider look at the worst problems in the band scene: -- Total self-plug, I know, no spam intended. Just seems like a good companion article to give some perspective.

Thanks for the write-up! Airheads is one of my fav movies of all time!

Posted by Chad on 06/25/2014 at 2:31 PM

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