Though theyre not affiliated in any way, Nashvilles Music City Arts TV 9 (a.k.a. Channel 9) and iQ TV 10 (a.k.a. Channel 10) are routinely assumed to be part of Nashville Public Television (a.k.a. Channel 8). Heres how you tell them apart: Comparatively speaking, NPT has money. Channels 9 and 10, on the other hand, have struggled to provide Nashville with original arts and public affairs programming on a Bat Poet budget. The future of their governing body, the Metropolitan Educational Access Corporation (MEAC), is less certain than ever, thanks to looming changes in the citys cable-TV provisions (and lingering questions about the previous administrations unorthodox bookkeeping). But theyre an immensely valuable public resource, especially in a time of tightening media consolidationand MCA TV 9 has a far better track record than NPT for showcasing local bands, artists and filmmakers. Tommy Womack, a man who single-handedly rescues the phrase singer-songwriter from infamy, joins Meg Allison, Irene Kelley, Jeff Skorik, Joshua Stephens, Jonathan Bright, Chris DiCroce, Natasha Borzilova and other guests to benefit the stations, with catering by The Mad Platter, a silent auction and more. Admission is $10.
Thu., July 9, 7 p.m., 2009