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From art exhibitions to food events, concerts, films and more, here are some of the season’s most interesting happenings

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From The Rolling Stones to the Nashville Symphony, from hip-hop ace Isaiah Rashad to punks Mannequin Pussy and beyond, there’s a live show for everyone

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Thankfully, this year’s Road Trip Issue (our third) won’t be quite as tricky as last year’s “Social Distancing Edition.” Indeed, in the six fact-finding missions we undertook for this week’s cover package, we got to enjoy so many of the things 2020 was missing: dining out, congregating, inte…

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It’s a literal fluff issue. Well, and scale, feather and fur issue. In this week’s cover package, we take a look at an organization that pairs service dogs with veterans, tour an exotic bird sanctuary, and find out just what the hell is going on with the practice of horse massage. We also ch…

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It’s a gloomy day when the Scene stops by the Exotic Avian Sanctuary of Tennessee, but the space is full of bright flashes of color, an array of green and yellow, sky blue and gleaming white. It’s also full of chirps and songs. And at-times-deafening squawks and caws. Plus, there’s an Indian…

In 2018, 6,435 American veterans died by suicide, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. That’s roughly one every 81 minutes, and many veterans service organizations believe that number is undercounted. Despite accounting for less than 8 percent of the overall adult population, vet…

Chelbie Engle arrives at Liberty Run Stables at 6:30 a.m. to meet her clients. They’ve just returned to Portland, Tenn., after competing in a show in Florida. They know her truck, she says, and they crane their necks as she enters the barn. As a certified equine massage therapist, Engle know…

When we meet Watson, he is walking — slowly, purposefully — through Kirk and Libby George’s large backyard in Hendersonville. His stout and spurred front legs flank the leathery neck and stern face that emerge from his sculpted shell. He pauses to pull some grass from the ground, chewing on …

It wasn’t long into the pandemic before the jokes started rolling in — observations about how humans’ lives were turned upside-down, but our dogs, basking in the fact that many pet owners were staying home 24/7, were the happiest they’d ever been. 

Music Row’s long history of commercial country hits is synonymous with many icons recognizable by just their first names — Dolly, Patsy, Johnny, Hank. But thrice-named singer, songwriter, producer, label owner and painter Robert Ellis Orrall is emblematic of the irreverent, eccentric spirit …

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It starts as a familiar story. A local boy dreams about moving to the big city. He works hard, strives for success and plans an exodus from his hometown. His new home is his Emerald City. He accesses the things his hometown didn’t offer — job opportunities galore, culture, creative people of…

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If you live in Nashville and spend much time on the internet, odds are good that you’ve seen Josh Black by now. The stand-up comedian issues short videos that have taken Nashville by storm in recent months. In them, Black takes on all manner of topics — from what Nashville newcomers need to …

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On Sept. 10, 2019, I asked Mary — then my girlfriend of five years — to marry me. Earlier that day, I’d picked up our matching engagement rings from Consider the Wldflwrs, with plans to surprise Mary on our anniversary later that month. Never one for patience, I made it all of six hours befo…

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We’ve all heard it before — relationships take work, even in normal times. Throw in a global pandemic, an economic crisis and prolonged restrictions on what we can do and where we can go, and the lifting gets even heavier. And that’s whether you’re newly dating, in a long-term relationship o…

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It’s when I think back to my birthday party at Bavarian Bierhaus last February that I most feel the absence of my friends. 

It’s been a year of tests — tests of our patience, our fortitude and our capacity to care for others. Our annual Love Issue, a paean to matters of the heart, celebrates love in its many forms. This year, we reflect on love in the time of coronavirus. We talk with a sex therapist about how th…

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Some 3,400 Black athletes played in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1948, but it took 100 years for Major League Baseball to recognize them as major-league-caliber players and to enter their achievements in the historical record. Author Andrea Williams loves the sport, but early on, she found…

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For many musicians, fans and music-biz folk, 2021 began with a sigh of relief — COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out, and Congress approved federal aid for independent music venues that haven’t been able to conduct business as usual since March. But it’s clear that we’re far from out of the woo…

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For decades, the Southern Festival of Books has been a huge and fundamental part of the literary scene in Nashville. Similarly, the Nashville Film Festival has offered local moviegoers the opportunity to see spectacular new works from an array of international filmmakers, right here in our o…

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In Afterlife, the latest novel by Julia Alvarez, the recently widowed protagonist Antonia Vega finds herself unmoored and alone, forced to figure out her way in the world after the sudden loss of her husband. An immigrant herself, Antonia ends up befriending and helping the undocumented work…

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In his introduction to A Better Man, Michael Ian Black tells the story of sending his young children off to school one morning and a short while later seeing reports that shots had been fired at another school nearby. That school was Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six adults we…